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Bowie/Moss is Davis’ mistake

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 at 9:43 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Here’s the deal on John Bowie, the cornerback no longer on the 53-man roster in order to make room for kickoff return specialist Justin Miller.

Bowie was waived/injured, which means if he clears waivers, he goes on the Raiders’ injured reserve list. NFL Network and National Football Post analyst Mike Lombardi, with no lack of delight, added to his NFL Network report that Bowie’s contract had been “terminated.”

Actually, Bowie does not have enough service to have his contract “terminated” and is subject to waivers.

Once he clears waivers, Bowie will go on I.R. and then can either remain there or the two parties can reach an injury settlement, allowing him to be a free agent.

Bottom line is he’s probably done as a Raider unless they want to keep around to save face.

Take a stroll on NFL.com through the draft history and check out selections from the fourth round on and it’s pretty clear finding anything approaching Moss is the equivalent of hitting the lottery and getting instant retirement.

Among the post-Bowie picks that year were 49ers safety Deshon Goldson (No. 126), Ravens fullback Le’Ron McClain (No. 137), Cardinals wide receiver Steve Breaston (No. 142) and Giants tight end Kevin Boss (No. 153).

Players on their own roster still around taken after Bowie are defensive end Jay Richardson (No 138), fullback Oren O’Neal (No. 175) and defensive back Jonathan Holland (No. 254).

Bowie’s legacy will be as the guy who was traded for Randy Moss.

As much heat as the Raiders have taken for dealing Moss, they did the right thing for their team at the time. Don’t fool yourself. Moss was never going to be the player for the Raiders he was for the Patriots. Or for many other teams in the league, for that matter. The fact that other teams didn’t offer a first, second, or third round pick means they had no faith Moss would be productive, or that perhaps his best years were already behind him.

I admit I fell into the latter category, considering Moss a jump-and-catch receiver who never paid much attention to route running, having reached this opinion talking not only with NFL personnel types in relaxed atmospheres at the NFL scouting combine but also having on-the-record conversations with people like Tim Brown and Rod Woodson, whose opinions I respect.

At the press conference when the Raiders signed Richard Seymour, Al Davis said, “Randy Moss was great here for us. We couldn’t satisfy Randy, that was our fault. He’s a truly great player. The idea when you get a great player is to make him happy and satisfy him.”

What Davis didn’t say was that Bill Belichick was able to provide that environment, while Davis, with his turnstile of head coaches, assistants and offensive systems, created exactly the kind of environment that would turn Moss away.

If you’re going to take on a quirky superstar, you’d better have the proper supporting cast in terms of a personnel department, coaches and teammates.

Otherwise, you wind up with John Bowie and have no one to blame but yourself.

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  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Nation!!!
    Yeah, let Bowie go…poor guy, with that “Moss Trade” label on his head…on IR again? Hmmm…cut your losses and lets go forward!!!

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  • 4evaRaider

    Wax On

    Wax Off

  • 4evaRaider

    hell thats alright Pete…

    It’s like it has all run together into 1 l-o-n-g strange trip…we are ALL confused at this point,soo
    wax on
    wax off

  • hwnrdr

    I guess because Bowie is still here…I don’t know…

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    GOOD MORNING SPORT’S FAN’S,RANDY MOSS,LANE KIFFIN,ROB RYAN,STEWART SWEIGERT AND A FEW OTHER’S GOOD RIDENCE,WHY BRING ‘EM UP,THERE LONG GONE..

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    4EVA, YOUR SOUNDING LIKE JERRY GARCIA AND THE GRATEFULL DEAD. U R CORRECT THOUGH, WHAT A LONG STRANGE TRIP IT’S BEEN.

  • 4evaRaider

    Yep it’s like I cant believe we are still here

  • hwnrdr

    You know, if this is all one big (bad) acid trip…someone send me to rehab please!!!
    “i don’t know doc, I had nightmares these last 6 years…”

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Do NOT resign Garcia. He can’t outrun fat Def Tackles, can’t throw deep, or even crossing patterns, and bottom line, a lifelong LOSER. We already have enough of his minus’s.

    By the way, Good Morning Nation. LOL

  • alisgod

    For all you whiners who bag Cable on how he lied about the Seymour situatiion and how you all laughed at Cable for saying we are really close. Here is Raiderbeat’s quotes on Nnamdi about the Raiders and their upcoming game vs Houston.Nnamdi says it like it is.

    —————
    (on what’s it going to take for the Raiders to turn the corner) “It’s going to take a lot of determination, I guess, by the group. We’re going to have to be a lot more focused and we’re going to have to believe in ourselves a little bit more. And we’re really close. I know a lot of people can’t see that from the outside looking in. They’re probably thinking, ‘Oh, this team isn’t going to do anything. They’ll be terrible.’ But from my point of view and from the guys here, we think that we’re really close. We know that we’re really close to turning it around, it’s just a matter of a couple of good things happening to us to get that momentum going. I don’t think we’re that far off right now.”
    ——————-

  • 4evaRaider

    Totally agree Hwnrdr…

    Somebody Anybody step on anyone toes just STEP UP

  • RaiderRockstar

    John Bowie to the Pro Bowl in 2011!

  • 4evaRaider

    Even if you get knocked on your azz get back up…time after time

  • 4evaRaider

    LMAO Rockstar =)

  • hwnrdr

    Coming from Nnamdi, I’ll believe it. Hopefully he can provide that “kick in the ass” to the 10% of players that needs to be “there”. He’s one of our leaders, but he is only one. Can the others plaese step it up?

  • 4evaRaider

    rehab is 4 quitter’s Hwnrdr =)

  • 4evaRaider

    LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Dakota,
    Better get a kicker and defense for this week. Yours are on a bye.

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Teach,
    you must be Karnack, I read your post at 9:54 and you wrote it at 7:01. LMFAO

  • RaiderRockstar

    4eva: In 2011 Bowie will be fully developed and trained. Converted from track star to football player. dominant man 2 man corner. Randy Moss will be retired by then and he’ll be glad he never had to match up with Bowie. Bowie will have a sticker on the back of his helmet that says “fear this!”

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    JOHN HERRERA IS MOWING BIG AL’S LAWN RIGHT NOW..JUST THOUGHT U WOULD WANT TO KNOW.

  • edward teach

    Not sure why we’re reading about the Moss/Bowie trade. I’m pretty sure everybody knows that Al makes the calls on trades and signings, so it’s not exactly news and why it merits another rehashing is beyond me. The Red Sox traded Babe Ruth to the Yankees too, Jerry. Maybe you could write about that if you’re bored. Or angry about something, maybe.

    The one thing that concerns me about the team right now is that Cable keeps saying that they’re on the brink of turning things around. That makes me nervous, because not only are there no signs of that (the team is playing worse by the week, in my view), but these are the same things he was saying every week while head coach at Idaho. Maybe he’s right (I hope so), but I’ve heard it from him before, and Idaho never got any better.

  • edward teach

    Exla… it’s the magic of the interweb, which also comes with the “you’re posting too fast” bonus feature.

  • hwnrdr

    I know 4eva…but if we’re all on a trip, I want to be good!!! LOL

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  • NoMoreFargas

    Frank Robinson for Milt Papas,Jack Baldschun,Dick Simpson worse trade ever Robinson won the triple crown his first year in Bal.

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Walker to the Minnesota Vikings for a total of five players (LB Jesse Solomon, DB Issiac Holt, RB Darrin Nelson, LB David Howard, DE Alex Stewart) and six draft picks (which led to Emmitt Smith, Russell Maryland, Kevin Smith, and Darren Woodson).

  • Scottish Raider

    I found this article from WarRoomReport.com dated March 2007. Prophetic.

    “LSU QB JaMarcus Russell had his pro day on March 14th, and by all accounts, was successfully able to showcase his arm for NFL Scouts. The Oakland Raiders, who are projected to take Russell with the #1 pick in the War Room Report’s 2007 NFL Mock Draft, interviewed Russell the evening before his pro day.

    NFL Draft analysts are starting to lose perspective on Russell. The War Room Report is high on the 6-6 QB, ranking him 4th overall on the 2007 NFL Draft Big Board, but he does not compare to many of the recent top QBs, because of the high bust risk that accompanies a player who is still developing.

    Mike Mayock of NFL Network claims that Russell has the best arm he has ever seen leading up to the draft. Scouts Inc’s Todd McShay described the pro day performance as “…the most impressive of all the pro days I’ve been to…” While both accolades may be true, it is important to keep perspective. Russell still must work on reading defenses better. At times he exhibits too much confidence in his arm, forcing the ball into spots and leading to turnovers. For a player projected as the #1 QB in the draft and who is getting compared to prospects like Vince Young or Peyton Manning, Russell did not dominate in college, despite having two first day picks at WR.

    Russell’s potential is intriguing, and it does elevate him above Brady Quinn as the top QB in this draft. But at the same time, you would think that scouts would have learned from past instances, not to put too much emphasis on workouts and arm strength.

    It may surprise some to see the player we rated as the 4th best in the entire draft listed here, but Russell does have a high bust factor. He must improve his reads at the next level after running a very simple offense in college. He does not have excellent mobility, which could hamper him on a team with poor pass protection. Some question Russell’s dedication to the game as well. If Russell can put it all together, he has some of the best physical tools ever seen in a QB. If not, he could be out of the league in five years.”

    Or even four years?

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Ollie Matson from the Chi Cardinals to the Rams in 1958 for 6 players in contention too.

  • maddenraiderfan

    This week:

    Russell throws for 400 yds and goes 28/30, 2 TD’s and 0 Ints.

    ESPN quickly heralds him as the 2nd coming of Brett Favre.

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

    Strange thing that Bowie never even got on the field. I saw him in preseason, and granted it was mop-up duty, but he made a few plays and seemed to have decent ball skills.

    Hell, he couldn’t have been any worse than Routt has been this year.

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

    Jeff Bagwell for Larry Anderson

    And the Warriors turning the first pick in the draft, and ending up with Weber, and than making a series of trades that ultimately ended with Tom Guggliota. What a disaster that was.

  • CJ Legend 34

    *******Don’t Blame Randy – He is what he is!*********
    I don’t blame Randy Moss. Randy showed all his cards at Minn. He said look I signed a 100 million dollar contract after acting like an @$$ hole off the field and at times on the field. Since I can run like a deer and catch jump balls I can do what ever I want. So Minn. called him on it and said you are out of here you are not what we want as a franchise. Even though you may be in the NFL hall of fame one day it will not be with our team (Integrity). Al Davis took the easy route as usual trying to draft developed talent with a bad attitude but hall of fame quality. Als way is “treat them like little kings and just win baby!” Well it caught up to him and he took on another non-character guy that was like cancer to the franchise. He dogged it on anf off the field talked about the team and went to an established franchise like NE where all he has to do is play a role and live off Tom Brady’s laser beam arm and call it a season.

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Okay let’s try it again wordpress:maddenraiderfan Says:
    October 1st, 2009 at 7:18 am
    This week:

    Russell throws for 400 yds and goes 28/30, 2 TD’s and 0 Ints.

    ESPN quickly heralds him as the 2nd coming of Brett Favre.
    —————————————————
    Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha,Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha,Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha,Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha,Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha,Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha,Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha,Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha,Ha, Ha!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Seymour doesn’t plan on leading by talking about his previous place of employment.

    “Man, I’m not in New England. I’m tired of the New England questions,” Seymour said. “That’s a chapter that’s over and done with, and I’m here as an Oakland Raider now. I’m a Raider, and that’s what it is.”

    ***

    Al Davis,

    please get out your checkbook and pay this guy in the offseason. 4 years, 40 million. thank you!

  • hwnrdr

    Hey Vegas,
    Actually Bowie was on the field last week. Not sure what he did, but I do know that he was in coverage on someone and him and another db made a play on the ball…can’t remember, trying to block that game out!!!

  • Raider-405

    ***

    Al Davis,

    please get out your checkbook and pay this guy in the offseason. 4 years, 40 million. thank you!
    —-

    haha, try more like 4 years at 60. About 20 short from where Oakland would need to be.
    More than likely he will want out if things dont drastically change, and we will franchise him at 15m+ for the next two years to keep him around.

  • Mistabrown

    Whoever wins the nomination for the Rep’s.

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    October 1st, 2009 at 1:28 am

    MB, name a Republican who you think will beat Obama in ‘12, just for laughs.

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

    Hwndr,

    I was so irrate after the D-Mac fumble, that I wasn’t on my A game as far as watching for the small details. Good to see we got at least one pass broken-up for Moss, LOL.

    I was too focused on my captain and coke at that time.

  • ragin

    mcfadden will carry this team next week

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

    Thanks exla…I’ll take care of that FFL issue.

  • 4evaRaider

    ARRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

    Another RUM drinker

    When summer is over and you put away the daquiri’s keep the rum out 4 coffee…Now theres a good buzz!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Vegas: I liked Tom Guggliota …

  • RaiderRockstar

    Ochocinco’s new book goes inside the mind of a complex renaissance man.

    ***

    child please!

  • edward teach

    Rick Reilly of ESPN says… “Ochocinco’s new book goes inside the mind of a complex renaissance man.”

    Say what?

  • 4evaRaider

    Russell throws for 400 yds and goes 28/30, 2 TD’s and 0 Ints.

    ESPN quickly heralds him as the 2nd coming of Brett Favre.
    —————————————————
    Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha,Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha,Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha,Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha,Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha,Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha,Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha,Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha,Ha, Ha!!!

  • 4evaRaider

    oops
    **********************************************************

    exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    October 1st, 2009 at 7:26 am
    Okay let’s try it again wordpress:maddenraiderfan Says:
    October 1st, 2009 at 7:18 am
    This week:

    Russell throws for 400 yds and goes 28/30, 2 TD’s and 0 Ints.

    ESPN quickly heralds him as the 2nd coming of Brett Favre.
    —————————————————
    Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha,Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha,Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha,Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha,Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha,Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha,Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha,Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha,Ha, Ha!!!

  • 4evaRaider

    I wonder who’s Teach

  • edward teach

    I was wondering the same thing, 4eva. Maybe it’s about Da Vinci or something, because it sure as hell can’t be an autobiography.