Oakland Raiders

AFC West

2013 Schedule

  • Week 1

    OAK (17) @ IND (21)

    09/08/13

  • Week 2

    JAC (9) @ OAK (19)

    09/15/13

  • Week 3

    OAK (21) @ DEN (37)

    09/23/13

  • Week 4

    WAS (24) @ OAK (14)

    09/29/13

  • Week 5

    SD (17) @ OAK (27)

    10/06/13

  • Week 6

    OAK (7) @ KC (24)

    10/13/13

  • Week 7

    bye

  • Week 8

    PIT (18) @ OAK (21)

    10/27/13

  • Week 9

    PHI (49) @ OAK (20)

    11/03/13

  • Week 10

    OAK (20) @ NYG (24)

    11/10/13

  • Week 11

    OAK (28) @ HOU (23)

    11/17/13

  • Week 12

    TEN (23) @ OAK (19)

    11/24/13

  • Week 13

    OAK (24) @ DAL (31)

    11/28/13

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

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Marcus Allen

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Marcus LeMarr Allen is easily one of the top 10 most versatile athletes to ever lace it up for the NFL.  Born in San Diego in March of 1960, he played at Abraham Lincoln High School where he played both the quarterback and safety positions.  Then upon graduation he attended USC, where he played running back from 1978 to 1981. 



Even though USC recruited him to play in the defensive backfield, head coach John Robinson switched him to running back, where he spent his freshman year learning from Heisman trophy winner Charles White.  In 1980 he finally got the starting nod, and rushed for 1,563 yards, the third most in the nation, behind George Rogers and freshman Herschel Walker.  In 1981 he had one of the best seasons ever for a college running back.  He gained 2,342 yards on the ground, becoming the first player ever to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a NCAA season, and finished with 2,683 total yards from scrimmage. Allen finished with 12 games of 200 yards or more, and led the nation in scoring, won Pac-10 player of the year, the Heisman, Maxwell and Walter Camp awards.
Upon finishing his collegiate career Marcus Allen had 4,682 yards rushing, 5,232 total yards from scrimmage, 46 touchdowns and a 5.2 rushing average.



In 1982, Allen became a Los Angeles Raider, when he was selected with the 10th overall pick in the NFL draft, and the second running back selected, right behind Gerald Riggs.  Allen won rookie of the year, in a strike shortened one, as he amassed 697 yards, and was a key reason Oakland went 8-1 on the year, but lost to the Jets in the divisional match-up.


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In 1984, Allen found himself on the biggest stage, the Super Bowl, and it was a definite highlight show for Marcus.  He rushed for 191 yards and scored two touchdowns in a romp against the Redskins.  His biggest run, came on a 74 yard touchdown, where he had to reverse his running direction, and with a key block by Cliff Branch, he scored. Both were Super Bowl rushing records that were broken by Willie Parker (75 yard run) and Timmie Smith (204 total rushing yards).  Allen's rushing yards in the Super Bowl was only the cap to a great playoff series, where he had 121 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns in the Divisional match-up against the Steelers, and 154 yards on 25 carries with a receiving touchdown in the AFC Championship game against the Seahawks.  By the end, his 38 carries for 466 yards and four touchdowns, with 14 receptions for 118 yards and one touchdown, will always stand as a career achievement mark for any player.  Unfortunately, things would only get ugly as his Raider tenure came to a bitter end in 1992.



Marcus Allen was basically regulated to the bench by owner Al Davis.  Allen's carries went from averaging 235 carries in his eight prime years there, to averaging only 66 in his years that he rusted on the sidelines.  To fill the void in Allen's carries, Al Davis brought in Steve Smith from Seattle, and a depleted Roger Craig and Eric Dickerson, both lasted only one year in the Silver and Black, and both retired in just a few years after playing for the Raiders, Dickerson having a meaningless year in Atlanta before retiring. In 1993,  Allen was eventually let go and the Kansas City Chiefs were happy to pick him up.



Marcus' first year in a Chiefs uniform, was a solid one.  He didn't have the yards he would have liked as he had only 764 yards on 206 carries, but with 12 touchdowns he earned AFC Comeback of the Year honors. He was also fortunate to line up behind Joe Montana as Kansas City went to the AFC Championship that year, where they got blown out 30-13 by the Buffalo Bills.  In 1995 the Chiefs would lose to Miami in the Wild-Card match-up, in 1996 Kansas City did not qualify, and in Marcus Allen's last season of 1997, the Chiefs got bounced in the Divisional against the Denver Broncos.
Marcus Allen finished his career with 12,243 yards rushing and 74 touchdowns, in combination with 587 receptions for 5,411 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also went 12 for 27 and 285 yards with six touchdowns when asked to play quarterback. He was also the first player to finish his career breaking the 10,000 rushing barrier while achieving over 5,000 yards receiving. In 2003, he was inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame.


 







 


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The Holy Roller

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On September 10th 1978 a miracle occurred in San Diego.  Such a miracle that the NFL formed a rule to make sure it never happens again.  In the second game of the season the Oakland Raiders found themselves trailing the Chargers with just 10 seconds remaining in the game.  Oakland had already lost game one to the Broncos, and surely didn't want to be 0-2, with both losses occurring in division play.



With the Raiders on the Chargers 24 yard line, Ken Stabler took the snap and veered right to find an open receiver, but the play broke down quickly, and as Stabler was getting sacked to end the game, he tried to toss the ball to running back Pete Banaszak, but the ball fell short, and the referees ruled it a fumble, because they did not blow the play dead, which they would have done if it was an incomplete pass.



Banaszak tried to recover the ball at the 12 yard line, but was hit, and decided to shuffle it forward himself toward the end zone.  Dave Casper the Raiders tight end found the ball at his feet and tried to pick it up, but after a few short choppy kicks of the ball and a stumble, Casper fell on the ball in the end zone to tie the game at 20 with no time left.
Errol Mann then delivered the crushing blow with his extra point kick and finalized the win for Oakland 21-20.  Stabler, Banaszak, and Casper all admitted that they tried to force the ball forward to get it in for a touchdown.



Three things stand out to me about this play.  First was Dave Casper reaction after the play was ruled a touchdown.  Casper just stood up and stared out to the sidelines, with a glare of, "What did you expect...We are the Raiders!"  Second, was the San Diego Charger Chicken, who wrapped up all of the Chargers feelings by repeatedly falling over in daze and shock.  Third, and probably the best of all, was the call by great radio announcer, and Hall of Famer Bill King.



"The ball, flipped forward, is loose! A wild scramble, two seconds on the clock...Casper grabbing the ball...it is ruled a fumble...Casper has recovered in the end zone!! The Oakland Raiders have scored on the most zany, unbelievable, absolutely impossible dream of a play! Madden is on the field. He wants to know if it's real. They said yes, get your big butt out of here! He does! There's nothing real in the world anymore! The Raiders have won the football game! The Chargers....they don't believe it. Fifty-two thousand people are stunned. This one will be relived forever!"


 







 


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Ray Guy

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William Ray Guy has become the first punter ever elected to the Hall of Fame, but to truly tell the tale of the greatest ever to punt the ball, we would have to go back to his college days at the University of Southern Mississippi.  At Southern Miss, all he did was kick field goals in snowstorms, nail 93 yard punts and intercepted  18 passes while playing safety, he could also play quarterback.  Not only did he excel at football, but he played baseball and was drafted by the MLB as a pitcher out of high school.  Guy chose to go to college though and by the end of his collegiate career he had earned All-American honors for his part as a defensive back. When it came down to the end of his career at SMU, he had All-American honors who averaged 44.7 yards per punt.  In 1973, Guy became the first punter selected in the first round, as the Raiders grabbed as their 23rd pick of the NFL draft.

At 6'3 and 195 pounds he played for both the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders, In 207 game, 14 year career, not only was he the Raiders punter, but was used as a place kicker, and emergency quarterback.  He was a game changer, as he got the Raiders out of many tight spots, by punting the ball far, deep, and high, which allowed the special team to get down field and make the tackle.

One of the most unique things about Guy, is his leg kick.  He would extend his leg above his head as he punted the ball, and it became almost a blend with his upper torso, his plant leg would rise just a few inches off the ground as he made contact with the ball.  It was magical once the ball left his foot.  He would average 42.4 yards per attempt in his career and finished with more than 40 yards per punt in 13 of his 14 years, and the year he came up short (39.1 yard average), was the strike shortened year in 1982, and if you think his long leg kick put him in danger of getting his punts blocked, forget it, he had just three blocks in 1049 attempts.  Included in that was a streak of 619 straight from 1979 to the last punt of his career (1986) without a block. In 1976, he booted one so high that it crashed into the Super dome television screen, 90 feet off the ground, after that, they decided it was best to move it up to 200 feet.

Guy led the NFL in punting for the 1974, 1975, and 1977 seasons. He was a participant of seven Pro-Bowls, named All-Pro six times and All-AFC seven times. When the lights shined greatly in the playoffs, Guy also was on his game. He was in 22 post-season games, finished with 111 punts and a 42.4 average.  In two playoff games against the Broncos and Chargers he had punts of 74 and 71 yards. Ray Guy also had the accuracy in his punts. He has been credited with 209 inside the 20 punts, in the 11 years the NFL kept the statistic, as it was not recorded up till then.

He was named the best punter in the 75th NFL Anniversary team, but even this could not punch his ticket into the Hall of Fame.  He had to wait and wait.  Then a phone call came in on the 21st of August 2013, and was notified by the Seniors Committee that he would be a finalist, and on February 1st, 2014 it became permanent that he was elected to the 2014 Hall of Fame class. “I almost dropped the phone when they called me,” Guy said. “Talk about a great feeling.”After being a finalist seven times and not getting in, Guy was delighted to become the 22nd member of the Raiders who will get a bust in Canton, Ohio on August 1. “Good things are worth waiting for, Guy said. “I knew it would happen sooner or later. It had to. Whether it was me or someone else. But sooner or later it had to happen because (punting) is a part of a football game.”

John Madden will represent Guy in the Hall of Fame, as under his coaching he became a Super Bowl Champion three times, and pushed terms such as "Hang Time" and "Coffin Corner" into a whole new light.  He was a defensive weapon that no team could adjust for. With Ray Guy, the Raiders knew they always had a chance. “Having Ray Guy meant having a chance to make the playoffs and win the Super Bowl,” Hall of Fame cornerback and teammate Willie Brown said.

Even though Guy had to auction off his rings, after declaring bankruptcy, he has turned himself around.  At this time he is conducting punting clinics and camps for kids. Ray also believes that his induction also means something for those he is teaching. "It's going to give the younger generation hope that there is a place for us...if that's your dream, go for it."







 


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Lester Hayes and Stickum

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Before the NFL had traction gloves and synthetic rubber, it had a foreign substance.  I call it a substance because it really is a chemical engineered mess. It became part of the Raider legend, with Fred Biletnikoff, and then it really took off with Lester "Molester" Hayes.  Stickum is known as a glue like goop made from rosin and other "sticky" compounds to improve a grip on the ball, that was eventually deemed illegal in the NFL in 1981.  Why was it banned from football?  It was known as an illegal advantage, and at that time, anything Raiders was illegal.  The "Shield" didn't have to go far see who was the main culprit.  Lester Hayes might has walking billboard for the junk as it looked like he climbed into his uniform and jumped into a pool made of the stuff.  The following will be how Stickum became part of that Oakland lore and how Lester made it what it was.
 
Hayes became a rookie in 1977, and was a converted defensive back from the line backer position he played in college at Texas A+M.  Oakland drafted him in the fifth round.  On his rookie arrival in Oakland, he was introduced to the Stickum by former applicator Fred Biletnikoff.  Fred basically slathered it on Lester, and walked away.  A confused Hayes learned that even though this gooey, foreign substance look odd, it just may be used to enhance his covering skills.
 
Hayes believed it was useful due to his coverage assignments.  Oakland would use bump and run, and Hayes knew he had to use his hands on wide receivers to disrupt their routes. It all came together for his 1980 season as he won defensive player of the year with 13 interceptions and five more in the post-season.  He was also a key player in the Raiders Super Bowl XV and XVIII victories.  The real question, did Stickum make Hayes a better football player, or did help his confidence with an already made skill set? Lester stated about his playing days, "I was taught in the NFL from the 'Old School' that you had to break your opponents concentration, you had to bend a man's confidence.  The game plan and rule was that by the 4th quarter a man's will to fight was to be drained."
 
When the NFL banished the substance upon conclusion of the 1980 season, it took its toll on Lester Hayes. He became a shell of his former self, after totaling 13 interceptions in 1980, he had only 14 in the six years after that.  In his 10 years as a player, Hayes finished with 39 career interceptions, four returned as a touchdown, and made the Pro-Bowl five times.  He also has been a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame four times.  Stickum, or not, Hayes was one corner no receiver wanted to be on.


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Otis Sistrunk

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Otis Sistrunk was born on September 18, 1946 in the town of Columbus Georgia, but that is just as standard as it gets with Sistrunk.  Otis for one never played college football.  As soon as he graduated from high school he went into the US Marines.  



After his time in the Marines, he got a job in a meat packing plant in Milwaukee, and played two years with the West Allis Racers, before joining the Norfolk Neptune's of the CFL in 1969.  In 1971, a Los Angeles Rams scout Jack Folk spotted Sistrunk and had him visit the Rams.  It just so happened that Ron Wolf and Al Davis where at a practice and saw Otis, and made him an offer to become a member of the Oakland Raiders.  Sistrunk chose Oakland, because Los Angeles was more focused on players in college and those graduating, where the Raiders just wanted to win. He became an official member of the Oakland franchise in 1972, where he played defensive line.  For seven seasons he manned the line for the Oakland Raiders from 1972 to 1978.  He made the pro-bowl twice in 1974 and 1976, and was part of the team that won Super Bowl XI against Minnesota.  His career numbers concluded with seven fumble recoveries and three interceptions in 98 games played.  He played with an abandonment style while rushing the passer, and his bald head and freakish appearance fit right in with the Oakland stigmata.



 Otis Sistrunk ride to the pros wasn't the only thing that took an unusual course.  During a Monday Night football contest, Alex Karras noticed a camera shot of the moon and Otis' bald head, and Karras stated that Sistrunk looked like he was from Mars.  Since, Otis had no college background, the nickname stuck, and he was informally known as Otis Sistrunk, the man from Mars University.
After his retirement he did some celebrity ads for Miller Lite featuring his Martian reputation, and took a facilities job at Fort Benning.  He still has a calling for sports as he coordinates Special Olympic events and is a personal trainer for soldiers.


 







 


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Jim Plunkett

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Not everything was easy for Jim Plunkett or his family. His parents suffered from blindness, while his father was progressive, his mother was legally blind. As a child, he moved to San Jose, California living in poor area of town, and his parents rarely had extra money for him to enjoy a social life. In response, he earned money by working at gas stations, bagging groceries, or working in the orchards. He was very active in almost every sport that his high school offered including football, basketball, baseball, track, and wrestling.



In 1968, Jim Plunkett chose Stanford University. He started as a freshman and went 10-13 for 277 yards and four touchdowns, in his first game. In his junior year he began to set team records for touchdowns (20), passing yards (2,673) and total offense (2,786). His junior year was so impressive that he could have decided to enter the NFL draft, but decided to stay in school and graduate.When his senior arrived, he could have entered the NFL Draft, but decided to stay and graduate. He wanted to represent the importance of a college education to the Chicano youth he mentored. His decision paid no regrets, as he had an increasing better year.  Stanford made the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1952, and won against the heavily favored Ohio State 27-17. Plunkett was named the Heisman Trophy winner, beating out players such as Joe Theismann, Jack Tatum, and Archie Manning. He also captured the Maxwell Award for being the best quarterback in his senior season.



In 1971, Jim Plunkett was drafted first overall by the Boston (New England) Patriots. His first regular season game saw the Patriots beat the Oakland Raiders 20-6, but the Patriots ended the season 6-8, which was fourth in the AFC East. In 1972, Plunkett saw his touchdowns drop and his interceptions rise.  He started to get injured, and working with a shaky offensive line didn't help him. New England began looking for a replacement quarterback. They eventually found one in Steve Grogan, and this made Jim Plunkett expendable.



In 1976, Jim was traded to the 49ers, and Plunkett started the season strong. San Francisco won six of their first seven games, but ended the season with winning only two more while losing five. The 1977 season was not much better as the team went 5-9, and the 49ers decided that Plunkett was not the answer they were looking for, and released him prior to the 1978 season.
The Oakland Raiders decided to take a chance on the local hero, and signed him for their back-up quarterback behind Dan Pastorini. Plunkett did not get a chance to throw a pass that year, and only had 15 attempts in 1979. The 1980 season gave Jim his first chance to be a starter, as Pastorini went out for the season due to a fractured leg against the Chiefs in week 5. Plunkett threw five interceptions that game in relief of Pastorini in a 31-17 loss. The five games did not dissuade the coaching staff (Al Davis) to move Marc Wilson in as starter, instead they stuck with Plunkett for the remainder of the season. The gamble on Jim worked as he responded going 11-14 with a touchdown and zero interceptions. The Oakland Raiders did not look back as they won nine of their last eleven games, and grabbed a playoff berth as a wild card team. The Raiders ran the gamut, and entered Super Bowl XV against the Philadelphia Eagles. Oakland beat the Dick Vermeil led team 27-10 to capture the championship, and enter the history books as the first wild-card team ever to win a Super Bowl. Plunkett won MVP after throwing for 261 yards and three touchdowns. Also, he was the second of four players to win the Heisman and MVP of a Super Bowl. Others included Roger Staubach, Marcus Allen, and Desmond Howard.



When the 1983 season came around, it was time for Jim Plunkett to hand-over the reigns to Marc Wilson. Wilson didn't hold them for long as he became injured and Plunkett stepped right in, and advanced the Raiders to Super Bowl XVIII, where they defeated the Washington Redskins 38-9. Plunkett was 16-25-172 and one touchdown. Jim did play for Oakland the last three years, but mostly as a back-up, and was sat because of injuries. In 1986, he hung up the cleats for the last time, and even though he has been part of two Super Bowl champion teams, he is not part of the Hall of Fame, making him the only quarterback member to have won two championships, yet not be inducted. In 1992, he was inducted into the Bay Area Hall of Fame.



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Wille Brown

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Hall of Fame member Willie Brown was born in Yazoo city, Mississippi in 1940. He chose Grambling University to begin his march to pro football, but was not drafted by any team. In 1963, the Houston Oilers signed him, but released him during training camp. The Denver Broncos picked him up and by the middle of the season, and he became a starter for a bad team. He won All-AFL honors in his second season and played as an AFL All-Star. Then in 1967 he was traded to the Oakland Raiders, and spent the rest of his career in the silver and black.



Willie brown was named defensive captain in his 10 of his 12 years with the team, he also participated in 5 All-Star games and 4 NFL Pro-Bowls, also named All-AFL three times, and All-NFL four times. But, the biggest achievement he had was when he was facing the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI, and he intercepted errant pass by Fran Tarkenton and he took it the distance for 75 yard touchdown. Which had Oakland Raider announcer Bill King screaming into the microphone, "Old-man Willie! He's going all the way! TOUCHDOWN!!! Raiders!!!"
In 1978, Brown retired and finished with 39 interceptions tied for first all-time on the Raiders and a total of 54 for his career, he also had two touchdowns with three fumble recoveries. Upon, his playing accomplishments he was also awarded to be a member of the American Football League All-Time Team, and was introduced into the Pro-Football Hall of Fame on July 28, 1984, which was his very first year of eligibility.



In 1979, Willie Brown became the defensive backfield coach and did so until the close of the 1988 season. In 1995, Brown became the director of Staff Development for the Raiders.
The importance of Willie Brown just doesn't stop with his climb up the corporate ladder or the his Hall of Fame career, it was what he brought to the game as well. Brown developed what is called today the "Bump-and-run." He would line up right on the line of scrimmage and would dare the wide receiver to beat him deep. In the receiver's attempt to get past Brown, Willie would use everything he could to impede his progress. This put the clamps on the receiver and began to cut down the passing game. As more defensive backs began to use the same style of play, it cut down on the scoring and the NFL put a stop to it. This is why defensive players cannot make contact five yards down field. The NFL developed and passed the rule in 1978, the year Brown retired.



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Todd Marinovich

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Todd Marinovich was born on July 4, 1969, He grew up in Newport Beach, California, and his father Marv Marinovich was a lineman for the USC Trojans during their national championship season in 1962, and part of the 1963 Rose Bowl team. When his father Marv ruined his NFL chances, because he focused too much on weight and bulk, it sent him on a study of Eastern Bloc training methods, and was hired by Al Davis to become one of the NFL's first strength-and-conditioning coach.



Todd was basically a study done by Marv from his birth. Todd Marinovich was only able to eat vegetables, fruits, and drink raw milk. This continued through his childhood and adolescence. Marv wanted to bring instruction on how to be faster and more flexible, which later formed the development of core training. Todd's eating plate consisted of no salt, sugar, alcohol, and tobacco.



While in high school Todd Marinovich had a very successful career. He attended Mater Dei, and threw for nearly 4,00 yards and 34 touchdowns in two years, and then transferred to Mission Viejo's Capistrano Valley High School due to his parent's divorce. There, Marinovich broke the all-time passing record, and later the national high school record by passing for 9,914 yards, including 2,477 as a senior. He won many honors, including Parade All-American, Dial Award for the national high school scholar-athlete, and the Touchdown Club's national high school player of the year. His accolades brought on media attention, and in 1998 he appeared on the cover of California magazine with the headline "ROBO QB: THE MAKING OF A PERFECT ATHLETE. Sports Illustrated then published an article, titled "Bred To Be A Superstar", which discussed how he was raised by his parents. The article stated that Todd was the first test tube athlete, and how his mother encouraged him through art, music, and classical Hollywood cinema, and banning cartoons, because of their violence.



The article stated that:
He has never eaten a Big Mac or and Oreo or a Ding Dong. When he went to birthday parties as a kid, he would take his own cake and ice cream to avoid sugar and refined white flour. He would eat homemade catsup, prepared with honey. He did consume beef but not the kind injected with hormones. He ate only unprocessed dairy products. He teethed on frozen kidney and liver. When Todd was one month old, Marv was already working on his son's physical conditioning. He stretched his hamstrings. Pushups were next. Marv invented a game in which Todd would try to lift a medicine ball onto a kitchen counter. Marv also put him on a balance beam. Both activities grew easier when Todd learned to walk. There was a football in Todd's crib from day one. "Not a real NFL ball," says Marv. "That would be sick; it was a stuffed ball."
 
During his high school playing days Todd became part of the drug scene. He would drink, and smoke marijuana. He would hang out with his friends and smoke a bowl before class. Marinovich found that marijuana would relax him and not affect his sports performance. In fact, He has mentioned that the best times he ever had was living with his father after the divorce. They would hang-out together, and we're both dating.



When it came to decide which college to go to, he had his pick of almost any school. He decided that USC was the best fit, and majored in the Fine Arts. He redshirted as a freshman in 1988 behind Rodney Peete. In 1989, he was the backup to Pat O'Hara, but when O'Hara went down with a leg injury, and even though nobody believed that Marinovich was ready, he became the first freshman quarterback to start the first game of the season for USC since World War II. He didn't perform badly that first year, as he completed 197 of 321 attempts for 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. The Trojans went 9-2-1 and won the Pac-10 conference, and defeated Michigan in the Rose Bowl. He was also named the College Freshman of the Year by UPI and The Sporting News.



In 1990, Marinovich entered the season as a Heisman Trophy candidate. Head coach Larry Smith set Marinovich the goal of a 70% completion rate, but Marinovich was more consumed by being reckless. He began skipping classes and Smith had to suspend him from the Arizona State game, and previously his game against Arizona was a disaster. Todd and Larry Smith had a difficult time being on the same page, and in a national televised game in the Sun Bowl it was spotted Marinovich yelling at Smith during the game on the sidelines. A month later, Marinovich was arrested for cocaine possession, and then decided it was best for him to enter the NFL draft at the close of the season.



In 1991, the Raiders selected Marinovich in the first round, as the 24th overall selection. He was the second quarterback taken that year, and signed a three year $2.25 million dollar deal. His first start came late into the season when Jay Schroeder went down with an injury in the final week of the season. He did reasonably well completing 23 of 40 passes for 243 yards against the Chiefs. This led to him starting the following week in the playoffs, again against the Chiefs. This time he threw for only 140 yards and had 4 interceptions, in a 10-6 loss.



In 1992, he was named the starting quarterback after Jay Schroeder could not move the team to victory, and they started 0-2. Marinovich had a solid game as he threw for 395 yards, but the Raiders ended up on the losing end again, as well as the following week, making a 0-4 start to the season. Todd then won three of the next four games. His best game came against the Bills in which he completed 11 of 21 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns in a victory. The following week, Marinovich threw three interceptions in his first 10 attempts, and the coaches had enough. They pulled him and sent Schroeder back on to the field. Marinovich never played again in the NFL.



Marinovich suffered from serious substance issues while playing for the Raiders, and his rookie season was marred with partying, drug use that included pharmaceutical amphetamines. Even though he was frequently tested for drugs, Marino passed by using his friends' urine samples. One friend was found with a blood-alcohol level four times the legal limit, which forced Todd into rehabilitation, as the Raiders held an intervention, and Marinovich spent 45 days at the rehab facility. Marinovich learned that using LSD would not show on drug screens, so he picked that up as his drug of choice. Even so, his play was erratic and he could not grasp the Raiders offense, and was drug tested again, and again he failed, and was forced back into rehab. In 1993, he failed an NFL drug test for a third time, and his career was over.



Marinovich later played in the Arena Football League for the Los Angeles Avengers, while undergoing major heroin withdrawl. He played well, and was named to the All-Rookie team, but the day he received his signing bonus he was arrested for purchasing heroin. His career was again marred, as he was ejected for throwing objects at a referee, and eventually suspended from the team in 2001.
By the 2004, Marinovich was living on the Balboa Peninsula, when he was arrested for meth and syringes on his person. In 2005, he was charged for violating probation, and began going in and out of rehab facilities. Todd started working odd jobs such as scraping barnacles off of boats and leading group meetings at a rehab center. He also paints murals in residential homes, and is a private quarterback coach.



He is currently living in Orange County and has an on-line art gallery that include drawings and sculptures. He has a wife named Alexandria and a son, Baron, and a daughter, Coski. Marinovich has a younger brother Mikhail Marinovich who played defensive end for Syracuse. Mikhail made news when he broke into a gym after drinking. Todd Marinovich warned him: "Don't be stupid. You're a Marinovich. You have a target on your back."



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Mike Haynes

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Haynes was born on July 1, 1953 and attended John Marshall High School, where he played corner back and also ran track and field. From there he went to Arizona State and became a three-time All Western Athletic Conference selection, and a two-time All-American selection, which was a major reason for him to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft in 1976.



Haynes was selected by the New England Patriots and led the team with eight interceptions, and an AFC leading 608 yards on 45 punt returns.  He also became the first Patriot to ever return a punt for a touchdown, in fact, he did it twice that season. He went to the Pro-Bowl as a rookie and was a major reason that the Patriots made the playoffs that year.  This was the first time New England saw the post-season in 13 years, but ended up losing to the Raiders 24-21, in the first round.



In 1978, Mike Haynes added another six interceptions and had one return for a touchdown, the Patriots went on to win their division, but lost to the Houston Oilers in the playoffs. Haynes went on to play four more seasons for the Patriots, adding nine more interceptions and  one touchdown. His final totals in New England earned him a place in their ring of honor as he had  28 interceptions, over a thousand return yards, and had 58 consecutive starts before a rib injury side-lined him.



In 1993, Mike Haynes was added to the Los Angeles Raiders roster, (The Oakland Raiders moved to Los Angeles in the 1982 season, before moving back to Oakland in 1991) and joined Lester Hayes to complete one of the best backfield tandems in the NFL. Haynes joined the Raiders because he was awarded to Los Angeles, for a number one draft choice in 1984 and a second round draft choice in 1985. Haynes came to the Raiders in the middle of '93, because that is when his option closed out in New England. Michael Haynes started the last five games for Oakland, and played a major role in their Super Bowl win against the Washington Redskins.  



In his seven seasons as an Oakland Raider he had 18 interceptions, which included a 97 yard return against Miami in 1984. When his career came to an end, his overall numbers included 46 interceptions, was an All-Pro choice four times and an All-AFC pick eight times. In 1997 he was entered into the Hall of Fame, and was ranked number 93 on Sporting News list of 100 greatest players.



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Sebastian Janikowski

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"The Polish-Cannon was born in 1978 to Henryk and Halina Janikowski in Poland. His father was a pro soccer player and moved to the United States with his family to continue his soccer career. Sebastian also had a fondness for soccer as he grew up playing, and in high school was a starter on the team.  The football coach caught a glimpse of him, and decided to put him on the team, it was a fantastic idea, as Janikowski connected on 50+ yard field goals, and had one go for 60 yards. In 1996 he was named to the All-American team, and made the choice to attend Florida State.



At Florida State he amassed 324 points, and won the Lou Groza award twice. The down-side was that Janikowski was arrested twice for fighting outside bars, and even for trying to attempt to bribe a police officer. In 1999 he announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2000 NFL draft.



In the 2000 NFL draft he was selected in the first round, and 17th overall by the Oakland Raiders. This made him the fourth ever kicker to be drafted in the first round.
After the 2004 season, Janikowski signed a five year deal, that made him at the time, the highest paid kicker in NFL history, and in 2010, he signed another deal for $16 million, including $9 million guaranteed, making him the highest paid kicker in NFL history. In 2013, Janikowski signed a four-year extension for $19 million including a $8 million guarantee.



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MJD back to Cali

Maurice Jones-Drew will be coming back to Cali after signing on with the Oakland Raiders. MJD is a product of De La Salle high school in Concord, which is about a half hour drive to Oakland. Jones-Drew college days were at UCLA before being drafted in the second round by the Jacksonville Jaguars. MJD has put up some monster numbers in Jacksonville, but his overall stats have declined in the past few years.

Pyro's take: Maurice Jones-Drew has had a solid career up to this point. If he had a better offensive line and didn't need a medic so often, he would have had a great career. Don't expect much out of Jones-Drew this year as moving from Jacksonville to Oakland isn't the greatest leap in overall team talent. For the Raiders they have an emergency back-up for their emergency back-up as it will probably be a race to see which player gets hurt first, Darren McFadden or MJD.

03/29/14, 02:42 AM CDT by Michael Valverde
Source: www.mercurynews.com

Texans steal 6th-round pick from Raiders for Schaub

The Houston Texans have traded quarterback Matt Schaub to the Oakland Raiders for a 2014 6th-round draft pick.

Pyro's take: It's a deal only the first family of Raider Nation could have pulled off, as Mark Davis, son of legendary Raiders owner, Al Davis, has certainly done well to preserve his father's legacy with this one.

With this latest trade, I figure it might be a good time to give a quick rundown of the Raiders QB ineptitude over the last decade (starts in parenthesis):

2013: Terrelle Pryor (9)/Matt McGloin (6)/Matt Flynn (1)
2012: Carson Palmer (15)/Terrelle Pryor (1)
2011: Carson Palmer (9)/Jason Campbell (6)/Kyle Boller (1)
2010: Jason Campbell (12)/Bruce Gradkowski (4)
2009: JaMarcus Russell (9)/Bruce Gradkowski (4)/Charlie Frye (3)
2008: JaMarcus Russell (15)/Andrew Walter (1)
2007: Josh McCown (9)/Daunte Culpepper (6)/JaMarcus Russell (1)
2006: Andrew Walter (8)/Aaron Brooks (8)
2005: Kerry Collins (15)/Marques Tuiasosopo (1)
2004: Kerry Collins (13)/Rich Gannon (3)

03/21/14, 04:11 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.raiders.com

Jones to Oakland

James Jones will be departing the "Frozen Tundra" and landing in the "Black Hole" as he signed a three year deal with the Oakland Raiders. Jones led the league with 14 touchdowns in the 2012 season. In 2013 he finished with 59 receptions for 817 yards and three touchdowns. Jones will turn 30 this month, and will be in the mix with receivers Andre Holmes, Denarius Moore, and Rod Streater.

Pyro's take: James Jones had a huge 2012 season, but regressed last year with only 59 receptions and three touchdowns, and that was with Aaron Rodgers throwing the rock, how will he respond with Terelle Pryor or Matt Mcgloin? Unfortunately, the Oakland Raiders have become more known for their "Black Hole" not as a threatening place to play, but where players careers are consumed, and they are never heard of again.
If the Raiders can get some solid line play and have consistency at quarterback, there is no reason that Jones can't match his 2013 numbers.

03/17/14, 06:53 PM CDT by Michael Valverde
Source: www.nfl.com

Darren McFadden still a Raider

In a surprising move Darren McFadden will return to the Oakland Raiders after signing a 1-year deal worth $1.75 million (with another $2.25 million available through incentives) contract, not the flat out $4million reported. The Raiders chose not sign Rashad Jennings, who is on a plane to ink a deal with the New York Giants.

Pyro's take: Darren McFadden is betting on himself and must think he can regain his 2010 mojo. Oakland Raider fans must be surprised by this move as Jennings showed everything McFadden was supposed to last season and stayed healthy while doing it. Let's be honest, Darren is more familiar with the operating table than he is with his Raider teammates.

Somewhere Al Davis is smiling because these are the kind of moves that he absolutely loved to make.

03/11/14, 06:13 PM CDT by Michael Valverde
Source: www.insidebayarea.com

James Jones Wants to Stay Home

Free-agent James Jones isn't looking to go anywhere unless it's at Lambeau Field. Jones was not franchised this week, which leaves him in control of his own destiny. James was asked how he felt about returning to Green Bay, and he stated to the NFL Network "I would love to go back and play ball there." Jones went on to say that if he couldn't be at Green Bay with Aaron Rodgers he would love to play with some of the younger signal callers. "I wouldn't mind playing with some of the younger guys, Andrew Luck, or Russell Wilson."

Pyro's take: James Jones is hitting his peak at age 30, but he still will draw enough interest on the market if Green Bay decides to let him go. He had over
800 yards receiving, without Aaron Rodgers for most of the year, and is just two years removed from having 14 touchdowns. Jones would probably love to stay in Green Bay, but he will just be part of the carousel of receivers out there. With teams like Seattle or Indianapolis he can be a second receiver or primary on a winning team with a great quarterback.

03/05/14, 11:32 AM CST by Michael Valverde
Source: www.wbay.com

McFadden to test the free agent waters

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie confirmed this week that running back Darren McFadden will test the free-agent market.

"Darren's going to be a free agent and there's been communication with his agent," McKenzie said, per ESPN.com. "He's going to see what his market is. And that's the thing, when you're talking about the games that he's missed, he has no idea -- and when I say 'He,' I'm talking about his agent -- he has no idea what his market value will be and I couldn't tell you what the other 31 teams think."

Pyro's take: Mcfadden has been riddled with injuries and his own agent has no idea what his market value is. That is not a good sign, so let me help you out by explaining what his value should be.

Run DNP should be signed by some team to be their third running back, and he would need to prove that he is worth putting on the field. A smart team will offer him the league minimum and have an incentive laden contract.

That being said, there is going to be a moronic team out there that is going to bring him in to compete for a starting job, and overpay him. If this happens, that team will regret their decision.

McFadden has been a huge disappointment in his career, and he definitely needs a change of scenery, although the chances of him making it through a whole season are about as good as me getting a date with Kate Upton.

01/19/14, 01:20 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.nfl.com

Time Share

Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen has suggested that their will be a time share upon Darren McFadden return to the line up, after he has healed from his hamstring injury. Rashad Jennings has forced the coaches hand by rushing for 340 yards on 57 carries, this translates into a 6.0 yards per carry average in the last three games.

Pyro's take: There is no doubt that Jennings has looked top notch in the last three games, and deserves to be credited more playing time. Also, Allen has finally figured out the "Run DNP" is as fragile as his China plateware, and will need to split reps just to keep McFadden healthy. This situation spells out trouble for any fantasy owner. Nobody wants a RBBC on a bad offensive team, and thats what you will now have. At this time ignore Jennings on the waiver wire, unless you have plenty of room, or you want to take the leverage from the McFadden owner. If you own Rashad Jennings then put him on hold, because, it's "Run DNP" and he is a step away from hurting himself on a blade of grass.

11/19/13, 02:21 PM CST by d-Rx
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Jones misses practice, return uncertain

Jones injured his left knee against the Ravens while blocking on a running play. Ravens defensive lineman Courtney Upshaw inadvertently kicked Jones in the back of the knee as he was falling to the ground.

"When it happened, I thought it was over," Jones said.

"I got kicked pretty good," he said. "Leg in the ground. It’s the name of the game (of) football. Wrong place, wrong time, man. That’s how a lot of injuries happen.

He did not take part in practice Wednesday, but has not been ruled out for the Minnesota game.

"I really don’t know how long the process is going to be," Jones said. "When you’re dealing with a knee injury, you never know how long it’s going to be, how early you can come back. We’ll see what happens."

Pyro's take: Jones was lucky not have been injured as seriously as Randall Cobb, but he has still yet to make it back on the practice field. If Jones is unable to Boykin should once again see the most targets behind Jordy Nelson.

10/23/13, 07:02 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.jsonline.com

James Jones injures knee and leaves game

According to John Clayton @ClaytonESPN James Jones will be out for the remainder of the game due to a leg injury

Pyro's take: Jones is a cog in that tremendous Packers offense. We are hoping it is not a serious situation, as he was seen limping off the field.


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10/13/13, 02:11 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: twitter.com

McFadden looking to be a gmaetime decision

McFadden was listed as questionable Friday by the Raiders after limited practice time and was less than emphatic that he would play against the Kansas City Chiefs.

``I feel pretty good,'' McFadden said following practice. ``We're just going to try and make that decision whenever it comes time to make a decision -- whatever the coaches and the trainers feel like is the best for me.''

Asked if he had run with the burst he would in a game, McFadden said, ``If I haven't done it I feel like I've gotten pretty close to it. I'm just looking forward to whatever decisions the coaches and trainers make.''

``I watched him all week in practice,'' Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. ``I like where he's at. I feel good about where he's at. We'll see how he feels tomorrow. But I think every day he's gotten a little bit better.''

Pyro's take: McFadden has once again hurt owners by getting injured, and when healthy has still not shown the flash that he displayed in 2010, and the beginning of the 2011 season. There is no reason to feel confident about starting him this week when he still might not have the burst he needs to be successful.

10/12/13, 05:29 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.mercurynews.com

Matt Schaub harrassed at home, but still the starter

According to CBS Houston, Texans fans accosted Schaub at his home on Tuesday evening and "berated him for his poor play."

"A fan went to his house and told him off," a law enforcement source told CBS Houston.

Additionally the source told CBS Houston that another person "took pictures of his family." Thankfully those pictures weren't -- according to the report -- posted on Facebook or any social networks. According to the report it's believed that the fans "left on their own accord" and that "no arrests were made."

Pyro's take: Is this where we have gone as a society that when one of our professional sports teams is not performing up to par we go to the athletes house and tell him off? As a fan you have a right to boo players when you go to a game, you paid your money, but you have no right to take the fight to the player at him home NO MATTER WHAT!!! This is a game and we are privledged to be able to watch them on Sunday's, but don't be a crazy lunatic. Put things in perspective!!!

Schaub will start Sunday, and for his sake I really hope he has a good game or else is traded right after the game ends. This way he and his family don't have to hire armed guards to watch their house while they sleep.

10/09/13, 05:35 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.cbssports.com

RUN DNP out with a hamstring injury

The oft-injured McFadden, who has never played more than 13 games in a season and had missed 13 of Oakland's previous 32 games coming into this season, Allen would not go into detail regarding his latest injury, purportedly suffered on his first carry of the game.

"I wouldn't get into characterizing whether it's minor, major," Allen said. "He's got a hamstring [strain]. I don't expect him to be out a long time but we'll see how he responds. I mean, it's one day after a game."

"We want to make sure that he's healthy. I think hamstring injuries and brain injuries are two totally different things but yeah, we want to make sure that Darren's healthy. We don't want this to be anything that's going to linger."

Pyro's take: McFadden has been an injury risk ever since he came to the NFL and once again he has been snake bitten. Rashad Jennings filled in for RUN DNP and had 45 yards on 15 carries and added another 71 yards on 8 receptions, and could be a candidate to get a few more starts, as the Raiders will be sure McFadden is 100% healthy before putting him back on the field.

09/30/13, 05:33 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: espn.go.com

Marcel Reece dealing with a knee injury

An MRI of fullback Marcel Reece's injured knee came back negative.

"It's really a matter of when's he going to be physically able to go," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said of Reece. "It's not a surgical procedure or anything like that that needs to be done. It's just, whenever he's ready to go."

Pyro's take: The Raiders backfield is all banged up with injuries to Reece, Darren McFadden and Terrelle Pryor. Reece should only be being used in 14 or 16 team ppr leagues, and depending on the length of the injury may be a drop candidate.

09/30/13, 05:29 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: espn.go.com

MJD has a ligament strain in his ankle

Maurice Jones-Drew suffered a left ankle sprain midway through the second quarter and never was able to return to the game. The Jaguars said Jones-Drew would have an MRI to determine the damage, but that X-rays were negative.

“It’s a little loose in there from the sprain,” Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said.

Jones-Drew missed the last 10 games of last season with a Lisfranc injury in his left foot. That injury occurred in Oakland as well.

“It was just frustrating for me to finally get healthy, then get hurt again,” Jones-Drew said. “I didn’t really see much of the game. … It was tough. We just got to try to get healthy and get everybody back, start getting that chemistry back.”


Pyro's take: It has been reported via twitter that MJD has a ligament strain, which really does not tell us a whole hell of a lot. For the second season in a row Oakland truly is the Black Hole for MJD, the Bay area native. There is no way of telling how bad this injury is going to be, but at this point Jones-Drew looks like a risky start in week 3 if he does play.

09/16/13, 05:16 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: jacksonville.com

MJD retruns to Oakland

"It hasn't been a good homecoming, period," Jones-Drew told reporters on Wednesday of his previous trips to the Bay Area. "I'm not really worried about that right now. Obviously, we have a lot of things we need to focus on...I'm not really worried about going home."

(Last season) his day at O.co Coliseum ended on his second carry of the day when he suffered a foot injury that proved season-ending.

Pyro's take: This is a chance for MJD to exorcise some demons, as he returns to the scene of his injury last season. MJD did not have a great game in week one, but he should be able to get on track this week. The offense will now be run by Chad Henne, which should give the offense more continuity and MJD more touches. MJD owners should feel good about him this week.

09/12/13, 09:42 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.bigcatcountry.com

Darren McFadden continues to struggle in preseason

Darren McFadden has yet to show any signs of life through two preseason games. McFadden has 22 yards on 8 carries in 2 preseason games.

Pyro's take: Darren McFadden had a very poor 2012 season and many feel that was in part to the offense that they were running. This season the Raiders and new offensive coordinator Greg Olsen are employing a power running system, which is supposed to play into McFadden's strengths.

Unfortunately, McFadden is still a major injury risk this season, and through 2 preseason games has not given fantasy owners much to feel good about. The Raiders are not going to be a good team this season and even though Run DMC has game breaking ability, this feels like it is going to be a very inconsistent season for McFadden.

08/18/13, 07:25 PM CDT by Houdini
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James Jones ready for bigger role in 2013

James Jones was the big play threat for the Packers in their first preseason game with a very nice 50-yard catch.

Pyro's take: James Jones is no longer fighting for a starting spot with Packers and once again showed that he has shed his "no hands" tag that plagued him in years past with a great catch for 50 yards in the Packers first preseason game. Jones is looking to see an increase in catches and yards this season, but it will be difficult to duplicate his 14 touchdown catches he had in 2012.

08/10/13, 08:09 PM CDT by Houdini
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Pro Bowl: Brady replaced by Matt Schaub

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady pulled out of the Pro Bowl due to multiple nagging injuries to his finger, shoulder, and ribs. He was replaced on the AFC roster by NFL passing yardage leader (4,770 yards), Texans QB Matt Schaub.

Pyro's take: Schaub was somewhat of a snub in the first place, and since Philip Rivers also pulled out of the game, Schaub ends up getting the Pro Bowl start on Sunday.
Schaub actually had more yards, more TDs, and a better QB rating than Brady did on the year, and most importantly, his team beat Brady's Patriots head-to-head in the final week of the season.

01/27/10, 02:45 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.nfl.com

Trent Edwards put on injured reserve

Bills quarterback Trent Edwards (ankle) was put on injured reserve Tuesday, thus ending his 2009 NFL season.

Pyro's take: One step closer to the world catching a full game glimpse of the bad boy known as Brian Brohm.

12/23/09, 09:15 AM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: buf.scout.com

Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick out, Brian Brohm in

Bills quarterbacks Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick both suffered ankle injuries in the loss to the Patriots last weekend and are highly unlikely to suit up for the game against the Falcons this week. QB Brian Brohm will get the start in their place if neither can go.

Pyro's take: Hmmm... good news or bad news? Brohm is nothing to write home about, but both Edwards and Fitzpatrick are about as bad of a QB tandem as it gets, so pick your poison. Whatever the case, Terrell Owens and Lee Evans take a hit to their fantasy value this upcoming weekend.

12/22/09, 01:15 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.buffalonews.com

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