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Raiders sever ties with Herrera

The Raiders and senior executive John Herrera, who has served the organization as a spokesman and in a front office capacity for the better part of his adult life, have parted ways.

According to someone familiar with the situation, the decision was made on the business side of the Oakland operation, and not by general manager Reggie McKenzie or coach Dennis Allen.

Herrera could not be reached for comment, and Raiders officials had no comment.

The first clue Herrera’s role had changed came Wednesday, when McKenzie held an off-the-record meeting with an informal lunch with Bay Area beat writers, and Herrera was not in attendance.

Herrera joined the Raiders out of high school, hired to run errands by owner Al Davis, and eventually moved up in the operations, leaving for stints with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and as a general manager in the Canadian Football League but eventually returning in 1985.

He was known as a fierce defender of Davis, which prompted the occasional run-inwith writers covering the team, most notably a confrontation with San Jose Mercury-News columnist Tim Kawakami that was caught on film and became a popular YouTube stop.

Since Davis died on Oct. 8, and the transfer of power with to son Mark Davis and McKenzie has general manager, Herrera’s departure is likely to be only one of several moves as the organization is restructured.

A source familiar with the situation said Hall of Fame cornerback Willie Brown, a longtime Raiders employee who has been in charge of “squad development’’ and has assisted coaches, will remain with the team, but his role is being “redefined.’In other news, the Raiders have signed Brandon Underwood, a defensive back who last played for the Green Bay Packers. He was a sixth-round draft pick by Green Bay in 2009, where McKenzie worked in the personnel department.

Underwood’s time with the Packers was marred by off-the-field issues, with two arrests in domestic disputes. He played in 23 games in two years, mostly on special teams.

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  • Just Fire Baby

    Underwood has a chance to be the 50th guy on the roster, who can play on all the teams units.

    Not much more than that.

  • r8eray

    According to Pro Football Focus, Jacoby Ford played just 38.8 percent of offensive snaps when he was healthy and in the lineup last season.
    Things may change under a new coaching staff, but it was clear in 2011 that Ford was third fantasy option behind Darrius Heyward-Bey and Denarius Moore. Expect Moore to remain the No. 3 receiver, gadget player, and explosive return specialist in 2012. DHB and Moore project as top-30 fantasy receivers at the rate they produced under Carson Palmer last season.
    Related: Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore
    Source: Pro Football Focus Feb 16 – 8:06 PM

  • Blackmamba_20

    Thanks JFB !!!

  • Silverandblack666

    I forgot that

    The Return Of Albert Bigelow Paine Says:

    Is one of MR’s (Sandusky44) monikers I do not want to engage in a blog with a troll later people!

  • hwnrdr

    And I agree…Silver is a tool himself! DO you realy believe that Al hated Mark? I mean seriously guys…
    What was also documented was the fact that Mark knew squat about football, and Al was/is a legend! It’s a father/son thing that the father wants to pass along his passion to his son…it may have been frustrating to Al knowing that his only son didn’t share his passion. Whether you see it as wrong doing for belittling his son in front of the media or not, he did always say that Mark is gonna inherit The Raiders! And if Mark was so vile, he could have easily sold out!

  • Hardline

    In case you don’t know the definition of defamation:

    A false and defamatory statement regarding an individual or entity published by one against the another to be truth.

    There are certain absolute and qualified privleges applicable to defamation which don’t apply to personal attacks on a blog.

    Remember, punitive damages are appropriate in defamation judgments and damages don’t have to be proven since they are implied.

    Anyone being accused of certain behavior and/or called certain names such as “brown stains”, “troll”, “racist” suggesting certain traits or behavior which is untrue, need only commence an action, serve discovery on Corky to obtain the offender’s IP address, in order to ascertain the offenders identity.

    From there the sky is the limit.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Still ranting, troll? Lol.

  • chrisram73

    This is the best offseason move yet! So happy that rat is gone! He was AD’s whipping boy and that is all! Chump should have been kicked out before Huebert.

  • Hardline

    KoolKell, #57,

    Yeah Kell, I am. I have a suggestion; why don’t you really give it me. Stage a personal attack with radical name calling and accusations.

    I would welcome it.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    HERRERA’S FATE WAS SEALED ON OCT-8TH.WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME..

  • BewareofRaiders

    Good and Underwood could be good for our special teams. Still think we should get either Grimes, Finnegan or Porter two out of three would be good

  • RaiderWeaponX

    Thanks for the years of loyal service to the team we love.

    Sorry some hate you because he called out a hack journalist known for bashing Oakland.

  • Raiders for life

    Does Amy stay?

  • http://www.cannacenters.com R8rArt

    I might be wrong, but I don’t believe you can defame a fictional name, made up for a blog, or a forum.
    There are literally hundreds of thousands of blogs, with millions of insults/accusations being exchanged daily between fictional names.

  • r8eray

    I believe Amy is McKenzie’s boss?

  • C2E

    If only Herrera’s release could help against the cap

  • http://www.cannacenters.com R8rArt

    RaiderWeaponX Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Thanks for the years of loyal service to the team we love.

    Sorry some hate you because he called out a hack journalist known for bashing Oakland.
    ************************
    ?? that happened? Doesn’t make much sense, unless you are talking about non-Raider fans.

  • RaiderWeaponX

    The Herrera firing kept you all from talking about the Underwood signing.

    http://www.raidernationstation.com/raider_huddle

    Assaulted his wife “slung her to the ground” after Green Bays ring awarding ceremony.

    His wife, Brandi didnt want charges and says its over blown but Underwood also arrested for a prostitute.

    Maybe thats why the divorce?

  • HGDaddy

    Keep Amy Trask!!!

  • http://www.cannacenters.com R8rArt

    I don’t believe Amy is anyone’s boss. She handles the legal aspect of the organization, and also was helping out in ticket sales, but can’t see her being over anyone.

  • RaiderWeaponX

    48. F’in A

  • niceguymoe

    RaiderYYZ Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 5:47 pm
    Not that I give 2 cents about Herrera, but with each passing day more and more the way I feel is we are now just another football team.

    _______________________________________________________

    Is that what we want of the Raiders? To be “just another football team”? The Raiders should remain unique…

  • GalacticGus

    If it is a purely business move, I am sure there is will be some kind of behind closed doors reconciliation and Herrera will always be part of the Raider family. Call it an early retirement.

  • C2E

    The team may not be rebuilding via overhaul, but most everything is/will be. Will the brand/marketing, even uni’s, mystique change?

  • RaiderWeaponX

    Gutted Coaching staff, changing schemes, firing, shuffling old guard? Rebuild

  • alcala_m1

    Who cares about Herrera? It’s not like his presence brought wins to the team.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Rebuild?

    Yes we are. Rebuilding this mess of an organization, that was a complete running joke of professional sports.

    Have we finished better than 3rd in our division, in 10 years?

    Rebuild, will be better than the “built” model in place, on day 1.

  • djohnnyg

    Chris in NY Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 5:47 pm
    Why do so many on the board have this vendetta against Hererra? Because he teed off on Raider hater Tim Kawakami? Makes no sense.

    There’s more than that. Herrera was a public relations disaster. He turned off most everybody.

    A few examples:

    -When Raiders declined to re-sign Gallery he said “The guy was just asking for too much”. Gallery in turn said “I am very grateful for my time spent with the Raiders. I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the Silver and Black. I enjoyed my time here and wish everyone in the organization the best”.

    -Gannon. He bacame incensed at Ol Rich for the inocuous statement that the Raiders needed to “blow the place up”. Herrera decided to portray Gannon as meaning that literally and then lambasted Gannon for blowing the SB by throwing 5 interceptions. Gannon was a former NFL MVP and one of the best Raider QB’s ever and did not deserve that attack by Herrera.

    -The Kawakami “incident”. Actually I wish he would’ve picked that weasel up and body slammed him. I hate that turd. That being said, it made the org. look petty and paranoid.

    I can appreciate his loyalty to Mr. Davis, but to have a guy like that in charge of public relations?

    He would’ve been better served as one of Al’s hitmen.

  • aig-raiders

    Dont let the door hit your a$$ on the way out Herrera! Dude was an embarrassment to our org.

  • Tricky70390

    Kawakami isn’t a hater. Dude is a realist.

  • 504 Raider

    Whats up Nation!

    Later John H.

    I talked to a triner I know today who doesn’t really follow football like we do but watches some games when he’s not working. He is a certified trainer for Ochsner Sports Medicine. They cover the Saints and Hornets down here. He’s on duty 10 hrs per day during Saints training camp.

    I asked him about Dennis Allen and his eyes lit up. He said man that dude is a fierce fired up style coach. Says when he’s taping ankles or doing something else he can hear Allen in the background coaching’em up. Says he stops what he’s doing sometimes to see who Allen is coaching or getting on for mistakes.

    I told him Allen was the new coach of the Raiders and he was shocked. He didn’t know Allen was our coach. He thought Allen was still in Denver. Like I said he doesn’t follow football like us but the point is we got a great coach according to him and plenty others who really know the dude.

  • http://www.mrc.org Simon

    well said.

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    djohnnyg Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Chris in NY Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 5:47 pm
    Why do so many on the board have this vendetta against Hererra? Because he teed off on Raider hater Tim Kawakami? Makes no sense.

    There’s more than that. Herrera was a public relations disaster. He turned off most everybody.

    A few examples:

    -When Raiders declined to re-sign Gallery he said “The guy was just asking for too much”. Gallery in turn said “I am very grateful for my time spent with the Raiders. I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the Silver and Black. I enjoyed my time here and wish everyone in the organization the best”.

    -Gannon. He bacame incensed at Ol Rich for the inocuous statement that the Raiders needed to “blow the place up”. Herrera decided to portray Gannon as meaning that literally and then lambasted Gannon for blowing the SB by throwing 5 interceptions. Gannon was a former NFL MVP and one of the best Raider QB’s ever and did not deserve that attack by Herrera.

    -The Kawakami “incident”. Actually I wish he would’ve picked that weasel up and body slammed him. I hate that turd. That being said, it made the org. look petty and paranoid.

    I can appreciate his loyalty to Mr. Davis, but to have a guy like that in charge of public relations?

    He would’ve been better served as one of Al’s hitmen.

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  • BigZ@CSM

    Hey guys i havent posted in a while but i read this blog everyday. I am stoked about all the changes.
    Lets build a big bad beast of a D. Kick ass nation im out!

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Vittorio Tafur
    Raiders senior executive John Herrera says he is retiring
    6 minutes ago from Tweetbot for iOS

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    OF COURSE Herrera’s retiring. Short of Al going “Night of the Living Dead,” there’s not a whole lot of demand for the guy.

  • Dakota

    This is more of an important move than many of you realize. Herrera got a lot of face time for this org, and now he will be replace with someone that doesn’t look like some small time want to be gangster.

    Big step up in professionalism with this termination.

  • Dakota

    Smoke potters!

  • djohnnyg

    12.RaiderYYZ Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 5:47 pm
    Not that I give 2 cents about Herrera, but with each passing day more and more the way I feel is we are now just another football team.

    Don’t know if this will make u feel better, but Al Davis made an indelible, permanent stamp on the entity known as the Oakland Raiders. That will NEVER go away. The media will always hate us, we’ll always be the bad boy, they will constantly reference the bad boy image of the Raiders in all references to the Raiders.

    The good part about that; the stuff the org. is hopefully shedding itself from, is the dark last days of Mr. Davis and getting back to “winning”…which is what the Raiders were about for such a long time.

    We’ll still be the Raiders. Uniforms won’t change, and the bad boy image would take decades to shake no matter what happens on the field.

    Hopefully, we get back to being the Raiders that are known and HATED for WINNING so much.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I got Herrera got a nice severance package.

    Like him or not, dude was with the team 25 years, and Al’s right hand man.

  • RaiderWeaponX

    RMR using all kinds of aliases ton ite but giving blatant tells.

    Ick and yawn

    Herrera? Not crucial but those on one side or the other ie:

    I love raiders hate Davis

    Or love them both

    But

    Gannon shot his mouth off more than once about the Raiders and bit the hand of the team that took a bench warming 70 yr old QB and made him one of the most prolific passers of his era.

    Blow the buidling up and start over is what he said amongst other derogatory ****.

    NOt completely innocent but hes getting his way metaphorically.

    For better or worse it is what it is. We just want to WIN

  • ray_d

    Herrera was nothing more than Al Davis stooge and yes man. Now that Al’s gone it has been noticed that Herrera did nothing to earn his pay check.

  • No Lo

    NFL.com has reported that the Raiders will be given 2 compensatory picks in this year’s draft due to the firing of John “Can I Clean Your Teeth, Mr Davis” Herrera.

  • RaiderWeaponX

    87. Completely wrong.

    Mark Reggie and Allen are dismantling the Davis machine as fast as they can.

    The Davis Raiders died with him. The nod to him at Allen’s presser can be taken with the same grain of salt as Allen’s statement that we major changes wouldn’t be needed and that we were going back to Old school Raider football.

    No one realized by “Old school” he meant 2007.

  • RaiderWeaponX

    30 posters on here. 3 actual people

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    RaiderWeaponX Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 7:41 pm
    87. Completely wrong.

    Mark Reggie and Allen are dismantling the Davis machine as fast as they can.

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

    You mean they’re dismantling the “Davis machine” that gave us, except for a 5-year Gruden respite, two straight decades of futility? GOOD!

  • hwnrdr

    Johnny, post 87…great post!

  • hwnrdr

    Anyways…can’t wait til March 13th! I’m sure Reggie will get this team well under the cap and make some moves! Sadly, he likes his picks, but unfortunately, this year we have none…but UDFA’s could be key! Not too sure about Underwood…when I saw ex Green Bay, I had to do a double take because I thought Woodson was back. Silly me, oh well!!!

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Oh, and lest anyone forget:

    http://youtu.be/ruiUgDyMf60

    A truly disgraceful day for Raider fans everywhere. Glad Herrera was finally shown the door, even if it was 3 1/2 years late.

  • lefty12

    While it may be news that Herrera is gone ,as far as it impacting the team there is none.In reality it is a big phucking deal announcement and to those that care about football it means absolutely nothing.

  • RaiderWeaponX

    94. And 3 Superbowl Championships, tons of Divisonal Championships tons of play off appearances and the most iconic sports team on the planet?

    Few teams that have produced like that but I hope for the future.

    HAD to happen. Was inevitable but still a bit of shock to some I suppose.

    Some can’t wait for Oakland to reverse all of Davis’ life work and the identity he brought to the team but I;ve got news for you.

    None of that guarantees anything more than the Davis way…

  • hwnrdr

    Agreed Lefty…big news org wise, but impact? None!