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`Coach’ Davis as dominant as ever

It was suggested to me Wednesday night during casual conversation with someone who ought to know that Al Davis is more in control of the fortunes of his franchise than ever.

At various times, Davis has relinqiushed much of then day-to-day business of negotiating contracts to front office types such as Bruce Allen and Mike Lombardi.

Take the deal given to cornerback Stanford Routt and the naming of franchise free agency of linebacker Kamerion Wimbley. Routt’s deal, reported at $31 million over three years with a $20 million guarantee, goes to a Davis favorite coming off his best season.

Wimbley was reportedly tagged (the Raiders aren’t confirming anything, either at the home base or through Jackson at the combine) because a contract buyback was illegal under a 30 percent rule. Never mind that his actual markup will be much more than 30 percent.

Note: The Raiders have since confirmed the signing of Routt and the tagging of Wimbley.Routt’s presence is Davis wanting to prove he doesn’t need Nnamdi Asomugha. Wimbley is validation of the trade which brought him from Cleveland for a third-round pick.

That’s one theory making the rounds in Indy, anyway . . .

More notes from what turned out to be essentially three media sessions with Jackson (before podium, at the podium, after the podium):

— Asked about whether Chuck Bresnahan could end up as the defensive coordinator, Jackson said: “Any one of those guys (on staff) could be. I just think it’s a thing that’s still in progress, and once we make a final decision we’ll make one.

“Honestly I don’t think that’s the issue right now who the defensive coordinator right now because our system’s our system. We know exactly what we’re going to do. The guys who are there know exactly how we’re going to coach that particular side of the ball. Everything is moving in that direction.’’

In other words, the coordinator is either in line with the core philosophies of the Raiders (and Davis) or it won’t work.

Outside candidates are still in the mix.

Jackson did express some regret that Jets defensive backs coach Dennis Thurman was denied the opportunity to interview.

“I was surprised in the fact that it would be a tremendous opportunity for him, someone who I know and coached with and worked with before,’’ Jackson said. “But I wasn’t (surprised) because no coach wants to lose good coaches.’’

— While waiting word on whether Routt’s deal was finalized, Jackson expressed confidence in his ability to be the No. 1 cornerback if necessary.

“There’s no question. He played really well for us last year. He proved that he can go out there on the corner and play week in and week out,’’ Jackson said. “That’s not an easy job, especially for the Raiders, we playa lot of man coverage and he accepted the challenge, and I think if he’s out there again he’s going to play even better than what he did last year.’’

— Looks like there’s a good chance there won’t be a quarterbacks coach this year.

“I think being the primary play-caller I’m going to obviously be involved with our quarterbacks,’’ Jackson said. “Al Saunders is going to spend a lot of time with the quarterback. So sometimes you get a little diluted, too many guys talking to the quarterback is not good, but I know that my voice is going to be very strong as far as that’s concerned as far as that position.’’

— Jackson had the back of running back Michael Bush, in the news on a DUI arrest.

“I know there was a little hiccup there, but that’s part of the process and that will run its course and take care of itself, but Mike’s in great spirits and looking forward to playing for the Raiders,’’ Jackson said.

—Jackson continued with two themes prevalent at when his hiring was announced on Jan. 18 _ his fervent belief in “Coach’’ Davis and his backing of Jason Campbell as the starting quarterback.

He said Davis’ public flogging of Tom Cable in his presence didn’t bother him in the least because it was between Cable and Davis.

“All the stories you hear about this and that and the other, I haven’t experienced that yet,’’ Jackson said. “If it’s coming, then when it does, I’ll deal with it. But I don’t see it.’’

– Jackson said the Raiders will always include some zone blocking in their run schemes but he conceded he’s a power guy at heart.

“I am a power running type of guy,’’ Jackson said. “ I like to block down, kick out and lead somebody on through that’s kind of who I am, and I like to do that.

“But I like to do a lot of different things because I think defensive coordinators in this league are very, very good.’’

Regarding new offensive line coach Bob Wylie, Jackson said, “He is one of the most incredible teachers I’ve ever been around. I mean, he can really teach fundamentals and technique, and obviously coach (Steve) Wisniewski, he’s one of the toughest human beings I’ve ever been around and an outstanding motivator. So I was very lucky in getting those two guys to come here and coach for me and I think we’ll do a great job with the line.’’

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  • The Old Man

    First

  • http://www.insidebayarea.com/raiders r8eray

    2nd

  • http://www.flynnlives.com/ Kevin Flynn

    COACH D!!! LMFAO

  • irishraiderfan

    3rd

  • http://build-a-bully 909RaiderLifer

    “I haven’t experienced that yet.” Jackson said…

    Give it 18 months…

  • Dakota

    Al must like having the highest payroll in the NFL with very little results year in and year out.

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

    If Jackson’s “gift of gab” annoys Davis, I don’t think Jackson will submit to a muzzle.

    That will be something to watch as they go along.

  • RaiderRockstar

    so the Raiders are out to prove that they can win without a QB Coach & DC?

    LOL!

    Isn’t it hard enough to win without a WR Coach & Strength & Conditioning coach?

  • RaiderRockstar

    You guys all told me to chill out when it came to overpaying Asomugha & Seymour … Kelly & McClain too!

    and the same guys who tried to convince me that it’s Al Davis’ money so it doesn’t matter are now complaining about what we’re going to pay Wimbley & Routt ???

    LOL!

    AD, Inc. ALWAYS overpays for average talent – but guys like Wimbley & Routt are must haves (especially if we can’t retain or afford #21)

    losing them would put guys like McFadden/Ware and Brown/Goethel into starting roles

  • souldogdave

    Hey Flynn, Al Davis was a coach before you were born.With the San Diego Chargers and the Raiders.The NFL as it is today, the merger with the AFL, wouldn’t happen without Al Davis.Show some respect, instead of LMAO, try STFU.Anyway, looks like the pieces are falling into place and I am optimistic. The Raiders org chart is unique, so no QB coach or DC.Those functions are already handled by other coaches.Wimbley got the tag?Sounds good, Zack Miller isn’t going anywhere.Higgins is gone.Certain members of the O line should be concerned when free-agency starts.Thanks Jerry, for keeping us posted.

  • RaiderRockstar

    back to the grind.

    CYA gents!

  • RaiderDuck

    To be tagging Wimbley, Al must either have Miller re-signed or be very close to a deal. Wimbley had an awesome year (9 1/2 sacks), but Miller is indispensable.

  • olinesux

    lets go al and the raiders!!!

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

    “Honestly I don’t think that’s the issue right now who the defensive coordinator right now because our system’s our system. We know exactly what we’re going to do. The guys who are there know exactly how we’re going to coach that particular side of the ball. Everything is moving in that direction.’’

    In other words, the coordinator is either in line with the core philosophies of the Raiders (and Davis) or it won’t work.
    ————————————–
    This should erase all doubt as to who the Defensive Coordinator is, Al Davis.

    Now let’s see him take responsibility for their performance. (I doubt it)

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

    “But I like to do a lot of different things because I think defensive coordinators in this league are very, very good.’

    -Hue Jackson.
    —————————————-
    Then why does the Raiders management undervalue them?

  • irishraiderfan

    If someone can’t justify this to me than please go ahead. Champ Baily gets a 4yr 43 million dollar deal and Routt gets 31 for 3 years??? So ok Routt is every bit the player Bailey is? Don’t think so!

  • irishraiderfan

    Meant can justify

  • irishraiderfan

    Like RaiderRockstars comment at #9! Still, think they could have kept Routt for quite a bit less

  • Dakota

    17.irishraiderfan Says:
    February 24th, 2011 at 2:51 pm
    If someone can’t justify this to me than please go ahead. Champ Baily gets a 4yr 43 million dollar deal and Routt gets 31 for 3 years??? So ok Routt is every bit the player Bailey is? Don’t think so!

    +++++++

    Same reason Al gave Walker as much money as Larry Fitzgerald….because Al is foooked in the head.

  • fingers

    Coach Davis….lol…

  • mkyd1963

    AD must know something.

    I figured Miller would get the tag.

  • YoungAmerican

    So much for taking an NT in the draft:

    According to Adam Schefter: More money being spent in Oakland: Raiders reached agreement with their DT John Henderson on a two-year, $4 million contract.

  • YoungAmerican

    And according to Rock Cartwright’s Twitter page, he’s back in the Bay Area to sign a new contract.

  • Dakota

    Surprised Henderson didn’t get $20 million.

  • http://build-a-bully 909RaiderLifer

    Al’s spending money like a sailor on shore leave…

  • YoungAmerican

    Cartwright signing confirmed.

  • YoungAmerican

    All of these signings so far, and none of them offensive linemen. Looks like we know what the focus of the draft is going to be.

  • YoungAmerican

    Gallery, Satele, Henderson, Barnes, Loper, and Walker are all free agents.

    Veldheer, Carlisle, and Campbell are the only offensive linemen under contract.

  • HairyBush

    Dominant

  • M Lonetree

    For all of the idiots who sit here day after day bemoaning Routt saying “he s^cks, he s^cks” – read this and weep morons…

    After slipping behind Chris Johnson on Oakland’s depth chart in recent years, Routt had his best season in 2010. According to STATS LLC, opponents completed just 39.4 percent of passes against Routt — one of the best marks in the league despite being a frequent target as teams stayed away from Nnamdi Asomugha’s side. He improved markedly from 2009, when he allowed opponents to complete 65.9 percent of their passes.

    While Asomugha was targeted on just 33 pass attempts this season, allowing 13 completions for 205 yards and no touchdowns, Routt was targeted 99 times. The completion percentage against him was the lowest in the league of any player targeted at least 60 times and was comparable to the numbers put up by the more heralded Asomugha (39.4 percent) and Darrelle Revis (33.9 percent).

  • Ryan

    Routt’s future is a lot brighter than Champs. It may be brighter than Nnamdi’s if he keeps getting injured, but I would still like to see Mr. Davis find a way to bring back #21.

  • HairyBush

    Routt’s presence is Davis wanting to prove he doesn’t need Nnamdi Asomugha
    ——————————-
    Hope that doesn’t come back to bite him/Raiders

  • M Lonetree

    Kamerion Wimbley (’10) – 58 tackles, 1 ff, 9 sacks
    LaMarr Woodley (’10) – 50 tackles, 3 ff, 10 sacks
    David Harris (’10) – 99 tackles, 1 ff, 3 sacks

    all franchised.

    Sure Kamerion is overpaid at 10 mil (so is any athlete), but can’t you see that it is exactly the same as comparable players?

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

    The Routt contract I understand, but wimbly????? He is not a top 5 LB put gonna get paid like it from a team that is a lol cash strapped??? Hope we can get a long term cap friendly deal done!

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Really? Somebody actually thinks Routt is worth 10 mill per? Hm. Lets wait and see, hope you are right.

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

    So who’s at fault for the illegal contract? That is a 8 Million dollar mistake!!!!!

  • M Lonetree

    Kamerion was a stel for a third rounder
    JaSoup was a steal for a fourth rounder
    Jacoby, same.
    Seymour a bargain for a crapshoot #17.

    and so it goes Nation. Raider on.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    If Routt fails, its gonna be a sod sandwich on Rod Woodson’s lap. You just know Al is gonna blame Woodson if Routt doesn’t turn into Terry McDaniel all of a sudden (Routt turning into Nnamdi is impossible).

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Remember when Cable gave Routt props of playing better because he was preparing like a Pro, and Routt told the press he had not changed a thing and was preparing like past years? Thats why Routt will never get to Nnamdi’s level.

  • M Lonetree

    Macho man,

    no player in any sport in any league is worth $10,000,000.
    didn’t say Stanford Routt was. simply listed the exact statistics for CBs.
    in that actuality, his stats put him in Asomugha/Revis territory. Imagine that.

  • M Lonetree

    Macho man,

    you wanna be pi$$ed at something, be pi%%ed at the marketplace.

  • dbaz09

    Routt’s contract is ridiculous but it’s Davis’ money and he can do what he wants with it. Once again the Routt deal and Kimbley tag are examples that Al’s ego is alive and well, but the bottom line is that Davis has been a loser for practically the last 20 years and the few years he wasn’t were because of “what’s his name” as Davis referred to him (aka Jon Gruden).

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