The Raiders may only be calling Oakland home for a little while longer
The team announced on Tuesday they were donating $250,000 to help fund high school sports that had been eliminated as a means of addressing budget issues in the Oakland Unified School District.
“The prospect of these kids losing their dreams was difficult to hear for everyone in the community,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said in a statement. “After school athletics are an important part of the high school experience and this donation will keep student-athletes on the playing fields in Oakland.”
The cuts were seemingly enacted haphazardly as they were made without Title IX compliance in mind. Girls sports were cut at almost double the rate of boys sports. According to Jill Tucker of the San Francisco Chronicle, a district analysis of the cuts indicate that out of 530 students affected by the cuts, 347 were girls and 183 boys.
Title IX, which was enacted in 1972, states that “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex
The Raiders donation covers half of the district deficit, per Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle. Their donation will be disbursed fr om the East Bay Community Fund.Dan Quinn briefly struggled with his plan to play quarterback Matt Ryan for only one series in the Atlanta Falcons' preseason opener at the New York Jets.
That one series was so flawed the coach was tempted to give Ryan and the starters an opportunity for atonement.
Quinn stuck with his plan, but the bad series set the pace for a poor performance by the offense in last week's 17-0 loss to the Jets .
On Monday, the focus shifted to a fresh start for Ryan and the offense in Friday night's second preseason game against Kansas City.
"That was obviously not what we wanted for the first time out," Ryan said after Monday's practice. "Too many mistakes, too many procedural penalties to put us behind the chains. There were some good things too from the young guys but a lot for us to clean up. But that's what this time of year is about. It's about seeing wh ere you're at and improving as we move forward."
The Falcons were called for two penalties on Ryan's only possession. The first penalty
It was such a marred and brief time on the field that Quinn said "there was definitely a side of me" that wanted to reconsider the one-series plan for Ryan.
Ultimately, Quinn stayed true to his emphasis of evaluating as many players as possible , especially rookies. Wide receiver Julio Jones and running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman were held out.
"I was tempted for sure because I certainly didn't like how it started, but at the end I wanted to stick with the plan knowing there's a lot we have to do from an evaluation standpoint," Quinn said Monday when asked about the possibility of giving Ryan another series.
The Falcons' first-half statistics were especially ugly: 10 plays, one first down and 34 total yards.
Even in the first preseason game, when player evaluations are more important than team results
"I was concerned," Quinn said before backtracking to say he didn't know if that was "the right way to say it."
"I think the penalties certainly got in our way some," Quinn said. "There were a lot of things I wasn't happy with."
There are many areas wh ere Quinn will be looking for improvement.
"I think the way we come off the ball, the run game, the play-action that comes with it, the shots down the field, I didn't feel that to the extent I'd like to so I'm hopeful that some of those short yardages now get converted, the drives get converted
Ryan and the starters may have another brief stint against the Chiefs. Starters normally see extended playing time in only the third preseason game.
Ryan said the goal will be to "clean up on some of the mistakes we made and try to play more efficient and better football."
NOTES: After being held out against the Jets, PK Matt Bryant (undisclosed injury) wore a cap instead of a helmet as he was a spectator in the portion of practice open to reporters. The plan is for Bryant to kick in practice Wednesday, and then a decision will be made on his status for Friday night's game. ... OT Ty Sambrailo (right hand) returned to practice after missing the game.