Episode #67 - Steve Corkran from RaidersSnakePit.com

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This week Murf sits down with Steve Corkran from RaidersSnakePit.com to discuss all things Raiders. Steve recently finished writing a book titled, "Al Davis: Behind the Raiders Shield." Prior to this he worked 23 years with Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune, San Jose Mercury News. From 1995 to the present he's covered the NFL, primarily as a beat writer for the Oakland Raiders. 

During his conversation Steve touched on numerous different topics. Steve has a unique take on Gruden since he was covering the Raiders during Gruden's first tenure with the Raiders. Steve talked about Gruden's philosophy and what Gruden might bring to the Raiders a second time around. Steve also shared some similarities and differences between Mark and Al.

Recently, Steve launched RaidersSnakePit.com along with Bill Williamson. Steve shared his vision, goals, and hopes for the website. It's a new era in digital media and Steve is at the forefront of it. 

Join us for this in-depth conversation with Steve. 

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Episode #66 - Conversation with Barbra Coffee, Economic Development Director for City of Henderson, NV

This week Murf sits down with Barbra Coffee from the City of Henderson, NV to discuss the Raiders recent land purchase for their new Headquarters. Barbra was very informative about why the City of Henderson wanted the Raiders. She also explained how having the Raiders based in Henderson will benefit the local citizens. 

 

 

 

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Episode #65 - Conversation with Phil Villapiano

This week we were blessed with the honor of conversing with Phil Villapiano. This was no ordinary conversation for us. This was a chance to talk to our Raider mentor's hero, the legendary, Foo. 

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Phil discussed what it was like to play for the Raiders in the 70's and examined if that style could ever be utilized again. The game has changed and along with it, tactics have had to change. Phil discussed at length what worked for the Raiders in the 70's and whether it could work for the Raiders or any other team in the current state of football. 

Phil took time to explain why he was traded to Buffalo and the conversation that he had with Al Davis regarding the trade. Ever the gentleman, Phil explained how he was gracious for his time in Oakland and how he's remained close with the Davis family  to this day. He shares his thoughts on the Vegas deal and what Al would have likely thought regarding the Vegas deal. 

Phil's daughter Andrea is building up a campaign to get Phil recognized for the Hall of Fame. While one could debate about Phil's stats, one can't debate the impact he had on his team's overall chemistry and Phil's personal impact in big games. No game captured this better than the Superbowl versus the Vikings. On a crucial goal line stand, Phil recounts how he read and then made a game changing play that swung the momentum back to the Raiders leading to their first ever Superbowl trophy.  

Phil spoke humbly of his numerous charity endeavors. Just recently he and former Miami Dolphins linebacker, Nick Buoniconti, have been working with youth to lessen the impact of CTE related issues. To read more about this, click here

We are very grateful for the opportunity to have spoken with Phil. We are also grateful to be able to share that conversation with you all. It was a special moment for us and we know our OG Raider mentors are looking down with honor. Thanks Phil. 

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Episode #64 - Uncle Mosh visits the Dego Dungeon South to talk all things RAIDERS

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This week we are joined by Uncle Mosh who sits in for the duration of episode #64. We discuss Carr being at the Pro-Bowl, Raiders Fans vs Being a fan of being a Raiders fan, definition of a Sports fan, listen to a Raiders family story from Wyoming Raider, and hear from Murf about his Blackhole of the Internet. 

Derek Carr being at the Pro-Bowl means he's not at the Superbowl. It's a consolation prize. That said, it's nice to see him relaxed and having fun on the football field again. He won the QB skills competition and is raising eyebrows with the receivers.  

There is a lot of hate circling Raidernation over the past couple weeks with the Patriots advancing to the Superbowl again. Some people think it's standard of being a Raiders fan to hate the Patriots, Tom Brady, and everything associated with that team from New England. While we here at Raiders Fan Radio absolutely abhor the Tuck Rule and what it cost the Raiders, we respect what the Patriots are doing. From a sports fan perspective, it's an incredible run that demands respect. We take a deep dive into this concept and call out some of Raidernation for their lack of Sports Fandom and putting too much emphasis on simply being a fan of being a Raiders Fan. After all, how could a Raiders fan ever call out the Patriots for cheating? The Raiders practically invented cheating in the NFL. 

Wyoming Raider calls in this week to discuss a Raiders moment with his son. He shares a funny story where he and his son sit down to watch a Raiders game. At least, that's what he hoped would happen. Check out the episode to hear the full story... 

Murf ends the show with a Blackhole of the Internet taking a look at Special, Special Teams' moments from Raiders past. 

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#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.