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Longstanding citizen of the Nation; ardently dedicated to our beloved Raiders.

Flagrum contra apostatas!

"George Blanda ... the greatest clutch player in the history of this game." Al Davis

"Let no thing possess you that you do not dictate." Raymond St. Martin

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Does Raiders HC, Hue Jackson, lack talent for evaluating players?

6:40 remaining in the 2nd Half is representative of Groves' standard of play and what our coaches are prepared to offer us this season.

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Raiders two weakest positions

If your impressions from the Arizona game were like mine, your overall feeling is "guarded optimism", that the overall play of our O, D and STs is far better than decent. But, you also came away...

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Nation's take on divisional outcome

In the spirit of today's theme of prognostication, I ask, "How many divisional games will the Raiders take away this season? Will they sweep again? If we don't sweep, who will mar our quest for...

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Raiders sign two vet Safeties

Today, Oakland signed veteran safeties Matt Giordano and Josh Bullocks.Matt Giordano is a hard hitting safety (at least) so he may fit our Bully mold. Giordano played for the Colts (a 4th round...

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Raiders "Next Man Up" Policy ... and cruel reality

Most of us realized early that Oakland has a strong group of starters but lacks depth - with the exceptions of our RBs and DTs - and that while it's nice (in theory) to have a "Next Man Up" policy, it doesn't help much if there is no viable next man.

Could have had him: Casey Matthews To Start As Eagles MLB

With all of the improvements the Eagles have made this week in free agency, the signing of cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha, and the addition of defensive end Jason Babin, one question remains: who will play middle linebacker? In a press conference last Friday, new defensive coordinator Juan Castillo announced that rookie Casey Matthews out of Oregon, brother of Packers star linebacker Clay Matthews, would be the middle linebacker in his defense, saying that the job was his to lose. The Eagles selected Matthews in the fourth round not because he was overly athletic, but because he was extremely intelligent. When asked about his decision to give Matthews first string reps, Castillo responded, "The thing about it is that he is a football player. He's smart. He has that 'it'. At middle linebacker we want somebody who can get everyone lined up; someone that can be a leader." The Eagles have solidified multiple facets of their defense this week, but the linebacker position is one that had yet to be addressed. Stewart Bradley started at middle linebacker last season before he sustained an ACL injury ending his season. Bradley will reportedly not be back in time for the beginning of the 2011 season, which begged the question, "Who will play middle linebacker in his stead?" Well, now we have our answer. Only time will tell if Casey Matthews can live up to the family name, but if he can rise to the challenge the Eagles will have one of the top defenses in the league. Babin and Trent Cole will provide a strong pass rush on the defensive line while Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie will make it difficult to throw the ball anywhere except over the middle. According to Castillo, safety Nate Allen, who left last season with an ACL injury, is healthy and making plays. With Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie now on the roster, sources speculate that the Eagles will look to deal Asante Samuel. If they do not address the linebacker position in a trade with Asante Samuel and Casey Matthews continues to impress in training camp, look for the him to take the field as a starter on opening day against the Rams in St. Louis.

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Raiders magic number

Last season, the Raiders won every game in which their Time of Possession (TOP) was equal to or greater than 33 minutes. And, if the Arizona game is tossed out (lost at the end by a fluke) then 31...

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If Jason acts like a Leader and teammates follow him, then he is a Leader

It's true that leaders have different styles of command and that anyone assuming the QB role is, at least,  in the role of leadership. That role, however, doesn't guarantee that the person holding...

Real Football Playoffs right now in Europe 10:30 Sat. PDT - RAIDERS!

EFL - EUROPEAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE - Quarterfinal | SAT Tivoli Stadium, Innsbruck, Austria RAIDERS TIROL[AUSTRIA] SPATIATES [FRANCE]

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4th Round - Raiders take another CB, his name is 4.4 40

Taking Chimdi Chekwa, the 6-0 191lb CB out of Ohio State after drafting DVD means Nnamdi is leaving and Oakland will continue being the fastest team on turf.

SOB’s Oakland Raiders 2011 Mock Draft

2nd Round, 16th Pick, 48th Overall, pick value 420 pts. Colin Kaepernick QB  6-4+ 233 40=4.53 Destined for greatness, Colin will be better than Sam Bradford h...

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Irresponsible and False Report about Marcus Cannon

Apr 13th 2011  http://nflmocks.com/2011/04/13/tcu-offensive-lineman-marcus-cannon-slipping-down-draft-boards/ REPORT: TCU OT Marcus Cannon Diagnosed With Cancer AUTHOR: Josh Sanchez | IN: NFL...

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Brief assessment of Raiders' last four drafts

Legend: BLACK is Good RED is Bad YELLOW is Fair _____________________________________________ 2010 1. Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama....... .BLACK 2. Lamarr Houston, DT, Texas..................

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More to be hopeful about: Raiders will draft at Linebacker

The Raiders Official Website posted (April 4th) this years LB invitees to the combine. I'm confident Oakland will be taking at least one of them in response to our rush defense that's ranked 29th...

Another flagrant act of disrespect against the Raiders. NFL.CON leaves Jacoby out of latest poll asking, "Who is the best kick returner playing in the NFL?"

Who is the best kick returner playing in the NFL? DeSean Jackson (Eagles) Devin Hester (Bears) Josh Cribbs (Browns) Darren Sproles (Chargers) Leon Washington (Seahawks)

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Were the Raiders to take a QB, this is the One ...

I also realize that the Raiders have always been Snake-bit drafting QBs. In fact, the only rookie QB to amount to anything for the Raiders in 50 years was a Snake - who ironically didn't bit us (though it did take Kenny 4 full years to become a starter). But with Hue and Saunder's eyes for QB talent (Boller notwithstanding), maybe now is the time to break the Rookie QB curse!

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Dealing with NFL Meltdown...and other earth-shaking crises

Especially now, with the series of disasters unleashed last week: NFL Player Lockout following a failed mediation effort; near record earthquakes, a tsunami, volcanic activity on multiple...

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Jason's back-up: A QB ready to go all the way...and take the Raiders with him

Now, the Raiders, have only drafted one QB in 50 years that amounted to anything for them - Stabler; the rest were mediocre at best and mainly marginal or busts.

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Oakland Raiders Free Agent Status Update

Like Romans at the Gladiatorial contests, I invite you to render your judgment on their futures in Oakland ... thumbs up or thumbs down.

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Looking like Buster will be a Raider

It's axiomatic, the Raiders always try to draft the fastest man in the draft. This season will be no different and the fact that Nnamdi Asomugha may be leaving makes it all the more critical that the fastest man at the combine is also be someone who can step up to fill a major gap in the Defense.

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Improved Raider Defenders

Matt Shaughnessy - went from 26 solo tackles and 4 sacks in '09 to 43 solo tackles and 7 sacks in '10.

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Which Combine Star will Oakland Raiders draft this time around?

While our needs are along the Offensive Line and at Outside Linebacker on the weak side, one of our six picks won't be at any of those spots ... unless the LB from Nevada, Dontay Moch really does run as fast as his mouth.

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Oakland Raiders Skill-Positions are basically locked-in

The status quo of our skill-positions depends on signing FA's; but the skill positions of the Raiders are, for the most part, locked-in and given our coaching upgrades, we need only address the Offensive Line and Linebacker Corps through the Draft and FA to see dramatic improvements in our two most deficient areas of play: Rush Defense and Pass Blocking.

Raiders hire Rod Woodson as defensive backs coach

This 11-time Pro Bowler & 6-time First-Team All-Pro who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009, will help take us from 2nd best pass defense to 1st. This is another very good move by Al & Hue.

Raiders Linebackers: Taking Stock, 3-4 Or Not

Whether we go to a 3-4 or remain as we are, we need a run stopping Outsider LB. ... Rush Defense is still our top priority if we are to make it to the playoffs and do something once we get there.

How we might prepare for the Black Hole: Cold Water Training by Stew Smith There is an argument as...

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How we might prepare for the Black Hole: Cold Water Training by Stew Smith There is an argument as to whether some people are genetically wired to handle colder temperatures, or whether one must build stamina for lower temperatures by training in colder environments (water or land). I believe it is a little bit of both. When I was attending SEAL Training, the water off San Diego was brutal to new recruits. Typically, water temperatures were (at best) 69 degrees during the warmest part of the summer and dropped to in the low 50's during the winter. Then in dive phase, at about 15 feet underwater, you would hit a thermo-cline and water temperature was in the low 40's. That was when BUD/S got cold, especially during a winter dive phase. /// People often ask me, "What is the best way to train for the cold water at BUD/S? Do I take ice baths, cold showers, or sit in a pool for hours?" For me, what I think helped me was hours of surfing/body surfing a few years prior to BUD/S. Physical training such as swimming/surfing /playing in water temperature near those of San Diego is what I would recommend for short periods of time. Do not let yourself get to a point where you are shaking uncontrollably or (especially) not shaking at all, as you can die if you play around too much with your core temperature. Therefore, I do not recommend placing ice in a bath tub and dropping the water temperature to arctic levels. Colder showers are OK if you like mild torture, but training for cold water-endurance by yourself can be dangerous.

Hue Jackson's rise to Raiders coach began in tough section of L.A.

Insightful background information about Coach Hue growing up in South Central L.A. From all accounts (former coaches, friends, teammates), Action Jackson is a natural born coach. Calling his own plays and analyzing O's & D's since High School. "In Hue We Trust"

Are penalties a key reason for Raider losses?

While an effort to reduce penalties is helpful, any undue focus on avoiding mistakes takes the edge off aggressive play. ... A focus on penalties is a distraction from Raider-style ball .. which has always included a lot of penalties.

FORBES: The Most Disliked People In Sports [Quess whose #1]

Fine. Let them hate ... it only makes the Nation stronger. We know Al a lot better than the couch-potato doughnut-eating voting pool and consider Al Davis the Patriarch of our family, Raider Nation.

Raiders land 8-time Pro Bowler Steve Wisniewski for OL Coach!

"I’m back to my first love – the Oakland Raiders and working with the Offensive Line. I’m a Raider for life. I can help in technique, help in mindset and attitude and really push these young men to develop and to be the heartbeat of the team." - Wisniewski

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