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Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie Acknowledges His Job is on the Line

October 1st, 2014 at 10:20 AM
By Nicholas Gill

The Oakland Raiders got off to a disastrous start to the season, which coupled with the disastrous past two seasons, has cost former head coach Dennis Allen his job. The Raiders moved on from Allen this week and named Tony Sparano the interim head coach. With Allen fired, the next logical step is to take a long look at the general manager and his involvement in the team's failures.

“Until I am winning, until I am playing in the championship, I’m going to always bust my tail until I get to that championship, period,” Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “I work every day like my job is on the line. That’s just the way I am. No one has to tell me my job is on the line. No one.”

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is on the hot seat. He is the man that brought in Dennis Allen, who finished a little more than two seasons with an 8-28 record as the head coach. He is responsible for the talent on the current roster that has been unable to win this season. This was the season where the Raiders were supposed to be better. They had a full draft and plenty of salary cap space to use in free agency. That has not translated to wins.

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Oakland Raiders Officially Name Tony Sparano Interim Head Coach

September 30th, 2014 at 11:52 AM
By Nicholas Gill

Hours after the Oakland Raiders fired head coach Dennis Allen, the team has named Tony Sparano the interim head coach. Sparano spent the last two seasons as the assistant head coach/offensive line coach for the Raiders. He will replace Allen, who was relieved of his duties after posting an 8-28 record as Oakland's head coach and losing 10 consecutive games.

“Tony Sparano has a strong presence in this organization,” general manager Reggie McKenzie said in a statement issued by the team. “His experience and leadership qualities will serve the team well in helping reach the goal of everyone here, which is to win football games.”

Sparano seems like the logical choice to take over on the interim basis for the remainder of the season. He has previous head coaching experience with the Miami Dolphins from 2008-2011, where he posted an overall record of 29-33. He helped turn around a Dolphins team that went 1-15 the season before he took over and helped guide them to an AFC East division win and an 11-5 record. Sparano has also spent time in the NFL as the New York Jets offensive coordinator in 2012 and the Dallas Cowboys in multiple offensive roles from 2003-2007.

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Oakland Raiders Fans Deserve Better than Current Mess

September 29th, 2014 at 10:42 AM
By Nicholas Gill

After the Oakland Raiders were embarrassed by the Miami Dolphins 38-14 on Sunday in London, it is back to the drawing board. It was been a disastrous decade plus for the Raiders, who have not seen the playoff since 2002 and are currently 0-4 in the 2014 season. The team is 8-28 with current head coach Dennis Allen and have lost 10 straight games. Oakland has lost nine games by 20 or more points under Allen. The Oakland Raiders fans deserve better.

It will start with firing head coach Dennis Allen. Whether that happens today, tomorrow, next week, or at the end of the season, Allen is on his way out. His fate was sealed on Sunday when the Raiders could not even compete with an average Miami Dolphins team. The team has made no official decision on Allen, but stay tuned. The Raiders have consistently failed to meet even the lowest of expectations. Oakland makes a habit of making very average players look like All-Pros. They were supposed to be better and that is not even close to being the case.

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Oakland Raiders Vs Miami Dolphins Game Preview

September 27th, 2014 at 8:26 AM
By Nicholas Gill

The Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins will square off in London on Sunday with Oakland looking to pick up their first win of the season. The Raiders made the trek to London early in the week, while the Dolphins came on Friday. It will be interesting to see how those travel plans impact the game, because the Raiders have been slow starters in two of three games this season. This is a very winnable game for the Raiders.

With the improvements made of defense last week against the New England Patriots, the Raiders will look to carry that momentum into the Dolphins game. Miami has a very suspect offense and uncertainty at quarterback. All week head coach Joe Philbin has been non-committal about his starting quarterback. it appears the Dolphins will go with Ryan Tannehill, who has struggled this season completing only 56.5 percent of his passes.

This is a match-up the Raiders defense can take advantage of. If they can get pressure like they did against Tom Brady, Tannehill can be forced into mistakes. None of the wide receivers from Miami will scare the Raiders either. The longest pass play of the year for the Dolphins is 30 yards. Look for the Raiders to be more aggressive. Oakland cannot allow another average quarterback to look good against them.

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Miami Dolphins Head Coach, Quarterback Mess Bodes Well for Oakland Raiders

September 26th, 2014 at 7:55 AM
By Nicholas Gill
The Oakland Raiders are set to face the Miami Dolphins in London on Sunday. The Raiders have been there all week trying to acclimate to the travel and time difference, while the Dolphins arrived in London today. Miami is also having internal conflict with head coach Joe Philbin refusing to name a starting quarterback this week and quarterback Ryan Tannehill calling that move a distraction.
“It creates a bunch of stir and a bunch of distraction in the locker room, mostly from the outside coming in and guys having to deal with the distraction of it,” Tannehill said. “It’s not a good feeling.”
Whether Philbin really does not know who his starter will be Sunday or he is trying some gamesmanship with the Raiders is unknown. However, what is obvious is the strife and distraction it is causing Tannehill.
“One of the functions of the head coach is to create an atmosphere free from distractions,” Philbin said. "And to the degree that I contributed to any of those distractions, intended or not doesn't really matter, that falls on me. It's my responsibility, so certainly I accept that responsibility as a head coach.”
Even after those comments, Philbin did not comment of who the starting quarterback will be. It would be between Tannehill and back-up Matt Moore. Tannehill is completing 56.5% of his passes through three games for 624 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. He has been sacked nine times. The Dolphins pass offense is averaging 190 yards per game, which ranks 30th in the NFL.
Ultimately it will come down to play of the field to determine who comes way with the win Sunday, but this is exactly what the Raiders want the Dolphins focusing on. The Raiders have to be encouraged by the messy situation between Philbin and Tannehill causing a distraction. The Miami offense has struggled and is a match-up the Oakland defense can take advantage of, especially with momentum from a solid performance last week against the New England Patriots. No matter who the Dolphins name as their starting quarterback, the Raiders cannot make another average quarterback look better than they are.

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