Thursday, May 29, 2008

Ripping the Rippers

When I saw the recent headline about Stuart Schweigert “ripping” the Raiders, I had to laugh. It reminded me of his many Cirque du Soleil performances, a silly man flying around, hitting nothing.

Remember Schweigert getting run over by that pipsqueak in Tennessee? Or his patty-caking the Packer last year over a 20-yard span?

It seems that every time someone is booted by the Raiders these days, they “rip” the team on their way out. The Haters love it, and say it’s just more proof of a team in disarray.

Au contraire, Haters. These comments are not evidence of a problem, but rather evidence of a problem being purged. Big distinction.

The problem being purged is terminal lack of character and talent, a condition that has admittedly been allowed to fester too long in Oakland, be it through scholarships, executive inattentiveness or whatever.

It’s rather telling that so many of our starters, when cut, can barely compete for backup positions on other teams. And I’m not just talking about one-year Raiders like Aaron Brooks and Dominic Rhodes, but guys like Barry Sims, Kerry Collins, Alvis Whitted, Stuart Schweigert and, soon, LaMont Jordan. Those who do start for other teams, like Jerry Porter and Randy Moss, took more than they gave when in Oakland.

Is it any wonder, then, that many of these guys would rip the Raiders upon their exit? If they take any responsibility for their failures, they hurt their chances at getting that coveted backup job with the Titans.

At the same time, they usually can’t help revealing their true colors. Here’s what Schweigert had to say about the past few months: “It was terrible, sitting through the meetings and working on the defense they were putting in and all the time knowing I wasn't going to be a part of it. I wasn't into it mentally, emotionally or physically.”

Gee, that’s the spirit! What a professional. Even if you're thinking it, you don't say it.

Here’s another quote: “I basically didn't play the last five games of the season, yet I was fourth on the team in tackles. But they kept talking about how I wasn't a good tackler.”

You can get dragged down the field or run over and eventually make a tackle in the statistical sense. He’s lucky they don’t keep stats on missed tackles, bad angles and patty-cakes.

My intent isn’t to “rip” Schweigert just for fun (although he started it), but rather to simply use him as the latest example of the fresh air that is finally blowing through Oakland, aided by the departure of one underperforming malcontent after another.

So rip away, guys. Bring it on. Add fuel to the Hater fire. Because at the end of the day, you’ll have to do something you’ve rarely done before, which is do your talking on the field (assuming you can earn your way back to the field). At that point, your silence will speak volumes about why you were not part of the solution that is unfolding today in Oakland.

P.S. A reminder about the upcoming Biletnikoff Foundation events on June 1-2, which will feature several Raiders legends. To honor their slain daughter Tracey, Fred and Angela Biletnikoff established their foundation to support young women recovering from substance abuse and provide education for the prevention of domestic violence. See Calico Jack’s story for more information on these events.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome back RT! I know where these players' bitterness comes from. I mean, look at them, they cannot get another job in the NFL! Not even as a backup! Now they have to move their families (hopefully) to Canada or Europe, to play for less $$$.
Their "highway robbery" ways of ripping off the Raiders by pretending they know what they are doing; are over. Now they have to go back to work in the "real world" and can no longer pose as a football player.
You heard Ryan say it all last year, that we would be able to stuff the run if we had better angles, and players fulfilling their assignments. Which is why Burgess hasn't received a new contract, and why we just saw Stu receive his papers and shown the door.
I do want to say though, that nobody has done more for the city of Oakland that Stu. He is really a genuine guy, with a stand-up character. I do wish you well. With that said, learn assignments, learn angles, keep working hard, and become the tough, hard hitting safety you were projected to be. Really, it seemed like you were just content that you had a contract, and didn't put effort into the way you played the game. Sour grapes! Oh yeah, you just burned your bridge too. Kiffin stated that there may be a possibility you could come back; but you burnt that bridge. Teams cut people like you to re-negotiate a contract for a lower price, especially when they feel you are over paid.
Like RT said, too bad they don't keep stats on missed tackles, because seriously, if you hadn't missed those tackles, you would have been the team leader in tackles, not #4. Then I'd let you cry like you are, and probably would cry with you.
Is it football yet?

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did someone say something about "bears" and "winter"? It wasn't me.


9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jerry Porter is not yet a starter in Jacksonville. We'll see if David Garrard puts up with his nonsense

9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My innitial thoughts on Stu's comments: WWTD??

Tatum would make it impossible to be cut in the first place. He'd simply elevate his game and hit people for the right reasons. Not for fame or furtune like these guys. But to help the guy next to him on the field of battle and win for your "team". Stu obviously didn't have that attitude or anything even resembling it if he can flip so quickly on his "team" and not even have enough football heart to be "into it" at the end.

First off I think it's great that these guys are being weeded out. My biggest concern from this point on is this: For how long? How long will someone copetant like Kiffin be here to get the job done?

It's becoming more clear to me that our owner is simply collecting baseball cards. He's become so disconnected from the lockerroom. They never see or talk to him, how is supposed to be able to judge their true worth? He used to be on the practice field yelling constantly and observing but no longer. That's how we ended up with a building full of backups with "upside". They're just baseball cards now. Barry Bonds has a hell of a career on paper but I wouldn't want a guy like that playing FS for the Raiders...

Kiffin for president.


9:33 AM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Welcome home, RT. Most of us rats have jumped ship, but they'll likely be back come training camp.

Psycho mentions the McFadden/Morrison interviews. I see it with almost every interview with a veteran or rookie Raider. "They expect you to perform here to win your job, and I'm looking forward to the challenge."

That, my friends, is the difference between now and five years ago. After their Super Bowl appearance and the subsequent embarrassment of the following season, the players were crowing like the most talented team in football - being abused by their evil coach.

When Turner arrived, it was, "We're the most talented team in football. What will you do for us?" Shell showed up and told them they were crap, and they didn't like hearing that. While Shell had lost touch with NFL players, the players themselves (in large measure) didn't perform for him.

Kiffin came in and said, "I want to see what you've got. After the season you'll know what I think of what you've got by the changes I make." And that message seems to be sticking.

Psycho, it's interesting that you blame Davis for his lack of involvement. That's a new one. Usually Davis gets blamed for interference. Actually, it's the same point that I made several months ago. Davis is not the same owner as he was in years past, because he no longer has the physical capacity for the on-field "interference."

The key for Davis, should he part company with Kiffin, is to go with a young energetic coach who can lead to the Raider tradition by the force of his energy, intelligence, and professional demands. Davis, as he's shown this past off season, still has the skills for the front office. But the other parts of his skills are fading away with age. He needs the right coach to fill that void.

9:51 AM  
Blogger 0utlaw said...

Welcome back Take, it's been a depressing month in your absence. I check back daily looking for a post only be left wanting. I dunno if I'm alone in this but I felt like the ugly girl who got the phone number of the wingman so his buddy could score with the cheerleader. Sitting there waiting for the phone to call or in this case waiting for an updated blog.

Welcome back buddy.

Now as for STUUUUUU.... I can't agree more that it's sour grapes like the rest of the ex-Raiders. However, he did have a point in the Cover-0 and minuscule blitzing that Ryan runs requires an excellent Safety which Stewie is not. Yes he was getting dragged a quarter mile down field, however, realizing that fact the D Coach has to adjust his play calling if he doesn't have the personnel to do the job. You ask WWTD sadly only a player of Tatum's caliber would have been able to survive in that.

Yeah Stu wasn't the best but he was being asked to do what most are not, be a miracle worker.

JJ of the sac bee has a nice article about it.

10:04 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Thanks for your collective patience and welcoming spirit, friends!

Outlaw, sorry to leave you and everyone else hanging, I don't know what's happening, I've just been suffering from Take Deficiency lately.

Good points about Stu's community involvement, as well as the challenges of playing in Ryan's defense.

I'm glad he's gone from a performance perspective, but don't relish ripping him.

I'm just tired of the excuses, from fans, players, coaches, the organization, whoever. And I'm REALLY tired of the excuses coming from terminal underperformers who want to elevate their slim job prospects by ripping the team on their way out the door.

He could have kept his trap shut. Or he could have thanked the Raiders for giving him the opportunity to start in the NFL for several years (an experience I doubt he'll enjoy going forward).

He could have even said, "Look, it turned out that they were moving in a different direction, I think the cards were stacked against me a bit in Oakland, and I'll leave it at that. That happens in the NFL. I still consider myself a starter in this league, and I'm motivated and fired up to prove myself."

If he wants to make excuses to justify his worth, then make them to his prospective employers, not to the media.

10:26 AM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Freddy B. confirmed something I argued back when Shell was HC. "Biletnikoff said the Raiders simply have played with too many 'backups' in the starting lineup." Asked about Lombardi, who was the personnel man for the first three years of the five year down period, Freddy said, "If you're not good at what you do you ask other people about players."

That's the other difference between Kiffin and Turner or Shell. Kiffin went to Davis at his own peril and demanded that Davis replace players. Biletnikoff said that marginal players can appear to be decent in team workouts, where they're working against other marginal players. Then, once they're on the NFL playing field, their weakness shows.

Prediction: Tui will not be a Raider in 2008. Tui has never shown a strong enough desire to play. He hasn't been prepared when given the opportunity. However Walter is generally not fit for this system, so QB is very much and issue.

I think the Raiders will bring in a veteran at the end of his career who will wind up at #2 this season. Walter will wind up staying another year at #3, simply because we have no one to replace him with.

Sorry, Walter. I'd like to see you be able to go to a team that fits you, but we need you here for one more season. Even if you hate your role.

10:33 AM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

P.S. There is one thing that we need to thank Art Shell for regarding his 2006 HC experience. Exposing Lombardi, and forcing him out the door.

10:38 AM  
Blogger 0utlaw said...

Take thanks for the response and thanks again for coming back. Understandable on the "Take deficiency" the batteries all need charging.

I completely agree with you about being peeved with under performers venting in public. With Stu he needed to keep his trap shut the team did him a favor by letting him go so early, if we wanted to screw him we'd have done a Jordan on him and kept him after June. With Wilson now signed and also going to collect upwards of 2.5 mil this year just to ride the pine we all knew he was getting cut. Kiff actually threw some nice words towards Stu and I'm sure was hoping to get him back for a better price Stu then repaid the kind words and early release by slamming the team; not cool by any stretch. I was a Stu fan probably out of sympathy and just pulling for underdog really, like watching a Detroit Lions game.

Well it was the best of times, it was the worst of times... So long and sorry Stewie you had a chance to come back but slamming the DC on print doesn't exactly endear you to the team.

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

STU gone no more white boys on defense team... for the longest my friends and i couldn't figure out why STU was on the team???? the only thing we came up with is that on a entirely black team, the Raiders had to consider putting a white boy for white Raider fans to seem equal or fair or even comforting to them to see a white boy like them... glad to see that no affirmative action on sorry ass players like STU!

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 12:12
hope that was supposed to be funny otherwise it's about the dumbest shit I've seen posted in this space..and there's been some dumb shit posted in this space, mostly by Charger Fan

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never realized Stu was the only white guy. I guess it didn't matter. Much like how it didn't matter to the 1970 Raiders players/coaches/owner who during the peak of the "tension" were basically the only team to ignore all that nonsense and stick together.

I think I remember you making that point a while back on Al not being as involved these days. It does make a lot of sense, to me anyway. I've never been one to follow "conventional thinking" either. Call it a Raider spirit.

Will someone please inform Al of the 'new' invention called an elevator? He doesn't have to use the stairs to go down and see the players. :)

Too many times I've seen former plays say "I've only met the man once".

Gene Upshaw:
"Whether you talked to him or not, he was always there by the door, for 16 goddamn years."
"Al rarely signed a player without consulting with us first. I always had my say in who joined the Raiders."


12:39 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

I think the greatest tribute to Al, after he's gone, is to have him stuffed and stand him up next to the lockerroom door - wearing a black jumpsuit, in a high five position - so all of the players can give him a "high-five" while running onto the field.

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forgot to mention one think about McFadden on NFL Network.

He was interviewed in front of the bronze busts in the HOF. He was asked which RB in the Hall he most admired. He said "Not one of these guys really" and said his favorite guy has always been T.Davis, and he grew up a huge Broncos fan.

Just thought I'd stir things up since it's so boring. Not a bad guy to aspire to be like, but still...


5:04 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Psycho, it was well publicized already that McF grew up Donkey fan. But... It has been reported that he's also a good learner.

Still, if any of us see him wearing orange and blue, we should shoot him.

5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See how much I've listened to the media the last few months? I had no idea. Yeah, I'm on top of the solution. It's what I do.

On a seperate subject. I know it's probably been said already. But I'm just so relieved to see the kind of progress Russell seems to be making. Of coarse this time of year is all blue skies and green grass, but I think he is genuinely committed to winning as much as anyone around here. I feel like he'll be able to validate himself at some point this year and pretty much squash any concept of him being a 'bust' outside of the true haters who will never let that idea go. There will be rough patches but the guy still seems like the real deal. That is afterall the most important subject in Raider Nation today. No matter who is coaching the guy we have too much invested in Russell to screw this up. Not now.

Kiffin for President, once again, for putting the running game in place to give Russell a chance.


6:48 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Welcome back RT & thanks for plugging the Freddie B Foundation event.

There should be a new YAC stat for defenders like Stu ... Yards gained after contact. Yes, Stu racked up his fair share of tackles but he consistently allowed the ball carrier to gain huge chunks of additional yards after initial contact due to poor technique, a lack of aggression, poor angles, poor football instincts.

It was admirable what Stu did as far as community activities BUT this stuff isn't why he was paid huge sums of money and was given the privilege of being a starter for 4 years.

Over the course of the season, how many times did you see Stu stop a ball carrier dead in his tracks? I count one time when some how, some way, Stu lit up Gonzo. Other than that, it was alot of diving at ankles, pit pattying, and being dragged for his dear life in an NFL pony ride.

In regards to Russell, Pro Football Weekly had a nice article:

Russell moving toward leadership role with Raiders
Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell appears to be on the fast track toward a leadership position with the team, the way we hear it. Sources in Oakland say Russell has gained his teammates’ respect through showing a commitment and strong work ethic in offseason workouts. He has looked in command of the offense during practices thus far, which is a big departure from where he left off at the end of last season. Russell’s development as a rookie was crippled by a lengthy contract holdout that lasted into the regular season. He is primed to enter the ’08 campaign under a vastly improved set of circumstances that are more conducive to winning. There were widespread reports that Russell had gained weight in the offseason to the point where he was teetering on 300 pounds. Those stories seem hard to believe, we hear, considering how well Russell has been moving around in workouts. Plus, he recently told reporters he weighs 269 pounds and would like to drop five before the season.

Couldn't let this slip by ... I have to ask my pal Blanda Rocked one question when you wrote

"The key for Davis, should he part company with Kiffin, is to go with a young energetic coach who can lead to the Raider tradition by the force of his energy, intelligence, and professional demands."

I'm scratching my head ... it is almost comical what you wrote. In essence you are saying if Kiffin is fired, Davis should hire another Kiffin. When you described a "young energetic coach who can lead to the Raider tradition by the force of his energy, intelligence, and professional demands." isn't that Kiffin in a nutshell?

7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn, someone better tell Zach, Seabass, Robert, Shane, Jake, (?), 'cause they some pale ass niggaz.

Our only pro-bowler was white, maybe we need some more?

In all honesty, I root for the darkies to.

Dude, what a racist prick!

8:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


What really gets my adrenaline pumping regarding Russell is what his own people are saying. Kiffin seems to be very impressed. The way Kiffin speaks of Russell makes me think Russell is actually exceeding expectations at this point. Plus Morrison (on NFL Network) was in awe of how Russell can effortlessly stick the ball in there and how players are gravitating towards him. In a nuttshell that's the whole package right there: Attitide, leadership, hunger, arm, whatever. Now if he can prove to be good in the clutch we have a superstar. If not, hell we'll just run it.

I don't think Blanda meant it like that. He was responding to my comments earlier about Al. More or less, correct me if I'm wrong Blanda, it was more in the context of "If" Kiffin were to leave then we'd still be OK as long as Al keeps a strong leader in place. In other words, I was kind of hinting at how we'd be screwed without Kiffin, and Blanda hinted at how there will be another 'Kiffin' out there if it doesn't work out.


8:18 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...


I tap into just about every availabe resources when it comes to Raider articles, interviews, video, etc. It has been REALLY exciting to hear about the progress Russell has made, the dedication he has shown, the development of his leadership qualities, and his overall general attitude about being a professional AND striving for excellence.

I know it is way too early to make projections on Russell's career path but I'm super optimistic that we indeed have a truly special player on our hands. Russell & McFadden seem to have that "it" quality. Both seem to have the earmarks of potential superstars. If we are so fortunate as to have an elite QB coupled with a superstar RB, we could be in for the best ride of our life.

As far as BR's comment, I don't quite understand the context and I will give BR every chance to clarify. On face value it busted me up because it seemed funny that we would be looking to hire the type of guy we are willing to fire.

My bottom line with Kiffin is that fair or unfair, 2008 needs to be a season where there is an obvious indication that the Raiders are on the verge of becoming a perennial playoff team. Anything less than 8 & 8 should be a MAJOR disappointment to the fans, players, coaching staff, and Al.
Subpar .500 records should never be acceptable.

I love the fact that expectations have risen dramatically. The hardest part for all of us is the waiting for the real bullets to start flying.

9:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although I take a page from the book of Romanowski and don't really put much faith into rookies (McFadden)until they show me something, I couldn't agree more as far as Russell goes and the expectations placed on Kiffin.

Al seems to have 'listened' to whatever Kiffin has been preaching. He's done about as much as anyone could expect. It's Kiffin's turn to produce wins now that Al has pretty much put the keys to the farm on the table.

At the same time I question whether or not these new players are just "more of the same". Are we really improving out talent pool or are these guys just the latest over-paid backups posing as starters?

K.Harris is a huge gamble given his track record at arguably the most vital position on the field considering our young QB. Walker has big question marks and really has only had one season to backup his 'potential'. People question McFadden's ability to stay upright and more importantly stay on the field. Wilson is admittedly a little over-rated for what we're making him out to be around here. And for all we know D.Hall will cuss out Ryan and get benched in week #1, he's been know to do worse.

Not to be a pessimist but I'm just trying to play devil's advocate since I'm bored as hell and someone had to say it. I'm sure any good Raider fan around here can find a way to shoot down every one of those concerns.

Personally I still expect 8-8 or better considering the schedule and th comfort level of entering the 2nd year of our system, not to mention the probable improvements. It's just not a given that our talent has really improved that much until we see how it plays out. Sure would be nice to get a sneak peak at a practice or two.


10:34 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Dejected players have to blame somebody, and the table is already set for the Raiders organization to be the fall-guy. Hell, the media opens that door and practically pushes these guys threw it.

I'm amazed how many haters are still writing about the phantom resignation letter, Kiffin not wearing logos and seeming disinterested in practices, etc. Give me a break already. The guy is the head coach. To change that now would be suicide.

As for guys like Schweigert, Carr, Porter, et al, excuses are like butt holes, everybody's got one.... and some stink worse than others. Next butt hole will be LaMont "I talk too much anyway" Jordan.

5:51 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Always proof before you post... that would be "...pushes through," not "threw."

6:02 AM  
Blogger H said...

Well guys, here's another former Raider - Chris Clemons.

"Kiff really didn't have a lot of rules," Clemons said Thursday. "He's a great guy, he's a great coach. I think he was just coming in and learning. He really didn't have a tight leash on players because he felt like we're grown men. You should already have that respect for a coach, for someone who is above you. And that was the difference there."

It appears some people are actually greatful for the opportunity as opposed to being filled with their own self importance.

And, welcome back take.


7:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahhh Chris Clemons. It's too bad his market value was too high to hang onto him, I'm sure we'd love to have him back. Maybe some other time.

See that jackasses? That's how you don't burn bridges!


8:10 AM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Answer to Calico. Yes. It was also Madden in a nutshell, and Gruden in a nutshell. Davis finds his success with these kinds of coaches. While these personalities are not the same as Flores or even Shell I, I believe the success in those cases as because the players already knew, and accepted these coaches as friends, because they had been together for so long.

But when Davis brings in a new face, he's only had success with the Kiffin patern. I think that's true because 'Kiffin in a nutshell' is also the same as 1960s Davis in a nutshell.

8:42 AM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Calico, Psycho got it right. I'm not advocating the demise of Kiffin. I'm not sure where get that idea, because I've always been very supportive of Kiffin. Psycho is also right that Kiffin has had a lot of influence, and if people can't see that, they are not "long time" Raider fans.

Kiffin and Davis may have argued. Even feuded for a few days. But Davis has never dismissed someone for disagreeing with him. He fires people for failing to disagree with him. Just like on the field, you win in the front office when you have multiple options. Davis wants people to give him those options. If they don't, they're gone.

I don't have any idea how long Kiffin will ultimately be here, but he is certainly NOT on the hot seat. Unless Kiffin can't have a winning season, he'll be here as long as he wants to be here.

That said, when Kiffin goes, if Davis is still here, Davis should follow the same model for hiring he used for Kiffin.

There. Is that clear enough?

8:53 AM  
Blogger 0utlaw said...

To anony that brought up the race issue. It's jackass comments like that which are a fine way to welcome back RT, seriously now I understand why it takes him a while to comeback. He writes a thought provoking blog to have an intelligent discussion with other like minded fans only to have this drivel stain the comments.

Good job a$$, so while you rant on the white boy who can't tackle where is your rant about the front 7 who's job it is to keep the RB off of your last line of defense.

Stu on a good day is an avg safety at best and is by far from the greatest tackler out there, however, it's not his job to be.
And accepting the fact that Stu can't tackle means you adjust your game plan to match your personal only an idiot attempts the same failed experiment twice expecting a different result (Thanks Rob Ryan).

So anony where's your rant on Kelly, Sands or Williams or are you the bigot and only want to single out the white boy?

The only colors I see are Silver & Black not Black & White you should try that too sometime. Moron.

Thanks for playing.

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As far as McF being a Bronco's fan, if any of us were drafted by the Bronco's, wouldn't the one team you'd like to impress the most be the Raiders? Perhaps so they pick you up later in your career or something? The last team I'd like to stink the joint up against would be a team I've rooted for my entire life.

This might be a good thing... it's human nature.

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been saying pretty much the same thing as Blanda... if and when Kiffin goes, I hope Al has learned his lesson with last-gasp retread coaches. They have never worked. Al's best asset is eying young coaching talent... his worst is hiring veteran coaches. A CEO has to recognize his strengths and weaknesses.

12:10 PM  
Blogger H said...

Outlaw, I don't think anyone could say it better. The thought never crossed my mind. Who pays attention to that kind of crap?


1:10 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Outlaw, I read the Ano 12:12 comment, and it was so incoherent I couldn't figure out for the life of me what he was trying to say.

Is this someone threatened by blacks or by whites? Is the insinuation that Raider fans are biggots? That in itself would be rather an amazing statement since the Raiders were the first NFL team to discard race as an issue, and they sit in the probably the most racially diverse city in the country.

Pictures of site regulars and their paramores, passed around recently, would bear witness to this.

Learn this, Ano! If you come here with your nasty ass, Rush Limbaughesque type biggotry, prepare to get kicked in the prune-sack.

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Moving right along, I'm surprised that no one has yet to suggest that Kiff's replacement is already on the staff. If the Raiders stumble out of the gate, how many games will AD wait before moving Lofton to the HC position? I don't know AD as well as some of the veterans on this blog, but I can't see the man letting Kiff finish out a less-than .500 season. It seemed clear to me that Lofton's hiring was no different than some of our off-season roster moves meant to stir up the pot and remind the vets that job security would be based on performance. While as fans we seem in agreement that .500 or better should secure Kiff's job, we don't know how high AD has set the bar for this young team.

5:26 PM  
Blogger kigleigh said...

Here's to the new regime guys,collective responsibility,no place to hide from your mistakes & a vibrant young influx of free-agent talent.I too am glad of the upgrade at safety,Wilson should add something we've been sadly missing for years,But....
Lets not forget that Stu was a stand-up guy and a tireless worker for bay area charities.He may have had his faults as a player but was a guy who was always willing to take responsibility for mistakes.I for one hope he goes on to a successful career on another NFL team because ,lets be honest guys,who wouldn't have regrets? and maybe be a little bitter leaving the most historied team in the league for who knows where?
Good luck for the future Stu,IMO a player who ,for one reason or another never utilised his talent to the full. Rather than a problem child/bad egg.At least he was a stand-up guy,maybe his best never lived up to the RAIDERS long history of great safeties but he was no petulant Moss or Porter either.

5:33 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Personally, I don't think there's anything to rumors that Kiffin could be gone before season's end for any reason (baring, of course, a simply dreadful start). Lofton wasn't hired to replace Kiffin. Lofton was hired because the WR coach last year dropped the ball on the developement of Higgins.

That's the first thing that we actually heard from inside the Raiders. The coaching staff was disappointed in the Higgin's development. All of the 'Kiffin wants Ryan gone' BS, and the rumored feud between Kiffin and Davis was only stirred by the media. As far as we know, the first time the departure of Ryan was addressed, it was addressed by Ryan.

Kiffin said there was some truth to the rumors, but he said is was nothing on the scale that had been reported, and he didn't specify which parts (or part) of the rumors were true.

Right now there are amazing reports about what Lofton is bringing to the WR corps - and THAT'S why Lofton is here.

Unless Kiffin starts out in the neighborhood of, say, 1-5, he ain't goin' no where.

The only coach in Raider history that Al dismissed mid-season was Shanarat - and it wasn't because of his record. It was because of the head games he was playing with the rest of the staff and players (typical of Shanarat, I might add, even back to his days with the 49ers). When Davis named Shell upon the firing of Shanarat, Shell was only made "interim HC." He earned the permanent job because he turned the team around through the rest of the season.

5:39 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

I, too, have always had respect for Stu. In fact, I remember standing up for him after his patty-cake down the field (considering the offensive player had run out of bounds).

I respect Stu for his local charity work, and I respect him for fighting off the competition every season to retain the starting job. But the sad fact is, the competition they threw at him was never that good.

Personally, I think Stu's a stand up guy who will have a long career in the NFL as a journeyman player. He'll spend his career on Special Teams, backing up the starters, and as a situational substitute. And he might have been back here if he hadn't mouthed off. Hell... Maybe he'll be back here anyway if he doesn't sign with anyone else. Stranger things have happened.

5:47 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

BR: Thanks for the clarification on your earlier comment. It must have been the wording or my lack of understanding about the context.

However, finding another "young energetic coach who can lead to the Raider tradition by the force of his energy, intelligence, and professional demands" is much easier said than done.

The fact that we've only had 3 HCs that fit that description (Madden, Gruden, Kiffin) in 40+ years proves that evident. This is another reason that it is so crucial for the Kiffin/Davis relationship to work in 2008 AND the Raiders play .500 or better.

Honestly. Who wants to go looking for another "diamond in the rough"?

The stark reality is that if the Raiders get off to a bad start and/or finish the season below .500, we might "settle" on James Lofton or go to the retread well again.

Most importantly, if the coaching carousel starts up again, the efforts to rebuild the team will be delayed and set back again. Since we have a VERY young nucleus of players, the last thing we need right now is a new staff, new schemes, new systems, philosophy etc.

More to the Stu dialog:

It should be clear as day that Stu is not a good football player. He might be a nice guy, a good guy, a charitable guy ... yada, yada, yada ... but who really cares?

Review of Big Baby Stu:
* Stu was not good in pass coverage
* Stu was not good in run support
* Stu was not a good tackler
* Stu was not a playmaker
* Stu had bad technique, instincts, and awareness
* Stu was not aggressive, physical, fast nor strong
* Stu was not a leader
* Stu was a marginal ST player

Please name 1 positive football skill or attribute that Stu possessed?

Enough about Stu. I wish him no ill will but the guy simiply isn't worth discussing.

6:50 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

One thing that disturbed me about Schweigert (and Carr) is that he regularly lined up too far off the LOS. One game announcer observed Chris Carr playing so far back that he questioned why he was even on the field (I believe different zip code was mentioned). Because both players regularly lined up that way, it may have been a coaching problem. Whatever the reason, both of these guys were absolutely useless in run support.

I believe the reason Stu was given such a long leash (not to be confused with scholarship) was that he had such a great collegiate career. He was known in college as a playmaker; something that obviously didn't carry over to the NFL.

Hopefully, the 2-year project with Huff playing SS won't cause a problem in his transition to FS.

5:29 AM  
Blogger kigleigh said...

Calico Jack, R.E.Stu....When you list his shortcomings like that and add the fact that he's had a pop at the RAIDERS organisation too.It's hard to feel too sorry for the guy,i was simply pointing out by mentioning the charity work etc. that he was actually a very popular guy rather than a me-me player and locker room cancer like Moss.I agree that it is not worth any more discussion,it's time for the future and i think we have a big upgrade at the Safety position.Let the hitting begin...

2:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

here we go again.....

IT COULD HAPPEN! i mean, what's to stop davis from moving again once the lease is up? no lease renewal, no commitment to stay. davis will pull up stakes once again.

THEN AGAIN, if the Whiners leave, we have this market to ourselves! i hope santa clara slams the door on 'em!

6:17 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Scorpio... What? Are you just looking for any dark cloud you can hang your hat on? If Davis has publicly stated that he wants two more rings before he hangs it up, do you really expect him to spend valuable time moving again? First off, Davis only threatens to pull up stakes if he feels he's not getting something he's entitled to, and you hear those rumblings well in advance. Davis looks to have resolved his issues with Oakland.

Here's a piece of media crap you:

"McFadden's agent, Ian Greengross, is scheduled to meet with the team's contract negotiators next week. Figures on both sides are optimistic a deal could be struck in June, which would be something of a landmark for the Raiders.

"Last year, the Raiders didn't sign No. 1 overall draft pick JaMarcus Russell until Sept. 11 - two days after the season opener."

That was the ever brilliant David White.

Really? It would be something of a "landmark" to get McFadden to camp on time? In the entire history of the Raiders they have failed to get their #1 pick to camp ONE time. But now it's a landmark if they get it done. Really?

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't want to bring up the David White article just to keep the presence of evil off RT's page. He even listed each signing date since 1995, just to prove his own statement to be rediculous I guess.

This place in now tainted with lies!


10:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

has jordan been cut yet?

1:14 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Since Jordan didn't do his work as a player, the Raiders aren't looking for the first opportunity to cut Jordan. They're looking for the last. Jordan may be on the roster a couple more weeks, but he'll be gone by camp.

3:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

blanda, what are you talking about? isn't it true that once a lease is done, thats it! a team can go where ever they want to go?

"Davis only threatens to pull up stakes if he feels he's not getting something he's entitled to" - which is what?

ok, so he resolved his issues with oakland now what? now that he has his legal issues handled, its a free and clear move once the lease ends.

how committed is this guy to REALLY staying in the area? i would go for him relocating the team to a better place HERE in the bay, especially if the Whiners leave.

there's no sure thing he'll stay come 2010 so we can go on wondering.

3:40 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Scorpio, I thought you and I had been through this. When Davis left Oakland in 1981 it wasn't just because he thought LA was a greener pasture. At first Davis threatened to leave Oakland unless he had a larger cut of the refreshment sales and luxury boxes (the same as the rest of the NFL teams). But then Oakland negotiated with him and they worked it out. He left because he had an agreement worked out with the City of Oakland waiting to be signed. Then Rosell came in and told Oakland not to worry about what had been negotiated because the league would not allow Davis to leave. Oakland pulled the proposed contract off the table so Davis moved. That's also why he sued both the City of Oakland and the NFL and won.

When he came back, he came back for two reasons. LA had never given anything they promised EVER. The other reason was there was simply nobody showing up at the stadium. Every pro-football team that's ever been in LA has had exactly that same problem. That's why the Chargers left, that's why the Rams left, and that's why the Express folded faster than any other USFL team.

So part of the reason that Davis came back here was the dedicated fan base. Of course, if people start boycotting Raider games, he just might move. But I doubt he'd go back to LA. More likely he'd go to the city that was vacated by a team moving to LA. So if the 49ers bite on the deal, he might start looking for a stadium deal in SF or even Santa Clara if he thought it would eventually create more revenue.

When Davis was demanding that any team moving to LA pay him the value of his territorial rights, that is standard business practice and it had nothing to do with him wanting to move back there. Obviously that's true because he didn't, and there were at least two opportunities for him to do so.

Davis is in the East Bay to stay. However, if Oakland, as they have been known to do, refuses to be reasonable when the lease is being renegotiated, then Davis might move. But a suggestion of that happening won't even materialize until it is time to start the renegotiation process.

4:33 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Oh, and the point of that last statement is that when it comes time for Oakland and the Raiders to renegotiate the lease, the currently LA deal will likely have been taken or died from lack of takers. Other owners learned something from Davis' and the Rams experience as well. Even the league learned something from that experience, which is why they awarded the last expansion to Houston and not LA.

4:38 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

The most likely teams to jump on the LA stadium deal are SD, Minny, New Orleans, or JAX.

Unlike other LA ventures, this one is rock solid. The developer already owns the land, has done the environmental reports, has a proven track record (see Staples Center), has a good relationship with commissioner Goodell, and last but not least, this stadium requires ZERO public assistance.

The stadium plans are a remarkable, cutting edge design that will include a beer garden, restaurants, shopping area, and will be a prime target for future Super Bowls.

As soon as any team commits to relocate, the developer is ready to break ground.

If you haven't already seen the incredible architect plans, it is worth visiting the site:

My guess: Los Angeles Chargers

7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey cj,
it looks a little bit like how the old oakland-alameda coliseum looked, with a little taste of the old sombrero in tampa and adelphia stadium where the titans play.
it looks to be near the city of industry too (irwindale?), isn't that where al was wanting to build a stadium for the raiders?
in the video it also looks as if there is a baseball stadium. i wonder if the dodgers are thinking about moving out of the chavez ravine area? they need to, unfortunately. not because it's a bad stadium, but the location of the stadium is keeping fans away.
anyway, it's a nice stadium, but i think it follows the same format that al davis wanted (with modern upgrades) for the irwindale site. it's funny, because they show a "miller's beer garden" and in irwindale, right next to where al was building, was a miller's factory.
it wouldn't surprise me if the raiders moved there, but like you said, someone could beat them to the punch. my two cents, they are the "oakland raiders."

6:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you know, if the raiders do move down there, they should take note of the los angeles angels of anaheim name; and name themselves "the oakland raiders of los angeles."

6:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think we need to build a high speed train from LA to Oakland. If I could make it there in an hour or so I'd never miss a game. It will also come in handy if/when they move back to LA, then back to Oakland after 10 years.

So the Skins think Stu can replace Taylor huh?


6:45 AM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

The other reason Al isn't going to move is because I'm not planning on moving anywhere. When I moved to LA, the Raiders followed me down. When I came back, they came back. If I move anywhere, it might be the Dominican Republic after I retire (everything is cheap there). How does the "Santo Domingo Raiders" sound?

8:42 AM  
Blogger PantyRaider said...

Still Pimping "McFabulous"....

Here is a quoat from his blog...

I was watching highlights of all the running backs. There was this one highlight when Dallas was playing Washington and they had the ball near the goalline. Tony Dorsett took the handoff, dipped inside, put his foot in the hole, spun and then bounced it outside. He left the defenders crashing into each other and scored. I know after watching that there are some things he did that I wouldn't mind picking up.

I like his positive attitude and he let's us in on alot of what is going on that we never here about...Did you know that every year every team sends it's rookies to the "H-o-F" for some history lessons...

Each team sends its rookies to Canton in order to learn about the history of the game. We had history with us because two of our Hall of Famers, Willie Brown and Ted Hendricks, went with us.

Now how cool is that....I know I am going to love see'in my boy tear it up on MonDayNight....

PantyRaider..."RT" was "Rip-van-Wrinkle" but is now awake....Hope ya had a nice nap Bro and feel refreshed....

8:49 AM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

A couple of interesting things. Jason Jones says that during the mini-camp the press will closely scrutinize Kiffin to determine his status. Can't you just see the print now. "At one point Kiffin pulled a handkerchief out of his pocket and wiped it across his nose, sending the clear signal to the assembled press corps that he was going to 'blow' this place any time now."

9:01 AM  
Blogger PantyRaider said...


Cambodia-n-Thailand already have some RaiderFans so my vote is for the "Raiders-of-Siam" and I can help recruit the "ChereLeaders" along with CalicoJack...We would have a beautiful squad of "Small-Browny"s....Very Sexy...Psycho would love it...

The cheap rent-n-food will help off-set the extra travel expense...


9:01 AM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Stu signed with the Redskins. The Redskins thinks he can play SS. I mentioned a long time ago, before Gibril Wilson was a glint in Al Davis' eye, that the Raiders ought to swap positions between Huff and Schweigert. Stu can play in the box. He can make a tackle in a crowded field where the runner is coming right at him. What he can't do is find the right angle on an open field tackle.

And Jordan is still here. He may actually be here until the final cut - or at least until camp. I think that before the Raiders release him they will want to find out a couple of things. Is Fargas for real, or was last year just a fluke due to circumstances? What does Bush look like against actual competition? What is there to explore in the undiscovered country where the unknown RBs hide deep down on the roster?

The Raiders know very well, and experienced last year, that a team must be prepared with three potential starters heading into the season. If Fargas, Bush, and McFadden are all what they appear to be, Jordan is gone. If Fargas is really only a journeyman, or if Bush/McFadden aren't really NFL worthy, but there is someone else further down the line who can do what Jordan does, Jordan is gone. OR - Jordan winds up as our #3.

Time to start a pool. My bet - Jordan is gone after one week of training camp.

9:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with Blanda, I'm waiting the "reporters" spin on how they view Kiffin's actions. Maybe some samples.

Raiders camp report:
Kiffin appeared agitated with some defensive players who weren't hustling, which suggests to reporters nearby that he and Al Davis are at odds again over Rob Ryan still being the D-Coordinator.
Later in the day, Kiffin was seen picking in his ear, which suggest to reporters nearby that he has been waxed.
In a final desparate act, Kiffin hacked up a loogie, suggesting to reporters nearby that he is spitting on Al Davis' grave.

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, my bet on Jordan is he is gone by Saturday.

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Jordan bet is he'll be released the day Al has convinced himself Denver/KC won't pick him up. Maybe T.Henry is holding things up. My guess, 1st round of cuts during pre-season.


2:05 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Two great minds with but a single thought!

Psycho, that occurred to me as well. It looks like Shanarat played one too many head games on Henry which led to an "altercation." So they booted Henry. Now maybe Al is worried that Shanarat will pick up Jordan.

That in and of itself would not worry me - except for two games a season. Jordan has enough where he could put together a couple of good games just to torch his old teammates.

When Shanarat replaces Jordan, then maybe Jordan will be moved.

3:22 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

"Feed me!"

Kiffin says that McFadden is learning FAST. Much faster than anticipated, and he has to resist to growing temptation to give McFadden too much, too soon.

"Feeeeed me!"

Even Fargas says that McFadden is learning in the classroom at a lightening pace.


I can see the Broncos now. "Just throw some meat at him!!"

3:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not sure if anyone's seen this but....

4:57 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

I was pleased to hear Burgess looked sharp. JMac said that as well on his blog. It looks like they might be exploring some trade options for Jordan. It could be that the Raiders are asserting that they will not release Jordan until after training camp, so if teams have an idea of scooping him up, they'll get him late, fat, and out of shape (uh, so what would be different?). This would provide the Raiders with a little leverage to get some value.

As for Nnamdi, they aren't going to complete a deal with Nnamdi until they finalize the contract with McFadden. But there's really no rush as long as the Raiders are willing to pony up the bucks. And they will get a long term contract done. Davis brought Hall in to JOIN Nnamdi, not replace him.

5:27 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

The BEST thing that could ever happen to the Raiders is for Jordan to be cut and either the KC Condiments or Denver Donkeys pick him up.

Jordan is damaged goods ... multiple injuries, slow, fat, and mentally unprepared.

The day I worry about Jordan striking fear in my heart is the day I quit living.

If KC or Denver is so desperate to acquire Jordan that in itself is an indicator of how their RB depth chart is shaky at best.

McFadden, Bush, and Fargas ... now that 3 headed monster WILL strike fear in opponent's hearts!

8:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

at least newberry didn't talk smack on his way out.....

12:12 AM  
Blogger PantyRaider said...

The only thing scary about Jordan is our "DL" if it hasn't improved...if the "Donko"s want him they will give up a 3rd like they did for Claret...Heeee! Haaaah!...What the "Donko"s-n-"Squaw"s want is an insider to tell them how to beat Kiffin's "O"...

PantyRaider...MonDayNight Baby!!!!

12:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kiffin hinted that they are looking at a couple possible trades with Jordan. I wonder if it involves a deal for Jason Taylor. Send a RB who is unhappy here to the fins for an DE who is unhappy there.
I think we would have to give them more than Jordan, so anyone have any guesses as to who could go with him? Isaiah Ekejiubah, and maybe a pick in next year's draft could be a good trade.

6:30 AM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...


From Jason Jones about Russell:

"Russell looked sharp and seemed to be making the right reads. He even practiced looking off receivers when there were no defenders in drills."

A Raider QB looking off receivers?? I don't think I've seen that since Gannon.

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


If the Donkeys just want a spy then they might be better off getting a cheaper guy who bothered to learn our blocking scheme. Jordan seems to have an 'empty' quality about him.

Speaking of which, it's good to hear McFadden isn't so 'empty'.


9:57 AM  
Blogger H said...

If the Geldings want a spy they could just hire someone from the Patsy staff.

I don't think we will hold onto Jordan all through camp. If he gets hurt they are on the hook for his salary. They would have to hold him out of practice the entire camp.

A possible trade is probably being discussed. But, now a days most teams roll the dice and wait for them to be released. Miami didn't release Culpepper until around July 1st last year, if memory serves.


12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New from Jerry McD.


2:26 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Psycho, did you see that report on Burgess. One has to truly respect the man for keeping contract problems away from the practice field. That is SO rare!

I hope Al finds a way to reward that loyalty. Since Al is a man who reportedly values loyalty above all else, I think he will. I hope he will.

4:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah man, not to mention he's already blowing by RT's like they're not there. So I guess that means Henderson is not yet ready.


4:49 PM  
Blogger RaiderRealist said...

I just love so-called experts:

We have yet to play a single game, yet this "expert" already expects us to "crash and burn." Of course, this is par for the course when last year another "expert" stated that it was an open secret that JRuss didn't want to be a Raider(even though JRuss was looking for a house in Oakland at the time).

Thank goodness for guys like JMac
and Jason Jones who report what they see rather than "call around."

5:12 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Yeah, he's an idiot. On two levels. First the Raiders didn't go off on a spending spree to mass super stars. They selectively signed the best players available a positions of need, and upgraded for depth. What made people's jaws drop was what they spent on players already with the team - Sands, Kelley, Fargas, and the franchise tag amount placed on Nnamdi.

The second level is that he completely shows his ignorance regarding the cap. The cap is the reaction to free agency, and the reason it's there is to keep ONE team from locking up great players forever - not to keep them from acquiring new ones. The most recent example is the 49ers, where Eddie DeBartelo and Carmen Policy brought brief cases full of cash to players at the airport to keep the money off the books and subvert the cap. As we all know, the 49ers during that period were very successful at hanging on to players, which was a major factor in their success. Once that spigot was shut off, look at where they've come.

5:27 PM  
Blogger H said...

Reports from camp appear to be positive. Even Tui says the attitude is totally different from when he left.

Jordan's agent has been allowed to actively seek a trade, which means he will be re-negotiating his contract.

Now, sadly, beginning on Saturday, I will be absent for one to two months with only an occasional dirve by. The military association I belong to is needing my near undivided attention. And, in the spirit of teamwork I will be there for them.

They wont let me play with explosives any more, so I'm not sure what good I'll be to them. But, whatever it is I'm up to the mission.


10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember that shot you got in your ass when you signed up? It was probably experimental and they're going to check you for ass cancer and other side affects. Have fun whatever it is!

Did you read the other day Howard was able to stay stride for stride with McFadden? I knew he was fast, but damn.


12:29 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Pyscho: Howard is the fasted LB in the entire NFL. If I'm DC for a day, I utilize Howard's speed off the edge once or twice a game to blitz the QB.

Speaking of "experimental" shots ..
I was poked with a dose of Anthrax when I was in Ops Desert Storm. The shot caused my body to break out into welts from head to toe. Of course there was a silver lining ... I got to spend 4 days in Rhiad being pampered by some foxy British RNs, enjoyed some hot meals, and had a civil shower!

5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just got this email from the raiders. thought i'd pass it on:

June 5th, 2008:
Darren McFadden Officially Signs

As a Raiders Season Ticket Holder, we want you to be the first to know that The Oakland Raiders have officially signed RB Darren McFadden to his player contract. McFadden signed the contract at the Raiders training facility in Alameda where he has been participating in Mini-Camp.

Log on to for complete press conference coverage at 11:00 a.m. PST tomorrow

11:09 PM  
Blogger H said...

Good one Psycho. Calico, we always had medics on our team so we never got to see any nurses unless we got really messed up. I was out before DS, so thanks for your service.

Since this is my last day on the blog for a bit I guess I need to make the best of it.

McFadden is signed. Good. That will keep the media scratching their heads for a while. How can this happen when they all know the Raiders can't get anyone into camp on time. At least that's the way they write it.

Next is Jordan, I think he will be released soon now that McFadden is signed. After that Nnamdi. Whatever we have left will be divided up amongst the remaining draft picks.

On America's Game last night they had the '76 Raiders. Best line from the show came from Bill King in the pregame for the AFC Championship game. "When the Raiders play the Steelers, it's not whether you win or loose, it's whether you have Blue Cross."

But, watching those films in real time (not slow motion as they are like to do) I had forgotten how quick Stabler's release was. When he made up his mind that ball was gone.


5:36 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

McFadden is "football first." You have to admire that about the guy. Whatever money he signed for, you know he could have received more. But he's so focused on playing football, he and his family made a priority of getting a contract behind them.

This is an absolute contrast from last year, when Russell and (mostly) his representation were too greedy to sign, and money was clearly made a priority over football.

I know it's "a business," but how much money is enough? Darren McFadden knows that answer.

Despite being a life-long Broncos fan, and idolizing Terrell Davis (nobody's perfect), Run DMc has proven exemplary in every way.

6:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McFadden signed a 6-year deal, reportedly worth up to $60 mil and he got $26 mil guaranteed.

It's a lot more than last years' #4 pick but all things considered it looks like a good deal both both sides to me.


6:25 AM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Now... That's journalism! Nice goin' Spander.

8:57 AM  
Blogger RaiderRealist said...

Here's some fodder for your dart boards:

We get McFadden signed the first week in June, but now we must worry about team chemistry. Does it ever end?

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Folks, I know that this isn't Raider-related, but I have to announce it for you anyway.

RIP Jim McKay

I grew up watching him call Wide World of Sports.

In my humble opinion, this was one of the most likeable media types I've ever seen.

You will be missed, my friend.



Sportscaster Jim McKay dies at 86
Jun 7 10:55 AM US/Eastern
NEW YORK (AP) - Jim McKay, the veteran and eloquent sportscaster thrust into the role of telling Americans about the tragedy at the 1972 Munich Olympics, has died. He was 86.

McKay died Saturday, said ABC, the network with which he was long affiliated. The cause of death was not immediately given.

McKay was host of ABC's "Wide World of Sports" for decades. The influential weekend series introduced viewers to all manners of strange, compelling and far-flung sports events.

But he was suddenly placed in the role of a newscaster in 1972 when Israeli athletes were kidnapped in Munich. As viewers followed the gripping story, McKay told how the hostages were killed in a commando raid.

McKay was the father of Sean McManus, president of CBS News and Sports.

8:42 AM  
Blogger PantyRaider said...

Glad to see my boy is "NOT" a true charecture issue....He singed before any other player drafted by the Raiders this year...He will go out on the field and make us all happy he is a Raider and a Football Player at heart...There will be a lot of teams angree that they passed on an opertunity to draft this kid....He will prove them all wrong and give the Raiders the "Rushin Title" for years to come....

Can't wait to see him teamed with Bush and kickin some "DonkeyASS"...MonDayNight....

PantyRaider...Still Pimping!!!!

10:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can there be alot of teams angry that they passed on McFadden when only three teams passed on McFadden?

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lot of teams had opportunities to move up and grab him.


1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was checking out a Kiffin interview on

He was talking about changing the culture of losing around here and pointing fingers, making excuses etc...

It was interesting because Kiffin says he actually sets them up and provides opportunities for them to show their true colors and resort back to those things. And for the most part they're showing good accountability and just trying to improve.

It looks like the guy is doing about as good as anyone could do as far as changing all that. It seems like we've really improved in that area.


2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which teams had opportunities to trade up and grab him? Were these opportunties documented somewhere? Could you provide a link? According to my count, only Miami, St. Louis and Atlanta passed on McFadden.

3:18 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

The positive vibe of the Raiders in 2008 can be partly attibuted to the progress of Russell and the quick signing of the refreshingly humble McFadden. These 2 young, talented players will be the folcrum of an exciting new era in Raider football. Just thinking about the possibilities of an explosive offense has me giddy with hope. The difference in being a fair to average team and a good to above average team will be determined by our run D.

10:45 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

So many new cogs in the machine. Actually, I won't be surprised if we stumble a bit on offense out of the box. Training camp and pre-season will be huge for us, to get everybody on the same page. The key will be determining how many reps these guys need to play consistently as a unit.

It will be up to Kiffin to know when to put his foot on the pedal and when to ease off the gas a bit.

I will take one step further and say our strength early on will be on D. The explanation may be as simple as saying we expect the opposite (remember last year). But that’s too easy. The truth is there will be less movement at key positions, and new players like Wilson and Hall bring considerable upgrade to their positions.

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was widely known that ATL was a willing trade partner for anyone willing to jump up and grab McFadden, Dorsey or whoever.

In a draft where everyone talks to everyone about every possible situation, I don't see the logic in thinking nobody else had the chance to move up ahead of us. Why do you think the Raiders were so nervous that it would happen? Why all the misdirection?

The fact of the matter is nobody put their money on the table. Maybe it was the 'questionable character' or 'weak legs' or whatever that kept those teams from pulling the trigger. But after all the talk of trading up, not one NFL team was willing to put enough to grab him, and many were in position to do so.

So to Panty's main point, McFadden has shown nothing but great character up to this point. He seems like a real 'football player' at heart. And whoever questioned it before the draft just may turn out to be dead wrong, wishing they'd made a move.


6:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think our concern offensively is still the O-line, and wide receiver. These positions will give us a good season, or it will be lackluster. Our season rests on these positions, and that's scary. Receiver more so because our top 3 (Walker, Carter, and Curry) are coming off injury, and we have no consistant depth behind them.
Going into the last 5 offseasons, we've needed to improve the offensive line; and though our line played well, we went into the offseason needing a solid LT. We did not get one. BIG CONCERN. Don't be fooled, Kwame Harris has not shown good ability at LT, and Mario Henderson is showing he may not be a good RT; and that's before we put on pads!
The first step to good blocking is your footwork, which is what the o-line in this camp is suppose to work on (since it is "no contact"). That's my concern with Harris and Henderson, they don't have good footwork.
This leads to the second step to good blocking, seeing what's coming. Good footwork will allow you to see your "blocking zone" and what's coming your way to adjust, and chip.
This leads to the third step to good blocking, angles. You have to have good footwork and the ability to see your zone to get a good blocking angle to plaster a rushing defender. Again, this is my concern with Harris and Henderson; these were the things that this camp was establishing, and Harris and Henderson failed tremendously at all 3 of these. Again this is pre-pads, but if they can't get these 3 things down, when we put on the pads, things won't be much better.
These 2 clowns better be working with Cable on establishing these things before camp, watching film, and working on their technique. Otherwise, it won't matter if we have the Flash at RB, and Superman at QB if we don't have anyone capable enough to play LT and RT.

7:26 AM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

A bit of forward thinking, regarding something NYRaider said.

One of the things we'll have to remember here is that there are a lot of new players on the Raiders. In the old days, when you had six preseason games to work with, you could spend some time on figuring out how to gel the players. You would have time to focus a little on what each of your starters could bring to the table. With only four preseason games, that means all of those games are geared at weeding down to the final 53.

Teams, now days, must tinker into the the regular season. With so many new players, the Raiders will very likely get off to a slow start. It will be up to Kiffin to keep the team focused on winning even in the face of a couple of tough losses.

But when those "tough losses" occur expect the press to start the Lofton count down. There won't be any basis for it, but it will be repeated over and over like a known, familiar fact.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

RaiderNate: I share your concern about our OTs. The conern I have with LT Harris is his pass blocking and specifically, his ability to handle speedy end rushers. The conern I have with RT Green is (a) his consistency (b) being injury free. As far as OT Henderson, he seems to be at least 1 full year away from being a potential starter in the NFL.

As far as the WR group, we clearly need a identify a solid #4 WR to step up in case Walker, Carter, or Curry get hurt.

BlandaRocked: I agree that it will take some time for our new players/young players to get up to speed and round into form. Unfortunately, Kiffin can ill afford a "slow start". 2 & 2 at the quarter mark would be ok but if we go 1 & 3, I worry about the "uh oh, here we go again" factor, the negative media avalanche, and ultimately, Kiffin's job security. Although it might not seem fair, Kiffin/Raiders desperately need to get off to a good start to wash off the 5 year stain of ineptitude. Building positive momentum, gaining traction, seeing tangible success early & often in 2008 is vital. All 3 units need to pull their weight this season.

7:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if the Raiders start out 1-3 or 0-4 then I think Al will fire him during the bye week and replace him with Lofton.

8:44 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Personally, I think Kiffin is safe for 2008. Lofton as a replacement for Kiffin is nothing more than media speculation. For that theory to be correct, Kiffin would have had no say in his hiring, and we all know that he did. If Davis wanted Lofton, he would have hired him instead of Shell. Lofton is here because he's a hell of a WR coach, and that has been reported consistently at OTAs. The Raiders coaching of WRs last year was terrible. Nobody came close to a 1000 yard season, and Higgins wasn't developed at all. I think it more likely, IF Kiffin were fired at mid-season, that his replacement would be Knapp because that keeps the system intact for the season.

However, the press never concerns themselves with facts that don't fit into a sensational story. They find that they can easily replace facts with things they made up, or that were made up and told to them. So if the Raiders have a slow start (in fact, even if they just lose the opening game) the local press will begin the Kiffin Guillotine Countdown.

And if the Raiders only win 8 games, expect that countdown to last the entire season. And when the season is over, expect the press to tell you that it has already been decided that Kiffin is gone. Folks are only waiting for Davis to find a replacement.

At that point, if Davis intends to keep Kiffin, we'll get told that Davis only backed off of firing Kiffin to make the press look like they made the whole thing up, because, as we all know, "where there's smoke there's fire." That's - like - one of the dumbest platitudes there is.

9:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Higgins seems to be doing well under Lofton. Can't wait to see how far he's come in pre-season.


9:26 AM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

So, America's worst newspaper trots out its latest hit piece on the Raiders. This one from John Ryan.

Allow me to ask, does the Mercury have any sports reporter (or someone playing "reporter" in the sand pile) who covers the Raiders and actually likes them? Oh, never mind. I already know the answer.

How far the Mercury has fallen. Once they did stories warning of the CIA selling drugs to inner-city kids in order to make money for illegal/covert wars. But they've abandoned that with a new, stronger determination. They intend to save the Bay Area from Al Davis having control over his own team. Hmmm... Do I smell a Pulitzer - burning in the trash can?

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello NATION what is up?????

fist of all wat to say that this is my first post on this blog, I typically post on Jerry Macs blog at IBA but it is full of trolls so I wiil become a regular here.

Juust wanted to say we will be a good team this year, and will shock a lot of teams. I have read all the negative comments and I just smile. the mediots have no Idea what we are building.

It really is the NATION against eveyone else which is cool we should be used to it.

The AFC west is a NATION birthright and we will return to greatness.....

Take care guys

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A year ago, 75% would have said SOB would be next in line.

If Kiff is fired, I think SOB will be the replacement (unless SOB prefers to stay at DC, which is more hands on and 'mad-scientist' like position).

That said, I don't think kiff will be fired.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Welcome aboard! I left Jerry's blog as well. This place is much better if you want to eliminate the nonsense. Well, most of it. OK maybe just part of it. No...Nevermind.

Anyway, the only immaturity you'll find around here is my rediculous habbit of sniping every #100...#200 milestone post per 5 spaces above. I'm no better than the guys at Jerry's who fight over the "FIRST" or "UNO" post.

Slow right now but it'll pick up next month. This makes for difficult sniping...


1:51 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...


Psycho is correct. And we all allow him his snipes. Only occasionally do we steal one to spank him for being late.

He's getting pretty fast though.

Of course, RaiderTake hasn't been posting as much as JMac. Probably spending time with his family and such. What kind of BS is that?

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blanda, I read the link you posted from the San Jose Mercury News, and I don't see what the big deal was. It was just a speculation article and was not meant to be reported in fact. Why are you getting your panties in a bunch over some stupid column?

3:08 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Basically the idea of the column was "don't depend on McFadden because history shows he's going to be a bust." Then it occurred to me that the Mercury doesn't have one sports guy who would be caught dead saying anything positive about the Raiders. Seems to me they are grossly disrespecting a fairly sizable portion of local readers who'd like to know how their team is doing. So not only are they truly bad at "news," they are truly bad at "business." San Jose deserves better.

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm looking forward to a solid year from the raiders.
i think 7-8 wins would be a great step ahead.

when you consider there will be, essentially, a rookie qb, and a rook rb, we should expect to see some bumps in the road.
but also, we should see some, or many flashes of a brilliant future.

of course there are still some holes. i don't know how well we will stop the rush, and how well rob ryan will scheme the defense.

i've stated many times in the past, i just hate that mans passive philosophy of defense.
it really turns my stomach, and it really has to be changed.

otherwise, i believe the raiders will compete hard in every quarter of every game because the character of the players is vastly improved, as well as the talent.

5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fine Blanda, if you hate the San Jose Mercury News so much, then don't bother reading it. Obviously they get under your skin and cause you to get angry over their reporting and writing styles, so why subject yourself to what they have to say? Are you drawn to the paper or something?

6:12 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Hey Anon,

Is it asking too much of a major media source like the SJM who covers the Raiders to have:

(1) balanced reporting
(2) insightful articles
(3) cater on ocassion to the vast majority of its readers who are Raider fans

Yeah, you can say "Don't read it... blah, blah, blah." As a consumer we all have choices but it stikes me as VERY odd that a newspaper in the heart of Raider country is so bias, speculative, and frankly, unprofessional.

Have the standards of good journalism dropped so low that the SJM should get a free pass? Is it so crazy to you that a die hard Raider fan is annoyed with the SJM's shoddy journalism? We've all got our opinions and certainly a blog is an ideal place to vent and share your perspectives.

For future reference, if you want your opinions to be valued and respected you might consider signing your name to your posts. Otherwise it is nothing more than another anonymous poster trying to get under the skin of RT's loyal readers. In other words, if you got a pair, reach down and grab them.

10:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm troubled at guessing how many wins we will have this year. Like the beginning of last year, we are coming into this season with too many "if" factors. We have great potential this year "if" our receivers Walker, Carter, and Curry can stay healthy (with nobody behind them, and all 3 coming off knee injuries). We have great potential "if" our Offensive Line continues to improve overall, and "if" Kwame Harris can be the player everyone knows he can be. We have great potential "if" our defensive line can prove they can stuff the run. Now with Sapp out of the way, the claim is we have players back at their "natural" positions at DT that can better contribute to that. We have great potential "if" our offense can control the clock, and manage to move the ball.
These are all the same "ifs" we've been discussing for the last 3 seasons! I think we need to put a fire under Kwame Harris (much like we needed to do with Barry Sims), and sign someone who is going to give him competition. I've posted this part on CJ's site too. Let's see what you think.
Currently, the Free Agent list at the LT position has these "potential" players we could sign, that aren't bad and could give Kwame Harris a run for his money:
Nat Dorsey 6'7, 335 lbs Browns
Anthony Clement 6'8 320 lbs Jets
Stockar McDougle 6'6", 340 lbs* Jags
Wayne Gandy 6'5 315 lbs Falcons
Brandon Gorin 6'6 308 lbs
Cory Lekkerkerker 6'7 323 Unknown
Sean Locklear 6'4 308 Seahags

I think Stockar McDougle would be outstanding here. A big guy, who knows how to put a hurting on. The problem though is his weight is a concern for our system, I don't know if he has the speed to play in a ZBS. Which is why you see our O-line thin out a little. I would love to have him though because he's physical (think Art Shell physical).
But Lekkerkerker would be our best choice out of this group to fit our system in his size and knowledge as he's coming into his 4th season. My second choice would be Locklear, then Clement, then Dorsey, and then Gandy. We could probably get Lekkerkerker for a good price, as well as Dorsey and Clement (age on Clement is a concern, but he's played in this system for awhile with the Kites).

I think the Raiders need to address this situation at LT, and possibly RT before I will truly start getting my hopes up. I posted earlier that I was sorely disappointed to read that Harris and Henderson struggled at this "no contact" mini-camp.

At WR, there are a few good solid guys that we could sign. Chris Henry would be huge. I know, the guy has severe off the field problems, but Al Davis is good at building a contract that compensates better behavior. With his talent, I'd love to see him on our team as a solid #2 that will stretch the field for Walker. The other one is Koren Robinson, same type of issues, but knowing Al, he could make it work. Rashied Davis is the third, but he's a Restricted Free Agent. With either Chris Henry or Koren Robinson, we have deepened our roster at this point. And because of their off-season antics, we could get either one (possibly both) for cheap.
If we had either one of them I would be on the upside of my thinking regarding how many wins we could have. But I've said it before, this is a "prove it" year for me with the Raiders. I think as it stands right now, (I know I'm going to get pelted for this) we don't win more than 6.

6:10 AM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...


First off, let me say that I agree wholeheartedly with what Calico has said above.

I've lived in the Bay Area for 40 years of my life. I have watched San Jose, the city I grew up in, grow from being a suburb of San Francisco/Oakland to being one of the most vital and innovative communities in the world. When I was a kid, local shopping news was all the city really required.

In the time since, I've seen the Mercury grow from just about that level to one of the most dynamic news reporting publications in the world. It reached its peak when they broke the story that the CIA was getting money from Central American drug lords to fund illegal military operations. Subsequently a corporate conglomerate bought out the paper and decided what SILICON VALLEY really needed was a tabloid akin to the World Daily News (which reports such things as Satan escaping Hell through the Earthquake fishers in LA). THAT is what is offered to perhaps the most educated populace of any city in the country.

Your answer is, "Well, don't read it." Excuse me? This is MY community. I am constantly in the middle of the discourse that vibrates through this community. The San Jose Mercury News (as the community's news provider) is the primary conduit of that discourse.

I expect the BEST for my community, because the BEST is what it requires. Instead I'm offered no decent local news reporting, and all national and international news is simply pulled off the wire from AP, giving no local perspective what-so-ever.

Anon, if you're standards are so low that you really don't care how the community is represented to the rest of the world, or how this "newspaper" disrespects its local citizens, I guess that's up to you. But I intend to speak out about it when it pisses me off.

If you don't like reading that - don't.

9:15 AM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...


I'm with you. Your concerns reflect mine as well. They probably reflect the majority opinion here.

My main concerns going into the off season where run defense, OL and WR.

I think the run defense issue has largely been addressed. I think much of the Raiders' run defense was limited by their pass defense. The Raiders were running man coverage with one good cover man playing out of position, and two questionable cover men were asked to cover star WRs. For this reason the LBs and the SS had to play too far back, creating holes in the box. I suspect our defense will be pretty good this year.

As for the WRs, I don't think the "if" factor is important. In preseason everybody is working on the "if" factor. What is important is that we lost one pretty decent receiver, but picked up two. The acquisition of Lofton is extremely important here. Lofton will have to do some pretty exciting work to make up for the team's very limited depth at WR. My hope here is for what Zach Miller and McFadden might bring to the passing attack.

As for the OL, I'm thinking we're looking at it for 2008. Since Cable seems to have sifted through the released off season players looking for good fits in the zone blocking system, I'm hoping that Cable is as good a scout as he is a coach. Otherwise, it's going to be a bumpy ride.

9:42 AM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

I wonder if anyone has noticed that Robert Gallery is now listed on the Raiders website as a T. Seems to me that last year they had him listed as G. Could it be that they are so disappointed with the talent they picked up that they feel they are going to have to move Gallery back to T?

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed that too about Gallery. I blew it off though because he's been playing G in OTA's. Probably just a misprint or left over crap from before, Idunno.

I think we should hold a contest to name "Anon". He's been here for months. It's usually hit & run, just to piss someone off it seems.


2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeremiah Wright says:

God damn America!

God damn Hillary and Bill Clinton!

God damn San Jose Mercury Newspaper subliminal Anti-Raider propaganda!

God damn white boys like STU!

God damn uncle toms!

God damn Al Davis and his white jump suits!

God damn gas prices!

God damn Robert Gallery who i saw at the Kenny Chesney concert!

Barack Hussein Obama, black man doing his thang in da world baby!
chicken wang aint no thang baby!

3:20 PM  
Blogger GaryRaider said...

I am the Anon and have finally signed up with an ID after months of reading posts on here. I am GaryRaider, some of you may know me from the Raider Nation Board Room over at Scouts.Com. Been a Raider fan since the early 80's and am finally making my first trip to Oakland this coming September for the Monday night season opener against Denver. I am from Florida.

3:23 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Three things:

I hadn't heard that the Raiders first Superbowl coach had died. But it's true, John Rouch died. RIP, John.

The second thing is that I don't understand what's going on with Nnamdi. Apparently the Raiders HAVE attempted to negotiate a long term contract, but Nnamdi isn't biting. At the same time, while he says things are just dandy between him and the team, he hasn't signed his tender and isn't showing up at the facility. So what gives?

Third, let me start by saying that Jerry McDonald's post today shows exactly why he is worthy of being a Bay Area sports writer. An excellent analysis of the confidentiality issue regarding drug testing in the NFL.

But I disagree with him regarding Raider fans and tuck rule conspiracy theories. What is commonly misunderstood is "conspiracies." They happen every day under the law. A conspiracy is simply the agreement between two or more people to act towards accomplishing a wrongful goal. They are not held at convention sites where confidential memos are passed around.

Any tuck rule conspiracy simply would have played itself out in the booth, likely only involving a few sentences. "Damn! It looks like the Raiders are going to win this game! Wait a minute. Call for a review of that fumble. Maybe it was close enough that we can make the case it wasn't a fumble." Conspiracy completed, the rest is history.

3:28 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Welcome to the site GaryRaider.

You sure picked a hell of a game ... season opener, home opener, MNF, hated rival Donkeys, the unveiling of Russell/McFadden to the entire football viewers across America! Wow! To top it off, JaVon Walker is ready to bitch slap "that team".

Excellent point BR about the Raiders passing attack. I'm really excited and confident about our passing attack for a few reason.

As you pointed out, Miller & McFadden will greatly aid our passing attack. The key to a dynamic passing attack is
(1) an above avg. running game
(2) Utilizing the TE & RBs to diversify the attack
(3) a passing attack that stretches the field both horizontally & vertically
(4) good, creative playcalling
(5) and a gunslinger who can make all the passes in the playbook with accuracy and good decision making.

Zach Miller is a prime candidate to take the next leap in his career progression. He had a good rookie season as a foundation. This year working exclusively with Russell will allow for the type of chemistry they tapped into vs. SD at the end of the year where Russell found Miller for 8 receptions.

McFadden on swing passes, screens, check downs, split wide, and running 9 routes vs LBS is especially exciting. With his speed, acceleration, and playmaking abiliites if you get him in space he can turn a 5 yard pass into a 80 yard romp. McFadden has that extra gear in the open field that should be electric.

What I really want from Walker, Carter, and Curry is consistency and good health. Collectively the 3 WRs should be very productive in our offense.

7:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm finding this nba officiating scandal very interesting.

so some teams got breaks, and others screwed.
superstar players one set of rules, everyone else another.

just keep handing phil jackson/jordan/kobe, those championships, and keep smiling.

maybe us raiders fans aint so crazy afterall.
maybe we're not just "unlucky". maybe the same crooked crap that exsist in the nba, is alive and well in the nfl too.

some crazy stuff gets called in raiders games...every damn season.

sure does make you wonder.

10:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the point of Kiffin being fired... I think he is in one of the sweetest head coaching positions right now in the NFL.. not only does he have a roster loaded with talent, he is in a position where 8-8 would be viewed as a godsend.

I think the difference between the worst team in the NFL and the best isn't really that much... this could be an interesting season.

If Gallery plays tackle this year I will go insane... he is a horrible tackle and one of the league best guards.

I know he was a high draft pick, but you have to play a player at the right position... I don't believe it. We have too many good coaches in place now... they certainly have to see what I see. This isn't two years ago when the positions seemed to be doled out randomly and without reason.

10:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heres a thought...can we trade Lamont Jordan to the Chicago Bears now that Benson is out??? I mean Iam not expecting a whole lot back for him... maybe for Archuleta!?

10:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I caught Phil Villapiano in a lie. I only mention it because I'm bored.

Some might remember a TV interview he did (America's Game I think?) where he told his story of how he 'met' Al Davis.

Story #1) He'd just been drafted and was going through drills in camp. He said some guy was constantly commenting on his play and yelling what to do differently. He said he told an assistant coach to "tell that guy to shut the hell up, he's driving me nutts", thinking Al Davis was "someone's dad or something".

Story #2) Taken from a book I'm reading. Phil told the story of how he'd progressed from a no-name high school kid to become a well-known player by the end of his college career. I think he was a DE. Phil talked about how he couldn't believe he'd gotten invited to the Senior Bowl, and how he actually got to meet 'the' Al Davis.

Of all the great Raider stories, it seems some tend to get better with age I suppose.


6:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the 1st 2 paragraphs of this article is what bothers me. so freakin' what if a professional football player who makes millions of dollars sues someone?

its the principle buddy!

12:10 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Read JMac's report today and Curry looks good. He says all last season he played with bone spur in his foot and it caused him a great amount of pain every time he planted. I predict that's the reason for his down year and slow speed in 2007. I bet he retains that #2 spot at WR.

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You all owe me $100.

Speak now or forever hold your peace...


1:10 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...


1:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK Blanda doesn't owe.

Anyone else? 10 seconds.

Just trying to break the silence.


2:09 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Com'on, guys. 70 more to go before Psycho can touch the wicket.

3:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, I don't swing that way. I like girls.


7:38 PM  
Blogger TheFreakingPope said...

Just in case someone is interested, there is a bit of a "collectors" item on eBay.

In the brief period of time that Zach wore #45 (preseason, maybe?), they made an authentic. Here's one for $79.99.

It may be outdated, but it beats spending $199.99!

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like someone in Vegas decided to beat the snot out of Javon Walker. Way to go for signing him to all that money Al! lol

7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WTF is an "orbital fracture"? Yeah, that's just great. Good start Javon. Way to protect our investment.

You'd think that having your teammate die in your arms would open your eyes a little bit, but apparently the urge to go out and put yourself in f'd up situations is just too great. Hopefully JaMarcus keeps this guy at arms length, which I never thought I'd say regarding my QB and #1 WR. Timmy, where'd you go man?!?!


8:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank god for pass catching running backs.


5:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Orbital fracture - A break in one of the bones that make up the orbit. Since the orbit is the seat of the globe (the eye), an orbital fracture can be a serious, sight-threatening break. (Goggles are recommended for racquetball and handball players because of significant risk of orbital fracture from the impact of a speeding ball.)

The orbit is complexly constituted. It is made up of parts of six bones: the frontal, ethmoidal, lacrimal, and sphenoid bones and the maxilla and zygoma. A break in the orbit portion of one or more of these six bones is an orbital fracture.

5:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More good news. I just read that an orbital fracture ended the career of Kirby Puckett. Hopefully Javon doesn't end up blind. They say he probably has a concussion as well.

Jason Jones says he's not allowed to blow his nose for a month.

So there goes the chemistry thing between our QB and #1 WR. At least we still have Miller. Somehow I can't picture Miller being seen at 4 different Vegas clubs around 6:30 AM and then unconcious somewhere.

Don't these guys have bodyguards? Maybe he blew all his cash on stupid stuff instead.


6:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully Al has a "moron clause" in his contract so we can cut our losses now.

I hope he fully recovers from this.. and I wish him well... but that's just stupid.

Go away Javon.

8:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just realized I posted to the wrong take this morning:

So what kind of injury settlement can we get with Javon?

I have a bad feeling he's not going to be able to track the ball well anymore.

plus he probably got a pretty good concussion.

so much for being in shape for training camp (I'm sure 15,000 in champagne and throwing cash on the crowd does wonders for your weight).

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just realized I posted to the wrong take this morning:

So what kind of injury settlement can we get with Javon?

I have a bad feeling he's not going to be able to track the ball well anymore.

plus he probably got a pretty good concussion.

so much for being in shape for training camp (I'm sure 15,000 in champagne and throwing cash on the crowd does wonders for your weight).

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

..that said, it's kind of hard to blame a person for being assaulted and robbed.

...but, he did put himself in the situation where lots of people made him a mark. I hope he ends up broke as hell one of these days.

F-ing dumbass.

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ON the dog lawsuit. That does kind of piss me off. Not that he would sue. But he shouldn't have a dog. He should have a stuffed dog.

How do you own a dog for 3 months, and then just want to take it back? Even if it is deff. People who don't have a pot to piss in spend hundreds of dollars to try to save thier pets when injured, that dog should be like a child to him.

What an @sshole.
Not as big an @sshole as MV.
Great LB though.

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

..that said, it's kind of hard to blame a person for being assaulted and robbed.

I guess that's a good point.

I will wait for more details before I through him further under the bus.

It shouldn't be THAT hard to stay out of trouble though. Like someone else said.. a multi-millionaire can't hire a body guard?

2:36 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

I don't think a bodyguard was even necessary. He just needed to be with someone - anyone. You don't flash money and jewelry around in public, and then leave into the dark of night alone.

I suspect that Javon will be at training camp. Not because Javon is that lucky, but because I think the Raiders' bad luck has turned. It's true that an orbital fracture can be very serious, but usually they heal without too much of a problem. The bone is designed to take the hit and protect the eye.

I don't expect to see Javon at this weeks OTA, however.

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for that prognosis Dr. Blandarocked (with a sarcastic tone) ... hey by the way Mr. know it all (Ugh he reminds me of this annoying fat kid in middle school.. Oh Oh I know, I know) whats your thoughts, insight, back door planing with AL Davis himself, do you think on now bringing in Chad Johnson for Javon Walker???

11:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pick a name so Blanda knows who to make look stupid whenever you feel like talking football. I suggest AnnonymASS

Here is a J.Jones update with pictures. Not sure about source, but OK.


6:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If his story is true, he'd have to know who those guys were for him to open the door.
My theory, he is a gambler, and has some hefty debt. He knows these guys are here for him, and thinks he can talk his way out because he's JAVON WALKER! It doesn't go his way, and they send him a message.
That leads me to this question, in '06 when the Doncos CB was shot, the shot was fired into a limosine. Willams died in Javon's arms inside the limo. Was the shot meant for Williams, or Javon? If my theory is true, and he has "hefty" gambling debt, it was probably meant for Javon.
Just my theory, hearing his take on what has happened.

10:03 AM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

The problem with Javon's story is that it doesn't make any sense. You're holding up a celebrity in his hotel room, so you take him down to the street where all of the witnesses are hanging? Doesn't sound likely.

Sounds like Javon was on his way back from some place he didn't want people to know he was. He told the police, "I was just hanging out in my hotel room, minding my own business..." instead of "I was on my way back from visiting Nasty Nancy's Whore and Gambling Palace..."

11:09 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

It doesn’t matter whether Walker was a victim, or if he in fact instigated the matter, it wouldn’t take a squirrel’s IQ to find better judgement than he’s shown. And the recount of events he offered the media seems completely bogus.

Apparently, Walker wants to be a gangsta rapper, but doesn’t know he should always have an entourage to cover his back for all the stupid things he might do when he gets drunk. Even Tyson - a guy who can clearly defend himself - understands that much.

For our’s and the Raiders’ sake, I certainly hope he’s ok.... although, obviously not any wiser.

1:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, i too certainly hope this LOSER is OK.

too bad al wasn't smart enough to add performance and behavior clauses to this guy's contract or any of the other players or draft picks recently signed. we have 16 million reasons to pay someone who might not even play this season.

thanks javon. dumb a$$!

3:24 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Scoprio, I have theory. Apparently after signing for the HUGE contract, Javon showed up at camp overweight and a little out of shape.

I'm kicking around a theory that Walker got rolled by Al, taking some of his money back. Walker probably got hit by Al's walker.

4:16 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Now we know where Walker got the orbital fracture... Al gave it to him. That's every bit as plausible as the account of events given by Walker himself.

4:30 PM  
Blogger Old Skool Raider Fan said...

Go RAIDERS! Fuck the haters!!!@!!

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm trying to hold back until I get the full story. Regarding the "exclusive interview" from I'm very sceptical. If that is really the story Javon gives then I'm with Blanda, he was covering himself on something. I've seen one or two hookers hanging out in the dark crevices just east of the strip. Tranny maybe? Yeah, I'm really gunning for that journalism degree!


6:10 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

The Walker story will continue to be fleshed out so I'm hoping to get more credible information before putting my full weight (165 lbs) behind any opinion.

On a basic, surface level here's my view:

My speculative theory is that Walker got tanked & flashed his wealth at the club (Big ass diamond watch) and got rolled by some LV gangsters ... the LV gangsters saw an easy mark and simply followed him when he left the club.

My view on Walkers actions:

WTF are you doing in Vegas partying when your HC told you to get in shape?

WTF are you doing sparying $15k in champagne at club patrons when your friend got shot last year immediately following spraying champagne on club patrons?

WTF is the motivation for spraying champagne on club patrons to begin with?

Ask yourself this ... if you were at the club and some person doused you with sticky, alcohol on your nice clothes, how would you feel?

How stupid is it to flaunt your weaalth by burning through $15k in champagne?

How big of a hurdle does Walker have to clear to become the #1 WR we paid for?

Can he handle the adversity and bad attention this incident will draw?

Will he be 100% healthy both mentally and physically?

Does missing OTAs set him back even further?

Does his recovery from knee surgery become set back?

Will he be in top shape by Sept 8?

I hate to be a pessimist but my first reaction is that Walker will not be the reliable, consistent performer we all naturally hoped he would be.

The trust and bond he needs to develop with Russell has been broken by this incident.

If his orbital bone has not been fractured and

if he has a reawakening and if he dedicates himself and

if he regains the trust of the organization through his actions ...

maybe he can be a productive member. At this point it is mostly doubts and reservations.

I would love to see Walker put this brutal assualt behind him and for him to "see the light" and truly seize this opportunity.

The guy just signed a six year, $55M contract to play a kid's game... get your priorities straight and realize you are one of the luckiest guys in the entire world. Appreciate your good fortune by making wiser, more mature life decisions.

I fantasize about being a pro athlete who is making that kind of coin. My first order of business would be to hire a bodyguard, driver, and avoid all risky behavior. Why throw away your chance to live the dream and be set for life?

11:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simply put... you can take a nigga out of the ghetto, but you can never take the nigga out of a nigga...just ask Micheal Vick and others like him.

11:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WTF are you doing sparying $15k in champagne at club patrons when your friend got shot last year immediately following spraying champagne on club patrons?

This is the key point anyone can make. WTF???

I can excuse a person for being a moron, but to continually being one?

There is no way to spin this besides this was a horrible mistake by Al... especially after the great Moss mistake.

Cmon Al... sign WR's that don't have character issues.

11:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we're on the hook for 16 mil GAURANTEED. and that's just ONE player!!!!!

what i'd like to know is, how come there aren't any performance or behavior clauses in these players contracts? just look at the huge risk the team took signing this guy and the other recent big money signings. we're STUCK with them no matter what. and apparently, his friend and teammate dying in his arms didn't matter one iota. and who suffers in the end? that's right - US FANS! how? higher ticket prices and above all, more losing partly because of crap like this!

players don't come here to oakland to win, they come here to kick back, party and get fat on al's checkbook.

can anyone answer my question?

1:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You hit it on the head with Walker, and why he didn't have a driver, body guards, etc. Doing something that he did when his buddy died in his arms in the limo they were in after being shot.
I still think there is something fishy here. He was staying at the Bellagio, and he was probably in a suite, which you need a special key for, and you have to have use that key in the elevator to get to that floor. Not too mention security cameras everywhere, even in Motel 6, in Vegas.
Why would he open the door for 3 guys, unless he knew them?
I'm waiting for the full story/investigation, but my theory right now is the guy obviously gambles. He owes a bookie, who came to his door. He walked out with the bookie and 2 others, thinking he will "smooth things over" and delay his payment. They asked for collateral until they get the payment, he said he didn't have any, and they asked for his jewelry. He refused, so they took it from him.
If my theory is true, he could be kicked out of the NFL for compromising the integrity of the game; and we would not owe him a dime because he breaks his contract by breaking League rules/stipulations.
But the question is, despite our theory and speculations, how serious are his injuries? Will he even play again? Orbital bone fractures have ended the careers of several players, the most famous is Kirby Puckett.
You have to think, injuries are not pinpoint to that area alone. Example, if you dislocate your elbow, it affects your whole arm. And you have to break your elbow to set it. I know because this happened to me.
So the orbital bone protects the eye, and my question now becomes "How has this injury affected his eye and vision/depth perception of moving objects?" This is why Kirby Puckett had to retire. When he was hit in the face with a pitch, it fractured his orbital bone, and he could no longer judge a the movement of a pitch. This was vital to his batting and fielding. Will this have a similar affect on Walker judging the movement of a pass? Maybe.
If this is the case, how do we replace him with another WR, which we do not have a lot of depth at? I've said it before on this site, and injury to Walker, Carter, and Curry could hinder anything positive offensively for our season; and before the season even begins, it looks like we are facing just that.
Scorpio, we cannot say if Walker had a "behavior clause" in it or not because the public is just told whether it is performance based. If it is performance based, then we can assume there is a "character clause" in the contract.
As for anonymous, take your bigotry comments somewhere else. RT, you should really consider removing the "anonymous" portion of takes, and keeping it with Google/Blogger sign in, Open ID, and Name/URL. That way nobody can hide behind the anonymous label.

6:31 AM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

First off, as for Ano 11:22, get your racist, KKK tattooed ass off this site! Your stench is making it difficult for thinking people to enjoy it. Crawl back into whatever toilet you wiggled your ugly head out of.

As for concerns about having people like Walker around Russell. I think it might be a good thing for Walter:

"'There's people out there,' Russell said. 'Just be careful and watch your surroundings. Watch out, or always carry somebody with you when you go out. Just watch yourself and know that you're representing a whole bunch of people when you're out there.'"

As for Walker himself, I'm not going to throw too many stones until I know more than I know. It could be he just got mugged, and you can't always have people around you every minute. But as for Walker squirting Champagne on club-hoppers, just to show off how much money he has and how fast he can spend it... Well, Walker's an ass.

I'm the last one to say that a professional athlete has to set an example for everyone. But I'm not the last one to assert that the people who actually put up the ticket money to pay Javon's salary don't need to be insulted by him.

Hey, Javon! You want fan support in this community? EARN IT!

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

blanda, you know that sometimes i defend some sportswriters but this particular time, i'm calling gwen knapp an idiot. i know this article has nothing to do with neither the raiders or the nfl but it does show that this person definitely had nothing better when she wrote this about tiger woods:

although retief goosen and others may have had their doubts about the severity of his injury, i doubt he was playing mind games with them. the guy showed true grit in this major event and all she can come up with is "tiger is an idiot". amazing.

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WTF do you want? A "No getting robbed" clause?
Ban from Vegas?
No bling-bling in public?

12:30 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

That's the type of thing I complain about, Scorpio. Knapp has no way of knowing what consultations Woods has had with his doctor(s), and no consideration for what it means to win the US Open. Nor does she have any idea of the extent of Woods' injuries other that what she's read in press releases.

So her "take no prisoners" opinion, all based on what she doesn't know, is "Tiger is an idiot!"

We all know who the idiots are at the Merc, Gwenn, and Tiger isn't one of them.

1:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

blanda, you must really have a soft spot for the merc and your buddy timmy k. knapp is actually from the chron. but i'm sure you'd say it doesn't matter. a rag is a rag is a rag.

hey - are we getting along here? :o)

3:07 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Scorpio, we've always gotten along. We are just passionate debaters. (Wait a minute - that sounds gay.)

We just like to argue.

5:08 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...


Please do us the kind favor of deleting Anon 11:22 remarks. We don't need comments like this putting a stain on your fine blog.

Also, I'm sure I'm not the only visitor who anxiously awaits your take on the Walker incident.

Hope you are doing well.

Calico Jack

6:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I checked every alley behind every bar in the L.A. area. I couldn't find RT anywhere. My guess is the aliens got him again.

Maybe Russell can teach Javon a thing or two about how to spend his money:


6:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Bears just dished out the biggest DT contract ever to T.Harris. We probably costed them millions, heh heh.


6:42 AM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

In defense of Javon Walker I've seen a lot of crap floating around the media. It seems the quote from is being treated as unquestionable fact.

How you can take something posted on a website known for just dishing unsubstantiated rumors and treat it like the gold standard of sources? Oh... wait a minute... I forgot myself. We're talking about the US media.

If that quote DOES belong to Javon, it's obviously not a true statement. It would be very apparent that Javon was engaged in doing something he wouldn't want the general public (or the Raiders/NFL) to know about just prior to being dumped like a sack of garbage at the curb.

And THAT is what should get Raider fans to pay attention. If ownership of that quote is factually pinned to Javon, we can't rely on Javon this season or any other. At 29, he's not likely to grow up now. We can still use Javon for our benefit, but we should never rely on him.

8:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the truth is George Bush doesnt like black people....

10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everything is black/white with you. Maybe you should be a 49er fan. We don't want you.


10:27 AM  
Blogger PantyRaider said...

AnnoAss just don't give up....

If he ain't respeced as "Faidah-Boy" he tries to come in as "Anno-B/W-Ass" but is still dis-respected....Just can't hang with da "Men-in-Black" when your a "FairyBoy" crawling out of the closet...It dosen't do any good to change your diapers if you can't wipe your ass....You still smell like "Crap"....Now please show me you face so I re-adjust you eye sockets....I hear it's the best way to correct "CrossEyed-RaiderFobia"....

Raiders Rule "08"....16-0....

"Donko's" 3-13....
"SadFranchise" 5-11...

PantyRaider...Hot-n-Wet But Very Peaceful!!!

11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NFL Network

Tonight, Friday, 5:00 & 9:30 replay

NFL's Greatest Games

1977 Oak Vs Colts playoff game.


4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry Panty, I know they probably don't get NFL Network out in the jungles of Asia. -Psycho

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Living in the past wont help the present or the future for the Raiders... -psycho byatch

4:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe people do grow up... Jano seems to be keeping himself out of the headlines lately (knock on wood) I guess all we can do is hope for the best. WR's certainly are a strange animal.

As to Tiger being an idiot... well anyone of his stature ignoring a doctors advise does at best seem short-sighted, at worst idiotic. He prolly thinks he's bullet-proof, but he might regret messing with his knee by the time he is forty. His career could be over... that is how tricky knee's are.

8:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I know I said I was not going to post again until August, but i just have one thing to say......

"Damn, how about those Celtics????"

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I wasn't even born until after the 1977 game I mentioned. But any real Raider fan respects and appreciates the greatness of the Raider spirit and where it came from. Not to mention the great games played.

You probably didn't even realize that game against the Colts was the infamous "Ghost To The Post" game. And no, it wasn't just one great play to finish a game. It was a full game of hard-nosed football that resulted in a win, which is supposed to happen around here.\

You'll never get where you want to be if you don't even know where you should be. Not many teams even have the experience of being great to fall back on when times are tough. But I doubt you even get the meaning of that. That's how much of a fan you are in my eyes.

Psycho Byatch

6:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a terrible thing when a douche bag makes you agree with him.

Go Celts!

Now if Oakland can do the same thing, we'll be good to go.

3:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a terrible thing to be too stupid to recognize sarcasm.


7:02 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Harris for Sims (just signed with 49ers). Should be interesting. In my early estimation, I'd say both teams still need a LT/RT.

What's up with the depth chart posted by Anthony Carroll? He has Henderson at LT. That presumes Henderson will seriously "man-up" between now and the start of the season. Also, it's in contradiction with his college and pro careers thus far.

6:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Yeah that's weird. I thought Carroll had more sense than that. All I hear from OTA's about Henderson is he is a revolving door.


6:39 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Check out this piece from Os the Raider Hater.

I refuse to leave a comment with his article, so I'll leave it here.

If you consider draft position as points and look at the totals, only the Bucs are higher than the Raiders (1st - Russell and 4th -
Run DMC - total 5 pts) with their picks of Bo Jackson and Vinny Testaverde (both #1 picks). The Colts are tied with Manning and James (total 5 pts). Not bad company.

The next closest are the Lions with 10 pts, including their 1989 pick of Barry Sanders at #3. However, last time I checked, they're still the Lions.

Does this writer stay up at night thinking of ways to trash the Raiders? What a loser.

Personally, I still feel pretty good about our last two first round draft picks.

9:17 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Sorry- the link didn't fit. try cutting and pasting the following sections together.

RT - I lost the website you provided that magically reduces web addresses.

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just because it's sarcastic doesn't mean it's not true.

You sound like a laker's fan. Guess you really enjoyed that Shaq rap.

7:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back to football...

I have a feeling that Javon was trying to hookup on some stinky buds/ex/or coke with his 'new friends' and got jacked.

7:19 AM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

A couple of thoughts on Walker. So now it comes out that he went with the robbers willingly, probably thinking they were part of his "entourage."

Javon, there's something we are all supposed to learn as children, no matter the thickness of our wallets - NEVER walk (drive) away with STRANGERS! The first time I ever needed to make that choice, I was three years old. But, Javon, I made the right choice AT THE AGE OF THREE! You're TWENTY-NINE!

Still and all, we need to give our thanks to Javon. His offer of this week's entertainment has pushed the other stories the media was prepared to make up out of the newspapers. Otherwise we would have gotten a constant stream of stuff like: "Davis to coach this year's team, Kiffin asked to sit and watch!" or "Will Kiffin be fired before training camp?" Or maybe this from Nancy Gay: "Kiffin realizes youth movement a mistake, will cut all players under the age of 33."

Thanks, Javon. I'd rather just hear that you're an idiot. Given what we have for the "press," it's a simple and honest thing to report, and it keeps the sandbox from creating "mischief."

8:55 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

I’ve read a number of comments on other sites that portray Walker as a completely innocent victim. While it’s true he didn’t ask to be mugged, he’s far from an innocent victim. There’s the old expression, “being in the wrong place at the wrong time.” Well, this is that, to about the 10th power.

Aside from the bizarre events as they might have really taken place, what’s Walker even doing in Vegas the weekend before the final OTAs, particularly after his coach had just criticized him for being out of shape? Partying all night isn’t exactly going to solve that problem.

There are at least a dozen other reasons..., not the least of which he’s getting paid a lot of money to be prepared as the Raiders’ No. 1 receiver.

Personally, I don’t even know what $100,000 in jewelry would look like (outside of gansta rappers on MTV). The need for him to flaunt his bling around Vegas doesn’t exactly carry the leadership qualities we’d all hope for.

1:52 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Well, we signed a new quarterback!

Welcome aboard, Sam Keller...

I don't know much about Keller, but I know the Nebraska Ballchucker went undrafted, and wound up being signed in the Arena league before we picked him up.

4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


perhaps we signed keller just to pick his brain about bill callahan's amazing offense.

lol....just kiddin

6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Russell is already sporting more Bling than Javon. He was voted the most "well dressed" Raider judging by the Q&A's I've seen since last off-season. Luckilly for me I don't make the connection between flashy dressing and poor character.

D.Sanders is a good example of a high character guy who loves to be the flashiest dresser he can be. So it all depends.

Not to say Javon isn't a complete idiot for his actions.

Sam Keller eh? My guess is we'll hardly hear that name again. Probably only when you mention someone like Cooper or C.Johnson making an interception in camp. Good luck though. I have a feeling Tui will eliminate the need to hang onto Walter any longer, so with cap considerations, ya' never know.


6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question: - "How would you describe your experience with the Raiders?"

Warren Sapp - "As dark as a black hole. Stuff went on in that organization that shouldn't go on in sports. I don't think there's one person who knows who or what is making the call. Let's just say the Oakland experience is unique. The phone rings quite a bit on that sideline. Insubordination is grounds for termination in any company."
What do you guys make of this? Scary stuff coming from a guy whose opinion I respect.


6:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For sap, it kind of was a situational thing.
Keep in mind, he went from beating us in the superbowl, to being a raider during the worst 4 year span of our existance.

Coach after coach. But give sapp his due, he approached it like a professional every year. He came to work and he worked hard.

Like he said, it became a job to him. Loosing will do that.

7:58 AM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Ano 7:58 nailed Psycho's question. Sapp played for us during the worst four years in our history. He doesn't have, exactly, the best Raider experiences.

Still, Sapp always handled himself as a professional. Whatever use we get out of Kelly, I think, will be due to Sapp's mentorship.

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sapp spoke his mind. but at least he didn't talk smack. unlike other losers who've left this team.....

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah I suppose Sapp WAS put through a lot of hell looking at the big picture, that makes sense.

I guess the scary part to me is this is how Sapp still feels after one year under Kiffin. He was saying a lot of positive things about the Kiffin team but there seems to still be some sort of black cloud lingering. They all try to be politically correct and just call it "unique".

Winning cures all. We need to have a very positive year. Is it just me or is this like the most 'key' year we've ever gone into? I think Al probably feels the same judging by the amount of money he's put on the table.


10:50 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Regarding Sapp-

I'll bet there's at least some validity to what Sapp said, however, I would temper that with possible resentment for

(A) playing on perhaps the worst Raiders team in history;

(B) turnstyle-like coaching changes;

(C) being forced to play out of his natural position for one year;

(D) struggling through injuries; and,

(E) his lack of production (against his personal standards), which he may attribute to the poor play of others on the team.

What he fails to recognize is that the Raiders are the Raiders, and nothing he said (in that brief text posted above) probably deviates from the way things have always been under Al Davis.

Also, if the Raiders had been a winning team the last few years, these are non-issues.

3:00 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Oh yeah, let me add:

(F) not getting selected to the pro bowl during a year in which he was clearly the most dominate interior lineman in football... which he may attribute to being on a terrible Raiders football team.

Bottom line, he has plenty of things to reflect upon and possibly be resentful of....

3:07 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Add Sapp. Regarding Psycho's last post. The whole interview shows that Sapp had issues with Kiffin's dad when Sapp left the Bucs.

Also, with a careful reading, what seems to irk Sapp is not the Raiders' organization but the quality of people he played with.

I have to agree with him and, to me, it's one of the great mysteries of the Raiders. Once the Raiders made that last Super Bowl they stopped looking for quality players to develop.

What seems to have come with the Kiffin regime is a commitment to rebuilding the talent level on this club. And Davis has brought in a coaching staff capable of DEVELOPING talent. This is the biggest commitment to talent development I've seen from this organization since they moved back from LA.

3:21 PM  

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