OAKLAND -- So let's get this straight.Despite all the subterfuge and cloak and dagger mind games emanating from Hue Jackson this week, the Raiders rookie coach said he knew all along who he would start at quarterback against Kansas City.All that talk about having a massage and then an Irish Coffee (or was it an Irish Coffee and then a massage?) before sitting down to figure it out on Friday night? Not true. Exactly.Because while Jackson knew he would start Kyle Boller, rather than the newly-acquired Carson Palmer, he kept everyone guessing, including, apparently, the two signal callers in question.Jackson did not tell Boller until Saturday he would get the call.Yes, these are professional athletes who should be ready at a moment's notice. But they are also humans, who would probably like to know their role early on so they can set their mind to the task at hand, no?Well, according to Jackson, the quarterbacks should have known their assignments simply based on the week's work load.To quote Jackson himself when asked when exactly he told Boller. Say what?"The uncertainty did not lead to anything," Jackson insisted, the wreckage of the Raiders' 28-0 embarrassment still smoldering in the background."You guys are going to write what you want, (but) trust me when I tell you, there was no uncertainty that led to thisuncertainty at quarterback is not what leads to interceptions or anything like that. When you play bad, that's what leads to that. When you coach bad, that's what leads to that, OK?"OK, but the uncertainty could not have helped. Especially not when the quarterbacks themselves still seemed shaky on the whole timeline thing. There's preparation that has to be taken into consideration, yes?Palmer said the plan was for him to not play; Jackson said he hoped to have Palmer close out the game in the fourth quarter, to "get his feet wet."Jackson said he had to hold Palmer back because he wanted to start; Palmer was not as definitive."I only know like three or four protections," Palmer said. "That makes it difficult. But really, just reps with personnel. Just timing and rhythm."More weirdness, Palmer said Sunday was the first time he had thrown a football while wearing shoulder pads since January."It's not a bye week for me," he added, "that's for sure."Palmer had a 17.3 passer rating after getting picked off three times, including a 59-yard Pick-Six. Boller's was 22.3, after getting picked off three times, including a 58-yard Pick-Six. Not even JaMarcus Russell threw three interceptions in a single half.No, this was not QB Masterpiece Theater. It was more a Theater of the Absurd QB, with Jackson pulling the strings of mad "gamesmanship," as he put it, to keep the Chiefs guessing. Palmer termed it "being deceptive."Kansas City shrugged it off. And laughed it off."We knew that they had a quarterback controversy," said safety Kendrick Lewis, who took Boller's first pass to the house. "And we studied film and studied their routes."According to ESPN, it was the first time in franchise history the Raiders were intercepted six times and did not throw a touchdown pass.Boller, meanwhile, was licking his wounds."I'm just extremely frustrated," he said. "I had an opportunity to go out there. It just didn't go as planned. Definitely not my best outing. I feel bad for my teammates. I feel like I let my teammates down. There's not much to say. The play speaks for itself."As does Jackson's guessing game with not only the media, but with his quarterbacks.
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
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.
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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