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Offense gets a passing grade

News and notes from Wednesday’s Raiders practice:

– The Raiders had their longest practice of training camp, which coach Tom Cable says was the plan all along.

It would be hard to blame him for keeping things going just so he could keep watching a passing offense that looked to be putting things together.

Keeping things in perspective, the Raiders had their first units playing against scout teams again as they game plan for the New Orleans Saints.

So they should look good.

But that hasn’t stopped them from having desultory passing sessions for the better part of the last three years regardless of their practice opposition.

During the team and seven-on-seven sessions included in a two-and-a-half hour practice, that changed. Instead of seeing balls strike the ground with alarming frequency, receivers ran crisp routes and caught passes just as they were coming out of breaks.

JaMarcus Russell was extremely accurate, Jeff Garcia had his moments and Bruce Gradkowski and Charlie Frye occasionally got into the act.

Instead of a parade of checkdowns and block-and-release throws to tight ends, virtually every wide receiver got into the act.

Darrius Heyward-Bey may have had his best training camp practice. Yes, he had a drop, but he also had what may have been his best catch _ a play in which he came to a stop, reached back to catch a Frye pass that went behind him, and somehow caught it while falling to the ground.

“Right after he caught it, I said to him, ‘Your mistake is you showed me you can do that and so now the expectation goes up,’ ” Cable said. “But he had a great day catching the ball. You all saw that. That catch right there would be difficult for anybody.”

Heyward-Bey shrugged his shoulders, called the catch “normal,” and said it was all in a day’s work.

“It’s a catch that needed to be made,” Heyward-Bey said. “I was working for the scout team, just went out there, ran a play, caught it.”

Tight end Zach Miller, who a week before said he was hoping for a “legit” offense, was appling adjectives to the potential of the passing game which seemed laughable after a practice meltdown against San Francisco.

“As soon as our offense gets that rhythm and our quarterbacks are on time with the receivers and anticipating them coming out of their breaks, our passing game is unstoppable,” Miller said. “It’s all about timing, rhythm and quarterbacks having trust in their receivers that they’re going to be in there break at a certain yardage, coming out at the right time.

“As soon as they’re feeling them and they’re letting the ball loose on time, you can’t defend it.

Cable called for a repeat performance Thursday morning, the Raiders’ last practice in Napa.

“We’re getting there. We’re getting closer,” Cable said. “I want to see us come out in the morning and do the same thing and build some consistency. When we’ve had a good practice or two, we’ve kind of tailed a little bit, so I’d like to just see us keep it at a high level. But it’s getting there.”

Said Johnnie Lee Higgins: “If we don’t do it again tomorrow, we wasted our time.”

– Cable said he was pleased with the session all the way up to the end, which was out of view of the media.

“Loved all three phases until the last period,” Cable said. “It was a long practice and I wanted to push them a little at the end.”

– Additional practice highlights are available on my Twitter page.

– Among those who didn’t practice included WR Chaz Schilens (foot), T Khalif Barnes (ankle), DE Matt Shaughnessy (foot), C John Wade (stinger), RB Justin Fargas (hamstring), LB Kirk Morrison (elbow), LB Isaiah Ekejiuba (shoulder), S Hiram Eugene, S Mike Mitchell (hamstring) and P Shane Lechler (groin).

Cable said those who could possibly play against New Orleans included Shaughnessy, Ekejiuba, Eugene and Lechler.

Cable said Eugene has missed the last two sessions with the stomach flu. Eugene told reporters he was out with a pectoral strain.

– Two new players, cornerback Michael Hawkins and defensive tackle Joe Cohen, got in their first work as Raiders. Hawkins was released recently by Tampa Bay after being released by Dallas. Cohen was cut loose by Miami.

Jason Horton was waived/injured and received a settlement, and wide receiver Samie Parker was waived to bring in Hawkins.

“We wanted to add a little depth along the D-line and get some more speed at corner,” Cable said.

– Cable said he still considered cornerback spot opposite Nnamdi Asomugha an open competition between Chris Johnson and Stanford Routt. Johnson at times was running second teams, with Routt moving inside as the slot corner when the Raiders went to nickel.

– Tight end end Brandon Myers needed an I.V. for cramps following practice.

– Advertisers for KSFO (560-AM) made for one of the biggest practice crowds of the season. Following practice, quarterback Jeff Garcia walked alongside a fence and signed an autograph for every fan who wanted one.

Russell, meanwhile has discovered a backdoor route out of the field house and was later spotted in the hotel lobby, where there were fewer autograph demands and no media requests.

– Barnes orchestrated a portion of the crowd to sing Happy Birthday to Cornell Green. When Green attempted to exit through the gate to avoid the serenade, CEO Amy Trask brought him back.

– According to an ESPN report, Napa police will talk to Tom Cable about his alleged involvement in an incident that left defensive assistant Randy Hanson with a broken jaw.

The Napa police have not updated their statement after announcing they were reopening the invesitgation of one Raiders coach being injured after an altercation with another Raiders coach.

– Al Davis has a Napoleon complex. A search of Profootballreference.com reveals only four players in pro football history named Napoleon. Three of them have signed with the Raiders _ Napoleon McCallum, Napoleon Kaufman and Napoleon Harris (twice).

The other Napoleon was Napoleon Barrell, a 5-foot-8, 200-pound center who played for the Oorang Indians in 1923. No way Davis could tell if Barrell had “Raider speed.” He wasn’t born for another six years and was probably 15 years away from dominating stickball games in the streets of Brooklyn.

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  • Brien the General

    Well Gil Brandt has been talking to Al Davis and it is believed that Michael Bush will have a huge year for Oakland. Gotta mean something positive hearing that because you know DMAC will get his touches. God please say it aint so. The ultimate dream of two dynamic backs splitting the reps! Al tried this once before with Bo/Marcus.

  • Richochet

    ien the General Says:
    August 27th, 2009 at 12:41 pm
    Schooled? You have done zero schooling.

    Richochet: Above schooling says you shouldn’t play outside after dark.
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    Brien the Girl Scout says: The fact that DHB is out there working with his team means he gets better each and every day. Has Crabtree improved on anything that will help him nithe NFL thus far? The season hasn’t even started and you want to label the guy a bust. It isn’t like you are making a rational claim based on watching him through a full regular season game.

    Richochet: Sorry peanut, but go google Bey. Comments everywhere that a #7 pick SHOULDN’T HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO CATCH A FOOTBALL..so yeah, lots of comments about Al’s silly drafting, both round one AND round two.

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    Brien the Girl Scout: As for Mitchell yep he has been injured, but guess what he still been with his teammates. Crabtree cant say that and its embarrassing. He is well on his way to losing millions and the Niners have a wasted pick instead of a player that could help their team improve.

    Richochet: “at least he’s with his team”?? Have you no idea how dumb that sounds? Of COURSE he’s with his team. He wasn’t even on anyone’s charts, and Al makes him a second round pick. The guy was in total shock, and GLADLY TOOK WHATEVER MONEY WAS PRESENTED..just like Bey did.

    BTW..at this moment? There are approx: 30 players in EVERY camp who won’t even make the teams rosters.
    Showing up doesn’t mean it’s a good choice, fool.

  • AZ Raider

    Pushmychit~

    Bey and Mitchell? WTF are you talking about? When did we start talking about Bey and Mitchell, let alone ask your opinion of anything. No one engages you bro. You jump into other peoples discussions with knocks on the Raiders. It’s obvious your team suks so bad you have to jump on the “Raider Bashing Bandwagon”. It’s old just like your trolling game in here, but the Raider nation welcomes the hate as we always have. It’s the Raider way. We stand behind our team with Pride, win or lose, unlike you, who are too scared to share with us who your team is. Doesn’t matter, there’s only one team on the planet that has fans like you… Your cover in blown.

  • jhill

    Uh, oh …

    That didn’t take long. back to the juvenile name calling.

    Be careful, Jerry might ban you!

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    Anyone else watching Hard Knocks?

    CHILD PLEASE!!!!!

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Vegas, I have to disagree with you about the A. Smith holdout…I think it is pretty fair that he and his agent are requesting to be paid more than the pick that was selected after him (DHB).

    They just have the misfortune of having to deal with the Bungholes who are dumb and cheap…if A. Smith had been drafted by Oakland he would have been in camp from day one like DHB.

  • Richochet

    Az?? THAT’S YOUR REPLY?
    Just shut up dude…comments above are about Al’s drafting abilities.

    You abuse the right to be stupid

    You just toss out the comments about Davis/Walsh/49ers?

    and YOU GOT SCHOOLED, LITTLE BOY.

    And now?

    NOTHING..Like I GUARANTEED. Stay in the shadows, fool.
    As only you can.

  • Andrews Mom

    I root for the Raiders through thick and thin, 24/7, 365. I get happiness and joy as well as sadness and anger. Its like life in that respect and I would not have it any other way. Its like riding an emotional rollar coaster. Spiritual enlightment and the meaning of life all rolled into one.I love it

    I neither worry, nor fret over, nor even care about last years record. That is the past and I have no control over that just as I have no control over how the team is ran, who makes draft picks, who decides how much to pay whom, or who to play.

    I root for Al because he is THE RAIDER, he always has been and I will go down with the ship standing at his side, be he senile or be he sane.

    I use to love sticking it to all the haters in bars and at work and relatives who all hate the Raiders. That was one of the best parts about being a Raider fan is everyone loved us or hated us and most hated us.

    We are the rebels of the NFL and its even better now that all the talking heads on the one eyed hypnotist are singing the demise of Al and his team. It will feel that much better when Al proves them wrong again.

    Well this is the year that we start sticking it to everyone and anyone again. Oh boy oh boy, its gonna feel great.
    I love underdogs and I love rebels and I love pirates.

    Best year ever!!!

  • OAKlifer

    Sorry, but history is already saying that Bey was a bad pick for #7, and that your round two pick makes this years draft the WORST of any team.

    So far those day one reports are dead on, and Bey and Mitchell are both sub par.

    **********************************

    Hey ball boy,

    DHB follows up big Wednesday with catch on a bullet going over his head in end zone.

    And yet another TD for DHB in 7 on 7 vs scout team. If only it was always this easy, at least it builds confidence.

    Though Heyward-Bey dropped one pass, he also made a highlight reel catch on a pass thrown by Charlie Frye. He remains on track to be one of the Raiders’ starting receivers when they open the season on September 14 against the Chargers.

    – Rookie Darrius Heyward-Bey ran right as he reached back to his left, all the while starting to fall down on a pass route over the middle.
    This is the exact sort of play that spelled incomplete pass all of training camp, particularly for a wide receiver who struggled enough to make the easy catches, never mind the spectacular.
    Not this time. Heyward-Bey came down with a tumbling catch in traffic, much to the delight of his teammates and coaches during practice Wednesday in Napa.

    That’s why the Raiders drafted him with the No. 7 overall pick of April’s draft, when most everyone thought they were nuts. Only now is Heyward-Bey starting to make common and difficult catches alike while limiting his daily drops to one, maybe two a day.

    He is making steady improvement!!!!

    DHB double tips INT to Napo Harris, ( He is even on the field to make mistakes…you know the things real men make in life in order to become the fathers sons brothers widereceiver that some of are today you dnt learn from your mistakes sitting around (40-whining..) about millions of dollars when you will be paid more than your whole family has ever made in there excistance….Further more DHB is has more couth class and poise to be one of the best players in the draft last year and your a fool or blind to belive otherwise.

    And for Mike Mitchell aka (The M Word)

    If being injured your rookie season and not being able to play much makes you a bust then go talk to guys like Mike Bush and tell them the same thing Mike has had a ligring injury that has prevented him from getting on the field any person with common sense would tell you that yuo cant fail unless you try at something he has yet been able to try….he one day will be healthy and destory some WR’s and RB’s…. Should we have picked brace yes!!! Did we no is it Mikes fault no Give the damn kid a chance….you remaind me of the rich little neighbor kid who would always “need” to be right..and if he wasnt he would make up a lie to tell or run and tell his momma that some one had made him cry….man im embarrassed for you!!1

  • CJ Legend 34

    Brien the General Says:
    August 27th, 2009 at 12:45 pm
    Well Gil Brandt has been talking to Al Davis and it is believed that Michael Bush will have a huge year for Oakland. Gotta mean something positive hearing that because you know DMAC will get his touches. God please say it aint so. The ultimate dream of two dynamic backs splitting the reps! Al tried this once before with Bo/Marcus.

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    Hi Brien – Are you saying that the Bo Jackson/Marcus Alen combo never worked or it did work?

  • AZ Raider

    Richochet Says:
    August 27th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    …Then it was brought to SF, where Al advised the widows on the correct steps…
    ………………………………………………

    And that’s the kicker… And it’s also the reason you are in here hating the Raiders. Pathetic.

  • Raider Dell

    Richochet Says:
    August 26th, 2009 at 6:36 pm
    Brien the General Says:
    August 26th, 2009 at 6:22 pm
    DHB is better than any damn WR the 49ers have outside of Isaac Bruce who is old as hell
    ===========================

    Hell, our 6th rd pick, Josh Morgan alone makes Bey look like a cripple.

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Raider Men- please stop asking what team RIDOWINER is a fan of, the comment above seals the story.

    Please pass this comment along to others and we can all hope he squirms back to his Craptree dreams of hand holding his baby of doom.

  • El Dirty

    Dakota

    Do you think Crabtree would have accepted DHB’s Deal? I don”t think so, I think he would have been an issue anyway. He has ME written all over him.

  • Andrews Mom

    Bo thanks for the news. I am already liking Southwick. Time to learn more.

    I had to move and do enough work on the compound to make it somewhat liveable so I canceled the internet and devoted that goof off time to more benificial matters.

    But I missed you and a whole bunch of others here even those who I dont see eye to eye with. I really missed learning all about everything Raiders.

    I got ESPN on the tube but they rarely said anything about us unless it was a snide remark from ex mules like jackarse jackson and scathead slereth

  • Raider Dell

    Ridowhiner

    You are the man,well sort of. You love feeling so great that you got over on somebody in this blog.

    You must be a small man and have the brain only of a two year old.

    I’m still waiting for you to address Jhill questions, he cleans your little manhood every time, you have no answer for Jhill.

    Step up be a man, oops whiner fan and answer those tough questions. I will provide comic relief when you answer and will not laugh to hard.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    El Dirty….Crabtree is a different story…A. Smith just wants what is fair and logical…Crabtree is nutz and had the Raiders drafted him at 7, he would have wanted top five money…and had he been drafted at 5, he would have wanted top 3 money and so on and so forth.

    I REALLY hope he goes back into the draft, and when he is drafted #25 next year, I can’t wait to see his face!

  • Brien the General

    Do you guys hear the lies of Bitchochet? First off the 49ers were having trouble as a franchise for years. They didn’t have a winning product at all and those old widows sure weren’t going to turn it into one. The NFL period votes on who gets to own teams. Certain owners got stroke to alter that vote or what have you. Al Davis in the late 70s had much stroke and wasn’t as crazy as he is now. You really think NFL powers wont want to have a guy who already knows what it takes to be successful in the Bay Area’s advice on the matter? Come on the NFL has much mob ties. Dont you know any damn thing? Al and Eddie Sr had much mob ties. Its bigger than just the game you fool. Dont you know anything?

  • AZ Raider

    Oak,

    Sounds like our first round pick is in camp making strides no? That pick gets better every day.

    “And with the 7th pick, of the 2009 NFL draft, the Oakland Raiders select, Wide reciever out of Maryland, Darrius Heyward-Bey”

    As the boos erupt in Canton, and the “analysts” start their bashing, poor Michael Crabtrees’ lip quivers and his eyes well up like he’s going to cry. I’ll never forget the sight of that. Then when Singletary punked him in camp he cried again. There is something wrong with this guy and Al saw it… So did 8 other teams.

    Sorry Richochet but your team fukt up…

  • El Dirty

    Dakota

    Agreed, As far as Smith is concerned, He has had issues in some way or another since before the draft. He may be a great player but at what cost besides money? I’m just glad I never have to see him run with is shirt off again.

  • Brien the General

    Bitchochet, Al didn’t want his associate because he wasn’t gonna go the extra mile like Eddie D would. The guy is connected to some real mobsters and will do what has to be done to be a championship franchise. Remember the penguins in the NHL won titles under Eddie D’s ownership. Al knew who to find. Al has never hated the 49er franchise. It is a rivalry amongst the followers but not the front offices. Al was more than glad to help since the widow couldnt find any real suitors.

    As for Bill Walsh, what? You gotta be kidding me. Your whole comment goes down the tube on that note when you pull up a bogus quote that contradicts how Bill Walsh admire OAl Davis up til his death. Just stop right now

  • Richochet

    AZ Raider Says:
    August 27th, 2009 at 12:57 pm
    Richochet Says:
    August 27th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    …Then it was brought to SF, where Al advised the widows on the correct steps…
    ………………………………………………

    And that’s the kicker… And it’s also the reason you are in here hating the Raiders. Pathetic.

    —————————————————-
    LMFAO..Yep, you GOT SCHOOLED.

    what’s the matter?

    I tell you what’s the matter.
    You read my comment on what REALLY happened, gulped, and knew there wasn’t a single thing you could say that would save face. Yeah, mini-mouth, be careful what you ask for next time.

    And the dumbest comment? “And that’s the kicker”?

    Geez..another “can’t follow the dots” poster.

    Debartelo ALREADY DECIDED TO BUY THE 49ERS.

    The WIDOWS WERE SURE ABOUT THE TECHNICAL SIDE OF IT.
    For that matter, AL DAVIS ALMOST PREVENTED THE SALE.

    What? You didn’t know that?

    Yeah,..at the last minute, after the sale price of 17 million had been decided on, where Debartelo Sr flew to SF to sign the papers, Al, hoping to boost the value of the Raiders, suggested the widows change the price to 17.5 million.
    Debartelo Sr. walked out, realizing Davis was a slimeball, and state ‘I don’t do business like that.’

    Only after Eddie Jr. showed polls about the value of the league did Sr. change his mind, and sign.

    Now, just state ‘Oh, ok. I didn’t know that. Now I do, and I apologize for discussing things I know nothing about.”

  • Raider Dell

    Now, just state ‘Oh, ok. I didn’t know that. Now I do, and I apologize for discussing things I know nothing about.”

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    That’s what I think of you when you comment in this blog.

  • Andrews Mom

    Rich<<<<<<<< another question.

    I want love to learn as much about the Raiders as you know about the 49ers but I dont know where to start. Hopefully you can lead me in the right direction.

    How long have you been a niner fan and did you go to school to learn that stuff or did you work for the team?

  • RaiderRockstar

    hey Richochet,

    the Raiders cut CB’s Jason Horton & Ricky Manning Jr. this week

    think the 49ers would be interested? they obviously don’t have game to back up thier mouths …

    Louis Murphy got a score in an actual game. Clements & Bly sure were impressive in practice though. woowee!

    They got abused by our backup WR’s on Saturday though

  • Richochet

    ien the General Says:
    August 27th, 2009 at 1:08 pm
    Bitchochet, Al didn’t want his associate because he wasn’t gonna go the extra mile like Eddie D would. The guy is connected to some real mobsters and will do what has to be done to be a championship franchise. Remember the penguins in the NHL won titles under Eddie D’s ownership. Al knew who to find. Al has never hated the 49er franchise. It is a rivalry amongst the followers but not the front offices. Al was more than glad to help since the widow couldnt find any real suitors.

    As for Bill Walsh, what? You gotta be kidding me. Your whole comment goes down the tube on that note when you pull up a bogus quote that contradicts how Bill Walsh admire OAl Davis up til his death. Just stop right now
    =============================
    Considering the quote is IN BILL WALSH’S BOOK maybe you should think before you post.

    And stop with the “widows couldn’t find any suitors”…

    I already detailed it. Quit acting “confused”

    JOE THOMAS BROUGHT THE IDEA OF THE 49ERS TO THE DEBARTELO’S.

    Debartelo’s signed JOE THOMAS AS A GM BEFORE THEY EVEN CAME TO DISCUSS THE 49ERS.

    Al Davis was never involved in them deciding, or in them being aware of the 49ers.

    Al was paid a fee, from the widows, because they didn’t understand the nuances of selling the team, that’s all.
    Like I said, Al’s greedy side almost blew the deal.

  • OAKlifer

    Hell, our 6th rd pick, Josh Morgan alone makes Bey look like a cripple.

    *************************************************

    LOL…..and no one to throw the ball….LOL its like a two legged regular kid in the special olympics……

    My prediction Morgan will have a better NFL career than Crabby…WRITE it down…Further more you better hope the Raiders release Garcia so you guys will have a real QB on your roster……you’ll be fine lil buddy now run along your subawy shift is starting!!!

  • Raider Dell

    I already detailed it. Quit acting “confused”

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Ridowhiner another one of your quotes that says and calls out your name.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Pablo and John were playing Football at Golden Gate Park in San Fran. Suddenly a vicious Big Ass pit bull came up and attacked Pablo. Instead of panicking and running away, John sneaked up behind the vicious dog, stuck a huge stick in the dog’s collar, and snapped the dog’s neck.

    A reporter from San Francisco heard about the story and had asked John if he could write about him in the Chronicle so Tyrone agreed. The reporter pulled out his notepad and started writing, “49er fan from San Francisco saves friend from certain death in vicious dog attack.”

    John said, “I’m not a 49er fan.”

    So the reporter started writing again. “Giants fan from San Francisco saves friend from certain death in vicious dog attack.”

    John said, “I’m not a Giants fan either.”

    The reporter finally asked, “What the hell kind of fan are you then?”

    John with great pride stood up and said, “I’m a F*cking Die Hard Oakland Raider fan fool.”

    The reporter frowned and the next day the Chronicle reads: “Little gangster from Oakland kills family pet.”

  • Richochet

    Raider Dell Says:
    August 27th, 2009 at 1:13 pm
    Now, just state ‘Oh, ok. I didn’t know that. Now I do, and I apologize for discussing things I know nothing about.”

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    That’s what I think of you when you comment in this blog.
    =================================
    Wow.

    “It’s money”???

    Cool. :)

    thanks.

  • Andrews Mom

    #316 Dakota
    I would love to see that as well.

    Instead of proving everyone wrong by working hard he would probaly just mail it in and be a tumor in the locker room as well.

    I hope he goes to the squaws,mules or discharge.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Ooops, not Tyrone…JOHN…lol, look what happens when you try to be PC!

  • AZ Raider

    It’s kinda funny how 9er fans come in here talking trash on draft picks when their “franchise QB” couldnt beat out “The Duck” Shaun Hill for a starting spot after all these years, yet you still keep paying his bust ass to sit the bench. Then your most recent 1st round pick can’t get signed. Who organization is in the toilet here?

  • Raider Dell

    Wow.

    “It’s money”???

    Cool.

    thanks.

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Michael Craptree quote in January at his local hang out, BIG LOSER’S liquor store.

  • AZ Raider

    Dakota,

    Funny asss shyt! LMFAO!

  • OAKlifer

    328

    HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAlolAHAHAHHAHAAHLOLHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • AZ Raider

    HA… Good job Nation.

    I knew we’d get his team out in the open. He won’t be round here much anymore with the beatings he’s getting in here now that he is exposed.

    A 9er fan talking shyt on the state of the Raiders is like Having OJ Simpson as Kolbe Bryants defense attorney.

  • Brien the General

    Bitchochet you outta read a book by Dan Moldea. It’s all about how organized crime and how it connects to pro football. I dont know how you arent aware of this. It was simple Al Davis knows the region and was at the time seen a genius to the football world. Eddie D was always known to have mob ties and that helped him get his other sports teams. In the early 70s didnt Debartilo own the Penguins? Al back then knew how to pick a solid winner and Eddie D was perfect because he will go that extra mile to get success. You think the NFL heads didnt go to Al to find a suitable person for that operation since SF was a failing mission? Be serious. and you phuckin idiot Al Davis suggested Joe Thomas

    As for Bill Walsh, he didnt come until 1979 after coaching at Standford for two seasons you knucklehead! They fired 3 coaches in between the time Eddie D bought the team and the hiring of Bill Walsh. Learn your facts man!!!

    Eddie D heard about Paul Brown’s comments huh? You’re an idiot Al again put Eddie D on notice on who to hire after the 49ers needed a new coach. You know owners talk amongst each other all the time and pro sports is a buddy system. Be serious. Also Walsh said Al taught him everything he knew

    Sidenote: That bs word press thing is saving you from another whipping. Just you wait boy

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    AZ, who the hell is Kolbe? You better not mean Kobe…that chick voluntarily bent over for him…and then went for the money.

  • Raider Dell

    AZ Raider Says:
    August 27th, 2009 at 1:27 pm
    It’s kinda funny how 9er fans come in here talking trash on draft picks when their “franchise QB” couldnt beat out “The Duck” Shaun Hill for a starting spot after all these years,
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Az- literally quite sad actually. This guy Alex Smith will be a bigger bust than Ryan Leaf.

    Next year on the NFL Network the 10 biggest busts at QB will feature that whiner QB Alex Smith.

  • OAKlifer

    Richochet Says:
    August 27th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Hell, our 6th rd pick, Josh Morgan alone makes Bey look like a cripple.

    *************************

    Hey Nation maybe its Alex Smith him self he ol alex buddy you gonna make the 53 this year?????

  • OAKlifer

    Sidenote: That bs word press thing is saving you from another whipping. Just you wait boy

    *******************

    GET EM AHH…(best Method Man Voice)

  • AZ Raider

    Dakota Says:
    August 27th, 2009 at 1:34 pm
    AZ, who the hell is Kolbe? You better not mean Kobe…that chick voluntarily bent over for him…and then went for the money.
    …………………………………………….

    Sorry Dakota, I don’t watch basketball, so I wasnt sure how he spelled his name. My point was, OJ wouldn’t be the best representation in a domestic violence case. LOL

    Sorry, I know your a basketball fan…

  • Raider Dell

    The whiners had the chance to draft Alex Smith or Aaron Rodgers, in that draft.

    That has to be up there with San Diego taking Leaf over Manning, that’s a franchise that wishes it could go back and remake that decision.

    The whiners are still claiming Smith’s carreer can be salvaged, sounds like a used washing machine, all noise no action.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Are you guys going to join Brien and I on the new post or what?

  • Raider Dell

    Brien

    Hope all is well out there.

  • RaiderRockstar

    hey Dell. whats up man?

    I got your question regarding the 53 man roster the other day.

    why wait until the first cuts? lets do this!

    i ain’t scared.

    winner gets to be king of the blog for a week :)

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post!!!

  • tazZraider

    richochet,
    Thomas then was hired as GM of the San Francisco 49ers in 1977 by new owner Eddie DeBartolo at the recommendation of Al Davis and immediately fired head coach Monte Clark

    Now shutub bitch and leave az and brien and all the other raider fans alone and now you got “SCHOOLED”

  • jumpnjiminy

    Aaaahhh…these were the days….