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Never make it about money with Davis

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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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    Ray Ratto is a douche.

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

    51.Raider75 Says:
    January 19th, 2011 at 12:25 am
    Ray Ratto is a douche.

    ***

    Yep, and mr loves him.

    Prob because they are both from Tracy.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    # The Real D-Rac Says:
    January 19th, 2011 at 12:11 am

    Yeah somthing very wrong. He was a women beater.
    _________________________________________________________

    Al and al of us knew he was that when the season began..

    so why was it suddenly a problem now?

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    # The Real D-Rac Says:
    January 19th, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Watching The House Of 1000 Corpeses
    ________________________________________________________

    Rob Zombie, right?

    Great Movie!

  • priesttj

    Some people re so dumb they can’t understnd plain english or they’re such haters that common sense makes no sense.

    If Mr Davis didn’t understand today’s so-called modern game he would never challenge Hue Jackson to go to the blackboard and explain to him how he would implement his offense. How the protection would work. And then Hue jackson would never refer to Mr Davis as coach and then tell us all if there was something he didn’t understand he knew he could go to Mr Davis and get it……….if that’s not understanding todays game then them maybe YOU need help with comprehension.

    there isn’t anything going on in todays NFL that Mr Davis doesn’t understand or anything that Hue jackson can come up with that he already hasn’t endorsed. They both made taht abundantly clear. Hue was hired for his skills on offense to get it in the endzone…………..period Cable was let go primarily because he didn’t possess that ability……………period

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

    54.La Milicia Negra Says:
    January 19th, 2011 at 12:29 am
    # The Real D-Rac Says:
    January 19th, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Watching The House Of 1000 Corpeses
    ________________________________________________________

    Rob Zombie, right?

    Great Movie!

    ******

    Yes, one of the sickest ever made. Devils Rejects was part two, not as sick.

    ” What you don’t like Clowns? Why? Don’t we make ya laugh? Aren’t we fu(kin’ funny?

  • priesttj

    Mr Davis just echoed what I’ve been saying about Mike Bush all year long. To leave that guy on the bench especially in the second half is very very stupid. It was criminal to give him 2or 3 touches in some games. You’re noit tyring to win in my estimation. I told you all how highly he thought of Mike Bush all year long. I know what he likes and players like Mike Nush are his cup of tea…………period

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    yeah, I actually liked Devils rejects better, not becasue it was less sick, but because the craftsmanship was better executed..

  • dcraiderfan

    Grandpa Al takes a lickin’ and someone in the nursing home keeps patchin’ him up or is it the owners and the NFL players ie..the press conference dealing with Fatboy Cable. A band-aid on the forehead? Give it up Grandpa! Its not 1980 anymore, know when to fold’em! Take a course on not to Hold’em! Its not your money all the time! Leave respected not rejected! Your time has passed, Grandpa! Judging by the nursing home accident/beat down by Cable. The Raiders are your baby, but the time has come to fade to black and exit now.

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

    58.La Milicia Negra Says:
    January 19th, 2011 at 12:43 am
    yeah, I actually liked Devils rejects better, not becasue it was less sick, but because the craftsmanship was better executed..

    *****

    Yeah, DR’s was made for everyday movie goers. 1000 corpeses was made for the sick folks out there…

    An I am watchin git for the 3rd time.

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

    Night LMN, MR, Priest, NATION!

    Long live Al Davis!

  • BoJacks

    Jer,

    When are we getting the after party quotes where he gathers all of you reporters around and drops nuggets?

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    yeah Night all…

    My conference call seem pretty much over now, hate to talk business after only 2-3 hours sleep

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    What a friggin circus.
    When you cut through all the b+llsh!t it all comes down to the usual Al pattern of the last 7-8 years:

    Al hired Jackson a year ago and wanted him as head coach THEN but felt like he didn’t know enough about Hue and so he delayed for a year.

    None of it had anything to with Cable’s girlfriend, Randy Hanson, global warming, sun spots, or anything other than an impatient Al wanting to win a Superbowl again before he dies and throwing coaches through the window in his impatience.

    When Al said that having girls in your room “goes against the Raider way” I damn near collapsed on the floor laughing
    I expect Snake Stabler thought it was pretty funny as well.

    That’s all this is.
    Period.

    What the hell Al, it’s you’re team as you’ve told us, you can fire who you like.
    Don’t unpack your suitcase Hue.

  • chiefssuck

    Morning nation. BSPN reporting Pagano promoted to D coordinator in baltimore Who’s next option??? Loved the news conference BTW…what is Al like 135 yrs old now?

  • andrew33

    I hope Al never dies. Without him the Raiders are just another middling NFL team. Who else in the league could manage to make a perrenial bottom feeder so interesting?

  • Just Fire Baby

    “What Tom Cable is as a football coach is an exceptional line coach.’’

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

    Well if he is “exceptional” we need to replace that exceptionalness because our O-line stomped on our division last year.

    I always feel good after an Al Davis presser. He is quite the spin-master.

    Sounds like Cable was fired for off the field stuff more so, which makes a lot more sense.

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Nation! Morning crew…you all know who you are!
    Someone mentioned it here last night…I hope Huey was taking notes!

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    GOOD MORNING SPORT’S FAN’S. HWNRDR,JFB.HUE WAS PROBABLY LOOKING 4 A SIDE OR BACK DOOR 2 SLIP OUT OF..POOR GUY WAS WANDERING IF THIS IS WHAT IS WAITING 4 ME IN A YEAR OR 2.

  • Kirk

    I think Hue Jackson is the first real coach we have had since Gruden.

  • Kaliver

    You have to love how the pro-Davis sycophants try to spin this. As if mocking Gallery, Lechler and Gradkowski about not being here next year is something they (the players) should be concerned about. I don’t know what team you’ve been watching for the past 25 years but for a brief interlude with Gruden (who, of course, was shipped out of town and advised Sean Payton to avoid Oakland at all costs) this team has been mediocre to awful.

    Leaving the Raiders isn’t a punishment or something they should be ashamed of — it’s a time of celebration and renewal. Being free of Davis and the Oakland Raiders is a blessing, not a curse.

    Anyone who thinks otherwise is deluding themselves while Davis continues running this franchise into the ground. Puppet Jackson will suffer the same fate in two years and you’ll all be saying the same nonsense about Hue that you were saying about Tom. What coach worth a crap would want to put up with this clown show?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Hue gets the benefit of the doubt for at least a year, and if he wins than no one will care.

    But if he loses, he is going to be considered a major puppet with all this Coach Davis stuff.

    Don’t ever remember Gruden calling him coach. Did Jon respect Al’s knowledge of football? Of course, everyone in league circles does.

    But why call him coach PUBLICLY for any other reason other than to stroke Al’s ego?

  • hwnrdr

    Dirt Lot…for all we know, Hue probably did slip out the back door…all eye’s were on Davis…LOL
    Hue stroked his ego but wasn’t Bugle worse by putting his arm around him and saying “I love this guy” ?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Tom Cable is a good fit with the Seattle Seahawks.

    They wanted a ZBS O-Line Coach and Cabes is one of the best in the business. He finished 8-8 as HC, which was better than the 7-9 Seahacks … including 6-0 in the division and a 30 point thumping of Carroll’s squad in Week 8!

    Cable also gets the title of Asst HC and he’ll get to work with Russell Okung, who he wanted to draft. He’ll get to work under Pete Carroll, one of greatest college football HC’s EVER … so that should help TC if he ever tries to get another HC gig in the college ranks. He also stays on the West Coast (close to home)

  • Just Fire Baby

    Of our potential FA’s, Al didn’t say much about Nnamdi or Gallery, but did talk up Miller and Bush, and said Bruce showed the ability to play QB in the NFL, but is too fragile (I agree with Al).

    Wonder if he tipped his hand a little. Miller and Bush are staying, Nnamdi and Bob maybe not, and Bruce will be tendered again and traded for whatever he can (probably the Kirk Morrison deal, we will give you Gradkowski to move up 10 spots in the 6th round type thing).

  • RaiderRockstar

    I’m willing to bet that Robert Gallery, Samson Satele, Cooper Carlisle, Langston Walker, Mario Henderson & Daniel Loper would LOVE to play for Tom Cable again in Seattle … and I’m sure at least 2 of these guys will

  • SilverNBlackPA

    But why call him coach PUBLICLY for any other reason other than to stroke Al’s ego?

    +++++++++++++++++

    I think Jackson is going to try and have it both ways. On one hand, be the obliging Joe “I love this man” Bugel to the owner and on the other be the fiery ass-kicker in the Chucky mold to the players.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    January 19th, 2011 at 6:18 am
    I’m willing to bet that Robert Gallery, Samson Satele, Cooper Carlisle, Langston Walker, Mario Henderson & Daniel Loper would LOVE to play for Tom Cable again in Seattle … and I’m sure at least 2 of these guys will

    ++++++++++++++

    Most likely one I think is Gallery. It’s not an exaggeration to say Cable saved his career. Walker and Henderson could be headed to Seattle…they need a right tackle.

    Carlisle is under contract, although now that his #1 supporter is gone, I’m not sure how long he’s going to stay.

    I don’t see Satele following Cable to Seattle…remember, Cable benched him at the beginning of the year for a rookie who’d never played center.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Reading the tea leaves:

    Al is going to put the full court press on Miller and Bush to re-sign them.

    Gallery isn’t gone for sure, but I don’t think Al is going to make his best effort to keep him.

    Same goes for Nnamdi. If he wants to come back at a reasonable rate, I’m sure Davis will pay him. Otherwise he’s gone too.

    I think Gradkowski is offered a deal to come back, but this time with the clear understanding that he’s the backup only.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I will say Hue is much “sharper” in public than any of our previous coaches.

    He talks with an energy that seemed amazing yesterday compared to who he was sitting next to.

    Now if we could just stop talking about DHB at press conferences until he starts producing more than 1 TD a year, I could take things a little more seriously.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I don’t see Satele following Cable to Seattle…remember, Cable benched him at the beginning of the year for a rookie who’d never played center.

    ***

    Cable benched Mike Huff for Hiram Eugene in the past too, but Huff24 is a HUGE TC supporter right now today, same thing with Michael Bush

    players usually get over it, especially if they earn those starting jobs back!

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Now if we could just stop talking about DHB at press conferences until he starts producing more than 1 TD a year, I could take things a little more seriously.

    +++++++++

    Co-sign.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    January 19th, 2011 at 6:25 am
    I don’t see Satele following Cable to Seattle…remember, Cable benched him at the beginning of the year for a rookie who’d never played center.

    ***

    Cable benched Mike Huff for Hiram Eugene in the past too, but Huff24 is a HUGE TC supporter right now today, same thing with Michael Bush

    players usually get over it, especially if they earn those starting jobs back!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    That’s true enough, RRS. And Seattle does desperately need an upgrade at center right now. Chris Spencer is TERRIBLE.

  • tuckrulefool

    NEWSFLASH:

    Hue likes/preferred Gradkowski! How quick people forget. Al apparently likes Gradkowski too (see yesterday).

    My bet is when Gradkowski gets well (again) Campbell will have a leash. Maybe not as short as his 2010 dog collar but a leash nonetheless.

    Of course UPGRADING the qb is what we really need. That or real competition with maybe a VY in camp? VY knows one more f’up and hes ex-NFL. These guys are dumb but they also know its their only real money train.

    Personally I’d like to see VY here -knowing- OAK is is last chance.

    Bet you see a different (and more mature) player.

    ====
    # Raider75 Says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Hue said he got over 20 texts from players excited about him getting the job.

    I bet Gallery, Lechler, and Gradkowski were 3 that declined.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Now if we could just stop talking about DHB at press conferences until he starts producing more than 1 TD a year, I could take things a little more seriously.

    ***

    Exactly. I don’t get where all these guys are coming from that say Hue Jax is going to bring in Vincent Jackson, Chad Johnson and trade for Dez Bryant!

    DHB = 16 game starter
    Ford & Murphy on the other side.

    Chaz (if healthy) they think is still a #1 WR too!

    the QB/WR situation doesn’t change unless you’re talking about replacements for Gradkowski, Boller, Higgins & Nmiller! BACK UPS! DEPTH!

  • SilverNBlackPA

    I gotta say, the old man can still undercut people like nobody’s business. I especially liked his swipe at Lechler….basically “You’re very well paid, STFU and kick the damn ball”

  • Just Fire Baby

    I think Gradkowski is offered a deal to come back, but this time with the clear understanding that he’s the backup only.

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

    I’m watching Bruce this offseason, and he seems to be trying to work some crazy media career angle.

    If he is willing to toe the company line AS THE BACKUP and spin things off well on TV like he does, than I would bring him back. He could really also help a rookie QB draftee understand the business and all that, as Soup probably wouldn’t provide as much, basically because he should be working on winning and actually playing.

    The thing is, Charlie Frye could probably do all that, at a slightly cheaper pay grade, and not be as big as potential distraction.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    JFB,

    True enough and Jerry has said Frye has earned himself a lot of goodwill in the organization (read: from Al) the past couple seasons. He’s basically the perfect 3rd string QB.

    Very interested to see what happens with the #2 spot.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    “THESE GUY’S ARE DUMB BUT THEY ALSO KNOW ITS THERE ONLY REAL MONY TRAIN” JAMARCUSS BEING THE EXCEPTION 2 THAT RULE I GUESS.GOOD MORNING TUCKRULE…

  • JONTRAIN

    But why call him coach PUBLICLY for any other reason other than to stroke Al’s ego?

    #####

    One of the reasons Gruden was able to coach the team his way was that he had the balls and the accumen to battle Al Davis on the chalkboard.

    The comparisons to Gruden are obvious, and to me thats a good thing

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Gotta feel bad for Al. His mind is still there, beyond the usual old person lapses with names and stuff, but his body is failing him at a horrible rate. That has to be tough for a guy with his ego.

  • RaiderRockstar

    JFB,

    Grads, Frye, Boller & Losman have all been praised in Oakland for being film room junkies and gym rats and likened to having another coach out on the field …

    which brings me to my next point, if you can’t play *** COACH! (no offense OAKlifer)

    Hue Jackson & Tom Cable both know all about that :P

  • hwnrdr

    Trade Sanjay Lal for…ok, got me scratching my head at the moment! Was he really better than James Lofton? I mean really?

  • SilverNBlackPA

    which brings me to my next point, if you can’t play *** COACH!

    +++++++++++++

    Danny Southwick, baby!

  • JONTRAIN

    @RRS

    Gallery could leave for Cable. Carlisle is a pure ZBS guy, he needs to leave by any means necessary. The rest will stay. Not sure if thats good for us though LOL…our O Line still needs a makeover

  • Just Fire Baby

    Al Davis went TMZ on us yesterday.

    There was no need to go as far as he did for as long as he did.

    That chick could just be a crazy women and lying. On one hand she is trying to sue the team, on another hand she is flying into town on road games to serve up Cabes?

    And Al seemed to side with her on things.

    Come on Al, your bigger than that!!!!

  • SilverNBlackPA

    If Ochocinco was telling the truth when he called HueJax the best recievers coach he ever had (and I have no reason to doubt him), then I have to think Jackson will make replacing Lal a first order of business. Watching that incompetent, unqualified buffoon attempting to mold young receivers had to be painful for Hue.

  • RaiderRockstar

    beyond the usual old person lapses with names and stuff

    ***

    PA,

    Hue Jackson called your defensive rookie of the year and pro bowl MLB stud “Ronaldo”

  • SilverNBlackPA

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    January 19th, 2011 at 6:37 am
    beyond the usual old person lapses with names and stuff

    ***

    PA,

    Hue Jackson called your defensive rookie of the year and pro bowl MLB stud “Ronaldo”

    ++++++++++++++++

    LMAO. Really? That’s awesome. Maybe RoMac is an international soccer star in his spare time…

  • JONTRAIN

    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.