119

Seabass talks about Blanda and missed FGs

For what it’s worth, Sebastian Janikowski feels worse than you do.

Janikowski wasn’t available during the open locker room period today, but beat writer Steve Corkran caught up with him and found the place kicker feeling low for two reasons _ his three missed field goals against the Arizona Cardinals and the the death of former Raiders legend George Blanda.

In warmups, Janikowski said he had the best series of kicks he’s ever had. “Crazy good,” as he called it. Then came the lowest point of his career since missing three times against Tennessee in 2001 when the Raiders were trying to sew up home field throughout the playoffs.

Here is the link to the notebook with Janikowski’s thoughts.

Blanda made it a point to seek out Janikowski and punter Shane Lechler whenever he was around, which was usually at least once per year. Janikowski said he last talked to Blanda when he came to the Bears preseason game Aug. 21.

“He was like a father figure to me,” Janikowski said. “He was a great kicker and a legend. Coming here and seeing him on the sideline was special.”

Janikowski said Blanda’s messages remained consistent _ enjoy your jobs, don’t get caught up in negatvity, have fun.

He had heard of Blanda even before he became a Raider.

“When I was in college, you always look up all the kickers in the NFL from the past,” Janikowski said. “So, I heard about him for the first time in college.”

Janikowski admitted he understands what it means to be kicking for the same team Blanda did, much in the way Lechler looks up to Ray Guy.

“I feel a sense kicking, being here and kicking for this team, just being a part of his life, I felt (as if I am carrying it on).”

So when the Raiders host the Houston Texans Sunday, Janikowski has a proper response in mind.

“Especially after what happened this week and what happened with him, I would like to just go out get a winning field goal against (the Texans),” Janikowski said.

  • Share/Bookmark

Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • priesttj

    Lefty we just were pressing that’s all if we play within ourselves we’ll win way more than we lose, I’m telling ya’.

  • http://www.aflciodental.com/unions/IBEW.png r8eray

    Wow…..you guys need to see this!

    http://www.nfl.com/stats/team

  • lefty12

    I agree he missed those passes and that he was no doubt trying too hard.Lets hope he just relaxes and lets it rip for the betterment of the team.If he doesn’t,he won’t keep the job.When Jerry Glanville said the NFL stands for not for long,he wasn’t speaking only about coaches he was also talking about players who don’t perform.

  • lefty12

    R*-imagine where we would be if we hadn’t of allowed that 1 C.Johnson long run or if the officials had called the holding penalty that happened on that play the way they did for the Stealers.

  • priesttj

    Yeah I know but this team needs to see a consistent leader out there and right now I’m not in a hurry to make another move at QB. He just needs to play within himself and he’ll be fine. Let the running game do it’s share and compliment it.

    Well I’ve said it all tonite.

    Adios Left!!

  • lefty12

    good night my friend and fellow Raider fan.

  • priesttj

    R8eray

    funny how an offense can make that much of a impact on a defense huh? All those extra snaps the defense had to take last year are going to our offense. Plus obviously this defense is more physical than last year. But I think the O is the biggest difference.

  • RaiderDebo

    lefty12 Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 11:44 pm
    R*-imagine where we would be if we hadn’t of allowed that 1 C.Johnson long run or if the officials had called the holding penalty that happened on that play the way they did for the Stealers.
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Lefty,

    My problem isn’t just that we lost to a bad team. We lost to a bad team that BEGGED us to beat them by making every mistake in the book. TWO muffed punts! Critical interference calls. Dropped balls. Terrible QB play. They gave us excellent field position all day. And we still lost. Sure, it looks like Houston is beatable. But on paper, I didn’t think Arizona had a chance. The chances of the Texans playing that bad are very slim.

  • ArmChair GM

    # ArmChair GM Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    The problem with Grads is that he’s trying TOO hard to prove himself. You can see it out there. He’s been a backup and a journeyman his whole career and now he has a big shot and he’s trying to be the hero.

    # priesttj Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Honestly speaking Lefty12 I think Grads was pressing especially later in the game. He really wants to prove the coaches right and just over did everything because I’ve seen him play better than that. Those throws in the redzone was not like him. If you go back to the Rams game he threw with much btter touch than that. I feel this game if he’s down there he’ll play much better.
    _______________________________________________________

    Both these posts sound almost exactly alike Priest. And you were arguing with me because of what again?

    Sometimes I think you just like to take argue for the sake of arguing.

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

    Bob, my apologies for accusing you of starting rumors earlier. I couldn’t find anything about Blanda on the internet when you first brought it up. You’ve got some inside sources, because NO website had it. I’ll remember to start looking for the easter eggs in your comments.

  • ArmChair GM

    *to argue

  • Hot Shot

    You know you guys can run your mouths on Bruce all you want to but the fact is hes moves the chains.No other QB on our roster could do it and thats a fact.Hes only started his second game and hes just going to get better in there.Look what hes doing with that piss poor line.Its great to see us even making it to the red zone.Was not there much at all last year so its a nice improvement from what we have seen.So quit being haters now would ya.

  • RaiderDebo

    Hot Shot Says:
    September 28th, 2010 at 12:19 am
    You know you guys can run your mouths on Bruce all you want to but the fact is hes moves the chains.No other QB on our roster could do it and thats a fact.Hes only started his second game and hes just going to get better in there.Look what hes doing with that piss poor line.Its great to see us even making it to the red zone.Was not there much at all last year so its a nice improvement from what we have seen.So quit being haters now would ya.
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    He’s not the only reason we’re moving the ball better than last year. This year, we actually have a running game. We have a defense that isn’t getting steamrolled by the opposition and possessing the ball against us. The OL is better. And he’s not throwing to two ROOKIE WRs! He played well enough to not be benched, but he screwed up too many times in the RZ and was way to careless with the football.

  • RaiderDebo

    Oh, and I forgot about Hue Jackson taking over the offense. Love what that guy is doing.

  • Hot Shot

    Yeah but Bruce will get better.we stay on the field longer now.No more 3 and outs.Gives the D some rest so they can stay fresher instead of being tired by halftime.Redzone is something we are not use to last couple years so we will improve it and they need to call some better plays in the redzone also.

  • ohioraider

    # KoolKell Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    All the Al Davis flunkies accept losing.
    ________________________________

    You said it, KK. No point trying to have a rational conversation with any of them. Still caught up in the myth long after it died. But they must believe, I guess, to face the world each day. Most hilarious, flunkies still try to pin the team’s colossal fall from grace on talent, or the coaching. You could effing hit ‘em in the face with the facts and they still don’t get it. The team deserves these losers.

  • djohnnyg

    If 10 yrs. from now you watch an NFL films highlight of the game against Arizona it will show JanoCrapSki’s missed field goal and nothing else, you know why? It was the only play that mattered and decided the outcome. Mistakes wee made by BOTH teams all game long and we could talk all day about this or that but at the end of the day it came down to one EASY chip shot field goal by the highest paid kicker in the league and he failed miserably and cost Raiders the game. Period.

  • djohnnyg

    Field made = Win

    Field goal missed = Lose

    This is very simple. There’s no need to overthink or over analyze.

    2-1 or 1-2.

    SIMPLE!

  • Pingback: #NFL News and Notes – September 29, 2010 | The Other 31