Moss on Media Day

Caught some of Randy Moss speaking about his time with the Raiders Tuesday courtesy of NFL Network.

It reminded me of the time when I asked him about why he seemed to be dropping so many passes, and he responded it was because he wasn’t happy and was in a bad mood.

“Things weren’t really going like I expected them to go, both as an individual and collectively as a team,” Moss said. “People in that organization had high expectations. I got traded there, we had Derrick Burgess, Warren Sapp, so you had a lot of guys that had names . . . I think a lot of things got in the way where football wasn’t really the main priority around there any more.”

No excuse for Moss going in the tank because he was unhappy. None. Not as the highest paid player on the roster, one who was laughably called a “captain” by Art Shell.

But the end of that answer is remarkable when you consider who he is talking about. When Moss says organization, he is talking about Al Davis. Davis is the organization. He is the lone owner in the NFL _ hell, in professional sports _ who was once a coach. He is one of the pioneers of the game, a Hall of Famer.

And here is this huge talent, the kind of player Davis salivates over, saying football wasn’t the main priority with the Raiders. It used to be the only priority.

Misunderstood stars thrived with the Raiders because all they had to worry about was football instead of the layers of miscommunication and confusion which currently emanates from Harbor Bay Parkway.

“Things started getting in the way with coaches and play-calling and stuff like that,” Moss said. “The team-concept was sort of screwed up in Oakland, and really not knowing, I would ever get on this stage, I had to stay positive.”

Moss was in no way “positive” in Oakland, but it has to gall Davis that another environment was more suitable than his own to bringing the best out of football’s most explosive receiver.

Fish to Atlanta

According to the Atlanta Falcons Web site, Jeff Fish was hired as the strength and conditioning coach on the staff of Mike Smith.

Fish has been the Raiders strength and conditioning coach for the past four seasons. Replacing him means they might need another training camp arm. Fish throws a nicer practice pass than some Raiders quarterbacks.

Williams on board

According to the NFLPA logs, Sam Williams is under contract to the Raiders for 2008 for $700,000. He was originally scheduled for unrestricted free agency.

No transactions have been announced by the club since the end of the season. Adimchobe Echemandu has been in the books for a $605,000 salary for a couple of weeks now and it hasn’t been acknowledged by the club.

According to the Raiders Web site, Fish is still the strength and conditioning coach.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • http://cloakofimmortality.blogspot.com JohnS

    Thanks for putting in our heads, a$$h*le…

    I kind of miss KoolKell. He was curmudgeonly but he passed the honesty test.

  • lefty 12

    well said Dogg.well said Zymurge.

  • ATLRaider

    Trading Jon Gruden to Tampa was the beginning of the end for Al Davis. Everything he has touched since that day forward has turned to crap. I have a lot of respect for what he did in the past, but since then??

  • Zymurge

    Thanks Lefty 12. And since you popped back into memory, how could you be assigned anyone other than:

    Lefty 12 == Ken “The Snake” Stabler

  • CopenhagenFan

    Can I be Otis Sistrunk?

  • lefty 12


  • http://oakglenn Ban Madden Raider

    Wow. The question is why is my name even coming out of Madden Raiders mouth??? Thank you Raider Dogg, again, as usual, you are right. No, I am not pro Al, not con Al. I am not pro Kiff, nor con Kiff. Tell you what I am tho: I am pro truth. Let’s go over my posts for the last month:

    Universe Says: Ryan is gone.
    Oakglenn: No he ain’t
    Universe Says: Kiff is gone.
    Oaklglenn Says: No he ain’t.
    That’s pretty damn good credibilty, wouldn’t you agree?? And here’s the funny part, Personally I don’t care on either count, I only care about the truth.
    Now, the one person MaddenRaider SHOULD be debating is Fire Kiffin. But since they are both the same 16 year old girl from Pacoima, Ca, that can’t happen now can it? But sweetie, I will say one last thing to you, which is keep MY name, out of YOUR mouth!

    As to the rest of you, MaddenRaider and Fire Kiffin is a useless troll who just comes on here to piss people off and espouse stupid arguments to rile up people.
    We should probably go back to talking football. Real Football. Raider Football.


  • Dakota

    No, but you can be Manny Sistrunk, his cuz.

  • Once upon a time in the west

    Howie Long was on 5 good minutes on PTI.Kornheiser asked him about his son and where he would like him to go when he is drafted. Howie responded he will keep those thoughts to himself.So I see no truth to the reports that the Long family does not want his son going to the Raiders.HOWIE is the LONG family.

  • CopenhagenFan

    Dakota…you can be McFadden’s bitch next year if we draft him :-) ha ha

  • Dakota

    As long as he is scoring TDs, I’ll take it for the team.

  • CopenhagenFan

    Soul Patrol can be McClown

  • http://insidebayarea.com unknown

    Was KoolKell intimidating to a loy of you guys?

  • http://cloakofimmortality.blogspot.com JohnS

    btw, Zymurge, you’re welcome. Keep bringing it.

    Pacoima! LOL.

  • Chris Sproule

    rotoworld is reporting that the Rams have signed Al Saunders as there offensive coordinator. We have yet to sign James Lofton as any type of coach, and Lane Kiffin, last time I checked is still the head coach. It seems as all of these “Rumors,” have led to nothing and that things are still the same in Raider world. It seems to me that everyone from this point should focus on Free agency and draft talk at this point.

  • http://cloakofimmortality.blogspot.com JohnS

    OUTIW, did they ask him about any of the drama? Did he have anything to say about that?

  • Dakota
  • Zymurge

    If Howie didn’ refute that he had issues with his son going to the Raiders, and instead took the path of keeping his thoughts to himself, then we can easily read into that his true desire.

    His silence is clearly a tribute to Al.

    It’s also notable that Howie did not refute the non-rumor that’s not going around about Millard being fired so that Howie can be brought in as the D-Line Coach.

    The future is looking righter every minute. 😀

  • Zymurge

    er, the future is looking Brighter.

  • Dakota

    “Where would I be now if God hadn’t decided to rip me from stone?”

    Howie Long, 1989

  • http://cloakofimmortality.blogspot.com JohnS

    Howie said she gave him some serious Coyote Arm. I have a feeling the camera does her a lot of favors.

  • Andrews mom


    Can I be Andrew or his mom?

  • Andrews mom

    I have some of those 8×10’s
    Glossy black and white. They sure look good.
    I have Art and Gene sitting on the bench looking like they have been in a all day brawl that is a prized possesion.

  • La Milicia Negra

    Rams hired Al Saunders as offensive coordinator.
    Finally, the Rams get something right. Saunders, a receivers coach during the Greatest Show on Turf Era, is very close to Torry Holt. After seeing Holt and Scott Linehan’s interactions last year, Saunders will be a welcomed addition. Saunders runs a Mike Martz-style offense, but his play calling is less pass heavy. The hire is promising news for all Rams skill players.
    Jan. 30 – 5:53 p.m. ET
    Source: St Louis Post-Dispatch

  • http://insidebayarea.com unknown

    Well I guess so. He was the greatest Man on this blog. There will never be another KoolKell! He ended a poster career on this blog. His record was 1-0.

  • Once upon a time in the west

    Howie was not asked nor did he bring up the Raiders

  • raiderwill1980

    so the banning has begun huh? good, they needed to clean up some of the nonsense mess that’s been going on

  • RaiderDell


    george atkinson—-Sweet, good call.

    I have to be the most hated man in Pittsburgh,PA

    Thank- you

  • Zymurge

    When I read the posts from “Unknown” I envision KoolKell standing their wearing a paper bag, with eye and mouth holes cut out, on his head. He then proceeds to make really bad jokes until a gong is banged and then Chuck Barris comes running onstage to remove him.

    Oops, I think that I just dated myself . . .

  • http://insidebayarea.com unknown

    Is zymurge raiderdogg. hmmm

  • RaiderDell


    McClown–Soul Patrol,buzzer sounds—next

    Try again, even McClown has more brains.

    Think ex Raider Receiver??????

    Please don’t ask for anymore hints.

  • RaiderDogg

    Do I miss KoolKell? Excellent question. I have no problem saying that I miss the KoolKell from back in the day. Then he lost his mind and went a little nuts.

    I honestly think KK is a good guy somewhere in there. I also think that he hated my guts because I would try and Marley him every chance I got. So I guess I was an a-hole too. All the blame can’t be put on him.

    But I wouldn’t annoint KoolKell the greatest man on this blog. The greatest man on this blog is none other than Jerry McDonald. Without him this blog would not exist.

    KoolKell either fell off the Earth, he got banned or he is posting under the name Unknown.

    Either way I am trying to turn over a new leaf so to speak. I still say peace between us KK, no matter what you say, I have no beef with you anymore. I just hope I don’t walk out of the recording studio and get shot a few times. Just when the beef ends…

  • The Truth Revealed

    KoolKell = Al Davis

    Think about it…

  • RaiderDogg

    Zymurge –

    Was the unknown comic a Saints fan?

  • ATLRaider

    I’m guessing Howie would prefer Chris to end up on the Dolphins or Rams.. He doesn’t exactly have the best relationship with Al Davis, and he probably wouldn’t like Chris going to the Chefs either.

  • RaiderDell

    [unknown] is a standard artist name used at MusicBrainz for indicating where an artist name is lacking or not provided.
    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<Kk must be an artist, Does he like the Blues?

  • http://insidebayarea.com unknown


    Are you secretly snitching to Mr. McDonald about KoolKell and others on this blog. hmmm

    You let a 55 year old brother take your man hood and now you are in protective custody for snitching. Oh my God!

  • http://cloakofimmortality.blogspot.com JohnS

    That Howie Long article was outstanding. Thanks for the link.

  • Chargers Hater

    Hey Jerry think is time for another report this is getting crowded!
    What’s up, nothing to report??? come on! it’s the Raiders, there is always something to report!

  • RaiderDogg

    One thing I am not is a snitch. Fact of the matter is I was banned at one point but I know how to work around these kind of things.

    I never snitched to Jery MCdonald about anyone. I can handle myself pretty well on my own.

  • http://insidebayarea.com unknown

    I was banned at one point but I know how to work around these things.

    Hmmm, the court of bloggers opinion will judge you. So for 50% of the bloggers say you’re guilty.

  • RaiderDogg

    The only thing I am guilty of is letting you get to me KK. Other bloggers can think of me what they will, that is out of my control. I do think that most people on here have a pretty good idea the kind of person I am.

    Take care

  • http://insidebayarea.com unknown

    You’re toasted buddy!!!

  • RaiderDogg

    I can reveal something to everyone here if you like. I wasn’t going to even say anything but since you brought it up –

    When I was banned I sent an email to the admin/Jerry’s email. His response was that someone had e-mailed him SEVERAL times regarding my behavior. He was told repeatedly by one poster on this blog that I was using his name and posting lies about him. I wonder who was sending him e-mails? Would I do that to myself?

    Anyway I refuted it with them, they checked my IP Address and sure enough they discovered that I only post under 1 name, RaiderDogg. Boom I was re-instated.

    So the real question who is the snitch that started all of this banning and moderation?

  • http://insidebayarea.com unknown

    I dont know-Do you want to find out?

  • http://insidebayarea.com unknown

    Im so glad we didnt sign Al Saunders

  • RaiderDogg

    KK –

    I have a pretty good idea who it was that snitched and to be honest I don’t really care anymore.

    I have an idea. How about we put all of this nonsense behind us? Is that even a possibilty or do you just want to hate on me for the rest of your days? Life is too short to hate as far as I’m concerned. Plus I am so tired of all of this.

    Plus I agree with you, I’m glad Saunders did join the Raiders.

    Like I said before, peace between us.

    If not, take care.

  • RaiderDogg

    I’m glad Saunders didn’t join the Raiders

  • http://insidebayarea.com unknown

    raiderdogg, Im not KoolKell, I go by unknown. I just want to bring accountability to this blog not friendships.

  • http://MaddenRaider MaddenRaider

    I think it’s the newer generation of younger adults. Those of us 30 and older grew up in a time where snitching just was not cool. We were taught to handle our own problems.

    I’ve dabbled into middle management at my job a few years ago, and the first thing I noticed, that blew my socks off, is how the 20 somethings would rat to me like crazy, about everything, and everyone! We’re not talking about outcasts looking to exact revenge on bullies; These ARE the bullies. These are the more productive, socially accepted (this would be a co ed work environment) employees.

    Tattling is part of our culture today, and it’s here to stay. People are always watching you, and the people in charge will find out everything about you through them. It’s just something you have calibrate yourself around.

    At this blog, I have had posts removed. Some for no reason whatsoever. But for the most part, I’ve been allowed to post at will.