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Cunningham fund set

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 at 11:33 pm in Oakland Raiders.

A fund to help pay college tuition for the daughter of Thomas Ray Cunningham has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank.

Cunningham, 38, was shot and killed in the presence of his 13-year-old daughter while the two were returning from a local store after buying ice cream after one of his dogs sniffed a man on the street. An argument ensued, and Cunningham was shot.

A custodian in the Dublin (Ca.) school district where my children attend school, Cunningham was a Raiders fan who enjoyed talking about the club with students and occasionally took his daughter to games.

Links to stories about the tragedy and memorial service can be found here and here.

Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo branch. The Dublin branch is located at 7181 Regional Street, Dublin, CA, 94568. The phone number is 925-829-0551.

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  • http://atm Raider O

    We need production in the middle! Most big runs come from the middle! We need to fix that by adding a player or two. Can’t think it’s just coaching after this season!

  • Chris in NY

    I don’t think Eugene is terrible. I think he does an OK job. But why hold back a 2nd-round pick in a 3-8 season to play an average veteran safety like Eugene? Huff and Branch have both been very, very solid this season, so it’d be very hard to pull one of them to get Mitchell on the field more.

    Cowboy game aside, I’ve been very pleased with the quality of our secondary this season. Nnamdi-CJ-Branch-Huff have all looked very, very good to me. Huff has broken up a ton of passes and leads in INTs. Nnamdi is Nnamdi. Branch is a very good up-and-coming player. And CJ takes a lot of criticism but he’s under a ton of pressure since teams rarely throw at Nnamdi and our offense has rarely sustained drives all season. And it’s not like Nnamdi shadows the other team’s best WR all game. CJ is covering those guys at least half the time and Miles Austin was only the 2nd 100-yard WR we’ve allowed all season and a huge chunk of that yardage came against Nnamdi and Routt. I’m very pleased with CJ. I’m eager to see Mitchell play more but not at the expense of our current guys. Not sure how to get him on the field more. Tough to put him in there in Nickel playing man-to-man vs. a WR, but maybe move Huff up into coverage and make Mitchell the deep safety in Nickel.

  • Richochet

    # jhill Says:
    December 4th, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Regarding our front 7, Raider O …

    Again I ask you if you think Al will give up on Kelly this offseason. Not if you want Al to give up on him, but if you really think he will.

    =================================
    Kelly is the last “performing” player, and I use that term lightly, of the 5 Musketeers.
    Hall gone. Wilson gone. Kwame gone. Javon in limbo…

    270 million in contracts thrown at those 5, and cutting Kelly just tosses more fuel on the fire that Al shouldn’t be a GM.

    Wait!!

    I recall seeing a billboard….on 880…..

    Oh..never mind. :)

  • jhill

    Richochet,

    I thought both sides of the argument last night had some valid points.

    My #1 criticism of Davis these past years has been how he’s handled the coaching situation. I think the lowballing offers to asst, or up n coming coaches has been a mistake. I think the Raiders are they type of organization that needs a big time big name coach. I feel the same way about the Steelers and Cowboys. Those teams are the equivalent of the Lakers, Boston, and Philly and should be ran an such.

    I agree with Priest in that if Davis would lay out 30 million or so for a coach, there would be PLENTY of takers.

    I also agree that it’s pretty obvious it would take more than $ to get a guy like Cowher or Gruden to come back, but a Jack Del Rio or Jim Fassell type? They’d be here in a second!

  • DMAC

    I don’t think he’s ballin, but he’s definetly improved his game finally. Should be even better next season.

  • Chris in NY

    Raider O Says:
    December 4th, 2009 at 10:01 am
    Kirk needs to be moved back to SLB like his rookie year, TH at WLB, and draft Spikes or McClain to MLB.

    Pre O Mock Draft:
    1- DT Suh ( he will be a top 5 pick), MLB Spikes, or MLB McClain!
    We should trade up for Suh!
    2- DE Carlos Dulap ( he will be there after a DUI).
    3- RT Kyle Calloway or Sam Young
    3- CB

    —————————

    I can’t see going defense with 3 of the first 4 picks when our offense is averaging less than 10 points per game and I’m pretty sure is dead last in the league.

    QB (Locker, Clausen, Bradford), WR (Dez Bryant) or o-line all deserve consideration in Round 1. Although I’d say take the best available player there. Could be McCoy, the DT from Oklahoma. He’s a beast. Wouldn’t trade up for Suh though. Plenty of needs to be addressed and this is sure to be a deep draft. Don’t want to give up picks to jump up a couple of spots.

    No matter how you look at it we need to focus on improving this offense next year. The defense is good, IMO. Just need to figure out how to stop those big plays.

  • jhill

    Kelly is the last “performing” player, and I use that term lightly, of the 5 Musketeers.
    Hall gone. Wilson gone. Kwame gone. Javon in limbo…

    270 million in contracts thrown at those 5, and cutting Kelly just tosses more fuel on the fire that Al shouldn’t be a GM.

    ——————————————————

    Wow! And to think all that happened in ONE offseason!

    Well, at least no one can say that the guy isn’t willing to spend some coin to try and improve the team, lol!

  • http://atm Raider O

    Move Seymour to DT ( UT), draft a DT, draft Dunlap, and Draft a MLB!

    RE: Carlos Dunlap/ Scott
    DT: Suh I hope, or another DT
    UT: Seymour
    LE: Matt S and Scott on passing downs

    WLB: TH/ Scott if TH keeps laying SLB
    MLB: True MLB ( there are a few in this draft, if we couldn’t draft Suh then Spikes/ McClain
    SLB: Kirk/ TH if Kirk is gone

    CB: Nnamdi
    CB: CJ/ or the New CB . The other plays Nickle!
    FS: Branch/ Huff
    SS: Branch/ Mitchell

  • http://atm Raider O

    I will have Mitchell play SS, and have Branch and Huff compete for FS!

  • jhill

    I agree with your secondary analysis Chris. But Routt is a FA this offseason, and I’m not seeing Holland as an answer. With only Nnamdi and CJ on the roster, we need another CB.

  • DMAC

    Mitchell should just eat big macs w/ Jerry and gain some muscle to play LB. I don’t see him getting on the field much with the play of Huff and Branch.

  • Richochet

    Jhill.
    Sure they’ll be plenty of takers if you toss out 30 mil guaranteed. But that just adds to the fact that no quality coach will come to the Raiders.
    Al doesn’t pay his coaches.
    He has this odd idea that he’s doing most of the work, and that paying out big bucks is a waste. obviously he wouldn’t pay Chuckie, which led to GrudenGate. (I personally felt, at the time, it was more the huge billboard of Gruden on 880 that was the straw, where Al hated the idea he was no longer the face of the nation.)

    Jerry Jones finally realized he needed to butt the hell out, that he wasn’t a “coach”, that his interfering set the team back, and that he was dead wrong on believing it was him that got the boys to the SB, and not Jimmy Johnson.

    Jones only felt that because he watched Al. Except Al knows football, albeit archaic, where Jones just knows where every camera is, and when his next plastic surgery appt is.

    Del Rio? To fiery and head strong for Al.

  • jhill

    No matter how you look at it we need to focus on improving this offense next year. The defense is good, IMO. Just need to figure out how to stop those big plays.

    ——————————————————-

    I think that all starts up front, like my man Charlie continues to emphasize. Gallery going down, and Satele taking all year to get up to speed has REALLY hurt us. Not to mention Pears and Barnes at RT. Cornbread will be a year older and should have been a backup 2 years ago. I’d say Oline in the first, but there in only 1 guy rated in the top 20.

  • DMAC

    Would love to have Sydquan Thompson from CAL. NIce DB.

  • jhill

    Raider O Says:
    December 4th, 2009 at 10:25 am

    I will have Mitchell play SS, and have Branch and Huff compete for FS!

    ——————————————————-

    That’s just crazy, O! Huff and Branch are easily 2 of our best players. Why bench either one of them? Too bad Al won’t allow the Rover position, lol!

  • Richochet

    Al has a hard on for D backs, for some reason.
    Prior to last 3 drafts, he drafted, as I recall, 5 dbacks out of 6 years.

  • DMAC

    O-line in free agency.

  • Richochet

    # jhill Says:
    December 4th, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Kelly is the last “performing” player, and I use that term lightly, of the 5 Musketeers.
    Hall gone. Wilson gone. Kwame gone. Javon in limbo…

    270 million in contracts thrown at those 5, and cutting Kelly just tosses more fuel on the fire that Al shouldn’t be a GM.

    ——————————————————

    Wow! And to think all that happened in ONE offseason!

    Well, at least no one can say that the guy isn’t willing to spend some coin to try and improve the team, lol!
    =======================
    Read somewhere that the above contracts are one of the, if not THE reason for Al selling 10% of the team at the time…just didn’t have the coin.

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    4EVA,
    If you are reading the blog and you want to get the ban lifted, email JerryMac and fall on your sword. He may reinstate you if you are contrite and acknowledge the error of your ways. You need to do it yourself.

  • jhill

    Jerry Jones finally realized he needed to butt the hell out, that he wasn’t a “coach”, that his interfering set the team back, and that he was dead wrong on believing it was him that got the boys to the SB, and not Jimmy Johnson.

    Jones only felt that because he watched Al. Except Al knows football, albeit archaic, where Jones just knows where every camera is, and when his next plastic surgery appt is.

    ——————————————————-

    When did that happen? Jerry Jones is still in the way IMO, just like Al. Jerruh is Al with better doctors and plastic surgeons. Did you see him just come out with the Wade better win in Dec blasts? In fact, I’d argue that Jerruh has more of a grip on the Cowboys since he is healthy enough to run the day to day. Jerruh hasn’t won shyt, but he just hasn’t pissed off nearly as many people as Al has. 2 peas in a pod, along with Snyder.

  • DMAC

    I wouldn’t mind Fassell as HC.
    Weiss as OC and Clausen throwing the ball.

  • jhill

    Del Rio? To fiery and head strong for Al.

    ——————————————————-

    But he’s a USC guy, lol!

  • Richochet

    Platooning 3 rb’s isn’t working.
    You know one of those 3 will be in some kind of trade package offer.
    Unfortunately the team can’t decide, week to week, who the starter is/should be.

    Posters here about seem almost evenly split on who should be carrying the rock, although Bush’s stock seems to have dropped lately, where McFadden stock fluctuates on a weekly basis. Fargas is rarely given credit, but always seems to bust out when all but given up for dead.

  • jhill

    DMAC,

    I’m really warming up to Vegas’ idea of a CB/KR with our #1. Unless we bring in a FA corner or 2, or maybe resign Routt, that hole at CB and KR is just huge.

    Then again, this Nick Miller kid must be the next coming of something. Why else are we holding a roster spot for this guy? To get maybe 2 or 3 weeks of PRs and KRs? I can’t wait to see this guy, lol!

  • DMAC

    Damn. I’m not a coach, but would’nt be a smarter idea to try DHB, DMAC, or Murphy, return kickoffs rather than Russell or Holland.

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

    I know I might encite a riot here, but the O-line really just needs some competition and probably a new RG.

    In the two games since Bruce started, against 2 top 10 D’s, we have given up one sack and averaged close to 5 yards a carry.

    With crap at the skill positions!!!!!

  • DMAC

    They must think Miller is the next Wes.

  • BlackSunday32

    Considering how awful the Jags draw in Jacksonville is their any way they pass on Tebow would the fans not be furious I mean if you’re willing to draft a qb to wr powder head in the 1rd would going after Tebow be that big a stretch for a franchise struggling to draw fans. No excuses for CJ they go his way all the time seem to remeber when they did that to Woodson Tory james had big int year and got paid for it.

  • DMAC

    I agree Vegas.

  • raider32assasin

    # DMAC Says:
    December 4th, 2009 at 10:33 am

    O-line in free agency.

    ========================================================
    Here is a list of oline free agents…

    # DMAC Says:
    December 4th, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Jahri Evans, New Orleans Saints (26)
    Jahri Evans is continuing to grade out as the team’s best run-blocking linemen week after week. The Saints have done a nice job of efficiently running the ball through the middle and on the right side of the line. His continual high level of play and positive, team-first attitude should translate to a high-end offensive guard contract at year’s end. Expect the Saints, who have nothing but positive things to say towards Evans, to richly reward him for his hard work and production.

    Logan Mankins, New England Patriots (27)
    Logan Mankins has been a very consistent player for the Patriots since he was drafted. That type of consistency is difficult to match, but with free agency inflating the value of offensive guards, the Patriots may end up letting him walk if the price isn’t right. They drafted a couple interior linemen last year and have to use some of their free money to re-sign other players. From what Mankins has said, he wants to stay on this winning franchise, but he could be one of the top players available next offseason.

    Marcus McNeill, San Diego Chargers (25)
    McNeill isn’t playing at an elite level this year, but is still an above average left tackle. He’s one of the “bigger” names at the left tackle position thanks to his spectacular, hyped rookie season. McNeill has also been undercompensated the last few years playing on his rookie contract as a 2nd round pick, which may incline him to ask for more money than he “deserves.” Any of the Chargers could feasibly be had this offseason and McNeill is no different, but with some of the offensive line woes of the Chargers, McNeill may be one of their top priorities. His long-term neck and back problems could be in the back of the team’s mind as well.

    Daryn Colledge, Green Bay Packers (27)
    Colledge is no longer viewed as the solution at left tackle in Green Bay. Mid-round TJ Lang has taken over the back-up position there. That alone is enough to make his value take a significant plunge. This will especially be overstated because of his poor performance in the team’s biggest game to date – Monday Night in Minnesota. Still, he’s an above average starting offensive guard and a great pass protector in the interior. Colledge’s value will most likely be highest to the Packers because he’s a great fit for what they do and they know his true value.

    Jared Gaither, Baltimore Ravens (23) – Restricted FA
    After being taken off the field on a stretcher in New England, Gaither luckily suffered no season or career threatening injury. His return to the field should come in the upcoming weeks. The Ravens have found their bookend tackles, with him and Oher on either side, and even if they can’t settle on a long-term deal with Gaither this offseason, they still have the ability to put a tender on him. At the very least, it would force teams to give up serious compensation for his services. Gaither’s length and athleticism make him an ideal fit at left tackle, but could possibly get him for less coin if they think Oher is capable of playing LT and pay Gaither on the right side.

    Winston Justice, Philadelphia Eagles (24)
    Justice is finally starting to live up to his expectations as a 2nd round selection. He’s played well in pass protection at right tackle replacing the oft-injured Shawn Andrews. The Eagles are in a tricky situation. Andrews has flashed so much potential and played well when on the field, but has struggled to give them enough snaps without getting injured. Should the team re-sign Justice, they could very well be putting Justice on the bench at the cost of a starter. They already have last year’s free agent acquisition, Stacy Andrews expensively riding the bench.

    Kevin Mawae, Tennessee Titans (38)
    Mawae has started all six games for the Titans this year, but with his contract expiring, the line may turn to Leroy Harris who will have been groomed for 3 years, sparingly seeing the field. If Mawae is up for another season, he could land on a number of teams, or just re-sign in Tennessee. He still has a little gas left in the tank and it the Titans pass on him, several teams will be lining up for him and accept the leadership he brings to the team.

    Chad Clifton, Green Bay Packers (33)
    Clifton has suffered a lingering ankle injury this season forcing the Packers to retreat to other options at left tackle. Even when on the field, Clifton hasn’t looked like half the player he was in his prime where he was one of the league’s best pass blockers. The years of injury and battle have worn on Clifton who has lost some of his discipline and been beaten on several occasions. If Clifton isn’t offered another contract in Green Bay, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the franchise’s great blind side protector call it quits.

    Mike Gandy, Arizona Cardinals (30)
    Gandy has struggled immensely and should definitely be upgraded this offseason. He doesn’t hold much value on the left side and may be asked to move to the right side for the rest of his career. If Arizona can’t find a better replacement, they could potentially try and get one more year out of him, but the Cardinals would be pushing their luck.

    Other Notable Free Agents:

    Eugene Amano, Tennessee Titans (27)
    David Baas, San Francisco 49ers (27)
    Khalif Barnes, Oakland Raiders (27)
    Alex Barron, St. Louis Rams (26)
    Mike Brisiel, Houston Texans (26)
    Jeromey Clary, San Diego Chargers (25) – Restricted FA
    Nick Cole, Philadelphia Eagles (25)
    Willie Colon, Pittsburgh Steelers (26)
    Ryan Cook, Minnesota Vikings (26)
    Tyson Clabo, Atlanta Falcons (28)
    Harvey Dahl, Atlanta Falcons (28)
    Cornell Green, Oakland Raiders (33)
    Rex Hadnot, Cleveland Browns (27)
    Ben Hamilton, Denver Broncos (32)
    Justin Hartwig, Pittsburgh Steelers (30)
    Stephon Heyer, Washington Redskins (25) – Restricted FA
    Richie Incognito, St. Louis Rams (26)
    Jon Jansen, Washington Redskins (33)
    Charlie Johnson, Indianapolis Colts (25)
    Nick Kaczur, New England Patriots (30)
    Chris Kuper, Denver Broncos (26)
    Deuce Lutui, Arizona Cardinals (26)
    Stephen Neal, New England Patriots (32)
    Rudy Niswanger, Kansas City Chiefs (26)
    Donald Penn, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (26)
    Chester Pitts, Houston Texans (30)
    Manuel Ramirez, Detroit Lions (26) – Restricted FA
    Rob Sims, Seattle Seahawks (25)
    Chris Spencer, Seattle Seahawks (27)
    Jason Spitz, Green Bay Packers (26)
    Adam Terry, Baltimore Ravens (27)
    Jeremy Trueblood, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (26)
    Bobbie Williams, Cincinnati Bengals (32)
    Marshal Yanda, Baltimore Ravens (24)

  • Richochet

    # jhill Says:
    December 4th, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Jerry Jones finally realized he needed to butt the hell out, that he wasn’t a “coach”, that his interfering set the team back, and that he was dead wrong on believing it was him that got the boys to the SB, and not Jimmy Johnson.

    Jones only felt that because he watched Al. Except Al knows football, albeit archaic, where Jones just knows where every camera is, and when his next plastic surgery appt is.

    ——————————————————-

    When did that happen? Jerry Jones is still in the way IMO, just like Al. Jerruh is Al with better doctors and plastic surgeons. Did you see him just come out with the Wade better win in Dec blasts? In fact, I’d argue that Jerruh has more of a grip on the Cowboys since he is healthy enough to run the day to day. Jerruh hasn’t won shyt, but he just hasn’t pissed off nearly as many people as Al has. 2 peas in a pod, along with Snyder.
    ===========
    You might be right about him butting in, but I recall back when HBO had the Behind the Scenes special (whatever it was called) where camera’s followed the cowboys daily through training camp, including discussions on who was going to get cut, etc.
    Jones made it clear to everyone that he was in charge, making the decisions, showed him informing the players who were going to be cut..etc. Acted like he was THE GUY…THEN….then…lol..the Cowboys went something like 2-14..massive egg in face for Jones.
    Prior to that, he seemed to be right on the sidelines during games, almost in the coaches ear..seemed to taper off.

    I would imagine most cowboy fans agree with you..Jones is one massive egotist, and never met a camera he didn’t like.
    Snyder is like Russell.
    Tons of money dumped in his lap, and no idea how to go about making it work for ya.

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    new post!

  • raider32assasin

    Glad to see Cornell Green on that list…

  • BlackSunday32

    So DHB can’t catch the ball and you want him on any returns, although I remember when Ron Brown was returning kicks for Rams adventure every time. We must have the fattest KR and backup QB in the NFL.

  • Richochet

    # DMAC Says:
    December 4th, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Damn. I’m not a coach, but would’nt be a smarter idea to try DHB, DMAC, or Murphy, return kickoffs rather than Russell or Holland.
    =================
    HEY????

    Are you trying to instill logic?

    This is the Raiders.

    Logic has nothing to do with these decisions.

  • ajoakrad

    sup nation big win for the raiders yesterday

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