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The Detroit of California: An Oakland Raiders Dynasty (HC09)

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I'd figure I'd bring this over from another site to try and kick start the forums here. It's nothing special, but since it is not a lot of work for me, I can still enjoy playing it and posting it.

Kiffin Canned, Aldridge Named As Coach

Following a 4-12 season, and their 5 losing season in a row, Al Davis has fired the Raiders head coach, Lane Kiffin. Davis and Kiffin were not getting along; who can remember Kiffin's statement by making Janikowski try a 70 yard FG? Or Davis saying that Russel was a great QB? Al Davis hired for Pittsburgh Steelers LB coach James Aldridge to be their head coach, following the trend of hiring guys out of nowhere. Aldridge was peeved when he was passed over for the Pittsburgh head coaching job for Mike Tomlin, so he decided to take his talents elsewhere...

However, he has a big job ahead of him. Although he didn't even play the whole year, JaMarcus Russel has been labeled as a bust by the Raiders faithful. They have lots of big contracts on under-performing players. They have many players with speed, but little talent otherwise. Also, they don't have a 2nd or 3rd round pick in the upcoming draft, but they have an extra 7th. Finally, Nnamdi Asomugha has threatened to leave the Raiders, with an expiring contract, he can make life difficult for Aldridge.

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Coaching Philosophies

QB: Field General
HB: Balanced
FB: Blocking
WR: Balanced
OL: Zone Block
DL: 3-4
LB: 3-4
DB: Balanced
K: Balanced
P: Balanced

Offensive Playbook: Shanahan's Zone Block
Defensive Playbook: LeBeau Zone Blitz

With my starting points, I took: Ambition, Block Shedding, Intercepton Training and 1 rank in Performance.

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Free Agency

So we started FA with a bang; franchising Nnamdi Asomugha. He is just too good to let go, even at a gigantic 1 year deal. I'll have to put in a lot of effort to resign him in the offseason.

I entered free agency with 20.5 M open in cap room, but a lot of that will be taken up by cutting garbage players. Lamont Jordan and Gerald Warren highlight the players released, but other players (whose first names escape me) like Grove, Gallory and Thomas were released.

Looking to the draft, he have a lot of needs. Here are my thoughts position by position:

QB: I traded the backup for a 5th rounder in 2009. So what's left is JaMarcus Russel. He is pretty awful, 66 OVA with a potential of 78. He basically does not fit this West Coast scheme. He'll be the backup heading into the season, and maybe the starter if I can't get a QB. The draft looks poor for QBs (at least short term) and free agency has none.

HB: We got Michael Bush and Justin Fargas. Fargas is the better back right now, with a OVA in the 70s. Bush has potential, but he's pretty bad at the time. I have roster space for another HB, I'll likley pick one up who can be a 3rd down HB, as neither of these guys are good out of the backfield.

FB: We got 2, neither are very good.

WR: We got Johnny Lee Higgens and Ronald Curry. Higgens is a decent returner, but he's terrible otherwise. Curry is 70 OVA, but the lack of draft picks and his large contract bonus makes it unlikley that I move him. There are a lot of options in the draft, like DeSean Jackson, Early Doucet, and Mario Manningham.

TE: I got Zach Miller, and he's a solid starter. The thing is, TE's develop slower than molasses in the winter, so I'll be ignoring drafting them (except undrafted), and keep to getting them in free agency.

OL: We got 1 good lineman, the rest will be gutted. The draft is not that promising for offensive linemen, so it'll probably be a patchwork of late rounders and post draft free agent pick ups. I don't have the money to drop on a expensive offensive lineman, plus there isn't anyone worth it either.

DL: We got Tommy Kelly, who will probably man one of the spots, unless Chris Long falls to me. I moved Derreck Burgess to LOLB (like the Pats IRL), where he'll likley be a backup.

LB: Thomas Howard will man one side, Burgess is a backup, and Kirk Morrison is a mediocre starter (82 OVA, 84 POT) at MLB. The draft is thin at MLB and OLB, other than Keith Rivers, who I'll take at 4 if a Long isn't there.

DB: Wow the Raiders are deep here. We have Asomugha, De Angleo Hall (who is also a good returner), plus Chris Johnson and someone else whose name escapes me. We got Michael Huff (82 OVA 93 POT), but we need help at SS.

K/P: Lechler is a future HOF'er, and Janikowski is decent, but inaccurate. If someone gives up something big for him, I'll bite.

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What an excellent game this is... I am VERY VERY Excited to hear that Madden has Hired the director of NFL HC to revamp the Madden 12 Franchise mode!

It is going to be amazing!

The raiders, what were you thinking! Expect to be fired in the month or so, Al Davis is a nut job!

Huff is the man, I remember he was awesome coming out of Texas, was hoping my Lions would snag him! Looking at a big rebuild. Really there are maybe 3-5 guys on the offensive side of the ball that are worthy of starting

IIRC the draft was terrible for QBs. Matt Ryan was alright but after that its pretty slim pickins. Huge on RBs although a few of them might not be rated very high like C Johnson and R Mendenhall. Was rather weak draft overall I think.

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Yeah I was happy to hear Looman was on the staff too. The last few Franchise modes in Madden have been lackluster, especially compared to HC09.

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Free Agency Con't

The Raiders stay silent in the beginning on free agency. All the big names like Asante Samuel move by, signing for big numbers. The Raiders take a peek at Terrel Suggs, but his cap hit goes over 8 M and the Raiders leave laughing at the gross overpayment. They also laugh at Ken Dorsey getting signed; many QB's will bust because of him...

So the Raiders see Jeremiah Trottier going cheap, so they get him at 3.4 M a season, for 5 years. He's 85 overall, and will likley compete with Morrison for the #1 or #2 MLB spot in the 3-4 defense.

With only 2 HB's, teams are trying to sell HB's. The Patriots come in need of cap space, and offer Kevin Faulk. The Raiders negotiate, and trade a 4th rounder in 2009 and some guy names Raull for him. Faulk will be the #2 HB, and will be the 3rd down HB. In emergency circumstances, he could be a WR.

The teams keep offering for Janikowski, but the return is laughable. However, once all the kickers are gone, teams begin to get more desperate. The Arizona Cardinals offer a 2nd rounder (50th overall), and I can't resist. I know Alexis Serna is in the draft, so I'll have to pick him up.

The Broncos, tired of Elvis Dumerville, offered him to me. I was eventually able to get them to take Jay Richardson, a RE that doesn't fit in the scheme. I move Dumerville to ROLB, where he'll be the backup (80 OVA).

As the draft approaches, the Raiders roster begins to take shape...

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I never played this, is it worth picking up?

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Worth picking up, yeah probably cause you can probably find it somewhere like a pawn shop for $5-10, but it isn't the greatest game.

The ideas behind it were amazing, but it falls flat big time in the gameplay aspect. Unfortunately your team never does quite what you want it to, although hey that could be real to life for some of these frustrated head coaches.

It has some amazing aspects to the game from the FA auction system (implemented into Madden 12) to the Draft which is broken up over 2 days and you are really involved, with not only your pick but the others. I tend to skip to my pick in madden, and usually see who each team picks in head coach.

There are some ups and downs to the gameplay but you might be better off playing as a GM and just simming the games, cause the AI is frustratingly bad.

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NFL Draft, Day 1

Jake Long (LT) goes 1st, Chris Long (RE) goes 2nd and Vernon Gholston (ROLB) goes 3rd. I was disappointed to have no shot at a Long, but I have a great consolation prize in Keith Rivers (ROLB), or I could take Darren McFadden (HB) or Matt Ryan (QB). I look to see if I could move down a few spots, but the only offer I get would drop me a lot and only give me a 7th rounder in 2009. Matt Ryan is about as interesting as bran flakes, but not as healthy, and I'm confident that my running backs will get the job done. If not, I'll be slinging the ball a lot since we'll likley be losing a ton. Keith Rivers it is.

I have a long wait for the 50th overall pick, and I'm aiming to take Calaias Campbell. So I watch the players fly by, I look at trading up, or back in to the 1st with 2009 picks, but nothing strikes my fancy. So I'm pissing my pants looking at the "pick the pick", and seeing them thinking about taking him. I keep trying to trade up, but the offers are so bad. Eventually, we get to the 50th, and I'm able to take him, who will fill the LE spot nicely. I speed through the rest of the day, and prepare for day 2...

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I never played this, is it worth picking up?

For 5-10$ it is worth it IMO. It has one of the most in-depth offseasons in any sports game I've played. It's best to just sim or supersim the games. Between the draft classes, the prodays/workouts/combine, it i the closest to the real thing as you can get.

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While I always get suckered into taking the skilled positions in the first draft cause there are so many flashy names out there, and they always tend to suck bad, so its nice that you had the smarts to take the best players and not go for the skilled names like mendenhall or mcfadden, although probably lucky you kept your 2009 1st as the raiders suck :P

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NFL Draft, Day 2

My target for the 3rd round is Dre Moore (DT), but Early Doucet (WR) wouldn't be bad either. DeSean Jackson went mid 2nd (48th), so my options at WR are getting limited. So I keep trying to trade up, hopefully being able to throw a player in there. The main interest is in Stuart Schwegert (SS), with other interest being in Chris Johnson (CB). We get down into the 80s, and I begin to get ants in my pants (gotta clean up those crumbs). I trade Johnson, my 6th and the 5th I got for my backup QB for the 84th pick, and I take Dre Moore.

So I have the Raiders 4th round pick, and it makes me happy to take Craig Steltz (SS). He'll likley start at SS. With that, Schwegert became expendable, so I moved him for the 105th overall pick, and took Mario Manningham (WR), since Doucet went 2 picks earlier.

I don't have the Raiders 5th round pick (fricken Davis), but I have 2 picks in the 7th. I'm able to take a 7th, and an extra FB and turn it into a 6th rounder, where I take Steven Justice ©, who looks to be a good fit in the zone block scheme (good footwork, his strength is lacking, which is why he dropped). With the Jets 7th rounder, I take David Hale (LG). Both of these guys will likley start.

4th: Keith Rivers (ROLB)
50th: Calaias Campbell (LE)
84th: Dre Moore (DT)
101st: Craig Steltz (SS)
105th: Mario Manningham (WR)
170th: Steven Justice ©
211th: David Hale (LG)

Well, I started off with a 1st, a 4th, a 6th and 2 7ths, and managed that. I'm pretty happy about that.

Undrafted Free Agents

Alexis Serna (K)
Dorian Bryant (WR)
Andrew Harper (RE)
Mike Peterson (TE)
Kenny Cousins (CB)

I plan to start all of my draft picks. After the fact, Harper and Cousins get cut, but Serna is the starting kicker, Peterson is the #2 TE and Bryant is the #3 WR.

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While I always get suckered into taking the skilled positions in the first draft cause there are so many flashy names out there, and they always tend to suck bad, so its nice that you had the smarts to take the best players and not go for the skilled names like mendenhall or mcfadden, although probably lucky you kept your 2009 1st as the raiders suck :P

Don't worry, 1sts are gold in this game (as in any), and I don't think I trade any away. I always try and draft the best player available, and Keith Rivers is probably the best OLB in the game. They gave him such beastly cover skills that he could play safety. :P

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Pre-season/More Offseason

So there were many holes that were addressed through the draft, but there were many places that could not be fixed. So I looked into the post-draft free agents, and started by bringing on Dan Kreider (FB, 83 OVA). He's a damn good blocker, and will help the running game. J.T. Sullivan was signed to compete for the starting QB job, although Al Davis wanted me to trade for Chad Pennington. I said no, because the negotiations came down to the Jets wanting a 2nd rounder, and a 81 OVA QB is not worth a 2nd rounder (he only gets the 81 cause he fits the scheme so well).

The offensive line needed work. I signed some depth, but no one worth starting came until after the first pre-season game, where I was able to get Chester Pitts (72 OVA, RG). He's not good, but he's better than what's out there. After the 4th pre-season game, I signed Cameron Star (I think that's his name), to play RT, he's 78 overall. These are both likley stop-gaps on a weak offensive line.

I brought in Steve Breaston to play the 4th WR and be the primary returner, since I overvalued Higgens at returner. Breaston isn't very good in this game, but he's fast...

I added depth in other places, and Tommy Kelly was moved to RE, as he was my best option (and he has a big contract). The LB core is really deep (although my backup MLBs suck), which is key for the 3-4, but all my defensive starters (minus Kelly) look sexy.

I went 1-3 in the preseason, loosing to San Fran 23-8, Tennessee 14-10 and Seattle 35-7. But I pulled out a 34-0 win over Arizona in week, so who knows. Thankfully, the Jets boned themselves, so they had to move Pennington and his 6.9 M a year contract, so I got him for a 5th rounder in 2010. He easily takes over the starting job from JaMarcus Russel. The plan is the dink-and-dunk offense (also called the "check down" offense), with lots of dumping off to the TE and HBs, a healthy dose of running, with the occasional deep throw to Manningham (to please Al Davis).

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Season Goals

Beat the Broncos in week 1 (2 of these, so this is important; it's on MNF)
Win 3 of the first 4 games (if I win game 1, things get easier)
Resign: Lechler, Asomugha, and Wilson (the LT)
Win DROY of the year (I got Moore, Campbell, Steltz and Rivers, got good odds)
Hire a new GM (was planning on it)
Keep the DC (was planning on it)
End the season with 75+ approval (this could be a ball buster if I don't get there)

Finally, I got the Ozzie Jones draft path, which is a new one. I don't have a 4th rounder, but otherwise I'll be good.

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I'm probably going to plow through the season, because the offseason is more interesting.

Here's my roster from the top of my head (with old excel cheat sheet for rookies):

QB- Pennington (81)
HB- Fargas (74)
WR- Manningham (75/90), Curry (70), Bryant (58/80)
TE- Miller (81/86)
LT- Wilson (86/90)
LG- Hale (76/87)
C- Justice (75/85)
RG- Pitts (72)
RT- Star (78)

LE- Campbell (82/88)
DT- Moore (85/92)
RE- Kelly (78/81)
LOLB- Howard (88/91)
MLB- Trottier (85), Morrison (82/84)
ROLB- Rivers (86/94)
CB- Asomugha (91), Hall (86)
FS- Huff (83/92)
SS- Steltz (82/88)

K- Serna (78/92)
P- Lechler (93)

Thoughts: The offense is pretty weak, no denying that. But I think we can score enough points for the defense to hold. Said defense looks pretty solid on paper, and once the youngsters develop and everyone learns their plays, we should be able to lock most teams down. Special teams looks sexy, and will be counted on in short games to give us the win. Week 1 on MNF against Denver will be a tough test, especially considering how dominant the Cutler to Marshall offense is. If we can pull off the upset, we have a good chance of beating the Chiefs and one of the other 2 team in our first 4, and if we can do that, I'll probably be able to go 7-9 and keep my job.

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2008 NFL Schedule

Denver
@ Chiefs
@ Bills
Chargers
Bye
@ Saints
Jets
@ Ravens
Falcons
Panthers
@ Miami
@ Denver
Chiefs
@ Chargers
Patriots
Texans
@ Bucs

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Loss to Denver 31-17
Beat KC 24-21 (OT)
Loss to Bills 13-10
Loss to Chargers 17-10

I'm going to do the games in sets of 4. I failed 3 of my goals due to these losses.

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Off to a tough start, although looking at the roster its nice to see you have made the raiders relevant again after a astronomical drop following their superbowl appearance

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Off to a tough start, although looking at the roster its nice to see you have made the raiders relevant again after a astronomical drop following their superbowl appearance

The roster is young, so it'll take a few years before I starting winning a lot. Especially at WR I need more help.




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