Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Will coach Gruden lose his job over racial email slur regarding NFLPA boss DeMaurice Smith

Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden (left) says he’s sorry about the email he sent July 2011 to former Washington Football Team president Bruce Allen saying NFLPA Executive director Maurice Smith (right) “has lips the size of Michellin tires” (photo from Sports Illustrated)

On the Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez:

#1 Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden it was uncovered sent decade old email to former team president of the Washington Football Team Bruce Allen on July 2011 Gruden was a ESPN analyst at the time. The players’ union voted against the collective bargaining agreement setting Gruden off against Union Chief DeMaurice Smith emailing Allen saying ““Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of michellin [sic] tires.” 

#2 The email turned up as the NFL is conducting an investigation on discrimination by the Washington Football Team and Gruden had said he was sorry while being interviewed by the Wall Street Journal saying he meant “Rubber lips” meaning people who are lying.

#3 The NFL condemned the email saying, We condemn the statement and regret any harm that its publication may inflict on Mr. Smith or anyone else.” The NFL did not go onto say what steps if any there would be about the Gruden email.

#4 Rich, It’s too soon to say but how much something like this could be a distraction for the players, assistant coaches, and organization as the Raiders try and prepare for Sunday’s game against Chicago in Las Vegas?

#5 Rich, the Bears are coming off a ten point win against the Detroit Lions 24-14 from last Sunday their starting Justin Fields who threw for 209 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. The Raiders are coming off a 14 point loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football. Tell us how you see this Sunday’s match up.

Rich Perez does the Las Vegas Raiders podcasts each Saturday at

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Tony Renteria: Raiders will depend on Jacobs ground game as Barber out with turf toe; plus more

Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs seen holding helmet during warm ups against the New England Patriots on Sep 27, 2020 will getting more reps against the Chicago Bears Sun Oct 10, 2021 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas (AP News file photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Tony R:

#1 Tony how running back Josh Jacobs came back last week against the Los Angeles Chargers. Jacobs carried for 40 yards averaging 3.1 yards how important was his return knowing his potential.

#2 Tony, running back Peyton Barber is has minor turf toe, will an injury like this keep Barber out for some time. Tests showed no fracture, Barber is still going through tests to see how to proceed.

#3 The Chargers proved to be a formable opponent last Sunday when they opened the first half with a 21-0 lead. Seeing the Raiders defense let down was this just one bad game for the defense or is this a concern for head coach Jon Gruden.

#4 Raiders quarterback Derek Carr couldn’t get much offense he and the Raiders couldn’t get on the scoreboard for the first, second and third quarters but scored 14 in the third quarter. How concerned will Carr have to be trying to score on the Chicago Bears this Sunday?

#5 Tony the Bears got a ten point 24-14 win over the Detroit Lions last Sunday now their at 2-2 .500 and Bears quarterback Justin Fields 11-17 for 209 he threw for no touchdowns and one interception but got help from his running backs and receivers.

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Chargers expose some flaws in Raiders defense winning 28-14

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Tevaughn Campbell can’t make the catch after the Las Vegas Raiders defenseman Hunter Renfrow breaks up the play during first half action at So Fi Stadium in Carson on Monday Night Football Oct 4, 2021 (AP News photo)

Chargers expose some flaws in Raiders defense winning 28-14

By Rich Perez

Las Vegas Raiders beat writer

Sports Radio Service

Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert threw three touchdowns versus the Raiders leading the Chargers to a 28-14 win over the rival Las Vegas Raiders. The rivalry which has been going on for many many years started as Oakland versus San Diego.

Today of course it is Las Vegas versus Los Angeles. Regardless the Raiders slipped into So Cal slipping a few times. All happening in the new So Fi Stadium Stadium in Carson. The rivalry which has been going on for many , many years started as Oakland versus San Diego.

Today of course it is Las Vegas versus Los Angeles. Regardless the Raiders slipped into So-fi Stadium with an undefeated record. For a while the Raiders hung in there …but Jared Cook broke free over the middle and Justin Herbert hit the former Raider tight end with a touchdown pass.

That lead the Chargers to three more scores. Derek Carr did a pretty good job today but wasn’t effective when the Raiders needed it. The simply could not get into the end zone when they needed to …and as often as they needed too.

The Chargers QB Justin Herbert took advantage of every opportunity and scored. Winning the game 28-14. The Raiders prepare to play former LB Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears back in Las Vegas this Sun Oct 10, 2021 at Allegiant Stadium.

Rich Perez Las Vegas Raiders beat writer

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Raiders need to defend against Chargers Herbert passing game

Los Angeles Chargers Justin Herbert runs off the field after the conclusion of the Chargers game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sun Sep 26, 2021. Herbert threw four touchdowns against the Chiefs. (AP News photo)

On the Raiders podcast:

#1 The Raiders just got by the Miami Dolphins in their last game outscoring the Dolphins in the first half 14-12 and got a come back lead in the second half even though the Dolphins outscored the Raiders 13-11 in the second half the Raiders edged Miami 31-28.

#2 The Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw 26-43 for 386 yards and and two touchdowns which was enough for the Raiders three point win.

#3 Carr had a keep and also on a give to running back Peyton Barber carried for 111 yards and one touchdown.

#4 The Raiders head to the Southland to face the Los Angeles Chargers who had such a great game against the Kansas City Chiefs who are the team to beat with a 30-24 six point win.

#5 Rich how much will the Raiders need to defend against Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert who threw for 281 yards and four touchdowns against a tough Chiefs defense.

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Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: McCoy suspended six games for PED; Raiders prepare for Chargers on Monday Night Football

Oakland Raiders lineman Gerald McCoy (93) is carted off for a knee injury and will miss the rest of the season McCoy was tested positive for performance enhancers and is suspended for six games (8 News Now still photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Rich:

#1 Rich, calling it an honest mistake Raiders lineman Gerald McCoy said that the performance enhancing drug he took was to “help with scar tissue and tendon strength from a previous injury.” McCoy test positive for performance enhancers and was suspended for six games.

#2 McCoy is on the injured list with a knee injury and will out for the rest of the season. He can serve the suspension while on the injured list which will allow him to return to camp next July next year.

#3 On the narrow victory by the Raiders over the Miami Dolphins 31-28 at Allegiant down 14-12 at the half the Raiders were able to outscore the Dolphins in the second half and overtime 19-12.

#4 Rich, Talk about quarterback Derek Carr whose receivers caught 50% of his throws 26-43 for 386 yards and two touchdowns. How impressive was his day throwing against Miami.

#5 The Raiders prepare for the Los Angeles Chargers for Monday Night Football. The Chargers just edged the Kansas City Chiefs in their last game 30-24 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. The Chargers quarterback Justin Hebert threw 26-38, 281 yards but the biggest number of the day was Hebert was able to throw four touchdowns against the Chiefs.

Rich Perez filled in for Tony Renteria. Join Tony for the Raiders podcasts each Thursday at

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Raiders cut roster down to 80 players; Gruden to make more cuts

(photo from the Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Marcell Ateman (88) who was released from the Raiders on Wed Aug 24, 2021 makes the catch but loses it for an incomplete pass while Seattle Seahawks corner Ahkello Witherspoon (2) looks on at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sun Aug 22, 2021

On the Raiders podcast with Rich:

#1 The Raiders trimmed their roster by three players to get to the 80 players which included wide receiver Marcell Ateman, defensive tackle Darius Stills, and put veteran linebacker Darren Lee on the injured reserve list.

#2 With the three recent cuts head coach Jon Gruden will have the tough task of trimming the roster further and that could come as early as after today’s practice or after Sunday’s game against the 49ers.

#3 The Raiders have expressed interest in linebacker KJ Wright who also is open to offers from the Seattle Seahawks if negotiations work out. Wright who is currently unsigned is leaning towards Seattle but if that falls through the Raiders have expressed some interest. Either way Wright will land somewhere.

#4 Rich, last Sunday night was a night that rookie cornerback Nate Hobbs won’t forget he was all over coverage and his best play was when he leaped over the Seahawks receiver TuTu Atwell to grab an interception. Coach Gruden is so happy with his work that Hobbs will play all or most of Sunday’s game against the 49ers.

#5 For the second consecutive pre season game Raiders third string quarterback Nathan Peterman started and played the entire game. Throwing 16-24 for 172 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions last Sunday against the Rams. With Derek Carr skipping pre season games and back up Marcus Mariota resting an injured leg do you see Carr and Mariota getting some time against the 49ers this weekend or will Peterman get most of the time under center?

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49ers comeback in win over Chargers in second preseason game 15-10; Lance throws for 2 TDs

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) avoids getting taken down by Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Tevaughn Campbell (20) but can’t make the two point conversion in the first half at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood (AP News photo)

~ By Pearl Allison Lo 

~ August 22, 2021 

~ INGLEWOOD– San Francisco began and ended with the lead 15-10 in their first visit to SoFi Stadium for Los Angeles´ first official home game with 68,327 attendance.

There were a lot of penalties in the game, 13 for the 49ers and 12 for the Chargers, the first occurring with 14:18 left in the first.  

San Francisco QB Jimmy Garoppolo started and stayed in for one drive like last game, because of how long the first drive lasted. He was able to avoid a sack and scramble for 10 yards, but was eventually intercepted by Asante Samuel Jr. The possession took 15 plays and lasted almost seven and a half minutes.

The 49ers got their first safety of the preseason when DL Jordan Willis sacked QB Easton Stick in the end zone with 10:42 left in the second.

With 9:07 left, this time it was the other San Francisco QB Trey Lance who was intercepted and it ended up more costly. The following possession after two penalties by the 49ers, the Chargers got the first touchdown. Stick made a three yard pass to WR Joshua Palmer with 5:49 left.

Los Angeles tacked on a field goal to make it 10-2 with just over a minute left to go in the half. This was thanks to a 39-yard long pass to WR Jalen Guyton near the beginning of the drive and despite offensive holding and intentional grounding penalties to the Chargers. LB Jonas Griffith for the 49ers also had a facemask penalty which offset the loss a bit.

The first half excitement wasn’t over yet though. Off a no huddle 12-yard gain by RB Wayne Gallman II to get to 3rd and 1, the 49ers called a timeout and Lance threw another deep pass to WR Trent Sherfield for the second game in a row, this one for 41 yards.

The Bolts then committed a 5-yard penalty and after another timeout, Lance threw five yards into the end zone to WR Mohamed Sanu Sr. and Lance ran to convert for two more points. Kicker Robbie Gould missed the extra point attempt, bringing the score back to within two. 

Los Angeles brought in QB Chase Daniel for the second half. 

Lance had his first non-scoring scramble go for eight yards as San Francisco regained the lead on almost a six and a half minute drive, in which they converted from 3rd down three times. Lance threw a 16-yard pass to WR Travis Benjamin with 5:01 left in the third.

Things kept going the 49ers’ way when they got their first interception with 13:13 left in the fourth. Safety Jared Mayden intercepted Daniel and went 54 yards for a score, but DL Shilique Calhoun was called for offensive holding. 

The Niners committed a third turnover when new QB Nate Sudfeld fumbled on his second drive of the game and LB Cole Christiansen recovered. 

San Francisco and the Chargers punted for the remainder of the game, most three and outs or extended by penalties. Bolts´ Jessie Lemonier committed the last penalty of the game with 1:49 left for roughing the passer.

Regarding the 49ers´ quarterbacks, Garoppolo threw 3 of 6 for 15 passing yards, 10 rushing yards and the one interception. Lance finished 8 of 14 for 102 passing yards, eight rushing yards, two scores, the one interception and was sacked twice. Sudfeld went 3 for 5 for 24 yards. Head Coach Kyle Shanahan remained noncommittal after the game between Garoppolo or Lance starting Week 1. 

For the Bolts, Stick went 10 for 14 for 85 yards and one TD. Daniel went 14 of 21 for 60 yards and one interception. The San Francisco defense sacked each of them multiple times, Stick three times and Daniel twice. 

Overall the Niners won the yardage game, 281-162. The biggest difference came via rushing, with San Francisco outrunning Los Angeles 148-53.

The Chargers rested all their offensive starters. 

Up Next: The Niners play their third and final preseason game versus their former Bay Area rival, the Las Vegas Raiders August 29th at 1pm. 

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Lance advantage he got looks at Chargers first team defense

San Francisco 49er quarterback Trey Lance (5) on the signal count against the Seattle Seahawks on Sat Aug 14, 2021 at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara (USA Today photo)

On the 49ers podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 One thing about last Thursday’s practice at the 49ers camp head coach Kyle Shanahan was going to make sure that he wanted to see quarterback Trey Lance get some more reps which he did as Lance got eight straight plays in against Sunday’s opponent the San Diego Chargers first team.

#2 In the practice Lance completed the three passes one was a shovel pass, he also made a nice slot throw to Mohamed Sanu that Sanu dropped. But coach Shanahan was satisfied with what he saw of Lance.

#3 Shanahan said he will have Lance drill with the starters and the opposition first team and wanted to see what he can do.

#4 Jeremiah, After 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa played last season for the first 11 snaps and was felled by an injury suffering a torn ACL against the New York Jets during week 2 but says. Bosa is leaner and in better shape. 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans said Bosa looks fast and explosive.

#5 Ryans said Bosa’s recovery could make him better than his rookie year in 2019 in last week’s practice he pressured the Chargers quarterbacks. In Bosa’s rookie season in 2019 he had 47 tackles, 9.0 sacks and 25 quarterback hits.

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Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Barbara Mason: Raiders prepare to go up against Tagovailoa and Dolphins Saturday night

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) tries to avoid the clutches of New England Patriots linebacker Josh Uche (53) on Sun Dec 13, 2020 in Miami (USA Today photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Barbara:

#1 The Raiders have lost four of their last five games and still maintain second in the AFC West is there still any daylight for the Raiders to make post season?

#2 In the last game against the Los Angeles Chargers the Raiders just couldn’t hang and and the Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert on the final play during overtime reached over the goal line to get six points for a Chargers win 30-27.

#3 The Raiders had little turnaround time as previous to their Thursday Night Football game against the Chargers they had just played the Indianapolis Colts on Sun Dec 13th another game they had lost 44-27.

#4 The loss of Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is huge who will be out from 10-14 weeks due to a left groin injury wiping out his 2020 season. Raiders back up quarterback Marcus Mariota  did well standing in for Carr last Thursday throwing 226 yards and a touchdown. Mariota kept the Raiders in the game despite the loss.

#5 The Miami Dolphins(8-4) are in Allegiant on Saturday this will be a hard fought game for the Raiders. The Dolphins have won four of their last six games Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in his last game against the New England Patriots threw  for 145 yards and didn’t throw a touchdown but the Dolphins got by the Patriots 22-12. Barbara how do you see this match up?

Barbara Mason does the Raiders podcasts Tuesdays at

Raiders season in jeopardy with 30-27 overtime loss to Chargers


By Shawn McCullough

The Raiders playoff hopes got severely damaged as they fell to the Los Angeles Chargers, 30-27, in overtime at Allegiant Stadium.

“It’s really painful right now to lose,” said head coach Jon Gruden. “We had a lot of tight games go down to the buzzer and this one was tough.”

Las Vegas drove the field in overtime for a 23 yard field goal by Daniel Carlson to put the Raiders up 27-24, but the Chargers responded driving 75 yards for a game winning touchdown.

The Raiders lost starting quarterback Derek Carr to a groin injury in the first quarter, allowing backup Marcus Mariota to take over.

“Marcus came in and did a great job,” said Gruden. “I am really proud of him and I think that kind of puts an exclamation point on why we signed him and just wish we could have won the game for him.”

Mariota was impressive throwing for 226 yards, one touchdown and one interception while rushing nine times for 88 yards and a touchdown.

“It’s part of your job to be prepared,” said Mariota. “Just trying to give these guys a chance to win, but unfortunately, we came up a little short.”

Carr pulled his groin on a rollout play at the goal line in the first quarter.

“I don’t believe if it’s a real tear,” said Gruden about Carr’s injury. “But for him to not come back to the game, it’s got to be significant.”

Carr went 3 for 5 for 53 yards.

Running back Josh Jacobs rushed 26 times for 76 yards and a touchdown in the third quarter.

With the loss, the Raiders fall to 7-7 on the season and are not mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, but need a lot of help.

“Obvious that’s frustrating,” said Jacobs. “Trying to go on a journey of where we envision ourselves each year at the start of the year of what we want to accomplish and obviously that’s frustrating.”

“It sucks,” said tight end Darren Waller. “The results haven’t been what we wanted them to be.”

The Raiders will next play the Miami Dolphins at home the day after Christmas.

Game Notes:

  • The Raiders outgained the Chargers, 449-402.
  • Darren Waller led the Raiders catching nine balls for 150 yards and one touchdown.
  • The Chargers snapped a nine game losing streak against AFC West opponents.