On this week’s episode, we talk about whether LaVar Ball ruined his kids’ lives, if the Raiders are the worst team in the NFL and if the Cowboys are in trouble?
On the Tar Heel side, we discuss if UNC football is bad or just cursed, we give props to a few other UNC sports teams that are making impressive postseason runs, preview the beginning of UNC basketball season, and predict if Larry Fedora will be the head football coach in 2019?
Tar Takes with Ryan Lipton and David Matlock is presented by The JR Report and Relevnt!
Basketball: Looking back on it, did LaVar ruin LaMelo + LiAngelo Ball’s childhood?
Are the Oakland Raiders the worst team in the NFL?
NFL: Dallas Cowboys (3-5) are in horrible position after Amari Cooper trade
UNC Sports: Time to give love to sports that aren’t basketball/football
UNC Basketball: What are you looking for early in the season for the Tar Heels?
Will Larry Fedora be the coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels in 2019?
UNC Football: Are the Tar Heels bad or just cursed?
Jared Cook – Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images
Amari Cooper – Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
LaVar + LaMelo Ball – Photo by Sean M. Haffey/BIG3/Getty Images
UNC Field Hockey – Photo via GoHeels.com
UNC Football – Photo via Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports
UNC vs. Wofford – Photo via Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Larry Fedora – Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images
This week on Tar Takes we discuss the North Carolina Tar Heels’ football win over the Pittsburgh Panthers on Saturday, if they have any shot to upset the Miami Hurricanes on Thursday and if Carolina basketball should be a top 10 team in the country.
In the NFL, we discuss the state of the Oakland Raiders and Atlanta Falcons.
And we look at the Jimmy Butler trade request from the Minnesota Timerbwolves and tell you if that was the right decision for Butler.
Oakland Raiders’ future Las Vegas Stadium photo via MANICA Architecture
After seeing many Washington Capitals fans fill the Las Vegas Golden Knight’s arena during Game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final, should the Oakland Raiders and Mark Davis be worried about keeping a special home-field advantage in Las Vegas once the Raiders move there in a few seasons.
With the Oakland Raiders 2-4 start to the 2017 NFL regular season, a trade might not be realistic as the defense seems to lack talent on the field and from the coaching staff. So there might not be just one fix for this calendar year.
However, if there is one acquisition general Reggie McKenzie can make to help the secondary and to resurrect Oakland’s season, here it is.
The Cleveland Browns are still 0-6 and have shown interest in stockpiling draft selections. Browns cornerback Jason McCourty is having one of the best seasons of his NFL career, 92 Pro Football Focus player grade in 2017, but is 30 years old making it unlikely he is in Cleveland’s future plans.
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As such, the Raiders could go after McCourty and have a sure-fire No. 1 starting caliber cornerback for the first time since Nnamdi Asomugha left for the Philadelphia Eagles. Since McCourty is in his thirties, he wouldn’t be a long-term fix but would immediately improve the defense.
To convince McKenzie, McCourty would be due less than $1 million for the remainder of the season and would only have a cap hit of $3.625 million in 2018, via Spotrac.
It is hard to predict how much the Browns would want in return for McCourty, but a third-round pick and an extra late-round pick would seem reasonable. Unfortunately, McKenzie would be hesitant to part ways with a high selection.
Honestly, a second-round pick might even be worth it considering McKenzie’s selections of Jihad Ward, Shilique Calhoun, Menelik Watson, Sio Moore and Obi Melifonwu, who has yet to play a game. Aside from 2014, McKenzie’s second and third round selections have been sub-par.
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In the last five drafts, McKenzie has only taken a starter in the third round twice, guard Gabe Jackson and defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes (and he’s up for debate). There is no guarantee that a future third round pick or even second would do anything for the organization immediately or down the line. Therefore, parting ways with a future draft pick for the opportunity to get a guy who can be a great starter for the next few seasons seems like a no-brainer.
Oakland has a ton of talent in place now, especially on the offensive side. But at a certain point everyone is going to have to be paid. Defensive end Khalil Mack, wide receiver Amari Cooper, safety Karl Joseph and defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. will all be getting new contracts in the coming years. As such, the window for the Raiders won’t be open forever. It is time, maybe not now but at least this offseason, to go all in on improving this defense.
Calling the Browns and enquiring about a trade for McCourty could be that answer in the secondary to help move the Oakland defense in the right direction.
Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio (Photo via Getty Images)
The JR Report Podcast, hosted by Ryan Lipton, dives into the Oakland Raiders 2-3 start to the 2017 NFL regular season and why it might be smart for the Raiders to move on from coach Jack Del Rio after the 2017 season.
Now isn’t the time to move on. If Oakland misses the playoffs owner Mark Davis should look hard at moving on from Jack Del Rio.
Del Rio prides himself on defense and attitude, yet the defense has been horrible and the team can’t show up and be competitive in must-win games. (Last year’s losses to the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans and this year’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos).