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.

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Raiders general Reggie McKenzie plans to extend quarterback Derek Carr’s contract this offseason. That isn’t a new thing, something that has been in the works for some time. He re-affirmed that fact last week, citing his team’s commitment to work out a long-term deal likely the biggest in franchise history.

Carr was reportedly frustrated with the pace of contract talks after the NFL draft – they’re supposed to heat up this spring and summer – but said he believes a deal will get worked out before training camp begins.

That’s his deadline for an offseason deal, the point where he wants focus honed on football.

“I have an agent who is in charge of that and I am confident that he and Mr. (Reggie) McKenzie will work it out,” Carr, a Fresno State alum, told the Fresno Bee. “I am only focused on becoming a better football player and helping my teammates become better players.

“I have complete faith it will get done before training camp. These things take time. The Raiders know I want to be here; this is my family, and I know they want me to be their quarterback.”

The sides have discussed parameters of a long-term deal, with greater specifics to be ironed out in the future. Carr has long said he wants to be a Raider his entire career. The Raiders want him as the public face of their franchise. A new deal is expected by all parties, a sentiment that has never wavered on either side.

Carr is scheduled to make a $977,519 in base salary in 2017, the final year of his rookie contract.

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

The Raiders offseason program is five weeks old. Players have lifted weights. They’ve improved cardiovascular shape. They’ve done drills in position groups and discussed schematics. They’ve added rookies to a group now 90 strong.

On Monday, they can finally put on helmets. They still can’t wear pads or have full contact, but the Raiders can play 11-on-11. Receivers will be covered. Quarterback Derek Carr will throw into traffic. Generally speaking, the competition cranks up a bit.

The NFL collective bargaining agreement has strict mandates regarding offseason activity, and a period formally called “Phase III” allows for more realistic on-field football work.

The Raiders will conduct 10 OTA sessions over the next three weeks. The media can watch three of them. Tuesday is the first, with another in each of the next two weeks. These sessions are technically voluntary, though the Raiders generally hover around perfect attendance. Head coach Jack Del Rio prefers his team be unified in the offseason. Players know it and show up.

There is a mandatory minicamp from June 13-15 which wraps the offseason program and starts a quiet period that extends until training camp begins in late July.

These OTAs offer an opportunity for new players to learn the system, for adjustments to be made and for chemistry to be built heading into a 2017 season where expectations are high.