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Davis better at concealing info than building team

If Al Davis was as good at building a team as he was hiding his intentions with regard to the next coach, the Raiders wouldn’t be on this seven-year run of misery.

Here’s what CBS Insider Charlie Casserly said to today regarding the Davis-Tom Cable situation:

“They met last week and nothing was resolved about Tom Cable’s status going forward as the head coach. Now here’s one of the issues they have to work through. Last year, Tom Cable was not only the head coach, he was the offensive coordinator, he was the play-caller, and he worked some with the offensive line.

If Tom Cable returns, look for the Raiders to hire an offensive coordinator to call the plays, and Tom Cable, as head coach, might work more with the offensive line. Another issue _ Tom Cable said I don’t know if we can win with JaMarcus Russell. Immediately, people said, well, one has to go. Not necessarily. They both could stay. They both could go or one or the other could stay or go.”

Patriots coach Bill Belichick got all worked up before the playoffs when Casserly reported Tom Brady was playing with broken ribs, saying, “Who’s been wrong more than Charlie Casserly since he left the Redskins? His percentage is like a meteorologist.”

Belichick may feel differently if he saw today’s report on the Raiders, because Casserly pretty much covered himself for every possibility.

But let’s face it. Nobody’s got the definitive answer on Cable. Maybe because Davis hasn’t made up his mind; maybe because the inner circle of people who truly know what’s going is so small that if word were to get out, Davis would know immediately who spilled the beans.

Conventional wisdom, the most dangerous of phrases when applied to the Raiders, is that Cable is a goner. That hasn’t changed since since the day after the season ended.

But to paraphrase Jim Mora the elder, “You think you know, but you don’t know.”

I’ll leave out “and you never will.”

A few thoughts about playoff football and how it applies to the Raiders:

– Is there any good reason Darren McFadden can’t be a factor along the lines of Percy Harvin, Reggie Bush or his college teammate, Felix Jones? Did he really lay waste to the SEC only to fade into oblivion as an NFL player?

– Put Darrius Heyward-Bey, Reggie Wayne and Sidney Rice in a foot-race and you know who wins. Put a football in the air, and, well, you know. The last time the Raiders had a receiver with hands as reliable as Wayne, he wore No. 25 and was covered in Stickum.

– Tim “That’s not true!” Kawakami thinks Davis may be holding on to Cable simply to keep him away from joining young Lance at USC. If the guy isn’t good enough to coach for you, then why would you worry where he goes?

Of course, when Davis cut Lamont Jordan, it was supposedly with the handshake agreement he wouldn’t go to New England _ which is exactly what Jordan did. Again, if someone isn’t good enough to play for a team coming off a string of 4-12s and 5-11s, why worry about where he goes next?

Anyway, Kiffin may still have openings at offensive coordinator and offensive line. Initial reports had Tim Davis returning to USC as Kiffin’s line coach, but the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports Davis will remain at Minnesota as the line coach and running game coordinator.

– Here’s a sheer speculation possibility for Cable should the ax fall _ offensive line coach of the Washington Redskins. Joe Bugel has retired, Alex Gibbs joined Pete Carroll in Seattle, and Cable was trained under Gibbs as a zone blocking guru. Mike Shanahan is a zone blocking guy from way back. Gibbs was on his staff with the Los Angeles Raiders.

– The first three names I was given by a veteran Davis-watcher knowledgeable in the ways of the NFL rumor mill should Cable be fired _ Kevin Gilbride, Marc Trestman, Jim Harbaugh.

– As bad as the Raiders passing attack has been since 2006, and as tempting as it is to keep playing roulette with quarterbacks and receivers, the Raiders desperately need some offensive line studs to or they’ll never get back to .500 and beyond. As good as the Jets’ defense is, their offensive line paves the way to a terrific running game and adequately protects a rookie quarterback.

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  • DKnight007

    # Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Rumor:
    Chan Gailey to the Bills…

    ^^^^^^^^^
    Terrible for them.

    It’s sad….no big name coaches would even consider going there and they at least tried by talking to ShanaRat and Cowher.

    Same thing is happening here in Oakland. Ugh.

    The old man needs to hire Jim Harbaugh!

    Give him what he wants and leave him alone for at least 3 years before evaluating him!

  • jhill

    Al was trying to get Wilfork from the Pats last year, but ended up with Seymour.

    He’ll get us a fat guy, don’t worry.

  • DKnight007

    # Florida Pete Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    introducing your Raiders 2010 linebacking corps…

    Trevor Scott OLB
    Micah Johnson ILB
    Rolando McClain ILB
    Thomas Howard OLB

    primary back-up Ellis…

    introducing your Raiders 2010 defensive line…

    Richard Seymour DE
    Dan Williams NT
    Desmond Bryant DE

    Warren and Kelly can open a Pizza Hut down at the corner…

    ^^^^^^^^^
    Nice! Kelly needs to be kept tho…only at a reduced salary as a backup 3-4 DE.

    More depth would be needed on that line.

  • M Lonetree

    Fla. Pete,

    RaiderDogg said that he was in contact with your agent to get you to fill the DC slot.
    Things are looking up as a result.

  • jhill

    Think it means anything that Brian Billick has on grey pants and a black sweater and jacket on the coaches show today?

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    # jhill Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Think it means anything that Brian Billick has on grey pants and a black sweater and jacket on the coaches show today?
    —————-

    Yeah he stole my clothes at the laundry mat

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

    Jhill,

    Their O-line gets a great push, and I know they would win halfway through the 3rd quarter. You could just tell.

    But they didn’t draft all 4 guys in the first round. Woody and Faneca have been around for awhile, and Woody was kind of a reclamation project.

    They just don’t miss any tackles. They pursue and bring you down. Getting 10 yards is hard as hell against the Jets. How easy is it to get 10 yards against us?

  • M Lonetree

    BoSJack,

    Niagara Falls is receding away from Buffalo at the rate of one yard per year.
    McF, one yard per carry.
    The symmetry is there.
    McF for Marshawn straight up.

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  • jhill

    They drafted Manigold and Ferguson pretty high. And I’d have no problem copying the formula of picking up a Faneca and Woody, two former 1st rd picks.

  • Seymour Bush

    Richochet Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    # Seymour Bush Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    I actually thought Russell looked decent his last 2 appearances when our guys weren’t blowing their blocking assignments.

    ***

    3 TD’s & 11 INT’s in Year #3 for a former #1 overall draft pick is not considering “making strides”

    Jay Cutler threw for over 4500 yards and 25 TD’s in Year #3 and STILL got traded the following year!

    if the donks can give up on Jay, we can give up on JaMarcus IMO
    =================================================

    How many pro bowlers did Russell have on his offense? And BTW, the Broncos didn’t give up on Cutler, they got two lst rounders for him. Big difference.
    ==================
    This is why you’re stupid.

    The majority of teams do NOT have probowl receivers, dumbass.
    ===================================================

    Is this guy the dumbest idiot of all time or what? We are not talking about other teams. We’re talking about the Denver Broncos. Can’t you read? You’re not much of a thinker are you pal? In fact, you’re not much on thinking, AND you have more than one bulb out. Do yourself a favor, tap out now and save yourself further embarrasment.

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    M Lonetree Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 3:42 pm
    BoSJack,

    Niagara Falls is receding away from Buffalo at the rate of one yard per year.
    McF, one yard per carry.
    The symmetry is there.
    McF for Marshawn straight up.

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

    Trade DMAC for a barrel (a big one)! Then put the walrus in it and send it over the falls!

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    jhill Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 3:44 pm
    They drafted Manigold and Ferguson pretty high. And I’d have no problem copying the formula of picking up a Faneca and Woody, two former 1st rd picks.

    *********************************

    Me neither. They got the good veteran O-line, with a rookie 1st round pick QB and 3rd round pick RB. With that D, they are going to go on a nice run the next 5-6 years.

  • M Lonetree

    Tackling, as with most of football is half talent and 95% attitude (thanks Yogi).
    Watching the Aints Saturday – they were maniacal on both sides of the ball. RBush manned up for the first time, Pierre refused to go down, Shockey blocked and caught on one leg. And the defense flew around the field. It was quite damn impressive.
    Same talent as the past month, but a different attitude.

  • DKnight007

    All I freakin know is the old man Al or whoever the NEW GM is (hopefully) better draft only O-Line, D-Line, MLB’s and a Kick Returner in this upcoming draft!

    Oh and I forgot that along with Skipper and Lal needing to “re assigned” a new special teams coordinator is needed.

    Special teams regressed BIG time this past year.

  • M Lonetree

    Sometimes I read on this site as people bemoan the man-to-man secondary as an archaic thing, preferring the passe Cover 2 ( the flaws of which have been dissected).

    interesting to hear some of the Jet defenders talk after the game. In the first half they played a lot of zone. easy for Rivers to deal with and make plays as he sees it all the time. the players said it was decided at halftime to go man-to-man almost exclusively while blitzing like crazy. Rivers was at a loss to deal with it.

  • Zymurge

    # Lucifer-666 Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    The problem with Athletes today:

    Yes they are bigger, faster and stronger but they also pull themselves out of games they do NOT have the endurance the older players had.

    You couldn’t get a guy out of a game with a crowbar back in the day now you got guys taking themselves out of games in the 2nd and 3rd quarter.

    Because these athletes of today do NOT have the endurance of yesterdays athletes we are seeing more games decided in the 4th quarter than ever. Guys are not as conditioned as they used to be 10-20 years ago and they tire easily thus creating a ton of 4th quarter comebacks.

    Lets look at the stats and you will see a huge increase in 4th quarter comebacks in the last few years compared to 20 years ago.

    If you ask me its Pathetic to see lazy to these super multi-million dollar lazy douche bags ruining the game!

    =====

    Sorry, but (aside from JaMarcus) this statement isn’t even close to true. It’s a leap of faith conclusion without looking at the rest of the variables.

    The fact is that players are in better condition these days than ever before. The workout 365 days a year, eat better, and party less. But there’s another big change in the game and that’s called specialization.

    It used to be that most players played every down and very few personnel changes were made, such as going to extra WR sets and the corresponding nickel/dime packages. Now, and maybe for the last 15 years, it’s become envogue to have rotations on the DL, specialized passing down LBs and safeties, RB by committee, etc. What that means is that the game overall is being played faster, since players are fresher late in the game. As a result, those that try to play more start looking bad.

    Contrast to the olden days and all game players: they all tired together at roughly the same time. You knew that the guys you were lining up against were as fatigued as you were in the 4th quarter, so it was a matter of macho pride to not come out.

    Different times, different approach to the game, hence different player mentality.

  • Seymour Bush

    The Jets have not drafted overly well in the last few years. A lot of their players they signed or traded for including Braylon Edwards, Faneca, Damien Woody, Kris Jenkins, Calvin Pace and Bart Scott, Jim Leonard and Lito Sheppard. That’s a lot of starters that they did not draft. They did pretty well with Darrelle Revis tho.

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

    D’Brickshaw Ferguson was a top 5 pick, and wasn’t that great until this year. Got some veterans around him and he is dominating.

  • Seymour Bush

    You contrast that to the Indianapolis roster where basically EVERY starter is an Indy draft choice. Pittsburgh and SD are also very similar to the Indy style. It is the preferred blueprint for building winning teams.

  • Seymour Bush

    Vegas is right. D’Brickashaw Ferguson had Jet fan talking the “B” word his lst year or two and he has slowly gotten better and better. He has played very well this year.

  • http://www.raiderfans.net Richochet

    # Seymour Bush Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Richochet Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    # Seymour Bush Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    I actually thought Russell looked decent his last 2 appearances when our guys weren’t blowing their blocking assignments.

    ***

    3 TD’s & 11 INT’s in Year #3 for a former #1 overall draft pick is not considering “making strides”

    Jay Cutler threw for over 4500 yards and 25 TD’s in Year #3 and STILL got traded the following year!

    if the donks can give up on Jay, we can give up on JaMarcus IMO
    =================================================

    How many pro bowlers did Russell have on his offense? And BTW, the Broncos didn’t give up on Cutler, they got two lst rounders for him. Big difference.
    ==================
    This is why you’re stupid.

    The majority of teams do NOT have probowl receivers, dumbass.
    ===================================================

    Is this guy the dumbest idiot of all time or what? We are not talking about other teams. We’re talking about the Denver Broncos. Can’t you read? You’re not much of a thinker are you pal? In fact, you’re not much on thinking, AND you have more than one bulb out. Do yourself a favor, tap out now and save yourself further embarrasment.
    =========================
    Only embarrassment is your butchering of the King’s English, cowardly beater of women.
    You, mental midget, ran the whimpering whine about “how many pro bowl WR’s did JR have to throw to.
    Who the hell cares if you’re comparing between Denver, a high school team, or whatever.
    JR couldn’t hit wide open receivers, dumbass.
    Oh..I get it..if they were PRO BOWL WR? Then mysteriously JR will now be accurate?

    You’re an idiot, plain and simple.
    You’re a wife beater, plain and simple.
    You’re a fatass sit at home couch potato, that YOU admitted to, plain and simple.
    And you’re a cross posting beyotch, plain and simple.

    Not to mention “slow”, lol…so very very slow.

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

    D’Brickashaw Ferguson is named after Father Ralph de Bricassart, a fictional character in the 1977 novel (and on the 1983 television mini-series) The Thorn Birds, played by Richard Chamberlain.

    ***************************

    I had to look it up. He was named after a Richard Chamberlain mini-series character?? LMAO!! You early 80′s fckrs were high as hell weren’t you?

  • Chris in NY

    Denver is parting with DC Mike Nolan? WTF? Silly Donks. Former Pats DC Dean Pees is supposedly set to take over. No word yet on where Don Poops will land.

  • Zymurge

    Seymour: Jets recent draft pick starters:

    2006: Mangold and Ferguson, 2/5ths of one of the best OLs in the game; Smith and Coleman, 2 solid nickel/dime DBs on the #1 D; Washington, one of the top change of pace RBs

    2007: Revis, 2nd best CB in the game (behind Nnamdi of course); Harris starting LB w/127 tackles

    2008: Keller, solid starting TE; Lowery, another solid depth DB w/ 3 picks this year;

    2009: Sanchez, promising young QB; Greene, heir apparent starting RB

    So Gholston aside as someone that’s not living up to 1st round potential, that’s a pretty solid last 4 years of drafting. Easily better than at least half the teams in the league in terms of impact players on a winning team.

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  • Seymour Bush

    hahahahaha. Someone go find Al’s drool rag. Idiot needs it. He’s already back tracking and foaming at the mouth again. And just for your info I have never laid a hand on a woman and I am staunchly against violence against women. Wrong there as well. I also didn’t mention Pro Bowl receivers. I mentioned that Tom Nalen was a pro bowl center. So you are wrong there as well. You don’t get much right. In fact, you don’t get anything right. And you are SO WACK you have a bunch of bulbs out or missing. And BTW, where did I butcher English? (Oh man, THIS should be good!!)

  • Nnamdi21

    vegas raider Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 4:08 pm
    D’Brickshaw Ferguson was a top 5 pick, and wasn’t that great until this year. Got some veterans around him and he is dominating

    =======================

    With Mangold and Faneca he better be playing well!

  • Nnamdi21

    676. Vincent arrested again: HA HA HA!!!

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

    Only in lame azz SD would the star football player, maybe the best guy on the team, get pulled over for expired tags and loud music on GAME DAY (LMAO), and get handcuffed and his car impounded!!!

    WTF kind of sports town is that?

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    Chris in NY Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Denver is parting with DC Mike Nolan? WTF? Silly Donks. Former Pats DC Dean Pees is supposedly set to take over. No word yet on where Don Poops will land.

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

    in the crapper ???

    just guessing…

  • 504 Raider

    What’s up Nation!

    My two cents on why the Jets are good. Rex Ryan. They have the same guys there from Mangini days.

    The difference is Ryan with his I don’t give a damn and Fu*% the other team attitude.

    Just like yesterday the comments he made about the AFC Championship matchup when he said we know yall wanted to see another team playing the Colts, “Tough.” Or something to that effect. Basically I don’t give a fu%# what yall want to see, here we come to crash the party.

    Now we all know Football is gung ho full of adrenaline and what guy playing football don’t want to play hard for a guy like that. If the Jets win the Super Bowl, Rex Ryan should be appointed to Commander in Chief of the United States. He’s like Patton, Caesar, or Mel Gibson in Braveheart.

  • Seymour Bush

    Where did you guys find this richochet guy? The Alameda Mental Crisis Clinic?

  • Nnamdi21

    Seymour Bush Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 4:29 pm
    Where did you guys find this richochet guy? The Alameda Mental Crisis Clinic?

    =====================

    Just ignore him. He’s a frustrated mental midget who’s main joy is not fottball but hurling lame insults.

    What kind of an idiot doesn’t think a pro bowl caliber WR wouldn’t help ANY quarterback.

  • jhill

    Sapp and Irvin have to have the worst tailors in the business.

    Maroon suit with gold glittering pin stripes? LMFAO!

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    Richochet Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 4:16 pm
    # Seymour Bush Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Richochet Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    # Seymour Bush Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    *************************************

    Why on Earth do you post all that? It’s not in any type of numerical order nor does it make any real sense. What is the point behind this?

  • 504 Raider

    My 2 cents on why Cable gets aluminumed:

    The production and development of Al Davis’ premium picks from the last three drafts says all we need to know about Cable.

    He benches JaMarcus, semi benches DMac, and steps on DHB’s foot.

    Cable’s W2 will be pink and white next week.

  • Seymour Bush

    I am really sorry you guys. But that richochet guy is wiggety wiggety wack. And that KoolKell and RealMaddenRaider are right with him. Those guys are all scarily deranged. And I mean seriously scarily deranged.

  • 504 Raider

    I feel like we really gonna get turned around. Al Davis will hire somebody who definitely will be way better than this guy.

    http://www.sportingnews.com/blog/The_Trenches/entry/view/52485/chan-looking-like-the-man-for-bills

  • Seymour Bush

    # Nnamdi21 Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Seymour Bush Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 4:29 pm
    Where did you guys find this richochet guy? The Alameda Mental Crisis Clinic?

    =====================

    Just ignore him. He’s a frustrated mental midget who’s main joy is not fottball but hurling lame insults.

    What kind of an idiot doesn’t think a pro bowl caliber WR wouldn’t help ANY quarterback.
    ==================================================

    Thanks. I should have known. I initially thought this guy was just saying crazy idiotic stuff and calling me different names just to get a rise out of me. I couldn’t believe he actually believed the things he was posting. That would be just plain nutty.

  • SATANFEARS ALDAVIS

    davis would hire nolan just cus he used 2 be a bronco coach . hire marc trestman now! keep him for 15 years!! no more firing coaches!

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    Seymour Butts… i mean Bush…

    as you make your way through this blog day after day… you will encounter a troll by the name of Richochet… interesting little fellow… loves attention… he likes to be called “strap-on”…

    here was my greeting for him earlier:

    rack of crap !!! got your strap-on… do ya !!!

    so how is my bi-polar, manic, obsessive-compulsive little buddy???

    ya got yer football helmet on ???

    here for a little neeedling, are ya ???

    needle away, little buddy…

    i’m thinkin’ of buying a stop watch just to time you…

    you amazing, speed typing, little dickens !!!

  • The Big Banana

    Chan Gailey to Buffalo

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Trestman

    you look at Trestman’s career and you can see he has “made his bones”…

    if we do replace Cable…

    this guy would be okay with me…

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    Chan Gailey??? Man makes Rob Ryan sound great!!!

  • Seymour Bush

    haha. Good one Florida Pete. Richochet must get a couple of minutes every few hours on the computer at the Belleview Mental Health Center where he can rave and drool before they sedate him.

    Hopefully, this is the year we rebuild the lines. If Okung falls to us in the lst round, which he probably will, you have to take him. Picking a DT in the 2nd round would probably be a good idea, and remember we do have two 3rd round picks. If Tony Pike is available in the 3rd, grab him. Spend the other 3rd round on an ILB, and then the other late rounders on OL.

  • Seymour Bush

    Don’t forget that Al and Dick Nolan, Mike’s dad, go back aways and always had a decent relationship. Having Mike here in some front office capacity might not be the worst thing.

  • DKnight007

    # jhill Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Sapp and Irvin have to have the worst tailors in the business.

    Maroon suit with gold glittering pin stripes? LMFAO!

    ^^^^^^^
    Ghetto fabulous…..LOL

  • The Big Banana

    Yeah, if I’m a Buffalo fan, I’m not happy with that choice.

  • RaiderResurrection

    The fact is Chaz Schilens can be a Pro Bowl receiver if he avoids the injury bug. Loius Murphy can be that big play guy we have craved for. Darrius Heyward-Bey can carry their water bottles.