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Morrison still finds the bright side

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 at 2:25 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Even Captain Delusional conceded the third-round tender placed upon him by the Raiders stung a little bit.

“It’s hard to really kind of fathom it,” Raiders linebacker Kirk Morrison said on an episode of ESPN’s “Jim Rome is Burning” to guest host Marcellus Wiley. “You understand that, OK, here I am, putting in this hard work, feeling like I was very deserving of being put on a higher pedestal, but the organization didn’t see it that way.

“I don’t get mad about it. I don’t get frustrated about it. My thing is to go out and work hard this offeason, be a more productive linebacker next year. Be better.”

“Captain Delusional” is the nickname used good-naturedly by some Bay Area media with regard to Morrison because of his ability to paint even the most dire situation in a positive light. Give up 200 yards rushing? No worries. Just a couple of big plays or trick plays. A one-sided loss? A springboard to togetherness and better days ahead.

We know, of course, Morrison may be thinking other things. But he’s a team-first guy who won’t start fires in the media, from whom never is heard a discouraging word.

Morrison has led the Raiders in tackles for each of the last five seasons, but was given a third-round tender while Stanford Routt was given a first- and third. Thomas Howard was given a second. Ricky Brown was given a second. Even Hiram Eugene got a second.

The message seems clear enough _ the Raiders were inviting teams to make an offer and would take the draft pick in return. Short of that, with the restricted free agent market as slow as molasses, Morrison could be part of a trade as the draft approaches.

“I understand it’s a business and I want to make sure I go ou tthere and whatever happens in this free agency thing, whatever team I play for, whether it be the Raiders or whoever else, that I go out there and give 110 percent and move forward.”

And although the Raiders will ultimately determine where Morrison plays, the Captain’s public stance is that he’s in control of his destiny.

“I’m excited for the situation I’m in right now because I do have the opportunity to explore my options, figure out what’s best for Kirk Morrison,” Morrison said. “A lot of teams, they want to do what’s best for them. I have the opportunity now to see what’s best for Kirk Morrison and where his career can go.”

Morrison said there has been interest from other teams which he declined to name but promised “Over the next couple of weeks there’s going to be a lot of action going on because of the draft, trades, different things. I’m just kind of sitting back, waiting around.”

Morrison talked in diplomatic terms of the Donovan McNabb trade from Philadelphia to Washington, painting it as a good deal for both teams and lauding his skills as a quarterback, and gave the company line “open competition” answer when queried about JaMarcus Russell and Bruce Gradkowski and their battle to be the Raiders quarterback.

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  • SaintKaufman

    Yeah, and…

  • RaiderResurrection

    I hate read and react defenses. For them to work you need half of your team to be Pro Bowlers.

    Even the Cover 2 or Tampa 2 is a read and react defense.

    We don’t have enough football players on Defense. We have too many track Athletes. That’s why we suck.

    We need to upgrade to the 3-4. At least you can get away with meat-heads as outside linebackers and fat basterds at all three Defensive-line spots.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Would anybody say the Raider Offense is QB friendly?

  • RaiderNsuede
  • Seymour Bush

    # KoolKell Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    My point being, the Raider’s problems never get fixed. Why?

    Because Al Davis insists on doing the same thing every year?

    Regardless or personnel or results?
    ===========================================

    This is a preposterous statement. What does Davis do every single year? Have a strong armed Deep Throwing QB? Is that why Gannon was here?

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    He fires coaches every year
    He changes schemes every year
    He plays straight drop passing every single year
    He play predominately Man every single year
    He foments drama every single year

    I could go on, you know.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    He loses by double digits every single year

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    playing the 4-3 is just an excuse for having two lightweights at end…

    we should go back to the 3-4… and man up…

    get some beef on the line…

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    6 winning seasons in 20 years.

  • Ghost to the Post

    The West coast offense is old (30years) but, if executed properly it’s effective. We could run the old wing T offense if we executed it would be succesful. Look at what Miami did a few years ago. It’s all about everyone on the team buying into the concept and executing at each and every individuals job as it is designed. The Raiders offense of deeper routes is more difficult to execute and it probably shouldn’t be run with a Zone Blocking scheme you need big fat bodies in our offense. But, that being said the idea of our offense is supposedly to run to set up the play action passing. If you can’t run. You can’t play action. You can’t run the deep routes. When ran Succesful though like The Rams of the Greatest show on Turf. It’s a thing of beauty. Especially with a great QB. How’s that Kell.

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    that many ???

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Why can’t the Raiders get lined up properly and come off the snap on time, for years???????

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

    The last time we went to a little 3-4, in Robo’s 1st year, it was a gigantic disaster.

    Doubt Al gets talked into that one again.

  • severeraiderz

    Seymour Bush Says:
    April 4th, 2010 at 8:01 pm
    # severeraiderz Says:
    April 4th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Pros: Can’t miss size at 6-6 260 he is a giant quarterback. I have never seen someone throw a ball like him with the flick of his wrist it goes a mile. 80 yards on his feet, 60 yards on his knees and 40 on his butt. To go with that is a 68% completion percentage. Good runner and very tough to bring down. A winner in college and very good in the clutch. Only threw 8 picks.
    Cons: Its very hard to find a knock on this. Needs to display more leadership. Only other knock is of his 8 picks is when he is trying to force throws while he is being hit in the pocket. Because of his size and strength he can still stand after being hit and thats when he forces throws.
    Overall: Top player in draft barely edging Calvin Johnson. Could be a Daunte Culpepper or Donavan Mcnabb type Quarterback but more tested in college. Should be #1 pick by the raiders could save the franchise.

    LMAO
    ========================================================

    When you laugh your ass off at this assessment, it just makes YOU look stupid. This is basically THE assessment everyone, including myself had. This Russell kid is HEAD AND SHOULDERS above almost every other Q prospect in the last 10 years. That ain’t that easy to be that person! So, what went wrong? Well, a lot of things. The #1 problem was most good football people knew Russell needed a LOT of stability. The recent Raider franchise and stability are incompatible. Russell has had 4 play callers and 2 head coaches in 4 years. That is not good for someone who needs stability.

    ………………………………………………..

    If YOU had that assesment, then it was YOU who are the foolish one. I had him rated as a #1 overall pick in terms of talent, but a mid round guy in terms of work ethic and ability to read defenses and he came from a shotgun offense which put him as a mid to late 1st round pick IMO. Many people in here argued against Russell for the very reasons that i did and the fact that he shot up draft boards demolishing a crappy ND defense on national TV, with 2 receivers that were 1st round picks and one that was a second and got Anquan traded. People were unsure of his leaership, his work ethic, and his ability to adjust to a pro style offense. I had Calvin Johnson , AD, Darrelle Revis, Lawrence Timmons, Joe Thomas, Ryan Kalil, Leon Hall, Aaron Ross, Patrick Willis, and Amobi Okoye ahead of him and had Troy Smith rated as my #2 QB and Drew Stanton as #3. This bull about play callers kills me because Lane Kiffin was his 1st playcaller with Knapp as the OC, then Knapp was his play caller, then cable….they all came from the same staff and kept close enough philosophies and terminology that it shouldn’t have been difficult. Playcallers don’t make you throw inaccurate passes and have sloppy footwork and throwing mechanics. he has probably the best QB coach ever and still made no progress, in fact he regressed yet somehow its the fault of his playcallers, i decree shenanigans on that.

  • fat kidd

    the raiders problems ran deep from 2001-2009 their was a assholle in the white house players would come to work and be depressed because somebody was starting wars ,torturing people ,running the economy into the ground ,the players did not no if they could send their kids to college,are they gonna lose their house etc.now thats fixed the bum is gone

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Ghost

    Whatever, why can’t they make it work?

  • Seymour Bush

    Simple people want simple answers to complex issues. Why did the economy tank? Mortgage meltdown. How do we fix Health care? Not with government! Why do the Raiders suck? Al Davis. Sometime things just aren’t two or three word answers but simple people want simple two or three word answers.

    The issue with the Raiders is some is Davis, some is the players, some is the coaching, some is the drafting, some is bad luck, some is the fans.
    Enron was a major corporate failure. Was it Kenneth Lays complete and utter fault that Enron collapsed? Well, he was the CEO, pretty easy to blame him 100%. Can’t really argue with that can you? But maybe Skilling had something to do with it, along with a hundred others.

  • RaiderNsuede
  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    S Bush

    ??????????????

  • severeraiderz

    Pete,

    I think we should go to a 3-4 as well, people can no longer say that we dont have the personell if we draft 1 more LB and take Cody in the second, Cam Thomas in the third, or Linval Joseph in the 4th/5th. 3-4 is the best defense against the run besides the 46 but for some reason the team that struggled the most against the run the last decade won’t use it. Not to mention it won us the rings, Al make the switch even if it means getting rid of Marshall.

  • Ghost to the Post

    Look over at Indianapolis. Continuity and Chemistry. It takes time and we have an impatient owner who wants results faster than they can produce. It’s all about patience at work ethic at this point in my opinion. O and a great QB never hurt.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Seymour Bush Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    The issue with the Raiders is some is Davis, some is the players, some is the coaching, some is the drafting, some is bad luck, some is the fans.
    ————————
    Why do the Raider mouthpieces always blame the fans?

    WTF do the fans have to do with it?

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Seymour Bush Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    The issue with the Raiders is some is Davis, some is the players, some is the coaching, some is the drafting, some is bad luck, some is the fans.
    ————————–
    Isn’t Al Davis the boss of the Raiders?

    Isn’t it Al Davis’ job to fix the problems?

  • SaintKaufman

    Fellas, we’re just along for the ride. On one hand we should be looking over at this 80 year old dude, nodding your head with a big grin saying, Al Davis! Damn! This dude has come from nothing to have seen it all and done it all in the football world many times over. I’ve read people in hear saying that they want Al to ‘step down’ or ‘retire’. I figure he’s been retired for some time now. But these Raiders, they his whole life. Job, hobby, family. Al Davis doesn’t play golf, he doesn’t race boats or collect cars. He runs the Raiders!! And I wouldn’t doubt it if he outlived everyone on this blog. Let it play out, right?
    I mean hell, why would he stay home and play fantasy football when he can play the real thing. One of the all time studs!

    On the other hand, this sucks!

  • Sweep The Leg.

    # fat kidd Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    the raiders problems ran deep from 2001-2009 their was a assholle in the white house players would come to work and be depressed because somebody was starting wars ,torturing people ,running the economy into the ground ,the players did not no if they could send their kids to college,are they gonna lose their house etc.now thats fixed the bum is gone
    =====================================================

    This may be the stupidest post ever written.

    We are all dumber now, after reading this.

    I hope this is a (very) bad attempt at comedy.

  • Seymour Bush

    severeraiderz Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    If YOU had that assesment, then it was YOU who are the foolish one. I had him rated as a #1 overall pick in terms of talent, but a mid round guy in terms of work ethic and ability to read defenses and he came from a shotgun offense which put him as a mid to late 1st round pick IMO
    ==============================================

    So, let’s just say that you had him as a mid lst round selection, and you could take him at a position of real need. You aren’t going to do it? The issue with playcallers is Peyton Manning knows EXACTLY what play Tom Moore is going to call. And I mean he knew what play Moore would call 3 years into his career. If you think right now, 2 years later they are running Kiffins play book…I don’t think so.

  • Sweep The Leg.

    So what, the players on the Patriots and Steelers are immune to depression?

    Are they on Prozac?

  • fat kidd

    Sweep The Leg. Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 7:31 pm
    # fat kidd Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    the raiders problems ran deep from 2001-2009 their was a assholle in the white house players would come to work and be depressed because somebody was starting wars ,torturing people ,running the economy into the ground ,the players did not no if they could send their kids to college,are they gonna lose their house etc.now thats fixed the bum is gone
    =====================================================

    This may be the stupidest post ever written.

    We are all dumber now, after reading this.

    I hope this is a (very) bad attempt at comedy.
    ……………………………………………….nope walk into the light!smell the coffee!wake up

  • fat kidd

    April 6th, 2010 at 7:34 pm
    So what, the players on the Patriots and Steelers are immune to depression?

    Are they on Prozac?
    ……………………………………………….funny you mention two east coast teams when it was the west coast being threatened with nuclear strikes from the north koreans

  • severeraiderz

    Seymour

    If Russell would study the playbook and put in the time the playcaller shouldn’t matter. If a rookie could come from college and adjust to the pros such as Matt Ryan and Flacco did there is no reason JR shouldnt be able to adjust to minor changes in terminology. Consistsency is a plus but Rivers went from Schottenheimer to Norvall and didn’t miss a beat. That also doensn’t explain his regression over the offseason when Tom Cable was the same playcaller he had the year previously. It all boils down to Russell and his commitment to getting better.

  • Seymour Bush

    # KoolKell Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Seymour Bush Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    The issue with the Raiders is some is Davis, some is the players, some is the coaching, some is the drafting, some is bad luck, some is the fans.
    ————————–
    Isn’t Al Davis the boss of the Raiders?

    Isn’t it Al Davis’ job to fix the problems?
    =================================================

    Isn’t that exactly what I just said about Enron and Kenneth Lay? Lay is to blame. Kinda hard to argue that. But did Lay cook the books? Should Lay have known others were cooking the books?
    Davis’ job is to hire people to do the job of fixing the problems. When Gabril Wilson drops a game winning INT is that Davis’ fault? Well, I guess. When Bill Callahan stands in front of a national audience and says his team (Jerry Rice, Bill Romonowski, Rich Gannon, Tim Brown) is the “dumbest team in America”, is that Davis’ Fault that the players got pissed? I guess.

  • fat kidd

    j.russell aint the problem if you look at any other team in the league when they fire a head coach and hire a new one the new head coach selects his coaching staff ,the raiders hire a new head coach and tell him what ex-players are his coaches,such as fred blintkoff ,what is he going to teach them how to use stikum

  • severeraiderz

    fat kidd Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 7:48 pm
    j.russell aint the problem if you look at any other team in the league when they fire a head coach and hire a new one the new head coach selects his coaching staff ,the raiders hire a new head coach and tell him what ex-players are his coaches,such as fred blintkoff ,what is he going to teach them how to use stikum

    …………………………………………………………………..

    Russell had probably the best QB coach of all time and if he did learn anything from him, he executed next to none of if it.

  • Seymour Bush

    severeraiderz Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Seymour

    If Russell would study the playbook and put in the time the playcaller shouldn’t matter. If a rookie could come from college and adjust to the pros such as Matt Ryan and Flacco did there is no reason JR shouldnt be able to adjust to minor changes in terminology.
    ===================================================

    I’ve said this a million times on this blog. Russell is completely reliant on the coaching staff to call plays. It’s not that he doesn’t know them, it’s that he is not ALLOWED to call them. Shoot, he is not allowed to audible out of plays more or less call them. So if the play is late coming in or the OC and the HC are arguing about a play call, that makes Russell look stupid.

    With regards to Flacco and Ryan, the Ravens were 13-3 two years before Flacco got there. The Falcons were in the NFC Championship game 3 years before Ryan got there. The Raiders lost at least 10 games for YEARS before Russell got there. Same thing with Sanchez. Mark Sanchez took over a team that had won 10 games twice in the prior 4 years. In other words, there were some players on those teams. You have to compare Russell to other overall number one Q’s, like Stafford, Alex Smith, Akili Smith, Tim Couch, guys that didn’t have anyone else around them.

  • Seymour Bush

    # KoolKell Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Seymour Bush Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    The issue with the Raiders is some is Davis, some is the players, some is the coaching, some is the drafting, some is bad luck, some is the fans.
    ————————
    Why do the Raider mouthpieces always blame the fans?

    WTF do the fans have to do with it?
    ===================================================

    As for some of the fans, maybe tempering their expectations just slightly would not be a bad thing. Even at this sad junction of the Raiders existence, I expect to win every single game, but if I don’t I don’t have a fit and want every player and every coach cut.

  • Seymour Bush

    # Ghost to the Post Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Look over at Indianapolis. Continuity and Chemistry. It takes time and we have an impatient owner who wants results faster than they can produce. It’s all about patience at work ethic at this point in my opinion. O and a great QB never hurt.
    ====================================

    Pretty good post right here.

  • fat kidd

    but when people come in here say get rid of al davis,tom cable ,all these players ,i do not see a team that needs a engine overhaul,just a tune-up

  • Seymour Bush

    Fat Kidd, what I think you need to see is improvement. You need to see improvement from the QB position, the RB position the Oline positions, the WR positions, the defensive play calling, run defense, pass defense. We need to see improvement in the Special Teams play. You need to see the team start eliminating mistakes, and you need to see the team start forcing other teams into mistakes. That’s what we need to see. That’s what the fans should be looking for. Personally, at least we are at the point where things are no longer going to get worse. I hope.

  • Jombus1

    MORRISON SUCKS……

  • fat kidd

    well if you start with a simple thing like kick-offs would j. russell look better starting at his his own 20 or their 45. so you tune it up by not using a fullback on your kickoffs.easy cheesey japaneasy,then you move on to your qb ,lets see his most difficult problem was turning the ball over mostly by the ball being swatted from his hand,well how do fix that ?maybe step up in the pocket to avoid the rush, hold the ball with two hands,seems like a coaching solution

  • fat kidd

    wr reicer position listed as a problem ,solution get rid of javon walker,draft louis murphy,get chaz schillens healthy,three things already done,one to go sign terrell owens.easy cheesey japaneasy

  • fat kidd

    rb position listed as a problem ,letting louis rankin go big mistake agreed,no one wants to cut ties with d.mcfadden accept me.everyone likes his pass recieving abilities,but he is a rb not a reciever,solution get a rb in the draft cj spiller and i would look at a brian westbrook who can run and catch

  • fat kidd

    oops i forgot om 392 post easy cheesey japaneasy

  • raidertalk

    THE SOLUTION:

    2 Russell, JaMarcus FB ACT 6’6″ 360 8/9/1985 4 Louisiana State

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