No news is, well, still news


Yes, I’m spending most of this weekend watching a 13-and-under baseball tournament, but I’ve got a cell phone and a computer in case anything happens with the Raiders . . . which it hasn’t.

The business has evolved into one that is as preoccupied with projecting a sequence of events as repeating them.

With that in mind, here’s what’s going on with the Raiders until further notice:

— Jason Campbell is a huge upgrade from JaMarcus Russell, but things will get very interesting when Bruce Gradkowski takes the field in Napa. He built a lot of support after taking over for Russell, but it won’t take more than a few Campbell successes for teammates to surmise that anyone was going to be an improvement.

— The most important metatarsal in the NFL belongs to Chaz Schilens.

Sorry, but coach Tom Cable’s enthusiasm of the corps of wide receivers comes off as whistling in the graveyard without Schilens.

For a fourth-round draft pick, Louis Murphy was a revelation. But other than Schilens and Murphy, it’s a crapshoot. DHB and JLH? Unproven in capital letters. Jacoby Ford is at least a year away from racing under rainbows consistently. Todd Watkins, Jonathan Holland, Shaun Bodiford . . . . need I go on?

Cable can say all he wants they haven’t considered Terrell Owens, but if there is any real concern about Schilens or the longer term, some kind of incentive-laden one-year deal with Owens is worth considering.

— Hue Jackson is the man.

Argue amongst themselves how it transpired, but common sense says Al Davis told Cable the only way he was staying on is if he turned over the offense to someone else, and Jackson is that person.

Lot of buzz amongst the players regarding Jackson. He’s bringing back a good practice mentality in which he wants the offense to get after the defense, and will let the defense know about it when they’ve been had.

— The Raiders (and this is purely a Davis thing) don’t exclude the media for the sake of secrecy. They do it because they can.

As Monte Poole points out, it doesn’t make a lot of sense with regard to Jackson.

— Speaking to Poole’s point about fans seeing enough good things this offseason to return to the fold, a retired Oakland police officer I see occasionally told me he sent in his season ticket money the moment he heard about the release of Russell. I’m sure he’s not alone.

— Any talk of going to a predominantly 3-4 defense remains just that _ talk _ until further notice.

It’s possible the Raiders are going heavy on 3-4 on the days the media can’t watch organized team activities, and equally as possible they’re doing the same old stuff.

— Heavyweights ought to look elsewhere.

Other than undrafted free agent Kellen Heard, a 354-pound nose tackle, the Raiders have been (other than JaMarcus Russell) watching the scales closely the past few years. Terdell Sands was eventually sent packing because of it.

— Gradkowski has no intention of settling for being a backup quarterback.

Which is precisely what makes him an ideal backup quarterback.

— As time goes on, the most relevant and interesting drills, seven-on-seven’s and team sessions will be when Darren McFadden is sent into a pass pattern on the outside guarded by either Kamerion Wimbley or Trevor Scott, and how the Raiders’ defense responds. The far-too-early-returns show McFadden having his way.

— Teams will continue to inquire about running back Michael Bush, but there is no chance he’ll be traded because he’s still working for the salary of a fourth-round draft choice and Davis would insist on first-round compensation.

— Given the limitations of the offseason, the Raiders can speculate they’ve fundamentally improved (specifically with the pick of Rolando McClain) but have no hard evidence they can dominate the two areas which marked the great teams of the franchise’s distant pass _ blocking and tackling.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Q# 3 for Kirk: Kirk, how did it feel to be the Mike in a defense that was always in the bottom 1/3 of the NFL in run defense?

  • RaiderRockstar

    My question #2 for Kirk :

    playing behind guys like Sands, Warren, Kelly, Bryant & Joseph … isn’t that setting your MLB up for failure? Right now Oakland is asking McClain to fix the run defense behind 2 undrafted players. is that fair?

  • Q#4: Kirk, do any of the Raiders “import” entertainment on the road like the Chiefs do?

  • Raider Dell

    My final question (which was probably ignored) What position suits you better the “Mike’ or “Sam”.

  • Q#5:
    In Oakland you had a reputation of not being able to shed blockers, have you addressed that weakness in any way this off season?

  • Raider Dell


    our questions won’t be answered, looks like complete neutral questions, a chat like Seinfeld.

  • Silver-n-Black-666

    Thanks Seymour the little guy has a hard on for Oakglenn he lets Oakglen rule his life by cowering over his keyboard afraid for his cyber life that two or more bloggers will attack him at the same time.

    He assumes everyone is Oakglenn and out to get him. Its called paranoid schizophrenia. Poor little Ricochet!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Question #3 for Kirk

    who was more responsible for a bad run defense in Oakland the past 7 years? DE’s? LB’s? coaches? schemes? DT’s? and do you feel that Oakland has finally addressed those areas of concern?

  • Let me ask some weak ass question to see if it gets answered…..

  • Raider Dell


  • priesttj

    Tony Romo was undrafted, it didn’t stop him. He’s not the only starting QB in the NFL that was undrafted. Your draft status gets you a particular contract it doesn’t mean a damn thing other than that.

    1st rnd picks end up bust and UDFA can go to the HOF like John Randall. Draft status means nothing.

  • Softball Q: Welcome to the Jags Kirk! Glad to see we now have one of the most dominant tacklers in the NFL on our squad! Do you think we can have a great run defense this year?

  • Raider Dell

    The Jamarcus question was interesting, and the part of the question that was not answered whether he would want Jamarcus on the jags was never answered.

  • # Seymour Bush Says:
    April 29th, 2010 at 5:39 pm
    Something tells me if we cut Russell today Indy, New England or Denver would pick him up, let him sit for two years, watch him mature and then he would win 10+games a year for the next ten years.
    Still LMFAO on the above..

    I’ll bet they are just clamoring for their time with JR, right SeyOakdork?

  • Why are there Jags fans in Canada?

  • Raider Dell

    Possible many familys leave canada for warmer weather, aka Snow Birds.

  • Oh stop with the idiot takes, SeyOakglenn…I’ve never mentioned Docket…EVER..but you can’t get him out of your mind. I’ve never posted about him, ever, but you can’t seem to stop..
    In other words, you’re really speaking from experience, aren’t you?

    Maybe THAT EXPLAINS THE FOLLOWING..FROM YOU..I would REALLY like to see an explanation for the following, from Seymour..I’m sure others would as well.
    · Seymour Bush Says:
    March 24th, 2010 at 5:01 pm
    I am still not giving up on Russell.
    I have his poster over my bed, and everynight when I fall asleep, I abuse my self just thinking about his milky thighs.
    Oh darn, getting wet again.

  • Seymour Bush

    Richochet Says:
    May 24th, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Honestly, was their ANYTHING MORE PATHETIC ON THIS BOARD where Oakglen said ‘I just can’t take it here anymore. I’m out of here”????

    Actually there is a lot more pathetic than that: namely number one, ANYTHING you post, number two, your 40,000 word diatribes that say nothing, that NO ONE other than you reads, and three your constant back and forth glossing of the other most ignorant poster on the board, mistabrOwn.

  • Raider Dell

    Speaking of live chats, NEW POST!!

  • Silver-n-Black-666


    Next to Europeans Canadians are the dumbest countrymen (as to why there are Jag fans in Canada)

  • RaiderRockstar

    Right now, you take Kobe. But in the future, you take LeBron.


    screw you Kirk!

  • SeyOakdork?

    Can you tell me who the leading rusher for the Niners was for the last two years?..You brought it up before..I can’t recall…can you?

  • Seymour Bush

    You post trolls posts claiming to be me. That’s all you ever do But Here richochet, here’s you:

    Richochet Says:
    May 1st, 2010 at 6:35 pm
    Niners look pretty good,

  • the_big_one_of_83

    i hope we dont get a vet like michel jenkins to play WR

  • Seymour Bush

    Are you wearing your Steve Young jersey right now richochet? Were you wearing it while you were watching the Darnell Dockett cam?

  • Silver-n-Black-666