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Outta here

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, June 20th, 2010 at 11:49 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Checking out for a couple of weeks of company-mandated vacation as of midnight.

(Don’t you just hate it when they tell you to get paid for doing nothing? I’d tell you to hold the jokes, but I know better).

Good timing, in that’s the ultimate dead time as far as the NFL goes, with most teams not getting serious about signing draft picks until the Fourth of July and with the Raiders having pretty much shut down activity with the outside world until training camp approaches.

Sorry if I offended anyone with the JaMarcus Russell post at the Andre Ward fight . . . except that, oh, I’m not sorry at all.

The guy showed up in Oakland, where Al Davis is on record as wanting $9.55 million from Russell, and I’m not supposed to mention it?

The most significant draft pick in Raiders history, in terms of where he was picked and dollars paid out, and it should be kept silent?

If that’s what you think, keep in touch with Raiders.com.

Hope all you dads out there had a great Father’s Day. Lost may dad two years ago and still haven’t adjusted to not having him around. Condolences to on-line guru Jon Becker, whose father passed away this week and who I’m sure was keeping in close proximity to his two young children.

It’s the best way to carry on, or at least it was for me.

Assume this space will be updated periodically in my absence.

I’ll be back in July.

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  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    yeahhhh! we hit the target…. free soda’s for everyone!!!

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Try Cheating, when are you going to get outed as being gay? You’re a Republican, right?

  • fat kidd

    jason campbell Red Zone Stats
    Comp-Att Yards TD INT RushAtt RushYd RuTD RushPCT
    41-66 276 18 0 11 26 1 16.4
    best in the nfl.

  • BigTed707

    “In continuing to unearth reasons for Waufle’s departure from the Giants (in addition to his annual gripes about a lack of money and respect from the team), I’ve picked up on the sound of rumblings the Giants believed he simply got too close to his players and wasn’t hard enough on them. This explains why the players loved him, of course, but also why he’d be nudged out the door while the rest of the staff has remained intact.

    Think about it: in the preseason Umenyiora left a team meeting after being criticized by defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan for a game in which he graded out well. Who provided those grades? Waufle.

    And then, Umenyiora was benched for failing to play the run well enough. Umenyiora clarified recently it was Tom Coughlin who was the force behind the benching. Umenyiora, meanwhile, believed he was doing just fine. Perhaps Waufle was reinforcing his player’s belief he wasn’t to blame as much as others made it seem. Sounds like that’s the kind of stuff that was going on behind the scenes, and apparently played a huge part in the “performance reasons” for Waufle’s dismissal to which I alluded in the last entry I wrote on him.”
    ht tp://ww w.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2010/01/ny_giants_sign_tight_end_carso.html
    __________________________
    I’m glad Waufle gets along with players. I hope he is “hard enough” on them to get them to play 100%. He was our line coach during some good years (’98-’03) He also did well for the Giants, I like the way the D-line handled the Pats in the SB. If he was griping about money to NYG, how did the Raiders pay him enough? I thought Al didn’t pay coaches…

  • Plunketthead

    Heres some news from Darren “tired dogs” McFadden

    Here are my random thoughts on the Raiders for June 26. Enjoy the rambling.

    – The more I look at it, the more I like the Raiders draft. Rolando McClain is exactly what Oakland needs. He’s not only big and fast but McClain is a leader on the field. I think he’s going to be a stud from Day 1.

    I was watching last year’s SEC Championship Game between Florida and Alabama. McClain was the spy on Tim Tebow for that game. He not only easily ran Tebow down all day, he tossed him around like a sack of potatoes. Anyone who watches college football knows Tebow is not easy to tackle but McClain did a tremendous job of it all game long. I can’t wait to see him on the field this year.

    Lamarr Houston was the linchpin of a Texas defense that ranked in the Top 3 against the run the last two seasons. The addition of Houston and John Henderson upgrades the Raiders biggest weakness on defense from a year ago. They should be much better inside against the run in 2010.

    The guy I really think has a chance to surprise is Walter McFadden. I saw Auburn play a lot the last couple of seasons and McFadden is a flat-out playmaker. The Raiders already have one of the best corner tandems in the NFL but keep an eye on McFadden. He is one of those guys that always seems to be around the football.

    Overall, I think this is the deepest, most talented draft class the Raiders have had in quite some time.

    – Michael Bush needs to be the lead dog in Oakland’s backfield. I still believe that Darren McFadden can be an explosive player for the Raiders but Bush has earned the right to be the starting running back.

    I look at the Dallas Cowboys as a blueprint. Felix Jones is considered the Cowboys top back but one of the reasons for that is because he doesn’t get worn down throughout the season. I say you let Bush punish defenses and then bring McFadden in to add a spark. Once the defense is tired, McFadden can use his speed to create big plays as both a runner and receiver.

    The Raiders have the makings of one of the top 1-2 punches in the NFL if they go about it the right way. In my opinion that means having Bush as the starter and McFadden as the change-of-pace back.

    – Jason Campbell is an obvious upgrade over JaMarcus Russell but that’s not saying much. My sister would be an upgrade over Russell. While I think Campbell has potential, let’s not kid ourselves into thinking he was a top-flight NFL quarterback in Washington.

    Campbell has shown flashes but other times he’s looked awful. The first order of business for Campbell is to stop putting the ball on the ground. The last thing the Raiders need is another quarterback that is going to turn the ball over at an alarming rate.

    In my opinion, Oakland has the makings of a solid defense and a strong ground game. If Campbell can protect the ball and not make stupid mistakes, the Raiders will be in good shape this season.

    However, that’s not a given, so Tom Cable would be wise to keep Bruce Gradkowski warm.

    – The Raiders have been smart all offseason not signing team cancers like Terrell Owens. Let’s hope they continue that trend and pass on Albert Haynesworth. Guys like that don’t help teams win Super Bowls, they just cause headaches. Put the aspirin away and let some other team worry about that spoiled baby.

  • fat kidd

    La Milicia Negra Says:
    June 29th, 2010 at 3:59 pm
    yeahhhh! we hit the target…. free soda’s for everyone!!!

    how about DOS EQUIS BEER stay thirsty my freind

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Dos Equis ad Al Davis should watch:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNYHoI47fw0

  • BigTed707

    3705- I agree Plunk, smart off-season – Now Sign Mawae!

  • fat kidd

    Normally when Al Davis holds a press conference, it’s a major sporting event. Reporters and columnists from around the Bay Area flock to Raiders headquarters on Harbor Bay Parkway. The team’s auditorium is mostly full, with cameras lining the front row. Cold cuts and brownies are served.when al davis goes to a museum he is allowed to touch the art .his mother has a tattoo that says son .al davis is the most interesting man in the world!!!!

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    New post..

    No for real there is a new post, its not a joke =)

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