Green out, who’s next at tackle?


It’s hard to know what’s more amazing. The fact that Cornell Green was essentially a three-year starter for the Raiders or that the Buffalo Bills looked hard at that film and gave him a three-year contract.

With Green officially gone (you never know with the Raiders when players will boomerang to silver and black), it increases speculation Al Davis will be looking hard at an offensive tackles in the draft.

It’s logical thinking, with the danger being the Raiders haven’t exactly covered themselves in glory locating tackles in the past. We’ll give Mario Henderson (third round, 2007) the benefit of the doubt because he’s entering only his second season as a starter.

A rundown of the other Day 1 selections in the last 10-plus years:

— Paul McQuistan, third-round, 2006: Looked at originally as a tackle in an Art Shell power-blocking scheme, he never flourished as a zone blocker and battled injury.

— Robert Gallery, first round, (No. 2 overall, 2004): Struggled under revolving-door of line coaches until Tom Cable dubbed him a square peg in a round hole, put him at guard, and salvaged the selection.

— Langston Walker, second round, 2002: Coaches and teammates at Cal were stunned Walker went this high. He did eventually become a starter at right tackle, but had more bad games than good ones. The Bills gave him a huge free agent contract (you’d think they would have learned something about Raiders right tackles) and regretted it.

— Matt Stinchcomb, first round, No. 18 overall, 1999: Played the end of his senior year with a serious shoulder injury, and _ surprise! _ had reconstructive shoulder surgery early as a Raider. Went from tackle to guard to center, mastering none.

— Mo Collins, 1998, No. 23 overall: Powerful interior blocker drafted as a tackle but was better in a phone both than in space. Shifted to guard and played well.

The names you’ll be hearing about the most until April 22?

Russell Okung (Oklahoma State), Trent Williams (Oklahoma), Bryan Bulaga (Iowa) and Anthony Davis (Rutgers), the four players expected to go in the upper half of the first round. There’s also combine warrior Bruce Campbell of Maryland, deemed a reach at No. 8, much as his college teammate Darrius Heyward-Bey, was a reach at No. 7 in 2009.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Poodles and Corey Haim are for wusses. Global warming is fo shizzle. Just keepin it real. Word. Hey now.

  • Good Morning Nation!

  • Gardkowski on Cable:

    Coach Cable is more of a overseer. A discipline guy. He’s a player’s type coach. The players want to play for a coach like coach Cable. He’s easy to communicate with and he wants the best for his players. So you like playing for a coach like that.


  • I’ll have another think tonight while I’m on nightshift Bob.

  • Norco Bob

    Bo,..I admire the little Polock,..but, well,..money talks…I dont think he will be given a fair shot,..I may be wrong,..I am usually never worng, but at times I have been,…we will see. Hey now.

  • Becht stayin in AZ

  • jhill

    The Raiders didn’t want to show their hand by showing up at the OU pro day.

  • Time for me to go.

    Have a great Wednesday everyone.

  • Global Warming!

    There is no such thing! Hey Now!


  • Norco Bob

    I would make the trade with the Rams,…because the following teams also want Suh, like the Bucs, and I bet the Rams would love to pick 8th,..lot less cash.

  • David White on OT issues:

    So now what do the Raiders do?

    The obvious thought is they’ll draft an offensive tackle in the draft, something they haven’t done in the first round since Robert Gallery in 2004. Of course, if they wanted a stud tackle to build with, last year’s class was much stronger (Michael Oher, anyone?) and they didn’t draft an offensive lineman in any round, period.

    Don’t be surprised if the Raiders go as-is with Erik Pears and Khalif Barnes, with the possible addition of a second- or third-tier veteran free agent in Green’s mold.

    Here’s an even more intriguing possibility: why not move Henderson to right tackle and shift Robert Gallery back to left tackle? Everyone will say “because of the 2006 season” but that was different.

    Gallery was ruined by the Art Shell-Jackie Slater disaster, and had played pretty good until then. That coaching staff didn’t give him a chance and left his confidence shot.

    Gallery has been very good at left guard. Don’t think for a second he wouldn’t mind another crack at left tackle to show everyone he wasn’t a bust as advertised.

    Just a thought.

  • Bruce GarbageKowski is not the answer.

    You People….

  • Yep, Cable is a great head coach….hence his 20-54 record…because that is all his players’ fault…the head coach has nothing to do with wins and losses….right?


  • Norco Bob

    So far the best things Cable has done is break the snitches jaw, and slap around his ex old lady,..clearly both deserved it. Print that.

  • I always imagined the other Corey kicking the bucket first…

  • Al Davis’ mother is still alive and living in Georgia!:

    Woman, 130, Wants Age-Old Guinness Record
    3:44pm UK, Wednesday March 10, 2010

    Lulu Sinclair, Sky News Online

    A woman from Georgia is staking a claim to be the oldest person in the world.

    Antisa Khvichava still plays backgammon and drinks vodka

    Officials say Antisa Khvichava, who lives in a remote mountain village, will be 130 on July 8.

    The Georgian authorities have petitioned the Guinness Book of Records to include her as the oldest person.

    “Antisa Khvichava was born in the 19th century, and she is amazing,” said Giorgi Vashadze, head of Georgia’s Civil Registry Agency.

    “We have the necessary documents to prove it.”

    The authorities have Ms Khvichava’s Soviet-era passport registration, which shows her date of birth, and her pension book issued in the 1960s.

    Although she was born in 1880, the pensioner only retired in 1965.

    She was shown on TV two days ago – on International Women’s Day – being congratulated by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and enjoying a glass of wine.

    The matriarch, a resident of the Tsalenjikhi region, remains in good health, according to reports, and still plays backgammon and drinks vodka.

    If Mrs Khvichava is accepted for the Guinness Book of Records, she will take the title from a 114-year-old who lives in Japan.

  • You imagine when child actors will croak?

  • Norco Bob

    I think the more of the losers in here that post that they hope Al dies soon, I think thats whats keeping him alive. Print that.

  • Cable is an idiot!

  • Jhill,

    I got duped by the media, and let my own feelings skew my beliefs. Egg all over my face.

    I still stand behind my stories, however, WAY jumped the gun on this one.

  • Yep, Haley Joel Osment will be seeing dead people within 10 years….


    just kidding!

  • jhill Says:
    March 10th, 2010 at 7:51 am
    The Raiders didn’t want to show their hand by showing up at the OU pro day.


    So your saying the other 31 teams “tipped” off their hand when they attended?

  • Norco Bob

    I wish old Al would overpay for LT,..and promise him starting job…why would he go to Minn to backup Yo Adrien? LT is a atarter man! Word.

  • Norco Bob

    Cable is da man.

  • SteveAlford21

    Alright, Raiders fans… it’s time for me to make a 14 hour drive. Everyone have a great Wednesday! DRAFT FOR THE TRENCHES!

  • The Riaders have no need of attending a pro day…Herrera is checking youtube highlights as we speak!

  • Norco Bob

    I actually wanted Cable gone until he broke Randys jaw, and when I heard he slapped around that pig ex of his, I wanted him to get contract extension. Print that.

  • Norco Bob

    Where ya goin Steve?

  • Look at my boy Bruce, talking up his coach, being present for the media, acting like the starting QB.

    I love you man!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 14 hour drive? Where are you going….Cape Horn?

  • After the Mike Mitchell pick, when it appeared the only video was in fact his youtube cutup, sadly Dakota might be speaking some truth.

  • Norco Bob

    Get your jersey yet Vegas?

  • My last 5 jerseys are Jamarcus, Moss, Sapp, C-Wood (the only good one) and Jeff George.

    I don’t want to hex my boys MCL’s just yet, so I backed off. I have it saved on my nflshop “cart” though, a white 50th anniversary #5 with Bruce on the back.

    All in due time.

  • Vegas,

    We know bro!

    We know.

  • Anthony Becht re-signed with the Cardinals…Al is now moving on to his next free agent target…Kurt Warner.

  • SteveAlford21

    I’m going to Fayetteville, N.C. for a 19 year old chick that I met when she and I both lived in Pacifica last year. If you can’t find a good woman, raise one. 😉

    Alright, time to hit the road. Best to all y’all, fellas… except for TJ… screw that retarded pathological liar. 😀

  • jhill

    You still stand by your friend the tattoo artist’s stories? Who just met him last May?

    The last update we got from your source was that there was no way Russell would should up to camp in shape. Right after that, we get confirmation that he actually is in Az working out with some trainer. Not only that, the Raiders have an employee rolling with him full time.

    Any new updates?

  • SteveAlford21

    Oh, and to clarify the 14 hour part… it’s 7 there and 7 back. Picking her up to bring her here to stay with me for a few days. She even offered to pay half on gas. I extended the chivalrous offer to pay it all, but she insisted, so I’ll take it. I think it’s so that she won’t feel “obligated,” thereby making any naughtiness totally legit and without a sense of any outside factors influencing actions. Either that or she’s just awesome, as well as a hottie. Doubtful, though… attractive women just aren’t thoughtful… unless they’re trying to get something…

  • MM will be a solid S in the NFL. Word!

  • SteveAlford21

    Okay, this time I really mean it: I need to get on the road now to get there when I want to. See y’all later.

    Talk amongst yourselves while I’m gone. I’ll give you a topic: DHB could get to almost double-digits in receptions this year and DMC could limit his number of fumbles to LESS than double-digits this year if the NFL lifts its ban on stick’em. Discuss.