Raiders mourn Albo’s passing


Dr. Robert Albo, former team physican for the Raiders and a longtime medical consultant for the franchise as well as the Golden State Warriors, has died, according to the Raiders’ Web site.

Albo, a close friend of owner Al Davis, was a familiar figure at training camp and team practices.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • irishraiderfan

    That sucks

  • chappy23us


  • 3rd!

  • JERRY’S ALIVE!!!!!

  • Thats kinda awkward…I said Jerry’s alive without reading his new post…my bad!

    RIP Doc!


  • RIP, thoughts and prayers..

    That being said, now maybe Al will hire a Team Doctor that uses 21st. century technology to diagnose amd treat injuries, instead of leeches and snake oil…

  • Nnamdi21

    7. Gross. Just gross. You’ve nothing to offer other than trying to get hits for your lame site. Gross.


    Thanks for your help with the Raiders Doc. Condolences to your family.

  • R.I.P Doc Albo

  • 6.909RaiderLifer Says:
    February 21st, 2011 at 1:24 pm
    RIP, thoughts and prayers..

    That being said, now maybe Al will hire a Team Doctor that uses 21st. century technology to diagnose amd treat injuries, instead of leeches and snake oil…


    R U serious 909? Have some fing respect!

    U can take yer azz to a 9er site with that classless sh!t.

  • A poorly timed attempt at some sarcasim on my part.

    My bad. apologies to all…

  • HairyBush


  • phatcable

    In Adam Caplan’s NFC East offseason breakdown, he makes an interesting statement regarding Philadelphia Eagles soon-to-be free agent strong safety Quintin Mikell: “(Mikell is) one of the team’s most respected leaders, but there’s much less than a 50-50 chance he returns.” What exactly does “much less than a 50-50 chance” mean? That would probably imply Caplan gives Mikell’s chances at returning in 2011 somewhere between a 25-30 percent chance. I would love for him to expand on this little bombshell as I’ve been acting on the assumption that there was no way the Eagles allow Mikell to walk. He has been a rock in the middle of the defense for the past few seasons and has likely been the reason this defense wasn’t historically bad through the air. And I’m not the only one who thinks highly of Mikell. This is what ProFootballFocus.com’s John Breitenbach had to say about Mikell: “With Vick receiving the franchise t…

  • phatcable

    Dave Duerson, a key member of the Super Bowl-winning 1985 Chicago Bears, committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest on Thursday. It was a sad end to the life of a man who found great success in his 20s but who was deeply troubled after leaving football.

    But before Duerson killed himself, he offered a generous gift to others: His brain.

    In a suicide note he sent to friends, Duerson asked that his brain be donated to the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine

  • phatcable

    Chad Ochocinco is a potential free agent that will be mentioned as a possible Raider. Al Davis loves bringing in veteran players with a proven track record.

    Many in the media like to portray Ochocinco as a problem child, but in all reality, he is a playmaking receiver. The Raiders are currently young in the receiving department and are in need of a playmaker.

    Hue Jackson—who is most likely to be named head coach—coached Ochocinco when he was the receivers coach for the Bengals.

  • RaiderDebo

    Great QB conversation on Sirius today between Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan. Both talked about the importance of stature for QBs and that they must have big arms because of all the throws that will need to made off the back foot. Jim Miller absolutely killed Andy Dalton from TCU. Said he saw him up close at Senior Bowl practices and that he doesn’t have pro size or decision making. Doesn’t think you can run movement plays with him in WC offense because he would never hold up. Likes T.J. Yates from NC and some Webber guy from Minnesota as mid-to-late round prospects. Also really likes Mallett.

  • It appears likely that Willis McGahee will be cut by the Baltimore Ravens this offseason.

    The team decided at their recent evaluation meetings not to bring the running back and his $6 million in base salary back for the 2011 season, The Baltimore Sun reported on Monday, citing an NFL source.

    Willis McGahee has rushed for 1,595 yards and 24 touchdowns over his past three seasons with the Ravens. (John Rieger/US Presswire)

    When asked about McGahee’s future, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said that no players would be cut before the current CBA deal expires on March 3. Newsome was non-committal when asked if the running back will be with Baltimore next season.

    “Right now, there are a lot of things that could happen before next season,” Newsome said.

    McGahee signed a seven-year deal with Baltimore in 2007. He is under contract for 2011, but 2012 ($6.5 million base salary) and 2013 ($7.2 million) are option years.

    NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reported that McGahee, who longs to be a starting tailback again, is not inclined to take less than his $6 million salary to stay behind Ray Rice. La Canfora added that the Ravens are in no rush to release McGahee, but a parting of the sides seems inevitable at some point this offseason.

    McGahee, 29, earned $3.6 million to serve as Rice’s backup last season, rushing for 380 yards and five touchdowns on 100 carries. Rice, 24, finished with 1,220 yards and five touchdowns on 307 carries. Rice added 63 catches for 556 yards and a TD reception, making him the more versatile of the two players.

    If the Ravens cut ties with McGahee, it is unclear who will share the load with Rice for the run-first offense. Fullback Le’Ron McClain and his power-running style is an option, but he is due to become an unrestricted free agent later this offseason. Another route is to bring back McGahee. The Ravens will have the opportunity to make a new offer to McGahee once he becomes a free agent, presumably in the range of his 2010 salary.

  • Fullback Le’Ron McClain and his power-running style is an option, but he is due to become an unrestricted free agent later this offseason

  • Paea is a powerful run stuffer that plays angry and should contribute immediately at the next level. He is as strong as an ox and consistently knocks lineman back on their heels. He takes on double teams and is near impossible to move out of the hole. He lacks refined pass rushing skills, but has heavy hands and a good burst to eventually become a weapon on third down. He is still learning the finer points of the game, but he has unparalleled toughness and a tireless work ethic. Paea will likely not last past the middle of the first round.

    6’1″ 311 lbs

  • General Bauce


  • General Bauce

    Uh oh its the berry pounding rapscallion D-prac in da heezle!

  • General Bauce

    D-rac i mean

  • BIG BAUCE!!!!!


  • The Darker the Berry, the Sweeter the Bush!

  • HairyBush

    26.The Dirtee Raccoon Says:
    February 21st, 2011 at 3:41 pm
    The Darker the Berry, the Sweeter the Bush!

    that’s just a wise tale lol

  • The Bushier the Bush, the Sweeter the Berry!


  • HairyBush

    r8eray Says:
    February 21st, 2011 at 4:01 pm
    The Bushier the Bush, the Sweeter the Berry!


  • HairyBush

    NFL, players complete fourth day of mediated talks
    I hope this means something, I will be one unhappy mofo wothout football.

  • HairyBush


  • phatcable

    LenDale curses Pete Carroll’s name
    Former USC running back LenDale White had some unpleasant words for current Seahawks coach, Pete Carroll. He dropped a four-letter word on Carroll, his former coach at USC who cut him in Seattle.

  • M Lonetree

    “to bring his excellence and virtue to the American way of life…” paraphrased more or less.

    didn’t know Dr Albo personally and perhaps he was a fine individual, I cannot say.

    but that use in the press statement of “the American way” is pathetic.

    usage of the least common denominator – patriotism – is puke-worthy.

    you want something admirable, try Les Medicins Sans Frontieres.

    don’t know if Robert Albo was involved with anything except over-priced athletes.
    Or he may have been the best physician who ever lived.

    c’mon Jerry, do a little research, you have the time.

  • oo

    How Good Was Oakland’s Offense?

    So, in the column announcing the winners of the FO reader awards, I noted that people voted for Hue Jackson as coordinator of the year “simply for not sucking in Oakland.” One of the readers pointed out that by official numbers, the Raiders were a lot better than just “not sucking.” Believe it or not, the Raiders ranked sixth in the NFL in points scored this year. I honestly had no idea. I’ve been going through the whole season thinking of them in terms of DVOA, where they ranked 23rd.
    I didn’t go back to check, but I’ve got to figure this is one of the biggest gaps between DVOA and points scored over the past two decades. 17 places in the standings is a BIG difference. So what is DVOA seeing that a simple look at points scored doesn’t show?
    1) Oakland had an easy schedule, 23rd in the NFL by average DVOA of opponent.
    2) Oakland had a great fumble recovery record, 15 of 23 fumbles on offense.
    OK, but even without adjustments for these two things, Oakland would have 1.1% offensive DVOA. That would be 19th instead of 23rd. There is still a lot of room between that and sixth. What else?
    3) Defensive touchdowns? Actually no, Oakland had just three, which is pretty average.
    4) Oakland ran a lot of drives, because the defense was very good at forcing three-and-outs. The Raiders had 199 offensive drives, third in the league.
    5) Oakland had a lot of very long plays. As you may know, in the DVOA formula, the value of each additional yard starts to drop after about 20 yards, because longer touchdowns are only partly about making better plays. They’re partly about field position, because you can’t run for a 60-yard touchdown when you are past midfield.
    The Raiders had 11 plays of 50+ yards, 19 plays of 40+ yards, and 35 plays of 30+ yards. In all three categories, they were second to the Philadelphia Eagles.
    6) Some of what ended up as points is actually field position from defense and special teams. The Raiders ranked higher in defensive DVOA (15th) than in points allowed (20th).
    Of course, it’s still hard to believe that all this is still enough to get us from 23rd in DVOA to sixth in point scored. Is it possible our formula mistakenly underrated the 2010 Raiders? Perhaps. On the other hand, I doubt that Jacoby Ford is going 71 yards on an end around again in 2011.

  • M Lonetree


    you seem to live in fear as do so many here.
    sixth in points with a JaSoup who s^cked early in the year only to get much better the last five games (plus a dose of Gradbruceski who s^cked period) should make you appreciative of what HueJack accomplished (along with no WRs to speak of).
    Stop living in fear.

  • Jonesy941

    R.I.P. DOC thanks for sticking with the raiders to the end!! Just like all us fans to the end… we will see You when it is our time, until then we will bleed
    Silver & Black for you…

  • TerrapinRaider

    I don’t even pretend to know what the heck DVOA is. But I surmise your premise is that the Raiders offene is not as good as advertised last year or repeating such perfmorance will be a pie in the sky hope.

    I don’t know what the future holds, but I DO think it looks very promising for a Raider.

    HueJack said when he came here we were going to be explosive and he’s going to try to score every time that ball is snaped.

    You don’t see Ford going 70yds on an end around? Oh really? How about DMC breaking a 50 yarder? How about Murphy/Ford/or even DHB catching a bomb for another 50+ yards off playaction behind a better equipped Oline? Or even Bush muscling through for another 30+ yard gain?

    This offense is built on speed and now that have a guy who knows how to create space for it to succeed (and even brought in a genius to get better) and you don’t see this going forward.

    Maybe. Maybe not. But I won’t bet against the 2011 RAAAAIDDDEEEEERRSS!!

    Big plays are here to stay. And the defense will only get better.

  • TerrapinRaider

    “and even brought in a genius to get better” ….referring to offensive ‘genius’ Al Saunders

  • buckeyeraider

    ‘Sup fellas.

    Rest in Peace Dr. Albo.

    The only familiarity I have with Dr. Albo, is a Raider video where Albo talks about the only time AD has ever been away from his football team was when he left to help his wife through a coma. He said Al sat by her bedside and talked to her until she awoke.

    You have to feel sorry for Mr. Davis as his inner circle of close friends and confidantes continues to dwindle away.

  • phatcable

    Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem. by Ronald Reagan.so why did he want too be in charge of it?

  • Just Fire Baby

    or even DHB catching a bomb for another 50+ yards off playaction


    Let’s not get carried away….

  • General Bauce


  • General Bauce

    What a great time of year! NBA finally starts and NCAA is at its best. Then we get the draft!

  • Just Fire Baby

    I had to buy the NBA season pass last week (half the season for $99) so I can watch the Warriors playoff run.

    Ekpe Udoh, Rolando McClain and Buster Posey.

    3 rookies who know how to win, how to play like winners and understand the nuances of their positions and games.

    I’m in hog-heaven as a fan of these three.

  • edward teach

    Nice post, Buckeye.

  • phatcable

    Tim Tebow hesitant to do as many commercials as Peyton Manning
    Posted by Michael David Smith on February 21, 2011, 6:17 PM EST
    Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow entered the NFL as the most celebrated quarterback coming out of college since Peyton Manning, and Tebow’s popularity could make him the NFL’s highest-profile celebrity pitchman since Manning.

    Except that Tebow says he worries that doing as many commercials as Manning would cause too many distractions.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Man I would love for DHB to make a huge leap next year. It would do wonders for our offense if he did.

    But you look back on his second half of the year and it is miserable.

    Over the last 7 games, he had 7 catches for 100 yards with two drops and zero TD’s, and 3 carries for 18 yards and one lost fumble.

    Not really the stuff of legends.

  • phatcable

    DHB does not make the team!

  • r8rwill

    rip dr albo,,he was a raider for life..great post buckeye.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I see PFT tossed around the Jake Locker to play baseball story.

    I have been on that since before the season started. I wholeheartedly believe he will play CF in the big leagues in a few years, and be done with football shortly.

    He is a better baseball player than football player anyways.

  • buckeyeraider

    I know this may be stretching the glass half full viewpoint to it’s limits, but…didn’t you think DHB looked a lil more natural catching the ball, at least. Compared to his rookie year at least.

    I know his stats still sucked and his impact was minimal. Disasterous as a #7 overall, really.

    I will say he did look a lil more fluid, or natural catching the ball. As a rookie you could tell he was really pressing. Looked like he was wearing oven mitts. Fought the ball..bobbled it like a hot potato. Through his hands, off his chest, etc.

    Last year, there were times, albeit way too few, where I went damn…nice catch DHB! Actually looked like a pro receiver. He even had the teaser game vs. Seattle. Something like five for 100+ and a TD.

    He went from 9 as a rook to what 25 this year. He needs 55-65 catches with at least 5 TD’s. He needs a breakout year in the worst way.

    If not, it’s probably time to cut their losses and move on.

  • phatcable

    Al Davis will take Nnamdi Asomugha big contract and spread the wealth.