ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock were invited by Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis for an event in Las Vegas last week, a year before the team's planned move to Sin City.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — After making several big-ticket additions to start free agency, the Oakland Raiders are now making some cuts.
The Raiders released 2018 leading wide receiver Jordy...
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Rookie general manager Mike Mayock and coach Jon Gruden had meticulously put together a plan to rebuild the Oakland Raiders with three first-round draft picks and a couple...
What happened to Raiders’ and Jets’ rebuilding plans?
For all those fans of the Raiders and Jets who believed in that rebuilding-program message, their teams have handed them a big "never mind" this week.
Free Agency-Raiders Capsule
OAKLAND RAIDERS (4-12)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: TE Jared Cook, RB Marshawn Lynch, RB Doug Martin, CB Rashan Melvin, WR Dwayne Harris, S Marcus Gilchrist, DL Clinton McDonald, WR Brandon...
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders made another big splash Monday, agreeing to sign free agent offensive tackle Trent Brown to a four-year deal worth a record $66 million.
McKenzie hired by Dolphins as senior personnel executive
MIAMI (AP) — Former NFL executive of the year Reggie McKenzie has been hired by the Miami Dolphins as a senior personnel executive under general manager Chris Grier.
The move was the latest change in football operations for the Dolphins following a 7-9 season. Grier was given more authority last month, and Brian Flores was hired as coach to replace the fired Adam Gase.
Lock, Jones among quarterback prospects at Senior Bowl
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Drew Lock, Daniel Jones and the other Senior Bowl quarterbacks have spent the week practicing with new teammates and learning a simplified NFL offense.
Now, the NFL prospects get to play an actual game Saturday, even though most of the league's coaches, scouts and executives high-tailed it out of town long before kickoff.
Saints-Rams NFC title game a clash of like-minded coaches
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — One way or another, the NFC Championship between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints will be won by a coach named Sean — with an Irish surname — who designs and calls plays for one of the most innovative and productive offenses in the NFL.
The ties between the Saints' Sean Payton and the Rams' Sean McVay go well beyond a shared name.
Raiders hire draft analyst Mike Mayock as general manager
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Mike Mayock has spent more than a decade as an analyst at NFL Network, studying all the teams and their rosters trying to find the best fits for each player in the draft.
Now Mayock gets the chance to use that knowledge he gained to try to rebuild the Oakland Raiders after he was hired Monday to be the team's new general manager alongside coach Jon Gruden.
Mayock replaced the recently fired Reggie McKenzie and now gets his first chance in an NFL front office at age 60.
Buccaneers fire coach Dirk Koetter after 3 seasons
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Dirk Koetter seemed resigned to his fate.
The coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was fired Sunday night a little more than three hours after the Bucs concluded a disappointing season with a 34-32 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Koetter was promoted from offensive coordinator to his first NFL head coaching position when Tampa Bay fired Lovie Smith in January 2016. He led the Bucs to a 9-7 record that year, but followed up with consecutive 5-11 finishes.
Hurst’s season has been silver lining for Raiders defense
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Shortly after being drafted, Raiders defensive tackle Maurice Hurst received a phone call from Jon Gruden. The conversation didn't last long but turned out to be prophetic in several ways.
No-show Bell, 3-11 Gruden lead list of NFL letdowns in 2018
The hype trains touting NFL offseason activity typically start leaving their stations each January, when new head coaches are hired and fan bases are fired up about the fresh start that sends hope soaring high like the football in the air on the opening kickoff of a game.
Peterman gets 2nd chance on Raiders practice squad
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Nathan Peterman became a national punchline as the quarterback in Buffalo because of his poor performance filled with interceptions and other numerous bad plays.
So when the Oakland Raiders signed Peterman to the practice squad this week, coach Jon Gruden got quite a few calls asking about it and he saw criticism of the move that he tried to deflect Thursday.
Broncos-Raiders Preview Capsule
DENVER (6-8) at OAKLAND (3-11)
Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN
OPENING LINE - Broncos by 2 1/2.
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Denver 6-7-1, Oakland 5-9
SERIES RECORD - Raiders lead 63-53-2
LAST MEETING - Broncos beat Raiders 20-19, Sept. 16
LAST WEEK - Broncos lost 17-16 to Browns; Raiders lost 30-16 to Bengals
AP PRO32 RANKING - Broncos No. 21, Raiders No. 31
BRONCOS OFFENSE - OVERALL (18), RUSH (11), PASS (19).
BRONCOS DEFENSE - OVERALL (25), RUSH (20), PASS (25).
RAIDERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (26), PASS (14).
Raiders hope to get help for banged-up offensive line
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders go into the final stretch of the season not knowing if they will have their starting offensive line available for the remaining two games.
Coach Jon Gruden said he remained cautiously hopeful that left guard Kelechi Osemele can return from a toe injury and right guard Gabe Jackson can get back from an elbow injury in time for Monday night's home finale against Denver.
Raiders fire GM Reggie McKenzie
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — From the moment Jon Gruden was brought back for a second stint as coach of the Oakland Raiders with a 10-year contract, general manager Reggie McKenzie's longevity in the position was in serious doubt.
That only eroded more with each departure of one of McKenzie's prized former draft picks and ended when he was fired Monday, less than two years after he was named the NFL's executive of the year.
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Carr’s late TD pass leads Raiders past Steelers 24-21
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Coach Jon Gruden ran off the field high-fiving Oakland fans on the way to the locker room.
In a season with very little to celebrate, the Raiders had plenty to feel good about Sunday.
Derek Carr threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Derek Carrier with 21 seconds left before Chris Boswell slipped on a potential game-tying 40-yard field goal attempt on the final play of the Raiders' 24-21 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Raiders sign C.J. Anderson for remainder of season
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Running back C.J. Anderson has signed with the Oakland Raiders and could be in their backfield for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden said that the move is insurance in case Doug Martin isn't available. The Raiders primary running back since Marshawn Lynch went on injured reserve with a groin injury in mid-October, Martin is nursing a sore knee and his status is uncertain.
Gruden: Raiders gave Chiefs too many ‘mulligans’
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Coach Jon Gruden knows the Oakland Raiders aren't nearly good enough to overcome a litany of mistakes if they want to be able to beat one of the top teams in the league like the Kansas City Chiefs.
Chiefs-Raiders, Seahawks-49ers: When top NFL rivalries sour
Two of the NFL's most intense rivalries have turned sour.
When the Chiefs visit the Raiders in a series that dates to the AFL and has been as good as any in pro football, the oddsmakers see Oakland (2-9) getting routed — at home — by Kansas City. Most of America sees it that way, too.
Gruden praises Mahomes before Chiefs-Raiders game
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Jon Gruden knows he sometimes went over the top in his praise of quarterbacks in his old job as an analyst at ESPN.
It seemed like any time a quarterback went to "Gruden's QB Camp" or was picked in the draft, Gruden was always full of compliments. The praise for Kansas City's second-year star Patrick Mahomes is on an even different level.
Carr doing better job taking care of ball for Raiders
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr feels much more relaxed in Jon Gruden's offense than he did at the beginning of the year.
It's too late to salvage the Raiders' season but for a team that is 2-9 and in the hunt for the No. 1 overall pick next year, baby steps are important.
For Carr, whose future as the team's franchise quarterback is no longer a certainty, it is even more critical.
Raiders ground up by Ravens’ rushing attack in 34-17 loss
BALTIMORE (AP) — It wouldn't be an understatement to say the Oakland Raiders got run out of Baltimore.
The Ravens trampled the NFL's 31st-ranked rushing defense, piling up 242 yards on the ground Sunday in a 34-17 victory that only magnified the Raiders' defensive shortcomings.
Raiders coach Gruden downplays sideline argument with Carr
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Derek Carr missed Jalen Richard on a third-down pass in the second quarter and immediately heard all about it from coach Jon Gruden as he walked to the Oakland Raiders sideline.
Carr was caught on television yelling right back at his coach in an exchange that repeated itself again in the fourth quarter and prompted many outsiders to point to it as a symbol of how bad things have gotten in this lost season for the Raiders.
Carlson’s last-second FG gives Raiders win in Arizona
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The hollering in the post-game locker room sounded as if Oakland had just won a playoff game or something.
That's how good victory finally felt for the Raiders.
Daniel Carlson kicked a 35-yard field goal as the game ended to give Oakland a 23-21 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in a matchup of teams scraping the bottom of the NFL standings.
When things go sour in the NFL, QBs often are changed
When things go sour, an NFL team's fan base often points to two people: the guy calling plays on the sideline, and the man behind center trying to execute them.
As we get deeper into the 2018 schedule, the futures of some coaches could be tied to how their quarterbacks have struggled — or outright flopped.
Doug Marrone and Blake Bortles in Jacksonville? Perhaps.
Smoke from wildfire forces Raiders indoors for second day
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders practiced at an off-site facility for a second consecutive day Friday as thick smoke from California's deadly wildfires blanketed the Bay Area.
Much like they did a year ago when similar conditions arose due to fires in Northern California, players and coaches were bused to an indoor gym at the former Alameda Naval Air Station for practices Thursday and Friday.
Raiders face Cardinals in matchup of struggling teams
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — It's not exactly a clash of titans at State Farm Stadium on Sunday.
The Oakland Raiders, with the NFL's worst record at 1-8, drag a five-game losing streak into their game with the Arizona Cardinals, who at 2-7 are tied for the third-worst record in the league.
Both teams look at this as a game they realistically can win, while a loss will make a bad season much uglier.
Raiders offense regressing under Carr, Gruden
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Derek Carr knew there would be growing pains adjusting to a new offense for the Oakland Raiders under coach Jon Gruden.
The surprising part for Carr and the Raiders is instead of showing steady progress throughout the year, the offense instead has regressed.
Gruden takes blame for Raiders’ 4th down throwaway
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland coach Jon Gruden said he should take the blame for Derek Carr's bewildering fourth-down throwaway that ended any slim chance of a Raiders comeback.
Carr's decision to throw the ball at the feet of running back Jalen Richard when no one was open on a fourth-and-5 play in the fourth quarter of a 20-6 loss Sunday to the Los Angeles Chargers summed up Oakland's fifth straight loss.
Column: Ugly performances by Jets, Bucs and Raiders
To say the Jets , Raiders and Bucs have quit would be hyperbole.
To say their fans are ready to quit watching them would be more accurate.
Carr’s throwaway symbolizes Raiders’ 5th straight loss
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Derek Carr rolled to his right, felt pressure from Melvin Ingram and threw the ball at the feet of Jalen Richard when no one was open.
The problem for the Oakland Raiders was that play came on fourth down.
Far more went into the fifth straight loss for the Raiders than that one botched play in the fourth quarter of a 20-6 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, but it was symbolic of how frustrating things have become for the Raiders.
Raiders’ Guenther says no friction between him, Gruden
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther denied there is any friction between him and coach Jon Gruden and said the two remain united in trying to improve a team that has been one of the biggest disappointments in the NFL this season.
One week after cameras caught the two coaches getting into a heated exchange after a costly blown play in Oakland's 34-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Guenther laughed about the incident and called it a daily occurrence.
Rivers rolling, Carr stalling entering Chargers-Raiders game
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Derek Carr had appeared to pass Philip Rivers in the pecking order of AFC West quarterbacks two years ago. He put together a season worthy of MVP consideration while Rivers led the NFL in interceptions on the way to a last-place finish.
Carr looked like one of the NFL's up-and-coming stars, while Rivers seemed to be on the downside of a career that started in 2004.
Coaches: curious calls, assertions, admonitions in Week 9
DENVER (AP) — Coaches made some curious calls, assertions and admonitions in Week 9 as the NFL hit the halfway point with some real head-scratchers.
Oakland coach Jon Gruden insisted the silver and black is still golden, saying he's getting calls from players dying to play for the Raiders (1-7) next season.
Raiders regroup after lopsided loss to 49ers
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Two defensive captains have been cut, a respected veteran retired and the team's No. 1 receiver was traded away.
The losses for the Oakland Raiders have been mounting on and off the field in recent weeks as a season that began with optimism has fallen apart at the midway point.
After four straight losses, including a blowout by Bay Area rival San Francisco, have left the Raiders (1-7) tied for the worst record in the NFL, it's time to start looking to the future.
Gruden seeks answers after most lopsided loss of his career
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The defense can't stop anybody, even a third-string, undrafted free agent quarterback making his NFL debut.
The banged-up offensive line is providing no protection for Derek Carr, leaving coach Jon Gruden so concerned about his quarterback's health that he was unwilling to call any down-field passes.
The rookie punter is in a major rut, unable to flip the field with his kicks.
Old coaching colleagues meet as rivals in Battle of the Bay
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — When Kyle Shanahan was looking to get into the NFL as an assistant coach more than a decade ago, his father, Mike, called Jon Gruden and asked him to hire his son for an entry-level job in Tampa.
Shanahan joined the Buccaneers as a quality control coach in 2004 on Gruden's staff and got his introduction to pro football on a staff that featured five assistants who have gone on to get head coaching jobs in the NFL.
Battle of Bay Area is more like skirmish for high draft pick
The Battle of the Bay Area in prime time is more like a skirmish for a high pick in next April's draft, perhaps even the first overall selection.
Yep, that's how bad the Raiders and 49ers have been so far. When they meet in Santa Clara, California, on Thursday night, how much of the nation will show interest is problematic. How much the folks by the bay and its environs would care is debatable.
Bay Area Bummer: Raiders, 49ers limp into prime-time meeting
SANTA CLARA, 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.
Raiders still plagued by bad defense
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — A week off helped cure the Oakland Raiders offensive woes even with Amari Cooper and Marshawn Lynch not around.
The defense still is plagued by all the problems that have been evident all season and a major reason why the Raiders are such a big disappointment in Jon Gruden's first year back as coach.
Raiders bench safety Reggie Nelson; Rams without Cooper Kupp
Raiders safety Reggie Nelson was benched by coach Jon Gruden for Oakland's game against the visiting Indianapolis Colts.
Nelson had played in 82 consecutive regular-season games before being a healthy scratch on Sunday.
Left guard Kelechi Osemele also was inactive for Oakland, missing a third straight game with a knee injury.
Martin ready to take over for Lynch in Raiders backfield
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Three years after his last 1,000-yard season, Oakland Raiders running back Doug Martin is getting another chance to prove he can still be an effective player in the NFL.
Marshawn Lynch's groin injury and subsequent surgery created a vacancy in the backfield and the Raiders are turning to Martin to fill the gap.
"I feel good, fresh legs," Martin said Thursday. "I was just making sure that when it was time to go I was ready."
Raiders QB Derek Carr tries to ignore criticism
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Derek Carr's No. 1 receiver has been traded just weeks after the Oakland Raiders dealt away another cornerstone player in Khalil Mack. Carr has just one win, has struggled to adjust to coach Jon Gruden's offense and has taken more of a physical beating than he has at any time during his five-year career.
As if that wasn't enough, he also has had to deal with reports that unidentified teammates have lost faith in him and his toughness has been questioned.
Column: Raiders leaving Oakland early _ at least on field
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr tweeted Tuesday to, among other things, assure loyal fans he was fighting for their team and their city.
To which one user with twitchy Twitter fingers fired off a quick reply.
"Which city are you fighting back for, Oakland or Vegas?" he asked.
Raiders heading into rebuild mode following Cooper trade
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Soon after Jon Gruden arrived for his second stint as Oakland Raiders coach last winter he called Amari Cooper a "focal point" of the offense and pointed to Khalil Mack as a reason why he came back to coaching.
Less than two months into his first season back in Oakland, both former Pro Bowlers are gone.
Cowboys get Amari Cooper from Raiders for 1st-round pick
DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys made a bold move for the present Monday, trading a first-round pick for Oakland receiver Amari Cooper in Raiders coach Jon Gruden's latest play for the future.
The Cowboys gave up their top pick in the next draft in hopes of giving quarterback Dak Prescott another weapon just a few months after releasing franchise touchdown catch leader Dez Bryant in a cost-cutting move.
Derek Carr’s struggles mirror Raiders woes past 2 years
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Derek Carr's career was on a clear upward trajectory his first three seasons before a broken leg in the second-to-last game in 2016 ended his season, and any hopes the Oakland Raiders had of competing in the playoffs that year.
The leg took a few months to heal, but Carr hasn't been the same quarterback since, even with the coaching change that brought Jon Gruden to Oakland.