1. Oakland Raiders Go Back to Old Identity with New Coaching Hires

    Successful football franchises have an identity to base their schemes, coaches and players on. Super Bowl champion and perennial contender Baltimore Ravens have had their model set for years now...

    Carl Cockerham Written by Carl Cockerham about almost 2 years ago 9,473 reads 68 comments

  2. Oakland Raiders Personnel Offseason: Another Look

    After a season of regression, the Oakland Raiders really need to play their cards right in free agency and the draft. They have so many needs, there's no telling where the Raiders will start to try to fill them...

    Carl Cockerham Written by Carl Cockerham about almost 2 years ago 3,731 reads 105 comments

  3. Oakland Raiders Draft and Free Agency Updated

    The Oakland Raiders have the third overall pick in the NFL draft this year, and they can't afford to miss. They already didn't have a first-round pick last year and don't have a second-round pick this year...

    Carl Cockerham Written by Carl Cockerham about almost 2 years ago 11,963 reads 221 comments

  4. Oakland Raiders Should Only Fix What Needs Fixing

    When first hired, Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie must have thrown his hands up and said, "What is all this mess?" upon learning the team's salary-cap situation...

    Carl Cockerham Written by Carl Cockerham about almost 2 years ago 6,833 reads 307 comments

  5. Los Angeles Lakers Getting Older but Much Better with Steve Nash

    The Oklahoma City Thunder exposed all the Los Angeles Lakers ' weaknesses while eliminating them from the 2011-12 playoffs. Point guard, small forward, the bench, and outside shooting were the main problems...

    Carl Cockerham Written by Carl Cockerham about over 2 years ago 2,813 reads 4 comments

  6. Reggie McKenzie Hires Dennis Allen to Coach Oakland Raiders: The Pros and Cons

    In a surprising move to many, Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie hired former Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen as the team's head coach...

    Carl Cockerham Written by Carl Cockerham about almost 3 years ago 13,452 reads 53 comments

  7. 10 Worst Draft Flops in Oakland Raiders History

    God rest his soul, Al Davis was always enamored with size, speed, power and throwing distance. Those are good ingredients to have for a football player but it's far from a guarantee he will be successful...

    Carl Cockerham Written by Carl Cockerham about almost 3 years ago 22,304 reads 49 comments

  8. GM Reggie McKenzie Has No Reason to Gut the Oakland Raiders

    Now that Reggie McKenzie has become the Oakland Raiders GM and fired head coach Hue Jackson, we are all on notice. He is looking for his guy to hire as head coach, and we are now left to wonder who his players are...

    Carl Cockerham Written by Carl Cockerham about almost 3 years ago 6,741 reads 96 comments

  9. 2012 NFL Mock Draft: Best-Case Scenarios for the Oakland Raiders

    Can someone please tell me what all this rebuilding talk is all about? The Oakland Raiders just narrowly missed the playoffs and have plenty of talent on the team...

    Carl Cockerham Written by Carl Cockerham about almost 3 years ago 15,112 reads 73 comments

  10. Ranking the 5 Most Likely Replacements for Hue Jackson

    At the introductory press conference for the hiring of general manager Reggie McKenzie, when asked why he fired head coach Hue Jackson, McKenzie said, "I wanted to bring in my own guy...

    Carl Cockerham Written by Carl Cockerham about almost 3 years ago 18,272 reads 66 comments

  11. Why Darrius Heyward-Bey Will Make His First Pro Bowl in 2012

    At the beginning of the 2011 season, I thought that Darrius Heyward-Bey was the fourth or fifth best receiver on the Oakland Raiders . But after having watched him over the year, I have to say the man has won me over...

    Carl Cockerham Written by Carl Cockerham about almost 3 years ago 6,223 reads 55 comments

  12. Ways Reggie McKenzie Must Improve the Oakland Raiders Defense in 2012

    Reggie McKenzie has ushered in a new era of Oakland Raiders football, firing head coach Hue Jackson. He was asked many questions about his plans to improve the Raiders at the press conference in which he was introduced...

    Carl Cockerham Written by Carl Cockerham about almost 3 years ago 4,283 reads 71 comments

  13. Oakland Raiders: 7 Best Replacements for DC Chuck Bresnahan

    Have you ever seen a worse-coached defense than the Oakland Raiders ' defense this year? Fired defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan made 2010 defensive coordinator John Marshall look like Buddy Ryan...

    Carl Cockerham Written by Carl Cockerham about almost 3 years ago 19,056 reads 76 comments

  14. Oakland Raiders' Colossal Offseason

    The Oakland Raiders missed the playoffs for the ninth football season in a row for 2011/2012. Now, everyone that follows the Raiders wants to blame this and that, but the straight-up truth is they weren't good enough...

    Carl Cockerham Written by Carl Cockerham about almost 3 years ago 1,890 reads 91 comments

  15. Ranking the Most Disappointing Oakland Raiders of the 2011 NFL Season

    The Oakland Raiders narrowly missed making the playoffs this season and there's plenty of blame to go around. This young, super-talented team should still be playing, but instead, they saved Norv Turner 's job...

    Carl Cockerham Written by Carl Cockerham about almost 3 years ago 8,977 reads 70 comments

  16. Chargers vs. Raiders: 8 Things We Learned from Oakland's 38-26 Loss

    The Oakland Raiders hosted the San Diego Chargers in the season finale, needing a win and a Denver Broncos loss to get in the tournament...

    Carl Cockerham Written by Carl Cockerham about almost 3 years ago 9,611 reads 349 comments

  17. Raiders vs. Chargers: 8 Oakland Players Who Need To Step Up This Sunday

    I don't want to go through all of the crazy arithmetic that is the AFC playoff picture this year. So I'll just say that the Oakland Raiders are likely to get in the playoffs if they beat the San Diego Chargers on Sunday...

    Carl Cockerham Written by Carl Cockerham about almost 3 years ago 2,645 reads 59 comments

  18. Why the Oakland Raiders Must Embrace 3-4, Overhaul Defense

    A great football coach is one that puts his players in position to make plays by allowing them to do what they do best...

    Carl Cockerham Written by Carl Cockerham about almost 3 years ago 10,073 reads 83 comments

  19. Raiders vs. Chiefs: 8 Things We Learned from Oakland'S 16-13 Win

    Raider Nation is exhausted with Saturday night fever after the Oakland Raiders went to Kansas City to beat the Chiefs in a nail-biter...

    Carl Cockerham Written by Carl Cockerham about almost 3 years ago 10,263 reads 153 comments

  20. Raiders vs. Chiefs: What's on the Line for Oakland in Week 16?

    The Oakland Raiders are now heading to Kansas City for a huge game against the division rival Chiefs . Last week, the Raiders lost a big game with a lot on the line to the Detroit Lions , taking air out of Raider Nation's sails...

    Carl Cockerham Written by Carl Cockerham about almost 3 years ago 4,468 reads 31 comments

  21. Raiders vs. Chiefs: 5 Best Games of Their Storied Rivalry

    Since the 1960s, the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs have had a bitter rivalry. The bad blood between the two franchises had to have been the result of the late Chiefs' ...

    Carl Cockerham Written by Carl Cockerham about almost 3 years ago 3,788 reads 23 comments

  22. Lions vs Raiders: 6 Things We Learned About Oakland's 28-27 Loss

    While having their prayers answered with losses by the Denver Broncos and New York Jets , the Oakland Raiders didn't do their part to put themselves in a better position to make the playoffs this year...

    Carl Cockerham Written by Carl Cockerham about almost 3 years ago 6,878 reads 215 comments

  23. Lions vs. Raiders: 4 Things on the Line for Oakland on Sunday

    Sunday's game between the Detroit Lions and Oakland Raiders will be the biggest game the Raiders have been in since the 2003 Super Bowl...

    Carl Cockerham Written by Carl Cockerham about almost 3 years ago 6,021 reads 155 comments

  24. Oakland Raiders Should Bring Back Family Members from Green Bay and Run 3-4

    I'm sure you all remember the old expression, "If you can't beat them, join them." In the Oakland Raiders case, it needs to be, "If you can't beat them, you need to bring them back...

    Carl Cockerham Written by Carl Cockerham about almost 3 years ago 2,178 reads 65 comments

  25. Raiders vs Packers: 9 Things We Learned from Oakland's 46-16 Loss

    This is my worst day as a Oakland Raiders writer. It's not that I expected the Raiders to beat the Green Bay Packers , but I thought they would come out fired up and compete after being embarrassed in Miami last week...

    Carl Cockerham Written by Carl Cockerham about almost 3 years ago 9,684 reads 439 comments