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Al speaks!

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 at 8:26 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Got a message from Sirius Satellite Radio which informed me they’d scored an interview with Al Davis today.

Here are the highlights they sent, with the rest of the interview to come (hopefully) later:

Al Davis: In the year 2000 we played the Baltimore [Ravens] in the championship game. In the year 2001 we played the New England Patriots in the great ‘tuck’ game up in Boston in which we had thought we had won the ballgame but had it taken away from us in the moments by officials that changed the call and took a win away from the Raiders. In 2002 we played in the Super Bowl. So we thought that the decade of the 2000s would be ours. But boy we slipped. We slumped. And now we come into the year 2010 and I really liken this team a great deal to the team of 1980 in which the great Jim Plunkett pulled us out of the doldrums, took us to the Super Bowl as a wild card and we had so many great players who eventually made their way into the Hall of Fame.

Davis: I see this young Jason Campbell as a football player like I saw Jim Plunkett. He has everything. He was 13-0 in college at Auburn. He can throw up the field, he can run, he’s big, he’s smart. I really predict great things for him. I hope he doesn’t let me down. I don’t think he will. I think we have a team that’s pretty similar. We don’t have as many Hall of Fame players as we had on that ’80 team, which was the first wild card team to win the Super Bowl, but this team has a lot of potential and a lot of great young players.

Davis: The will to win will always be here. The fire that burns brightest in me and my family, Carol and Mark, is the will to win. We just want the Raiders to do great. As you know, I’m 81 years old but I still can contribute a great deal. We do a great deal for the team. I think we have our stamp on this team. It’s our personnel, it’s our picks, it’s our want to be great once again, to join the ranks of the elite and get back that number one rating in terms of wins and losses since we’ve come into the league. And to make the National Football League – which it is – the greatest game that’s always played by the greatest players, the greatest coaches, the greatest plays, the greatest games and, of course, the greatest fans that anyone could want.

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  • PlunkforHOF

    1st!

  • fat kidd

    2nd

  • PlunkforHOF

    Nice to see Al giving props to my man Plunkett. I’d love to see Campbell be that kind of find for my beloved Raiders.

  • HairyBush

    HairyBush Says:
    August 10th, 2010 at 8:34 pm
    priesttj Says:
    August 10th, 2010 at 8:16 pm
    Hairybush

    It isn’t going to be one injury after another, IT HAS BEEN one injury after another. This hamstring is going to bother him for some time believe me because he is a quick twitch muscle type. Everytime he wants to burst he’s going to be thinking about it. That alone could cause him to injure something else, he’s just injury prone that’s the bottom line. The work they did at the start of camp to lessen these types of injury didn’t even help him.

    He’s just like Chaz an injury waiting to happen, it’s that simple. There are too many HB’s that can help us one just signed with the Broncos. I’m hoping Rock sticks because Bennet is just like DMC or else he would’ve had a decent career but can’t stay healthy.
    ————————————
    Tough to swallow that among our “big 3″ drafted on offense in recent years, it may equate to minimal return. We all know Russell is gone, so that was a waste of time/money/draft pick.

    DMAC maybe will be a “luxary” this season, and someone we unfortunetley can’t depend on. My screen name is in dedication to M.Bush, so obviously I’m on board with him carrying the bulk of running plays. I think with the proper condtioning he could pan out to be the 1st round pick he could of been, (had he not broken his leg.) If DMAC does by some miracle manage to to stay healthy, I see Hue Jax utilizing him in many creative ways. (Not pounding him up the middle-*cough* Cable.)

    We have all been hearing positive things in regard to DHB but I need to see it in a regular season game when it matters. I like DHB’s attitude and work ethic but no matter how good he becomes it will probaly never balance out to where he was taken in the draft. I underatand you try to bring some reality to this blog and I appreciate that, but I still would like to see how the season unfolds. The Raiders are used to bad breaks and things not going there way for quite a while now. I’m a big believer in karma and maybe it’s time this thing gets turned around. BTW I love Fargas for his heart and dedication but we are realistically better off without him. I will welcome him back in 5 years as an assistant coach

  • crister

    ha, wow… al davis may be a lot of things, but one thing he isn’t, is lacking for words or the ability to use them.

    the man is a walking talking press release for the team. can’t say i blame him though. i’m a life long fan and i don’t even own the team.

  • fat kidd

    DMac, Gradkowski, Schilens, and Ford to miss first preseason game

    ——————————————————————————–

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/traini…e=NFLHeadlines

    I am worried about McFadden and his constant durability issues. Also, I am worried about Schilens as well, I think it is important to rest both guys for the regular season, but McFadden and Schilens both must overcome the injuries especially McFadden if he ever wants to live up to his draft status and contract.

    Also, I really wanted to see Ford play! At least we will get to see some of J. Campbell, DHB, and the first team defense and our new rookie OL-men.

    Excited for preseason even!

  • PlunkforHOF

    Just checked the future TV listings for here in Reno, and it looks like every preseason Raiders game will be on again this year. Life is good!

  • J Wiggle

    Wassup Priest!

  • HairyBush

    Have a good night-I’m out

  • elboocho

    WOW!! for all the f’ed up crap Al has done to the team he sure has not lost the gift for gab! I hope that I can be that cognizant when I am his age, and unless his body lets him down I believe the man is with us for at least another decade, if not more. I can only hope he keeps loosening the reigns and let’s this team evolve into a modern offense and defense!! VIVA LOS RAIDERS!

  • priesttj

    We need DMC to get and stay healthy, it makes us a much better team but he just can”t seem to do it. If he is healthy all year we are much tougher to defend because of his speed and recieving skills. Campbell is a checkdown QB he likes working the short and intermediate zones just based on what I’m reading everyday on twitter. That is his game DMC would be HUGE in that role but can you count on him from one game to the next.

    I just don’t see it, honestly speaking I see Bush being dominant both running and receiving. But I can only hope.

  • aig-raiders

    Al is God babbbyyyyy!!!! Gotta love the man. The good and the bad…

  • priesttj

    Modern offense and defense, what does that mean? We’re running everything everyone else is running. And it’s the same crap I’ve seen for 50 years.

    Please describe modern…

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    Al’s stepping back?

    “As you know, I’m 81 years old but I still can contribute a great deal.”

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    The same GM who sent us into a 7 year tailspin still plans on contributing a “great deal”.

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    And his hindsight boasting of Plunkett taking the ’80 team to the Super Bowl is laughable. He didn’t even want Plunkett to start. He wanted Pastorini. Then, in ’83, he wanted Marc Wilson over Plunkett. He’s lying to younger Raider fans who don’t know jack about the history of this franchise and buy into his myths.

  • priesttj

    The only cmplaint I’ve heard from our offensive personnel is in execution and some playcalling. As much as you’ll hear guy’s like Sapp run their mouths about what new and fresh and Marshall Faulk the truth is they just didn’t see what was going on back then.

    I dare anyone to show me a more imaginative offense than what I saw in the 70′s from the Chiefs, Chargers, Oilers, Cardinals. The Chiefs would make the Rams “greatest show on Turf” look boring.

    We just have to execute like the Dallas Cowboy’s with Aikman Emmit and Irvin. They had the boringest offense imaginable for a great team but their execution was dominant. They had (3) cunt ‘e, 3 running plays and about 5-8 pass plays and no one could stop them. It’s like Howie Long said many times. If you have a simplistic system you better be great at it.

  • fat kidd

    Fargas passes physical, to sign with Broncos
    Justin Fargas will no longer be punishing the Broncos’ defense. Not on game days, anyway. Fargas, the former Oakland Raider running back, passed his physical Tuesday night and will sign with the Broncos. Fargas should be on the practice field for the team’s 8:45 a.m. practice Wednesday. He was signed following injuries, and hardly swift recoveries, of running backs Knowsh

  • priesttj

    RMR

    You are a sick lying fool. If he didn’t want Plunkett, Plunkett would never have been here. And Plaunkett was weel into his 30′s when he drafted Marc Wilson.

    There are too many of us who do know what happened for you to pull this kind of crap off.

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    wake me when it’s Thursday…

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    Priest, are you saying Al didn’t want Pastorini to start over Plunkett?

  • http://atm Raider O

    Al is Great!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you Mr. Davis!!!!!!!!!

    Raiders!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    priesttj Says:
    August 10th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    If he didn’t want Plunkett, Plunkett would never have been here.

    …………….

    Ha ha ha!

    See : ALLEN, Marcus

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    Testify Priest…revisionist history…Howard Zenn of the bunch…consider the source…anyone whose mom resides at Oakland Zoo is not credible…

    I make up similar lies on 49er and Charger boards, hardly a unique talent…after all “I read it on the internet” is gospel amongst kids.

  • 24

    I’m not happy that McFadden is hurt but I’m happy that it gives the advantage to Michael Bush as he deserves. Hes more of a complete back anyways. Schilens is a much better player than his 7th round draft status indicates but it really doesn’t matter if he can’t stay healthy. DHB has to step up along with the other guys because its hard to think that we can really rely on the guy but hes obviously talented and he’ll help Campbell out a great deal.

    The offensive line has a lot to prove. They have to be consistent but Campbell instantly makes them better. Its just amazing what a decent QB can do for this team. More than anything, I love the coaching staff in place. I’m confident in Marshall and what he can do with the defense with the added blitzes, looks and moving Asomugha around. He seems to have more autonomy than others I’ve seen. I like the hire of Jackson as offensive coordinator. I just see a glimmer of hope this season over the others…I hope they don’t let me down.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Fargas was a good Raiders, so I wish him luck. I’m sure he didn’t have a lot of options at his age. He also never had great #s, and he has a history full of injuries.
    Good Luck Fargas.

    Hit him hard Mitchell!!!!!!!

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    Priest, did you leave? Did Al Davis want Plunkett to start over Pastorini? Also, did he want Plunkett to start over Marc Wilson in ’83?

  • priesttj

    Every time you lames (MR,KK)want to make a point you pull Marcus Allen out of your rear end.

    Lowdown_I_B this guy gets things so confused it’s like he’s looking through kaliedoscope. But I certainly get your point…..thanks

  • 24
  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    priest, did Al Davis want Plunkett to start over Pastorini in ’80? Why are you ducking the question?

  • http://atm Raider O

    LMAO Lowdown

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    Priest, you know Al wanted Pastorini to start in ’80, and you know he wanted Marc Wilson to start in ’83, and if he had his way and they never got injured, the Raiders would have one Lombardi trophy. You know that, right? That’s why you’re ducking the question, right?

  • fat kidd

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    August 10th, 2010 at 9:27 pm
    priest, did Al Davis want Plunkett to start over Pastorini in ‘80? Why are you ducking the question?

    ……………………………Pastorini the guy who invented pasterizing milk what does that have to do with al davis?

  • MistaBrown

    tj, the game hasnt changed in 50 years ? Or even the last 15 years? Players aren’t bigger faster and stronger?

    You are a bottomless pit of buffoonery!

    LMAO!
    ____

    Priesttj Says:
    August 10th, 2010 at 8:56 pm
    Modern offense and defense, what does that mean? We’re running everything everyone else is running. And it’s the same crap I’ve seen for 50 years.

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    Fat Kidd, Al Davis is boasting in hindsight about Plunkett taking the ’80 Raiders to the Super Bowl, as if that was HIS call. He wanted Pastorini to start. And to reward Plunkett for his SB victory, he benched him for Marc Wilson in ’83. Both of Plunkett’s SB victories were thanks to Davis scholarship QBs getting injured. Yet Al’s acting like Plunkett was his guy all along.

  • hendu

    mrs, Plunkett was a former #1,got creamed in NE,went to a junk niner team,and didnt play well,to say the least.OH Mrs, who picked him up, AlDavis, and the rest is History.Pastorini was the starter as i recall, got hurt, and AL went to the bench, for Plunkett,ok? Think I got my history right !

  • MistaBrown

    Fat Runt, what did I tell you about trying to be funny?
    A 12 year old wouldn’t even bother with this attempt at humor.
    FK’n tard..
    _____

    Fat Kidd Says:
    August 10th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    ……………………………Pastorini the guy who invented pasterizing milk what does that have to do with al davis?

  • fat kidd

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    August 10th, 2010 at 9:38 pm
    Fat Kidd, Al Davis is boasting in hindsight about Plunkett taking the ‘80 Raiders to the Super Bowl, as if that was HIS call. He wanted Pastorini to start. And to reward Plunkett for his SB victory, he benched him for Marc Wilson in ‘83. Both of Plunkett’s SB victories were thanks to Davis scholarship QBs getting injured. Yet Al’s acting like Plunkett was his guy all along.

    ……………holy crap tried to get you riled but i missed and hit mistabrown.

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    Priest, are you gone? You’re not going to answer? You know Pastorini was Al’s guy, don’t you? You know Plunkett was nothing more than a scrub backup in Al’s eyes, don’t you? That’s why Al started Marc Wilson in ’83, Priest.

  • fat kidd

    who will be the worst team in the league?

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    Denver…that team is gutted…Colts 8-8…Washington looks bad on paper…

  • elboocho

    Had to talk crap about Howard Zinn hu lowdown!! Let me guess you must be one of those Glenn Beck Or Rush Limbaugh sheeps?? Oh well, your not the first and unfortunately you will not be the last.

  • elboocho

    One more thing lowdown, the colts 8-8!! you must be chasing the dragon lol!!!

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