Raiders 2012 draft class reports and real-ish insights

AJ DeMello stops by to give TFDS some reports and real-ish insights into the kinds of players the Raiders got in the 2012 draft. Tony Bergstrom, Utah  Round 3 Strengths:-Has experience in ZBS, can line up at tackle but will move inside-He’s an exceptional hand user, which helps feed his pancake addiction-Will kick your butt in a […]

Peyton is a mile high, now where do the Raiders stand?

Peyton Manning is now the starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos. It looks like ‘Tebow Time’ in Denver will now be referred to as the time spent remodeling your crucifix. That Peyton Manning would make the God-awful decision to choose the Broncos over the Niners or the Titans, he must be (mile) high. The Denver […]

Getting defensive about the Raiders in free agency

What’s more exciting: NFL Free Agency or the NFL Draft? I’d say Free Agency this year, because it’s got some REAL big hooters on it. With no draft picks on day one, free agency may be where the most change comes for the Raiders. There’s a lot of free agents, so there’s a good chance to […]

Raider Nation season NEVER ends

Yes, the Super Bowl is over with the NY Giants once again hoisting the championship trophy (Insert “boo” sound here). But as loyal Raider fans, we wore our jerseys proudly and watched the game almost rooting (I said ALMOST rooting) for the Giants to win over the dreaded Patriots. Damn you Tom Brady and damn […]

Hue Jackson final piece to “greatest trade in football”

What if you woke up one morning and realized you had set yourself up for future success without even knowing it? You know, like positioning yourself on the toilet for your morning dump without even waking up? Or accidentally sending flowers to the ‘wrong’ girl at work who turns out to be hotter; who then […]

Moving on…

I thought it only right that I let all the loyal Thoughts From the Dark Side readers (and anyone else who happens to pop in) know that I will be moving on to an exciting new sports writing venture that will mean I will no longer be producing content for TFDS. I will be covering […]

Cris Carter blue moon has Silver and Black lining

First off, how about that Superbowl halftime show, folks? My goodness, was that something. Madonna’s “dancing” was almost as striking as Steven Tyler shrieking the national anthem. Anyway, let’s get cooking on the topic at hand… Remember back when Darrius Heyward-Bey was drafted seventh overall in the 2009 NFL Draft? Remember how skeptical a lot […]

Raiders officially announce six members of coaching staff

The Raiders have just announced they have added six more assistants to the 2012 coaching staff including two who are in their second stints with the Silver and Black—quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore, tight ends coach Mark Hutson, defensive backs coach Clayton Lopez, defensive backs coach Johnnie Lynn, and defensive line […]

Raiders hire Terrell Williams to coach the defensive line

The Raiders defensive staff has slowly but surely been filling out since they hired their defensive coordinator last week. That new coach is Terrell Williams who will take over as the team’s new defensive line coach according to a report. And he is another coach with links to Head Coach Dennis Allen. Williams has been […]

Raiders add LB coach and asst ST coach to staff

The Oakland Raiders have added two more assistants to the 2012 coaching staff, assistant special teams coach Keith Burns and linebackers coach Johnny Holland. There were rumors last week that Holland had joined the Raiders’ coaching staff as the new linebackers coach and those rumors turned out to be true. The hire makes considerable sense […]

Raiders release CB Stanford Routt

A year after Raiders corner Stanford Routt received a sizable contract to the tune of five years, $54.5 million with $20 million guaranteed, he has been released. Routt’s base salary of $5 million would have been guaranteed had he been on the team as of Friday. His salary was set to be $11.5 million over the […]

Raiders retain Saunders, bring back Defillipo

While the defensive staff of new defensive coordinator Jason Tarver are still to be hired, the team continues to fill out its offensive staff. The two “new” additions are not so new to the Raiders. First, Al Saunders is being retained. This may seem odd for some, considering his job as offensive coordinator was given […]

Tarver hire could mean new defensive scheme in Oakland

It is certainly a “new day” in Oakland, as head coach Dennis Allen pointed out in his press conference. The latest development comes in the form of new defensive coordinator Jason Tarver. And with his arrival, the Raiders look to be in for a new defensive scheme. To say Tarver is well-versed in the 3-4 […]

Raiders officially announce Jason Tarver Defensive Coordinator

After weeks of getting turned down for interview requests from NFL teams, the Raiders turned to the college ranks to find their new defensive coordinator.  He is Jason Tarver, former defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach for the Stanford Cardinal. Though he may not look it, Jason Tarver, at 37 years old, is pretty well […]