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Raiders OK with Russell, still mad at Gannon

For the record, the Raiders aren’t overly concerned with the Las Vegas excursion by JaMarcus Russell, saying he was in Sin City accompanied by someone with the club, and have no intention of taking Rich Gannon up on his offer to help the team reverse the tide of seven consecutive losing seasons.

Steve Corkran followed up on both issues today with senior executive John Hererra, who confirmed, “JaMarcus was in Las Vegas, and he was there with a (Raiders staff member). He was there for a legitimate reason.”

As for Gannon, Herrera’s company line made it clear the former MVP is persona non grata in Alameda.

“It’s Rich that needs the help,” Herrera said. “When he goes on a radio show offering Mr. Davis help, Tom Cable help, the Raiders help, maybe it’s Rich that needs the help.”

Herrera also said, “What does Rich Gannon think he has to offer that Paul Hackett can’t contribute, when he himself said Paul Hackett is the best quarterbacks coach that he ever had?”

The Raiders have also signed practice squad player to a future’s contract, tying him to the Raiders into next season. Wide receiver Paul Hubbard, center Tim Mattran, quarterback Jeff Otis and guard Brandon Robb were not retained.

In other news, according to Raiders.com, linebacker Sam Williams is the team’s nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, given for service to the community.

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  • OFL71

    Those statements by Herera are classic!
    It goes to show exactly how detached from reality those who are running this ship really are.
    Who the fu(k does Herera think he is?
    He’s got to be the biggest hack,flunky,nitwit,sorry excuse for an NFL exec EVER.
    Yeah go ahead and blast Gannon you stupid douchebag,once Al’s rotting you will never sniff another NFL job again!

  • Carl Weathers

    NE Raider… I don’t have time to watch much college football, maybe 2 g or 3 games a season and a few bowl games.

    I was just noting that your statement could be the exact same with Davis name rather than Holtz.

  • new englandraider

    dakota, i got a ? 4 u. do u have nba league pass???? i ask because everytime lakers on national tv i get mad. espn had game last night. totally missed 1st qrtr. most every time they are on nationally league pass says program not available in ur area. then u miss half the 1st qrtr or more. does that happen where ur at??????

  • DMAC

    Nope. Got my A D I D A S on.

  • Carl Weathers

    We have a guy bailing water with a kitchen strainer, so please fuk off.

    Muahahahahhaha

  • Florida Pete

    new englandraider Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 9:09 am
    dmac, please don’t fall and skin ur knees. i have hope 4 u. ive told u that. 3rd nfl season will be a breakthrough year for u…. won’t it????????? just watch out for the crosswalk lines, as they are much bigger than the hashmarks u usually trip over

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    i sent him a note last year…

    “Dmac… just wanna help… all you have to do is remember this: step on a crack, break yo momma’s back…”

    the answer came back from John Herrera:

    go fly a kite.

  • new englandraider

    All

    Day

    I

    Dream

    About

    Staying on my feet???????????????????

  • Florida Pete

    Herrera has got to be the only football executive without ANY education or football background to speak of…

    “With the exception of a two-year stint in Saskatchewan as GM of the CFL Roughriders (early ’80s), John Herrera has been a fixture in Raiders HQ throughout the entire Al Davis era.”

  • DMAC

    We really need a true MLB. It will do wonders for our defense. Uncle Al please draft a solid MLB, preferbly McClain or Spikes.

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

    new englandraider Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 9:12 am
    dakota, i got a ? 4 u. do u have nba league pass???? i ask because everytime lakers on national tv i get mad. espn had game last night. totally missed 1st qrtr. most every time they are on nationally league pass says program not available in ur area. then u miss half the 1st qrtr or more. does that happen where ur at??????
    _____________________________

    No, I do not have the NBA league pass. I see them enough on TNT, ESPN and NBATV, and I usually also get to see the games they play at the Nuggets and Bulls as I have the Denver station and WGN.

    I follow the games I can’t watch on sportsline.com

    Last night I had to watch the first quarter on ESPN Classic because of the overtime game between Whogivesafuk College and We-are-pussieshowbout U in the GMC Totally Meaningless Bowl.

  • new englandraider

    i hear u carl, but more alleged analysts have something negative to say about the guy. more than just holtz. cant name anyone other than him, but as i said most ? his effort. thats not what we need here.

  • new englandraider

    DAKOTA yes, they put it on classic. however about 3 months ago they put classic with the ‘sports pack’ which i do not purchase. i spent enough $$$$ for football, baseball and basketball package. just hate the national games. more often than not, we are the 2nd game of double header and the 1st game ALWAYS runs into 2nd. at least they hold up most playoff games now. but its retarded that these people cant figure it out that the games constantly over lap

  • The Big Banana

    LOL! #439

    What a clown this Herrera cat is. Complete classless moron.

  • DMAC

    Check out all games. May not be the clearest, but you get to watch them play.
    http://p2p4u.net/

  • RaiderD

    morning to all!

    but seriously? this is supposed to be a business isnt it? then why is the front office acting as if they are in the f***ing 3rd grade?

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

    New England Raider,

    Plus, if you have NBA TV, they usually show a large part of each Lakers game during their NBA Gametime broadcasts.

  • RaiderD

    the proper response should have been, “we appreciate rich’s offer to help, however we have decided to look in other areas to improve our football team.” end of press conference.

    right?

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

    New Englandraider,

    Yeah, I do hate that…especially when it is the Celtics or Cavs in the first half of the double header…sometimes I think they purposefully delay the end of the game to fuk with Lakers fans lol.

  • new englandraider

    i have nba tv, but i dislike that channel as well. we are more often than not the tuesday night fan night game. and while the games going on you have to listen to frankenstein Mchale hating on the lakers. speaking of mchale… forbes magazine gm of the decade….. what????????? guess mitch kupchak is more of a thief than a gm. i.e pau and shannon for kwame and vlad rad. although marc gasol is a beast

  • HairyBush

    Forgive me if someone already brought this up (I have not had a chance to go through all the posts yet)
    Anyways I just put 2 and 2 together. Jamarcus is in Vegas meeting with his soon to be head coach (Jim Fassel). Apperently my worst nightmare has been realised. Cable is gone and Jamarcus is staying-NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO another season down the tubes, we are so effed. Maybe the Raiders will pour more salt in my wounds and trade M. Bush. Lord help us!

  • 4evaRaider

    You would think,RaiderD

  • 2romes

    Rich Gannon is disappointed in the Raiders sucess the last several years and is displaying his hardship through a few ill aligned comments out of frustration. All Raider fans have demonstrated frustrations one way or another from the miserable ways of the Raiders performances.Why is it any different that Gannon wants to help the Raiders in any way. It would be more disheartening to me if he had no compassion for the Raiders.It would be more disconcerting if he disassociated himself from the Raiders.
    Rich gannon did have a terrible Superbowl game and he would be the first one to tell you. That one lousy game should not define all of his positive impact on the Raiders organization. By the way, during the Superbowl game did you see how lincoln Kennedy and the rest of the offensive linemen were getting their butts kicked. It shocked the hell out of me so I know it shocked the hell out Gannon. I Know, Still no excuse for countless interceptions.
    I will remember Rich gannon for all the great games he had with the Raiders.The Raiders had more great times with Gannon than bad. I will not let the bad times with him outlive the good.
    Raiders Be with You

  • The Big Banana

    # RaiderD Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 9:24 am

    the proper response should have been, “we appreciate rich’s offer to help, however we have decided to look in other areas to improve our football team.” end of press conference.

    right?
    ==================================================
    Yes, if there was any voice of reason in the front office. No Ron Wolfe, LoCasale, or Bruce Allen. Herrera is a moron yes-man.

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

    “mchale… forbes magazine gm of the decade…..”

    WTF? Are you serious? What a JOKE!!!!!!

    Why? because he traded KG to the Celtics instead of getting Bynum and Odom for KG from the Lakers? Or was it because he set his franchise back five years with the Joe Smith debacle?

    As to Marc Gasol…yeah…wish he hadn’t been thrown in as part of that trade…Trade Bynum and Odom or Artest for LBJ this summer and get Marc Gasol back from Memphis and let him play along side Pau…yeah baby!

  • 4evaRaider

    HairyBush….relax.

    Vegas has informed us Fassell lives in Az. and is NOT in Las Vegas at this time

  • RaiderD

    i think its a cop out hairybush, i think they are just saying there is a raider rep with him.

    its just another way of AlD protecting his investment, he doesnt want us picking on JRuss anymore.

    so stop it guys, you’re making him cry.

  • OFL71

    Herera is there to gently cup Al’s balls and tell him everything is gonna be alright,stir geritol into the punch-bowl and release hostile,idiotic press statements aimed at REAL NFL guys.
    What has this team become…?
    Everyday it gets harder to support this franchise.
    Talk about the inmates running the asylum.
    I can picture Herera chasing Davis around the hallways(Davis wearing a hospital gown open at the back with his old as hanging out)yelling “medication time”.

  • HairyBush

    I’m glad to hear there may be hope. I can’t believe how they cover for Jamarcus, it’s rather sickening. I really don’t know what to expect out of the meeting between Cable and stinky diapers next monday, any insight?

  • new englandraider

    just bs with mchale… gm of the decade. how many playoff series did minnesota win in the decade? 5 tops

  • RaiderResurrection

    I personally now know 4 season ticket holders that aren’t renewing next season. And the rest of you guys that go to the games should Paper bag it.

  • HairyBush

    refocus guys-uhhh this a RAIDER forum

  • HairyBush

    newengland Raider where are u from?-I’m in ma

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    From Raider Beat via AP:
    List of Raiders restricted FA’s if there is no CBA extension. OAKLAND RAIDERS: Jon Alston, LB; Khalif Barnes, T; Ricky Brown, LB; Charlie Frye, QB; Thomas Howard, LB; Kirk Morrison, LB; Stanford Routt, CB.

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

    With the 8th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders select….oh who gives a fuk, they will blow it no matter what.

  • HairyBush

    resticted means we can match offer?

  • RaiderD

    are we that devoid of hope in here dakota?

  • OFL71

    Hope sucks,and it doesn’t exist in Oakland.
    Not til that funeral bell rings.

  • HairyBush

    It’s to bad they are going to penalize teams for dumping salaries even if there is no CBA. bye bye J. Walker among many others!

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

    RaiderD Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 9:41 am
    are we that devoid of hope in here dakota?
    ________________

    I am usually pumped about the draft…even this early in the offseason…but not this season. Everyone on planet earth knows we need help on the o-line, DT and LB, but we will probably draft a S, CB or WR…or maybe a kicker to replace Jano with the #8 pick.

    Last year’s out of nowhere dipschit selection of DHB makes me want to throw up.

  • OFL71

    There’s nothing the league could do to this team that would be worse than what it’s owner has been doing for close to a decade now.

  • HairyBush

    OFL71-this is true (unfortunetley)

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  • RaiderD

    dakota,

    you know i wouldnt have minded the selection of DHB so much if we picked him in the 2nd. what makes me mad is there were other positions that needed help and AlDs goes and drafts him in the first. im pretty sure we could have gotten some OL or DL or even MLB help last draft.

  • 4evaRaider

    Alex Mack comes to mind,imo

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    I cant wait 4 the presser.. Big Al needs 2 get rid of the overhead projector in get a touch screen.

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

    RaiderD Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 9:51 am
    dakota,

    you know i wouldnt have minded the selection of DHB so much if we picked him in the 2nd. what makes me mad is there were other positions that needed help and AlDs goes and drafts him in the first. im pretty sure we could have gotten some OL or DL or even MLB help last draft.
    ————————–
    If I was our GM last year I would have drafted Monroe in round 1 and Unger in Round 2

    or

    Raji in round 1 and Loadholt in round 2

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  • OFL71

    DHB might have fallen to the 3rd round,highly likely.
    Mitchell would have been available even later than that(don’t believe that BS that the Bears were about to take him).
    Murphy looks like a possible steal if he can get a consistent QB.
    Other than Murphy last years draft was another debacle.
    All 3 USC LB are gonna be studs and we passed ‘em by like a dirty hitchiker,Crabtree is headstrong but he’s got skill,way more upside than DHB,every year for the last 8 drafts or so I watch all these great young players skip right by as Al plucks these fu(kin bums outta nowhere.
    He deserves the “futility of the Raiders”,cause the “Greatness of the Raiders” is a ghost.

  • Florida Pete

    Dakota Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 10:00 am
    RaiderD Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 9:51 am
    dakota,

    you know i wouldnt have minded the selection of DHB so much if we picked him in the 2nd. what makes me mad is there were other positions that needed help and AlDs goes and drafts him in the first. im pretty sure we could have gotten some OL or DL or even MLB help last draft.
    ————————–
    If I was our GM last year I would have drafted Monroe in round 1 and Unger in Round 2

    or

    Raji in round 1 and Loadholt in round 2

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    i didn’t want to take any chances… i wanted Raji, then Brace int he second…

    one way or the other we were gonna get some new blood on the d-line…

  • r8eray

    Someone need’s to bash Herrera’s head in and no no no wait let me see….someone needs to grab Herrera’s hair in the back of his head, drop him to the curb of a street (66th Ave.), make him look at the Coliseum while they open his mouth, stick it on the curb and STOMP ON THE BACK OF HIS HEAD!!!!!!!