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Good news for Lechler, not for Seabass

Shane Lechler was named to the NFL’s All-Decade team as voted upon by Hall of Fame writers, but his trusty sidekicker, Sebastian Janikowski, remained unrewarded for the best season of his career.

The entire All-Decade team won’t be released until Sunday, although teams were giving out information in some cases with regard to players who were selected.

Lechler happens to have compiled the NFL’s highest all-time average in a career which began in 2000, so his selection was an honor, but hardly a surprise.

Janikowski, meanwhile, failed to get so much as a phone call after Nate Kaeding pulled out following a groin injury following Wednesday’s practice.

Instead, Miami’s Dan Carpenter, possibly on the basis of proximity to the practice field, was invited to take Kaeding’s place.

Janikowski had a better field goal percentage (26-for-29, 90 percent) than Carpenter (25-for-28, 89 percent) not to mention 17 touchbacks in 58 kickoffs, while Carpenter had only 7 of 79.

Carpenter was 9-for-9 from 20 to 29 yards, while Janikowski had only three attempts from that distance and made them all. He was dialing “O” for long distance all season.

Profootballtalk.com had a post earlier in the day wondering if Janikowski had been offered a chance but couldn’t make the game on short notice. According to the Raiders, no such offer was extended. Janikowski wasn’t a first alternate, and frankly I’m not sure if Carpenter was either. Not with established kickers such as Tennessee’s Rob Bironas around.

And the Pro Bowl is not a big deal _ even less so since it was moved out of Hawaii.

Still, it probably would have been nice for Janikowski to be asked.

Not that Seabass needs anyone to feel sorry for him. Expect him to cash in on a big-money contract much as Lechler did last year.

Lechler is one of twelve Pro Bowl players to be named to the All-Decade team. The others are San Diego tight end Antonio Gates, Jets guard Alan Faneca, Minnesota guard Steve Hutchinson, Titans center Kevin Mawae, Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers, Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis, Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware, Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey, Eagles safety Brian Dawkins, Eagles kicker David Akers, and Browns kickoff returner Joshua Cribbs.

The dominant dozen has combined for 77 Pro Bowl selections.

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  • Charlie

    Nine out of your starting twenty two are lineman.
    The draft should reflect that percentage in terms of first and second round picks.

    By the way Henderson was a third rounder.

    If you can find a Lincoln Kennedy or a Faneca get him.

    Those type of players generally are not available and they are effective only when joining a solid core unit.
    We do not have a young solid core. You get that in the draft.

  • bcz24

    Yeah Peyton Manning is a freak… just look at the number of sacks vs the number of passes in his career. Its because of his quick release and the timing patterns they run. His ability to disect a defense is uncanny. That dont know superior lineman for the passing game to be effective, but that does also reflect in their constant sub-par rushing efforts.

  • Ghost to the Post

    I really like Brian Price out of UCLA. He is a high motor guy. Put him and Seymour next to each other and let them grow.

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

    zzzzzzzzzz

  • Ghost to the Post

    Dakota I been meaning to tell you. I love two and half men.

  • Ghost to the Post

    And I will still argue with you over that fat tub of goo Andre Smith.. Even if he becomes an all pro.

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

    Smith was injured almost all year, but I saw him playing RT against the Jets in the playoffs. The jury is still out on him.

    Passing on Monroe was a major blunder. Monroe started off slow as most rookies do, but by the end of the year he had solidified himself as a starting NFL tackle and certainly would have been a better option for us at RT than was Green.

  • Ghost to the Post

    Yeah but, we would have had to give him LT money.

  • DMAC

    I would like to see us resign Langston Walker, to add depth to the O-line.

  • http://www.raiderfans.net Richochet

    # The Big Banana Says:
    January 28th, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Kurt Warner addressing his future on Friday. Not that it matters to us Raider fans but just an example of how a classy vet handles things. Something that is completely foreign to Favre, the drama queen.
    =============================
    Would you say the same thing if Warner, after half way through the off-season, at the prospect of being out of a GAME that he loves playing, not for the money, but for the challenge and love of the game, decides he’s not ready to say goodbye to it, forever?

    While it annoys many, one thing that Farve is known for is being a guy who plays football because he just loves playing football.
    Sure there is the money, but there is no one who wants to be on the field more than Farve..guy has taken hits through the years that would retire many, but he still suits up.
    Lots of players have hung on too long..lots have left early, and wish they hadn’t.

    Farve just had one of the best years of his career.
    It’s not like he didn’t perform, and make a difference for his team.

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

    I’d rather give LT money to a RT than give starting WR money to a JOKE.

  • bcz24

    Mark it on the calendar… I agree with Richochet! Im stunned…

  • http://www.raiderfans.net Richochet

    # Ghost to the Post Says:
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Dakota I been meaning to tell you. I love two and half men.
    ===================
    “half men”?
    They prefer “little people”.

    You love two guys, and one “little people”.

    there..I fixed it for ya :)

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

    I think we should avoid the draft and get FA players instead of paying rookies guaranteed money for “POTENTIAL”.

  • Ghost to the Post

    Yeah me too. But, maybe that joke will catch one deep ball and score a TD someday. And we will all jump up and down. Yahoo.. I was more in favor of Crabtree.

  • Seymour Bush

    The Seymour Bush Mock Draft

    Round 1: Russell Okung OT Oklahoma State. One of the best players in a position of EXTREME need for the Raiders. By taking Okung, we could move Henderson to RT where he would be better suited. Down side: Okung will most likely not be available at #8. Back up plan: Rolando McClain ILB. This guy is a big, fast, blitzing, smart ILB with excellent size. He has a high motor, and is only 20.

    Round 2: Maurkice Pouncey OL florida Pouncey is very versatile and could even play tackle if needed. A 320 lb that runs a 5.1 forty. You don’t see that often. Back Up plan: Could Golden Tate be available at the top of 2nd round? Might solidify both receiving and return issues. And Bye Bye Chokie Lee Higgins.

    Stop here.

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

    Monroe or Raji should have been the pick last year. We needed a WR, but in hindsight, we could have just accomplished that as we did with Murphy.

    I want to give Mario one more year at LT, he has one year left on his deal, and than if we decide to move on, we can draft a LT in the first round in 2011.

  • Ghost to the Post

    I agree Lynn. I really liked the trade for Seymour for a first round pick. If we can offer them 2012 first round pick for Wolfork. I am all in. He doesn’t seem to happy with New England.

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

    Seymour Bush Says:
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:21 am
    The Seymour Bush Mock Draft

    Round 1: Russell Okung OT Oklahoma State. One of the best players in a position of EXTREME need for the Raiders. By taking Okung, we could move Henderson to RT where he would be better suited. Down side: Okung will most likely not be available at #8. Back up plan: Rolando McClain ILB. This guy is a big, fast, blitzing, smart ILB with excellent size. He has a high motor, and is only 20.

    Round 2: Maurkice Pouncey OL florida Pouncey is very versatile and could even play tackle if needed. A 320 lb that runs a 5.1 forty. You don’t see that often. Back Up plan: Could Golden Tate be available at the top of 2nd round? Might solidify both receiving and return issues. And Bye Bye Chokie Lee Higgins.

    Stop here.
    ++++++++++++++++

    Yeah baby! Now we are talkin’! I’d take that draft in a heartbeat…although McClain scares me a little, he looked slow in the title game…

  • Seymour Bush

    # Dakota Says:
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Smith was injured almost all year, but I saw him playing RT against the Jets in the playoffs. The jury is still out on him.

    Passing on Monroe was a major blunder. Monroe started off slow as most rookies do, but by the end of the year he had solidified himself as a starting NFL tackle and certainly would have been a better option for us at RT than was Green.
    ====================================================

    The Bungles basically red shirted Andre Smith. that guys is going to be a player for them and as Dakota said, he played late in the season and played well for them. I also have to agree that not taking Eugene Monroe was a MAJOR blunder. Joke-sonville brass was dancing in the streets when he came to them, and they have not been disappointed.

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

    Unless we have proven we have competent scouts, I would package our high picks for established players and keep finding gems in the lower rounds.

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

    Yeah ghost,
    There are other ways to build a team besides drafting in the first and second round. Since our luck has been swing and a miss lately.

  • Charlie

    The two most glaring needs on this team are:

    OT (Green is a backup and may retire given his age)
    DT (Warren is a special teams player making $5 mill year)

    Carlisle will be 33 and struggles with large Dlineman.
    The next need is guard. Hopefully Gallery is OK otherwise Guard becomes a necessity in round three.

  • bcz24

    NE’s glaring needs on the DLine are going to make it almost unfathomable for them to let go of Wilfork. HE is a beast at NT. But Belichik has surprised me in the past. I would love to see Wilfork and Seymour reunited on our line!

  • Ghost to the Post

    I think Asomough is the last good first round pick we made. Maybe Huff… If we could solidify our DL or our OL with a trade instead of a draft pick. I would prefer it. I think Wilfork hears Seymour talking about the palm trees and the great weather. Maybe just maybe we could get him too/

  • new englandraider

    tmz is reporting that STL RAMS rb stephen jackson severely beat his 9 month old pregnant girlfriend in march 2009. she went to hospital bleeding, and jackson made her tell hosp staff that she had fallen in shower

  • inonewordraider

    Still possible Al drafts a QB in round 1. He saw Favre, Brees, Manning, and Sanchez as the last qb’s standing and he brought in the guy credited for the development of Flaaco. He may beleive (not far fetched) Bruce or Jamarcus won’t materialize into such a qb

  • jmeds

    Jano is getting the shaft with no grease!

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