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A few days later, they signed infamously dirty playe
12-24-2019, 05:29 AM,
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A few days later, they signed infamously dirty playe
SANTA CLARA Womens Derek Carr Jersey , Calif. (AP) — Jon Gruden's return to the sideline in Oakland and the prospect of a full season of Jimmy Garoppolo in San Francisco put optimism at a peak in the Bay Area heading into this NFL season.That feeling went far beyond the partisan backers of the Raiders and 49ers and extended to the league and television network bosses who decided to put the final Battle of the Bay before the Raiders leave town for Las Vegas in 2020 on Thursday night football.That battle has quickly turned into a Bay Area Bummer. The game between the Raiders (1-6) and the 49ers (1-7) this week could be the worst prime-time matchup in NFL history. There have been 784 prime-time games played in the NFL on Nov. 1 or later and the .133 combined winning percentage for Oakland and San Francisco is the worst of all of them, lowering the bar set Dec. 18, 2014, when Tennessee visited Jacksonville in a battle of 2-12 teams."I wish the game had two 8-1 or 7-1 teams playing in it," Gruden said. "Hopefully someday soon you'll see a game like that, but this is still going to be fun for the fans and both teams."Fun is not the word either team would use to describe this season, which has seen both the Raiders and 49ers blow three fourth-quarter leads, deal with several debilitating injuries, and pile up losses.While few considered either team to be Super Bowl caliber heading into the year, there was hope both could compete for the playoffs. Now the only competition is to determine which team is worse and has the inside track at the No. 1 overall draft pick.The Raiders' season turned sour before it even started with the decision to trade holdout star pass rusher Khalil Mack to Chicago just one week before the start of the regular season for a package of draft picks. A defense that came into the season with enough question marks if Mack did play has generated no pressure and offered little resistance to opposing offenses.Oakland lost the first three games despite never trailing for a second of the first three quarters as quarterback Derek Carr struggled to adjust to Gruden's offense and the older players Gruden signed in the offseason failed to deliver.An overtime win in Week 4 over Cleveland provided a brief respite but the Raiders have lost three straight since, getting outscored by 54 points during that span as the season is deteriorating quickly.Adding to the drama were reports questioning the toughness and leadership of Carr, public complaints from players about how they're being used and the trade of No. 1 receiver Amari Cooper to Dallas for a first-round pick.Now a team that won 12 games just two years ago behind a young core of Carr, Cooper and Mack, has regressed back to where the franchise was in 2014 when the Raiders lost the first 10 games of Carr's career."I've been here before," Carr said. "I know how to get out of it and it's not by pointing fingers. It's not by getting with your buddy and taking trash. It's about getting together with your buddies and figuring things out, asking your teammates what can I do better, what should I do. That's how we fix it. I believe that we have guys like that."The Niners have lacked the drama of their neighbors but the results have been no better. San Francisco overcame a 1-10 start last year under first-year coach Kyle Shanahan to win five straight to end the season after Garoppolo was inserted into the lineup following a midseason trade from New England.Garoppolo was rewarded with a $137.5 million contract in the offseason and the 49ers were considered an up-and-coming team worthy of five prime-time matchups.The team was dealt a setback a week before the season when running back Jerick McKinnon, the team's top free-agent acquisition in the offseason, blew out his knee in practice.Garoppolo then went down with a season-ending knee injury in Week 3 and the Niners haven't won since, taking a six-game losing streak into this week's contest."Yeah Antonio Brown Raiders Jersey , we've been dealt a tough hand with some of the injuries we have and some of the things that we've been going through, but that doesn't mean we should be 1-7," Shanahan said. "Those games, we make a few different plays, and I'm talking one to three plays, still wouldn't feel great about our record but I'd feel better than I do now."San Francisco blew late leads in losses to Green Bay and Arizona and also had a chance at a comeback against the Chargers thwarted by a late interception by backup C.J. Beathard.Perhaps the most concerning part is the regression by several young players who were expected to be foundation pieces with defensive tackle Solomon Thomas, linebacker Reuben Foster, cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon and safety Adrian Colbert all struggling with their play and health.Now San Francisco is just trying to salvage any positives in the second half of the season."We're fighting. Unfortunately, we're not getting the results," cornerback Richard Sherman said. "These have been some of the toughest losses I've seen." As soon as the 2018 season was over, we knew who the five teams were that could not turn down HBO’s Hard Knocks should they hope to make the Raiders the team for the show this season. Those teams..." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesSilver And Black Pride homepageHorizontal - WhiteSilver And Black Pridean Oakland Raiders communityFollow Silver And Black Pride online:Follow Silver And Black Pride on TwitterFollow Silver And Black Pride on FacebookLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchSilver And Black Pride main menuFanpostsFanshotsRaidersOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Raiders StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Raiders NewsYahoo Raiders Team PageYahoo Raiders ReportYahoo Raiders Depth ChartYahoo Raiders TransactionsYahoo Raiders PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕What Raiders players and coaches have been saying this offseason about appearing on Hard KnocksNew,83commentsPDTAs soon as the 2018 season was over, we knew who the five teams were that could not turn down HBO’s Hard Knocks should they hope to make the Raiders the team for the show this season. Those teams were the Raiders, 49ers, Giants, Lions, and Washington.That was also when we learned that Mike Mayock was the team’s new General Manager. Immediately, the Raiders looked like a lock to be the team chosen for the show. I said just that on December 31.Through the years, teams selected for Hard Knocks have made their announcement between March and June. And with the playoffs going on and the non-playoff teams starting their offseasons, all was quiet for a while. It was at the Lions’ season ticket holders forum on February 12 that Matt Patricia broke the ice on the subject. He Womens Antonio Brown Jersey , of course, pitched the Raiders to HBO to be the selection.It was a couple weeks later at the scouting combine that Jon Gruden was given a chance to respond.Two weeks later, Antonio Brown was officially a Raider. r Vontaze Burfict all of which only amped up the discussions about the Raiders being the perfect spectacle for Hard Knocks.On March 27 at the owners meetings, owner Mark Davis was asked about whether he would like the Raiders to be on the show. He was adamantly against it, joking that he would “fire Jon and then hire him back” should the Raiders be chosen.OTA’s kicked off a the end of May along with the addition of controversial offensive guard Richie Incognito.After the second open OTA session on May 28, I asked the very camera and social media friendly Antonio Brown how he would feel about having the Hard Knocks crew out here for practices.Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther has a lot of experience doing the show, having had the Hard Knocks crew there while with the Cincinnati Bengals. He was the ideal person to ask about what it is like. He discussed it after the team’s third OTA practice on June 4, saying it wasn’t as much of a distraction as perhaps fans fear.Obviously, Vontaze Burfict, who played seven seasons in Cincinnati also knows the drill. He also said it wasn’t a big distraction.And finally, the day of reckoning today. Prior to their first minicamp practice, Jon Gruden hinted that the Raiders would be selected, by mentioning the show unpromptedHis brother Jay in Washington pulled a Matt Patricia in nominating the Raiders for the show, to which Jon joked (I think).Daryl Worley was asked if he knew whether the team was selected for the show, and he said he did not.Then after practice came the official announcement which included a quote from Mark Davis.The HBO Hard Knocks crew will be in training camp in Napa, so that will be an interesting experience for myself as well as all the other media who attend camp every year. Last year with Gruden back, it got a bit crowded at times. But it will certainly be great for the fans who want to watch the inner workings. Oh, and Antonio Brown tweeted this out just now:Follow @LeviDamien
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