They don’t wear face paint or treat every Sunday in autumn like its Halloween, but several Raiders fans living in Houston are stationed outside the Westin hotel here urging the NFL to keep their team in Oakland.
“That’s where they belong,” said Yvonne Nunez, a member of the 80-person strong Space City Raiders Booster Club.
Nunez (right) even brought her fifth-grade daughter Isabella to the hotel on a school day. “She’s an honor student.” Nunez said. “She choose to be here.”
Oakland Coliseum Authority President Scott McKibben knows the Raiders don’t want another renovation of the Coliseum. But he won’t rule it out if the Raiders are blocked from moving to Los Angeles.
If the Raiders and the NFL stick their offer of a $500 million contribution. And the city sticks to offering only $90 million for infrastructure, “you still have a pretty significant gap,” McKibben said. “And if that gap can’t be made up might Mark Davis then be open to some discussion of what a renovated stadium would look like.
Amid reports that the Raiders appear unlikely to win approval for a return to Los Angeles, the authority that runs O.Co Coliseum decided to hold a closed door discussion Friday on a lease extension for the team. See below:
But today, the authority released a revised agenda that removed the Raiders item. Continue Reading
The Los Angeles Daily News and Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole are reporting that the NFL’s powerful Committee on Los Angeles Opportunities will recommend the Raiders’ and Chargers’ Carson project over a stadium plan proposed by the Rams in Inglewood. Continue Reading
Former Raiders coach Hue Jackson is scheduled to interview with the 49ers. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Staff)
Hue Jackson is scheduled to interview with the 49ers Sunday, four seasons removed from being fired by the Raiders despite finishing 8-8 and one game short of the playoffs.
Jackson was many things in his two years with the Raiders, the first as offensive coordinator and second as head coach. Jackson was brash and confident, two traits he passed on to offenses which underwent a remarkable upgrade almost immediately upon his arrival.
Owner Al Davis hired Jackson to run the offense for head coach Tom Cable, an arranged marriage which saw the Raiders go from 17 touchdowns to 37 in a single season and go from an anemic 197 points to 410 in 2010.
A force of nature during practice, Jackson livened things up with a running stream of trash talk as well as offensive creativity and common sense. One of the first things he did as coordinator was go to running back Darren McFadden, ask him his favorite plays, then immediately add them to the play list. Continue Reading
Khalil Mack was named first-team All-Pro at defensive end and outside linebacker. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
The Raiders steadfastly declined to define a position for stud pass rusher Khalil Mack.
Turns out, it’s because he’s among the best in the league at two. Mack became the first player to be named first-team Associated Press All-Pro Team at two positions. The second-year star was voted in at both defensive end and outside linebacker. Continue Reading
The Raiders have officially filed to relocate to Los Angeles. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
The Raiders have officially filed for relocation to Los Angeles, the NFL announced in the below statement.
“Three teams – the Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams, and San Diego Chargers – each submitted applications to our office today to relocate their franchises to the Los Angeles area beginning with the 2016 season. Each team submitted the appropriate documentation in support of its application as required by the NFL Policy and Procedures for Proposed Franchise Relocations. Continue Reading
Khalil Mack wants to still be playing at this time next year. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)
ALAMEDA — The Raiders parted ways Monday with the realization that they’d fought a number of good rounds but simply not enough of them to have their hand raised in victory.
“You can look at it and say we made strides, but we still want to be playing this time of year,” defensive end Khalil Mack said. “You’ve got to look at this and learn from it and not want to ever be in this position again.”
It was a much different vibe than in previous years, being that the Raiders have an established head coach in Jack Del Rio, a nucleus of young players and were outscored by 40 points over 16 games while compiling a 7-9 record. Continue Reading
Amari Cooper struggled in the second half of the season. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
ALAMEDA — Amari Cooper made it across the finish line, but without much of a finishing kick.
The Raiders’ first-round draft pick out of Alabama had an excellent statistical season which will assuredly make him an NFL all-rookie team choice as well as a candidate for NFL offensive rookie of the year.
For now, Cooper is looking forward to a little rest. Continue Reading
Dan Williams would be “more than happy” if Raiders stay in Oakland. (Bay News Group)
ALAMEDA — Raiders players cleaned out their lockers Monday and for the most part seemed unconcerned about where the franchise will rest its head.
“We’ll all find out at the same time,” quarterback Derek Carr said. “We don’t get any inside information. The thing that matters is that no matter what’s in front of it (Oakland or Los Angeles), we’re always the Raiders. No matter what city is put in front of it, we love Oakland.
“I love our fans, but I know Raider Nation is everywhere.” Continue Reading