Jackson throws flag at Raiders' penalties

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Jackson throws flag at Raiders' penalties

Sept. 17, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVE
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CSNCalifornia.comBUFFALO -- As far as season debuts go, it wasn't exactly a profile in discipline.The Raiders were flagged for 15 penalties totaling 131 yards in their 23-20 defeat of the Denver Broncos on Monday night. So how did rookie coach Hue Jackson, whose mantra is "Build a Bully," respond? By bringing in referees to this week's practice."I've got to get the curse stopped," Jackson said of the Raiders' long-standing proclivity for yellow flags. "Just like we broke the Monday night curse, I've got to get this one turned the other way, and that's going to take time. I'm not here to tell you it's going to stop next week or the week after, but I want you to know and I want our fans to know that we're working at it."I'm not going to just sweep it under the carpet and say, 'O.K., it is what it is' because we won the game. I don't think that's right. There's 15 (penalties), too many penalties for this football team, and it starts with me, down through our coaches to our players. We have to get this corrected, and we will."Another dime-and-a-nickle-penalty day, against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, might be too much to overcome this time around for the Raiders.Against the Broncos, the Raiders ran the full spectrum in what they committed.Consider: Oakland was called for five false starts, two offsides, twice for unnecessary roughness and once each for roughing the passer, illegal contact, defensive pass interference, defensive holding, holding on special teams and offensive holding.Twelve different players were flagged, with three committing two apiece -- cornerback Stanford Routt (holding and pass interference), right tackle Stephon Heyer (two false starts on consecutive snaps) and left guard Stefen Wisniewski (holding and false start)."Well, some of those things are concentration errors," said offensive coordinator Al Saunders. "And when you have great pass rushers on the outside like we faced last week, sometimes the tackles get a little nervous. They try to get set a little quicker than they need to. We've worked real hard on that, establishing what they need to do on the edge to be more consistent."Of course, the Raiders' 15 penalties for 131 yards both lead the league after Week 1. To put it in context, six teams -- the New York Jets, Kansas City, Washington, New Orleans, Cincinnati and San Diego -- combined to commit 14 penalties for 91 yards on opening weekend, with the Jets not being flagged once.A year ago, the Raiders led the NFL in penalty yardage (1,161) and were tied for second with Baltimore in penalties committed (117)."I will stomach the physical (mistakes) because those are going to happen," Jackson said. "That's a part of the game. The mental things eat me alive. And we had quite a few of them in some very tough situations (Monday) night and those are the things we've got to correct."I want to be the first to tell you -- I've said it before and I'll say it again -- there's a good football team in there. A really good football team. And when we figure this thing out on a consistent basis, play in and play out, we're going to be something special. I truly believe that."Then, there's this -- the Raiders have won eight of their last 10 games in which they've committed at least 10 penalties. Penalties, it seems, are the Raider Way.

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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