Davis: Rams' LA stadium site 'a great opportunity' for Raiders


Davis: Rams' LA stadium site 'a great opportunity' for Raiders

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BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The Raiders have a long history with the Los Angeles site that is set to serve as the permanent home for the Rams and, likely, one other NFL team.

“I know the site very much,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said Monday at the NFL owners meetings. “I love the site. And I think it’s a great opportunity.”

Two decades before the Rams’ planned 298-acre sports and entertainment complex at Hollywood Park, late Raiders owner Al Davis reportedly had a handshake agreement that fell apart.

The Raiders have to wait in line for a year or possibly two before they have an opportunity to be included in the NFL's return to Southern California. Chargers chairman Dean Spanos has one year to get a new stadium deal with San Diego or decide whether to join Stan Kroenke’s Rams in Los Angeles. Spanos can extend the Chargers' L.A. priority by a year if a San Diego stadium referendum is approved by November to guard against legal challenges.

If the Chargers stay put, the Raiders go on the clock.

“I think L.A. is great,” Mark Davis said. “It’s up to Dean to make his determination, and we’ll give him the time to determine what he wants to do for his future, as well, because he has the same decisions to make. And we’ll see what happens. That’s really all we can do on that.”

In the meantime, when asked about the Raiders’ situation in Oakland, Davis said, “There’s nothing ... I’m still trying to get something with the stadium.”

Davis said he is interested to hear the details of the plan for the Los Angeles complex.

“I’d like to see what the final thing is going to be,” Davis said. “I don’t know how much development they’re putting on there. To me, I’ve always said, for the Raiders, the most important thing is ingress, egress and parking. I don’t know whether they’re going to create that there. And you know how L.A. is.

Davis reiterated that St. Louis, who lost the Rams to Los Angeles, is definitely not the right fit for the Raiders.

“The Raiders brand is a different brand, I believe,” Davis said. “I just don’t believe St. Louis would maximize it.

“I just don't feel it in my heart that that’s where the Raiders are going to be and wherever we put this stadium will be for the rest of my life. And I just want it to be the right fit.”

Davis doesn't have interest in St. Louis, but has considered Las Vegas a viable prospect for his team. He met with prospective Las Vegas stadium developers in late January and Nevada public officials after that. 

When asked if Las Vegas could maximize the Raiders, Davis answered, “I think the Raiders would maximize Las Vegas.”

Why Raiders' Derek Carr is so excited to work with rookie receivers


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The joined-at-the-hip nature of the quarterback-coach relationship sometimes means the quarterback being privy to the thought process of the coach. So it was in the days leading up to last April’s draft when Raiders coach Jon Gruden looped in Derek Carr on a pair of prospects the Raiders were targeting.

He said, ‘Look, I like this guy and I like that guy.’ ” Carr remembers Gruden telling him the day before the draft.

It was Carr’s first introduction to Alabama’s Henry Ruggs and South Carolina’s Bryan Edwards, two dynamic college wide receivers Carr would soon be calling teammates.

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Raiders assistant tried to convince players Jon Gruden had coronavirus

Raiders assistant tried to convince players Jon Gruden had coronavirus

In the world's worst Michael Scott impression, Raiders assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia recently tried to convince players over Zoom that Jon Gruden has the coronavirus, in an attempt to show how serious this pandemic is. 

"Bisaccia told them, 'Guys, coach Gruden has COVID, and he's at the hospital now and he's being taken care of,' " NFL Media's Mike Garafolo reported Wednesday. "... It wasn't a joke. What it was was the team illustrating to the players that this could happen at any moment, to anybody."

Well, that's one strategy to have right now. This apparent motivational move came just days before Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson actually did test positive for the coronavirus.

"The point to the players was you've got to stay ready, you've got to stay ready," Garafolo said. "... The players really took it to heart from what I've been told, and know going forward that everybody's got to be on the ready because of the world that we are living in right now."

There have been 62 players around the league who officially have opted out this season over concerns about the spread of COVID-19. Three Raiders -- D.J. Killings, Jeremiah Valoaga and Ukeme Eligwe -- have decided to opt out. There's no doubt others had a tough time with their choice as well.

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Bisaccia, 60, is entering his 18th season as an NFL coach. This is his third with the Raiders after spending the previous five as a member of the Dallas Cowboys' staff. These are unprecedented times, but the longtime coach missed the mark on this one. Big time. 

The intentions clearly weren't malicious, but that doesn't excuse Bisaccia. Put down the "World's Best Boss" mug and try again. 

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