Raiders Continue to Bolster Defense On Final Day Of NFL DraftIt was no surprise where the Oakland Raiders paid most attention in the NFL draft.
In NFL's Win-Now Culture, Raiders Show Patience Is Still A VirtueWhen the Oakland Raiders lost the first 10 games in general manager Reggie McKenzie's third season back in 2014, fired his hand-picked coach and fell to 11-37 under his leadership, few would have questioned owner Mark Davis had he made a change.
Should The Raiders Play For The No. 1 Pick In The Draft?Right now, the Oakland Raiders are 1-10, and if the season ended today, they'd get the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. There's not a clear-cut stud or even a lot of depth at the top of the draft next year, so the Silver & Black need to be very smart about their next draft.
Six Games To History For Raiders Now, And It's Not Looking GoodThe 0-10 Oakland Raiders have six games remaining, and if they want to avoid the wrong kind of historic effort, the Silver & Black need to win at least one of those games. But it's not looking like that is going to happen, all things considered. Somewhere, the ghost of Al Davis is cringing and shaking his fist at the mess his once-proud team has become.
Oakland's Anemic Running Game Is Historically Bad This SeasonThe 2014 Oakland Raiders not only have yet to win a game this season, but they are also on pace to post the worst team rushing yards total since the NFL switched to 16-game seasons in 1978. That's right: The Silver & Black can't run the ball, and it's killing their rookie quarterback's chances to succeed.
Team Grades: Costly Late Turnovers Hurt Raiders In ClevelandTrailing by just three points in the fourth quarter, the Oakland Raiders fumbled twice and saw their chance to win the game against the Cleveland Browns on the road disappear quickly. With the 23-13 loss, the Silver & Black drop to 0-7 on the 2014 season—and it may be awhile before they have a decent chance to win another game.
Injury Report: 4 Key Injuries For Raiders Defense This WeekThe last thing the 2014 Oakland Raiders need is more injuries to their defense, but that's what they get this week as they prepare to play the Cleveland Browns Sunday on the road. If the Silver & Black can't stop anyone's offense, they'll never win a game this year.
Studs & Duds: Raiders' Bright Spots Hard To Find In 0-4 Start To SeasonThe Oakland Raiders have plenty of duds to explore so far in the young 2014 season, but it's tough to find some studs in the debacle that has contributed to an 0-4 start to the year. The Silver & Black just don't have much to highlight right now, which means it's going to be a long season.
Raiders Fire Allen, Name Sparano Interim Head Coach But Nothing Will ChangeThe Oakland Raiders fired Head Coach Dennis Allen after an 0-4 start, and they have named former Miami Dolphins head coach and current Oakland offensive line coach Tony Sparano as the interim leader. However, this won't change anything for the Silver & Black, as they still have an old and talent-bereft roster. What matters now is the plan for a permanent coach in 2015.
Raiders Introduce Sparano As Head Coach, Say Turnaround Is 'Doable' The Tony Sparano era begins in Oakland after a delayed and subdued press conference at Raiders headquarters in Alameda, where new head coach Tony Sparano described replacing friend Dennis Allen as head coach as a "bittersweet" moment.
GameDay: After Raiders Fire Dennis Allen, Now What? Dennis Allen never stood a chance. He was doomed the moment he put his John Hancock on the dotted line.
How Many Games Will The Oakland Raiders Win This Year?Diehard fans may want to close their eyes: with an 0-2 start and staring at possible 0-6 start now, the Oakland Raiders will be hard-pressed to avoid two ugly fates in 2014: they could end up worse than the 4-12 record they posted last year, and they could end up as the worst team in the NFL.