Raiders will tell you when they’re good and ready


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.


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.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Troy


  • jdaraida


  • VT Raider

    blah blah blah

  • blacnsilvr


  • E.Turner #29

    is there any other team that is run so secretely???

  • JUSTautumnWINd

    Woo hoo! Chris Morris is officially re-signed. Now we’re set!

  • JUSTautumnWINd


  • Raider O


    Long live lack of information, that’s funny. Atleast now you’re doing your job sir. lol
    Thank you, and I wish you stability in this economy.

  • I hear ya Jerry. And thanks for cleaning up some of those disgusting posts of the last hour.

  • um

    I am the first one to post!

  • Raider O

    Was William J listed as DE or DT last year?

  • Cruzin

    I kinda like the “highly classified” part of the Oakland Raiders…makes our team somewhat original in the information age…the draft and training camp are all you really need in the off season… Let the agents stir up the rest of the rumors…

  • Raider O


    Do you remember what William was listed at last year? DE or DT?

  • Cable is just happy to have an NFL hc job he aint gonna tell big al nothing and if you think diffrent youre wrong. I could care less how secretive we are as long as we win it is all good!!

  • Treyrockstar

    Hey every1 I’m back!!!

  • No more fargas? Why fargas is 2x the man raiderrockstar is.

  • JUSTautumnWINd

    By the way, Jerry, this is one of your better articles. …funnier, anyway.

  • heavymtl

    hmm – you sound a little bitter about the situation Jerry? LOL! Oh well – as you say, the Raiders will always do things their way and you just have to learn to deal with it. I have to admit though (and I think you’d agree) that this “quiet” approach to the offseason is much better than last year’s flashy spending spree.

  • Raider O

    It was reported that the Titans, Ravens, and Raiders are interested in Troy’s FS/ CB Sherrod Martin. The kid told scout.com the teams asked him about both positions, and tested his football IQ. He is 6’1 200, and ran a 4.45 at his pro day. That looks like an Al pick.

  • Raider O

    I know some of you have access to espn and such, can some one plz look up the scouting report on this kid.

  • Ryan

    Combine Invite: Yes
    Height: 6010
    Weight: 198
    40 Yrd Dash: 4.48
    20 Yrd Dash: 2.57
    10 Yrd Dash: 1.52 225 Lb. Bench Reps: 12
    Vertical Jump: 36
    Broad Jump: 10’03”
    20 Yrd Shuttle: 3.98
    3-Cone Drill: 6.60

    Dates: 03/05/09 03/12/09
    Height: 6010
    Weight: 198
    40 Yrd Dash: 4.46
    20 Yrd Dash: 2.58
    10 Yrd Dash: 1.51 225 Lb. Bench Reps:
    Vertical Jump: 36 1/2
    Broad Jump:
    20 Yrd Shuttle:
    3-Cone Drill:

    Draft Scout Snapshot: DS Rating on 8/24/08: #18 FS, #337/750 Overall, Projected Rnd: FA
    2007: 10 GP; 6 GS; 36 Sol-52 TT, 9 TFL, 3 SK, 3 QBH, 1 FR, 6 FF; Honorable Mention All–Sun Belt. Returned after redshirting in 2006 to be an integral part of the Troy defense in 2007 … After seeing little, or no, playing time in the first four games (partly due to broken bones in hand suffered in the Florida game), to be the Trojans leading tackler over the last eight games … Not surprisingly, Troy’s opponents’ scoring average dropped from 39.75 ppg to 12.6 with Martin’s return to the lineup … In just eight games, had a team-high nine tackles for loss and forced a team-high six fumbles … Was Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against North Texas (11 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 sacks)…2006: Received medical redshirt after having surgery on both shoulders prior to spring practice…2005: 11 GP; 11 GS; 54 Sol-78 TT, 5 TFL, 1 SK, 2 INT, 11 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FR, 1 FF; Finished second on the squad in total tackles despite playing most of the year with two damaged shoulders … Finished the year with 78 total tackles, including 54 solo stops … Was credited with five tackles for loss, including one sack … Forced one fumble during the year and recovered another … Recorded two interceptions and 11 pass breakups and was credited with one quarterback hurry… 2004: 12 GP; 12 GS; 41 Sol-68 TT, 4.5 TFL, 3 INT, 5 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FR, 2 FF, 1 BLK; After starting the season in a reserve and special teams role, worked his way into the starting lineup for the second half of the season … Saw action in all 12 games, the final seven as the starter at strong safety … Finished the year fourth on the team in total tackles with 68 … 2003: Sat out the season after signing in February 2003 … Enrolled at Troy in January 2004 and participated in spring drills.
    Draft Scout Sherrod Martin News
    03/15/09 – NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: Sherrod Martin was impressive at his March 5 pro day and has an outside shot and being selected in the first day of the draft. – Rob Rang, The SportsXchange, NFLDraftScout.com

    03/05/09 – Troy Pro day: Sherrod Martin stole the show at Troy’s pro day. The cornerback, who was also at the combine, looked excellent in the positional drills. He was solid in the workout drills as well, running the 40-yard dash in 4.46 and 4.49 seconds and posting a 36.5-inch vertical jump. Fifteen teams, and two DB coaches — Baltimore’s Mark Carrier and Miami’s David Carrao — showed up to watch the workout that took place outdoors and featured a number of players, because North Alabama and Concordia prospects were included. – Gil Brandt NFL.com

    01/20/09 – 2009 Senior Bowl Monday Practice: Troy’s Sherrod Martin practiced at cornerback throughout the day and looked surprisingly effective. He was a bit high in his backpedal at times, but broke on the ball well and showed better than expected hips to turn and run deep. – Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange, NFLDraftScout.com

  • Raiders75 (Dez Bryant for 2010)

    Raiders draft CB at #7. LOL! That would be classic Al Davis.


    SFGate is reporting the Raiders are still talking with Bill FA C/G Duke Preston. Heard any news on this?

  • Dirty Raccoon

    Oher at 11_15 then Mack around 25, then NT then SOLB or best ava

  • Ryan

    He looks like a CB in the mold of S. Route

  • Ryan

    Kiper has Oher going at 27

  • Raider O

    Thank you Ryan.

    What do you guys think?

  • Stanford routt not route

  • Raiders75 (Dez Bryant for 2010)

    Mike Golic picked the Broncos as having the best offseason in the West!

    What the fuq has he been smoking?

  • 32nd

  • 33rd

  • Raider O

    I never heard of this kid before today, and they say he is a 1st day talent! We must be looking at him as FS, At CB it makes no sense.

  • Raider O

    The Old man can’t help it, he has to look at fast DBs. I would like to see Branch at FS, and a bigger S at SS ( 6’1 6’2 , 215 220). We have big TEs in the AFC west.

  • Dirty Raccoon

    Oher will not last till 25 he wont get past Philly at 21

  • Yalls Trippin

    “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.”

    -you like that scoop don’t you, Jerry?

  • Raiders75 (Dez Bryant for 2010)


    What do you think of Preston at C?

  • All The TE in the afc west are small for a te. Just look at the saints TE j. Shockey he is at least 7″

  • Thomas Davis The Fifith

    Christ Jerry funny as hell I’m going down in this ship right behind Mr. Davis though…

  • Raider75 what do you think of Preston at WR

  • gaypopstar

    I like at least 8 inches

  • Thomas Davis the fifth I did your dad Thomas davis the third

  • treyrockstar

    sorry didnt mean to be a complete asss, just cant help it. poor upbringing.

  • Yalls Trippin

    Maybe for depth, not a long term solution. Raiders need to draft a franchise center this draft and develop him this year starting game 1. Eric Wood or Mack. Even Just Win Baby himself said he does not expect great things from the 09 squad.

  • Gaypopstar

    I just giggled

  • gaypopstar

    oops, sorry thought this was niners site. i get confused with all the concussions for mall those sacks smacking me in the chin & head.

  • Mistabrown

    From the thread before,
    Looks like Robert fricken Ryan didnt like Joseph last year, or he would have been on the roster. Thank god nobody scooped up this pro bowler behind our back!

    Jerry reg this FK’n blog!

  • gaypopstar

    & queffed at the same time. im tricky! not to be confused with the tricks i buy from young boys.

  • Mistabrown

    Schockey is not 7 feet tall you imbecile.

    # Treyrockstar Says:
    March 16th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    All The TE in the afc west are small for a te. Just look at the saints TE j. Shockey he is at least 7″

  • Mistabrown

    The Pats sign Galloway and now they’re going for Peppers!

    All NE’s WR’s are Free Agent signings. Bellicheat can draft lineman & lb’s but he has trouble with WR & RB.

    Cutler to the Titans for Vince Young, makes sense for both teams.

    FU, OakGlenn

  • Btw 65th

  • Sorry mistabrown this sorts anchor is a three men kinda guy – mark scheftler, chris morty, and raiderrockstar