Tag:Oakland Raiders
Posted on: October 3, 2010 8:29 pm

Kubiak says Foster 'neglected responsibilities'

Posted by Will Brinson

Arian Foster didn't start for the Texans against the Raiders on Sunday and it caught pretty much everyone by surprise -- the former Tennessee star has been a breakout back this year and is a key cog in the Texans offense.

Initially, it was believed he injured himself in pregame warmups but then reports trickled out that his absence was a "coach's decision," which typically means he did something to cheese off his boss. According to Gary Kubiak (via our Texans Rapid Reporter Matt Rybaltowski ), that's exactly what happened.

"Over the course of the last couple of weeks, he neglected a couple of responsibilities and has been unaccountable in a couple of situations,"  Kubiak said. "When that happens, you have to learn a lesson, have to pay a price."

Kubiak did add, however, that he was "proud" of Foster for "coming back and playing like he did." When discussing a running back who had a monster game with 131 yards and a teeter on just 16 carries en route to propelling the Texans to a win , that seems like a fair statement.

It also seems like Kubiak's motivational ploy on Foster worked quite well for everyone involved, the Raiders excepted.

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Posted on: October 2, 2010 6:13 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2010 1:24 pm

Week 4 injury news & analysis, part III

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Colts at Jaguars

For the Colts, it seems like the entire offense is questionable. But that’s what happens when RB Joseph Addai, RB Donald Brown, WR Pierre Garcon, WR Austin Collie and LT Charlie Johnson are listed at 50-50. Between the five of them, they combined to participate in six practices this week.

If I had to guess, I’d say Garcon won’t play, Collie will, Johnson won’t, Brown won’t and Addai will. Regardless, Indianapolis should have enough to wallop Jacksonville’s 29th-ranked defense.

Jaguars LB Justin Durant (ankle) is out for the second-straight game, and that’s not good news for Jacksonville. S Sean Considine is doubtful, and that means the Colts running game could have a nice day – assuming Addai plays.

UPDATE (9:09 p.m.):
Garcon and Brown have been ruled out.

Texans at Raiders

WR Andre Johnson remains questionable. He didn’t practice at all this week after reaggravating an ankle injury in Week 3 that he originally sustained in Week 2. Johnson is scheduled to take the field for warmups on Sunday, and that’s when his availability will be determined. Without him, the Texans will have a big void in their WR corps.

TE Owen Daniels also is questionable. He practiced Wednesday, but he suffered from a tight hamstring and didn’t work out Thursday or Friday. If he and Johnson don’t play, and assuming Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha takes out either Kevin Walter of Jacoby Jones, who in the heck will Matt Schaub target?

The Raiders have a ridiculous 19 players on their injury report. WRs Louis Murphy and Darrius Heyward-Bey are questionable, and that’s pretty bad news. Both are starters, and the only other WRs to catch a pass for Oakland this year are Johnnie Lee Higgins and Yamon Figurs. They’ve combined for an impressive three receptions on the season.

The defensive line is also a question mark. DT Richard Seymour and DT John Henderson are 50-50 to play as well.

Redskins at Eagles

It’s hard to analyze the Redskins injury list, because, as coach Mike Shanahan says, he’s not exactly honest about it (there’s a good lesson in fair play there, by the way. You just have to search really, really, really hard for it.). Among those who are listed a questionable are DT Albert Haynesworth, LT Trent Williams, CB DeAngelo Hall and RB Clinton Portis.

Will any of them play? Probably. But because we know Shanahan isn’t truthful with this list, it’s pretty hard to tell.

As for the Eagles, TE Brent Celek and WR Jeremy Maclin are probable to play, so QB Michael Vick will continue to have two of his major targets. G Nick Cole is questionable, but he hasn’t been that great when he’s played, so that’s not a big deal.

Cardinals at Chargers

The Cardinals will miss leading WR Steve Breaston (knee) and WR Early Doucet (groin), both of whom are out for Sunday. Naturally, this makes life tougher for QB Derek Anderson and WR Larry Fitzgerald. After missing practice Thursday, LB Paris Lenon returned Friday, and he’s questionable. If he can play, he’d be a big help to the Arizona defense, considering he’s the squad’s leading tackler.

Chargers LB Larry English is already listed as out, and I expect LB Shawne Merriman (doubtful with a calf) to join him on the bench. The fact San Diego elevated practice squad LB Kion Wilson to the 53-man roster this week likely means Merriman won’t be on the field. After missing last week, RB Ryan Mathews practiced all week and is listed as probable to play. Obviously, that’s good news for the Chargers, who rushed for 89 yards in last week’s loss to Seattle.

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Posted on: October 1, 2010 9:28 am
Edited on: October 1, 2010 2:23 pm

Blackout report for Week 4

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Texans @ Raiders game will be blacked out Sunday. This marks the ninth-straight blackout for the Silver and Black.

The Seahawks @ Rams game is also facing a blackout, despite the Rams coming off a home win against the Redskins.

The Cardinals @ Chargers will be blacked out (fans apparently aren’t eager to see Derek Anderson throwing to Stephen Williams). This is the second blackout in as many home games for San Diego.

The usual blackout suspect – the Jaguars – are NOT blacked out. The Jaguars sold out for the third time this season. They have benefitted from an attractive schedule. Jacksonville welcomed Tim Tebow and the Broncos to town in Week 1. Week 3 offered Michael Vick and the Eagles. This week, Jacksonville fans get to see Peyton Manning and the Colts.

UPDATE (2:22 ET): Rams Rapid Reporter Ron Clements says, thanks to four major corporate sponsors, the Rams have avoided a blackout for this Sunday after all.

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Posted on: September 28, 2010 10:38 am

Hot Routes 9.28.10: Schwartz' auspicious record

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  • Jim Schwartz is rather improbably one game away from the worst 20-game start by a head coach in Detroit Lions history, according to Tom Kowalski of the Detroit Free Press . This isn't improbable because the Lions are good, clearly. It's improbable because Schwartz is, in my estimation, a very good head coach who'd done a pretty good job making lemonade out of the rotted out lemon seeds that Matt Millen left hanging around the greater Detroit area. Additionally, Schwartz has dealt with injuries to Matthew Stafford in two straight seasons, a total lack of an offensive line and one of the worst defenses in NFL history last year. The simple fact that he's won a few games is actually impressive; even if he starts off with the worst record in Detroit history (through 20 games) it seems unlikely that the cautious optimism permeating the Lions organization and fanbase these days will cease to exist.
  • Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic believes that the Cardinals need to change quarterbacks "immediately" even though they're 2-1. There's no argument against the fact that Derek Anderson isn't "great" or even "good" but right now he's at least winning (even if it's not deservedly), and considering how high Ken Wisenhunt is on BYU product Max Hall, you'd certainly think that if he thought he could get the job done as a starter, he'd be getting the opportunity.
  • The possibility of Michael Vick getting injured after such a hot start has to be terrifying to Eagles fans. Bleeding Green Nation points out that Vick is "still taking too many hits" which is probably symptomatic of a porous offensive line. But Vick also holds the ball longer than a normal quarterback too, and that creates some danger. (Like that he might also score rushing touchdowns for my fantasy team!)
  • Ryan Grant wanted to know if he could tweet during the Packers-Bears game on Monday night. Apparently, that's totally legal -- Brian McCarthy of NFL PR let him know (via Twitter, duh) that as long as he wasn't on the sidelines or locker room, he was fine to hit up the social media during games.
  • Did the Dolphins blow a chance to "make a statement in the division?" That's what the Phinsider believes -- I'm inclined to agree, especially considering the way in which the defense got pure-tee shredded by the Jets on a nationally televised game.
  • And of course it's not a party without some discussion of the junk-grabbing Shaun Smith -- Arrowhead Pride has video of the "incident" and a nice little recap of Smith's awkward little problem.
Posted on: September 27, 2010 3:23 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2010 3:30 pm

George Blanda passes away at 83

Posted by Andy Benoit

Raiders legend George Blanda has passed away at the age of 83. The Hall of Famer was best known for his passing and kicking brilliance.

Blanda began his career with the Chicago Bears in 1949. He joined the AFL’s Raiders in 1967 and remained with the team through 1975.
Blanda was a star for the Bears and Oilers in the AFL. When he joined Al Davis’ Raiders, he was already 39 years old.

This from the San Francisco Chronicle:

Raiders owner Al Davis acquired ... Blanda in 1967, after Blanda had put in 17 years of pro ball, for just a waiver price of $100, and Blanda played nine seasons in the Bay Area, often spectacularly, as a kicker and backup quarterback to Daryle Lamonica.

Blanda's most memorable season in Oakland was 1970, when in a five-game stretch, he won four games and tied another with his arm and/or foot, a feat that led to him being named AFC Player of the Year.

"Al Davis always liked my attitude, and my time with the Raiders was special, because it looked like my career was over" the always-blunt Blanda said. "Instead, I played another nine years, which by itself was more than twice the average playing career."

When he retired after the 1975 season, he had scored 2,002 points, a record that stood until kicker Gary Anderson broke it in the 2000 season. He also set marks for most career field-goal attempts (637), and most PATs made and attempted (943 of 959).

His 340-game career was the longest in league history, and his 26 years of service were five seasons longer than any other player.
With Davis as his presenter, Blanda was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1981.

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Posted on: September 27, 2010 3:06 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2010 3:07 pm

F&R NFL Approval Matrix: Week 3

Posted by Will Brinson  

Our affinity for graphs and charts and purty pictures knows no bounds, so (with a nod to the smartypants at  NY Mag ), we present our first-ever NFL approval matrix. Suggestions, complaints and intellecutual property lawsuits may be directed to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) .

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Posted on: September 25, 2010 10:22 pm

Week 3 injuries & analysis III

Posted by Andy Benoit

Raiders @ Cardinals

Both teams are missing wide receivers – Chaz Schilens (knee) for the Raiders and Early Doucet (hernia) for the Cardinals. The only other major injury of note is guard Robert Gallery, who is still dealing with a bad hamstring. Cardinals guard Alan Faneca is also listed on the injury report (questionable with a back).

Michael Bush is probable after missing the first two games with a fractured thumb (you wonder if Darren McFadden’s early success hasn’t somehow inspired Bush to get healthy).

Raiders corner Chris Johnson is fighting to keep his starting job. His neck injury (questionable) won’t help that caR. Mathews (US Presswire)use. What could help that cause, however, is Steve Breaston’s sore knee. The speedster is listed as questionable.

Chargers @Seahawks

Ryan Mathews is doubtful with a high ankle sprain. It’s 99 percent certain that the rookie running back won’t play Sunday. Three Chargers linebackers are listed as questionable – run-stopping thumper Stephen Cooper (knee) and backup pass-rushers Jyles Tucker (missed practice, undisclosed reasons) and Larry English (foot). Cooper will play (just like last week when he battled the knee); English sounds iffier.

The Seahawks will be without LB Leroy Hill (calf/Achilles), but they probably didn’t figure to have him in 2010 anyway. Seattle’s offensive line is getting healthier. Russell Okung is not back from a high ankle sprain, but Ben Hamilton, Sean Locklear and Chester Pitts are all expected to be available Sunday.

Jets @ Dolphins

No Darrelle Revis (hamstring) and no Calvin Pace (foot) for the Jets. No Jared Odrick (ankle) for the Dolphins. None of this is breaking news.

Miami ILB Channing Crowder is expected to make his season debut after nursing a groin injury. Dolphins starting guard John Jerry has an illness and is doubtful.

Most interesting is whether a Jets receiver will conveniently get injured early on. Rex Ryan would probably never do this, but wouldn’t it be clever to tell David Clowney to fake a hamstring pull (or something) so that the Jets can pretend they have no choice but to play Braylon Edwards?

Packers @ Bears

Packers guard Daryn Colledge hurt his knee in practice, but the injury does not appear to be serious. His status for Monday night is up in the air. Charles Woodson was limited in practice with a toe injury, but that’s par for the course with him.

The Bears will be without rookie safety Major Wright (hamstring) for at least a few weeks. Wright missed a lot of preseason action, too, with a finger injury. OT Chris Williams (hamstring) was the only other Bear to not practice. He is a no-go for Monday.

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Posted on: September 24, 2010 11:20 am

Raiders issue gag order for Campbell to press

Posted by Will Brinson

Jason Campbell was officially benched by the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday. Naturally, people in the press were curious what he thought about being benched for Bruce Gradkowski after playing like JaMarcus Russell.

Campbell, however, wasn't talking. But not because he was just being a jerk about things -- according to Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle , Campbell was "asked by the team not to talk to reporters."

That is, naturally, absolutely ridiculous.

And totally unsurprising -- this is the Raiders we're talking about after all. The problem for Campbell given the circumstances is that if Gradkowski falters against the Cardinals (and how embarrassing would that be?), then the quarterback controversy gets ramped back up and Campbell gets put in a position to win his starting job back.

So, if he decides to go against team rules and talk to the press, it's highly unlikely that he'll get to take starting snaps again. Plus, Campbell's not that type of guy; look no further than his team-first behavior in Washington while he was being treated like the unwanted step-child whenever another quarterback (Jay Cutler, Donovan McNabb) became available for trade.

It's just sad that he finally got out of a nightmarish situation in Washington ... only to end up in a worse one in Oakland. But the fact that the Raiders are presenting him with a shiny, happy opportunity to enjoy himself isn't that shocking either.

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