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  1. 2019 NFL Draft Thread

    You can't manufacture a player where there is none. From what I've seen, there isn't a guy you're describing in this class. I would like to sign Tyrell Williams this offseason, though. I'm all for going all defense with the first four picks and this seems like a great draft to do that. 1) Bosa 2) Corner: Diggs, Baker, Williams 3) Edge: Burns, Jackson, Sweat, Allen 4) Linebacker or Defensive Tackle
  2. 2019 Free Agency Thread

    It's because he's a great player.
  3. 2019 Free Agency Thread

    Both have struggled in pass protection this year and Osemele has struggled in pass protection going back to last season too. Also, a guard that is so pigeon-holed to one blocking scheme is not worth $10 million, in my opinion.
  4. 2019 Free Agency Thread

    I wonder what’s the likelihood both both Osemele and Jackson getting cut this offseason. I think Osemele is as good as gone if he doesn’t restructure and the same might be true of Jackson. Whatever the case, I don’t think either are playing close to what they’re getting paid on a down to down basis. I wouldn’t mind cutting both and bringing in a couple older veterans to compete or replace them. Plus, it would clear room for landing a big fish like Bell.
  5. 2019 Free Agency Thread

    Not an option this offseason so no reason bringing it up.
  6. 2019 Free Agency Thread

    Because others have performed in Bell's role shouldn't raise a red flag unless you are really unsure about his talent. I don't think there should be any questions about Bell's talent. Every "red flag" you've raised about Bell literally have nothing to do with him as a player. And no, it would not be smart to Bell to take less money or else what was the point of him not playing this season? And to answer your question about whether Bell would run hard: there is no indication he would run any more or less hard if he was on a losing team--none, zilch, zero. Just because he's trying to maximize the biggest contract of his career doesn't mean he won't run hard. The two are mutually exclusive. You mean a good oline, Hall of Fame quarterback, Hall of Fame receiver, and top #2 receiver? And it's not just about getting a productive run game, it's about getting a productive offense. Bell's versatility affects both the run and pass. People forget he would split out wide and win against defensive backs.
  7. 2019 Free Agency Thread

    I haven't really watched Conner much to say where he lands among today's backs. I do know that Bell is a transcendent talent at the position regardless of how Conner is performing. Further, the question isn't what Bell offers to the Steelers, it's what he would offer to the Raiders. Because of the surrounding talent, Bell doesn't seem to offer the Steelers much over what they have in Conner (even though I'm certain Bell is a better player). That said, Bell would offer much more to a team with a dearth of talent on offense because of what he can create on his own. To your second point, teams are never as far from competing as they seem to be--especially if the QB position is presumably settled. The Raiders are a bad roster today, but that could change in a year--especially if you add an elite talent like Bell. Lastly, Bell is very much in AP's class as far as peak talent goes. Prime AP might have been a better pure runner because of his long speed, but Bell offers more as a route running out of the backfield and from the line of scrimmage. I go back to what I see from Bell when I watch him play. He's a mix of LeSean McCoy's quickness and Marshawn Lynch's power and balance. The only thing he's missing is touchdown-making long speed.
  8. 2019 Free Agency Thread

    Strongly disagree. Bell is every bit the talent of someone like AP. The system is ideal for any back: great quarterback, great oline, and great perimeter weapons, but you can't tell me that Bell isn't among the best all-around backs in the modern era based on how he plays. This is a ridiculous take. The Bell hate--and it is hate--reminds me of what happens when players are out of sight out of mind: we forget how great they were. Bell is a great player. To compare him to Matt Cassell is laughable. Bell has less mileage than most backs his age considering his suspensions, injuries, and this past season. Bell has at least 4-5 years of elite play left in him.
  9. 2019 Free Agency Thread

    I would want to bring Martin and Richard back even if the team signs Bell. Martin is a good back, Bell is a great back. I would rather spend the money on Bell and know we're getting a great player. Plus, the more the team spends on offense in free agency the more draft capital can be used on defense where prospects tend to perform better earlier. We didn't spend money on Mack or Cooper so I'm hoping that goes somewhere worthwhile and there are few players more worth it than Bell. I think people for get how good Bell is--he's LT/Marshall Faulk good.
  10. 2019 Free Agency Thread

    Martin and Lynch looked decent behind this oline and Bell is twice the player they are at this stage of their careers. Bell would be a huge boon to the offense and take pressure off Carr to perform.
  11. Raider 49er game thread... Last Battle of the Bay

    Why is Clinton McDonald playing defensive end?
  12. Raider 49er game thread... Last Battle of the Bay

    This defense is hilariously bad. Linebackers are slow, defensive line gets pushed back, safeties are clueless.
  13. 2019 NFL Draft Thread

    The circumstances are quite different for Guenther in Oakland and I'm not sure how much influence he had over personnel in Cincinnati. Schematically, I think Guenther has pretty much done what did in Cincinnati, but with worse players. In Cincinnati, Guenther would often place Dunlap inside on passing downs, but if we assume Hall and Hurst are in the team's long-term plans, I'm not sure if Guenther would feel the need to involve an end on the inside unless either doesn't pan out. In the event the Raiders do go with two edge pass rushers in next year's draft, I'd imagine Key gets pushed to either a rotational role or plays SLB. I'm not sold on Key and I didn't love the pick even in the 3rd round. I hope he develops, but I wouldn't avoid taking two edge rushers in the upcoming draft because of him.
  14. 2019 NFL Draft Thread

    I don't pick up on draft news and analysis until around December, but how likely would it for the Raiders to go interior Dline in the draft considering the team just drafted Hall and Hurst? I know Ed Oliver is awesome and interior defensive line is generally one of the deepest positions in any given draft, but I would have to think if talent is generally equal, that edge, linebacker, and corner must be the positions the Raiders covet in round 1, right? I honestly wouldn't be too mad going after two edge players in round one if the board fell that way. I know Bosa is awesome but there's also Ferrell from Clemson and the guy from Miami and Florida State. I'm not sure how good of a season the latter two are having, though.
  15. Raider 49er game thread... Last Battle of the Bay

    We better win this game. It won't get easier than this.