January 22, 2013 |
Tim Brown only played in one Super Bowl during his 17-year career. And that was a game you'd think he'd want to forget, when his Oakland Raiders were routed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 48-21, in Super Bowl XXXVII. But 10 years later, not only is the nine-time Pro Bowl receiver still thinking about that game, he's making comments that are sure to have everyone else talking about it all over again. In comments made Saturday on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Brown suggested that then-coach Bill Callahan may have been trying "sabotage" the Super Bowl when he changed the game plan on the Friday before the game. Callahan was in his first year as head coach of the Raiders after four years as an assistant of Jon Gruden, who had taken over the same position with the Buccaneers that season.
December 28, 2012 |
Matt Leinart has only started two games since 2007, but the Heisman Trophy winner from USC says it's time for him to get his chance with the Oakland Raiders. "I think I deserve to play, I deserve to start, not sure what's going to happen, but that's all you can do -- just keep preparing, keep working hard, be here, be accountable and whatever happens, whatever decision is made, that's what's made," Leinart told reporters Thursday, during a break from preparations for Sunday's finale against San Diego.
December 5, 2012 |
So Jon Gruden is supposedly in talks to become the next head coach for a down-on-its-luck football team? Haven't we heard this story before? Many, many times? Since he left coaching and went into broadcasting in 2009, Gruden has been the subject of such rumors concerning teams with coaching vacancies or teams whose fans want them to have coaching vacancies. But the latest one out there is pretty interesting. CBSChicago.com senior columnist and WSCR radio host Dan Bernstein tweeted Tuesday that Hub Arkush of Pro Football Weekly had mentioned on air that Gruden, currently an analyst for ESPN's "Monday Night Football," is in talks with the Oakland Raiders to return as their head coach.
November 5, 2012 |
ALAMEDA. - Equipment manager Bob Romanski has been working for the Oakland Raiders longer than head Coach Dennis Allen or any of his players have been alive. Yet that's only good for second place on the family list when it comes to service time with the team. Romanski's father, Dick, 84, who still reports to work as something of an equipment manager emeritus, joined the team a half-century ago at the invitation of an old Army buddy named Al Davis. And although the feisty, combative Davis went on to become the man behind the Raiders and their outlaw image, Dick Romanski might actually have been the face of the franchise.
September 24, 2012 |
After the first two weeks of the NFL season, we could have surmised: The San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers were very good. The Oakland Raiders were very bad. The Arizona Cardinals were very lucky. But Sunday, oh, how the West was spun. California's two undefeated teams stumbled to humiliating losses, the 49ers losing at Minnesota to the Vikings, 24-13, and the Chargers falling at home to the Atlanta Falcons, 27-3. The Raiders, who had lost six of seven dating to last season, picked up their first victory by upsetting the Pittsburgh Steelers, 34-31.
September 17, 2012 |
Among rookie quarterbacks in Week 2 of the NFL season, the Indianapolis Colts' Andrew Luck, the Miami Dolphins' Ryan Tannehill and the Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson earned their first victories while the Cleveland Browns' Brandon Weeden rebounded strongly from one of the worst starts in NFL history. The Washington Redskins' Robert Griffin III, of course, was his dynamic self in a losing effort. Luck completed 20 of 31 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns in a 23-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
September 9, 2012 |
Oakland pulled the trigger, San Diego didn't. As the AFC West rivals open their season at the Oakland Coliseum in the second game of a Monday night opening-week doubleheader, classifying those coaching personnel decisions as prudent or panicked and patient or stagnant requires a closer look. Baltimore plays host to Cincinnati in the Monday opener. After losing four of their final five games, the Raiders fired Hue Jackson and replaced him with former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Dennis Allen.
July 31, 2012 |
NAPA, Calif. — There was a time when Matt Leinart thought he'd wind up with the Oakland Raiders, but he never dreamed he would take the kind of roundabout path he has taken to get here. The former USC star and Heisman Trophy winner is backing up Carson Palmer with the Raiders — a flashback to their days with the Trojans — and Leinart, once widely projected to make a splash in the pros and possibly be a draft pick of the Raiders, is now grateful to be on a roster. "I don't listen to the people who say I'm a bust," said Leinart, 29, the 10th overall pick by Arizona in 2006 who was released by Houston after two seasons.
July 30, 2012 |
NAPA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders know their past, are surrounded by reminders of their past, and pay homage to their past. But they're no longer stuck in their past. That's the early indication, anyway, as the Raiders begin their next chapter with new owner Mark Davis - son of the late Al Davis - first-year Coach Dennis Allen, and top football executive Reggie McKenzie, the club's first general manager since the elder Davis began running the entire operation in 1963. Al Davis died in October, and control of the franchise was passed to his son. Even the team's 2012 media guide, finally printed in color, reflects the change, bearing the slogan "A New Era of Excellence" on the cover.
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July 4, 2012 |
Ben Davidson, an iconic face of the 1960s-era Oakland Raiders and later a popular fixture in Miller Lite TV commercials, has died. He was 72. Davidson, who had been receiving treatment for prostate cancer, died Monday night, former Raiders coach John Madden reported on KCBS radio in San Francisco. If the late Al Davis was the creator of the renegade Raiders, then Davidson could be considered one of the founding fathers, cutting a larger-than-life swath with his handlebar mustache and intimidating 6-foot-8 physical presence at defensive end. His 11-year professional football career started in Green Bay with the Packers.