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Rex could have been a Raider

If the Jets take out the Colts and Peyton Manning over the next few hours, get ready for a solid two weeks of Rex Ryan mania.

It’s worth remembering that when the Bill Callahan regime was ushered out following the 2003 season in favor of (eventually) Norv Turner, the first candidate for defensive coordinator was Rex Ryan, then the linebackers coach of the Ravens.

Baltimore, however, declined permission because Ryan was under contract, as was their right. So instead, the Raiders turned to Rex’s twin brother Rob, who coached outside linebackers with the New England Patriots. Rob was hired.

“It’s about time a Ryan joined this organization,” Rob said at the time.

Judging from the way the Raiders were pushed around on defense under Rob for six years, you could make the case they got the wrong one.

Or that Rex, who eventually ascended to defensive coordinator in Baltimore, isn’t all that much different than Rob except for having the Ravens’ superior personnel.

Considering the job Rex has done with the Jets this season, with defensive schemes that are his, it looks like he’s just a damn good coach.

Even with that, there are too many pundits who are taking the Jets in this game _ more than you’d think for a 9-7 team that got into the playoffs in large part because the last two opponents were already there and weren’t exactly motivated. And because Nate Kaeding missed three field goals.

Sure, it would be fitting for the Colts to be eliminated by the same team it let into the playoffs by going in the tank to protect their personnel.

But I see it as a Colts win, and I like the the home team (New Orleans) in the second game as well.

We’ll start to find out in less than 20 minutes.

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  • http://www.snotmerch.com Lynn from Snot
  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Somebody tell Guy Fieri, “We get it. You’re cool.”

  • http://www.snotmerch.com Lynn from Snot

    Best job besides the guy from 3 sheets.

  • http://www.snotmerch.com Lynn from Snot
  • http://www.ralphlicciardi.com/images/ibew.gif r8eray

    Thats alot of drinking!!

  • http://www.ralphlicciardi.com/images/ibew.gif r8eray

    Cable heads to Senior Bowl as Raiders say he could still be fired
    Posted by Michael David Smith on January 25, 2010 4:20 PM ET
    Tom Cable is heading to Mobile, Alabama, as part of the Raiders’ contingent at the Senior Bowl. But while the Senior Bowl is usually a place for coaches to begin planning for the year ahead, the Raiders still say Cable might not be their coach this year.

    Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reported this afternoon that Raiders official John Herrera says owner Al Davis is still meeting regularly with Cable, and no decision made.

    Herrera’s comments to La Canfora echo what the Raiders said over the weekend, when they disputed a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN that Davis has decided to retain Cable for 2010.

    Cable’s trip to the Senior Bowl is an indication that Schefter’s report is correct. But the Raiders are still avoiding any public confirmation that Cable is their coach for the coming year.

  • http://www.ralphlicciardi.com/images/ibew.gif r8eray

    How stupid would that be if Cable goes to the Senior Bowl one day and the next day get fired!!!

    Wait…..that’s the Raiders!! Oh…nevermind!

  • http://www.snotmerch.com Lynn from Snot

    Yeah, too bad they don’t pay me for drinking.

  • http://www.snotmerch.com Lynn from Snot

    ” HEAD” Coaching candidates tonight on Lopez http://twitter.com/georgelopez

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Guy Fieri is just too cool. You know, somebody has to be a nerd in society. Everyone can’t be cool. I don’t think chefs should be cool. They should have to wear those giant puffy hats, with a name tag that says “Chef Za Dorko”. What’s next, the Pope being cool? Pope having a facebook page, with a cell phone picture he took in the bathroom, with his sunglasses on? “God bless”.

  • http://www.ralphlicciardi.com/images/ibew.gif r8eray

    Trade DMAC for CHEECH AND CHONG!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Trade DMAC for CHEECH AND CHONG!!!

    ***

    those guys are bigger clowns than Cable & Russell!

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

    But waaaay smarter.By about 300 million smarter

  • Senior Beeecham

    Krappy, it sounds like you woke up on the right side of the bed today! You haven’t cut and pasted a single article (yet) or repeatedly posted the Raider’s win / loss record over the past 7 years.

    You’re actually posting somewhat intelligible thoughts and opinions of your own! And you’re doing so without the normal amount of ignorance and ineptitude.

    These are big steps for your deranged old brain, lil Krap Krap!

    However, we all realize its early in the week and a few bad pant crappings can change everything.

    But so far, so good, you senile old goofball!

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    r8eray Says:
    January 25th, 2010 at 1:44 pm
    How stupid would that be if Cable goes to the Senior Bowl one day and the next day get fired!!!

    Wait…..that’s the Raiders!! Oh…nevermind!

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    nah… gives them time to change the locks…

  • http://www.ralphlicciardi.com/images/ibew.gif r8eray

    I was not serious about that comment.
    I was refering to post #709!

  • http://www.elvis.com Lucifer-666

    “However, we all realize its early in the week and a few bad pant crappings can change everything. ”

    That’s funny !!

  • http://www.ralphlicciardi.com/images/ibew.gif r8eray

    #715 lol!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    gives them time to change the locks

    ***

    true. don’t want the Cable ape breaking anymore jaws!

  • Midwest Fan

    Started seeing Haden’s name pop up in a few mock drafts. Don’t know about you guys, but I’m actually becoming more comfortable with it. Not that he’s my pick, just getting used to the idea.

  • RaiderRockstar

    why don’t Rob Ryan & Tom Cable just fight for the HC job?

    neither one is qualified and they are probably 2 of only 5 puppets willing to work under Al’s thumb …

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Wow, beecham called you a goofball, kell. A goofball. I know you’re devastated.

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    Local paper sells out, Saints fans buy up every edition
    Posted by Michael David Smith on January 25, 2010 5:18 PM ET
    The newspaper industry is going through terrible times across America. But not today in New Orleans.

    The New Orleans Times-Picayune sold out every single copy of today’s paper, which features a front-page picture of Saints quarterback Drew Brees below a headline reading “Super Saints.” And so the Times-Picayune is going back to the presses.

    “We thought we understood how passionate the people of southeast Louisiana are about the Saints,” the paper said on its web site this afternoon. “But after selling out this morning’s newspaper, we underestimated the demand.

    “We printed significantly more papers than usual, but it wasn’t enough. So we’re printing more, and a limited number will be available for sale tomorrow morning.”

    A day after the Saints qualified for their first Super Bowl, the partying hasn’t stopped. And that’s good news for the whole city, including the local newspaper.

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    Pat Williams says he’s 50-50 to retire
    Posted by Mike Florio on January 25, 2010 4:53 PM ET
    Quarterback Brett Favre isn’t the only member of the Vikings who’ll be pondering whether to call it quits this offseason.

    Defensive tackle Pat Williams will be thinking about packing it in, too.

    According to Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Williams says there’s a 50-50 chance that he’ll retire.

    “I feel good [physically],” Williams said. “But yesterday was tough on me. It was draining. You do all that work during the season, so you just feel drained.”

    (Pat, ask a few Vikings fans how they feel. And they didn’t even get paid for it.)

    “I do it because I have fun,” Williams said. “I don’t do it for anything else so if I ain’t having fun I’m not going to do it. I always have fun being around these guys. I like coming to work every day, laughing with these guys. So if I don’t feel like I’m going to have fun I ain’t going to do it.”

    That’s fine, but there aren’t many jobs that pay a guy $4.25 million in 2010 base salary to have fun.

    But with an uncapped year coming and plenty of veteran players finally thinking about feathering that lockout nest, we suspect that more than a few of them will rattle the sword of retirement in the hopes of getting a new deal in an environment with unlimited spending.

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    SportingNews.com: Make the Pro Bowl relevant by playing it in August
    Posted by Mike Florio on January 25, 2010 4:28 PM ET
    Typically, the NFL plays the Pro Bowl after 99.9 percent of the football-watching world has quit paying attention to football.

    This year, they’re playing it a week before 99.9 percent of the football-watching world quits paying attention to football.

    So how could the league make the game interesting to 100 percent of the football-watching world?

    Well, the title kind of gives it away. For more details, click here.

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    Cable heads to Senior Bowl as Raiders say he could still be fired
    Posted by Michael David Smith on January 25, 2010 4:20 PM ET
    Tom Cable is heading to Mobile, Alabama, as part of the Raiders’ contingent at the Senior Bowl. But while the Senior Bowl is usually a place for coaches to begin planning for the year ahead, the Raiders still say Cable might not be their coach this year.

    Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reported this afternoon that Raiders official John Herrera says owner Al Davis is still meeting regularly with Cable, and no decision made.

    Herrera’s comments to La Canfora echo what the Raiders said over the weekend, when they disputed a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN that Davis has decided to retain Cable for 2010.

    Cable’s trip to the Senior Bowl is an indication that Schefter’s report is correct. But the Raiders are still avoiding any public confirmation that Cable is their coach for the coming year.

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    Cable should have someone check the front of the building in the morning to see of Al and Herrera packed his desk for him…

    look for a brown box on the front lawn…

    the sign on it will say:

    Cable’s Crap…

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Two guys fighting, FIGHTING over the Raiders HC job? The winner ought to be committed to a mental hospital, not hired.

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    wow…

    i screwed that up…

    okay… i’m gonna start a self help, 12 step program…

    “Posters without Purpose”

  • RaiderRockstar

    Two guys fighting, FIGHTING over the Raiders HC job? The winner ought to be committed to a mental hospital, not hired.

    ***

    LOL. fair enough

    but thats what it has come down too. whoever wants it more. most recently it’s just been “whoever wants it”

    as I said, nobody is knocking down these guys’ door to hand out a HC job (except maybe Al)

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    These days, I’d trust the coaching candidate who wants it least. Anyone who wants to work for Al Davis, after what we’ve seen in the past few years…

  • DMAC

    Wassup nation. Looks like I haven’t missed anything.

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 408RAIDER

    where’s the fix???

  • RaiderRockstar

    408 –

    Cable is in bama

    thats the only “breaking news” thus far

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

    Way down in Birmingham,Bam-Ba=Lam

  • http://www.elvis.com Lucifer-666

    Cable went to Alabama to sniff the National Championship Trophy…..he was tired of sniffing Al’s backside and wanted a whiff of what winning smelt like!

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 408RAIDER

    Thanx RRS.. sup 4eva Nation?

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

    Just enjoying the fruits gardening =)

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

    and you 408?

  • http://www.raiderfans.net Richochet

    # 4evaRaider Says:
    January 25th, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Just enjoying the fruits gardening =)
    ===========
    You need to hook up with Florida Pete. Guys a gardener by trade..oh..my bad..a “Botanical Engineer” he prefers.

    The guy proudly displays his fingernails laden with manure..”sandwich seasoning” Petey calls it.

    He’ll get ya set up with some awesome blooming.

    Anyone who has any tips on weeding, etc..just ask Petey..he’s your guy.

  • http://www.raiderfans.net Richochet

    # Florida Pete Says:
    January 25th, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    wow…

    i screwed that up…

    okay… i’m gonna start a self help, 12 step program…

    “Posters without Purpose”
    ======================
    Don’t sell yourself short, Petey.
    Of course you have a purpose.
    I need my lawn mowed.
    You mow lawns.
    Win win situation.

  • The Big Banana

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=pasquarelli_len&id=4848168

    Not sure if Tebow would make it in the NFL but interesting quotes from a supposed QB expert from the article. Sounds like the anti-Russell with his study habits…

    Said Herock: “His release might be a little low at this point, but a lot of people talked about Philip Rivers’ delivery too before he was drafted, and look at what he’s done. I’ve heard all the supposed [negatives]. But I watched [Tebow] on the field and his velocity is good enough, and so is his accuracy. As far as his learning, you don’t have to tell him anything twice. And he’s a student of the game. I recommended that he watch some tapes of Steve Young, and he said, ‘Oh, I’ve already done that.’ He wants to be good. He wants to succeed. And he will succeed.”

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    Richochet Says:
    January 25th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Don’t sell yourself short, Petey.
    Of course you have a purpose.
    I need my lawn mowed.
    You mow lawns.
    Win win situation.

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    strap-on… we had this conversation before…

    get one of your butt-buddies to do it…

    oh… and don’t forget your helmet…

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

    Lol, who cares about Tebow…we need offensive linemen!!!!!!!!!

  • The Big Banana

    # Dakota Says:
    January 25th, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Lol, who cares about Tebow…we need offensive linemen!!!!!!!!!
    =======================================================
    Completely agree. My first time mentioning him. Just found the article interesting, is all. Thought I’d post since I’ve read others comment on him.

    We need to draft some hogs for sure.

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

    I think Tebow is going to be an above average NFL QB. If he is still on the board when we pick in the 2nd round, you have to think about picking him.

    We have one QB on the roster so far for next year, Jamarcus Russell. What if Frye, JP and Bruce all walk this offseason, or even if two leave?

    But I doubt he will even be there. If he plays well in the game this weekend, I’m thinking some team will might take him in the first round.

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

    I got ya BigB!

    Hey, I wouldn’t want Tebow on the team for the simple fact that he is a cry baby.

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

    I watched Lyle Alzado cry too….and?

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    # Dakota Says:
    January 25th, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Lol, who cares about Tebow…we need offensive linemen!!!!!!!!!

    ……………………

    Exactly. Not only is the “We’re just one player away” crowd resting on the far fetched belief that Russell is to blame for how bad we are (because we were an AFC power house before Russell arrived…), but they want to replace him with a QB who’s thrown the ball a total of 7 times in his entire college career.

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

    And he’s still better than #2

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Well, the difference is, Alzado’s a man. Tebow’s a girl.

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

    That can be Al’s next greatest move. Re-sign Jamarcus, and than draft Tebow, and have a QB controversy of guys that are complete polar opposites.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    To be honest, 4evaRaider, as bad as Russell is, I think he’s a better NFL QB than Tebow would be. Tebow would get snapped in half in this offense.

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

    What a GREAT concept!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!