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Saturday, January 07, 2012

Offseason updates

Well, it's another too-soon offseason for the Raiders in 2011-12, unfortunately.

On the bright side, that means I can begin my annual offseason updates of the RRP!

So watch for them soon!

Meanwhile, I've shifted the Official Roster into offseason mode, and created a 2012 Schedule page. As always, check out Silver & Black Report for all the best Raiders news and for all the best Raiders talk!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Rest in peace, Big Chet

Another sad addition to The Memorial Wall Project: 1992 first-round pick Chester McGlockton died at age 42 of a heart attack on November 30. Big Chet was working as an assistant coach at Stanford University under former Raiders assistant David Shaw.

McGlockton's death concludes a tragic cycle: In 1997, he lined up alongside 1997 first-round pick Darrell Russell, who played end. After the season, the Raiders let McGlockton leave as a free agent so Russell could slide inside to his natural DT position. The Raiders got a compensatory draft pick at the start of the second round of the 1998 draft, which they used on another DT prospect, Leon Bender.

Bender died May 30, 1998, shortly after the draft, the result of an epileptic incident. He was only 22 years old.

Russell died December 15, 2005, the result of a car crash during a street racing incident. He was only 29, but had been out of football for several years after drugs derailed his career.

Now McGlockton is gone, at only 42.

Sadly, the Memorial Wall also holds four other members of that 1997 team: running back Tim Hall (d. 1998), safety Eric Turner (d. 2000), center Curtis Whitley (d. 2005) and tackle Scott Whittaker (d. 2003).

At least one article after his death suggest he had really turned his life around. When with the Raiders, he had a reputation as a talented (four Pro Bowls) malcontent, and the team seemed comfortable letting him go as a free agent while bringing in Russell Maryland as a free agent. The idea was that Maryland would be a better influence on young Russell than McGlockton. Obviously things had changed, as he was coaching young men and presumably a good influence on them!

Despite playing for division rivals Denver and Kansas City later in his career, it seemed like McGlockton had returned to the Raiders' good graces in recent years. Truly, once a Raider, always a Raider.

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Supplemental Draft Project

With 2011 Supplemental Draft selection Terrelle Pryor eligible to be added to the Raiders' roster this week, I have created a new "Roster Minutiae" Project on the Raiders' history in the Supplemental Draft.

Oakland Raiders 2011 Supplemental Draft selection Terrelle Pryor.
 It's a short history: Pryor is the first player the Raiders have chosen in the traditional summer draft. The team did, however, make three selections along with the rest of the NFL in a special CFL/USFL player draft in 1984.

This project looks at both Pryor and the 1984 draft, which yielded one Raider, receiver Chris Woods, who was a member of the team in 1987 and 1988.

The Raiders will never be the same

I have updated the Memorial Wall with Al Davis himself. Not sure what else I can say that hasn't already been said.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Yes, he was a Raider, too...

Charles "Bubba" Smith may have been best known as a fearsome defensive end for the Baltimore Colts for five seasons.
"Bubba" Smith, from
He may have been best known as Hightower from the "Police Academy" films.

But for two years, he was also an Oakland Raider, starting 25 games over two years in Silver & Black from 1973-74.

Smith died August 3, at age 66. Rest in peace.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Let the games begin!

With the NFL lockout over and the free-agent frenzy underway, I've updated the Official S&B Report Roster for the start of the 2011 season.

Obviously, this is a moving target over the next few days.

Another name for the Wall

Sadly, it is time for another update on the Memorial Wall Project. Former Madden-era cornerback Alonzo "Skip" Thomas died July 24, 2011, at the age of 61.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

A question for you...

What would you think about a Project on the Supplemental Draft?

The Raiders actually have only participated in the special 1984 version of this selection process, which has brought into the NFL such players as Brian ("Did anyone catch the number of that Bo?") Bosworth.
Bo Jackson running over Brian Bosworth (photo from
That 1984 draft was designed to award NFL teams the rights to USFL and CFL players. Although most picks were made from the USFL, including future Hall of Famers Steve Young, Gary Zimmerman and Reggie White, the then-Los Angeles Raiders actually made two of their three selections from the CFL.

Round 1: WR/KR Chris Woods (Auburn), Edmonton Eskimos
Round 2: LB/DE Stewart Hill (Washington), Edmonton Eskimos
Round 3: OG James Farr (Clemson), Washington Federals

WR/KR Chris Woods played in 11 games in 1987-88 (photo from
Woods signed with the Raiders in 1987 and spent two years with the team. He is probably best remembered, if at all, as the primary punt returner in 1987. He signed with the Denver Broncos as a "Plan B" free agent in 1989.

Neither Hill, the 1984 CFL Western Division Rookie of the Year, nor Farr ever joined the Raiders. Hill spent a long and productive career in the CFL as a pass rusher — including seven years in Edmonton, winning the Grey Cup Defensive MVP in 1987, among other honors — and Farr stayed in the USFL for its final 1985 season — when the Federals became the Orlando Renegades.

The Raiders have rarely even employed players chosen in the Supplemental Draft (DE Darren Mickell, who played 1 game in 2001, was chosen in the 1992 Supplemental Draft by Kansas City). Although one player is already found among the Projects: former Houston Texans RB Tony Hollings, whose selection cost the Texans a pick connected to the Gruden Trade.

Worth adding? Or just watering things down? The recent Terrelle Pryor situation has me thinking about it.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Making corrections

Updated the Draft History Project to fix some formatting problems — now that some players have a decade or more of service, the table was breaking off the right-hand side of the page.

Shortened the years to two digits (i.e., "98" for "1998") and just used abbreviations if the player spent the season on IR or the Practice Squad.

Thinking about some new Projects, so stay tuned...

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Updates for 2011, Part 2

One sad duty during my 2011 updates: Marking the September 2010 death of Hall of Famer George Blanda.

Another one: Wrapping up the "AFR First-Year Star" page, since the award was essentially discontinued after my "retirement" as a Staff Columnist for The final winner, for the 2009 season, was WR Louis Murphy.

The "After Further Review" First-Year Star Award winners:
2009: Louis Murphy, WR
2008: Trevor Scott, DE
2007: Thomas Howard, WLB
2006: Zach Miller, TE

Watch for more updates and Projects this offseason! The best Raiders insight!