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Mariucci could rate a look

Dropped the name Steve Mariucci as a darkhorse candidate during Tuesday’s on-line chat in the event the Raiders fire Tom Cable, not knowing Tim Kawakami was devoting an entire column to the possibility in today’s Merc and Bay Area News Group-East Bay papers.

Word is getting out Mariucci, out of coaching in 2005, is considering getting back in. He’s had a healthy respect for Al Davis, and Davis has spoken well of Mariucci. He’s burned no bridges in his role as an NFL Network analyst.

Kawakami outlines his reasons why Mariucci would be a good idea. I’m of the minority opinion (among media types, anyway) keeping Cable for another year and having him surrender play-calling duties is preferable to starting all over again, and that the horrid play of JaMarcus Russell did more to sabotage the season than anything Cable did.

That said, if Davis does dump Cable _ it doesn’t sound as if there are any meetings scheduled for today _ Mariucci, even with an unsuccessful tenure in Detroit, is a better alternative than the usual suspects, starting with last year’s runner-up Kevin Gilbride and including Jim Fassel, Marc Trestman, Winston Moss, etc.

You coach the Raiders, chances are you’re getting a chunk of the remaining coaching staff. Mariucci has worked with John Marshall, who was his defensive cooridnator with the 49ers.

Offensively, Mariucci has a long history with passing game coordinator Ted Tollner. Tollner hired Mariucci on to the staff at USC as an assistant in 1986, Mariucci hired Tollner to be his quarterbacks coach with the 49ers in 2002 and his offensive coordinator and tight ends coach with the Detroit Lions in 2005.

Mariucci hasn’t worked with quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett, but they both come from the same offensive tree and are sticklers for quarterback fundamentals.

Mariucci fits the Raiders’ usual profile of an offensive coach, and has a good reputation with quarterbacks, although the belief here is Russell’s problems are mostly with Russell and not with his quality of coaching.

If Davis swings the axe again, he’s done a lot worse than Mariucci.

A couple of other thoughts:

– For a guy who said upon arrival he didn’t want to talk about the Patriots anymore, Richard Seymour sure loves to talk about the Patriots. He went on a New England-based Comcast Sportsnet show for a 13-minute interview which was mostly about what was wrong with New England.

He noted in free agency he’d consider “31 teams,” with the Patriots being the odd team out, and spoke well of his year in Oakland.

“I think I found my purpose out there,” Seymour said. “The coaches and players made it easy for me and I think I got rejuvenated again. Obviously I think we need a few more pieces out there to compete on an every day level. The talent is there, we’ll do a jood job putting a staff together or putting in players in place so we can compete year-in, year-out.”

Addressing the Patriots (again), Seymour said, “I’ve moved on. I’m a free agent now.”

A franchised free agent, most likely.

– Realize Lane Kiffin is the head coach and father Monte is the defensive coordinator, but at some point didn’t dad think of saying, “Son, you’ve got a commitment to Tennessee. What are you thinking?”

– Remember James Cregg, the assistant line coach Kiffin poached in-season off the Raiders staff? He didn’t get invited to make the move to USC, at least not yet. And there’s no guarantee he’ll keep his job at Tennessee.

– Don’t know about you, but Davis’ manner of dispatching Kiffin, overhead projector and all, was infinitely more entertaining than Tennessee AD Mike Hamilton’s lame statement actually thanking Kiffin for his service.

Hamilton actually thanked Kiffin for 14 months, a 7-6 record, a 23-point loss to Virginia Tech in a bowl game, an SEC reprimand for saying Florida broke the rules with one of his recruits (it didn’t) and having that same prized recruit along with two other players arrested for armed robbery.

Davis gets worked over pretty good for seven years of constant losing and firing coaches every year with the Raiders, but he’s a prophet in Tennessee.

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  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    JB

    What it did do, was stop trolls from using your name. Which was their favorite game.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Bree

    My criticisms of Big Al offend you?

  • Senior Beeecham

    Krappy, don’t be so silly, you remember me! We all know you’re senile, but we didn’t think you had Alzheimers yet. Now you really have us worried.

    Anyway, I’m your old pal and I’ve got your best interests at heart.

    However, your best interests involve a rest home, a bedpan, daily shuffleboard and NO internet connection.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Beecham

    I said WHAT are you, moron.

  • M Lonetree

    Wllie Brown, finest years as a professional football player after coming to the Oakland Raiders.

  • JB

    Big Al always claims his uniqueness in this league maybe he’ll just fire Cable and institute a new approach of Coach Du Jour. Each Assistant coach gets a one week chance to be HC. It will rotate throughout all the Assistants/ All will report to Al, which is what they already do anyway. This approach will keep AD in better touch with what’s happening as each Coach Du Jour will have to present their weekly game plan to AD using the overhead projector. It will give us a leg up against the other team’s game plan. They simply will not know what to expect each week from us. Taking this approach will save AD a large chunk of cash but more importantly, it will save AD from having to fire the HC at the end of each year.

  • JB

    # KoolKell Says:
    January 13th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    JB

    What it did do, was stop trolls from using your name. Which was their favorite game.
    **************

    I too am a little on the old side and almost forgot that very valid point. Now that you’ve mentioned it, that used to be very annoying.

  • Senior Beeecham

    Oh my goodness Krappy, you’ve totally lost your memory! Maybe – as I feared – the Alzheimers is settling in. Well, not a surprise with all the hours you’ve defrosted your brain in the microwave.

    Krappy, do you recognize the woman who lives with you in your house? The person who cleans all your crappy diapers and refers to you as “honey”?

    C’mon Krappy, give us the right answer before we’re forced to call in the friendly men in the white coats.

  • He Hate Me

    Cable just left facility carrying some boxes.

  • Norco Bob

    Gotta run,..hey old man, will you be on here drunk about midnight?…you are much more fun then that other old loser priest,…anyway, nice seein you again you old fool,…hey good idea though not asking me what those loan officers said about you…lol.

  • JB

    # He Hate Me Says:
    January 13th, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Cable just left facility carrying some boxes.
    ***************

    Maybe he’s taking the proactive step of stealing all the Depends & drool rags. This shortage will no doubt cause heads to roll. If enough heads roll, maybe AD will forget about his issues with TC. Just a thought.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Beecham, I think I’ll be fine.

  • VanHeathen

    JR has turned into a giant pile of CRAP in his 3 yrs here…he’s lazy, set into bad QB habits, and he’s not an overachiever…
    It’s easy to understand why the ACTUAL Players, don’t like him.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Norco, what are your inside sources saying about Cable’s job and our 2010 QB situation?

  • Senior Beeecham

    Fine? Krappy, we’ve been best blog buddies for years now and you suddenly forget who I am? Krappy, you read enough medical journals to know that is most definitely not “fine”.

    You have to answer the following questions so we can choose your best course of care:

    Do you own a chalet in Switzerland?
    Is your favorite fine dining establishment called Arby’s?
    Is your local barbershop the place where “everyone knows your name”?

  • raidertalk

    Seriously,
    Al could get revenge by hiring Norm Chow, take him away from Kiffin at USC, install some actual play calling into this offense and if Cable gets canned he could potentially step up to be head coach. At least he is not NFL retread in terms of head coach. He never got a chance.
    Chow has accomplished more as a coach than Kiffin/Cable/Callahan before they were hired.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    4evaRaider Says:
    January 13th, 2010 at 3:31 pm
    Rather trade Bush for a C
    ====================================================
    Better find a good QB. Cause under your scenario one can expect plenty of 3rd and longs

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Beecham,

    Why do trolls do it?

    I believe that most trolls are sad people, living their lonely lives vicariously through those they see as strong and successful.

    Disrupting a stable newsgroup gives the illusion of power, just as for a few, stalking a strong person allows them to think they are strong, too.

    http://www.flayme.com/troll/

    Is this why you’re infatuated with me?

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Amateur psychiatrist, heal thyself.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Bo Chimpecker

    I’m just asking.

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

    This shall be a long off-season. Even the Cable firing is being drawn out.

  • Senior Beeecham

    Krappy, posting a link to one of your ridiculous conspiracy theories is no way to deflect attention from your serious medical condition.

    Now listen, we’ve been best blog buddies for sometime now and you know I’m here to help.

    So trust me, Krap Krap, and please answer those simple questions so we can get you the help you so obviously need.

    Your friend till the end –
    Beeecham!

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Vegas

    Don’t you think it’s chykenshyt to leave Cable hanging like that. A loyal guy, who’s wanted the Raider job all his life?

    If you’re going to fire the guy do it, or support the guy.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Vegas

    Don’t you think it’s chykenshyt to leave Cable hanging like that. A loyal guy, who’s wanted the Raider job all his life? Who basically did what Al Davis wanted done.

    If you’re going to fire the guy do it, or support the guy.

  • Senior Beeecham

    Krappy, will you please stop harassing poor Vegas?

    If you don’t stop acting like a deranged old fool, you’re going to leave me no choice but to report you directly to Jerry.

    And he is NOT going to be happy to hear you are causing more trouble.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    I imagine Al’s process for evaluating Cable starts with Cable explaining in detail why the team did not succeed, and his plan to solve the problems.

    This naturally will center on the walrus, so Tom has got to be careful. In fact, it could be Cable who is postponing the meeting a bit.

    Whether Cable stays depends on if Al can buy into Cable’s plan, or if Al insists on a plan that Cable can buy into.

    So it seems ludicrous to imply that Cable is “left hanging”…he knows he has to take a stand for what he think will work and hope it flies.

  • SATANFEARS ALDAVIS

    the great al davis owes us no explanation,

  • SATANFEARS ALDAVIS

    its so obvious the lord davis is secretly goin over possible replacements . if he doesnt find anything suitable ,he will retain tom cable.

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    Just heard that Willie Brown is retiring as a coach and scout for the Raiders.

    Is this a sign of an impending staff shake up for a new regime (dream a little) or is it just an old star finally hanging it up after all of these years?

    Either way I say thanks for the many years of loyalty and service. You will be missed Old Man Willie, the original #24!

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    Just heard that Willie Brown is retiring as a coach and scout for the Raiders.

    Is this a sign of an impending staff shake up for a new regime (dream a little) or is it just an old star finally hanging it up after all of these years?

    Either way I say thanks for the many years of loyalty and service. You will be missed Old Man Willie, the original #24!

  • raideredoutL.A.

    fuma la kush

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    Didn’t mean to post twice, there must be a glitch in the Matrix…

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    You serious about Willie? Kinda sad, but Lionel remains…

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    January 13th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    I imagine Al’s process for evaluating Cable starts with Cable explaining in detail why the team did not succeed, and his plan to solve the problems.
    ————————–
    Bullshyt, Davis knows if he’s going to fire the guy or not.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Maybe Willie is quitting to go join Lance’s staff at USC.

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  • Rayda23059

    Cable, being the staunch Raider fan that he is, knows well enough what he got himself into. To suggest that he is in a great deal of pain over the rumors and uncertainty is foolish. He knows that winning is what he will be judged on. He knew in taking the job that either Russell or the team would have to succeed and neither occurred. Retaining his job would be a gift.

  • JB

    I would imagine that the coaches who really played, like #24 old man Willie, the continuous losing probably takes its toll on them too. Player/coaches like Brown, Belitnikoff and alike are used to dominating & winning. I’m sure they have pride in their work and are probably fed up having to deal daily with ongoing frustration. At some point in time even the best are going to say screw it, it’s just not worth the hassle. I guess it’s just Willie’s turn. Thanks Willie for all the great years when you played. I was fortunate enough to see them all.

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    Those San Francisco Warrior’s jerseys aren’t too bad. Might have to get me a Nate Thurmond jersey…

  • Chris in NY

    jhill Says:
    January 13th, 2010 at 4:43 pm
    Gradkowski won’t last 5 games. He’s a mini Jeff Garcia who also got hurt all the time. Especially behind an Oline built by the Cable man.

    ————-

    Gradkowski is the same height as and 20 pounds heavier than Garcia.

    And JaMarcus sucks.

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    As valuable as many of those old Raider players are when they hang around and coach, I have always imagined they were somewhat of an albatross to whoever decided to come and coach in Oakland. As much as I like those guys, I have been waiting for a HC to come in and do a clean sweep, let those older players chill in the owners box and hire some of his own staff.

    Maybe Old Man Willie knows something we don’t and is “retiring” before the new HC comes in and brings an entirely new staff.

    Like I said, dream a little.

  • Rayda23059

    SATANFEARS ALDAVIS Says:
    January 13th, 2010 at 7:28 pm
    the great al davis owes us no explanation
    ——–
    Sad but true

  • JB

    NEW YORK — That blur speeding away from opposing defenses and running off with The Associated Press 2009 NFL Offensive Player of the Year award is Chris Johnson.

    Considered the fastest man in the NFL, the Tennessee Titans’ running back was uncatchable in setting a league mark for yards from scrimmage (2,509) and becoming the sixth player with a 2,000-yard rushing season.
    NFL Offensive Player of the Year voting
    Player Pos. Team Votes
    Chris Johnson RB Titans 38½
    Drew Brees QB Saints 9
    Peyton Manning QB Colts 1½
    Philip Rivers QB Chargers 1

    Johnson is the first NFL player to finish a season with at least 2,000 yards rushing and 500 receiving (503). That earned the second-year pro 38½ votes Wednesday from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the NFL.

    Johnson easily beat New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who received nine votes.

    “I kind of realize what I did and I feel like I had a dream season,” said Johnson, who scored 16 touchdowns (14 rushing), second to Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson, and tied the NFL mark with six consecutive games rushing for at least 125 yards.

    Johnson, who has run a 4.2-second 40-yard dash and believes he’ll remain the NFL’s fastest player unless a team signs Usain Bolt, has bigger dreams, too: breaking Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards and winning the league MVP award.

    “I didn’t even get one vote at all (for MVP),” Johnson said. “Like the season I had, it seemed like, `What more do they want me to do?’ That just felt like rookie of the year; it’s a quarterback thing I guess.”

    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan beat out Johnson for 2008 Offensive Rookie of the Year.

    See http://www.ibabuzz.com/oaklandraiders/2010/01/13/mariucci-could-rate-a-look/comment-page-6/#comment-230278 for the whole story.
    *************************
    And we took DMAC – WHY?

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    JB Says:
    January 13th, 2010 at 7:49 pm
    I would imagine that the coaches who really played, like #24 old man Willie, the continuous losing probably takes its toll on them too. Player/coaches like Brown, Belitnikoff and alike are used to dominating & winning. I’m sure they have pride in their work and are probably fed up having to deal daily with ongoing frustration. At some point in time even the best are going to say screw it, it’s just not worth the hassle. I guess it’s just Willie’s turn. Thanks Willie for all the great years when you played. I was fortunate enough to see them all.”

    Belitnikoff was shown the door by Lance Kiffin when he hired a younger WR Coach. He didn’t leave because he wanted to…

  • Rayda23059

    RaiderDogg Says:
    January 13th, 2010 at 7:53 pm
    As valuable as many of those old Raider players are when they hang around and coach, I have always imagined they were somewhat of an albatross to whoever decided to come and coach in Oakland. As much as I like those guys, I have been waiting for a HC to come in and do a clean sweep, let those older players chill in the owners box and hire some of his own staff.

    Maybe Old Man Willie knows something we don’t and is “retiring” before the new HC comes in and brings an entirely new staff.

    Like I said, dream a little.
    ———————-
    Well said. You typically don’t see anything like this with other clubs, even those with similar storied histories.

  • JB

    # RaiderDogg Says:
    January 13th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Belitnikoff was shown the door by Lance Kiffin when he hired a younger WR Coach. He didn’t leave because he wanted to…
    *****************

    I’m not disputing your information but I though FreddyB wanted out. Maybe it was a little of both? Was that when we got Sanjai Lai? And let’s see if he makes the cut this time around.

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    JB Says:
    January 13th, 2010 at 8:00 pm
    # RaiderDogg Says:
    January 13th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Belitnikoff was shown the door by Lance Kiffin when he hired a younger WR Coach. He didn’t leave because he wanted to…
    *****************

    I’m not disputing your information but I though FreddyB wanted out. Maybe it was a little of both? Was that when we got Sanjai Lai? And let’s see if he makes the cut this time around.”

    You could be right, maybe it was a little of both. Before Sanjay Lal it was James Lofton, who was brought in by Al Davis, yet another ex-Raider. I can’t really remember who Lance brought in before Al thrust Lofton on him.

  • Chris in NY

    JB,

    Easy to rip the Raiders for taking DMac over CJ in hindsight, but I remember that CJ was projected as a 2nd-round pick by most experts and it was a bit surprising when the Titans grabbed him in the 20s of the first round.

    Looking back I’m not sure why he wasn’t a slam-dunk first round pick. The 4.2 speed plus he had about 2,000 all-purpose running/receiving yards his senior season at East Carolina. Which is why the DHB pick was so sketchy. Chris Johnson had the blazing speed and the production in college to show he was a legit football player. DHB had the blazing 40 speed and that’s it. He was mediocre in college and had an awful rookie season.

    I still have some hope that DHB could eventually break out because he seems like a good kid and a hard worker to go along with his speed and good size. But it’ll take a lot of work for him to just legitimately surpass Schilens and Murphy in terms of receiving ability right now.

  • Chris in NY

    Remember when Comissioner Goodell read the card all slow for the DHB pick and even he couldn’t seem to hide the “Are u f-ing kidding me?” reaction.

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    Chris in NY Says:
    January 13th, 2010 at 8:13 pm
    Remember when Comissioner Goodell read the card all slow for the DHB pick and even he couldn’t seem to hide the “Are u f-ing kidding me?” reaction.”

    I also remember very well when Commisioner Paul Tagliabue announced Nnamdi Asomougha as the draft pick, except he said his last name first and totally butchered his name. Then all of the talking heads said “Who the f*ck is that?”

    I bet they know his name now!

  • JB

    # Chris in NY Says:
    January 13th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    JB,

    Easy to rip the Raiders for taking DMac over CJ in hindsight, but I remember that CJ was projected as a 2nd-round pick by most experts and it was a bit surprising when the Titans grabbed him in the 20s of the first round.

    Looking back I’m not sure why he wasn’t a slam-dunk first round pick. The 4.2 speed plus he had about 2,000 all-purpose running/receiving yards his senior season at East Carolina. Which is why the DHB pick was so sketchy. Chris Johnson had the blazing speed and the production in college to show he was a legit football player. DHB had the blazing 40 speed and that’s it. He was mediocre in college and had an awful rookie season.
    ***************

    My guess is that Jerry Johnson – Cowboys owner, a good friend of AD, sold AD on DMAC and the Arkansas. I think he did it in part so he could get the Arkansas back that he wanted, Felix Jones. Getting AD to pick DMac instead of FJ would have been a good strategy for Jones to pull off. Based on his past history, AD would have picked the fastest RB which would have been Chris Johnson. The one time his speed pick would have been right and he blows it. We just can’t win.