Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Legend of Jack Tatum.

To all my loyal blog followers,

I have recently moved my page to www.psychrod.com. This will now be my official page where I will post articles and relative journals.

Please check out my latest article about the late great, Jack Tatum.

This year’s 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame class has already been announced with the committee deciding on Tim Brown, Junior Seau, Jerome Bettis, Charles Haley, Will Shields, Mick Tingelhoff, Ron Wolf and Bill Polian as being this year’s prestigious Pro Football Hall of Fame class. These much deserved players legacies will forever be enshrined in Canton, Ohio, along with the other NFL greats. However, at the conclusion of this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame announcement, one NFL legend has yet to earn his much needed spot in Canton. His name is Jack Tatum. And for those of you who’ve never heard of him before, he was also called the Assassin because of his helmet shattering playing style. Click here to read more.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Is Jack Del Rio Best for Oakland?

Jack Del Rio has been officially named the Raiders 21st head coach. Jack is also a Bay Area native that was a Raiders season ticket holder for many years and has family that are die hard Raiders fans. Despite Del Rio’s love for the Bay Area and his longtime love for the Raiders, he’s had a mediocre career as a head coach. In 2003 Del Rio became the second head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars and led the Jaguars to a 5-11 record in his first year. Despite Del Rios rough start with the Jaguars, he did however lead the team to two playoff appearances in 2005 and 2007. During his nine year stint in Jacksonville, until he was subsequently fired as head coach in on November 29, 2011, Jack ended his head coaching career in Jacksonville with a 68-71 regular season record and 1-2 post season record. In 2012 Del Rio was hired as the defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos, where he served in that capacity since being officially hired, today as the Raiders head coach. On paper, especially defensively, Jack appears to bring a lot to the Raiders organization. However, Denis Allen, the former Raiders head coach was also a former defensive coordinator for the Broncos that proved to be a travesty in Oakland. Only time will tell if Del Rio is the much needed key for success in Oakland.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Hall of Fame Hopeful: Tim Brown

Legendary Oakland Raider receiver Tim Brown has once again become one of the 18 finalist for induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Brown was one of two wide receiver finalists who was announced Thursday night, along with former Indianapolis Colt, Marvin Harrison. Brown has been a finalist every year since 2010, which was his first year of induction eligibility.
The former Norte Dame Heisman Trophy winner and Oakland Raider legend ended his NFL career with 1,094 career catches, 14,934 receiving yards and 100 career touchdowns. Brown also played in 9 Pro Bowls throughout his 17 year NFL career.

Brown has solid chance this year to finally be enshrined in Canton, Ohio and become the twenty-third Oakland Raider selected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Raiders Head Coach Hunt Begins.

The Oakland Raiders have concluded their 3-13 season and are actively pursing a head coach that will hopefully bring the much needed spark back to Oakland. Some notable head coaches that are set to be interviewed are Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, 49ers assistant coach Eric Mangini and the Raiders current interim head coach Tony Sparano,

Shurmur has spent the last two years as a coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles, but has had limited play call experience, due to head coach Chip Kelly taking on the play call responsibility. If hired this will be Shurmur’s first time as an NFL head coach. The Raiders have already requested permission from the Eagles to interview Shurmur.  

Mangini has head coach experience with the New York Jets from 2006-2008. Currently, Mangini is the 49ers tight end coach. The Raiders have already requested permission from the 49ers to interview Mangini.

Sparano was 3-9 after taking over the Raiders in the 2014 season when Dennis Allen was fired for a 0-4 start. Sparano has earned the support from many of the players and is indicating he wants to fight to have the interim title removed from his coaching title and be the head coach of the Raiders.   

Hopefully the Raiders will logically pursue the best candidate that can bring some luster back to the Silver and Black.  

Sunday, December 28, 2014

A Lack of Consistency and Momentum Plagued Oakland’s 2014 Season.

The Raiders disappointing season finally came to a close tonight with another tragic loss to the Denver Broncos. Since general manager Reggie McKenzie took the helm, Oakland has only won 11 games in three seasons. Prior to McKenzie taking over, Oakland won 16 games in the prior two season. Interim head coach Tony Sparano finessed 3-9 this season with zero road game wins. The Raiders will have the No. 4 pick in the draft.

Momentum and consistency were key components the Raiders lacked this season. For the third time after an Oakland win, the Raiders fell to defeat in their following week game and could not keep the spark alive. Oakland needs to focus on finding significant leadership in order to obtain success next season.

It’s going to be another offseason and another coaching search for the Raiders. Raiders owner Mark Davis has indicated he will begin looking for a new head coach immediately, and that all members of the Raiders organization will be evaluated.    

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

When I see a Broncos Fan.

The Raiders Quest for a New Head Coach.

Raiders owner Mark Davis has confirmed he plans to start interviewing for a new Raiders head coach as quickly as possible. Davis indicated he plans to take a more hands on approach this time around and wants to begin as soon as next Monday.

Davis also confirmed that McKenzie will be assisting with finding a new head coach, but also noted that everyone in the Raiders organization will be evaluated, due to Oakland reaching its third consecutive season with 12 losses. Davis would not confirm any coaches he will be actively pursuing.