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Raiders’ inaction is a good thing

Taking the better part of two days off with sore throat and slight fever, which works out perfectly because the Raiders haven’t done much of anything either.

And they’re to be praised for it.

In short, this is the best thought-out offseason of the last six years. One year after approaching February and March like the Washington Redskins, the Raiders are making choices as if they were the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Lock up your own best players, avoid the high-ticket free agents, stray from head-cases and malcontents.

On second-tier free agents, play the market, get the price you like, then strike. There’s no reason to believe the Raiders have lost a single player they wanted to keep (they had no intention of paying Jake Grove $14 million in guarantees) or have missed out on anyone on the outside they wanted to sign.

Kevin Burnett, Duke Preston, Melvin Fowler, Kyle Boller . . . most of the players that have made their way through the facility are still out there, and they’re getting cheaper all the time.

The only sign of possible contention between Al Davis and Tom Cable has been the courtship of Khalif Barnes. There is information from both sides which suggests Cable wanted Barnes aboard.

A couple of things:

1) Barnes hasn’t been signed yet, so it’s not over until he does.

2) If Davis has reasons for holding back on Barnes, who had a poor season last year and missed one start (he came in late) because of a team rules violation, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

As many good things as I’ve written about Cable as an assistant coach and with what he did cleaning up the Lane Kiffin-Davis mess to end the season with some promise, his decision to make the hard sell on Kwame Harris and then stick with him was his biggest mistake.

Before I get back to what I hope is the rest of Sunday off, the least I can do is give you a new thread . . .

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  • http://ibabuzz 4evaRaider

    BART Bridge Blues Says:
    March 10th, 2009 at 7:23 am
    The Lions would be smart to swap their #20 pick for our #7 (we also get their 3rd rounder, perhaps) then they could take Aaron Curry/Jason Smith and Matthew Stafford, in that order. That would be an amazing draft for them.

    Then we could take Mack with the #20
    Robert Ayers (DE) with our 2nd round pick
    Lydon Murtha (OT) with our new 3rd round pick
    Derrick Williams (WR) with our original 3rd round pick
    Terrence Knighton (NT) with our 4th round pick
    Reshard Langford (SS) with our 6th round pick
    Alex Boone (OT) with our 7th round pick
    ——————————————————–
    thats a real good lookin draft imo,BBB

  • vegas raider

    Nobody wants the first pick this year, Lions are stuck in the mud with that. Sit back and watch them blow it yet again (unless they pick Curry who should be a stud).

  • Dirty Raccoon

    Grasshopper’s this mornin anyone? Fresh baked!

  • SacRaider

    The Raiders trading down from #7 to #20 and only getting a 3rd round pick? thats robbery, isn’t it? Especially when the Raiders know that the Lions are using it to draft their franchise QB. They could trade with the Jags or Packers too before the 49ers are on the clock at #10
    ——————————

    Thats what i was thinking too.. didn’t the jags give up like a 2nd and 3rd or 2 3rds to move from 14 to 7 last year?

  • http://flickr.com/photos/skew-t/166654980/ BART Bridge Blues

    Santa Maria is a great Raider town!! I went to school in San Luis Obispo, and we would drive down to Santa Maria to watch the game on Sundays, usually at the Red Robin so we could get our grub on. They represent well in those parts.

    Raider O,

    You are right, my hope of the Lions swapping with us is based more on blind optimism than cold hard facts, guilty as charged.

  • Raider O

    Isn’t maybin less than 250 pounds? If he is then we don’t need another situational guy. We need an all downs DE. I like M Johnson’s potential and upside, but I don’t think he will be there in the 2nd. Also he is too risky for a team like ours ( has so many needs) to invest a 1st in him, he is far from a finished product. This guy should and will go to a team in the mid or late 1st round. He can help them in rushing downs, and be situational till he adds more muscle and learns more.

  • http://ibabuzz 4evaRaider

    what you talkin ’bout DR??? =)

  • Dakota

    Roch R,

    I am no fan of Al Davis, but I am glad that he is not listening to Cable in terms of signing o-linemen. Cable may be a proven o-line coach, but as far as talent evaluation goes he sucks ASSSSSSS. Cable gave you Kwame Harris and then refused to play Henderson once it became clear Henderson was a better player. Tom Cable wanting Barnes is just Kwame Harris part II. Kwame Harris + off the field antics as a matter of fact.

    Barnes is meeting with Tampa…let’s hope he signs there. We can get a much better tackle in the draft.

  • LAto theBay

    Ya, the Lions picked a sh:tty year to go 0-16. One of the weaker QB draft classes in some time.

    Stafford should be the pick, and will play well down the line, IMO, but its gonna continue to be rough in the D.

    I’m hoping we break that double-digit loss streak this year. Even in a weak division, I doubt playoffs in 09, but I’d like to be competitive and at least beat SD once.

  • SacRaider

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    March 10th, 2009 at 7:34 am
    I’m glad Al appears to be passing on Barnes. Too much $$$ for a player with dubious character. Get another tackle in the draft. Is Andre Smith simply too big/immobile to play the ZBS?
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    I’d still sign Barnes if the money is right. If he doesn’t get any takers and has to settle for a smaller deal, we should jump all over it. He can be our swing tackle if he can’t cut it as a starter. Our OL depth is horrid.. McQuistan looked ok but he tore up his knee and theres no telling how that will work out.

  • http://www.dontbotherresponding.com Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Peterson = undersized LB. We have a deep roster of the same, so no loss. We need a thick-necked, block-shedding, run-stopping LB ala Lance briggs or Ray Lewis. Oh, and two solid DTs.

  • http://flickr.com/photos/skew-t/166654980/ BART Bridge Blues

    Regarding my trade down scenario with the Lions, I think to many teams are wising up to the fact that due to player salaries’, swapping for high picks is not worth as much as it used to. I use their 3rd rounder, because it is the very first pick of the 3rd round and their 2nd round would be too high, considering that is the #33 overall pick. Also it is a conservative look at what we could get, worst case scenario, if we pulled a trade like that.
    It’s never gonna happen, but now is the time to ponder the possibilities.

  • TrevJo

    Let’s hope we now make DRAFT choices as if we were the Pittsburgh Steelers. I’m not holding my breath, though.

  • Dirty Raccoon

    This is BULL $hit!!! You can NOT “replace” the WIZ!!

    Though let’s give credit where it is due. Al Davis has made some excellent personnel calls in bringing in O-line talent in the past. Ron Stone was a solid guard, Lincoln Kennedy at right tackle, Frank Middleton replaced in Steve Wisniewski left guard in 2001.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Cable gave you Kwame Harris and then refused to play Henderson once it became clear Henderson was a better player. Tom Cable wanting Barnes is just Kwame Harris part II. Kwame Harris + off the field antics as a matter of fact.

    Barnes is meeting with Tampa…let’s hope he signs there. We can get a much better tackle in the draft.

    ***

    couldn’t agree more. well said Dakota

  • vegas raider

    Maybin is light, but he is young, he is not even 21 yet. He will put on some pounds, and probably will be selected before our pick at #40. He is one of those “upside” guys, but he was an All-American, and worth a look.

  • Raider O

    Keep your optimisim, our division can be won easy. KC and Denver are rebuilding and SD got OLD real quick, and the Defense showed how much it was over rated. We need a few additions on Defense and O line, and we can look at WR next year. We can’t fix all the problems in ONE draft.

  • http://flickr.com/photos/skew-t/166654980/ BART Bridge Blues

    Dakota,

    Totally agree about Cable. I like his leadership and attitude, but Cable’s personnel knowledge is questionable at best.

    Kwame Harris
    Cornell Greene
    I still question taking Henderson in the 3rd
    McQuistan stuck at back-up left gaurd
    Jake Grove sucks, just admit it Cable

  • vegas raider

    BSJ,

    You see the market today? Not bad eh

  • Dakota

    Maybin is the Calista Flockhart of defensive ends.

  • LAto theBay

    872

    I think we duke it out w/ SD for 1 and Denver/KC for 3 and 4.

    I keep reiterating we MUST beat SD to even think about being competitive. SD experience scares me a bit, although our skill players will be putting in work in 09.

    If we cant split our contests w/them, I sincerely doubt we make it past early January.

  • http://ibabuzz 4evaRaider

    =)

  • Dakota

    You never know!

  • http://www.dontbotherresponding.com Bo Schembechler Jackson

    You bet Vegas – watching FSLR at present.

  • Raider O

    They talk of maybin playing in a 3-4 scheme as OLB. Now, playoffs! Playoffs!!! Yes, you only need to win your division. No way we go deep in the playoffs, but we can get there with time. We have young talent in the offense ( JR, Dmc, Miller, Bush, and our decent Young WRs). Now if we can help them by blocking for them, and having a D that will get our O on the field a lot more ( you don’t learn from being on the bench), we can do good things this year. That is why we need to fix our D.

  • vegas raider

    BSJ,

    Your in a good position if our good buddy moves forward with the cap and trade business.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Free agent LB’s : who’s it gonna be?

    Angelo Crowell
    Willie McGinest
    Kevin Burnett
    Zach Thomas
    Jamie Winborn
    Nate Webster
    Paris Lenon
    Ryan Nece
    Morlon Greenwood
    Donnie Edwards
    Derek Smith
    Napoleon Harris
    Eric Barton
    Derrick Brooks
    Cato June
    Marcus Washington

  • vegas raider

    Maybin is bigger and more athletic than Chris Clemons, who played well here. Not trying to push the envelope of Maybin too much, but if he is there at #40, and we don’t go Raji or Orakpo at #7, he might be a steal in the 2nd round. He will put on weight, again he is only 20 years old, turns 21 in April.

  • LAto theBay

    If we cant split our contests w/them, I sincerely doubt we make it past early January. The new year will be just as depressing as the last. I’ll probably sleep with a couple of trolls, let them fart and pull the covers over my head and put an end to my miserable life.

  • Dirty Raccoon

    We should have NEVER let Eric Barton leave.

  • http://www.dontbotherresponding.com Bo Schembechler Jackson

    vegas raider Says:
    March 10th, 2009 at 8:03 am
    BSJ,

    Your in a good position if our good buddy moves forward with the cap and trade business.

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

    True if I were holding, but I will be out of FSLR by early afternoon. I find it easier to bet on the next 10 minutes than the next 10 weeks…

  • The Animals

    We should have NEVER let Eric Burdon leave.

  • Dirty Raccoon

    Napoleon Harris would be a capable back-up MLB, but I think we need a young guy to learn the posisition so we can move KM to SOLB if he can not hack it this year as out MLB.

  • Dakota

    new post up

  • Dirty Raccoon

    Sorry, I didn’t mean to go balistic. It’s just that every team in the league has players far superior to ours and I am so tired of being a loser that my emotions got the better of me.

  • Raiderfan 1990

    who cares whoes faster if they cant catch the ball?

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