Poole, Kawakami chime in


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.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • aig-raiders

    prior to his DC stint with the Raiders, Fox was an NFL DB Coach for 5 years

    this had ZERO leverage to get sassy with Al Davis!


    He may have had zero leverage but he had his own pride. He had a choice to be Yes Mr. Davis like Rob Ryan or stick to his pride and walk. Can you say it turned out bad for him? I’d like to think it turned out pretty good for him. Considering he got another HC job after going 2-12.

    There is a tremendous diff between him and Kitten. Kitten disagree with Al but wanted to act like an effin brat and be paid via a firing. Fox walked and earned respect from his peers.

  • A Broncos fan just fixed our heat pump….I am suspicious of the effort he put forth on the project after seeing my home office decked out in Raider stuff.

    He will probably charge me double too.

  • aig-raiders

    oh btw, here is Fox’s brief Bio before becoming a HC…

    He entered the NFL in 1989 as the secondary coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, later also holding this job with the San Diego Chargers. Fox was the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Raiders and later that of the New York Giants during Super Bowl XXXV, which they lost.

  • Dakota, will you become a pen-pal of Tom Delay while he’s locked-up?

  • M Lonetree


    Brucekowski would have to be IR’d after the first seven on sevens because he tore something.

  • aig-raiders

    304.KoolKell Says:
    January 13th, 2011 at 2:29 pm
    Dakota, will you become a pen-pal of Tom Delay while he’s locked-up?

    oh that’s low……..too funny.

  • 297.KoolKell Says:
    January 13th, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Do you think this is appropriate:

    Second Amendment Remedies

    Erstwhile Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R-NV) found herself in June defending comments she had made six months earlier about the Second Amendment.

    “People are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies and saying, my goodness, what can we do to turn this country around? I’ll tell you, the first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out,” she said.

    “I was speaking broadly,” she said later, noting that she had since changed her phrasing to “defeat Harry Reid.”


    I think that is just fine considering the political environment….you know, the one where the President calls fellow Americans his “enemies”.

  • 304.KoolKell Says:
    January 13th, 2011 at 2:29 pm
    Dakota, will you become a pen-pal of Tom Delay while he’s locked-up?

    I doubt it, but maybe you can give me some tips if I decided to! Isn’t your buddy William J. Jefferson in prison? You write him all the time, no?

  • RaiderRockstar


    Fox has been to the Super Bowl and flopped twice

    once as a DC, once as a HC

    how many rings does Al Davis have ???

  • Dakota,

    Don’t you think this is the same as a Bin Laden tape:

    Shooting With The Candidate

    Giffords’ own opponent, Republican Jesse Kelly, had a gun-themed fund-raiser in June in which supporters could come and shoot an M-16 rifle with Kelly. It was promoted thusly: Get on Target for Victory in November. Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office. Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly.”

  • PurpleDrank81

    Gotta love the guy who says I hate Cubans but I sure will smoke Cubans


  • PurpleDrank81

    I would of Shot a Fully Loaded M16 with Jesse Kelly…

  • PurpleDrank81


  • KoolKell Says:
    January 13th, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Don’t you think this is the same as a Bin Laden tape:


    I think you might be nutz.

  • aig-raiders

    C’mon RRS,

    You’re getting silly now. Fox is a respected coach in this league. You may not think highly of him but the league and his peers do. Those are facts.

    Personally, I think Al’s dysfunctional mgmt system is no longer going to work and will not bring us another SB anytime soon.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Dakota, I totally and emphatically agree.

    I watch CNN/HN to see Robin Meade, it’s sad though that that rock on her left hand is nearly as bright as her smile and as almost as huge as her br…..

  • RaiderRetribution

    Meagan Kelley is nearly as goergeous as Robin Meade, kind of like comparing Jessica to Jessica.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Mr. Asomugha might still choose the Raiders, but it will most definately depend on two things: 1) $$$$ and 2) who Al signs as the Raiders head coach; a third possibility would be if he also resigns Mr. Seymour for more than one year.

  • Dr.Death

    Marcus Allen Charles Woodson Namandi Asomugha all leave and rejuivante careers stat wise

  • noteasilyimpressed

    Just because Kawakami says and writes what’s on his mind, it still doesn’t mean it’s worth reading or listening to.