Wow were the last couple of weeks busy for the Raiders or what! My goodness there is a lot to catch up on in this recap, lets get the party started and see where it goes!
The most important news that came out in the last two weeks was definitely the naming of the Raiders new Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson. The news wasn't exactly met with extreme joy across the fan base but at least he is saying the right things. The man wants to run a Raiders-esque offense of mixing in power running and deep ball passing so it will be interesting to see how the Raiders offense will look under his tutelege.
Here are the links to all of the articles of the last two weeks regarding the hiring of Greg Olson:
The Raiders also rounded out the rest of their coaching staff with the position fillings at OL coach (Tony Sparano), ST coach (Bobby April) and LB coach (Bob Sanders). If there is one clear connection between each of the coaching hires it would have to be the loads of experience that each coach brings with them. Here are all of the article links related to their hirings:
Next in the recap list comes the articles related to the Raiders roster and what they will do with their players. That includes articles related to free agency, trade rumors, drafting, and possible competetions to watch for in training camp next year. Since this is the heart of our off-season discussions there certainly was plenty of bang for your buck in this department! Here are the article links:
Now we truck onto the most interesting section for this particular recap that is unlikely to even exist on most of my future weekly recap articles, the BIZARRO SECTION! This was a very strange two weeks for Raiders news and most of it revolves around things long past.
Tim Brown created a media frenzy with his comments regarding the Raiders last Super Bowl appearance and then coach Bill Callahan. Brown originally claimed that Callahan had sabotaged the Super Bowl out of his hate for the Raiders, but then backtracked slightly by saying sabotage could never be proven because its relegated to perception.
The story hit another level when Tim Brown's former teammate Jerry Rice (You may have heard of him) backed up Brown's story of the week before that Super Bowl against the Buccaneers. Rice backing up Brown gave more credibility to the story and also helped bring some exposure to the effects that the week of preparation had on former Raiders Center Barret Robbins. Here are all the articles related to the Super Bowl Sabotage story:
The Super Sabotage story was not the only bizarre story of the last two weeks though. Oh no, there was plenty more weirdness to go around and this story came from the college ranks. I could have included it in the previous category of roster related materials but it was so strange I felt it deserved the Bizarro category instead.
The story I am referring to is that of Manti T'eo and the girl that never was. As a first round prospect T'eo was at the top of the world when the story that his girlfriend that died earlier in the year was revealed as a hoax. Here is the link to the article:
Last and definitely least in the Bizarro section is the comeback talk from the Purple One. Jamarcus Russell is wanting to come back to the NFL and is more than happy to allow 31 teams the priveledge of talking to him about their position. You can guess the one team he wouldn't work out for and it shows his lack of accountability has not changed at all since his time draining copious amounts of money from the Raiders.
In reality there is only one team stupid enough to consider talking to Russell and that would be the world reknown circus of the New York Jets. The 2nd article is actually suppose to be part of next week's recap article but I don't want to have to bring him up again. Here are the links to those articles:
The last section of this article's recap is dedicated to Levi's end of year awards he handed and any articles related to the Pro Bowl which had Marcel Reece representing the Silver and Black in it. Also included is an article that has Pro Football Focus grading out free agents including many Raiders. Here are those articles:
WHEW! That was a whole lot of recap right there! Check out any or all of the articles and take a look to see if you may have missed anything for the last two weeks. I will try not to fall behind again, because as you see from the length of this article there is a whole lot that happens from week to week in the NFL!