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The Raiders and free agency

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NOTE: Inserted a couple of clarifications with regard to left guard Robert Gallery and strong sidelinebacker Kamerion Wimbley.

Was on a conference call Tuesday with two NFLPA executive council members, Dominique Foxworth and Scott Fujita, both of whom painted a bleak picture of reaching a collective bargaining agreement before the March 3 deadline.

Then spent different portions of the day in Twitter debates regarding my column on Nnamdi Asomugha, one of the most accomplished and professional of Raiders, and a player who in some quarters I apparently have grown to hate.

To review _ Asomugha is a fabulous cover cornerback, but his salary for 2011 ($16.8 million or the average of the top five quarterbacks in the NFL) is way out of line for someone who blankets receivers but whose obvious skills hasn’t done much to remedy the team’s defensive problems. He doesn’t create turnovers, the biggest single stat in NFL. Despite his presence, the Raiders still gave up 29 touchdown passes (only four teams gave up more) and 30-plus points six times.

I could go on, and already have, so never mind. If you think a cover corner should get a salary in the vicinity of Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, so be it.

So let’s look at it another way. If you pay Asomugha that much money in a single season as a straight salary, it’s going to affect the rest of free agency. It will have a huge effect if the new CBA has a salary cap. Then there’s the matter of whether the Raiders have the kind of actual liquid money to compete with the more corporate of the NFL teams considering their attendance, total worth, etc.

We have no idea at this point how free agency will work out, especially in the event of a protracted lockout. If a lockout goes on too long, there could be a reduced free agency this year, or in an extreme case, according to CNN-SI’s Peter King, no free agency at all until 2012. (He wrote that most people don’t expect that to happen, but if games are lost and teams must be thrown together, it’s a consideration).

In any event, here’s a list of Raiders who have played four, five or six years for when the CBA is complete and terms are reached. There are others whose contracts expire, but the Raiders will probably be able to have a right of first refusal. Until the uncapped year last year, having four years meant unrestricted free agency. That increased in 2010 year to six years.

Whether there are franchise or transition tags (and how many) will depend on the CBA. They’ll basically be making up new rules.

6-PLUS YEARS

Richard Seymour: If rules are similar, stands to get a 20 percent bump from nearly $13 million if there’s a franchise tag and he’s tagged again.

Nnamdi Asomugha: The ball’s in his court. Chances are Raiders weren’t going to pay $16.8 or more anyway. How much will they pay?

Robert Gallery: Was extremely loyal to Tom Cable, who helped turn his career around by moving him from left tackle to left guard. UPDATE: Gallery’s deal has reasonable salaries which run through 2014, but he made it clear following the season he was in a free agent year. Assuming those last four years are voidable.

Stanford Routt: If Asomugha were to go elsewhere, Davis could ante up big bucks for Routt after giving him a first- and third-round tender last year.

John Henderson: Missed seven games with a stress fracture but still showed he’s got something to offer as a run-stopper at defensive tackle.

Langston Walker: Much better as a starting right tackle in 2010 than he was in 2006, but will Raiders look for new blood?

Rock Cartwright: Every team needs a guy like this, and he won’t break the bank.

Khalif Barnes: Seemed to relish the team role and playing as backup tackle and power tight end.

Sam Williams: He’ll sign for the minimum and be happy about it.

Michael Bennett: Was strictly McFadden-Bush insurance and policy was never needed.

Kyle Boller: Has a chance at reserve role depending on how quarterback situation sorts out.

Charlie Frye: Went to every practice and meeting while on injured reserve all year. Could be rewarded with No. 3 QB job.

Daniel Loper: Started at left guard when Gallery was hurt then watched for the rest of the year.

J.T. O’Sullivan: Signed once Bruce Gradkowski went out with a shoulder injury.

5 YEARS

Michael Huff: Has five years of service but contract void could make him unrestricted regardless of how CBA is set up.

Bruce Gradkowski: Couldn’t make it through either of the last two years healthy and Jason Campbell played well when he went on IR.

Thomas Howard: Pushed into the background as linebacking corps was swept out. Hard to believe he won’t be looking elsewhere.

Ricky Brown: Has value as a backup middle linebacker and special teams player.

Hiram Eugene: Solid special teams player but passed up by Stevie Brown as a single deep free safety.

Jarvis Moss: May have shown enough as a pass rusher in season finale to get another look at a reasonable price.

UPDATE: The contract of strong side linebacker Kamerion Wimbley runs through 2011, but at a much lower salary than the $2 million and change he made in 2010. That is often an indication of a voidable final year.

4 YEARS

Zach Miller: Only the Raiders most productive receiver over the past four years.

Michael Bush: Yes, he only played three years, but I’m told his PUP year rehabbing his ankle counts.

Samson Satele: I may be in the minority, but it seemed to me Satele played extremely well in the last four or five games of the season. Both on the interior and getting to second level.

Mario Henderson: There is sentiment within the building (including at the very top) that Henderson should have been moved to right tackle early after Jared Veldheer won the job on the left side and started over Walker.

Johnnie Lee Higgins: Seems to have regressed the last two years after a strong second season. If Jacoby Ford takes over punt returns, hard to imagine him being back.

Note: This is the latest information I have and it’s conceivable some of the contracts could have been changed at some point during the season.

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  • raiderinpa

    Whatever happens with our FAs happens, NONE of us have ANY control over ANYTHING!! Its all in the hands of Big Al…

    Just as long as we dont re-sign Jawalrus or Moss, how bad can it really be??

    (see #368 for a good chuckle)

    Good night Nation!!

  • J Hill

    2. vs Jax, you claimed it was Ford that caught the final ball and it was his fault for not getting out of bounds by moving forward. I proved to you that he was tackled immediately and the ball was no where near the sideline.

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    You proved it to me? Actually me watching the play again instead of just going off recall proved it to me.

    But the POINT was YOU talking about JC throwing it into the end zone, right? What a horrible decision it was to throw it to Ford, right?

    My POINT was that the QB was trying to get the ball OOB. But that messed up your whole JC sucks rant, and here we are. We are still waiting on your comments from the QB saying exactly what I said.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Raiders defense will be a top ten defense, remember theis Raider D is young.

  • aig-raiders

    Hill

    You should really give up.

    1. You stated emphatically Reece went up the middle. The play was to the right side and it actually ran to the right side. You’re now trying to BS your way out of this argument.

    2. Tom Cable admitted after the game that JC should have recognized the situation with STL overloading the right side and called a timeout. That is why Tom tried to call a timeout. You’re still trying to make excuses for JC.

    I’m done with you. You can BS as much as you want.

  • Raccoon,

    I blame Al for that too. I know it’s a passing league now, but can we keep more than 1 run stuffing DT that can play more than 20 snaps, and he can stay healthy!

    Add a guy in later RDs 4-7th that is strong, and young enough to play more snaps when we need him to.

    I would daft:
    CB
    G/T
    WLB
    C
    DT
    QB

  • J Hill

    3. BG only outplayed JC when they played vs the same opponent and with teh same supporting staff. I dare you to show me proof other wise. I believe you’re the only moron on here that didnt think BG outplayed JC against STL. I dont even think Mistic ever went that route.

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    Moron???

    Are you getting upset again?

    Don’t get all fired up again. People are allowed to disagree with you, right?

    LOL at you lil emotional arsse.

    And when did I say BG didn’t outplay JC in the STl game? I believe I was discussing with Alex how he could say that JC couldn’t come back in the STL game when he did it against KC?

  • aig-raiders

    Hill, you spent an entire day arguing with me how you didnt think BG’s 2nd half was any different than JC’s first half against STL. So yes, you deserve the moron title of the day.

  • J Hill

    Why don’t you just ask yourself why your boy Cable had Stevie Brown playing SAFETY ahead of Mike Mitchell?

    Sorry, but I don’t like Mitchell as a LB. Would rather see Goethel or Howard on the field.

    —————-

    Ok so at least you admitted it was your opinion and cannot be backed with any facts. I have no issues with opinions. I do have issues with people that can’t back up their claims.

    ——————————————————-

    You sure do beat your own meat a lot.

    What makes you think anyone gives a fly F what you have an issue with, lol.

    How convenient of you to ignore the FACT that Stevie Brown is playing SAFETY ahead of Mike Mitchell?

    Did you not like that FACT?

  • J Hill

    371.Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 12th, 2011 at 1:36 pm
    I believe you’re the only moron on here that didnt think BG outplayed JC against STL. I dont even think Mistic ever went that route.

    ******************************

    Mistic spent the whole week screaming at the 5 or 6 int’s Bruce should have had that game, how he almost cost us the game and didn’t win it, and even got so angry he dropped a few ALL CAPS posts on us.

    Classic semi-pro moment.

    ——————————————————

    Sure you weren’t confusing me with Mistic AIG?

    You know we all post alike, right?

  • JONTRAIN

    Routt has INT’s and pass deflections to his name. Mitchell has done nothing positive. Thats all I’m saying.

    I’ve jumped up and down screaming at Routt as many times as the next man. I’ve screamed for him to be outright released. But re-watching the games, he’s shown me a lot. He deserves way more credit than yall give him

  • Just Fire Baby

    My POINT was that the QB was trying to get the ball OOB. But that messed up your whole JC sucks rant, and here we are. We are still waiting on your comments from the QB saying exactly what I said.

    ***********************************

    The main issue here is two-fold.

    First of all, if a coach called this play (presumably Hue) he is a moron. No defense is going to let you go 15 yards down the field and out of bounds in that situation (well all DC’s except the one we may go hire).

    Second, if a OC did call this play, any QB worth his salts would say “WTF???, scratch that here’s what we are doing” and at least heave into the end zone.

    That last play in Jax was an epic fail, no way around it. Blame the OC, blame the QB, blame both (I’m sure some will blame Cooper Carlisle), but that was stuidity.

  • J Hill

    aig-raiders Says:
    January 12th, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Hill

    I’m done with you.

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    aig-raiders Says:
    January 12th, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Hill,

    ——————————————————-

    If I had a dollar for every dismissive “I’m done with you” to only have you post to me 5 seconds later, lol.

    It’s you typical MO.

    You try to go a few rounds with the big doggs, get slapped around, and then you have to run to the gym or something, lol.

    Yeah man, we know the FB dive to Reece isn’t designed to go up the middle. WTF am I talking about.

    Yeah, we know the fact that the PRE SNAP READ is the point doesn’t matter to you and is a bunch of BS.

    LMFAO!

  • The Real Oakglenn

    JFB, You follow Gradkowski on Twitter!!! LOL!

  • DMAC

    # JONTRAIN Says:
    January 12th, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Routt has INT’s and pass deflections to his name. Mitchell has done nothing positive. Thats all I’m saying.

    I’ve jumped up and down screaming at Routt as many times as the next man. I’ve screamed for him to be outright released. But re-watching the games, he’s shown me a lot. He deserves way more credit than yall give him
    ==========
    Routt has improved, but he still gave up 2 many TD’s.

  • aig-raiders

    Wow, so now Brown and MM34 are both FS? LMFAO? I thought Brown was teh backup to Huff and MM34 back up to Branch whenever MM34 is not in the big nickel? Wow, you sure do trust your eyes dont you.

  • J Hill

    JFB,

    You can argue that JC should have changed the play. But it was out of a TO and how many times do you see that happen?

    Ford was running a sideline pattern to get OOB, JC had pressure from both DEs, threw off his backfoot, game over.

    To try and put that last drive on the QB is just plain short sighted IMO. Even the play where JC ran into Carlisle, lol. A Double move???? That was the play that was called and the OFFENSE was not able to execute it. From the RG to the WR not being able to get open quick enough or what ever.

    Expecting JC magic, so to speak was not going to happen. It’s not like he missed an open DHB streakign down the sidelines, lol.

  • RaiderRockstar

    it’ll be interesting to see what happens at safety next year …

    Mitchell was a 2nd rounder that the team compared to Jack Tatum and Al Davis personally saved him from elimination last year. He rewarded the Owner/GM by playing pretty well in 4 or 5 games covering some of the games best TE’s and in run support or special teams

    Stevie Brown was a playmaker in OTA’s, camp & preseason. made a few nice plays during the regular season too, most of them on special teams. 7th round speedy project that played LB for Michigan

    Tyvon Branch was a 4th rounder that Al Davis traded up to draft. played CB in college and SS in the pros (much like Michael Huff that way) … big hitter that often seems lost or burnt in coverage (opposite of Huff that way) another special teams ace

    Hiram Eugene was an absolute BEAST on special teams this year. A Lane Kiffin & Tom Cable favorite, Eugene always seems to get some play on defense, too. Has starting experience at FS – which may come into play when Huff joins Baltimore this spring

  • DMAC

    Later peoples!
    Go A’s!
    Go DUBS! (beat LA)
    Go Cal Bears!
    Go Raiders!

  • The Real Oakglenn

    JC didn’t lose the JAX game.

    Special Teams lost the JAX game.

  • J Hill

    419.aig-raiders Says:
    January 12th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Wow, so now Brown and MM34 are both FS? LMFAO? I thought Brown was teh backup to Huff and MM34 back up to Branch whenever MM34 is not in the big nickel? Wow, you sure do trust your eyes dont you.

    —————————————————-

    Still posting to me?????

    Like I said, a dollar ….

    Anyway, didn’t ur boy Cable say those positions were interchangeable? Why don’t you go back and read what Cable was saying about Branch and Mitchell playing SAFETY together and then get back to us.

    Mile Mitchell is now playing LB, right or wrong?

    Or are we realling playing a dime with the extra DB in there and the coaches don’t know WTF they are talking about?

  • The Real Oakglenn

    Get a room!

  • RaiderRockstar

    If I had a dollar for every dismissive “I’m done with you” to only have you post to me 5 seconds later, lol.

    ***

    excuse me?

    I beleive I’ve told you “we’re done” and “mind your bidness” before, but never “I’m done with you” !!!

    and it lasted a few days, not a few seconds 😛

    but at the end of the day, I’m still a fan of DJ Wiggle

  • confucius400

    sweaters

  • JONTRAIN

    I remember when Cable said FS and SS were interchangable. And I remember thinking to myself “BS!”

    Only because FS is the only one that they ever leave as the single deep safety.

    I’m sure the positions are interchangable in some ways, but only some. No way Mitchell or Branch is getting left as the single free S

  • Is Hue the coach yet?

  • raidertalk

    Still unsure why we didn’t dust off Howard in the jax game to cover the TE. I know he was in the Cable dog house but he could have helped in coverage as opposed to a bunch of safeties out there. Is he gone next year?

  • Silver-and-black666

    no Dakota not until we interview Rob Ryan and John Fox first!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    NEW YORK – This year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prepaid for its place in the big game. Sending $8 million and four top draft picks over three years to the Oakland Raiders, the Bucs signed coach Jon Gruden to a five-year $17.5 million deal last January. On Sunday, in what has been pegged as the “Gruden Bowl,” the Bucs coach will face his old squad, now headed by former offensive coordinator Bill Callahan, who demands just $1 million per year.

    It’s clear that winning brings more pay, but does higher pay mean results? According to Sports Business Daily, the average annual salary for an NFL head coach is $2.5 million per year. Of the 13 coaches who make less than that, only one–Callahan–has been to a Super Bowl.

    ***

    must read for Hue Jackson!

  • PTI just reported Jon Gruden has stated he will not be coaching in 2011.

    So no return to Oakland.

  • Just Fire Baby

    A Double move???? That was the play that was called and the OFFENSE was not able to execute it.

    *****************************

    Should have dusted off the Tom Cable classic “four verticals”, lol.

    Regardless, I just don’t buy the excuses on that last play. It was CLEARLY not the reason we lost, I’m not hanging that on him/them.

    Just have some fkn life at the end of the game would ya? Talking sacks, throwing short of the end zone on the last play and wathcing the last 5 seconds just tick off is what losers do.

  • Here’s a name for Al…

    Pete Carmichael Jr

    http://www.fieldgulls.com/2010/1/5/1235217/coaches-worth-a-damn-pete

    Pete Carmichael Jr.: Carmichael is the Saints offensive coordinator. It’s his first year in the position and so he might not yet be ripe for promotion. Before serving the Saints at OC, he was the quarterbacks/passing game coordinator. He took that position in 2006. That’s the season Drew Brees joined the Saints and metamorphosed from broken down, but talented young quarterback to Breesus. That’s also the season Marques Colston went from seventh round “who” to rookie #1 receiver. Here’s a quick snippet from Carmichael’s bio:

    As offensive coordinator, Carmichael will bring the perspective of having a wide range of coaching experiences, including working with nearly every position group on offense during his career. With the Chargers, he assisted wide receivers coach James Lofton for an offense that ranked 10th in the NFL in 2004 and 2005. Carmichael joined the Chargers in 2002 and served as offensive assistant/quality control until being promoted.
    ….

    Worked with Lofton (former Raiders WR coach) and helped rejuvenate Brees in New Orleans

  • Good Hue Jackson bio when he was with Ravens…

    http://www.zimbio.com/Watch+NFL+Football+Games+Online+Live+On+Your+Computer/articles/m3h975SuzWa/Hue+Jackson+Biography

    Hue Jackson was named the Baltimore Ravens quarterback coach in February, 2008, joining the staff of John Harbaugh.

    Hue Jackson coached with the Atlanta Falcons during the 2007 NFL season. This was his second time being the Offensive Coordinator for an NFL team. Jackson was the highly-respected wide receiver coach for the Cincinnati Bengals the past three seasons. During his successful time with the Bengals, Jackson coached wide receivers Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh who were one of the most productive receiving tandems in Bengals history and one of the top duos in the league. In 2006 Johnson (1,369) and Houshmandzadeh (1,081) became the first Bengals teammates to each surpass the 1,000-yard receiving mark. Johnson’s 1,369 receiving yards led the NFL and marked the fourth consecutive season that he paced the AFC in receiving yards, becoming the first player in NFL history to lead his conference in receiving yards four consecutive seasons.

    While working with coach Hue Jackson, Chad Johnson set NFL and several Bengals team records over the years. Johnson established a new League mark for most receiving yards in back-to-back games with 450 in 2006 and a new Bengals record for most receiving yards in a single-game with 260 against San Diego. Johnson has posted the top four receiving yardage games in Cincinnati history and holds the team record for most 100-yard receiving games in a career (21 in just six seasons).

    Jackson also saw the fruits of his labor with T. J. Houshmandzadeh as he helped build the former seventh round draft choice into a key cog in the Bengals offensive machine. Houshmandzadeh enjoyed his most productive years under the watchful eye of Jackson as he recorded progressively better numbers each season. Starting in 2004 with Jackson’s arrival, Houshmandzadeh totaled 73 and 78 catch seasons, respectively. And culminating with his 90 catch, 1,081 yard, nine touchdown career year in 2006. Jackson’s worked with second-year wide receiver Chris Henry who produced career-highs in catches (36), yards (605) and touchdowns (9). In 2005, the wideout duo of Johnson-Houshmandzadeh combined to post 175 receptions for 2,388 yards while helping Cincinnati win the AFC North title and reach the playoffs for the first time in 10 seasons. Johnson’s 97 receptions were a career-high, besting his previous high of 95 he posted under Jackson’s watch in 2004. Together, the wideouts scored 27 of Cincinnati’s 48 touchdowns in 2005 as the team finished fourth in the NFL in scoring (26.3 points per game). The Bengals were also fifth in the league in net passing yards per game (238.8). In 2005, Jackson tutored an impact rookie in third-round draft choice Henry, who had 31 catches for 422 yards. Henry’s six touchdown catches were the most by a Bengals rookie since 1985. The 2004 campaign saw Johnson and Houshmandzadeh post 2,252 receiving yards and 168 receptions.

    Jackson came to the Bengals from the Washington Redskins, where he was the Running Backs Coach from 2001-02 and Offensive Coordinator in 2003. Jackson called plays for head coach Steve Spurrier as Offensive Coordinator in Washington, the first time Spurrier allowed someone other than himself to handle that task during his head coaching tenure. Jackson was back in the job market in 2004 after Steve Spurrier resigned as Redskins head coach, and was quickly recruited by Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, who had been Jackson’s coaching colleague on the Washington staff in 2002. Jackson helped guide Redskins RB Stephen Davis to a career-high 1,432 yards in 2001, and Davis was on pace for another 1,000-yard season in ‘02 before a shoulder injury prematurely ended his year.

    Jackson spent 14 years as a college coach before joining the Redskins. His last college post was as Offensive Coordinator for the University of Southern California from 1997-2000. Jackson’s duties in his last three years at USC included the recruiting and early development of Bengals QB Carson Palmer, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. Palmer came to USC in 1998. Jackson also helped recruit Matt Leinart before he left USC.

    Jackson began his coaching career in 1987 at his alma mater, the University of the Pacific. After three years there, he moved on to Cal State Fullerton (1990-91), Arizona State (‘92-95) and California (‘96). At Cal, he was Offensive Coordinator and helped lead the Golden Bears to an Aloha Bowl berth.

    He picked up his first year’s experience in the pro ranks in the spring of 1991, coaching running backs, wide receivers and special teams for the London Monarchs of the World League. He also had three NFL summer internships, working with the Los Angeles Rams in 1990, the Arizona Cardinals in ‘92 and the Redskins in ‘95.

    Personal life
    Hue is currently married to Michelle Jackson. They have two daughters, Jordyn and Baylee Jackson.

    Born October 22, 1965, in Los Angeles, California, Jackson played quarterback at Pacific in 1985-86, throwing for 2,544 yards and 19 touchdowns in his career. He also lettered in basketball in 1986. Hue is now coaching for the Baltimore Ravens.
    ……

    Jackson helped guide Redskins RB Stephen Davis to a career-high 1,432 yards in 2001, and Davis was on pace for another 1,000-yard season in ‘02 before a shoulder injury prematurely ended his year.

    He also got McFadden on track this season.

  • If you go to the web site of Gallerys agency,

  • Let’s try it again, if you go to the website of Gallery’s agency, you will see they claim to be CBA experts in loopholes and outs. They have a huge client roster.
    http://www.prioritysports.biz/football/contracts.html

  • Oakland coaching update
    January, 12, 2011
    Jan 12
    5:30
    PM ET
    By Bill Williamson
    The Oakland Raiders have denied a report that said defensive coordinator John Marshall has been let go.

    “That is untrue,” Oakland senior executive John Herrera said Wednesday.

    Herrera reiterated that the Raiders have begun the search for a head coach. He would not reveal who was interviewed or how many candidates have been interviewed. Herrera has also said the team has been reviewing the status of the assistant coaching staff, including Marshall, for a week and that it will continue. Herrera didn’t give a timetable for the hiring of a new coach for the evaluation of the coaching staff.

    Oakland offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is considered a top candidate to be named the head coach and to replace Tom Cable. Former Oakland assistants Marc Trestman and Rob Ryan have been mentioned.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/afcwest/post/_/id/23258/oakland-coaching-update

  • Just Fire Baby

    “That is untrue,” Oakland senior executive John Herrera said Wednesday.

    ********************************

    Whatever Herrera says, you know the opposite is true.

  • The Real Oakglenn

    JFB, College basketball tonight. Who do you like?

  • Just Fire Baby

    I haven’t watched more than the one half of Cal playing Kansas in college hoops all year.

    BTW, I like the Pats, Bears, Ravens (to lose but cover) and the Falcons.

    There you go.

  • The Real Oakglenn

    Thanks man. I’ll take the opposite.

  • The Real Oakglenn

    JFB, Laying 9 and 10 points in the playoffs don’t pay the bills.

  • 1eyedpirate

    Aig-Raiders Says:
    January 11th, 2011 at 9:32 pm
    Stanford Routt: If Asomugha were to go elsewhere, Davis could ante up big bucks for Routt after giving him a first- and third-round tender last year.

    —————

    Jerry,
    think about that for a second. Do you honestly believe Routt builds confidence in anyone as the #1 Corner. Hecckkkkk NOOOOOO!!!!

    Also on your CWood vs Nnamdi..

    CWood in his prime was actually tested time and again. I can remember vividly he got his rears kicked by TO in SF. I can remember CWood getting burned by KC late in the game in Oakland. Do you ever remember a game where Nnamdi got toasted time and again while healthy or giving up a bomb to lose the game?
    **********************************************************************************************************Cwood had Eric Allen opposite of him for a fee seasons so he got tested alot and I remember TO burnt him all day in Oakland all day… We were supposed to win but that 1 on 1 matchup killed us and we lost… But TO would do that to Nnamdi too…. He is faster and stronger and hits ridiculous hops….Cwood is a better playmaker than Nnamdi he forces fumbles and gets to the qb and baits quarterbacks into picks…. Nnamdi has had no one close to his skills on the opposite side so it is easier to pick on the other side or one of our safeties or linebackers who can’t cover a tight end…. I can also remember that Nnamdi couldn’t cover all that great for the first few years either…. I think Routt will get better as time goes on and he had more picks and touchdowns then Nnamdi… Bottom line Nnamdi is not a playmaker…. Yeah nice to blanket recievers but I want to hear some noise every once in a while….. 16.8 million pays for at least 25-30 touchdowns and he will never post that in his whole career…. Make him take a patchy or get rid if him…..

  • manassamauler

    seymour,aso, huff, bush, reese and miller are the top to resign. then there is wimbley. bush will probably leave. aso is gone IMO. seymout,huff,miller,reese and wimbley should all get resigned. expensive.

  • inonewordraider

    Hue was a great hire by Al but with so much experience and positive results coaching WR’s, how come DHB and Murphy are progressing so slowly and how come Jerry Mac noticed 9er receivers going after the ball noticeably harder than the Raider receivers during practice?

  • The Real Oakglenn

    Randy Moss and Miles Austin both eat Aso for lunch. You know who eats up Revis? Nobody.

  • RaiderDuck

    BTW, I don’t think this has been discussed yet, but former Raiders OL Steve Wright is gonna be on the next season of “Survivor.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survivor_Redemption_Island

  • aig-raiders

    1eye,

    Agreed on your assessment. Cwood had more natural football skills but Nnamd is bigger and worked harder at his craft than CWood ever did. I’m still disappointed we never had an opp for both CWood and #21 in the backfield at the same time as corners. What could have been.

    I just feel like Jerry has been hating on Nnamdi lately and comparing him to Cwood without really telling the whole story.

  • edward teach

    448.inonewordraider Says:
    January 12th, 2011 at 4:32 pm
    Hue was a great hire by Al but with so much experience and positive results coaching WR’s, how come DHB and Murphy are progressing so slowly and how come Jerry Mac noticed 9er receivers going after the ball noticeably harder than the Raider receivers during practice?

    ********************************************************

    Because Sanjay Lal coaches the wide receivers and he doesn’t know what he’s doing.

    This is the same argument I hear about Tom Cable and the o-line, with folks forgetting that we actually have an o-line coach. Hue is the offensive coordinator and Cable was the head coach; they weren’t position coaches and while I suppose you could say that each had done the respective position job before, once you take on a head coaching or coordinator job it doesn’t leave much time for the details. That’s why you hire guys to do it for you.

  • aig-raiders

    Hue Jax said he owns the offense. So if he gets teh credit for ST and D points, then I lay the blame on him for not improving our WR’s. As a matter fact, Murphy regressed and DHB and JLH were non factors again. The only bright spot was Ford’s incredible plays.

  • The Real Oakglenn

    Coaches CANNOT teach a player how to catch a football.