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Derek Carr Endorses Tony Sparano As Raiders' Head Coach In 2015

Dec 18, 2014 11:17 AM

Derek Carr gave Tony Sparano an endorsement to remain head coach of the Oakland Raiders.

"Yeah, we love him," Carr said, per the Bay Area News Group. "He's our leader. Absolutely. We love him. Obviously, those decisions are going to happen, and we have no control in that. Those decisions will be made, and whoever is here is who we'll play for.

"But right now, coach Sparano is my leader. I love him 100 percent. He genuinely cares about me. He's pulled me into his office just to ask how I'm doing. ... Those kind of things from a head coach mean so much."

Sparano is coaching the Raiders on an interim basis following the firing of Dennis Allen.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

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NFL Appears Unlikely To Relocate To L.A. In 2015

Dec 15, 2014 11:29 AM

Roger Goodell is expected to spend more time working on the NFL's issues with getting a team or teams to Los Angeles now that the new personal conduct policy is in place.

It currently sounds unlikely that a team will arrive in Los Angeles in time to play in 2015.

“There’s a schism about what to do in Los Angeles,’’ said one source with knowledge of L.A. effort. “The big issue is not only whether it should be one or two teams, and where the team or teams will be, but also which franchise should get the first shot? There is sentiment that [Rams owner] Stan Kroenke shouldn’t have the first shot. The Raiders are in horrible shape. The Chargers have a terrible stadium. In St. Louis, the city is trying at least to find a solution.”

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Tags: Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams, Legal

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Mark Davis Planning Overhaul Of Raiders

Dec 14, 2014 7:29 PM

Mark Davis is getting ready to make bold moves and spend big money to help restore the Oakland Raiders after more than a decade of struggles.

General manager Reggie McKenzie could be a casualty of the overhaul, multiple league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Davis also has a hole to fill at head coach after Dennis Allen was fired after an 0-4 start. Tony Sparano is acting as interim coach.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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Woodson Prefers Harbaugh Coach Michigan Over Raiders

Dec 9, 2014 3:13 PM

Jim Harbaugh has been linked to the Oakland Raiders, as well as Michigan, while his time with the San Francisco 49ers winds down.

Charles Woodson, who is currently with the Raiders and played at Ann Arbor, would prefer Harbaugh become the head coach at Michigan.

"If the choices were out there, it would definitely be Michigan. As a guy that played there, the fans would love it, it would be great for recruiting and just to have a guy that's proven -- he's won everywhere he's been as a coach," said Woodson. "If he went to Michigan, I'd say, yeah, and go blue.


"But it doesn't sound too good right now."

Bryan Fischer/NFL.com

Tags: Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor, NCAA

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Raiders, Jets Monitoring Jim Harbaugh Situation

Nov 30, 2014 10:54 AM

The San Francisco 49ers remain interested in trading away Jim Harbaugh this offseason.

Harbaugh has one season remaining on his contract with the 49ers and is widely not expected to remain with the franchise in 2015.

The Oakland Raiders are considered the favorites to trade for Harbaugh, while the New York Jets are also monitoring the situation.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Misc Rumor

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Raiders Sign George Atkinson

Nov 29, 2014 2:44 PM

The Oaklnad Raiders have signed running back George Atkinson.

To make room for Atkinson on the 53-man roster, the team officially placed cornerback Carlos Rogers on injured reserve. Atkinson has yet to play in an NFL regular season game.

Sean d'Oliveira/CBS Sports

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Charles Woodson Would Like To Play In 2015

Nov 26, 2014 11:33 PM

Charles Woodson would like to keep playing in 2015 if he remains healthy.

"No question," Woodson said Wednesday. "I feel great. Why that is, I have no clue. I'll play this season out and we'll see what happens after that.

Woodson is 38 and has had an excellent season as he's tied for the team lead in tackles and was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

"The funny thing is I never thought about getting to 17 [seasons]," Woodson said. "I'm not thinking about going into the 40s but I don't know. I'm playing well. If we're just comparing to other safeties or DBs in the league, I think I would fare pretty well in that respect. And I'm having fun playing." 


Michael Wagaman/ESPN

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Rose Bowl Can Support Just One Team On Interim Basis

Nov 23, 2014 12:00 PM

The Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams are seriously exploring a move to Los Angeles for the 2015 season, but only one of them could play in the preferred location of the Rose Bowl.

While the Pasadena government has enacted changes in recent years that would allow the number of games played at the Rose Bowl to increase as well as secure the necessary infrastructure to house an NFL team on an interim basis, it could not do so for two teams seeking to play there for a few years under such circumstances.


The NFL prefers to have two teams move to Los Angeles at the same time to share the risk and rewards associated with stadium development.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

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Raiders' Fans Buy Ad Lobbying For Hue Jackson's Return

Nov 20, 2014 3:37 PM

A group of Oakland Raiders' fans took out a quarter page ad in the Oakland Tribune calling for the franchise to bring back Hue Jackson next season as head coach.

“Ever since our Super Bowl loss in 2002, our beloved Raiders organization has been having unsuccessful, losing seasons,” the ad read. “In 2010, we hired Coach Hue Jackson as defensive coordinator, who came in to work alongside then Head Coach Tom Cable. He aided the franchise to bounce back from a 4-12 record to an 8-8 record. Hue Jackson was promoted to Head Coach. Our players were motivated and wanted to play for Coach Jackson, and there was a huge shift in culture within the Raiders locker room. That season, our team went 8-8, just missing the playoffs. This success was in spite of the 132-day NFL lockout, losing our starting quarterback Jason Campbell to injury, and then losing our running back Darren McFadden. In addtion, our legendary, trendsetting, trailblazing owner, Al Davis passed away. Mark Davis assumed ownership while grieving his loss and it was Hue Jackson’s loyalty to the franchise that saw him take on more responsibilities.

“Despite the firing of Coach Allen, our record as of print is 0-10 and 0-16 over two seasons! Our team was in a better position with Coach Hue Jackson. Raiders Nation let your voice be heard; hire Hue Jackson in 2015!”

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

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Mark Davis Meets With San Antonio Group

Nov 8, 2014 1:54 PM

Mark Davis met with a delegation of officials from San Antonio on Friday to talk about a potential move for the Oakland Raiders.

Former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros and other city officials traveled to the Bay Area for the meeting, which comes about four months after Davis and other team officials had met with the group in San Antonio.

"We're going to present San Antonio's strengths and assets in the most persuasive way possible," Cisneros told the San Antonio Express-News before the meeting. "We have a very, very good opportunity to set it forth in a way the Raiders can digest."

The Raiders are in the final year of their lease at O.co Coliseum and are seeking a long-term deal.


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Khalil Mack 'Almost Unblockable', 'Jumps Off The Film'
Khalil Mack has had an excellent rookie season in what has been a disappointing 2014 for the Raiders in terms of wins and losses.

Levi Damien/SB Nation

Jon Gruden Most Interested In NFL Return With Raiders
According to three sources, Jon Gruden spent round one of the draft imploring the Raiders to select Johnny Manziel.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com (via Shutdown Corner)

Palmer 'Loved' Playing For Raiders But 'Chaos' Was Issue
Carson Palmer came to the Raiders in a trade with the Bengals shortly after the death of Al Davis.

John Weinfuss/ESPN

Raiders, Seahawks Could Switch Divisions Depending On L.A. Moves
If the Raiders and Chargers were to both move to Los Angeles, the NFL would like one of those teams to move to the NFC West.

Jason Cole/Bleacher Report

Report: NFL Plans To Send 1-2 Teams To L.A. Within Two Years
The timeline would include a team announcing its intention to move in the 2015 or 2016 offseason.

Mike Florio/ProFootballTalk

Jon Gruden 'Not Even Thinking About Coaching'
An "emotional connection" remains between Jon Gruden and the Raiders, according to Mike Silver.

Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

Raiders Interested In Renewing Pursuit Of Jon Gruden
Jon Gruden has been offered substantial money and power to return to the Raiders.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Raiders Name Tony Sparano Interim Head Coach
Tony Sparano had served as the Raiders' offensive line coach.


Raiders Fire Dennis Allen
The Raiders were 8-28 under Dennis Allen.


AP Writer Deletes Report Of Raiders Firing Dennis Allen
The Raiders are 0-4 heading into their bye week.

Terry Collins/AP

Raiders Could Sell For $2B With Potential Move To L.A. Looming
The NFL will be careful about who gets the Los Angeles market and Mark Davis has limitations in real estate, marketing and overall business expertise.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Raiders Already Considering Dismissing Dennis Allen
The Raiders already have a plan to promote offensive line coach Tony Sparano to head coach if Dennis Allen gets fired during the season.

Michael David Smith/ProFootballTalk

James Jones Compares Derek Carr To Aaron Rodgers
Derek Carr won the Raiders' starting quarterback job with his poise and has drawn comparisons to one of the NFL's best quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Derek Carr Named Raiders' Starting Quarterback
Derek Carr will be the 18th different starting quarterback since 2003.


Belichick, Carroll, Payton Considered Best HC's In NFL By Peers
Bill Belichick is ranked as the best coach in the NFL, according to a poll of 30 league insiders.

Mike Sando/ESPN

D.J. Hayden To Miss First Six Games Of Raiders' Season
D.J. Hayden continues to struggle to stay on the field and will miss the first six games of the season after the Oakland Raiders placed him on the Physically Unable to Perform List.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Poll Says Raiders Are Least Desirable Team To Play For
The Raiders haven't reached the playoffs since they were a Super Bowl team in the 2002 season and have some of the worst facilities in the NFL.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Magic Johnson Expects Los Angeles To Have NFL Team Within Two Years
Farmers Field, a proposed $1.5 billion downtown football stadium connected to an expanded Los Angeles Convention Center, is ready for construction.


McCombs Interested In Buying Share Of Raiders
Red McCombs told the San Antonio Express-News on Wednesday that he and his family would be interested in buying a piece of the Raiders "if that's what it would take to get them" to San Antonio.


Raiders Meet With San Antonio Officials On Potential Move
Mark Davis reportedly wants “a small, intimate” stadium in front of which he can place a statue of his father, the late Al Davis.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk