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NFL Week 6, Chiefs vs. Raiders: The Black Hole

2011 Oakland Raiders (draft): Hue Jackson, Stefen Wisnieski, Taiwan Jones (via BassGearGuy)

Well what can you say. Unlike 2009, when the Chiefs competed with the Oakland Raiders, in 2010 the Raiders swept both games for the first time since 2001.

Jason Campbell, Jacoby Ford, and Darren McFadden combined for 262 yards and a Touchdown. Sebastian Janikowski added three FG's and two PAT's as the Raiders survived in OT in Oakland. At Arrowhead later in the 2010 season, Raider QB Jason Campbell, Jacoby Ford, and Micheal Bush combined for 3 TD's and 261 yards. In the combined two games Jacoby Ford had 6 returns for 174 yards and a TD. The Raiders amassed 7 sacks and two Interceptions in the season finale.

With almost a year of perspective the main problem I see is timing. The Chiefs played well enough to win the 1st game and the 2nd game came amidst the Charlie Weis, probable Playoffs, and against a young distracted team.
The Raiders are pretty good, or were pretty good in 2010. Tom Cable had the team competing and finished undefeated against the AFC West. That is one way to win a playoff spot.

What to expect in 2011? 

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To review _ Asomugha is a fabulous cover cornerback, but his salary for 2011 ($16.8 million or the average of the top five quarterbacks in the NFL) is way out of line for someone who blankets receivers but whose obvious skills hasn’t done much to remedy the team’s defensive problems. He doesn’t create turnovers, the biggest single stat in NFL. Despite his presence, the Raiders still gave up 29 touchdown passes (only four teams gave up more) and 30-plus points six times.

I could go on, and already have, so never mind. If you think a cover corner should get a salary in the vicinity of Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, so be it. Link

Out with Asomugha, in with Stanford Routt.

Routt recently went on SIRIUS NFL Radio to talk about the man-heavy scheme the Raiders are well-known for playing. Oakland ran a lot of single-high safety looks in 2010, with Michael Huff(notes) up top and Routt and Asomugha as the cornerback combo for the most part. With so much man coverage, even if a nickel back is involved, those "islands" you keep hearing about can be a problem if you're not used to it and on top of your game.

"Basically, you just hit it on the head. We basically play man every damn down," Routt told hosts Tim Ryan and Pat Kirwan. "If we play 60 snaps on defense, at least 56 of those are going to be man coverage. Everyone in the league knows what our game plan is," he said. "It's hard as hell to do that." Link
 

Other Notables contract status:

  • Richard Seymour: Re-signed
  • Nnamdi Asomugha: The ball’s in his court. Chances are Raiders weren’t going to pay $16.8 or more anyway. How much will they pay?
  • Robert Gallery: Was extremely loyal to Tom Cable, who helped turn his career around by moving him from left tackle to left guard. UPDATE: Gallery’s deal has reasonable salaries which run through 2014, but he made it clear following the season he was in a free agent year. Assuming those last four years are voidable.
  • Stanford Routt: Re-signed.
  • John Henderson: Missed seven games with a stress fracture but still showed he’s got something to offer as a run-stopper at defensive tackle.
  • Langston Walker: Much better as a starting right tackle in 2010 than he was in 2006, but will Raiders look for new blood?
  • Rock Cartwright: Re-signed
  • Khalif Barnes: Seemed to relish the team role and playing as backup tackle and power tight end.
  • Sam Williams: He’ll sign for the minimum and be happy about it.
  • Michael Bennett: Re-signed
  • Kyle Boller: Re-signed
  • Charlie Frye: Went to every practice and meeting while on injured reserve all year. Could be rewarded with No. 3 QB job.
  • Daniel Loper: Re-signed
  • J.T. O’Sullivan: Signed once Bruce Gradkowski went out with a shoulder injury.
  • Michael Huff: Has five years of service but contract void could make him unrestricted regardless of how CBA is set up.
  • Bruce Gradkowski: Couldn’t make it through either of the last two years healthy and Jason Campbell played well when he went on IR.
  • Thomas Howard: Pushed into the background as linebacking corps was swept out. Hard to believe he won’t be looking elsewhere.
  • Ricky Brown: Has value as a backup middle linebacker and special teams player.
  • Hiram Eugene: Re-signed
  • Jarvis Moss: May have shown enough as a pass rusher in season finale to get another look at a reasonable price.
  • Zach Miller: Only the Raiders most productive receiver over the past four years.
  • Michael Bush: Yes, he only played three years, but I’m told his PUP year rehabbing his ankle counts.
  • Samson Satele: I may be in the minority, but it seemed to me Satele played extremely well in the last four or five games of the season. Both on the interior and getting to second level.
  • Mario Henderson: There is sentiment within the building (including at the very top) that Henderson should have been moved to right tackle early after Jared Veldheer won the job on the left side and started over Walker.
  • Johnnie Lee Higgins: Seems to have regressed the last two years after a strong second season. If Jacoby Ford takes over punt returns, hard to imagine him being back.
  • Link

Can Al Davis go two years without firing his Head Coach?

Head Coaches - since the Raiders returned to Oakland

Mike White 1995–1996 32 15 17 0 .469 
Joe Bugel 1997 16 4 12 0 .250
Jon Gruden 1998–2001 64 38 26 0 .594
Bill Callahan 2002–2003 32 15 17 0 .469
Norv Turner 2004–2005 32 9 23 0 .281
Art Shell 2006 16 2 14 0 .125
Lane Kiffin 2007–2008 20 5 15 0 .250 
Tom Cable 2008–2010 44 17 27 0 .386 
Hue Jackson 2011

Jon Gruden got traded, so the answer is No :)

After compiling a 40–28 win-loss record (including playoffs) in four seasons with the Raiders, Gruden replaced the fired Tony Dungy as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002, via a high-stakes trade that included Tampa Bay's 2002 and 2003 first-round draft picks, 2002 and 2004 second-round draft picks, and $8 million in cash.

What do the Fans Say? 

THE OFFICIAL BLACK & SILVER VIDEO (OAKLAND RAIDERS) BY DA PROBLEM (via SUNNYRICHES)

So i pose this question....did Moss and Sapp   turning on Al the way they did leave him with such a bad taste in his mouth that he's out of the market for good ? Or has Al Davis gone Magoo on us and just gotten cheap ? I know he threw some money around before the lockout but failed to get Asomagua , Huff , Miller and Gallery locked up , yes i said Gallery , though Im not a Gallery fan , he has developed into a top 10 LG , and without giving up a 1st and 3rd for Mankins there is no upgrade , actually anything we do will be a downgrade .

  For god sake someone slap Al and wake him up ! If he truly wants to hold the Lombardi trophy again before he dies here is his chance ! Uncapped hello, AL ? Are you there , hello? The Raiders used to be the Yankees of football , WIN THE TROPHEY IF YOU CAN , STEAL THE TROPHEY IF YOU MUST , AND IF ALL ELSE FAILS BUY THE ...... Link

agreed , but that ship has sailed we already over spent , thus the reason we will loose asomagua huff and gallery  but when loper was in for gallery you saw a huge drop off , you can get away with budget linemen on the right side , but not on the left , no issue our starting line has a combined like 5 yrs experience all together , eugene is our starting saftey, can you squeek by maybe , but your not going to dominate at that position , when you know eugene is mediocre and you choose to save a few bucks and commit to him for 2 years instead of sign huff , your making a concious and deliberate decision to downgrade that position to save a buck , when you decide to hand 11.5 mil to a cb who was barley clinging to the nickle role year before last , istead of pay the 2nd best corner in the nfl , you making a deliberate move to downgrade the position , granted routt played well enough to take jhonsons job but not asomaguas , and now jhonsons a starter again , you can lose a dollar trying to save a dime sometimes
by aa420 on May 20, 2011 11:04 AM PDT reply actions  
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DEN AND KC GOT STRONGER DRAFT DAY , SD HAS KEPT THEIR FREE AGENTS AND MAY LAND SMITH , IF OUR ANSWER TO MILLER -DUMERVILLE IS LOPER -BARKSDALE , AND OUR ANSWER TO SMITH-JACKSON IS SAYING GOOD BY TO ASOMAGUA AND HUFF WE GOT PROBLEMS WERE GETTING WEAKER WHERE THE AFC WEST IS GETTING STRONGER , HOW DO WE TURN THE CORNER IF WE WEAKEN OUR TEAM TO SAVE A BUCK WHILE , DEN , KC , AND SD KEEP GETTING STRONGER , RUNNING 4.3 MAY GET YOU TO THE GAME .053 SECONDS FASTER THAN THE OTHER TEAM BUT ITS NOT GONNA BLOCK VON MILLER OR SHUT DOWN STEVE SMITH
by aa420 on May 20, 2011 11:30 AM PDT reply actions 

 I always enjoy reading about the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders are like a Box of Chocolates....

Geaux Chiefs

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