Seven Raiders Hall eligible


Tired of sifting through the rubble of the an eighth consecutive opening game loss?

Torturing yourself by endlessly running through the slide show so artfully put together by on-line guru Jon Becker?

Good news _ seven Raiders are eligible for this year’s induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Quarterback Jim Plunkett, coach Tom Flores, wide receiver Tim Brown, tight end Todd Christensen, guard Steve Wisniewski, cornerback Lester Hayes and punter Ray Guy are among the 113 names to be put before selectors.

Al Davis has long pushed for Plunkett and Flores. (I see Cliff Branch as an equal or superior candidate to anyone on that list, but that’s just me).

Now for the bad news _ the guess here is the Raiders go 0-for-7.

That includes Brown, a finalist last season who failed to make the final cut.

How come?

Two of the other 2009 finalists, Cris Carter and Andre Reed, are also wide receivers. Carter has similar stats and has been waiting a year a longer. (Other 2009 finalists include Roger Craig, Richard Dent, Cortez Kennedy, Don Coryell and Charles Haley).

Those eligible for the first time include running backs Jerome Bettis, Marshall Faulk and Curtis Martin, cornerback Deion Sanders, tackle Willie Roaf, wide receiver Jimmy Smith and coach Dick Vermeil. Nominated by the senior selection committee were Les Richter and Chris Hanburger.

I’d be surprised if Sanders and Faulk aren’t elected on the first ballot.

As referenced before, I’ve talked to enough voters to realize Brown is thought of in some quarters as a player with puffed up stats in a passing era, although the fact that he was a finalist means he has at least some support. Enough, possibly to make it some day, but not this year.

The complete list of candidates can be found at profootballhof.com.

I’ll check in later from Alameda following an open locker room session (could be slim pickings) and coach Tom Cable’s 2 p.m. press briefing . . .


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Raider Dell

    Dakota Says:
    September 13th, 2010 at 12:25 pm
    OLB Quentin Groves said the defense hurt itself against Tennessee because players “were so scared to make a mistake that we kind of lost our edge, which is having fun, flying around.”

    Raiders RapidReports

    Great, our defenders are scared!

    Dakota Says:
    September 13th, 2010 at 12:27 pm
    8 minutes ago – RB Darren McFadden, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2008 draft, on his impressive 2010 debut after two injury-plagued seasons: “I’ve been looking forward to getting out there and showing what I can do.” Raiders RapidReports

    Translation: about time I got some carries!


    You have many talents. Let’s add linguist or mind reader to the many.

  • Jerry is on a roll on twitter…


    How hard are Raiders searching for answers? Zach Miller thinks they may have been `overconfident.’ . . . After 7 years of 11-or more losses.

    Yeah Zach, that performance yesterday smacked of overconfidence.


  • DKnight007

    Dakota Says:
    September 13th, 2010 at 12:48 pm
    Yesterday was Cable’s 13th blowout loss as HC for the Raiders in only 29 games.

    We lose by 14 or more points in almost half of the games coached by Cable and you people still want to give him more time!


    I don’t….I predict he will be fired on 3 weeks if they keep losing and Hue Jackson will takeover for the rest of the season.

  • DKnight007

    Hendu and Walker are GARBAGE tackles and need to be benched immediately for playing like turnstile GIRLS yesterday!

    Carlisle is also too old and done!

    Put Barnes at LT, Veldheer at RT, Satele back at Center and Loper at RG!