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Yes, it’s unlikely, but with Bucs having passed, Raiders should pursue `Hard Knocks’

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, May 16th, 2011 at 10:26 am in Oakland Raiders.

Chance of this happening? Zero, or something in the ball park.

But with the news of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers declining an invitation to be featured on the acclaimed HBO series “Hard Knocks” the Raiders should make it known they’re willing to have their training camp turned into a weekly series.

They were reportedly a candidate in March before the Bucs received the offer.

The road blocks are painfully obvious.

The first is the NFL lockout which could stop the show in its tracks for a year.

The next problem is Oakland pretty much operates as a closed shop. A couple of years back, they even took to pinning the media into 20-yard “penalty box” areas after years of allowing reporters to walk freely along the sidelines (staying away from the middle of the two fields where the players congregated).

The Raiders’ love for secrecy is legend.

Add into it the fact that owner Al Davis doesn’t like to be photographed. Media photographers are told not to be zeroing in on Davis, as are rolling cameras, not to mention invited guests. That doesn’t stop an intrepid photographer from firing off a few shots from a long-range lens, of course, but given that constraint, it would make it difficult to chronicle Davis’ visits to Napa. And those visits would be a huge part of the story, given quarterback Jason Campbell’s comments last week about how the intensity increases with the owner on hand in his golf cart.

A lot of those issues can be negotiated, however and the Raiders can have some input into how it would be produced. You never know when Davis will decide to speak, and any time he does, it’s great theater _ some of the best in sports.

The Raiders are struggling with a season ticket base in the 23,000 range last year and the lockout can’t be helping things. I know a guy who threatens to give up his tickets every year. Then every year he tells me, “They got me again.”

This time, it was because of repeated e-mails and phone calls _ the most contact this ticket holder can remember in terms of salesmanship.

This is an organization in need of some national exposure as it promises to get back in the championship chase.

What the Raiders really have going for them is coach Hue Jackson. He dominates training camp unlike any coach since Jon Gruden in terms of being vocal, enthusiastic and energetic. He’ll get on players who fall short, talk trash to the defense. This year he’ll be entrusted with the entire team, which ought to make the performance even better. The camera loves him, and Jackson seems to like to have it pointed toward him.

When Gruden was head coach, he was a favorite of NFL Films, who were often in Alameda and allowed access very unusual to the organization. How did it happen?

Davis left it up to Gruden, and Gruden was secure enough to say yes _ even after a pair of 8-8 seasons.

Jackson has yet to do anything wrong, and he doesn’t seem to be lacking in confidence.

As for the “penalty box,” that was mostly put in place because of a perception that Bay Area media _ or as Warren Sapp termed “the local yokels” _ has been too critical. Some bigger national outlets get to move more freely if they’re considered more friendly or have a relationship with whoever the coach happens to be in a particular year.

If there is an end in sight to the lockout, and the Raiders can sell it, they ought to consider allowing an up close look at Jackson’s “Build a Bully” process.

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

    Anybody see Ochocinco try to ride that Bull? Too funny.
    I give him credit for climbing on top of that emffer though. ;-)

  • Raider E

    I know what your saying RR, but do we even consider Boller a #2? Did you watch him play last year? He is downright terrible. No better than a camp arm if you ask me.

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

    Anybody who climbs on to a Bull, is a tough guy, period.

  • RaiderRockstar

    If we win it will be because we will have the #1 rushing attack and Top 5 pass rush

    ***

    probably some truth to that

    You don’t think that Chuck B and ROMAC as a sophomore will create a Top 15 Run Defense?

    or that 4 new O-Line starters and Al Saunders as OC will create a Top 15 Pass Offense?

    me neither. nice to know that i’m not alone :)

  • Raider E

    Mcnabb is not due 12 million after he gets cut….

  • Silverandblack666

    “Anybody see Ochocinco try to”

    do anything football related?

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  • Raider E

    We have DMAC, hopefully Bush, and a nasty front seven. If all blew the rest up, I wouldnt give it a second thought.

  • Thec07

    As I recall last year when we were “trying” to go after McNabb did he not rule out Oaklnad as a destination, the later redacted that after he signed with Wash????

    No thanks… F McNabb…

  • Raider E

    * Al blew the rest up

  • RaiderRockstar

    Mcnabb is not due 12 million after he gets cut

    ***

    E,

    you don’t think Shanny will try to trade him like he did Fat Albert last offseason?

    I can’t see DM getting outright dumped, especially since Washington didn’t draft a QB and their only other QB under contract is John Beck

  • Raider E

    I dont want Mcnabb either. Just making the point that I personally dont believe he will be banking 12 mil this season.

  • Thec07

    You don’t think that Chuck B and ROMAC as a sophomore will create a Top 15 Run Defense?

    +++++++

    we were 29th against the run last year. If we dont address it in FA not sure how ROMAC being a soph would address this issue…

  • Raider E

    I was truly amazed when I heard about the Mcnabb extension in the midst of the problems with him and Shannahan, RR.

  • Thec07

    or that 4 new O-Line starters and Al Saunders as OC will create a Top 15 Pass Offense?

    +++++++++++

    This will take time… $ new starters, they need time to gel… Need some vertran FA leadership mixed into the starting rotation.

    49ers replace 2 starters with rookies last season, and it showed. Although both of those players showed a lot of promise….

  • Raider E

    The issue on Run Defense is with our secondarys’ ability in run support.

  • Raider E

    Our oline and recievers have major problems and need ALOT of something and I dont know that I would use the word “time”

  • Raider E

    Zack Miller even looked like crap last season.

  • Raider E

    When the beat writer claims that Samson Satele was our most consistent olinemen, you know your oline is garbage….

  • Thec07

    Raider E Says:
    May 16th, 2011 at 12:17 pm
    The issue on Run Defense is with our secondarys’ ability in run support.

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

    I disagree, the ability, to stop the run reat on the front 7…

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    53.KoolKell Says:
    May 16th, 2011 at 12:06 pm
    Anybody who climbs on to a Bull, is a tough guy, period.

    ————————

    Toughest profession in all of sports. You get bucked and tossed, kicked and beaten, then hop in your old filfthy beat up pick-up truck after a dusty night of work and move onto some po dunk town cheap motel and get ready for the next event and do it again for little pay. And your audiences are the state fair and rodeo folks so your fan base, well, it is what it is.

  • Raider E

    How about we keep Ford, sign Owens, sign Rice, sign Moss,give the rookie Moore a shot, and dump the rest of the recieving core lol :)

  • Raider E

    I will agree to disagree Thec. I saw alot of 10-15 yard runs go to the house last season because of Routt and Huff.

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

    I think Ocho did it for charity, but still…….If he’ll do that, he’ll go across the middle.

    Murphy & DHB could both be a lot tougher.

  • Bauce Rules

    The run defense shall continue to be an issue as long as Seymour and Kelly are your base DTs. Both are pass rushers. Hendu will get some snaps but is in his last season. Not having a young NT for future is mind boggling

  • Bauce Rules

    KoolKell Says:
    May 16th, 2011 at 12:29 pm
    I think Ocho did it for charity, but still…….If he’ll do that, he’ll go across the middle.

    Murphy & DHB could both be a lot tougher.
    **************************************

    He also is stupid for that BS. I mean I want him in Oakland and all but did you see the look on his face afterward? The TV shows I dont mind but dealing with wild animals is stretching it pal

  • Raider E

    You make a valid point Bauce, but I believe the bigger problem is Huff.

  • Thec07

    Bauce Rules Says:
    May 16th, 2011 at 12:32 pm
    The run defense shall continue to be an issue as long as Seymour and Kelly are your base DTs. Both are pass rushers. Hendu will get some snaps but is in his last season. Not having a young NT for future is mind boggling
    +++++++
    YEP…
    This issue was not addressed in the Draft, unless you get a FA it will continue to be an issue.

  • Raider E

    I thought for sure that bull was gonna step on him. I just sat back and thought WOW.

  • Bauce Rules

    Raider E Says:
    May 16th, 2011 at 12:19 pm
    Our oline and recievers have major problems and need ALOT of something and I dont know that I would use the word “time”
    ************************************

    Need a vet WR and two VET guards and they will be real nice.

  • http://www.cnn.com RAIDER

    preist has never ridden a bull, but he climbs on Al’s crusty old sack every day and rides it. That takes courage, too.

  • Raider E

    I am up here in Spokane and have seen Taiwan on the red turf of EWU. The dude has got big time game.

  • http://www.cnn.com RAIDER

    Those white boys at the rodeo did not look pleased about it. I think they felt he was mocking what they do. As well he should. It’s the dumbest “sport” I’ve ever heard of.

  • Raider E

    Priest isnt even here Gusto?

  • http://www.cnn.com RAIDER

    They’re showing pictures of the Giants fan who got knocked out at Dodger stadium. In the pictures they’re showing now, he looks like some kind of steroid freak! The ones they showed beforehand, he looked like this innocent, meek guy. I never saw these pictures they’re showing today. He looks like the kind of guy who could have brought this on himself.

  • raiderinpa

    I would love to see DHB become at least a ‘reliable’ receiver this year, but not sure it will ever happen. At least he does seem to have drive and good work ethic. Cant say the same for M. Williams when he was here. I think he was swiping some of Ja-pork-ass’ sizzurp, what a lame ass…

    I do know this, I feel more at ease knowing that Satele wont be in there to do his pre-snap head whip this year!! How the refs never called him for a false start, I have no idea. Especially since most calls against the Silver & Black are ticky-tack anyway.. Plus, it wasnt hard for opposing D’s to know when the ball was going to be snapped…

  • Bauce Rules

    Raider E Says:
    May 16th, 2011 at 12:34 pm
    You make a valid point Bauce, but I believe the bigger problem is Huff.
    ************************************

    Huff sucks man. Look at the course of his career and tell me he doesnt give up huge plays…not big but HUGE!

    I’m fine with Branch at FS and Mitchell at SS. Alot tougher up the middle of the field now

  • Raider E

    Im with ya Bauce. It frustrates me cause I know we are going into next season as is on the WR front.

  • Silverandblack666

    ” It’s the dumbest “sport” I’ve ever heard of.”

    Yes basketball is and I think we should leave it for the women!

  • http://www.cnn.com RAIDER

    Raider E = priest. That’s an easy one.

  • http://www.cnn.com RAIDER

    You have to have some kind of skill other than abusing an animal to be a good basketball player.

  • Dakota

    83.RAIDER Says:
    May 16th, 2011 at 12:38 pm
    Those white boys at the rodeo did not look pleased about it. I think they felt he was mocking what they do. As well he should. It’s the dumbest “sport” I’ve ever heard of.
    ++++++++++++++++++

    Much more of a sport than NASCAR. All auto racing would be much more watchable if the racetrack was a figure eight.

  • Raider E

    I never wanna see Huff in a Raider jersey again, Bauce. Huge is the word for real.

  • Raider E

    Priest? Really? Your gonna have to do better than that Gusto. Im not half his age and I live in Spokane dum dum.

  • http://www.cnn.com RAIDER

    Ocho’s next non-football project is to play a couple of games as a Raider next year.

  • Silverandblack666

    “You have to have some kind of skill other than abusing an animal to be a good basketball player.”

    LOL that was good.

    Did you know that a 50 year old man made over 5,200 free throws in a row. Why can’t guys shoot more than 60% from the line is beyond me?

  • Bauce Rules

    Raider E Says:
    May 16th, 2011 at 12:44 pm
    I never wanna see Huff in a Raider jersey again, Bauce. Huge is the word for real.
    *******************************

    Yeah 5 years in the NFL and hasn’t justified his first round status yet. I’m amazed 80pct of this blog denies it

  • Raider E

    I liked his helmet though, was he the only bullrider wearing one?

  • Bauce Rules

    RAIDER Says:
    May 16th, 2011 at 12:47 pm
    Ocho’s next non-football project is to play a couple of games as a Raider next year.
    *********************

    LOL keep hope alive

  • http://www.cnn.com RAIDER

    Yeah, that was one of those ones where I was laughing as I typed it. Couldn’t resist.