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Oakland Raiders Bloggers Staging Twitter Debates

Two Raiders Bloggers: Many Possible Topics. I am pleased to announce that I have teamed up with RaiderTake to bring to you a set of Raiders twitter debates. He is a good Raiders blogger, much like myself. You can visit his blog at http://raidertake.blogspot.com

Here is the format. Each response must be 140 characters or less. If we have left over characters the hashtag #raiders will be put at the end of each tweet. Because my username is one character longer. I will self impose a 1 character penalty.

RaidersBlog: Question
RaiderTake: Argument
RaidersBlog: Rebuttal
RaidersBlog: Argument
RaiderTake: Rebuttal
RaidersBlog: Conclusion
RaiderTake: Conclusion

A total of 7 tweets per topic. All agreement can be stated, however, we must take the opposite side of each issue.

If you are following us on Twitter. The easiest way to follow the debates is to follow our conversation. I am trying to come up with a solution to posting it to the blog. If I figure it out I will also give RaiderTake the option o…

Mario Henderson Signs With Drew Rosenhaus

Been a while since I posted a blog. This is the slow time of the year. Most players are on vacation and there really isn't much action until July when training camps open up. The biggest news I can come up with is that Drew Rosenhaus announced via his twitter account that he has signed Raiders OT Mario Henderson.

Tweet 1: "We are pleased to announce that we have signed Mario Henderson, starting left tackle of the Oakland Raiders as a new client."

Tweet 2: "Mario is a rising start at his position and we are excited to work with him. He is a FSU alum and played high school ball at For Myers."

This is interesting for a couple reason. One, Rosenhaus made a point to call Mario the starting left tackle. Two, Rosenhaus said Mario is a rising star. These are normal kinds of things for an agent to say. However, Rosenhaus has an uncanny ability to spot NFL talent. He may even have scouts working for him or he knows a lot of talent evaluators. Either way, Rosenhaus doesn…

The Pros and Cons of Michael Vick

Michael Vick was released today. Is he a fit in Oakland? I outline the pro and cons.

Pros:
-He is still a physical freak
-He can run the wildcat
-He is versatile
-He has nice arm strength
-He can be had for cheap
-Raiders don't mind the PR circus

Cons:
-The collection of PETA members in the bay area will swarm the training facility.
-He may have lost a step or two
-He isn't an accurate QB
-We don't need another person to run the wildcat because we have McFadden and Bush
-He is a PR nightmare
-You might alienate a small part of your ticket buying fan base by signing him.

Conclusion:
I don't think he is a good fit, not because of the off-the-field issues, but more because of the on-the-field ones. He just doesn't have a place. Not even at backup QB. I do think he could make an impact on a team with a statue QB looking for someone to run the wildcat. The west coast would certainly be more favorable because the media circus would only last for a short time before the media were sent b…

Charlie Frye Becomes #6

Did we hire Jon Gruden to be the Head Coach? All of a sudden we have six Quarterbacks on the roster. Charlie Frye was officially added to the roster today.


So now we have a glut of QBs and not the slightest idea why?

The short: Gradkowski wasn't wowing people, Walter wants out. Southwick was a longshot. Frye might actually have a chance to make it as the third Quarterback based on these scenarios.

Time will tell, but that QB group might be a crowded place come OTAs.

Twitter

Now that you may have received a taste of what it happening on Twitter you should be compelled to join and follow me.

If you haven't joined by now you aren't going to. I'll leave the Twitter sidebar on my homepage and occasionally on a high traffic day or really interesting day post Twitter summaries, but it wont be every day.

This is partly because of the fact that I don't want to wear out my crowd with Twitter related content here and partly because I can't stop the endless circle of blog posts and tweets created by two different applications that carry out those functions.

Still, I beg of you, Twitter was practically made for sports. Come and follow me.

Today's Twitter Summary

09:27 After quite a busy day tweeting yesterday, I expect today to be slower. Just wait until training camp, I might have to limit myself.09:46 SS Mike Mitchell will be eligible to participate in OTAs for the final session June 16-18, after missing the first three sessions.11:54 RT @greggrosenthal Curran and I ranked the NFL teams of the decade last week, doing writeups this week. Raiders ahead of Cowboys ... oh yes14:24 Ding Dong the Witch is Dead or at least gone. RT @ProFootballTalk Nancy Gay Heads To FanHouse is.gd/OrVB18:41 RT @OAKRAIDERS TE Zach Miller and WR Chaz Schilens will sign autographs at Raiders at Universal CityWalk on Saturday, June 13 from 5 – 7 pm.

Today's Twitter Summary

00:07 @twfeed Is it possible to filter out certain blog posts that I don't want posted to Twitter?01:44 @twfeed Thanks.09:58 Cable's very good turnout = 15 players not participating.09:59 Offensive line is healthyand Zach Miller is practicing.09:59 Mcfadden, Garcia notables that aren't participating.10:00 Darius Heyward-Bey is here now that he has graduated. Mike Mitchell still prohibited because of the NFL rule.10:01 Asomugha missing again, but Chris Johnson showed up.10:03 Warren out with pec injury that had plague him since last year. Burgess and Richardson missing.10:04 Cable's concept of very good turnout is optimism at it's finest...or denial.10:06 Tom Flores at OTAs today. Javon Walker is a spectator.10:12 Russell already looks better. Is Garcia bugging him or was it just the newness? Trevor Scott says technique and fundamentals today10:15 DHB not practicing. So far he barely has a leg up on Crabtree in terms of practice time.10:56 Situational run plays domi…

Today's Twitter Summary

07:33 Not sure NFLPA Head Smith will be coming after his office was apparently a victim of arson or accident. #10:35 RT @OAKRAIDERS Bumped into TE Zach Miller, he says he's feeling pretty good and he'll be getting into it on the practice field today. #11:46 Looks like I was correct. Smith postponed visit with Raiders players. #raiders #NFL #13:31 OTAs a wrap for today. Hopefully tomorrow we will see some improvements from the passing game compared to the last OTA. #13:32 Tom Cable said turnout is good. I wonder what his definition of good is. #13:41 Correction: Cable said turnout was really good. Really good. Tomorrow we find out about how optimistic Cable is. #15:19 NFLPA Head DeMaurice Smith will return Monday to talk with the Raiders players. #raiders #NFL #