Candidates galore


Jim Harbaugh is the latest coach to have his hat thrown in the ring, this time by ESPN.

Harbaugh, who ESPN said told the Raiders, thanks, but no thanks, joins Jim Fassel and Marc Trestman as coaches who have reportedly already talked to Al Davis even while Tom Cable is still employed.

For what it’s worth, Fassel, talking on Sirius Satellite Radio, denies it.

“I mean, Tom Cable’s the coach. I think if a coach is in place you don’t start calling somebody and seeing if the job is open or not. Tom Cable is the coach. My son happens to be the special teams coordinator for the Raiders and they played very well this year. They set an NFL record, an all-time record, of net punt [yards] and gross punt [yards] this year.”

“ So I follow the Raiders pretty closely because my son is coaching there and I coached there at one time. But, no, I’m not lobbying for any job. I’m not lobbying for the Raider job. I have never in my life rooted for a coach to be let go so there’s an opening. I never have. I’m in the same fraternity. I just got my nose to the grindstone. I’m down here in Vegas working on getting situated down here and that’s where I am. Nobody’s reached out to me.”

Trestman has been unavailable for comment, but last December signed an extension to remain with the Montreal Alouettes through 2012 after winning the Grey Cup. The signing was followed by a press conference that resembled a coronation. As for whether there are any legal issues with hiring a coach under contract in another country, the Raiders have plenty of lawyers if they’re truly interested.

It’s bad form in the coaching fraternity to go after a job when there’s a coach still in place. And it’s just as bad for an owner to conduct actual interviews for a job that is filled.

Of course there are backchannel ways to gauge interest, but actual interviews?

If Davis has actually been lining up head coaching interviews, it’s the first time he’s done it with a coach in place. Even in the case of Joe Bugel, who wasn’t fired for 16 days after the 1997 season ended, interviews with candidates Jon Gruden, Bill Belichick and Art Shell did not begin until Bugel was fired.

The report regarding Baltimore quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson _ it’s been speculated it’s for an offensive coordinator job _ is the one that makes the most sense at this point, because it seems clear that if Cable were to hang on, he would be relinquishing play-calling, and Jackson would also represent someone who might be able to get through to JaMarcus Russell in a way that Paul Hackett and Ted Tollner could not.

Rich Gannon, talking with Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times, thinks Hackett had an impossible job.

“You could bring in Vince Lombardi and I don’t think he would make JaMarcus any better,” Gannon said. “You have to have a guy who wants to be great and work. A lot of what has happened there has been out of Paul’s control. When they played the quarterback they wanted _ Bruce Gradkowski _ he was prepared and made good decisions and the football team was much more competitive. They got the same results with Charlie Frye.”

Hackett’s name has been floated as a potential Bears hire to work with Jay Cutler.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Norco Bob

    Todd?..um,..you said everything is ok with you but Raider football?…if it makes you that sad,..maybe just not make the Raiders a part of your life anymore?…sounds smart,..however Aunt Esther cant do that,..hes so obsessed with old Al,..he just cant move on. lol

  • Does the very thought of me, make you act like a fool, BrianG?

  • Norco Bob

    Aunt Esther!!!,..what?…no list??????????? 🙁

  • Norco Bob

    Its ok Aunt Esther,…it wasnt be that made you cry last night,…its ok old man….he sure likes to insult that old bag of yours though,..lol.

  • Norco Bob

    Brian has a silly sense of humor,…was sayin bout your old bag, and his young friends,..damn, was that why you were crying Aunt Esther? 🙁

  • Raider football goes back longer and tastes better than any event in a parking lot. When I was married, my in-laws, all of them, came to my house for the BBQ thing and all the alchohol they could drink. When we blasted Washington Redskins into Raider lore, it took weeks for them to actually talk to me, it was such a blessing!

  • Norco Bob

    Aunt Esther?…you ok old man?…dont let him get to you,..I will talk to him about that elderly abuse.

  • Man, I really own your ass, don’t I?


  • Norco Bob

    I see Todd,..so you only enjoy the Raiders when they are winning?….sure you arent KK,..I mean Aunt Esther?

  • Norco Bob

    hehe,…No worries old man, I will let you know when brian gets here,..I will suggest he doesnt mention his buddies, and that old bag of yours,..lol,..might want to delete that gross pic though Aunt Esther.

  • Kell is actually enjoying this, Kell, do the guys at the barbershop read this blog?

  • Norco Bob

    Aunt Esther,.how come when I ask for that 7 year list,..you never post it? lol

  • Norco Bob

    Aunt Esther, do the guys at the barber shop take those pins out your head before they clip? Fish eyed fool. 🙂

  • Norco, you know Al’s buddies, when do we get an O-Line?

  • Nah, maybe a customer or two.

  • Norco Bob

    We have an O line,…Aunt Esther?…the lsit please?…pretty please?…lol

  • Norco Bob

    Aunt Esther…when we off to the gym?

  • Dude freaks out at the sight of my Handle.

  • Norco Bob

    Im not moving until you post that list Aunt Esther…….2003-present… 🙂

  • Norco Bob

    Your handle is Aunt Esther. 🙂 (Iv seen the pic)

  • Our QB abusing O-line seems like a page out of Cables handbook. Did he teach this to opposing D line coaches? We gat blittzzed an anormous ammout of times this year, and no-one stopped it, just my observation.

  • Senior Beeecham

    Krappy, the last 2 posting of your list of the Raiders record make the total postings for the week 2,897!

    You are absolutely daffy, you deranged old toad!

    But we all love you, insanity and all. So being the slick, nutty real estate professional that you are (those pictures from your website of you and your older caucasion sister in Switzerland are wonderful), I’m sure you’re shooting for 3000.

    All the greats did it, Krappy. You can as well. So post that ridiculously boring stat just 10 more times today.

    Do it, Krappy – that’s a direct order from your friend o friends, Beeecham!

  • Here you go Bree, knock yourself out, don’t get it wet.

    A Little Perspective.

    The 80yr old GM produced this:

    09′ 5-11
    08′ 5-11
    07′ 4-12
    06′ 2-14
    05′ 4-12
    04′ 5-11
    03′ 4-12

    7 Straight Double-Digit Losing Seasons. (NFL Record)

    Al Davis:

    Lowest attendance in the NFL.

    2nd least valuable franchise in NFL.

    In the last 7 years:

    5 Head Coaches,
    8 Starting QB’s.
    1 General Manager, Al Davis

    Since Free Agency:

    6 winning seasons in the last 20.
    3 winning seasons in the last 15.

    Do you really believe scapegoating YET ANOTHER Head Coach is going to solve this mess?

  • JT

    Another delusional season coming up for the raiders if Al Davis thinks J Rusell is fixable. We will waste another year of our lives watching this spectacle again… he will never be good under any coach…

    Do yourself a favor and boicot this joke of a organization…

  • Norco Bob

    Todd,…the Raiduhs need a QB, one that has something more then a 3rd grade education.

  • Norco Bob

    Thank you Aunt Esther,…Im printing this one,…this one looks really good,…,..let me get my photoshop glossy paper,.brb. 🙂

  • Norco Bob

    Jamarcus,..D-uh,..huts one,..d-uh,…huts two,…d-uh,..huts three,…d-uh,…d-uh,…. Delay of game penalty, number two, five yard penalty.

  • Aunt Esther this Aunt Esther that!
    Aunt Esther this Aunt Esther that!

    Dude…your Norco and KK is KK!
    Can’t we all just get along!!
    Or at least save till the midnight hours!

  • Norco Bob

    R8,..I know who KK is,..but he keeps wanting us to see his pic,..but then he posts a pic of Aunt Esther,..I agree,…very odd.

  • JT

    Another 2 losses to chargers if Rusell is QB

  • Alright..let’s see this picture!

  • Soon as dude sees my handle, he starts flopping around on the floor, like a crumb snatcher who wants my attention.

    I told you, I am not your daddy, ok? geez

  • Norco Bob

    JT,..dont talk about Jamarcus that way, he might get offended,..oh wait, he cant read, nevermind.

  • Senior Beeecham

    Excellent, Krappy! Thanks for following my orders in such a precise – and timely – manner.

    Remember, whenever I tell you to jump, you jump. I am your Master, KrappyKell, and you will forever bow down to the almighty and all powerful Beeecham.

    Now, post the Raider record for the last 7 years 3 more times minimum.

    HA HA HA!

    And do not even consider disobeying me, you silly little freak, or I’ll come down to the barbershop and dunk your old dome in the brush sanitizer jar myself!

  • Norco Bob

    Lol R8,…watch TVLAND tonight, theres 2 episodes, back to back!

  • Norco Bob

    R8,..KK is the one chasing around Fred Sanford with her purse.

  • lol!

  • Norco Bob

    KK,..you ok bruthuh?…gotta run, thanks for that list though,…made a printout,..I think Beecham wants one now,..can ya paste another one for him puleeeeze?….buh bye! 🙂

  • JR will excell with an O-line, Norco, next time I’m out on the left coast, you need to hook me up, with a grand olde time with KK at the water hole, sounds good to me!

  • R8, Priceless!

  • JT

    Norco Bob

  • NancyGayFan