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Goodell on the Raiders

How NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell responded to media questions regarding the Raiders and the state of Bay Area football:

Q: Why did you come to Oakland?

Goodell: I try to get around to every stadium every couple of years. I haven’t been out here yet so . . . this is a game that we had picked a couple of months ago. I’m glad I’m here.

Q: Your impressions of this stadium facility, one of the oldest in the NFL?

Goodell: It is. And it’s something that we’ve been meeting with a lot of people today about how to address that from a long-term standpoint. It’s clear, and I think everyone accepts it, that something has to get done here with a new stadium at some point. And I’ve had a chance to talk to some of the leadership here about how we can help in that process. There are a lot of passionate fans here, as you know, from talking to fans here.

Q: Both the Raiders and 49ers need stadiums _ any chance they could agree on a common stadium?

Goodell: That’s complicated by a lot of factors. The teams here have to come together. The communities have to come together and say, ‘This is the best way to get something done.’ I don’t know if that’s the best solution here or not. But that is something that I think needs dialogue and everyone is going to have to evaluate that as one alternative to the long-term solution for both teams.

Q: What is the challenge now in getting the G3 stadium fund replenished in light of the credit crunch and is it more difficult to gain financing?

Goodell: A couple of things. First, the G3 fund expired just over a year ago, so that funding is not available right now. Clearly, in this economic environment it makes building anything more challenging. And we obviously, as you know, have issues on the labor side in which we’re trying to look at our labor costs, and the increased risks in building stadiums like this. We’re probably building a stadium in New York that’s going to be about $1.8 billion.”

Q: Other sports have said the economy is having an impact. Is it having an impact on the NFL?

Goodell: Unfortunately earlier this week we advised our people that we’re laying off 150 people. So yeah, we’re seeing it on a variety of levels. We’re seeing it on our sponsors, our partners, our broadcast partners. Clearly our fans are being faced with either less disposable income. There are a lot of challenges.

Q: The Raiders have not been competitive for six years now. Does it fall within your realm as commissioner as something to address?

Goodell: Not individually, no. Competitiveness . . . I think we’ve got a very competitive league. The Dolphins showed how fast you can turn a franchise around. The Atlanta Falcons have showed how fast you can turn a franchise around. This franchise has been competitive for decades. I’m sure Mr. Davis and the Raiders are going to turn that around.

Q: Is there ever a situation where you could see yourself stepping in in that regard as far as (ensuring) competitiveness?

Goodell: I’ve got enough things to do. No. (Laughter). I work for 32 teams. I can’t work for one. And I’m not sure I’d be much help, by the way.

Q: How important is it for the Raiders to remain here in Oakland, with their lease coming up in a couple of years?

Goodell: I think it’s important for all of our teams to stay in their communities. This is something we’ve focused on an awful lot over the last 10 or 15 years, in trying to make sure we create an environment where the team can be successful, the community can be successful and together they can create a partnership that’s going to do great things for the fans and the community.

Q: Did you meet with Al Davis today?

Goodell: I did.

Q: How would you characterize the relationship of the NFL office with the Raiders?

Goodell: It’s better than it has been in many, many years. We’re working together on issues. We’re trying to do things that will benefit the NFL and the Raiders together in the communities that we both represent.

Q: What about the Los Angeles market, have you thought about it much?

Goodell: Yes (laughter). Well, listen the reality is, the NFL is going to do great without Los Angeles, and Los Angeles is going to do great without the NFL. My thought has always been, together we can do better. We’re having good dialogue with the people there trying to create an opportunity that is good for the community and is good for the NFL. It would be great to be back there. We know we have millions of fans in that market and we would love to be back there. But it has to be back in a way that is good for the community and the NFL.

Q: Can you share with us any of your meeting with Al Davis?

Goodell: No. Nothing that is significant. We talked about a variety of different issues. I don’t mean it was that secretive.

Q: So, you can’t divulge any details?

Goodell: No, we had a good dialogue about a variety of things that are happening in the league. And that’s part of what I do when I go to markets is want to hear from owners, I want to hear from club people, I want to hear from fans, I want to hear from the media.

Q: How important is Davis to the way the league works?

Goodell: He is very valuable to us because he has been through this. He has seen it from a variety of different perspectives, as a coach, as a commissioner, as an owner. He has a very good sense of the game of football and what’s necessary to make sure the game stays competitive. So, he can help us.

Q: Will the 49ers receive any of the (stadium) money?

Goodell: That’s what we have to address as a league and certainly with our players association. The program was very successful. It got a lot of stadiums built. But it has to be done in a way that makes sense for the collective 32 teams, and that’s what we’re going back and evaluating.

Q: Are you concerned that the 49ers or Raiders might bolt for the L.A. market?

Goodell: No, we’re worried about the California market, in general. If you look at where our stadium situation (stands), San Diego is trying to address a stadium situation, San Francisco, the Oakland Raiders. So, collectively we have to try to address these matters on a statewide level as well in our local communities.

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  • Dan

    Vegas – agree with you on the penalties. I saw that specific play you’re referring to. There was also another one when Jamarcus fumbled and Raiders recovered. Seymore from patsies gave one of our oline a cheap shot. Worse than what happened with Kelly last week vs SD. Of course, no mention of it by announcers.

    It wouldn’t have changed the outcome, but more fairness should be expected. At least someone could have ripped seymore for being a cheap shot artist like Kelly got ripped vs SD.

  • http://ibabuzz Cali Boy up

    Was up my nation?????????

    Life is no good down here in Tacy.

    The Raiders will never pull through this. Just ask Mr. Shannahanahan

  • http://ibabuzz MR 209

    I see Bronco fans.

  • http://ibabuzz MR……209

    And de@d beat Raider fans!

  • vegas raider

    Dan: I saw that as well, let’s see if Seymour gets fined this week, which would be an admittance of a missed call. Again it wouldn’t have changed anything, it just shows that a disciplined team gets the breaks from the refs, in any sport.

  • dikembesaysno

    Where are KoolKell and S&B? I’d just like to say I TOLD YOU SO!

  • SacRaider

    I thought Nnamdi received offers but turned them down? Don’t really know tho so could be just rumors..

    I can’t see Nnamdi sitting out a season to force us to trade him. Too classy. If he doesn’t get what he wants this year, he’ll do like Woodson and play out the term and then just leave. That’s what i’m afraid of happening. I would hope its ends up like Jared Allen.

  • Dan

    By the way, we’re in line for the 5th overall pick.

  • Playaaaa

    Nnamdi is Soooooo Overated! He was continually burned yesterday, and not just by WR’s. I saw King Nnamdi get burned by RB Kevin Faulk! Come on man.

    Hey Nnamdi – Stop believing your own hype cuz that’s all it is, HYPE! You suck, now shut your fukking mouth!

  • Nnamdi21

    Watched an episodeof “L.A. Ink” with kat von D. Not sure when it was from, last year maybe…

    Anyway, she tattooed a guy who is an architect (Designed the Staples center) and he mentioned he is currently working on an NFL stadium design to be built in LOS ANGELES…

  • http://ibabuzz Cali Boy up

    Yeah, I got ink done from that guy too.

  • Nnamdi21

    If we were foreced to ditch Nnamdi getting a killer wide (They mentioned jokingly T.O. to Oakland on last nights game) and a 1st round pick could go along way toward helping us.

    My thoughts are Al sticks with Javon giving him 08′ as his year to recover from knee surgeries (same for DT Tommy Kelly) and try to use Spider man Arman Shields.

    Because we need a WR so bad, Al probably won’t get one, but Housh seems to be getting mentioned.

    I had Mark tauscher peggedas a possible FA signing at tackle but he shredded his knee this week..which means we’ll probably sign him to the largest contract ever awarded the position…

  • http://ibabuzz Cali Boy up

    I got it on my neck, it says “209″!

  • vegas raider

    #113: West High Alum, 98

  • dikembesaysno

    I know Arman Shields went to Richmond, but when did that earn him a nickname already? He hasn’t even stepped on the field, haha.

  • Nnamdi21

    I got a tattoo. On my dick…of a bigger dick…

  • Nnamdi21

    Playaaaa Says:
    December 15th, 2008 at 10:06 am
    Nnamdi is Soooooo Overated! He was continually burned yesterday, and not just by WR’s. I saw King Nnamdi get burned by RB Kevin Faulk! Come on man

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    Lining him up on Gonzales exposed him too. Then again, Gonzales beats everyone…

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Oakglenn

    I didn’t recognize your sarcasm last nite. I was out of my mind with anger. ;-)

  • vegas raider

    The point is a great DB still cannot single-cover most of the great WR’s, and also they can just line up the great WR on another guy and render Nmamdi useless (especially when ol Rob makes zero adjustments).

  • SacRaider

    When the QB has all day to throw, even good DBs get beaten.. Since we play exclusively man D, give the QB time and eventually someone will be open.. Has Burgess completely disappeared or what?

  • jhill

    I think I agree with the trade Nmandi chatter. simply because of the dollars he’ll command.

    too many holes to fill elsewhere to give him 12 mil a year. there is not one example of a team giving a corner huge $, and that team benefiting significantly.

  • Nnamdi21

    I think we’ve done ok snagging some DE prospects so I don’t see us taking a DE inthe 1st round.

    Not that Scotts the be all end all, but he shows Millard knows what he’s doing and Burgess, Clemmons, Richardson show we can get some production out of guys others may have looked past.

    09′ looks like its going to be deeeep in great Oline prospects, but again, if we stay ZBS are we going to spend a high pick there?

    I know wwhat you’re thinking, we need tackles! BUT,they are the least important in the ZBS. had it not been for injuries and unforseeable under production (NOBODY thought it was going to be this bad) by wides, loss of both receiving / pass blocking FBs hurt more than many realize and made the tackles look even worse.

    Crabtree at WR?

    I’m down, but like I said earlier, probably go with Walker…

  • hwnrdr

    Hey Sac,
    You are right. Lester Hayes did say that playing man is easy, if and only if the front 4 gets a pass rush. Cassell had all fn day to decide what to do with the ball and where…

  • El Chupacabra

    Drew Carter will be the WR that Al hooks his wagon to next year because he hasn’t really had the chance to fail like the rest of them. Higgins has been making strides, but Davis is a fool and will probably bury him in the rotation behind Schillenz and Carter.

  • Nnamdi21

    SacRaider Says:
    December 15th, 2008 at 10:25 am
    When the QB has all day to throw, even good DBs get beaten.. Since we play exclusively man D, give the QB time and eventually someone will be open.. Has Burgess completely disappeared or what?

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    I would’ve thought D. Burg would’ve turned onthe jets here at the end to bolster some value for his imminent departure next year.

    Dinged too much…

  • http://contracostatimes No More Fargas

    I love nhamdi but ive said once ill say it again, he will never be woodson he cant tackle that well welker went right through him for that td. How in the hell do you wait so long to get d-mac in the game guy needs 20+touches a game. Forget crabtree get boldin and draft o-line and d-line.

  • Nnamdi21

    124. Pooh Farter’s knees make him little more than furniture.

    I doubt he’ll be in the NFl next year and not with Oakland. Signed a one year for 08′ as a trial deal. Gone baby gone…

  • SacRaider

    “The Panthers had three sacks on Sunday but Carolina star defensive end Julius Peppers was shut down by Denver rookie left tackle Ryan Clady. Peppers, who has 12.5 sacks, didn’t register a tackle.”

    Ahh, what it would be like to have an O line..

  • Nnamdi21

    BOLDIN!!!

  • R.A.W.

    Here’s our 1st round priorities:
    1. LT
    2. WR
    3. CB (Pressuming that aso doesnt sign a long term contract)
    4. MLB
    5. DE
    6. OG or C

    If aso doesn’t sign a long term deal in the offseason, it’s best to just franchise him then trade him cuz it would be obvious that he doesn’t wanna be here.

  • El Chupacabra

    I hope you’re right, but logic seems to elude this team sometimes

  • Nnamdi21

    SacRaider Says:
    December 15th, 2008 at 10:32 am
    “The Panthers had three sacks on Sunday but Carolina star defensive end Julius Peppers was shut down by Denver rookie left tackle Ryan Clady. Peppers, who has 12.5 sacks, didn’t register a tackle.”

    Ahh, what it would be like to have an O line..

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    Dude, we had Kwame Harris man! No need to trade down and take someone like Clady!

    KC seems to have gotten burned by their “Greatest draft of the decade!” Both thier line guys fizzled, but usually takes a year or two to get up to speed so you never know…

  • Andy Farmer

    jhill Says:
    December 15th, 2008 at 10:26 am
    I think I agree with the trade Nmandi chatter. simply because of the dollars he’ll command.

    too many holes to fill elsewhere to give him 12 mil a year. there is not one example of a team giving a corner huge $, and that team benefiting significantly.

    :::::::::::::

    D. Sanders really helped the 49ers and the Cowboys, but other than that I can’t think of any recent ones.

  • El Chupacabra

    R.A.W. – I think some better run stopping DT would fit nicely into the mix as well.

  • Nnamdi21

    R.A.W.

    Lots of O line prospects next year, not sure if we spend our 1st rounder on “the least important O line position in the ZBS” plus could be some decent FA’s avail too…

    I agree, we need HELP there big time, but not w/ the #1 pick…

  • El Chupacabra

    If we could stop the run at the line of scrimmage better, our LBs would look a lot better than they do trying to back up a porous D-line.

  • jhill

    the only thing that matters at this point is who the next gm is going to be. its going to all trickle down from there. if its the same old story of Al puppets, then it won’t matter who the coach is, who we draft, or what FA we keep. it will be the same 70s offense and defense we’re seeing now with the same type of blind loyalty that has Fargas starting over McFadden.

    until a fundamental change is made in terms of the philosophy of this team, we’ll be stuck. the only thing that should matter is production. if that means getting rid of everyone, then that’s what it means. who cares if someone is a good raider? give em a jersey and let him be a fan. but get his ass off the team if he sucks … how hard is that?

  • SacRaider

    Nnamdi21 Says:
    December 15th, 2008 at 10:37 am
    R.A.W.

    Lots of O line prospects next year, not sure if we spend our 1st rounder on “the least important O line position in the ZBS” plus could be some decent FA’s avail too…

    I agree, we need HELP there big time, but not w/ the #1 pick…
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    Cable won’t be here next year so chances are we won’t be running the ZBS..

  • Nnamdi21

    RUN STUFFING MLB please!

    Move Morrison out of there! CONSTANTLY making bad audibles, over pursuing and out of position.

    Great player and glad to have him, but a failure at MLB…

  • 22-72 (Soon to be 22-73) aka K-Rock

    2 more games to put a cap on another miserable season in Oakland.

    This will be Al’s last hope. I think he has one more off season in him. I don’t care what others say, his health is declining fast.

    Fans can only hope that his last gamble will pay off or we will be in for 2 or 3 more years of crap. It will take the new MG that long too undo the damage.

  • RaiderTC

    lets wait to see J Russ with at least 1 WR & OT before we call him a bust. His confidence is shot, his footwork is of a scared QB. He needs weapons and 1 system. If he doesn’t get a system to grow into he will end up like D Carr unsure and scared of getting sacked. It was nice to finally see some screens to DMC, moving J Russ again in the pocket, and sticking to the run. Look at the WR drops, think if that was a good WR. The D’s back 7 is what is killing us. Not attacking WR’s and giving up on runs. We need a MLB to attack the middle. Love Morrison but he isn’t big enough.

  • Nnamdi21

    138.

    I can’t see abandoning the ZBS. How the hell are we going to rebuild THE ENTIRE LINE from ZBS swift to straightline power in one year?

    We stay ZBS with or with out Cable who, btw, stays…

  • 22-72 (Soon to be 22-73) aka K-Rock

    Maybe Al can bring back Gruden after the Bucs fire him.

  • Nnamdi21

    141. Agreed…

  • R.A.W.

    People we should consider trading:
    - DE Burgess (worth a low 2nd to 3rd round pick)
    - CB Aso (worth possibly two 1st rounds, mostlikely a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round pick cuz we all know that Aso has more value that roy williams)
    - CB Rout (worth a low 4th round to a 5th round draft pick)
    - S Huff (probably our best DB not includeing Aso or CJ, considering the Fabian Washington trade last year, I’d say this one is ranging from a low 2nd rounder to a 4th round draft pick)

    People who will probably will get cut:
    - WR Javon Walker (unless he takes a huge paycut, which still isn’t worth it, he’s not staying)
    - DT Tommy Kelly (probably the best DT we have, but far overpriced, this one is a 50/50)
    - QB Andrew Walter (no one reallly cares)
    - OT Kwame Harris (you all know the reason why he has to be cut)
    - CB Standford Rout (could be traded, could stay, we’ll see)

    Noticeable players that need to be resigned:
    - CB Aso* (not sure if he’ll stay, we’ll see this off season)
    - P Shane Lechler (Last year in his contract, we must sign him, not sure if “franchising” him would be a good idea though)

    For our draft priorities go see post #130

    *If aso doesn’t sign a long term deal in the offseason, it’s best to just franchise him then trade him cuz it would be obvious that he doesn’t wanna be here.

  • Nnamdi21

    22-72 (Soon to be 22-73) aka K-Rock Says:
    December 15th, 2008 at 10:41 am
    Maybe Al can bring back Gruden after the Bucs fire him.

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    wouldn’t that be somethin’?

    BTW, Al needs to spring for all of his DB’s to attend “PRIME U” like Chris Johnson did this last off season…Stan Routt, you listenin’?

  • 22-72 (Soon to be 22-73) aka K-Rock

    GILBRIDE TO RAIDERS?
    Posted by Mike Florio on December 15, 2008, 8:18 a.m.

    On Sunday, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Raiders owner Al Davis is interested in possibly hiring Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride to be the team’s next head coach.

    Gilbride, who has spent nearly five full seasons with the Giants, worked as quarterback Eli Manning’s position coach for three seasons before taking over the offense.

    And Gilbride fits the profile of a potential Raiders coach. The 57-year-old had one prior stint as an NFL head coach, losing 16 of 22 with the Chargers before being fired six games into the 1998 season. In the following ten years, his name has yet to percolate back to the short-list of head-coaching candidates — possibly due to his failure in San Diego and possibly because his name still triggers for many images of the fist to the face he took from Buddy Ryan when both were working for the Oilers in the earlt 1990s.

    “He has no business coaching the pros,” Ryan later said about Gilbride. “He should be selling insurance. . . . He’s a wimp.”

    Still, Gilbride has presided over the dveloped of Eli Manning, and Gilbride might provide the Raiders with the last, best chance at salvaging the career of JaMarcus Russell, the first overall pick in the 2007 draft, three years after Eli was the top selection.

    Of course, if Gilbride were to take the job in Oakland, Davis might finally have to part ways with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, whose father is Buddy Ryan.
    …………..

    Please God no!

  • R.A.W.

    El Chupacabra

    Oh yea, I forgot about that.

  • SacRaider

    Well, we went from straight line power (in name only) to ZBS in one year, so returning wouldn’t be that hard. Cooper and Green (i think) will both be FAs, and Harris should be so we’ll get new personnel in there anyways..

    And how can Cable possibly stay? He has only 2 wins and the team is not competative.. For sake of continuity, i wish he would stay, but he is not a good HC.

  • http://Raiders It Was A Fumble

    Burgess I think is out of contract after this year. so is Nnamdi, Carlisle, and Walter. There is going to be some wholesale changes here.