Al Davis, Cleveland Browns, Football, Mike Holmgren, NFL, Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland Raiders, Sports

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team’s best player on either side of the ball now finds himself perhaps on the outside looking in as the team now has rescinded all of the incentives on his record breaking contract ($45 million three year contract).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

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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Al Davis, Football, Laine Kiffin, NFL, Oakland Raiders

Laine Kiffin Takes One From The Team ………

Well    the  Oakland  Raiders’  hierarchy   have  seen   fit  to  make   the  obvious    paramount  by  announcing  the  firing  of  incumbent     coach    Laine  Kiffin   today.    Bearly     two  years    in  Kiffin  has   underperformed as a  coach.   Seemingly   thrown   into  a    shark’s   tank   from the  outset.  It’s   hard to   see    how  anyone  could’ve  survived    in  that   atmosphere and     environment  of  complete   ineptitude.        And   with   the   undying  patience   of the  fans    it  was  only  a  matter   of  time    before   they   too     would   have  to   become  completely  disenchanted with   the   franchise.

Raiders  coach  Laine  Kiffin    seen  here   during   a  press  conference   in  Alameida  ,   California  at the   Raiders’   headquarters.  picture  appears   courtesy of   ap/photo/ Tom   Stanton …….


From  all  tiers   within   the  franchise    this   has  been   exceedingly    bad   organization.   It   is  being     badly   ran   and    in    Al   Davis    the  owner   you   had   someone   for   whom   the years   have  passed    him   by.   And  whose  only  interest  might’ve  been   his  own  self   preservation  and   importance ,   albeit  at  the   expense  and   ridicule   that   he’d    undergone   over  the   last   decade.   With   the  AFC  West    as  a   division   the   team   is  clearly  seen  as   a  bottom   feeder    of  the division   if   not   the    whole   conference.   Though  it can   be  said  that   the   woefully   inept    Kansas  City  Chiefs    could    give  the   Raiders a  run  for  their  money at  present.  

Kiffin   looks  down   during   the   fourth   quarter  of   his   team’s game  against   the  San  Diego  Chargers     where  they    went  on  to   lose  the  game  28-18   to  their   divisional   foes  on   Sunday  in  Oakland  California.     picture  appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/Tom  McClendon ……..


With  a   5-15   record   to   his   credit    and   very    little    overall    coaching   experience   it’s   hard to see   where   Kiffin    himself   can   go   from  here.      The     quagmire   that   is  the   Raiders   if  anything   most   certainly    must  be  a  better  place    to  be  away  from   than   being  within  its  openly  hostile  and   somewhat  frenetic   environment.   There   was   very   little  leadership   any  within   the franchise   coming  from   the  coaching   staff    let   alone   from   on  the   field.      And   in    players    such   Jamarcus   Russell   ,   Darren   McFadden   and  Michael   Bush   you   had  players   who   are  still   learning  the  environment   and   rigors   of  the NFL    game. 


Chargers’   tight  end   Antonio   Gates makes a   play  after a   catch     against  the  Oakland Raiders’ Kalimba  Edwards    in   an  AFC  West    divisional   game   played  last  Sunday  in  Oakland.    picture appears   courtesy   of  getty   images/ Jed  Jacobsohn  …………….


And with  the  season   now  a   quarter  of the  way    through   its    haul    and   the  Raiders  sitting  at 1-3    within  the  division   with   only   the   Kansas  City   Chiefs   looking   up  at them  .  It’s    hard to   see  how  this   team  with    any   certainty   can   extricate  itself    from   the  problems    that    it  created    from   the   beginning.   In  hiring    a   young   and    inexperienced   coach   like    Kiffin    it  was  thought   that  they   might   be  able  to   catch   lightning  in    a   bottle .  As  they’d    done    with    one  of Kiffin’s   predecessors    in    the  guise  of  Jon  Gruden.    But alas   that  wasn’t   to  be   as   they’ve   slipped    steadily     down   into   the depths  and  the    bowels  of    mediocrity.  

Raiders’  running    back   Darren   McFadden   looks   up   at the  crowd from the  sidelines  during  the  team’s    game  against  the  San  Diego  Chargers    this  last  Sunday.  picture  appears courtesy  of   getty  images/ Jed Jacobsohn  …………………. 

With  a  bye   week   now  in   hand    the  Oakland  Raiders’  next    game  will   be  against  an   invigorated  and   highly  talented  New Orleans  Saints   team  that’ll   be   after   blood.    And   for   Oakland  (1-3)  they can   ill  afford  to  lose  this game   and   then  watch   the  season    elusively   get  away  from  them.    Albeit    that    in  many     people’s    eyes    it  can   be  said  that   this   has  already  happened.   They’ve   rarely  if  anything    showed any  real   signs   of   life  and   their   lone  win    thus   far  this  season   came   at the  hands    of  the  lowly   Kansas  City  Chiefs.  A  team   for which   it can  be said    shows   about as   much    competitive   appetite    for the  game  of   football  a   bulemic     model    would   for   a  plate   of    food.  


Clinton  Hart   of  the  Chargers   breaks   up  a  pass  to    Johnnie Lee  Higgins   of the  Oakland Raiders   in  McAfee  Coliseum   in  Oakland  California.   The  San Diego   Chargers (2-2) would  go  on  to  win  the   game    28-18  and  now  sit  second   in  the   division   behind  the  Denver  Broncos(3-1).    picture appears  courtesy  of   getty  images/ Jed Jacobsohn   …………….


Much    can   be   made  from   the  fact   that  the  relationship    between  the  former  coach    and   owner   was  described  as frosty   at  best.    And    rarely   can  it  be   said  that   they   saw   eye  to  eye  on  a   number   of   topics  from   the  team    roster  as  to     coaching    nuances   of Kiffin  himself.    Much   of  that   may  well  have   been  predicated     on    the  overall lack   of  creativity     shown   on  both   sides   of   the   ball.   The   offense   had    begun   to   show  signs  of  life   but  rarely  was   it  ever     truly   consistent   in  its     potency.   The   same   could  be   said    for  the  defense   and   all   of  its    travails.   Nowhere was    this   more  self   evidenced  than  the  display   given   by  the   team  last  Sunday  against  the  San Diego   Chargers.     At   one   point    during   the   third   quarter     Kiffin   had   his    kicker    Sebastian    Janikowski   attempt  a   73  yard  field   goal  attempt.    Inexplicably  at the  time     there  was  enough   time    for  the   team   to  move    the  ball  further  upfield.   But   yet   Kiffin  saw   fit   to   take   this     course  of  action. Needless  to say     Janikowski   failed   in   his   attempt.    


Chargers’   running   back    Darren  Sproles   runs   in  for the  2pt conversion  against   the   Raiders  whilst  defensively  linebacker  Ricky  Brown (57)    and a  seated  Tyvon   Branch of  the  Raiders   look on.  picture  appears courtesy  of  getty  images/ Jed Jacobsohn  ……..


This   may   well   have  been   what  drew  the   ire   of    Al  Davis    and    was  quite   well   the  straw   that    broke    the   camel’s    back ,    that  led  to  the  decision   to fire    Laine Kiffin.   If  nothing    else  it    either   had  to   happen   now  at  sometime    in  the  immediate  future.  What   was clearly    becoming   apparent    was  that   neither   the  team  ,   the  coach   or  the  owner  was   happy   with   the  situation   as  it   stood.     And as   we   all   know   you  can’t   fire    the   entire   team  ,   so   it’s     either    down  to  the  owner  and  GM . In    this  case  Al  Davis  to   do   what’s  necessary   to   make things    right.    Kiffin   had  to  be    the    one    to   go .    But   in  reality    some  might    feel that  the  franchise   would  be    better   off   if   Davis  also   followed   him   out   the   door.   Leaving  the   day to  day   operation  of  the  franchise  in   the   hands   of  someone   better   suited  to   run  the   team.     Davis   has   had   his   day    in  the  sun   that   is  now   setting   and  it’s   now  time   for   somone   more   adroit   to    take   over  the  running  of  the  franchise  at this  juncture.   If  nothing  else  this   has  got   to  be  done    for  the   morale  of the      team  and   its   well  being   before    things  become    even   more  malignant   within   the  organization. 



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