NAPA -- While many fans, players, coaches and longtime observers are wringing their hands over the NFL's replacement officials, rookie Raiders coach Dennis Allen is not losing any sleep over them.In fact, Allen is paying the prospect of entering the regular season with replacement refs no mind at all."I really don't have a thought on it," Allen said Thursday. "To be honest with you, our focus is on our football team and how we're going to get better. And we're going to play the games when the games come up and that's all that we can control. So that's all we're really worried about."In their 3-0 exhibition-opening loss to Dallas on Monday, the refs were not an issue for the Raiders. Nor were penalties.Yes, it is an extremely small sample size, but a year after setting league record for penalties (163) and penalty yards (1,358 yards), the Raiders were dinged for just five penalties for 37 yards."The mental errors on the fieldwere down," said defensive tackle Tommy Kelly. "The technique? We can fix the technique. But we cut down on the mental errors and the penalties, man, people are going to have a hard time dealing with us."No matter who the referees are, right?
Raiders Pro Bowl left guard Kelechi Osemele, running back Taiwan Jones and safety Brynden Trawick are currently enjoying their offseason in New Zealand.
But a few videos they posted going white-water rafting and bungee jumping left head coach Jack Del Rio a bit anxious.
"Anxiety level went up a bit thinking of my BIG pro bowl LG on the rapids!!" Del Rio tweeted Monday. "Can't leave out Brynden or Taiwan either ... have fun and be safe"
Osemele has posted a handful of photos and videos from the trip, including one of a raft capsizing with the caption: "It got real out there!!! Category 4 Rapids #NewZealand." Another showed the 6-foot-5, 333-pounder doing a backflip off a bungee platform with the caption: "Just did a backflip off the highest swing in the WORLD!!!!!!! Crazy!!! #LivingLife"
Can't leave out Brynden or Taiwan either ... have fun and be safe https://t.co/0ht7mwuUkd— Jack Del Rio (@coachdelrio) February 20, 2017
Ever seen a guy my size do a back flip off a cliff? Well there ya go 😜🤘🏾 pic.twitter.com/ZISIQk5g0p— Kelechi Osemele (@KOseven0) February 20, 2017
Posted in New Zealand 🤘🏾 pic.twitter.com/wFhnM0d3Qz— Kelechi Osemele (@KOseven0) February 19, 2017
Trent Richardson is reportedly in some trouble.
Richardson was arrested on Thursday night for domestic violence, according to TMZ Sports.
The former running back was taken into custody on a third degree charge, the report states, with bail being set for $1,000.
The arrest was made in Hoover, Alabama.
The Browns selected Richardson with the third overall pick in the 2012 draft.
He was traded to the Colts in 2013 and played for Indianapolis in 2014.
He signed with the Raiders in 2015 and appeared in three exhibition games, but did not make the team.
The 26-year old was cut by the Ravens last August.