Rough Day of Practice at Raiders OTAs

When things go smooth at OTA’s, you typically don’t hear about them. Like when an NFL Offensive lineman has a good game, he goes unnoticed. The only time you hear about OTA practices are typically when it’s a bad thing. Or an injury. And today, the Raiders had a lousy day of practice, according to Derek Carr:

“The things we did today were just silly. Unacceptable, but silly. The first three days of this thing we’ve been hitting on all cylinders. Today, not so much. So I look forward to hitting the bed and going back to it,” Carr said after today’s Organized Team Activities.

The mainstream media also picked up on the story which should be a week old, that Carr said if his new deal isn’t done by training camp; he won’t even pick up his phone to talk about the deal once camp begins.

The Raiders need to give their fanbase some good news and get this wrapped up soon.

Book Review: Brett Favre – Gunslinger

I’m in the process of wrapping up Gunslinger by Jeff Pearlman. I’ve read enough of the book to give a synopsis and say it’s one of the greatest football books I’ve ever read. It’s not surprising that I enjoyed it; as Pearlman is my favorite sports author and being 34 years of age, Brett Favre was the guy I grew up watching my entire childhood. His career defines my golden era in NFL football.

One of the things about this book that was eye-opening but not different from that of most Pearlman books, he didn’t sidestep dirty and unknown details.

Within the book you’ll learn of Favre’s dalliances with women and alcohol. It didn’t go quite into the pill abuse as much as I would have been interested in, but it left little to question in all regards of the Quarterback’s life.

I found myself chuckling during the chapter about Irving Favre titled “Big Irv”.

I found myself remembering a lot of the moments that Pearlman describes in great detail. Like that Sunday afternoon I was in Cincinnati and I; like the rest of the world learned who Brett Favre was. I will never forget it.

The book dials in on every single aspect of Favres career, although it is a quick read. It doesn’t give you great details into each week, game by game. Things like that are glossed over rather quickly and before you know it, you’re through the Green Bay years and into Favre’s unfortunate divorce with the Packers. You’re onto his forgettable year with the Jets and then into the final years with the Minnesota Vikings (where I currently am).

I like reading this book because – as much as I want to say someone like Derek Carr is my children’s Brett Favre – there will truly never be another or anything even close.

One thing really shines through in this book: Brett Favre is perhaps the toughest athlete to ever play the game. You gain that perspective through the words of his teammates and the tales of his bravado. Playing with bent fingers, broken bones, bad ankles, taking hit after hit and then using only ibuprofen to shrug it off and play the next week. It’s astutely amazing in every aspect and you’ll be left with a new appreciation of Favre’s toughness when you set this one down.

I would say I enjoyed this book as much as I did Boys Will be Boyz about the Dallas Cowboys, my other favorite football read of all time along with Sweetness, the biography of Walter Payton.

I sincerely hope that Pearlman finds something else in the NFL world that interests him to write about. The guy never fails to deliver an incredible read.

You’ll enjoy the chapter about Jerry Glanville hating Favre right out of Atlanta and the former GM of that team placing blame square at the ignorant feet of the former head coach. You’ll be right in the meeting room at times with Mike Holmgren and General Manager Ron Wolfe’s office, all the way until the Ted Thompson years. You’ll be in the Favre family home and learn the inner most secrets of Brett and Deanna Favre and the somehow amazing everlasting love she has for her not always easy to love husband.

You’ll get a full, comprehensive look at the game’s gunslinger like never before. I give this a solid 10/10 and will probably pick it up someday and read it again. I’ll be proud to have it in my personal sports library forever.

Raiders Season Tickets are Sold out in Oakland for 2017

This is per USA Today Raiders Wire.

Raider fans will continue to cheer on the Silver and Black from Oakland-Alameda Coliseum at maximum capacity, as season tickets for the 2017 season have already sold out, per Phillip Matier & Andrew Ross of the San Francisco Chronicle.

There are no fans in the NFL like the Silver and Black. As the article suggests, this may make Mark Davis reconsider any move at all prior to the Las Vegas Stadium opening in 2020.

Pat Kirwan of Sirius XM NFL Radio on what he would do with Derek Carr’s Contract

Pat Kirwan is one of my favorite voices in radio. In terms of the NFL, I could listen to him talk about grass. He and Gil Brandt are my 1. and 1a.

I was getting ready to mow my yard when I heard a sound byte of him and what he would do with Derek Carr’s contract. He was asked by co-host Jim Miller “is Derek Carr worth $21 or $22 million per year?”

Kirwan responded:

“Ok, I could do Derek Carr’s deal right now. It’s simple. I would offer him enough money so that he’s the 11th most highest paid QB in the NFL right now. I would put in clauses that if they reach and win the AFC Championship Game, he moves to five. And if they win the Super Bowl, we’re going to make you the top paid QB in the NFL.”

It’s probably not quite that simple when you’re negotiating with the agent. I mean do these clauses exist every year?

This is probably what the Raiders are feeling. They know Carr is one of the best in the NFL, but does he deserve the top dollars? He’s certainly as good as Andrew Luck who is making around $24M a year. The Raiders need to get this done, because it’s not going to become any less of a topic.

Trouble in Seattle for the Legion of Boom

Seth Wickersham has a great story about trouble with the Seattle Seahawks/Pete Carroll/Richard Sherman/Russell Wilson over at ESPN. It’s getting some serious talk (I heard about it on Sirius XM NFL Radio while going to get some White Castle to eat in the middle of the America’s Game marathon).

  • Sherman talks about playing in New England or Dallas…. even mentions he dreamed of playing with Marshawn Lynch again in New England. How about Oakland?
  • Sherman isn’t going anywhere.
  • It is interesting to see that Russell Wilson isn’t loved by teammates. It’s also becoming clear he’s reached his ceiling and is yet another guy I thought was a Hall of Fame talent who may just be short of that. It just hasn’t happened like I thought it would.
  • I think the Seahawks are in for a huge, competitive year in 2017. I wouldn’t fade them if I was betting their win total. I would take the over, in light of this public report.

You should give this a read. It will be interesting to see how the Seahawks rollin 2017, one of the more interesting storylines in the NFL. A lot of people think this is the last ride for them before the window closes for good.