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The school of football

Raiders writer Bill Soliday

Posted by Bill Soliday, Raiders beat writer for ANG Newspapers
Bill Walsh once said of Steve DeBerg that he was just good enough to get you beat. He’d probably say the same thing about the Oakland Raiders’ defense. And maybe about its offense.

The Raiders may be better, but the task ahead of them now is this: they still have yet to learn how to win.

Feel free to disagree. But against Philadelphia on Sunday, the Raiders simply looked like a team that knew that somehow, some way, when it was all said and done, the hammer would fall and they would lose in the end.

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I See A Trend Here…

Raiders writer Bill Soliday

Posted by Bill Soliday, Raiders beat writer for ANG Newspapers
Another opener, another road game, another loss. Some things never change. The Raiders are so like that. It’s going to be argued for a solid week whether this game contained more good or more bad.

I say more bad. And it was not your garden variety bad. It was ominous bad.

Yes, you had to kind of like the Randy Moss and LaMont Jordan factors, but then you knew that was coming. Together, they accounted for 240 of Oakland’s 353 net yards.

Then again, Moss only caught five of 14 balls thrown to him – five of 15 if you count the failed two-point conversion in which he interfered and still didn’t catch the ball.

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Day 18: The case of the five-run homer

Raiders writer Bill Soliday

Posted by Bill Soliday, Raiders beat writer for ANG Newspapers
So now we find out.

All the while he was getting pummeled for throwing a ball he never should have thrown and winding up having it go the other way, Marques Tuiasosopo had a broken finger.

And you thought you had a bad day at work.

Here’s the deal with Tui, who has been getting skewered for what now consists of two preseason interceptions that are being blamed, at least in part, for two exhibition losses.

This is a guy who stated earlier in camp that he was not around to pick a nice spot to lay down and die in camp. He wanted it known that he was competing for the starting job.

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Day 16: Life is just a box of controversy

Raiders writer Bill Soliday

Posted by Bill Soliday, Raiders beat writer for ANG Newspapers
In honor, they claim, of Terrell Owens, SI.com, Sports Illustrated’s website, has culled what writer Andrew Perloff considers a list of the 20 most controversial NFL players of all time. I liked the idea, but didn’t care much for the list.

The No. 1 most controversial player on the list was Joe Namath.

Joe Namath? The right breast of that Jackson lady was more controversial than Joe. He was more beloved than controversial as I recall. And his recent slip on TV with a sideline reporter was more funny than controversial.

Conclusion: this rating is strictly a New York thing.

Owens made No. 2 on the list and I won’t dispute that. The rest of the list is as follows:
3. Jim Brown; 4. Conrad Dobler; 5. Ricky Williams; 6. Duane Thomas; 7. Paul Hornung; 8. John Riggins; 9. Randy Moss; 10. Jim McMahon; 11. Deion Sanders; 12. Lawrence Taylor; 13. Ryan Leaf; 14. Thomas Henderson; 15. Bill Romanowski; 16. Michael Irvin; 17. John Matuszak; 18. John Elway; 19. Mark Gastineau; 20. Warren Sapp.

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Day 15: It

Raiders writer Bill Soliday

Posted by Bill Soliday, Raiders beat writer for ANG Newspapers
When Phillip Buchanon left for Houston, nobody threw him a going away party in Oakland. His act was growing old with fans, teammates, coaches and we won’t even get into his media relations. Suffice it to say, listening to him talk about himself in the third person got a little old after awhile.

Personally, I don’t think he’s a bad guy. A bit undisciplined and a bit egocentric (actually a lot egocentric), yes. Bad guy…ehhhh…probably not.

Well, he’s in Houston now and the Texans seem to think “Showtime” is just the solution for their 24th ranked pass defense … even though he was starting on the league’s 30th ranked pass defense a year ago.

“Phillip’s got so much talent,” secondary coach Jon Hoke said. “If he does his job consistently, he’s going to make us better. He can bring so much to our defense because he’s got so much big play ability.”

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Day 15: It

Raiders writer Bill Soliday

Posted by Bill Soliday, Raiders beat writer for ANG Newspapers
When Phillip Buchanon left for Houston, nobody threw him a going away party in Oakland. His act was growing old with fans, teammates, coaches and we won’t even get into his media relations. Suffice it to say, listening to him talk about himself in the third person got a little old after awhile.

Personally, I don’t think he’s a bad guy. A bit undisciplined and a bit egocentric (actually a lot egocentric), yes. Bad guy…ehhhh…probably not.

Well, he’s in Houston now and the Texans seem to think “Showtime” is just the solution for their 24th ranked pass defense … even though he was starting on the league’s 30th ranked pass defense a year ago.

“Phillip’s got so much talent,” secondary coach Jon Hoke said. “If he does his job consistently, he’s going to make us better. He can bring so much to our defense because he’s got so much big play ability.”

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Day 15: It

Raiders writer Bill Soliday

Posted by Bill Soliday, Raiders beat writer for ANG Newspapers
When Phillip Buchanon left for Houston, nobody threw him a going away party in Oakland. His act was growing old with fans, teammates, coaches and we won’t even get into his media relations. Suffice it to say, listening to him talk about himself in the third person got a little old after awhile.

Personally, I don’t think he’s a bad guy. A bit undisciplined and a bit egocentric (actually a lot egocentric), yes. Bad guy…ehhhh…probably not.

Well, he’s in Houston now and the Texans seem to think “Showtime” is just the solution for their 24th ranked pass defense … even though he was starting on the league’s 30th ranked pass defense a year ago.

“Phillip’s got so much talent,” secondary coach Jon Hoke said. “If he does his job consistently, he’s going to make us better. He can bring so much to our defense because he’s got so much big play ability.”

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Day 15: It

Raiders writer Bill Soliday

Posted by Bill Soliday, Raiders beat writer for ANG Newspapers
When Phillip Buchanon left for Houston, nobody threw him a going away party in Oakland. His act was growing old with fans, teammates, coaches and we won’t even get into his media relations. Suffice it to say, listening to him talk about himself in the third person got a little old after awhile.

Personally, I don’t think he’s a bad guy. A bit undisciplined and a bit egocentric (actually a lot egocentric), yes. Bad guy…ehhhh…probably not.

Well, he’s in Houston now and the Texans seem to think “Showtime” is just the solution for their 24th ranked pass defense … even though he was starting on the league’s 30th ranked pass defense a year ago.

“Phillip’s got so much talent,” secondary coach Jon Hoke said. “If he does his job consistently, he’s going to make us better. He can bring so much to our defense because he’s got so much big play ability.”

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Day 15: It

Raiders writer Bill Soliday

Posted by Bill Soliday, Raiders beat writer for ANG Newspapers
When Phillip Buchanon left for Houston, nobody threw him a going away party in Oakland. His act was growing old with fans, teammates, coaches and we won’t even get into his media relations. Suffice it to say, listening to him talk about himself in the third person got a little old after awhile.

Personally, I don’t think he’s a bad guy. A bit undisciplined and a bit egocentric (actually a lot egocentric), yes. Bad guy…ehhhh…probably not.

Well, he’s in Houston now and the Texans seem to think “Showtime” is just the solution for their 24th ranked pass defense … even though he was starting on the league’s 30th ranked pass defense a year ago.

“Phillip’s got so much talent,” secondary coach Jon Hoke said. “If he does his job consistently, he’s going to make us better. He can bring so much to our defense because he’s got so much big play ability.”

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Day 15: It

Raiders writer Bill Soliday

Posted by Bill Soliday, Raiders beat writer for ANG Newspapers
When Phillip Buchanon left for Houston, nobody threw him a going away party in Oakland. His act was growing old with fans, teammates, coaches and we won’t even get into his media relations. Suffice it to say, listening to him talk about himself in the third person got a little old after awhile.

Personally, I don’t think he’s a bad guy. A bit undisciplined and a bit egocentric (actually a lot egocentric), yes. Bad guy…ehhhh…probably not.

Well, he’s in Houston now and the Texans seem to think “Showtime” is just the solution for their 24th ranked pass defense … even though he was starting on the league’s 30th ranked pass defense a year ago.

“Phillip’s got so much talent,” secondary coach Jon Hoke said. “If he does his job consistently, he’s going to make us better. He can bring so much to our defense because he’s got so much big play ability.”

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