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Dealing with Aldon Smith, Rolando McClain

Was anyone surprised when the 49ers determined the penalty Aldon Smith received internally was different than the one special teams player DeMarcus Dobbs got for the same infraction a year earlier?

At least that’s how it’s playing out at this point. With Smith nursing a back injury that may or may not have been affected by his 7 a.m. alleged-DUI accident, he could always be declared inactive. Then 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh could continue to be defiant in terms of public perception (he seems to love that stance) while at the same time not taking major heat for playing Smith against the Indianapolis Colts.

Either way, the 49ers initial stance regarding Smith could be something Harbaugh learned from Al Davis while working with the Raiders, but it’s a feeling held by a lot of old-school coaches from high school all the way up to the NFL.

Basically, when there are behavioral issues regarding top players, you don’t punish the rest of the team for the transgressions of an individual. That’s a theory held by coaches from high school through college, although few will ever say it in public. Losing with less than your best is in no way a better option than winning with a player who might be hung over.

I realize that runs contrary to the “make ‘em all suffer and it’ll teach him a lesson” thought process. But there is money at stake, and let’s not pretend that doesn’t count.

When Rolando McClain kept screwing up (he had issues with firearms and law enforcement but no DUI arrests), the Raiders cut him loose. If he had performed anywhere near the level of the No. 8 overall pick in the draft, he’d still be on the team. Behavior and squad car photos would have been overlooked if he had been anywhere near Smith’s level of production.

It’d be great if Harbaugh would come out and admit a double-standard, but that will never happen. Dobbs was a special teams player who committed almost the same transgression as Smith did a year later. Yet he wasn’t allowed to play the next game and Smith, according to Harbaugh, could face the Colts Sunday.

When McClain was involved in a shooting incident while attending a family funeral in 2011 (charges were later dropped due to lack of evidence), Hue Jackson was indignant yet let McClain play in the game, although he didn’t start.

The Raiders season went in to a downward spiral, although it would be a stretch to suggest the McClain decision was a major factor. He simply wasn’t good enough as a Raider to be a major factor in terms of winning or losing.

All it does is illustrate the obvious, both in the NFL as well as most employment situations. Those who produce get ample opportunities to straighten things out in direct proportion to how good they are.

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  • Plunketthead

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    September 21st, 2013 at 7:58 am
    It isn’t going to be anywhere near the same, tracking conversations is harder
    +++++++++++++++++++

    You are correct, it does blow bigtime. Real hard to follow especially when comments start flying like at gametime.

    It is actually worse then I though with softball sized pics. I am afraid that wont work at all

  • Just Fire Baby

    I actually like the format of Riff’s site better than the Disqus style.

    Disqus is the way all the message boards are, all the stories on like the Drudge Report all use that style.

    It’s meant for more direct conversations with people, instead of a bathroom stall style for all to read we have on here.

    The more I think about it, the more I will probably pass on it.

  • RaiderRockstar

    yeah Plunk. just saw that!

    ugh

  • Just Fire Baby

    It’s just a complete joke and a microcosm of today’s society that people had to literally try as hard as they could to ruin something.

    That’s the only time you get max effort these days from people. To fck things up.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Seriously, this POS makes me so fkn mad.

    It is a sad state of my life, but it is what it is. I am an addict, a horrific one.

    This blog literally, might have saved my life. Certainly saved my marriage.

    It’s free, fun, clean and sober, and actually when you get some good Semi talk going, you actually can learn stuff, learn to write better, better grammar if you pay attention to yourself.

    Sad.

    Goodbye Friends

    Raider On

  • RaiderRockstar

    Goodbye Friends

    ***

    @JFB

    see you here Monday night :)

  • http://raiderettes.com MR..realest of the real, stickiest of the icky

    Actually, Jerry, I think in the real world workplace nepotism has more to do with leniency than production. One of the unique things about pro sports is that it’s probably one of the few remaining industries in America where employees are given privileges in proportion with their production.

  • http://raiderettes.com MR..realest of the real, stickiest of the icky

    This blog saved your marriage, JFB? Did I just read that correctly?

  • Raider Riff

    This place is a zoo.

    I welcomed the change, but without a ignore feature the change is useless.

    Without monitoring u HAVE to have a ignore feature. Its the only real solution if u can’t have a full time monitor. If I had all day to watch “the other place” I could monitor it but I don’t. I just check in every few days. That’s a big reason why I don’t just post the URL. It would be a zoo also without any day to day monitoring.

    Sucks. There’s a LOT of good peeps on this blog. And a few really disturbing nut cases. But that’s all it takes I guess.

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Holy Fck that is awful. I wont bother with it. Been railing against trolls on here for 5 years. Let this die with the cross posting tr0lls – SeyGlenn666/DR/MR
    ________

    Plunketthead Says:
    September 21st, 2013 at 8:13 am

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news however those of you who thought the trolling would stop need to see this. lol the new site will be troll paradise

    http://www.ibabuzz.com/athletics/2013/09/20/game-154-pre-game-notes-cook-has-a-bullpen-therapy-session-with-melvin-young/

  • http://raiderettes.com MR..realest of the real, stickiest of the icky

    new format can be used just like this one. Just reply to the person with an opening comment and direct it toward them, as opposed to clicking the response icon to their comment.

  • http://raiderettes.com MR..realest of the real, stickiest of the icky

    JFB wants a blog where commenters are respectful of one another. Like the Drudge Report.

  • the insidious dr robert

    lots of crying. be men.

  • http://raiderettes.com MR..realest of the real, stickiest of the icky

    I don’t think the switch to disqus has anything to do with past conduct by commenters. Every website is switching to disqus. Seems more like a business decision. Websites don’t care about comment section content. It’s all about web hits and advertising. The more the merrier. They’d rather have 5,000 b.s. comments than a hundred or so that are meaningful and thought provoking. A lot of you might be surprised at just how many of these trolls you speak of are people that work with the website.

  • morilla

    There’s no difference between this place and the new set up.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    MistaBrown Says:
    September 21st, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Holy Fck that is awful. I wont bother with it. Been railing against trolls on here for 5 years. Let this die with the cross posting tr0lls – SeyGlenn666/DR/MR
    ________

    Plunketthead Says:
    September 21st, 2013 at 8:13 am

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news however those of you who thought the trolling would stop need to see this. lol the new site will be troll paradise

    http://www.ibabuzz.com/athletics/2013/09/20/game-154-pre-game-notes-cook-has-a-bullpen-therapy-session-with-melvin-young/
    =============================================

    See, Cook is at least taking his meds. Maybe you should too Jamista Clown.

  • http://raiderettes.com MR..realest of the real, stickiest of the icky

    I love how MB tries to distinguish himself from the trolls. He’s spent the last 2 months giving these bizarre, latent homosexual rants about Kluwe. And if it’s not that, it’s politics.

  • DJ Johnny

    MR is right. This is all just “progress”.

    I do prefer this type of blog format.

    It allows me to cross post as Mistic.

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    All the tr0lls are diehard liberals.

    Liberalism is a mental disorder…

    The end

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    September 21st, 2013 at 7:58 am
    I’ll take a little sabatical, read it, see how things are going.

    It isn’t going to be anywhere near the same, tracking conversations is harder.

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

    The new blog shouldn’t be much different from this Worpressblog.

    You can still can paste instead of checking reply.

    I presume it’s goingto be like the whiner blog.

    Just went on the whiner blog, after registering with Diqus, and cut and pasted something some guy called Patel said and the posted a comment.

    I kept the comment nice and clean and just sad “check” because I wanted to see if it worked.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Jamista clown is probably on his way to the Oakland Airport to play footsie with some dude in the next stall.

  • http://raiderettes.com MR..realest of the real, stickiest of the icky

    Isn’t it weird how website production got better and better until around 2005? Then they started thinning everything down. They’re formatting the internet for phones now.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNoi_wwzbtQ Zymurge

    Actually discussing the blog topic — novel idea, I know — the double standard is just BS. If you don’t make every player as accountable as the next, then the stars will do as they will.

    In a game where injuries are so prevalent and with 20+ guys that make a difference in a game, sitting a starter shouldn’t be considered hurting the rest of the team. Backups play in the NFL, that’s a fact. NOT sitting a starter in my mind sends a message that is far more damaging to the team. It says that a star player can do as they please with no regard for the image damage to the team.

    This is just one more reason to admire what the NHL does. I’ve seen top star players benched both in games for not playing with enough heart and for whole games when the coach feels like a message is due. It can be for on or off ice behavior or even for just not going hard enough in practice. The emphasis is on team and teamwork, not on the individual, no matter how good that might be. As a result, the guys at the bottom of the roster play for the guys at the top just as much as the other way around. The way sports should be.

    Don’t let the NFL become another NBA where one or two selfish star players can get their coaches fired because they don’t like their style. The team must be bigger than the player. If it’s allowed to go the other way, the owners/GMs/Coaches have nobody to blame but themselves.

  • http://raiderettes.com MR..realest of the real, stickiest of the icky

    MB goes to adult book stores frequently and browses the men on men section, you know…just to see the “liberal mental disorder” at work.

  • Plunketthead

    A lot of you might be surprised at just how many of these trolls you speak of are people that work with the website.

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Finally some honesty, some of us have been aware of this for some time. So who’s the aspiring writer that runs half the trolls?

  • http://raiderettes.com MR..realest of the real, stickiest of the icky

    Zymurge,

    like the NBA?

    Peyton Manning could have John Fox fired by this afternoon if he wanted to.

  • Plunketthead

    MistaBrown Says:
    September 21st, 2013 at 9:08 am
    All the tr0lls are diehard liberals.

    Liberalism is a mental disorder…

    The end
    %%%%%%%%%%%

    True story, just like all the mass murderers :shock:

  • http://raiders.com My Left Stroke is the Death Stroke

    Go Raiders.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    The new blog shouldn’t be much different from this WordPressblog.

    You can still cut and paste instead of checking reply to keep a conversation going.

    I presume the new Raider one is goingto be like the whiner blog.

    Just went on the whiner blog, after registering with Diqus, and cut and pasted something some guy called Patel said, underlined it, and then posted a comment.

    I kept the comment nice and clean and just sad “check” because I wanted to see if it worked.

    The only thing that you can’t do on the new blog is post those fuk’n never-ending lists.

  • http://raiderettes.com MR..realest of the real, stickiest of the icky

    Mass murderers are liberal? I didn’t know Bush and Cheney were liberals.

  • Plunketthead

    They are the elite, numbnuts. The globalists. the ones who laugh at fools who think theres any difference between reps and dems.

    The ones who will be headed or think they will be headed to a safe underground bunker to hide from what is coming

  • Plunketthead

    Here is something everyone else has forgotten. MR was not always played by MR. Sometimes we got the imbecile who runs most the trolls. Sometimes we got good old hateful MR himself, the troll who is probably paid by acorn or whatever it is called when the socialists pay trolls to repeat lies on the net

  • SnBG

    Good morning nation.

    Not much football talk this morning.

    BBL when there is some FTT.

  • Plunketthead

    I feel sorry for you. Your life probably exists of going from one misery to the next misery all day long. One rainy cloud after another.

    Better build up those neck muscles. Millstones are real heavy

  • http://raiderettes.com MR..realest of the real, stickiest of the icky

    Wow. Plunkethead. You got pretty worked up from one comment. I was just responding to your point that mass murderers are liberal. How can that be? Bush and Cheney are not liberals, last I checked.

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    See KK.
    _____

    Plunketthead Says:
    September 21st, 2013 at 9:16 am
    A lot of you might be surprised at just how many of these trolls you speak of are people that work with the website.

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Finally some honesty, some of us have been aware of this for some time. So who’s the aspiring writer that runs half the trolls?

  • Plunketthead

    You got pretty worked up from one comment

    ****
    Not even close. Its a beautiful day and I have been picking fresh veggies daily. I am eating cherry tomatos right now and checking in my one time favorite blog inbetween building a new chicken coop and raking up chik poo.

    Life is way too awesome for me to get bent and let you rent space.

    After all I know the truth

  • JLofty

    Zymurge how many games has Jonathan Toews sat out?

    I love hockey but not sure your point is completely valid. Maybe 80% so…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNoi_wwzbtQ Zymurge

    MR..Realest Of The Real, Stickiest Of The Icky Says:
    September 21st, 2013 at 9:18 am
    Zymurge,

    like the NBA?

    Peyton Manning could have John Fox fired by this afternoon if he wanted to.

    ====

    While that is the one possible case of it happening in the NFL — only because Peyton probably could be HC and starting QB simultaneuously — I doubt that would happen. If there was a huge impasse as the owner or GM I might still side with Fox. Manning has less than a season left on his career. He’s also one hit away from ending it sooner than that and I think the Broncos are well aware of this fact. To change out a HC and set back the entire rest of the team for at least this season if not beyond … I don’t see it happening.

    Could Brady get Belichik fired? Ha! Not a chance. Brady would be sent packing faster than he could put on his pouty face. Is there any other star that is THAT valuable to their team? Rodgers maybe? But then Flynn threw for 6 TDs with that team. Need I say more?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNoi_wwzbtQ Zymurge

    Didn’t Toews sit a game in the playoffs last year in a surprise move by Quennville? Or is that my memory playing tricks with me. Maybe it was Hossa?

  • http://raiderettes.com MR..realest of the real, stickiest of the icky

    Sure, you know the truth, Plunkethead. That mass murderers are liberal. I guess you also know that Bush and Cheney are liberals, then. They’d have to be, if your logic is correct. Have a nice day, Plunkethead. Happy gardening.

  • Gdog

    MistaBrown Says:
    September 21st, 2013 at 9:08 am

    All the tr0lls are diehard liberals.

    Liberalism is a mental disorder…

    The end

    >>>

    I very highly doubt you would be able to identify a mental disorder.

    (You won’t understand the meaning of what I just typed).

    Carry on now…

  • R8derdiehard

    How many dr Roberts are ther , and which one is the real d bag

  • R8derdiehard

    Politics are a mental disorder that’s why both sides think that THEIR right lol!!

  • Kirk

    What did liberals do that was so offensive to the conservatives? Liberals got women the right to vote. Liberals got African-Americans the right to vote. Liberals created Social Security and lifted millions of elderly people out of poverty. Liberals ended segregation. Liberals passed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act. Liberals created Medicare. Liberals passed the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act. What did Conservatives do? They opposed them on every one of those things. So when you try to hurl that label at my feet, ‘Liberal,’ as if it were something to be ashamed of, something dirty, something to run away from, it won’t work, because I will pick up that label and I will wear it as a badge of honor. -Lawrence O’Donnell Jr.

  • R8derdiehard

    2 more days till what I think is our super bowl!!! LoL that’s kinda sad but hey I’m excited.

  • fingers

    I think you still have to blitz Manning some… Just gotta pick the right time and place..the threat of the Blitz should be there…

  • DJ Johnny

    R8derdiehard Says:
    September 21st, 2013 at 10:17 am

    2 more days till what I think is our super bowl!!! LoL that’s kinda sad but hey I’m excited.

    I haven’t allowed myself to seriously contemplate us winning this game.

    Of course I hope we can pull a stunning, earth shattering upset…which is what it would be.

    I get the whole “any given Sunday” thing, but man…this is a real tough one.

  • DJ Johnny

    I don’t think Denver is going to “underestimate” us at all.

    I’m thinking they are out for blood.

    It’s MNF too.

    We’ll see what our boys are made of.

  • Alshouldadraftedme

    I’m pumped for the game myself, Mcfadden needs to have a big game to help out Pryor.
    http://thegoalpostjournal.com/broncos-focus-on-terrelle-pryor-and-raiders-defense-not-mcfadden/