FMalcolm Smith has been the one constant at linebacker for Raiders.
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ALAMEDA _ The Raiders’ latest attempt at injecting energy in a struggling defense is a fifth-round draft pick formerly known as the “diabolical defender.”
Ben Heeney was the one constant at Kansas, which changed head coaches three times in his four seasons and went 9-39. Amidst the turmoil, Heeney made so many tackles the school produced a website called Captainheeney.com that included nicknames, a biography, stories and statistics.
The website is gone, but playing with the Raiders is familiar territory for Heeney. Elevated to a regular role in last week’s 18-13 loss to Detroit Lions, Heeney’s appeal after getting seven tackles and a sack in 38 snaps is his snap-to-whistle aggression. Continue Reading
Raiders coach Jack Del Rio is emphasizing points, not balance.
ALAMEDA _ Statistics suggest part of the Raiders problems with their passing game over the past eight quarters has to do with balance.
But it’s unlikely that during the Raiders’ 4 1/2-hour flight to Nashville Friday that Jack Del Rio was spending much of his time looking for the perfect ratio of running to passing.
“I don’t see anywhere where it says you have to run a certain amount of times or throw a certain amount of times,” Del Rio said before the Raiders departed on a team charter for Sunday’s road game against the Tennessee Titans. “We can run it 20 times in a row. We can throw it 20 times in a row. I think that’s overdone.” Continue Reading
Tony Bergstrom is the likely starter at center against Tennessee.
ALAMEDA _ Cars were headed out of the parking lot before noon Thursday as the Raiders held a walkthrough-style practice then left then departed at various rates of speed in anticipation of Thanksgiving dinners.
Besides observing a holiday, the schedule also affords Raiders players a chance to rest up before a second straight Friday road departure as they visit the Tennessee Titans in an attempt to snap a three-game losing streak.
Coach Jack Del Rio and coordinators Ken Norton Jr. and Bill Musgrave altered their media schedules to speak earlier in the week and were unavailable for comment. Continue Reading
The Raiders offense and quarterback Derek Carr have been in a two-game slump.
ALAMEDA — The toast of Raider Nation a few short weeks ago, offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave has seen his offense fall on hard times.
The steady stream of first downs and touchdowns has been re placed by three-and-outs and a lot of Marquette King as an offense that scored 19 times in 35 possessions over three games has points just three times in 20 possession in the last two. Continue Reading
ALAMEDA _ The most exasperating part of the Raiders’ third straight loss for coach Jack Del Rio was having the Detroit Lions right where they wanted them, only to come up empty.
An early look at Sunday’s road game between the Raiders (4-6) and the Tennessee Titans (2-8):
Derek Carr and the Raiders offense has dropped off, and so has the team’s playoff hopes. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
A couple of weeks back in this space the I rated the Raiders the most likely of the teams hovering around .500 to make the playoffs based mostly on the presence of quarterback Derek Carr.
Since then, the Raiders have lost two straight and the Carr-led offense has just three touchdowns and two field goals in their last 20 possessions to go along with a pair of interceptions, a safety and 11 punts.
In the wake of an 18-13 loss to Detroit, an opponent which had only two wins coming in to the game, the Raiders appear more likely to have another double-digit season in losses than headed for the postseason for the first time since 2002. Continue Reading
ALAMEDA _ Rodney Hudson was cautiously optimistic Friday that he would be back as the starting center when the Raiders visit the Detroit Lions.
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ALAMEDA _ The Raiders’ Aldon Smith will be suspended for a year stemming from his arrest in August on DUI, hit and run and vandalism charges, a source with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed Tuesday.
An early look at Sunday’s game in Detroit between the Raiders (4-5) and Lions (2-7):