Tuesday, November 04, 2008

The Fall of Hall?

NFL.com is reporting that the Raiders are prepared to release DeAngelo Hall. If Hall is released, he will have been paid $8 million for eight games. The Raiders also gave the Falcons a second-round pick for Hall. As if a second-round pick wasn't enough, the Falcons also got the pleasure of torching Hall during last Sunday's historic rout in Oakland.
If the report is true, then Hall may be getting the early retirement that he recently revealed had been on his mind. Since he's already essentially been on vacation for 60 minutes each Sunday this fall, retirement wouldn't be a big leap in lifestyle.
If Hall wants to stay on board and collect his remaining $16 million, we know he'll bypass Tom Cable and instead appeal to a higher power. After all, it was Hall who recently gave us the following gem: "We answer to Al. Al knows us personally. It's nice when you have that personal relationship with the owner as opposed to trying to kiss up to every head coach who comes in."

58 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the list of losers goes on, Hall, Moss, Walker, Jordan, etc. Way to go Al. All great signings. Who's next? You're a real genious. What's next? Fire your SORRY ASS. I hope so. Now that would be a

COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE
GREATNESS OF THE RAIDERS
PRIDE AND POISE AND WE WILL WIN

long time coming, type of a move.

10:19 PM  
Anonymous Tokai Raider said...

way to rearrange the deck chairs on the titanic, al.

10:30 PM  
Anonymous raiderhip said...

I agree that I can't stand Hall...and I'd like to see him gone...SOON...but who would replace him? And if we had someone to replace him why wouldn't we just sit Hall out a game and see if they can hang? Profootballtalk.com is also saying that 15 others are on the block like walker and kelly... I kind of like this but wtf? What are we doing anymore?

11:11 PM  
Blogger PantyRaider said...

Well...Look on the bright side...

At the presant standings we pick no later than 7th and posibly 4th in the "09" NFL Draft....

Who's on the board?????/....

PantyRaider....Where's My Blinders!!!!/...

I can't stomic viewing any more of this "CRAP"...

1:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank God!
I figured you guys would be happy.
First he talks about 'get a few penalties', like it's something good. That's 106 penalties per game if everyone did it!

Then this crap with 'cuddling' his buddies from atlanta. Than another crappy game.

I am SOOOOOO glad he is cut. Don't worry about the 8mil and the pick. Addition by subtraction.
He's to worried about trying to bait the QB than stopping them on 3rd down.

But mostly it's just all the crap he says. I had high hopes initially, and at this point in the season, half the game I spend screaming at that steaming pile.

I think Route is going to surprise us at #2. Or will it be Huff moved to CB?

-Moshbucket

5:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The axe must come down
And the axe must come down hard
Next, Javon Walker


A hiku by Al.


-moshbucket

6:00 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

A list of 11 players that should be axed, or made a backup, and replaced with better competition:
1. DeAngelo Hall (CB), AXED. Stanford Routte has been a viable option here. Chris Gamble and Mike Brown (along with Nnamdi) would be a nice substitution here in the Free Agent market in the offseason.
2. Javon Walker (WR), AXED. Another worthless free agent signed for big $$, instead of putting that money to use in a valuable receiver. T.J. Houshmandzadeh is the only viable Free Agent; but we could try and pull a trade for some others. NOT CHAD JOHNSON! We don't need another cancer.
3. Tommy Kelly (DT), AXED. Suggs, Haynesworth, Tank Johnson, Shaun Cody, and Marcus Tubbs are an upgrade in the Free Agent market after the season.
4. Kwame Harris (LT), Backup. Marc Colombo, Jordan Gross, and Mark Tauscher are all good Tackles worth the money.
5 & 6 Jon Wade (C), AXED; Jake Grove, Backup. Moving Jake Grove to backup and sign Matt Birk, bringing us a captain of the O-Line again.
7 and 8. Ricky Brown, Backup and Sam Williams (LB) AXED. Karlos Dansby would be a great pick up here, and then sign Ricky Brown and Robert Thomas as back ups, not starters.
9. Michael Huff (S) AXED. Dawan Landry would be a viable replacement. With Eugene, Branch, and Baker as backups.
10. Terdell Sands (DT) AXED. Jonathan Babineaux, Kevin Carter, and Bertrand Berry would be viable pick ups in Free Agency.
11. Derrick Burgess (DE) AXED. I hate this one, but it appears that he is using "injury" status to quit (he's done this the past 3 seasons). When he's on, it's tough to stop him. Julius Peppers is a good free agent pick up.

6:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Raider Nate,

We aren't going to sign 11+ free agents to replace all those guys. Granted we need to replace all those guys, but we aren't turning over that much roster that fast.

In fact, that's our whole problem: trying to solve all our problems in one year.

We should sign 2 or 3 starting FAs, and another 3 or 4 backup/journeyman type players and draft well. And we need to do that for a few years in a row.

Sigh. Dreaming again...

Storminator

8:23 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

"We aren't going to sign 11+ free agents to replace all those guys. Granted we need to replace all those guys, but we aren't turning over that much roster that fast."

That's my point. We shouldn't be in a position to turn over this much of our roster; but because of piss poor scouting of players, this is what the Raiders are faced with. Again, something that could have possibly been avoided with a GM.

We may not replace them all at once with Free Agency this year; but my list does not reflect that. I gave a list of 11 players that need to go, that are becoming cancerous; that I feel the Raiders need a change in.

For me personally, I believe there are more than these 11 players; there are coaches and front office personnell that need to go too.
I'm coming from the standpoint of "If-I-Were-GM". I was hoping to start a discussion of priority. I didn't put these in order of what I feel is important though, but we can discuss that.

So with that, here are my top 3 concerns that we should address this offseason through Free Agency.

I obviously feel we will need to replace DeAngelo Hall with someone who will aptly compliment Nnamdi. I think Chris Gamble would do that.

I think the second issue of importance is the Offensive Line, starting with the Tackle position(s). Kwame Harris would be a good backup; but we need a leader in that spot, something that both Kwame and Mario Henderson are not.

I also would view Center as equally important here. We haven't had a leader of the Offensive Line since Barrett Robbins, and Matt Birk can bring that veteran leadership as well as be a suitable mentor to Grove.

The third area that I feel we need to address THIS offseason is WR. We need a true #1 WR. Javon Walker, Ronald Curry, and Drew Carter (our top 3 coming into this season) are not cutting it. We have some young receivers in the group that are going to standout in the future; but we need leadership now. TJ Houshmandzadeh would give us that.

What are your thoughts?

9:49 AM  
Blogger H said...

I'm baaaaack.

Sorry guys, I've been on some other projects lately.

I'm not surprised on the Hall thing. I believe it was me, who on this very site said this he was a big mistake and very over rated.

The report I read is Hall was released so the money saved could be used for Nnamdi.

It is my understanding the decision to release Hall came from Al and Walker is next.

I also think we will finally see that psuedo GM we have been talking about, but not until the end of the season.

H

9:54 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Is releasing Hall simply a cost-saving measure, or a sign of a long-awaited course correction?

And does this mean we're bringing back Kiffin? lol

Welcome back H.

10:18 AM  
Blogger H said...

NYRaider,

My personal opinion is it is the long awaited correction.

H

11:01 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

I agree that this has the flavor of actual course correction. This why I felt compelled to come out of hibernation to write about it.

I said I was waiting for "the kind of change you can see and taste. There will be nothing vague about it."

This may be the first sign of such tangible change. It is absolute yin to the yang of scholarships and coddling that has been a huge component of the culture of losing. It resembles nothing in the recent history of the Raiders, which is a good sign.

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope the end of scholarships extends to the coaching ranks.

Storminator

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Raider Nate,

It looked like you were advocating replacing each of those guys with the FAs in your list.

I think we aren't going anywhere unless we replace the O-line. Any WR can get open if he has enough time. If we only sign 3 FAs, I'd like to see them all on the O-line. Is there anyone playing for our line that you would say is irreplaceable? Didn't think so.

It's hard to imagine all our defensive problems are due to personnel. Changing personnel seems to have no effect on our overall performance. We may well have a bunch of bums on D-line (3 of your list), but our defensive coaching is so bad that it just might be us squandering talent.

Storminator

11:50 AM  
Blogger H said...

Storminator,

No one on the line is irreplacable, however I think our gurads and centers are servicible. Every tackle on the squad should be dropped.

H

12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can change players until we are blue in the face. We need Bill Cowher and a real d-coordinator and a Bruce Allen like GM.




RaiderMike

2:13 PM  
Anonymous gary said...

Welcome back RT, and this seems more symbolic than anything to me.

This is the first year something like this would have happened since Al has last been to the SB.

I think he wants to hit bottom NOW.

Great move IMO.. prolly two or three years too late.

Next up.. Walker.

3:39 PM  
Anonymous raider00 said...

While hall sucked and deserved to be cut, it seems to me the raiders have sucked well before hall ever stepped foot in oakland.

in other words, there is much more cuttin' to be done.

also, it does no good to cut bad players, and replace them with other bad players.

we need someone to evaluate talent, and we need them like , yesterday.

5:05 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

The key to putting this mess in order is to have both a short and long term plan.

A key component of having a well designed plan is to have a savvy GM working in partnership with the owner, Head Coach, and scouting staff. I can't emphasize this enough ... the key brick to rebuilding the Raider house is the GM.

The formulatin of the plan needs to be setting priorities based on needs AND which acquisitions we will get the most bang for our buck.

Along those lines, the focus should be on proven players with good character who play impact positions. Paying 10% of the cap for a CB is foolish. Paying Hall $1M per game asinine. You could pay a mid round CB $50K a game($800k a season)and get better results.

Paying big bucks to proven OLineman and DLineman is how you construct a solid foundation. Run D and offensive line play are the cornerstones of a good team.

Although we have MANY holes to fill, it is important to use the cap dollars wisely.

One of the reasons there needs to be a sense of urgency on Al's part to identify and hire a good GM as soon as possible is that it will allow a new GM to evaluate the team, help pick a HC, and get ready for FA and the draft.

Let's face it ... without a proven GM on board, recruiting for a proven HC will be next to impossible.

RT is waiting for "the kind of change you can see and taste. There will be nothing vague about it." So am I. If Al hires McCloughlen or Gamble (SF) by January of 2009, this would be the type of tangible, constructive move that starts the process of building sustainable success. I hate to say this but without a GM on board, this team is rudderless and going nowhere fast.

One last note: I love Nnamdi Asomugha and all he stands for as a person & player but it would be shortsighted to break the bank to sign him. Granted, he is a top 5 CB but we have SO MANY needs that you've got to question how prudent it would be to sign him to a mega contract. Each dollar that goes to #21 is 1 less dollar that can be used for all of the other important needs.

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Al, Al, Al. Somebody commit the crypt keeper already. He is embarassing the Raiders Organization, the past players, the city of Oakland, and most of all the fans. The Raiders continually are the laughing stock of the entire NFL. There are no coaches (respectable ones}, There are no players (talented ones), there are no GM's(experienced ones) That want to come to Oakland. Al has blown this team up BIG TIME on a multitude of levels. It is a sad sad day to be a Raiders fan, I am humiliated and embarrassed as to what we have become. I have great respect for the Raiders Cherished History, Al needs to remember thats exactly what it is "History" We need to move onto the future and its looking very gloom and doom from an operational standpoint. I have no Hope for a turn around anytime within the next 5 years. Rebuilding continues due to lack of scouting. I dont believe Al listens to anyone when it comes to making roster moves. He takes his own advice and he has a bunch of "YES MEN" surrounding him. I am one Tired Raider fan.

7:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone looking at Jamarcus Russell as taking a backseat to a FA QB coming in here next season. I know we have invested in Jamarcus, however he needs to be taken under someones wing. He looks awkward, his mechanics are way off, he almost looks as if this was his firt time quarterbacking period. He is this large bodied QB but the wind can blow this guy over. Im not sold on him but would like to give him the benefit of the doubt by giving him a true QB as a role model. He certaintly hasnt had that in his first 1 1/2 seasons with Andrew Walter and Tui.

7:38 PM  
Blogger PantyRaider said...

Kiffin...With him we were 1-3 but the "O" scored points....Without him we are 1-3 but the "O" can't score at all....

"JRus"...Still a rookey...What can we expect from him in his position...Talk about being in a bad situation...So how talented could Walker be in the right situation with a stable "O" and coaching staff....

"QB"s available...M-Vick and his "Dog"s...

"GM"...Who????...Seriously...Is there a "Tuna" out there....Look around at how many teams are in trouble and judge why would a highly qualified "GM" come here...

Coach...Bill Cohwer...The only way we get a guy like that is if we sell him an interest in the franchise....Come to think about it that's a damn good idea...Offer the "Tuna" and Cohwer 10% interest with 10 years of service....At the end of the 10 years the team would be worth 10 times what it is now so there is no loss by giving up the 20% interest...Besides...."MrD" sold a share of the team this year so we could sign the likes of Hall-n-Walker....Now that was a total loss...

Is this a "Replay" of last winter when we all sat around this board trying to figure out where to go with this team....What the hell happened...I left for 6 months and the franchise imploded....It's more than just embarissing....It's down right "Shameful"....The only bennefit I have is that no body here knows I'm crying inside....

PantyRaider...Suicide Anyone!!!!/...

5:18 AM  
Blogger H said...

Actually Panty there might be a guy out there. He's fairly young (40's I believe) and he is a former Raider.

Reggie McKenzie is in the front office of the Packers. He was tutored by Ron Wolf and is the current director of football operations for the Cheesers.

Worth consideration and discussion.

H

6:46 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Gibril Wilson speaking yesterday: “This is a soap opera. I just think we need to settle on something. We need to have a vision of where we’re trying to take this team. If you don’t have a vision and you’re just trying to plug in players, then you’re always going to get the same results.”

Fair observation.

7:00 AM  
Anonymous oxner2010 said...

I think everyone can agree change is needed. What I am extremely disgusted about is Rob Ryan. If this team is ever going to evolve into a top tier team he needs to be fired. In all of his interviews he says that his players are the best and how its not their fault.... Well we are seeing now that Hall is not the best for the Raiders at least and if it is not the players then it must be the coaches. His scheme sucks. Him and Al are all about one on one matchups but the sad fact is the raider D-Line can not take on any single O-Line in the NFL and suceed. The Raiders need a defensive coach that is willing to blitz a little more and take pressure of those d lineman.

8:07 AM  
Anonymous gary said...

Calico, I don't want you to think I am picking on you, but I am weary of anyone from the SF organization as GM. They are just as dysfunctional and horrible as Oakland.

Al needs to look for front office help from winning organizations.

9:41 AM  
Anonymous gary said...

This kind of surprised me:

http://tinyurl.com/5ejmof

We have two of the top five tacklers in the NFL on our team, and still the worst defense.

Not sure what this means.

9:55 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

It's probably because you have so many completions and open field runs against us...The Falcons put up 30 first downs against us and had the ball for like 45 minutes. That's a lot of opportunities for tackling. You can have one guy take a bad angle and whiff, and the next guy get dragged for five yards and still record a tackle.

10:06 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Can't make it to the game this Sunday. Anyone else brave enough to go who needs tickets? If so, I've got a pair for cheap.

If interested, email me at: raidertake@yahoo.com.

11:31 AM  
Anonymous raider00 said...

oxner2010,

i agree with you about rob ryan, and i think that't what we all are saying here.

hire a Gm. give the Gm real authority. let the Gm hire the head coach. let the head coach pick his ENTIRE staff.

there is no way on earth rob ryan can survive a proccess like this.

the problem with the raiders, as we know, there is no proccess like this.

al likes rob, so rob stays, and the HC likes it or lumps it.

11:37 AM  
Anonymous tinfoil said...

Regarding the waiving of Hall - two words: Larry Brown.

Following the 1995 Dallas SB win v Pittsburgh, where Larry Brown had two interceptions, Al Davis signed Larry Brown to a big free agent contract.

Trouble was, Brown was adept at a zone defense and constantly got crushed in the Raiders man-to-man coverages.

Sound familiar?

11:42 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Ryan can't get fired OR promoted. Go figure.

11:42 AM  
Anonymous gary said...

RT, I think you are right... we have a defense that relies so much on the second tier of defense that I guess it shouldn't surprise me that two of them get so many tackles.

Kinda weird to see two in the top five is all.

You'd think it would be two Ravens or something.

12:43 PM  
Anonymous raider00 said...

Raidetake,

rob ryan cannot get promoted because al davis does not believe in hiring his head coaches from the defense side.

i guess it's the only thing holding him back because he's done such a great coaching job with the D.....LOL !!!!!!!!!

1:28 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Gary:

There is the real world and Al's world. In the real world you go after the best available GM without any restrictions or limitiations.

In Al's world, it is a far different picture.

The GM will need to be someone on the rise or has a past connection/relationship with Al. It would need to be a person who could deal with a team at the bottom AND work for a difficult owner.

Scot McCloughlan (current SF GM) is a football lifer from a football family. The obvious connection is his dad Kent who was a Raider player (1965-1970) and a scout since 1971.

This is what Ron Wolf, who mentored Scot, said about Scot:

"He's very good at what he does and has tremendous desire to improve," Wolf says. "He has an exceptional eye for talent".

As far as Tom Gamble (current Director of Pro Peronnel, SF);

Gamble has had past conversations with Al. He has 21 years of NFL experience. He was mentored by Bill Polian for 7 years at Indy.

If either McCloughlan or Gamble joins the Raiders as GM, we will be better off than we are today.

3:41 PM  
Anonymous memdf said...

Hall on leaving the Raiders...

http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=090...s&confirm=true

4:35 PM  
Anonymous oxner2010 said...

Part of the whole Hall being waived thing. One has to wonder if Lane Kiffin is at home laughing his ass off. He disagreed on Javon Walker and DeAngelo Hall and possibly Tommy Kelly but im unsure about that one. He also wanted Ryan gone. Hall and possibly Walker are gone. The only thing we have heard about Tommy Kelly is that he can drink and drive and Ryan is driving our defense into the ground. I mean seriously getting our asses kicked by not one BUT TWO rookie quarterbacks in two straight weeks? Im as big a raider fan as anyone else in the Raider Nation and living in Wichita Kansas I have had to defend my loyalties many times but it gets wearisome to watch this team week in and week out. We need change we can believe in. Barack for GM haha? Just kidding but hopefully we see something fresh this off season.

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lane Kiffin is at home laughing his ass off about Jamarco Busto too...our defense is being held back by Ryan....and our offense is being held back by our "Rookie" QB, I mean can't even throw ten yards for a first down? and so week after week we are overmatched by others QB's (even by rookies Flaco, Ryan, and Edwards)and our defense is left on the field for too long and loose rest with our Bust of a QB.

6:16 PM  
Anonymous oxner2010 said...

Sorry but here i have to disagree. I don't think Russell is a bust...yet. He has not had a stable environment, I mean it is the raiders we are talking about, so give him a chance. He will probably undergo a scheme change this off-season. He also has one of the worst offensive lines and wide receiving corps in the NFL. I think they should draft a WR early which gives the offense a strong armed QB, a RB that can break open any play, and a WR that actually has hands and then the Raiders should draft linemen, specifically tackles in Rounds two through five. Then Russell has training camp to get a rhythm and timing down and learn the new playbook. After that there are no more excuses.

7:46 PM  
Anonymous gary said...

Calico... points well made.

8:47 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Quite a roster shakeup going on. Nice to see the scholarship program finally being detonated.

I lost my cool two weeks ago and, voila, the Raiders have finally followed suit, saying enough is enough. Nice to know that the organization actually has limits.

Unfortunately, the organization has painted itself into a corner. Awful scouting and ineffective drafting have resulted in minimal depth at nearly every position. Heads are rolling, but who's going to pick them up and run with them?

9:20 AM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

RT:
Having the highest payroll(2008)in the entire league does not make things easier ... I was alarmed & dumbfounded to learn about our payroll. $153M for 2008! Yikes.

HC situation:
Lame-duck/interim status; check

GM:
vacant; check

Cap Position:
A complete mess ($63M higher than Ravens); check

Performance:
6 consecutive double digit losses; pending check but more than likely

Being a Raider fan:
priceless!

11:32 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Priceless, indeed. And folks wonder why I've been utterly outraged and unwilling to make excuses for what is so obviously a biblical case of defiant mismanagement.

I keep hearing about how Mr. Davis wants to win so badly. Atkinson and gang on KSFO were jabbering about it last Sunday. As if simply wanting something makes it true.

A lot of people want a lot of things badly, but if they don't do what it takes, and if they keep repeating the same mistakes out of stubbornness and defiance, then what they supposedly want really isn't the true priority.

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The roster shake up is fine. The overhaul kind of change I'm hoping for is like what occured in Miami at the end of last season. That should of happened in Oakland 5 yrs ago.

Not until a proven consultant/GM is hired and a major shake up is underway will I know things have changed in Oakland.

Who says you can't hire a GM mid season?

JF

12:02 PM  
Blogger H said...

JF,

Five years ago we were just coming off a visit to the Super Bowl. No organization would have done what Miami did last year.

I'd say it should have been done two years ago. But, as always it will have to be a wait and see situation.

As for McCloughlan, Reggie McKenzie has a Ron Wolf petigree and is a former Raider. He was on staff in the 90's when Wolf rebuilt the Cheezers.

H

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

H,

I know we were just coming off a superbowl visit, but even then it was obvious things were in major disarray. I agree, hindsight is 20/20, but I still maintain the change should have started 5 yrs ago. But I guess that really doesn't matter now, does it?

JF

12:29 PM  
Blogger Doobie said...

I'm surprised no one's brought this up yet (or maybe they did and I missed it), but what if Al's dumping salary in anticipation of selling the team?

4:09 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

I'd say that's impossible. However, with the capital gains tax possibly going up shortly, that might not be such an outlandish theory. Davis's gains in his interest in the team must be astronomical. A 10 or 15 percent increase in the gains tax would probably skim tens of millions of dollars of profit off a future sale of the team. It probably depends on how committed his heirs are to running the organization.

4:31 PM  
Anonymous raider00 said...

i don't want to throw cold water on this, but, here is what the raiders have done so far.

benched huff and curry.

waived hall.

benched rout and partially benched harris.

ok, i guess it's a start, especially for the raiders. but lets not act like we've actually done something to really help the team like firing ryan and waiving more then one player.

5:28 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

H: Glad to see you back on the board. I disagree about your "wait and see" approach. We have been "waiting and seeing" a very poorly run organization with piss poor results on the field for six seasons.

I agree with JF. Immediately following the SB season, the hand writing was on the wall. A blind squirrel could see that the team needed a complete overhaul due primarily to a roster filled with aging veterans.

As I mentioned on my blog last night, the Raiders are a mess from top to bottom ... bottom being the key word since we have literally reached rock bottom (I hope).

Think about the following and tell me we can take a half hearted, "wait and see" approach.

* We have the highest payroll in the entire league at a whopping $153M.

* We have a lame duck interim Head Coach.

* We have a vacancy at one of the most important executive slots, the GM.

* We have disgruntled players like Asomugha and Wilson, who by every account are team first professionals.

* We have players openly remarking about the dysfunction, distractions, and uncertainty about the team and it's direction.

* We have a high profile FA cut in mid season.

* We have one of the Captains of the team benched (Curry) and a high round picks and recent FA acquisitions benched (Routt, Huff, Harris).

I am not opposed of a shake up of the roster, benchings, and players being cut. What I am opposed to is the total mismanagement of the team in general.

If a dubious record of six consecutive seasons of double digit losses doesn't prompt drastic changes, tangible improvements, and a committment to do whatever it takes to get our house in order ... what does?

Now is not the time to take baby steps or half hearted measures. Now is not the time to wait to forumulate and execute a well designed plan to turn things around. For example, Davis is notorious for taking his sweet time to recruit and hire a HC. Today, not in January or February, he should already have a list contructed of potential recruits. Same goes for the hiring of a GM. Time is of the essence.

What I admire the most about the Dolphins turnaround is the decisiveness and clarity of their plan. Parcells knew exactly what he wanted. Everything was built with a comprehensive, coherent, singular plan.

There was no doubt about the types of players to keep, cut, draft, and acquire. Parcells immediately restored a sense of order. There is a sense of professionalism with how everyone in the organization conducts business including the culture of the players. With the Dolphins their is a clear map and clear directions. With the Raiders there is no rhyme or reason to the vast majority of moves made.

3 clear cut examples of headscratchers;

(1) Signing Hall for $70M when it was the run D that needed the most help. For most of this season we have had only 3 serviceable DTs.
A DB is simply not worth the big bucks.

(2) Signing Walker to a mega contract when two things were known ... #1 he had a serious injury history and #2 he had character issues and was known as a bad apple at GBay and Denver.

(3) The Kelly mega conract was puzzling to say the least. Who exactly were we bidding against? Whatever we are paying him, I would say he would have taken a contract for 50% of the value. On top of that, he was coming off a serious injury.

All of the media scoffed at the Raiders spending spree this offseason and for good reason. We were throwing money around at bad investments. The worst part about it is the cap hell we are currently sitting in.

7:28 PM  
Blogger PantyRaider said...

First a note that does NOT pertain to football....

If anyone is planing a trip stay clear of China Air....I missed my return flight 10/21 because a small war broke out between Thailand and Cambodia 10/17 and people were dieing and running...I took my young wife to an area of safety 250 km away...Now I'm told to extend my ticket they want $650 for a return ticket that I paid $916 Round-Trip for...Or I can pay $750 for a new ticket One-Way...I will give the money to someone else and never give a dime to those bastards again...

On to football...

RT...I would like to have your tickets but I'm stuck here for another month or so....Not that I'm complaining....Warm-Wet-n-Friendly...

This week we will see if the "Shake-Up" in personel has any effect on the remaining players...If Not...The sword must seperate several more from the team...All high cap players should be a target...on the "O"-n-"D"-n-"ST"....Cut out the "Cancer" and rebuild around what should be a solid nucleous...

Only a few young players would be given an exception and a few veterans who have proven they have a desire to play the damn game...

"McFab"-n-"JRus"-n-Bush are our "Nucleous" in the "O" Back-Field...Also our 2 "FB"s on the "IR" and "TE" Miller...

Namdi-n-Wilson are the same for the "DB"s...

"LB"-n-"DL" may contain a player or two worth keeping...

We have NO "WR"s worth giving a pay-check although Higgins and a couple other young players may be showing some promise....

"OL" as usual is a total Question-Mark....

"ST"s has a punter worth keeping..."Sea-Bass" is rated as the #2 "K" at nfl.com but in "FG"s he is #16...1/2 40+yds -n- 2/5 50+yds...I have to question his "Cap" value....

Hire a "GM"-n-"NEW" Coaching Staff and rebuild from the bottom up...What coaches are worth keeping should be up the the "GM" and "HC"....Al....Just try to enjoy watching the games and leave the decissions to your staff...

Don't hire another Matt Millan type...He may have been a good player but he sucks big time in the "MotorCity"...The fact is few teams have proven "GM"s-n-"HC"s...Some are up for a year or two and back in the "Dumper" again...SadFran-AZ-Seattle-Lambs...SD-KC-Donko's...They only look good when compaired to us...

Here is the short-list of teams who are consistant...

NE Cheatsters
Pitts Squeelers
Indy
CheseHeads


PantyRaider...Off-the-Map!!!!/...

11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holly Cow!!! Jamarco Busto may not start this week!!! i hope this is true and we once and for all start Andrew Walter!!! a blessing from the skies i do hope so...wont hold my breath but i am excited about the possibilities...hope we can see some rhythm going on the offense (at least get one first down in the first freakin half)I know WR core sucks but they will get the ball thrown to them instead of to high, behind, or no where near them. Are run game better step up so we can run effective play actions, screen plays etc. offensive has the though task with the panthers defensive line but just need to hold them for a very few seconds becuz Walter can see the field and read defense faster than JaDummy and will take what the defense gives them faster and smarter by checking his check downs or tucking the ball him self for a few yards. and more importantly we should see him connect well with his fellow ASU alumni TE Miller.
ahhhh but this is pure fantasy and we will see if its true if JaDummy will sit out on "injury" (I think he might just be getting benched himself...finally!!) and we will get to see a QB with at least the basic fundamentals down.......

12:00 AM  
Blogger PantyRaider said...

Anno 12am....

The last time I saw Walter start it was under Shell and he was a "Dear in Head-Lights"....NO Mobility -n- NO Reaction...Just stand there and get hit like a big tackling dumby...So lets hope there has been alot of improvement sense then....He played OK in the pre-season but how much does that count...He has a passer rating of "55.8"....That should scare the hell out of the "BlackCats"....

"JRus" is a rookey with a "69"...6"TD"s...4"INT"s-n-5 Fumbles...22 Sacks in 8 starts tells the story....Walter had 46 in 12 games-w-8 starts....Look for the "BlackCats" to through everything at him right from the start...

PantyRaider....Scared to Watch!!!/...

8:06 AM  
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8:21 AM  
Blogger PantyRaider said...

Hall is now a "For-Skin"...

He said he wanted to go to a contender so the 6/3 "Skins" look better than the 2/6 Raiders....

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