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."

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.”