The Raiders paid Trent Brown a ton of money to be the anchor of their offensive line. When he’s played, Brown has done just that.
The problem is keeping Brown on the field, an issue that dates back to last year and one that has plagued the 6-foot-8, 380-pounder for much of his NFL career. Brown, who has played in all 16 games just twice in six seasons, missed five games in 2019 and 10 in 2020.
Brown’s absence is at least partially responsible for the Raiders’ recent troubles protecting quarterback Derek Carr and the team’s overall slide in the running game.
In fact, the Raiders projected starting offensive line at the start of the season played just three snaps together.
“It’s huge with any sport,” Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said. “You watch the Lakers win their playoff this year, you saw LeBron James and Anthony Davis play. You take any team that’s in the World Series or any team that’s winning in postseason play. I don’t remember the 49ers winning without (Joe)Montana and their arsenal. The Chiefs won it last year, they were seeing their best players play their best football in the biggest moments. We’ve been missing a lot of players in the last two Decembers.
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WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Starting Tackle Kolton Miller is entering the final year of his rookie contract.
Wanted: Defensive coordinator
The Raiders didn’t wait long to begin their search for a new defensive coordinator, and it’s becoming clear that Jon Gruden has already narrowed his list down.
Raiders' good, bad, ugly
Raiders’ good, bad, ugly
NEWS & NOTES
The Raiders had one of the easier schedules in 2020 and got only eight wins to show for it. Things won’t get any easier in 2021, either.
Looking back at 2020 season
The 2020 season will absolutely be remembered for being one of the strangest and most disappointing in franchise history.
Gruden feeling the heat?
“I know there is a big bull’s-eye on my chest, certainly. If the people want to use that as an incentive, then so be it. I worked for Al Davis in 1998. That was pressure. I was 34 years old. I’ve dealt with pressure before. I don’t really feel pressure. I love the excitement and thrill of competing, and I can’t worry about things I can’t control in that regard. I know people will want to step on me and beat me, and that is just the way this league is.”
From the SILVERANDBLACK.com Message Boards
S&BI continually scans the message boards across Raider Nation to see what Raider fans are talking about now that the 2020 season has ended for the Raiders. We chose some of the better posts and present them here.
Checklist for 2021
Now that the 2020 season has been put to rest for Las Vegas, the Raiders have shifted their focus to what figures to be a busy offseason as they prepare for 2021.
AFC WEST ROUNDUP
The Chargers fired coach Anthony Lynn after four seasons.
‘We have to be a much more detailed football team'
Like so many Raiders fans, coach Jon Gruden found himself searching for answers after the Raiders’ second-half collapse that cost the team a spot in the expanded playoffs.
FOR TELEVISION, NFL DEAL IS LIKELY A MATTER OF SURVIVAL
The $113 billion deal to telecast NFL games through 2033 is head-swimmingly large — until you consider that the very survival of broadcast networks as we know them may depend upon it.
E2 Tax Code So White
Dorothy Brown has spent her career documenting racism in a tax system that’s supposedly colorblind
JC Deep Dive: The new coaching staff
Bringing Shanahan magic to Florham Park
The Long Game: Covid Changed The Way We Play, Watch, Cheer
It’s the predictable rhythm of sports that draws us in.
Aaron & Shailene: WEDDING & A BABY!
The couple are on the fast track when it comes to their future.
THE RIGHT STUFF?
Keeping two important starters is a priority as the right side of the O-line hits free agency
GUARDS/CENTERS: TOP AVAILABLE FREE AGENTS
Brandon Scherff, Washington 6-5 • 315 pounds • 29 years old The fifth pick of the 2015 draft, Scherff certainly lived up to the hype. He’s got everything teams want in a guard — size, grit, great technique, power and the mobility to get to the second level. His massive hands (11 inches) are a huge asset for a guard to grab and clutch. He made the Pro Bowl four of his first five NFL seasons. $$$$$
After a Grim Limbo, Hope
A migrant camp empties as Biden undoes Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy
SHOULD THEY STAY OR GO?
49ers have long list of decisions to make with their own FAs
TOP 10 Most illustrious assistants
When Robert Saleh signed a five-year contract with the New York Jets, Jan. 14, he became the 35th former San Francisco assistant to use his time on the 49ers’ staff as a springboard to a future position as an NFL head coach. Several of those men made a big enough impact during their time with the team — and then later leading other teams, with 10 taking their new teams to the Super Bowl — to be included on this list of the Most Illustrious Assistant Coaches in 49ers history.