How Raiders can broaden their search for new home stadium in 2019


How Raiders can broaden their search for new home stadium in 2019

In a story that otherwise told us everything we already knew about the Raiders’ home venue for 2019, CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora dropped this previously unspeculated beauty:
“AT&T Park, where the San Francisco Giants play, is another potential option, sources said.”
Well, there’s a new spanner in the spokes.
It's not that hard to conceive that the Giants would take money to house football games. They have been the home field of the Demons (XFL), the Redwoods (UFL), the East-West Shrine Game (for five years at the start of the century) and 12 bowl games under different names, so it’s not like they’re all that persnickety about it. But the ballpark hadn’t really been mentioned as a possible landing site for the Orphans until Sunday morning.
But at this point, Davis will take nearly anything anyone will offer. The issue is, who wants to offer anything?

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The 49ers clearly don’t; if Jed York was amenable, Davis wouldn’t be flailing about so wildly. San Diego and San Antonio and even Glendale, Ariz., have logistical issues that The Lord High Gruden would find irksome. Indeed, TLHG has said (and yes, we know his track record re: what he says and what happens later) he wants to play next year in Oakland, and if nothing else, he will say the political thing.
As for Davis, though, his problem is real. The divorce he has wanted for the last five years is happening at an expedited rate, and unless he wants to take one more year of looking ineffectual in Oakland, he might want to broaden his search ... like: 

16 road games

Two in Denver, Kansas City and StubHub Heights, plus Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Minnesota, plus two more AFCs to be named -- they already could start planning now.

Plus, the Raiders already are earmarked for an overseas game again next year (probably London), so all they’d need is a guarantee that the day's receipts for their “home” games would be guaranteed and, in an act of largesse their travel expenses covered. If it’s about money, then make it about money.

Adding other veneus

The NFL has been fixated on foreign venues such as London and Mexico City for years, but the league could use new test cities for stadium extortion.

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Toronto probably still is game for some flirtation, Birmingham always has been a go-to for lesser pro football leagues and might want to try label shopping, Honolulu could primp up its Pro-Bowl-Only profile, Portland is hiking up its skirts for baseball and also might be ready to be used as a bargaining chip for football, Atlantic City might want to go toe-to-toe with Vegas for wagering hegemony ... the possibilities aren’t endless, but if you’re going crazy thinking about this anyway, why not empty out? 


Tom Benson Stadium, the largest high school stadium in America, also is the home of the Hall of Fame Game, and probably could use a tenant for 10 of the other 350 days when it isn't in use. Plus, all the other super-sized high school stadiums are in Texas, and you know how Jerry Jones likes to keep his empire clear of other entrepreneurs, even one he can keep in his desk drawer.


Mackay Stadium seats 27,000 for the Wolf Pack, which is just about what the Chargers seat to win 11 games. Since crowd size no longer is an issue in the modern NFL, Davis can move into Nevada without ruining the big unveiling to the south in 2020.

San Francisco

As in Kezar Stadium, where it all began in 1960. It only holds 10,000 since being downsized, but the Raiders started their bizarre five-city tour on Stanyan Street, so they might as well end it there. By then, people will be so sick of the story that they’ll just be staying home anyway. Besides, they didn’t average 10,000 per game there 60 years ago, so why would you want them to now?
Hey, we’re just trying to help. I mean, if we’re throwing out any old place to kill a Sunday, why not these? Or others? Hell, have them at your house if you’re so keen. It’s not like they’re in a position to be particular any more.

NFL rumors: Chiefs will be 'primary suitor' for Jalen Ramsey trade

NFL rumors: Chiefs will be 'primary suitor' for Jalen Ramsey trade

The Kansas City Chiefs probably aren't done giving the Raiders headaches this season, and they might do it on defense when they meet again on Dec. 1. 

Many NFL general managers believe Kansas City "will emerge as a primary suitor" for disgruntled Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora tweeted Tuesday. 

Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill didn't wait long to start recruiting Ramsey on Twitter that morning.

The Raiders saw firsthand what the Chiefs offense could do in Sunday's 28-10 loss at the Coliseum, but Kansas City's defense hasn't been as strong in the nascent Patrick Mahomes era. The Chiefs allowed the second-most passing yards (4,374) last season, and have given up the 13th-most through two games in 2019. Kansas City revamped its defensive line and added Tyrann Mathieu to its secondary in order to address those defensive deficiencies, but Ramsey's arrival could send the Chiefs defense into another stratosphere. 

The 25-year-old is -- at least -- one of the five-best cornerbacks in the NFL, with more than enough game to back up his constant trash talk. Pro Football Focus found that, since 2016, only four corners have allowed a lower completion percentage (53.8 percent) than Ramsey. 

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Sunday proved that the Raiders won't be competing with the Chiefs for AFC West supremacy this season, but Ramsey's arrival would widen the gap between the two franchises even further -- at least in the immediate future. Given Ramsey's stated desire to play in Las Vegas, such a move would hurt the Silver and Black beyond the franchise's final game at Oakland Coliseum. Ramsey can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2020 season, and the Chiefs can afford him since Mahomes, the reigning NFL MVP, still is playing on his rookie deal. 

Acquiring star receiver Antonio Brown blew up in the Raiders' collective faces, but seeing another superstar in Ramsey suit up for a division rival -- that already is a juggernaut -- could sting the Raiders even more. 

Why Lamarcus Joyner was encouraged by Raiders' response to Chiefs loss

Why Lamarcus Joyner was encouraged by Raiders' response to Chiefs loss

The Raiders didn’t spent much time sulking after Sunday’s loss to Kansas City. The secondary in particular was engaged in spirited dialogue following a game decided by big plays, all in a short span.

Veteran slot cornerback Lamarcus Joyner spoke to several before leaving the locker room, including Trayvon Mullen, Curtis Riley and Keisean Nixon about where things went awry against the NFL’s scariest offense.

The team captain’s antennae have been up since the loss became official, curious to see how the Raiders would respond to the season’s first on-field setback. He knows you can learn a lot about team character and chemistry after things don’t go right.

Joyner was happy to see the group processing the loss in the locker room, not wallowing in an emotional reaction. That continued as the night wore on.

“The guys that I called up last night were already watching the film,” Joyner said. “Guys are excited. They are encouraged despite the loss that we suffered. I think it shows how good of a team we are to say that we had some success against the best offense in the league and look at it as a positive.

"When you can honestly say that you defeated yourself, that’s always encouraging.”

The Raiders are skewing younger, with impact rookies across the depth chart. The team’s leadership will have to help this group working through disappointments without losing sight of the need to steadily progress.

“They have to assume a huge leadership role right now and I know they will,” head coach Jon Gruden said. “I plan on us having a heck of a week of practice. We have a great challenge, it doesn’t get any easier.”

The Raiders start a prolonged road trip Sunday in Minnesota, a playoff contender in the NFC North. They’ll have to recover quickly to compete with the Vikings, and Joyner has an idea how to do that.

He believes the Raiders functioned well in man coverage, and that his fellow defensive backs are ready for the challenge of covering receivers straight up.

“Me and my guys are running a mile every day after practice, man,” Joyner said. “We are going to get our cardio together and we’re going to go get after people.”

The Raiders are trying to solve problems, attempting to tighten up pass defense as they have in the run game.

“That young defensive line and out linebackers do a good job of getting to the ball,” Joyner said. “That’s good and we as a secondary know that we have to master our technique knowing we can hang our hat on the guys up front stopping the run. Now the games are going to be on us.”

That may be an exaggeration. The Chiefs exposed a few problem spots, even in a game where the Raiders weren't expected to win. They need better from the passing attack and receivers not named Tyrell Williams and Darren Waller. The pass rush has to get better, and the secondary must shore up the back.

The early response to Sunday’s setback has been encouraging in its business-like approach.

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“Everyone is positive, and I love it,” Joyner said. “That’s what you need. You have to have a short-term memory, especially as a defensive back. My job is to get right back at it, even after you give up a catch or a big play. The mindset we have in moving forward quickly, learning from our mistakes while preparing for the Minnesota Vikings is a good sign.

"That has been phenomenal.”