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Newz Forum: FOOTBALL: Oakland Raiders Preview 2004

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TRD

posted on Sep, 12 2004 @ 10:41 AM
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From wonder to blunder, this was pretty much the transformation of the Oakland Raiders through 2002 to 2003. After all, in '03, they won a total of four games, just one year following an AFC Championship-winning campaign that saw them triumph almost three-times that amount during the regular season. For the upcoming year, however, the black-and-silver are making strides to improve, starting with the coaching as owner Al Davis brings in head-coach Norv Turner. The NFL's 30th-ranked defense is also being severely re-vamped with two veteran signings to the D-line- Warren Sapp and Ted Washington.
 

It doesn't stop there, as the Raiders also acquired other veterans, LB Dwayne Rudd and CB Ray Buchanan, to help that D', as well as OG Ron Stone and rookie OT Robert Gallery to improve the offensive-line. The biggest question the Raiders have to deal with is who to start at QB: former Giants QB Kerry Collins or 2002 MVP Rich Gannon? At the start, it will be the latter, and if he can stay healthy and repeat his past success, to go with eventual Hall-of-Famer WR Jerry Rice, then the Raiders may have a shot. They should definitely be better than last year, at least.

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Star Power: Charles Woodson, CB, seventh season, 6-1, 200; Jerry Rice, WR, 20th season, 6-2, 200; Jerry Porter, WR, fifth season, 6-2, 220; Rich Gannon, QB, 17th season, 6-3, 210.

Notable Additions: Warren Sapp, DT (Tampa Bay), 6-2, 300; Ted Washington, DT (New England), 6-5, 365; Bobby Hamilton, DE (New England), 6-5, 280; Danny Clark, LB (Jacksonville), 6-2, 250; Ray Buchanan, S (Atlanta), 5-9, 185; Marques Anderson, S (Green Bay), 5-11, 210; David Terrell, S, (Washington), 6-0, 190; Ron Stone, G (San Francisco), 6-5, 325; Amos Zereoue, RB (Pittsburgh), 5-8, 210; Roland Williams TE (Tampa Bay), 6-5, 265; Kerry Collins, QB (New York Giants).

Notable Subtractions: WR Tim Brown, DE Trace Armstrong, LB Eric Barton, DT Rod Coleman, S Anthony Dorsett, RB Charlie Garner, LB Eric Johnson, OT Lincoln Kennedy, QB Rick Mirer, LB Bill Romanowski, TE O.J. Santiago, CB Terrance Shaw, OT Matt Stinchcomb, DT Dana Stubblefield.

Notable Returnees: Napoleon Harris, LB, third season, 6-2, 255; Tyler Brayton, DE, second season, 6-6, 280; Tyrone Wheatley, RB, tenth season, 6-0, 235; Zack Crockett, FB, tenth season, 6-2, 240; Langston Walker, OT, third season, 6-8, 345; Barry Sims, OT, sixth season, 6-5, 300; Adam Treu, C, 6-5, 300, eighth season; Frank Middleton, G, eighth season, 6-4, 330.

The Norv Turner era officially opens for the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, as the new head coach takes his team into enemy territory to meet the Steelers. Turner, who most recently served as offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins, was head coach of the Washington Redskins from 1994 to 2000, posting a record of 49-59-1. Turner will be charged with the task of reversing the fortunes of a Raiders team that went a miserable 4-12 last season, the worst season for the franchise since 1997. Also attempting to erase the memory of a disappointing 2003 will be Pittsburgh, which stumbled to a 6-10 mark last year. The record matched the team's worst showing in 15 years.

The Raiders have an interesting situation brewing at quarterback with aging veteran Rich Gannon as the incumbent starter and former Giants QB Kerry Collins waiting in the wings. Gannon appeared to be throwing the ball well in training camp and has shown no lingering effects of the shoulder injury that cost him nine games in 2003, so he will begin the season as the starter. However, Turner prefers a vertical attack to the dink-and-dunk style that made Gannon successful under Jon Gruden. Collins is younger than Gannon and his skills fit Turner's system better. The most obvious being that he has a stronger arm to stretch opposing defenses. After filling in as the starter for the injured Gannon last year, Marques Tuiasosopo, who missed the end of the season because of injury himself, has reverted to the No. 3 role and is not likely to see a lot of playing time unless the injury bug hits the QB position again.

With the loss of Charlie Garner, Tyrone Wheatley will take the majority of the load at halfback. However, there are legitimate concerns about his ability to hold up for 16 games as the team's featured back. Second-year player Justin Fargas, who has durability issues himself, will share the load. He has the potential to develop into a home-run hitter with the size to run between the tackles and the speed to bounce outside. Former Pittsburgh Steeler Amos Zereoue, who makes a nice change-of-pace back, will push for playing time as the third-down back. Zack Crocket will start at fullback again this year, and while he is only adequate as a lead blocker, he's a good option in short-yardage and goal-line situations. Chris Hetherington is a better blocker and pass receiver, but he was waived after he lost his job in the preseason to the versatile J.R. Redmond.

Oakland shook things up, bringing in a new coach and a lot of household names like Sapp, Washington, Collins, and Buchanan. Translating the wholesale changes into success seems like a shaky proposition. The quarterback competition is contentious, the backfield is "journeyman central," and the effectiveness of the offensive line will be dependent on at least two rookies. Defensively, the line has gotten better but the linebackers are mediocre and Woodson's absence casts a pall over the secondary. In addition, there are new schemes galore on both sides of the football and a coach that, quite frankly, never proved himself to be well-suited to the head role when he was in Washington. Another 4-12 season is highly unlikely, but there appear to be way too many unanswered questions for the Raiders to compete with Denver and Kansas City in the AFC West. A .500 season won't sit well with Davis, but will be a step in the right direction after last year's debacle.

[Edited on 13/9/04 by TRD]



TRD

posted on Sep, 13 2004 @ 03:27 PM
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After last season can you see them improving that much? They certainly have had a change around though with a quite a few going.



posted on Sep, 13 2004 @ 08:22 PM
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I saw on sportscente tonight that they are probably gonna phase Rice out, basically just givining him a token reception each game. What a shame. I hope they have the worst record in the league.



posted on Oct, 14 2004 @ 09:50 PM
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mediocrity so far this season, and they ruined Rice's streak of consecutive games with a catch. Hopefully Al Davis caqn let the spoirit of christmas within his heart, so all the little who's can cheer Rice on in another venue.

Pretty much all i'm looking for this seson from this team.


TRD

posted on Oct, 25 2004 @ 03:37 PM
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Despite his best effort, Kerry Collins will have to wait at least another week to pick up his first victory as a starter for the Oakland Raiders.

Collins threw for 350 yards and a pair of touchdowns against his former team but it was not enough as the Raiders fell to the similarly struggling New Orleans Saints, 31-26.

Oakland (2-5), who lost their fourth straight game, held a 9-0 lead late in the second quarter, fell behind 21-9 in the third quarter before pulling within 21-19 on a 40-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski - his fourth of the game - with 9:51 remaining.

After John Carney countered with a 41-yard field goal with 4:31 to play, Oakland rookie Carlos Francis fumbled the ensuing kick-off and Colby Bockwoldt picked up the loose ball and ran six yards for a score to make it 31-19 with 4:20 left.

Collins marched the Raiders back down the field and found Jerry Porter for a 13-yard TD with 2:34 to play, but Aaron Brooks passed to Joe Horn for one first down and ran for another to help the Saints (3-4) run out the clock.


TRD

posted on Oct, 25 2004 @ 04:26 PM
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Oakland Raiders quarterback Kerry Collins walks off the field dejectedly after the Raiders lost to the New Orleans Saints.



posted on Nov, 2 2004 @ 04:38 PM
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What can I say? I am ashamed! lol


TRD

posted on Nov, 7 2004 @ 06:48 PM
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Kerry Collins produced a brilliant late drive to help the Oakland Raiders to a last-gasp victory over his former club the Carolina Panthers, who have now lost seven of their eight matches this season.

After Carolina quarterback Jake Delhomme had erased a 10-point deficit with two fourth-quarter scoring drives, Collins took the Raiders 71 yards on five plays to set up the winning 19-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski with six seconds left, helping the Raiders snap a 13-game road losing streak with a 27-24 win.



posted on Nov, 10 2004 @ 02:26 PM
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Holy cow. We actually won a game. Good game though! Don't know why they didn't take a time out earlier and try to go for the touchdown, but I guess it only takes a field goal to win a game sometimes.



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