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  1. https://www.silverandblackpride.com/2018/9/14/17853800/raiders-rookie-report-kolton-miller-leads-the-way-for-not-so-great-season-opener Nice little article featuring the rookies from the first game. Precisely why the pre-season should be treated as just the pre-season when evaluating how players will fare.
  2. Khalil Mack traded to the Bears (Page 19)

    You usually stock pile draft picks not brazenly throw a 3rd away on a high risk, long shot WR or nonchalantly give a couple to move up and pick a punter?!?!?!?! I'd have expected even more (cheap) veteran stop gaps exactly as you suggest above, not guys like Jordy Nelson, Whitehead and possibly keeping a guy like EJ Manuel as a cheap backup instead of using valuable draft capital. Has anyone from the front office mentioned the dreaded words 'rebuild', I don't recall anyone saying that..............not that they usually do? Where has this mantra come from with regard the 'rebuild' or is it just a smoke and mirrors to try and obfuscate the Mack trade fiasco?
  3. Khalil Mack traded to the Bears (Page 19)

    Do you really think we're rebuilding though? Trading a 3rd for Martavis Bryant and a 5th for a back up QB, trading up in the draft to get a punter, signing guys like Nelson, Whitehead and Melvin don't really seem like rebuilding type moves, they seem like semi-desperate win now moves to me - or moves to at least appease the beleaguered Oakland support with some short term success.
  4. Khalil Mack traded to the Bears (Page 19)

    This is an interesting scenario, If we could get Bosa who for arguments sake plays at a consistent 'near Pro Bowl' level (without being the all pro Mack is) and on a rookie contract for 4 years at least, I'd say it was a good deal if we used the one pick but to use both picks and he's only 3/4 the player would just be a money saving exercise. We could have just payed Mack his 13.8m this year and franchise tagged him for a couple years IMO.
  5. Watched the game again last night (glutton for punishment) and it must have been quite late in the 4th, maybe just after the pick 6 so the collapse had happened by the time both were out.
  6. I agree in part, I think we were super conservative with the O due mostly to the formidable Rams defensive front, kind of like when we played Denver in '16 and tore them apart with the RBs catching out of the backfield. I thought the two tackles held up pretty well - Miller definitely deserves some credit as he was left 1 on 1 a lot and held his own. KO got absolutely dominated inside by Donald though. Defensively we did look a little overmatched, we looked like we were missing a 'Mack' to take the attention and allow someone else to come free. There's no-one worth double teaming at the moment on our DL but that doesn't mean they won't become good players. DJ, Leon Hall, Conley and Melvin I thought looked pretty good too, considering the lack of pressure we were able to exert.
  7. Rnd3- DE Arden key

    I really like Hall too and Hurst but what makes you think Hall would be better at end than Key (assuming Key is not a total bust of course)?? Of the two I would have thought Hurst looks more like a natural 3-4 DE possible 4-3 DE than Hall who looks like a perfect DT for our anticipated Bengal esque system.........
  8. Khalil Mack traded to the Bears (Page 19)

    I generally feel like I agree with you on a lot of topics Riceman but we need to stop saying 'player A is a lock here' or 'no way X,Y or Z will be available at our spot'. There are literally hundreds of ways he can fall out of the top 10............below expected levels of performance, average combine, misdemeanour, minor injury, reported character issue, other players nailing the combine and shooting up draft boards etc. etc. There are many players every year who fall for whatever reason. Just look who was available at our spot this year that we were told wouldn't be there - James, Fitzpatrick, Vea, Edmunds and who we took in round 5 that no-one saw coming!
  9. Lions release DE Anthony Zettel; claimed by Browns

    Really liked Zettel coming out, he's got to be better depth than Frostee Rucker hasn't he?
  10. Frankly, there's more chance of the Raiders going to the Superbowl than the perennial underachiever Chargers I do like the Rams though, think Goff has shown flashes of being a great QB and like most people love the D. Donald was my favourite player in that draft (Mack included)!
  11. Jon Gruden and "The Plan"

    I seem to recall him having a fall out with the incumbent GM who left briskly (can't recall his name but I think he went to Atlanta) and with a couple high profile players - maybe dismantling was the wrong phrase and I should have used re-tooling, the point I was trying to make was that I think Gruden is an excellent coach and specifically offensive mind but his moves in trades, draft picks and how he re-tooled or reshaped the roster in his image after players left or retired were not good at all - and he was complicit in some guys like Keyshawn leaving.
  12. 2018 Depth Chart...How do you see it?

    Agree with your thoughts about Hall playing 3T but TBH I don't know enough about Price to know if he's an upgrade over Hester.
  13. Jon Gruden and "The Plan"

    Great post S&B88, I agree with practically all. At the start of the off-season we did indeed look like we had a plan - bring in the vets, get a real DC and some internal push, stretch the field at WR and add some blocking prowess. However, when some of those moves haven't panned out so well it does seem like sheer panic. I remember well Gruden having great success with the team that Al built, the brilliant coaching, energy and excitement and I remember the heartache watching interception after interception in the Super Bowl we lost to him. I also remember his dismantling of Tony Dungy's team and his attempts to play GM that frankly made me very nervous at his signing. Like a lot of folks here, I like Gruden the coach but am terrified of Gruden the GM.
  14. 2018 Depth Chart...How do you see it?

    This Good point, although I was under the impression the FO viewed Hall as a NT type who could also apply pressure (I do think he'd be better at 3T with his explosiveness and burst)
  15. 2018 Depth Chart...How do you see it?

    I thought Hester looked pretty decent for us and outplayed his draft status. Not sure a guy with Price’s credentials will be any upgrade but I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Some of these changes seem to be changes for changes sake...........
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