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Oakland Raiders Tab Jack Del Rio as New Head Coach

January 14th, 2015 at 2:26 PM
By Nicholas Gill

The Oakland Raiders are moving on from a miserable three year stretch by bringing in new head coach Jack Del Rio. Del Rio has Bay Area ties and was most recently the defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos. He will bring the Raiders previous head coaching experience from his nine seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003-2011. This is the first time in four hires the Raiders have gone with a candidate with previous head coaching experience.

ESPN's Adam Schefter was first to report Del Rio to the Raiders as a done deal. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that the deal is for four years between Del Rio and the Raiders. Oakland has yet to announce the decision, but is expected to at some point today.

Oakland's brass comprised of owner Mark Davis, general manager Reggie McKenzie, and former Raiders head coach John Madden were all part of the process to select Del Rio as the new head coach. He was chosen over Raiders' interim head coach Tony Sparano, who took over for Dennis Allen when he was fired at the end of September. Sparano helped rejuvenate the Raiders over the rest of the season, but the team moved forward with Del Rio for the future, who will be the second consecutive Denver defensive coordinator tabbed as the Raiders' head coach.

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Oakland Raiders Interview Former Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan for Head Coaching Vacancy

January 5th, 2015 at 11:22 AM
By Doug Rush

Oh, the irony in this.

25 years ago, then-owner Al Davis fired Mike Shanahan as the head coach of the Los Angeles Raiders after the two clashed for the entire time Shanahan was in charge of the team and after starting out the 1989 season at 1-3, Davis sent Shanahan on his way out of Los Angeles.

25 years later, Shanahan, who remained out of work during the 2014 season following his last coaching stint, interviewed for the now Oakland Raiders head coaching gig, as Dianna Marie Russini of NBC has reported.

Shanahan also interviewed with the Buffalo Bills for their head coaching vacancy this weekend too and interviewed with the San Francisco 49ers head coaching vacancy this past week on New Year's Day.

What makes this interesting is that over the last 25 years, the hate that Shanahan had for Davis was well-known, former 49ers quarterback Elvis Grbac reflected on a story when Shanahan told him to throw a football at Davis' head when Shanahan was the offensive coordinator for the 49ers.

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Tony Sparano ‘Very Badly’ Wants to Be Permanent Head Coach of Raiders in 2015

January 3rd, 2015 at 8:02 AM
By Doug Rush

When the Oakland Raiders relieved Dennis Allen of his duties as the head coach after an 0-4 start, they gave the reigns to a former head coach who had some success before in the league in Tony Sparano.

The Raiders won almost as many games with Sparano running things in 12 games than they did with Allen in charge (4 wins in 2012, 4 wins 2013) as opposed to the three Sparano had in 2014. But he still finished 3-9 to finish the year and it's not a guarantee that the offensive line coach turned interim head coach will be the guy Oakland looks to as the permanent replacement.

However, if it were up to Sparano, he would be the guy that the Raiders chose to run the show and wants "very badly" to be the head coach in 2015 and beyond.

“All I want to do right now is be the head coach of the Raiders,” Sparano recently said. “So how badly? Very, very badly. This is my team.”

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Oakland Raiders LB Khalil Mack Has Shaken Nerves and is Seeing Game at Next Level

December 19th, 2014 at 11:03 AM
By Nicholas Gill

The transition from college to the NFL is very challenging. Oakland Raiders 2014 first-round pick Khalil Mack has been no exception. However, he has continued to work and improve which is allowing him to see the benefits late in the season. Mack has come so far in his first season with the Raiders and his play has given Oakland plenty of excitement for the future.

“I’ve grown a lot,” Mack said. “Opening day, it was nerve-racking, but that’s calmed down a lot. Knowing the fans that we have here and knowing how they support us and all those different things, you want to go out and do your best, and that has changed from me being nervous, to me going out and trying to do everything I can to make them happy and put a smile on my face at the end of the game with a win.”

The strides Mack has made are apparent. Even this early is his career; he has established himself as a terrific run defender. Mack is leading the Raiders in tackles for loss with 12 and is fourth on the team with 68 tackles. He offers the versatility to play along the defensive line or at linebacker. In both cases, his knack for sniffing out the ball carrier has been a huge boost to the Oakland defense.

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Oakland Raiders LB Sio Moore Ends Season on IR, but Made Significant Progress in 2014

December 17th, 2014 at 10:29 AM
By Nicholas Gill

The Oakland Raiders will be without starting linebacker Sio Moore for the final two games of the 2014 season. Moore was placed on injured reserve with a hip injury that he sustained before the Kansas City Chiefs game. The injury ends a season in which Moore made significant progress as a player. He should come back in 2015 as a foundation player on the Raiders' defense.

The former third-round pick in 2013 ends his second season making 11 starts and is currently third on the Raiders with 90 tackles. He has produced a team-leading three sacks and is second on the team with eight tackles for loss.

His biggest strength this season was his aggressiveness. When Moore reacts to a play, he possesses the speed, quickness, and power to disrupt. He made several big plays for the Raiders defense by using those attributes to get into opponent's backfield and make plays. Moore developed his game this season especially against the run. He showed pass rushing prowess last season and carried that over to this season. However, his improvement in run defense was substantial.

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