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Curry waived by Raiders

The Raiders confirmed that they waived veteran outside linebacker Aaron Curry, soon after Curry sent out several Tweets saying that he was gone.
Curry Tweeted three times within a 6-minute span that he was gone. The Raiders ultimately confirmed the news.
He missed some of the offseason workouts, all of training camp and the first eight games this season as a result of sore knees. He recovered well enough to play in Oakland’s past two games.
In those games, he played 15 defensive snaps against the Baltimore Ravens but only three against the New Orleans Saints.
The Raiders traded for Curry last season. The move cost the Raiders a seventh-round draft pick in 2012 and a fifth-rounder next season.
Curry’s departure frees up a spot on the 53-man roster. Former agent Joel Corry said Curry will count $1.5 million in so-called dead money on next year’s salary cap.
Curry was the fourth pick of the 2009 NFL draft by the Seattle Seahawks. He failed to materialize into the game-changing linebacker that many envisioned.

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  • Dakota

    698.Marks hair Says:
    November 21st, 2012 at 8:56 am
    Still panicking on the Lakers Dakota?
    ++++++++++++++++

    I will think the choice of DiAntoni over Phil was a mistake until I see them get #17 with DiAntoni as HC….until then I will just sit back and watch the regular season circus that is a DiAntoni offense and then hope for the best come playoff time.

    I certainly have more hope now than I did when Mike Mouth Breather Brown was HC.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Dakota Says:
    November 21st, 2012 at 8:58 am

    It seems like a catch-22…..if we keep these guys we will show the coaching world that they will at least get a fair shake, which will make it easier to get decent coaches, but if this staff keeps losing, then what quality coaches will want to touch that steaming pile of crap?

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

    No Catch-22 at all. If we keep DA, he’ll either become a good HC or he won’t. If he does, GREAT! If not, Reggie can at least point to him during the next coaching interviews and say “We gave Allen complete control of his staff and several complete seasons to turn it around, so YOU KNOW we’ll do the same with you.”

  • John David Booty

    The Big Banana Says:
    November 21st, 2012 at 8:50 am
    Question: if we finish with double digit losses, is DA’s job safe?
    ——————————————-
    I dont think it should be. The only way I would be for DA returning is if he actually showed us something and miraculously got this team to 8-8, which I do not see happening at this point. Honestly, I would argue that DA may very well be the worst Head Coach currently employed in the NFL. At least one of the top 3 worst coaches in the NFL today.

  • Dakota

    Yes, a pass rushing DE is a must as is CB…..as is LB and RT…..and S…..and WR……and…oh hell….we are doomed for a few more years.

  • boss01

    The Thunder don’t look like the same team with no Harden. The Spurs are a year older. The road to the finals will be easier this year for the Lakers. The toughest test just might be the Clippers. The Clippers have no one to stop Howard.

  • The Big Banana

    So if we keep DA, what then with the subordinates? Fire them? If so, can we trust DA to make good choices? He’s shown he can’t hire a good supporting coaching staff to save his life. Across the board fail.

  • Dakota

    I hope so Duck.

    Oh, and are you wearing a ND shirt this weekend as the Irish go to play USC?

    Or are you still holding out hope for the Ducks?

  • Al_is_theraiders

    fire the entire staff…

  • Marks hair

    You should have plenty of hope.. Dantoni is a great coach.. phils the best but it takes a yr to learn the triangle.. and we have several players that dont fit it.. but this offense is simple and perfect for star players. And defense is all about the individual effort. We have great defenders.. brown was killing us. This is a hughe upgrade

  • Al_is_theraiders

    “you know well do the same for you..” why to repeat the losing?

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    The Big Banana Says:
    November 21st, 2012 at 9:05 am
    So if we keep DA, what then with the subordinates? Fire them? If so, can we trust DA to make good choices? He’s shown he can’t hire a good supporting coaching staff to save his life. Across the board fail.

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

    DA is no doubt feeling each loss, no matter what attitude he might take publicly. No doubt some major assistant heads will roll this offseason, hopefully starting with those nimrods Frank Pollack and Steve Hoffman.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Dakota Says:
    November 21st, 2012 at 9:06 am
    I hope so Duck.

    Oh, and are you wearing a ND shirt this weekend as the Irish go to play USC?

    Or are you still holding out hope for the Ducks?

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

    I only root for one college team, and they’re in Eugene.

  • boss01

    DA should come back next season, but all the assistants except for Al Saunders need to be canned.
    This time Reggie needs to hire the best available OC, ST, DC & O-line coaches available.

    Needs to find 3 new starters on O-line, a new # 1 receiver, 3 new starters on DL, 2 new starting CB, one new FS, a new MLB and a viable punt returner.

    If DA still tanks next season with all these changes, then its overhead projector time midseason.

  • The Big Banana

    I’m tending to agree with you, JDB. I’m not impressed with DA. Let’s see how he finishes. If its more of the same, I just don’t see how things get better without canning him.

    I sure as heck am not renewing my season tix without one of the following:

    1) Team finishes strong
    2) Replace this coaching staff

    I think a lot of fans are in my boat.

  • hwnrdr

    I hear ya, Banana! I will renew, but I will sell off 4 of the reg season ticks. Doing that just to save my seats!

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    November 21st, 2012 at 9:08 am
    “you know well do the same for you..” why to repeat the losing?

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

    No head coaching candidate worth his salt is going to accept a rebuilding job if he thinks he’ll get canned after one year. It’s been over a decade since an Oakland head coach had even three seasons before being canned, and we’ve become known as the place that never gives its head coaches a shot. We HAVE to break that pattern.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I don’t understand the logic behind keeping DA to impress other coaches with our stability.

    We have stability, we keep losers for a few years, so come work for us.
    You People are crazy.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Boss01 Says:
    November 21st, 2012 at 9:10 am
    DA should come back next season, but all the assistants except for Al Saunders need to be canned.
    This time Reggie needs to hire the best available OC, ST, DC & O-line coaches available.

    Needs to find 3 new starters on O-line, a new # 1 receiver, 3 new starters on DL, 2 new starting CB, one new FS, a new MLB and a viable punt returner.

    If DA still tanks next season with all these changes, then its overhead projector time midseason.

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

    At least give DA all of next season. I’d also keep some more assistants, namely Flip, Skipper, Gilmore and (maybe) Holland.

    As for the players: We need a C and a RT for next year (assuming Wiz moves back to LG and Bergs takes over at RG).

    The d-line is a mess. Keep Houston, Shaughnessy (while accepting he’ll never be more than decent), Bryant and Bilukidi. Dump everyone else.

    In the secondary, we can keep Huff and Branch. Spencer and Bartell can return on one-year deals as nickel corners.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    There are only a few HC positions available every year, teams have the leverage and not coaches.
    You want stability, go home!
    You want to win and turn this around, welcome!

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Raider O Says:
    November 21st, 2012 at 9:18 am
    I don’t understand the logic behind keeping DA to impress other coaches with our stability.

    We have stability, we keep losers for a few years, so come work for us.
    You People are crazy.

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

    As opposed to what? “We were 5-11 (or whatever) last year. Come coach for us! Remember that we expect playoffs your first year, or you’re canned!” WHO ON EARTH with options would take that over a stable organization? We need stability first, then everything can follow from that.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Raider O Says:
    November 21st, 2012 at 9:19 am
    There are only a few HC positions available every year, teams have the leverage and not coaches.
    You want stability, go home!
    You want to win and turn this around, welcome!

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

    GOOD coaches have the leverage. Why do you think Jeff Fisher was able to hang out for a year or two, unemployed? Because he had options. The good ones do. That’s why Sean Payton turned us down once upon a time; he knew he’d have options. Bottom line is that unless you want to hire unqualified candidates, you need an organization they’ll be comfortable with, which means NOT firing people constantly. Al did that. Jerry Jones did that. Neither was able to get a good, proven coach (except for Parcells with the Cowboys).

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    RaiderDuck Says:
    November 21st, 2012 at 9:20 am
    Raider O Says:
    November 21st, 2012 at 9:18 am
    I don’t understand the logic behind keeping DA to impress other coaches with our stability.

    We have stability, we keep losers for a few years, so come work for us.
    You People are crazy.

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

    As opposed to what? “We were 5-11 (or whatever) last year. Come coach for us! Remember that we expect playoffs your first year, or you’re canned!” WHO ON EARTH with options would take that over a stable organization? We need stability first, then everything can follow from that.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    There are only a few HC positions available every year, teams have the leverage and not coaches.
    You want stability, go home!
    You want to win and turn this around, welcome!

    Would you keep an employee who is not performing to show the rest of the employees you have stability?

  • Dakota

    719.Raider O Says:
    November 21st, 2012 at 9:19 am
    There are only a few HC positions available every year, teams have the leverage and not coaches.
    You want stability, go home!
    You want to win and turn this around, welcome!

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

    Come on now, this is just ignoring reality. We already lost Sean Payton due to the dysfunction of this team…..along with many other coaches who wouldn’t even pick up the phone when the Raiders called.

    That has to change. Quality coaches will wait for the right situation….desperate coaches that have flaws will jump at a chance to coach teams like the Raiders.

    I am ready for a quality coaching staff to be put into place.

    Hell, the reason we have you man Knapp is because we couldn’t get a decent OC to return Reggie and DA’s calls! You are a mad man!

  • cwolfman

    I cant believe so many Raider fans want DA fired already… It take a head coach at least 2-3 seasons to implement their vision. And during this time, many great coaches have had worse records or no improvement their first season then the coach they took over for. Examples:

    49ers
    1978 – 2-14
    Hire Bill Walsh
    1979 – 2-14

    Cowboys
    1988 – 3-13
    Hire Jimmy Johnson
    1989 – 1-15

    Patriots
    1999 – 8-8
    Hire Bill Belichick
    2000 – 5-11

    Have there been coaches that immediately had a better record their first season? Yeah, but tell me how many of them had the lack of talent, draft picks, and cap room to work with like the Raiders do. The point is, if any of you thought the Raiders were gonna be much improved from last years Raiders, you were only fooling yourselves. Was I optimistic? Yes I was, but I was also realistic. I was hopeful we would be another 8-8 and thought is was possible to maybe be 9-7. Sure I don’t like the way this season turned out, but if you fire DA now, you are only making this transition take longer then it needs too. You have to give him at the very least one more year, before you can truly judge how good of a coach he is IMO.

    cwolfman

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Dude,

    This is a business!
    You perform, you can stay.
    You don’t perform, GTFO!

    Stability is overrated!
    Performance creates stability.
    Keeping losers creates a losing culture.

  • The Big Banana

    Duck – I understand what you’re saying but I think the problem was less about stability and more about control of assistants and scheme/philosophy. Reggie has demonstrated he will allow coaches control of that end.

    Raider O has a point about very few head coaching opportunities. If a coach is concerned he won’t get 3 years to show improvement (that’s all wer’re asking for, not Super Bowl), then maybe that’s not the guy we want coaching this team anyway.

    Like I said, unless we start showing improvement, I want this staff canned!

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Dakota Says:
    November 21st, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Come on now, this is just ignoring reality. We already lost Sean Payton due to the dysfunction of this team…..along with many other coaches who wouldn’t even pick up the phone when the Raiders called.

    That has to change. Quality coaches will wait for the right situation….desperate coaches that have flaws will jump at a chance to coach teams like the Raiders.

    I am ready for a quality coaching staff to be put into place.

    Hell, the reason we have you man Knapp is because we couldn’t get a decent OC to return Reggie and DA’s calls!

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

    Exactly. We have to create an environment that people WANT to work in, not just some place that will provide a paycheck until they find something better. Step 1 is providing stability and accountability, both of which Reggie is implementing. But it will take time.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    We lost S Peyton?
    You people are funny.

    Jim Harbaugh was a Raiders coach (Gruden too), and a lot of the guys you people like worked for Al at some point of their career.
    Spare me the BS about not getting quality coaches. Established coaches didn’t want to work for AL because he was a control freak and not because of stability.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    The Big Banana Says:
    November 21st, 2012 at 9:28 am
    Duck – I understand what you’re saying but I think the problem was less about stability and more about control of assistants and scheme/philosophy. Reggie has demonstrated he will allow coaches control of that end.
    $$$$$$$$$$

    Thank you!
    Exactly.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Raider O Says:
    November 21st, 2012 at 9:31 am

    We lost S Peyton?
    You people are funny.

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

    No, it’s the truth. Sean Payton verbally agreed to come here in 2004 (IIRC), but backed out after his agent received the contract (where it specified that Al would run and micromanage everything). We hired Norv instead. Something very similar happened with Steve Sarkisian three years later (when Al settled for Kiffin instead).

  • hwnrdr

    Sean Payton interviewed here and some thought he was the next HC. He turned it down, stayed one more year in Dallas (and I believe that was Jerry Jones who talked him out of coming to Oakland), the next year, boom, HC of NO!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I thought Jerry paid him a lot of money to stay as OC, but who cares? That’s not the point.
    The point is this is a business and you can’t afford to keep a bad coach just to prove to the league you have stability.

  • http://www.insidebayarea.com/raiders Silverandblack666

    Exactly. We have to create an environment that people WANT to work in, not just some place that will provide a paycheck until they find something better. Step 1 is providing stability and accountability, both of which Reggie is implementing. But it will take time.”

    People listen to the voice of reason here….it makes sense.

  • hwnrdr

    You got a point O!

  • http://www.insidebayarea.com/raiders Silverandblack666

    There is no way Reggie fires Dennis Allen NO WAY…..unless he does something real stupid like commits a felonious act…shoots someone with a gun gets busted for having a meth lab or goat porn I don’t know but you get my point.

    Not saying I agree or disagree it is a fact.

  • hwnrdr

    Yeah, I don’t see it either…but we should get better assisants! But…

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    What message will that send to the players on the roster?
    We are more interested in creating a stable environment more than winning.

    Stop it!

  • Dakota

    Until proven otherwise, the Oakland Raiders will be considered dysfunction Junction and we will not be able to hire quality coaches. It is why we have seen the likes of Tom Cable, Art Shell, Lane Kiffin (his buddy turned us down) Chucky B., Greg Knapp, etc through here in the past decade.

    Coaches have a difficult life, and when they see a franchise constantly churning through coaches, it makes it difficult to decide that you will uproot your family to go work for an organization that will likely kick you to the curb in 1.2 seasons!

    Quality guys will look for an opportunity with a stable franchise where they will get a fair shake…..especially for the HC position.

    There will always be guys who know that they are not going to get a shot where they currently are, because that team doesn’t have faith in them, who will then jump at the opportunity….but we have seen enough of those guys through here over the years.

    A couple of heads should roll this offseason (Knapp for sure) but I think Reggie would best be served by giving DA and Tarver another shot with some new talent.

    It took Al 2.5 decades to destroy his team…..Reggie should get a couple of years to fix it, and keeping DA for next year is probably the right move.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Hwnrdr,

    How are you going to justify keeping a bad coach for stability to the Fans (paying $3500 for 8 ganes), young players who are eager to win, and Vers who could be playing their last season on the NFL.

    You can’t! Just like you can’t do keep a bad employee because it sends the wrong message to the rest of the employers and the paying customers.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    November 21st, 2012 at 9:44 am
    There is no way Reggie fires Dennis Allen NO WAY…..unless he does something real stupid like commits a felonious act

    ++++++

    Punches an assistant in a meeting?

  • http://www.insidebayarea.com/raiders Silverandblack666

    “What message will that send to the players on the roster?”

    That we have patience and are growing something special that will require hard work and accountability and will take time.

    DA will get a fair chance next year to show what he can do with 20 or more new faces on this team it is after his second season his job will be evaluated not after this season.

    Again weather you or I agree with this methodology or not seems to be the way its going down.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Raider O Says:
    November 21st, 2012 at 9:54 am
    Hwnrdr,

    How are you going to justify keeping a bad coach for stability to the Fans (paying $3500 for 8 ganes), young players who are eager to win, and Vers who could be playing their last season on the NFL.

    You can’t! Just like you can’t do keep a bad employee because it sends the wrong message to the rest of the employers and the paying customers.

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

    I agree. In fact, Jerry Jones should’ve fired Jimmy Johnson after that 1-15 season because he was clearly an awful coach.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Raiders 33 – Bengals 27

    Print it.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Give Tarver a Chance?

    That’s it!
    His defense allowed 135 points in 3 games and 30+ points per game.
    Our defense got worse this year! Read that again. Can you believe it?

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Excuse my spelling. I blame my not so smart phone.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Hard to ask DA to turn this piece of garbage into a top 5 defense, no matter what Huffy thinks he thinks…

    Knapp, cant run the ball, simple as that, not even on those 3 and 20s, dude is just a telepathic play caller.

    Cut Knapp and the inbred running Special Teams.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    You People are mad!
    Comparing DA to Tomlin and JJ? Really?

  • Dakota

    744.Raider O Says:
    November 21st, 2012 at 9:57 am
    Give Tarver a Chance?

    That’s it!
    His defense allowed 135 points in 3 games and 30+ points per game.
    Our defense got worse this year! Read that again. Can you believe it?

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

    Yes, the defense is worse than last year, but he is also playing with scrubs like McClain, Branch, Seymour, Kelly and whatever POS DE they throw out this week…..not to mention scrap heap CBs.

    I don’t think Belicheat could get this bunch going on D. It is a hot pile. You have said as much yourself.

  • DutchRaider77

    731.hwnrdr Says:
    November 21st, 2012 at 9:35 am
    Sean Payton interviewed here and some thought he was the next HC. He turned it down, stayed one more year in Dallas (and I believe that was Jerry Jones who talked him out of coming to Oakland), the next year, boom, HC of NO!

    ____________________________________________________

    Actually he did interview and probably someone else knows better, but here is a piece I found doing a google search:

    Another story: When Payton was an assistant coach for the Dallas Cowboys, he flew to California to interview for the head coaching job with the Oakland Raiders.

    Owner Al Davis did the interviewing and wore his traditional black sweatsuit.

    “Al is an extremely talented football guy. Few owners who interview can really talk about a defensive front, team travel and the salary cap,” Payton said. “He can hit on all these topics, and this was my first interview as head coach. It was 2003, and I was going to meet Al Davis.”

    Payton, who had been in the NFL only about five years, said he was really nervous.

    “I walked into the bathroom, and I took three deep breaths,” Payton said. “I said: ‘I belong here. I belong here. I belong here.’”

    The interview was heading late into the evening, and both were hungry.

    “You like cheeseburgers?” Davis said.

    “Of course I do,” Payton said.

    Davis then asked his assistant to run to McDonald’s to get some cheeseburgers and — get this — coleslaw.

    “The assistant says, ‘Mr. Davis, McDonald’s doesn’t have cole slaw,” Payton remembers. “But Al wanted his cole slaw, so the assistant had to figure out what to do.”

    A little while later, the assistant returns with the food.

    “So we’re sitting there — mind you, it’s about 11 p.m. — eating McDonald’s cheeseburgers and cole slaw from KFC,” Payton said. “You know what a cold cheeseburger tastes like?”

    Payton turned the job down, eventually becoming head coach of the Saints in 2006, defending Super Bowl champs and now an author.

  • hwnrdr

    DA, in my opinion, is not the main problem! I say he gets another year! when DA was hired, he or Reggie, which ever side you believe, was strapped for assistants because they were already falling off the board! However, Knapp was strike one! For a long time, if you all remember, we ahd nothing but check cashers here…one’s that will come here for an early retirement! Hard to get rid of all of that in one year!