Report: Packers DC Capers on Raiders' coaching list


Report: Packers DC Capers on Raiders' coaching list

In the press conference Tuesday that introduced him as the new Raiders GM, Reggie McKenzie said he wanted his guy at the head coaching position, and that the search for that individual would begin immediately.

REWIND: McKenzie's coaching search 'will begin immediately'

McKenzie wasn't lying; two days later Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers was added to their growing list of potential head coaches, according to a report by NFL Network.

Capers joins Winston Moss and Todd Bowles, who is reported to be interviewing with the Raiders Friday, as the publicized candidates.

REPORT: Raiders to interview Bowles

Capers would bring a strong legacy of experience to Oakland, having coached football in some capacity dating back to 1972. And he is no stranger to the Bay Area; his college coaching career made stops at San Jose State in 1977 then Cal from 1978-'79, each as the defensive backs coach.

His jump to the NFL came in 1986. Since then, Capers has had the dubious honor of being called upon twice to take over expansion programs in their first seasons of existence, the only two chances he's had at head coaching.

He led the brand-new Carolina Panthers to a 30-34 record from 1995-'98, highlighted by a playoff trip in '96. But he had less success with the next new team; he took control of the expansion Houston Texans in 2002 and left four seasons later with an 18-46 record.

Capers, 61, has since served with the Dolphins and Patriots and is coming off a championship season as the Packers defensive coordinator.

Teams are not permitted to interview Green Bay coaches until their season comes to a close, but McKenzie -- who served as the Packers director of football operations from 1994-2012 -- is expected to entertain a number of former colleagues for positions with the Raiders.

Raiders' Sean Smith charged with assault

Raiders' Sean Smith charged with assault

Raiders cornerback Sean Smith has been charged with assault, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday.

The charge is for assault of his sister's boyfriend in Smith's hometown of Pasadena. Smith allegedly beat and stomped the boyfriend's head on the morning of July 4, 2017 in Old Town Pasadena, the district attorney said.

Smith faces formal felony counts of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury to the victim.

The 30-year old plans to fight the charges levied against him. 

"Sean maintains his innocence at this time," Smith's attorney, Daniel Rosenberg told NBC Sports Califorinia on Thursday evening. "We are going to be entering a plea of not guilty and fighting these charges."

A warrant was filed on Aug. 16. Smith's arriagnment is scheduled for Sept. 29. 

Smith was not present at Thursday's Raiders practice, the last session of training camp. He surrendered to Los Angeles County authorities, posted an $80,000 bond and has been released from custody.

If convicted as charged, Smith could face a maximum sentence of seven years in California prison. 

A Raiders spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The case is still under investigation by the Pasadena Police Department. 

This is another blow in a rough summer for Smith. He has struggled on the practice field during training camp and faces an off-field legal issue. Smith is guaranteed $9.5 million for the 2017 season. 

More to come...

After speaking with Marshawn Lynch, two things are crystal clear

After speaking with Marshawn Lynch, two things are crystal clear

NAPA – Marshawn Lynch spoke with the media Thursday for the second time as a Raider. He was quick-witted, disarming and, as always, not suitable for work.

It was five minutes of peak Marshawn, where he brought light to his charitable endeavors, called himself the “daddy” of his position group and cleverly sidestepped all things nation anthem.

He was asked four questions on other topics before elephant in the room was mentioned. It didn’t stick around long.

“I think the elephant left the room because a little mouse ran in here,” Lynch deadpanned. “Didn’t they say elephants are scared of mice or something? That [expletive] left the room, cousin.”

[RATTO: Lynch reminds media how much control he exerts over any interaction]

Two more related questions came down the pike. The first was about Del Rio letting players be themselves. He answered a different question instead.

“Yeah, because on ‘doctor-24,’ it’s a designed way that you’re supposed to run it but I have all freedom to go any way that I choose to run it,” Lynch said. “I would say, yes.”

The final anthem-esque query was deflected in a similar fashion.

“When we run ‘74’ or something like that, where I have to scan and read on both sides, that is pretty difficult. For the most part, I’m a veteran so I can make it work.”

Two things were crystal clear after speaking with Lynch.

He didn’t miss football one bit during his year in retirement. Lynch said this spring he decided to return after the Raiders were approved to relocate away from his native Oakland. He wants to represent his hometown well and give them something to cheer before the team leaves for Las Vegas.

That’s why he’s fired up even for Saturday’s exhibition against the Rams – he’s expected to make a cameo in that game – his first in Oakland wearing silver and black.

“It’s truly a blessing and just to have the opportunity to go and do that is a good [expletive] feeling,” Lynch said. “It’s a good [expletive] feeling.”

Lynch has always been active in the community, and hopes him playing here will bring more visibility to what’s being done to help kids in Oakland.

“I plan on continuing to do what I do in the community,” Lynch said. “It’ll probably be that now that I’m here, more people that are in the community might actually come out and support what it is that we’ve got going on.”