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Asomugha shrugs off latest Sapp blast

Warren Sapp has kept up a running commentary concerning the Raiders which his former teammates either ignore or laugh off as it simply a case of Sapp being Sapp.

During this week’s episode of Showtime’s “Inside the NFL,” when panel members James Brown, Cris Collinsworth and Phil Simms were discussing the Raiders and any confidence gained from a 24-20 loss to the San Diego Chargers, Sapp had an interesting take.

“Oakland plays worse when they have confidence,” Sapp said. “Oakland plays worse when they feel good about themselves.”

Having been through some embarrasing face plants following infrequent victories, cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha didn’t disagree.

“Absolutely,” Asomugha said. “Sometimes you go out and play a great game, whether you win or lose, and then the next week it’s like, `What happened?,’ because you’re still resting on that win or that effort.”

Asomugha didn’t see overly concerned about Sapp’s on-air assertion that the Raiders season is already over, along with the seasons of Detroit, Kansas City, Cleveland and St. Louis.

Asomugha asked if Sapp said that before or after the San Diego game. When told it was after, he expressed little more than mild surprise.

“Oh, you know, it’s his opinion. The guys here, it’s not like we would hear that and, ‘well, ya know, Sapp’s right,’ That’s the guy’s opinion and that’s what we have to deal with. You put that out of your mind and focus on the task at hand. It’s not a big deal at all. And if you didn’t tell me I wouldn’t have even known. That’s pretty much how it is. Guys don’t listen to that stuff.”

It’s not as if Asomugha and teammates who played with Sapp have heard his bombast before.

“That’s the way he is,” Asomugha said. “He’s going to be outspoken and he’s going to speak his mind. Doesn’t mean that everything he says is right.”

More to come following practice and briefing with coach Tom Cable and scheduled interview with defensive coordinator John Marshall . . .

Note: Punt returner Johnnie Lee Higgins was not with the team at the beginning of practice with a shoulder sprain, increasing the likelihood he won’t play against Kansas City.

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  • Richochet

    neilb Says:
    September 17th, 2009 at 1:58 pm
    All of 6 mins MaddenRaider,you’re getting slow.

    Al Davis paid him and Sapp didn’t play.If Sapp wants to slag someone off,why doesn’t he check out his own stats from his time with the Raiders.
    ===========================
    Al has sent off huge checks to numerous players who were past their prime, some never having a prime, some not given the time to get back the investment.
    Javon Walker ring a bell?
    Sapp?
    Kwame?
    Hall?
    Gabril?
    Moss?
    etc…etc…etc.

    Someone writes you a huge check, more than you’re worth,..you cash it.
    Only a fool wouldn’t.
    Doesn’t change the fact that if the place that hired you is a zoo, and you hated it there,…you hated it there.

    It is what it is.

  • Dmac20

    Omg… MR at it again. Ok i can understand your dislikes of al davis, but you mean to tell me you’ll stick up for warren sapp before your own team??? Its official you are not a real raiders fan if you agree with that prick. You need to just go to a chargers blog and become a chargers fan because im sure they’d love your anti-raider ramblings over there… Because if you agree with sapp you’re saying you believe this team has no chance at all, and if you believe that its pretty stupid to be its fan.

  • neilb

    This clock thing is doing my head in.

    It’s getting late here and I’m up early,so I’ll call it a day.Been fun talking with you all,even Madden.Back tomorrow.

  • raiderdre

    First off Sapp was out of position at first. He should have went to the pro bowl one year with us when he led all DTs with 10 sacks. My problem with Sapp is not his play he was getting old and of course would have started slipping in play. My problem is as far as I can think NO player has kept digging into the Raiders like Sapp. Everyone has to say something, that comes with losing and not getting what you want but what is it with this guy? He keeps going. He is a punk and a follower to me. It’s the IN thing to do right now to diss the Raiders. Does he think he will be looked at better by following the crowd? That is one reason why I liked him he didn’t care before. He would yell at coaches and give a big FU to everyone, now he is just going along with the crowd.

  • DirtyBathWater

    Sapps mouth is like someones butt hole, no cares to go near it and it stinks, what he said was plain silly because the confidence the raiders showed in the last few games carried over from each game and has continued in this season…. and I don’t see us playing worse but getting better. So Sapp get the salchicha out of ur butt and say something positive for a change……quick story about this jackass, and yes he is a big one too, me and my partner started a detailing business, and his mother was a client of ours for a while, he came by to visit while we were washing his moms car, and this ahole yelled at me and my hommie, telling us to “get this ssssshhhh out of my way so I can park” I wanted to puch his fat behind in the face that day, he isn’t nice in person that’s for sure

  • SDRAIDA

    Ok all you Coach Davis bashers. I concede, Coach Davis is a little eccentric. He is hard headed and stubborn and old. Sometimes he makes decisions that have us scratching our head. I will even say it is probably a little dysfunctional to play for the Raiders. But one thing you can’t question is his desire to win. He wants to win in the worse way. There are teams out there that are 20 million under the cap. Those owners are about making money. Coach Davis is about winning. Unfortunately his stubbornness has led to the Raiders being a losing franchise for the last 6 years. So you guys and gals win. The Raiders are a dysfunctional team. So what! Half the Raider fans are rebels anyway. We became Raider fans because the organization was different. So we are dysfunctional, big deal. When we start winning we will hear the same bashers say they have always been Raider fans and they are winning in spite of Coach Davis… Lets move on

  • mantus

    All the odds are against Oakland this week, IMO. Physical monday night game, short week, and an early game. We’ll find out this week if they’ve turned the corner.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Chris,

    I was talking about Sapp in his prime when I said one of the best DTs to ever play the game. I don’t think he played well in Oak, but I still remember him getting 10 sacks in one of those 2 years.

  • Richochet

    LA to TheBay Says:
    September 17th, 2009 at 12:38 pm
    Repost:

    666

    I went to the games in the Coliseum. The real one in SC, buddy. I have enough Raiders gear to call myself a paying customer.

    Richochet: The REAL ONE?? You consider the LA coliseum as the REAL ONE?
    Local fans might disagree that the Oakland Coliseum is the REAL ONE.
    —————————————-

    Don’t tread on me and don’t tell me I’m geeking out all day. I’m at work and rarely comment any other time. Attacking real fans? I eat and sleep Raider football, fool. I bleed siver and black. I want my team, our team, to be good as well.

    Richochet: Interesting. You state you don’t attack “real fans” while calling the guy a “fool”?
    Well, that lasted long..didn’t it? :)
    ——————————–

    I don’t usually go on diatribes but punk ass fools like Richochet piss me off sometimes.

    Richochet: Maybe you just need anger management? You know..while there they will teach you that accepting your short comings is key to recovery. That maybe your anger is directed at me because I’m the voice of reason, and that you subscribe to the notion of “shooting the messenger”.
    In other words, my words of wisdom ring true, and you’re struggling to deal with the truth, hence the feelings of hostility.

    I think a nap will help.

  • LA to TheBay

    My favorite post of the day:

    SDRAIDA Says:
    September 17th, 2009 at 2:45 pm
    Ok all you Coach Davis bashers. I concede, Coach Davis is a little eccentric. He is hard headed and stubborn and old. Sometimes he makes decisions that have us scratching our head. I will even say it is probably a little dysfunctional to play for the Raiders. But one thing you can’t question is his desire to win. He wants to win in the worse way. There are teams out there that are 20 million under the cap. Those owners are about making money. Coach Davis is about winning. Unfortunately his stubbornness has led to the Raiders being a losing franchise for the last 6 years. So you guys and gals win. The Raiders are a dysfunctional team. So what! Half the Raider fans are rebels anyway. We became Raider fans because the organization was different. So we are dysfunctional, big deal. When we start winning we will hear the same bashers say they have always been Raider fans and they are winning in spite of Coach Davis… Lets move on

  • Dmac20

    You know what really grinds my gears is how everybody looks at the raiders and say its a bad organization and they go off the opinions of the players who were moreso the problem than the resolution. Why ask a randy moss opinion when he was the guy who admittedly drop passes on purpose causing us games? Why ask the opinion of a deangelo hall who admittedly stated he could not cover in man? Why ask the opinion of a warren sapp who admittedly stated he wasn’t concerned about his perfomance while on the team but “getting that money”?

    Yes it’s als fault for going out and getting these loser mentality players, but when I look at whats been wrong with this team and I see its players like this have been dragging us down. Why was randy moss traded to the raiders?? He walked out on his team before a game was over and states how he plays when he wants to play… Right there the disease was transmitted. Why was deangelo traded to the raiders, his melt down and disrespect of the coaching staff. Why was sapp here, tb got tired of his mouth and he had nothing left in the tank.

  • LA to TheBay

    Rich,

    I can call him a fool and still think he’s a fan can’t I? Sometimes you abandon logic and search for anything you can they may get under our skin as Raider fans.

    Besides, 666 isn’t a fool, you are.

    Richochet = jaded

  • LA to TheBay

    Actually, Dmac20, post 61(for now) may be my favorite. Both good points, gentleman.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Sapp has issues with the Raiders, and he us outspoken.
    Who cares?!?

    Chris Mac at FS!!
    I don’t think it’s due to Huff’s play, but it has to do more with Eugene’s. Also when you have a player like C Mc out there, why not try him at FS. It worked well for Woodson!

  • LA to TheBay

    Maybe you just need anger management? You know..while there they will teach you that accepting your short comings is key to recovery. That maybe your anger is directed at me because I’m the voice of reason, and that you subscribe to the notion of “shooting the messenger”.
    In other words, my words of wisdom ring true, and you’re struggling to deal with the truth, hence the feelings of hostility.”

    Ok, Freud.

    You’re laughable. And if I do have anger issues, and you are the messenger, and I’m into shooting messengers, why are you f’ing with me?

    Jaded fool. Don’t mess with the Nation. You’re the same loser that got punked on the playground, laughed at by the opposite sex, and turned to books and the internet to take your feelings of frustration out on a collection of people who subscribe to the team owned by an organization that wronged you.

    Either that or you really hate the Raiders. ‘Hate’ is a powerful word and a powerful emotion. Hate gets a lot of schit twisted and lots of people catching feeling and acting stupidly.

    And of all the wrong and evil and pitiful in the world, you hate the Raiders?

    I’m done with you, now Rich. You’re exposed.

    How’s that for a psychoanalysis?

  • RaiderRockstar

    every safety on the roster played well on monday.

    eugene, huff, branch & mitchell.

    replacing one of them now would be stupid.

    we do need a nickel corner and an insurance policy for CJ & Nnamdi though. nobody wants to see Stanford Routt or John Bowie on the field, except the opposing quarterback …

  • http://i41.tinypic.com/eb53t3.jpg Lynn from Snot

    Richocet and his looooooooong posts , are simply Richie overcompensating for his shortcomings.

  • Norco Bob

    I agree with sapp, thats why I have KC winning easily at arrowhead,…wont even be close,…Russell throws 4 picks. Keepin it real.

  • http://i41.tinypic.com/eb53t3.jpg Lynn from Snot

    Sapp came here just for the payday , nothing more nothing less. He was running on fumes when he got here.

  • LA to TheBay

    RRS

    “we do need a nickel corner and an insurance policy for CJ & Nnamdi though. nobody wants to see Stanford Routt or John Bowie on the field, except the opposing quarterback …”

    Exactly. Why would he play safety? Makes no sense. Routt is obviously the weak link in the secondary, and I think they’ve been trying to replace him with a vet since the Dallas game.

    Which is fine. But I wouldn’t cut him. I’d keep him as the 4th CB and cut Bowie.

  • LA to TheBay

    Bob, weren’t you keepin it real when you said SD would maul the Raiders and win by like 30?

    That it wouldn’t be close?

    I’m keepin it real by telling you it will be another good division game with the team that plays smarter winning.

  • Dmac20

    We play the saaame defens we did when sapp and deangelo was here and look at how it looked on monday night up until the game winning drive, and that was more to do with the desicion making of the D coordinator than our players being able to perform task. The difference is we have real players like Seymour who is a pro and wants to win. Sapp was only good because he had rice and mcfarland taking doubles teams freeing it up for him to shoot the gap. But seymour is a real beast, even with two men on his back and one hand he sacked phillip rivers, things we never saw with sapp. And deangelo can’t blame the raiders scheme as the problem, because nnamndi seems to have much success over there on the opposite side. The culture has changed I believe, no more poor sports to ruin it for us. And the last two years it didn’t help we had a coach more interested in showing up his boss than winning games, while also trying to build up a resume for the first college job opening at the same time.

    But thats why people get fired. Because when you don’t do your job it makes the company, manager and owner look bad. Thats been the case so far. A couple of baad fruit thats givin the whole basket a bad name.

  • nader64

    Reposting from last thread for your reading pleasure:

    All of a sudden I like Huff…a little. The good game + comments indicating he gives a hoot (’hoot’ – see what you have reduced me to moderator!?!?)…about his performance are having an effect on me. I had him tagged as apathetic, and it didn’t help that he…, well…sucked.

  • Dmac20

    Imagin breaking up with a girlfriend and during the breakup you guys have a real bad fallout and she like she hates you. Then someone comes along and wants to find out about your personality , and instead of asking someone credible that knows you well and is around you everyday they ask her(your ex). Do you really believe she’s the person to ask??? No because you know she’s going to say any and everything to make you look bad, and not tell the whole truth. So when they ask these bums thats how I feel about it. From lombardi to hall on down.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Al Loves CBs with great Speed, C Mc doesn’t have it anymore. If he plays for the Raiders, he will play FS. IMO

  • http://atm Raider O

    Cut Eugene!!!
    Sign Chris Mc!!!

  • ottocrat

    DC John Marshall takes blame for Chargers collapse, but says they did not play prevent defense. Just a misunderstanding.

    Thu, 17 Sep 2009 22:06:33 +0000

    ——————————————————-

    What the hell does that mean, John? You ‘misunderstood’ the lame defense that Al told you to run on that last drive? I mean, we’ve gone through many defensive coordinators, yet we always do the same thing in that particular scenario. And, we always lose. What was that definition of insanity again?

  • SDRAIDA

    I agree I think I would rather have Routt as our 4th DB and move Chris to our 3rd DB instead of trying to convert him to safety.
    But I will admit, I only feel this way after seeing Branch playing well and Huff playing ok. With Mitchell waiting in the wings we should be alright.
    Maybe that is why Al hasn’t pulled the trigger. Maybe they were thinking about converting him to safety and now see we might be ok at safety.

  • Dmac20

    I don’t see why the raiders just don’t cut bowie already and bring in chris…

  • Norco Bob

    latobay,..I told you the chargers would win and they did,..period.

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

    Anything interesting going on?

    Have we replaced Green or Morris on the o-line yet?

  • Norco Bob

    And Im telling you KC will win,..and they will…keepin it real,..but I will be at denver game anyway,..to boo russell.

  • Raider Dell

    Norco Bob

    Tell Brien his long comment last night on this blog was right on.

    Thanks

  • raidertay

    Im still waiting for DMC to break out into this dynamic back. When is it going to happen? Bush should be starting.

  • Norco Bob

    Clearly mcfadden so far hasnt shown anything.

  • Norco Bob

    No great speed or moves,…Tweets alot though. I had to unfollow him he tweets too much.

  • Norco Bob

    And Morrison, after tough loss his biggest concern on twitter was where to go eat sushi. total loser.

  • http://atm Raider O

    As long As Fargas isn’t starting, I’m Happy!!

  • Norco Bob

    Fargas should start.

  • Dmac20

    latobay,..I told you the chargers would win and they did,..period.
    —————————–

    Yea and you also said it wouldn’t be close, and you were wrong. We almost won, and should have won. You never expected thim to play as well as they did either.
    You say jamarcus is gonna throw four picks and I wanna know to who since you’re nostrodomis??? Because I want them On my fantasy this week…jp But yea norco, you chould consider leaying off the narcotics because I can see they’re really frying your brain after comments like that… Put it like this… If jamarcus throws four picks sunday I’ll tell my girl stay home and suck my own dk lol and thats pretty f’n impossible, which is exactly my point it being against kc and all. And if you disagree, name me the pro bowl cb who’s gonna do it…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAaQNACwaLw Raider75

    Raiders are a 3 point underdog this week at KC, but an early 3 point favorite at home against Denver in week 3.

    Raiders will win both games.

    I think the Raiders will win the next 3 games against KC, Denver, and Houston to finish the first quarter of the season at 3-1.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAaQNACwaLw Raider75

    Repost…

    Raiders are a 3 point underdog this week at KC, but an early 3 point favorite at home against Denver in week 3.

    Raiders will win both games.

    I think the Raiders will win the next 3 games against KC, Denver, and Houston to finish the first quarter of the season at 3-1.

  • Norco Bob

    dmac20,..I said they would win and they did,…thats all that matters, if you want to get hungup on score predictions that is your prob,..I pick winners bud.

  • Norco Bob

    And KC wins sunday easily.

  • RaiderNation4Life1

    i would rather have mcfadden start…get alot of yards and maybe a touchdown then bring in fargas and i hope since fargas is back it eats up bush time because if it is then its a bad move on cable part i mean fargas is good but i want someone who will get us yards and i see that with mcfadden and bush

  • Dmac20

    Mcfadden is being misused. He shouldn’t be used up the middle like bettis and ll those guys. They should be giving him toss, misdirecton, and screen plays to get him going. Let Bush, and pound it up the middle.

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

    I too feel that you have to consider the source when you hear guys like Lamont Jordan, D. Hall, W. Sapp, Moss, Lombardi etc bash the Raiders.

    But why don’t guys like Woodson, Allen, Ritchie come out just as strong in defense of the Raiders? Do they just use the old “if you ain’t got nothing good to say then don’t say jack squat” approach to the issue?

    Seems like if things were okay in Oakland, there would be more of the “good” guys coming to the team’s defense. The only guy that is really outspoken that I would take as very credible would be Rich Gannon. He doesn’t have great things to say about the Raiders because of all the ancillary BS he had to try and quell while still trying to win games as QB. He has been very outspoken about the fact that the Raiders don’t have the discipline to draw the line between party time and game time…drinking on flights, partying before games etc…that comes from the top…if Al Davis said to stop it would stop, but since he is okay with it, the players take advantage of it….just as almost any 10 year old kid would take advantage of laid back parents.

    So unless we have a strong leader, like another Rich Gannon, we are going to continue to struggle to win….Jamarcus Russell isn’t part of that solution, he is part of the problem, so who is left? Seymour? Nnamdi? Ellis?

    Who is going to stand up and demand that the players take their jobs as seriously as possible? Rich Gannon did it while he was here and he was wildly successful because of it, but he wasn’t very popular with some of his teammates…who is going to step into that challenge? Not Tom Cable. We need that very desperately.

  • Norco Bob

    You name me a Raider wr that will catch more then 3 balls sunday.

  • http://i41.tinypic.com/eb53t3.jpg Lynn from Snot

    Louis Murphy for one

  • RaiderRetribution

    we cannot risk losing DMC to injury returning punts,
    we are still trying to get something from the moss trade,
    Mr. Morris played great, and so did Mr. Green except for the penalties again, but since there were so few his standout more, which might get him to hold himself accountable.

    As long as we keep our penalties less than 6 & turnovers less than 2, we will defeat the Chiefs.