By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, February 4th, 2010 at 10:59 am in Oakland Raiders.
Playing catch-up as I take advantage of a slow week to tend to things on the home front:
The theme of this Dallas Morning-News story on Tim Brown seems to be he’s a Hall of Fame candidate in spite of the Raiders and Al Davis, and not because of them. Brown says Davis even ordered Jeff George to stop throwing to Brown so often.
Nobody talks a better game than Brown. He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer as an interviewer, but I’ll be surprised if he makes it in on the first shot considering what he’s up against.
Jerry Rice is a slam dunk on the first ballot, and Cris Carter is back for his second chance. The guess here is Brown will be left out this time around as Carter was last year.
As an aside, if former Chargers and Cardinals coach Don Coryell is enshrined, Davis may break his recent silence to speak up on behalf of Tom Flores. For all the Chargers’ explosive offenses, Coryell never even made a Super Bowl, let alone won one. He lost to Flores when the Raiders beat San Diego in the AFC title game following the 1980 season.
– Here’s a good read on Ted Hendricks in the Miami Herald. The word unique is overused, but it’s appropriate when applied to Hendricks. There hasn’t been anyone like him before or since.
– Monte Poole thinks Davis must be up to something. Otherwise, why would things be so eerily quiet during an important point in club history.
My thought? The Raiders have never given much thought to presenting themselves to the public, so the silence isn’t that big a deal. Maybe the philosophy is to keep quiet and try and fix things rather than make promises they can’t keep.
– Big surprise . . . Nnamdi Asomugha tells the Chron’s David White he was joking about the trade to the Jets to play alongside Darrelle Revis.
Asomugha is sitting on a winning lottery ticket. The third year of his contract in 2011 pays Asomugha either $16.8 million or the average of the top five quarterbacks in the NFL, whichever figure is higher. Ownership in Indianapolis and New Orleans has indicated Peyton Manning and Drew Brees will get new deals this offseason.
The Raiders can either pay Asomugha or not pick up the option on the third year.
– Hard to make a case for the Raiders bringing out the best in their players when you consider that of the six men named to the NFL’s All-Decade team who wore silver and black, only one _ punter Shane Lechler _ built his case while in Oakland.
Wide receiver Randy Moss quit trying until he got traded. Defensive tackle LaRoi Glover was cut because the Raiders already had Chester McGlockton, Russell Maryland, Jerry Ball and Grady Jackson, with the final call being Glover vs. Jackson.
Warren Sapp added to his sack total but was in the middle of a porous defense against the run. Charles Woodson needed the serenity of Green Bay to apply himself in a manner which would bring out the best in his skills and bring his game to a new level. We’re only one year in to Richard Seymour’s time in Oakland, and although he’s the Raiders best lineman, it’s hard to make a case he was better than in New England.
The Raiders had a seventh All-Decade team member on the roster in training camp, but Lorenzo Neal sustained a hamstring injury which ended his career.