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Khalil Mack, Shane Lechler among ex-Raiders on NFL's All-Decade Team

Khalil Mack, Shane Lechler among ex-Raiders on NFL's All-Decade Team

Khalil Mack was the Raiders best player over the past decade. It’s hard to argue that, even with Charles Woodson making Pro Bowls in his last 30s.

The Silver and Black drafted him No. 5 overall in 2014, and he thrived in the four seasons before being traded to the Chicago Bears. He had 41.5 sacks in that span and was one of the NFL’s elite edge run defenders.

He made the Pro Bowl three times and was a first-team All-Pro twice as a Raider, including one year where he earned the distinction at two positions. He also won the NFL’s defensive player of the year award in 2016, when the Raiders made the playoffs for the first time since 2002.

Mack was an obvious choice for the NFL’s all-decade team for the 2010s, which was released by the league on Monday morning.

Mack wasn’t the only former Raider on the list. Punter Shane Lechler was rightfully included, though he played just three years for the Silver and Black in that decade. The Raiders’ first-round pick in 2000 was a fixture in Oakland from that time through 2012, when the native Texan left to play for Houston.

Oakland icon and former Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch also made the list, largely for his exploits with the Seattle Seahawks. He was with his hometown Raiders in 2017 and 2018 after coming out of retirement and returned to Seattle last year for their playoff run.

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All-decade kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson spent a year with the Raiders in 2017.

Center Rodney Hudson is the only Raider with a strong argument for inclusion ultimately left out. He’s at least equal to Alex Mack and Maurkice Pouncey, possibly better in some eyes, and may be the NFL’s best pass-blocking center.

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While Woodson was well past his prime in the 2010s, the future Hall-of-Famer made three Pro Bowls and was a first-team All-Pro in 2011. He was featured on the NFL’s All-2000s roster but could well have been included here. Eric Weddle, Eric Berry and Earl Thomas were the safeties named to the all-2010s team, and it’s hard to justify taking any of them off the list.

Here's the complete All-2010s team:  

OFFENSE
WR –
 Antonio Brown, Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin Johnson, Julio Jones
TE – Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce
T – Jason Peters, Tyron Smith, Joe Staley, Joe Thomas
G – Jahri Evans, Logan Mankins, Zack Martin, Marshal Yanda
C – Alex Mack, Maurkice Pouncey
QB – Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers
RB – Frank Gore, Marshawn Lynch, LeSean McCoy, Adrian Peterson
Flex – Darren Sproles

DEFENSE
DE –
 Calais Campbell, Cameron Jordan, Julius Peppers, J.J. Watt
DT – Geno Atkins, Fletcher Cox, Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh
LB – Chandler Jones, Luke Kuechly, Khalil Mack, Von Miller, Bobby Wagner, Patrick Willis
CB – Patrick Peterson, Darrelle Revis, Richard Sherman
S – Eric Berry, Earl Thomas, Eric Weddle
DB – Chris Harris, Tyrann Mathieu

SPECIAL TEAMS
P –
 Johnny Hekker, Shane Lechler
K – Stephen Gostkowski, Justin Tucker
PR – Tyreek Hill, Darren Sproles
KR – Devin Hester, Cordarrelle Patterson

COACHES
Bill Belichick, Pete Carroll

NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco contributed to this report. 

Raiders legend Charles Woodson reacts to blown call in loss vs. Jaguars

Raiders legend Charles Woodson reacts to blown call in loss vs. Jaguars

It wasn't just active Raiders who were disappointed with the officials' controversial call on Derek Carr after Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Jaguars.

Former Raiders great Charles Woodson took to social media to express his disdain for the call that ultimately decided the Silver and Black's fate in their final game in Oakland.

With 2:15 left in Sunday's game and the Raiders clinging to a 16-13 lead, Carr scrambled out of the pocket and slid for a gain of 12 yards. The quarterback's slide was ruled out of bounds and head coach Jon Gruden was unable to challenge the ruling on the field, giving the Raiders little time to regroup with only 2:05 left on the clock.

"It was one of the more shocking moments of my life," Carr told reporters after the game. "If I'm being honest -- I understand the rule differently, I guess."

Gruden was shocked by the call, too. 

"I've never seen anything like it," Gruden said. "People up in the press box are clearly telling me he gave himself up in the field of play. And I'm waiting for the clock to wind to two minutes. I'm still waiting. And it never happened. Unbelievable. I thought somebody would overturn it. I thought that's the reasoning for instant replay.

"We've had New York City chime in and make a couple calls -- one in Kansas City, one in New York -- and I thought they'd make one today to correct it. Obviously, it was a big play in that situation. We'll see what the league says about it."

The call on Carr was followed up by a missed field goal attempt by Daniel Carlson. The Jaguars got the ball back with 1:44 left on the clock and successfully drove for the winning touchdown.

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The stunning turn of events drew the anger of Raider fans and players alike, who already were emotional over the team playing their final game at the Oakland Coliseum.

"Yeah, I'm still emotional, like angry about it," Carr said after the loss. "There were a few plays we left out there, but there's nothing I can say right now that's going to make anybody feel better."

Tom Brady awkwardly avoids Charles Woodson's 'Tuck Rule' game question

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Tom Brady awkwardly avoids Charles Woodson's 'Tuck Rule' game question

You have to give it to Charles Woodson, he had to ask.

The Raiders legend recently sat down with his former Michigan teammate and current New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for a wide-ranging interview on EPIX's show "The Grind."

Woodson and Brady lockered a few stalls away from each other during their time in Ann Arbor, but their most famous meeting came not when donning the Maize and Blue, but during the 2001 AFC Divisional Round game when Woodson's Raiders traveled to Foxboro to play Brady and the Patriots.

With the Patriots trailing 13-10 with under two minutes to go, Brady dropped back to pass and was hit on his right side by Woodson. Brady fumbled the ball and the Raiders recovered, appearing to seal the Patriots' fate. But the officials reviewed the play, and based on a rule that had been instituted in 1990, deemed that Brady had started the forward pass motion, and had not completely tucked the ball away, making it an incomplete pass. 

The Patriots maintained possession and Brady drove them into field-goal range for the game-tying kick. The Patriots won in overtime and went on to win the first of six Super Bowls. 

So, it was only natural that Woodson's first question to Brady was about whether or not it was a fumble.

Had to do it.

The "Tuck Rule" was abolished in 2013.

That 2001 Divisional Round game also was the final one for Raiders head coach Jon Gruden's first stint with the Silver and Black. When Gruden returned to Oakland in January of 2018, Gruden showed he still hadn't let the Tuck Rule go.

"Brady fumbled that football," Gruden said with a smile.

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Whether he did or didn't, Brady never will say.