Sunday, December 05, 2021

Washington Gameday Thread

The Raiders are still in the hunt! Gotta get this one. GO RAIDERS!

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Cowboys Gameday Thread

Happy, Thanksgiving, Raider Take faithful! May your holiday be blessed. I'm afraid the Raiders have already show us what they are made of the past few weeks, but let's hope for a Thanksgiving day surprise. GO RAIDERS!

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Bengals Gameday Thread

One way or another, this home game against the beatable Bengals could prove to be a turning point for the 2021 season, one that sends the Raiders accelerating toward the playoffs, or one that unmasks them as more pretender than contender. Time to get back on track. GO RAIDERS!

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Chiefs Gamenight Thread

This is an important one. The division is tight, the Chargers lost today, the Chiefs are vulnerable. Time to make a move. GO RAIDERS!

Sunday, November 07, 2021

Giants Gameday Thread

Well, here we are after another scandal. Let’s circle the wagons and stay on top. Go raiders!

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Eagles Gameday Thread

Little late to the post here, nearing the end of the first, kind of a rough start but plenty of time to turn it around. GO RAIDERS!

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Broncos Gameday Thread

Well, here we are. A new era upon us, once again. May the team circle the wagons; reach a record of 4-2; and show that they are still playing for a playoff run. GO RAIDERS!

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Just Win, Baby

Amid all of the drama and chaos, let's not forget that the whole point of being an NFL team is playing to win, and doubly so for an organization that has prided itself on slogans such as "Just Win, Baby" and "Commitment to Excellence."

But is it just me, or does it seem like, every time the camera finds Mark Davis since he moved to Las Vegas, he looks contented, despite the fact that the team continues to be mired in an epic stretch of mediocrity on the field. Does he share his father's fire to win? If so, why don't I sense his father's rage at losing?

After getting a sweetheart deal from Sin City, Mark Davis coaxed Jon Gruden out of coaching retirement with a ridiculous 10-year, $100 million deal. Make no mistake, this hire was as much about making a splash and generating star power as it was about winning, timed perfectly for the move to a city that is all about the glitz and the glamor.

As of last Sunday, Mark Davis clearly wasn't getting his money's worth, but there was no way he was going to fire Gruden anytime soon, no matter what happened on the field, because there was too much invested in the "idea" of Jon Gruden. That's what happens when you factor publicity into your coaching hire, costs be damned. 

In other words, thanks to Davis's grandiosity, Gruden's job security was ultimately going to be  untethered to winning and losing--an extraordinary circumstance for any NFL head coach, let alone one hired from the television booth. Just win, baby? How about: Just sell PSLs and luxury boxes, baby.

Mark Davis now has the unexpected opportunity to repent from the shallowness, misplaced nostalgia and fiscal irresponsibility of the Gruden contract. He should thank his lucky stars and hit the reset button, hard. 

Let's talk about Mike Mayock for a moment. Either he has had a strong say in our drafts and personnel decisions, which would mean he's done a poor job; or he hasn't had a strong say, which means he's unproven. Neither of those options sound very appetizing to me.

Raider Nation, stay focused. Keep your eyes on Mark Davis. He suddenly has a chance to get out of his own way and do this the right way. What is the right way? For starters, it will look nothing like the old way. Clean house. Reset. Modernize. Delegate. Innovate. WIN.

Mark Davis, your turn.

Monday, October 11, 2021

The End of the Gruden Show

No excuses. The Gruden Show has ended. The Raiders once again find themselves starting over. The only constant is chaos with this organization. Time to hit the reset button. 

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Bear’s Gameday Thread

 Right the ship, go Raiders!

Monday, October 04, 2021

Chargers Gamenight Thread

This has to be one of the most pivotal and exciting games to come along in years for Raiders fans. 

Sure, it's early in the season, but there's still a lot on the line; namely, first place in a highly competitive division. When you go two games up early on a team like the Chiefs, you have to keep the pedal to the metal. 

It feels like both a marathon and a sprint right now. Time to keep it rolling. GO RAIDERS!

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Dolphins Gameday Thread

I'm a little late to the take here, but the Raiders are down 14 to 5 at the moment and this has the hallmarks of a classic Raiders letdown game. Need to rev it up and get to 3-0 while the Chiefs are down at 1-2! 

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Steelers Gameday Thread

On Monday night, the Raiders won a game they've become accustomed to losing - the last-minute contest riddled with self-inflicted mistakes. 

Today, they must overcome another familiar trademark: the letdown game while playing early on the road in a far-flung city. 

The Steelers are beatable. In order to remain in the chase this year while sharing a division with the Chiefs and Chargers, the Raiders are going to have to win these types of games early. 

So here we go. Let's see them take that next step. GO RAIDERS! 

Monday, September 13, 2021

One Postgame Take

It was the same 'ol Raiders, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Until it WASN'T. Wow! Las Vegas, nine lives and one hell of a resilient way to start the season! 

Raiders Kickoff 2021 - Monday Night Football!

Raider Take returns from a long offseason hibernation just in time for the Raiders' 2021 debut on Monday Night Football versus a formidable but beatable opponent in the Baltimore Ravens. 

Friends, if you are still here, welcome back, I look forward to your takes on this game and beyond.

I think it's stating the obvious to say that we all hope the Raiders aren't stuck in neutral for another year. They need to take a firm step forward in 2021, or Gruden will have run dangerously low on excuses.  

There is much to be optimistic about, and much to wonder about, as we head into the new season. But we've reached a point with this franchise that talk is so cheap that it is effectively worthless. 

Enough about Sin City, star power, the shiny new toy of a stadium, Mark Davis's mansion, etc. Distractions, all of them, from the effort, determination and expectations that must be urgently applied to the field itself, in 60 minute increments of action, over a 17-game season. 

Let's GO RAIDERS!

Raider Take - Still hanging on for 17 seasons strong! 

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Aaron Rodgers...

How many future top draft picks would you give up to get Aaron Rodgers?

Let me rephrase that: Would you trade Alex Leatherwood, Henry Ruggs and Clelin Ferrel (our top first round picks over the past three years) for Aaron Rodgers? I sure as hell would. I'm not saying that's a viable trade scenario, it just goes to show the supposed future value of picks presents a different psychology than the actual value of realized picks. We often see future picks as gold we need to hoard, even when we continually see that gold turned into silver or bronze. 

It very likely that Rodgers to the Raiders ain't going to happen, but it's fun to discuss. Word is that he'd like to head west, and there are few teams in the west that aren't set at quarterback.

The one that jumps out is the Broncos. That's something to consider as well as a Raiders fan. If Rodgers goes to Denver, we're suddenly in a division with Mahomes, Rodgers and Herbert, which would create a hell of a mountain to climb for the next three years or so until Rodgers tapers off. 

What would you give up to avoid that situation while adding a talent like Rodgers to the helm of our offense? 

Is that something you'd entertain, or do you feel it would be a fool's errand to even consider it? 

Bring your takes!

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Draft Night Thread

Gotta hit on this one, no more lackluster drafts for The Gruden Show. 

Weird Aaron Rodgers rumors are swirling, teams are set to trade up or out, and the Raiders need to nail it! 

Grab your popcorn, tonight is going to be fun!

Sunday, January 03, 2021

Broncos Gameday Thread

Well, here we are at the end of another season, trying to scale Mount .500. Again. A season that began with so much promise has ended with precipitous tailspin that really makes you wonder. For years, the Raiders have spun the mantra of "Return to Glory." Alas, this year brought us just another Return to Form. Let's see them beat the Broncos, reach .500 and try again next year. GO RAIDERS!