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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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  • Raiders75 (Dez Bryant for 2010)

    I would still like to see Oakland pick up DT Shaun Cody.

    I am willing to bet he could beat out the Turd and Joseph.

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Nation!!!
    Present and accounted for…

    4eva, LMN, Rockstar, Dirt Lot, Pete…
    What’s up fellas?

  • http://contracostatimes ghost2post

    Kiffin just signed the no. 1 recruit in all the nation rb Bryce Brown who was commited to Miami but changed his mind because of Kiffin. Damn so much for anyone but us caring about that slam letter to UT.

  • http://PROFOOTBALLTALK.COM DIRT LOT FOOTBALL

    GOOD MORNING SPORT’S FAN’S, HWNDR, 4EVA WELL ,THE ORGANISATION ISNT MAKING ANNOUNCMENTS QUITE QUICK ENOUGH FOR JERRY,BOO FFCKN HOO….

  • hwnrdr

    They are uncharacteristically quiet this year. That is why I mentioned that something weird is gonna happen. Just don’t know what as of yet, but something…

  • http://PROFOOTBALLTALK.COM DIRT LOT FOOTBALL

    WHO IS GOING TO HAND HIM THE BALL GHOST ?MAYBEE LANCE CAN QB AND BLOCK, PLAY T.E……….

  • MaddenRedneck

    The guy responsible for the web site updating is probably some kid earning some cash for college, blame the person behind the site for the postings Jerry.

  • MaddenRedneck

    Ghost the kid Kiffin helped UT get is a head case.

  • MaddenRedneck

    And the Raiders are the only ones toying with the media?

    http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/2009/03/source_head_coach_jim_schwartz.html

  • http://ibabuzz 4evaRaider

    Well it look’s like we have tackles and guards,RBs and WRs,from an attrition stand-point.Maybe need an experianced WR but dont really see any,imo.That leaves us thin at QB and Center and FB on offense

  • Sharpe

    I love this _ _ _ _ ing team with all my heart!

    Lol

  • hwnrdr

    I know what you mean 4eva. Hopefully Oren Oneal can come back, but I kind of doubt it. We may have to get either another FB, or another TE. I think, for Miller’s sake that we go with TE. As for QB? Who knows…

  • http://PROFOOTBALLTALK.COM DIRT LOT FOOTBALL

    TRADE 4 MORE PICK’S =DEPTH IMO, WHAT IS YOUR CALL 4EVA ?

  • RaiderRockstar

    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.

    ***

    that was from Jerry’s above blog. devote your soul? that’s pretty extreme, wouldn’t you say? being a fan and following the Raiders in the offseason means “devoting your soul to the Raiders”? not exactly.

    Jerry was on the defesnive because guys on this blog are calling him out for not knowing anything about the Raiders until it’s posted on the teams official website. Well most of us fans know that much and we’re not even getting paid for it. haha. Jerry, you’re a real INSIDER, aren’t you?

  • RaiderRockstar

    good morning Dirt Lot, Hwnrdr, 4eva

    whats new guys? how’s the AM crew?

  • hwnrdr

    DIRT LOT FOOTBALL Says:
    March 17th, 2009 at 6:21 am
    TRADE 4 MORE PICK’S =DEPTH IMO, WHAT IS YOUR CALL 4EVA ?

    Hey Dirt Lot, that may be that one weird thing that is gonna happen this year. It’s un Raider/Al Davis like to do so, so hey…why not?

  • hwnrdr

    Doing good this morning Rockstar, what about you? Did you hear any news lately?

  • http://PROFOOTBALLTALK.COM DIRT LOT FOOTBALL

    HEY ROCKSTAR…

  • Nnamdi21

    Jerry, thanks for putting up with some of the more obnoxious and ungrateful among us.

    This blog is a priviledge not a right and we’re lucky to have it.

    Thanks for throwin us a bone even though you don’t have to!~

  • http://ibabuzz 4evaRaider

    Morning ALL!!!

    I;m 4 getting Mack any way concievable.Trade down and aquire an extra pick would be ideal,but a little risky,as you all know I want Mack,even at #7 if need be

  • http://PROFOOTBALLTALK.COM DIRT LOT FOOTBALL

    GOOD MORNING Nnamdi-21, YOUR UP EARLY THIS MORNING.

  • Nnamdi21

    BRONCOS in trouble…

    Just think, if this whole Cutler thing is legit, (remember, McDaniels IS from the Patriots…) they could be in serious trouble in 09′.

    The only thing good about them last year was their passing attack.

    Don’t forget, they not only hve Cutler’s mutiny to think about, but WR Brandon Marshall’s FOURTH arrest…

    They could lose their Qb AND #1 WR…

    YEAH!!!!

  • Nnamdi21

    122. Morning dirt!

    I never sleep…:)

  • http://oaklandtribune 32 Bob Trey

    Hey Jerry..the Raiders are gonna open up their training camp to their loyal fans also…

    when hell freezes over

  • Nnamdi21

    Trading down for more picks is a double edged sword. Alot of people lament Oaklands drafts as wasteful. I guess volume could help make up for it?

    I like alot of players avail in this draft so I’m not opposed to the idea myself, just sayin’…

    I agree Alex Mack would be a seemingly solid selection that could theoretically start right away since the Cal Bears run a ZBS, but he has protection issues me thinks…

  • RaiderRockstar

    thanks for putting up with some of the more obnoxious and ungrateful among us.

    ***

    not just Jerry has to put up with you N21, we all do.

    so you’re welcome

  • Nnamdi21

    6-1, 260 lb Quinn Johnson outa LSu on the 2nd day would be a solid run blocking FB, but I think the Raiders are looking for a guy who can catch and chip well too…

    Oren was and would be missed if he can’t come back from that horrific knee injury…

  • Nnamdi21

    127. You should spend more time learning about the Raiders than pretending your someone with a brain, soul, dik, ect…

  • Nnamdi21

    Who’s KC gonna take with the 3rd overall?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Mack has protection issues? He’s the most complete center in this draft. our new o-line coach and Cable would LOVE to have this guy. He’d be a steal in Round 2, but he won’t fall that far. Perhaps Max Unger will and he’s very talented too

    -Morris (7th rounder) drafted by Art Shell and versatile enough to play guard.

    -Wade, washed up vet with little to nothing to offer. was horrible filling in for Grove last year.

    Day 1 of the draft we’ll get our Center of the future

  • http://ibabuzz 4evaRaider

    Nnamdi21 that is on all our minds,imo.Man I hope he can come back.Its just 2bad that has 2 happen 2 a all around good kid who done right.

  • http://oaklandtribune 32 Bob Trey

    #128

    exactly…a new full-back will be drafted at some point,this kid has played with Jamarcus i think

  • Nnamdi21

    Oh hey! How bout Arizona as a landing place for Cutler?

    NFL Network mentioned the Vikes and that Viking radio douche Paul Allen said he wasn’t that familiar with Cutler other than to say he threw 5 pick in the last 4 games (Forgot to mention the 20+ TDs and 4,000 yds in 08′) but I think Frisco, The Jets, Titans and Arizona could all use a Pro bowl QB…long as he’s out of our division…

  • http://PROFOOTBALLTALK.COM DIRT LOT FOOTBALL

    YOU THINK K.C. WOULD GO O-LINE THAT HIGH ?

  • RaiderRockstar

    129. You should spend more time learning about the Raiders than pretending you’re Jerry’s big brother, dad or girlfriend.

    he’s getting PAID to do this. It’s his job, you scumbag

    talk to me when I ask you a question, otherwise shut your mouth

  • hwnrdr

    Who was it that posted on here yesterday that Cutler and (can’t remember his name) is going to be traded to KC for Cassell and LJ?

  • hwnrdr

    Hey Nnam,
    do you think that the cards will take cutler now that they signed warner? that could be interesting…i now know why you do all caps, dirt lot…

  • Nnamdi21

    4evaRaider Says:
    March 17th, 2009 at 6:44 am
    Nnamdi21 that is on all our minds,imo.Man I hope he can come back.Its just 2bad that has 2 happen 2 a all around good kid who done right.

    =======================================

    He was a surprise and a big part of what Oakland wanted to do last year.

    I think his help with chip blocks on DE’s would’ve helped our tackles as well as his pass catching out of the backfield.

    A solid all around FB and one who’ll sorely be missed if he can’t make it back.

    Hope so…

  • Nnamdi21

    hwnrdr Says:
    March 17th, 2009 at 6:51 am
    Hey Nnam,
    do you think that the cards will take cutler now that they signed warner? that could be interesting…i now know why you do all caps, dirt lot…

    ===========================================

    I think warners on a 2 year deal and he’s older than well…dirt…

  • Nnamdi21

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 17th, 2009 at 6:48 am
    129. You should spend more time learning about the Raiders than pretending you’re Jerry’s big brother, dad or girlfriend.

    he’s getting PAID to do this. It’s his job, you scumbag

    talk to me when I ask you a question, otherwise shut your mouth

    ========================================

    LOL!~

    Your punishment is being you…

    Enjoy your day Nancy!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Kurt Warner is a man. He’s a leader. The Cards locked him up for a reason. He took them to the Super Bowl and had an MVP type season.

    players names come up in trade discussions all the time. look at Michael Bush, Andrew Walter & Michael Huff. you don’t see these guys crying to the media and demanding a trade. It’s a business and Cutler needs to grow up and be a man. He’s still under contract, so his hands are tied, much like Ocho Stinko.

    you don’t replace a hall of fame QB with a sissy QB that has diabetes. The Cards (like the donks) have 2 new coordinators in place.

  • hwnrdr

    I tell you what, if Curry is there at #3, KC should take him because he would be the best player on the board…but hopefully not!

  • Nnamdi21

    DIRT LOT FOOTBALL Says:
    March 17th, 2009 at 6:47 am
    YOU THINK K.C. WOULD GO O-LINE THAT HIGH ?

    ==============================================

    They sure could use the help. They never recovered from the retirement of Roaf and Shileds and lost the aging C Wiegmann to Denver.

    I hear the new powers that be pissed off their best lineman, Brian Waters right off the bat too…

    Need help alot of spots, but BJ Raji may be ontheir radar if they’re going to covert to a 3-4 D…

    I think Crabtree could get a look to compliment Bowe and give former Cardinal O coord Todd Haley some dynamic WRs like he had in Arizona…

    hard tellin’…

  • http://PROFOOTBALLTALK.COM DIRT LOT FOOTBALL

    HEY…..

  • Nnamdi21

    142. Warner is a stop gap. By all rights, Lienart should be the QB.

    He’s been great, no doubt and props to him, but he won’t play forever and Pro bowl caliber QB’s like Cutler don’t come along very often.

    He gets a bum rap and not as much respect as he desrves for his play (man, he’s good…) but his whining to the media about Marshall, Shanny’s release and now this has to be a concern for teams looking at him…

    The diabeites doesn’t seem to be a problem and I’m pretty sure they’ve got the best doctors on the planet at their disposal.

    Still, you might have a point…

  • RaiderRockstar

    Vikings got Rosenfels/Jackson
    Titans got Collins/Young
    Cards got Warner/Leinart

    cross those teams off your list nancy, along with the other teams in our division.

    If he does get traded, he’s going to the Jets, Bears, Bucs, Lions or 49ers. thanks for playing

  • http://oaklandtribune 32 Bob Trey

    As for Henderson, his confidence is bolstered by the fact the Raiders didn’t go out and throw a long-term contract at a left tackle. On his part, Henderson stayed in Alameda when the season ended and has worked out continually at the team facility.

    “I just want to be consistent so they can depend on me and not worry about it,” Henderson said. “I showed I can do it if given a chance. That’s pretty much all I needed, a chance to show them what I can do……

    “I just want to come out here and show them I can still do it.”……….. sounds like my boy`s getting serious

  • Nnamdi21

    hwnrdr Says:
    March 17th, 2009 at 7:02 am
    I tell you what, if Curry is there at #3, KC should take him because he would be the best player on the board…but hopefully not!

    ======================================

    Honestly, Curry looked head and shoulders above everyone else in his agility drills at the combine.

    Unbelieveable…

    Not just a work out warrior. Could be really good…

  • RaiderRockstar

    Marshall is a headcase.

    why would Cutler let him live with him last offseason?

  • RaiderRockstar

    you guys are right. Aaron Curry to the chefs at #3