By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 at 9:06 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Another example of how no team operates quite like the Raiders . . .
Raiders assistant coach Willie Brown, the Hall of Fame cornerback and director of squad development, stops for a moment to talk to a camera crew outside the gates of the club facility in Alameda.
He’s asked about what’s going on with coach Tom Cable and plays it predictably coy.
Q: Are the coaches still employed?
Brown: I believe so. Right now they are.
Q: Has Mr. Davis met with coach Cable yet?
Brown: I have no idea. Mr. Davis just got here, so I don’t know.
Q: Are you optimistic?
Brown: Well, that’s a decision, you know, I’m on a different plane than what they are. I don’t know. I don’t know what’s going to happen. Going to wait and see.
Q: Are the coaches still doing player evaluations?
Brown: We’re pretty much done with that right now (rest of the answer is drowned out by outside noise).
Then comes the kicker. Brown is thanked for his response and says, “I’m retiring.”
Q: Are you?
Q: Are you serious?
He says this as he’s driving out of the parking lot in his silver SUV.
A link to the interview is here.
Assuming he was serious, that’s how one of the top five Raiders of all time (pick your order between Davis, Jim Otto, Gene Upshaw, Art Shell and Brown) announced his retirement.
Didn’t give it to Greg Papa to break on his nightly show on Comcast. Didn’t float it to Raiders.com for a little pub for the team Web site.
Instead, Brown lets it slip as an afterthought.
Kind of strange and cool at the same time.
Apparently Brown wasn’t kidding.
Quote from Raiders CEO Amy Trask to beat writer Steve Corkran: “Willie shall be remembered as one of the, if not the, greatest Raiders players of all time. We will honor Willie in the coming months.”