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Raiders mourn Albo’s passing

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, February 21st, 2011 at 12:54 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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.

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  • phatcable

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

  • Just Fire Baby

    DHB did look better and certainly even had a few catches with his hands.

    But, in two years, I have yet to see him catch a ball in stride. Everything is with his back to the defense, at a near dead stop, facing the QB. When on the run, he wiffs like the end of the Jax game, or the first play of the AZ game.

    Based on what I saw last year, I have more confidence in him becoming kind of a 15 yards and in possession WR (how crazy does that sound??) who could get some YAC, more so than a big play, deep ball threat.

    Time will tell.

  • phatcable

    The one thing I like about Terrell Owens is even though he continues to burn bridges on every team he plays for, his assessment of the teams are usually spot on.
    Unfortunately because he doesn’t have media protection he gets blasted for his honesty. Owens comments about the Bengals are no different that what Carson Palmer is subliminally saying, it is just Owens has no tact.
    “You start with the head coach, and then you start with the staff on both sides of the ball,” Owens said on NFL Network’s Total Access. “Offensively, we really didn’t have the coaching that we really needed to muster what we had on the offensive side of the ball.”
    “I’ve made a comment about if you’re trying to win some championships, it starts from the top down,” Owens said. “[Sapp] mentioned Mike Brown; I think even before I got there, they said the owner was a little different. Obviously, I saw that.”
    “Obviously if you have your franchise quarterback who is supposed to be that guy for your team trying to get out of there, that’s kind of telling the organization something, and that’s telling a lot of people out there something as well,” Owens said.
    The one problem that Owens has, is that he never preface his comments by taking any of the blame himself. He may not honestly believe he is to blame, so he feels no need to say it.
    But when are talking about team sports, win as a team, lose as a team. The players are to blame as well, even if the coaches and front office is incompetent.
    Owens has Bart Simpson disease every time something goes bad he says.

    “It wasn’t me.”

    Sometimes it isn’t, sometimes he does have something to do with it, but what he fails to realize is that the other teams in the NFL see this and wonder if he is worth the trouble.
    There is a reason only the Bengals offered him a contract last season,and why Hue Jackson may be the only one who takes a look at him this year.

  • armond

    the dubs will officially begin their march towards getting that 8th seed when we beat boston 2morrow. where jhill at? all monta doubters are put on notice as he and steph curry will kick more azz proving the haters wrong. only 4 games out so it aint over yet. need some more of that stupid “we believe” magic. man that sh!t was annoying but if it helps us again i’ll take it.

  • Thec07

    What up Nation?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Didn’t Matt Barnes tattoo “Believe” on his neck during that season?

    I am pretty sure this is fact.

    Denver and Utah are the #7 and #8 seeds and they are about to free-fall.

  • Thec07

    Condolences to the Aldo family…

  • buckeyeraider

    Vegas,
    This is a lil off topic, but it’s a slow time of the year so, what the hell.

    One of my best friends didn’t want the Reds to bring back Dusty Baker as manager. Wanted to keep him miles away from the Reds young pitchers.

    He blames Baker for ruining Kerry Wood and Mark Pryors arms in Chicago. I guess he thinks he overused them.

    I thought Dusty did a good job managing the young Reds into the postseason, and was glad he was given an extension.

    Baker managed your beloved Giants for awhile, what did you think of him?

  • Just Fire Baby

    It’s funny to me that Dusty gets the wrap for overusing his starters, because when he was with the Giants, the first sign of trouble, he went to the pen immediately.

    Case in point, Game 6 of the 2002 World Series. Russ Ortiz for close to five years was always a guy who pitched out of trouble and up like 5 runs, Dusty yanks him with one on and one out in the 6th. Bullpen blows it and we lose the series.

    Other than that, Dusty is a GREAT manager, and really knows how to manage the miles of veterans throughout the season.

    BTW, do you guys still have that Dickerson kid? I thought for sure he would be a stud, but haven’t heard anything from him.

  • http://www.hotmail.com The Dirtee Raccoon

    Dusty Baker rode the coat tails of Barry Lamar Bonds.

  • http://www.hotmail.com The Dirtee Raccoon

    BarRoid

  • buckeyeraider

    Btw,

    If the dude who was asking me the questions about the Reds awhile back is out there…yesterday Hal McCoy, the longtime Reds beatwriter for the Dayton Daily News said Dusty Baker is floatin the idea of batting CF Drew Stubbs at leadoff.

    The guy has the speed for sure, but does he make enough consistant contact. That’s the big “IF”.

    Just FYI…

    I know most of you don’t give a rat’z azz about the Reds, or maybe even baseball in general. Sorry.

    Raider on.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Free Barry!!!

  • armond

    vegas, its setup for the dubs if they can stay healthy. im hopin the nuggets trade melo and billups so it will make it easier for us. 17-11 over the last 28 and they seem to have some confidence growing. its not far-fetched to think we could do it all over again.

  • armond

    anyone play nba 2k11? was thinkin about gettin that to kill time while we wait on the cba verdict. it will be important more than ever to see the dubs win if there is no football moves to discuss. guess i better get back to the guitar lessons.

  • buckeyeraider

    Just on the local news…Cincinnati native and Notre Dame TE Kyle Rudolph will not work out at the combine.

    Bad Hammy. Sounds like a perfect Raider. Home of the never ending, lingering Hamstring injuries. Ugh.

  • buckeyeraider

    G’night fellas.

  • 1eyedpirate

    For all u talkn about DHB getting better….. NOT gonna happen….. This kid sucks he puts in tons of offseason work to get better and still puts up paltry numbers and drops passes that should be snatched from the air…. Everybody who got drafted behind him in his skill position is way better( Mike Wallace and yes even Micheal Crabtree). He is not a natural football player, but they say the WR position takes at least 3 years to develop… Too me, if u got it, U got it… And DHB ain’t never had it…. Bust and a half and a big time whiff that cost us points and fan fare….. He frustrates me just watching him line up on the wrong side of the ball, while Ford had to show him where to line up…. Murphy has it, Ford definitely has it…. DHB = Disasterous Hellacious Bust….. Al is holding on to him cuz he desperately wants to say I told u so, but after this year his patient will wear… We can only hope

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 21st, 2011 at 7:08 pm
    DHB did look better and certainly even had a few catches with his hands.

    But, in two years, I have yet to see him catch a ball in stride. Everything is with his back to the defense, at a near dead stop, facing the QB.

    ==============================================

    You’re absolutely correct.

    In order to be a true deep threat a WR must have the ability to make catches over his shoulder or with his back to the QB.

    DHB has yet to show even a glimmer of hope of posessing that ability.

    For me, DHB’s most distressing drop came against KC in the last game of the season.

    He’s got two steps on the defender cutting back and towards the left sideline. JaJason’s pass hits him squarely in the hands. Both hands, as he’s facing JaJason about 12 yards upfield. Should be an absolutely simple catch, but instead it clanks off those mitts.

    Horrific.

    One of the few times JaJason actually attempted a pass longer than 10 yards and was on target.

    DHB also has a very bad habit of leaving his feet while attempting to make a catch on the move. Jumps when it’s not necessary and breaks his stride (not that JaJason could hit him in stride anyway).

    DHB has loads of physical talent but isn’t a natural football player.

    I’ll never forget the play from 2 years ago, the loss against the Giants in the Meadowlands…JaMoron threw one of his patented ridiculous interceptions…Giant DB takes the pick and is racing the other way…coming up behind him is DHB…DHB is MOTORING…I mean, he’s a blurrr…his top speed is simply amazing…the other players look like they’re standing still in comparison…but DHB doesn’t tackle the Giant DB from behind or even attempt to do so…he races PAST him…has time to turn around and face him before the Giant DB was tackled by someone else.

    True, DHB has no experience playing defense…but that play demonstrated he has no natural instincts for playing football, yet has off the charts physical ability.

    I don’t know if DHB will ever be able to realize his potential, but I can understand why Davis took a shot by drafting him. At this point it looks like the DHB gamble will be a failed one, but if he can manage to salvage even a modicum of his ability – he will not be a total failure.

    Yup, considering he was drafted 7th overall, one would have to say he’s a bust so far, but the DHB saga is far from over and there’s still hope he can be a productive NFL player.

    On the plus side, all reports indicate he’s dedicated and hard working. During the bye week he was here in Reno with JaJason, so the two of them have some sort of comaraderie, and hopefully are working together improving their timing this offseason.

  • J Hill

    We’ll see about dem DUBS. Utah and Denver will fall off, but you still need to get past Phoenix, right?

    You need to trade one of those guards for a big man before the deadline.

  • 1eyedpirate

    DHB in 2010 Receptions 26 Yards 366 TD 1
    Ford in 2010 Receptions 25 Yards 470 TD 2
    we have our deep threat and DHB is not a possession type receiver… Get em outta here!

  • armond

    71.J Hill Says:
    February 21st, 2011 at 8:55 pm
    We’ll see about dem DUBS. Utah and Denver will fall off, but you still need to get past Phoenix, right?

    You need to trade one of those guards for a big man before the deadline.

    ——————————————————-
    haha i knew my boy would show up. just saw the denver trade happened. yall keep saying we need to trade 1 of our guards for a big like there are big time forwards that will be traded. that is a special backcourt that we need to BUILD AROUND, not break up my friend. what difference making big man is on the trade block? we have no bench and biendrins has fallen far off. we have as many wins now as we did last year and this is with steph and lee being hurt. yall trippin talkin about trading monta or steph. let the damn team grow and add to it. its all good yall aint know so i forgive yall. last year 26-56,this year 26-29 but we need to break up our backcourt. haha yalls trippin!!

  • 1eyedpirate

    Fords numbers would have been double or better if he would have started… I am stoked to see his improvement in 2011…… He reminds me of Steve Smith but scary faster…. People don’t realize what a talent he is when it comes to creating space while running routes and his super explosiveness on his kick off returns… Look for him to play with a chip for getting snubbed on so many special team player awards including the pro bowl

  • 1eyedpirate

    Yeah raidermann I remember that int where he just went 100 yard dash on us…. Get em outta here… He’s a BUM I tell ya…. Al Davis had no business drafting him sorry…. He reminds me of Wesley snipes on that baseball movie from back in the day somebody help me out here… What’s the name of that flick ? That is DHB if he played baseball

  • J Hill

    Monta and Curry are not winning anything. I mean, that’s what we are talking about, right? Winning.

    Very entertaining backcourt. Can put up points and look good doing it. A team that might be able to fight for the 8th spot in the west year and year out.

    Like Al said, if that’s the world you live in.

  • J Hill

    I’d try and trade Curry and a pick for something like J.R Smith and Nene.

  • armond

    jhill thats just stupid. monta and steph have been outscored only 8 times in 55 games. this is a young team that is growing. they aint ready 2 win a title yet without a bench. jr smith and nene wont help them get much better than they are now. this is the second year they have played 2gether and the team is much better than they were a year ago. goin from 26 wins to fighting for an 8th seed in 1 year is damn good progress. why can every other team build for a couple years but the dubs have to panic and break sh!t up? give them some damn help and see how far they can go before u start tradin mofos. tradin guys away is what has set this team back so many years. we havent lost games cuz of them, its the damn bench that we dont have.

  • J Hill

    OK Armond.

    You like your team the way it is now? Fine by me. Good luck with that.

    So what if your backcourt outscores everyone else? That’s not translating to wins, is it?

    JR Smith will give you some defense in that back court. Nene gives you somewhat of a low post game. He can play with his back to the basket.

    Not to many teams out their with a bench. League is too watered down as it is.

  • J Hill

    Dem Maryland boyz DHBeast and Beast Campbell are going to be just fine.

  • armond

    how many more wins will smith and nene give us? u actin like they would make the dubs 15 wins better. if i get rid of either guard then i better get kevin love or a blake griffin type big man. jr smith is nothin special but nene is cool. neither of them are difference makers. jhill, they have already won as many games as last year with less of a bench and injuries to steph and lee. obviously it has translated into wins. yall just too stubborn to realize that being stuck on tradition. who the hell says u have to have a big backcourt. its about talent. i could careless about other teams not having a bench. there enough teams that do and we need to get 1. dont get why we have to get away from the plan cuz the so called “experts” are 2 impatient 2 let the team grow.

  • GoodOle00

    13. Correct. Mikell is a really solid safety coming into his own but its taken Huff 6 yrs to FINALLY get a grasp on single high safety.

    He stays.

    Continuity is going to be stressed this year as it should.

    You know, other than with HC…and DC…and OC…and

  • djohnnyg

    75.1eyedpirate Says:
    February 21st, 2011 at 9:12 pm
    Yeah raidermann I remember that int where he just went 100 yard dash on us…. Get em outta here… He’s a BUM I tell ya…. Al Davis had no business drafting him sorry…. He reminds me of Wesley snipes on that baseball movie from back in the day somebody help me out here… What’s the name of that flick ? That is DHB if he played baseball

    You’re talking “Major League” right? The one Charlie Sheen was in too?

  • GoodOle00

    Lets hope Bey = Branch not Jett

    I think he really can. Like the power he’s using when he runs his routes and he blocks.

    Needs to catch though and some wierd issues last season like the hammy non hammy in pre and some mystery illnesses in season.

    Hopefully he becomes the weapon we hope he can be starting in 2011

  • YoungAmerican

    At this point, I wouldn’t even mind if Bey started producing like James Jett did. He doesn’t even seem to be on Jett’s level.

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

    ouch =)

  • Just Fire Baby

    James Jett had 256 catches for 4,417 yards and 30 TD’s in his career.

    I would be shocked, and pleasantly suprised if DHB approached those numbers in his career.

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

    Man what a secondary GB would have if they got Nnamdi and moved Woodson to safety!.

  • wcraider

    That was clearly written by Al. RIP Dr. Albo!

  • Carl Weathers

    James friggin Jett!

    He may not have been the best but man was he fun to watch! Also the excitement and anticipation of those bombs were something else. You just never knew if he’d come up with it, he’d drop some right in his mitts and make some unbelievable grabs.

    I agree with YA, if DHB can match Jett’s play, I’d be happy with that.

  • bcz24

    Whats DHBs longest catch? I know he had the 66 yarder against Seattle but that was really like a 10 yard hitch that Seattle totally blew the coverage on. Has this guy even made a catch more than 20 yards down field.

  • bcz24

    35 catches 490 yards 2 TDs, and 6 carries for 67 yards. Thats an average month for Welker, and those are DHBs CAREER stats. LOL

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    COULD HAVE WENT THE REST OF MY NATURAL LIFE HAPPY WITHOUT BEING REMINDED OF JAMES JETT..

  • bcz24

    morning DirtLot

  • Carl Weathers

    Just read an article over at yahoo, 9 players have ran the 40 in under 4.3. Out of those 9, 4 were drafted by the Raiders. Washington, Routt, DHB & Ford. One of those other players was, Champ Bailey in ’99.

    I know Al would love to have Champ. Especially being an ex-Bronco. Now would Nnamdi stay for less if Champ was brought aboard along with new DB coach Rod Woodson? I sure hope so. Bailey & Asomugha with Huff/Branch/Mitchell/Brown/Ware/McFadden could be the best defensive backfield in the league.

  • Carl Weathers

    Come on Dirtlot, sure he was frustrating, but didn’t he get you outta your seat!!

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Nation!!!
    R.I.P Doc Albo

    Still nothing new (really) on the front line huh? Oh well…
    Happy Tuesday everyone!

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    GOOD DAY BCZ24,CARL WEATHERS,GOT OUT OF MY SEAT PLENTY,2 PULL BEER BOTTLES OUT OF MY T.V.

  • bcz24

    Thats interesting. I thought Ford posted a much better time than that.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    I THINK HE DID CATCH THE ONLY TD PASS IN THE TUCK-RULE GAME.COME 2 THINK OF IT,SORRY I THOUGHT ABOUT THAT 2..

  • http://Www.bullycains.com r8dercain

    R.I.P DR. Albo

    our prayers go out to his family.