Sorting through it all


An eventful hiring day for coach Hue Jackson, who took a back seat to owner Al Davis at Tuesday’s press conference introducing him as the head coach of the Raiders.

I’ll have much more later, but a few quick points.

— It was apparent Jackson was being looked at as the head coach when he was hired a year ago for offensive coordinator.

— The $120,000 in fines levied against Tom Cable were part of a fallout of the investigations into the alleged attack on Randy Hanson and the ESPN report charging domestic abuse. Davis said Cable would have been out even if the Raiders had made the playoffs.

(Cable has been hired by the Seattle Seahawks).

— While not addressing the collective bargaining agreement directly, Davis conceded if teams that don’t have large reveues aren’t protected, it could be difficult to compete in terms of paying players.

— Al Saunders has yet to be officially hired as offensive coordinator. Jackson conceded he’s a candidate but the Raiders are still looking.

— Davis hopes Nnamdi Asomugha can be re-signed, but said that for the $17 million he would have been due this season, they could sign two or three players. Translation _ they were going to cut him even if the contract didn’t void automatically.

— Three prior candidates who Davis did not name were considered along with Jackson and were talked with on the phone. They didn’t get very far.

— Davis reiterated his belief in Jason Campbell, and also said he played no role in whether or not Campbell played.

— Davis was no fan of Cable’s zone blocking scheme. Jackson said he got along fine with Cable and there was no discord.

Davis, however, said of Jackson’s offensive philosophy, “He met some opposition from time to time.”

— Coaches you can count on seeing next year were in attendance. Defensive line coach Mike Waufle may be a defensive coordinator candidate (but expect him to remain with the defensive line). Secondary coach Kevin Ross and defensive backs coach Lionel Washington were in attendance.

More to come later . . .


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • aig-raiders

    I guarantee you AD is mad at Aso for not playing through pain during the Miami and playoff stretch.

  • Raiders for life

    I think it was D Rac who posted the link for the presser at about 12:20
    Just wanted to say thanks.

  • BoJacks

    For those asking, The Raiders found out about another case brought against Cable in My/June 2010. That’s where Cable’s Roadtrips of Love came out.

    And to be somewhat fair, all Al said was that Cable brought family and friends with him on away games…but he phrased it as “brought friends to be with them”. In the post-Rex Ryan world, that will lead people to think menage-a-trois/orgies all the time. By lumping it in with Jamarcus, we start to think he was doing blow off of someone’s butt.

  • Profootballtalk.com is airing approximately 45 seconds on Al lambastinf Cable & the lifestyle Al condemns.

  • BoJacks

    May/June 2010

  • slvr n blk chef

    Kirk Says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 5:16 pm
    What is it with the gaping wound on Al’s head?
    Cable showed him what happened to Hanson

  • Skip to 1:26 mark…he’s got E.T. fingers???

  • slvr n blk chef

    Funny how Al makes himself look not so crazy at these pressers, Thats why they all feed out of his hand.
    Love the “were not losers anymore” shot he threw out after discussing all of Cables transgressions.

  • slvr n blk chef

    A bit senile but not crazy, year 2000?

  • aig-raiders

    since when did the Raiders cared about players having 3somes and group sex? The old raiders used to have a contest on how many one can have in a hottub. I believe it was Tooz that won that contest with 8 or something.

    Al should have fired Cable for the Randy Hanson incident. Al should have fired Kiffin prior to the 2008 season. He doesnt give a schytt about the fans and winning. He just didnt want to pay these guys while effin over the fans and winning.

    I used to like Al now I just shake my head in embarrassment.

  • slvr n blk chef

    Cant wait to watch the whole thing.

  • aig-raiders

    *players and coaches

  • RaiderDebo

    “I just didn’t think he could do it,” Davis said of Cable, “especially when I saw the contrast with (Jackson).”

    Any questions? A better, more qualified coach took over for that meathead. Better days are ahead.

  • slvr n blk chef

    Aig, I think the only problem that Al had was the woman he was bringing on these trips was the same woman prepared to sue the Raiders.

  • slvr n blk chef

    If Gallery wants to go so what!!
    I think Hue is going to go with a Power scheme.

  • slvr n blk chef

    Although 2nd in rushing with the z.b scheme needs to be seriously considered.

  • J Hill Says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Good for Cable that he was able to get on with Seattle. Good fit with Pete Carroll. I wonder if he’ll be able to take Bob Gallery and Satele with him to Seattle?
    Good question.

  • RaiderDebo

    Slvr N Blk Chef Says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 5:42 pm
    If Gallery wants to go so what!!
    I think Hue is going to go with a Power scheme.

    Agreed. The same goes for Aso. Why should that guy get paid so much? Just so we can say we have a top-3 corner in the league? Our defense has sucked ever since he’s been here. Some of the darkest days this organization has seen have coincided directly with the tenure of both these players. They can both take a hike as far as I’m concerned. Time for some new blood to go along with the new coaching staff.

  • J Hill Says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Oakland better find a way to get a new stadium built. Don’t think Al is going to stay in a place where he can’t make any $. I think there were clear hints at that today.
    What options does he have? Either sell the team, or build your own stadium.

    No civic entity is building Davis a stadium, period.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    Kawakami on KNBR just sounds bitter.

  • A litigious, classless weird looking 81yr old. Who would possibly go into negotiations with Davis about a Stadium?

  • # waklaboo Says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Why do people trash Al Davis yet still want to be Raiders a fan? Doesn’t make sense. You want things your way, buy your own team.


    Some of us are fans of former Raider players and coaches that Al has clashed with, unnecessarily, in our view. Just as Al can’t be blamed for poor tackling, receivers not catching the ball, etc., Al also wasn’t down there on the field throwing game winning passes to Belitnikoff, gashing through a famed Redskins defense in Super Bowl 18, or putting together a game plan with Rich Gannon and Tim Brown that would catch our opponents, expecting nothing but the deep ball, by surprise and resulting in our first 12 win season in a decade. All Al did was sign the checks. He didn’t make those great moments, just as it’s not his fault Jano muffed that field goal against Arizona. So, we’re bashing Al because he did some Raider greats wrong. We’re bashing Al…because we’re Raider fans. And if you don’t understand that, then you’re the problem.

  • noteasilyimpressed

    Long live Mr. Al Davis and the Silver & Black!!!!!


    aig-raiders Says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    since when did the Raiders cared about players having 3somes and group sex? The old raiders used to have a contest on how many one can have in a hottub. I believe it was Tooz that won that contest with 8 or something.

  • Think AIG’s been watching a little too much:


  • BoJacks

    Well said MaddenRaider

    That ‘love it or leave it’ notion is played

  • Did Al ever explain what happened to his head?

  • Gruden’s tenure here will always be in the Raiders history books…love it or leave it.

    Gannon’s play will always be in the Raiders history books….love it or leave it.

    Marcus Allen’s play will always be in the Raiders history books…love it or leave it.

  • phatcable

    when al enters a bank they turn off the cameras!

  • BoJacks

    Nah, AIG has a point.

    Anyone that has played or been around college/pro football knows that there is a lot of domestic violence associated with football. There is a lot of sex stuff going on. Etc.

    Are we to believe that Al has gotten rid of every woman beater to come through the doors?

    Highly unlikely

    But I do figure he gets rid of those when the info is about to come out or if the Raiders get named in a case

  • Anybody find it interesting that Al’s biggest in house rivals in the past 20 years, …Gruden, Gannon, and Allen?

    Gruden the best coach he’s had.

    Gannon the best QB he’s had.

    Allen the best RB he’s had….before and after Bo Jackson.

    Al seems to clash with the best in his organization.

    Jealousy, anyone?

  • phatcable

    new post

  • aig-raiders


    I read that from one of the Raiders players books. Can’t pin on which one though. I think it was from either Stabler’s book.

    Nothing creepy about 3somes btw. You should try it sometimes.

  • BoJacks

    What did Kawakami say? I turned to the station too late.

    Probably butthurt b/c he got messed with

  • BoJacks

    new post

  • manassamauler

    AD was right in firing cable. cable had a lot of issues and was lucky to even get a head coaching job. the guy sucked.

  • manassamauler

    getting sued because of your employees personal problems is terrible. cable is no good.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    BoJacks Says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 6:06 pm
    What did Kawakami say? I turned to the station too late.

    Probably butthurt b/c he got messed with

    More than butthurt. He just bashed Al the whole time and wondered why Al would rip Cable when he ripped the guy before that. He was like “Al knows who I am.” Al my not think about this guy for 1sec after the presser.

    He was wrong in that Al doesn’t always rip coaches going out the door, just ones he doesn’t like.

  • ONE I AM

    January 18th, 2011 at 4:32 pm
    stubblebuzz Says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 4:28 pm
    That stuff about punching Randy Hanson, the assistant coach, happened summer before last, with the other charges of abuse coming soon after. So Al kept Cable around for two full seasons after all this? And then cites it as a primary reason for firing him? Sounds fishy to me.


    Sure does sound fishy-as usual.

    20.bcz24 Says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 4:32 pm
    I was thinking the same. If all Als claims are true he looks like a moron for keeping Cable around for 2 more years. There is no excuse for it.

    Al cant win for losing in some eyes of the so called RaiderNation? So what should Al have done? fire another coach “for cause” in less than a few months?

    As he said no one save Randy Hanson who was in the room really said how his Jaw got broken.

    Then ex wifee and bun buns start claiming abuse!

    These were not Al’s claims these were claims that others brought against The Raiders as Cable was the coach at the time “under contract”.

    So Al should have fired him for Alegations?

    Al’s claim was once the law suits started to come in that is when he decided to go after Cable’s pockets.
    If that was the only reason? who knows? but who da f*ck cares? Not me!

  • ONE I AM

    So Al fired Cable? hmmm! I keep hearing this..

    So did Al also cut Nnamdi?

    Get real,if any of you thought Al would or should have paid Cable 5mil for goin 8 and 8 then maybe you should donate that dough! His contract had and option and Al chose not to pick it up? is that being fired? this was agreed on prior to being hired! Al already had a contengecy attack in Hue Jackson.Hmmm lets see?let Hue walk next year when his contract is up? or pay Cable 5 mil because “we are losers anymore”!

    Same with Nnam we knew that contract was back loaded!Everybody said he paid to much but you have to discount the 17mil. Al never intended to pay that but he did drive up the market up so lets see if anyone else will give Nnam 17mil for one season! I think not….

    Nnam still got paid nice for 2years and we agreed not to franchise him.Now Revis’ contract is the Bar and that is alot cheaper than 17mil a year.Now it just depends on if Nnam wants to stay or not and if he doesn’t then so be it.Again just something both sides agreed on prior to the signing of the contract.

  • ONE I AM

    correction ” we are not Losers anymore” !

  • tharris236

    “raidertay Says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 4:16 pm
    Al flat out said “I did the draft”….if thats the case then the old man deserves some credit.”

    Al always “Does the draft” But I think more of the success of the 2010 draft falls on Al listening to others who used more common sense that Al has in the past with draft picks. The 2010 draft seemed to focus more on players who could make an immediate impact. Not “Huge Potential” that Al usually falls in love with but that the coaches can never coach up to that potential.

  • hobber96

    I’ve been a Raider fan since the early 70’s. And while I don’t always agree with Al Davis, the one thing that stood out to me after watching his press conference was his comment about Jamarcus Russell.
    Like him or not, AD wants nothing more in life but to see his Raiders win. Which is why he invested what, $40 million in that big, stupid p.o.s. Jamarcus?
    Jamarcus has set this team back, at least, 2 to 3 years, and I don’t think after watching that press conference, Al has that long. That waste of life Jamarcus should be donating some of that cash back to Al to help him pay for some of the FA’s he’s going to have to re-sign.
    I just can’t imagine how you can let an old man invest all that money in you to try and achieve his last wish in life and then piss it away without giving a crap about doing anything but sitting on your big, lazy, fat ass! I know it won’t happen, but Jamarcus should be the next one Al takes to court.
    I normally don’t feel bad for Al, but that just struck a nerve. Sorry for ranting.