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And The Fallout Begins …………………


And The Fallout Begins ……..

Well it comes as no surprise to me that the Oakland Raiders find themselves in a mess of idiotic proportions . Team owner Al Davis for some unfathomable reason felt it necessary to fire Tom Cable after the team having swept their division now find themselves without any semblance of continuity. Many of the fans of the team feel angered by this decision but at the same they know that Al Davis marches to a beat of a very different drum. Even if he can’t hear the damn drum to begin with and this is an individual who I feel is no longer cognitive of what’s happening around him !

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In Cable’s place Hue Jackson will assume the position as head coach. This is a team that during the season had found a sense of purpose and direction but it’d appear that the inconsistency displayed by both Jason Campbell and Bruce Gradkowski played its part in derailing the ambitions and hope for the Raiders this past season . Statistically the Raiders have been mid rank amongst the teams within the NFL in a number of categories but the real inherent problem has been the lack of leadership on this team. It certainly hasn’t come from the playmaking of either quarterback and even with a seasoned veteran such as Richard Seymour it would appear that his teammates weren’t always prepared to follow his example.

Nnamdi Asomugha perhaps the team’s best player on either side of the ball now finds himself perhaps on the outside looking in as the team now has rescinded all of the incentives on his record breaking contract ($45 million three year contract). Having failed to meet the incentives this season the organization has sought in part to renegotiate that deal but it appears that the player and management are now at an impasse. In failing to renegotiate the player’s deal the Raiders aren’t in a position to place the franchise tag on the player and at the same time should they seek to trade him the compensation sought by them could prove to be far too high for a number of teams around the league for the four time Pro Bowl cornerback . Oakland isn’t unlike a number of teams around the league that find themselves in something of a financial morass albeit that they fare well with the millions that they derive in revenues each season. With Asomugha being an unrestricted free agent the only alternatives that the Raiders now have will be either to seek a trade resign the cornerback to a long term contract which he and his agent will no doubt be seeking . The Raiders cannot place the franchise tag on the player in order to retain his services , so therein lies the dilemma that the Oakland Raiders now face at this juncture .

Courtesy of NFL Network

Asomugha’s Raiders deal voided because of missed incentives

By Jason La Canofora of the NFL Network

Nnamdi Asomugha isn’t under contract with the Oakland Raiders.

Asomugha didn’t reach certain incentives this season, voiding the last year of a three-year, $45.3 million contract and making the three-time Pro Bowl cornerback an unrestricted free agent, a source with knowledge of the deal said Sunday.

Raiders senior executive John Herrera later confirmed to The Associated Press that the contract had been voided. The 2011 option was worth either $16.8 million or the amount of the quarterback franchise tag, whichever is greater.

The Raiders now must decide whether to pay big money to keep Asomugha or use it to shore up other positions.

“We have to wait on the ramifications of the new CBA to be able to move on,” Herrera told The AP.

The Raiders could have many other key free agents this offseason, depending on the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement. Pro Bowl defensive tackle Richard Seymour, safety Michael Huff, cornerback Stanford Routt, tight end Zach Miller, left guard Robert Gallery and running back Michael Bush are among the Raiders’ other potential free agents.

Entering this season, Asomugha had to participate in more plays or boost his interception, fumble recovery or sack totals from their 2009 levels to pick up the last year of the contract. But Asomugha played in just 14 games — two less than 2009 — because of an ankle injury, and he didn’t post an interception, a fumble recovery or a sack. He also had 19 tackles, 15 fewer than last season.

The Raiders can’t use their franchise tag on Asomugha, who will be 30 next season, because of another clause in the contract, which the cornerback signed in February of 2009. Asomugha was paid $28.5 million in the first two years of the deal.

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It remains to be seen how this situation will work itself between the player and the organization will come to a satisfactory conclusion. I’ve no doubt that Asomugha can still contribute to this team as he has done since his entry into the NFL some 7 years ago . Since then this perennial Prow Bowler has been one the main constants for this team and he has drawn the admiration of his peers and coaches alike around the NFL .

I’d repeatedly said at the time the moment that team President Mike Holmgren sought to retain Eric Mangini as the team’s coach until his firing this season I felt that the Cleveland Browns simply had no idea what the hell they were doing. For two mercilessly uninspiring seasons Mangini simply ran this team into the ground .

Now Holmgren has to constitute a wide ranging search for a candidate whom he feels can successfully resurrect the fortunes of this franchise. I’ve no doubt that the search will be widespread and will be amongst a number of candidates that Holmgren will look to interview . Jon Gruden , Bill Cowher and Mike Mularkey are names that come to mind and I’ve no doubt that with the recent hiring of Jim Harbaugh as coach of the San Francisco 49ers Mike Holmgren will look amongst the college ranks .And amongst those who may well gauged as to their interest may well be Les Miles of LSU , Chris Petersen of Boise State and Chip Kelly of Oregon . But the feeling is that many of these coaches mentioned within the college ranks might just be happy to remain with the programs that they’ve built up over the years.

Courtesy of NFL.com

Falcons OC Mularkey offers no details after Browns interview

Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey doesn’t know the Cleveland Browns’ time frame for hiring a new coach following his recent interview with the team.

That was about all Mularkey would acknowledge publicly about his candidacy in Cleveland. He interviewed Saturday with Browns team president Mike Holmgren and general manager Tom Heckert.

“I’m going to move on from commenting about that,” Mularkey said Sunday. “I’ll move on to anything else you want to talk about.”

Mularkey, who is helping the Falcons prepare for a home playoff game Saturday, hopes to become an NFL head coach for the second time. He had a 14-18 record with the Buffalo Bills in 2004 and 2005.

Mularkey canceled an interview with the Denver Broncos last week. He isn’t sure if the Browns will request a second interview, but Mularkey was adamant that his primary focus is the Falcons’ next game.

“I just know this has been very important to me,” he said. “It’s important to our team. I’m not sure when a decision is coming down.”

NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi confirmed that St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, the first candidate to interview, is the Browns’ front-runner.

In his first three seasons with Atlanta, Mularkey has helped quarterback Matt Ryan become a burgeoning star. Ryan was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2008 after the Falcons drafted him No. 3 overall.

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There’s no denying that some pieces are in place for the Browns but in reality what they’ve lacked over the years has been leadership from the upper echelons within this famed franchise and the fact the coaching if anything has been mediocre at best ! Whoever assumes the reins of this team will have to go about their job with a great deal of expediency but at the same they will have realize that time is of the essence trying to achieve any modicum of success and that’s what will be asked of the successor to Eric Mangini. Chances are that the person assuming this position will now be put on a great of pressure to succeed.

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What thoughts if any do you have with regards to the ongoing fallout that’s now taking place as to the managerial upheavals within the NFL ? Also what conclusions if any do you believe will come from the situation now involving the Oakland Raiders’ Nnamdi Asomugha ? Simply chime with a comment as to your thoughts on the topics raised and your and that of the NFL at present as you view it ?

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As a bye note I’d just like to put this out there to the “idiot” who made the statement that Matt Cassel is the best quarterback in the NFL that has been produced by USC . Given Cassel’s display against in the team’s 30-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens let’s just say that Cassel much like his USC peers who are now playing the position in the NFL aren’t good enough to wear jock itch much less strap on a set of cleats and call themselves quarterbacks in the NFL . Matt Cassel , Matt Leinart and Carson Palmer collectively just aren’t that good by any stretch of the imagination. The trio are merely a bunch of over-hyped so called wannabe’s and ’til they prove that they’re good enough to be amongst the elite of the NFL please stop with dumb ass prognostications ?

No one start to ride on the Mel Kiper bandwagon but that guy has had more misses than hits over the years never mind the fact that much of the time he merely cites these players . because he’s suborned to do so by his association with the players’ agents rather than him gauging these players through his own observations. Plainly and succinctly what Kiper puts out there simply isn’t worth the time of day !

Alan aka tophatal …………………………..

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21 thoughts on “And The Fallout Begins …………………

  1. If the Raiders have now cut Asomugha as is widely being reported I only hope they know what the hell they’re doing !

    No one ever said you had to be a member of MENSA or a genius to be an NFL owner but I do believe it does help to have a consummate knowledge of the game and some sound business sense. None of which Davis or anyone within the Raiders’ front office apparently has !

    tophatal …………….

  2. Seems to me the two teams you mentioned have something in common. A lack of talent at the quarterback position. A good quarterback can make an average coach a genius.

    1. aero

      Both the Browns and Raiders this season had something to strive for but what took place was a complete mess in terms of the executive decisions being made . Holmgren should’ve fired Mangini at the start of the season and Davis should’ve at least given Cable another year to turn things around instead if Hue Jackson fails this upcoming season dependent upon whether there’s a season or not the outcome may well be that we’ll once again see that ever revolving door continue to spin as another coach gets shown the door by Al Davis .

      If the Raiders were a publicly owned company Al Davis’ ass would have been fired long ago even if he is the damn owner. But ineptitude has now become the norm there in Oakland and the fans there seem to be willing to accept because they firmly believe that they’re better days ahead. But I bet you this were that team publicly owned and they (fans) were all shareholders then they’d be baying for blood and asking for Davis’ head to be placed on top of a pike.

      tophatal …………..

  3. Well, actually the contract language cut him more than the Raiders cut him. It wasn’t even the front offices’ decision, it was him failing to be on the field enough this year more than them not wanting him. I have a feeling he’ll come back, but at a discount because I doubt anyone will give him $17M per year especially after the new CBA. If they don’t sign him, I guess we have $17M to spend on all the other guys that we have on the free agent list…

    1. chappy

      The front office has the final say even if they didn’t feel it appropriate but it came down to them probably wanting to look financially expedient which is a first . How much money have they spent on free agents that’ve been a complete bust over the years ? And you think that this equates with them doing something that that’ll be of benefit to the team ? I seem to remember you marveling over how good he (Asomugha) is, now it looks as if you simply want to be rid of the guy ? Gallery since he’s been with the team has contributed very little and Russell if memory serves me correct the organization has blown over $30 million on. Where’s the common sense that’s being shown by Al Davis and the front office ? And this will go down much like the other asinine moves they’ve made in recent years .

      It’s time for the other partners who are part of the ownership group to make a decision rather than seeing the franchise being ran into the ground. The Raiders are almost as bad as the state legislature and Schwarzzeneggar’s term in office as governor combined ! Simply tell me what what has been achieved on either watch ? The state budget there is a $14 billion mess and they haven’t got a damn clue neither did that di_khead Arnold ! The same thing now with the Raiders !

      tophatal …………..

  4. I am not a huge Cable fan but but he guided the Raiders to an eight and eight record this year. The year before the Raiders were 2-12. Al Davis needs to get outta the game.

    1. Bobby Gee

      Al Davis now couldn’t spot his ass from a hole in the ground but yet the Raiders’ fans simply follow this team mindlessly like sheep not once questioning the mayhem within their midst. And when you become critical of the organization they’re the first to stick up for it without ever having anything sensible to say as to the mess that has been caused . They simply digest it all and accept that crap while funding their team’s coffers to watch the crap that is continually served up.

      tophatal ……………..

    1. Chris Humpherys

      If the Raiders were a publicly owned company being traded on Wall St with public and institutional shareholders that bitch would’ve been declared bankrupt long ago ! Who in their right mind would continue to support this team in with the ineptitude being shown by that front office and here’s chappy telling me that the decision was made because of the contract that in part had something to do with but it’s clear that the franchise now trying to show some financial expediency . This being same idiots that’ve shelled out over $30 million on that dead weight JaMarcus Russell . Go figure ? Russell has done fu_ck all for the franchise in the same way that Gallery has ………. they’ve simply flushed money down the crapper the same way the Redskins have been known to ! The thing here is that Asomugha has done more for this team in his time there and the rest of the busts they’ve shelled money out on !

      tophatal …………………

    2. Chris Humpherys

      You have to remember that during the regular season Schottenheimer was thought of as a genius , come the playoffs his teams couldn’t find themselves out of or into a whorehouse much less the playoffs if they were given sound directions.

      Which way to the postseason ? The same thing with Jim Mora Sr !

      Marty

      Excuse me but can you lead me to the playoffs ? What direction do I need to take ? Marty Schottenheimer .

      Marty I can lead you to wherever you want to go .

      tophatal …………

    1. Chris Humpherys

      SEC rules states that once a privately held company has over 500 investors they either have to open their books for public scrutiny and then having done so they can either remain private or have stock offering (IP0 -initial public offering ) where shares can go on sale to the public. The only team in the NFL that is publicly owned happens to be the Green Bay Pakcers which is owned by the residents of the city of Green Bay and their shares can only owned by residents of that city.

      Now with the NFL being a privately held concern I do believe that in large part the owners many of them being multi- millionaires and billionaires merely see their teams as baubles that can parade off amongst their social circle of friends and acquaintances. However very few of them have any business acumen much football knowledge in knowing how to run a successful franchise.

      chappy’ll now and try and explain away the fact Al wants to win but how can you win when with each passing season you have a revolving door of coaching staff ? There’s no consistency or continuance there at all ! Art Shell I was once told when I called in JT The Brick’s Fox syndicated late night talk show some years back…. said at to me that Shell would turn the team around and make them winners . How’d that sh_t turn out ? Shell was removed from the job in the blink of any eye and it’s been that way ever since. I called him back some months later and asked him if he remembered what he’s stated on his show that and the typical shi_ he always comes up with was that things just didn’t work out. That’s so atypical of the idiocy you now find in the state and amongst the fans there !

      Brick is to sports’ talks show hosts what Limbaugh is to political comment nothing but a puss filled pimple that needs to be lanced … their knowledge of sports borders on the stupidity shown by Congress and the Senate !

      Teams around the league that have won …. have done so in large part because they have a foundation to build from the top down to the bottom. Can you or chappy prescribe to the fact that’s what Davis’ front office has with the Raiders at this present moment in time ?

      The Raiders blew $30 million a bum like Jamarcus Russell but becase of an agrreed upon incentive contract they’re now trying to show that they have common sense ? Doesn’t equate does it especially when all parties were in agreement with regard to the incentives to begin with . I wonder what was put in the contract of Robert Gallery ? Must remain looking like a lamp post so that dogs can urinate and defecate on ?

      tophatal …………….

    2. Chris Humpherys

      If the Raiders were a publicly traded company the Justice Dept , SEC and FASB would be all of their ass already , never mind that there’d have been a shareholder revolt and the entire board would have been kicked out . But then again this is the Raiders we’re talking about ……..common sense hasn’t been present within that organization in years much like it’s not been with the Redskins under Synder’s tenure as the owner.

      tophatal ……………….

    1. chappy81

      It takes two parties to sign a contract and here both parties knew what they were getting themselves involved in. But how does this equate with the Raiders having made an outlay of $30 million on a bum like JaMarcus Russell when he’s never ever contributed anything to the team and where they're at now with Asomougha whom you once even described as a difference maker ? Which side of the fence are you leaning on now ?

      The article you provided the link to is similar to the one included in my piece and it outlays all of the pertinent facts as it relates to the situation.

      tophatal ………………..

  5. See, that’s the thing that always makes me keep rooting for the Raiders. They always spend. Al wants to win more than I want them to win. The contract ended because of other things like not getting sacks, ints, etc. He wasn’t on the field for enough plays either. You can read the article, but the way I see it was he voided it by being injured for a couple games this year, NOT because they didn’t want him!

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/01/09/SPMH1H6J2E.DTL

    If the Raiders were a publically traded stock, I wouldn’t be buying any. I don’t have money to waste on them besides gameday tickets here and there…

    1. chappy 81

      It’s not me being scathing here on the Raiders but this whole thing makes no sense given the outlay the team has made on busts that they’ve overpaid for over the years ! As I stated in the previous comment to you both parties went into this with their eyes wide open. Al may well want to win but going through coaches like a person changes their underwear only leads to a situation where they’ll end up using a soiled peace at some time in their immediate future. They’ve done it repeatedly with some of the idiotic hirings and player personnel decisions made . Even you’ve got to admit that ?

      If Hue Jackson doesn’t pan out next season what then ? Al fires him and looks at who’s next in the food chain amongst the coaching staff ? Is this a business savvy way for the organization to exist ?

      And with regard to disposable income in order to attend games how much does it set you back when you attend a home game at Onkland Alameda County Stadium and I’m also talking about parking ,ticket price and concessions included ? At the end of the day I know it all mounts up but at the same time in this type of economic environment can you say that you’re getting your money ‘s worth from the team ?
      Granted that had a good year going 8-8 but at the end of the day with these most recent maneuvers do you believe it will get much better or things will regress once again before you being to see real changes for the better ? Be honest with your answer and don’t hide behind any hyperbole or superfluous statements .

      tophatal …………….

  6. Onliest thang I gots to say…..Thank God they do not follow the Rooney’s way of ownership……One time some teams did, Steelers had a tough row to hoe.
    Now the League has Atlanta, Patriots, Steelers, Ravens, Colts and even KC acting like the Steelers….my opinion folks

    1. al clements

      The template set by the Rooney’s ought to be the one followed across the board by the NFL. Other than Bob Kraft with the Patriots I can’t think of another owner who actually runs their franchise with sound decision making in all facets of the business and competitive side of the game.

      Jerry Jones not unlike Al Davis goes through coaches and free agents the way that Charlie Sheen goes through his Rolodex in search of whores and porn stars !


      Sheen- Capri Anderson

      Porn star Capri Anderson says she was wronged by Charlie Sheen. When she refused anal sex he was heard to have said but you’ve been blowing smoke up everyone’s ass just as much Al Davis has been with the notion that he wants to win.

      tophatal ………….

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