Day-after wrap-up


News, notes and observations from Lane Kiffin’s season-ending press conference Monday:

— One of the most telling comments from Kiffin Monday was that he may have underestimated the effect that four years of double-figure losing had on the organization.

“It’s a difficult mentality to have when people are so used to losing that it’s just what they know,” Kiffin said. “It’s what happens. You lose gmes. You find a way to lose them. It is difficult. It’s more difficult than if you had a team that just had one year of it. With a team that’s pretty oyoung, that’s kind of all that some of them know.”

You’d never hear anything like that from Bill Callahan, Norv Turner or Art Shell. You’d either get blinders (Callahan), confused rambling (Turner) or press-release nonsense about all the talent on the roster and the tradition of the Raiders (Shell).

Kiffin, while respecting the past, has never bought into any of it with how it impacts the present. He understands where the Raiders reside in the NFL food chain. He understands that besides the woe-is-us mindset, there is a dearth of talent that must be addressed.

— Same goes for the poor, abused Raiders when it comes to the officials.

“You mean am I finally gooing to buy in that everyone’s against the Raiders in this league?,” Kiffin said, flashing a smile. “No, I’m not. There’s calls that go both ways and I’m never going to buy into that theory. You always see the ones that go the other way. Trust me, we had a facemask (by Tony Stewart) yesterday that wasn’t called and they go the other way too and their fans think they got the bad end of the deal.”

Kiffin vowed to get his team to play smarter, make better decisions and not put themselves in position for penalties.

I’ve always thought the fixation on officials, while merited when the team was strong and losing a playoff game in the snow, is impossible to justify when your team is poor and constantly committing pre-snap fouls which have nothing to do with judgement.

— Sorry, Robert Gallery bashers. He stays. And he stays at guard. He may never live up to the hype of a No. 2 overall pick and he’ll be forever trashed by a segment of the population that considers themselves budding O-line coaches, but it appears he has won over Kiffin.

Gallery’s penalties concern him, however.

— Kiffin negotiated a quarterback minefield pretty well considering everything that went into it. His caretaker quarterback (Josh McCown) struggled and got injured, Daunte Culpepper arrived late, and Russell really late.

Andrew Walter remained on the roster and didin’t complain. When it was all over Russell ended the season feeling good about his performance, Culpepper put some good work on film for free agency and McCown was hoping to land a job in Oakland as the backup quarterback.

— Typical scene in the back parking lot of the Raider facility as a handful of fans attempted to get autographs. With player after player pulling out of the gated area and past the fans with little more than a wave, McCown pulled over, rolled down his window and signed _ for a fan wearing a Culpepper jersey.

— As much as I’ve admired everything Ronald Curry went through to become an NFL starter, he had the worst of his three mostly-healthy seasons. He was prone to drops and penalties and looked as if he lost some speed as the year went on.

Curry caught 11 passes in his last give games. Kiffin said he met with Curry Monday “and we have a good plan on how he is going to improve and what he needs to do to get beter because we expect him to have a big year next year.”

— No official word regarding the fate of Rob Ryan, but when Kiffin talked about his expectations going into the season, he noted 11 returning starters on defense, nine players who were either new or in new positions on offense, and that the plan was “to run the ball and stop the run. And to build off the defense with 11 returning starters.”

— “I have talked to Warren. I am not going to comment on that until Warren talks to you guys. Warren has already made it known what he’s doing but I’m not going to take that from him. He’ll tell you guys whenever he’s ready _ ” Kiffin on the status of Warren Sapp.

Sure doesn’t sound like the way he would answer the question if Sapp were returning, does it?

— It’s hard not to like Ryan, and it’s fair to criticize the players for Oakland’s defense. Kirk Morrison said as much Sunday, that it was their fault there was speculation over Ryan.

Using that logic, you hold on to Jackie Slater and Irv Eatman and blame the offensive line, rather than bring in Tom Cable.

— Kiffin said Tommy Kelly’s rehab from knee surgery is going likely and that he is very interested in bringing back special teams player Jarrod Cooper.

— There was no promise to franchise cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, mostly because the hope is the two sides can work out a long-term deal. If that doesn’t happen, expect Asomugha to be franchised.

— The Raiders will probably be more than willing to let Jerry Porter test the free agent market, figuring 44 catches and 705 yards isn’t going to bring him anything out of the ballpark and they’ll be able compete for a reasonable price.

— After detailing to the team Monday morning what he expected this offseason, Kiffin said “a couple” of players tell him afteward, “I guess that means you’re staying.”

Wonder if they were the same guys who asked me over past few weeks if Kiffin was staying.

I always told them there was no reason to think Kiffin was leaving. If Kiffin would have been as emphatic a few weeks ago as he was Monday, there never would have been any questions.

— Have the Raiders finally come to the realization that the slender Michael Huff may not be suited to be the heavy-hitter at strong safety?

“We’re going to look at some different things with Michael,” Kiffin said.

— Rich Gannon’s NFL record of 418 completions, set in 2002, was broken by New Orleans Drew Brees, who finished with 440.

— The Raiders will flip a coin with the Falcons to see which team will get the No. 3 pick in the NFL draft. The coin flip will take place at the NFL scouting combine.

— The Raiders 2008 home opponents will be Denver, Kansas City, San Diego, New England, the New York Jets, Houston, Atlanta and Carolina.

The road opponents will be Denver, Kansas City, San Diego, Buffalo, Miami, Baltimore, New Orleans and Tampa Bay.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • JB

    The answer says

    Tell him he can have OJ’s if that’s all he’s after. OJ needs the bucks. Hell, Tell him we’ll make one for him that’s twice as big! Who really gives a sh*t about the Heisman trophy? It’s all about the Benjamins. You can’t spend or buy anything with a trophy. % years from now, people will forget who actually won it. If that really is his reasoning, then he’s a real dumbsh*t. Quick, get him on the line. we need too talk. Hopefully he’s got friend’s or family who can talk some sense into him.

  • Rayden

    Huff24 Says:
    January 2nd, 2008 at 2:35 pm
    POSTED 5:05 p.m. EST, January 2, 2008


    (Another GREAT former Raider Defensive Coordinator LOL)

    That shows you how AL DAVIS effects these guys to become busts after they coach under Al Davis. I am sick of that old bastard controlling the coaches and tells them what to do.

    When Rob Ryan first came to the Raiders, he was a 3-4 type of Coach….but Al Davis forced him to become a 4-3 type of Defense….What the f*#k were you thinking Al Davis?

    What Al Davis needs to do is stay the f*#k away from coaches and LET THEM COACH!!!

  • Ok that Al Davis rant was some of the dumbest sht I’ve ever hear on this board.

  • jeremy

    There’s obviously no truth to the Sapp becoming an assistant coach rumors, but like I said last week, it’s highly possible if he retires he’ll join our staff.

  • Dudes, Mcfadden is driving around Fayetteville in a brand new Cadillac Esplinade. Yeah, he’s not coming out. Right.

  • now feed me your chocalate rain

  • jeremy


    You can’t have it both ways. You can’t sit here and spew bullsh*t about how coaches who leave are worse than they came here and at the same time say that coaches who leave are happier and do better, like Norv Turner.

    I’ve heard you comment before about how happy coaches when they leave and do good.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if you were the one who stated Bresnahan was able to do much better in Cincinnati after he left Oakland and was able to run his own defense?

  • jeremy

    … I’ve heard you spew your bulls*t before about how coaches are happy and do good once they leave “Al’s control.”

  • Terrapin

    I know Al Davis has made some dumb moves but that rant was very pathetic. I think Al Davis did the right thing when he signed Moss. He is a genius. Al Davis is God. Long Live AL.

  • RaiderDogg

    Bresnahan ran his own defense here in Oakland. He was the “genius” that designed the vaunted “sticks” defense while he was DC for the Raiders. Does anyone remember that nonsense besides me?

    Raiders for Life…I’m In!

  • I don’t know how you could go wrong with Chris Long, Jake Long, Glen Dorsey or Darren McFadden. And one of them is gonna fall to us.
    I hope we can get something for Jordan, Walter, Sam Williams, or Schweigert. If we could get a 3rd rounder for all of ’em it would be worth it.
    Lastly, and remember you heard it here first, the QB is Josh Johnson out of San Diego. Dude is big and damn good!

  • JB

    I see Sapp as a TV Sports related personality. His appearance & outward expression would be ideal for that type of a position. He could easily go take Emitt Smith’s position. While Emitt can dance and run, he certainly doesn’t cut it as an on screen personality. He comes across more as a bumbling fool. On a recent on air segment, Emitt was seen talking to himself on air regarding the proper word to use. It came across badly.

  • RaiderDogg

    what up Oakglenn? Happy New Year bro!

    So you spoke to some Charger insiders on Sunday? Very interesting. Did they tell you that Phillip Pissing Rivers was actually Ryan Leaf’s long lost brother?

    Raiders for Life…I’m In!

  • jeremy

    Sapp wouldn’t be a good on air personality because he’s got a little Madden in him.

    He just won’t shut up. As for coaching, he’d be good at barking all day long.

  • stop hijacking names you idiot

  • #586 fake

  • Acey40Deuce

    Jamie Dukes took Sapp’s on air job.

    Terp – who are you talking to?

  • JB

    Can someone confirm from a verified source regarding the McFadden rumor about not coming out this year – as posted by Dakota #564?

  • MaddenRaider

    i am the only one that uses multiple user names around here

  • Acey40Deuce

    I see it now

  • m

    McFadden would be nice in Oaktown, but I don’t care who takes him as long the effin’ Pewkriots don’t use that idiotic Niner swap to get him.
    After looking over the next year’s schedule the team that gets the royal shaft is the boys in steeltown. Check it out, they’re doomed.

  • jeremy

    I couldn’t find any truth to the rumor if DMac is going to the NFL or back to Arkansas.

  • B’s ain’t S but H’s & T’s

    MaddenRaider –

    Thank you for your honesty, very admirable. Doesn’t it feel good to come clean?

  • JB

    I looked and couldn’t find anything on the McFadden rumor either.

  • JohnGruden

    Buccaneers | Kiffin would like to stay with team
    Wed, 2 Jan 2008 13:31:59 -0800

    Scott Reynolds, of PewterReport.com, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin said he would like to stay with the team after this season, and said he does not want to leave to coach for the Oakland Raiders and his son, Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin. “Whatever happened in Oakland has nothing to do with me just because of the [last name] Kiffin. Believe me. I am totally concentrating on the New York Giants. I love the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I love Tampa. I love my son, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,” Kiffin said. He is currently working without a contract for the Buccaneers.

  • Dogg, what up??????? Yeah, I was on the Chargers side of the field and was talking to a couple of their longtime analysts and offensive coaches, and they didn’t have the highest regard for Rivers. But then, neither do I.

  • Once upon a time in the west

    Bernard Berrian UFA from Bears Fresno State Alum 150 rec, 2,197 rec yards 14.6 avg and has DEEP SPEED should be a top priority.



  • AZ Raider

    Well there is no offical announcement on Ryan yet, just some unoffical talking out loud. The provoking thoughts are
    1) the Jet’s have not fird thier DC yet
    2) If Lane is considering dad, he is well advised to keep things under wraps until the Bucs are done in he post. Talking with dad previous to that is against league policy for assitant coaches who are not applying for HC positions.

  • Those assholes who are hijacking my name can suck on my lil dick.

  • jeremy

    However, Jamaal Charles from Texas is leaving. He’s built like DMac, but didn’t have the same type numbers.

    He’s faster and as a junior he’s only the 2nd Texass player to leave early under Mack Brown.

    He runs a 4.2 40, benched 300 lbs, and squatted 400 lbs

    I’m curious how high he’ll go.

    This was a shocker. I thought there would be no way in hell he would leave early.

  • MaddenRaider

    BTW, there is gonna be a LOT MORE user names on this blog. That I can guarantee.

  • jeremy

    Apparently after reading another article at one point he’s run a 4.2 40 and is thinking he’ll run a 4.3 at the combine.

  • RaiderDogg

    Oakglenn(OG) –

    I agree, Rivers is a punk. He was actually yelling at an entire stadium of people. What a tool! What other juicy nuggets did you get from these people?

    Good to see your back bro.

    Raiders for Life…I’m In!

  • JB

    Once upon a time in the west

    I agree that Berrian would be a good move. As a reminder, McFadden is an excellent receiver & passer. He also can and has lined up at the wideout position. He’s a very versatile blue-chip playmaker.

  • jeremy

    I love DMac. The only way I would target Charles is if we traded down.

    Charles doesn’t have the vision or the same burst DMac has. He would be an awesome system fit as would Felix Jones.

  • jeremy

    Several backs can get you up to 15 yard gains, but the rare ones are able to use their vision to cut back and know where the next tackler is.

    I think DMac has this quality. He’s a super blue chip prospect.

  • DMac

    jermy,”You love me”

    Thats why i dont want to be drafted by any california teams.

    im “quality” bro, in a football sense.

    Btw, i havent announced if im coming out, get it

  • #87 Dave Casper

    Raider Dogg it was Willie Shaw that created the Sticks, F*ck Chuck…

  • #87 Dave Casper

    Yea Dmac you maybe a bigger version of Peterson (some would say) but damn boy you fumble A LOT & in big games too!

  • RaiderDogg

    #87 Dave Casper –

    Are you sure that the “Sticks” D was a Willie Shaw creation? I could have sworn it was Bresnahan. You would know better than I being a former Raider and all. I actually liked Willie Shaw…

    Raiders for Life…I’m In!

  • RaiderDogg

    While combing the internet researching Willie Shaw I came across this 9 year old article:


    Interesting read. It’s strange to see some of the same critiques that we are still getting today. Nine years later! KoolKell I am looking in your direction. The Raiders ARE consistent, just not in the right way.

    Raiders for Life…I’m In!

  • Whats the deal w/ Roy Williams? I’ve read here that he wants out of Detroit. Is this true?

    The NFL is a funny thing. The guy largely responsible for bringing in C.Johnson gets canned before the very next season.

    Right now it wouldn’t be a bad assumption to assume that w/ Martz out along w/ his pass happy offense that Detriot will be looking to unload one of those high quality WRs. They can afford too. A lot of money is tied up there.

  • Acey40Deuce

    If anyone goes it will be Furrey. No way Detroit lets Williams walk and CJ isn’t going anywhere. Unless Williams outright refuses to play for them and forces a trade I think he will be there for the duration of his contract.

  • I’ve seen several people post that if we get Chris Long we should get rid of Burgess… Why the hell would we do that…you want more than one great pass rushers. Look at the Giants D…they get after it! Draft C. Long…extend Burgess…Get run stuffer in the middle either through FA or draft!

  • Huff24

    I feel like I’m in the desert. Thirsty with no water in sight. I’m thirsty for some news. I gotta get my fix…I’m dyin over here.

  • JB

    I was kind of hoping Mike Nolan would get canned as SF HC. He would be an excellent prospect for a Raider DC position.

  • Huff24

    POSTED 7:11 p.m. EST, January 2, 2008


    Adam Schefter of NFL Network reports that the Atlanta Falcons continue to actively search for both a G.M. and a head coach. At the same time. Per Schefter, Blank was in Green Bay on Wednesday, interviewing director of pro personnel Reggie McKenzie and personnel analyst John Schneider. Blank then will head to Indy to interview assistant G.M. Chris Polian. On Friday, Blank goes to Dallas for interviews with Cowboys assistant coaches Tony Sparano and Jason Garrett.

    Next week, Blank will interview Eagles G.M. Tom Heckert, who can make what would be a lateral move in title if he gets the final say that he doesn’t have in Philly. The broader question, as we see it, is who’s with Blank? Is Rich McKay involved in the process? Is consultant Ernie Accorsi and his jet black hair hat making the trip? And, as we explained on Tuesday, why are Falcons interviewing possible coaches without first having a G.M. in place?

    In fairness to the Falcons, they’ve got no choice but to act now if they want to interview assistant coaches who are working for playoff teams that have a first-round bye. Still, the notion that Blank — either alone or with others — is interviewing any potential head coaches without having a G.M. in place is being regarded by knowledgeable league insiders as, well, a bit screwed up.

    (Does this sound like Al Davis or what?)

  • Huff24

    JB – I don’t think he’ll last as a Head Coach so maybe he’ll be around next year? Wade Phillips would probably be fired before anybody stole Jason Garrett so maybe he will be available. Cowher…please…just be our defensive coordinator damnit. Make a freakin sacrifice. Mike Singletary would be a pretty good idea too.

  • Huff24

    Theres a good replay on NFL Network right now. Steelers vs. Jaguars in the snow, which happens to be the rematch between the 2 in the playoffs.