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Ravens’ Johnson grateful to Hue, Raiders

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 at 3:42 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Former Raiders cornerback Chris Johnson, who asked for his release last season while recovering from a family tragedy, was grateful to former coach Hue Jackson and the organization for the support he got after his sister was killed and his mother was shot in an alleged domestic dispute.

Johnson, a reserve cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens, said Jackson, along with defensive backs coaches Rod Woodson and Kevin Ross as well as Raiders legend Willie Brown, checked on him constantly. Johnson also feels indebted to late owner Al Davis, who made him a starting cornerback at age 29 and paid him accordingly.

“I’m very thankful for what Mr. Davis did for me,” Johnson said. “I love that organization, the organization was good to me and my family.”

Johnson thought the decision to fire Jackson was a mistake, and asked about his observations about the differences between the Ravens and the Raiders, he did not pull any punches:

– “Hue was an outspoken coach, and that’s what you want as a player, you want somebody to go to war for you and talk and let him do the talking and the players are going to do the backing up. Hu was the best coach I had since I was out there. I mean, we went 8-8, we was a good, solid team, you could see the identity of the team. I don’t know what was said, he wasn’t for the team or whatever, that was a straight lie. Hue had the best interests for the team and there were some of the guys in that locker room _ some of the key guys in that locker room _ that weren’t leaders. Here, on this team, Ray (Lewis) controls that locker room.”

– “I’d put it like this, if you put Ray Lewis in the Oakland locker room, probably a good 20 people wouldn’t be on that team, because pf the way Ray runs his ship, and manning up the guys. In Oakland the guys weren’t like that I mean, I’m not going to call no names, but the high guys you’re supposed to put the position on, they weren’t leaders, you talk a good game but they weren’t playing a good game. Ray does that. That was more of the thing that was wrong with Oakland, they were getting guys that didn’t love the game.”

Johnson took in his 14-year-old niece, while his nephew is living with his mother, now fully recovered physically.

The nightmare will be revisted later this month when Esters goes on trial on Texas.

“It’s going to bring all the emotions right back up,’’ Johnson said. “We’ll try to deal with that after the Super Bowl. Hopefullly on Sunday we’ll be able to hold up that trophy.’’

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  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    His last finale game he was 12/1

    Kansas

    23-24 for 407 yards

    95.8 qb rating 3tds 1 int
    ========================================

    That would have actually been a great game if he was playing basketball against Kansas. Football? Not so much.

  • NGRaiderfan

    4239.Seymour Bush Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 2:28 pm
    if scoring 3 td’s like TP did in his one game this year looks like crap, then what did carson palmer look like for 13.5 out of the 15.5 games he played?
    ==========================================

    Yeah, but two of those three TD’s came in the final minutes of the final game which happened to be a blowout. And one of those was the result of a blocked punt that Pryor scored a TD two plays later. SD had walked off the field and didn’t care. When the game did matter Pryor did next to nothing. Sure, you can look at the box score and see some fairly putrid numbers and think he did something, but if you watched him he was flat out awful.

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

    well i mean you can say the same thing for palmer. In the chargers game his ONLY td of the game came with less than a minute left down 22-6. in the bucanneers game all of his td came when the raiders were down 20 pts in the 2nd half …and how many times did carson palmer have the team in good field position to score a td whether it be a turnover r a long drive and have to settle for fgs. they blocked the punt, but they didn’t score the td. 75% of palmers stats came with the raiders down by 10 pts or more and before they would get down by 10 pts palmer would look flat out awful too…i watched every game, this is fact. and the funny thing is, even when his team got down and the other team took their foot off the gas petal, palmer still couldnt score tds…not scoring a td against KC in oakland? pathetic. 17 pts at home against the saints D? pathetic, 17 at home again the browns? r u serious. the quote u finished with to try and describe pryor, “Sure, you can look at the box score and see some fairly putrid numbers and think he did something, but if you watched him he was flat out awful” is pretty much the perfect description of palmer this season.

  • ESETERIK78

    h Cork & Jerry in SF…

    4239.Seymour Bush Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 2:28 pm
    if scoring 3 td’s like TP did in his one game this year looks like crap, then what did carson palmer look like for 13.5 out of the 15.5 games he played?
    ==========================================

    Yeah, but two of those three TD’s came in the final minutes of the final game which happened to be a blowout. And one of those was the result of a blocked punt that Pryor scored a TD two plays later. SD had walked off the field and didn’t care. When the game did matter Pryor did next to nothing. Sure, you can look at the box score and see some fairly putrid numbers and think he did something, but if you watched him he was flat out awful.

    ———————————

    I didn’t think he was awful at all. I didn’t think he was great by any means but not awful either. I saw a guy who hadn’t played at full speed in years, who threw some ugly balls, and also threw some that hit guys right in the hands and were dropped. He showed awareness, he showed leadership ability when he yanked Goodson out of the scrum.

    I don’t think he’s ready to supplant Palmer or anything, but he’s ready to compete for the #2 spot, and if he’s got any value at all, he’ll be able to do that.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    But the end of this last season exposed him.
    —————————

    Which is why you evalaute an enitre “BODY OF WORK” as reggie would say.. not just a few games
    ===============================================

    When I mean the end of last season I am not just talking about one or two games. Teams realized he was a good player and started to prepare for his game. Once they did that, he fell off precipitously. And these are college kids getting their degrees in geology, not world class pro athletes and the best game planners on earth.

  • theghostronin79

    KoolKell Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 2:45 pm
    “It was good to see him go in and implement a game plan,” McKenzie said. “He carried it out, played the game through and showed us what he can do. He definitely flashed some things that we’re going to try and see what we can do with him in the offseason.”
    ————————–
    Translation: If I could only get rid of Carson Palmer

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

    More “Likely” Translation : The kid ain’t no BUM… He’s got some Skeeeeuuls….But I’m gonna go ahead and leave that annointing oil in the cupboard for now. He’s gotta show me some more. I’mma give him the chance. Show me what ya got kid.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Translation: If I could only get rid of Carson Palmer.
    ======================================

    I am sure he could find many a taker for Palmer.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    For many Raiders fans, the moment that they have been waiting for may have finally come. Terrelle Pryor has been given the opportunity to compete with Carson Palmer to be the starting quarterback for the Silver and Black.

    Head coach Dennis Allen said while at the Senior Bowl, via the San Francisco Chronicle, that there will be a competition for the job during the offseason.

  • Dan78

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 2:44 pm
    did the lambs do worse than DA or was shrek still at the ihop? they took titus young…

    —–
    He is waiting to sign a wr called chicken”n”waffles…

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Seymour Bush Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Translation: If I could only get rid of Carson Palmer.
    ======================================

    I am sure he could find many a taker for Palmer.
    ————————
    Oh yeah sure, If the Raiders pay his salary.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    well i mean you can say the same thing for palmer. In the chargers game his ONLY td of the game came with less than a minute left down 22-6. in the bucanneers game all of his td came when the raiders were down 20 pts in the 2nd half
    ==========================================

    But again, understand the difference between ALL the games Palmer played, and the one game Pryor played, is in each of Palmers starts teams had SOMETHING to play for. The ONLY meaningless game all year was the last one in SD. The players were not playing for playoffs, they were not playing for draft position, the coach AND GM had already been basically told they were being axed, the only thing the players cared about were tee times in the next week or reservations in Cabo. And Pryor STILL could not even complete 50% of his passes and make it a game. That is NOT good.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    I am sure he could find many a taker for Palmer.

    ——————

    Im not saying i disagree.. Honestly that would be nice.. but do u really think he can? especially palmer coming off injury? I think they would be lucky for a 5th at this point

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    KoolKell Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    For many Raiders fans, the moment that they have been waiting for may have finally come. Terrelle Pryor has been given the opportunity to compete with Carson Palmer to be the starting quarterback for the Silver and Black.

    Head coach Dennis Allen said while at the Senior Bowl, via the San Francisco Chronicle, that there will be a competition for the job during the offseason.
    ===========================================

    Honestly, I think that is a good thing. Carson Palmer has NEVER had to compete for his job. EVER. And maybe a little fire under Carson is a good thing. Remember, neither Palmer or Pryor are the choices of the current regime.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    When I mean the end of last season I am not just talking about one or two games. Teams realized he was a good player and started to prepare for his game. Once they did that, he fell off precipitously. And these are college kids getting their degrees in geology, not world class pro athletes and the best game planners on earth.

    ————————-

    THere is a reason why Raider scouts attented 8 WVU games this year.. Reggie Mckenzie gives the marching orders..

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    U think Aaron Rodgers didnt have bad games in COllege? Did he win any big games??

    there was a reason he slid to 25th overall .. and he shouldnt have.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I am sure he could find many a taker for Palmer.

    ——————

    Im not saying i disagree.. Honestly that would be nice.. but do u really think he can? especially palmer coming off injury? I think they would be lucky for a 5th at this point
    =========================================

    How much would Eli Manning command? They have basically about the same mileage, and Palmer has slightly better numbers. Manning has just been on much better teams. You’re saying Manning would only get you a fifth? That’s ridiculous.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    ok now i know u are trolling. Comparing Eli to Palmer.. the differnce is Eli/ Flacco are actually clutch when it needs to happen.

    Their qbr is thru the roof.. while Carson is not.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    How much would Eli Manning command? They have basically about the same mileage, and Palmer has slightly better numbers. Manning has just been on much better teams. You’re saying Manning would only get you a fifth? That’s ridiculous.
    ———————–
    That’s another sleazy azzed lie.

  • theghostronin79

    well i mean you can say the same thing for palmer. In the chargers game his ONLY td of the game came with less than a minute left down 22-6. in the bucanneers game all of his td came when the raiders were down 20 pts in the 2nd half
    ==========================================

    But again, understand the difference between ALL the games Palmer played, and the one game Pryor played, is in each of Palmers starts teams had SOMETHING to play for. The ONLY meaningless game all year was the last one in SD. The players were not playing for playoffs, they were not playing for draft position, the coach AND GM had already been basically told they were being axed, the only thing the players cared about were tee times in the next week or reservations in Cabo. And Pryor STILL could not even complete 50% of his passes and make it a game. That is NOT good.

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

    Not arguing FOR or AGAINST any QB at the moment, BUT……..

    Saying that San Diego didn’t “Show up” cause they had nothing to play for is kinda Horse-Sh*t…. Nobody wants to Fu*kin lose man; especially PRO atheletes, and division rivals at that. There is that whole Pride thing. We WERE in THEIR house after all. “Come on in Raiders, and Kick the Sh*t outta us cause we’re sad. Our coaches are leaving and we ain’t in the playoffs.”

    What did the Raiders have to play for then? If the Dolts could have hung 50 on us, they would have just out of sheer SPITE. They LOVE to stomp some Raider A$$….

    So, there’s THAT

  • eastoaklandraider

    4252 yogot sgood point

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    ok now i know u are trolling. Comparing Eli to Palmer.. the differnce is Eli/ Flacco are actually clutch when it needs to happen.

    Their qbr is thru the roof.. while Carson is not.
    ==========================================

    Palmer has a better rating than Eli. And as I said, Eli has had better players around him.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    What 90% of you don’t realize is Palmer is a good player. He is a Heisman trophy winning, overall number one who has NEVER been labeled any type of bust. Until some of you start mouthing off.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    The Palmer hate is just ANOTHER case of fans just coming to a conclustion about a player regardless of what that player actually does. As I have said a million times I don’t fall in love or hate with players, I fall in love or hate with production or lack thereof.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Seymour Bush Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Palmer has a better rating than Eli. And as I said, Eli has had better players around him.
    —————————–
    Now, it’s too stupid to go any farther with Trolls.

    Later.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    KoolKell Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Seymour Bush Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Palmer has a better rating than Eli. And as I said, Eli has had better players around him.
    —————————–
    Now, it’s too stupid to go any farther with Trolls.

    Later.
    =====================================

    Just do what you always do when you are wrong: roll out the white flag and leave. Then go home and start knocking back some T-Bird.

  • NGRaiderfan

    But again, understand the difference between ALL the games Palmer played, and the one game Pryor played, is in each of Palmers starts teams had SOMETHING to play for. The ONLY meaningless game all year was the last one in SD. The players were not playing for playoffs, they were not playing for draft position, the coach AND GM had already been basically told they were being axed, the only thing the players cared about were tee times in the next week or reservations in Cabo. And Pryor STILL could not even complete 50% of his passes and make it a game. That is NOT good.

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

    all your points are based on your opinion of what u think the chargers were doing. did you speak to philip rivers? eric weddle? quentin jammer? shaun phillips? they tell u they weren’t trying and they let werent playing for anything? i don’t think so. If history has told us anything its that players/teams always want to beat their division rivals….n even if you want to go by your theory, what did KC or carolina have to play for when they played us? palmer didn’t do jack in either of those games…if anything SD had a lot to play for because they wanted to send norv out a winner because his players all liked him. our offense with TP actually outplayed and outscored the SD offense in that game…and TP outplayed philip rivers in that game

  • shutdown

    I was listening today to Lincoln Kennedy on KNBR. He was asked about Kaepernick and had a lot of praise while pointing out some things he had to learn, but most interesting is what he said about the pistol.

    He said he was sure that Harbaugh and Roman would spend the offseason designing a system that did NOT use the pistol that much because 1) Kaepernick has an NFL arm (although he still needs to learn to look to his second and third receivers as all youngsters do) and he can be a pocket passer and 2) when you use the pistol,even if you hand off the ball, the probability is there, because of the congestion in the back field and guys rushing for your qb to get knocked around and sustain things like broken fingers.

    I thought that was pretty astute an observation, although you’d have to actually have a qb go a few seasons using it to see if such injuries really did occur more in that system.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Congrats to 2-Time Superbowl MVP ELI MANNING!!!

  • shutdown

    “What 90% of you don’t realize is Palmer is a good player. He is a Heisman trophy winning, overall number one who has NEVER been labeled any type of bust. Until some of you start mouthing off.”

    I agree. They way a lot of these guys talk, you’d think Johnny Unitases just grew on trees.

  • NGRaiderfan

    Seymour Bush Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 3:12 pm
    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    ok now i know u are trolling. Comparing Eli to Palmer.. the differnce is Eli/ Flacco are actually clutch when it needs to happen.

    Their qbr is thru the roof.. while Carson is not.
    ==========================================

    Palmer has a better rating than Eli. And as I said, Eli has had better players around him

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

    what are you trying to say? do u think for a second that the giants would rather have palmer than Eli? hahahahahahaha …Alex smith has a betteer rating than Kaepernik, who would you rather have your team…Jim Harbaugh says kaepernik. i will take his choice over yours

  • shutdown

    The only way you’ll ever know if a qb is really good, really “clutch” is to give him an offense around them. O-line, backs, receivers. They don’t all have to be exceptional, but they can’t be mediocre.

  • HGDaddy

    Chris Wesseling ‏@ChrisWesseling

    Sources tell @JasonLaCanfora there is “no way” the #Raiders will pay Carson Palmer his scheduled $13M in 2013 http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/21651629/cap-casualty-season-here-are-some-likely-bigname-victims

  • http://raidahs.com Mr Green

    Cork just told me he’ll give us a new post when he’s done having pancakes with Reggie and DA at the IHOP. We should get a full report on Reggie and DAs pancake etiquette. Can’t wait.

    :P
    :D
    :cool:
    :eek:
    :twisted:
    :oops:
    :x
    :shock:
    :lol:
    :evil:
    :wink:
    :idea:
    :mrgreen:
    :!:

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Shutdown Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    The only way you’ll ever know if a qb is really good, really “clutch” is to give him an offense around them. O-line, backs, receivers. They don’t all have to be exceptional, but they can’t be mediocre.
    ———————
    BullSheet. The only way to find cluth is in the cluth.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Blueberry, where’s my emoticon?

  • shutdown

    “BullSheet. The only way to find cluth is in the cluth.”

    Nope, it’s like last year’s AFL Championship game versus the Patriots. Down to the last seconds, Flacco throws THE PERFECT PASS to his receiver in the end zone…guy drops it, just drops it.

    Palmer could throw the perfect pass–he has, indeed–to DHB, to Denarious Moore, and to others….dropped.

    As for our O-line = mediocre to poor.

    I spent years watching Kenny Stabler stand flat-footed for 6-8 seconds in an impenetrable pocket, with no one coming near him, cavalierly scanning the field, sometimes for so long Curt Cowdy would yell, “with ALL the time in the world, just look at him STANDING THERE!” and we were perrenial winners…until the biggest of games, of course, when we faced the likes of Buck Buchanan and the Chiefs, who had a really sound D-line.

    Think Kenny would do well behind this line?

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Carson Palmer, Raiders ($13 million base salary): There is no way Oakland is going to pay him that kind of money to stay, sources said, and Palmer will have to decide how much cash he’s willing to walk away from to stay.

  • theghostronin79

    KoolKell Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 3:38 pm
    Shutdown Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    The only way you’ll ever know if a qb is really good, really “clutch” is to give him an offense around them. O-line, backs, receivers. They don’t all have to be exceptional, but they can’t be mediocre.
    ———————
    BullSheet. The only way to find cluth is in the cluth.

    ==========

    It’s true KK…… I’m not heavy one way or the other about TP and Palmer. SHEEIT, I like them both for very different reasons. But when it comes to “The Clutch”…I gotta lean towards TP. He seems to be able to make Something outta NOTHING at any given time. Did it alot at OSU….

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    KoolKell Says:
    BullSheet. The only way to find cluth is in the cluth.
    =====================================================

    As only you can express it,pootbutt.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    We are still back there, :mrgreen:

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    NGRaiderfan Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    But again, understand the difference between ALL the games Palmer played, and the one game Pryor played, is in each of Palmers starts teams had SOMETHING to play for. The ONLY meaningless game all year was the last one in SD. The players were not playing for playoffs, they were not playing for draft position, the coach AND GM had already been basically told they were being axed, the only thing the players cared about were tee times in the next week or reservations in Cabo. And Pryor STILL could not even complete 50% of his passes and make it a game. That is NOT good.

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

    all your points are based on your opinion of what u think the chargers were doing. did you speak to philip rivers? eric weddle? quentin jammer? shaun phillips? they tell u they weren’t trying and they let werent playing for anything? i don’t think so. If history has told us anything its that players/teams always want to beat their division rivals…
    ========================================

    Yeah, they also want to play hard in the pro bowl too.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist
  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Franchising doesn’t work. He gets the greater amount however it works out. He’ll be offered maybe 3 million by another team. Fine, match it and make him our number 3 QB.
    Why does no one see the wisdom here?
    Palmer goes down, Pryor goes down, the Raiders aint going to the Superbowl with Charlie Frye, JP Losman, Bruce Gradkowski, or Shane Lechler. Jano’s happy, Lechler’s happy, Condo’s probably happy.
    Unless you’re really, seriously, absolutely concerned we’re letting the next Ray Guy/Shane Lechler get away?

    And, we own King. We can get something for him!

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    And, we own King. We can get something for him!
    =======================================

    Please tell Miss Tick I said that!

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Now is the begining of cut season and try to sign your key FA’s season

    Here is the first significant post of the season for the Raiders:

    http://www.csnbayarea.com/blog/paul-gutierrez/raiders-more-salary-cap-purgatory-not-hell-year

    9 players make up 71% of the Cap for the Raiders but this article did not say what cutting would do in terms of cap savings.

    With Seymour the top 10 players took up almost 86% of the cap and some of these guys are not even that good!

  • 1960AutumnWind

    In looking at this article I guess we alredy know Seymour is gone but also McClain and probably Bey, Kelly and Brisel as well. Palmer will make 13 million in base salary – really? I would hope he comes down. You even have to take a look at SeaBass. should he really be one of our most highly paid players?

  • Dan78

    No Misdick and doctapuzz today… Must be joining Reggie @ http://www.delish.com/food/recalls-reviews/ihop-national-pancake-day-2013

  • Dan78

    I heard McClain might not be cut until sometime in June less cap hit…

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Yea I think all of these will be timed for maximum cap relief and that is why some of these have not happened yet.

  • Dan78

    In Reggie we trust, I guess… Only option we have…

  • Dan78

    If we can score touchdowns than Janikowski is not that important… thoughts…