B/R lead writer for the AFC West and founder of http://RaidersBlog.com.
Have been following the Raiders since birth and has been covering the Raiders and the AFC West for the past five seasons.
I received my degree in broadcast journalism from Abilene Christian University, located in the heart of football country.
My passion for football and desire to cover the sport as a career lead me to use my journalism degree to write in absence of opportunities to use my broadcast background.
I have strong opinions, but I'm not unwilling to change them when the evidence suggests I am wrong. I strive to be impartial in my analysis and engage you with my writing style.
You can follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ChrisHansenNFL
Sorry to be off topic but have they changed the writing format? I noticed all the AFC west blogs/articles are written by one author. That wasn't always the case. If it changed last year forgive me didn't really have much time for br last season.
AJ Smith & Norv Turner helped to impede progress for the San Diego Charger organization. Needless to say the Spaons family dropped the ball on the Turner hire and Marty firing. Smith turned out to be an egotistical jack ass after all with no Super Bowl to show for his harsh glare. Long story short, I like the way the players are responding to the new coaching change and the new outlook it has brought to the team is clearly contagious. Rivers looks reinvented, Gates looks rejuvenated, and the O-Line is not the issue. Special teams and the kick return game will only improve with the Hawkins signing. Another shrewd move for the McCoy regime. The defense needs to get off the field as soon as possible, so Pagano must dial up some blitz pressure from the LBs and Secondary if that is to happen. Soft defensive paly calling bailed out the Texans and Titans. Sorry but clear as day. Other than that Bolts are back on track and giving San Diego football fans something to smile about.
Christopher, as a Charger Fan I actually enjoyed your article on Rivers. It was backed up with stats and written with little bias. I appreciate the animated gifs, "whip" route explanation, and route photos. All in all, very good work. I myself have been on the fence ever since Rivers was handed the job back in 2005-2006.
On a side note, I want to bring to your attention to UT San Diego's writer Kevin Acee recent article (link below). I find it an odd coincidence and completely unprofessional that he happened to use the same "ProFootballFocus' Time to Pass" stat that you did.
you need to kill yourself and your family i dont want your genes contaminating this earth, f*in Philip Rivers hater...he will rip you apart and slap you with his 10inch co*k as usual...shit writer
Great writer !
I've never done this, but you are a terrific fact based, research motivated journalist. Truly enjoy reading your work, especially the details (DJ Hayden recently), whether I agree or disagree (most of the time, agree!).
BTW, I've written to CSN requesting they fire Ray Ratto (latest is the tipping point for me)
You sir, would be a perfect fit for that position.
Tony from Eastern Canada
I am still a huge Raiders fan since 1969! Since the year 2002-'03 when the Raiders had an explosive offence with underrated QB Rich Gannon at the helm (yet, they lost 47-25 (?) versus defense-oriented Tampa Bay in that painful XXXXVII SB game. Since then, both the Raiders' mystique and the famous slogan, "Commitment To Excellence", sud- denly left the gridiron. I hope that their actual GM, Reggie McKenzie, can capture the essence of now-deceased Al Davis. Here are my main concerns: 1. Can Jamarcus Russell rebound from his previous lethargic years of futility? 2. What about the departure of QB Carson Palmer to Arizona in comparison to the other QB 's? 3. Will Matt Leinart still be in the Raiders' plans as a back-up? 4. What about the other QB's getting a tryout during training camp (including Matt(?) Flynn acquired from Seattle during this off-season)? 5. What is the depth chart of various RB's, WR's, and TE's, amongst other targets? 6. Which offensive/defensive rookie/key veteran players will fit nicely in Head Coach Allen's defensive schemes, as well or their offensive coor -dinator(s) in 2013? As my final comment, MY Raiders are a work in progress, espe-
cially compared to their die-hard enemies, the Denver Broncos, and other AFC/NFC contenders. Go, Raiders, go!!
I am sorry Christopher but every word you type about the Chargers has no validity when you write a Raiders blog. You can't be un biased. The Chargers are not going to go 1-5 in the division. Your predictions are comical. Stick to your team and stop writing about the Chargers.
Just read your game by game predictions for the Kansas City Chiefs. Why is it that you have the home and away team backwards on many of the games in your analysis? The Chiefs are on the road at Jacksonville and Philadelphia. You have them as the home team.
As a life-long Raider fan, I must tell you that I enjoy your articles and your analysis, which is clearly a cut above the rest seen on Bleacher Report. The substance of your material is impressive and a reader can see the thought and effort you put into it. It is for this reason that I must ask you this question: Why do you not proofread your articles? I just read "Breaking Down what the Matt Flynn Trade Means for Oakland Raiders", and like so many articles before, it is riddled with grammatical errors and typos. For example: "Like Palmer in 2012, [PALMER] could rack up garbage time yards and touchdowns with the Raiders playing from behind." Really? Palmer could do that this year, like Palmer did that last year? This is a problem that simple, basic proofreading would solve. Don't get me wrong: Most of what I see on Bleacher Report is horrendous - both in substance and in basic grammar and proofreading. Your work does not fall into that category, and is better by far than most. Still: you clearly take pride in the substance and analysis of your articles. I'm just not sure why you wouldn't take the same care and pride in the form of them, ensuring basic grammar rules are observed and typos are avoided. I think you would stand out as a clearly superior writer if you would do so.