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Owners, NFLPA should take Al’s advice

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 at 2:30 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Bill Parcells often relays the story of the most important thing he learned from Al Davis.

“Nobody cares,” Parcells told Bay Area media. “Nobody cares about your injuries or your problems. All they want to know on Monday is if you won.”

It’s a lesson NFL owners and the NFLPA (or whatever it is) would do well to heed.

Most NFL teams, including the 49ers, have issued statements to their fans, a subtle way of getting their message out and defending their strategy of locking out the players.

The alleged gag order during mediated collective bargaining was a joke. DeMaurce Smith, Jeff Pash and Roger Goodell could hardly wait to get behind a microphone to disparage the other side, and there was no shortage of leakers for ambitious reporters such as Mike Silver and Jim Trotter.

There hasn’t been a peep out of Oakland. Davis, relegated to the background in part because he helped push forward the 2006 agreement which is the root cause of all the disagreement about how best to divide $9 billion, has had nothing to say.

Both sides would do well to follow his lead, because in this case, Davis is right.

Nobody cares.

Oh, the fans care deeply about football and want it every Sunday.

But they don’t care about how the money is divided or which side gets the upper hand. The amount of time and effort the non-union as well as ownership has devoted to spin is a monumental waste of time that could be put to better use settling differences.

ROUTT Q&A

ESPN’s Bill Williamson caught up with Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt for a quick Q&A.

HUFF TALKING LIKE A RAIDER

Michael Huff is scheduled for free agency upon completion of a collective bargaining agreement, but immediately looked at the placement of kickoffs at the 35-yard line through silver and black glasses.

On his Twitter account, Huff predicted good things for Sebastian Janikowski but didn’t seen overly concerned about Jacoby Ford, figuring the return specialist would just have to start a little deeper in the end zone.

Huff also wondered if he would be able to talk with Raiders coaches and/or scouts on hand for the pro day at Texas.

Whether Huff remains a Raider will depend on what other teams are willing to spend to get him. The fact that he’s getting to free agency at all means they’re prepared to lose him, and they even signed Hiram Eugene to a four-year contract with a nice raise just in case.

The Raiders usually strike quickly and with huge money on players they want to keep (Janikowski, Lechler, Asomugha, Seymour, Routt . . . )

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  • Mistabr0wn

    First thing OakglennSeymour666 posted that isnt 100%nonsense. KK is a mentally retarded d-bag.
    Nice job!
    _______

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    March 23rd, 2011 at 2:26 pm
    KK

    Your the biggest bigot in here.

  • stubblebuzz

    I like Huff’s progress this past year

  • http://straightcashhomey.net/post/20310438/eddie-jones-los-angeles-lakers-you-probably Dakota

    Jerry,

    Can’t you see that the technical difficulties being experienced on your blog are ruining your comment count? Really, how difficult is it to fix the same problem you had in here no more than a year ago or so?

    You must want to go on a permanent furlough?

  • Mistabr0wn

    KK, you are recognized on this blog as a free loading sponge here 18hrs a day devoting your pathetic life to smashing on a 90yr old man by the name of AL. You’re a bigot with his head up his anus like 666/seymourbush said and so many others.

    The end.

  • Silverandblack666

    SistaBrowneye or brownstains whatever they call you…

    I really don’t care what a feeble minded unemployed deviant like you thinks about my posts or what your political views are.

    First of all I seriously doubt you make enough money to vote republican. Second when you try to hard to convince yourself that I am three or more people only feeds my ego and makes you look like a dolt yet again.

  • raiderinparadise

    The title of this story made me a bit startled.

    1.) Huff & Nnamdi, we want both, we all do, but we still need to sign Miller & Bush, how the hell could AL pay Nnamdi & Huff too?

    2.) Gut feeling tells me Nnamdi will somehow be kept, he has interviewed about speaking with AL Davis about how he is interested in playing his whole career out in OAK.

    3.) Loper didn’t need that much, Hiram didn’t and Seymour deal he wouldn’t have gotten anywhere else, Wimbley was overpaid too … the only one that deserved that loot was Routt, he missed some costly tackles that make people forget how solid he was all year in pass coverage.

    4.) Draft Wiz’s nephew & please God lets hope Bruce Cambell is someone who really can play, I heard in college he used his athletic ability and needs more of a meanstreak in him to fight to get on the field. Most AL track stars are skilled players, now a linemen? helppppppppp

  • raiderman81

    ~~~ I got some advise too donee eat yellow snow… LOL>… jk nice stuff jerry !!

  • Silverandblack666

    “How can a 81year old wheelchair bound man be a General Manager of a professional sports franchise?”

    When you have John Herrera as your wing man….the sky is the limit!

  • raiderinparadise

    We are one of those teams that needs to be in camp more than anyone else, Jason Cambell has a lot to work on. Why after an 8-8 year!? Why!?

  • HairyBush

    yo

  • radrntn

    go raiders…keep nnamdi and huff

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

    BrownStains, you absolutely no credibility commenting on Racism, thanks.

  • Davy Jones

    “Bill Parcells often relays the story of the most important thing he learned from Al Davis.”

    Hold the phone, Bill Parcells actually learned something from Al Davis?

    [sarcasm]Are we sure that he didn’t learn it from Ron Wolf or Jon Gruden or Bruce Allen?[/sarcasm]

  • DaTruth91

    we gotta keep Huff and Nnamdi
    Nnamdi is the best at what he does.
    Huff has shown progress and that single deep saftey is hard to play as well as hard to learn

  • Mistabr0wn

    Keep Nnamdi for what? To backup Routt,CJ, and McFadden?
    I hope he is ready for a HUGE paycut.
    _____

    DaTruth91 Says:
    March 23rd, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    we gotta keep Huff and Nnamdi
    Nnamdi is the best at what he does.
    Huff has shown progress and that single deep saftey is hard to play as well as hard to learn

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

    Warriors GM on the value of seeing prospects in person:
    ——————————————————

    In Riley’s estimation, video study alone doesn’t afford that kind of intimacy. So he maintains a globe-trotting scouting detail during his version of March Madness, a travel schedule that is probably unmatched in the league by similarly high-ranked decision-makers and one that takes a visible toll on his sleep cycles.

    Starting after last month’s trade deadline, Riley set out on an arduous itinerary. He shuttled east and then south, over the pond, back across the States, and finally throughout the Midwest – all the time chasing in-person evaluations of players who could be selected in the first round of this year’s draft.

    “I wouldn’t say I’m hands-on, but I’m pretty active,” Riley said. “I’m probably more active, or at least as active, as the other general managers. That’s what I’m comfortable with and how I want to do it.”

    Riley speaks of the pristine evaluations he’s received from director of player personnel Travis Schlenk, and the general manager has similar confidence in his entire scouting staff. Still, Riley wants firsthand knowledge of first-round players.

    “I’m not saying someone else can’t do it a better way, but I like to see the top prospects,” Riley said. “Some guys are better at evaluating film, but I don’t want to be a victim of what the camera shows you. Is it valuable? Heavens, yes, but to me, film is the follow-up.”

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/03/22/SPBO1IH4OJ.DTL#ixzz1EpN6BhM3
    ———————————————-
    I’ve heard stories where Al Davis would also measure the calf’s of the mother of a prospective draft choice. How can a 81year old wheelchair bound man be a General Manager of a professional sports franchise?

  • SnB Production

    Why did the Raiders just outright cancel Nnamdi”s contract? Wouldn’t if have made sense to retain his rights and then possibly trade him to a team willing to negotiate a long-term deal?

    Losing the guy for nothing is absolutely ridiculous. They should have been able to eek out a 2nd round pick for the guy.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    It seems that this strike has led some of the Leagues premier players to go to drastic measures.

    This just in::::

    Chad Ochocinco had a tryout today with the Sporting Kansas City of the Major League Soccer team!

    I’m thinking Al turned him down and he’s starting a new lease on life…..Loser!

  • JLofty

    Yes they should…take COA’s advise that is…

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    There hasn’t been a peep out of Oakland. Davis, relegated to the background in part because he helped push forward the 2006 agreement which is the root cause of all the disagreement about how best to divide $9 billion, has had nothing to say.

    —————-

    How the NFL and other owners staged this lock out and to blame Coach Davis for being the root cause is heresy.

    The other owners and the NFL wants to blame Coach so the rest of the world won’t look at them and wonder how stupid you have to be for not being able to divide 9 billion big ones when the rest of the planet is going down the toilet right before their very own eyes.

    Blame the root cause on Coach Davis if you like, but just remember he’s not the commisioner. You have a commisioner so things keep moving, not locking the doors.

    ———————————
    ———————————

    KoolKell Says:
    March 23rd, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    I’ve heard stories where Al Davis would also measure the calf’s of the mother of a prospective draft choice.

    Good one. I’ve heard stories too that are just unfounded rumors to try and discredit someone. I’ve heard stories about you KK, but I don’t believe them, because there are no pictures or video. I don’t even know you. Unless you have proof, pictures or video of Coach Davis doing this, what your saying is just rumor. But until you show me the proof, I’m not buying it one bit.

  • reign of terror

    Al Davis is light years ahead of any NFL owner.
    80 plus years doing what you love; great way the live a life.
    Millionaire, a mind as sharp as a sharks tooth, owner of one of the NFL’s winningest franchise’s, boat load of Raider players in the hall of fame. We should all be so lucky!

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    This blog is posting me an hour behind, east coast here!

  • Chris in NY

    We need Huff back. He’s borderline Pro Bowler and hitting his prime. Huff will be a Pro Bowl safety within the next two seasons.

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

    Well, I’m not sure if you saw it, but on Monday the 17th of January, Al Davis, owner and withered fist of the Oakland Raiders, held what is certain to be the most bizarre and unworldly press conference in the history of sports. Now, all football fans know the lore of Al Davis; the “Just win, baby,” “glory of the Raider Nation” sis-boom-bah. By that same token, all football fans also know Al Davis to be the ultimate elderly power stroke; the decrepit Crypt Keeper reigning thunder and doom from a luxury box wheelchair, single-handedly pile-driving his team into the ground season after season by insistently operating as Dark Lord Raider, leaving Oakland the only franchise in American professional sports without a general manager.

  • hendu

    Post 24,HayesDaze37, Yes Lester,every day is a great day being a RAIDER FAN! Oh,and Dakotas post 30,prior post,also Dead on!This should NOT be that hard to work out!Rookie salary cap,take care of PRIOR Service players,and stay with the sixteen game reg season,period!Its GOT TO HAPPEN,so much money and league status involved! RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sweep The Leg.

    Catching up in the last post and I found this gem.

    Constantly playing the victim and casting blame for your own limitations, is no way to go through life.

    No one is more racist than an old black man.
    =================================================

    # KoolKell Says:
    March 23rd, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Since the Tax-payers aren’t funding NFL Stadiums anymore, The Owners, half of whom inherited their Teams & wealth, want to shortstop the Players to finance their stadiums.

    Rush Limbaugh and AM radio manipulate po-white trash out in the booneys, who hate black people in the first place, and get them to tap into their hatreds for the benefit of the Owners.

  • HayesDaze37

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

    (I know…most of you couldn’t answer that, even if you wanted to…this is one screwed-up blog right now. And yesterday. And the day before. And…)

    SnB — The Raiders didn’t just cancel Nnamdi’s contract. His contract voided automatically…because he didn’t meet any one of a number of “easy” incentives that would have automatically kicked-in this year’s big $$. Too late to fix a clause like that.

    860TC — The blog’s not posting you an hour behind…you’re just that much faster than anyone else..?

    And…Al Davis IS light years ahead of all other Owners. Even in his old age, the other Owners would exclude his counsel at their, and the League’s peril.

    Greatest GM ever? Nah, but not for a lack of trying. greatest Owner ever? To me, yes…and rightfully arguable…but we all know that no other Owner even comes close to Al in terms of knowledge of the game, scouting Players, or dealing with Labor Relations and contract issues.

    Al Davis is the total package, even in his Silver years. If there is a log-jam during the next go of negotiations, you can bet Al will be among the Owners to get it un-jammed. Nowhere near panic time yet, but it’s definitely time to get this thing done.

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

    Al Davis at NFLPA negotiations, seriously? I don’t think so.
    ——————

    But Monday’s antics take the cake. Forget that this event was supposedly called to introduce Hue Jackson as the Raiders new head coach; Jackson was incidental. This was Big Al’s first press conference in 16 months, and the 81-year-old New Englander did not disappoint, fumbling and mumbling his way through the proceedings like an anesthetized goat. His near nine-minute spiel on the firing of head coach Tom Cable was so protracted and confused, so painstakingly puzzled, it was as if an old man let loose from the dementia ward of a 19th century sanatorium had wandered up to the podium..

    http://synthesis.net/2011/01/25/al-davis-is-a-hideous-freak/

  • Carl Weathers

    17.SnB Production Says:
    March 23rd, 2011 at 3:29 pm
    Why did the Raiders just outright cancel Nnamdi”s contract? Wouldn’t if have made sense to retain his rights and then possibly trade him to a team willing to negotiate a long-term deal?

    Losing the guy for nothing is absolutely ridiculous. They should have been able to eek out a 2nd round pick for the guy.

    ************
    We would get a 3rd next year if he is lost in FA.

    In other news… I clicked the link for Huff’s twitter posts and he spends waaaaaaay too much time on there!

  • hendu

    KoolKell,why do you ENJOY bashing Al Davis? Im not going to recite Mr Davis history,we all know it!Think youve got a MENTAL problem when you focus on his appearance,he is,after all 80 years old,what you goin look like at 80,If you make it! As far as his mental capacity,Ive got a paycheck on Al vs YOU on ANY football related issue,or for that matter,any History topic! Just Sayin, RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!!

  • hendu

    WORDPRESS SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kirk

    The Raiders need to figure out one thing in the offseason.

    How do we stop the run?

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    As long as Kool Kell bashes Coach Davis, I will champion Coaches endeavors. Kool Kell has been my inspiration to do so.

  • phatcable

    sweaters

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

    Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo Says:
    March 23rd, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    As long as Kool Kell bashes Coach Davis, I will champion Coaches endeavors. Kool Kell has been my inspiration to do so.
    ——————————–
    How pathetic

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Davis The Realist Dirty Raccoon

    F the Players, and F the 31 other NFL owners!

  • hendu

    31, I POSTED AT 8-03PM, THREE POSTS A WASTE OF TIME! FIX THE BLOG,JERRY AND IBAYAREA NEWS GROUP! its DAY LIGHT SAVINGS TIME,SPRING FORWARD,SIMPLE ONE HOUR DIFFERENCE

  • priesttj

    I’ve seen many 80 year olders in my time and appearance aside very few could compete with Mr Davis in terms of energy and competence and fighting spirit. No one in this league wants to win as badly as he does.

    His every waking moment is dedicated to this team. There never have been anyone that I can think of who desired his team to be the best that it can be. Human frailties have robbed him of a lot, his mistakes and imperfections are evident. But it never stops him from giving everything he has. Good and bad…

  • priesttj

    Al DavisMMS he gets all the help he needs he has more people helping him now than he ever has. It’s just that fans aren’t privy to that info. This is the NFL it’s very difficult to biuld teams and win, in time we will it’s just a matter of time…………..period

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    24.KoolKell Says:
    March 23rd, 2011 at 5:16 pm
    , leaving Oakland the only franchise in American professional sports without a general manager.

    ——————————
    Cincinnati and Dallas don’t have general managers, so that hardly qualifies that sentence to be true. On the contrary, its a fabricated untruth to discredit Coach Davis.

    And besides, Coach can be the general manager if he feels like it, and he probably is the general manager like everyone says he is. Another untruth to that sentence.

    Its Coach Davis’ team. Get over it, conspirator.

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    35.KoolKell Says:
    March 23rd, 2011 at 7:52 pm
    Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo Says:
    March 23rd, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    As long as Kool Kell bashes Coach Davis, I will champion Coaches endeavors. Kool Kell has been my inspiration to do so.
    ——————————–
    How pathetic

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

    Siento mucho lo que el médico le dijo a dejar de masturbarse para que pudiera terminar su examen durante su chequeo anual. Eso debe haber sido vergonzoso. El entrenador Davis es vergüenza para usted también.

  • David

    24.KoolKell Says:
    March 23rd, 2011 at 5:16 pm
    Well, I’m not sure if you saw it, but on Monday the 17th of January, Al Davis, owner and withered fist of the Oakland Raiders, held what is certain to be the most bizarre and unworldly press conference in the history of sports. Now, all football fans know the lore of Al Davis; the “Just win, baby,” “glory of the Raider Nation” sis-boom-bah. By that same token, all football fans also know Al Davis to be the ultimate elderly power stroke; the decrepit Crypt Keeper reigning thunder and doom from a luxury box wheelchair, single-handedly pile-driving his team into the ground season after season by insistently operating as Dark Lord Raider, leaving Oakland the only franchise in American professional sports without a general manager.


    May I ask what source you are quoting this from?

  • hendu

    I simply want to ask KK a question,when have you PAID for Raider tickets OR attended a game? After all,youre just a few miles away in Alameda, and you cry that Raider games arent on TV! Youre MUCH of the problem,you cant see that? Whatever,RAIDERS!! OUT

  • HayesDaze37

    “…leaving Oakland the only franchise in American professional sports without a general manager.”

    Duh…

    Al Davis can call himself whatever he wants to, and do with his team whatever he wants to. He’s Al Davis. I’m sure it bothers him NOT that somebody doesn’t like his official title.

    What matters is what The Man has done for his League and his Team…and what he still is doing, and is yet to do.

    Aren’t too many “official” GM’s out there who’ve done a noticeably better job than Al Davis has since the Lance Kiffen, umm, era. His team has clawed itself out of the abyss, and is ready for greater success.

    PHRASE FOR THE NIGHT: De Facto.

    As in…Al Davis is not only the Managing Partner of the Oakland Raiders, he is the team’s De Facto GM.

    Just the way it should be!

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    Señor Kell de Hielo, Voy a salir ahora, pero en el futuro, por favor, ser amable con El Entrenador Davis. Es viejo y frágil, pero es dueño de los Raiders de Oakland. No es muy amable de su parte para ser tan duro con él. Deja que tu compasión ser mayor que el odio de él. Todos somos hijos de Dios ‘, jóvenes y viejos. Mis disculpas por mis comentarios groseros. Adiós mi amigo.

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Nation!!!
    Good Morning Buckeye! Yeah, like Al says….nobody cares about the blog anymore I guess until they hear news that the season is on!

  • Buckeyeraider

    G’mornin fellas.

    err…fellas? Hello…anybody out there?

  • hwnrdr

    Yesterday I was posting fine, and the time stamp was correct with dst in tact. Today, it’s broken again! Who knows…

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Davis The Realist Dirty Raccoon

    Al Davis will save the NFL again.

  • bcz24

    Sup buckeye… I think this blog is dead… lol