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    Getty Las Vegas Raiders DE Maxx Crosby. The Las Vegas Raiders have been busy making roster moves ahead of the playoffs. One of the notable moves they made was cutting veteran linebacker Will Compton. He was cut last week but quickly re-signed. Unfortunately, they had to cut him again despite his status as a fan favorite. Turns out he’s not only loved by the fans but also by his teammates. Pro Bowl defensive end Maxx Crosby wants the Raiders to re-sign Compton for the team’s playoff run. Playoff Willy???? Bring Back The Boy???? https://t.co/Ht9B4Ueqef — MaddMaxx (@CrosbyMaxx) January 13, 2022 Las Vegas is full at linebacker right now so there isn’t room for Compton. He’d likely be the first player they call if there’s an injury but with the playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals closing in, he won’t be getting the call this week. If the Raiders win, that opens up the door for a return. He’s mostly a special teams play but did start for games for the team in 2019. He can play a bit...
    Police: Teens driven by racial hatred targeted BLM leader Nations inch towards climate deal at COP26 © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad The NFL has vowed to vigorously defend itself against the claims made by former Raiders coach Jon Gruden. Look or that defense to begin with the NFL attempting to get the case into the most favorable forum possible. The league undoubtedly will remove the case from state court to federal court, arguing that none of the defendants sued by Gruden are residents of Nevada. Yes, Gruden’s lawsuit contends that the NFL is a “resident” of Nevada because one of its member clubs plays there, and because “it does business here and derives substantial revenue from its contacts with Nevada.” The NFL likely will say that doesn’t matter, that the NFL itself isn’t a resident of Nevada and that no Nevada-based party has been named as a defendant. Federal law authorizes the removal of litigation from state court to federal court when an in-state defendant sues out-of-state parties in...
    Obama presidential center breaks ground in Chicago. But not without its critics Mitch McConnell blocks Democrats attempt to raise the debt ceiling on their own, pushing the country closer to a default Week 3 concluded Monday night as the Dallas Cowboys routed the Philadelphia Eagles 41-21 in a game that sprinted past the closing line total of 51. Prime-time overs moved to 8-1 on the season despite overall team scoring dropping from 24 to 22.6 points per game. The slight dip in scoring made an impact in betting totals as 11 games went under the total this week. But even in a week that featured the most unders on the season, the games that we expected to be high scoring delivered. Every week I look at the board and see a few totals in the 50s that I know are going to be bet up before kickoff. It's important to bet these early in the week before the market pushes the number to a point in which it loses value. NFL totals that closed at 50 or more are...
    (CBS Denver) — All four AFC West teams won their first game. The Denver Broncos used a steady performance from new quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to dispense with the New York Giants on the road. The Las Vegas Raiders topped the Baltimore Ravens in a thrilling overtime matchup to open their new stadium. The Los Angeles Chargers, under new coach Brandon Staley, looked impressive against the Washington Football Team’s top-rated defense. And the Kansas City Chiefs came back from 12 points down and then held off the Cleveland Browns to win. The West is the only undefeated division in the AFC. (The NFC West also opened with four wins.) With no matchups within the division this week, all four teams could continue their winning ways. But it won’t necessarily be easy. While the Broncos get a favorable matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars and rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the Raiders, Chargers, and Chiefs don’t have it quite so easy. The Raiders travel to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers, who opened their season in impressive fashion. The Chargers host the Dallas Cowboys, looking...
    Former Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall recently joined CBS4 sports anchor Michael Spencer on Xfinity Monday Live. DENVER (CBS4)– Brandon Marshall, who was a starter on the Broncos Super Bowl 50 defense which finished the season ranked first in the NFL, sees similarities between the 2021 defense and his former team. “They can be just as good. Will they be just as good, that’s another conversation, but they can be. They have the talent. You look at it on paper, from top to bottom, they can be easily the best defense in the league in my opinion,” said Marshall. (credit: CBS) Marshall said while he expects the Broncos to have a good year, he expects the Raiders to also make some noise in the AFC West. “I’m putting the Raiders second,” said Marshall when asked about his AFC West rankings. “I’ll put Broncos three and Chargers four. I have to give the Raiders number two because they played well last year, and to me their biggest addition was Gus Bradley as the defensive coordinator. They have a premier defensive coordinator in...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Former Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall joined CBS4 sports anchor Michael Spencer on Xfinity Monday Live this week. Marshall, who was a starter on the Broncos Super Bowl 50 defense which finished the season ranked first in the NFL, sees similarities between the 2021 defense and his former team. “They can be just as good. Will they be just as good, that’s another conversation, but they can be. They have the talent. You look at it on paper, from top to bottom, they can be easily the best defense in the league in my opinion,” said Marshall. (credit: CBS) READ MORE: Drones, Sonar Used In Search For Missing 28-Year-Old Camper From Broomfield At Two Buttes State Wildlife Area Marshall said while he expects the Broncos to have a good year, he expects the Raiders to also make some noise in the AFC West. READ MORE: STAR Program In Denver Expands To Respond To Calls Seven Days A Week “I’m putting the Raiders second,” said Marshall when asked about his AFC West rankings. “I’ll put Broncos three and Chargers four....
    Getty Troy Warner (middle) celebrates with Brontae Davis after a defensive stop in the Los Angeles Rams' preseason opener on Saturday. From 1982 to 1994, the Rams and the Raiders shared the same city in front of their name: Los Angeles. Now, the current L.A. representative will take on the former City of Angels team…three times. That’s right, the Rams and Las Vegas Raiders will square off with one another in a trio of days this week. Two meetings will be joint practices at the Rams’ Thousand Oaks facility on Wednesday and Thursday, then the Saturday evening contest at 7 p.m. at SoFi Stadium. Here’s a closer look at what the Rams will likely expect from the Raiders, plus what the Rams may consider this week:Much Faster Defense Like the Rams, the Raiders are adjusting to a new defensive coordinator in Gus Bradley. Except for Bradley, he’s trying to reinvigorate a Raiders defense that was one of the league’s worst and ended up firing Paul Guenther during the season. But word is, the Silver...
    Week in celebrity photos for July 19-23, 2021 Big challenges seniors face every day © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad Since Jon Gruden returned as Raiders head coach, the team’s defense has been one of its biggest issues. It was glaring when the club had only 13 sacks in 2018 following the trade of edge rusher Khalil Mack. While the unit improved in 2019, it regressed to finish 25th in yards allowed and 30th in points allowed in 2020. So Las Vegas replaced defensive coordinator Paul Guenther with Gus Bradley and signed several veterans — headlined by edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue — to make the unit more competitive in the coming year. During an appearance on The NFL Rhodes Show with Lindsay Rhodes, General Manager Mike Mayock noted just how important Las Vegas’ defensive improvement is for 2021. “We have to get so much better [on defense]. I know it, Jon knows it. We all know it,” Mayock said, via Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “We’ve got to...
    Getty Free agent DE Arden Key. The Las Vegas Raiders have struggled on defense for years now. No matter what the team does, they can’t seem to figure out how to fix the issue. Arden Key was one of the players the team has drafted in recent years who was supposed to have an impact. Instead of developing into a sack artist, he had three sacks in three seasons before getting waived on Wednesday. In recent years, we’ve seen players struggle on the Raiders but have success with other teams. Denico Autry and Shelby Harris are two notable names who come to mind. We should find out soon if Key is actually a good player who was stuck in a bad system. Based on a statement he released after getting waived, it sure sounds like he believes the Raiders were holding him back. Arden Key issues a statement on his release.(via IG:// ardenkey) pic.twitter.com/boBWCLQPTu — Kenny King Jr (@KennyKing_Jr) April 17, 2021 The most notable line is when he says “THIS IS THE BEST THING THAT COULD...
    After one of the Raiders’ numerous double-digit losing seasons, I ran into Norv Turner, fired as head coach by Al Davis a few months before, at the NFL scouting combine. Ruminating on all that went wrong, Turner didn’t duck responsibility or blame Davis but noted at one point, “the only player who had a good year was Derrick Burgess.” Setting aside the fact that putting players in position to have good years is a big part of being a head coach, Turner was right in the sense that each player is responsible to himself for making the best of any situation. And the Raiders had plenty of key players who didn’t have the years they expected in 2020 — probably more than you’d expect from a team that finished 8-8. You can’t replace everyone on the roster. So it’s up to those players (as well as coaches to put them in position) to overcome whatever arose from injuries, and assorted COVID-19-related issues that cut into an offseason and training camp to rebound in 2021. If...
    Don’t discount the Gus Bradley factor when the free agency negotiating period begins Monday. Raiders coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock will lean heavily on the new defensive coordinator for recommendations as to who best fits his defensive system. And the players Bradley knows best are from the Los Angeles Chargers, where he ran the defense for the past four years. The most notable player is Melvin Ingram, who teams are looking at as a pass rusher but could be found just about anywhere under Bradley. Before one of the Raiders’ games in 2019 against the Chargers, Gruden marveled at the ways Ingram was utilized in Bradley’s system. “Someone needs to do a statistical chart on this guy — how many miles he runs per game,” Gruden said. “He’s the middle linebacker on goal-line defense, he’s a rover on third down, he walks around, I don’t know where the hell he is. He’s going to play over the guard, over the edge. He’s sideline to sideline. He runs like a linebacker, and he...
    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Head coach Jon Gruden of the Las Vegas Raiders on the sidelines during the NFL game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Chargers defeated the Raiders in overtime 30-27. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) The Raiders are on a mission to make the playoffs in 2021. Here are five first round picks that can help Las Vegas achieve that goal.  Mike Mayock and his front office have an alarmingly simple mission heading into the offseason. The Raiders must drastically improve their defense if they want to become a playoff team in 2021. Derek Carr and the offense offer more than enough to get this squad into the postseason, but Las Vegas needs to stop hemorrhaging points on the other side of the ball. That reality means the Raiders must spend their No. 17 overall pick in Round 1 on a player who can step right and help their defense immediately. The good news is that Las Vegas could benefit from adding talent at...
    There’s some selective memory going on regarding the Raiders in 2020, which is fine for the fan base, but a problem if it carries over to coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock. Coordinator Gus Bradley has come to the rescue with an almost entirely new defensive staff. Snag a few choice free agents, make a couple of astute draft picks, develop some of the existing talent and — voila! — the Raiders can put one of the worst defensive seasons in the history of the franchise behind them and crash the postseason for the second time in 19 years. The evidence against the defense is overwhelming, not the least of which is 478 points allowed, the most in club history. On a per-game basis, that ranks behind only the pre-Al Davis 1961 Raiders (32.7 to 29.9), who were outscored 99-0 in their first two games, wore gold and black uniforms and played their home games at Candlestick Park. In limited offseason availability — Mayock made the rounds at the Senior Bowl, Gruden on the Cris...
    New Raiders defensive coordinator Gus Bradley is just getting started, so it’s not as if he’s got a detailed scouting report of what he has to work with. As a result, when Bradley met with the media Tuesday via teleconference, he was short on specifics about the players who will carry out his plans to repair a defense that helped keep the 8-8 Raiders from being a playoff team despite having an above average offense. Bradley did, however, talk about his philosophy, the opportunity to join the Raiders and what he expects to see from his unit going forward. He was heavily influenced by what he learned with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their “Tampa 2” scheme and helped implement the “Cover 3” system along with Pete Carroll with the Seattle Seahawks. Some highlights from the choice of coach Jon Gruden to repair one of the NFL’s worst defensive units in 2020: 1. Background in terms of scheme “I think the basis is a lot of Cover 3 but it’s evolved since Seattle . . ....
    Gus Bradley will be a huge boost to the Raiders’ defense in 2021. Here’s what you can expect to see from Las Vegas next season.  Credit the Raiders for taking a big step towards solving their defensive issues. The hiring of Gus Bradley as the team’s new defensive coordinator should pay big dividends for Las Vegas right away. Bradley was most recently employed by the Chargers in the same position before he lost his job when Anthony Lynn was let go by Los Angeles. The Raiders made sure he didn’t stay unemployed for long. They moved quickly to secure his services in plenty of time to give him input in the team’s offseason personnel moves. Part of his appeal to the Raiders organization is his ability to work well with the team’s current defensive personnel. Some fans in Las Vegas might have wanted to see a coach with a more aggressive scheme hired, but Bradley’s more conservative approach is a better fit with the players already on the Raiders roster.What will the Raiders’ defensive scheme look like?This group will not...
    Threw a bit of a change-up for this week’s mailbag, asking readers their first priority when it comes to fixing the Raiders after another late-season skid that finds them out of the playoffs. The response was so considerable in terms of Twitter and email  I couldn’t begin to list them all. Since many had similar themes, I’ll address some of those ideas and list some of the responses below each item. Responses will be edited for clarity and decorum. Here goes: All things Jon Gruden When coach Jon Gruden says “it’s on me” fans have taken that to heart after three seasons and an 18-29 record after Mark Davis hired him to replace Jack Del Rio. Lots of “Gruden should be fired” sentiment. If not, then he should give up all personnel-selection to general manager Mike Mayock, and surrender play-calling duties. For what it’s worth, don’t hold your breath on Gruden being fired, being demoted in terms of personnel or giving up play-calling duties. Your best hope would be a bitter split with Mark Davis over...
    So here we are again. A 7-8 record with one play-out-the-string game remaining in Denver. The Jon Gruden reboot is 18-29 since 2018 and the Raiders are recipients of the slings and arrows of their own fan base courtesy of Saturday night’s 26-25 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Damon Arnette, the rookie corner who allowed Mack Hollins to run past him on the 34-yard completion from Ryan Fitzpatrick, was sparring with trolls on Twitter. Running back Josh Jacobs, not long after getting a “SCORE THE TOUCHDOWN” response to a piece of Bible scripture, posted a separate tweet which said. “On your job do you do what your boss tells you to do? And if you don’t what happens? Interesting.” The message was deleted within minutes of its posting. If a bad team has a record below .500 and a mediocre one wins half its games, the Raiders aspire to mediocrity with one game to play. Not exactly the sort of slogan Al Davis liked to see on billboards or what Mark Davis had in...
    Raiders coach Jon Gruden is focused on finishing out the season before determining how to proceed on defense 2021. During his time with the Raiders (1998-2001), Tampa Bay (2002 through 2008) and the Raiders again (2018 to present) he’s had four: Willie Shaw, Chuck Bresnahan, Monte Kiffin and Paul Guenther. All have run a 4-3 as their base defense. Guenther is the first to be fired during a season. Here are names that could come up, keeping in mind some could be unavailable because they’re under contract or could be hired as head coaches: (Name, age, current or most recent position) Rod Marinelli, 71, Raiders interim coordinator: Has a head start in the form of a three-game audition. A 30-27 overtime loss to the Chargers was not promising, although predictable on a short week. If the Raiders can go from awful to average in the last two games with adequate preparation, it’s a strong statement. Raheem Morris, 44, Atlanta Falcons interim head coach: If Morris doesn’t get the Falcons gig, he’ll be one of the...
    Vaccine hoaxes are rampant on social media. Here’s how to spot them. Rubio’s middle road on Trump’s election claims could draw a GOP primary challenge Jon Gruden is the reason why the Raiders arent going to the playoffs This is the online version of our morning newsletter, The Morning Win. Subscribe to get irreverent and incisive sports stories, delivered to your mailbox every morning.  © Provided by For The Win The Los Angeles Chargers, as they have been known to do for pretty much their entire existence, did everything in their power to give the Las Vegas Raiders a win last night but Jon Gruden just wouldn’t let it happen. And now the Raiders’ playoff hopes are all but over after their 30-27 overtime loss to Justin Herbert and Co. The man to blame for this is Gruden and Gruden only. Not only did he wear the very wrong Raiders hat to start the game, but then in OT he called all the wrong plays in what appeared to be a very easy spot to win the game. The Raiders won the...
    As part of the Raiders’ preparation heading in to their game Thursday night against the Los Angeles Chargers, interim defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli took his unit to the movies. Marinelli cued up a video of the things he wants to see in his first game taking over for Paul Guenther. He’ll need everything he can get against the Chargers, as four starters were declared out Wednesday as the Raiders went through final preparations: strong safety Johnathan Abram (concussion), linebacker Nicholas Morrow (concussion), defensive end Clelin Ferrell (shoulder) and cornerback Damon Arnette (concussion). As Marinelli explained Wednesday, he has a heavy emphasis on things that don’t require talent — effort, pursuit, gang-tackling. So the Raiders got an eyeful of John Lynch, Ronde Barber, Derrick Brooks and Warren Sapp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where Marinelli coached the defensive line. They saw Julius Peppers, Brian Urlacher and Peanut Tillman from when Marinelli ran the defense with the Chicago Bears. “He’s been able to show us some videos of some of his old teams and the effort and physicality...
    The NFL has some horrendous coaching every week. In Week 14, Doug Marrone and the Jacksonville Jaguars took the reins.  So what does Doug Marrone have to do to get himself fired, anyway? Gruden hired Guenther not just because of their personal relationship but based on the reputation he built as a linebackers coach and coordinator for the 2010s Cincinnati Bengals. Gruden then filled Guenther’s defense with 2010s Bengals. The 2018 Raiders defense featured Reggie Nelson, Frostee Rucker and Leon Hall in significant roles, plus journeyman defenders from non-Bengals teams like Tahir Whitehead, Derrick Johnson and Rashaan Melvin occupying roster spots that should have gone to younger players. Gruden and Guenther, golf and carpool buddies off the field, spent the 2018 season jawing at each other on the sideline as the old, slow Raiders defense wheezed around the field in Patrick Mahomes’ contrail. Mike Mayock signed on to the Gruden vanity project in 2019 and began replacing the old Bengals with names plucked from the Clemson media guide. Mayock gave Guenther Clelin Ferrell, a sack specialist who rarely produces a...
    For the third straight game, the Raiders got caught trying to be something they’re not right now — a playoff team. The Raiders defense couldn’t stop the Colts and the Raiders offense couldn’t play catch up quick enough and it added up to a disappointing 44-27 thrashing at the hands of Indianapolis on Sunday. The loss left the Raiders at 7-6 and needing to win all three of their remaining games to have a shot at making the playoffs in the crowded AFC chase. Not even coach Jon Gruden wanted to discuss playoff implications as he did a Jim Mora impersonation while swatting away postseason questions. Another rough performance by the Raiders defense — they allowed 456 yards and more than 40 points for the second time in three weeks — has put additional pressure on the team. And, since they’re going to host the Chargers in Las Vegas on Thursday night, they have little time to find solutions. Here’s a look at what Gruden and some of his players were saying about their lopsided loss...
    Jon Gruden’s Raiders offense is the franchise’s best in nearly 20 years. Quarterback Derek Carr is having a career renaissance. Running back Josh Jacobs — even in his banged-up state — is a game-changer. Tight end Darren Waller is putting up absolutely crazy numbers, and Nelson Agaholor and Henry Ruggs might be the most underrated wide receiver combination in the NFL. All this behind an offensive line that — at times — has been elite. You would think, in an NFL where offense is king, all that would be enough. But it’s not. It’s not even close. Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Trayvon Mullen #27 breaks up a pass to Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton #13 during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jeff Bottari)  Related Articles What the Raiders are saying after blowout loss to Atlanta Falcons NFL Week 11 picks: Raiders can’t sweep Chiefs; Seahawks defend home against Cardinals Even if the Raiders make the...
    (CBS Los Angeles) — The Kansas City Chiefs still have the inside track on the AFC West title. But there could very well be some bumps in the road. Their remaining schedule features a few tough matchups, not to mention rematches with each of their three division rivals. That starts this Sunday with the Las Vegas Raiders, the only team to beat them so far. The Raiders, at 6-3, are coming off a thrashing of the Denver Broncos, and will be looking to stay in the mix of what’s become a very competitive AFC playoff race. Six teams hold a 6-3 record in the AFC, but only one of them leads their division. The Broncos host the resurgent Dolphins, one of those 6-3 playoff contenders behind rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Miami is riding a five-game winning streak, the Broncos have lost two straight. Their last win came against the Los Angeles Chargers on a last-second touchdown catch. That was the first of three straight Chargers losses. But they draw a favorable matchup in Week 11, with the winless New York...
    Doctor Who holiday special teaser reveals return of beloved character Black Friday Sales: How to Find the Best Deals and Earn Cash Back What went wrong for the Raiders defense on the Chiefs game-winning touchdown? The Raiders had a chance. They held a 31-28 lead over the NFL’s best team. Just under two minutes on the clock. One more defensive stop. That’s all they needed to wrap up a sweep of the Chiefs and notch a perception-altering victory. © Provided by For The Win You didn’t have to watch the game to know how things ended. Patrick Mahomes did what Patrick Mahomes typically does: He ripped out the defense’s hearts out with a ruthlessly efficient, seven-play drive that covered 75 yards and ended with a touchdown pass to a wide-open Travis Kelce. The drive and the touchdown itself just looked entirely too easy… (I did not choose the thumbnail for that video. I did choose not to change it.) The play looked way too easy and, after the game, there was some discussion about who to blame for the bust...
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