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Asomugha, Lechler named AP All-Pro

Punter Shane Lechler and free-agent-to-be cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha were both named to the Associated Press All-Pro team Monday as selected by a panel of 50 media members.

Lechler’s selection comes as a mild surprise in that lost out to Mat McBriar of Dallas in terms of both gross punting (47.9 to 47.0) and net punting (41.7 to 40.8). Lechler did have fewer touchbacks (8 for McBriar, 4 for Lechler) and placed 27 punts inside the 20 to 22 for McBriar.

Asomugha was teamed with Darrelle Revis as the All-Pro cornerback on the basis of his reputation as a cover corner. He did not give up a touchdown pass this season despite struggling through part of the season with an ankle injury, missing one game outright.

The only Raider who merited second-team mention was free safety Michael Huff, one of seven players to tie for the second safety position along with Green Bay’s Nick Harris. Huff, Antrel Rolle (Giants), Eric Weddle (Chargers), Malcolm Jenkins (New Orleans), Quintin Mikell (Eagles), Chris Harris (Bears), Michael Griffin (Titans) Darren Sharper (Saints) were tied, meaning each probably received a single vote.

Asomugha is also a candidate for the Walter Payton Award, which recognizes community service as well as on-field play. The winner will be announced before Super Bowl XLV. Other candidates are Israel Idonije of the Chicago Bears and Madieu Williams of the Minnesota Vikings.

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  • YoungAmerican

    There’s a lot of hate around here for Sanjay Lal, but has it occurred to anyone that most of the Raider receivers simply aren’t that good?

  • DKnight007

    RedneckRaider (The Real MaddenRaider-Hater; seriously, I hate that guy…) Says:
    January 24th, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Awesome.

    And Repost:

    2- Stephen Wisniewski (OG/C Penn State)
    3- Pat Devlin (QB Delaware) / Colin Kaepernick (QB Nevada)
    4- Davon House (CB New Mexico State)
    5- Marcus Gilbert (OT[R] Florida)
    7- D.J. Holt (ILB Cal)

    & Sign Ochocinco in free agency.

    Thoughts

    ^^^^^^^
    Don’t like taking a developmental QB in Round 3.

    Rather have an OLB like Dontay Moch, or DT like Kenrick Ellis at that spot. Or maybe even a WR like Austin Pettis in Round 3.

  • DKnight007

    Why the hell did they keep Lal ahead of good coaches like Hackett who works well with QB’s?

    Maybe Saunders will be working with the QB’s a whole lot more I guess.

  • olinesux

    damn lal dont know the difference between a post and a corber route….mistake #1

  • RaiderRetribution

    by the way, I know a few were wondering as I was, if the Al Saunders as Raiders’ offensive coordinator is official; it is now.

    Saunders is now on the official Raiders’ website coaches chart as offensive coordinators.

  • RaiderRetribution

    as for Winsotn Moss as DC, it appears we are not the only team potentially waiting for his services, Philadelphia is waiting to interview him as well.

    I figure he is going to cost more than minimum wage and an All-American cheeseburger combo meal.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Lal could benefit from Hue as well as Al being his head coach. We know Cable didn’t have a clue on providing leadership in the WR field.

  • J Hill

    Lal did an outstanding job with Jacoby Ford???

    Got DHB to cut his drops in half????

  • djohnnyg

    29.stubblebuzz Says:
    January 24th, 2011 at 2:56 pm
    I feel bad for the three NFL safeties who didn’t make 1st or 2nd team

    Nice catch. Ha.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Now that I think about it, Mr. Heyward-Bey just might have that break-out season we are hoping [dare I say expecting] for.

  • SnB Production

    151.YoungAmerican Says:
    January 24th, 2011 at 7:50 pm
    There’s a lot of hate around here for Sanjay Lal, but has it occurred to anyone that most of the Raider receivers simply aren’t that good?

    =====================================================
    Yup. Schilens looks good the few times he’s on the field. As Jhill said, Jacoby Ford was outstanding and he was considered to be a raw talent when drafted.

    The receivers coach is also getting help to be sure. DHB is the albatross right now. He’s just gotta step up and contribute. His performance the last two years is unacceptable

  • RaiderRetribution

    oh and for the record resigning Mr. Asomugha is much more important than resigning Mr. Huff, by three lengths at least.

    Resigning Mr. Seymour is the most important FA signing for our FAs

  • SnB Production

    Guess Gradkowski won’t be backing up Cutler in Chicago

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

    I don’t know where Gradkowski gets off saying anything about anybody’s QB play.

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

    Good riddance to Paul Hackett.

  • Mistabr0wn

    KK
    I dont know where you get off criticizing the attendance at Raider games when you are home on your fat hump on Sundays.

  • alex7

    Actually Jhill,

    the pick 6 we had at KC week 17 was in a zone defense.

    Was kinda sweet. Whoever that was bumped his receiver and stayed in the flat, then picked off the dump off pass.

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  • Mistabr0wn

    Both.
    _____

    # KoolKell Says:
    January 24th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    J Hill Says:
    January 24th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Huff is a more important resigning than Nnamdi.
    —————————————
    More important to what, winning or Davis’ pocketbook?

  • J Hill

    oh and for the record resigning Mr. Asomugha is much more important than resigning Mr. Huff, by three lengths at least.

    ——————————————————

    We have 2 guys at corner who have played well in games were Nnamdi is out.

    Are you really telling me you are ready for Tyvon Branch or Stevie Brown as our FS?

    Options at CB if we don’t resign Nnamdi… No options at FS if Huff walks.

  • alex7

    What do you guys EXPECT out of Sanjay? You can’t give him DHB, a 4th rounder with bad hands in Murphy, a raw rookie in Ford, and Chaz showing up in week 16, and expect great results.

    For all we know Lal really knows his stuff, but has NOTHING to work with, other than Ford who turned it on once he got his feet underneath him.

    If we agree Hue knows his stuff, and he interviewed Lal and kept him, then Lal must know how to teach. He just needs some actual talent to blossom. Ford was step 1.

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    Lal? Really?

    come on

  • J Hill

    What does WR coach really do anyway?

    I’m sure he’s qualified to coach WRs?

  • alex7

    JHill,

    we kinda got shredded by the Steelers passing game when Nnamdi was out. He wasn’t 100% against the Dolphins either, and we made Chad Henne look like Brady out there.

    We already struggle with run D. Why weaken the pass D as well.

    Like others have said, 29 TDs in the air, 0 by Nnamdi, 29 for the others IN PART TIME DUTY (with Nnamdi covering half the field).

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    Lal + DHB = little improvement. Lal has had two years and DHB still produces nothing.

    Murphy didn’t improve much in year two either.

    Bad move keeping this guy.

  • Mistabr0wn

    Preisttj received the still photos of DHB from Sanjay so there cant be any question of his expertise.

    The end

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    Sanjay Lal joined The Oakland Raiders in 2007 working with the wide receivers for the Silver and Black as operating as offensive quality control assistant. Prior to joining the Raiders, Lal spent three seasons as an offensive assistant – quarterbacks at Cal, following one season on the football staff at Saint Mary’s College as quarterback and strength, speed and conditioning coach. The Bears played in bowl games in each of Lal’s seasons at Cal and captured a share of the school’s first Pac-10 title (tied with USC) in 2006. He was the wide receivers coach at Los Medanos College (2003) and was passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach at Miramonte High (1996-02), when the school won five North Coast Section championships and one state title, including a 13-0 record in 2001. Lal played wide receiver at the University of Washington and was a Husky Hall of Fame selection. He was on the Huskies’ 1992 National Championship team and a member of two Rose Bowl teams. Before transferring to Washington, he was a member of the 1989 UCLA Cotton Bowl championship team. Lal signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Rams in 1998 and was with the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe in 1999. His wife’s name is Melody.

  • djohnnyg

    May I ask is the hiring of Al Saunders OFFICIAL yet?

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

    J Hill Says:
    January 24th, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    What does WR coach really do anyway?

    I’m sure he’s qualified to coach WRs?
    ——————————
    You don’t know what a WR coach does, but you’re sure he’s qualified.

    Do you just co-sign everything Davis says/does?

  • YoungAmerican

    So maybe DHB and Murphy aren’t that good? Just a thought.

  • Thec07

    LAL is going awya…The “Other Forces” are not happy with the development of the WR’s…

  • Mistabr0wn

    Yeah because KK wasn’t creaming his jeans over JaMarcus Russell or H Jackson coming aboard.
    ______

    # KoolKell Says:
    January 24th, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    You don’t know what a WR coach does, but you’re sure he’s qualified.

    Do you just co-sign everything Davis says/does?

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    180.YoungAmerican Says:
    January 24th, 2011 at 8:43 pm
    So maybe DHB and Murphy aren’t that good? Just a thought.

    ++++++++

    That might be, but before you give up on the player (especially the #7 overall pick) you fire the coach that has gotten exactly nothing accomplished with the $25 million dollar investment.

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

    Djohnnyg Says:
    January 24th, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    May I ask is the hiring of Al Saunders OFFICIAL yet?
    —————————-
    It was offical when Jer posted it.

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  • djohnnyg

    184.KoolKell Says:
    January 24th, 2011 at 8:48 pm
    Djohnnyg Says:
    January 24th, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    May I ask is the hiring of Al Saunders OFFICIAL yet?
    —————————-
    It was offical when Jer posted it.

    Thx. I thought it was just ESPN reporting it not official from the Raiders. I see nothing on the Raider website confirming it.

  • alex7

    Dakota, if you know more than Hue about Lal, feel free to share. Otherwise, your points are moot.

    Remember James Lofton? Was considered a GREAT wide receivers coach in San Diego, turning VJax and some other up-til-then no names into fantastic players.

    Comes to Oakland, has NOTHING to work with, receivers don’t stand out. He’s moved on to sportscasting.

    You can’t coach a lack of talent at the highest level. Especially with the QBs we’ve had.

  • Just Fire Baby

    KoolKell Says:
    January 24th, 2011 at 8:23 pm
    I don’t know where Gradkowski gets off saying anything about anybody’s QB play.

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

    He just stated he played with TWO MCL tears in a meaningless game last season.

    Being that Cutler had an MCL tear, and they play the same position, I think Bruce has ever right to chime in on his experiences.

  • alex7

    You can’t TEACH a guy how to catch if he’s NEVER been good at it his entire life.

    Goodness, they way some of you think, YOU could show up in Oakland and Lal would be expected to make you good.

    Why would a 4th rounder with stone hands suddenly improve in the NFL? Hands are the one thing you can’t really teach.

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

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 24th, 2011 at 8:57 pm
    KoolKell Says:
    January 24th, 2011 at 8:23 pm
    I don’t know where Gradkowski gets off saying anything about anybody’s QB play.

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

    He just stated he played with TWO MCL tears in a meaningless game last season.

    Being that Cutler had an MCL tear, and they play the same position, I think Bruce has ever right to chime in on his experiences.
    ———————————–
    Of course you do.

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    187.alex7 Says:
    January 24th, 2011 at 8:56 pm
    Dakota, if you know more than Hue about Lal, feel free to share. Otherwise, your points are moot.

    Remember James Lofton? Was considered a GREAT wide receivers coach in San Diego, turning VJax and some other up-til-then no names into fantastic players.

    Comes to Oakland, has NOTHING to work with, receivers don’t stand out. He’s moved on to sportscasting.

    You can’t coach a lack of talent at the highest level. Especially with the QBs we’ve had.

    ______________

    Okay buddy, if you know more about the players, coaches, schemes than Al Davis and Hue Jackson then feel free to share your opinions on a web site. If not, just STFU cuz your points are “moot”.

    Okay putz, we will all shut up because none of us are close enough to ANYTHING to give our opinions on according to your standards. Please stop posting your thoughts because you don’t meet your own standards. Thanx.

  • alex7

    Lal can teach WRs how to run routes better, he can teach them how to come back to the ball, teach them little tricks to get separation.

    Once they do this, and the ball clanks off their hands, you become Troy Williams and 32 teams pass on you, because THIRTY-TWO staffs know you can’t teach catching ability.

  • Just Fire Baby

    As long as we re-sign Bones Fassell, I am good.

    Did a great job last year.

    We win the ST touchdown battle, turnover battle, block punt battle, kickoff return average battle, and Shane made the Pro Bowl.

    Job well done. He deserves a raise.

  • alex7

    whoops, Troy Williamson.

  • alex7

    Dakota, I know Hue knows Lal better than you, so I’ll take his word.

    I know most of us understand working the draft in the modern era better than Davis, so we can be critical of that.

    I know most of us understand the need to diversify the D better than Davis does, and we can criticize justly.

    It’s not complicated.

    When all you can do is go to your name-calling, you show your lack of thinking skills.

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    195.alex7 Says:
    January 24th, 2011 at 9:06 pm
    Dakota, I know Hue knows Lal better than you, so I’ll take his word.

    I know most of us understand working the draft in the modern era better than Davis, so we can be critical of that.

    I know most of us understand the need to diversify the D better than Davis does, and we can criticize justly.

    It’s not complicated.

    When all you can do is go to your name-calling, you show your lack of thinking skills.

    _________________

    You’ll take Hue’s word? How do you even know Hue wanted to keep Lal? You don’t, so I guess you better just STFU huh?

  • alex7

    Dakota, I have something called READING SKILLS.

    I know, your brain is confused right now.

    bydavidwhite David White
    by VittorioTafur
    For you Raiders fans, Hue Jackson retained 3 assistants: WRs Sanjay Lal, RBs Kelly Skipper, TEs Adam Henry, all here at Senior Bowl.

    See where it says HUE JACKSON retained 3 assistants? You kinda do something called reading COMPREHENSION and assume that Hue really kept them.

    Crazy huh.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Raiders need to make sure they do not over use Mr. Ford; kick-off returns, being a #1 or #2 WR, and returning punt, as well as multiple reverse running plays.

    He is our best WR in terms of production, he makes huge plays on end arounds/reverses, and he returned 3 KOs for TDs in what, 12-14 games.

    Raiders do need a PR, but could just go with a solid punt reciever and go after blocked punts more often, forcing more shanked punts in the process.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Yes!,
    Emphatic Yes!

    Yes Yes
    Double Yes, oh yeah I just typed yes twice…

    I would much rather have for a DB corp

    Brown Mitchell/Branch
    Asomugha CJ/Routt/other

    than

    Huff Mitchell/Branch
    CJ Routt/other

    for my defensive backfield

  • RaiderRetribution

    Dijohng #178

    Yes, Al Saunders is officiall listed as Raiders’ offensive coordinator on the Raiders’ official website.

    Just saw it a few hours ago, I’ve been checking last few days, today was the first time I noticed it.

    OaklandRaiders.com >Team > Coaches [after Hue as HC, coaches/coordinators/assistants are listed in alphabetical order.