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And then there was one . . .

The Denver Broncos named John Fox as their head coach Thursday, leaving the Raiders as the only team in the NFL without a head coach officially in place.

In contrast to the Broncos, who actually updated prospective candidates who went through the interview process through Twitter updates through new exec John Elway, the Raiders have made no public comment other than senior executive John Herrera’s declaration that “We have begun the process.”

The Raiders will not confirm whether that process has included an actual candidate for head coach, or if that candidate is Hue Jackson _ considered the heavy favorite to ascend to the position.

With no other NFL head coaching jobs available, owner Al Davis can wait as long as he wishes to actually name Jackson, given he is already under contract as offensive coordinator and is already in all likelihood the acting head coach.

This week Davis has been going through the process of staff evaluations, and there have been no changes on the team’s coaching roster on its Web site.

A couple notes:

– According to an item in the San Diego Union-Tribune, cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is on the radar of the San Diego Chargers. Coach Norv Turner is a big Asomugha fan, lauding his skill level, work ethic and skill twice every year on conference calls with Bay Area media.

Should Asomugha (and other unrestricted free agents) sign elsewhere, the Raiders could be in line for compensatory selections in the 2012 draft. That would depend on how many free agents the Raiders actually lost, whether they signed any themselves, and if the same provisions are included in a new collective bargaining agreement.

– Stanford also got its head coach in line before the Raiders, and it’s David Shaw, an assistant coach in Oakland from 1998-2001.

Shaw was Jon Gruden’s offensive quality control coach in Philadelphia and joined him with the Raiders. He was also an assistant with the Baltimore Ravens from 2002 through 2005.

David Shaw was in the awkward position of working for the Raiders at the same time as his father, defensive coordinator Willie Shaw, when the elder Shaw was fired following the 1999 season.

– Wow. The South.

It might be time for Tennessee to get over Lane Kiffin, based on his Deadspin.com item.

No word on whether the Raiders will be dispatching anyone to represent the organization at “Shoot Lane Kiffin’s Bobblehead Day.”

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  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    J Hill Says:
    January 13th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I just think it is SOOOOO funny that the Raiders are catching backlash for not extending Tom frickin Cable.

    Has anyone else hired this guy as a HC or OC?
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    Irrelevant.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    J Hill Says:
    January 13th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I just think it is SOOOOO funny that the Raiders are catching backlash for not extending Tom frickin Cable.

    Has anyone else hired this guy as a HC or OC?
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    The Raiders have the only NFL head coaching job left. Who’s beating their doors down?

  • inonewordraider

    I respect Al because he does things his way, he cares for his players and he gave guys chances when others wouldn’t with regards to race/gender/criminal history. He was an innovator and his bold moves worked and eventually others caught on. We no longer have schemes no one has seen or run effectively. Other teams now draft or sign talented guys who have questionable backgrounds. Other teams take chances on size/speed guys that may not be the best football players at the time. Yet our owner refuses to allow DC’s to use defensive schemes proven effective for other teams let alone allow them to use an innovative scheme making us more predictable and thereby putting us at a disadvantage. We are at a disadvantage coaching wise because of our owners refusal to pay high salaries for coaches and refusal to give coaches liberties they can excercise for other teams. So even we are or become as talented as the best teams in the league, can we win the superbowl with our coaching situation and defensive scheme?

  • bigblackdeath29

    no one will hire tom cable for anything except o-line coach.i`m not saying hue jackson is the greatest but with out his offense tom cable is 4-12 5-11 at best.

  • bigblackdeath29

    inonewordraider Says:

    with that defensive scheme no.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    If Seymour wasn’t tagged, he’d be out of here in a heartbeat, regardless of what Davis offered.

  • hwnrdr

    Aren’t we always the last to hire a new puppet?

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    # Florida Pete Says:
    January 13th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    92.da trinity Says:
    January 13th, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    al davis doesn’t care about us the fans how sad

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    tissue?

    ……….

    Now, that’s how you treat the customer in a struggling economy and when ticket sales have been down for years. Only the Raiders. And, just so you know, anymore it’s not synonymous with winning.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    inonewordraider Says:
    January 13th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    I respect Al because he does things his way

    ………..

    So if a burglar in your home dances on the table before leaving, you’d respect him too? According to your logic, one should be respected merely for doing things their way.

  • bigblackdeath29

    106.KoolKell Says:
    January 13th, 2011 at 6:20 pm
    If Seymour wasn’t tagged, he’d be out of here in a heartbeat, regardless of what Davis offered.

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    and if that was true he`d be on the radio like lechler.but he is not stupid and maybe he could get 45 mil for 3 years and make 1 int,19 tackles.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Surprise,Surprise,Surprise,Surprise

  • djohnnyg

    10.KoolKell Says:
    January 12th, 2011 at 11:07 pm
    Djohnnyg,

    I don’t know why you people obsess so much about the Tim Kawakami’s of the world.

    First of all, he damned sure knows more than you do, ok?

    2nd, Al Davis and his stooges worry more about what somebody’s saying than win-losses.

    Tim Kawakami, has about as much to do with the performances of the Raiders over the last 20 years, as I do.

    Obsessing? He’s the guy who devoted an entire article about what Al Davis is ‘supposedly’ thinking and feeling. No one obsesses more about Al Davis than Kawakami, save for a couple posters here who shall remain nameless.

    And you are wrong. I actually do know more than Kawakami which is no great accomplishment.

    You seem very defensive about Tim Kawakami for some reason. Maybe because he supports your theory that Al Davis is responsible for anything that goes wrong with the world.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Al Davis isn’t responsible for everything that goes on in the world, he just sucks as an NFL owner.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Johnny, how’s that coaching situation? How’s the Harbaugh hunt? LOL.

  • djohnnyg

    86.Thec07 Says:
    January 13th, 2011 at 4:53 pm
    Gruden is the worst Raider coach ever….

    What? The guy went
    8-8
    10-6
    12-4 (or 11-5?)

    How is that worst ever? I’m guessing your kidding.

  • PurpleDrank81

    What Harbaugh Isnt Our Coach??????

  • djohnnyg

    114.The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    January 13th, 2011 at 6:50 pm
    Johnny, how’s that coaching situation? How’s the Harbaugh hunt? LOL.

    Ask Kawakami he knows all of Al’s innermost thoughts, dreams and desires.

    Yes the Harbaugh hunt. I think we can still steal him away.

  • djohnnyg

    Anyone that has ever seen my posts knows I am not an “Al is God” guy, I just don’t think we need to pile on with stuff. I’ve said it before that he does enuff stuff that is documented to criticize him for that anybody has to make stuff up.

    Heck, I would defend anybody on this board if I thought they were being unfairly piled on.

    That includes YOU, Kool Kell, and anybody else.

  • http://www.gmail.com The Real D-Rac

    8.M Lonetree Says:
    January 13th, 2011 at 2:54 pm
    Raiders have functional parts on both offensive and defensive lines. Got a good start right there for whoever sits in the HC chair.

    *****

    D-line yes.

    O-line.. not so much. Yes we do have enough to play a game, but not much else.

    LT= No sure answer, but Veldheer looks like he should get better, but will he?? Too many yellow flags, must improve. Without Cable??

    LG= could be the strongest posisition IF Gallery stays, but he will prob leave. So Loper is a below average LG, better as a back-up.

    C= Sateleee below average most of the time, has moments of solid play. NO depth.

    RG= CC is below average over the hill also. B. Campbell may be ok, but who knows he may also be a 4th round flop.

    RT= Big Lagston Walker. Yes folks, your Oakland Raiders BEST O-line player. Above average run blocker, and average pass protector.

    Khalif Barns may be our best bet to replace Gallery. I was told that is why he stuck on the roster last year. Heck, Barns may end up @ LT after all.

    Mario Henderson could be the LG, could be a RT, could be gone.

    Roy Schuening looks like he is ready to be a back-up G.

    If Gallery stays, Valdheer gets better, B. Campbell is average RG, then yes we have some block NONE of these thing are great bets.

  • djohnnyg

    Mooch is just jealous that Al never tried to hire him.

  • http://www.beyonceonline.com/us/home DaRayduh

    :twisted: hererra, get in here. now shut up and listen. Tell the media we are in no hurry to name a coach.

    :oops: why boss

    :twisted: because I said so. besides, I want people to think I’m really mulling this coaching thing over, you know I don’t think much of coaches anyway, but I want people to think I’m really thinking this over.

    :oops: ok boss

    :twisted: we’ll just draw a no name from a hat like we did with lance and that cable guy, and he’ll turn the Raiduhs back to greatness. Now get the hell outta my office

    :oops: yes boss, what ever you say boss

    :twisted: one more thing, make sure kawakami is there. I want you and him to go at it again. I got some real wood outta that

    :oops: yes boss

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    djohnnyg Says:
    January 13th, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    I am not an “Al is God” guy

    ………..

    Yes, you are.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Im more of a “RMR is God” guy

  • PurpleDrank81

    I crack myself up… I think the Delirium is kickin in

  • http://www.beyonceonline.com/us/home DaRayduh
  • http://www.gmail.com The Real D-Rac

    122.The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    January 13th, 2011 at 7:28 pm
    djohnnyg Says:
    January 13th, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    I am not an “Al is God” guy

    ………..

    Yes, you are.

    ***********

    No one thinks of Al more than MR.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Where’d you find that picture of me????? I thought I had that taken off the internet

  • djohnnyg

    Harbaugh IS the coach of the Raiders. You guys just don’t know it yet.

  • djohnnyg

    I think Al will change his mind and say he NEVER really fired Cable in the first place he just had to let the contract expire before he could offer a new one that “made more sense”. It was his plan all along.

  • aig-raiders

    The only Al is God in here is me myself and I alright. I own the right to this term. :)

    DJ, wouldnt that be something if he ends up bringing tC back and said he just wanted to give TC a chance to test the market!

  • djohnnyg

    130.aig-raiders Says:
    January 13th, 2011 at 7:55 pm
    The only Al is God in here is me myself and I alright. I own the right to this term.

    DJ, wouldnt that be something if he ends up bringing tC back and said he just wanted to give TC a chance to test the market!

    Would anyone really be shocked if that did actually happen? All he was trying to do was give a loyal Raider an opportunity to spread his wings and pursue anything that would make him happy.

  • http://www.beyonceonline.com/us/home DaRayduh

    NFL Quarterback Rankings

    If you were putting together a team today, who would you want as the leader of your franchise? I have listed from 32 to 1, my ranking of all of the NFL quarterbacks.

    32. Vince Young – Titans. Head case. Doesn’t work at his craft. Not respected in the huddle. Doesn’t know the offense. Is this what you want from your franchise QB? I applaud ownership for keeping the coach and getting rid of the cancer!!
    31. Jimmy Clausen – Panthers. Maybe too early to say, but when the team comes out and says they want Andrew Luck with the first pick in the 2011 NFL draft??????????
    30. Tavaris Jackson – Vikings. Poor guy may never be given an honest chance due to the Favre debacle.
    29. Derek Anderson – Cardinals. How do you follow a legend? Kurt Warner was a legend…… impossible to follow.
    28. Chad Henne – Dolphins. Hard to succeed when ownership has no clue ( see recent coaching farce between Harbaugh an Sporano ).
    27. Alex Smith – 49er’s. Really thought he was “the one” coming out of college. With the recent hiring of Jim Harbaugh, I will give him 1 more chance. If he doesn’t succeed, he moves to #31!!!!
    26. Colt McCoy – Browns. Good kid, a winner, but in a tough situation. The great fans of Cleveland need a winner and if EVERYTHING falls into place, he could deliver.
    25. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Bills. A relative unknown from the Ivy League, he put up good numbers this year. Chan Gailey is a very good offensive coach and Ryan may grow in this system.
    24. Josh Freeman – Bucs. This kid had a wonderful year and they had a great season, however, 1 year does not make a career. Josh could move up 10 spots with another great year. Watch out for this team in 2011!
    23. Matt Cassel – Chiefs. One of the surprise teams this year, Matt was rock solid. Struggled in the playoffs ( most first time QB’s do ), but the Chiefs are building a solid organization.
    22. Donovan McNabb – Redskins. The rumors are flying – soft, not a hard worker, selfish. Not words that you want to hear about your franchise QB. MUST have a huge year in 2011 or he will be near the bottom of my list next year!
    21. Matt Stafford – Lions. Hats off to the Lions this year. A very competitive team and have a GREAT chance to make the playoffs next year. MUST stay healthy for this franchise to move forward.
    20. Matt Schaub – Texans. Has put up good numbers, but, the sign of a truly great QB is to take your team to the next level. The clock is ticking and Matt must get the Texans into the playoffs in 2011 or else he will be deemed an also ran.
    19. David Gerrard – Jags. The Jags surprised a lot of people this year. Coach Del Rio was on the verge of being run out of town. Something clicked and with David’s emergence, a strong running game, and a stingy defense, it all came together. Needs back to back solid seasons to move up the ladder even more.
    18. Matt Hasselback – Seahawks. Just when I wanted to drop him down into the lower third of my rankings, he comes up with a brilliant playoff performance. Often injured, he must remain healthy or the Seahawks are finished.
    17. Tony Romo – Cowboys. I just don’t know…..Brilliant one week, a flop the next week. Has all the tools but how much longer will Coach Jerry Jones, I mean Coach Garrett, give him??
    16. Jason Campbell – Raiders. I may be reaching here just a little bit, but the Raiders have needed a solid QB for several years now and Jason may be just what the doctor ordered. Its just a shame that Al Davis has to mingle in every aspect of the business. This was the most competitive team in years and he fires the coach!!
    15. Mark Sanchez – Jets. I really think Mark has all the attributes to be a great QB in this league. I don’t know if Rex Ryan is the coach that will bring out the best in him.
    14. Sam Bradford – Rams. After not playing much during his senior year in college, there were some doubts that Sam was worthy of the number one pick. He truly lived up to the hype and had a wonderful rookie year. He is just a few years from being one of the top 3 QB’s in the league!
    13. Kyle Orton – Broncos. I really believe in this guy. There was way too much turmoil in Denver this year, and, with Tebow playing well, someone has to go. Kyle has the skill set to be an upper echelon QB and once in the right setting, he will flourish.
    12. Michael Vick – Eagles. A great story this season but in the end, Michael reverted back to the Michael of old. During the regular season he was fabulous, in the playoffs, he was mediocre. Still is electrifying. Great wheels and with a flick of the wrist, can launch a football 60 yards.
    11. Joe Flacco – Ravens. The one time all “D” no “O” team has now found its franchise QB for the next 15 years. Joe has a big arm and is cool under fire. Still maturing and will only continue to get better.
    10. Jay Cutler – Bears. Maybe, just maybe, this marriage will work. After so many years without an offense, the Bears now have one with that cannon of an arm in Jay Cutler. If the defense maintains, and the offense adds a few more pieces ( offensive line help ), they will be a playoff team for years to come.
    9. Carson Palmer – Bengals. Some of his luster may have gone this year but he is still one of the top QB’S in the league. Big, strong, smart, and a cannon for an arm, he just needs some help at wide receiver – not a couple of prima donnas!
    8. Eli Manning – Giants. Has won it all and thrived in a very tough environment ( New York ). Does not need to be surrounded by superstars to be effective. A smart, tough, resilient guy with many great years still ahead of him.
    7. Phillip Rivers – Chargers. Phillip has put up some monster numbers over the last few seasons with some great offensive players. Until he wins the big one, he can’t be considered one of the top 2 or 3 best in the league.
    6. Matt Ryan – Falcons. If I were to start a franchise today – this may be my QB pick. Matty Ice has all the tools – period. For the first time in franchise history, the Falcons have had 3 winning seasons in a row. Enough said!
    5. Ben Roethlisberger – Steelers. Why, Al Davis, why did you pass on him when you could have drafted Big Ben??? He is not about flash and dash. Just a big, tough, physical guy that knows how to win. I think he has learned from his off season indiscretions and is marching the Steelers to another conference championship.
    4. Aaron Rogers – Packers. Who is laughing now??? Management chose him over Favre a few years ago and was crucified for their decision. Who do you think was right? Could have folded under the scrutiny but instead, has thrived.
    3. Drew Brees – Saints. Super Bowl Champion. You don’t have to say anymore. Great decision maker and a real “gamer”. Who says you have to be 6’4″ and weigh 240 pounds to be successful in this league?
    2. Peyton Manning – Colts. With another Super Bowl ring, he could go down as the best QB ever. How can you not love the way he “orchestrates” the game. He is an offensive coordinator on the field. A master student of the game. Don’t you love his TV commercials?
    1. Tom Brady – Patriots. 3 Super Bowl rings and should have 4. May get another one this year. Wins with different receivers almost every year. Wins with different offensive coordinators. Brash at times. Plays the right way. Doesn’t command the spotlight.

    Found this interesting and amusing. I’ll sent the link with the next post.

  • http://www.beyonceonline.com/us/home DaRayduh

    http://behindblondiepark.com/

    Go to the bottom of the page. There are also some ‘interesting’ stories.

  • djohnnyg

    “We’re pleased to have Tom Cable as our head coach for the 2012 season”. “Our goal was simply to re-structure Tom’s contract for the benefit of both parties”.-Al Davis.

  • aig-raiders

    That would some funny schytt DJ. To hear Al spins shcytt is always entertaining to me. I love his presser. Always interesting.

  • djohnnyg

    John Fox???

    And they call the Raiders dysfunctional?

    Denver brings in some has been who just came off a 2-14 season to coach their “storied franchise”???

    John Fox doesn’t scare me one ioda.

  • http://www.beyonceonline.com/us/home DaRayduh

    Al chose to let Cable walk. Something sinister about that, so don’t be suprised to see Cable back next season. Part of Als’ sinister plan.

  • aig-raiders

    can someone explain to me why carolina let Peppers go?

  • http://www.beyonceonline.com/us/home DaRayduh

    138.aig-raiders Says:
    January 13th, 2011 at 8:12 pm
    can someone explain to me why carolina let Peppers go?

    —————

    2-14?

  • http://www.beyonceonline.com/us/home DaRayduh

    Look for Peppers to go to Denver

  • djohnnyg

    133.DaRayduh Says:
    January 13th, 2011 at 8:01 pm
    http://behindblondiepark.com/

    Go to the bottom of the page. There are also some ‘interesting’ stories.

    I noticed the Oakland Coliseum didn’t crack the top 10 worst stadiums.

    As much as some people on this blog rip on the place as the worst cesspool in history I’m a little surprised.

  • djohnnyg

    While it is impossible in the court of public opinion for Al to ever “save face”, the attempt would be to say that it was the plan all along and it was the evil media who didn’t read between the lines.

  • djohnnyg

    So this is what it’s like in here during the off-season. I’d better get my cookie recipes together.

  • alex7

    Geez Rayduh,

    Vince Young – 5-2 last year, top 7 NFL QB rating, team went 1-6 after he was benched.

    Josh Freeman – helped take the Bucs from 3-13 to 10-6.

    You have both of these guys among your 8 worst QBs?

    That’s as far as I needed to read.

  • aig-raiders

    I wonder if he’ll wait until there is a new CBA….uggghhhh

  • http://www.beyonceonline.com/us/home DaRayduh

    I always liked the Oakland Colisuem. Couldn’t stand the LA colisuem. Oakland has a real battle ground feel to it, when sold out of course.

  • alex7

    DJohnny,

    we have a guy who had a losing record at Idaho somewhere come in and lead our storied franchise.

    We brought in a QB who “led” his team to a 4-12 record come in and lead our storied franchise.

    Fox has also been to a Super Bowl and made the playoffs a few times.

    You’re only as good as your QB, and when Fox had a QB, he won. Safe enough bet.

  • aig-raiders

    bydavidwhite David White
    That Rob Ryan interview in Dallas will be tomorrow, per league source. Why am I telling this to an audience of 49ers fans?

  • http://www.beyonceonline.com/us/home DaRayduh

    144.alex7 Says:
    January 13th, 2011 at 8:27 pm
    Geez Rayduh,

    Vince Young – 5-2 last year, top 7 NFL QB rating, team went 1-6 after he was benched.

    Josh Freeman – helped take the Bucs from 3-13 to 10-6.

    You have both of these guys among your 8 worst QBs?

    That’s as far as I needed to read.

    ———–

    That did not come from me. I told you at the bottom of that post I would send the link on the next post. I found it interesting and amusing. DJ saw, why didn’t you?

  • djohnnyg

    147.alex7 Says:
    January 13th, 2011 at 8:29 pm
    DJohnny,

    we have a guy who had a losing record at Idaho somewhere come in and lead our storied franchise.

    We brought in a QB who “led” his team to a 4-12 record come in and lead our storied franchise.

    Fox has also been to a Super Bowl and made the playoffs a few times.

    You’re only as good as your QB, and when Fox had a QB, he won. Safe enough bet.

    That is true, but he still doesn’t scare me at all.

    Could not the above accolades for Fox be afforded to Jim Fassell? He did GET to the Super Bowl and did well with a good QB. Everyone rips on Fassell for being a “has been”. Seems he has a decent resume.