Broncos seeking rally cry in opener versus Raiders

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Broncos seeking rally cry in opener versus Raiders

Sept. 7, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVE
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Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comTo say the Denver Broncos were embarrassed the last time they played host to the Raiders would be a Mile High understatement. The Raiders dropped a franchise-record 59 points on them on Oct. 24, 2010.And while the Broncos have turned the page -- they hired a new coach in the defensive-minded John Fox -- they're inclined to watch video of the 59-14 shellacking, a game in which the Raiders led 21-0 before Denver had taken its second offensive snap, in anticipation of Monday night's season opener.REWIND: Raiders rip Broncos 59-14
"We certainly watch it," quarterback Kyle Orton told Bay Area reporters Wednesday in a conference call. "We know what happened. We're not sitting here crying over spilled milk. What happened, happened. You can always learn something and, certainly, we're excited to get them back here at Mile High and see what they've got."Asked if that game represented a point of no return for the Broncos and then-coach Josh McDaniels, Orton all-but scoffed."It was a long year last year," he said, "and that was just one of them."Indeed, the Broncos bottomed out at 4-12, their worst-ever record in a 16-game season.Somewhat surprisingly, Denver icon John Elway brought in Fox over some other whiz kid offensive mind."I competed against John as a coach," said Fox, who had spent the previous nine seasons in Carolina. "John went to five Super Bowls and lost three and won two. The two they won, they were able to establish a running game with Terrell Davis being a big part of that offense."And again, you have to play defense. I don't think one or the other is more important or less important. The combination of all of that is critical to win."Last year against the Raiders, the Broncos had neither.Consider: Oakland compiled 1,010 yards of total offense in the two meetings and limited Denver to 475 yards of offense in the cumulative 98-37 sweep of the Broncos.It was the most points scored in an NFL division home-and-home single-season series since the 1970 merger.In that record-setting first meeting, running back Darren McFadden ran for a career-high 165 yards and tied a franchise record with four touchdowns, including three on the ground. Plus, kicker Sebastian Janikowski had eight touchbacks."I don't think we ever got over 240 yards of offense and I don't think we held them to less than 500 in either one of the two games but you definitely look at those (games) just to see the match-ups," Fox said, "and that's part of the preparation."Could it also work as a rallying cry, then?"Obviously, not being here myself, and a large part of the staff not being here, I think the people that were out there for that, it would fair that that would be a rallying point," Fox said with a chuckle.The Raiders, no doubt, hope the laugh continues to be on the Broncos.

Peterson blasts report over salary demands, outlines main objectives

Peterson blasts report over salary demands, outlines main objectives

Adrian Peterson played defense on Friday night.

Hours after a report suggesting that the four-time All-Pro running back was still a free agent due to salary demands, the former Viking posted a lengthy statement on Instagram along with a video of his running an agility drill.

"YOU CANT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR PEOPLE. The last thing I'm worried about is playing ball this coming season ... that WILL HAPPEN! It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately. You'd THINK these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million! But see, when you don't know a person or what they stand for it's easy to paint YOUR OWN PICTURE. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in! Here is something Straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush. Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD"

Early in the free agency period, the Raiders were linked to Peterson, but nothing came of those rumors.

The Raiders, in need of a feature back after Latavius Murray signed with the Vikings, are reportedly pursuing the possibility of luring Oakland-native Marshawn Lynch out of retirement.

Peterson was scheduled to make $18 million in 2017, but the Vikings declined to exercise his contract, making him a free agent. The 2012 NFL MVP turned 32 on March 21 and played in just three games in 2016 due to a major knee injury.

According to the ESPN report, Peterson was looking for a contract that paid him over $8 million in the first year of the deal.

YOU CANT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR PEOPLE. The last thing I'm worried about is playing ball this coming season ... that WILL HAPPEN! It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately. You'd THINK these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million! But see, when you don't know a person or what they stand for it's easy to paint YOUR OWN PICTURE. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in! Here is something Straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush. Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD

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Oakland, Lott Group pen letter to NFL in last-ditch effort to keep Raiders

Oakland, Lott Group pen letter to NFL in last-ditch effort to keep Raiders

Through the office of mayor Libby Schaaf, the City of Oakland issued the following statement on Friday, revealing a letter they sent to the NFL a day earlier highlighting the viability and appeal of keeping the Raiders in Oakland.

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OAKLAND, CA — Today, the City of Oakland, Alameda County, the Lott Group and Fortress, who have been working in concert to develop a fully-financed local stadium proposal for the Oakland Raiders, shared publicly documents detailing the strength of the Oakland plan.

Specifically, they made public for the first time, their most recent correspondence to the NFL. The letters and accompanying documents were sent in follow-up to a March 6, 2017 presentation Mayor Libby Schaaf and former NFL player and real estate investor Ronnie Lott made to the NFL’s Joint Stadium and Finance Committee that outlined the economic advantages to the league and the team of staying in Oakland.

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“We’re not giving up in the fourth quarter,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. “Since I took office two years ago, I have been focused on taking a team-centered approach that is responsible to the Raiders, the NFL, the fans and the taxpayers of Oakland. We’ve been successful in doing the environmental clearance, aligning the City and the County which jointly own the land, engaging the league and bringing partners to the table in the Lott Group and Fortress who have the financial backing, compassion for this community and intimate knowledge of the game -- on and off the field -- to get a deal done. All that’s missing is the Raiders.”

“I know how passionate the Bay Area is about the Raiders,” said NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott. “To rip this team away from Oakland for a second time would be heartbreaking and entirely unnecessary given that we have a viable option on the table that keeps them here and helps this community and the team grow. We have a sophisticated financial partner in Fortress. We have done the due diligence, and it is clear that the only fully-financed, ready-to-roll option for the Raiders is in Oakland.”

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Council President Larry Reid, whose district is home to the existing Coliseum and the proposed new stadium site, Lott Group partner and former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete and Fortress Managing Director Drew McKnight plan to gather with fans, local business leaders, nearby residents and other community members to demonstrate support for the Oakland stadium plan at events planned for Saturday, March 25. This is the day before NFL owners begin a series of meetings during which they are expected to discuss, and possibly vote on Raiders’ owner Mark Davis’ request to move the team to Las Vegas.

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