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Autopsy Of A Season ……….. The San Diego Chargers


Autopsy Of A Season ……….. The San Diego Chargers

So much was expected of the San Diego Chargers for the 2010 season but given what we know about this team and their tendency to merely play each season by their halves it wasn’t a surprise that 2010 fell apart in the way that it did. And for the tv analysts , pundits and the fans of the Chargers this has become a case of history merely repeating itself again and again ! Qualcomm Stadium has simply become a graveyard for the aspirations of this Chargers’ team . They have a Pro Bowl caliber quarterback in Philip Rivers . And an offensive unit that ranked in the upper tier of the league’s teams last season.

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Norv Turner and his coaching staff have a team that was thought to be the equal of many within the AFC West if not better and most certainly viewed as one of the prohibitive favorites for Superbowl 45 (SBXLV). Certainly within the AFC as a whole the Chargers were viewed as one of the better teams . Nonetheless, Turner struggled to get this team to play with a level of consistency throughout much of the season. Even with the advent of injuries to players throughout much of the season you simply knew that this team just didn’t have what it would take to even mount a serious challenge to many of the opponents they’d face .

And while many viewed the Chargers as the team that’d go on to win the AFC West that privilege went to the Kansas City Chiefs under their sophomore coach Todd Haley . What might be even more unbelievable was the continued meltdown once again of the Oakland Raiders which ultimately led to a parting of the ways between incumbent coach Tom Cable and team owner Al Davis who would replace Cable with Hue Jackson . I won’t bother to repeat my thoughts as to the mindset of Al Davis as I believe that he’s way past his sell by date ! I’ll say this for the Raiders , they certainly have found ever increasing ways to implode their season without the help of anyone else . Not only that but they decided to cut their Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha merely because he simply didn’t meet the incentives in his contract.

Certainly this team of its own volition won’t be recapturing the form that many of their fans believe that they’re capable of. Especially given the fact that consistency has never been their strong point . And that was self evident throughout much of the Raiders’ season . They were able to win three consecutive games in a season for the first time in over two and a half years. That’s not the sort of record you’d come to expect a team with aspirations of winning a Superbowl . But then again these are the Oakland Raiders that we’re talking about ………. and where the sublime and the ridiculous seems to be representative of the continued madness within the organization .

Not to be outdone in all of this was the fate of the Denver Broncos and where their wunderkind coach Josh McDaniel’s tenure came and went in the blink of an eye. Team owner Pat Bowlen had all that he could withstand with his coach and that of Spygate II courtesy of McDaniels and the team’s videographer. With McDaniel’s firing after their Broncos’ disastrous season the team hired former Broncos’ great and two time Superbowl winner John Elway to be the Broncos’ Head of Operations . Elway’s first task in the postseason was to hire a successor to McDaniels and that would come courtesy of Jon Fox who left the Carolina Panthers in the offseason being one of a number NFL coaching casualties in 2010 .

The Chargers for their part will either have to do a number of things if they’re to remain credible as a contender within the NFL. First and foremost Turner and his staff need to be reminded that a season is one of 16 games and not eight or nine as the case maybe . First and foremost they need to strengthen their roster through the NFL Draft and simply reassessing the strengths and weaknesses on the current roster . Team GM A J Smith and owner Dean Spanos clearly know that this may well be their window of opportunity this upcoming season to finally prove the naysayers were wrong about the San Diego Chargers . If they’re not able to do that then I do firmly believe that Turner and his coaching staff ought to be relieved of their duties . They’ve taken this team as far as they possibly can and it’s my belief that Turner is still riding on the coat-tails of his mentor and friend Jimmy Johnson . How else can you explain the fact that he’s repeatedly been a retread around the NFL as a coach ? It’s certainly not been because of his abilities as a coach that’s for sure ! In reality Norv Turner is a very good offensive coordinator and a marginal head coach at best. His overall record may not actually bear that out but if you look closely, it’s not as impressive as some might have you believe.

This much I do know as prolific an offense as this team is , its Achilles’ heel has been its defense and the lack of a pass rush and run defense . And that most certainly will be something that Turner and his staff must look to improve for next season or whenever the NFL chooses to resume play. And bearing in mind the turmoil that this offseason appears to be bringing by way of the chasm and intransigence being shown between the NFL and NFLPA as it relates to their on or off again labor negotiation talks . It has to be said that a the labor stoppage would do irreparable damage to the San Diego Chargers and numerous other teams around the league. If economic estimates are anything to go by then the impact within each of the NFL’s team markets will cost the teams and businesses on average in excess of $10-$15 million each week of the regular season . Add that all up and you’re talking about a potential revenue setback of countless billions of dollars to the NFL and the encompassing businesses that count on the league’s regular season schedule as a way and means of surviving .

The San Diego Chargers themselves are by no means a financial behemoth when it comes to the NFL as a business concern. Dean Spanos in order to seek some cash infusion had sold a minority stake in the team to wealthy business entrepreneur and entertainment mogul Philip Anschutz a minority stake owner of the Los Angeles Lakers , the owner of the Staples Center , Nokia Theater and of course entertainment giant AEG Entertainment Inc. . And with the constant rumblings of the city of Los Angeles’ wish to have an NFL franchise within its midst , it’s widely been rumored that the Chargers would be a viable candidate to relocate within the greater Los Angeles area. This much we do know the city’s mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has made it one of prescient tasks of bringing a franchise to the city but at the same time I’d ask this of the mayor …… what about the city’s enormous budget deficit and the fact that’s he’s now said to be cutting many much needed services to the city’s residents as well as laying off city employees ? Never mind the fact that there’s still the uncertainty of the financing of either a new stadium complex and whether or not this will be a public and private partnership in the venture.

Villaraigosa and the proponents of such a deal haven’t exactly told the public how this all would be facilitated. And at the same time Commissioner Roger Goodell though steadfast in his belief that there’s a necessity to have a NFL franchise in the country’s second largest ad market, hasn’t at all said whether or not the NFL itself would in part finance the building of a new venue or in part fund any refurbishment of an existing stadium using the league’s funding specifically that of its account that covers the financial assistance given to teams around the NFL. What a great many of the teams within the NFL tend to do , is to seek out assistance from local municipalities where they in part foot the greater part of the financing with the owners putting little funding if any at all for such a proposal , at the same time this all adds and to the tax burden of the local residents directly and indirectly. But that’s simply another a dirty little secret that the local politicians and the NFL would rather not let the fans tend to know about right off the bat. Moreover , you tend to be told that this is something that will ultimately be of benefit to the local community by bringing jobs and adding the economic standing of that community by enlarge. That may well be the case but rarely does it work out the way that the NFL explains it, as can be seen by the overtures they’re now said to be making by seeking concessions from the NFLPA (union) in order to cover their excessive spending and not reining in costs in terms of expenditure.

Simply put the NFL not unlike the present administration , Congress and the Senate simply no longer can practice what it preaches and that’s prudent fiscal policy ! Certainly the conservatives within Congress and the Senate may well think of themselves as being that way, as being fiscally responsible but I’d dare say that the vast majority of them wouldn’t know the difference between a balance sheet and a baking sheet ! And that now encompasses the idiocy we’re seeing from the NFL hierarchy and that of the NFLPA led by DeMaurice Smith and its President Kevin Mawae .

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As to what the future now holds for the San Diego Chargers that remains to be seen but this much is certain, the team can ill afford to think that they can simply play half a season within the regular season schedule in thinking that they can still hit pay-dirt. It hasn’t helped them yet and it certainly won’t help them in the future . As bad as the AFC West is known to be , surely it cannot continue to remain that way ? Over time I expect the teams there to improve and that’s something that the Chargers’ fans and the staff there ought to expect rather than simply resting on their laurels and thinking that it’s business as usual . That’s the sort of complacency that has derailed the Chargers’ efforts in recent years and will continue to do so if they simply don’t change their mindset ! What thoughts if any do you have on the Chargers and their 2010 season ? And do you believe that they will ultimately improve and be a viable contender in the NFL in the coming years ? Simply chime in with your thoughts on this matter anything else as it pertains to the AFC West or for that matter the NFL as a whole .

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(1) Quarterback Tim Tebow (15) of the Denver Broncos runs for a first down past linebacker Antwan Applewhite (90) of the San Diego Chargers as guard Zane Beadles (68) trails the play during the fourth quarter at INVESCO Field at Mile High on January 2, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images ……

(2) Quarterback Philip Rivers (17) of the San Diego Chargers takes the snap from center Nick Hardwick (61) of the San Diego Chargers during the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on January 2, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images ……

(3) Cornerback Andre’ Goodman (21) of the Denver Broncos breaks up a pass in the end zone intended for wide receiver Malcom Floyd (80) of the San Diego Chargers during the third quarter at INVESCO Field at Mile High on January 2, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The San Diego Chargers defeated the Denver Broncos 33-28 . Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images ……

(4) Defensive tackle Antonio Garay (71) and linebacker Antwan Applewhite (90) of the San Diego Chargers talk to quarterback Tim Tebow (15) of the Denver Broncos following the Chargers 33-28 win at INVESCO Field at Mile High on January 2, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The San Diego Chargers defeated the Denver Broncos 33-28. Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images ……

(5) Head coach Norv Turner of the San Diego Chargers leads his team against the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on January 2, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Chargers defeated the Broncos 33-28. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images ……

(6) Head coach Norv Turner talks with quarterback Philip Rivers (17) of the San Diego Chargers as they face the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on January 2, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Chargers defeated the Broncos 33-28 . Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images ……..

(7) San Diego Chargers’ first-round draft pick Larry English , second from right, holds up his new jersey as, from left to right, general manager A.J. Smith, president-CEO Dean Spanos and head coach Norv Turner look on during a news conference Sunday, April 26, 2009, in San Diego. English, a linebacker, is from Northern Illinois. AP Photo/Jack Smith …….

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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 !

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We Run Things Here ‚Ķ‚Ķ‚Ķ‚Ķ. The NFL and All of Its Guises ‚Ķ..


We Run Things Here …………. The NFL and All of Its Guises …..

The NFL preseason schedule isn‚Äôt yet upon us but the hierarchy of the league are merely looking for another way to have their patrons, the fans , part with their money with ever increasing and gregarious ways. The latest proposal from the league is the decrease the number of preseason games from four to two and increase the regular season schedule by two games . This is merely an end run around the “collective bargaining agreement” by the league as they look to increase their already burgeoning coffers.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has reiterated that this will make the NFL brand more popular amongst its fans and at the same gain some additional revenues for the teams around the league. Isn’t enough already , that with the preseason games some teams are asking their fans for a full blown commitment from them in purchasing a preseason ticket if they’re also a season ticket holder,? In some cases they will have to pay in full there and then. And where they do make a deposit for that preseason ticket if they’re not paying in full then the deposit becomes non-refundable. Thanks very much Commissioner Goodell but no thanks ! In trying to facilitate this, you’re simply conning the fans out of their hard earned cash merely to further laden the pockets of already wealthy multi millionaire and billionaire owners around the league. Suffice to say that other than BP’s Tony Hayward and President Barack Obama you might be approaching the status where you’re one of the most despised men in America !

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In all honesty what use is an additional two games to an already crowded NFL season with its month long playoff schedule in the postseason ?. If anything Goodell and the game’s hierarchy should be dealing with more acute issues such as the players’ behavior off the field and that of their ever decreasing wish to address the issue of head trauma injuries to the players and that of benefits to retired veteran players of the NFL. The hierarchy in conjunction with the NFLPA (union) have tip-toed around this issue long enough to give one the impression that they were in the midst of a mine field . Never mind the fact that Goodell and his union counterpart Executive Director DeMaurice Smith have made numerous pledges to Congress if not to the families of the players and to the players directly that something would be done.

More to the point , Goodell and his own medical counsel of advisers have repeatedly disagreed with numerous medical studies that have been carried out by trained professionals in academia studying such incidents of head trauma and concussion amongst current and retired players. Smith for his part, pays this all lip service like the consummate legal professional he is, having been a corporate litigator for noted DC law firm and lobbyists Patton Boggs LLP . Now if this proposal does take place and that is by no means a certainty given the fact that the NFLPA seems to be dead set against this unless there‚Äôs a bargaining chip thrown in that is amenable to Smith and his members. High profiled players such as Tom Brady and Ray Lewis have come out in opposition to the proposal citing the fact of injuries to a player during the season without them now having to encumber an additional two games to an already long enough regular season , not taking into account the playoff schedule for teams. In all , for teams with the additional two regular season games bringing the schedule eighteen games , you would then have the possibility of a team having to play the additional four games needed to get to a Superbowl if that team doesn‚Äôt obtain a bye. That would be an arduous schedule of twenty two game not including the preseason of two games. Never mind that you have the off-season workouts for the teams, some of which are mandated and some which are merely voluntary. Somehow I think that this is just another misguided effort by Goodell to prop up his PR image and make him all the more likeable amongst the fans ! Truth be known , Goodell would be much more well liked if he didn‚Äôt come across as being such a wimp in cow towing to the owners and players , rather than being his own man ! But these are just merely my observations and no one else’s.

Courtesy of USA Today

Tom Brady, Ray Lewis offer caution as NFL trumpets potential change to 18-game regular season

Perennial Pro Bowlers Tom Brady and Ray Lewis expressed skepticism over the potential for an expanded NFL season on Wednesday as the NFL met with the NFLPA to discuss logistics of extending the regular season to as many as 18 games.

Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy expressed support for the change, which would involve adding 1-2 regular-season games and decreasing the preseason by a corresponding amount.

“This is an idea that is really gaining momentum,” Murphy said.

Murphy echoed comments voiced several times by commissioner Roger Goodell that four preseason games — tickets for which cost as much as regular-season games — are too much and short-change fans.

“There really isn’t the same value there,” Murphy said. “… I think there’s a real issue we need to address…. I think it’s very clear to many of us the players and teams don’t need four (preseason) games to get ready for the regular season.”

The NFL and NFLPA met on Wednesday in negotiations for a new CBA. The current deal expires after the 2010 season. Murphy said any changes to the schedule would be done in concert with the CBA and wouldn’t come until 2012 at the earliest.

Brady, the three-time Super Bowl winning QB of the New England Patriots, and Lewis, the Baltimore Ravens LB who was the MVP of Super Bowl XXXV, said in statements to the NFLPA that they had major concerns about the effect a change would have on player safety.

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Nothing could be more indicative of that last issue than the speed at which the votes were obtained in order to publicize the fact that there would be a Superbowl , a cold weather one in fact, that would be awarded to the recipients jointly __ the New York Jets and New York Giants at their newly proposed $1.6 billion stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Superbowl XLVIII (48) will be held the stadium in 2014 , much to the joy of the residents and legislative members if the municipality and the state. New Yorkers however , view it as a Superbowl that will be in their fair city, rather than being in the Garden State. Now I can only surmise that there were a great many opponents to this proposal but it appears that their wishes didn’t hold sway with such powerful NFL figures as Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots, Steve Tisch of the Giants or Woody Johnson of the Jets. All three individuals were behind Goodell obtaining the job as NFL Commissioner in succession to Paul Tagliabue . This must’ve been payback on the part of Goodell for the assistance provided by those three noted owners. I’d very much like to see what owners such as Jerry Jones , Daniel Snyder and Al Davis might have to say about this ! But then again we the fans aren’t party or privee` to backroom deals that are hammered out within the hallowed headquarters of the NFL. All we’re led to believe is that the hierarchy has our best interests at hand. If only that were true?

One can understand that the NFL wants to derive as much money as it can from its product being on display. But it’s becoming more and more apparent the league, in this case the hierarchy and the owners aren‚Äôt overly concerned with the concerns of the players much less the financial well being of the fans. It‚Äôs not as if the teams have actually gone out of their way to make the NFL experience of attending a game be one of great entertainment at a reasonable cost. Instead the cost of attending a game has risen up exponentially higher than the actual rate of inflation. So what‚Äôs new from the NFL next ? Sooner or later it will come down to the fact that viewing public may well end up paying not only via their cable subscribers but also via PPV for certain games as the NFL deems fit. Never mind the fact that attending the game en masse` has become beyond the reach of an ever growing number of fans.


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The NFL runs things along the lines the way Al Capone ran his business concerns during the era of Prohibition . Only then , it was illegal sell liquor for public consumption. In the case of the NFL what they’re now doing hasn’t yet contravened any federally mandated laws that we know of. But I’m sure they’re sailing as close to the wind in that context as to the way they conduct many of their business practices. The NFL are running things and they’re running things all so well , that it’s becoming hard to see how they can be stopped in their tracks before they run rough shod and ruin the fabric of the game. If they continue to do that the viewing and attending experience for the fans will no longer be a very pleasing one !

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Do You Want To Know How Easy It Is To Look Bad ? Then Look No Further Than The Oakland Raiders ………..


Far be it for me to say but¬† I think¬† that we¬† can all agree that¬† the¬† Oakland Raiders¬† have¬† had¬† a mediocre¬†season¬†thus far.¬† And¬† last night’s horrendous loss to¬† the¬†San Diego Chargers¬† 34-7 certainly gives credence¬† as to¬† how far the¬† team has fallen.¬†¬† With the upheaval that has taken place¬† within the franchise again with them having to fire another coach¬† in¬† Laine Kiffin. Only¬† to replace him with¬† Tom Cable¬† tells you¬† all you need to¬† know¬† what has been¬† going on¬† and will continue¬† to go¬† on within¬† the franchise.¬†¬†And¬† until own principal¬† owner¬†Al Davis¬†relinquishes the¬† reins to someone¬† with¬† more¬†media savvy¬† and player personnel knowledge when¬† it¬† comes¬† to the¬† franchise.¬† Then the¬† fans¬†of the Raiders as well¬† as the¬† rest¬† of the NFL will have¬† to¬† put¬†up¬†with¬†a great¬† deal of diatribe on and¬† off the¬† field for the¬† foreseeable future.

 

 

 

Raiders’ running back Darren McFadden evades the¬†attempted tackle of¬†the Chargers’¬† Stephen Cooper in the fourth quarter of the¬† game played last¬†night. The¬† Chargers would go on to defeat¬† the¬† Raiders convincingly 34-7. picture appears courtesy of ap/Lenny Ignelzi ………….

 

 

For the league and in particular  the AFC West where  it can be best  described as a  shifting  magma of  ineptitude. So pitiful  has been the  division that the only  thing that  staves off criticism of  the entrants therein. Is that the teams in  the NFC West other than the  Arizona Cardinals are playing a  whole  lot worse.

 

 

 

Riaders’ quarterback¬† JeMarcus Russell(2)¬† tries¬† to get off a pass¬† as he’s being pressured by the Chargers’ Shaun Phillips (95)¬†in a game played between¬† the two teams¬† in San Diego, California. picture appears courtesy of ap/Denis Poroy ………………..

 

 

As to the fortunes of the¬† Raiders'(3-10) opponents¬† last¬† night. The San Diego Chargers(5-8) they’re faring¬†only¬† slightly¬† better than their divisional counterparts. And¬† to¬† say¬† that they¬† might¬† be the most disappointing¬† team in the NFL¬†this season would¬†be an¬† immense¬†understatement. They were believed to be¬† a playoff contender¬†¬†and¬† most likely¬† the¬† AFC representative¬† in the Superbowl. But with the loss of¬† Shawn Merriman¬†to injury.¬† And the fact¬† that Pro Bowl running¬†back¬†LaDanian Tomlinson¬†has had¬†an indifferent season as well as lingering¬† injuries and quite¬† possibly some self¬† doubt.¬† It hasn’t¬† gone well¬† for coach¬† Norv Turner’s¬† team despite the ladership¬† on the field of¬† quarterback Phillip Rivers.¬† There’ll have to be divine intervention¬† if the Chargers¬†are¬† to make the¬† playoffs. And at this juncture¬† that is unlikely to¬† happen at all.

 

 

 

Dareen Sproles of the San Diego Chargers flips¬† the¬† ball¬† having¬† scored a¬† touchdown¬† on¬† an 18 yd reception tossed¬† by¬†quarterback¬† Phillip Rivers. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Lenny Ignelzi …………..

 

 

 

Last night’s game¬† however¬† gives¬† the¬†Chargers something¬† to look¬† forward to if¬† they’re able¬† feed off this victory.¬† With a playoff spot seemingly¬† oput of¬† the¬† reckoning¬†, all they’re now¬†playing for¬†pride and slef respect. They ran roughshod over the¬† Raiders’ defense and¬† manhandled¬† their offense¬† with¬† such meticulous¬† efficiency.¬† That it reminded¬† everyone as to how¬† good¬† this¬† team can¬† be ,¬†albeit¬† that they were¬†playing against¬† Oakland.¬† Who more¬† often than¬† not nowadays mounts¬† a challenge¬† to an¬† NFL¬† team¬† as about¬† as frequently as¬†Halley’s Comet¬†¬†makes¬† an¬† appearance.

 

 

 

Vincent Jackson of¬† the¬† Chargers¬† catches a 59 reception¬†for a touchdown as fans¬† react¬† to the score. picture appears courtesy of ap/Denis Poroy …………………..

 

 

The NFL world has prognosed and¬† diagnosed the¬† woes¬† of the¬† Raiders. And we¬† all know¬† what ails the team. It has been¬† their¬† inability to play with¬† any¬† semblance¬† of¬† consistency¬†and the¬†added fact that¬† despite the¬† alleged talents of¬† quarterback JaMarcus Russell. Of whom¬† it can be¬† said he’s still¬† quite a ways¬† away from¬† being the finished¬† product that’s desired¬† in an NFL quarterback. He’s meant¬† to be¬† the¬† face of the franchise along with running back Darren McFadden.¬† But¬† it¬† appears that¬†it’s McFadden who’ll have to be the workhorse¬† as well¬† as¬† the¬† on the field leader of¬† the¬† franchise.¬† For if¬† nothing¬†else Russell’s¬† attributes as a player¬† and leader¬† are coming¬† into question. A lot¬† has been¬† placed upon¬† his¬† large frame¬† and¬† thus¬† far he’s been¬† unable to¬† meet and¬† live up ¬†to those expectations.¬† And unfortunately¬† when¬†his¬† backup¬† Andrew Walter is unable to fare any¬† better.¬† It shows¬† us all¬† how dire the¬† situation¬† is¬† for this team¬† offensively.

 

 

 

Andrew Walter of¬† the¬† Raiders is about to be tackled¬†by the Chargers’ Shaun Phillips¬† for¬† loss of¬† yardage in the¬† game played¬† against their¬† divisional rivals. picture appears courtesy of ap/ Lenny Ignlezi¬† …………

 

 

But it’s also¬†on¬† the other side of the ball where¬† the¬† team has¬† also¬† been¬† woefully¬† inept. And opponents¬† of the Raiders have been¬† able¬†to feast¬† upon¬† a defense¬† that’s as¬† porous as¬† a wet sponge.¬† Not only¬† are they¬† susceptible¬† to giving¬† up large chucks of yardage¬† in¬† the passing¬† game¬† but¬† defensively when it comes to¬† stopping¬†¬† the¬† run they’re¬†as¬†equally adept at making their opponents¬† look¬† like world¬† beaters. As can be borne out¬† by¬† the¬† team’s¬† statistics.¬†¬†

 

 

 

Linebacker Derrick Burgess (56) cernter stands on the sidelines¬† along¬† with teammates William Joseph(96) and Gerard Warren(61) as¬† the¬† clock winds down during¬† the game. picture appears courtesy of getty images/Harry How¬† ………………..

 

 

And if¬†the Raiders’ record of 3-10¬†isn’t reflective¬† of them¬† being a bad¬† team.¬†Then¬†even their most loyal and¬† devoted¬† fans¬† who¬† keep on returning¬† each year¬† in the silver and¬† black¬† have¬†got to be disappointed¬†with the frequency with which they’re¬† able¬† to maintain¬† this¬†unsurpassed¬† legacy¬†of¬† mediocrity for the franchise.¬†There¬† was a time¬† when¬† watching¬† and¬† supporting¬† the¬† Oakland¬† Raiders was meant to be fun.¬† And¬† no¬† doubt¬† for many¬† of their most trusting¬† and loyal¬† fans¬† it probably¬† still is.¬† But¬† one now can’t help but wonder¬† if quite possibly¬† a number of¬† them¬† are¬† now becoming¬† neurotic¬† and¬† psychotic¬† by¬† what¬† is¬† being¬† displayed by a team¬† that they’d¬† come to love. As¬† voiciferous as they¬† are¬† there’ve got be times¬† where a vast¬† number¬† of¬† them¬† have¬† got to question whether¬† or¬† not¬† it’s still viable¬† to continue¬† supporting the¬† the team. Consider this¬† they’ve¬†not posted a winning regular season record in five years and are¬† about¬† to embark¬† on another¬† this¬† year,¬† making it a sixth consecutive¬† season of double digit losses.¬†¬† That if nothing¬† else¬† tells¬† how¬† far this¬† team¬† has fallen¬† from¬†grace since¬†their last Superbowl appearance in 2003 which¬† ended in a lopsided 48-21¬† loss¬† to¬† the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

 

 

 

 

Raiders’ quarterback JeMarcus Russell is¬† taken¬† from the¬† field on¬† a motorized cart having suffered an injury during the¬† game played¬† against¬† the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Ca,. picture appears courtesy of¬† getty images/ Harry How ……………………

 

 

Though I’m¬†not shuddering to¬† think that¬† the¬† Raiders will continue¬† with this sheer ineptitude as to¬† play and their¬† off¬† the¬† field¬† predicament. It doesn’t¬† augur¬† well for¬† the fans of¬† the¬† game let¬† alone¬† the¬† franchise.¬† By yesterday’s evidence alone¬† in the humiliating¬† loss¬† to the San Diego the¬† road less traveled¬† by¬† the Raiders¬† has¬† been one¬† filled with¬† potholes¬† and¬† various¬† other¬† obstacles¬† some¬† of¬† their¬† own¬† making¬† and¬†others which¬† aren’t.¬† But¬† it¬† doesn’t¬† get away¬† from the¬† fact¬† that¬† when¬† they¬† look¬† bad it continues¬† to tarnish¬† the legacy of¬† a once¬† proud¬† franchise.¬† And¬† that’s something¬† that¬† they’re now¬†having to learn to live with.

 

 

 

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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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