By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 at 9:48 pm in Oakland Raiders.
In an otherwise slow day as the Raiders and Al Davis take their time in naming Hue Jackson (OK, that’s just reading the tea leaves, nothing approaching official) the new head coach, a couple of viewpoints from columnists Monte Poole and Tim Kawakami, neither of whom gets particularly warm greetings when they visit the team facility in Alameda.
In his column for Thursday’s Bay Area News Group papers, Poole writes why Asomugha’s days with the Raiders are probably over.
In his San Jose Mercury blog, Kawakami is of the belief that Davis thought he was going to land new 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh at a discount rate simply because he was Al Davis.
My guess is Poole is on point. Asomugha wants to play for a winner badly, and he has no reason to think after the dismissal of Tom Cable, 25 or more free agents and the current labor unrest that Davis will negotiate the difficult landscape and build on the 8-8 record in 2010.
Maybe Kawakami has information he can’t reveal _ those sneaky columnists are like that _ but I’m having a hard time believing Davis didn’t realize Harbaugh was well out of his price range. Here’s a guy who has for years correctly forecast what NFL TV deals are going to be worth and he doesn’t understand that Harbaugh has become the hottest property in the coaching landscape?
He doesn’t chase the big-money guys. Never has.
Any shot Davis had at Harbaugh was when he was an up-and-comer (think Sarkisian and Kiffin), either out of the University of San Diego or his first year or two at Stanford before he became the Next Big Thing.