|Report: Raiders talking to Mike Holmgren about leadership position||02.27.13 at 12:09 pm ET|
According to a report from ESPN, the Raiders have been talking to former Packers and Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren about a leadership position within their organization.
Holmgren already has a relationship with Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, who has also worked for the Packers. Holmgren is on vacation in Europe right now, and the Raiders have not set a timeline for finding a new top front office executive, although they have been actively looking for several months.
Holmgren was team president of the Browns from 2010 to 2012. He was released following an ownership change. According to ESPN, NFL senior vice president of football operations Ray Anderson has also been talking with the Raiders about a leadership position.
|Fantasy Update: Chiefs vs. Raiders||11.07.10 at 5:12 pm ET|
The Raiders (4-4) and Chiefs (5-2) face off in a suddenly relevant AFC West showdown this Sunday. Oakland Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is doubtful against the Chiefs with a sprained right ankle. Asmougha has led the Oakland secondary to 5th in the league against the pass this season. Zach Miller, who leads the Raiders in receiving, is also doubtful with a foot injury. Coach Tom Cable said both players will be game-time decisions.
Brandon Myers would start in place of Miller at tight end. Myers has three receptions for 21 yards on the season, his second year removed from Iowa.
Jason Campbell is also set to start against the Chiefs after going 27-for-47 attempts with four touchdowns in his last two games. The Chiefs have been soft against the pass, ranking 23rd in the NFL while giving up 236.3 yards passing per game.
|Fantasy Quarterback Updates: Vince Young, Jason Campbell to start||10.31.10 at 2:28 pm ET|
Vince Young : (4:15 vs. San Diego)
It looks like Jeff Fisher and the Titans will start Young today after missing last week’s contest with a sprained left knee. Kerry Collins is probable but for now it seems that the veteran QB will return as the No. 2 quarterback for the Titans. The Chargers (2-5) rank first in the NFL in passing defense, allowing only 158.6 yards passing-per-game. Young, 27, has 745 yards passing, seven touchdowns, and only two interceptions on the season for a passer rating of 98.8.
Jason Campbell: (4:15 vs. Seattle)
The Raiders will have Jason Campbell make his third straight start this Sunday against Seattle. Campbell began his streak in place of the injured Bruce Gradkowski who is recovering from a separated right shoulder.
Seattle ranks 29th in the league in passing defense, giving up 261.3 yards-per-game in the air. This could mean many opportunities for the Raiders offense, coming off a big game against Denver. Campbell has thrown for 713 yards, four touchdowns, and four interceptions while posting a passer rating of 73.1. However, Campbell played well last week, going 12-of-20 attempts for 204 yards and two touchdowns against Denver.
|NFL Trade Deadline Update: Panthers, Raiders||10.17.10 at 2:58 pm ET|
The NFL trade deadline comes this Tuesday with teams deciding their futures and trading options leading into Week 6.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Oakland Raiders have told teams that any of their players are available for a trade before Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline. Oakland (2-3) faces San Francisco on Sunday and the result could prompt deadline moves by Al Davis’ struggling franchise. Some Raiders players have drawn interest across the league including linebacker Thomas Howard and cornerback Chris Johnson.
The Raiders offered the same invitation to teams last season before the trade deadline but no moves were ever made.
Despite speculation over the past week, the Carolina Panthers will not trade receiver Steve Smith before Tuesday’s deadline. One team reportedly called the Panthers about the star wideout but Carolina gave them the same message. Smith is close with owner Jerry Richardson and the Panthers have not yet shown any desire to trade their veterans despite team struggles.
Smith, 31, has 13 receptions for 174 yards and 2 touchdowns for Carolina this year. The Panthers have struggled early at quarterback with Matt Moore and Jimmy Clausen both receiving starts early in the season.
The Panthers (0-5) have a bye week and play San Francisco on Oct. 24. The team also announced that they will not trade running back DeAngelo Williams as well.
|Love the Super Fan||10.30.09 at 11:08 pm ET|
It used to be that Halloween was the one day an adult could put on a costume and walk around in public and not be ridiculed. While that may still be true, more recently Sunday has become a day for adults to play “dress up” as well. From September to February, Sundays, Mondays, and some Thursdays have also become costume days for some people. That’s right, we’re talking football season and those Super Fans who take their passion for their team to the next level. Since Halloween is tomorrow, let’s take a look at some of the more colorful football fans.
Oakland Raiders – Black Hole
You have to respect a fan base that dresses in football pads with spikes on them, skulls and black and silver face paint. Their “Black Hole” is infamous and notorious for making opposing kickers miss chip shot field goals. It’s just too bad they don’t have a better team to cheer.
Denver Broncos – Barrel Man
You have to love this. Quick breakdown: Cowboy hat, check. Megaphone to lead cheers, check. Winter gloves, check. No shirt, check. The mark of a true fan is how few clothes you wear depending on how cold the weather is. The Barrel Man is clearly a true fan. It takes a special commitment to only wear a barrel to a game played a mile above sea level.
Green Bay – Pope of Packerland
This fan pays attention to the details. First, he has the appropriate vestments for a Roman Catholic pope. Notice the years listed on the stole, years the Packers won a championship. His mitre (pointy hat) has an image of Vince Lombardi. If you worship the Packers, is Lombardi the messiah? One question. Where do you get a “cheese” bra?
Cleveland Browns – Dawg Pound
Face paint is a mark of a true fan. A mask is along the same lines. The Dawg Pound is much like the Black Hole in its rowdiness but with less of an effect. Much respect to those who count themselves among the Dawg Pound, but when you cheer for the Browns it’s understandable why they wear masks.
Washington Redskins – The Hogs
Men in dresses wearing pig snouts. There is not much more to say about it. The origin of the Hogs actually has nothing to do with fans. It refers to their famous offensive line from the early 80s. These days the hogs in the stands seem to be more entertaining than those on the field.
New York Jets – Fireman Ed
He might be the ultimate fan. His costume is simple, a Jets jersey and a Jets-themed firefighter helmet. But his influence is legendary. Fireman Ed, who is actually a fireman, leads the famous Jets cheer “J-E-T-S, Jets! Jets! Jets!” In fact he’s so well known for his role in cheering the team that Coach Rex Ryan recognized his work after the week two win against the Patriots.
Super Fans can often add to the experience of going to a game. It’s interesting that the most memorable super fans cheer for teams that don’t do well, but perhaps when your team is in the cellar, you have to find other ways to entertain yourself. Did we miss a super fan? Let us know!
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