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How prolonged work stoppage hurts Raiders

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, March 11th, 2011 at 2:16 pm in Oakland Raiders.

In some ways, the Raiders are better prepared to withstand a prolonged work stoppage than a year ago given that systems of offensive and defense are already in place.

With the NFLPA announcing its attention to decertify, the labor dispute will now be litigated instead of negotiated. The process could be a slow one.

The Raiders have an unquestioned starting quarterback in Jason Campbell, and have signed more players than most NFL teams, meaning it won’t be quite the free agent scramble other teams will face when things get up and running.

In terms of player development, however, losing conditioning, minicamps, OTAs and possibly even training camp time hurts the Raiders in an area they expected to be a big reason for a step up in class in 2011.

At the close of the season, coach Tom Cable, when talking about his rookie class, could barely contain himself when thinking about the possibilities for Year 2. As rookies, Rolando McClain, Lemarr Houston, Jared Veldheer were starters and contributors so when they ended the season, it’s as if they weren’t rookies any more.

But having that baseline and moving into the second season, they could have served as young veterans counted upon to set an offseason example.

The rest of the rookie class needed the offseason even more than the big three. There was talk of Jacoby Ford returning punts, an idea which could be stalled based on the length of the lockout.

Speculation is Bruce Campbell is going to be given every chance to win a starting job at right guard or left guard. Campbell needs a lot of work and a lot of reps. In light of a potential work stoppage, it makes sense the Raiders made no move with Cooper Carlisle, who would be better prepared to play on short notice.

With Nnamdi Asomugha likely out of the picture, cornerbacks Walter McFadden and Jeremy Ware will get a chance to get signfiicant playing time after learning the hard way in 2010. Linebacker Travis Goethel won the weak side linebacker job out of camp only to be stalled by back surgery. He was looking to win it again this year.

If Michael Huff winds up signing somewhere else, any chance Stevie Brown had of making a legitimate bid for the starting job at free safety against Hiram Eugene would have been by outperforming him in the offseason and in training camp.

Young veterans are affected also. Jackson said he fully expects Darrius Heyward-Bey to become a productive wide receiver. If Heyward-Bey is smart, he’ll spending a lot of time with Campbell to be on the same page.

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  • GoodOle00

    147.Raider75 Says:
    March 11th, 2011 at 5:00 pm
    Arena Football starting on NFLN.

    At least its football.

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

    Confirmation of my earlier assumption

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

    I was Home-ported out of Japan for 5 years. Love the people.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Financial risk, Kell, you wouldn’t understand…..

  • phatcable

    How to survive Godzilla attacks
    Bad luck. It seems to dog your footsteps everywhere you go. Now you ate too many pot brownies or something and there is now a pissed off dinosaur attacking your city.
    Difficulty:EasyInstructions
    things you’ll need:
    Cell phone
    First aid kit
    Radioactive shelter

    1
    Remain calm. It may be a dream, so pinch yourself. If you wake up, then just lay off the pizza before going to bed. If not, and there is a giant radioactive lizard attacking your town, then refer to step two.

    2
    Notify the proper authorities. Be prepared for a large amount of skepticism. In fact, they may try to haul you down to the station for making a false report. But, better safe than sorry, right?

    3
    Proceed to the nearest basement. Avoid shopping malls, movie theaters, miniature golf courses, and other places where large crowds tend to congregate. You don’t want to get trampled. In fact if you are seeing a gigantic monster, I’d like you to stay as far away from me as possible.

    4
    Your shelter should be stocked with lots of food and non-perishable goods. Have a sleeping bag handy.

    5
    Be patient. Godzilla will pass eventually. Even big lizards get tired after awhile you know.

    6
    If all else fails, Call Mothra!!!

  • GoodOle00

    151. Yup.

    On the same token the owners want to cut players pay by 18%, take a billion dollars off the top and make them play 2 additional games.

    AND make them pay for increased care for aging vets.

    It IS a microcosm of whats happening in America.

    EAT THE RICH

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

    860Todd Christensen Says:
    March 11th, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Financial risk, Kell, you wouldn’t understand…..
    ———————————-
    You Repubs are always against people aren’t you?

  • M Lonetree

    How exactly do players perceive to deserve entitlements? As a trade association?
    Sorry kids, there is nowhere written in the constitution of the United States that anyone has the inalienable right to receive millions of dollars for playing with other kids.
    As well there is nowhere written that the owners of such kid’s game franchises have the inalienable rights to own or profit from such things.
    Yes, now the leeches upon society can argue their cases, but in no way does it impinge on the fact that the NFL is not guaranteed to exist as per the Bill of Rights.
    Gringos fiddle as the world burns.

    sorry Fearless Leader, you might have an extended furlough.

  • GoodOle00

    153. Thanks for serving

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

    860Todd Christensen Says:
    March 11th, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Financial risk, Kell, you wouldn’t understand…..
    ——————————-
    What financial risks?

  • GoodOle00

    157.KoolKell Says:
    March 11th, 2011 at 5:08 pm
    860Todd Christensen Says:
    March 11th, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Financial risk, Kell, you wouldn’t understand…..
    ———————————-
    You Repubs are always against people aren’t you?

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

    Silly Rabbit! They dpn’t see anyone with under $100 mill as “people”

  • M Lonetree

    The LingerieFootballLeague will take up the slack: as per Bob Golic’s promise. (A new spokesman gig for JJ?)

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

    Japan is the first foreign country I’d ever been to. Straight out of Oakland.

    It took me awhile to adjust. But it was the first time in my life I didn’t have to carry the N-word baggage, delightfully strange.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Kell, I was brought up to go to church, pay your taxes, work every day and carry your own weight. Like I said, you wouldn’t understand……

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    C’mon GoodBlow00, tell how we should stick it to the rich man and fight the power and how evil the NFL owners are.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    Tell us all how you don’t believe AFL is real football GoodBlow00.

    We all know if you were standing in front of an AFL player you would tell him how great he was and how cool the AFL is.

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

    Raider75 Says:
    March 11th, 2011 at 5:22 pm
    Tell us all how you don’t believe AFL is real football GoodBlow00.

    We all know if you were standing in front of an AFL player you would tell him how great he was and how cool the AFL is.
    ————————————-
    I guess he feels you’re too stupid to respond to. Good for him.

  • phatcable

    KoolKell Says:
    March 11th, 2011 at 5:13 pm
    Japan is the first foreign country I’d ever been to. Straight without the Purple drank or vancover weed.

    It took me awhile to adjust. But it was the first time in my life I didn’t have to carry the N-word baggage, delightfully strange.

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

    Wisconsin Gov Walker signed into law the Bill denying Collective Bargaining of Public Workers Unions.

    Coincidently exempting Police & Fireman, the good ole boys.

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

    I bet the Prez carries Wisconsin in 12′

  • GoodOle00

    171.KoolKell Says:
    March 11th, 2011 at 5:35 pm
    Wisconsin Gov Walker signed into law the Bill denying Collective Bargaining of Public Workers Unions.

    Coincidently exempting Police & Fireman, the good ole boys.

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

    They’ll need them to repress the masses

  • GoodOle00
  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Yeah, I saw that at PFT.

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

    I’m glad it’s Manning & Brady instead of Vick McNab, lol.
    I’d catch a lot of grief.

  • GoodOle00

    The ghost of Reggie White

  • Just Fire Baby

    Man this Jimmer Ferdette is insane.

    I think he just scored 34 points in the first half lol.

  • confucius400

    The GOP budget plan that passed through the House last month aimed to cut funding for a tsunami warning center that issued a slew of warnings around Japan’s devastating earthquake

  • GoodOle00

    BS detector + troll

  • BS Detector

    I have been doing this since I was ankle low to a bee’s toe you dig? I kill trolls like the roaches that they are and piss on their remains!

    You best hope I don’t think that you are a troll son, speaking of which I’m not familiar with your moniker, are you new? Best watch yourself if you know what’s straight!

  • BS Detector

    GoodOle00 = feable minded troll sack lint

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

    BS Detector = Cross Dressing Troll.

  • priesttj

    As much as you guys argue politics you’d think there must be a political blog somewhere that’s aweful jealous. Why not search it out?

  • confucius400

    Terrell Owens should have a good year with Campbell throwing too him!

  • priesttj

    Campbell is going to have a good year throwing whomever he has to throw to, this will Chaz Schilens breakout year…………bank it!

  • http://www.beyonceonline.com/us/home DaRayduh

    182.priesttj Says:
    March 11th, 2011 at 8:52 pm
    As much as you guys argue politics you’d think there must be a political blog somewhere that’s aweful jealous. Why not search it out?

    ————————————————-

    Agree. Leave politics to the politicians. Or go run for some kind of office or some damn thing and try and do something about all the complaints. It is amusing tho to say the least.

  • priesttj

    That’s what makes me triple angry about this whole sqabble between the owners and players is the year I think we can have.

    I think JFord with Chaz and even DHB to a lesser extent were going to give us our first legitimate passing game. Now we’re going stunt that with this stupidity.

  • armond

    wassup priest? guess every1 will have to get a hobby while these greedy bastards b!tch over a billion dollars.

  • priesttj

    It’s crazy to think that you can ask a business man to show you his books for the last ten years as if you are partners with him. The players are employees NOT partners there is a HUGE difference in expectations you are not supposed to share in the profits you can only negotiate YOUR salary. As with any union you negoiate but to ask the business owner to consider you a partner is insane. Players make more money than any entertainers in this country that have the benefit being considered an employee with medical benefits. They wear the company uniforms and have to abide by company M&P’s and policies. They are not like individual entities they are part of an organization. In order to be a partner you have to bare some of the financial risk and they bare none.

  • confucius400

    without no nfl games the ufl will rise like a phoenix from the ashes as they will get the big tv money!

  • priesttj

    Whassup Armond I’m going crazy watching these W’s play the Magic, but that’s the rumor man and it’s a damn shame in this economy.

  • priesttj

    The UFL is loving this they hope the NFL kills the golden goose with these players all becoming FA’s and anyone can bid for their services.

  • armond

    yeah the dubs stunk it up so i turned away. good points about the players not being partners. i believe demaurice has overplayed his hand in this. he is trying to make a name for himself as the anti gene upshaw. both parties can go to hell as far as im concerned.

  • http://www.beyonceonline.com/us/home DaRayduh

    So what the cba comes down to is this: players trying to shake down the owners? or owners asking their employees to take a pay cut? Seems to be a healthy and thriving business, so whats the problem?

  • armond

    it would be nice to have a afl type league form again and not merge with the nfl. this is why u need competition. i hope the ufl does succeed. if the players want to dictate the rules then they show jump to the ufl or form their own league.

  • priesttj

    You’re right IMO Armond D Smith is trying to make name for himself at everyones expense. There is no way in the world he can argue that the players are partners. To try and sell that is crazy IMO. There are million people out here that are union members and they can’t call themselves partners of the company they work for.

  • HayesDaze37

    It’s a great night to be a Raiders fan! Isn’t it?!

    Did somebody say lockout?

    Don’t call me when the “poor” Owners go t!ts-up…Call me when the “rich” Owners start sweating, and that’ll be a lot sooner than you think.

    We all might just be surprised at which teams and owners are actual OWNers, and which are big-time OWErs. Somebody’s gotta pay for those shiny new palaces some teams are inhabiting…

    …and you’ve gotta wonder if some of these teams are upside-down, with or without new stadiums. How many teams needed to borrow money to pay big bonuses, operating expenses, etc., until the TV monies came rolling in??

    Some teams, and Owners, may not be the recognized “big boys” of the League…but they might be better off financially than those other teams, and have much less debt.

    What the Owners desperately don’t want us (the Public and/or the Union) to see is how those big-name teams stand financially.

    They definitely don’t want books opened-up in courtroom proceedings…and any level-headed Judge will insist he/she sees numbers.

    Panic when June rolls around, and scab tryouts start. Until then, and unless that happens, all the hyperventilating and hyperbole from both sides is just that.

    Football in ’11…with real NFL players!

  • djohnnyg

    193.DaRayduh Says:
    March 11th, 2011 at 10:11 pm
    So what the cba comes down to is this: players trying to shake down the owners? or owners asking their employees to take a pay cut? Seems to be a healthy and thriving business, so whats the problem?

    DaRayduh..What’s up bro? Been layin’ low ‘eh?

  • djohnnyg

    If we bring in the scabs I hope we see Vince Evans again. Or better yet…the return of Jamarcus. Ha.

  • Nnamdi21

    BS Detector Says:
    March 11th, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    …You best hope I don’t think that you are a troll son, speaking of which I’m not familiar with your moniker, are you new? Best watch yourself if you know what’s straight!

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

    The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice we give to others.

  • Nnamdi21

    Hayes says:

    “What the Owners desperately don’t want us (the Public and/or the Union) to see is how those big-name teams stand financially.”

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

    Amen.

    Pretty sure the NFLPA knows this and is using it as leverage. A veiled threat as it were.

    “Stop trying to force us to take less and play more and we’ll let you keep cooking the books.”

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

    Priesttj Says:
    March 11th, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    You’re right IMO Armond D Smith is trying to make name for himself at everyones expense. There is no way in the world he can argue that the players are partners. To try and sell that is crazy IMO. There are million people out here that are union members and they can’t call themselves partners of the company they work for.
    —————————————–
    Ever the Al Davis kiss assz.