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Lechler, Asomugha selected

No surprises in the Pro Bowl selections. Punter Shane Lechler and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha were selected from the Raiders Tuesday to represent the AFC.

Asomugha will start at cornerback along with Darrelle Revis of the New York Jets. Sebastian Janikowski, penalized in part because of his team’s anemic offense, did not make the team. San Diego’s Nate Kaeding, with 138 points, is the AFC kicker.

A Raiders press release said tight end Zach Miller and defensive end Richard Seymour were selected as alternates, meaning they could end up going to Miami for the game if another player or two at his position were to be injured.

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  • jhill

    And stop calling him “Grads”….he hasn’t earned a nickname yet.

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    LMFAO!

  • jhill

    We should NOT have drafted BJ Raji this year!

    Should have been Alex Mack or Rey Maulauga!

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Rockstar,

    We could have drafted ANYONE in the #7 slot and it would be an improvement over DHB.

    Expect another athletic specimen in the draft this year. Some OT out of Maryland is putting up ridiculous measurables….but can he block? Better see if he can catch so that we can move him to TE if things fall down.

    Draft pick after draft pick after draft pick…compounded by bad coaching and free agent moves.

    They don’t stand a chance!

  • jhill

    Our run defense is much better this year than it was under Robo. Robo’s defense would give up 5 to 6 yds all the time, AND big plays. This year, we’re down to just the big plays, lol!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Jhill: you can still win games despite missing injured starters.

    Manning lost his favorite target Marvin Harrison in the offseason and then starter Anthony Gonzalez in Week 1. Garcon & Collie stepped up

    Pats lost Tom Brady last season and still won 11 games with Matt Cassel. what has Cassel done this year?

    Brownies lost Jamal Lewis and some Harrison kid ripped it up for them the past 2 weeks.

    every team goes through this every year

  • RaiderRockstar

    Should have been Alex Mack or Rey Maulauga!

    ***

    not in the Top 10

    hard to know if anybody was willing to trade up and take that #7 pick …

  • 4evaRaider

    well whatever you guys think of Romanowski….he was a hard nose LB….the type attitude you need in a true LB.Some dont like him because blah blah blah…..but the sonofagun was a LB

  • Ghost to the Post

    Good morning Nation,Price out of UCLA would be a fine addition to our defensive line.

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

    Fire everyone.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Fire everyone.

    ***

    Winston Moss for next HC?

  • 4evaRaider

    Jhill….shoulda been Mack AND Rey-Rey

  • RaiderRockstar

    BREAKING NEWS:

    Miles Austin of Dallas, Brandon Marshall of Denver and six other Pro Bowl picks are among more than 200 NFL players who would lose their status as unrestricted free agents this offseason if the league and its union can’t agree on a new labor contract.

    According to a list obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday, there are 212 players who would be considered restricted free agents – instead of unrestricted – if there is no salary cap in 2010. There is at least one player from each of the NFL’s 32 teams on the list.

    In an uncapped year, a player would need at least six years in the NFL, up from the current minimum of four years in the league, to be an unrestricted free agent able to sign with any team.

    Pro Bowl linebackers Elvis Dumervil of Denver and DeMeco Ryans of Houston are in the group of potentially affected players, as are starting quarterbacks Kyle Orton of Denver and Jason Campbell of Washington.

    The other players announced Tuesday as selections for this season’s Pro Bowl who could find themselves missing out on a chance to cash in this offseason are Packers safety Nick Collins, Patriots guard Logan Mankins, Saints guard Jahri Evans and Eagles fullback Leonard Weaver.

    In addition to the NFL’s sacks leader (Dumervil), and the NFC’s leader in yards receiving (Austin), other prominent names on the list include Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman, Jets receiver Braylon Edwards, Colts safety Antoine Bethea, Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown and Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski.

    If they lose out on the chance to become unrestricted free agents this offseason, players might not get what they were expecting to be a huge payoff. They also won’t have the luxury of moving freely anywhere in the league.

    A restricted free agent’s old club gets a chance to offer the player a one-year contract at different levels of pay which determine what level of draft-choice compensation the old club would receive for losing the player. And the old club has the right to match any offer another club makes to a restricted free agent.

    Other rules changes would go into effect if there is no salary cap in 2010. There would be no minimum or maximum amounts teams could spend on payroll, and each club would get an extra “transition player” tag. A “transition player” must be offered a minimum of the average of the top 10 salaries of the prior season at the player’s position or 120 percent of the player’s previous year’s salary, whichever is greater.

    By HOWARD FENDRICH,

    AP Sports Writer

  • jhill

    LOL at not in the top 10 …

    Why not?

    Mack and Maulauga would be starters on this team. Isn’t that the point of a first round pick?

    Like you say, using DHB as the alternative.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Wouldn’t that be funny if we robbed Orton, Marshall & Dumervil from Dungver ???

    LOL

  • raidertbone

    # 4evaRaider Says:
    December 30th, 2009 at 10:25 am

    well whatever you guys think of Romanowski….he was a hard nose LB….the type attitude you need in a true LB.Some dont like him because blah blah blah…..but the sonofagun was a LB

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    Yeah, so was Brian Bosworth. What’s your point?

  • M Lonetree

    Some game McF is gonna run for 110 yards or so and people will say “he has arrived!” I do not see him as a sustainable resource at running back so I wouldn’t expect him to back it up.

    One fine day Heyward-Bey will break a long one and have a game of 4 catches and 100 yards and people will say “finally!” Gaining confidence he may duplicate such a game although he will never be worth 30 million dollars.

    One day this off-season perhaps, when they realize that the well is drying up someone on the JaMarcus gravy train will whack him on the a$$ and tell him to get his sorry butt in gear and train to be an NFL QB.

    Head Coach?????????????????????????????????????????????

    Play Caller????????????????????????????????????????????

    sigh…

  • 4evaRaider

    To include bosworth in the same sentence as Romanowski means you think bosworth was good or something hahahahahahahaha….is my point

  • Silver-n-Smac

    O.K. Fellas. . . . . .

    I’ve got an opinion and a question for all of you who want to fire the coach. . . . . .again.

    In the last Bronco game, Bush & McFadden both ripped off a couple of huge gains on that drive that put us near the goal line.

    O.K., so. . . .given fact that that entire drive consisted of blowing the Denver line off the line of scrimmage and moving the ball on the ground, the obvious thing to do was to finish the drive by pounding the rock into the end zone, right?

    Well, that’s what Cable did and while it didn’t work, it was the right thing to do at THAT particular point in THAT game.

    O.K. – fast forward to the Browns game: We’re faced with ALMOST the same scenario. Michael Bush had looked excellent and all we needed was 2 yards to score, so the obvious thing to do was to pound the ball in there, right?

    Well. . . .not quite in my opinion.

    Why?

    Because there were 5 minutes left in the game (yes, I know – 3 timeouts) and we needed 2 touchdowns. Well, let’s assume for a minute that we try a running play and it fails as it did against Denver.

    The fact is that we would NOT have called a time-out right there and too many precious ticks would have run off that clock.

    I know it seems stupid, on the surface, that Cable called consecutive pass plays there, but, I really think that was the thinking involved. And I don’t blame him.

    He knew he had to score 2 TD’s and could not afford for a run play to fail. It ended up not working, but, it sure is easy playing arm-chair QB after the fact.

    The reality is that had the run play failed and we ended up running out of time to legitimately score 2 TD’s, you guys would be calling for his head for wasting precious clock.

  • hellsbells

    If you have to be motivated to play, the train has left the station already.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Michael Vick only has 13 pass attempts & 24 rush attempts this year.

    was it worth $1.6 million for those 3 TD’s ???

    I doubt they keep him next year when his contract says he’ll make $5 million

  • Silver-n-Smac

    What do you guys think of going after Osi Umenyiora?

    He kinda came off as a complainer this season, in my opinion, but I think he’s got legit game.

    Last thing we need is a complainer on this team, but, adding him would give us even more speed on the edges.

    Thoughts?

  • raidertbone

    # 4evaRaider Says:
    December 30th, 2009 at 10:39 am

    To include bosworth in the same sentence as Romanowski means you think bosworth was good or something hahahahahahahaha….is my point
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    No, I just believe that both were extremely overrated. Bosworth got steamrolled by Bo Jackson, while Romo did a good enough job steamrolling himself.

  • Silver-n-Smac

    DHB:

    2010: 600 yards.

    2011: 1100 yards.

    Just my opinion.

    It’s called player development.

    People used to actually have the patience for that reality.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Silver-N-Smac,

    Cable has been poor all year. Not just a game or two. All year. Playing inferior talent, calling 4 verticals from the goal line, Club Med in training camp, a terrible offensive line of his building and force feeding us Fargas, DHB and Russell…..

    Get a new coach

  • hellsbells

    Would rather go after Evans (OG Saints) or Mankins (OG PATS. Then draft a RT in round one that would shore up the right side completly.

  • raidertbone

    # jhill Says:
    December 30th, 2009 at 10:16 am

    And stop calling him “Grads”….he hasn’t earned a nickname yet.

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    LMFAO!
    ___________________________________

    Oh, come on – give him a nickname. I have an idea:
    Let’s call him “1984b” — there’s a story behind it.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    As for JaDavis Russell…I could care less what happens to him on the team. Personally, I would cut JaDavis Russell because his lack of work ethic is appalling….JaDavis hasn’t figured it out and he has been benched and is playing behind a bunch of 3rd string QBs in Gradkowski and Frye….Two horrible QBs in their own right.

    JaDavis is an abject failure in terms of football. A complete and total failure. JaDavis is the WORST professional football player I have seen to date. Can JaDavis turn it around? I sincerely doubt it.

    Let give Losman a chance to see if he can resurrect his career.

    Send JaDavis Russell back to bama

  • Silver-n-Smac

    Come on with the “calling 4 vertical from the goal line” crap.

    Enough already.

    I get tired of all these isolated examples you guys love to pull out.

    If the damned QB would execute some of the plays you guys call garbage, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

    Blame the head coach all you want. What about some of the fantastic, gutsy, ballsy calls that he’s called – that our beloved Chucky would have NEVER called?

    How about some accountability for the players huh?

    This shiot gets really old. Whine, whine, whine about the coach until you’re blue in the face man.

    Players have to get it done.

    I admit that Cable gets too cute for his own good at times, when simplicity would be perfectly acceptable given the youth on the offensive side of the ball.

    But that’s not grounds to fire a coach.

    Give me a freakin’ break.

    The guy works hard. His players love playing for him.

    And as the skill positions gain experience, some of the calls you refer to as horrible, suddenly will look like genius.

    “Fire Coach, Fire Coach, Fire Coach” = Fickle Fan.

  • raidertbone

    # SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    December 30th, 2009 at 10:48 am

    As for JaDavis Russell…I could care less what happens to him on the team. Personally, I would cut JaDavis Russell because his lack of work ethic is appalling….JaDavis hasn’t figured it out and he has been benched and is playing behind a bunch of 3rd string QBs in Gradkowski and Frye….Two horrible QBs in their own right.

    JaDavis is an abject failure in terms of football. A complete and total failure. JaDavis is the WORST professional football player I have seen to date. Can JaDavis turn it around? I sincerely doubt it.

    Let give Losman a chance to see if he can resurrect his career.

    Send JaDavis Russell back to bama
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    See post #334

  • 4evaRaider

    “Grads” doesnt have 2B great,that is the beauty of this whole thing.We have Horses’ very fast ones….”Grads” is very smart and deadly accurate….

    It doesnt matter who they bring in because “Grads” is not the worst of the 32 starters,so no one is gonna beat him out.Bring them all on “lol”

  • Silver-n-Smac

    What happens if the QB throws a decent pass at the 2 yard line and we score?

    Wow – suddenly it’s a great play call, isn’t it?

    Wow – what a concept – expecting players to make plays.

  • raidertbone

    # Silver-n-Smac Says:
    December 30th, 2009 at 10:52 am

    What happens if the QB throws a decent pass at the 2 yard line and we score?

    Wow – suddenly it’s a great play call, isn’t it?

    Wow – what a concept – expecting players to make plays.
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    No worse than our botched fake field goal attempt last year vs. KC!

  • Silver-n-Smac

    You’re right –

    A botched, horrible fake field goal.

    So let’s fire the coach!

    BS man.

  • raidertbone

    Well, who called the play?

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Silver-N-Smac,

    Who brought JaDavis Russell in here in the first place?

    Who let JaDavis Russell play all the way to week 10 when THE WHOLE WORLD KNEW JaDavis wasn’t prepared?

    Why call plays that JaDavis can’t run?

    Why did the coach/GM throw away the season on JaDavis if they knew there was a better option on the field.

    Whining? Yes…after 7 years of the worst football in league history, excuse me if I appear to be a little irritable.

    BTW, please answer the questions above.

  • Silver-n-Smac

    Ask ANY general manager in the NFL:

    Despite the lack of talent on the offensive line, if the Oakland Raiders had gotten even half-way decent quarterback play this season, we win at least 8 games.

    It’s not even debatable.

    Gradkowski is no superstar.

    But he’s the closest thing we had to decent QB play and what happens? We win 2 out of 3, both against play-off caliber teams.

    But no – let’s fire the coach.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Silver-N-Smac,

    The guys play hard for Cable? What exactly does that mean when you get blown out by the Browns? Jets? Giants (who are garbage), lose to the Chiefs?

    Play hard. Fargas plays hard too I guess.

    What ever happended to “Just Win Baby”

    Its like chearing for your kids little league team around here.

    So much sentimental B.S for players/coaches that don’t produce a doggone thing on the field.

    Highest payroll in the league.

    Oh, but I guess the league mandated that JaDavis play the first 10 weeks…..right?

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Silver-N-Smac,

    Yes, fire the coach and get a real coach in here that knows how to use his personnel.

    Murphy playing behind DHB is a rank joke….

    Bush playing behind Fargas is ridiculous…

    JaDavis playing ahead of Gradkowski for 10 weeks is ridiculous

    and the O-Line is a disgrace.

    Fire Cable and get a real coach

  • raidertbone

    # SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    December 30th, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Silver-N-Smac,

    Who brought JaDavis Russell in here in the first place?

    Who let JaDavis Russell play all the way to week 10 when THE WHOLE WORLD KNEW JaDavis wasn’t prepared?

    Why call plays that JaDavis can’t run?

    Why did the coach/GM throw away the season on JaDavis if they knew there was a better option on the field.

    Whining? Yes…after 7 years of the worst football in league history, excuse me if I appear to be a little irritable.

    BTW, please answer the questions above.
    _______________________________-

    Here are the answers to your questions:
    1) Al Davis
    2) Al Davis
    3) Because you have to call something (even if your quarterback can’t execute it properly)
    4) It takes some time to move a 500 lb. gorilla
    5) You sound like Michael Crabtree

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Raidertbone,

    I was at the Meadowlands to witness that absolute disgrace of a game.

    JaDavis was pathetic and the team looked like they quit in the 1st QTR.

    The Jets also destroyed the Raiders with little effort as well…Cleveland handed JaDavis and Cable a good beating too.

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

    1) Failure to judge talent: playing Harris over Henderson, Fargas over Bush, DHB over anyone with two hands;

    2) Failure to develop first round picks;

    3) Failure to motivate team on a weekly basis;

    4) Failure to produce as the play caller, near last in offense;

    5) Off the field distractions;

    6) 12 losses by 14+ points in only 27 games;

    The verdict is in: FIRE CABLE

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Thank you Dakota…..right on point.

    Fire Cable and cut JaDavis Russell

  • raidertbone

    _SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    December 30th, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Raidertbone,

    I was at the Meadowlands to witness that absolute disgrace of a game.

    JaDavis was pathetic and the team looked like they quit in the 1st QTR.
    ____________________________________________
    The Giants fans sitting around us actually took pity on us. I remember one of them even said, “I remember when everybody used to be scared of you guys!”

  • NoMoreFargas

    Of course silver and smack would wanna keep cable around he will play his hero fargas all the time don’t you guys get it S and S is just a fan cause he likes the colors and were like the mafia right S and S are you gonna cry if cable is fired and fargas mr. 7 td is gone. My all-time fave 3.6+3.6+3.6= 1down wow what a regular Bill Walsh, how many guys make probowl with 3.6 and limited td but you can be a S and S all-star

  • Silver-n-Smac

    Uh. . . .you wanted to fire the HEAD COACH.

    1. HE did not bring in Russell.

    2. And let’s be real for a minute – you pay a guy 30 million bucks in guaranteed money. This was the year you absolutely HAD to play him to see what you have or don’t have. So of course Cable was gonna play Russell. Don’t be naïve. And of course the owner wanted that. And you’re gonna blame the coach for giving the young QB every opportunity to play?

    3. What the fiock kind of plays did you expect Cable to call for Russell? Could the game plan have been any more simple? The bottom line is that the kid proved to NOT be ready at this point in his career. Whether you like to hear that or not, that’s the bottom line. Blame the coach all you want – doesn’t change the damned facts.

    4. Why did they throw away the season? See item #2.

    And trust me – I’m just as pissed, frustrated, irritated as you are. I just don’t need to resort to firing the coach when the coach is not the problem. Can he improve? Hell yes. But so can everyone in the building. He has more spine, backbone, balls and autonomy with the owner than anyone we’ve had since Gruden.

    So unless you’re gonna bring back Chucky, I don’t even want to start the re-building process all over again. The team is young and it’s getting better. The record sucks, but, you know darned well that it’s getting better.

    If you don’t – well yeah – let’s just keep firing and hiring coaches.

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

    Do we really want a coach that clearly puts personal vendetta ahead of winning?

    Last offseason Michael Bush came out and advocated for the hiring of Kevin Gilbride over Tom Cable as our HC…Cable then places Bush on the bench to rot the following year. You do the math.

  • 4evaRaider

    JaDavis Russell…..

    LMAO SnB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 4evaRaider

    JaDavis wins hands DOWNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • raidertbone

    I think we need to bring Terry Robiskie back to Raider Nation. He got a raw deal when he got his ever-so-brief shot as a coach in Washington. He is well-respected, is a good football guy and has former ties to Al. It could work …

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

    Passing the ball over running the ball at a 2-1 ratio in the first half against the 28th ranked rush defense of the cleveland Browns one week after Michael Bush and McFadden thrashed Denver should be enough to get Cable fired ON THE SPOT.