Under normal circumstances, losing right tackle Trent Brown for a month for whatever reason would be reason enough for any coaching staff to panic.
For the Raiders, it was basically a ho-hum moment during a season when they’ve had to go deep into their depth chart to make up for all the injuries along their offensive line.
Brown was placed on the reserve/Covid-19 list for the second time this season and came not long after the mammoth-sized offensive lineman had to be rushed to the hospital following complications that arose from an IV injection. Air apparently entered into Brown’s bloodstream prior to Las Vegas’ game in Cleveland, which put him in immediate danger.
It was a surreal scene that played out in front of the rest of the Raiders players, coaches and staff.
“All of a sudden we come in and they’re wheeling him out and I’m like, ‘Bro, what is going on?’” quarterback Derek Carr said. “As a team we prayed for him, we made sure he was OK, his family because I’m sure they were scared to death.”
Brown made it through that scare but complications from the coronavirus landed him back on the Covid list for the second time this season.
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‘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.
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.
ONE VOLVO AND A CHOICE BETWEEN ELECTRICITY OR GAS. HOW DO YOU CHOOSE?
Convenience. It all comes down to convenience.
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Run game resurgence an added weapon
Editor’s note: Due to our Week 13 deadline, this column was written before Buffalo’s Monday night game against the San Francisco 49ers. For more on that game, see pg. 9.
DEAN OF A DYNASTY
49ers all-time great passes away at 68
This is not your same old Bills
This isn’t your same old Buffalo Bills. And if you needed more proof, take a look at the most pivotal moment from Buffalo’s Week 4 win over the Las Vegas Raiders.
Breaking down the two Las Vegas deals
The Dolphins did a lot of work on Lynn Bowden Jr. before the 2020 NFL draft, intrigued by what he could bring to the offense based on his athletic ability and his background as a college quarterback-receiver.
Wide-open Dodge Widebody
We knew it was just a question of time before the designers and engineers at FCA would apply the widebody treatment to the Charger. Well, at the FCA, during the “What’s New” media event at the Chelsea Proving Grounds, the wraps finally came off.
Bills Trade Wr Jones To Raiders For Pick
Zay Jones’ turbulent time with the Buffalo Bills came to an end on Oct. 8 when the Bills traded Jones to the Oakland Raiders for a 2021 fifth-round pick.
'WE'LL CUT OFF YOUR FINGERS'
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