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Ravens’ Johnson grateful to Hue, 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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  • guest123

    Ahmad Bradshaw was released today by the G-Men

    Anyone interested?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    bcz24 Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Pryor spread the ball around and with starter reps i think they will only improve on his lone start.
    *********
    Spread it around you say,
    =====================

    Yes reece myers streater dhb moore all targeted

    that is known as spreading it around

  • shutdown

    “Saints picked Rob Ryan over Romeo Crennel? Stupid decision”

    I always wanted Crennel to be our D-co-ordinator, but he was always otherwise employed when we needed one.

    He’s no head coach, but every team he’s been with as DC improves dramatically. His D plays for him.

  • IGAG

    Terrible news. Awful.

    Reggie and DA will lower the seating capacity because they don’t know how to put a winning team on the field.

    Plus, they don’t want to.

    BULLLLLLSSCCCHHHIIIIIIIIIITTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I repeat. BBBBBUUULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLSSCCCHHHIIITTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!

    They are gonna stand by and watch it go down.

    Oakglen, I mean IGAG, is crying. Say buh-bye to us ever winning again.

    SAY IT AINT SO JOE! CO’MON MAN, SAY IT AINT SO JOE.

  • DMAC

    guest123 Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Ahmad Bradshaw was released today by the G-Men

    Anyone interested?
    ========

    Yes
    At the right price

  • mcfadden20.

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Yup last 5 Super Bowl winning QB’s (Flacco, Eli, Rodgers, Brees’, Big Ben) had -1 yards rushing combined in those games.

    Flacco didn’t attempt a run.
    ============

    again this is an over simplification.

    There have been 100 x more so called pocket qbs, therefore they have had far more opportunities to win it all.

    As the numbers of different style qbs increase so will the opportunities for them to win.

    Its simple math nothing more

    Wave of future qb , crumbled when he faced a good D, for example he didn’t do sh1t against, Rams twice, Seahawks whooped the whiners, on the other Hand, Flacco made Indy D (which was better than any D wave of future Qb faced in playoffs) look average, Den D was shredded to pieces, Whiners #2 D was no match

  • Just Fire Baby

    E,

    Didn’t see it, but Dray Green is one of my fav players so I will stand behind him.

    Who did he lick?

  • guest123

    IGAG, formerly know as Oakglen here. Terrible news.

    *****If Reggie and DA have plans about reducing the seating capacity, does that mean they do not know how to put a winning team on the field so they can fill the seats?

    ******Or do they have NO intention of putting a winning team on the field?

    Which is it!!!!!!!!!!!!????????????????

    My guess is it’s both.

    ***********

    It’s called “lowered expectations”. You remember the old skit they used to do on In Living Color or SNL or some show like that where a really fat couple are walking along a trail in the park hand in hand.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    mcfadden20. Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    bcz24 Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Pryor spread the ball around and with starter reps i think they will only improve on his lone start.
    *********
    Spread it around you say, 3 WR’s caught balls. Our STARTING WR’s had a combined 3 receptions. Come on man, you can do better than that. Oh and why does The Legend get a pass for not getting all the reps that week? Palmer doesn’t get a pass from you when he wasn’t even in the NFL for the whole week leading up to the game.

    That’s m1st1c for you, Hypocrisy at it’s finest, any one noticed him saying our receivers suck after week 17?
    =============

    mac but plug

    saying the wrs struggled in one game doesnt mean they “suck”.

    Why are you so obsessed with palmer? i dont have to be he stinks

    lol

  • IGAG

    testing

  • guest123

    Yup last 5 Super Bowl winning QB’s (Flacco, Eli, Rodgers, Brees’, Big Ben) had -1 yards rushing combined in those games.

    ********

    lemme guess. The minus one yard was a victory formation squat.

  • Just Fire Baby

    The tarp thing is basically saying we are tired of forking out all this money to get “Sell-outs” and our games on TV.

    I am sure they looked at season tix sales for the year and made a projection of what it would cost for the tarp compared to the cost of purchasing tickets to be on local TV.

    Smart business decision in my eyes.

  • ian85

    Hahahaha Joe Flacco super bowl MVP Mistic chew and swallow u sack of sh!t

  • Just Fire Baby

    Besides, if they start winning and tix sell start to grow, I am sure they can remove the tarps.

    They are not permanent.

  • guest123

    Ahmad Bradshaw was released today by the G-Men

    Anyone interested?
    ========

    Yes
    At the right price

    ^^^^^^^

    meh…just another dude with a bum foot. Vet min w/ incentives I’m good with.

  • mcfadden20.

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    mcfadden20. Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    bcz24 Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Pryor spread the ball around and with starter reps i think they will only improve on his lone start.
    *********
    Spread it around you say, 3 WR’s caught balls. Our STARTING WR’s had a combined 3 receptions. Come on man, you can do better than that. Oh and why does The Legend get a pass for not getting all the reps that week? Palmer doesn’t get a pass from you when he wasn’t even in the NFL for the whole week leading up to the game.

    That’s m1st1c for you, Hypocrisy at it’s finest, any one noticed him saying our receivers suck after week 17?
    =============

    mac but plug

    saying the wrs struggled in one game doesnt mean they “suck”.

    Why are you so obsessed with palmer? i dont have to be he stinks

    lol

    I’m obsessed with Palmer, cuz he’s a Raider, where as u are obsessed with Players because of their skin colors, and you said receivers struggled in week 17 was something new coming from your mouth, never heard you say anything like that when a non black QB was starting

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    mcfadden20. Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Yup last 5 Super Bowl winning QB’s (Flacco, Eli, Rodgers, Brees’, Big Ben) had -1 yards rushing combined in those games.

    Flacco didn’t attempt a run.
    ============

    again this is an over simplification.

    There have been 100 x more so called pocket qbs, therefore they have had far more opportunities to win it all.

    As the numbers of different style qbs increase so will the opportunities for them to win.

    Its simple math nothing more

    Wave of future qb , crumbled when he faced a good D, for example he didn’t do sh1t against, Rams twice, Seahawks whooped the whiners, on the other Hand,
    ===============

    do you read what you write?

    if scoring 29 points is crumbling how do you describe palmer mustering a measly 5 fgs vs kc?

    the seahawks have russel wilson, wilson took apart some very good defenses this year including sf.

    Kappy has made 10 career starts, i would say he was more than impressive and clearly a qb that the niners are glad to have.

    Ask harbaugh and alex smith

  • Just Fire Baby

    lemme guess. The minus one yard was a victory formation squat.

    *********************

    I am sure maybe a couple were, although I don’t think Eli/Rodgers and Flacco had the victory formation at the end of their games.

  • DMAC

    guest123 Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Ahmad Bradshaw was released today by the G-Men

    Anyone interested?
    ========

    Yes
    At the right price

    ^^^^^^^

    meh…just another dude with a bum foot. Vet min w/ incentives I’m good with.
    ========

    Yeah
    Thats what I said
    lol

  • IGAG

    Reggie is more concerned about pancakes.

    DA is more concerned about pancakes too.

    Reggie and DA need to buy a IHOP franchise and turn the Raiders over to someone who knows how to win.

    GO IHOP

    GO RAIDERS

    You can’t have your pancakes and eat them too. Or can you?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    ian85 Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Hahahaha Joe Flacco super bowl MVP Mistic chew and swallow u sack of sh!t
    ==========

    I have never said he was anything other than a very good qb

    what are you talking about

  • bcz24

    5 targeted receivers is spreading it around? I’m sorry, but can you show me the box score of a SINGLE NFL GAME where there were less than 5 targeted receivers? Any game. By any QB.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    yup smart….when you plan to keep losing…LA here we come.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Looks like the Chiefs are making a hard push for Alex smith already. .ready to deal picks to NINERS for him.

    its crazy the niners have 14 NFL draft picks this year and they will probaly end up with 17.. Freaking crazy

    Pass on Bjorn Werner.. Scouts say he has already peaked. Damontre Moore is like another version of Matt Shaunnshey maybe a bit better.

    Raiders need PASS RUSHERS.. Explosive..pure pass rushers.

    DION JORDAN, MINGO should all be in the mix.

    My favorite with a huge, huge upside is ANSAH who dominated the senior bowl and being compared to JPP. Mocks drafts have him not getting anywhere out of the TOP TEN now.

    Its believed to be that the LIONS will either pick ANSAH or DEE MILLINER at 5 after they just cut KYLE Van Bosche.. and Avril might be gone in FA

  • ian85

    Hopefully we can trade Pryor for Foles hell would love to deal his worthless ass to the skins for Cousins that would be sweet

  • guest123

    nevermind that the tarp is going to be an eyesore that will constantly remind the rest of the NFL cities how backward Oakland is. nevermind that we still have infield dirt fields in the first quarter of the season. nevermind the product on the field is barely watchable. now we can look at the jaguars with envy.

  • DMAC

    I like Dwyer in Pitt, but he’s a restricted FA and I don’t see them letting him walk.

  • mcfadden20.

    For all the LOL and LMFAO mistic post here, it’s not going to take the sting of wave of future qb laying an egg in the biggest stage of them all, he should thank the superdome Maintenance guys for making the game watchable

  • IGAG

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  • Dan78

    i’d take shonn greene over bradshaw…

  • guest123

    Reggie is still recovering from yesterday, which was “National Pancake Day” at IHOP. For real, look it up. My daughter told me about it and the first thing I thought of was Reggie ordering another short stack.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    mcfadden20. Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 1:09 p

    I’m obsessed with Palmer, cuz he’s a Raider, where as u are obsessed with Players because of their skin colors,
    ============

    Here we go, he is bringing up race because he is a racist

    you can obsess over palmer if you like, i dont have to he stinks

  • Al_is_theraiders

    lol 4720, we will have ihop specials…if criner runs back the kickoff everyone in the stadium can get a short stack!

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    and guess what?

    The Raiders are not gonna get anymore GIMME games from the chiefs this year or shutouts..

    So we really could have had 3 wins.. and Jax gave us a win last year.

    We are being compared to the Jaguars WEST.. terrible team

  • mcfadden20.

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    ian85 Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Hahahaha Joe Flacco super bowl MVP Mistic chew and swallow u sack of sh!t
    ==========

    I have never said he was anything other than a very good qb

    what are you talking about

    If he was on the Raiders, the results would have been same as Palmer, crappy coordinator, soft running game, soft oline, and soft receivers to go with soft D = 4-12

  • DMAC

    I’m making my case for the “honeybadger”

    You gotta move like badger
    lol

    PLAYMAKER!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gplm7S8YP7U&edufilter=8Fgp0EfoQura8l48YfL_rA

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    mcfadden20. Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    For all the LOL and LMFAO mistic post here, it’s not going to take the sting of wave of future qb laying an egg in the biggest stage
    ===========

    302 yards and two tds is laying an egg?

    hahahahaha’

    this cat is truly cracked

  • guest123

    We are being compared to the Jaguars WEST.. terrible team

    *********

    They are our cousin team.

  • mcfadden20.

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    mcfadden20. Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 1:09 p

    I’m obsessed with Palmer, cuz he’s a Raider, where as u are obsessed with Players because of their skin colors,
    ============

    Here we go, he is bringing up race because he is a racist

    you can obsess over palmer if you like, i dont have to he stinks

    =—

    I will obsess over every Raider player, when Pryor gets his chance, i would support him, on the other hand we could bring back Dan MArino in his prime, you would still say he s8cks, because of one factor, saying you like other white QBs who don’t play for Raiders wouldn’t change who you are lol

  • Raider E

    JFB,

    Wasn’t that big a deal in my eyes, but if you haven’t heard? Rockets bench player were launching 3′s in garbage time and MJax had had enough, and ordered the intentional foul command.

    The guy is a bench scrub, last name Beverly. Watch it at the end of this clip.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPqXfWg_Vrg

  • Raider E

    They were shooting for a record, JFB.

  • guest123

    Last time I went to the IHOP, a tranny looking dude with eye makeup was going to be our server. Then he left to get coffee, took the family and made a beeline to the door. Fk IHOP

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    mcfadden20. Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    ian85 Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Hahahaha Joe Flacco super bowl MVP Mistic chew and swallow u sack of sh!t
    ==========

    I have never said he was anything other than a very good qb

    what are you talking about

    If he was on the Raiders, the results would have been same as Palmer,
    =============

    highly doubt it

    flacco is simply worlds better than palmer

    see his lombardy trophy and playoff appearances in every season of his career

  • IGAG

    ian85 Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 1:11 pm
    Hopefully we can trade Pryor for Foles hell would love to deal his worthless ass to the skins for Cousins that would be sweet

    ———————————————

    Sorry dude. As long as he wears the silver and the black he is a Raider. Reggie and DA want to see him compete. So do I. And he will. Reggie calls the shots. So does DA. So does Mark. We were 4-12. I’m ready for Pryor. So is everyone else. 4-12 sucks.

    Maybe when we start winning with Pryor Reg and DA can drag their asses outta IHOP and start getting into the game. I see no improvement with CP3, as much as I liked him. But he don’t win games. Time to move on. Like now. Like now. 4-12 with CP3. New season. New era. Pryor is electric. Mr Davis’ last pick. Like Pryor or get ova it.

    IGAG

  • mcfadden20.

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    mcfadden20. Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    For all the LOL and LMFAO mistic post here, it’s not going to take the sting of wave of future qb laying an egg in the biggest stage
    ===========

    302 yards and two tds is laying an egg?

    hahahahaha’

    this cat is truly cracked

    ==

    Oh and 2 ints and few other missed ones, thank the blackout for making his stats look decent, your boy was exposed

  • ian85

    MISTIC u r a racist and ur not a Raider fan every person on this blog here knows that anyways Pure pocket passer wins another Super Bowl suck on that u POS

  • Just Fire Baby

    nevermind that the tarp is going to be an eyesore that will constantly remind the rest of the NFL cities how backward Oakland is.

    **********************************

    The empty seats were a worse eye-sore.

    That was Mark’s options, keep them open and either fork out a bunch of money per home game, or let them blackout, or put up some tarps and hope that will bring the attendance needs down for a sellout, and save some cash.

    As I’ve been saying for a few years now, we are the KC Royals of football.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    did he/she have a red sharpie?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    mcfadden20. Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    mcfadden20. Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 1:09 p

    I’m obsessed with Palmer, cuz he’s a Raider, where as u are obsessed with Players because of their skin colors,
    ============

    Here we go, he is bringing up race because he is a racist

    you can obsess over palmer if you like, i dont have to he stinks

    =—

    I will obsess over every Raider player, when Pryor gets his chance, i would support him, on the other hand we could bring back Dan MArino in his prime, you would still say he s8cks, because of one factor, saying you like other white QBs who don’t play for Raiders wouldn’t change who you are lol
    ===============

    You are a racist, you cant help but bring up race in every post.

    You would not support pryor just as you didnt support him this year

    you go be a happy little servant, and i will discuss football

  • mcfadden20.

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    mcfadden20. Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    ian85 Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Hahahaha Joe Flacco super bowl MVP Mistic chew and swallow u sack of sh!t
    ==========

    I have never said he was anything other than a very good qb

    what are you talking about

    If he was on the Raiders, the results would have been same as Palmer,
    =============

    highly doubt it

    flacco is simply worlds better than palmer

    see his lombardy trophy and playoff appearances in every season of his career

    Ofcourse you would highly doubt it, cuz you wanna put the whole blame of the season on Palmer’s shoulders, now had we gone 4-12 with JC or Pryor, you would have addmitted our team sucks, like you finally addmitted our receivers s8ck, errr struggled in week 17, hey atleast your making some progress