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Patriot games in the AFC West

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, January 18th, 2010 at 5:24 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Patriot influence continues to infiltrate the AFC West.

First, the Raiders trade for Richard Seymour.

Then the Chiefs coach Todd Haley, influenced by former Patriots exec Scott Pioli, hires a pair of new coordinators in Bill Belichick disciples Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel.

Now the Denver Broncos, with former Pats’ assistant Josh McDaniels in charge, have split with defensive coordinator Mike Nolan with Profootballtalk.com reporting the new coordinator could be ex-Patriot Dean Pees.

The only New England-free zone is in San Diego, which did performed another playoff face-plant against the Jets Sunday.

But here’s the thing about all the former Patriots making their way to other organizations. Their effect has been far from spectacular.

After Seymour’s debut, weren’t you thinking along the lines of double-digit sacks, instead of just the four he ended up with? And if Seymour took care of business to the extent he says he did, the rest of the line must be really bad, considering the way the Raiders defended the run.

Weis was asked to leave Notre Dame with millions and Crennel was replaced in Cleveland by another former Patriot Eric Mangini, who held on to the job by his fingernails.

– Good read in the Los Angeles Times on former Raider Napoleon McCallum, hoping to run a marathon and philosophical about the grotesque injury in the 1994 season opener that ended his career.

– Nnamdi Asomugha isn’t going to complain, not with $45.3 million over three years headed his way, but he had to be at least a little envious watching the Jets’ Darrelle Revis play as spectacularly as he did on the biggest stage in New York’s win over the Chargers.

It only makes sense for a defense to adjust its scheme to put its best players in position to make plays. It’s something John Marshall should be thinking hard about this offseason, doing what Rex Ryan has done with Revis.

– At some point, Tom Cable and Warren Sapp must have had words. Sapp has taken to trashing Cable every chance he gets. He’s said Cable couldn’t lead a team to a backyard barbecue, hammered him last week on the Dan Patrick Show, claiming he knew which way Cable’s center was going before the snap 90 percent of the time, and then had this to say on his NFL.com live chat:

Q: Cable, Russell, who would you keep?

Sapp: Tom Cable couldn’t guard my dog house. At least I know Russell has skills. I don’t think Cable will be back.

– LaDainian Tomlinson has always been good on conference calls and has long had a great reputation, but his sideline demeanor when things aren’t going his way, particularly in the Chargers’ postseason meltdowns, has been awful. He has defeat written all over his face while sitting on the bench while his teammates are fighting it out.

Looks like LT has played his last game in the Raiders-Chargers series, which, considering his production against Oakland, won’t bother Raiders fans one bit.

– If the Vikings want to jam in one more touchdown against the Cowboys, so be it. Keith Brooking can complain all he wants, but as he conceded, it was up to Dallas to stop it.

Here’s the reason why the Raiders would take a knee in the same situation (if they ever happen to be up by 24 points in a playoff game) _ taking a knee is more deflating to the opposition than scoring the touchdown.

You score the touchdown, they get angry and can temporarily focus on something else other than the whipping they received. Take a knee and you’re saying, “We could score if we wanted. We just don’t have to. We’re taking it easy on you.”

Taking a knee is not only better sportsmanship and prevents fluke injury, but it’s a crushing symbol of superiority.

– Time will tell if the Raiders are in the market for a head coach, but if Buffalo is really zeroing in on Chan Gailey as its head coach, Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier ought to make the highly speculative “candidates” list despite being on the “wrong” side of the ball.

– Sure, it would be nice if Nate Kaeding to vacate his Pro Bowl spot after three missed field goals. Not that it would help Sebastian Janikowski any. Seabass’ shortest miss was from 45 yards, but he wasn’t even an alternate.

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  • Try Some Reality

    Question of the offseason is – when are we going to dump the country bumpkin?

  • http://www.raiderfans.net Richochet

    Seymour/Aig?
    LMAO..I JUST POST HOW YOU NEED TO NOT BE SO PREDICTABLE ON POSTING AS SEYMOUR, then AIG, when I call you on it..and almost immediately after I state it, you then switch names?

    is this easy…or what? :)

  • Seymour Bush

    AIG, am I you, or is this guy a complete and utter wack job?

  • NancyGayFan

    Richard Seymour says, “I would like to re-sign in Oakland!”
    http://www.sbreport.net/raider_news/008/2719.html

  • http://www.raiderfans.net Richochet

    So, NorcoDorko..what’s the tweek de jour of the day?

    Are you puffing, snorting, downing, drinking or injecting?

    Extra points for a trifecta.
    Double points if you can’t remember.

  • http://www.raiderfans.net Richochet

    Seymour? I’m sorry, I missed your answer.
    You stated you’re cross posting..so..uh..what was that other name again, AIG?

    I mean..Seymour?

    Oh hell..who are you today? This moment?

  • Norco Bob

    Today just pills and hot cocoa,..went to Sierra today, but too windy on the lifts, so just hung out at south shore and pulled some slots.

  • Seymour Bush

    # Try Some Reality Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Question of the offseason is – when are we going to dump the country bumpkin?
    ==================================

    We’re not.

  • http://www.raiderfans.net Richochet

    I KNOW…WHY DON’T YOU HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH YOURSELF, Seymour/aig??

    You know that imminent, lol.

  • Norco Bob

    Ok, I finally have to ask…who/what is AIG?

  • http://www.raiderfans.net Richochet

    Wait.
    You’re at south shore tahoe, and you come on to this blog?

    Damn..dude, you have your priorities whacked.

  • Norco Bob

    Dump the country bumpkin?…that pointed at me man?…uncool dude.

  • Norco Bob

    Nah Im home now,..Im an hour from Tahoe.

  • Seymour Bush

    # Norco Bob Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Ok, I finally have to ask…who/what is AIG?
    =========================================

    It’s some figment of wack jobs imagination. No one can seem to figure it out but wack job.

  • Norco Bob

    I personally have no prob with Tom Cable,…had some awesome wins, with some awful losses,…all in all I thought he did fine, given the circumstance there in Oakland,…I hope he stays.

  • http://www.raiderfans.net Richochet

    AIG?
    Well, lmao…that sorry fool started as AlisGod.
    But, then got embarrassed when it turned out Al is GodAwful.

    THEN..he admitted he beat his wife.
    That she did a train with all the locals, which made him beat her more.
    Admitted the local “dudes” scare him, so he crosses the street when he sees any guys..”they might have guns”

    And then changed his name to Seymour..until I called him on it, where he immediately posted back as AIG..

    Pretty much sums it up.

  • Seymour Bush

    # Richochet Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    AIG?
    Well, lmao…that sorry fool started as AlisGod.
    But, then got embarrassed when it turned out Al is GodAwful.

    THEN..he admitted he beat his wife.
    That she did a train with all the locals, which made him beat her more.
    Admitted the local “dudes” scare him, so he crosses the street when he sees any guys..”they might have guns”

    And then changed his name to Seymour..until I called him on it, where he immediately posted back as AIG..

    Pretty much sums it up.
    ——————————————–

    Except it’s all a figment of his deranged mind.

  • http://www.raiderfans.net Richochet

    # Seymour Bush Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    # Norco Bob Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Ok, I finally have to ask…who/what is AIG?
    =========================================

    It’s some figment of wack jobs imagination. No one can seem to figure it out but wack job.
    ##################################

    RICHOCHET: LMFAO..you dumbass? AIG is a figment of my imagination? YOU JUST POSTED TO YOURSELF, YOU FOOL.

    Honestly, tripping you up is easy, but still…fun :)
    Oh…uh…crappola for brains?

    Here’s your comment, moron..from you, to you, just before you wondered “who’s AIG”? lol…dumbass.

    # Seymour Bush Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    AIG, am I you, or is this guy a complete and utter wack job?

  • Try Some Reality

    # NancyGayFan Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Richard Seymour says, “I would like to re-sign in Oakland!”
    http://www.sbreport.net/raider_news/008/2719.html
    ==================================================
    That’s good to hear.

    Check out this nugget as well….
    “I just think we have to get more consistent play, especially in some vital positions. And continue to bring in good guys and good coaches.”

    Now, I know he didn’t say he wanted a new head coach but he at the very least says we need to bring in some good coaches. And at one point also says that they have the talent but talent alone doesn’t cut it.

  • Norco Bob

    Chill out fellas…look, Rich is as bummed as the rest of us from the losing,..heres what I do and suggest,…get to the games about 7:00 in the morning, start boozing,..8:00 get in there, park, get high on some good reefer,…drink more, pop a few pills,..bar b q your tails off,…blare some classic metal like sabbath, megadeth,…ufo,..we allow rap if brian is there,…get all f`d up,..then the 1:00-4:00 aint so bad,..works for us!

  • Try Some Reality

    Norco – We usually just throw back a bunch of beers and bbq some mean ass burgers but I got a buddy that would be down for your pregame routine.

  • Try Some Reality

    Best way to watch this sh1t lately is with a good buzz.

  • Seymour Bush

    Actually norco the losing has turned wack-o completely off the deep end. He is hallucinating, foaming at the mouth, and not making any sense. Obviously everyone here but wack-o realizes this. Wack-o makes Al Davis seem rational, spry and well intentioned by comparison.

  • WenzhouRaider

    ricochet and realmaddenraider should battle to the death. as long as their parents sign off on it.

  • Norco Bob

    Well we are always in A lot, preferred parking area,…if you hear classic metal, loud, and smell pot,..come by and say hello, I always have a Stabler jersey on.

  • 504 Raider

    Know what? Hell, now I hope Cable stays too. I’m going to get paid this year. I’m betting my life savings the week after all 5 of our 2010 wins. Plus the Denver game in Denver.

  • Seymour Bush

    RICHOCHET: LMFAO..you dumbass? AIG is a figment of my imagination? YOU JUST POSTED TO YOURSELF, YOU FOOL.
    ===================================

    Is this guy still here thinking I am posting to myself? Wow. This guy needs some serious mental help.

  • http://www.raiders.com/ IslandRaider

    Norv Turner will be the next coach of the Raiders. Al Davis strung out his soap-operatic coaching carousel drama to witness the fate of the Charger-Jets game. Now he’ll wait for the firing of Norv (just like he has foreseen), gobble him up at a bargain-basement cost, give him another Shell-like chance, and move forward.

    Al will also expect Norv Turner to bring LT with him, and Cable will be off to USC.

    Also, the Trojans will challenge the Oakland Raiders to a game at the end of the 2010 season, as USC fails to qualify for a bowl game, and the Raiders, well, they go 6-10 and fail to make the play-offs.

    This will be known as the ‘Let by-gones be by-gones Bowl’, tho it is assumed each team will go for each others throats.

    The nuetral site of San Diego will host this game.

  • Seymour Bush

    Looks like it must be med time for bozo. He must have left to rave and drool elsewhere. Man, dude is wiggety WACK!!

  • Norco Bob

    Med time?…hmmm,…good idea! brb. :)

  • 504 Raider

    Norv Turner wouldn’t work for Al Davis again, not even for $4 million + Laser Surgery.

  • BadMoodGuy

    Richochet is a troll.

    A Troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community.

    BAN THE TROLLS!

  • http://www.raiders.com/ IslandRaider

    If Al is going to send Cable walking, why is he wasting time? This organization needs to be working right now on improving for 2010.

    That Al against the world thing is only working against Al. If Cable is staying, let it be known so he can get to work and start improving. Maybe a FA or two need to know.

    I know that is not the M.O. of Davis, but the league is miles ahead of him. Again Al, parity is for the bottom feeders only.

  • RaiderResurrection

    I never blamed Norv Turner for the Raiders. I think we would’ve had a good offense with Norv. Al Made a bad move with Norv. Then he hired Bed N’ Breakfast Art Shell. That was a season to forget. Remember we had the 3rd ranked defense that year too. Also we sacked the quarterback a lot that year too. Burgess was the shyt that year. Sapp was the shyt. Washington and Asomugha formed a good tandem. We just had no offense. I think the players made the defense not Rob Ryan.

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  • DMAC

    Morning Nation