Raiders announce seven coaches

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Raiders announce seven coaches

So this is the continuity Raiders fans might have been hoping for when it came to new head coach Dennis Allen's first staff.As expected, running backs coach Kelly Skipper and assistant offensive line coach Steve Wisniewski will return to their former roles, as will defensive quality control coach Eric Sanders.The Raiders made their respective returns official by announcing them in a press release that also introduced four other members of Allen's staff, three of whom had already been reported to have joined the Raiders -- Frank Pollack will be the offensive line coach after seven years as Houston's assistant O-line coach, Al Miller becomes the new strength and conditioning coach and John Grieco will be his assistant. The fourth hire is Justin Griffith, a former Raiders fullback who will be the offensive quality control coach.
Greg Knapp was officially announced as Allen's offensive coordinator on Wednesday, the Raiders O.C. in 2007 and 2008 who has been an O.C. in Seattle (2009) and the Texans quarterback coach the past two seasons.And while many observers felt retaining offensive coordinator Al Saunders, who is still under contact, ensured more continuity for a unit that was a bright spot last season for the 8-8 Raiders, the retention of Skipper and Wisniewski should soften that blow.Skipper, who will be returning for his sixth season in Oakland, his fourth as RB coach, is as respected as he is liked by Darren McFadden and Michael Bush. And why not? Under Skipper, the Raiders set a franchise record in averaging 4.9 yards per rushing attempt in 2010 and they were the No. 7 running attack in the NFL last season, despite losing McFadden for the season on Oct. 23.Wisniewski, meanwhile, worked well as a first-year assistant alongside veteran O-line coach Bob Wylie last season, when the Raiders surrendered just 25 sacks, third-fewest in the league. And with Pollack's history in Houston working primarily with the tackles, Wisniewski's past as an eight-time Pro Bowl guard is sure to balance things out. Houston was the No. 2-ranked rushing team in the NFL last year, averaging a franchise-record 153 yards on the ground per game. Still, a zone-blocking scheme seems on the horizon.While this will be Sanders' first season in his current position, he spent the previous two years as an offensive assistant.And Griffith, who played for the Raiders in 2007 and 2008 and started 14 games, will be on the first coaching assignment of his career.

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.

[RELATED: Letter to NFL from Libby Schaaf, Lott Group]

“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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