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UPDATED: OTAs, Kiffin-Cable and `30 for 30′

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Back at it this week, with Raiders’ OTA’s scheduled Tuesday through Thursday.

If form holds, the media window will be Wednesday (awaiting confirmation), with the Raiders opting for the NFL minimum of availability rather than build on a what has been a very good offseason in terms of positive vibes.

UPDATE: Indeed, media availability will be four of the next five Wednesdays _ May 19 and 26 followed by June 9 and 16.

A couple of items until then:

— Lane Kiffin’s interview with HBO’s “Real Sports” airs Tuesday. Haven’t seen an advance copy, but the Orange County Register reported Kiffin denied he was insubordinate and CNN-SI’s Peter King had a Kiffin quote regarding Al Davis and the coach’s defense about leaving Tennessee after a single season in his “Monday Morning Quarterback” column.

“How many Raiders coaches ended real great? It’s all Al Davis. He’s gonna run the whole thing. What’s going to happen is whatever he feels like that day,” Kiffin said.

Contrast that approach with how Tom Cable described working with Davis following the draft.

“When I first got this job, one of the things I asked him to do was teach me (the business side of it), free agency, putting a team together through the draft,” Cable said. “We’re connecting that way, and it’s a good thing. The field stuff, the coaching, that is easy for me. That’s what I’ve always done. But there’s another whole side of this that’s just as important. That’s where as an organization, we’re able to do it together.”

Cable may not ultimately succeed, and we’ll have a good indication it’s a lost cause the moment Sebastian Janikowski lines up for a 76-yard field goal attempt (not that he’d be insubordinate in any way). If the offense improves, and the Raiders still struggle in terms of wins and losses, Hue Jackson could be next man up.

But Cable is operating in a way that gives him something Kiffin didn’t want _ a chance. You either look to succeed and survive or look to get out. So far, both Cable and Kiffin got what they wanted.

— Is this supposed to be tongue-in-cheek and I’m too clueless to get it?

In Mike Lombardi’s weekly Sunday column he writes “According to sources I’ve talked to in the NFL, former Raiders first-round pick JaMarcus Russell apparently is running out of options. Cincinnati isn’t interested, and several teams are exploring the possibility of Russell playing another position. Russell needs to be more proactive to get back in the NFL, and if that means turning to the CFL, he must explore that option. Waiting for his phone to ring from an NFL team is not going to happen.”

Playing another position?

Putting aside the jokes about Russell playing nose tackle or on the offensive line, what other position could he possibly play and exactly how long are these teams spending on someone whose sole strength at present is a strong throwing arm at a position other than quarterback?

— Lots of angry reaction on Ice Cube’s “Straight Outta LA,” the ESPN “30 for 30” film on the rapper’s youth and the influence of the Los Angeles Raiders.

Growing up in the East Bay during the Raiders’ Oakland glory years, my own point of view was expressed much better in HBO’s “Rebels of Oakland,” the documentary about the championship seasons of the A’s and Raiders. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t interesting to see things from a different frame of reference.

Most striking _ the Los Angeles Raiders represented style over substance, attitude over production. The Oakland Raiders were true iconoclasts, quirky individualists who became a team every Sunday.

Davis was right in that he’ll ultimately be judged by history, and make no mistake _ if the Raiders actually turn things around, considering the change in media since they last won anything _ he’ll be a bigger story than he ever was while presiding over three Super Bowl champions and railing against the perceived injustices of the NFL.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • The Return of Godliness

    # Seymour Bush Says:
    May 17th, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    # The Return of Godliness Says:
    May 17th, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Dude…..albert’s contract is cheap this is a known thing man…he got most of his money alreeady…Wash just wants someone to pay some of that 21 mil bonus thats it!!! AS for Big John he play declined last two years when all of his defense was sent packing….try again. You last week put up an atricle talking about last 2 years it fell off now you say last 4?
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    $21mm ain’t that cheap. You gotta understand. Haynesworth signed a contract worth ONE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS! And now he’s a pain in the ASS?? Now he doesn’t want to play? Who the fook would want THAT? No one would want that.

    As for Henderson his production has been about half the last four years what it was his first four years in the league. Jokesonville kept thinking he was just having an off year, he will rebound…four years later, they just cut him.
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    Man someone please talk to Seymour…..21 million was his roster bonus!!!!! Dan Snyder contract!!!! Roster bonus not his base salary. He is only getting about 4-5 million this season for playing!!!! Come on man!!! Fuk playing for Shannahan he takes the fun out of the game and he is a such a hack and a loser. Haynesworth isnt a 3-4 NT or DE…he is a 4-3 NT plain and simple and he knows what he can do I dont blame him.

    Sorry but Jacksonville cant think he was that bad if they moved him to UT after Stroud left…..use your brain man….UT is the guy who doesnt do the dirty work and is apass rushing DT…also they did some 3-4 and he play DE which was stupid. The entire defense left after 2007 year. Remember their 12-4 year and how tough that defense was? Look at the defenses the years he was there they had excellent run Ds…..NEXT

  • The Return of Godliness

    # Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    May 17th, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Vegas, that site has Super Mario ranked 77 out of 77. And Cornbread at 48!
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    Site sucks then

  • The Return of Godliness

    # SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    May 17th, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    ROG,

    HEre’s a suggested trade….I know people won’t like it but…..

    Rights to Richard Seymour for Albert Haynesworth and a 3rd rounder.

    I am not sure Seymour wants to be here. In fact I am quite sure of it. Move Seymour on and let Houston be his heir apparent. The Redskins get a true 3-4 DE that wants to play closer to his home in South Carolina…the Raiders get a beast NT that desperately wants to play in the 4-3.
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    I’m down for that!!!

  • The Return of Godliness

    # vegas raider Says:
    May 17th, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Satele is 26th, Morris 32nd, Jake Grove 5th.

    Has Grove as one of the best pass-blocking C in the league, Satele as the 3rd worst pass-blocker (but one of the best on screens, lol).
    ********************************

    Jake Grove sucks plain and simple

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    ROG,

    You are absolutely right to work these guys over. Anyone who goes in thinking Kelly and Bryant (290lbs) will keep McClain clean is drinking that Kool-Aid morning, noon and night.

    People in here are DREAMING of an Internet rumor that an Undrafted Free Agent from Harvard who played spot duty last year gained 20lbs.

    One player away from a no-compromise defense.

    Haynesworth or henderson….someone in here to plug the middle please!

  • Yes Mario is the worst T by leaps and bounds according to the “stats”.

    I know stats aren’t the be-all-end-all, but I am sure this guy didn’t create his study to show that Mario Henderson and Kevin Mawae are the worst starters at their positions.

    That’s just how it ended up, and is probably more truth than fiction.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Richard Seymour for Albert Haynesworth and a 3rd rounder.

    ***

    I doubt Washington would give up the 3rd rounder!

    Seymour for Haynesworth straight up maybe …

    with Shaughnessy, Houston & Richardson at DE plus the ability of Kelly or Bryant to play DE – how much does Dick Seymour add ??? we finished 29th in run defense last year. I’ll take Fat Albert for Little Richard any day.

    S&B: please send Al Davis a fax with Rockstar’s stamp of approval. thanks bro

  • The Return of Godliness

    # SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    May 17th, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    ROG,

    You are absolutely right to work these guys over. Anyone who goes in thinking Kelly and Bryant (290lbs) will keep McClain clean is drinking that Kool-Aid morning, noon and night.

    People in here are DREAMING of an Internet rumor that an Undrafted Free Agent from Harvard who played spot duty last year gained 20lbs.

    One player away from a no-compromise defense.

    Haynesworth or henderson….someone in here to plug the middle please!
    ******************************

    We are in the man’s conference and you need a big guy in the middle especially with the type of 4-3 we run….also aint we about to be blitzing this year with those OLBS? Gonna be vital to have a big guy like Hendu or Albert

  • The Return of Godliness

    # vegas raider Says:
    May 17th, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Yes Mario is the worst T by leaps and bounds according to the “stats”.

    I know stats aren’t the be-all-end-all, but I am sure this guy didn’t create his study to show that Mario Henderson and Kevin Mawae are the worst starters at their positions.

    That’s just how it ended up, and is probably more truth than fiction.
    **************************

    Mario is fine…..I like Mario….he didnt do hot in the 2nd half but played well first half. i’m sure a real chance at winning games and a real OC will do wonder. Mario is the man. I remember he gave up a few sacks vs Wash cuz Russell was out there. He quit on him which he should have done!!!

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Rockstar,

    Straight up Seymour for Haynesworth is fine with me too.

    We will end up making Seymour one of the highest paid defensive players at 31 years old…Not too excited about that.

    I’ll be sure to include the stamp approval in the letter I am writing to Davis and Cable

  • The Return of Godliness

    # Charged Up for Superbowl Victory Says:
    May 17th, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Guess whose #1 y’all, Philip ‘mutha f*cking’ Rivers!!!

    http://profootballfocus.com/by_position.php?tab=by_position&season=2009&pos=QB&stype=r&runpass=&teamid=-1&numsnaps=25&numgames=1
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    Fuk u b!tch I’ll beat your ass….your city is a joke when it comes to sports

  • The Return of Godliness

    Mario Henderson= LT get over it he is a great player

  • RaiderRockstar

    S&B: I’m going to blame this on you, the lack of a nose tackle

    I remember last year you were lobbying hard for a base end. wanted that Gilbert kid who ended up in Chicago I think …

    now we have 4 or 5 of them and nobody to play NT 🙂

  • Fuk u Godliness! You couldn’t handle me. I’m ripped like Terry Crews.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Mario Henderson was not the reason why the Raiders struggled on offense last year

    That distinction belongs to JaDavis Russell and Tom Cable’s playcalling and personnel decisions

  • The Return of Godliness

    Chumped up…ill be there week 5 in SD….Seyi Ajirotutu is dating my cousin and i will have tickets to the game. I’ll talk so much shyt at the game and I’ll take your women from you punk. They want a silver and black dik that commits to excellence and ill make them swallow my pride and poise!!!

  • The Return of Godliness

    # Charged Up for Superbowl Victory Says:
    May 17th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Fuk u Godliness! You couldn’t handle me. I’m ripped like Terry Crews.
    *****************************

    GOOD I dont like fighting smaller guys at all!!! I find more joy beating up big people. Yall generally cant fight

  • The Return of Godliness

    # SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    May 17th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Mario Henderson was not the reason why the Raiders struggled on offense last year

    That distinction belongs to JaDavis Russell and Tom Cable’s playcalling and personnel decisions
    ***************************

    Yep this is truth

  • Trade DMAC for Terry Crews!

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    May 17th, 2010 at 2:10 pm
    S&B: I’m going to blame this on you, the lack of a nose tackle

    I remember last year you were lobbying hard for a base end. wanted that Gilbert kid who ended up in Chicago I think …

    now we have 4 or 5 of them and nobody to play NT
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    It takes Davis and Cable a little longer to understand the change that is needed. For example, they realized the disaster at base end by the end of training camp….hence the last minute trade for Seymour

    We will also realize the gaping hole in the middle around the same time…and at that point a trade might be made for Haynesworth….who will be a holdout by that time.

    Raiders are run by visual people. They have to see something work or fail a few times before acting on it.

  • If you come near me Godliness, me and my bros will beat you so bad your ass will be permanently Charger blue.

  • The Return of Godliness

    # Charged Up for Superbowl Victory Says:
    May 17th, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    If you come near me Godliness, me and my bros will beat you so bad your ass will be permanently Charger blue.
    ***********************

    See Chargerless punks? They cant fight one on one…..you already showed your card…you are a b!tch

  • The Return of Godliness

    # Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    May 17th, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Trade DMAC for Terry Crews!
    *****************************

    That is why you have a flat jump shot with zero arc

  • RaiderRockstar

    Charger blue?

    Chargers are purple … like the Lakers

  • The Return of Godliness

    Chumped up…..i’ll drag your b!tch from Jack Murphy to I-8 likethe punk you are then have your women take me to Mission Valley mall at Junior Seau’s restaurant to pay for my meal and drinks you f@ggot

  • The Return of Godliness

    Watch week 5 yall im going down to SD….how much you wanna bet I take one of them fine ass charger hoes to the tilt for the one nighter? All women want a man in black. Charger men are a joke who allow opposing teams fans to take over their stadium

  • The Return of Godliness Says:
    May 17th, 2010 at 2:15 pm
    # Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    May 17th, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Trade DMAC for Terry Crews!
    *****************************

    That is why you have a flat jump shot with zero arc

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::

    Optical illusion. With my ups, I’m pretty much shooting down at the bucket.

  • Godliness, I will sodomize in front of your pathetic Raider Nation with my Dan Fouts Starting Lineup figurine.

  • GaterRaider

    charged up for another loss in the playoffs to a wild card team, get that ghey sht outta here

  • At least we make the playoffs.

  • RaiderRockstar

    excellent post S&B (322)

    so do you think the same standard applies to the O-Line as well then?

    and what do you think about adding Cory Proctor?

    Dallas cut the 27 year old C/G today.

  • GaterRaider

    theres no point in making the playoffs if ur just gonna lose there , come back when san diego has a lombardi trophy, which will be never

  • Alright GayerRaider, I will be taking to you next year when the Chargers are hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in Dallas.

  • Why would we trade for Haynesworth and give up anything, when you can get Henderson for cheaper and not having to give up picks?

    And don’t think for a second that Haynesworth wouldn’t hold out here. He got his big pay-day, and one year later, he wants another one. Being he has played 16 games once his entire career (contract year, no suprise there) I think Washington got completely hoodwinked when they signed him.

  • GaterRaider

    keep dreaming sucka

  • Albuquerque Raider, we will give you Merriman for Seymour.

  • The dream will be fulfilled soon.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    May 17th, 2010 at 2:29 pm
    excellent post S&B (322)

    so do you think the same standard applies to the O-Line as well then?

    and what do you think about adding Cory Proctor?

    Dallas cut the 27 year old C/G today.
    ======================================================
    Definitely applies to the O-Line. From Kwame Harris being signed despite his prior performance, to force feeding him all season…to Cornell Green being allowed to START year after year….all the way to not even taking an O-Lineman in the draft last year. Definitely applies….cable thinks he can turn any player into a good player and Al Davis would just as well not spend any money on the lines if he could get away with it and focus all his dollars on receivers and defensive backs.

    As for Cory Proctor…says he plays Center, we need all the competition we can get

  • 30 year raider

    ill give u deeeese nutz for shawn meeriweather

  • Everybody ready to see Ryan Matthews piledrived through the turf by Rolando?

    What breaks first, collarbone or AC joint in shoulder?

  • 30 year raider

    charged up your gonna be all sad come sunday night week 5…lol…

  • Guarantee Matthews didn’t see cats like Rolando while playing Hawaii, Idaho and Reno.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Vegas Raider,

    Haynesworth for Seymour would be an excellent pick.

    We are about to pay Seymour a ton of money and make him a top 5 paid defensive player…..at 31yrs old…

    plus, Seymour doesn’t want to play here…he wants to be closer to his home in South Carolina. Hence the reason why he hasn’t signed yet. Send him on and thank him for his services.

    Haynesworth may have an attitude, so be it, we need some players too. I’ll feel a hell of a lot more comfortable with Haynesworth and his attitude, then Desmond Bryant and his 290 lbs of Harvard High Motor.

    We are trying to win games here. Not build a “do-right” team for the kids!

  • 30 year raider

    you see comes on here talkin crazy azz noise cuz he knows the alarm has went off… thier window is closing they have let opportuntiy gone by time after time… san diego is an embarrassment to he whole state of cali.. the city has produced 0 titles professionally…

  • SnB,

    Seymour doesn’t want to play here but Haynesworth does? LOL….Albert is ten times the headache Seymour is.

    How many playoff games has Haynesworth ever won? Zero. How many playoff games has he played in? One. How many years has he played 16 games? One (contract year). How many years has Haynesworth been a huge disappointment? More than a handful including last year.

    Compare those to Seymour, and if we did make that trade, Washington would have to throw in a pick, at least a 2nd rounder. Especially when you conisder Seymour gets paid less and produces more.

  • SnB,

    My belief on the NT situation is the same as yours for TO.

    Let the young guys play and develop, and not bring in a horses-azz who will quit as soon as trouble looms and will take snaps from our youngsters.

  • 30 year raider

    i liked fat albert whenever he acts right… but when he starts poutting and acts like a lil dik wad– well start kicking ourselves.. “why didnt we just keep seymour” man we need to role with what we got right now…

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Vegas Raider,

    Seymour is 31 years old….

    Haynesworth is 29 years old

    We would have to give Seymour a brand new contract at 31 years old.

    Haynesworth is already signed to his mega deal and most of the dollars already paid off by Washington.

    Seymour probably has 1 to 2 decent years left and won’t be worth a top 5 salary.

    Haynesworth may have 3 to 4 good years left and is a financial bargain.

    Haynesworth wants to play in a 4-3…badly enough that he wants out….we play a 4-3 and have a HUUUUUUUUUGE need for a NT.

    Seymour plays 3-4 and LaMarr Houston could be the young version of Seymour anyway.

    Make the deal.

    Since when are the Raiders afraid of taking on guys that are rough around the edges

  • RaiderRockstar

    Seymour doesn’t want to play here but Haynesworth does?

    ***

    Fat Albert already got paid after being tagged.

    Richard Seymour is about to. Seymour never said anything about a 3-4 or 4-3 defense. Just wants one last payday. said he’ll play for anybody but the Pats

    Fat Albert (before hitting FA) said he’ll go to the highest bidder. That highest bidder was Washington. He’s no longer asking for money. He’s got that. He wants to play NT on a 4-3 defense. He’s not a 3-4 DE

    how many other 3-4 DE’s do you see around the league that weigh 350+ and completely dominate?

    Skins signed Holliday & Carriker to play 3-4 DE. plus they have holovers Jarmon & Daniels from last year

    Jarmon 277. Holliday 285. Carriker 296. Daniels 305.