Chiming in with a `10 worst’


Profootballtalk.com is inviting readers to chip in with suggestions for the 10 worst moments of the Raiders since 1987, something the Web site is putting together for every team in the league.

OK, I’ll play along.

(Note: Tragic events which far outweigh anything to do with football, such as the deaths of safety Eric Turner and 1998 draftee Leon Bender, are not included).

1. Super Bowl XXXVII, Jan. 26, 2003: Bucs 48, Raiders 21

Wayward center Barret Robbins got the landslide rolling when he went AWOL in a haze of alcohol and mental illness, but this was all about Jon Gruden

Traded by Al Davis to Tampa Bay for two first-round draft picks, two second-round draft picks and $8 million, Gruden was in his full Chucky glory, mimicking quarterback Rich Gannon in practice and having his team prepared to dismantle the organization that gave him his chance to be a head coach.

Yeah, I know. Gruden wanted to go. Of course he did. When the boss asks “do you want to leave?’’ it’s pretty much universally accepted he wants you to leave.

2. The Tuck Rule Game, Jan. 19, 2002: Patriots 16, Raiders 13

I’ll never forget the look of Amy Trask, Bruce Allen and Mike Lombardi as they filed past the media in the press box after Adam Vinatieri’s game-winning field goal in overtime. Complete and utter shock and horror.

Walt Coleman actually was lauded in some circles for his application of an arcane rule that never passed the stink test. I’ve seen Charles Woodson hit Tom Brady a hundred times now, and a hundred times it was a fumble, with Greg Biekert recovering.

That said, proper perspective requires recognition of the fact that had Zack Crockett picked up a third-and-1 near midfield in the fourth quarter, Coleman never comes into play.

3. San Diego 27, Oakland 0, Sept. 11, 2006

It may as well have been 100-0. A 4-1 preseason had some believing that perhaps the Art Shell redux could possibly work out.

Instead, the Raiders were so shockingly inept in all areas it was clear the team was headed south in a hurry. Oakland finished 2-14, Shell was done after one year.

The comments section in this blog was the most angry I can ever remember. Fans were embarrassed and disgusted.

4. Anything to do with JaMarcus Russell

It was really more an era than a moment, but it cost the Raiders $39 million in guaranteed money for the No. 1 overall pick of the 2007 draft.

5. Bo Jackson’s career-ending injury, Jan. 13, 1991

Tackled along the sideline by Kevin Walker, Jackson sustained a dislocated hip with blood flow issues that ended one of Al Davis’ most shrewd management decisions. Going against convention, Davis allowed Jackson to be a “part time’’ football player and was rewarded with one of football’s most explosive talents.

6. Bill Callahan’s `Dumbest Team in America,’ Nov. 30, 2003

The Raiders fall to 3-9 after losing 22-8 to the Denver Broncos at the Coliseum. Whatever tenuous hold Callahan had on his team at the time evaporated when he proclaimed it “the dumbest team in America’’ after committing 11 penalties for 89 yards.

He lost Woodson and Charlie Garner, among others. Those two were suspended for the regular-season finale against San Diego after blowing off a mandatory snack the night before the game.

Callahan read a brief statement bolted from the podium at his season-ending press conference, offering a terse “No!’’ when I asked him if he was taking any questions.

7. The Randy Moss experiment

Moss was at his explosive, dynamic best all the way up to the point where he suffered rib and tailbone injuries coming down in heap against San Diego. Mostly, acquired from Minnesota and brought to the facility by police motorcade, was mostly listless, indifferent and downright strange as a Raider.

Davis reluctantly traded Moss to New England for a fourth-round draft pick at the behest of coach Lane Kiffin, and Moss caught 98 passes for 1,493 yards and 23 touchdowns.

8. Sebastian Janikowski’s 76-yard field goal attempt and its aftermath, Sept. 28, 2008

Kiffin, who entered into a Cold War of sorts with Davis in his first offseason as Raiders coach, let Janikowski line up for a 76-yard field goal attempt just before halftime that was essentially his middle finger out the door.

After a Raiders defeat against the Chargers, Kiffin was fired heading into the bye week, with Davis giving the media a memorable presentation with the help of an overhead projector. Davis fired Kiffin for “cause,’’ with one of his reasons being the reluctance of the coach to embrace Russell.

Davis said Russell would be great and for Kiffin to “get over it.’’

In the end, both men failed the players, putting their personal grudge above wins and losses.

9. Tony Siragusa’s belly flop on Rich Gannon, Jan. 14, 2001

Any chance the Raiders had against one of the NFL’s best defenses of all time ended when nose tackle Tony Siragusa made sure his 360-plus pounds was properly positioned to separate the shoulder of Gannon, leaving the Raiders’ offense in the hands of Bobby Hebert if they were to make the Super Bowl.

Correction: The quarterback was Bobby Hoying, of course . . . he actually threw a touchdown pass to Andre Rison that was called back on an offensive interference penalty.

10. Meltdown on Monday night, Sept. 8, 1997

Elvis Grbac threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Andre Rison in the game’s final moments as the Raiders blew a 27-13 third quarter lead and fell 28-27 in what had been an electric night at the Coliseum.

Coach Joe Bugel was in such a state of shock he barricaded himself in his office and wouldn’t speak to the media. The Raiders never opened the locker room to the press, instead sending Albert Lewis out to speak for the team.

With this kind of internal constitution, it’s no wonder the Raiders went on to finish 4-12, leading Davis to hire Gruden.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Bauce Rules

    CARL…..i was at that 06 mnf game…..it was so obvious Merriman was roided out

  • Bauce Rules

    RRS….if you watch that GW shot by Bosh….wade got doubled then Lebron got doubled leaving him wide the hell open. It only gets worse from here. All vets gonna wanna go to South Beach for the next 6 seasons

  • guest123

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    June 6th, 2011 at 5:59 am
    Go Heat !!!


    game 2 was a little speedbump. This should have been a sweep, but no matter. Heat in 5. Crown Godzillan and King Kong already.

    Go Heat.


    Laker fans, wish u were here.

  • Bauce Rules

    Guest yeah it should be coming on broom time but Miami really wilted down the stretch in game 2…..oh well, they bounced back with a huge win on road. Big 3 especially Wade smell blood

  • Bauce Rules

    Plax is free! Thank god…he had no biz in jail. Glad he gets to be back with his son.

  • hwnrdr

    Good morning Nation!!!
    As a Laker Fan, yes, I expect to be there every year, however, I know we can’t be the best of the West every year (although 32 out of 65 is dam right not bad)!
    Like I said before…we will be back! And I hope Miami fans don’t think like that and think it will be an easy next 2 games…in Dallas! Dirk missed his shot, which rarely happens! Don’t get me wrong, unfortunately I know that King F Face will win one because no one can deny his talent…but I think The Mavs will at least take them to 6!

  • oldschoolraider

    The ten worst moments in Raiders history? Really?
    I realize that there’s not a lot going on at the moment, but did you really have to resort to this drivel?
    Usually my biggest gripe about this blog is the fact that so many commenters go off on their own little tangents, completely ignoring the substance of the blog itself. In this case I can’t blame them.

  • Bauce Rules

    Hwnrdr…..lol lakers back? When? Dilbert is lifeless. As for mavs…..in all honestly ever since the sweep of Lakers, Dallas has been been outplayed by OKC aand Miami. Not having Caron Butler is showing now otherwise they prolly walk to title

  • Bauce Rules

    Oldschool……pft is garbage for that. Bringing up alot of hurtful moments

  • Carl Weathers

    Mavs can win if they keep Peja off the floor and Kidd stops turning it over. Dirk, Terry, Marion and Chandler are no scrubs. I hope it goes 7, good games to watch so far.

  • hwnrdr

    Hey Bauce, maybe not next year…maybe not in 5, but that is always that one thing I know…they will be back! Although with Jerry West up here in Oakland…the West has just gotten interesting…
    As for Dallas…I will give them one more win…and if Dwyane Wade does NOT get the MVP…something is wrong!

  • Carl Weathers

    Wade has been the MVP so far, no doubt.

  • guest123

    Heat in 5. Write it down.

  • guest123

    …….If Jesus got Lebron, I got Deeewayne Wade…..

  • guest123

    Bauce Rules Says:
    June 6th, 2011 at 6:42 am
    Oldschool……pft is garbage for that. Bringing up alot of hurtful moments


    I agree Bauce. I am surprised that Jerry took the smelly bait. Must be desperate for a story line. What’s the point in wallowing in old frustrations?

  • guest123

    Raiders for life Says:
    June 5th, 2011 at 4:49 pm
    Who was the Raiders DC in “97 who implemented that dreadful prevent D?


    All the other 10 ten worst are in the past. But this comment is part of the now. It worries me.

  • Buckeyeraider

    Good morning people.

    Guest and RFL,

    I assume you guys are implying it was Bresnahan at DC in ’97?

    If so, that’s not the case..so you guys don’t have to worry. He was an asst w/ the Colts in ’97.

    Chuck B arrived with Gruden the following year. He was def backs coach in ’98/99 under Chuckie.

    He was promoted to DC in 2000 until 2003. Which happens to be the last time Oak was in the playoffs and their run D was any good.

    So, we shall see.

  • Stabler76

    Siragusa’s fat a$$ flop was the worst.

    THe Tuck Rule was BS, but the team still should have one that game–

    I remember Leo Aragus (the punter) doing things that were really really bad— luckily I have forgotten most of them.

    The loss to Pitts last year was ugly too

  • CJ Legend 34

    Man I will never forget all those moments man. I think they got all the bad experiences up front, but for me it will still be Bo Jackson getting his hip busted aginst the Bungel’s.

    My favorite Raider and football player of all time and they were making a playoff run for the Superbowl. With Bo around another 5 years I think they would have got it. Not to mention the next year they had Ronnie Lott join the team who was blowing people up at safety even past his prime.

  • Buckeyeraider

    Siragusa’s fat azz was also fined 50 grand by the league afterwards. Which was a rather large fine back then.

    Of course there was no flag on the play. Go figure. Wouldn’t have brought Gannon back, but still.

  • Dakota

    I think you have to put the Bo Jackson injury at #3 at least. It was a devastating loss, especially when combined with Al Davis’ idiotic benching of Marcus Allen in the subsequent year or two. We lost two HOF RBs before their times, but for drastically different reasons.

  • hwnrdr

    That Bo injury left a bad taste in my mouth…kind of knowing then that we are not going to replace him…heck, no one can! That ’06 Monday Night Opener at home against a first time starting Phillip Rivers and LT running all over the darn place…that was when, even though we were 4-1 in the preseason…we were crap…and with Randy Moss giving up…well…

  • Buckeyeraider


    Lott was a hell of an addition. Greatest DB I ever saw play. I was glad to see him in silver & Black for a brief moment. Went to probowl and lead the league in int’s as a Raider.

    But even of bigger signigance than Lott, was the addition a few years later of Jeff Hostetler, IMO.

    ‘Ol Hoss was a tough SOB, and gave the Raiders a legit Super Bowl caliber QB. Imagine if that offense in ’93 that shoulda beat Buffalo in the playoffs had a healthy Bo Jacson at RB. With Timmy in his prime at WR.

    AD might have another Lombardi in his trophy case.

    The lament of what might have been. Sigh.

  • hwnrdr

    The Hoss man…he was a tough SOB! Didn’t he come right after the Giants won the SB with Christie’s wide FG kick? or was it the year after…can’t remember…But yeah, if Bo was healthy and Al didn’t screw with Marcus…a SB caliber QB with a helluva one two punch at running back…hmmm…

  • Buckeyeraider

    Speaking of that ’93 team,
    I was watching NFLN awhile back, and Darryl “Moose” Johnston was on. He was answering an e-mail about the current Cowboys and how they hadn’t won anything yet.

    His response was interesting. He said it takes a lot more than just talent. He said the most talented team he ever played against in his entire career was the 1993 LA Raiders. And then he said” and, what did they win?” Ouch.

    I started thinking, that guy played in some great rivalry games against some SB caliber Niner teams and then Favres Packers.

    That ’93 team should’ve at least gotten to the AFC championship game, though. They got screwed in Buffalo. (I know, I’m a weak minded conspiracy theorist). Lol. All Raider games are officiated on the up and up.

    Imagine if that team had Bo at RB, though. They woulda been a tough out.

  • Silverandblack666

    I was at that game when Siragusa’s fat azz injured Gannon. We camped out all night before the game with many others on the streets outside the stadium and the feeling was we were on our way to the Super Bowl. I can remember the excitement the night before with all the fans partying all night long, some guys had big screen TV’s in the back of their pickup trucks.

    One play ruined our chances once Gannon was gone it was over.

  • Davy Jones

    Too weighted towards recent history. What about the Immaculate Deception? That should’ve made the Top 10. I might also nominate Tatum and Stingley.

  • Buckeyeraider

    Davy Jones,

    The PFT article ties this into the work stoppage. So, it’s only supposed to go back to the strike of ’87.

    I was reading through the Minnesota Vikings top 10 list, and a lot of their fans were doing the same thing.

    Bringing up their 4 SB losses and “wrong Way” Jim Marshall. Other fans were pointing out to them that it’s only since ’87.

    You think the Raiders have problems…read the Viking fans list of grievences. lol.

  • Buckeyeraider

    New post

  • Davy Jones

    LOL, there it is in the first line. I guess when I see a top ten article I go straight to the list and skip the fine print. Thanks, BR.

  • RaiderfanNY

    Boy, it’s hard to narrow down the Raiders’ worst moments since 87 to 10. There are dozens to choose from.

    Jerry did a fine job, but I offer a few alternatives:

    1. The trade of Jon Gruden (could be top 5);
    2. Brett Favre’s big-night on MNF after his father died, when the Raiders didn’t even seem to try with the whole country watching;
    3. the 51-3 debacle in the 1991 AFC Championship (which I attended);
    4. Marcus Allen shredding the Raiders’ defense twice in 1993;
    5. and the 2006 offense, maybe the worst in the history of pro football. It may not count as a “moment,” but neither does “Anything having to do with JaMarcus Russell.”

    And there are so many others!

  • MR Janet was 11 and I was 9 dummy. As we both grew up she became fake and less hot.

  • Raiderhays

    10. Meltdown on Monday night, Sept. 8, 1997

    Oh… Man… I was at that game. The defense completely disappeared halfway through the 3rd quarter. It was horrible.

    9. Tony Siragusa’s belly flop on Rich Gannon, Jan. 14, 2001

    Another game I attended. The only time I EVER got to attend an AFC Championship game. I STILL hate “Fat Tony”.

  • joker94583

    I loved Callahan’s dumbest team comment. Was he wrong? Hell no!