#63 - Ted Nguyen (TheAthletic.com), Sea of Fans Mailbag, Gruden Presser and more...

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This week we chat with Ted Nguyen from TheAthletic.com and USA Football regarding his thoughts around Gruden, Gruden's assistants thus far, and the schemes that will result. There is a lot of conversation around the offensive side of the ball since Gruden will most likely be calling the plays come September. However, there will be many changes to the defensive side as well and this is something to get excited about. 

Ted outlines what is called a "Pattern Matching" defensive coverage which is a combination of Zone and Man Coverage. He explains your defensive players in coverage are playing zone but will run with the receivers who enter their zone matching their patterns. Gruden is bringing in Paul Guenther (former D.C. of the Bengals) and Derrick Ansley (former DB Coach for Alabama) to most likely run a 4-3 Quarters coverage utilizing a Pattern Matching style of coverage. 

Also this week we discuss the Gruden press conference and the sight that it was. Some who were there equated it to super bowl level excitement during the event. Over 50 former Raider players were there to celebrate the event and welcome home Jon Gruden. Needless to say Mark Davis was more than excited to bring home the "White Whale" whom few believed could be lured back into coaching. Credit to Mark Davis for not giving up on his desire to have Gruden coach his father's team into the future. 

#62 - Sea of Fans Mailbag & The 2017 Raider Fanny Awards

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Join us in our special episode where we honor our favorite Raiders players with their own "Fanny" award! It's an award given out to the players, by the fans. We also listen to a select few voicemail's from the Sea of Fans Mailbag. 

This will be our last show dedicated to the 2017 season. On the eve of the Gruden Press Conference we set out to honor our favorite players in the Silver & Black with their very own "Fanny" award. This is our way of saying thank you to the players who made plays, and didn't, during the forgettable 2017 season. In a very tongue & cheek approach we honor the best from 2017. 

As the season comes down to a close and with the Gruden hire, it sheds light on the 2017 season. The failure of the 2017 season was needed to bring in Gruden. We needed Todd Downing to fail a bad as he did to make Mark desperate enough to shell out the money. We needed Del Rio to throw everyone else under the bus so at the end of the year there was no left but for him to be fired. We needed Carr to regress just enough that Mark didn't want to see his $125 million dollar man go up in flames along with his franchise on the eve of Vegas. 2017 needed to happen the way it did to make Gruden a reality. So with that we say, thank you 2017, you brought us Gruden. 

 

RFR Special Report - Raiders Confirm Gruden as Next Head Coach

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The Raiders announced today that they will hire Jon Gruden as their next coach. 10 years for $100 million dollars. With one fell swoop the Raiders just established consistency, quality coaching, and the attractiveness to sell tickets in Vegas. 

The Jon Gruden hire will officially take place on Tuesday with a "Splashy" news conference as reported by Steve Corkran from Raiderssnakepit.com. If Jon Gruden fulfills his full term of the contract he will be only the 2nd head coach in Raiders history to coach the team for ten seasons. The first was John Madden. Let's hope Gruden can have the success Madden had. 

With the Raiders moving to Vegas the Raiders needed to do something to sell tickets. The brand itself wouldn't be enough. A 6-10 record certainly wouldn't be enough either. However, bringing in Gruden is going to make a splash not just in the NFL ranks but in the overall Sports realm overall. Few people associated with the NFL have a personality like Gruden and he's sure to be a big draw on the Strip in a couple years.

After the most disappointing season in many years, the Raiders immediately turn around and bring excitement to the franchise once again. Credit to Mark Davis for getting the Golden Goose. Time will tell if the gamble pays off. On the heels of Vegas, Raiders just went All-IN. 

Episode #61 - Season Recap, Sea of Fans Mailbag, Big Stoopid of the week, Blackhole

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We give a season recap of the 2017 version of the Oakland Raiders. It was the equivalent of Old Yeller needing to be taken out back and put down. Always sad to see the season end, but kinda glad this one was over. We agree with JDR needing to be fired but the way in which it was done was a bit off-putting. That said, we both have a tremendous respect for the way Del-Rio handled the situation. 

Sea of Fans Mailbag we listened & responded to voicemail's from around the country. This week we listened to 9 voicemail's. Thanks to the following callers this week: Red, Diego, Jim, Chuck, Greg, Red, Ron, Wyoming Raider, Big Raider Trucker. 

Big Stoopid of the week belongs to Michael Crabtree. He has taken himself out of the game the last couple of weeks. This last game even announcer Rich Gannon took at run at him for doing so. This has led to a decrease in targets and overall performance for Crabtree over the last few weeks. Crabtree is owed $8 million with no dead money in 2018. We think he doesn't make it back on the team. Maybe there is something to Sherman's comments about Crabtree after all.

Blackhole of the Interwebs looks at Gruden's comments from year's past. Gruden is an excellent motivator and a student of the game. Who knows what will happen in the future. What we do know, is that if he is indeed the next Raiders head coach, it'll be fun to watch. 

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Episode #60 - Sea of Fans Mailbag, Three reasons why Raiders beat Chargers

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Sea of Fans Mailbag where we listen & respond to voicemails from around the country.

Another rough game for our boys in black. Raiders fall to Philadelphia after a 2nd half collapse that has left fans beyond frustrated. The defense is continuing to look better, in unison as the offense looks worse. Who would have thought that at the beginning of the year. This episode talks about game, talks about the "root" issue on the year, and looks at the future of this organization as they head into their last year in Oakland. 

Three reasons segment looks at three reasons why the Raiders WILL beat the Chargers in the last game of the year. 

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