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  1. 10 hours ago, shadyridr said:

    Bloom really did a disservice to everyone ranking this guy 8th just because he had a hard on for this guy. Was never realistic to rank him as anything other than an rb2.

    Some experts need to take their love affairs with players else where and rank players unbiased or not rank them at all. 

    I am not sure what you mean by this? How?

    I agree that 8 always way too high prior to the game but I am quite sure @Sigmund Bloom put a lot of analysis into that ranking. 

    Of course bias, opinion, gut feeling seep into it, just like all games based on incomplete information. In magic football you don't even have the luxury of calculating rough percentages of victory based upon the cards dealt.

    Bloom ###### up, but I am 100% certain that it was a well researched and deeply considered #### up.

    Can't fault a guy for that.

    Anyone who made the decision to go with his rankings bears the entire responsibility for not either choosing a different expert of the millions out there, or making a decision absent any expert opinions.

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  2. 32 minutes ago, Chadstroma said:

    Hoping Mullen is ok.

    Biggest thought was how hard Lawson fought to contest and broke up a lot of plays that very well could have been catches which would have swayed the ending for sure. 

    More thoughts and reply to @Chaka later.

    I thought Lawson played a good game, for the most part, as well. 

    Not sure if that means anything going forward though.

  3. 22 minutes ago, raidergil said:

    Looks like Gruden made a point of that coming out of half. Great drive there & ALOT of running! May have been a challenge in locker room.

    Yup and it was nice.  But it's still the first second half TD in the last eight games.

    12 minutes ago, Chadstroma said:


    Gruden has shown he is a damn good coach and the game hasn't passed him by. 

    It almost seems like you are not even watching the games and then commenting. We have a very young team and the collapses haven't been about being outcoached in the 2nd half but momentum shifts and this young team not knowing how to break out of that. I think it is more than being young it is being that this team has been in the games largely by playing with their heart fully in the game (yea, you can give Gruden credit for that) but then when we get a BS call or make a bad play or the other team makes a good play (and you can rank it in that order in terms what has happened) this team loses that edge of playing full out with their everything in it and then another bad call or mistake or good play by the other team and then they break. That isn't uncommon with young teams. 

    I didn't say I think the game has definitely passed him by, I voiced it as a concern when he was initially hired and I think it is a fair concern. 

    I have no problem giving Gruden credit for the team playing with heart, and I am giving him a lot of credit overall (I fully acknowledged many of the factors that could be misleading in judging his overall performance). But if you give him credit for when their heart is "fully in the game" maybe you should ask why their hearts are sometimes not.  And the bolded is perhaps the most important job of a coaching staff.  That's not on the young players to figure out, it's on the coaching staff to teach, berate, cajole (whatever is necessary) to get them to break out of it.

    And I watch almost every game.

  4. 1 hour ago, Ed Wood said:

    If I don't get back on the board before the blessed day, Merry Christmas to one and all! Some lumps of coal for Raider fans this year but definitely some diamonds too.

    I really didn't think Gruden would be 10-20 at this point in his tenure but maybe I'm not recalling how bad they were when he took over. 🙂 Anyway, despite the record, I'd say he's definitely got things going in the right direction. Hopefully him and Mayock can strike gold again in this critically important draft and in the years going forward. By all appearances they make a great team.

    I like what Mayock has been doing but I'm still bearish on Gruden.  I was worried when he was hired that the game may have passed him by and I'm not entirely convinced that it hasn't.

    I love how he has improved Carr's game and I like the direction he is moving with a mauling O-line (btw Trent Brown's absence is a very strong indicator of how valuable he really is) and strong run game. And it is difficult to judge completely with all of the injuries.

    However, what the hell is happening in the second half of games? I put the complete collapse of both the offense and defense in 2nd halves for most of the season 100%, completely, wholly, entirely (ad infinitum) on the coaching staff. Injuries aren't an excuse between 1st/2nd half performance. You gotta be able to make in game adjustments and it simply isn't happening. Particularly over the last 5 games or so.

  5. Just now, Chadstroma said:

    Indispensable? That is your starting point? Seriously now. That isn't how you build a roster. You know that. You are just grumpy. And if there is anyone that should be grumpy it should be me with an ailing back, kidney stones and a minor each infection. 

    Sorry about the kidney stone, never been there but I saw Al Swearengen deal with one and...#### that noise. Good luck.

    But give me names from that list that we need to retain because we can't find multiple guys of their caliber to replace them? 

    I get that many of them know the system etc. but, who cares? Beyond Carr performing above career levels the coaching staff has been disappointing as well. Second half scoring and defense have been among the worst in the league. Coaching needs to improve so it really doesn't matter what these guys know about the system.

    And I'm not grumpy in the least, the hemorrhoid banding procedure I had last week seems to have worked really well, I'm popping better than I have in years. I had almost forgotten what it was like to poop without pain, totally worth having to deal with...very difficult things for this result so I'm in a great mood. 

    But our FA list is pretty uninspiring.

  6. 9 hours ago, Chadstroma said:

    On the bright side.... the Bears lost too so both of our 1st round pick positions improved. Looking for that true #1 WR and either playmaking LB or top tier CB for those two 1st rounders. Then from there on pretty much almost all D BPA with maybe an offensive player or two that are just too good of value for where we are picking. Another rookie class like this from Mayock/Gruden brain trust and we are a playoff team for sure.... oh, and keep them healthy. 

    Though we aren't technically out of the running for playoffs this year, it is going to take a whole lot of breaks to go our way that is less than likely. Let's talk next year roster...

    2020 current liabilities $149,521,878 projected cap $200,000,000

    Projected FA: 

    Jalen Richard

    Daryl Worley

    Karl Joseph

    Vontaze Burfict

    Mike Glennon

    Nevin Lawson

    Denzelle Good

    Dwayne Harris

    Josh Mauro

    Kyle Wilber

    Benson Mayowa

    Richie Incognito

    Isaiah Crowell

    Jordan Devey

    Curtis Riley

    Rod Smith

    Will Compton

    Dion Jordan

    Keelan Doss

    Eric Tomlinson

    Olsen Pierre

    DeAndre Washington

    Nathan Peterman

    David Sharpe

    Makinton Dorleant

    Cameron Hunt

    Nick Nelson

    Daniel Carlson

    Trent Sieg

    Nicholas Morrow

    D.J. Killings

    Rico Gafford

    Dallin Leavitt

    I believe we currently have the 13th and 18th first round picks. 

    Not a single guy on that list that I think is important to retain.

    Some definite maybes in Joseph (hoping he can stay healthy), Richard &/or DeAndre (RBs are cheap enough and they have looked good), Carlson? Incognito? Do we think Lawson has upside?

    But really, none of those guys isn't easily replaceable.

  7. 5 hours ago, DocHolliday said:

    I thought Brady gets paid under the table somehow?   He's not really playing at a discount.   


    4 hours ago, raidergil said:

    Yea there's gotta be a "personal services" deal going on there. Brady is a helluva competitor but I don't see him financially sacrificing for the team in some of the ways it has been portrayed.

    He's married to someone who makes more in a year than he has made in his career.

    Okay, maybe not quite but she's on pace to become a billionaire. Most estimates show her net worth in the $400 mil range and he is around $180 mil. Makes it easier to focus more on winning than money. Not that it should be a problem when you're worth $200 mil.


  8. 2 hours ago, DocHolliday said:

    The problem is that elite QBs are difficult to find and Gruden knows that as much as anyone.    It's easier to build a great team around a good QB.   I think that is the direction that the Raiders continue to follow.   Carr will get another season.  

    Agreed and they often make it difficult to build great teams around them once they blow the cap after rookie deals expire. I often think Peyton Manning would have had 3-4 rings with Indy if he went the Tom Brady route of giving home town discounts...and cheat, definitely can't forget the cheating at any and every opportunity.

    But there is only one Tom Brady...and his cheating ways.

  9. 1 hour ago, Stompin' Tom Connors said:

    To to sum up, you list a whole lot of really great insight and fair points as to why other factors aside from Carr lost us this game...

    ...but it's still Carr's fault?

    j/k, I think the point that he looks more flawed than he is is a good one.

    We lost the game as a team. A lot of things went wrong and needs to be improved, and I feel one of the least culpable parties in this loss is Carr.

    I feel all of the issues I pointed out are clearly true. But I still think a truly elite QB overcomes that and finds a way to get that game winning first down.

    I agree it is a bit unfair but, man what a terrible and entirely preventable loss. 

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  10. 2 hours ago, Ministry of Pain said:

    4 Straight Pro Bowls 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, set the record for most catches, that's kind of Hall of Fame level type of work with 100 years of the NFL in the books...

    3x replacement Pro-Bowler (an important distinction), 0 All-Pro, 10.9 yards per catch.

    HoF? I'll take that bet.

    ETA: I understand you were not calling him an HoFer, I disagree that his production over his first 4 seasons is HoF caliber.

  11. I put a good deal.of the blame on Carr for this loss. It's a bit unfair as there were the characteristic "hit 'em in the hands in stride drops" (looking at you Keelan as the most egregious), the O-line has been shaky for over a month, the coaching staff hasn't made a halftime adjustment all year (seriously, what's up with that?) and Carr didn't miss two field goals or make that terrible call not stopping the clock (Carr made the obvious smart play, I was yelling  at the TV for him to get down on that scramble and when he did it seemed so obvious in real time that it took me a full minute to realize something had gone wrong).

    But still, regardless of the other sources of blame I feel a truly elite QB (a Rodgers, Wilson, Brees type) despite all the problems would have found a tertiary/quaternary target at some point on that last drive to salt away the victory.

    I sincerely believe Carr is one of the better QBs in the league, easily good enough to win a SB with, but he needs more help than the true elite QBs and he simply isn't getting it right now. It makes him look more flawed than he really is.

  12. 3 hours ago, NotSmart said:

    With Mattison out this week, I wouldn't start him next week regardless.

    In any decent league there aren't any good starting options on the wire, but there are plenty of blocking moves to make.

    If Dalvin gets injured you wouldn't consider Mattison if he practiced all week? Or Boone if Mattison is limited/out?

    If there are no good starting options are there really any good blocking options? 

  13. Dropping him for who? 

    Every league is different but I'm very curious who is available on any wire at this point that anyone would actually consider starting?

    ETA: Boone is the only guy I'd consider. It's the reason people have held onto Mattison all year. He may not be as good but if Cook and Mattison are down at the same time I think it's Boone's show.

  14. 1 hour ago, Ed Wood said:

    I was going to try to put together an all-time Raider team to commemorate the end of an era but found I was totally ill-equipped for the task. Heck, I can't remember if Jim Otto was better than Dave Dalby or vice versa. 🙂 I guess it would be Otto based on his HOF credentials but my team would probably be too heavy with old-timers...

    Are we sure it wasn't Don Mosebar?

    It really may be the most amazing Raider fact of all time that from 1960 through 1994 the Raiders had three centers. Three!

    Sure, there were some injury fill-ins but for 34 freaking years the Raiders had three starting centers. That's crazy.

    Off the top of my head the only stat/fact from the NFL that is more amazing to me is the fact that the Steelers have had three head coaches since 1969 (Knoll, Cowher &Tomlin). Super crazy.

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