Trestman agent issues denial


The agent for Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman told the Montreal Gazette his client had not interviewed with the Raiders.

“All I can tell you is he’s the head coach of the Als,” Darren Weiner said. “He has not interviewed for any job, nor is he trying to position himself for any jobs.”

By “the Als,” we’re assuming Weiner means “Alouettes” as opposed to the Oakland Als (as in Davis).

Speaking of Davis, John Herrera was authorized to give a statement to the effect that the Raiders have not been interviewing head coaching candidates and that in fact Davis has had lengthy discussions with incumbent Tom Cable.

According to published and Internet reports, the Raiders have either contacted or interviewed Trestman, former Giants coach Jim Fassel and Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh. Fassel denied being contacted by the Raiders in an interview with Sirius Satellite Radio.

“The reports that we’ve interviewed prospective head coaches is totally untrue, totally false,” said Herrera, adding that those reports were were “absolutely untrue, false and completely irresponsible.”

(That’s right. Both absolutely untrue and false at the same time).

As for reports about potential assistants (line coach Mike Waufle, Ravens quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson), Herrera said, “A lot of people have called inquiring about coaching positions, as that’s par for the course at this time of the year.”

Herrera refuted reports that characterized Davis’ talks with Cable as “brief,” saying, “Mr. Davis has had meetings of substance and depth with Tom Cable since the season ended,” but stopped short of saying those meetings were evidence Cable will remain the coach during the 2010 season.

Basically, we’ve got denials all around, no one on the record and Cable still hanging in there, awaiting his fate, hoping to remain the Raiders head coach.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Norco Bob

    F*ck First.

  • Norco Bob

    Ok,,lol,.bye KK,…luv ya babe. 🙂

  • 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!

  • Gotta admit, Herrera does make for some great comedy whenever he opens his piehole…

    You can dash any thought of Cable re-joining young Lance at USC. Local sports radio has reported that the dude he poached from Cable’s staff last year, will be joining the USC staff as OL coach

  • # Dakota Says:
    January 20th, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    We both know you are not that naive MR. We all know last night’s election was a referendum on Washington politics, not local politics.


    First off, you never answered my question.

    What was Coakley’s “far left agenda”, as you put it? Give me some examples of a far left agenda that she campaigned on.

    And, no, I don’t know how last night’s election was a referendum on national politics. How so?

  • raiderzride4free

    this is the first time i think ive been happy to hear what herrera had to say

  • Okay Okay Al we get it. The media needs to stop saying anything about Al and his Raiders. If the media kept their collective mouths shut for two days we would have a coach already. Al is just using this whole coaching fiasco as his way of displaying his distaste for the media.

    And with regards to any potential replacement for Cable, any admission to the media eliminates the candidate from the job. Period!

    With that Said, everyone mentioned as a candidate is still alive to become the Coach of the Raiders.

    Jerry, come up with some draft talk in the meantime and let us all have our shot at that topic.

  • Fire Cable!


    hire marc trestman now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • r8eray Says:
    January 20th, 2010 at 4:47 pm
    Here you go Norco and KK!


    these guys have 2 lie to the media or al wont hire them. u guys should know that . he wants secrecy .

  • M Lonetree



    sounds like Hunter S. Thompson isn’t dead after all. Who else could make up such gonzo as this?

  • We are the Raider Family, why do we argue the most amoungst us?


    860todd we should all be coaches too. wed be a real dysfunctional group.

  • Al Davis Drama. Whether Cable is kool with it, or not, it’s still tacky.

  • Satanfears, for a second there I imagined I was the ballet barre!

  • This is how Al stays relevant.

  • SAt, go to r e d t u b e. c o m and all those images go away, but you’re young, all us old guys still believe in the nation, what this team is all about, and we still believe.

  • The sports media, even at the national level, has to respond to rumors that a coach is being fired. All the Raiders have to do to put this to rest is just say that Cable will remain the coach. That’s it. It’s over. But they don’t want it to be over. This is the most buzz the Raiders get anymore. This, and that week one prime time game the NFL seems to keep giving them. Twice a year. That’s how often the Raiders really even exist in the national sports limelight anymore.

  • 860, thanks for speaking for all of the “old guys”, even though not all of them share your point of view. Plenty of old guys were involved with that billboard. Speak for yourself. Say that YOU have faith. I can understand why you’d be embarrassed to stand out on your own and claim you have faith in Al, but it’s better than lying and pretending you’re part of a collective mindset. The belief that Al still has it is a scattered school of thought ,anymore. Just a few lunatics believe it, outside of the people he’s paying. Even most of them don’t believe it. They just pay lip service. It’s part of their job. Just like retail clerks have to be nice to you.

  • Norco Bob came in this afternoon using the same insult toward Kool Kell that Bo Schembecler Jackson was using earlier, and it was sort of a random insult, nothing common. Looks like this guy’s a 3 headed monster.

  • RaidingTexas

    Even in the offseason, this team is a laughing stock.

  • Norco Bob

    MR,..BO copied me, from the day before,..and Im sueing.

  • RaiderDuck

    If Cable is out (or at least reassigned to the OL), I’d really love to see Trestman come down to Oakland. I’d REALLY REALLY love to see him bring a GM with him, but one thing at a time.

  • (That’s right. Both absolutely untrue and false at the same time).


    Gotta love Jerry’s humor right? He tries.

  • Draft Talk!

    1- DE D Morgan, or LB R McClain
    2- OT Trent Williams ( I think he falls out of the 1st RD), but if he wasn’t then DT Jared Ordrick
    3- CB Kyle Wilson
    3- OG Vladimir Ducasse
    4- ILB Micah Johnson

  • Micah Johnson will be another steal at 4th like Bush & Branch. IMO

  • 504 Raider

    What up nation? This back and forth about the Coach is getting boring.

  • O,

    For the first two rounds:

    1st round has to be towards the defensive front 7. McCoy maybe with a trade up, stay put for Rolando Mclain or trade down for Spikes or Mt. Cody. We have two 3rd’s and 2 5th’s this year, Al will make some type of moves with all these picks.

    Round 2 than a RT. A big huge mauler who played RT in college. Don’t bother thinking of it, Al might take a guy from Appalachian State or some crazy place like that. It should be our first big step away from the ZBS, a big ass RT.

    But if Tebow is there in the 2nd…..

  • empty denials has just as much worth as an Al Davis guarantee…

  • Trent Williams is a RT, and IMO will fall out of the 1st RD for that reason.

  • Vegas,

    I think the Jags will draft him in the 1st. They need him to bring fans to attend games. IMO
    He is a Florida product, and has a huge fan base that will follow him any where he goes.

    I want us to move Seymour isidw, so we can get more out of him. Scott is not an every down DE, so we will need a good player at RE. D Morgan is the best DE in this class, and he can play both sides.

  • Frank YoooooooLLL

    If my agents name was weiner I’d change agents…………..

  • T Scott may have found his position on the team as an OLB/ Pass rusher.

  • MR, i’ll have my agent get ahold of your agent…Works for me! lol

  • Raider O…

    so what is it? do want to play Trevor scott at DE or OLB/passrusher….

    you make both claims?


    images ? old guys ? uhhh ok

  • SFAD, Someday you’ll be just like us, lol

  • RaiderDebo

    Raider O Says:
    January 20th, 2010 at 5:33 pm
    Draft Talk!

    1- DE D Morgan, or LB R McClain
    2- OT Trent Williams ( I think he falls out of the 1st RD), but if he wasn’t then DT Jared Ordrick
    3- CB Kyle Wilson
    3- OG Vladimir Ducasse
    4- ILB Micah Johnson

    This would be awesome. But Ducasse is starting to get some hype. Mayock was talking him up today leading up to the Senior Bowl. Don’t think he’ll last that long.

  • SFDA, been here since 1964, what are you going to show me new?

  • Raider O Says:
    January 20th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Draft Talk!



    What’s this?

    An order?



    How dysfunctional are the Oakland Raiders? So dysfunctional that Warren Sapp warns anybody who asks him about signing there to stay far away.

    “Nobody tells you how bad it is,” the former defensive tackle said on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL.” ” … any person that calls me on the telephone, [I tell them] do not go anywhere near Oakland.”

    Sapp, who retired after the 2007 season — his fourth with the Raiders — said that Lane Kiffin, fired this week by owner Al Davis, never got a fair chance in Oakland.

    “He came in there with a change of mentality. The whole system,” Sapp said on “Inside the NFL.” “He changed how the locker room looked because it was going to take that kind of overhaul for Oakland to become the proud franchise we all knew it was.”

    Al Davis knows football — it’s just ’60s and ’70s football. That’s what it is. He’s thinking that Cliff Branch is outside and [Jim] Plunkett is dropping back and you can throw it 80 yards down the field — deep ball, deep ball, deep ball.

    Sapp said Oakland won’t change for the better until Davis doesn’t own the team anymore.

    “[Davis] is the common equation,” Sapp said on “Inside the NFL.” “You take him out, put him at home watching film or whatever he is doing — you have a functioning football organization. But once he comes over the top, he goes and starts moving it around.

    “Al Davis knows football — it’s just ’60s and ’70s football. That’s what it is. He’s thinking that Cliff Branch is outside and [Jim] Plunkett is dropping back and you can throw it 80 yards down the field — deep ball, deep ball, deep ball.”

    Sapp even said that Davis would call in plays when Sapp was playing for the Raiders.

    “I remember the first two weeks I was there, we played a preseason game. Somebody came up one time and said, ‘We’re going deep right here, dog.’ I said, how do you know? He said, ‘The phone just rang.’

    “All the preparation that goes into a week of work is there, the practicing that you have to put in order to do these things, sometimes [Al Davis] messed with that part of it and that’s what kills you,” Sapp said on “Inside the NFL.”

    He cited one particular example of a Raiders defensive game plan being thrown out the window at the last minute. Sapp said Davis was behind it.

    “Al Davis is the total bottom line, buck stops right there,” said Sapp. “I remember one time we had a defensive game plan because we were struggling against the run. We were going to get our safeties and put them up in the box and almost have a nine-man front. We practiced this thing 80 percent of the time on Wednesday and Thursday. We showed up that Friday morning, [defensive coordinator] Rob Ryan came in and he looked like someone had just shot his dog. He said he [Davis] pulled it on us … He snatched the teeth out of our defense.”


    Once again: Sapp said Oakland won’t change for the better until Davis doesn’t own the team anymore.

  • # vegas raider Says:
    January 20th, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    (That’s right. Both absolutely untrue and false at the same time).


    Gotta love Jerry’s humor right? He tries.


    Do you have a problem with Jerry, Vegas? Because you’re on his blog an AWFUL lot.

  • “From a guy that has been in the organization, that’s been around it, I know just how difficult a place it can be to work,” Gannon said. “And they have problems, there’s no question. It’s an organization that is going through a very difficult period. It’s an organization, in my opinion, that is dysfunctional. They have a lot of issues.

    “This is not something that I haven’t discussed publicly and privately before with the owner. I’ve talked to Mr. Davis at great length about our philosophical difference of opinion. I believe that you need to have discipline, structure, a system in place, organization. He is a guy that is not a big believer in having too many rules and that’s one of the reasons why that team, in my opinion, hasn’t had any real leadership and hasn’t had any real direction.”

    “I always said it’s not a tough place to work, it’s an impossible place to work,” Gannon said. “I left there on a high note. I went to four straight Pro Bowls, was league MVP. I don’t have any bad feelings about the place. I just know how difficult it was for me and I just look at the people that have left. Mike Shanahan leaves and wins two Super Bowls. Jon Gruden leaves and wins a Super Bowl. Norv Turner is having success in San Diego. To let people like that leave, particularly a guy like Jon Gruden who really worked and really threw every ounce of energy he had into the place. To let him leave the way he did was just a mistake.

  • Infinite Raider

    …and I deny ever reading any raiders-related blog or news story…

  • 🙂

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  • Chris in NY

    My theory: Al doesn’t know if he’s going to keep Cable or not. I think he’s a little torn over what to do. I think he had reservations from the beginning since he only gave Cable a 2-year deal whereas coaches are typically given at least 3-year deals. He probably reached out to Trestman, Fassel and probably others so Al can gauge whether he thinks those guys are better options or not. Partially because of the secretive ways of the Raiders but especially because he may not even fire Cable, he told those guys to keep it 100% quiet. That’s why they were in such a rush to shoot down the story.

  • Chris in NY

    Real Madden Raider,

    Sapp is also a P.O.S. d-bag who’s bitter that the Raiders paid Tommy Kelly and told him to hit the road. I don’t believe a damn word that guy says. Even if it’s his opinion, it’s really more about grabbing attention for himself or getting revenge on those who he feels slighted him.

  • Chris, Al’s knowing where he’s going, are you in tune?