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More Tatum reaction

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 at 6:14 pm in Oakland Raiders.

A few more observations from Raiders’ present and past about Jack Tatum, the former Raiders safety who died of heart failure Tuesday at age 61.

– “Seeing him the last two years, it was a blessing to me to know that was what the Raiders were all about. To hear he passed _ bless his family, and God’s going to be with him. It’s not a timetable when the Lord calls you home. It was just his time to go. This day and time, the Raider Nation did take a downfall from one of their soldiers,’’ _ Raiders cornerback Chris Johnson

– “He was all about big hits. Wouldn’t nobody come across the middle. That’s what we’ve got to bring to the secondary. We’ve got to bring that back. We can’t do it exactly like he did because we’d get fined now, but we still have that mentality as he had just be under the rules,’’ _ Johnson on Tatum’s playing style.

– “You try to but you can’t duplicate some of the things he did on the field. The way he hit people, he was a pure intimidator out there,’’ Raiders safety Tyvon Branch.

– “Everybody’s heard of Jack Tatum. (Others), you never hear about them. It’s because of the way he played the game. He leaves behind that legacy of being the assassin. I was watching ESPN Classic one day and they were showing the old hits. You see him popping people’s helmets off. Everybody’s got short arms when they were going across the middle because they knew he was there,’’ Branch on Tatum’s name recognition among young players and playing style.

– “I got to know Jack during my time with the Raiders. Just one of the all-time greats. A very good football player on a lot of those great Raiders teams. He’d come around and watch practice and talk to the young players and was always a sounding board, particularly for the young defensive players. He played the game with a little chip on his shoulder, very physical. A member of the College Football Hall of Fame. It’s really a sad day for all Raiders and for all Raider fans across the country,’’ former Raiders quarterback and Sirius Satellite Radio host Rich Gannon.

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  • M Lonetree

    Rockstar,

    Greg Biekert is HC-in-waiting.

  • Thec07

    What up NATION???

  • raidertbone

    … or, more likely, someone who got involved romantically with Michael Vick.

  • raidertbone

    Biekert would make a great linebacking coach, but he’s not head coaching material – not just yet. I think a lot of people agree that the Raiders coach-in-waiting is Hue Jackson.

  • hwnrdr

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 28th, 2010 at 6:54 am
    Suicidal twin kills sister by mistake

    ***

    must have been Laker fans …

    Ok, ok…enough about The Lakers already…come on now, Camp is in!!! I gues the question now is when is Rolando signing…he vowed to be in camp ontime…now what’s the story?

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Biekert was a hitter. Another one of AD’s late round gems. 7th round pick. Can’t remember whether he was waived or traded to the Vikings.

  • hwnrdr

    He was traded to the Vikings….wasn’t it for a pick…because I know Napoleon whats his name was traded for Moss…(probably, based on performance, the worst deal ever…)

  • M Lonetree

    tbone,

    Hue Jack has plenty of work to do with the O.
    Biekert was a coach on the field for a dozen years already.
    With coordinators doing all the heavy lifting what is left for an HC but liaise with Al, talk to the media, make up a practice schedule and set a tone for the troops.
    Not exactly quantam physics.

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    I think it’s great that Richard Seymour is leading by example, that was a nice gesture joining the rookies on the bus trip to camp making sure they know it all starts here, his presence for a full training camp along with new faces like Houston, Henderson and Mike Waufle bodes well for this defense.

    Welcome aboard Greg Biekert, you were a great player and a guy every Raider fan appreciated, good luck.

    R.I.P. Mr. Jack Tatum, you belong in the Hall of Fame and as opposed to many current members, nobody will ever forget about you.

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning M, Marley…
    Marley…I agree!

  • raidertbone

    Lonetree:
    All those things you mentioned are things that HueJack is doing right now. It doesn’t matter how many years of coaching experience you have (Rich Kotite), it’s what you bring in terms of presence and drive. It’s what the Raiders need – it’s what HueJack has.

  • raidertbone

    If crybaby T.O. makes it into the HOF before Jack does, I’ll never visit Canton again!

  • M Lonetree

    Da kine mornin’ to you Hwnrdr.

    Marley Esq.,

    Biekert was the only one I ever saw get in Gannon’s face when Rich needed called out. I loved that.

  • RaiderRockstar
  • hwnrdr

    I saw da kine, and it opened up my eyes, I saw da kine

    That would be something good having Biekert jump in peoples faces…

  • M Lonetree

    yes tbone,

    Hue Jack could be HC material.
    He could also be better hands on working with the O and letting someone else worry about deciding about how the special teams are going to be run, or what defensive players have to cut etc. etc.
    The Peter Principle is never far from reality.

  • RaiderRockstar

    No sign of McClain, by the way, on the rookie bus or at the Marriott.

    -Jerry Mac

    ***

    good example ROMAC!

    where’s Capt Kirk ???

  • raidertbone

    I just don’t want to see another Matt Millen. I loved him as a player — but once he got out of player mode, he was an absolute reject as an NFL higher-up.

  • RaiderRockstar

    what has Greg Biekert been doing the last 6 or 7 years ???

  • RaiderRockstar

    Matt Millen would be a great puppet GM in Oakland … like Ron Wolf & Bruce Allen

  • M Lonetree

    Matt Millen = The Peter Principle

  • RaiderRockstar

    M: where have you been?

    The Peter Principle has been renamed “The Ob@ma Principle”

  • RaiderRockstar

    meetings for the next several hours

    BBL gents!

  • raidertbone

    McClain is probably working out contract finalities as we speak. There’s been no talk of a holdout and he has said alll along he fully expects to be in camp. Have patience, my brothers, the deal will get done – probably by the end of the day.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Let’s hope Biekert has a little more success with his prodigy than Eddie Anderson did.

  • raidertbone

    Gotta go, Nation. You can keep up with McClain through NFL Network, Raiders.com and the Bama blogspot.

  • M Lonetree

    JustFB,

    you talkin’ ’bout Travis Goethel?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Lol…..not quite

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Trade DMAC for Greg Biekert!

  • bcz24

    Trade DMAC for a #32 commemorative Jack Tatum patch!

  • CJ Legend 34

    Stop hating on DMAC!!!

    I can’t wait until he cracks a 1000 yards rushing and another 500 catching and watch you maggots try to hang on the hair off his balls as he sprints down the field for another TD!

    If you want to hate. Hate on Denver you idiots or join them in mile high!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    Ok… Tatum passed away. RIP and condolences to his family. That being said, LETS MOVE ALONG NOW.

    Time to find out what is happening with McClain’s contract talks, how Cable will approach practices during the first week of camp, and who the starters will be.

    Go to work Jerry!

  • bcz24

    Im not hating on DMAC. I just think the running joke of “trade dmac” lines is funny. Relax bud, you are going to have stroke if you let things like a football blog get you all worked up.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Bite me CJ. DMAC has done nothing to merit your foolish ass sucking. Kid fumbles 3x as often as he should, never gets 100 yds, is fragile, and has stumbling issues (per Jerry, not just me). FOR A #4 PICK?

    As A Raider, of course I wish he were a better player. But he ain’t. Kid is a menace to victory.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Harvey Williams > DMAC

  • WESTRAIDER

    http://napavalleyregister.com/sports/

    here are a couple pics from the first bus

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Good morning all.

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    TEST

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Does work…….good.

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Remember Biekert smacking the crap out of a Bronco during a Monday night game in Oakland.

  • aig

    damn Bo, brutal as usual on Dmac huh. Waiting for Dakota to come her defense. Her as in Dmac. Didnt Parcell refer to one of his 1st round receivers as Her in camp?

  • CJ Legend 34

    Yeah Bo, that is the type of response I was looking for. This blog has been getting real lame talking about politics and BS for about a month now. I am glad to see there is a Raider fan out there who still likes a good blog fight every now and then.

    For the record he does need to step it up and I don’t think his issue is just breaking tackles. He runs to stiff with his speed he needs more swivel, juke moves etc.

    Now for the record kiss my @$$. LOL!!! : )
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    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    July 28th, 2010 at 9:00 am
    Bite me CJ. DMAC has done nothing to merit your foolish ass sucking. Kid fumbles 3x as often as he should, never gets 100 yds, is fragile, and has stumbling issues (per Jerry, not just me). FOR A #4 PICK?

    As A Raider, of course I wish he were a better player. But he ain’t. Kid is a menace to victory.

  • CJ Legend 34

    By the way not doubt DMAC needs to hold on to the ball more. Maybe he and Adrian Peterson (more productive but he fumbles his @$$ off as well) need to start carrying the football like Tiki Barber had to do.

  • http://atm Raider O

    RIP Tatum!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    He was a Raider & a Buckeye!
    God bless his family.

  • mistic1

    The raiders have one of the best traditions at the saftey position in football history. These guys could fly around the field and lay you out! Tatum, Atkinson, Lott, Even Eddie Anderson! I would love to see Branch and Mitchell, carry on the tradition. People kill big al for the way he evalutes talent, and his his single high philosophy, but check yourself. Davis knows how to build a secondary. Dont look now but I think he is on to something again. All we need now is one more very good corner, Johnson is good, but I cant wait to see this Mcfadden kid. Hayes ( the judge ), and Haynes the greates corner tandem I have ever seen!

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    CJ Legend 34 Says:
    July 28th, 2010 at 8:47 am
    Stop hating on DMAC!!!

    I can’t wait until he cracks a 1000 yards rushing and another 500 catching and watch you maggots try to hang on the hair off his balls as he sprints down the field for another TD!

    If you want to hate. Hate on Denver you idiots or join them in mile high!!!

    +++++++++++++++++

    I second that….

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Greg Biekert on the staff…YEAH BABY!

    Biekert for HC in 2011!!!!!

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Biekert for HC in 2011!!!!!

    ————————————

    Anyone know the odds!!!

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Fair enough CJ! BTW, I still want DMAC to live up to his draft slot. I would love to be proven wrong, as I have told Dakota many times.

    The fumbling is my main concern. FYI, he fumbles twice as much as Peterson on a per touch basis. If he can handle the ball better his skills can be well used as a receiver.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    July 28th, 2010 at 9:38 am
    Fair enough CJ! BTW, I still want DMAC to live up to his draft slot. I would love to be proven wrong, as I have told Dakota many times.

    ___________

    ….but he knows I don’t believe it lol.