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All sounds good for JaMarcus

Let’s see . . . Hue Jackson, Jim Fassel, Marc Trestman . . . what do these guys have in common?

Each either has been asked (in the case of Fassel and Trestman) or will be asked (in the case of Jackson) how to fix quarterback JaMarcus Russell. And you just know Kevin Gilbride will be asked for his thoughts for a second straight year.

Then Al Davis will formulate a plan regarding their answers, plus new theories about how best to protect the quarterback and run the ball with three running backs, and determine how to proceed.

That’s assuming Fassel and Trestman have indeed already interviewed, as the Chronicle reports, and ESPN is correct about Jackson’s involvement in the process.

Nobody’s affixing their name to the sources, of course, what with Cable still technically being employed and all.

Not sure why Davis does this to line coaches, but in 1994, the situation regarding Art Shell was so protracted there never was a firm firing date, only a way-after-the-fact recognition that Mike White had become the new coach. Joe Bugel waited 16 days after the regular season finale to find out he was gone. Cable hits Day 17 today.

Davis could be in the process of building a staff around Cable, or, was was subjected when Cable lost his interim label, the coach could be involved in the whole process.

By the way, Davis’ yearly declaration that lots of coaches are interested in the Raiders job came from an unlikely source _ Bills’ G.M. Buddy Nix.

“Don’t ever think you can’t fill coaching jobs, even if they’re bad,” Nix said.“Oakland gets a lot of calls. Don’t say I said that.”

There have been various moments when the Raiders have been said to have hit rock bottom, but that might be it.

Getting dissed by the general manager of the Buffalo Bills.

The guy who just made Chan Gailey as his head coach popped off about the Raiders.

The same Chan Gailey who was fired as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Georgia Tech and most recently offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs.

We’ll see if the Raiders confirm anything today . . .

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

    DKnight007 Says:
    January 20th, 2010 at 11:43 am
    Do NOT renew season tickets unless Harbaugh, Jackson or Gruden are hired as the Head Coach and if a REAL GM/Personnel Man who knows how to run the draft are hired!”

    I hope that more and more people do this. Then the seats that I have always wanted will come available, I am tired of sitting around the 25 yard line. Maybe those seats by the tunnell that I love will be there. Come on season ticket holders, DON’T RENEW!

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

    Damn Harbaugh, you mean the Stanford Job at $2 million a year is a better gig than the Raiders at $2 million a season?

    Say what?

    lol

  • ottocrat

    This is so stupid. The Raiders are such a joke. If this was any other company, in any other walk of life, it would have gone out of business a long time ago.

  • http://ibbahttp://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 4evaRaider

    He still drafts pretty darn good too,imo

  • Silver-n-Smac

    # DKnight007 Says:
    January 20th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Once Al Davis is gone….then I want you Al Davis demon worshippers to go bye bye with him!

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

    Whatever dude.

    Yeah, I sit around all day and pray to my Al Davis doll.

    There’s a difference between respecting the man and worshiping him.

    I fully acknowledge his horrible handling of his beloved team over the past 7 years.

    I also have the capacity in my brain to realize that it’s starting to improve and that it will get turned around again.

    Go look at storied teams like the Celtics throughout their history and you’ll find that they’ve had prolonged periods of times in which they’ve really sucked.

    But, they eventually turned it around, without the ship being blown up or the owner needing to die.

    You don’t get that?

    Too bad for you.

  • DKnight007

    If the dumb old man Al can throw away money to Juggs Russell and DHB, then he should be smart enough to offer a head coach like Jim Harbaugh at least 3-4 million a year to turn the ship around.

    Ya think or no? Sheesh….

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

    CELTICS BLOW!

  • Silver-n-Smac

    Time for lunch!

    Talk to you fellas soon.

  • Silver-n-Smac

    Dakota:

    Forgot you’re a Laker boy, right?

    Later!

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

    ottocrat Says:
    January 20th, 2010 at 11:50 am
    This is so stupid. The Raiders are such a joke. If this was any other company, in any other walk of life, it would have gone out of business a long time ago.”

    I guess you would have to do that with the 7 teams that were worse than the Raiders this year too. That would make 24 teams in the NFL…

  • Silver-n-Smac

    I meant to say, “I forgot you’re a Laker boy”

    Damn, I’m typing too fast!

  • new englandraider

    post 157 DAKOTA

    I AGREE

  • http://ibbahttp://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 4evaRaider

    That is the only break I am willing to give #2….

    The weight of the Franchise and The Nation was put on too soon….he was overwhelemed….Even if he cant win the starting job this year doesnt mean he cant the year after and be going into his 5th year.But I dont think Al will pay that much but who knows?

  • new englandraider

    january 31st dakota, my boss is a season ticket holder for the leppers. so i brown nosed my way into a pair of tix. like 15 rows behind the hoop

  • Zymurge

    SnB — it’s not about the actual dollars being paid to Russell, it’s about several other factors:

    1) His cap hit. Those are dollars that could and should be spent to keep existing producers (Jano, Seymour, etc) and to lure FAs that will improve the team.

    2) His detraction to the other players. Having a useless, overpaid occupier of space can’t do anything positive to the players that are there, working hard, and trying to improve when they see a guy with a lesser dedication to the game with no success to speak of making multiples of their own salaries.

    3) The message that cutting Russell says to the team, fans and the rest of the league is that the team is not condoning of slackers and can admit to its mistakes and move forward. That positive boosting of image will pay off over time in terms of attracting FAs, motivating existing players on the roster, and in selling tickets.

    Keeping Russell is akin to making a bad stock purchase and watching it drop 30% on you. So instead of cutting your losses, you hold and hope that it recovers. Every finance guy on the planet will tell you that you are better off selling and reinvesting in something else that shows more upside.

    Right now, I’d say that both Gradkowski and Losman have more upside than Russell, as well as a handful of FA QBs that will be on the market for 1/10th the cap hit. From that point of view, continuing to invest in Jamarcus is a losing proposition that is based more on a feeble ego saving attempt to prove that he isn’t a bust after all.

  • new englandraider

    celtics are the most over hyped franchise ever. most of their titles were when there was only 8 teams in the nba. granted they have had some very good players, but how many tiles have they won in the last 35-40 yrs?

  • new englandraider

    can anyone name the last 3 celtics under 6 feet????

  • new englandraider

    anyone? last 3 celts under 6 feet?

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

    Tiny Archibald, Jerry Schiting, and hmmm….Bob Cousy?

  • new englandraider

    len bias, reggie lewis, and red auerbach

  • new englandraider

    get it? lmfaooooooooooooooooo

  • bcz24

    Zymurge… there is no salary cap going forward. At least for the 2010 season… there likely wont be any football at all in 2011 so its a moot point in that case.

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

    new englandraider Says:
    January 20th, 2010 at 12:01 pm
    len bias, reggie lewis, and red auerbach”

    Meaning 6 feet under? Good one…

  • RaiderRockstar

    Each either has been asked (in the case of Fassel and Trestman) or will be asked (in the case of Jackson) how to fix quarterback JaMarcus Russell. And you just know Kevin Gilbride will be asked for his thoughts for a second straight year.

    ***

    Russell can’t be fixed because he’ll never admit that he’s broken. neither will Al Davis

    I told you guys before last season that Russell would cost Cable, Tollner & Hackett thier jobs.

    Sounds like I may be right about Cable. We’ll find out soon enough about the other two as well…

  • SATANFEARS ALDAVIS

    dknight we will still be with the raiders dude. but al davis is the raiders . u traitor

  • SATANFEARS ALDAVIS

    can anyone name a person who cares bout the stupid celtics?

  • new englandraider

    i think dana barros was shorter than 5-11. if i remember

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

    I have always been on Russell’s side….I went so far as to defend his stats by comparing his first year stats with guys like Manning and Elway.

    Then came OTAs when he used some excuse…mother’s knee surgery or death of an uncle or something to take an extended vacation.

    Everyone said, don’t worry Russell will be fine.

    Then he showed up in preseason games looking like bloated walrus with a pituitary problem, and everyone said, don’t worry, you don’t have to be in shape to play QB!

    Then Russell looked like he was confused and incapable on the football field…then Cable called him out by patting the other QBs on the back for showing up and being dedicated to their jobs. Then Russell skipped town and the team covered for him.

    I still like his talent, but he needs a head transplant…I also think the horrible o-line and the crap WRs hurt Russell, but the majority of the blame is on him since he is not working on his game, body or putting in the extra time a QB needs to in order to succeed. I have no problem with Russell if he comes back for next season in shape and ready to dedicate himself to his profession, and I understand why Al wants to give him one more chance.

    I simply am not going to hold my breath in anticipation of that happening. 99% of the time once you are a lazy bastard, always a lazy bastard. And Al better have a backup plan that involves more that Garbagekowski!

  • bcz24

    I can name a few people who care about the Celtics, none of whom you will every find on an Oakland Raiders blog

  • SacRaider

    C’mon Jerry, throw out the latest rumor too!

    Profootballtalk.com has heard that Mike Leach, formerly of Texas Tech, is a candidate for the Raiders’ head coaching job.

    Leach’s hire would create a lot of excitement, but the fit is terrible if owner Al Davis really believes JaMarcus Russell can be salvaged. Leach’s offense requires an accurate quarterback, whose arm strength isn’t necessarily even mediocre because of the number of 5-10 yard routes the receivers run. Seeing if Leach’s system could work in the NFL would be great fun, but Bruce Gradkowski would be a much better bet to run the eccentric coach’s offense.
    Source: Profootballtalk on NBC Sports

  • new englandraider

    tom heinsohn does. that loud mouthed idiot

  • RaiderRockstar

    so glad this year is uncapped.

    trash Walker, Warren, Carlisle, Pears, Green and any other unproductive former donks you can find on the roster!

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    # Dakota Says:
    January 20th, 2010 at 11:53 am

    CELTICS BLOW!

    ……………

    LOL.

  • new englandraider

    dont attack me satan. i swear to u or god or whoever i am not a leppers fan

  • Hobs Gnarly

    it’s not just after 27 starts, it 27 starts that have progressed from fair to just plain awful.

    if money didn’t matter to al, he would not let his investment in jafukus (cause that is all he does, is fuk us) sway his desire to keep him.

    you look at jr and see this big arm, big body.
    i look at jr and see a slow mind for decision making, slow learning the playbook, and slow feet. i see no potential to be an nfl qb. college and the nfl are decidedly different. you just can’t teach a smarts, it’s something your born with and yes i think he is slow in every sense of the word.

  • jhill

    why do you like jafukus so much hil? another person who won’t admit he’s wrong?

    ——————————————————-

    Where did I say I liked Jamarcus?

    It’s not about who I like or who YOU like! It’s about who AL DAVIS likes, and you should know that. I’ve accepted the fact that #2 isn’t going anywhere because of the owner.

    Now I have a question.

    If Russell is THE weak link, why do we need to upgrade the Oline, WRs, and OC?

    Why not just plug Grads in and keep everyone else? I mean, we were a hands down playoff team if not for Russell, right?

  • Seymour Bush

    #178 is a good post.

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

    Mike Leach? Yeah, those gimmicky offenses really work in the NFL!

    Oh wait, no they don’t!

  • Hobs Gnarly

    man, you guys defending russell just sound like herrera. spouting the company line and looking totally foolish doing it. geez.

  • Zymurge

    Is it fact that this next year is uncapped, or is that a projection based on a failure to extend the CBA? There’s a big difference!

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    NE Raider, yeh, there were only 8 teams in the league when the Celtics won their early titles. But is there really more than 8 true, competitive teams in the league today? When the Lakers won 3 straight almost a decade ago, who did you have? Them, Indiana, Phily, New Jersey, San Antonio, Dallas, Sacramento…who else, in regards to teams actually competing? You have more franchises in sports today but what’s the point when most of them suck? Oh, except the NFL. Every NFL team is great!

  • bcz24

    Jhill, those are areas with room for improvement. Everytime has multiple areas with room for improvement with ONE position being the weakest link. Im no where near delusional enough to think the 2009 Raiders were a playoff team if we pulled JR sooner, but I also am not even close to delusional enough to believe that the 2010, 2011, 2012 etc. Raiders ARE a playoff team WITH Russell at QB.

  • RaiderRockstar

    If Russell is THE weak link, why do we need to upgrade the Oline, WRs, and OC?

    Why not just plug Grads in and keep everyone else? I mean, we were a hands down playoff team if not for Russell, right?

    ***

    If we keep Cable thats exactly what will happen. Russell will start a few games and continue to struggle. Cable will continue on with his horrible personnel decision making & play calling. OL & WR will remain the same unless we’re trading scrubs for scrubs like last year.

    thats why we should dump Cable now and dump Russell if he can’t beat out Gradkowski, Frye & Losman in camp & preseason …

  • Hobs Gnarly

    the fact that teams can come in and be worst to first jhill, tells me there is very little difference in nfl talent. it’s how you use it.

    i know jamarcus will qb the raiders because al can’t swollow his pride or can’t let go of his investment or both. it’s not like anything we say here will sway him, it’s for entertainment purposes.

    you constantly defend russell, i assumed you like him. maybe your just a davis apologist.

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

    new post up

  • DKnight007

    Silver-n-Smac Says:
    January 20th, 2010 at 11:52 am
    # DKnight007 Says:
    January 20th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Once Al Davis is gone….then I want you Al Davis demon worshippers to go bye bye with him!

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

    Whatever dude.

    Yeah, I sit around all day and pray to my Al Davis doll.

    There’s a difference between respecting the man and worshiping him.

    I fully acknowledge his horrible handling of his beloved team over the past 7 years.

    I also have the capacity in my brain to realize that it’s starting to improve and that it will get turned around again.

    Go look at storied teams like the Celtics throughout their history and you’ll find that they’ve had prolonged periods of times in which they’ve really sucked.

    But, they eventually turned it around, without the ship being blown up or the owner needing to die.

    You don’t get that?

    Too bad for you.

    ^^^^^^^^^
    There is also a difference between respecting the old man realizing him and lousy decision making are RUINING the organization and team and CHANGE is needed!

    To bad you don’t see that….

  • bcz24

    It is FACT that there is no salary cap for the 2010 season. IF they somehow manage to instate a new CBA in the next few months a salary cap may be included. Where I sit today there is NO salary cap, and anyone close to the situation will tell you the Raiders have a better chance at winning the Super Bowl next year then a CBA being in place in time for 2010 season.

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

    Haha I just sent an email to Pau Gasoft

  • Hobs Gnarly

    teams have won in the nfl with subpar qb’s and how did they do it? pound the ball and stellar d. now, jr has talent but can you tap it…in my opinion no. why because he is not qualified to be a nfl qb simply because he can make every throw, you have to know how to use it and be able to make quick reads etc..
    just because he gave a great pro day performance doesn’t mean you can do it in a game situation.

  • SATANFEARS ALDAVIS

    cant believe that guy in new yord tryna clown the raiders…. that nix guy sayin even oakland gets calls for the coaching job