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Never make it about money with Davis

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 at 10:39 pm in Oakland Raiders.

You wonder if everything Al Davis laid out for the media Tuesday is worth $120,000 to Tom Cable.

If Cable had never filed a grievance for six paychecks at $20,000 each, Davis wouldn’t have eviscerated his former coach at an event that was supposed to be a coronation for Hue Jackson.

The press conference appeared to be at an end, with the media confused as to whether Davis’ earlier mention of getting back to the reason Cable was fired would take place in the usual gaggle around the stage.

Then Davis wanted everyone seated, and opened up a folder, a moment which brought an overhead projector kind of feel to proceedings that had been relatively normal up to that point.

Davis re-opened the ESPN domestic abuse and Randy Hanson incidents, saying they had brought lawsuits upon the team which had tied up lawyers and served as a distraction. He said Cable flew former girlfriend Marie Lutz in on road trips.

“He’s the head coach and this is the guy who’s talking bout focus, we’ve got a job to do, we’ve got a game to play, we’ve got to win, and they’re flying friends so they can be with him the nigh before the game,” Davis said. “All of this stuff goes a long way against my wishes, my way of living, against my life and against the Raider way and I just wasn’t going to take it any more.”

He said Cable violated the NFL constitution by not keeping him informed on a “timely basis relative to past transgressions.”

Davis said Cable never said a word about the fines, then accused him of leaking the information (ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report it).

“He found something that would stimulate all all you people, as if I wounded him,” Davis said. “He knew I could have thrown him out without any money for what he did to the Raiders with the initial stuff with Hanson . . . there are some things I can’t say because of the legalese about this but there’s no way that he can’t come clean on this.”

Cable discovered the same thing Lane Kiffin did. Make it about money, and Davis won’t hesitate.

He’s long been much more forgiving of the transgressions of his players than his coaches. The things Cable is accused of would be a blip on the silver and black screen of what Raiders players did in their glory years on a weekly basis.

But the players who truly draw Davis’ ire are the ones who go public over issues with money. The root of the Marcus Allen feud in Davis’ mind is that he offered him the most money ever paid to a running back and Allen not only turned him down, but ripped him during a halftime interview on Monday Night Football.

Steve Beuerlein wound up carrying a clipboard for a year for going public in the papers about his contract.

Chester McGlockton complained about his contract to the media and as a result spend his last few years bitter and of course never got the contract.

On the other hand, Tim Brown would routinely have pointed criticisms about the organization but it was never a problem. Why? Because Brown never complained when the Raiders matched an offer sheet to keep him from going to the Broncos, and then routinely renegotiated his contract to help with the salary cap, accepting bonuses instead of salary and doing what he could to help the bottom line.

The money issue so angered Davis that he simply crushed Cable in public, just as he did Kiffin. Those of us who speculated Davis would be livid about his “We’re not losers any more” quote issued after the Chiefs game and during his final press conference were on point. He made one sarcastic reference to it, then later expanded upon his feelings when asked directly if it bothered him.

“I went back and checked it thoroughly. Cable has been in football 20 years, had been with a winning team three years out of 20,” Davis said. “I didn’t like his statement, and some of you took it and used it, but I didn’t like it. If that’s not being a loser in our world, I don’t know what it is, come in 500. That’s never been my goal.”

Hopefully, Hue Jackson was taking notes.

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  • RaiderRockstar

    I like Grads. I really do. But clamoring for playing time during games isn’t what a backup QB should be doing. A true backup QB waits his turn, then when it comes, outperforms the starter. That didn’t happen for him this year. He needs to fall back.

    ***

    his best friend and mentor was Jeff Garcia!

    what do you expect?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Al Davis is gonna have a stroke if both Alex Smith & David Carr are available (UFA’s) this offseason across the bay

  • JONTRAIN

    @RRS

    True. Now if he only had Garcia’s talent….

    For real tho, players don’t like that kinda ish.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    January 19th, 2011 at 6:44 am
    Al Davis is gonna have a stroke if both Alex Smith & David Carr are available (UFA’s) this offseason across the bay

    ++++++++++

    Matt Leinart will be a FA and Vince Young will almost certainly be cut. Al will be beside himself.

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Good morning all.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Now if he only had Garcia’s talent….

    ***

    no kidding!

    Bruce Gradkowski is 28 years old, the same age Jeff Garcia joined the 49ers and went to 3 staight Pro Bowls

  • JONTRAIN

    Vince Young
    Matt Leinart
    David Carr
    Alex Smith
    Bruce Gradkowski

    Pick one

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Al does not not look well at all.Hue better have a winning first season.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Jon,

    Hue Jackson has ties to Joey Harrington, Byron Leftwich & Patrick Ramsey. three former 1st rounders that Al Davis has never gotten his hands on!

    plus theres the former Heisman trophy winner Troy Smith

    should Raider Nation be concerned ???

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    That’s like Sophie’s choice JONTRAIN.

  • bcz24

    Im glad we dont have a first round pick to pee away on Kim Newton…

  • JONTRAIN

    Neilb Says:
    January 19th, 2011 at 6:52 am
    That’s like Sophie’s choice JONTRAIN.

    #####

    Indeed

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Bcz24….

    I’m sure our secret GM will get us a first round pick some how.

  • raidertbone

    I always liked Grads – but his time to depart has come. I truly hope that Hue can continue to bring the fire and still learn from the master (the “coach”) as the Nation continues to see progress with the guys on the field. Cable was never going to stay in Oakland long – he’s lucky he got a head coaching paycheck at all, this past year! Gallery – see ya; Satele, Carlisle – go learn another trade, like brick masonry; Bush, Lechler – hope to see you back; Al – please have someone clean you up before public appearances … and PLEASE PLEASE don’t show off those “ET” hands anymore – they make you look like an alien!

  • hwnrdr

    Who knows, Al may package Nnamdi and (pick one) to get back into the first round…who knows, get back our original 17th pick (even though I would hate for him to go to NE)…

  • JONTRAIN

    To me, the safe pick is Grads.

    If you want upside, take VY

    Pretty sure we all know what Al would do…

    Also, I hope everybody noticed that Al qualified his endorsement of JC, when he said that JC is our QB “right now”.

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    My first thought on seeing coach Al last night was has he had a stroke.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    THING IS NEILB,WE WILL BE HERE 20 YRS FROM NOW SAY’N ” MAN,AL SURE LOOK’S BAD” GOOD DAY 2 U BY THE WAY..

  • raidertbone

    I think Nnamdi is gone, so we have to start preparing for life without him. Let’s see how good of a trade we can negotiate, so we can move back into the first round of this year’s draft.

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Good morning Dirt-lot….

    I actually felt sorry for Al.His mind was/is still sharp but he looked really ill.

  • bcz24

    Cant trade Nnamdi. He is an unrestricted free agent. Only way we can trade him is if we resign him first.

  • raidertbone

    Al is always up for a good fight. Cable brought him one. I guess he thought he could “punk” the old man; but I think it galvanized him more than anything. Cable lost – now, he’s out!

  • bcz24

    I’m sure our secret GM will get us a first round pick some how.
    ***************
    We fired the ‘secret GM’ already

  • JONTRAIN

    Ummm. we can’t trade Nnamdi. He’s gone. Adios. I will miss him. But he wasn’t worth 17 mil for one more season

    Nnamdi was due the average of the top 5 paid QBs in the league. With Brady and Manning in line for raises???

    Ouch.

    Good Luck Nnamdi

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Jer Mac was the secret GM.

  • raidertbone

    121.bcz24 Says:
    January 19th, 2011 at 7:02 am
    Cant trade Nnamdi. He is an unrestricted free agent. Only way we can trade him is if we resign him first.

    ____________________________________________

    Oh, I think a sign-and-trade is definitely going to happen. Al has really upped his value, and that may well bode well for us in the market. The only caveat in this whole thing is the screwed-up relations between players and owners – everything’s going to hell, first!

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    No one will pay Nnamdi 17m.No one.Not even Snyder.

  • raidertbone

    If Snyder paid $100 million for Haynesworth, I think he would CERTAINLY pick up 17 large for an All-Pro, lockdown corner!

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Anyone got any info on the next D coach?

  • bcz24

    Oh, I think a sign-and-trade is definitely going to happen. Al has really upped his value, and that may well bode well for us in the market. The only caveat in this whole thing is the screwed-up relations between players and owners – everything’s going to hell, first!
    **********
    I doubt it, If they spend the time and money to convince Nnamdi to sign a contract they arent just going to trade him away.

  • Chris in NY

    Why is everyone so eager to dump Grads? Brought instant credibility to an otherwise hapless offense both times he was inserted the last two seasons.

    I get the injury factor and that we can’t really count on him as our only option because of that, but he’s been our best QB since Gannon. The games we won in the second half of the season were due to our rushing attack, defense, special teams and guys like Reece and McFadden taking short passes a long way. Campbell was largely along for the ride in most victories. Did a decent job of scrambling, but wasn’t completing tough passes 20, 30, 40 yards down field.

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Do you not think Snyder learnt his lesson with Haynesworth?

  • bcz24

    Anyone got any info on the next D coach?
    *******
    Pagano was the only name I was hearing, but he signed to be Baltimores DC. Waufle might get a promotion.

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    The way the D-line played I kinda hope Waufle stays where he is.

  • JONTRAIN

    Chris In NY Says:
    January 19th, 2011 at 7:10 am
    Why is everyone so eager to dump Grads? Brought instant credibility to an otherwise hapless offense both times he was inserted the last two seasons.

    I get the injury factor and that we can’t really count on him as our only option because of that, but he’s been our best QB since Gannon. The games we won in the second half of the season were due to our rushing attack, defense, special teams and guys like Reece and McFadden taking short passes a long way. Campbell was largely along for the ride in most victories. Did a decent job of scrambling, but wasn’t completing tough passes 20, 30, 40 yards down field.Chris In NY Says:
    January 19th, 2011 at 7:10 am
    Why is everyone so eager to dump Grads? Brought instant credibility to an otherwise hapless offense both times he was inserted the last two seasons.

    I get the injury factor and that we can’t really count on him as our only option because of that, but he’s been our best QB since Gannon. The games we won in the second half of the season were due to our rushing attack, defense, special teams and guys like Reece and McFadden taking short passes a long way. Campbell was largely along for the ride in most victories. Did a decent job of scrambling, but wasn’t completing tough passes 20, 30, 40 yards down field.

    ######

    This year, when healthy, Grads, IMO, was the same as Campbell. I came in this year as a big Grads supporter, but he really threw some ill advised passes this year.

    Whereas Campbell would hold onto the ball (cuz face it its not like our WR’s were getting open), and live to fight another down.

    They are very different QB’s but their results this year were similar, with a slight edge to JC. The only solution is to get somebody better than either of them. Until then, I’m OK with Campbell. I hate silly INT’s.

  • hwnrdr

    If Waufle gets the promotion, hopefully he can get the most out of the entire defense like he did out of the line!

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Checked on Profootball talk.Nothing ’bout a D coach,they’re still talking about Al.

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Sorry……Coach Al.

  • bcz24

    The way the D-line played I kinda hope Waufle stays where he is.
    **************
    I was going to say the same thing Hwnrdr said… damn work getting in my way! LOL.

    Waufle is just a guess, I still like Keith Butler to take over at DC, but we wont even be able to interview him until the Steelers are done (3 weeks max)

  • JONTRAIN

    This years Qb ratings:

    JC – 84.5
    BG – 66.3

  • raidertbone

    If the presser was any indication, it seems that Al was dropping heavy hints to Hue that Waufle should get promoted to D-coordinator (that’s how I read it, anyway).

  • bcz24

    Jeremy Bates could be the next OC too, I think Saunders was the guy, but with the news of Bates being let go, they may have taken a step back, to try and interview this guy. They can still bring in Saunders as an offensive consultant, or he could replace Lal as WR coach with maybe an Assistant HC title. Just conjecture on my part.

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    New post by Jer.

  • raidertbone

    I like Mike Trgovac (from Green Bay) for a shot at DC, but he has really close ties to John Fox.

  • hwnrdr

    According to wikipedia, Keith Butler is set to take over the DC job when Dick Lebeau retires…

  • raidertbone

    140.JONTRAIN Says:
    January 19th, 2011 at 7:21 am
    This years Qb ratings:

    JC – 84.5
    BG – 66.3

    ____________________________

    What, no rating for Southwick?

  • RAIDERMAN99

    I’ll tell you guys something that really concerns me that everyone is laughing about now.

    That’s the Kim Newton mistake.

    If Al just said it once, ok – it’s a slip of the tongue.

    But twice ?

    I guess Al could have mis-spoke twice, but if he didn’t and thinks the name is actually Kim – well then, we better hope the ‘mystery’ GM is going to be back again for the upcoming draft.

    If Al can’t get Cam Newton’s name right, then he’s been totally oblivious to the college game and prospects, and the thought of him being in charge of a draft is pretty scarey.

  • raidertbone

    147.RAIDERMAN99 Says:
    January 19th, 2011 at 7:29 am
    I’ll tell you guys something that really concerns me that everyone is laughing about now.

    That’s the Kim Newton mistake.

    If Al just said it once, ok – it’s a slip of the tongue.

    But twice ?

    I guess Al could have mis-spoke twice, but if he didn’t and thinks the name is actually Kim – well then, we better hope the ‘mystery’ GM is going to be back again for the upcoming draft.

    If Al can’t get Cam Newton’s name right, then he’s been totally oblivious to the college game and prospects, and the thought of him being in charge of a draft is pretty scarey.
    __________________________________

    If that’s the only mistake Al made, I wouldn’t worry too much. The man does very well for 81! Mistakes are made – but that certainly wasn’t the worst one. Several years ago, when Spurrier was coaching the Redskins, a reporter asked him about the progress of a player on the team who had been cut several days before. Spurrier said, “Yeah, that guy – he’s pretty good; he’s been working really hard and doing well” … he had no clue about one of HIS OWN PLAYERS! Don’t worry about Al – and don’t worry about Kim Newton – he’ll never be in the Sliver and Black, anyway!

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    so much love for Cable…

    i have no explanation…