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Date: Team: Pos:

Raiders hired Todd Downing as QB coach.

He replaces John DeFilippo, whom the Browns hired as offensive coordinator. Downing got very little out of E.J. Manuel and Kyle Orton as the Bills' QB coach last year, but helped develop Matthew Stafford in Detroit from 2011-13. Downing joins OL coach Mike Tice and LBs coach Sal Sunseri as the latest additions to Jack Del Rio's staff.
Jan 23 - 6:35 PM

New Raiders OC Bill Musgrave said he's going to "tailor" the run game so it's "right up [Latavius Murray's] alley."

The previous Raiders regime oddly stunted Murray, criminally giving Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden unproductive carries. Once Murray was finally freed, the size/speed freak excelled. He averaged 5.17 YPC on his 72 attempts with two touchdowns and caught 17 passes for 143 yards. Musgrave, who has worked with Adrian Peterson and LeSean McCoy in his last two stops, appears ready to lock in Murray as his 2015 starter.
Jan 21 - 2:03 AM

Raiders hired Bill Musgrave as offensive coordinator.

Musgrave, 47, was the Eagles' QBs coach this past season and oversaw Nick Foles' multiple steps back from his breakout 2013 under then-QBs coach-turned-Dolphins OC Bill Lazor. Prior to his time with the Eagles, Musgrave was the Vikings' offensive play-caller under coach Leslie Frazier. Musgrave failed miserably at using Percy Harvin and simply leaned on Adrian Peterson. It's not a promising hire for the Raiders in our opinion, but could be good news for Latavius Murray. Musgrave will have full control of the offense under defensive-minded coach Jack Del Rio. Musgrave worked under Del Rio in Jacksonville.
Jan 19 - 8:33 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Eagles QBs coach Bill Musgrave is a "hot contender" for the Raiders' offensive-coordinator vacancy.

Disgusting. Musgrave proved to be as unimaginative as they come when he was the Vikings' OC under HC Leslie Frazier. He had no idea how to use Percy Harvin. The Vikings finished 18th, 20th, and 13th in total offense under Musgrave from 2011-2013 despite having Harvin and Adrian Peterson. Musgrave was new Raiders coach Jack Del Rio's OC in Jacksonville from 2003-2004.
Jan 18 - 1:12 PM

Raiders hired ex-Falcons OL coach Mike Tice for the same position.

There were reports Atlanta denied the Raiders permission to speak to Tice earlier in the week. Tice will reunite with Jack Del Rio, whom he previously served under as an assistant head coach in Jacksonville. One of the top offensive line coaches in the league, Tice is an excellent addition to Del Rio's staff.
Jan 16 - 5:23 PM

Raiders hired Jack Del Rio as head coach.

Del Rio is coming home. The 51-year-old grew up in California as a Raiders fan and went to college at USC. The Raiders seemed to favor experience in their coaching search, and Del Rio has plenty of it. He was the Jaguars' head coach from 2003-2011, leading Jacksonville to two double-digit-win seasons and a playoff win over the Steelers in 2007. He has a tall task at hand with the Raiders. Del Rio has a defensive background, and will have an uber-talented pass rusher in Khalil Mack whom he'll build around. Del Rio is said to be recruiting Marc Trestman to run the Raiders' offense. Ex-Falcons coach Mike Smith is expected to be the DC.
Jan 14 - 4:09 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the Raiders are expected to name Broncos DC Jack Del Rio their new head coach on Wednesday.

Raiders brass came to a decision Tuesday night. There were reports owner Mark Davis wanted Del Rio to be the new coach, while GM Reggie McKenzie wanted to ride it out with Tony Sparano for another season. Davis always wins in that situation. Del Rio is from Southern California and has previous HC experience.
Jan 14 - 9:01 AM

The Raiders will meet with Broncos DC Jack Del Rio for a second interview regarding their head-coaching vacancy.

Many consider Del Rio the favorite for the Raiders' gig, as he's already met with owner Mark Davis, GM Reggie McKenzie and advisor John Madden. Prior to heading up the Broncos' defense, Del Rio spent eight-plus seasons as head coach of the Jaguars. He went 68-71 with zero division titles and two playoff appearances. Del Rio's visit with the Raiders is scheduled for Tuesday.
Jan 12 - 9:36 AM

Maurice Jones-Drew said his "body feels good" and he'd like to be back with the Raiders in 2015.

Unfortunately for MJD, he's one of the easiest cuts in the league. The Raiders will save $2.5 million and wave goodbye. Jones-Drew is done. He finished with a total of 96 yards in 2014, averaging 2.23 YPC. MJD is one of the greatest running backs of the past decade, but the wear and tear from his Jacksonville days has caught up to him. He'll turn 30 in March and may have played his final snap.
Jan 7 - 11:20 AM

Owner Mark Davis interviewed Broncos DC Jack Del Rio for the Raiders' head-coaching vacancy over the weekend.

Perhaps most notably, current Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie is believed to have not accompanied Davis on the trip. It may be an indication that Davis willing to hand over football operations in addition to head-coaching duties if Oakland can land Del Rio. McKenzie has an 11-37 record in three years as Raiders GM.
Jan 5 - 1:27 PM

ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson suggests restricted free agent Andre Holmes could garner interest from other teams.

NFL clubs very rarely lose their restricted free agents because of the way the system is structured. But the Raiders may want to tender Holmes at a level higher than normal as he's shown flashes of difference-making ability at 6'4/210. Over the last two seasons (26 games), Holmes has recorded 72-1,124-5 with a pair of 100-yard outings.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 5 - 12:10 PM

The Raiders have requested permission to interview Broncos DC Jack Del Rio.

With the Broncos returning to work Sunday, the Raiders will try to get the interview in on Saturday. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Monday Del Rio would draw "significant interest" from the Raiders, and ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson believes Del Rio is the "favorite" for the job. Del Rio has overseen a dominant defense the last three seasons in Denver, but had a mostly-rough go in eight and a half years as the Jaguars' head coach.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 3 - 10:26 AM

Raiders signed WR Jeremy Gallon, RB Terrence Cobb, WR Seth Roberts, OG Lamar Mady, OT Dan Kistler, DT Kona Schwenke, CB Vernon Kearney, LB Justin Jackson and CB Jansen Watson to reserve/future contracts.

The No. 244 pick of May's draft, Gallon couldn't make the Patriots' 53-man roster out of training camp. He spent the majority of the year on Oakland's practice squad. A pint sized 5-foot-8, 184 pounds, he'll face long odds of earning a permanent roster spot next summer.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 06:26:00 PM

Raiders owner Mark Davis has no plans to fire GM Reggie McKenzie.

"He's always been my guy," Davis said of McKenzie, who has overseen an 11-37 team in his three years on the job. Davis did prop the door open for a change, but hinted it was extremely unlikely. "Every day is a new day," Davis said. "But I've never had a problem with Reggie." McKenzie inherited a mess from former owner/GM Al Davis, but has somehow managed to make it worse, bungling both the draft and free agency. McKenzie finally had a good draft class in 2014, but botched free agency as bad as any decision-maker in recent memory. There was his inexplicable decision to let LT Jared Veldheer walk, and disastrous failed signing of G/T Rodger Saffold. McKenzie is out of his depth. If he's not fired this year, it will likely be next.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 03:38:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Broncos DC Jack Del Rio is expected to draw "significant interest" from the Raiders for their head-coaching vacancy.

ESPN's Bill Williamson believes Del Rio is the "favorite" to replace Dennis Allen, who was fired in October. It wouldn't be an enthusiastically-received hire, but perhaps as good as the dysfunctional Raiders could do. Del Rio went 68-71 in eight and a half years as the Jaguars' head man, making the playoffs twice. He's done a splendid job as the Broncos' defensive coordinator.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 02:23:00 PM


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