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Can Raiders’ Connor Cook make franchise history?

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Oakland Raiders quarterback Connor Cook (8) fumbles in the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Denver. The Raiders recovered the ball. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Oakland Raiders quarterback Connor Cook (8) fumbles in the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Denver. The Raiders recovered the ball. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Connor Cook will boldy go where only one man before him has gone in the storied 57-year history of the Oakland Raiders.

Come Saturday in Houston at 1:30 p.m., the 23-year-old Cook will become just the second rookie quarterback in franchise history to start a playoff game. The Raiders have played 43 postseason games in their history and the only other time a rookie started came in 1991 when Todd Marinovich was under center.

Marinovich’s fateful start against the Chiefs came in under eerily similar circumstances to Cook’s expected start against the Texans. Long before Marinovich’s career and life spun out of control, he was a rookie first-round pick out of USC filled with promise. Like Cook, Marinovich threw his first NFL pass the week before the playoffs. Like Cook, Marinovich was impressive in a Raiders loss — very impressive, throwing three touchdowns in a 27-21 loss to the Chiefs in that Dec. 22 game in ’91.

Connecting the dots of the Raiders rookie quarterbacks, Cook also gave the Raiders reason for optimism in Sunday’s crushing loss in Denver by going 14 for 21 for 150 yards and a touchdown.

But this is where Raiders fans are hoping the similarities between Marinovich and Cook come to an end.

A week after getting his feet wet in ’91, a week later Marinovich was overwhelmed by the same Chiefs defense while throwing four costly interceptions in a 10-6 loss in Kansas City in the wild card round. Marinovich went 12 for 23 for 140 yards and also fumbled once. Not included in his woeful stat line was a locker room mirror that Marinovich broke with his helmet after the loss.

How will Cook respond to the pressure of being the first rookie in NFL history to make his first career start in the playoffs? And what about the task of playing on the road against the NFL’s top-ranked defense? Can Cook become the first Raiders rookie quarterback to ever win a playoff game? It’s probably safe to say the Raiders’ best chance of winning would be for their offensive line to turn in a dominating performance, and for their defense to make some plays against Houston’s Brock Osweiler.

On the other hand, a guy who knows a couple things about quarterback play seems to think an awful lot of Connor Cook!

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Jon Becker

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)
  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    His foot is wrapped hard to travel in plane and all

  • Raiders21

    Great video above on the post. Cook has the talent to be great.

  • MEX_GHOST Still McG believer.

    The Koolaid is coming back!!
    Yeeaahh!!

  • Rik/The/Old/Dirty/ Bas…./

    Cook.

  • eastoaklandraider

    If cook can lead us to a win I see a 2nd round pick in our future

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    No we keep him for moments like this

  • eastoaklandraider

    You don’t keep two franchise qbs, assuming Cook is one

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    East Oak, what’s up man? Haven’t seen you around in forever! how’s life bro?

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)
  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)
  • Raiders21

    Considering how his team performed last week I’d do anything to help them and accommodate Carr so that he can be there. Carr even helped lift Jack Del Rio’s spirits after the loss to Denver. Carr is the Raiders. Without him there is no emotion and there is zero fire.

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)
  • Raiders21

    what a guy

  • DeeDiseno

    lets say if Cook has a tremendous playoff run, let’s say he takes the team to the SuperBowl , would you guys be open on trading CARR? just wondering , maybe Cook is a Stud.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Penn Hurt??
    Might see Watson.. Ose.. Hudson.. Jackson.. Howard

  • eastoaklandraider

    It’s been cool bro, I thought this place was shut down I would stop by every now and then but now it seems like it’s back open

  • eastoaklandraider

    I would trade cook, just think Carr will have better career

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Derek Carr is the Jewel of the RAIDERS
    He will retire a RAIDER

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Not a real shock, nobody’s really giving the RAIDERS a chance in this game.
    I will though!! I pick the RAIDERS to beat the Texans in a close game.
    Who ya got??

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    Lmfao

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    46m46 minutes ago
    Aaron Wilson ‏@AaronWilson_NFL
    Romeo Crennel said he might use defensive backs to check the Raiders’ backs after linebackers’ issues in first game

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    22h22 hours ago
    Levi Damien ‏@LeviDamien
    Connor Cook leaning on “Big time” games in college, year in #Raiders system for “confidence” in playoff start http://www.silverandblackpride.com/2017/1/4/14171330/connor-cook-big-time-games-college-year-in-raiders-system-confidence-playoff-start?utm_campaign=levidamien&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    1h1 hour ago
    Scott Bair ‏@BairCSN
    Latavius: “We got punched in the mouth (vs Den.). If we play that way again, we’ll be sitting at home next week. Point blank. Period.”

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    19h19 hours ago
    Scott Bair ‏@BairCSN
    Dantonio: #Raiders rookie Connor Cook ‘won’t be intimidated’ by playoff start | CSN Bay Area @MSU_Football http://www.csnbayarea.com/raiders/dantonio-raiders-rookie-cook-wont-be-intimidated-playoff-start

    I believe it.. McGloin whizzed his pants last week

  • idahoraiderfan33

    I believe it as well.. Now we just need him to limit TOs, play smart and hit the open man.

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    Evert Geerlings
    3h3 hours ago
    Evert Geerlings ‏@E_Geerlings
    .@52Mack_ and General Manager Reggie McKenzie top the lists (DPOY & Executive Of The Year) for @RAIDERS on @theMMQB’s 2016 NFL Awards. https://twitter.com/theMMQB/status/817053048312766464

  • idahoraiderfan33

    100 Yards rushing from ya Murray would be badazz!!

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    OAKLAND RAIDERS ‏@RAIDERS
    In 1980, we became the first team in NFL history to win the Super Bowl as a Wild Card team.

    A Look Back: http://bit.ly/2hSDeat

  • idahoraiderfan33

    First playoff game in 14 years for the RAIDERS.. And rookie Cook will be starting against the number 1 rank defense. He ain’t never played in a game this big!!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    We have a SLIM chance to win the SB, SLIM!! But a chance

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Draft redo on NFL Live. They pick Carr at number 1 and Mack at number 3
    That is what you call an ALL time draft class!!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    GM of the year and DPOY for Mack!! Now that’s what im saying

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Throw the ball to Amari Cooper

  • Rik/The/Old/Dirty/ Bas…./

    Yup

  • Rik/The/Old/Dirty/ Bas…./

    F him

  • Rik/The/Old/Dirty/ Bas…./

    Who are you

  • Tony Daysog

    Honestly, while I **am** hopeful, the reality is that you’re asking a lot, if you think Cook can lead the team past this weekend. I mean, didn’t we ALL think McGloin was going to do okay? But did he not, instead, not do so well, with obvious errant passes? So, let’s be hopeful, but . . . . we’ll now how the day will go after the first three downs: if it’s three and out with zilch yards rushing, well, what can you say. . .

  • Tony Daysog

    This is meaningless if the Raiders can’t run the ball: we’ll know if Cook will be able to throw the ball at all after the first three plays. If the Raiders run and get stuffed on the first three tries, then, alas, there will be no Cook to Cooper dynamics.

  • eastoaklandraider

    In my opinion cook has more overall Talent than Matt McGloin and I think he gives us the best chance to win this game but his lack of experience and repetition with the offense scares me. For me this game will be all about the offensive line can they open holes can they keep Clowney and the crew off of Cook if the office of line dominates we win if they don’t we probably lose

  • eastoaklandraider

    Reggie Nelson will also have to play a good game you can not let DeAndre Hopkins or any of their other fast receivers get past the defense Reggie Nelson like to take chances to get interceptions and it cost us a few times this season we can not let the Texans have big plays against us make Brock Osweiler have to go 10 to 12 play Drives

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    Randy gregory suspended 1 year for substance abuse. Lmao goodell u let him bk but not ALDON

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    Our run game will show up. I promise u

  • eastoaklandraider

    My last point is that we have to stop the run we cannot let Lamar Miller come out and gash us for four or five yards at a time like what Denver just did to us.

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    Our dline is 100%

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    The league announced on Thursday that Gregory has been suspended for at least one year by the NFL after a violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy. Gregory served two other suspensions totaling 14 games this season and had an appeal of the latest suspension heard earlier this week.

    Gregory will need to apply for reinstatement to the league before he’ll be eligible to resume his playing career. As Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith learned this year, that process can stretch well beyond a year before reaching any resolution.

    Gregory will miss the entire 2017 season at the very least, however, and his brief return to action for the Cowboys has come to an end after seeing action in the final two games of the regular season.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Your point being?

  • eastoaklandraider

    But Gregory didn’t get caught making a tape smoking weed like a dumb idiot

  • eastoaklandraider

    How can you make such a promise when you know the Texans are going to stack the Box and they’re going to force Connor Cook to throw the ball just like Denver did

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    It hasn’t been half the season