Monday, January 23, 2017

QBs drafted by the Raiders: Where does Derek Carr stand?

Derek Carr was the Raiders' second-round pick in 2014. Photo by Bob Carr Photography; used with permission.

Much of the Raiders' resurgence in 2016 was attributed to star quarterback Derek Carr, who was an MVP candidate before a late-season injury cut his year short and short-circuited the team's playoff hopes.

Much has also been made of the fact that Carr was a second-round draft choice in 2014, the fourth quarterback taken that year. And although Blake Bortles, chosen 3rd overall, and Teddy Bridgewater, chosen 32nd overall, have had their moments, neither has reached the heights of Carr, chosen 36th overall. And Johnny Manziel, chosen at No. 22, has been an unmitigated bust.

Yet, little has been made of the fact that the Raiders, quite frankly, have been terrible at drafting quarterbacks. Their best passers, in fact, have been retreads such as Rich Gannon and Jim Plunkett, both signed as street free agents after earlier struggles.

And while new Hall of Famer Ken Stabler was, like Carr, a homegrown second-round draft pick, he wasn't even the first quarterback the Raiders chose in his draft year.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Jack Del Rio: Most qualified Raiders head coach ever?

Jack Del Rio, head coach of the Raiders. Photo by Bob Carr Photography; used with permission.

When Mark Davis took over as the principal owner of the Oakland Raiders after his father's death in 2011, and subsequently hired Reggie McKenzie as the team's general manager in the 2011-12 offseason, a crack began to appear in the team's legendary veil of secrecy.

Team media guides, for instance, became obviously thicker — though remaining skinnier than many NFL peers'.

But one odd omission jumps out: The Raiders have not listed their all-time head coaches in any logical place since the 2011 media guide (the last year it was printed under Al Davis' ownership), and not in any fashion at all since 2012.