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The problem with Harbaugh

The Merc continues to beat the drums for Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh as a candidate to coach the Raiders.

Considering Harbaugh’s silence and the fact that his contract extension wasn’t finalized before the NFL coaching carousel started spinning, maybe they’re on to something.

Perhaps Harbaugh is Al Davis’ new Sarkiffin, the chosen one to resurrect the franchise. Two years ago, Davis targeted Steve Sarkisian to lead the Raiders, then adroitly did a media bait-and-switch to Lane Kiffin, saying that young “Lance” was the man he wanted all along.

At least in this case, Davis knows Harbaugh, having had him on staff in 2003 and 2004 under Bill Callahan and Norv Turner. (If you’re a Raiders assistant for more than a year, chances are you’ve worked for multiple head coaches).

And Harbaugh has a well-documented respect for Al.

So why wouldn’t this be a match made in heaven?

These would be my reservations:

– It would be pretty slimy of Harbaugh to bail on Stanford before he ever even got them to .500. He went 4-8, then 5-7, a .375 winning percentage over two years. Made a big deal of saying it was his dream job when working on the mysterious extension.

If he’s as good as he thinks he is, Harbaugh will have chances at other NFL jobs down the line, instead of leveling whatever progress he started at the school that hired him out of a small-school job at the University of San Diego.

– For an ex-NFL quarterback, Harbaugh didn’t do much for Stanford’s quarterbacks the past two years. He brought a tough-minded, physical approach and a team that knocked heads with mighty USC for a half before talent took over.

But if Stanford could pass the ball, they would have went to a bowl game. Basically, he did for Stanford what Kiffin did for the Raiders last year. Made them a more physical opponent, but didn’t win.

Kiffin was fascinated by Al at first, had a lot of things go his way in terms of hiring offensive staff and in terms of personnel.

When Kiffin didn’t win, all the rope Davis gave the young coach tightened. Harbaugh, a rising star with an ego to match, could expect the same thing if he didn’t have immediate success.

It’s a lot different dealing with Al when you’re having tough times then when you’re the young prodigy.

Tom Cable, on the other hand, has dealt with Davis on a week-to-week basis during tough times, has already handled the situation, and at the very end managed to put together the best back-to-back games the franchise has seen in six years.

And he did it in late December, motiving the Raiders and presenting a crisp, well-coached product during a time of year where they’re usually so deep in the tank they need gills to survive.

Other coaching news regarding Raiders coaches of past and present:

– The Newark Star-Ledger reports the Jets want to interview Rex Ryan and are expected to be granted permission once the Baltimore Ravens are eliminated from the playoffs. It’s conceivable if Rex were to get a head coaching job, he could want Rob Ryan as his defensive coordiantor.

One of the Jets in-house candidates is Callahan, fired by the Raiders in 2003.

– Kiffin hired Ed Orgeron away from the New Orleans Saints as his recruiting coordinator at Tennessee. Kiffin wanted Orgeron as his defensive line coach in Oakland, only to be rejected by Davis, with Keith Millard retaining the job.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • http://www.itsovermikeletitgo.com The Ghost of Mike Shannahan’s Past

    Come on fellas, the writing is on the wall.

    Jim Harbaugh is our next HC.

    Obvious signs:

    1) He hasn’t signed the contract extension at Stanford yet? Why? Why wait? Why not sign it when it was finished? What are you waiting for?

    2) If Cable was Al’s guy, why hasn’t he hired him already? Why didn’t he just name him the HC at the end of the season, or even by now? Why is he even interested in interviewing others?

    Jim is our next headcoach.

  • El Dirty (hates his little trolls)

    Thanks 4eva like wise. 408 I saw the new handle and started laughing! That’s awesome! So we need to do a lot this season. Al won’t make a move until the season is officially over. that sucks

  • http://view.playlist.com/12165303563/standalone 408RAIDER(GO SHARKS & FREE DIRTY!)

    4eva you still watching the bowl games? I havent seen any yet I wanted to see The red raiders but….

  • El Dirty (hates his little trolls)

    Yep on the phone I wil check out the track when I get home

  • Marc Trestman

    I’d go to the Lions before I would ever accept a job with the faiders.

  • http://www.itsovermikeletitgo.com The Ghost of Mike Shannahan’s Past

    El Dirty,

    Why don’t you join the rest of us and contribute to society instead of being a menace. You loser criminal. Get a life moron.

  • http://view.playlist.com/12165303563/standalone 408RAIDER(GO SHARKS & FREE DIRTY!)

    4eva…. new beer

    http://www.lagunitas.com/

    ———————————

    Yep Al’s gonna take his sweet time.. I hope the chubby guy gets a shot at being HC… That win over the buc’s was awesome…

  • http://www.itsovermikeletitgo.com The Ghost of Mike Shannahan’s Past

    Marc Trestman Says:
    January 2nd, 2009 at 3:13 pm
    I’d go to the Lions before I would ever accept a job with the faiders.

    ——————————————————-

    Lol, yeah an 0-16 team would fit ya well Trestman, maybe you can improve to 1-15.

    Stupid troll.

  • http://view.playlist.com/12165303563/standalone 408RAIDER(GO SHARKS & FREE DIRTY!)

    The Ghost of Mike Shannahan’s Past

    dude I already asked you to stop trolling…. whats a matter you wanna talk about it? Im just sayin…

  • Chargless

    If we don’t make it to the superbowl it’s because: If it’s the postseason, the San Diego Chargers must be dealing with injuries. This time, it’s running back LaDainian Tomlinson and tight end Antonio Gates who are hurt.

  • http://www.itsovermikeletitgo.com The Ghost of Mike Shannahan’s Past

    408RAIDER(GO SHARKS & FREE DIRTY!) Says:
    January 2nd, 2009 at 3:17 pm
    The Ghost of Mike Shannahan’s Past

    dude I already asked you to stop trolling…. whats a matter you wanna talk about it? Im just sayin…

    ——————————————————-

    Ok sir. And yes, I would like to talk about it. Watcha got?

  • http://view.playlist.com/12165303563/standalone 408RAIDER(GO SHARKS & FREE DIRTY!)

    and there playing the colts… dischargers aren’t going anywhere… Nice job beating the donkeys tho.. :P

  • http://www.itsovermikeletitgo.com The Ghost of Mike Shannahan’s Past

    Yo 408RAIDER(GO SHARKS & FREE DIRTY!)

    Dude, that is probably the lamest playlist I have EVER seen. Metallica, Kid Rock, Mac Dre, and Chumbawumba all on the same playlist? What, are you like 16 or something?

  • http://view.playlist.com/12165303563/standalone 408RAIDER(GO SHARKS & FREE DIRTY!)

    Ghost

    LMAO… Im just sayin if you need to get something off your chest Im all ears… let it go man… Life’s to short to be all angry all the time…

  • http://view.playlist.com/12165303563/standalone 408RAIDER(GO SHARKS & FREE DIRTY!)

    # The Ghost of Mike Shannahan’s Past Says:
    January 2nd, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Yo 408RAIDER(GO SHARKS & FREE DIRTY!)

    Dude, that is probably the lamest playlist I have EVER seen. Metallica, Kid Rock, Mac Dre, and Chumbawumba all on the same playlist? What, are you like 16 or something?
    ————————-

    sorry I dont listen to spice girls…. you got any suggestions???

  • http://www.itsovermikeletitgo.com The Ghost of Mike Shannahan’s Past

    Anyone need a good playlist for their High School Prom, check out 408RAIDER(GO SHARKS & FREE DIRTY!)’s playlist. LMFAO.

    http://view.playlist.com/12165303563/standalone

    The hits of:
    2 live Crew
    Metallica
    Chumbawumba
    Johhny Cash
    Pink Floyd
    Ice T
    2 Pac
    Easy E
    Bone Thugs N Harmony
    The Greatful Dead
    Weirde Al (lmfao)
    Van Morrison
    Ramones
    Hendrix
    Slayer

    LMFAO. You can dance all night long.

  • http://view.playlist.com/12165303563/standalone 408RAIDER(GO SHARKS & FREE DIRTY!)

    you got a problem with weird AL… LOL

    what do you listen 2 ghost?

  • http://view.playlist.com/12165303563/standalone 408RAIDER(GO SHARKS & FREE DIRTY!)

    Awwww

    where’d ya go ghost???? I thought we were gonna talk about your issues? LOL trolls are lame!

  • Marc Trestman

    Ghost, I can turn the Lions around faster than you could.

  • http://www.itsovermikeletitgo.com The Ghost of Mike Shannahan’s Past

    408RAIDER(GO SHARKS & FREE DIRTY!) Says:
    January 2nd, 2009 at 3:27 pm
    you got a problem with weird AL… LOL

    what do you listen 2 ghost?

    ——————————————————-

    Do you bump your playlist down the streets of Los Gatos in your “tricked out” Honda Civic?

    I got you mang, I know how you roll.

    You see an old school ni66a and you quickly bumb 2 live.

    You see a hippy white dude that might have some smoke you start to bump Metallica.

    You see an old school hippy white dude, you kick it over to Floyd.

    You see a punk rocker, you hit the Ramones.

    YOu see the metalhead death rocker, you jam the Slayer.

    You see a hillbilly, you bow down with Johhny Cash.

    Man you got it all dawg, you down, your tight with everybody.

    But, what you do bounce for the chollos, you got everthing for somebody but them.

  • Juan Valdez Jr.

    408, ain’t ya got no War to put on your playlist, vato?

  • ChargersChoke

    My value picks for the draft Mr. Davis!

    OT Troy Kropog Tulane 6-6 315 4.95
    OT Ramon Foster Tennessee 6-6 325 5.30
    WR Greg Carr Florida St. 6-6 217 4.70
    CB Domonique Johnson Jackson St. 6-2 200 4.40
    CB DeAngelo Willingham Tennessee 6-0 200 4.50
    TE Brian Mandeville Northeastern 6-7 253 4.80
    ILB Jamar Chaney Mississippi St. 6-1 236 4.55
    Punter Britton Colquitt Tennessee 6-3 205 4.90

    You see this season those boys from Tennessee will produce( Gibril and Rashad) and I suggested Jarod Mayo last year pre-draft on this blog!

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  • GRILLA RFL

    The Ghost of Mike Shannahan’s Past Says:
    January 2nd, 2009 at 3:08 pm
    Come on fellas, the writing is on the wall.

    Jim Harbaugh is our next HC.

    Obvious signs:

    1) He hasn’t signed the contract extension at Stanford yet? Why? Why wait? Why not sign it when it was finished? What are you waiting for?

    2) If Cable was Al’s guy, why hasn’t he hired him already? Why didn’t he just name him the HC at the end of the season, or even by now? Why is he even interested in interviewing others?

    Jim is our next headcoach.
    —————————————————–
    I am all for Cable, and I believe in Al Davis. He has to abide by the Rooney Rule, and he does not want to make a hasty decision. If he just hires Cable right away, with out looking at anyone else, that will just give everybody something else to slam him about if Cable for some reason does not pan out.

    Raider for life

  • RaiderRod

    Would Harbaugh keep Rathman and other assistants?

    Would he be more of a detrement because he would need to instill a new system all over again,how long can all players sustain such a task going to an unstable team year in and year out?

    Just a thought.

    Hello everyone!

  • RaiderRod

    I think Jets like Shanahan alot.
    Spags might be their first pick though,enticing him to stay in NY.

  • NJ RAIDER NATION

    I saw a rumor on one of the sites that when the FISH are sold later this month that Parcells has 30 days to opt out of his contract…Do you guys think he would be a good fit in Oakland and do you think he would even consider coming out there…maybe AL is waiting to see what happens in Miami…he turned that team around in 1 season and we have more talent then they had when he started…I’m not a fan of Parcells but the guy has a knack for success

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