Raiders pregame notes -- Setting the scene


Raiders pregame notes -- Setting the scene

Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comDENVER -- There are few settings in the NFL as picturesque as the home of the Denver Broncos.But almost as jarring as the scene is serene is the new corporate name of the Broncos' stadium -- Sports Authority Field at Mile High.It makes the Coliseum sound like a Ma and Pa B&B.But I digress.There are miniature American flags adorning virtually every seat in the 75,125-seat stadium, sure to be utilized for a 9-11 pregame ceremony. More than 100 police officers and firefighters from the Denver area will be on the field to pay tribute to "all first responders of the 911 tragedy that took place 10 years ago."Three-plus hours before kickoff, though, the only people on the field were the Broncos cheerleaders and while there were clouds in the sky, it was 84 degrees late in the afternoon.But after the Raiders arrived, the first three players on the field were tight ends Brandon Myers and Richard Gordon and defensive end Matt Shaughnessy and they played a game of catch that was as ugly as it was brief. The spirals were, well, not spirals at all.Then there was rookie head coach Hue Jackson and returning defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan getting their laps in.A curious sight was going down on the other side of the field, though, as Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, in shorts and T-shirt, was running patterns and catching passes. And looking good doing it. He made a one-handed grab in the end zone from about 15 yards out.The Raiders and Broncos are also making history as the most common matchup in Monday Night Football history. This is the 15th time the teams have met on MNF, besting the 14 times Washington and Dallas have met on this primetime stage. Chicago and Minnesota have et 12 times on MNF, as have Dallas and Philadelphia. Miami and the New York Jets have met 11 times.The Broncos hold an 8-6-1 series lead on MNF against the Raiders.Finally, here's a quote Raiders fans will get a kick out of, straight from the Broncos' Gameday magazine: "The Raiders are the one team I can say in our division everybody hates." - Broncos third-year defensive line coach Wayne Nunnely, who also coached in San Diego.Nunnely also gave the Raiders props for being "very talented" and "well-coached." So there.

Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence


Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence

Trent Richardson is reportedly in some trouble.

Richardson was arrested on Thursday night for domestic violence, according to TMZ Sports.

The former running back was taken into custody on a third degree charge, the report states, with bail being set for $1,000.

The arrest was made in Hoover, Alabama.

The Browns selected Richardson with the third overall pick in the 2012 draft.

He was traded to the Colts in 2013 and played for Indianapolis in 2014.

He signed with the Raiders in 2015 and appeared in three exhibition games, but did not make the team.

The 26-year old was cut by the Ravens last August.

Downing: Carr will have increased influence on Raiders game plan

Downing: Carr will have increased influence on Raiders game plan

Derek Carr and Todd Downing are tight. A strong friendship was forged between the Raiders’ franchise quarterback and his position coach these past two seasons, one that should help the Raiders now that Downing will call plays.

The Raiders new offensive coordinator will use his young signal caller as a resource formulating a game plan. Carr has a bright offensive mind – he called his own plays in high school and in college at times – and Downing plans to use it to put his quarterback in positions to succeed.

Carr’s influence in preparation will expand over previous seasons under coordinator Bill Musgrave.

“Where I see him needing a little bit more command is just being able to share his thoughts of game plans,” Downing said Wednesday in a conference call. “Being a student of the game, as he already is, but vocalize what he likes and doesn’t like. I think my relationship with him is something that’s going to give him the opportunity to voice his opinions. I look forward to him really taking charge of expressing his thoughts on the offense.”

Carr has always had freedom to adjust at the line of scrimmage, but that could increase with Downing in charge. Derek Carr’s brother Davis Carr told 95.7 The Game as much a few weeks ago, a topic Downing addressed on Wednesday.

“There’s been a lot made about his command at the line of scrimmage,” Downing said. “There’s certainly going to be opportunities for Derek to do that. That’s not something I feel we’ll even have to get into until we’re much further into this offseason and into training camp.”

Downing had opportunities to interview with other teams this offseason, but head coach Jack Del Rio wanted to pair Downing and Carr together. The young duo have similar personalities and a strong working relationship based on a love of the game.

“My relationship with Derek starts there,” Downing said in Wednesday interview on 95.7-FM. “We both love coming to work each day and respect the heck out of each other. When you have that kind of relationship with any coach, you’re taking a step in the right direction. Derek’s the leader of our franchise. In my opinion, he’s the best young quarterback in football. We’re fortunate to have him. Why wouldn’t I be in a good mood every time I am around him?”

Carr made great progress working with Downing the past two years, and was an MVP candidate in 2016. Downing sees continued room for growth and refinement as next season approaches.

“I think Derek made big strides in 2016, just in terms of his command of the offense, being the field general, being able to get through progressions more efficiently,” Downing said. “His footwork took big strides. I certainly want him to remain focused on all of those attributes. You don’t want to feel like you’ve arrived in a certain area of your game and then have it go backwards when the next season starts. Certainly, I want him focused on all of those.”