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Raiders Withholding Coliseum Rent; Oakland Mayor Schaaf Not Concerned While the Oakland Raiders have vowed not to pay their the O.Co Coliseum rent for last year's season, Mayor Libby Schaaf said she isnâ€™t concerned neither should fans.
Raiders To Incorporate No-Huddle Offense ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Oakland coach Jack Del Rio confirmed that the Raiders plan to incorporate the no-huddle offense into their system next season. Just how much the Raiders will employ the hurry-up schemes will likely [â€¦]
Raiders withhold rent in stadium dispute The Oakland Raiders did not make their $400,000 annual rent payment for use of O.Co Coliseum when it was due on Dec. 1. Although Coliseum officials expect the dispute to be resolved quickly, city leaders might react negatively to the team making payment of last year's rent contingent on approval of a one-year lease extension.
Raiders hire Woodson as defensive assistant New Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio completed his 2015 coaching staff Monday. Highlighting the last additions is the hiring of Pro Football Hall of Famer Rod Woodson as the team's assistant defensive backs coach.
Raiders Hire Rod Woodson As Assistant ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have hired Hall of Famer Rod Woodson as assistant defensive backs coach. The Raiders announced the addition of 11 assistants Monday to fill out Jack Del Rioâ€™s staff. The [â€¦]
Raiders hire Ken Norton Jr. as defensive coordinator The Oakland Raiders hired Seattle linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. on Friday as defensive coordinator on new coach Jack Del Rio's staff. Del Rio tabbed Norton, his former teammate for two years with the Dallas Cowboys, five days after the Seahawks lost the Super Bowl to New England. The Raiders had previously been turned down by Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who decided to stay ...
Raiders to incorporate no-huddle into offense Oakland coach Jack Del Rio confirmed that the Raiders plan to incorporate the no-huddle offense into their system next season. He also spoke about his relationship with offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, whom he fired when both men were coaching in Jacksonville. Del Rio's comments on Oakland using the no-huddle come on the heels of reports quoting quarterback Derek Carr saying the Raiders ...
Raiders' Del Rio talks about the work ahead Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio sat down with Bay Area media Thursday to talk shop.
UM DL coach Jethro Franklin to take job with Oakland Raiders The Hurricanes will have a vacancy to fill on their coaching staff this offseason.
Raiders hire Rod Woodson as assistant defensive backs coach ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have hired Hall of Famer Rod Woodson as assistant defensive backs coach.
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.