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Raiders so bad, they need military assistance

Allen declares 'new day' in Raiders history
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Perhaps most relevant, however, is Allen’s purported penchant for military-like discipline after the Raiders set single-season standards for penalties (163) and penalty yardage (1,358) last season. The Broncos, meanwhile, were flagged 101 times for 842 yards en route to winning the AFC West with an 8-8 record.

We knew the Raiders were the dumbest team in the league.  What we didn't know is that it's going to take a real hard ass to make them smart.  Good luck, Dennis Allen. You're going to need it.

Revisiting “The Helicopter” from SB 32

Inside a Moment in Time - Spin Move
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As soon as Elway stood up, he turned to his teammates. “I knew that was going to give us the momentum to win the game because I looked at our sideline and [everybody] was going nuts,” Elway said.

“When he got up, his eyes were so big that you could see all he could think about was getting that first down. Once he got it—and I saw the relief in his eyes—I knew it was over,” (Rod) Smith said.

Wow, either these guys were just more confident in the heat of battle than us fans were (certainly possible), or this is what they say in retrospect. Because really, how many Denver fans (especially  those who had been through the prior three Broncos Super Bowls) "knew" the game was over before the fourth quarter had even started? Even when John Mobley knocked down that final fourth-down pass, I can't say I believed what I had seen...

McGahee pwns Ravens fan at Pro Bowl

Zing Of The Year: Willis McGahee Fires Back At Ravens Fan Who Makes Fun Of Tim Tebow
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“If you get a better quarterback you’d beat more people,” the man in the Ravens jersey, who surely thought he’d gotten one over on a Pro Bowler, said to McGahee.

McGahee was a good sport and all, but didn’t miss a beat.

“That’s not nice. That’s like saying if you had a better kicker, you’d have won.”

Willis McGahee, razor sharp off the field too...

Richard Smith a candidate for Raiders DC job

Raiders defensive coordinator update
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Among the potential candidates to become the Raiders’ next defensive coordinator could be Denver linebackers coach Richard Smith, New Orleans defensive line coach Bill Johnson and San Francisco secondary coach Ed Donatell. Broncos coach Dennis Allen has coached with all three men. Smith and Donatell both have coordinating experience. Johnson coached Allen at Texas A&M and worked with him in New Orleans and Atlanta.

As is customary in the NFL, it's a strong likelihood Allen will be allowed to take at least one or two assistants with him, even if it's to Oakland.

Del Rio comes to Denver

Broncos hire Jack Del Rio as defensive coordinator
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The Denver Broncos announced Friday night they had agreed to terms with Del Rio to become the club’s new defensive coordinator. Del Rio was Fox’s first defensive coordinator in Carolina in 2002 before leaving after one year to coach the Jacksonville Jaguars, who fired him in November.

Del Rio replaces Dennis Allen, who left after one year in Denver to coach the Oakland Raiders.

Del Rio is the Broncos’ seventh defensive coordinator in seven seasons. Other men who have filled the Mile High musical chair in the last six seasons are Larry Coyer (2006), Jim Bates (2007), Bob Slowik (2008), Mike Nolan (2009) and Don Martindale (2010). Allen was the only one who left for a head coaching job.

“We are thrilled to be able to add such a well-respected defensive coach to our staff,” Fox said in a statement issued through the team’s Twitter account.

Del Rio's hiring didn't come as a shock, although many thought they would promote from within.

More on this development to come, but Del Rio's work as the defensive coordinator for Carolina in 2002, in which the Panthers ranked #2 in total defense, got him this gig.

Just keep chopping wood, Denver.

Terrell Owens trying to stay relevant

Love Me, Hate Me, Just Don't Ignore Me
www.gq.com

Owens may have made a lot of money in his career—at least $80 million—but he insists almost all of it is gone.

He let other people take care of things. He says his financial advisers (informally recommended by Rosenhaus) put him in a series of risky, highly leveraged ventures that he didn’t discover until autumn 2010, when he finally demanded a full accounting. And of course there were the houses and condos, which he had always figured he could rent out; they became dead weight when the real estate market collapsed in 2008. Individually they weren’t terribly lavish, but together the mortgage nut is reportedly almost $750,000 a year. The Atlanta house is on the market; the south Jersey place he paid $3.9 million for was sold for $1.7 million in late 2010. Most egregious of all was the ill-fated Alabama entertainment complex (with an electronic-bingo component) that cost him $2 million. He invested, he says, at the suggestion of his advisers and a lawyer they steered him to, Pamela Linden. The venture turned out to be illegal in the state, not to mention a violation of the NFL’s policy prohibiting players from investing in gambling. Owens is suing Linden, as is Clinton Portis, the former Redskins running back who also invested.

Stop me if you've heard it before:

  1. Star athlete grows up poor and with little;
  2. Star athlete works hard to make it big;
  3. Star athlete makes it big and gets paid millions;
  4. Star athlete is unprepared for wealth preservation;
  5. Star athlete goes broke;
  6. Star athlete writes a book/goes on TV/is featured in magazine lamenting life story.

It's easy to make fun of Owens here.  Stupid is as stupid does.  And if it mattered, I would drop in a spreadsheet right now showing the future value of $80 million (or even his base salary for one year) if left in an almost risk-free asset like TIPS (Treasury-Inflation Protected Securities) over a time horizon, like, say, the rest of Owens' working life (age 60).  But we all know it wouldn't matter.

The NFL is bigger than any one player.  Owens is finding this out.  The lights have dimmed, no one is watching, and soon, sooner than he realizes, the advisers, agents, magazines like GQ, and so-called friends won't care either.  Sad? Yeah?  Suprising? No, not really.

Raheem Morris, staying put to avoid the Shanny death stare

Morris turned down Vikings for lesser post with 'Skins
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The Washington Post reported Thursday that Morris turned down a chance to become the Vikings’ defensive coordinator because he already had verbally accepted the Redskins’ defensive backs coach gig. Morris didn’t want to renege on his agreement with Washington, so he turned down Minnesota.

“A lot of people might think it’s a missed opportunity not going to Minnesota after they offered, but I believe that in this game, all you have is your word and your tape, and I gave these guys my word, and I wanted to come here and help them this year, and I was going to do it,” Morris said.

Morris must know that hell hath no fury like a scorned Shanny, as Al David could have attested.

Their new coach is a class act, but the Raiders are still the Raiders

Alleged victim sues Rolando McClain
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An Alabama man who was allegedly assaulted by Rolando McClain and another man has sued the Oakland Raiders linebacker alleging “brutal and prolonged assault and battery.”

The suit says Tapscott suffered broken bones, bruises and lacerations. It alleges that McClain “smiled and laughed as he pointed a gun at Mr. Tapscott and Mr. Tapscott begged him not to kill him.”

Can't resist another opportunity to post McClain's epic arrest photo.

Their new coach is a class act, but Raiders fans are still Raiders fans

Reminder to keep comments respectful
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Shanny on what to look for in a QB

2012 Senior Bowl Blog
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I asked Washington Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan what qualities he looks for in a quarterback and this was his answer:

“I’m asked that all the time and it is really hard to pinpoint it. Cause there is so many things you look for. A guy’s gotta be competitive, very competitive. A guy’s gotta be bright, extremely bright. You’d like a guy that is an athlete that can make plays on his own sometimes. Usually if he doesn’t have that athletic ability he’s got to be a little bit taller because he can see and be able to dump the ball off instead of using his feet. But at the end of the day there is so many things you look for and it’s always hard to find the prototype guy and a lot of times you have to adjust your offense to the type of quarterback you do have.”