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!

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Dolphins Gameday Thread

Belated Merry Christmas! Let's see if the Raiders have a gift in store for us. So far, so good, with Derek Carr back in the saddle and running for an early TD. This team's gotta make a statement tonight and let us know that they're not gonna just circle the drain to finish out the year. GO RAIDERS! 

P.S. Get well Raider Nate and family!

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Chargers Gamenight Thread

Well, here we are friends, with the season truly on the brink. A win keeps our slim hopes alive, a loss puts them on life support waiting for a miracle. Maybe a new DC can help halt the downward spiral. The preparation and discipline to execute starts at the top, and it's time for Chucky to show that he can right the ship. GO RAIDERS! 

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Colts Gameday Thread

Well, after last week's (near) debacle, I don't know what to expect. The Raiders don't look very well coached right now. Thank goodness for Gregg Williams and his idiotic blitz, or we'd really be pulling our hair out. It's time to right the pirate ship after two consecutive weeks of letdown. Win out, give the playoffs a chance. GO RAIDERS!

Sunday, December 06, 2020

Jets Gameday Thread

We'll know shortly if the Raiders are committed to playing down to their competition, or if they're ready to get serious about their playoff viability after last week's disastrous failure of focus and execution at the worst possible time. Two words: GO RAIDERS!

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Falcons Gameday Thread

A little late here, it's now halftime, and haven't I seen this before? A Raiders team that starts the season strong, plays some inspired football as a playoff hopeful, then inexplicably plays down to the competition (including dumb penalties) and puts those playoff hopes in jeopardy? They have 30 minutes to turn this around, or it's going to be a very disappointing outcome that clouds our playoff prospects. Come on, GO RAIDERS!

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Chiefs Gamenight Thread

 Do you believe in miracles? Can lightning strike twice?

We will find out tonight! This is a golden opportunity for the Raiders to make their biggest statement in ages. 

There are a lot of AFC teams with similar or better records, so despite being 6-3 entering this game, the path to the playoffs won't be a cakewalk. To be 7-3 after tonight would be huge.

Have to find that defensive aggression off the line that rattled Mahomes last time. Gotta play smart and physical. Mistakes to a minimum. If that happens, we've got a chance. 

GO RAIDERS! 

P.S. Sorry about the missing game thread last week.

Sunday, November 08, 2020

Chargers Gameday Thread

Okay, here we go. The Raiders can remain on the move today, stay on the upswing and make another stride toward playoff contention. Offense is clicking these days, defense needs to keep it together against Herbert. GO RAIDERS! 

Sunday, November 01, 2020

Browns Gameday Thread

The Raiders came back down to earth last week, and the defense reverted to form with a resounding thud. Now they're in windy Cleveland, with one Raiders field goal try already thwarted. The Raiders should win this if they are a team on the rise. They gotta pull it together, and now's a chance to avoid a losing record at the halfway mark of the season. GO RAIDERS!

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Bucs Gameday Thread

 Well, a little late on the draw here again, but the Raiders are hanging in there on the edge of halftime. How cool would it be for the Raiders to take down Mahomes, Brees and Brady in the span of five games? That's still a distinct possibility heading into the second half. GO RAIDERS!

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Chiefs Gameday Thread

Confession: If the Raiders' secondary doesn't get carved up like a Thanksgiving turkey today, I'll consider it a miracle. Derek Carr needs to bring it today. You never know! GO RAIDERS! 

Sunday, October 04, 2020

Bills Gameday Thread

A little late on the draw here, the Raiders are already in a sizeable hole after one quarter. Come on, rise up, stay competitive. 

If we're 2-2 after today, it's going to be a bummer after such a promising start. GO RAIDERS!

Thursday, October 01, 2020

Postgame Take + Thoughts

Well, you win some, you lose some. That's the Raiders. But they look like they're on their way to winning more frequently. They are improved this year, but the path to true championship contention is looking like a long, multi-year slog under Gruden & Co.

When you see Bill Belichik on the other sideline looking bored as he once again throttles the Raiders, this time with a quarterback nobody wanted; when you watch the Chiefs on Monday night take down the Ravens with such precision and playcalling creativity, you really get a sense of how far the Raiders still have to go to be remotely considered elite.

Personally, I don't think the refs are holding us back from being competitive. Remember that bogus pass interference call that cost the Cowboys the game in Week 1? It happens. Bad calls stink, but we gotta look in the mirror. 

It is what it is, and it's on Gruden and Mayock and Mark now. It's not Al Davis, it's not Reggie McKenzie anymore. It's their baby. How fast will it grow up? Will it get stuck in adolescence? We'll see. 

Meantime, I'd also like to revisit some recent comments from some of the hardcore denizens of Raider Take:

NY Raider: "RT it would be nice if we could get some of the old blood back and pumping into this site. Blandarocked, H, 00, Calico Jack, PantyRaider and so many others...As I look at other blogs and sites that used to get a lot more traffic, I have to wonder what's going on around Raider Nation. Has the base eroded since the move to Vegas?...Is there anywhere to go anymore to get decent perspective about the Raiders?"

Raider Nate 75: "The problem has become that our society cannot function, nor see the value in disagreement...I really enjoy the disagreements here, as much as I enjoy the agreement that we love the Raiders. I have always said I value everyone's opinion here, with the exception of personal attacks. I too miss the other voices here, and I hope they swing by and read things, but I really hope they speak up too. Blanda, H, 00, Calico, Panty, Jones, Take, NY, and OakTown Blues, I really wish you all the best and hope you are all doing well. I also hope to hear from you, not just about Raiders football, but about life."

I know that this site has been hanging by a thread for a while, and is at this point nearly entirely community-powered. It is less "Raider Take" now and more "Your Take," which in so many ways it always has been. 

Raider00 is still here in force, and OakTown chimed in to say that he's a conscientious objector to some of the things the NFL is doing, saying, "Your opinion, my opinion, equally worthy, and worthless."

And that's the point, and it speaks to Nate's lament about our society not seeing value in disagreement anymore, when, in fact, there is great value in disagreement.

So to answer NY's question, where do you go to get decent perspective on the Raiders? I don't know. The Athletic does a good job, but it's subscription based. 

But I would posit that the best perspective is right here, not necessarily right here at Raider Take, but in the community of regular Raiders fans, and their raw, honest opinions and interpretations of events in the world of the Las Vegas Raiders. Of coursed, I am biased when I say that I think some of the most thoughtful stalwarts in this community of ideas have put down roots right here at Raider Take. 

On that note, thanks for sticking around, I hope more of you chime in as the season progresses, but I understand if you don't. I don't have the time or energy to generate the original editorial that I did some years ago, but it was really always about the conversation, and it still is.  


Sunday, September 27, 2020

Patriots Gameday Thread

Well, the Raiders are on the path of proving it, but face their toughest test yet in 2020 with a road game after a short week against a re-energized Patriots team. 

While the Raiders' offense has been strong out of the gates, the defense has been largely dreadful, but nevertheless stout in a few key moments. If they get carved up like a Thanksgiving turkey today by Belichik and Co., then a lot of air is going to come out of our tire. But if they can pull this off, then hope for a new era of competitiveness will begin gathering serious steam. 

So GO RAIDERS!