For the 1% of us that actually care about the preseason, I proudly post the 2009 Oakland Raiders Preseason Schedule.
Dallas @ Oakland – Jerry Jones gets a taste for one of the worst stadiums in the league before he returns to his shrine in Texas.
Oakland @ San Francisco – Those pansies never like coming to Oakland so we will knock them around in SF.
New Orleans @ Oakland – Ummm, okay, we get to play New Orleans in preseason. I know we are all jumping up and down excited. Last game for the starters.
Oakland @ Seattle – The old AFC West Rivals. Cable vs. Mora. This final Preseason game should be a snoozer.
The NFL Draft is getting closer! Sometimes I think I enjoy the draft more than an NFL game. Then I remember the taste of winning. I admit, over the past six years, that taste is fading from my memory.
The accident which claimed the lives of three men off the coast of Florida has been revealed. Apparently, the boat’s anchor got stuck and Bleakley suggested Cooper use the boats engine to pry it loose. When he did so, the boat went under and capsized.
It is sobering news to what was already a tragedy. If you have ever been boating before, the cable anchors aren’t easy to cut loose. Not only because they are expensive, but because the cable is so strong, you’d have to have cable cutters on board.
It isn’t easy to pry a stuck anchor. After all, anchors aren’t supposed to come unstuck. Giving the cable some extra slack, then slowly moving to a position opposite your drift and trying again to hoist the anchor often does the trick, but we don’t know how badly the anchor was stuck and in what manner they tried to unstick it prior to using the boat motor.
It is sad to hear that there was a good chance the accident could have been avoided.
The NFL has banned the use of a wedge on kickoffs. Long kickoff returns are going to die this season and because defenders will be able to get downfield virtually unblocked in many circumstances, the return man is going to be opened up for plenty of big hits, which means this rule will do nothing for safety.
Not to mention, refs will now have another reason to throw a flag, if three players are lined up next to each other within three yards. So basically, teams will put three guys close together running down the field and they can’t be blocked because you can’t line up three return team players that close together to block them! How stupid can the NFL be?
The other rule changes just further protect receivers and defensive players from blindside hits to the helmet. I kind of understand the reasoning, but we should protect the sanctity of the game MORE than the safety of the players. The players are compensated for playing a violent game. The sanctity of the game goes unprotected.
I can’t imagine why the wedge block is being banned. The wedge doesn’t hurt players! What hurts players is running 40 yards down the field in 4.5 seconds and colliding with another man running in the opposite direction at the same rate of speed. You can’t ban that unless you ban returns altogether.
That said, whoever perfects the new return scheme may have a tremendous advantage this season. It will do nothing but help the likes of Ekejuiba and Branch rock opposing return men.
Rejoice Raider Nation! The Raiders received two primetime games. One is opening weekend hosting the Chargers, wearing throwback uniforms. The Raiders wearing throwbacks should be interesting, considering the uniform has hardly been altered. Silver numbers on white jerseys?
The other game is at the amazing new stadium the Cowboys are moving into. If you haven’t taken a chance to look at this place, it is unbelievable. <url>http://stadium.dallascowboys.com/</url>
I wonder if Al Davis and Jerry Jones will sit in the same box together. Might be an interesting Thanksgiving gesture.
Considering how terrible the Raiders have been in primetime over the last few seasons, maybe you aren’t rejoicing. I can’t help but rejoice because finally I can care about a game on Thanksgiving.
I’ve heard a lot of people ask, "Why do the terrible Raiders get two primetime games?" They note the primetime games are also very high ratings games.
The reason, is because you are a Raider Hater or you are a member of the Raider Nation. It is black and white. The NFL keeps giving Raiders prime slots because you love or hate them, either way you probably tune in to see them kick ass or get their ass kicked. The ratings are dictating how they schedule. I think the Thanksgiving game could be a huge for ratings.Just maybe crushing the Chargers on Monday night will earn us the respect we have lost in the past six years.
Cornell Green was arrested for aggravated assault while trying to catch a plane to Oakland.
First let me say, I don’t have a problem cutting Cornell Green for the incident. He is a backup now and should be treated like one.
However, we have to put a little faith in our justice system. We have penalties for what he did. If convicted, he will be punished accordingly. Felonies exclude people from employment at most places. So if he is convicted or pleads guilty to a felony, that to me is grounds to cut a player no matter who the guy is.
There is a good chance that he pleads to a lesser charge even if he is guilty. Misdemeanor battery for example.
This certainly puts him on my short list of Raiders players I’d like to kick in the groin, but there is also a chance he didn’t do anything and an upset girlfriend wanted to hurt him.
So, I’ll let it play out, but you certainly have to be upset for the negative attention, when the Raiders have been pretty good about eliminating negative attention outside of the Kiffin fiasco.
Not long after I touted the old gimpy guy Orlando Pace, the Raiders quickly moved to strike a deal with young healthy guy Khalif Barnes. He has signed a one year deal.
Khalif brings a level of unknown. He was a huge underachiever in Jacksonville. My Jags fan friend called him a turnstile. He certainly isn’t the man I’d trust with the LT spot so it will be interesting to see if he wins the job. It appears that Cable and Davis are going to give him that chance. I have severe reservations about Barnes at LT. I would be comfortable with Barnes on the right ride. Barnes also brings off the field baggage and hopefully he can clean up, but that is far from a guarantee.
A one year deal is ideal. Barnes is playing for much more money next offseason when he will be just 27. He needs to prove his worth to the team and in the NFL both on and off the field.
Here is the quote from John Clayton’s article.
“I think this is a great opportunity and place for me to start fresh,” Barnes said. “I’m excited to be part of helping this franchise get back on top and I will have a shot to be the starter at left tackle and that’s all I can ask for. I have a lot to prove and I’m betting on myself by agreeing to a one-year contract. [Raiders owner] Mr. [Al] Davis has a track record of taking care of his own guys and he promised me the same, if I take care of my business on and off the field.”
Barnes is young and talented, with concerns. I guess he brings the same level of unknown to the table as any draft pick would. Also, the offensive line is slowly coming together.
LT: Barnes, Pears
LG: Gallery, McQuistan
OC: Wade, Morris
RG: Carlisle, Morris
RT: Henderson, Green
Backups: Marten, Wilson
This makes it far less likely the Raiders draft a LT in April’s draft. I don’t blame them, Jason Smith and Eugene Monroe are likely going to be taken before the Raiders pick.
So what now? A guess a new needs index is due.