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Old School

Robert Rubino connects current sports news with the past

Jim Plunkett & the Super Bowl

Why is that when the discussion is about great Super Bowl quarterbacks, Jim Plunkett is rarely, if ever, mentioned? Here’s what Plunkett did as the Raiders starting quarterback in Super Bowl XV and XVIII. Two wins in two games, including MVP in Super Bowl XV. By the way, the Raiders were underdogs in both. Plunkett’s combined statistics for those two Super Bowls: 29 of 46 passes completed (63 percent), 433 yards, four TD passes, zero interceptions. Jim Plunkett was a… Read More »

10 worst Raiders coaches

Here is the criteria: most seasons without a playoff appearance. 1. Al Davis, three seasons (1963-65), no playoffs. (Interestingly, in a recent blog, I also rated Davis sixth-best coach in Raiders history. Go figure.) 2. Tom Cable, two seasons, plus 12 games (2008-10, no playoffs. 3 (tied). Mike White, two seasons (1995-96), no playoffs. 3 (tied). Norv Turner, two seasons (2004-05), no playoffs. 5 (tied). Lane Kiffin, one season, plus four games (2007-08), no playoffs. 5 (tied). Mike Shanahan, one… Read More »

Top 6 Raiders coaches: No. 1

Strictly subjective, of course. If you disagree, feel free to submit your own rankings. In ascending order, here is my six pack of the best Raiders coaches all-time. Already listed in previous blogs: Al Davis at No. 6, Art Shell (first stint) at No. 5, Jon Gruden, No. 4, John Rauch, No. 3 and Tom Flores at No. 2. 1. John Madden. He has only one Super Bowl win compared to Tom Flores’ two; and his .763 winning percentage is… Read More »

Top 6 Raiders coaches: No. 2

Strictly subjective, of course. If you disagree, feel free to submit your own rankings. In ascending order, here is my six pack of the best Raiders coaches all-time. Already listed in previous blogs: Al Davis at No. 6, Art Shell (first stint) at No. 5, Jon Gruden, No. 4, John Rauch, No. 3. 2. Tom Flores. In nine seasons, he took the team to the playoffs five times and won two Super Bowls, one for the Oakland Raiders and one… Read More »

Top 6 Raiders coaches: No. 4

Strictly subjective, of course. If you disagree, feel free to submit your own rankings. In ascending order, here is my six pack of the best Raiders coaches all-time. Already listed in previous blogs: Al Davis at No. 6, Art Shell (first stint) at No. 5. 4. Jon Gruden. In four years, no losing seasons, two postseason appearances. Was traded (who trades a coach?) to the Tampa Bay Bucs who, in Gruden’s first season, beat the Raiders in the 2003 Super… Read More »

Top 6 Raiders coaches: No. 5

Strictly subjective, of course. If you disagree, feel free to submit your own rankings. In ascending order, here is my six pack of the best Raiders coaches all-time. No. 6 was Al Davis. 5. Art Shell (first stint). In five-plus seasons from 1989-94, led the Raiders to the playoffs three times. His playoff quarterbacks were Jay Schroeder, Todd Marinovich and Jeff Hostetler. Shell compiled .587 regular-season winning percentage.

Top 6 Raiders coaches: No. 6

Strictly subjective, of course. If you disagree, feel free to submit your own rankings. In ascending order, here is my six pack of the best Raiders coaches all-time. 6. Al Davis. Three seasons (1963-65), two winning seasons, no playoff appearances, .590 winning percentage. Next blog: No. 5

Rex Ryan’s exaggeration

Jets coach Rex Ryan says Sunday’s playoff game against the Patriots is the second-biggest in franchise history — he graciously allows that the Super Bowl III victory is No. 1. But Sunday’s Jets-Patriots game, while potentially dramatic and certainly significant, is still a round short of the AFC championship. So how can it be more significant than actually playing in the AFC championship? Since Super Bowl III, twice the Jets have played for the AFC title. On Jan. 23, 1983,… Read More »

Raiders vs. Chiefs rivalry

It’s nice to see the Raiders-Chiefs game today re-igniting what was once one of the great rivalries of pro football, and probably the greatest rivalry in the old American Football League. For Raiders fans, a bitter memory of that rivalry was Oakland’s 17-7 loss in the 1969 AFL title game. The Chiefs went on to win Super Bowl IV. The loss to K.C. was particularly bitter for Raiders fans because the Raiders had beaten the Chiefs twice during the regular… Read More »

Campbell is no Stabler

In Sunday’s 17-9 loss to the 49ers, Raiders QB Jason Campbell completed 8 of 21 passes for 83 yards, with two interceptions. His 10.7 passer rating was the worst by a Raiders quarterback since Ken Stabler’s 9.9 rating (8-of-24, 113 yards, four picks) in a 14-10 loss to the Bengals on Oct. 19, 1975. But Campbell is no “Snake.” Stabler went on to lead the 1975 Raiders to an 11-3 record, and then a 31-28 playoff win over those Bengals… Read More »