Breaking down 'inadvertent whistle'


Breaking down 'inadvertent whistle'

CINCINNATI -- To be sure, the "inadvertent whistle" did not cost the Raiders the game. Not when the final score was 34-10 in favor of the host Cincinnati Bengals.But the flashpoint of when the referees lost control of this contest did not help matters much. And if the Raiders are able to play it right, they can use the circumstances that surrounded it as a springboard, of sorts, for the rest of what many already see as another lost season.Here's what happened, with 7:31 remaining in the game: Cincinnati faced a 3rd and 6 at their own 20-yard line when Andy Dalton found Mohamed Sanu near the left sideline at the 25-yard line. Joselio Hanson hit Sanu immediately and stripped the ball free, and before it went out of bounds, a hustling Hanson tapped the ball to keep it in play. Tyvon Branch scooped it up and ran it in for a touchdown that, with a made extra-point, would have gotten the Raiders to within 27-17.ExceptPaul G's Instant Replay: Bengals 34, Raiders 10
The referees huddled and tried to figure out what exactly had happened. After several minutes, the ruling was that an inadvertent whistle had blown the play dead and by rule, the Bengals could either A) take possession of the ball where the play was ruled dead, which would have made it 4th and 1, or B) play the down over.Of course the Bengals chose the latter, and drove down for a touchdown.
"I was unaware that a ruling of an inadvertent whistle would give them the opportunity to choose what they wanted to do," said Raiders rookie coach Dennis Allen. "It was unfortunate."Asked if he could give an "honest assessment" of the play without getting in trouble with the league, Allen shook his head."Probably not," he said.Hanson said the inadvertent whistle call was also a first for him."Never in my life," he said. "I thought it was a bad call. At least it's (supposed) to be fourth down. You don't give a team another chance to get the first down."I felt that if we would have gotten that touchdown, then anything can happen."But it did not, obviously."I didn't see the play, so I don't know what happened," said Bengals coach Marvin Lewis. "All I saw was the ball on the ground and them picking it up. So in my opinion, it was a big break to get the opportunity to go back at it again and them not having the ball there, or a touchdown. There were still seven minutes to go in the game."A review of the film showed that line judge Julian Mapp was standing over the play and a whistle blew just as the ball was about to go out of bounds, but before Hanson actually slapped it to keep it from going out. Perhaps the ref blew the whistle early and in anticipation of the ball going out?The ref's mistake in blowing an inadvertent whistle did not reward the defense.In any event, former NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira Tweeted "that play should have been ruled incomplete pass in the first place," which would have made it 4th and 6.But then the melee that ensued probably would not have happened.

Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence


Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence

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.

Downing: Carr will have increased influence on Raiders game plan

Downing: Carr will have increased influence on Raiders game plan

Derek Carr and Todd Downing are tight. A strong friendship was forged between the Raiders’ franchise quarterback and his position coach these past two seasons, one that should help the Raiders now that Downing will call plays.

The Raiders new offensive coordinator will use his young signal caller as a resource formulating a game plan. Carr has a bright offensive mind – he called his own plays in high school and in college at times – and Downing plans to use it to put his quarterback in positions to succeed.

Carr’s influence in preparation will expand over previous seasons under coordinator Bill Musgrave.

“Where I see him needing a little bit more command is just being able to share his thoughts of game plans,” Downing said Wednesday in a conference call. “Being a student of the game, as he already is, but vocalize what he likes and doesn’t like. I think my relationship with him is something that’s going to give him the opportunity to voice his opinions. I look forward to him really taking charge of expressing his thoughts on the offense.”

Carr has always had freedom to adjust at the line of scrimmage, but that could increase with Downing in charge. Derek Carr’s brother Davis Carr told 95.7 The Game as much a few weeks ago, a topic Downing addressed on Wednesday.

“There’s been a lot made about his command at the line of scrimmage,” Downing said. “There’s certainly going to be opportunities for Derek to do that. That’s not something I feel we’ll even have to get into until we’re much further into this offseason and into training camp.”

Downing had opportunities to interview with other teams this offseason, but head coach Jack Del Rio wanted to pair Downing and Carr together. The young duo have similar personalities and a strong working relationship based on a love of the game.

“My relationship with Derek starts there,” Downing said in Wednesday interview on 95.7-FM. “We both love coming to work each day and respect the heck out of each other. When you have that kind of relationship with any coach, you’re taking a step in the right direction. Derek’s the leader of our franchise. In my opinion, he’s the best young quarterback in football. We’re fortunate to have him. Why wouldn’t I be in a good mood every time I am around him?”

Carr made great progress working with Downing the past two years, and was an MVP candidate in 2016. Downing sees continued room for growth and refinement as next season approaches.

“I think Derek made big strides in 2016, just in terms of his command of the offense, being the field general, being able to get through progressions more efficiently,” Downing said. “His footwork took big strides. I certainly want him to remain focused on all of those attributes. You don’t want to feel like you’ve arrived in a certain area of your game and then have it go backwards when the next season starts. Certainly, I want him focused on all of those.”