Gutierrez: Raiders' Scott 'All Over the Place'


Gutierrez: Raiders' Scott 'All Over the Place'


ALAMEDA -- Trevor Scott seemed to carve a niche last season as the Raiders elephant linebacker, a pass-rushing weakside linebacker in Oaklands 4-3 scheme.

Which is why his moving back to right defensive end (his natural position coming out of college) on the eve of the season opener was so surprising. Now, with a hamstring injury to Quentin Groves, Scott is back at outside linebacker heading into Sundays game against San Diego.

Kind of just like riding a bike, Scott told reporters Friday. I havent played there in over a month now, but its not like it ever got away from me. Even though I was playing D-end, I was still paying attention to what the linebackers were doing. (Im) just kind of picking up where I left off.

Scott has tied for the team lead in sacks the past two seasons -- five in 2008, with Kalimba Edwards; and seven last season with Greg Ellis.

Defensive coordinator John Marshall has said switching Scott back and forth has nothing to do with performance. Its about, hes claimed, getting the best 11 players on the field at the same time. Its about combinations and

Until we get our guys back healthy, Marshall said. So thats part of the flexibility that we have, and thank God we have that, (so) yeah, I guess youd say temporary until we get the guys back well.

Besides, the move may spark Scott as a pass-rusher again. The Raiders have seven sacks in four games. Scott has none.

Im going to do it this week, he said. Ive got it.

Im going to be all over the place. Thats all I know.

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Cousins buys chocolate from kids for charity, donates bars to flight staff

Cousins buys chocolate from kids for charity, donates bars to flight staff

DeMarcus Cousins leads the NBA in technical fouls. He also leads the league in scowls and he’s even kicked over a few garbage cans following the Kings' loss to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night. But that’s just a small portion of who he is.

According to a source that travels with the team, Cousins went out of his way Sunday morning to make an impact in the lives of a couple of local youth in Chicago.

Kids were selling chocolate bars outside the team’s hotel trying to earn money for charity. Plenty of people walked by, avoiding the youth, but Cousins stopped, reached into his pocket and purchased all of the boxes they had to sell.

Later on in the day, Cousins donated the candy to the flight service staff for use on the flight to Detroit.

Cousins gets plenty of negative press for his antics on the floor, but off the court, he is extremely generous. He plays Santa-Cuz during the holidays, buying gifts for underprivileged children in Sacramento and his hometown of Mobile, Alabama. He has also purchased a new scoreboard for a local high school and even paid for the funeral of a local high school football player who lost his life in a drive-by shooting.

No one is perfect, Cousins included, but he also has a genuinely good side that he often doesn’t seek or receive press for.


Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. His uncertain status has led to speculation presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will be interested in acquiring him in the offseason.

On Sunday, Cousins got a first-hand look at his former coach’s offense.

Cousins posted a photo on Instagram from the stands at the Georgia Dome, where the Atlanta Falcons and their high-octane offense blasted the Green Bay Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship game.

Cousins wrote the caption, “Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!”

Washington finished third in the NFC East and out of the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record.

Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, coached Cousins for the first two seasons of his NFL career with Washington on the staff of his father, Mike Shanahan. Cousins appeared in just eight games with four starts in 2012 and ’13.

Cousins' career has taken off in the past two seasons while starting all 32 regular-season games. He completed 67 percent of his passes this season with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.2.

Washington placed the franchise tag on Cousins this season at nearly $20 million. He franchise tag is expected to be approximately $24 million in 2017.

If Washington places the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, a team could sign him to an offer sheet at the cost of two first-round draft picks or negotiate a trade with Washington for a lesser amount.