The Raiders reached their season allotment of 14 padded practices last week, per the new post-lockout collective bargaining agreement. That’s too bad for right guard Cooper Carlisle, who not only could have used pads in practice but maybe even a suit of armor this weekend to match up with Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
As news spread like wildfire about Chicago receiver Sam Hurd’s arrest on federal drug charges, so did talk and disbelief about the whole situation in the Lions’ locker room.
Safety Chris Harris was a teammate of Hurd’s in Chicago for four months until the Bears waived Harris in late October. Harris remembered Hurd, who was waived Friday, as a diligent worker and was stunned when news broke Thursday about the drug sting that ensnared Hurd.
Just as we all remember the picture-perfect 1972 Miami Dolphins, we can recite from memory the two modern-day NFL teams that came up with oh-fers: The 0-14 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who at least had the excuse of being an expansion team, and the 0-16 2008 Detroit Lions, whose awfulness could be fully explained by the ineptitude of general manager Matt Millen.
Zac Snyder got hooked on the Lions after his dad took him to a Monday Night Football game against the Los Angeles Raiders in 1990. The show put on by Barry Sanders and Bo Jackson that night was only surpassed by what Zac could do with Barry in a game of Tecmo Super Bowl.