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Owners, NFLPA should take Al’s advice

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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  • FinanceO

    FREE RAIDER O!!!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    I simply don’t get it when people rule out drafting any position in a certain round. Especially when you’re a team with as many holes to fill as the Raiders, and ESPECIALLY when you have no first-round pick

    ***

    YA,

    what are you talking about, man?

    the Raiders are only 3 OL and 3 WR away from another Super Bowl appearance!

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  • TerrapinRaider

    is seriuosly wondering right now who the hel is actually running this war ..Hillary or O..bama? This has to be the strangest war/process I have witnessed ..just the whole thing ..wierd. How the hel do you prosecute a war without taking out the target? Strange.

    And now that want to pretend we’re not leading this war? First of all, who else is going to lead it? Who else has the iron fist? Second, switching command to NATO is a farse …we control NATO …its such a cluster fu’k.

    Anyways …not much going on in raiderland i suppose…not much going on in the nfl for that matter.

  • FinanceO

    GO AZTECS!!!!!!

    GO AZTECS!!!!!!!

    damn you UCONN!!!!!!

  • DKnight007

    99.FinanceO Says:
    March 24th, 2011 at 2:30 pm
    we should draft CB B Harris or Ras Dowling in the 2nd, if we dont resign Nnmadi.

    ^^^^^^^^^
    Uhh, if they lose Nnamdi, then that means the old man Al and Huey don’t value a cover corner…sooooooo….

    Why the hell waste a 2nd Round pick on a freakin CB and HOPE he can replace Nnamdi??

    That makes zero sense, plus that rookie would have to compete with CJ, Routt, McFadden and Ware for playing time?

    I want a BEAST type of STARTER who can make an impact right away on the O-Line, D-Line or at the OLB spot!

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

    TerrapinRaider Says:
    March 24th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    is seriuosly wondering right now who the hel is actually running this war ..Hillary or O..bama? This has to be the strangest war/process I have witnessed ..just the whole thing ..wierd. How the hel do you prosecute a war without taking out the target? Strange.
    ————————————
    Being a Republican, you wouldn’t know anything about successful international affairs.

  • DKnight007

    In what way?

    Personally I don’t think there are many CBs in the draft worth the Raiders 2nd rounder. Burton and House might be good fits, but would make better mid-round picks as they likely wouldn’t be able to help right away. Smith and Harris might be good, but there’s too big of a “boom or bust” risk with either of those guys.

    I believe that Curtis Brown, however, is going to be a steal if he’s around in the second round. Fluid athlete, VERY solid tackler, has ideal size for a cover corner, and may even be able to help at S as well as CB… both of which are positions of need.

    Like I said, if Cannon, Ijalana and Wiz aren’t on the board when the Raiders pick, Curtis Brown would be a tremendous pick.

    I simply don’t get it when people rule out drafting any position in a certain round. Especially when you’re a team with as many holes to fill as the Raiders, and ESPECIALLY when you have no first-round pick, you have to go with the best player on the board.

    If you start drafting based solely on what you perceive your team’s needs are, you’re walking a dangerous line. If you whiff on a pick, you not only still need to fill whatever need you were trying to fill, but you don’t even have a player who can help your team in any way.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Well, let me explain it….again.

    If they let Nnamdi walk, then that means the Old man Al and Huey don’t value a cover corner…as good as he is.

    Why the hell waste a 2nd Round pick on a freakin CB and HOPE he can replace Nnamdi??

    That makes zero sense, plus that rookie would have to compete with CJ, Routt, McFadden and Ware for playing time?

    I want a BEAST type of STARTER who can make an impact right away on the O-Line, D-Line or at the OLB spot!

    Making the the LINES and LB positions stronger are important than wasting early picks on a CB.

    Plenty of CB’s can be picked in the later rounds from 5-7 to compete with the other guys at the CB spots.

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

    DKnight007 Says:
    March 24th, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I value O-Line, D-Line and LB’s ahead of CB’s….any day of the week.

    The Raiders should have learned there lesson from past mistakes by taking DB’s early like Buchanon, Gibson, Fabian.
    —————————————-
    You’re not the GM, though. But, I reckon Hue Jackson will have a relatively large hand in this year’s draft.

    He’d better win this year, or he’s gone and DB’s will be drafted with every pick from now on. ;-)

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    This post is at 9:38pm EST……….UCONN!

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    4 hr delay on posting??????

  • hendu

    Im posting in a blazing speed, Huh? If whomever came up with That saw me type, they would FIRE THEMSELVES!!!! raiders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Anyone want the lottery numbers???? LOL

    Posted at 6:44pm Calli time!

  • YoungAmerican

    There are just as many interior linemen and linebackers to be found in the mid rounds as there are CBs.

    If Nnamdi isn’t re-signed, I doubt it’s because the new coaching regime doesn’t value CBs. Moreover, whoever comes in isn’t going to replace Nnamdi.

    You want a beast starter on the d-line? He’ll have to compete with Seymour, Kelly, Bryant, Henderson, Houston, and Shaughnessy. So why does that make any more sense than taking a CB? It’s not like CJ or McFadden have the starting job across from Routt locked down.

    It makes no sense to rule out any particular position in any given round. None whatsoever. Especially when you’re short on picks, you take the best player available.

    If Cannon, Ijalana and Wiz are gone, then Curtis Brown, Mason Foster, Stephen Paea, and Aaron Williams should all be in play.

    Makes no difference what their position is to me. Find the best player on the board, and find a way to get them on the field so they can contribute.

  • DKnight007

    110.YoungAmerican Says:
    March 24th, 2011 at 5:45 pm
    There are just as many interior linemen and linebackers to be found in the mid rounds as there are CBs.

    If Nnamdi isn’t re-signed, I doubt it’s because the new coaching regime doesn’t value CBs. Moreover, whoever comes in isn’t going to replace Nnamdi.

    You want a beast starter on the d-line? He’ll have to compete with Seymour, Kelly, Bryant, Henderson, Houston, and Shaughnessy. So why does that make any more sense than taking a CB? It’s not like CJ or McFadden have the starting job across from Routt locked down.

    It makes no sense to rule out any particular position in any given round. None whatsoever. Especially when you’re short on picks, you take the best player available.

    If Cannon, Ijalana and Wiz are gone, then Curtis Brown, Mason Foster, Stephen Paea, and Aaron Williams should all be in play.

    Makes no difference what their position is to me. Find the best player on the board, and find a way to get them on the field so they can contribute.

    ^^^^^^^^
    IMO, Big John is on his last legs, he might not even make it through training camp (whenever that starts) he only played in a handful of games last year.

    I value O-Line, D-Line and LB’s ahead of CB’s….any day of the week.

    The Raiders should have learned there lesson from past mistakes by taking DB’s early like Buchanon, Gibson, Fabian.

  • YoungAmerican

    IMO, Big John is on his last legs, he might not even make it through training camp (whenever that starts) he only played in a handful of games last year.

    I value O-Line, D-Line and LB’s ahead of CB’s….any day of the week.

    The Raiders should have learned there lesson from past mistakes by taking DB’s early like Buchanon, Gibson, Fabian.

    ————–

    I don’t think Henderson is on his last legs (apparently neither do the Raiders, who just gave him $8 million for two seasons), but I do think the Raiders would do well to draft a guy who could be an eventual replacement for him. But even then, the guy they draft isn’t going to start.

    The lesson they should learn from drafting Buchannon and Washington is that if they’re going to draft CBs, he better be a guy who can play man-to-man. But just because you strike out a couple times at a position in the draft doesn’t mean you never try again. If that were the case, there aren’t many positions left that the Raiders could draft.

  • priesttj

    You knolw it’s PC to say you favor less skill positions over skilled like DB’s but try going through a season with a bunch of bad DB’s and see how far you get. You cannot have enough DB’s because all they do is run run and run. It’s true you need the big guys up front, no one values pressure up front more than I do but if you can’t cover you’re dead.

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    118.KoolKell Says:
    March 24th, 2011 at 7:30 pm
    Free Agency started 22 years ago in 1989.

    Oakland Raiders:

    11 Head Coaches in the last 22 years
    11 Quarterbacks in the last 22 years
    7 Playoff appearances in the last 22 years.

    Wouldn’t you think a sane, competent General Manager, would realize that’s not the way to go, especially in light of their lack of success?

    ————

    The fact we have been to the playoffs 7 times in spite of the NFLs’ consorted attempts to keep the Raiders down only goes to show the resiliency of Coach Davis. When Coach breaks the conspiracy open this year and recieves the Lombardi, hopefully you will put that 22 year stuff to rest.

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

    Free Agency started 22 years ago in 1989.

    Oakland Raiders:

    11 Head Coaches in the last 22 years
    11 Quarterbacks in the last 22 years
    7 Playoff appearances in the last 22 years.

    Wouldn’t you think a sane, competent General Manager, would realize that’s not the way to go, especially in light of their lack of success?

  • priesttj

    The kid from Baylor: Danny Watkins is high on my list of wants I really like this kid and his makeup even moreso. He is one nasty dude and has the tools to fill the gap that Gallery left. There’s another kid from Georgia also named Boiling who’s really good. I like them both better than Wiz kid.

  • YoungAmerican

    The only problem with Watkins is that he’s 27. Boling could be a very good player, though. He’s had experience at OT, too.

  • phatcable

    Capitalism may be to blame for the lack of life on the planet Mars, Venezuela’s socialist President Hugo Chavez said on Tuesday.

    “I have always said, heard, that it would not be strange that there had been civilization on Mars, but maybe capitalism arrived there, imperialism arrived and finished off the planet,” Chavez said in speech to mark World Water Day.

    Chavez, who also holds capitalism responsible for many of the world’s problems, warned that water supplies on Earth were drying up.

    “Careful! Here on planet Earth where hundreds of years ago or less there were great forests, now there are deserts. Where there were rivers, there are deserts,” Chavez said, sipping from a glass of water.

    He added that the West’s attacks on Libya were about water and oil reserves.

    Earlier this month, the U.S. National Research Council recommended that NASA’s top priority should be a robot to help determine whether Mars ever supported life and offer insight on its geological and climatic history.

    It would also be the first step in an effort to get samples from Mars back to Earth.

    A NASA team recently tested a space suit in a setting with extreme conditions akin to some of those found on Mars — an Argentine base in Antarctica — for possible use on a visit to the Red Planet

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  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Posted @ 11:40pm EST, Duke is collapsing, see ya!

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    The Ref’s are trying soooo hard to keep them in it, sound familar????????

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    Señor Kell de Hielo,
    El Entrenador Davis desea que pare el hablar mal. El Entrenador tiene muchos problemas para resolver, y no está ayudando. Así que por favor sean amables. Gracias

  • David

    36.The Realist Dirty Raccoon Says:
    March 23rd, 2011 at 8:05 pm
    F the Players, and F the 31 other NFL owners!

    Exactly. There’s only one Individual who deserves praise for the way he’s handled himself through all this mess……COACH!

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    Coach Davis has a mountain of respect. Former players and coaches, owners around the league, and many others whom he’s never even met. He’s done more for the game of football than anyone else. Coaches record of service to the NFL will never be broken, as these days people just can’t go the distance anymore. Just look at all these failed attempts by different people who wanted to start wanna be football leagues. They all failed. Coach started the NFL, and if decent people, instead of conspirators, ran the NFL today, there would be no lock out. And all kool kell can do is rag Coach.

    Some men are an island, while others are the ocean. If you can’t swim, get out of the ocean. Coach Davis has swam the distance.

  • Kirk

    Davis has done a lot for the rest of the teams in the league the last eight years.

    He has made them winners!

  • bcz24

    FinanceO Says:
    March 24th, 2011 at 2:30 pm
    we should draft CB B Harris or Ras Dowling in the 2nd, if we dont resign Nnmadi.
    *********************
    Too bad we wont have any clue if Nnamdi stays or goes before the draft.

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    LMFAO! Get this place fixed.

  • Midwest Fan

    union must somehow find a win-win
    Posted by Mike Florio on March 24, 2011, 10:53 PM EDT

    APIt sounds simple and obvious. To solve the current labor dispute, the NFL and the players must find a way to bridge their divide while also being able to sell victory to their constituents.

    The first task, as men like Robert Kraft and Mike Vrabel and most recently Fran Tarkenton have pointed out, is to get the lawyers out of the process. Lawyers have a way of mesmerizing their clients into adopting strategies that, coincidentally, result in the lawyers milking the cow until dust comes out.

    If the two sides can blaze a trail back to the table, with the lawyers taking a back seat to the business people, the challenge will be to carve the soon-to-be-11-figure pie in a way that lets the players believe they’re being fairly compensated while at the same time allowing the owners to believe they’re raking in a fair profit.

    The players believe a perpetual 50-50 split is fair; the owners apparently believe that, at a certain point, 50-50 results in way too many dollars for the men who play the game — especially since the owners must run their businesses and build their stadiums and derive their margins from the other 50 percent.

    So how do they break this logjam? For starters, the players need to start thinking in terms of total dollars, not revenue percentages. The owners’ proposal from March 11 entailed hard numbers based on projected revenue growth. If the league fails to meet those goals, the players still get their money. The problem arises when the league exceeds the projections on which the hard numbers are based.

    The players weren’t happy that the league’s proposal omitted that term. The league believes the term is negotiable, and that the players should respond with a counter.

    They should. Give the owners the first chunk of the overage, as the two sides had been discussing. Then split the money for another segment of the excess. Above that, reduce the percentage that goes to the players progressively, giving them a perpetual piece of the upside but also reserving the bulk of the fruits of any significant spikes to the owners.

    In the end, the players need to look at the total dollars, because the total dollars will continue to grow. And, in fairness, the players generate only so much of the total growth of the league. It’s the league, not the players, that is constantly looking for ways to enhance revenue via business ideas that cost money to implement. Though the players play a game that can’t be played without them, the owners position the playing of that game to generate the most possible money for everyone.

    And while the owners also enjoy increases in the value of their franchises, the two sides could devise some sort of a device for paying to the players a fixed percentage of any sale of equity by an owner.

    What’s the right percentage? That’s for the two sides to figure out. And that process can’t happen until they find a way to act like adults and sit down and engage in a free exchange of ideas aimed at securing the future of the sport.

    We’ve said many times that the owners and players are the stewards of the game. And many have assumed that the two sides eventually will wake up and get it done, given that role.

    We’re not prepared to conclude that the parties will eventually get smart and get it done, in large part because neither side has done much of late to make us think they’re capable of doing so. They can change our minds by setting aside egos and agendas and legal strategies and getting to work, not for their own good but for the good of the game.

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Nation!!! This CBA crap sucks a**!

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    I guess you don’t like KK per 139, lmfao

  • hassanusc

    Does anybody really know what Al Davis thinks about the lockout? Is he in favor? What does he want?

    I think he understands this business. Other owners are less football owners and more business owners. But you need industry experience.

    Anyone know if Al Davis was at the Owners Meeting in New Orleans this week?

  • http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=eb53t3&s=5&hid=3&tag=my+pool Lynn from Snot

    Al isn’t going to waste time at the owners meetings. It’s only a bunch of lawyers milking this thing for all they can. Real progress will take place when money is missed or lost.

  • HairyBush

    135.Lynn from Snot Says:
    March 25th, 2011 at 9:12 am
    Al isn’t going to waste time at the owners meetings. It’s only a bunch of lawyers milking this thing for all they can. Real progress will take place when money is missed or lost.

    —————–
    sad but true

  • MEX_GHOST

    126.Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo Says:
    March 24th, 2011 at 9:11 pm
    Señor Kell de Hielo,
    El Entrenador Davis desea que pare el hablar mal. El Entrenador tiene muchos problemas para resolver, y no está ayudando. Así que por favor sean amables. Gracias
    ————————————————–
    Al menos algo entendible que leer.
    (At last something I can understand). LOL

  • http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=eb53t3&s=5&hid=3&tag=my+pool Lynn from Snot
  • raiderfankirk

    KK is the biggest f ing pus filled pile of heaving and rolling magot filled belly of an etheiopian transexual call girl. Get another f n team, cause all of Raider Nation hates your guts and wishes you nothing but ill will. If you are a fan, then I would hate to see a rival. Piss off you Al Davis trashing biggott african american lovin fuc. You know how many Spanish guys banged your mom? Lucky your name is’nt Pablo!!!!

  • GoodOle00

    Lynn, nice post! Raiders!

  • priesttj

    Raiderfankirk can you please be more specific and clear about your feelings for Koolkell? lol

  • GoodOle00

    130.bcz24 Says:
    March 25th, 2011 at 4:35 am
    FinanceO Says:
    March 24th, 2011 at 2:30 pm
    we should draft CB B Harris or Ras Dowling in the 2nd, if we dont resign Nnmadi.
    *********************
    Too bad we wont have any clue if Nnamdi stays or goes before the draft.

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

    I’m wondering if signing Nnamdi 4 one year while a 2nd round DP adjusts?

    I’d like Nnamdi to stay and think he will but wouldn’t mind if we picked up Ras or Jimmy Smith if he falls that far. He’s got Raider skills and I think the off field stuff is in his past and not that bad.

    If Wizzer is there you may look at at taking him. Maybe…

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    repost
    I guess you don’t like KK per 139, lmfao

  • Mistabr0wn

    Its hard to argue with anything said here. fantastic post and well said.
    ______

    # raiderfankirk Says:
    March 25th, 2011 at 9:29 am

    KK is the biggest f ing pus filled pile of heaving and rolling magot filled belly of an etheiopian transexual call girl. Get another f n team, cause all of Raider Nation hates your guts and wishes you nothing but ill will. If you are a fan, then I would hate to see a rival. Piss off you Al Davis trashing biggott african american lovin fuc. You know how many Spanish guys banged your mom? Lucky your name is’nt Pablo!!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo, raiderfankirk & Mistabr0wn slapped Kell around pretty good the past few days. I better not add anything. Kudos to you guys for making this blog a better place!

  • RaiderRockstar

    If Nnamdi isn’t re-signed, I doubt it’s because the new coaching regime doesn’t value CBs. Moreover, whoever comes in isn’t going to replace Nnamdi.

    ***

    YA,

    if Al Davis didn’t value CB’s he wouldn’t be paying Routt & CJ37 a combined $13 million next season. Mitchell & Branch are your starting safeties and AD, Inc. obviously thinks highly enough of Hiram Eugene to compete for one or both positions

    I’m sure McFadden & Ware will be pushing CJ37 as well and there is nothing wrong with competition…

    Hue Jax promised to build a bully and to me that means you have a Defense that can stuff the run and rush the passer. Hard to imagine being a bully and giving up 130-150 yards on the ground each week! Hue spent 2 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens and he saw a nasty defense getting it done week in & week out. Hard to imagine him not wanting the same for “his” team.

    We can win football games without #21 and #24

  • http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=eb53t3&s=5&hid=3&tag=my+pool Lynn from Snot

    Getting another D tackle would go a long way in improving the rotation on the D line and also gives Seymour a chance to move around.

  • YoungAmerican

    RR,

    Agreed. My point when saying “whoever comes in won’t replace Nnamdi” was merely that I don’t think even the coaching staff expects the next guy to have the same effect that Nnamdi does on the field.

    If the Raiders don’t re-sign Nnamdi and draft a kid or sign someone in FA to play across from Routt, it’ll be because they believe the new guy is a good player in his own right. Not because they want him to be a carbon copy of Asomugha.

    Personally, I’m more concerned about the FS spot than either CB spot right now. Huff is far from perfect, but Eugene isn’t half the player Huff is, and Stevie Brown is still a question mark at this point in his career.

  • DKnight007

    YoungAmerican Says:
    March 24th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    IMO, Big John is on his last legs, he might not even make it through training camp (whenever that starts) he only played in a handful of games last year.

    I value O-Line, D-Line and LB’s ahead of CB’s….any day of the week.

    The Raiders should have learned there lesson from past mistakes by taking DB’s early like Buchanon, Gibson, Fabian.

    ————–

    I don’t think Henderson is on his last legs (apparently neither do the Raiders, who just gave him $8 million for two seasons),

    ^^^^^^^^
    Giving Big John 8 million for two seasons was another mistake. Ahem…