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Chicago must grin and bear it

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 at 2:08 pm in Oakland Raiders.

There are worse things than working for the Raiders.

Like the Bears, for instance.

Check out this column by Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times, who can’t believe the Chicago Bears have sunk so low that Hue Jackson turned down a chance to interview to be the offensive coordinator of a team quarterbacked by Jay Cutler and instead went to work coaching JaMarcus Russell.

For all that’s gone wrong with the franchise in recent years, it’s good to know Al Davis still has the ability to close a deal.

Jackson has a monumental task in front of him. Getting Russell on the right path is only part of it. He has two other premium draft picks in Darren McFadden and Darrius Heyward-Bey who have fallen below expectations, Heyward-Bey admittedly only for a single rookie season.

There is plenty to sort out, and not just in terms of personnel. Considering Jackson said he spent most of his time talking to Davis, it’s clear he’s been handed the keys to the offense. Assuming Tom Cable remains on board, something the Raiders simply can’t bring themselves to say in the same way they did with Rob Ryan a year ago, the lines of responsibility must be clear.

Who decides to go for it on fourth-and-1? Is Cable in charge of clock management, or is Jackson?

Who breaks down practice reps for the offense and selects the starters?

Ordnarily, that’s the job of the head coach, with input from the offensive coordinator.

But these are the Raiders, and job descriptions and titles can be extremely vague. You’d think all this was sorted out during the interview process, but the Raiders don’t always operate that way. Davis gets the players and coaches he likes, puts them together, and figures they’ll work it out. Occasional conflict is a natural part of the process.

Considering the problems the Raiders had on offense last year, entrusting it to a new face, presumably one who can bring in some energy and enthusiasm, is a good thing.

However it works out, training camp just got a lot more interesting.

Heading over to San Francisco in awhile for a guest spot on “Chronicle Live,” unless they wise up find someone else . . .

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  • http://atm Raider O

    *want to

  • ColoradoRaiderFan

    Amazing. After a crappy first year, he’s basically offering the GOP platform from last year. Trying to help the small business owners the Dems have been crapping on.

    What’s even more amazing? Every GOP idea he mentions, the Dems stand up and clap, and the Repubs sit and stew.

    Nation, we’re screwed. Vote out ALL incumbents.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    How many jobs have gone to offshore, mr pres, how many to other country’s, but our ceo’s believe this, what are you going to do to stop this?

  • http://atm Raider O

    Also,

    Kyle Calloway
    FB Rashwan Jackson
    C Matt Tennant

  • Norco Bob

    Just got my 6th famous person to send me DM,…I have so far about 15 famous people following me,…Adam Shefter has sent me about 5. Tim Kawakami blocked me…most twitters like me,..he didnt like “cat-eater nickname I gave him. wtf?

  • ColoradoRaiderFan

    Sit down Nancy, you look like a frickin lemur.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Yeas!!!!
    Increase grants please!

  • ColoradoRaiderFan

    Ok Raider O, I know we have a ton of inexperienced WR’s, but I think Riler Cooper from FLA would be an awesome mid round pick.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Then why am I still paying 38.5% in taxes every week, Mr President?

  • http://atm Raider O

    yeas!!
    Health insurance reform!!

  • http://atm Raider O

    Now Legalize it prez Obama.

    Lagalize it!!

  • ColoradoRaiderFan

    What happened to the good old days when the Prez spoke to the nation from behind a desk in the oval office? At least then we didn’t have to look at these geriatric rich people who work 15 hrs a week jump up and down after every sentence.

  • Norco Bob

    Is that homosexual prez on tv tonight?…nah, will stick with king of queens. much more intelligent, less gay.

  • ColoradoRaiderFan

    Wow. You go BO. Tell us more of McCain’s plan from last year.

  • http://atm Raider O

    we have Chaz, JLH, Murphy, DHB, and Nick Miller (I feel I have to add him since he was given a roster spot) who are all young WRs with no real exp.
    I dont think We will carry more than 6 WRs, but we still need a vet WR with 1 spot available.

  • http://http://www.mensa.org/ Raiders Grief Counselor Albert Bigelow Paine

    a

  • http://http://www.mensa.org/ Raiders Grief Counselor Albert Bigelow Paine

    Has Obama talked about the Raiders’ crisis yet?

  • http://www.raiderfans.net Richochet

    Kool-Plagiarizing-Kell?
    After calling your cut and paste ass out yesterday, you yammered on about how you had posted the exact same comments all week long, and that EVERYONE knew that you were a plagiarizing tool.

    Apparently everyone didn’t know that you routinely troll other boards, copy other writers comments, and paste them here as your own.

    don’t you think you should include a disclaimer that says something on the line of “While being incapable of original thought, I am capable of copying someone else’s, and wish to share them here, giving full credit where full credit is due.”

    Or just change your name to the one coined at the beginning of this comment..should do the trick.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Biden looks like herrah, hmmmm

  • buckeyeraider

    Hello Raider O,
    Like your mock draft.Love to see Al draft McClain rd 1. Run defense must be improved. I wouldn’t mind Mt Cody in Rd 2,but that guard from Idaho is supposed to be dominating Senior bowl practices. The OL needs almost as much attention as the run D. I agree with Colorado, If McCluster were there in Rd3, he’d be tough to pass up. He reminds me of Sproles. The Return game definitely took a step back last year. Tough to fix all the Raiders woes in one draft. Oh yea..Legalize it.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Mr President, you have Not addressed putting people back to work, wake up sir!

  • ColoradoRaiderFan

    Biden reminds me of the Steinbrenner character on Seinfeld. He’s probably thinking…

    “Heartbreaker, chubwanker, studabaker don’t you run all over me…”

  • buckeyeraider

    If McCluster is not available, Gilyard out of the Univ. of Cincinnati might not be a bad option in the middle rounds. The raiders don’t really need more young receivers, but he’s an excellent kick returner. Anything would beat a backup fullback struggling to return kickoffs to the fifteen yardline.

  • SATANFEARS ALDAVIS

    RAIDERO LIKE I SAID LAST YEAR . FUKK YUR STUPID MOCK DRAFT/ ALL WRONG

  • SATANFEARS ALDAVIS

    if they legalize weed will they let all them guys out of prison ?

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Out Guys

  • Mistabr0wn

    LMAO!

    ___________________

    # Raider O Says:
    January 27th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    yeas!!
    Health insurance reform!!

  • buckeyeraider

    SATAN,
    Most of those people shouldn’t be in prison for pot, in the first place. The war on drugs and mandatory sentencing laws are the biggest reasons for prison overcrowding in the U.S. today.

  • Chris in NY

    Love the Republican reaction during Obama’s speech.

    FOR:
    - Subsidies for oil, gas and coal.
    - Anything that basically says “USA! NUMBER ONE!”

    AGAINST:
    - Investing in small businesses.
    - Real energy independence (i.e. energy diversity and expansion of clean technologies and not just “drill baby drill”).
    - Bipartisanship.
    - Gays.
    - Getting out of Iraq.
    - Just about anything else that isn’t a handout to big corporations or patriotic flag-waving.

  • Mistabr0wn

    Raider O, health reform?

    Either you know something nobody else knows or you know nothing at all..

    Im thinking the latter but I’ll give you a chance. You know health reform is dead right? Or have you been asleep for 3 weeks? And the reason its dead is because 0bama & Peelosi reached too far left.

    The end.

  • ColoradoRaiderFan

    Legalize it.
    Tax it like ice cream.
    Release those in jail for posession only.
    Use the empty jail cells for those with multiple DUI’s.

  • Mistabr0wn

    Chris, when you get older you will start watching what people do vs what they say they want to do and your eyes will open up. What are you 13 ? Its ok son..

    0bama said alot of things but hasnt done any of them. Feel free to pull your head out of your bung and pay attention.

  • ColoradoRaiderFan

    Did the secret service have to wake Biden on their way out?

  • Mistabr0wn

    Joe Biden doesnt even know when to Clap. Nancy “stretch” Peelosi doesn’t know wether to sit or scratch her a$$.

    0bama, Biden, and Peelosi loooked like the 3 stooges up there.

    Back to Football, is the draft over yet ?

  • buckeyeraider

    Chris in NY,
    Amen to that. You know what kills me about Republicans. Especially the talking heads on FOX NOISE. They get mad when Obama talks about the economy he inherited, or the two wars he inherited. One year into his term and they’re yelling “when is he going to quit blaming everything on Bush?” Jeezuz H. Christ. That’s all the Bush people did for eight years. The recession started in the last quarter of Clinton’s presidency. The housing bubble started during the Clinton presidency. NAFTA was Clinton’s Baby. 9/11 was all Clinton’s fault, for his response to the USS Cole bombing,etc,etc. Total hypocrisy.

  • SATANFEARS ALDAVIS

    obama so cool. his swagger is unmistakable . ima be like him when i become owner of the raiders ,

  • Chris in NY

    Mistabr0wn Says:
    January 27th, 2010 at 7:44 pm
    Chris, when you get older you will start watching what people do vs what they say they want to do and your eyes will open up. What are you 13 ? Its ok son..

    0bama said alot of things but hasnt done any of them. Feel free to pull your head out of your bung and pay attention.

    ———————–

    Sure buddy.

    Obama was mostly talking about things he hopes to accomplish and hopes for congress to accomplish in the coming year, so of course he hasn’t done those things yet.

    As for 2009, he had to deal with the do-nothing Republicans. Their act was on full display tonight. They’re doing their best to be the dead weight that pulls down Obama and the Democratic majority. If that dead weight also drags down millions of Americans, oh well. They’ll be ignorant enough to vote us in next time.

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    860Todd Christensen Says:
    January 27th, 2010 at 6:45 pm
    Then why am I still paying 38.5% in taxes every week, Mr President?

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    ’cause your too stupid to claim a deduction???

    was it a riddle???

    did i get it right???

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    buckeyeraider Says:
    January 27th, 2010 at 7:38 pm
    SATAN,
    Most of those people shouldn’t be in prison for pot, in the first place. The war on drugs and mandatory sentencing laws are the biggest reasons for prison overcrowding in the U.S. today.

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    the US has 5% of the world’s population…

    20% of the world’s prison population…

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    Mistabr0wn Says:
    January 27th, 2010 at 7:41 pm
    Raider O, health reform?

    Either you know something nobody else knows or you know nothing at all..

    Im thinking the latter but I’ll give you a chance. You know health reform is dead right? Or have you been asleep for 3 weeks? And the reason its dead is because 0bama & Peelosi reached too far left.

    The end.

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    if it’s dead… it’s dead because the republicans lied about virtually every aspect of the bill…

    fearmongering bullschit… it’s what republicans are really good at…

    not much more…

  • buckeyeraider

    Yeah Pete,
    You nailed it. Fear mongering. Sarah Palin: ” I will not put my disabled baby before Obama’s Death squad.”… WTF? And don’t forget wrapping themselves in the flag. Don’t dare question their policies or you’re unAmerican and unpatriotic.
    Well, that’s enough political discourse for one night. Hopefully next time it’s back to Raider football. After the state of the union, maybe the state of the Raiders isn’t so bad after all. Goodnight Raider nation.

  • Norco Bob

    Obama read a speach on the teleprompter, written for him by a white guy whos says hes a democrat, but hes really a republican…meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Only a feel would believe this crap,…Jerry Brown for Prez!

  • http://atm Raider O

    Mista,

    I’m ignorant, but I do know this:
    1- health INSURANCE Reform, or Health CARE reform will not happen due to repub who love their fat pockets on the expense of poor hard working Americans.
    2- Colleges are not revcieving funds this year!!!

  • snnyjcbs

    Grin and bear what. The Bears organization is the cheapest in the entire NFL. They disbanded the 85 team that Bill Walsh claimed might have been able to win another Super Bowl or two because they were to cheap to pay the players and let them go to other teams.

    Minus the caveman days and the 85 team the Bears have been bottom feeders in the NFL for decades. Also Chicago next to the Bay Area is like holding up a hunk of #%$ next to a steak.

    I lived in that hell hole for many a year and there is nothing you can tell me about that City. Fullerton and Clark is a long way from Napa, a long long way.

    So now to try and save some face they try and knock Jackson and who he is as a coach. Just shows how little they know about football, Chicago lost a good one when Jackson decided to sign with the Raiders.

    There is nothing lower than the Chicago Bears or the organization and they could not carry the Raiders jock straps.

  • gilbert

    Norco Bob,Im with ya post 292,but the man cant do squat without a teleprompter ,ask the school children last week,young kids for crying out loud! My opinion,hes an empty suit, glad to vote INDEPENDENT for all future elections! As for the Raiders, where is the GM HIRE?

  • http://www.us.army.mil/ texguy

    Sweep The Leg. Says:
    January 27th, 2010 at 4:05 pm
    The only thing more depressing than Raider talk in 2010, is listening to Raider fans debate economics and partisan politics.

    Where’s the Tylenol?
    ———————
    The only sentence on this whole blog worth reading.

    Thank you sweep the leg.