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Lechler looking toward the future, uncertain what it holds

Punter Shane Lechler and kicker Sebastian Janikowski are the only two players on the Raiders 53-man roster that experienced a winning season with this team. This season marks Lechler’s 13th season, and it just might be his final one in a Raiders uniform.

Lechler is in the final year of the four-year contract he signed in 2009 that made him the highest-paid punter in NFL history. It remains to be seen whether he will be back for a 14th season.

“Oh, yeah, I’ve thought about it, had long discussions with my wife about it,” Lechler said Monday. “It’s one of those things where you don’t have any control over it and it’s kind of frustrating. But, in the same sense, it’s exciting and frustrating at the same time, if it can be that. That’s what it is. Just a lot of long conversations with the wife, we’ve got kids in school now, so we need to figure out something and go from there.”

Lechler said he had high hopes for this season, given the Raiders finished 8-8 each of the past two seasons and came one win away from winning the AFC West last season.

He joined the Raiders as a fifth-round pick out of Texas A&M in 2000, at a time when the Raiders were just taking off under then-coach Jon Gruden.

The Raiders qualified for the AFC Playoffs in each of Lechler’s first three seasons, culminating with a Super Bowl appearance under coach Bill Callahan in 2002.

“I wish that would have happened a little bit later in my career so I wouldn’t have taken it so much for granted,” Lechler said. “We walk right into this thing and go to the AFC Championship Game. I thought that was how it was going to be. Didn’t quite turn out that way.”

No, it didn’t. As it turned out, the Raiders went 4-12 in Lechler’s fourth season and haven’t had a winning season in any of the past 10. They are 3-10 right now.

Through it all, Lechler was the one consistent bright spot for the Raiders, racking up Pro Bowl and All-Pro selections seemingly every season.

This season, Lechler is 10th in gross punting average and 21st in net punting average. Part of that owes to Lechler being bothered by a knee injury that required surgery just before training camp started — he said he didn’t feel 100 percent healthy until midway through this season.

Lechler is playing for his eighth head coach this year. He said it’s imperative the Raiders stick with Dennis Allen and give Allen a chance to turn around the Raiders.

“Though it may not look like it in our record and what’s happened on Sundays, this place is headed in the right direction,” Lechler said.

And Allen is the one of the primary reasons the Raiders are headed in the proper direction, Lechler said.
“D.A. is good for this job,” Lechler said. “He’s got my full support. Somewhere in here, we’re going to have to let a guy coach for a few years to figure out. It’s not much different than the college football. You give a guy four years, let him recruit players, let him develop his players and see how they are then, instead of change and change and change. But this is Oakland.”

General manager Reggie McKenzie and owner Mark Davis haven’t tipped their hand on how they intend to proceed with Lechler.

Well, that is, unless you count the decision to place undrafted rookie punter Marquette King on season-ending reserve.

“Yeah, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen it happen before,” Lechler said.

That’s the kind of move that means one of two things: The Raiders intend to let Lechler walk after this season, or they are keeping King on ice in case Lechler opts to sign elsewhere.

“I’m not real worried about it,” Lechler said. “If that’s the direction they choose to go, they choose to go. I don’t have any doubt in his ability. He needs some time.

“It was frustrating for a little while because this is my job, and it has been mine for 13 years. You can feel how you want to about it. I took it a little bit personal early but after that I was like, ‘You know what? I can only worry about so many things around here.’ So, that was one of them that I needed to stop worrying about.”

Long-snapper Jon Condo called Lechler a leader in the locker room and on the field, the kind of guy whose value transcends all the Pro Bowl and All-Pro selections.

Lechler, Condo and kicker Sebastian Janikowski arguably are the best specialists trio in the league.
“I’ve seen punters along the way that can boom a punt 67 yards, but their next might be 20, 30 yards,” Condo said. “He’s always consistent, he’s always there. Just his presence in the locker room and on the field, it’s big for our team. I know with Bass, it’s a safety net for him, it’s a safety net for me, when the three of us are together.

“We all have faith and trust in one another, and that’s a big thing in specialists when you’re out there kicking a field goal or punting a ball from the back of your end zone. Without trust in the guy you’re working with, that’s one thing that has helped out me a lot is having faith and trust. Also, there’s a comfort level. Anytime those guys are on the field you feel comfortable. If you’re comfortable, you’re going to play a lot better.”

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  • RaidingTexas

    Bcz24 Says:

    Sad to say, but NE looks like they are in a league of their own again. If they hammer SF this Sunday the way they did Hou, I would have to say they are BIG favorites for another Lombardi.

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    Unless they play the Giants in the SB. That team just has their number for some reason.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    i think if i watch enough youtube videos of the real raiders, i can convince myself that reggie and DA never happened…well im gonna try…lol.

  • Moose

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    December 11th, 2012 at 4:14 am
    Rich Gannon’s franchise record of 4,689 yards was set in 2002.

    Palmer has 3,805 yards in 13 games.

    So Palmer needs 885 passing yards in the last 3 games (avg = 295 per game)

    Anybody think he’ll get it ??
    —-
    If they start him and he breaks Gannons proud record it will be a disgrace

  • ddwight

    Moose Says:
    December 11th, 2012 at 7:45 am
    RaiderRockstar Says:
    December 11th, 2012 at 4:14 am
    Rich Gannon’s franchise record of 4,689 yards was set in 2002.

    Palmer has 3,805 yards in 13 games.

    So Palmer needs 885 passing yards in the last 3 games (avg = 295 per game)

    Anybody think he’ll get it ??
    —-
    If they start him and he breaks Gannons proud record it will be a disgrace

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    LOL!!! You got that right!!!

  • Al_is_theraiders
  • The_Judge37

    Forget about King, resign Lechler. I saw just as many bad kicks from King as i saw good ones

  • manassamauler

    Palmer will start the last 3 games. Raiders obviously don’t see anything in Pryor otherwise he would have been staring 3 games ago. PALMER will throw for 350+ this weekend against the Queefs then its 2 crappy defenses after that. Palmer will break gannons record. and who gives a fuk anyway this team up sh*t creek without a paddle

  • manassamauler

    The_Judge37 Says:
    December 11th, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Forget about King, resign Lechler. I saw just as many bad kicks from King as i saw good ones

    >> sign lechler for 5×25 mil. raiders won’t make it without the punter kicking it a whopping 6 yards farther than his backup.

  • manassamauler

    texans got their panties handed to them last night. Pats look like the SB favorite.

  • The_Judge37

    manassamauler Says:
    December 11th, 2012 at 7:53 am
    The_Judge37 Says:
    December 11th, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Forget about King, resign Lechler. I saw just as many bad kicks from King as i saw good ones

    >> sign lechler for 5×25 mil. raiders won’t make it without the punter kicking it a whopping 6 yards farther than his backup.
    ——-

    Actually, once a player signs a contract, it has to be doubled in order for thim to resign. So it’s more like 8 years, 24 Million. That’s the rules. let’s have Shane’s agent negotiate with Al Davis’s tombstone to workout all the guaranteed money.

  • ddwight

    manassamauler Says:
    December 11th, 2012 at 7:52 am
    Palmer will start the last 3 games. Raiders obviously don’t see anything in Pryor otherwise he would have been staring 3 games ago. PALMER will throw for 350+ this weekend against the Queefs then its 2 crappy defenses after that. Palmer will break gannons record. and who gives a fuk anyway this team up sh*t creek without a paddle
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    No! Correction. Clueless DA and Knapp dont see anything in Pryor. As a side thought however,Im Wondering what someone like Gruden can do with Pryor though?

  • The_Judge37

    No! Correction. Clueless DA and Knapp dont see anything in Pryor. As a side thought however,Im Wondering what someone like Gruden can do with Pryor though?
    ——–

    Probably worse than what he did with Chris Simms. I don’t think Pryor will be a good NFL qb, should’ve just made him a TE. But I’d rather see what he can do in the last 3 weeks

  • manassamauler

    ddwight Says:
    December 11th, 2012 at 7:57 am

    manassamauler Says:
    December 11th, 2012 at 7:52 am
    Palmer will start the last 3 games. Raiders obviously don’t see anything in Pryor otherwise he would have been staring 3 games ago. PALMER will throw for 350+ this weekend against the Queefs then its 2 crappy defenses after that. Palmer will break gannons record. and who gives a fuk anyway this team up sh*t creek without a paddle
    —————————————————————–
    No! Correction. Clueless DA and Knapp dont see anything in Pryor. As a side thought however,Im Wondering what someone like Gruden can do with Pryor though?

    >>> they’re paying Palmer 10 mil+ per year and they know they CAN’T trade him with that contract.

  • manassamauler

    can pryor play WR? might be better than moore and DHB. Tawian Jones said he’s switch up and play corner just to get on the field. that’s a football player

  • Plunketthead

    bcz24 Says:
    December 11th, 2012 at 7:04 am
    Sad to say, but NE looks like they are in a league of their own again. If they hammer SF this Sunday the way they did Hou, I would have to say they are BIG favorites for another Lombardi.
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    I have noticed that the past few weeks they are putting it together. Tom was looking a tad rusty but not anymore.

    Only one team can beat them and that’s Tom Cables Seahawks :smile:

  • The_Judge37

    >>> they’re paying Palmer 10 mil+ per year and they know they CAN’T trade him with that contract.
    ——-

    The horrible part about contracts is, once it expires, the Raiders HAVE to sign him again for 20 million a year this time.

  • ddwight

    The_Judge37 Says:
    December 11th, 2012 at 7:59 am
    No! Correction. Clueless DA and Knapp dont see anything in Pryor. As a side thought however,Im Wondering what someone like Gruden can do with Pryor though?
    ——–

    Probably worse than what he did with Chris Simms. I don’t think Pryor will be a good NFL qb, should’ve just made him a TE. But I’d rather see what he can do in the last 3 weeks

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    But he did do something with Gannon right? They have similar tools to work with. Gannon was not a protypical QB…if you look at his history he started as a safty—then went to QB…Gannon became a QB that could run (not a RB that can throw) there would nothing to lose at this point, to try it with Pryor if someone like Gruden who is a QB coach can work him. Gruden relishes for chances like that, although it may not happen here.

  • The_Judge37

    But he did do something with Gannon right? They have similar tools to work with. Gannon was not a protypical QB…if you look at his history he started as a safty—then went to QB…Gannon became a QB that could run (not a RB that can throw) there would nothing to lose at this point, to try it with Pryor if someone like Gruden who is a QB coach can work him. Gruden relishes for chances like that, although it may not happen here.
    ————-

    Difference is Gannon was a Veteran QB that could run Gruden’s huge playbook. He’d have to dial it way back for Pryor. Who can’t really seem to read a defense, or at least stay in the pocket enough to try.

  • Mr.LesterHayes

    Good for you Chimdi Chekwa, it’s about time.

  • ddwight

    The_Judge37 Says:
    December 11th, 2012 at 8:09 am
    But he did do something with Gannon right? They have similar tools to work with. Gannon was not a protypical QB…if you look at his history he started as a safty—then went to QB…Gannon became a QB that could run (not a RB that can throw) there would nothing to lose at this point, to try it with Pryor if someone like Gruden who is a QB coach can work him. Gruden relishes for chances like that, although it may not happen here.
    ————-

    Difference is Gannon was a Veteran QB that could run Gruden’s huge playbook. He’d have to dial it way back for Pryor. Who can’t really seem to read a defense, or at least stay in the pocket enough to try.

    ———————————————————-

    Have you seen Pryor given that chance yet? What do you know about his capicity to pick up Grudens offense if Gruden was here? Dont see yet where hes been given any chance yet, you?

  • The_Judge37

    Have you seen Pryor given that chance yet? What do you know about his capicity to pick up Grudens offense if Gruden was here? Dont see yet where hes been given any chance yet, you?
    ——-

    I’m judging him off of what he did in college and in preseason. More college than preseason.

  • manassamauler

    ddwight Says:
    December 11th, 2012 at 8:12 am

    The_Judge37 Says:
    December 11th, 2012 at 8:09 am
    But he did do something with Gannon right? They have similar tools to work with. Gannon was not a protypical QB…if you look at his history he started as a safty—then went to QB…Gannon became a QB that could run (not a RB that can throw) there would nothing to lose at this point, to try it with Pryor if someone like Gruden who is a QB coach can work him. Gruden relishes for chances like that, although it may not happen here.
    ————-

    Difference is Gannon was a Veteran QB that could run Gruden’s huge playbook. He’d have to dial it way back for Pryor. Who can’t really seem to read a defense, or at least stay in the pocket enough to try.

    ———————————————————-

    Have you seen Pryor given that chance yet? What do you know about his capicity to pick up Grudens offense if Gruden was here? Dont see yet where hes been given any chance yet, you?

    >> pryor won’t get his chance HERE unless palmer is injured OR some crazy team takes on palmers contract. they aren’t benching palmer.

  • The_Judge37

    Pryor ran pretty basic plays in College. He made them look unordinary because he could break free for 40 yards, but other than that they were simple reads.

  • The_Judge37

    Mr.LesterHayes Says:
    December 11th, 2012 at 8:11 am
    Good for you Chimdi Chekwa, it’s about time.
    ——-

    Yes it’s about time, some would say it’s way too late.

  • ddwight

    Okay, he ended up with the highest rating(if you wanna put stock in that) than all the other QB’s on our team during the preseason. And last I looked, he had a highly successful college career, where his teams were ranked very high and there offense were at good if not very good.

  • The_Judge37

    ddwight Says:
    December 11th, 2012 at 8:18 am
    Okay, he ended up with the highest rating(if you wanna put stock in that) than all the other QB’s on our team during the preseason. And last I looked, he had a highly successful college career, where his teams were ranked very high and there offense were at good if not very good.
    ———–

    Well yeah, everyone sucked in preseason. While i give him a pass for playing behind a 3rd string line, he didn’t attempt alot of passes, and only completed one great deep throw that i remember. Other than that it was his feet. And Ohio state had a successful career with him, but i’m only talking his throwing plays. Besides, no indication our coaches can tailor an offense to him like they did in Ohio

  • Marks hair

    I see no reason why Pryor couldn’t learn in progress as a QB… Other than our coaches completely sucking at their jobs.

  • Mr.LesterHayes

    The_Judge37 Says:
    December 11th, 2012 at 8:16 am
    Mr.LesterHayes Says:
    December 11th, 2012 at 8:11 am
    Good for you Chimdi Chekwa, it’s about time.
    ——-

    Yes it’s about time, some would say it’s way too late.
    ***
    Why did he languish on the practice squad all year when we had obvious secondary problems?

  • Marks hair

    Learn and progress.. phone

  • The_Judge37

    Marks hair Says:
    December 11th, 2012 at 8:23 am
    I see no reason why Pryor couldn’t learn in progress as a QB… Other than our coaches completely sucking at their jobs.
    ——-

    You just kinda answered yourself. Pryor would need an offense tailored to him.

  • The_Judge37

    Mr.LesterHayes Says:
    December 11th, 2012 at 8:24 am
    The_Judge37 Says:
    December 11th, 2012 at 8:16 am
    Mr.LesterHayes Says:
    December 11th, 2012 at 8:11 am
    Good for you Chimdi Chekwa, it’s about time.
    ——-

    Yes it’s about time, some would say it’s way too late.
    ***
    Why did he languish on the practice squad all year when we had obvious secondary problems?
    ——-

    Because Reggie was busy signing practice squad Full Backs for our non existent run game.

  • ddwight

    Well yeah, everyone sucked in preseason. While i give him a pass for playing behind a 3rd string line, he didn’t attempt alot of passes, and only completed one great deep throw that i remember. Other than that it was his feet. And Ohio state had a successful career with him, but i’m only talking his throwing plays. Besides, no indication our coaches can tailor an offense to him like they did in Ohio

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    Thats my point with him working with someone like Gruden you never know…you can forget about this staff…this staff souldn’t be allowed to even coach high-schoolers…these players checked out on this staff way back in the presaeason…maybe before even Tarver was hired and when Knapp was re-hired!

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    _Judge37 Says:
    December 11th, 2012 at 8:09 am
    But he did do something with Gannon right? They have similar tools to work with. Gannon was not a protypical QB…if you look at his history he started as a safty—then went to QB…Gannon became a QB that could run (not a RB that can throw) there would nothing to lose at this point, to try it with Pryor if someone like Gruden who is a QB coach can work him. Gruden relishes for chances like that, although it may not happen here.
    =========================================

    a quick correction. Gannon was never a safety. He was a QB in college at Delaware and a very good athlete and scouts thought maybe his best position in the NFL might be safety, but he came in and played QB lst at Minn and then in KC. When Elvis Grbac went down, Gannon led them to like a 6-2 record and the playoffs.

    The lst playoff game the Cheats reinstated Grbac who promptly lost and Gannon was outraged and came here in free agency as soon as free agency opened following that loss. And the rest is football history. But Gruden did not develop Rich Gannon.

  • The_Judge37

    Also with the release of Bartell, i think the new defensive plan is to blitz 10 players and just have Matt Giordano out there yelling “Ahhhhh!!!!!” at WR’s hoping they drop the ball.

  • jesusraiderjim

    987

    Might just work!

    Something has to a some point.

  • ddwight

    Seymour Bush Says:
    December 11th, 2012 at 8:31 am
    _Judge37 Says:
    December 11th, 2012 at 8:09 am
    But he did do something with Gannon right? They have similar tools to work with. Gannon was not a protypical QB…if you look at his history he started as a safty—then went to QB…Gannon became a QB that could run (not a RB that can throw) there would nothing to lose at this point, to try it with Pryor if someone like Gruden who is a QB coach can work him. Gruden relishes for chances like that, although it may not happen here.
    =========================================

    a quick correction. Gannon was never a safety. He was a QB in college at Delaware and a very good athlete and scouts thought maybe his best position in the NFL might be safety, but he came in and played QB lst at Minn and then in KC. When Elvis Grbac went down, Gannon led them to like a 6-2 record and the playoffs.

    The lst playoff game the Cheats reinstated Grbac who promptly lost and Gannon was outraged and came here in free agency as soon as free agency opened following that loss. And the rest is football history. But Gruden did not develop Rich Gannon.

    —————————————————————-

    Okay thanks for the correction…however my other point about Gruden halping Gannons career still is what it is. Gannon was transformed into a good QB.
    Not that everone can, but we going nowhere fast with this commitment to Palmer!

  • Raiderbuck
  • theghostronin79

    You know, I don’t claim to understand “Business” and the hiararchy of an NFL organization but, myself and MANY fans in here were SCREAMING for them to utilze Marcel Reece in SOME capacity….Why? Cause he’s all our favorat-est player in the whole wide world….NO…
    Because the “know nothing” fans could see what he was capable of doing. So they start using Reece when they had no other option…..What does he do? Tears it up.

    I been SMFH at this entire staff… ALL FU*KIN YEAR

  • The Big Banana

    Raiderbuck Says:
    December 11th, 2012 at 8:50 am
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/12/11/week-14-power-rankings-3/

    How the hell are we behind KC?

    ——

    30th, 31st, 32nd. Doesn’t matter. We stink.

  • Raiderbuck

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C__R2dGa6qs

    I still hate Saragosa to this day

  • bcz24

    990.Raiderbuck Says:
    December 11th, 2012 at 8:50 am
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/12/11/week-14-power-rankings-3/

    How the hell are we behind KC?
    **********
    Because KC won more recently than us… and because PFT hates the Raiders.

  • Raiderbuck

    I’m trying to get an answer on Seymours voided contract. If it’s voided do we still owe him money?

  • The Big Banana

    If that swan dive wasn’t with intent to injure, I don’t know what was. If Gannon is wearing a different jersey on that day, it gets a flag. In the end, though, a flag probably wouldn’t have helped all that much. Damage was done. Mission accomplished for ugly Tony and his mob of thugs.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Raiderbuck Says:
    December 11th, 2012 at 9:27 am
    I’m trying to get an answer on Seymours voided contract. If it’s voided do we still owe him money?

    —-

    No.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Houston
    Star
    Bryant

    That would be a pretty decent 3-4 line..

    Problem would still be no pass rush.

    Thats why a trade down makes more sense..

  • Al_is_theraiders

    why? have you seen this team play? lmao…at this point we wouldnt be in the top 75 ncaa teams…

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Like I said yesterday, trade down with the Rams looks possible.

    They have the Redskins pick, which would be around 14-16..

    Plus STL’s 2nd rounder.. And something like a 4th this year, or a 3rd next.. Depending what pick we actually end up with.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Adams & Ross will be fine at CB..

    PASS RUSH is more important.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    colorodo state would beat us right now with DA…

  • theghostronin79

    DAV….. It just makes sense. I know we desperately need a premium pick but, with all the wholes we have to fill. Why not drop down into the middle of the 1st and aquire a 2nd and maybe future pick in the process. We need a PILE of picks to even START fixing this mess.