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Huff got a vote, so he’s second-team All-Pro

Raiders free safety Michael Huff, scheduled for free agency whenever a labor agreement is reached, probably won’t be putting “second team, All-Pro, 2010” on his list of accomplishments.

Huff indeed got a single vote out of the panel of 50 to finish in a seven-way tie to be the second safety on the second team. The first team safeties were (surprise!) Troy Polamalu of Pittsburgh and Ed Reed of Baltimore. Green Bay’s Nick Harris finished behind Polamalu and Reed and was the first pick of the second team.

Other safeties that got one vote were Antrel Rolle (Giants), Eric Weddle (Chargers), Malcolm Jenkins (Saints), Quintin Mikell (Eagles), Chris Harris (Bears), Michael Griffin (Titans) and Darren Sharper (Saints).

(For what it’s worth, Sharper, after a magnificent season last year when the Saints won the Super Bowl, played in eight games, started one, had 16 tackles and one pass defensed. And got a vote. Compared to that, Huff looks like Larry Wilson.)

Huff got the same amount of All-Pro votes as Marcel Reece, who tied for sixth among fullbacks, and fewer votes than Sebastian Janikowski (four votes, third among place kickers) and Jacoby Ford (two votes, 3rd among kick returners).

Despite having gross and net yardage figures that were less than Cowboys’ punter Mat McBriar, Shane Lechler had 34 of 50 first place votes. Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha was the leading vote-getter among cornerbacks, being named on 20 ballots.

The Raiders slipped the name of offensive coordinator Al Saunders into the coaching roster on Raiders.com without an announcement.

Still listed are line coach Jim Michalczik and quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett, although my understanding is neither will be back. Michalczik will return to Jeff Tedford’s staff at Cal. According to the Twitter account of David White of the Chronicle, wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal, running backs coach Kelly Skipper and tight ends coach Adam Henry were all with Hue Jackson’s contingent in Mobile, Ala., at the Senior Bowl, a pretty good indication they will be retained.

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  • RaiderRockstar

    According to the Twitter account of David White of the Chronicle, wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal, running backs coach Kelly Skipper and tight ends coach Adam Henry were all with Hue Jackson’s contingent in Mobile, Ala., at the Senior Bowl, a pretty good indication they will be retained

    ***

    Sanjay ??? LOL!

  • RaiderSam

    Did you not like his absolute destroying of Dwayne Bowe?
    =====================================================
    I liked Ed Reed’s destroying of McCluster better. When he hits like that on a REGULAR basis, then let me know.

    when he jumps over piles to meet runners like Troy Polamalu , then let me know.

    He’s a good pass defending safety.

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Nation!!!
    Rockstar, you’re in early…
    But my thoughts exactly…Sanjay? WHY?
    Morning Sam…

  • NoMoreFargas

    Huff drives me nuts with his tackling but who knows Nhamdi was an awful S for a few years maybe Huff with his Coverage skills can be an elite CB.

    GO RAIDERS!!!

  • hwnrdr

    NMF…long time no see…
    BTW: Who the heck is Dennis Allen…well, former Saints DB Coach became Denver’s DC…

  • raiderjhawk

    priesttj-

    Do you mind me asking you how you know how much film that Tyvon watches? It seems like that would be pure speculation. I’m not hating on you I just wonder if you have some tie to the team I don’t know about.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Rockstar, you’re in early…
    But my thoughts exactly…Sanjay? WHY?

    ***

    Good Morning Hwnrdr!

    yeah man. that was from Podunk

    I got up to feed the baby, burp him & change his diaper. Then put him to sleep and I only had 20 minutes before the alarm clock was set to go off (not worth trying to go back to bed for)

    Sanjay Lal has done a HORRIBLE job with DHB, Murph, JLH & Nmiller. Chaz has been productive for the 5 games he’s been healthy the past 2 seasons. Did Jacoby Ford save Lal’s job?

    Even Ford had some drops & fumbles, but the good far outweighed the bad. This kid just has the “it” factor and Thec called it prior to Preseason!

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Morning Nation,
    Anyone see this clip of Mendenhall humping Big Ben after the last play?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkB8y-WbqfY

  • RaiderRockstar

    Who the heck is Dennis Allen…well, former Saints DB Coach

    ***

    the Eagles were also courting him

    not sure what fell through there, but let’s hope that Philly passed because he wasn’t aggressive enough :)

  • RaiderRockstar

    Anyone see this clip of Mendenhall humping Big Ben after the last play?

    ***

    did Ben have a Steelers O-Lineman get him drunk first and escort him to the restroom?

  • hwnrdr

    No that was funny though…seen it after the last kneel down from Big Ben…he was on the ground and Mendenhal starting humping him on the ground…I was laughing then…an hour later, it was all over youtube…LOL
    Yesterday someone tweeted Bush and told him not to that to Grads after they win a game…(Grads, I don’t know why…)

  • RaiderRockstar

    Yesterday someone tweeted Bush and told him not to that to Grads after they win a game…(Grads, I don’t know why…)

    ***

    I sure hope Gradkowski isn’t re-signed!

    the last thing this team needs is more flip flopping QB’s which spells instability and Hue Jackson was famous for it as an OC for Washington, Atlanta & Oakland …

    Jason Campbell = 16 game starter barring injury

    Backups = Charlie Frye & rookie late rounder with a cannon arm

  • RaiderRockstar

    Joe Cullen to interview for Raiders DC job “in the coming weeks”

    -Jason La Canfora (twitter)

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Joe Cullen’s bio from Jaguars.com:


    Joe Cullen was named defensive line coach for the Jaguars in February. Cullen, 42, has 20 years of coaching experience including 17 on the collegiate level.

    Cullen previously served as defensive line coach at Idaho State in 2009. He spent three seasons (2006-08) with the Detroit Lions as defensive line coach. Under his direction, the Lions finished 10th in the NFL in 2008 in sacks per pass attempt and finished in the top 10 for the second straight season in sacks. Rookie defensive end Cliff Avril led all first-year players in sacks with six and in forced fumbles with four.

    In 2007, the defensive line improved from 24th to ninth in the NFL in sacks as the unit registered 28.5 sacks, seventh in the league. Three different linemen had career-highs in sacks. Cullen instituted the “Joe Cullen Big Man Camp” for linemen in the Detroit inner-city area.

    Prior to joining the Lions, Cullen spent 16 seasons on the collegiate level as an assistant coach. He was part of Ron Zook’s first staff at Illinois in 2005 as a defensive assistant. He was on the Indiana staff for three seasons from 2002-04 including the last season as defensive coordinator in which the Hoosiers knocked off two ranked teams in the same season for the first time in 16 years. He spent the 2001 season at Memphis as defensive line coach.

    Cullen spent eight seasons (1992-98, 2000) at Richmond including three as defensive coordinator. He was promoted from defensive line coach to defensive coordinator in 1997 and spent two seasons leading the unit. Following a year at LSU, he returned to Richmond to lead the defense in 2000. As defensive coordinator, the Spiders led the Atlantic 10 in total defense in all three seasons. In 2000, the unit ranked fourth nationally in rushing defense and 14th in scoring defense despite playing the nation’s toughest schedule.

    In 1998, the club finished 9-2 and won the Atlantic 10 title and advanced to the NCAA playoffs. He left in 2000 to coach the defensive line at LSU but returned in 2000 to help lead the Spiders to a 10-3 record and an appearance in the NCAA quarterfinals.

    Cullen played nose guard at the University of Massachusetts from 1986-89, earning All-Yankee Conference honors three times. He later began his coaching career overseeing the defensive line at his alma mater from 1990-91. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management and has earned credits toward a master’s degree at both Illinois and Richmond.

    COACHING BACKGROUND

    Massachusetts 1990-91, Richmond 1992-98, 2000, Louisiana State 1999, Memphis 2001, Indiana 2002-04, Illinois 2005, Detroit Lions 2006-08, Idaho State 2009, Jacksonville Jaguars 2010″

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Haahahahahahahh, from 2006:

    “The Detroit Lions have suspended defensive line coach Joe Cullen for Sunday’s regular-season opener against Seattle because of his two recent arrests, NFL sources told the Free Press Thursday.

    …..

    Cullen was arrested and charged with indecent and obscene conduct Aug. 24, the night before the Lions’ third exhibition at Oakland. A worker at a Dearborn fast-food drive-thru window saw him naked behind the wheel of his SUV and called the police, according to police reports.

    Then Cullen was arrested and charged with drunken driving Sept. 1, the night after the Lions’ exhibition finale against Buffalo. After he sped down a Dearborn street without his headlights on, someone called the police, and when the police found him, a breath test determined his blood-alcohol content was .12, over the legal limit, according to police reports. ”

    This could be fun.

  • RaiderRockstar

    PA,

    do you think he’s a good candidate?

  • Kirk

    We need to upgrade our quarterback position.

    Are there any free agents or draft picks that would help us?

  • SilverNBlackPA

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 7:01 am
    PA,

    do you think he’s a good candidate?

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

    Truthfully, I have my doubts. Dude clearly knows how to coach a defensive line, but if that’s what you’re looking for, why not just promote Waufle?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Cullen was a four-year starting nose guard at the University of Massachusetts, where he started 45 straight games. He was a three-time All-Yankee Conference selection and was the Minutemen’s team MVP in 1989

    ***

    does that make it MORE likely that we’ll draft a big ugly 3-4 NT to dominate the interior line ???

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Kirk Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 7:04 am
    We need to upgrade our quarterback position.

    Are there any free agents or draft picks that would help us?

    ++++++++++

    No.

    Don’t think there’s a single QB coming out in the draft this year that’s ready to be a day 1 starter.

    Vince Young is the best free agent. No thanks. Keep the headcases away!

  • SilverNBlackPA

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 7:06 am
    Cullen was a four-year starting nose guard at the University of Massachusetts, where he started 45 straight games. He was a three-time All-Yankee Conference selection and was the Minutemen’s team MVP in 1989

    ***

    does that make it MORE likely that we’ll draft a big ugly 3-4 NT to dominate the interior line ???

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

    Nah, probably not. Cullen appears to have only ever coached in the 4-3 and I’d bet he played NG in the 4-3 too.

  • OAKlifer

    Any one who thinks Al lets his first year HC picks his own assistants has not been paying attention. Uncle Al does the Hiring and firing around here…

  • hwnrdr

    Haha…I remember that incident where Cullen was suspended for obscene and indecent conduct…lol

  • RaiderRockstar

    Dude clearly knows how to coach a defensive line, but if that’s what you’re looking for, why not just promote Waufle?

    ***

    perhaps thats the plan?

    to make Mike Waufle the DC and Cullen his DL Coach …

  • OAKlifer

    No.

    Don’t think there’s a single QB coming out in the draft this year that’s ready to be a day 1 starter.

    ***********

    Is Kellen Moore coming out this year that kid has the IT factor I think we will see a swing in production from big athletic guys Russell, Young types to more cerebral pocket passers who can sramble and toss a ball and make the right read on the drop of a dime like a Brees or Manning. I think Moore is NFL ready just by his approach work ethic and ability to make all the throws.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Any one who thinks Al lets his first year HC picks his own assistants has not been paying attention. Uncle Al does the Hiring and firing around here…

    ***

    Good Morning OAKlifer!

    Agreed. Hue Jackson is saddled with 3 bums from the Cable regime and we all know that Al Davis has been courting Saunders since 1985

  • OAKlifer

    Morning Double R…

    It would be nice if Coaches could go get thier owen guys but not in our neck of the woods we do things a bit different. Hope Al has picked some good ones!!

    Is Lal really at senior bowl… what a joke

  • SilverNBlackPA

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 7:15 am
    Dude clearly knows how to coach a defensive line, but if that’s what you’re looking for, why not just promote Waufle?

    ***

    perhaps thats the plan?

    to make Mike Waufle the DC and Cullen his DL Coach …

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

    If so, I can definitely deal with that!

  • hwnrdr

    perhaps thats the plan?

    to make Mike Waufle the DC and Cullen his DL Coach …

    Didn’t Waufle say that he only wanted to be a line coach? Can’t quote for sure but I thought it was mention on here before?

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Is Lal really at senior bowl… what a joke

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

    It’s complete nonsense that he still has a job. I have no idea what Al sees in the guy.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    If MBush can’t be retained, I hope Al snaps up Dion Lewis out of Pitt. That kid is DYNAMITE and is flying under the radar right now.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Santonio Holmes was apparently very unhappy with the Jets’s gameplan in the AFC Championship game.

    There’s a guy I wouldn’t mind Al opening up the checkbook for. HUGE boost to the offense with Holmes.

    Holmes, Ford and even DHB would just be too much speed for defenses to handle.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Joe Cullen!!!

    HA!!!

    I joked last week we should hire the guy who went through the drive-thru naked in Detroit as DC. I didn’t know his name or even look it up as it was purely a joke.

    I was only kidding Al!!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Oak,

    Kellen Moore is going back to school.

    6 foot in cleets and 190 pounds dripping wet is the only reason, IMO.

    He could complete 80% of his passes for 50 TD’s and 2 INT’s next year, and I still think he won’t go in the first 4 rounds, due to his measurables.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    I still like the idea of Bob Babich out of Chicago. He’s been a co-ordinator before, runs the 4-3, and has coached a beastly linebacking corps in Chicago for a while now. This is a guy who helped Brian Urlacher develop; that’s exactly who I want helping RoMac.

  • olinesux

    kellen moore isnt a legit pro prospect…

  • Just Fire Baby

    I would prefer to kick the tires on another fringe NFL starter not named Gradkowski.

    But the fact remains that Soup is not a long term solution at QB, and we need to have a guy who is at least good enough to push him in 2012.

    Just like Cable this year, Campbell is on the last year of his contract in 2011.

    I think he should get the Cable treatment as well. You are the unquestioned starter, and it’s playoffs and a new contract or no playoffs and walking papers.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 7:50 am
    Oak,

    Kellen Moore is going back to school.

    6 foot in cleets and 190 pounds dripping wet is the only reason, IMO.

    He could complete 80% of his passes for 50 TD’s and 2 INT’s next year, and I still think he won’t go in the first 4 rounds, due to his measurables

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

    I agree.

    Think Chase Daniel. All the stats and intangibles in the world, but went undrafted because of his size and offensive system.

    Moore’s best bet is to follow Daniel’s path, sign as a UDFA and impress enough in camp to land a backup job.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    I think he should get the Cable treatment as well. You are the unquestioned starter, and it’s playoffs and a new contract or no playoffs and walking papers.

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

    Knowing Al, I rather suspect this is indeed the case.

  • LA to TheBay

    Good Morning OAKlifer!

    Agreed. Hue Jackson is saddled with 3 bums from the Cable regime and we all know that Al Davis has been courting Saunders since 1985

    ———————–

    Is Skipper really a bum?

  • hwnrdr

    Anyone that make people like Urlacher and company beasts is alright with me…

  • SilverNBlackPA

    hwnrdr Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 7:57 am
    Anyone that make people like Urlacher and company beasts is alright with me…

    +++++++++++

    Exactly! This is a guy who coached up Lance Briggs too.

    It makes too much sense, so it’ll never happen. :-P

  • Just Fire Baby

    My dream scenario would be to land Wiz 2.0 and Andy Dalton in the 2nd and 3rd rounds (I don’t think either will be available in the mid 3rd so it will probably remain a dream) and a DB in the 4th round.

    Than let Al do his forty time fetish thing in the last few rounds.

    Could we trade a player under contract to move up a few spots in the 3rd maybe? Trade Carlisle and JLH to move up 5 spots in the 3rd round maybe? Ah…probably not.

  • LA to TheBay

    Isn’t Higgins’ contract up?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Is it???

    Well the end of an era than huh?

    No more punt returns when he runs 30 yards, sideways for a -1 return.

  • LA to TheBay

    That kid showed a lot of promise in 08. Oh well.

  • LA to TheBay

    I think we will be looking for a C in the offseason, if we keep Gallery.

    Veldheer-Gallery-???-Campbell-Henderson/Walker

    Don’t see us getting 4 new starters. Coop is definitely trade bait.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    If there’s a year to not have a first round pick, this is it. Plenty of good targets to fill holes in the mid and late rounds, or maybe with a trade up to the late first/early 2nd to land some of the higher end ones.

    Off the top of my head:

    Mike Pouncey, G, Florida
    Stefen Wisniewski, C/G, Penn State
    Kris O’Dowd, C, USC
    Curtis Brown, CB, Texas
    Brandon Burton, CB, Utah
    Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
    Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina (could be this year’s MBush…crazy talented injured player taken in the 4th round or so)
    Greg Jones, OLB, Michigan State
    Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pitt
    Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami
    Terrence Toliver, WR, LSU
    Austin Pettis, WR, Boise State
    Jerrell Powe, DT, Ole Miss
    Ian Williams, DT, Notre Dame
    Sione Fua, DT, Stanford

    Al’s got serious options. Landing several of that crew would make me wet myself

  • Just Fire Baby

    While we are it, we can probably move on from Nick Miller as well.

    He seemed to get worse on PR as the year went along. I would have liked to see him more as a WR than we did, but I’m fairly sure we aren’t missing out on a whole lot.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Andy Dalton measured in at 6’2 even this week at the Senior Bowl, which should squelch some of the “too-short” critics.

    Still not ideal size, but that is big enough.