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Raiders will tell you when they’re good and ready

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, March 16th, 2009 at 9:35 pm in Oakland Raiders.

You can thank David White of the San Francisco Chronicle for smoking out the latest big news out of Alameda.

When team executive John Herrera said there was no media availability scheduled this week as some of the team gathered for preseason workout sessions, I thought the worst.

You know, the usual. A locked security gate, opening and closing only for players and employees in cars with the pass code, and anyone wishing to get a few words subjected to shouting through a chain-link fence.

Thanks, but no thanks.

Whether the usual security was in force, I don’t know. If someone else is going to get the kids off to school with the wife out of town, I’ll need some advance notice.

White, in the best tradition of the news organization that blew the lid off Balco, was responsible for forcing the following earth-shaking announcements via the transactions page on Raiders.com:

C Chris Morris re-signed
C/LS Jon Condo re-signed
CB Justin Miller re-signed
T Khalif Barnes signed
LB Ricky Brown re-signed
DE William Joseph re-signed

Other than Barnes, consummated over the weekend, these other transactions have been done for awhile now.

I’m fairly certain I read on a few occasions in the comments section underneath this blog about Miller. I even asked the Raiders about it and got their best Sgt. Schultz impression. “I see nothing, I hear nothing, I know nothing.”

Miller’s agent wasn’t saying anything, either.

Would have been a nice announcement on the Raiders Web site, bringing back a guy who returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. Instead, it’s a non-story, rating behind Raiderettes visiting some far away land.

(Note: The Raiders have still not confirmed the signing of cornerback Chris Johnson, whose signing, complete with contract numbers, was reported on Feb. 12).

Profootballtalk.com speculated perhaps the Raiders were too busy reminding the media about the many lies of Lane Kiffin to keep up with their “responsibility” of informing people of their day-to-day operations.

Perhaps.

More likely, it’s just the another quirk unique to the Raiders.

When it came to the loss of linebacker Marquis Cooper at sea, the Raiders displayed sensitivity and perspective with a real-life issue far more important than most anything else they’ll do.

They get trashed consistently for their dealings with the media, but run a pretty good draft day and their training camp access is better than most.

Other times, mostly in the offseason, they fall asleep at the wheel. They pick and choose regarding transactions. They’ll go ahead with some signings that can’t help but become news (Nnamdi Asomugha, Shane Lechler).

Bringing back others, such as special teamer Isaiah Ekejiuba, guard Cooper Carlisle and return specialist Miller, are treated as if they’ve reluctantly renewed an unwanted lease.

It’s not the fault of Herrera and Mike Taylor, who are nearly carrying out the wishes of the organization. It’s really not that big a deal at all, unless you’re one of those people who wishes to be kept informed of the goings on with the team to whom you’ve devoted your soul as well as your fan dollars.

It all flows from the top. Somewhere, near files which contain all the paperwork on the slogans “Commitment to Excellence,” “Team of the Decades,” and “Pride and Poise,” is another near the desk of Al Davis which says, “None of Your Damn Business.”

For what it’s worth, the subject of making some players available in the next couple of weeks, as well as new coordinators John Marshall and Ted Tollner, has been broached with the media relations people.

Cable, who straddles the line between his own beliefs and the company line while not sounding as if he’s spreading propaganda, looks like he has real promise at the media game.

Maybe the Raiders will open up a little. Cable even went to the podium at the NFL scouting combine, the first Raiders coach in memory to do so.

More likely, they won’t.

If it happens, great. If it doesn’t, no problem.

If the Raiders don’t feel it’s in their interest to compete in the market place during tough economic times, so be it.

As part of the media, you learn to live with it.

As a fan, many of you don’t care until the games begin anyway. You’re fine with all in-house stuff on Raiders.com and believe any discouraging word is evidence of a Raiders conspiracy.

Long live lack of information.

As for the rest of you, tough luck.

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  • ozraiders

    Like DALLAS,HAND UP DEFFENSE TO BLOCK THE VIEW AND BAT THE BALL DOWN. DE-FENCE STRIP THE BALL ON ALL PLAYS!

  • ozraiders

    Coaches LINEBACKERS,be ready to chase LT LIKE{RAY LEWIS}from one side of the field to another,if you don’t, I don’t want you here.SEE,I want players that WANT TO WIN !

  • ozraiders

    AL- COACH CABLE,I dont want players that smile,I want players that want to win!

  • ozraiders

    We RAIDERS FANS out there plead to you AL and all coaches we dont want anymore ELEPHANTS,they are slow and hurt. YOU CANT PLAY WITH THEM,YOU CANT TALK TO THEM,and you CANT WIN WITH THEM.

  • ozraiders

    RAIDER linebackers be aware “THATS 3 AND OUT” no first downs,be ready to go wide from sideline to sideline,hit like TATUM and watch the news later! “HIT LIKE TATUM AND WATCH THE NEWS LATER.

  • ozraiders

    DEFENSIVE BACK,Dont be funny look at the ball and bat it down incomplete.PASS RUSHERS 3sec and LIGHTS OUT QB!

  • ozraiders

    SPECIAL TEAM COACHES,No one,absolutely no one runs a play for a TD IN OUR HOUSE, HEAR IT. NO EXCUSE “NO ONE RUNS A RETURN FOR A TD IN OUR HOUSE! NO EXCUSE !

  • ozraiders

    RAIDER LINE COACH. No one gets to RUSELL.NOT EVEN REFRIGERATOR PERRY. Offense more trick plays and go more on 4th down. “YOU KNOW WE ARE NOT COMMING IN”!THERE TONGUES WILL FALL BEFORE WE DO!

  • ozraiders

    We are what we are.We know the 09 DRAFT BRINGS ROOKIES,and rookie mistakes. And it takes time to teach and stop the rookie mistakes. We also know this is not the NCAA ,and NFL IS ROUGH AND TOUGH! and can make a ROOKIE CRY AND GO TO HIS MAMA! If we go ALs way, when they hear the money they get slow,get hurt,cant win , and we inherit a BAG OF BONES THAT SMELL LIKE BENGUY ! So the best way is CABLE’s way we build from the inside out.We make competition on every position,and if my kid beat your kid .WE FINALLY GOT A PIECE OF THE PIE!

  • JSpicoli

    “It’s really not that big a deal at all, unless you’re one of those people who wishes to be kept informed of the goings on with the team to whom you’ve devoted your soul as well as your fan dollars.”

    IT IS A BIG DEAL IF YOU ARE A REPORTER. WHINE ALL YOU WANT. WHY IN THE WORLD SHOULD THE RAIDERS DO A COTTON-PICKING THING TO HELP YOU? WHAT DO YOU AND YOUR ILK DO FOR THEM. GET A CLUE AND FIND SOMEONE WHO CARES ABOUT YOUR PLIGHT. THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE RAIDERS NOT TALKING, IT IS ABOUT THE LACK OF RESPECT THEY GET IN THE MEDIA BECAUSE YOU LIKE THE MENTAL MASTURBATION OF THE OLD RAIDER STEREOTYPES.

  • Sharpe

    Just so you all know, Al can’t pass on Crabtree. The addition of Crabtree is almost a given if available. QB, RB, TE…all settled. He’s been waiting for this year. It falls to the most talented WR in the draft to complete the offensive puzzle. Just like I said last year this time. Al can’t pass on the talent, speed, size and hands that will complete this puzzle. Free agency addressed the O-line. Later rounds might produce a Center (Alex Mack), MLB, D-linemen and a safety, but the #7 pick will be Crabtree if Cinci doesn’t take him. Al has waited 3 years for this.

  • Sharpe

    I just hope that pick #7 signs the contract as fast as McFadden did and reports ahead of schedule so as to not disrupt the chemistry.

  • Sharpe

    Joey, I love (Ray) Maualuga, reminds me of a LB in Baltimore. Thing is, he won’t be there for pick #40. Al won’t pass on Crabtree at #7. He sees the WR corp and their lack of production as an embarrassment. Russell was to be the Mad Bomber reincarnate. He’ll address that! Already has in a sense. Who hiers a “passing game” coordinator not to address a glaring issue?…goal, resurrect the passing game. Javon and Drew Carter will be gone in 2010, especially if they get injured again in 09. That leaves a healthy Lelie, Arman Shields, Higgins, Schilens for our future, and maybe , Jonathan Holland or Todd Watkins if either makes it to the 2010 season…oh, and, uhhh…Crabtree.

  • Sharpe

    Javon might be savageable, all those that restructured, Al sees as “loyal”. You know what that means to him. Infact, that’s primarily why Cable is the head coach. That is huge, loyalty. The locker room has grown closer in a hurry under Cable. It’s like they have been clammering for direction. Now all we need is locker room leaders to step up. I hope that this is the year that we right the ship.

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