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Janikowski finally makes it to Pro Bowl

By Steve Corkran
Tuesday, December 27th, 2011 at 7:24 pm in Oakland Raiders.

For the past 11 years, Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski needed a plane ticket and a game ticket if he wanted any part of the Pro Bowl. Not anymore.
Janikowski was one of three Raiders selected to the Pro Bowl, the league announced Tuesday afternoon. Punter Shane Lechler and defensive tackle Richardy Seymour were the two others.
“What a proud day for the Raiders,” coach Hue Jackson said in a team press release. “We’ve got three guys who exemplify exactly what we’re trying to become on this football team – Shane Lechler, Sebastian Janikowski and Richard Seymour. “We’re excited for them. Those guys will go over to Hawaii and represent us well.”
They might have company, too. Strong safety Tyvon Branch, defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, running back Darren McFadden and fullback Marcel Reece were named as alternates for the game that will be played Jan. 29, in Honolulu.
It’s quite commonplace for numerous players selected to bow out of the game, for one reason or other — injury, lack of interest, still in the playoffs, etc.
This is old hat for Lechler, who was selected for the seventh time in his 12 seasons. Hence, it isn’t surprising to hear that he is just as excited for close friend Janikowski, who has been bypassed before.
“[The selection is] just as exciting as the first time. As soon as I found out … I called (my wife) and told her, and she was
excited,” Lechler said. “I’m excited, and it never gets old because whenever you get voted in by your
peers, that’s the ultimate accomplishment.
“I’m so excited for [Janikowski]. It’s been so overdue for him, probably the best kicker in the league for at least the last five-six years and he’s hitting the ball so good this year. It’s going to be fun just to be able to be out there with him and his wife Laurie and kind of get away from the NFL life and go play an All-Star game.”
Seymour also was selected for the seventh time. He, too, seemed just as excited about the prospect of Janikowski being selected.
“It’s definitely a wonderful honor and I’m happy to go with my teammates who made it,” Seymour said. “I’m definitely
super excited for SeaBass. It’s been a long time coming for him; very deserving. I give my teammates and my coaches a lot of credit, they put me in the right position to make plays. I couldn’t be the player that I am without Tommy Kelly and the guys beside me. So, those guys are definitely deserving, as well, and their time is coming soon.”
Janikowski tied an NFL record with a 63-yard field goal in the regular-season opener. Later, he set a Raiders record with six field goals in one game.
One could make a case that Janikowski is having a career year. Even so, he has had other seasons when he merited a spot in the Pro Bowl,
“It feels great,” Janikowski said. “It took me awhile. I mean, only 12 years, but it feels great and it’s a great honor. I’m
happy to be there. I’m looking forward to it. I can’t do it without Jon Condo and Shane Lechler and the offensive line. They protected and did a great job and that’s what it takes.”

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  • hwnrdr

    All good news so far…I gave up hope on DMAC coming back…I’ll let him surprise me already!

  • GoodOle00

    HUFF!!!!

  • inonewordraider

    CorkOnTheNFL Steve Corkran
    No sign of Big John Henderson at practice. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him placed on injured reserve this week.

  • hwnrdr

    353.inonewordraider Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 11:23 am
    CorkOnTheNFL Steve Corkran
    No sign of Big John Henderson at practice. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him placed on injured reserve this week.

    That would not be good…

  • GoodOle00

    349. Joe was the beneficiary of a revolutionary system that had Defenses scrambling to play cathc up for a few years. NO illusions, he was great in it. GREAT but he had a great team around him and the best WR ever to throw to.

    Brady?

    Well, those ****s*ckers cheated didn’t they?

  • daraider09

    Boy people are ignorant on Gannon. How can you hate the only guy that has given us something to consistently cheer about in the last 25 years in Silver and Black? I’m hopeful for the future now with this yougn talented team. But the facts are that Gannon provided us 3 straight dominant division titles, 4 straight pro bowls at QB (that’s unheard of for Raider QBs!) and an NFL MVP. And the only team in my lifetime (I’m 27) that could consistently win and was nationally recognized as an NFL powerhouse, and not in just our own backyard. His QB skills led to all the victories, his decisionmaking. His brains.

    All people choose to remember is the poor superbowl. ABSOLUTELY he was terrible in that game. But there were other circumstances involved in us losing that game: Barrett Robbins, playing against our coach who was our play designer. I blame Callaghan for not changing things up when he knew he was going to play Gruden, more than I blame Gannon.

    But all of that doesnt change the fact that without him, we have had next to nothing to cheer for since 1983 as Raider fans. Bo Jackson and Marcus, Hostetler? Numerous 9-7, 8-8 and 7-9 seasons in the 1990s? lol…

  • inonewordraider

    CorkOnTheNFL Steve Corkran
    Michael Bush full go at practice. Same goes for Taiwan Jones.
    57 seconds ago

  • hwnrdr

    Didn’t we sign an NT from the practice squad? Is he worth anything?

  • aig-raiders

    Raider-in-PA Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 10:35 am

    How did Pryor’s college stats compare to Cam Newton’s?? Seems like Newton had more people claiming he wasnt NFL material prior to the draft, now look.. Who’s to say Pryor couldnt make a similar leap??
    ———————
    I did the research and posted on here before. They were almost identical in terms of production of numbers. Cam had better passing numbers and Pryor had better rushing numbers. Pryor had better numbers against the same opponent Arkansas than Cam. Pryor’s game was in a bowl game too.

    BTW, Pryor’s numbers blew away JC’s numbers in college as well. The very same idiot that blasted JC last year is now on here trying to say that Pryor can’t even do what JC did. That’s Alex7 for you. He hates black QBs while Mistic hates white QBs. Ebony and Ivory baby.

  • hwnrdr

    357.inonewordraider Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 11:24 am
    CorkOnTheNFL Steve Corkran
    Michael Bush full go at practice. Same goes for Taiwan Jones.
    57 seconds ago

    That is definitely good!

  • inonewordraider

    CorkOnTheNFL Steve Corkran
    Jason Campbell still hasn’t been cleared to practice. Full steam ahead toward free agency. Raiders career effectively ended Oct. 16.

  • aig-raiders

    The hate on Gannon is stupid. I agree.

    Tampa knew all of Gannon’s plays and so I am not shocked at what happened at all. The Patriots used to win SBs when they knew the opposing teams defensive calls as well. Gannon’s criticisms of the organization was dead on during the Jamarcus era.

  • inonewordraider

    CorkOnTheNFL Steve Corkran
    Richard Seymour not at practice today. He has been a regular at practice past few weeks. Not sure what’s up with him now.

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Ford back means we dont have to see Schilens or Murphy.
    That’s a plus.

    A silver lining from Fords injury is McCann he is solid!

    Huff returning means less MM and no Boyd under any circumstances…

    Sorry Norv but your last HC gig will end in defeat.

    The end

  • aig-raiders

    Having Ford and Huff back will be huge. Wonder if Megatron would have made those catches if it was Huff back there instead of Boyd and MM34.

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    R Seymour had the best game of Oakland Raider career blocking 2 kicks he’s probably been givin the week off.
    ______

    inonewordraider Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 11:29 am

    CorkOnTheNFL Steve Corkran
    Richard Seymour not at practice today. He has been a regular at practice past few weeks. Not sure what’s up with him now.

  • inonewordraider

    hwnrdr Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 11:25 am
    Didn’t we sign an NT from the practice squad? Is he worth anything?

    __________________
    massive, hope he can get some run

  • bcz24

    The Patriots used to win SBs when they knew the opposing teams defensive calls as well.
    ******************
    The Patriots won Super Bowls when their DEFENSE was the best part about their team. After Pioli left, they got too offensively focused and decided to outscore teams instead stopping them. Which is fine in the regular season, but doesn’t work in the playoffs.

  • inonewordraider

    8. Travis Ivey, Maryland
    Ivey battled injuries throughout his career and wasn’t a full-time starter until his senior year. His tape isn’t impressive but there’s only so many guys out there who are 6’4″, 341 pounds. He’ll draw interest in the late rounds or as a free agent.

  • aig-raiders

    Can’t believe Seymour made another Probowl.

  • http://ggeden.wordpress.com/ GG

    aig-raiders Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Raider-in-PA Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 10:35 am

    How did Pryor’s college stats compare to Cam Newton’s?? Seems like Newton had more people claiming he wasnt NFL material prior to the draft, now look.. Who’s to say Pryor couldnt make a similar leap??
    ———————
    I did the research and posted on here before. They were almost identical in terms of production of numbers. Cam had better passing numbers and Pryor had better rushing numbers. Pryor had better numbers against the same opponent Arkansas than Cam. Pryor’s game was in a bowl game too.

    BTW, Pryor’s numbers blew away JC’s numbers in college as well. The very same idiot that blasted JC last year is now on here trying to say that Pryor can’t even do what JC did. That’s Alex7 for you. He hates black QBs while Mistic hates white QBs. Ebony and Ivory baby.

    ——–

    Great post.

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    Just Win.

  • DeuceDeuce

    Wimbley vs Gaither

    Thats the big matchup this week.

  • John David Booty

    I watched a lot of Pryor’s games, and my major complaint would be that he DIDNT run enough when he had the chance. He always kept his eyes downfield, which is actually a good thing, but there were so many plays Id watch him stand behind that pocket, up to 7 seconds, no open WRs, wide open green in front of him, 4.3 speed, and more often than not, he didnt run for it. Thats the difference I see in how he and Cam play. Also, Cam is a lot thicker/stronger and harder to bring down, and you can see he plays with that confidence, like he KNOWS how hard he is to bring down. In all honesty, Cam is what I expected Jamarcus Russell to be. May even be what Al had in mind.

  • DeuceDeuce

    Man Gaither sure would look nice on the right side of our line..

  • John David Booty

    DeuceDeuce Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Man Gaither sure would look nice on the right side of our line..
    ————————————————-
    Next season, watch. Woulda been nice here this season if he didnt fail that physical.

  • daraider09

    329. Yes, Davis’ way is antiquated. Thats why 12 teams threw for over 4,000 yds last year. The longball is dead! Riiight.

    Davis did put together a great team. This is the most talent laden roster I can remember in decades but A.D. Bresnahan started running the D his way with more blitzing and Zone and guess what? We’re getting killed on D.

    Now maybe its because this D is built for man, I don;t know, but those hating on the davis way finally got theirs and its been no better.

    *******************************************************

    I see your point, I have been one of those who firmly believe Davis’ way is antiquated and is what has held this defense back for with namely the lack of run defense all these years.
    Now we’re changing things up and we still stink.. I get it. My only gripe with that is that Bresnehan is not a real defensive coordinator. He is someone we reached for at the last minute off the scrap heap.
    It does seem that this team was built for man to man defense and they cant miz in zone very effectively.

    I will agree with you if more of the same is happening next season IF we have a good coordinator. If we bring in Mike Nolan or someone well respected who has proven to turn defenses around (Wade Phillips) and we still are having the same issues, THEN and only THEN will I finally back off and say maybe its some lack of talent. But I have watched the same old song for the past 9 years. Different, coaches, different players, same results and problems in defense.

    Lets get a proven coordinator and a 21st century philosophy. Not Bresnehan’s 2001 defense. And if we still fail, then I will relent.

  • RaiderRockstar

    If the Rams get the #1 pick and Gruden signs on with them as their HC, will you suddenly have a new second favorite NFL team?

    ***

    Dakota,

    I only had a 2nd favorite football team once in life. I liked the Indy Colts with Jim Harbaugh at QB & Marshall Faulk at RB …

    I like Jon Gruden, but I could never root for another NFL team besides my Raiders unless we’re talking playoffs and the Raiders are out of the picture (example: who didn’t love seeing the Giants end the Patriots undefeated season in the Super Bowl?)

  • http://ggeden.wordpress.com/ GG

    Silverandblack666

    thanks for posting that good article: http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/45798342/ns/sports-nfl//

    Raiders Commitment to Resilience

  • GoodOle00

    377. Fair do’s!

    Bres has 2 go…Hue was pizzed bad at the end of the half when Bressy ran a 3 man prevent against a KC 3rd and 31. The 13 yd unopposed completion put them in FG range.

    Seymour blocked. If he hadn’t…

  • aig-raiders

    I think “Davis’ Way” is actually more of the single deep safety. Al has allowed Jon Gruden to run his own offense but AD has always insisted on man2man, 4-3, and single deep safety. While that scheme works, I prefer to have us mix it up and confuse the QB. Make the QB spend a few more seconds reading your D rather than allowing him to know ahead of time what you are deploying.

  • GoodOle00

    370.
    371.

    Agreed.

    Peace owt 4 now Nation. Lets get some more picks off of Rivers. Would love for us to put him ov er 20 for the yr…

  • RaiderRockstar

    Travis Ivey went undrafted in 2010.

    I think he spent some time on the practice squads for the Dolphins & Browns before landing on ours.

    he’s young & massive. played college ball with King Darrius

  • ElkGRaider

    347.DeuceDeuce Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 11:21 am
    Friday is the day to be looking for DMC..not today.
    ===========================

    Dude has been out 66 days. One friday practice and all of a sudden our O is great??

    Having Ford back is big…

  • GoodOle00

    2nd level D needs to remember to play the ball, not the man, once they’ve reached Zone depth.

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    It must be a joke. Like when 0hbhama won the noble peace prize.

    Some things you just can’t take seriously…
    ______

    aig-raiders Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Can’t believe Seymour made another Probowl.

  • aig-raiders

    MB,

    Dude, fess up. You voted for Seymour didnt you?

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Listen up novices & fuktards

    If DMAC is ready to go Sunday Hue will keep him out of practice and just turn him loose on the Bolts Sunday so they dont have any chance to prepare for him.

    Hue is a guy that will do something like that to win a game. If DMAC is going to play we wont know it and either will SD.

    The end

  • RaiderRockstar

    Mr Brown,

    thanks for successfully converting Seabass from zero to hero!

    Congrats. Keep up the good work. Perhaps you can convince Seymour to show up again this week?

    Those blocked FG’s were a thing of beauty, but you know he only shows up once every 4 games or so … so i’m a bit concerned for our Run Defense this week. Could be another game with no tackles, no sacks and 1 QB pressure. 200+ rushing yards allowed

  • DEATHROW 55

    I think kelly had a btr yr than seymore, don’t know if anybody has already posted that but it’s true.

  • aig-raiders

    TK had a very good year and much better than Seymour. But Seymour went on reputation.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I’m glad JFORD is practicing, but I don’t really want him stealing reps from DHB, Moore, Murphy, Schilens or even Housh at this point.

    Palmer needs to develop a chemistry with his wides and Ford has been in & out for much of the season.

    As a receiver, Ford only has 17 catches & 1 TD in 7 games on the season. 2 fumbles and quite a few drops as well. shelf him!

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    RRS,
    It’s no trouble at all I enjoy the challenge, it’s very rewarding work. SeaPerch has been my best pupil by far!

    Seymour is rather stubborn but I will keep my nose to the grind stone.

    The sad thing is some of the nation was satisfied with Perch clanking balls off the uprights or sending them wide right. I have higher standards.

    Regards,
    Mista

  • RAIDER MAYNE

    349. Joe was the beneficiary of a revolutionary system that had Defenses scrambling to play cathc up for a few years. NO illusions, he was great in it. GREAT but he had a great team around him and the best WR ever to throw to.

    ——————————-
    Joe Montana was the sh!t . He played against great all-time defenses (BEARS,DALLAS,GIANTS,Vikings,Redskins)and won 4 super bowls still. He would have won 3 more if it was not for injury and that filthy morman duche Steve Young. Steve young only won 1 superbowl with ALLSTAR TEAMS!If Montana was still the QB they would have won atleast 3 more … ANd don’t give me the crap about playing with Jerry Rice because he had 2 superbowl rings before RICE was even drafted! Fck Steve Young and fck Rivers !

  • DeuceDeuce

    Ford does something that Murphy, Schillens & DHB dont do.. Fight for the ball & make a play on it in the air.

    Thats why Palmer trusts D.Moore & Ford. He knows he can just toss it in their direction.

  • RaiderRockstar

    1st game back from a foot injury, you can bet Hue Jackson will run AT LEAST one reverse with Jacoby Ford.

    maybe we should try one with Brandon Myers? Did you see that guy run?

    for a blocking te, he’s lightning quick!

  • DEATHROW 55

    I see a lot of future pro bowlers on our team curry, chekwa,Houston , romac, branch, dmac,Moore, veldheer, Reece, wisniewski, Ford, Palmer …….

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    Fck Steve Young and fck Rivers !
    ************************
    CODE BLACK!

  • bcz24

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 11:59 am
    1st game back from a foot injury, you can bet Hue Jackson will run AT LEAST one reverse with Jacoby Ford.
    ************************
    You guys like to hate on Hue about them reverses… but they are pretty damn effective, I would argue we score on a higher percentage of them than any other team in the league.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Thats why Palmer trusts D.Moore & Ford. He knows he can just toss it in their direction.

    ***

    DD,

    Palmer needs to quit that and start throwing some accurate passes. who knows, they might not get picked ??

    It’s nice to have a strong armed QB, but not if he’s gonna play like Favre in his 40′s – or Jeff George or JaMarcus!

    I’d rather have an accurate dude with smarts and a noodle arm like Gannon or Pennington and some guy playing careless heave-ho football like one of us fans would.

    Carson Palmer is my guy, but he needs to start thinking MORE and just tossing it up for grabs LESS.