Latavius Murray is the Raiders’ fifth Pro Bowl selection. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Raiders running back Latavius Murray was added to the Pro Bowl roster on Sunday night as the replacement for the Carolina Panthers’ Jonathan Stewart and will head to Honolulu for the Jan. 31 all-star game.
Murray gives Oakland five representatives — six if you included suspended fullback Marcel Reece, who is ineligible to participate — and a trio of offensive players. Murray joins quarterback Derek Carr and wide receiver Amari Cooper, who were also replacement picks, and safety Charles Woodson and defensive end Khalil Mack. Continue Reading
Former Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp will coach in Super Bowl 50 with the Broncos. (Photo by Greg Trott/Getty Images)
Former Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp is headed to Super Bowl 50, headlining the group of players and coaches with local ties who will be at Levi’s Stadium in two weeks.
Knapp had two stints as the Raiders offensive coordinator, holding that job from 2007-08 and again in 2012. He heads to the Super Bowl now with the Denver Broncos as their quarterbacks coach. Continue Reading
Rookie Amari Cooper was added to the Pro Bowl roster on Thursday. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
Amari Cooper has made more rookie history for the Raiders.
The first-year receiver was added to the Pro Bowl roster on Thursday, becoming the first Oakland rookie since Charles Woodson in 1998 to be named the NFL’s annual all-star game.
Cooper gives the Raiders four representatives for the Jan. 31 game in Honolulu. That includes Woodson, whose appearances marks the final game of his 18-year NFL career. Defensive end Khalil Mack and quarterback Derek Carr, who was added to the roster on Wednesday as a replacement for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, are also Hawaii-bound. Continue Reading
With the notion out there that the Raiders would “dominate” in San Diego thanks to their fan base in LA, here’s a look at how the Raiders fared — from an attendance standpoint — when they were nearby all those fans.
Below are game-by-game attendance figures for the LA Raiders from 1990 to 1993. Average attendance those years was 52,786. To be fair, attendance figures weren’t so hot up here when ticket prices were sky high. Continue Reading
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has been added to the Pro Bowl roster. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is headed to Hawaii.
The second-year quarterback was named Wednesday as the injury replacement for the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers and will participate in his first Pro Bowl on Jan. 31 in Honolulu.
“First, I want to thank God for the opportunity to be able to go to Hawaii,” Carr said in a statement released by the team. “Secondly, I want to thank my family, my friends, my teammates, my coaches and all of Raider Nation for their support. Third, I want to thank everyone who voted for me and all of the opposing players and coaches that voted for me. That means more to me than they know.”
Carr is the first Raiders quarterback to make the Pro Bowl since Rich Gannon made four straight appearances from 1999-2002. Gannon was the MVP for the last of those two appearances. Continue Reading
The thought of the Raiders calling San Diego home makes Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers a little nauseous.
From Mighty 1090 in San Diego:
“That one is going to get me a little nauseated, to be honest with you. The thought of that one is a little sickening. That one is hard to stomach. It’s hard enough thinking about moving…”
The Station also interviewed folks about rooting for the Chargers in LA or the Raiders in San Diego. Funny segment.
Todd Downing was named Quarterbacks Coach of the Year by Pro Football Focus. (David Richard/AP)
Raiders quarterbacks coach Todd Downing’s work with Derek Carr this season earned him recognition from analytics website Pro Football Focus.
The site handed out its inaugural position coach awards and named Downing its Quarterbacks Coach of the Year.
Here is PFF’s write up on Downing:
“While people saw talent in rookie QB Derek Carr, he was still our 38th of 39 ranked quarterback in 2014. His deep and underneath game was significantly flawed, and his ability to read blitzes remained poor. That completely changed in 2015, turning into a borderline top-10 signal caller whose deep game has improved out of all recognition, with a penchant for taking on extra rushers—his QB rating when blitzed is now 108.7. Downing deserves credit for his part in turning Carr from a borderline case to a franchise-worthy player.”
Click here for a recent UT San Diego poll on the NFL in San Diego.
Here is the key question for Raiders fans:
If the Chargers leave San Diego, would you sup-port an attempt to bring the Oakland Raiders here? Would you support an at-tempt to bring another NFL team here? Or would you not support an attempt to bring another NFL Team here:
Raiders: 18 percent
Another Team: 34 percent
No Team: 45 percent
Not Sure: 3 percent
One more key question:
Amari Cooper was named to the PFWA’s All-Rookie team. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper’s debut season earned him a deserved place on the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie team.
Cooper, Oakland’s No. 4 overall pick in last year’s draft, led all rookies and set Raiders rookie records with his 72 receptions and 1,070 receiving yards. He also caught six touchdown passes and was the Raiders’ first 1,000-yard receiver in 10 years. Continue Reading
Our sister paper in LA has been letting the world know that the Raiders could end up in San Diego. Vincent Bonsignore is very well-sourced. I saw that first-hand in Houston last week. It’s clear that the Raiders will leverage other markets to try to extract concessions from Oakland. However, I’m not sure the Raiders-to-San Diego narrative is as rosy as it might appear.
To read Vincent’s recent column, click here.
I’m going to highlight some of his statements below and give my two cents. Here we go:
According to sources, San Diego is a very real and viable option. It’s a market the NFL absolutely wants to be in, and one the league is comfortable the Raiders would dominate.
Let’s be real: The Raiders haven’t dominated a market in 35 years. The didn’t dominate LA, and they’ve been second fiddle here since their return. Losing hasn’t helped, but the big reason is the team can’t sit still. Moving a third time — to a city where they’re largely despised — doesn’t seem like a recipe market domination, no matter what folks in the NFL want to believe.