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Raiders defense depleted by injuries ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders defense was dealt a big blow back in the preseason when middle linebacker and defensive signal caller Nick Roach suffered a season-ending concussion.

Bills vs. Raiders preview When: 4:25 p.m. ET, Sunday Where: O.co Coliseum, Oakland TV: CBS The Buffalo Bills have the longest playoff drought in the NFL. It’s been 15 years since this franchise has tasted the postseason. The Oakland Raiders are right behind them in the playoff futility chase. Oakland is tied with Cleveland for the second-longest playoff drought. Oakland hasn’t been to the postseason since 2002. The ...

Could This Sunday Be The Raiders’ Last Game In Oakland? The Oakland Raiders don't have a stadium lease for 2015, meaning this Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills could be the last one the Silver & Black play in Oakland. Where will the Raiders be playing their home games in 2015? Los Angeles? San Antonio? No one knows for sure, leaving a lot up in the air. Count on one thing, though: Whatever happens to the team, it won't be without controversy.

Is It Jim Harbaugh or Bust for the Oakland Raiders in 2015? Jon Gruden , ESPN color analyst and former head coach of the Oakland Raiders , won’t be returning to the Silver and Black anytime soon . If owner Mark Davis is really going to spend on his next coach, as Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Sunday, he’s already running out of top-dollar candidates. Gruden ’s reluctance to leave the cushy broadcast booth leaves embattled San Francisco 49ers head coach ...

Some Raiders players want Sparano in 2015 ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- There have been several high-profile names talked about as potential candidates for the Oakland Raiders head coaching job in 2015. Running back Latavius Murray has his own: current interim coach Tony Sparano.

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Do Raiders have to worry about Jim Harbaugh and Michigan? Is a reunion at the Big House going to get in the way of the Oakland Raiders' big plans? ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that Michigan is making a push for San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, who played quarterback at the school. Harbaugh is not expected back with the 49ers and is expected to be the target of the Oakland Raiders after the season. Schefter reported Harbaugh is “considering ...

Raiders LB Moore Lands On Season-Ending IR The Oakland Raiders have placed linebacker Sio Moore on season-ending injured reserve with a hip injury. Oakland signed cornerback Chance Casey off the practice squad of the San Francisco 49ers to take Moore’s place on […]

Raiders place LB Sio Moore on IR ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders have placed linebacker Sio Moore on season-ending injured reserve with a hip injury.

Raiders could have top-three pick in 2015 draft If the Oakland Raiders lose their final two games, they would have no worse than the third pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Lester Hayes
 Lester Hayes

A former teammate named Fred Biletnikoff used stick-um on his hands and body, but it was Lester Hayes who took it to another level and it forced the NFL to ban its use. Hayes played ten seasons with the Oakland and then the Los Angeles Raiders. He won the admiration of friend and foe alike for his ability to cover any type of receiver man for man. Whether it was Charlie Joiner, John Jefferson or some other great player, Hayes always managed to keep up with the best of them. In 2001 he was a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame but just missed it by a few votes.

Lesters greatest season came in 1980 when he intercepted 18 passes, including five in the postseason, in leading Oakland to a Super Bowl title. He returned two of those 18 interceptions for touchdowns and in the playoffs, Lester was the most dominate cornerback in playoff history. Against the Oilers, Hayes intercepted former teammate Ken Stabler two times, returning the picks for a total of 26 yards and scoring one touchdown. One week later, he intercepted Cleveland quarterback Brian Sipe 2 times. Finally in the AFC Championship game against the Chargers, Hayes intercepted Fouts one time. In Super Bowl XV, Hayes didn't intercept a pass but he limited his man to just two receptions in the Raiders 27-10 victory.

On January 22, 1984 the Los Angeles Raiders played in Super Bowl XVIII against the Redskins. Hayes was once again flawless throughout the Raiders playoff run. He intercepted one pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the AFC Divisional playoffs and he intercepted another pass in the AFC Championship game against Seattle. In Super Bowl XVIII Hayes limited his man to just one reception. Hayes slipped on the play and this allowed for a completed pass. Lester almost shut out his receiver for the entire game!!!

Hayes was commonly referred to as "the Molester" and "the Judge." He was known for his "bump and run" coverage style, and for using Stickum™ before it was banned in a rule bearing his name. In college, he became an All-American safety at Texas A&M. Hayes was converted to cornerback after being drafted by the Raiders in 1977. Hayes was a member of two Raiders championship teams (1980, 1983), and was a five time Pro Bowler (1980-1984). He is eligible for enshrinement in the Professional Football Hall of Fame, but as yet has not been selected.

Hayes was a lifelong stutterer until well into his professional career. He tended to stay quiet, rather than draw attention to his condition. For this reason, he was often looked upon as not very smart, but after successful treatment, people "couldn't shut him up," according to Raiders coach John Madden, and it was revealed that Hayes was an articulate, intelligent man. At autograph signings, he would maintain a constant flow of chatter, entertaining his fans with his wit and style.

Hayes intercepted 39 passes during the regular season and 47 overall. He retired from football after the 198 season citing what he termed a "fit of rage" toward everyone within the Raiders organization after recording only 14 interceptions in his final six seasons.

Lester Hayes currently lives with his wife in Modesto, California.

Interview With Lester Hayes

Q: What were your favorite games while playing for the Raiders?

Lester Hayes: In the days of old when Charlie Sumner became our defensive coordinator in 1979, my life changed. The defensive tactics changed, allowing my confidence level to increase to the tenth power. The most important factor in the National Football League on the football battlefield is confidence and the need to trust your leader. The trust level was intensified upon the arrival of Coach Sumner. When a player trusts and loves his leader 110% from a defensive standpoint, they will do anything – if we had to, we would walk through a round of pitbulls wearing pork chop underwear. That is love. And we believed that we would not be bitten.

Q: Who were some of your favorite teammates?

Lester Hayes: Speaking from a bump and run mentality, some of my best friends were my defensive front seven, my sack men. Playing bump and run cornerback, to maintain a level of consistent confidence, the defensive seven had to apply pressure especially on passing downs. Coach Sumner would never rush just four players on passing downs. He would always blitz seven or eight or even nine players. Our focus was to bend the opponents’ concentration. And we were very successful at that defensive battlefield, football tactic.

Q: Can you describe your experience in the 1983 Super Bowl?

Lester Hayes: During the Super Bowl XVIII season, the three most important players on the left side of the defensive formation were Howie Long, Ted Hendricks, and Mike Davis. When Mike Davis became a starter in Super Bowl XV, he did such a stupendous job enabling me to be free for bump and run pass coverage. Playing for the “old school” Oakland Raiders, we played like a team of gladiators. We showed men no mercy – we took their will to fight. And we did this by our leaders, Coach Sumner and the defensive staff.

I can remember going into the 1977 NFL draft. I told teams not to draft me, with the exception for the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas was the only team that I showed up on time for scouts. The Houston Oilers was my second team. This was because I was a Texan, and I was programmed to favor these 2 teams. There was a fictitious rumor that said “Lester Hayes may have difficulty playing in the NFL.” And this is why I was the 14th safety drafted in 1977. But I am thankful to be a Raider. And I am thankful to Mr. Davis, Charlie Sumner, and my defensive staff.

Q: What is going on in your life today?

Lester Hayes: In 1994 I was living in a suburb of Los Angeles. There was a 6.9 earthquake centered in Northridge, and there was extensive damage done to my home. I needed six months of repairs done. So I had a choice to spend that six months time period with my friends in Vegas or stay in Modesto, CA. The hand of God led me to Modesto, and I began dating the first Christian lady of my life. And she introduced me to God. My destiny was then to learn the complete destiny of forgiveness.


 

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