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Williams sick of Chargers’ streak

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 at 1:37 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Losing 13 consecutive times to the same team is enough to tick off anybody.

Linebacker Sam Williams, who is among the most even-tempered, pleasant personalities on the Raiders, has had it with losing to the Chargers.

He was a rookie on Sept. 28, 2003, inactive and watching from the sideline, when the Raiders beat the Chargers 34-31.

So while teammates such as quarterback Bruce Gradkowski and Langston Walker chose to focus on the future, Williams is still smarting from the past.

“We don’t like it. We don’t like the Chargers at all. We don’t like anything about them,’’ Williams said. “We don’t like them, so we’re going to end this streak. That’s our goal . . . it’s something about the Chargers, San Diego and the Raiders that don’t mix.’’

Lechler, part of a Raiders team which won five of six from the Chargers from 2000 through 2002, also chose to address the streak head on rather than push it to the background.

“We talk about it. It was addressed this morning in a team meeting,’’ Lechler said. “We know what’s going on. It’s unfortunate, I thought we played well last year in the opener, down to the wire, could have gone either way.

“Even at their place it went back and forth for awhile. It’s our first division game, and we need this one bad. I mean, this could jumpstart us, get us back on track, and it’s something we haven’t done around here for awhile is beat the Chargers. It’s very much in the back of everybody’s mind.’’

More to come . . .

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  • mistic1

    Football is rarely about out scheming your opponent. You develop an identity and stick to it. You know whats coming i dare you to stop it. By week four your not fooling any one, they know what you are going to do.

    Tampa ran the cover 2 dared you to beat it. The bears ran the 4-6 dared you to beat it. The giants won the sb running almost the identical defense that we run!

    In the nfl its not scheme it is execution!

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

    # LhayeS37 Says:
    October 6th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    AL DAVIS WAS AHEAD OF THE CURVE IN THE 60′S,70′S,80′S.NOW HE IS 20 YEARS BEHIND THE TIMES…..AND WON’T ADMIT IT

    ………….

    Simple explanation for this. It wasn’t Al who built those teams. It was Ron Wolf. Notice Ron Wolf went to Green Bay and built a winner after he left Oakland, and Al Davis and Art Shell couldn’t get the Raiders off the ground in that timeframe.

    I think when Wolf was here, it went like this. Wolf built the core football team, Davis forced the olympic athletes on him. With Wolf’s Raiders, some of those players who only had athletic skills fared quite well because they were surrounded by a real football team. Today? We just have the athletes. Not enough football players.

  • mistic1

    # 89052RAIDER Says:
    October 6th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Scheme and coaching are more important in the modern era of football so Al’s meddlesome ways preclude the Raiders form hiring a coach with balls. We only got gruden because he was young and hungry and an established NFL coach would never submit to Al’s rigid leadership. Take Sam Williams and Mike Williams as an example…Neither is an NFL player, but Al insists, above the protests of his coaches, to keep these clowns.
    ============================================================

    You cant be serious.Davis hired gruden because of his offensive prowess, and charisma. Gruden runs the west coast offense which davis hates, davis did not interfere and let gruden do his thing! I wouldnt call that meddling.

  • LhayeS37

    post89-ron wolf was long before gannon…do you mean bruce allen?

  • LhayeS37

    ray-i was going to buy you a book about football

  • mistic1

    Do you think people dont know what to expect when they play the steelers??!?!? They have run the 3-4 defense since the seventies, and couple it with a power running game! everyone in this galaxy knows whats coming, the difference is they actually execute the scheme.

  • 89052RAIDER

    Simple explanation for this. It wasn’t Al who built those teams. It was Ron Wolf. Notice Ron Wolf went to Green Bay and built a winner after he left Oakland, and Al Davis and Art Shell couldn’t get the Raiders off the ground in that timeframe.

    RealGradkowski writes:
    I think when Wolf was here, it went like this. Wolf built the core football team, Davis forced the olympic athletes on him. With Wolf’s Raiders, some of those players who only had athletic skills fared quite well because they were surrounded by a real football team. Today? We just have the athletes. Not enough football players.

    Astute observation that has a lot of merit.

  • LhayeS37

    its not scheme its execution?you better stick to soccer mistic1

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    63% of NBA GMs believe the Lakers will win the NBA title once again.

    33% think it will be the Heat.

    4% are taking Boston.

    GOOOOOO LAKERS!

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

    # mistic1 Says:
    October 6th, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    davis did not interfere and let gruden do his thing!

    ………….

    Really? So Gruden wanted Janikowski?

  • BushDoctor

    yo, long time follower… first time poster.. I’ve been reading everyone’s comments for about 2 years now… decided to jump into the fray… You guys are cracking me up… Raiders 27 Chargers 21… Go Raiders!!!!!!

  • LhayeS37

    so the steelers don’t decieve teams with the fronts and blitzes?i watch the steelers every week…trying to figure out those blitzes is not for the stupid.ITS NOT SCHEME EH?GO HOME…….

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

    Mistic, it’s like I told you yesterday. And Severeraiderz. You guys think Raider fans are stupid. That’s your problem. We’re not as dumb as you think. Don’t you get it yet? These lies and distortions you guys keep throwing at us are being rejected one after another. When do you get exhausted?

  • 89052RAIDER

    mistic1

    Al used to tell Gruden to run certain plays or schemes and gruden send Al proof on film as to why it would not work. Al has always been a meddler.

  • http://raiders.com Raider Ray

    LhayeS37 Says:
    October 6th, 2010 at 3:11 pm
    ray-i was going to buy you a book about football
    ————————————————–
    I don’t need a book. I’ve forgotten more about football than you’ll ever know kiddo. How old are you, 16? Is that why you were hanging at the mall?

  • LhayeS37

    AT LEAST YOU ARE A RAIDER FAN MISTIC1.BUT YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT FOOTBALL.STICK TO SOCCER OK

  • LhayeS37

    I’M OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW YOU THINK DHB IS A GREAT PLAYER.RIGHT RAY?I FORGOT PLENTY ABOUT FOOTBALL TOO CLOSET CHARGER FAN

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Post89-ron wolf was long before gannon…do you mean bruce allen?
    ========
    I was grouping the Ron Wolf years of the 70s, and the Gannon years (yeah, Bruce Allen years). Other than those times, the teams have been undisciplined, under prepared and shallow of talent. Look at this year’s team: we have 4 NFL caliber starters on the whole team! no talent! Al messed up the personel, fast!

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    Gruden didn’t have free rein in Oakland. He has publicly admitted that he had to manipulate Al Davis into doing certain things….Gruden simply handled Al better than most coaches. And Bruce Allen was around as a buffer zone between the HC and the owner.

    Trading Gruden cost us at least 1 SB…maybe more.

    But again, Al would rather lose doing it his way than see anyone else get the majority of the credit for winning in Oakland. Al thought we were looking pretty good going into this season, that is why he came out and took all the credit for the roster…you guys were giving too much credit to that chump Cable for the draft….that backfired didn’t it Al?

  • LhayeS37

    RAY AND MISTIC MUST BE NEIGHBORS….WHATTAYA SAY NEIGHBORRRR

  • http://raiders.com Raider Ray

    Lhayes37, what’s with the caps? Are you over compensating for your small dingus?

  • LhayeS37

    YOUR PRETTY SMART RAY.NOW GO PUT ON YOUR CHARGER JERSEY.YOU WISH YOU HAD THREE LEGS,LIKE ME.PLUS I KNOW YOUR OLD AND CAN’T SEE

  • http://raiders.com Raider Ray

    How am I a Charger’s fan when I am the only one who believes the Raiders are going to win. By the way, there is a new post dummy.

  • LhayeS37

    WHO WAS B-ROBBS BACKUP WHO COULDN’T BLOCK SAPP?

  • LhayeS37

    A NEW POST DUMMY….THAT TOOK A LONGTIME OLD MAN

  • LhayeS37

    LISTEN GOOD OL’ RAY.I’M 52 AND I’LL BEAT YOU IN A FOURTY YARD DASH RUNNING BACKWARDS.I HOPE YOUR RIGHT ABOUT OAKLAND WINNING AS I AM A LIFER.I WOULD BE UPSET IF SOMEONE CALLED ME A CHARGER FAN,BUT SINCE YOUR old and feeble IT WENT OVER YOUR HEAD….IF YOUR RIGHT I’LL SEND YOU A PAIR OF NEW GOLD TOES

  • LhayeS37

    GOOD LUCK RAY- SOMEDAY THE SILVER&BLACK WILL WIN 10 GAMES

  • LhayeS37

    ADAM TREU-POST 124.COULD NOT RUN BLOCK HIS MOM

  • LhayeS37

    10 GAMES IN ONE SEASON

  • LhayeS37

    ##%^ THE CHARGERS…

  • jmcclain

    If nobodys doin anything. There showing the raider houston game on the NFL network at 5:00 – 8:00 eastern time. Incase no one saw the whippin.

  • The Twerp

    THE 13 GAME LOSING STREAK ACCORDING TO THE TWERP

    Scumbag Nation, get comfy with getting beat down by the Chargers.

    It’s 419 weeks since the last time the Raiders actually won a game vs. the Chargers. That will extend to 420 weeks come Sunday.

    How’s losing to the Chargers 14 times in-a-row sound, Scumbag Nation?

  • djohnnyg

    Twerp? Appropriate name. You even know yourself your a twerp.

    How does choking in the playoffs year after year grab ya?

    Come back when you win your next Superbowl. I guess you have to win your first one yet. Woops.

  • RaiderSam

    The ones who complain about people complaining!

    ++++++

    Boom. Roasted.

    +8

  • RaiderReggie

    The Raiders need to replace Trevor Scott with Matt Shannessy #77 and move Trevor to linebacker. Everytime Matt is in the game something good happens. He has that “it” factor.

  • RaiderReggie

    I want to see some nastiness out of Rolando McClain. He’s got that laid back(JaMarcus Russell) demeanor in which I don’t like for a middle line backer. I want to see some “fire” out of my MLB just like Ray Lewis or Patrick Willis. McClain always talk about he saw all this strong competition at Alabama. Well, somebody need to tell him this is the NFL not Alabama. McClain need to take control of that huddle and bring some heat.