Ryan weighs in on Raiders


Ryan weighs in on Raiders

ALAMEDA -- He's one of the more boisterous coaches not only in the NFL, but in all of organized sports. So when Rex Ryan speaks, it's usually entertaining. And with his New York Jets coming to Oakland for the Raiders' home opener this weekend, Ryan spoke via conference call to Raiders beat writers this morning. A sampling, then, of some "Rex-isms" from Wednesday...On how hard the Jets went after free-agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha this offseason: "I'd say we definitely went after him. We made an offer to him that we thought was fair and we never came off it one bit. We just made the one offer and he chose to sign somewhere else for more money. Obviously we recognize hes an outstanding player but you know. Thats one that got away. We did not come off our offer one bit.On how different the Raiders appear to be two years after they last played: "I think Richard Seymour is playing outstanding I can tell you that much and he obviously knows the system and everything else. I think hes been absolutely fantastic. They have the size, speed and then the back. Its an offense that features the running back and the vertical passing game, as everyone knows, but theyre really doing a good job. That running back has a lot of speed."
On Raiders rookie receiver Denarius Moore: "We really liked him and Im sure the young man can tell you that. We had him in for a visit. We really did like him. It never worked out for us. I tell you what, he had a huge game this past week with about 150 yards receiving and a reverse for 25 yards. He really did a nice job. That catch he made in double coverage against Buffalo was big time.On if the Raiders might be more dangerous considering their defensive collapse at Buffalo: "I cant tell you that because it never happened to me. I'm not worried about how they feel I'm worried about how we feel."On Nick Mangold's status: "Well, just like Darrelle Revis is the best corner in football, Nick Mangold is the best center in football, so clearly that will hurt. Theres only one Nick Mangold in the league. But weve had to replace good players in the past. Revis went out for a couple of games last year. We had Kris Jenkins, was out, really played I think five games in two years. Were a team, were not just individuals and all that stuff. Were a team, well replace them, next man steps up, as long as youre wearing that Jet decal youre expected to play at a certain level and a certain temperament, and the next guy will be (Colin) Baxter and Im sure hell do a good job."On how he built the Jets in his own image: "I dont know. I was just myself when I came here and were fortunate, Im fortunate to have a lot of excellent coaches with me. Its just something that we believed, its a style, I have one shot to be a head coach in this league and I was going to build it a certain way. Whether its building a bully or playing like a Jet, whatever it is, this is whos coming in. This is our football team and this is how we play, and I guess thats kind of our trademark of how we play. Were a passionate football team, play snap to whistle, play 60 minutes and thats the type of team we have and the type of character we have in our room."On Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell's growth: "I just see a guy that has a bazooka for an arm. He can make all the throws. I remember going to his workout at Auburn, and he was sitting on a knee and threw the ball like 60 yards, and I was like, 'Golly.' He has that kind of arm talent, he really does. Hes got some mobility and now hes been in the league a long time, so I think hes at his best right now. This is probably the best Ive seen of Jason Campbell."On his own quarterback, Mark Sanchez, eating a hot dog on the sidelines the last time the Jets played in Oakland: "Yeah, I think that was more to do with he had some stomach issues or something. We dont think that will be an issue this time."

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Raiders general Reggie McKenzie plans to extend quarterback Derek Carr’s contract this offseason. That isn’t a new thing, something that has been in the works for some time. He re-affirmed that fact last week, citing his team’s commitment to work out a long-term deal likely the biggest in franchise history.

Carr was reportedly frustrated with the pace of contract talks after the NFL draft – they’re supposed to heat up this spring and summer – but said he believes a deal will get worked out before training camp begins.

That’s his deadline for an offseason deal, the point where he wants focus honed on football.

“I have an agent who is in charge of that and I am confident that he and Mr. (Reggie) McKenzie will work it out,” Carr, a Fresno State alum, told the Fresno Bee. “I am only focused on becoming a better football player and helping my teammates become better players.

“I have complete faith it will get done before training camp. These things take time. The Raiders know I want to be here; this is my family, and I know they want me to be their quarterback.”

The sides have discussed parameters of a long-term deal, with greater specifics to be ironed out in the future. Carr has long said he wants to be a Raider his entire career. The Raiders want him as the public face of their franchise. A new deal is expected by all parties, a sentiment that has never wavered on either side.

Carr is scheduled to make a $977,519 in base salary in 2017, the final year of his rookie contract.

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

The Raiders offseason program is five weeks old. Players have lifted weights. They’ve improved cardiovascular shape. They’ve done drills in position groups and discussed schematics. They’ve added rookies to a group now 90 strong.

On Monday, they can finally put on helmets. They still can’t wear pads or have full contact, but the Raiders can play 11-on-11. Receivers will be covered. Quarterback Derek Carr will throw into traffic. Generally speaking, the competition cranks up a bit.

The NFL collective bargaining agreement has strict mandates regarding offseason activity, and a period formally called “Phase III” allows for more realistic on-field football work.

The Raiders will conduct 10 OTA sessions over the next three weeks. The media can watch three of them. Tuesday is the first, with another in each of the next two weeks. These sessions are technically voluntary, though the Raiders generally hover around perfect attendance. Head coach Jack Del Rio prefers his team be unified in the offseason. Players know it and show up.

There is a mandatory minicamp from June 13-15 which wraps the offseason program and starts a quiet period that extends until training camp begins in late July.

These OTAs offer an opportunity for new players to learn the system, for adjustments to be made and for chemistry to be built heading into a 2017 season where expectations are high.