Yahoo! Ranks Raiders D-Line 24th in the NFL

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Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports has been ranking all the different positions throughout the NFL this summer and today he did defensive lines. According to Cole, the Minnesota Vikings have the league’s best defensive front, while the Raiders came in near the back of the pack at 24.

Here is what Cole had to say about the Raiders:

24. Oakland Raiders:In two years since signing a then-record, seven-year, $50.5 million contract, tackle Tommy Kelly has produced all of 5½ sacks, including only one last season. Yeah, one, in a full 16-game season. Kelly returns and the Raiders are going to experiment with Richard Seymour at left end, hoping he can channel a little Reggie White. Don’t expect that to last. By the middle of training camp, look for Seymour to seek a return to the inside, where he can take advantage of mismatches against shorter guards and not have to deal with big-bodied offensive tackles. After Kelly and Seymour, the dropoff for the Raiders is steep, featuring flotsam like Desmond Bryant,  Matt Shaughnessy and Quentin Groves.

I understand why the Raiders rank low based on last season when they allowed over 155 yards per game on the ground. However, with the additions of Groves, John Henderson and Lamarr Houston, I expect the defensive line to be the most improved unit on the Raiders this season.

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  • Arj

    I dont think Jason Cole even knows we got John Henderson or Lamarr. So much for the intelligence in this years Yahoo! Fantasy Leagues! I’m going to have to do all my own research this year if clowns like this cat Cole are the intelligence behind the scenes.

  • crazyphatdude14

    This guy doesn’t know jack. Seymour played in a 3-4 where he was a DE. Even in a 3-4 he was on the inside shoulder of the Tackle (known as the 5 technique). He played DE for us all last season, so the experiment isn’t just this year, it’s been going for a while, and Houston and Henderson are on the team as well. Shaughnessy and Bryant have proven that they are solid players and Groves is playing Linebacker, not DE… Also, Tommy Kelly may only have 5 and a half sacks, but no Defensive Tackle has more tackles than he does over that 2 year span. He just doesn’t have a strong Nose Tackle to take the double teams off of him. Which now he does have with John Henderson so he will get more 1 on 1 opportunities. I’m excited about our D-Line this year!!!

  • NickT

    I don’t believe Cole did enough homework, we signed Henderson almost 2 weeks ago and he’ll be very significant. Henderson is practically the same size as our bust Tommy Kelly at 6’6″ 335lbs. That being said I don’t think we’ll see Seymour on the inside much, We’ll put 670lbs in the middle with Richard and the rookie LeMarr Houston. We also picked up Quiton Groves (the only player the other mention that wasn’t on the roster last season) and Wimbley to really beef up our pass rush and make us bigger against the run. I know were not going to jump to a top 5 or even top 10 until they actually play some games and prove something. But to put this squad at 24th just show’s the author isn’t doing much homework this off-season. Typical though. I think were all excited to see if this new roster can produces some consistency.

  • JSpicoli

    Jason Cole is a tool

  • Sonny

    When you write about something it would be nice if you knew a little about what you write. Seymour played end for the Raiders last year in 80% of his plays and had him bounce inside from time to time. So your claim that the Raiders will experiment with Seymour at end this year is way off the mark.

    The Raider D line which should be improved this year ranked at the top of the NFL for sacks and pressures on a QB just by the D Line. The Raiders also would play many games very stout against the run for most of the game only to let a couple big plays in the run game of 40 to 60 yards a pop.

    With the changes at LBer, the additions to the line and the Raiders young safeties starting to come on the D has a chance to be something special.

    It will be the 2nd year under Marshall and the Raiders are going to be running a bunch of things they use in a 3-4 out of the 4-3 as they have put the players on that will allow them to do it.

  • chris stillwell

    Don’t get too offended Raider Nation, these guys don’t know and don’t care what is going on in Oakland and Al isn’t offering any info for free. Until the Raiders start winning games no one is going to bother to dig too deep for research on the team they ranked twenty-fourth on the list. That is all fine and good, screw ‘em.

  • michellemilami

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  • Roger

    The Raiders D-line looks good on paper. Let’s hope the D Line coach Mike Waufle does not screw up the d line like he did in New York. There was a reason he was the first coach fired at the Giants

    Go Raiders!

  • Brandt

    I agree with you Roger! Mike Waufle was not a good choice. He had a great line in New York but the guy could not coach and control the D Line.

    Al will not put up with this guy. Hopefully he learned from getting fired.

  • Cheryl

    I have a bad feeling about this Mike Waufle clown!! He did ruin the Defensive Line when he was at the Giants.

    Raiders need someone that can push these guys and Mike Waufle is not it….

  • Tom

    cheryl hate to say it but looks like you were right! Same song and dance for D-Line coach Mike Waufle. Has the talent but waufle has a way of messing up the D-Line.

  • John

    Another D-line messed up by Mike Waufle.

  • John

    How’s this for a stat Mike Waufle gets fired from the NY Giants. Giant’s D Line is now doing awesome, 10 sacks in one game.

    Mike Waufle gets hired by the Raiders. Now Oakland’s D Line is one of the worse behind Mike Waufle.

  • Brooks

    Can I please have a new D Line Coach for Christmas!!

    Mike Waufle is crushing the raider nations D Line. Send him back to new york