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Gallery takes the high road

Robert Gallery spoke fondly of his time with the Raiders and declined to address the club’s unusual tactic of publicly discussing his contract issue.

At the Ed Block Courage Award dinner in Baltimore, Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post caught with Gallery, who had no reaction to the club breaking its long-held policy of not discussing contract matters in regard to his departure.

“What was mutually agreed upon were his numbers he wanted, and his agent wanted, were way out of line,” Herrera said. “He was asking for too much money. “He wanted $8 million; we were at $2.5 million. It was just way out of line with what we thought was reasonable.”

Said Gallery: “My parents always told me to be professional, be classy and tell the truth,” Gallery said. “What he chose to say is his business, and I really don’t have any comment on what he said. I’ve always told the truth.”

Gallery emphasized he “loved playing for Mr. Davis” but that “they’re moving in a different direction.”

Before last Thursday’s deadline, the Raiders signed Daniel Loper to a two-year contract which pays him $1.9 million this year. Loper started four games Gallery missed due to injury in 2010. He could end up being a starter unless the Raiders either land a starter in the draft. Bruce Campbell, a fourth-round pick a year ago who played exclusively at right guard, will be given every opportunity to win a starting job in training camp, pending resolution of a collective bargaining agreement.

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  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    146.priesttj Says:
    March 9th, 2011 at 3:04 pm
    Well the owner aint leaving no time soon so move on………..unless you haven’t figured that out yet, you can’t be that slow or maybe you are.

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

    The owner aint leaving any time soon is exactly the problem Priest.
    I say that as a longtime Al supporter but when you’re done, you’re done.
    It is WAY past the time where Al should give it up and let someone else control the team.

  • Dakota

    Nearly 82 years old….hope he makes the right call and gets some people in there to help him before he runs out of time. I still want to see him raise the trophy before he goes. I just highly doubt we get there unless he has some help. And barring a catastrophic event, like a stroke, dementia, Alzheimer’s etc, I highly doubt his pride will allow him to get the help he needs.

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

    I think Gallery has had it with the constant Head Coach & Offensive Line Coach changes. Too classy to say it out loud.

  • priesttj

    Well Dakota when he’s dead you can come back, but why whine about something you know wont change. What’s the point?

    When he’s dead then maybe you’ll like the Raiders again if not….so be it.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Dakota, I don’t think Al Davis wants to win. I don’t get how this is passed off as gospel. I think Al just wants to be the big boss man. Look at how his supporters talk about him. He can go 0-16, and they’ll brag about him firing someone. That’s what it’s all about to Al. He’s obsessed with war generals, etc. Even Hitler. He’s just about being in charge. If he wanted to win, he’d accept all the help that was necessary to build a winning team.

  • Nnamdi21

    Doesn’t seem like it with the current coaches and all and people have stated already they won’t but could the Raiders move back to a 3-4?

    Why else would they post this?

    http://www.raiders.com/news/article-1/Raiders-an-Evolving-Defense/976e0e85-7da8-4c90-a489-e0ba8f6539fb

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    priest, Al’s not leaving any time soon? He’s 82. He could be leaving any minute now, if you know what I mean. So his critics have plenty of reason to hang out.

  • Just Win Baby

    If the Raiders go 11-5 this year none of this is going to matter. In fact, it doesn’t matter now.

  • Nnamdi21

    KoolKell Says:
    March 9th, 2011 at 3:15 pm
    I think Gallery has had it with the constant Head Coach & Offensive Line Coach changes. Too classy to say it out loud.

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

    I think we’d had it with Gallery’s broken legs, bad back and host of injuries and missed games not to mention we spent a 2nd overall pick for a non pro bowl GUARD who wants $8 million dolars.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    priest,

    HE SUCKS. Get over it.

  • Dakota

    149.priesttj Says:
    March 9th, 2011 at 3:13 pm
    Dakota there’s one BIG difference this GM is also the owner if you guys don’t like it no one is holding you hostage. There plenty teams with GM’s that you can root for if you need a GM.

    HE’S THE OWNER………..get over it!!
    ___________________

    I am a Raiders’ fan. I have the ability to separate Al Davis from the Raiders….he is simply just a man, who is arguably the greatest impediment to my team winning super bowls. The Raiders were here before Al and they will be here long after Al is gone. Al had his time, but like a stockholder in a fortune 500 company, I recognize when a CEO’s time has passed. Yes, he built it up, but he couldn’t sustain the success.

    I am fine waiting it out, but I hold out hope that Al will have an epiphany about the damage he is doing to the Raiders and make the right call. Maybe a weak minded individual like you would give up simply because of one person, but I have no problem waiting Al out.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    However, Just Win Baby, if the Raiders go 5-11, all of this will certainly matter. And considering recent history, they’re much more likely to go 5-11 then they are 11-5.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Just Win Baby Says:
    March 9th, 2011 at 3:17 pm
    If the Raiders go 11-5 this year none of this is going to matter.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    That is one big effing “if”.
    Maybe you meant 5-11?

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

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    March 9th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Dakota, I don’t think Al Davis wants to win. I don’t get how this is passed off as gospel. I think Al just wants to be the big boss man. Look at how his supporters talk about him. He can go 0-16, and they’ll brag about him firing someone. That’s what it’s all about to Al. He’s obsessed with war generals, etc. Even Hitler. He’s just about being in charge. If he wanted to win, he’d accept all the help that was necessary to build a winning team.
    —————————————–
    I think I agree. It’s definitely his top priority.

  • priesttj

    Nnamdi I posted that fact last night when Jerry said that the defense was set and Bresh would have no say in it. The Raiders have switched from 3/4 to 4/3 and cover2 they have played every style and scheme you can imagine but you dorks in here make up your own history. And state it as fact this is nothing new to those who are real Raider fans…………period

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    LMN:

    Saw your question about the Flashman books by G.M. Fraser.
    They’re kind of interesting what with him being the bully from Tom Jones schooldays.

  • LA to TheBay

    Apparently we already have worked this guy out or have invited him to do so.

    Chris Carter:

    Position: OLB

    School & Year/Status: Fresno St. – Senior

    Jersey Number: #43
    Height & Weight: 6’2 – 240 lbs.

    NFL Combine Results
    40-Yard Dash 4.62
    Bench press 27
    Vertical jump 36.0
    Broad jump 9’6
    Three-cone drill 6.88
    See All Combine Results

    2011 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

    Chris Carter, OLB, Fresno St.
    Many collegiate players have a tough time fitting into a 3-4 defense in the NFL, but Chris Carter out of Fresno State should be able to make that transition much easier than many players who spent their collegiate years in a 4-3 scheme. Carter started out as a linebacker and did quite well.

    As a freshman in 2007 his playing time was limited, but the 6-2, 240 pound Fontana, California native showed flashes of potential. The following year Carter earned All-WAC accolades despite moving from linebacker to defensive end in the middle of the season.

    Even while transitioning between positions, Carter tallied 88 tackles, 7.0 tackles-for-loss and 4.0 sacks.
    In 2009 Carter had to deal with injuries, but he settled into the defensive end position and tallied 10.5 tackles-for-loss and 4.0 sacks. For his efforts he was a first-team All-WAC honoree. During his senior season Carter took it to the next level and won the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year award. On the year tallied an impressive 16.5 tackles-for-loss and 11.0 sacks.

    Carter will likely have to play as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense at the next level. He has the instincts and enough speed to perform well in that role. However, he has been adding weight and could be a solid pass rushing end in certain situations.

    Other than the obvious, anyone know anything about him?

  • Nnamdi21

    “The 2002 Raiders defense ranked among the league leaders in least points allowed per game, least rushing yards per attempt and fewest rushing yards allowed per game.”

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

    A little decieving. One of the main reasons Oaklands D looked so good on paper was the fact the Gannon led offense was dominating the score board and T.O.P.

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    Al Davis wants to win. He just doesn’t know how to since Gruden was let go. Came close last year with Cable, but not close enough.

  • priesttj

    I should’ve said knowledgable Raider there some young Raider fans who buy into all the BCrap that’ spewed in here.

    If you know the Raiders real history there isn’t a defense outside of a blitz crazy defense that we haven’t played. It’s just a matter of knowing the facts…………….period

  • Dakota

    164.KoolKell Says:
    March 9th, 2011 at 3:22 pm
    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    March 9th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Dakota, I don’t think Al Davis wants to win. I don’t get how this is passed off as gospel. I think Al just wants to be the big boss man. Look at how his supporters talk about him. He can go 0-16, and they’ll brag about him firing someone. That’s what it’s all about to Al. He’s obsessed with war generals, etc. Even Hitler. He’s just about being in charge. If he wanted to win, he’d accept all the help that was necessary to build a winning team.
    —————————————–
    I think I agree. It’s definitely his top priority.

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

    He wants to win….otherwise we wouldn’t have a $150 million dollar payroll year in and out. He just can’t get out of his own way, and that is the tragedy. The want or will to win but the inability to see or admit that the main reason the team can’t win is none other than Al himself.

    Sad really. And very frustrating for fans that have winning as priority #1 for the Raiders.

  • priesttj

    Nnamdi but that is what knowledgable fans have been saying all along when the offense can stay on the field the defense looks better and 9x’s out of 10 will post better stats. It’s just common football sense………….period

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

    Priesttj Says:
    March 9th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I should’ve said knowledgable Raider there some young Raider fans who buy into all the BCrap that’ spewed in here.

    If you know the Raiders real history there isn’t a defense outside of a blitz crazy defense that we haven’t played. It’s just a matter of knowing the facts…………….period
    ————————————–
    I know the Raider History better than you, period. And I say the predominant Defense of the Raiders is the Man2Man 4man Rush Defense, period. lol

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

    Mark Davis will have to sell the team because of the reimposition of the estate tax.

  • Nnamdi21

    priesttj Says:
    March 9th, 2011 at 3:22 pm
    Nnamdi I posted that fact last night when Jerry said that the defense was set and Bresh would have no say in it. The Raiders have switched from 3/4 to 4/3 and cover2 they have played every style and scheme you can imagine but you dorks in here make up your own history. And state it as fact this is nothing new to those who are real Raider fans…………period

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

    I’ve read your posts. I read this post.

    Proves nothing other than even a garbage can gets a steak now and again.

    Of course they have and DO.

    IF you knew what you were talking about you’d know that the Raiders “have switched from 3/4 to 4/3 and cover2 ” EVERY SINGLE GAME.

    (Ok, maybe not cover 2 every game. Remember the over head projector with Davis’ letter to Kiffin? Davis’ ripped Kiff for trying to employ the cover 2 in the opener against Denver)

    Sure they run a base package. A 4-3. But IF you watched the games (its clear you DON’T) you’d see them lined up in a 3-4 overload or psycho package, a 5-3 and even an ill fated SIX safety package.

    Davis’ philosophy has been diversity.

    Can’t recall having addressed you much on here because frankly, most of the time you don’t know what you’re talking about. You think you know more than you do.

  • Dakota

    The defense had changed from a 4-3 to a 3-4 due to injuries one season back in the olden days, then we had the abbreviated 3-4 Rob Ryan experiment and the one game Tampa 2 attempt under Kiffin, but for the vast, vast majority of the time the Raiders have been a 4-3 man to man defense under Al Davis.

    Of course once in a while they switch it up, but the base D for the vast majority of time under Al is what everyone says it is.

  • confucius400

    The Raiders have also re-signed quarterback Kyle Boller to a one-year, $1.25 million contract, a $250,000 raise over last season.he deserved a raise.

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

    I can just see it now, the Beijing Raiders.

  • Nnamdi21

    173. True. BUT they don’t adhere to it strictly.

  • priesttj

    I didn’t say it wasn’t I said again for those with low comprehension that we have played every defense aside from the blitz crazy schemes they used back then and devise today. We even played the 46 defense re-emplemented by Buddy Ryan. The 46 was an old scheme that Buddy revived and people thought it was new.

    We have played them all but guys like you KK insist that we ONLY play one way and it’s the furthest thing from the truth.

  • LA to TheBay

    He wants to win….otherwise we wouldn’t have a $150 million dollar payroll year in and out. He just can’t get out of his own way, and that is the tragedy. The want or will to win but the inability to see or admit that the main reason the team can’t win is none other than Al himself.

    ———————

    100% accurate.

    If Al didn’t want to win, he’d spend peanuts on payroll and maybe keep one star around to sell jerseys, a la LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling and like half of the MLB.

    Al isn’t paying backups starter money to be big boss man. He’s been big boss man for several decades now.

    Al is interested in winning and rewards loyalty in the form of big paychecks. He undervalues coaching and his own philosophy underminds the coaches he does hire.

  • Nnamdi21

    priesttj Says:
    March 9th, 2011 at 3:29 pm
    Nnamdi but that is what knowledgable fans have been saying all along when the offense can stay on the field the defense looks better and 9x’s out of 10 will post better stats. It’s just common football sense………….period

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

    Common snese you’ve never mentioned until right now…

    I’ve posted it for years and years on here.

  • Dakota

    174.exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    March 9th, 2011 at 3:34 pm
    Mark Davis will have to sell the team because of the reimposition of the estate tax.
    +++++++++++++++++

    I highly doubt it. Depending on how much money Al has saved over the years, there may be enough liquid assets to cover much of the estate tax, and any remaining unpaid estate tax would simply be covered by a bank loan if Mark chooses to run the team. Even if he decided to sell the team, he would probably refinance no matter what and sell it at a later date to maximize his profit instead of selling it via an estate.

    Or at least that is what Clark Howard told me….

  • Nnamdi21

    180. Yes, we INSISTED Davis’ forces Oakland to play vanilla 4-3 man every single play. *fart*

  • confucius400

    Report: Agreement reached on rookie wage scale
    Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on March 9, 2011, 4:33 PM EST
    While the NFL and NFLPA wrangle over potentially crippling transparency issues, they have reportedly settled a smaller problem.

    Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reports that the two sides have reached a compromise on a rookie wage scale. The new plan will replace the current rookie salary cap and limit the amount of guaranteed money and signing bonuses available to draft picks.

    Details on the guaranteed money available have yet to be revealed but here’s a few key points to the agreement.

    1. Rookie first-round contracts will be limited to four years. The owners backed off an original idea to require first-round picks signing for five years.

    2. Players drafted after the first round will be limited to three-year contracts. Players would be restricted free agents in the fourth year. This isn’t much different from the current system, when the majority of picks after the first round wind up with three-year contracts.

  • LA to TheBay

    I mean, do you really want the Raiders to play cover 2? They played a lot of zone the first quarter of the season or so and looked terrible.

    They also blitzed more in 2010 and in general under Marshall.

  • LA to TheBay

    Al’s ‘send four and play man’ has worked as recently as the 2010 year. There are certain fundamental flaws in it though if you don’t have the right players and coaching, the biggest being susceptibility to the long run.

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

    #

    # ENGLANDRAIDER Says:
    March 9th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    LMN:

    Saw your question about the Flashman books by G.M. Fraser.
    They’re kind of interesting what with him being the bully from Tom Jones schooldays.
    ________________________________________________________

    exactly! thats why I asked you brits..

    BTW, its ‘Tom Browns School days’ I assumed most brits read those in school as part of the pensum..

  • Dakota

    186.LA to TheBay Says:
    March 9th, 2011 at 3:40 pm
    I mean, do you really want the Raiders to play cover 2? They played a lot of zone the first quarter of the season or so and looked terrible.

    They also blitzed more in 2010 and in general under Marshall.
    ++++++++++++++

    Any change needs to have the team’s full commitment….if we change to a 3-4 you can’t do it half way like we tried under Ryan. You have to make the commitment to give it 2-3 years, to find the right coaches and players and to allow the team time to learn the system.

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

    Wow, who knew The Raiders ran such a diverse defense. Only the Real Expert, BlackHolePriest!

    Veeeery impressssive.

  • Bauce Madness

    Kell you and BHP are neck in neck for Raider knowledge….u just hate Al Davis while BHP doesnt

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

    # La Milicia Negra Says:
    March 9th, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    #

    # ENGLANDRAIDER Says:
    March 9th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    LMN:

    Saw your question about the Flashman books by G.M. Fraser.
    They’re kind of interesting what with him being the bully from Tom Jones schooldays.
    ________________________________________________________

    exactly! thats why I asked you brits..

    BTW, its ‘Tom Browns School days’ I assumed most brits read those in school as part of the syllabus..

  • LA to TheBay

    Even when we did play 3-4, there wasn’t a lot of 5 man pressure. You have a beast playing end in Howie Long and dynamic, intelligent OLBs.

  • confucius400

    i prefer a nice bottle of fat bastard wine.

  • RaidersMom

    Oakland Raiders quietly re-sign QB Kyle Boller

    PUBLISHED 7 hours and 16 minutes ago
    Barry Reeves Sporting News

    Quarterback Kyle Boller, a ’03 first-round pick of the Ravens, flamed out in Baltimore but apparently has found a home in Oakland.

    The Raiders re-signed Boller quietly last week to a one-year, $1.25 million contract to back up starter Jason Campbell. The Raiders made the move before the end of the league year on Thursday but never announced the deal.

    New coach Hue Jackson, the team’s former offensive coordinator who also coached Boller in Baltimore, chose to retain Boller, who turns 30 in June, over former starter Bruce Gradkowski and journeyman Charlie Frye. The team will allow Gradkowski and Frye to become free agents.

    Boller appeared in five games last year, completing 2-of-4 passes. Boller, in seven NFL seasons, has completed 56.7 percent of his passes with 48 touchdowns, 51 interceptions for a 70.4 passer rating.

    The Raiders also re-resigned free safety Hiram Eugene and guard Daniel Loper, according to the Oakland Tribune. Eugene, 30, signed a four-year, $10.25 million contract, and he is seen as the likely successor to pending free agent Michael Huff. Loper, 29, could be the successor to pending free agent Robert Gallery. Loper signed a two-year, $3.9 million deal.

  • Nnamdi21

    LA to TheBay Says:
    March 9th, 2011 at 3:43 pm
    Al’s ’send four and play man’ has worked as recently as the 2010 year. There are certain fundamental flaws in it though if you don’t have the right players and coaching, the biggest being susceptibility to the long run.

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

    Yup but if the O is controling the clock and putting up points…this is what I said yesterday and many times through Priest-hole.

    Good on ya LA

  • fingers

    # 49… good post… Agree

  • confucius400

    Bauce Madness Says:
    March 9th, 2011 at 3:44 pm
    Kell you and BHP are neck in neck for Raider knowledge….u just hate Al Davis while BHP doesnt
    …………..yeah kell compromise you go and lick ALS boots and you will be even.

  • Nnamdi21

    197. Oh yeah, btw, the NY Giants ran it and beat the Pats in the Super bowl

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    I don’t see where Al Davis wants to win anymore. I see where he’s most focused on control, giving off the image that he’s in control of his team, and purposely doing things to antagonize other owners, like overpaying junk players, just to remain relevant. That’s not wanting to win. That’s desperately battling to stay relevant. Al Davis does NOT want to win. I think it’s hilarious that this notion that he does is passed off as gospel, as if it’s infallible. His behavior in and of itself debunks it