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Raiders sever ties with Herrera

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, February 16th, 2012 at 5:34 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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    Raiders sever ties with Herrera

    By Jerry McDonald – NFL Writer
    Thursday, February 16th, 2012 at 5:34 pm in Oakland Raiders.

    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.

    http://www.ibabuzz.com/oaklandraiders/2012/02/16/raiders-sever-ties-with-herrera/

    :sad:

    WOW, I dont believe it! oh well

  • RaiderWeaponX

    98. Pretty much but did distract from the hiring of a known criminal

  • hwnrdr

    Good Point, 102! One of the Davis ways that have crept back…but this is Underwood’s last chance. I say he’s gone by pre-season, unless he “wows” Denis Allen!

  • hwnrdr

    But wait, isn’t our new DB coach Underwood’s coach in 2010? Lin?

  • Raider J

    KoolKell Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    CB – Brandon Underwood

    2010 SEASON:

    “Was competing for the nickel CB job in training camp and for a while had the inside track, but injured his shoulder in the preseason…

    Had two special teams tackles for the third time on the year… Posted a coverage stop in eight of 12 contests… Added three special teams tackles in the postseason…
    one a stop of Devin Hester after an 11-yard return….”

    http://www.packers.com/team/roster/Brandon-Underwood/8ffcdb34-057f-4b54-ac50-8baf0dde925c

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Good post. Good acquisition. Inexpensive and addresses a need. Brandon Underwood can improve the Raider special teams coverage that gave up a TD at home with the playoffs at stake week 17.

  • What really happened

    Hererra let go cuz the Raider D sucked. When the D sucks as bed as they did, heads must roll. First Hue, now Hererra. Losing aint pretty. Hererra just another casuality of the poor chucky b D.

    Mark is one angry cat. I just hope Hererra got a few mil severance pay. Al Davis rewarded loyalty, and while some may think JH was just doin his job, the cat was loyal.

  • http://raiders.com Mark Clemens

    Steve Corkran @CorkOnTheNFL Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    NFL.com says #Raiders linebacker Kamerion Wimbley not interested in pay cut. Set to earn $11 million in 2012, with $6.5 million guaranteed.
    ———
    Goodbye Kam

  • djohnnyg

    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.

    The Davis Raiders died with him.

    You don’t get my point.

    There is NO WAY IN HELL, no matter how much they want to, or how many changes they make, that the PERCEPTION of the Raiders is going to completely change any time in the near future.

    You’re telling me that the media won’t constantly reference Al Davis in everything the Raiders do?

    Just as the Bears are inextricably linked to George Halas, and the Packers to Vince Lombardi in the media and in NFL lore, the Raiders will ALWAYS have the link with Al Davis; whether we go 19-0 or 0-16.

    I’m talking about the media’s “image” of the Raiders.

    We will ALWAYS be reminded that Al Davis was here.

    I’m not talking about the changes they are making now to rid themselves of the Al Davis regime which I whole heartedly acknowledge is what is taking place.

  • RaidO

    Carson Palmer and his $12.5 million should be cut next. Oh and uh “it will just be a business move”

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    RaiderWeaponX Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 7:54 pm
    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…
    ==============================================

    Yes, the most iconic sports team on the planet, which, from 2004 on, was being OPENLY LAUGHED AT by people. Davis’ way didn’t work anymore. Look at us, for instance. We were CELEBRATING going 8-8 two straight years. CELEBRATING IT! “Yay, we’re thoroughly mediocre! Yay!”

    Davis ruled the Raiders for 5 decades:

    The first two (1963 – 1983) were awesome, and produced almost all of the success you mentioned.

    The third decade (1983 – 1993) wasn’t too bad, but the rot had set in. Al was becoming afraid to change.

    The fourth decade (1993 – 2003) was only passable because of the Gruden years.

    The fifth decade (2003 – late 2011) was a complete disaster. 7 straight 11-loss seasons. The Raiders, OUR RAIDERS becoming a national joke. People making YouTube clips lamenting that their teams have reached the bottom? Why? BECAUSE THEY LOST TO OAKLAND. That’s right; we’d become the Los Angeles Clippers of the NFL.

    His way didn’t work, and he’d become everything he once loathed. Am I glad he’s dead? NO. Absolutely not. Am I glad he’s no longer running the Raiders? Yes.

  • hwnrdr

    Mark Clemens Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 8:03 pm
    Steve Corkran @CorkOnTheNFL Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    NFL.com says #Raiders linebacker Kamerion Wimbley not interested in pay cut. Set to earn $11 million in 2012, with $6.5 million guaranteed.
    ———
    Goodbye Kam

    Can’t believe that Kam is actually acting like that, but if so…goodbye Kam! Thanks for all of those sacks on Rivers!

  • Just Fire Baby

    What’s with Herrera’s faded gray jeans on that day he was messing with Kawakami?

    He should have been fired for wearing those!!!

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Mark Clemens Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 8:03 pm
    Steve Corkran @CorkOnTheNFL Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    NFL.com says #Raiders linebacker Kamerion Wimbley not interested in pay cut. Set to earn $11 million in 2012, with $6.5 million guaranteed.
    ———
    Goodbye Kam

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

    If he’s not interested in restructuring, then goodbye. We need players who will commit 100% to the TEAM. I have no doubt Curry won’t mind restructuring, and he can slide right into Wimbley’s spot as the good-rush-but-sucky-coverage LB.

  • hwnrdr

    Duck, all I ever wanted was for him to step down. October 8th was a sad day for me…Hence Mark saying that change came that day! RIP Al!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Kam doesn’t have enough passion for the game for that contract.

    Reggie will see right through his act.

  • BewareofRaiders

    Wow Kam not taking pay cut…tisk tisk

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Hwnrdr Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 8:08 pm
    Duck, all I ever wanted was for him to step down. October 8th was a sad day for me…Hence Mark saying that change came that day! RIP Al!

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

    Al should have retired gracefully 20 years ago. Wolf or Herock would have taken over, and they went on to build Super Bowl teams in other organizations.

  • downsouthraider

    Mark is wise to sever ties with Al’s cronies. CODE BLACK 2012 and beyond

  • Just Fire Baby

    Curry has 5.5 sacks in 46 career games.

    I don’t think Kam is that great, but highly doubt Curry would be any type of improvement as a pass rusher.

  • hwnrdr

    I believe that too, JFB! Sad that he refuses. Anyone else refusing? Kam needs to know that there is no “I” in team! Heck, I think Groves will want to come back for a chance to prove himself with Holland!

  • hwnrdr

    RaiderDuck Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 8:10 pm
    Hwnrdr Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 8:08 pm
    Duck, all I ever wanted was for him to step down. October 8th was a sad day for me…Hence Mark saying that change came that day! RIP Al!

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

    Al should have retired gracefully 20 years ago. Wolf or Herock would have taken over, and they went on to build Super Bowl teams in other organizations.

    That I will agree with! Loved Al but he needed to step down!

  • downsouthraider

    Reggie will make Wimbley and others with those high scholarships a offer or they can go kick rocks. The days of being non-productive are over.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 8:12 pm
    Curry has 5.5 sacks in 46 career games.

    I don’t think Kam is that great, but highly doubt Curry would be any type of improvement as a pass rusher.

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

    But was Curry being used as a pass rusher in Seattle?

  • JB

    If Kam Wimbley refuses to be a team player by restructuring and taking a pay hit (which is justified based on last years results), he doesn’t have to be a team player. RM will simply remove him from the team leaving him simply a playah. We can do without Wimbley if need be. He wasn’t effective as a OLB and probably should be a DE anyway. Time for RM to find us some real LB’ers.

  • JB

    Curry would be good as a blitzing ILB in a 3-4 IMO. He’s no good in coverage so use him to blow up the middle of the line and make sure nobody passes the LOS with the ball. RoMac seems to perform better when Curry is next to him. Let them both play ILB in a 3-4 configuration. Curry blitzes and RoMac takes the near zone pass protector.

  • djohnnyg

    I don’t recall ANYBODY “celebrating” over back to back 8-8 seasons, unless I missed that.

    I don’t “celebrate” 8-8 but I don’t think we have been “garbage” or the ver popular “laughingstock” the last 2 yrs. either.

    32 teams in the league. Raiders rank 14th in wins over this recent 2 yr. span. Like it or not that is in the upper half of the league. That is hardly “laughingstock” or “garbage”.

    Does it suck that we could’ve been much better than that and blew it? Heck yes. Am I satisfied with 8-8? No freaking way.

  • Just Win Baby

    This fire sale is just getting started.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Al Davis would be ashamed of fans tallying regular season wins.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 8:33 pm
    Al Davis would be ashamed of fans tallying regular season wins.

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

    THIS.

    But in the last decade, that’s all we’ve had.

    It’s why I say again that the Al Davis of the 60s and 70s would have held the Al Davis of the 2000s in absolute contempt, if not hatred.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Al was clearly a brilliant man and football thinker in the 60′s and 70′s.

    Makes his recent run all that more terrible.

    In all honesty, I think he ran this club the last 5-6 years, with about 65% of his faculties with him.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    RIP Mr. Davis.
    Good luck Herrera. I will miss you too.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    80′s too.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    According to NFL news, “The Raiders have difficult decisions with linebackers Aaron Curry ($5.75 million base salary) and Rolando McClain, whose off-field issues and attitude may have worn out his welcome with Reggie McKenzie trying to establish a new mentality as Oakland’s general manager. Kamerion Wimbley, another highly paid Raiders linebacker (due to make $11 million in 2012), is not interested in taking a pay cut to stay, league sources said. Oakland defensive lineman Tommy Kelly ($6 million base) is another potential cap target. The Raiders are likely to restructure Richard Seymour’s massive deal, as well”.

    I thought Wimbley would be more than happy to restructure his contract, but I guess I was wrong (according to the article). I hope it’s not true.

  • Seymour Bush

    Master Beeecham Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Yo yo yo, it’s time to end another era and have Corkran sever ties with Krappy.
    ======================================

    Krappy is one of the “blog personalities”. You are the backup ass wipe to Jamista Clown.

  • Marks hair

    Did I see wimbley wont restructure? That sucks, see ya..

  • Marks hair

    Send anyone overpaid packing reg..

  • Seymour Bush

    RaiderDuck Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 8:12 pm
    Curry has 5.5 sacks in 46 career games.

    I don’t think Kam is that great, but highly doubt Curry would be any type of improvement as a pass rusher.

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

    But was Curry being used as a pass rusher in Seattle?
    =========================================

    He was but he was ineffectual. Again, Curry was not used right. Everyone and their blind and deaf relative knew Curry was coming off the edge, so it made him basically fodder. I have always said Curry would be best used inside. I still feel that way. Bye McLame.

  • Marks hair

    Allen: hc
    Reggie: gm
    M.Davis: owner
    Marks hair: seinor executive/spokeshair

  • djohnnyg

    128.Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 8:33 pm
    Al Davis would be ashamed of fans tallying regular season wins.

    He’d also be ashamed of fans calling his team a “laughingstock” and “garbage”.

    I point out the 14th ranking in wins to give some perspective to those fans that keep referring to the team in such derisive terms as those noted.

    8-8 is not good “in my world” at all but it shows progress from “laughingstock” status. That’s all.

  • Marks hair

    New age Raiders

  • No Lo

    Adios Wimbley. Adios Curry. Adios McClain.

  • Seymour Bush

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Al was clearly a brilliant man and football thinker in the 60’s and 70’s.

    Makes his recent run all that more terrible.

    In all honesty, I think he ran this club the last 5-6 years, with about 65% of his faculties with him.
    ============================================

    No, Davis had his faculties up until the end. It’s just that the things that worked and worked well in the 60′s and 70′s didn’t work in the 90′s and 21st century. Times change. There’s an expression, “times change, people don’t”, well, sometimes people change too.

  • HayesDaze37

    It’s a great night to be a Raiders fan. Isn’t it?!

    Back in the day, in L.A., I knew Herrera when he was an up-and-coming yes-man. It was easy to tell then that he really wasn’t smoooove enough to be anyone’s PR guy…especially the voice of a major enterprise like an NFL team.

    BUT…it was also unmistakeable: the guy was as loyal to the Raiders, and his boss, as anyone could be. He was clumsy, sometimes gruff, and often not well liked. Not the brightest bulb, but not an idiot. And, he was trusted by Al.

    I’m sure he wasn’t just kicked to the curb, he was given a nice going-away present. Mark Davis isn’t the kind of guy to just cut-off one of his father’s most loyal soldiers, with a “no thanks, see ya later.”

    The next time we hear from Herrera, he’ll be pitching his memoirs…or we’ll never hear publicly about him again.

  • Method To My Madness

    Fk it if we gonna change then change all of the way! Palmer gotta go

  • Method To My Madness

    Yeah all raider LBs can go too…Ford you can leave and Dmac too….noone is safe

  • Marks hair

    I think disguising our defense and playing aggressive will be our m.o for me, a defense like that need that nt/dt who can be the keystone.. I like soliai. Dump guys until we can afford him..

  • Seymour Bush

    Method To My Madness Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Palmer gotta go
    ======================================

    OK, Palmer’s gone. Who’s the starting Q? You?

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    B,

    If we let Palmer go, who will start at QB next season?
    TP is not ready IMO, and JC is a FA.

  • Marks hair

    Are there any linebackers named mathews we can draft?

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I think we keep Palmer, McClain, and Curry (he will restructure his contract IMO).
    Btw, I’m still not convinced that Wimbley will not restructure. League sources have been wrong before.