Morrison still finds the bright side


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.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Seymour Bush

    mistabrOwn, you say the exact same things every time you come here. Not only do you repeat yourself, you repeat oakglen, you repeat rush limbaugh, and now you are just parroting Glen Beck. Do you not have an original thought in your head? Sorry, that was too advanced. Do you not have thoughts in your head?

  • fat kidd

    post a good lady gaga video

  • Vegas

    Yes, I’m angry at Al Davis every freaking day, especially on Sunday’s.

    What of it? He’s riven my lifelong team into the ground.

    I am not angry at BrownStains, though.

  • Mistabr0wn

    Oakglen Bush, I know you want to insert yourself into my conv but I’m making a fool of KK today, it will be your turn another day, ok?

    I have never mentioned R limbaugh in here but you do mention Palin & Limbaugh daily, strange how you left wing limp diks know all the successful conservative hosts I cant name 1 left wing successful host.

    Now go sit in the corner and think about your actions…

  • Mistabr0wn

    Not only are you angry, stupid, lazy, and unsuccessful in your career your a blatant liar as well.

    Quite a list KKKell..

    # KoolKell Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    I am not angry at BrownStains, though.

  • fat kidd

    inside oakland raiders trivia. was told to shut up on post 16 and lasted til post 191 who am i?

  • But, you’re angry at me aren’cha Mr Brownstains. Why?

  • Seymour Bush

    Mistabr0wn Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Oakglen Bush, I know you want to insert yourself into my conv but I’m making a fool of KK today, it will be your turn another day, ok?

    hahaha. The only thing I ever insert is my boot to your ass. MistabrOwn wannna cracka?

  • Mistabr0wn

    KKKell, this isnt 3rd grade where you keep asking questions before answering the one I gave you first.

    Answer #277 or shut your piehole

  • Mr Brownstains

    Why should I answer any of your questions when you hate me?

  • Mistabr0wn

    KKKell I’m for bringing in J Campbell and cutting JaMeatloaf loose. What does that do to your race baiting buffoonery angle ?

  • Vegas

    I’m angry with Al Davis, pardon me all to hell, sir.

  • fat kidd

    Most of us here in the media are what I consider infotainers…. Rush Limbaugh is what I call a disinfotainer. He entertains by spreading disinformation.

  • What do you mean, about race baiting buffoonery?

  • Kirk

    I thought Al Davis was Captain Delusional!

  • raidertalk

    I remember the R. Moss debacle, HOF talent and no QB to get him the ball. No Oline to protect a mediocre QB to get him the Ball.

    Yeah Maybe we should just our 1st round pick for couple 2 rders, 1st round has been a waste since Charles Woodson.

  • Kirk Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    I thought Al Davis was Captain Delusional!


    he was promoted… to Major Malfunction…

  • RaiderRoman

    I wish this web page and this blog had a bright side!

  • When the Raiders show a bright side, this blog will be bright.

  • SaintKaufman



  • Why can’t the Raiders teach quality football?

  • Why can’t the Raiders fix their problems?

  • We’ve been hearing “gap control” for 7 years.

  • SaintKaufman

    What you want to do Kell?

    Let’s hear it….

  • Drafting a Left Tackle?

    When’s the last time the Raiders developed a Left Tackle? Art Shell, 38yrs ago?

  • SaintKaufman Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 6:38 pm
    What you want to do Kell?

    Let’s hear it….
    Are you deaf? I’ve been saying the same thing for years.

    Al has got to go!

  • They have the same problems every year, and they never get fixed. Why?

  • SaintKaufman

    Really? 🙂

  • Getting lined up properly is a challenge for the Raiders.

  • Coming off the snap at the same time is almost impossible.

  • fat kidd

    Al Davis
    The Man Behind the Shield

    Oakland Raiders Owner Al Davis was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 1, 1992. He started his professional football coaching career in 1960 as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Chargers (now known as the San Diego Chargers). Davis then went on to become the head coach and general manager of The Oakland Raiders. In 1963, when Al Davis took over the failing Oakland franchise that had struggled to win only nine of 42 league games in the initial three seasons of the new American Football League, he pledged to build the finest organization in sports. In April 1966, he became Commissioner of the American Football League before becoming the principal owner and chief executive officer of the Raiders. Davis’ legacy in professional sports is a standard that no one in the history of professional football can match in terms of winning and excellence.

    In 1950, Davis was named line coach at Adelphi College in New York. He then went into the U.S. Army, being assigned as head football coach at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. While there he molded a national power service team and capped one season by defeating the University of Maryland, National Collegiate Football Champions, in a squad game. Mr. Davis next served on the staff of the Baltimore Colts in 1954, at age 24, concentrating on player personnel work. During 1955-56, he served as line coach and chief recruiter at The Citadel. He then spent three years at the University of Southern California as line coach.

    Mr. Davis was the offensive end coach for the Los Angeles Chargers from 1960-62, before being named The Oakland Raiders head coach/general manager at age 33. During his first season in Oakland in 1963, the team went 10-4 with Davis being named Coach of the Year by the Associated Press, United Press International, Sports Illustrated, Sporting News and his fellow coaches. The nine-win turnaround in one season remains the greatest such accomplishment in pro football history. Mr. Davis became the first sports figure ever honored by the Oakland Chamber of Commerce when he was selected as Oakland’s Young Man of the Year.

    In 1966, Mr. Davis became Commissioner of the AFL at 36 and was acclaimed nationally as the driving force who forged the historic merger between the AFL and NFL. He also played a vital role in the development of the game as a participant on the prestigious NFL Competition Committee and the NFL Owners Executive Committee.

    In 1991, Mr. Davis became the first recipient of the NFL Players Association’s Retired Players Award of Excellence “for his contributions to the men who played the game.” As a member of the Executive Committee of the NFL Management Council, Mr. Davis was a major factor in achieving a collective bargaining agreement with the players.

    He attended Wittenberg College and Syracuse, earning a degree in English while playing football,

  • SaintKaufman

    We don’t need good coaches cause Al is so good at finding talent!

  • SaintKaufman

    I say we take the best OT that needs the least amount of coaching…..maybe that would stick.

  • SaintKaufman

    Fat Kidd,
    why does it stop in 1991?

  • Airight Fat Kidd,

    Why haven’t the Raider’s been able to fix their Run Defense over the last 7 years?

  • fat kidd

    because there linebackers play the pass too much and are too deep at the set

  • SaintKaufman

    I thought they had that in Robert Gallery when he was drafted.

    But are they going to stick with the ZBS, or would this rookie have several different coaches?

  • Why haven’t they fixed that?

  • SaintKaufman


  • Fat Kid

    They’ve been at the bottom of the league in Run D for the last 7 years because “the linebackers play too deep”

    Then why haven’t they moved them up in the last 7 years?

  • fat kidd

    they started to fix by getting rid of rob ryan be patient it will get better every year now

  • SaintKaufman

    As you know we have been screaming for DL help for years, but it’s gotten to the point where we’re just throwing water in the boat! Wasting all that talent on THAT scheme, it’s old man.

  • Why can they not get good QB play over the last almost 20 years, minus Gannon?

  • The Hoss was decent wasn’t he?

    And Jeff George horseshytted his way into the Raiders Record books during the Bugel year.

    But when you look to fill the QB spot with released vets, you are going to stumble. Why in the world they drafted Russell is beyond me. They should have known that they were incapable of handling that.

  • SaintKaufman

    I understand the Raider D is easy to read because they mostly do the same thing every play.

    But the rigidity of Davis and his philosophies hamstring the coaches.

  • fat kidd

    well you can not get good play out of a qb if you have aholes like randy moss dropping the ball intentionaly cause he is whinning about his contract

  • raidertalk

    hello jeff hostetler!!!

  • SaintKaufman

    just slightly

  • 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?

  • RaiderNsuede

    Hoss was decent