MONDAY MORNING RAIDERS QUICK HITS

 

Compiled by RaiderBeat.com Staff

 

 

SHOOT THE MESSENGER
Six years of futility. Won-loss records of: 4-12, 5-11, 4-12, 2-14, 4-12, 5-11, and yet Raider fans have excuses for almost everything.
It is time for everyone to look in the mirror and take responsibility for the person on the other side.
Instead of trying to scream down anyone that questions anything about the team, ask first, “Is this why we are losing?”
Why should cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha get slack for missing the OTA? Sure, he is a great player and a great humanitarian. So what?
That has nothing to do with why the team isn’t improving. He is the highest-paid player in the league, which makes him a leader by default. He sets an example.
If he just takes the money and doesn’t show up except when required, then that sends a strong message to everyone else on the team.
This is just a microcosm of why the Raiders have lost an astonishing 72 games in six years. He needs to be called out. He has all the time in the world to pass out food and scholarships. His team needs him now, and he is not there for them.
Just like quarterback JaMarcus Russell getting called out for the party photos. In one photo, it appeared as if he has an enormous gut. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, you can’t get that out of shape and expect to play at a high level during the season.
Again, it is a total disregard for your team when you act and dress like a clown. If the Raiders are going to stage a turnaround this season, they need to pull up their bootstraps and start doing the little things that lead to winning.
No more shortcuts. No more “personal issues.” They need to get out on the field and fight for positions. Stop handing out spots based on contracts.
Coach Tom Cable is trying to change the culture, but he needs 100 percent commitment from his key players to make this work.
Asomugha and punter Shane Lechler received their huge contracts. Now it’s time to show that the money was well spent. With more money comes more responsibility and more expectations.
Derrick Burgess’ games are getting old, too. Enough already. His moodiness isn’t worth the possibility of him getting eight to 10 sacks this season.
Let Trevor Scott and Matt Shaughnessy play. Tell Burgess to come back when he feels like contributing to the team.
The fans don’t want to hear any of this, we know. They lash out at anyone who dares to call things the way they are for being so tired of all the losing or plain angry about carrying the fight for so long.
The Raiders very well may have the players necessary to be an improved team but nothing will change until the leaders step up and take charge instead of just showing up and picking up a check.

 
CAN YOU IMAGINE?
NASCAR is only sport in America that would change the rules in the middle of the season.
NASCAR president Mike Helton and his staff are so in tune to the TV ratings, sponsors cries and fans’ grumblings that it almost seems as if they make up the rules as they go.
This week, NASCAR changed the rules on re-starts, moving the cars one lap down to the back of the pack instead of the inside lane on re-starts.
The details are not as important as the change itself. Can you imagine if the NFL made rule changes in the middle of the season to appease fans?
Last year alone would have brought about a couple of new rules, especially in Week 1 when New England Patriot quarterback Tom Brady went down with a knee injury, striking terror into both league executives and fantasy football players alike.
A quick call to end all touching of quarterbacks could have protected against any other franchise players from going down.
If that were the case, we would have missed the exciting story of Brady’s replacement, Matt Cassel, who after not starting a game since high school came in and led the Patriots to an 11-5 record and almost a playoff berth.
Or, what about when official Ed Hochuli made a bad call during the San Diego Chargers game against the Denver Broncos early in the season?
The league could have mandated instant replay of the instant replay. Five- and six-hour games, where every call is perfect and 245 holding calls a game become the norm.
Of course, the following week, they could just change the rules about blocking.
Raider fans have a few changes they would like to make, we’re sure.
No more fourth quarters. Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson no longer can play against the Raiders. The Patriots are required to come up with fair value for the Randy Moss trade.
Of course, the NFL does not react like NASCAR. For the most part, the NFL remembers its roots and does not always try bend to the prevailing breeze.
That’s why it’s alarming to see some teams adding logos to their practice jerseys in an effort to capitalize on more marketing dollars.
No one knows if by allowing small ads on practice jerseys the league is opening Pandora’s Box in regard to having advertising on regular-game jerseys.
In Europe, jerseys are covered in ads, but it is a different culture. Europeans spend differently, respond to advertising differently and have a different expectation level for what their favorite teams should look like.
In Europe, it offends no one to have 15 ads upon a Manchester United jersey, while traditionalists in the United States would gasp in horror if the Chicago Cubs or Raiders uniforms began to look like a NASCAR drivers suit covered in sponsors logos.
It is foolish to think that the owners won’t take the money and place the ads on the jerseys.
Barring rules from the league, it is only a matter of time before the licensing rights to game-day jerseys are sold to the highest bidder. Maybe the fans will be loud enough to prevent this from becoming a reality, but most likely it will come down to dollars and cents and not common sense.

25 Responses to “MONDAY MORNING RAIDERS QUICK HITS”

  1. mandm8112 says:

    WEll you make some very valid points with that… The only reason why I dont agree with any of that about 21 is because he gets it done. He is not like t.o or chad johnson, he doesnt make it about himself. He is a team player who helps only wants to help this team win. If he was a selfish like moss was then id be pissed but he gets his shit done… all that matters

  2. AlsAdvocate says:

    You guys are a bunch of idiots. And i’m not trying to be mean I’m b being flat out honest. Once again you guys are jumping to conclusions about nnamdi not showing up to camp just as you did with JR. Only to find out that his mother was having surgery. You guys write no legitimate points on why the Raiders are losing like the most obvious that is never addressed which is the inability to finish games in the 4th quarter. This team can play ball with any other on Sundays but for some reason completely fall apart in the 4th quarter and are unable to finish games. But NO, you would rather want to point fingers at JR’s belly and blame it on the GOOSE!

  3. raiderbeast says:

    The Packers are lame if they put ads on their practice jerseys. I already hate having to see reebok on the jerseys. I thought it was bogus that when Nolan wanted to wear a suit during the games, f’in reebok had to make it and his dress shoes come on NFL WE GET BOMBARDED WITH ENOUGH ADS FOR EVERYTHING ELSE. The soccer players jerseys are atrocious and if I even liked soccer I would never buy one.

    Nam should get to work, the kid got 15mil this year, and we need him more for j rock and our young receivers. And dude haave you seen the shape Brady is in. There’s no offseason for him = pro bowler.

    Beast out

  4. psyseb says:

    Heres a tip. When writing for a sports team’s “fansite” it helps to actually be a fan of the team yourself. Instead of continuously talking about “the raiders” throw in the odd “we” instead to at least suggest you’re into this team.

  5. massillonraider says:

    I for one am sick and tired of the Burgess ordeal. If he wants to go, let his butt go. As far as Aso goes, I think he should be at the activities as well. Unlike certain circumstances, like death or an ill family member which you cant control, those guys should schedule their events, fund raisers or whatever around team activities. I know its voluntary, but it would make Cable feel a whole lot better seeing his best player there, working with the younger guys and even Chris Johnson, who will get picked on alot this year. Also, him showing up and working lets the rest of the league know, even though he’s the best cb in football, he’s wants to stay there by doing the things that got him to that level!

  6. Raider Fan Until Death says:

    It would be one thing to call out Namdi if he didn’t perform. It’s not like Namdi gets burned or offenses pick on him. Namdi is dominant. He eliminates one half of the field for the opposing offense. The Raiders have many areas where they really need to focus their attention (like stopping the run) and Namdi is a total NON-issue.

    I once read somewhere that when Charles Woodsen played for the Raiders that he wouldn’t even step on the practice feild sometimes and still dominate on Sundays.

    Oh, and by the way, I thought it was hilarious a few days ago when you guys wrote an article asking for the fans that visit this site to “Mind Your Manners.” What’s the matter?…you can’t handle it when people critize you?…but your first few paragraphs are calling out Raider players and you title it “Shoot the Messenger?”

    So let’s see…you justify slamming a couple of Raiders by saying “they need to be called out”…but when fans call YOU out, you write an article called “mind your manners.”

    …and you wonder why people have nothing but negative things to say about this website…

  7. 76yardtry says:

    Come on RaiderFanUntilDeath. The reason they wrote the first article about minding manners, is because a couple of children were cursing at each other on the message boards trying to see who had the bigger e-penis. As for stopping the run…Nnamdi is on defense, therefore he needs to be there. The corner has a very specific role in shutting down the outside run, and he needs to show up to practice like everyone else. No one is questioning his ability, they are questioning his ethics. It was a gaff on their part for pulling the trigger too soon on calling Nnamdi out while his mother was having surgery, but now he needs to focus on football.

    As for the writers on this site are concerned, they are fans too. They wouldn’t bother writing about this site if they didn’t care to see them succeed. I think any fan can be critical about the team if they don’t like the way its going. Its ridiculous to believe that if you don’t have extreme optimism about every move your team makes that makes you some sort of traitor is preposterous.

    You are supposed to get what you pay for. Right now, we aren’t. Jamarcus Russell will turn out fine, but HOW LONG will it take him to get there is the real question. After 6 seasons of this, I’m ready for right now. Nnamdi is paid too much to not show up and Burgess can sit on the bench if he is going to cry.

    Keep writing, at least one of us will keep reading.

  8. rocker43 says:

    Aso sitting out a few ota’s will only help the younger guys get some much needed work.And he probably has a good reason.The RAIDERS will return to glory this year.

  9. The Tooz from Canada says:

    This Nnamdi attack in utter non-sense… obviously folks, the people who run this site - all they are trying to do is get attention…

    To question Nnamdi is idiotic… this is no different that and other team and their veteran’s attendance at Volunatary OTAs… Raiderbeat just making up sh!t… yeah the Raiders have been bad since Jan 03, but again, Raiderbeat just making up sh!t looking for more hits on the site…..Knowledgeable fans and reader see right through this crap

  10. EastSacRaider says:

    I couldn’t agree more with today’s quick hits. 72 losses in 6 season says it all. When you’re a leader on a team that hasn’t won more than 5 games in six years that’s not saying much. I understand that OTAs are voluntary but that’s only to get around league rules. Everyone should attend absent a family emergency. Players have all off season to plan vacations, etc. Also when you get paid the big bucks you are expected to be a leader and guys like Namdi, Lechler, Sebastian should be there. I am willing to give J-Russ the benefit of the doubt since his rookie year was a waste. However, I do agree that if there isn’t marked improvement this season then we’ve got a problem. As for the leading cause for the Raiders years of futility, that discussion has been beaten like a rented mule. I will say Tom Cable has given the Raider Nation cause for optimism.

  11. RaiderTay says:

    GREAT POINT. I LOVE IT!!!

    I couldnt have said it better myself. If anything Namdi’s presence can really help the young WRs learn what they need to do to compete in this league.

    In addition his presence will help the new Safeties develop chemistry with him, help JR by battling against one of the best, help the young QBs by watching his technique, even help the new DC learn more about what they can do with him. Everybody needs to be there regardless.

    If anything it makes Namdi’s comments last year regarding being at the OTAs because of his dediction to his team sound like a bunch of BS for a contract year.

  12. ottosdad says:

    I believe at the first OTA Aso covered DHB like a blanket and almost picked off a pass. He later said he liked what DHB had but he was telegraphing some of the plays/routes. Especially with his eyes. He said he was going to show DHB the ropes and how to conceal until the last moment. Sounds like a leader, some one who wants to win and someone who is earning his money.

  13. Raider Joseph says:

    Nnamdi is the best CB in the NFL, and a good guy. Him not being at OTA’s means nothing. This team will have many practices with him and will have the chance to get better then. Outside linebackers trying to stop the run will not suddenly be confused because Nnamdi shows up instead of Stanford Routt; if that was the case whenever a player got hurt, defenses would crumble because they are suddenly shocked at a backup CB playing in the starter’s spot.

    Shane Lechler and Janikowski not being there? Come on. They are kickers - and I don’t know if any of you have ever been to a football practice, but let me run it down to you. I played reciever and in college DB. We NEVER saw or was worried about what the kickers did unless in the game, or if the coach said we wouldn’t have to run laps if they made the kick.

    Lechler is the highest paid kicker in the league because he is the best. Nnamdi is the highest paid CB in the league because prices go up yearly, and he is the best. The next great corner will get more money next contract, because that is how NFL contracts work. None of these players need to be “called-out”. The reason they have been losing for 6 years is on offense they have been inconsistent on the defense can’t stop the run. So, unless Nnamdi gains 100 pounds and becomes a D end, leave him alone!

  14. radrntn says:

    NNamdi shows up every Sunday…just by him signing a contract spoke more then anything you can post…Riders are moving up in AFC west, as is KC, while the donkeys, and bolts, are trending South. AFC West is for the taking.

  15. radrlord says:

    Here it is early june, It’s the annual little to no football info time, hits are down, gotta keep the #’s up for the advertiser’s. Sooo!Let’s go after the #1 corner back in the league and the #1 kicker and call them out,LOL,They must of got up this morning and did a wake in bake to come up with that one. Well it works, people get pissed and post evil things about this site, but they are just doing their job,but then again like I’ve said before ,these guys just don’t know football. DA RAIERS have to develop young talent,There are several processes this goes through,Namdi came in did his little stint in the OTA’s and that’s that. Now is the time for the unkowns the walk on’s the new draftees and FA’s to get work in. Of course real FOOTBALL people know this, and that is why this site gets the remarks it get’s, some people consider any hit good. This is a LAME excuse to call out NA SL, just like all the lame football news out now, but you knew that when you got up this morning and hit the pipe.

  16. idahoaklandraider says:

    namdi sets out the second ota and he needs “called out”, i don’t think so. there are alot of things oging on this time of year. maybe he had a graduation to go to / maybe even speak at.
    also here’s something on russel missing time that is the first i’ve heard about/ other than his mother having an operation
    http://www.sacbee.com/sports/story/1927287.html i’d say his time away was warented ( how the hell ever you spell it)

  17. RaiderKen says:

    Burgess has never gone to voluntary workouts. He comes in to camp in better shape than most who have participated in OTA’s. I don’t worry about him not at all. When he gets in he’ll start ball n. This is the last year of his contract and he’ll want to prove he can still put up the numbers. As far a Aso please! I’m not even gonna respond to non issues.
    This site keeps getting lamer and lamer. Sometimes I think I’m reading bleacher reports.

  18. Big RAID says:

    I refuse to read another Raider Beat article. The reports are so behind everything else. You report Propaganda miss information that has already been debunked. AKA Russell taking time off for 1 week to spend time with Family after being in Camp before the OTA’s even begun which was cleared by the staff.
    Nnamdi was at the 1st set of OTA’s Was a beast, and I’m sure the staff said you’re on point we need to work with those that need the work. Bey and the other Rookies were still in class, and he only had a hammi strain.. Something most Rookies go thru early getting up to speed from College to NFL after a Draft Campaign..
    Russell took 1 pic holding up a class with a friend. In a baggy shirt..

    Raider fans don’t mind reality, and we welcome gamesmenship. But when all that is reported is hearsay, opinions, that have no actual facts behind them.. Yes We will crack ya skulls wide open..
    I for one and discontinuing my account with Raiderbeat. As a Computer engineer this is pure Internet garbage and the site should be shut down.. To compare the NFL to NASCAR is a Joke. You should be ashamed to call yourself a staff. Raider Beat,, how ’bout come beat my Raider Fan Meat…
    IF you want to comment back I’ll be on Bleacher/Report BIG RAID

  19. RaiderMikeNLA says:

    I AM WITH BIG RAID ON THIS ARTICLE.. NO INNUENDO, STAG, STALE…
    THE REPORTS ARE BEHIND AND ALL ARE NEGATIVE VIBES ..THINK POSITIVE RAIDER NATION DONT FEED INTO THIS BS.. WE HAVE ENOUGH TALENT TO GET UP TO SPEED AND I’M SURE WHEN SPRING TRAINING BEGINS THAT NMANDI AND JMARC WILL PERFORM AND TEACH THE NEWBIES. GET US SOME REAL FRESH NEWS OFF OF WHAT I SAW ON THE OTHER ARTICLES LIKE SAMSON SATELE LOVING OUR NEW CORE OF COACHES, AND THE PERKS WE GOT FROM THE NFL EXPERTS ON THE COACHES THAT WERE HIRED BY CABLE AS BEING ASSEMBLED AS A GOOD CORE. ALSO THAT JAVON WALKER..YES JAVON IS IN OTA’S WORKING WITH THE NEW WR’S ON A DAILY BASIS..ALL THIS MY FREIND IS FRESH POSITIVE NEWS ..NOT INNUENDO. I DO PAT THE AUTHOR FOR WANTING TO GRADE AND GAUGE HIS ARTICLE AND SENDING IT TO RAIDER NATION FOR FEEDBACK AS THEY ARE THE BEST LOYAL FANS AND SUPER SMART WHEN IT COMES TO VOICING THEIR OPINION.. WELL I VOICED MINE SO HOPE YOU CAN TREAT US TO SOMETHING NICE AND FRESH THE NEXT TIME YOU GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO WRITE A FRESH POSITIVE VIBE ABOUT OUR BELOVED SILVER AND BLACK.

    PEACE OUT RAIDERNATION!

  20. dhbfan says:

    I heard we just signed Charlie Frye.Article said he’s going to compete for the 3rd spot.

  21. dhbfan says:

    And whats with all the nascar talk, who gives a rats behind about nascar.Im with BigRAID this article wasn’t very good.Like I said up top we just signed another QB.Thats news right?

  22. raidr843 says:

    the tuck rule was made up in the middle of one game just so we would lose. true story.

  23. RaiderNationSouth says:

    There you go again posting the Raiders record for the last 6 years.

    This just in…we all know what their record has been in the last six years. The Raiders have struggled because of coaching and lack of a franchise quarterback. They now have both, and the last six games of last year was only a start to the Raiders getting it together. They added some great assistant coaches, Neal, and some more young talent in the draft this year.

    And Asomugha, was probably working on seeing that some young kids could have a way to go to college. It is June, not late July. And, this just in over a month ago, Russell was seeing to his sick mother in the last OTA.

    Asomugha has more class and more character than you cry-baby Raider “fans” and he could care less what you think. You crybaby Bay area Raider “fans”, please do us a favor and pull for the whiners, cause that’s what you are sounding like - a bunch of immature winnie-babies.

    I am out of here too. I will no longer support the advertisements on this site by my hits.

  24. raider jeff says:

    Sorry I’m a little late, I’m on vacation…

    Blam! Blam! Blam!
    Messenger Shot for Stupid
    Raider Jeff out…

  25. wave invite says:

    wave invite…

    Awesome article. I was going through a similar situation a little while back and can totally relate to what your talking about! I’m going to link back to your blog so my readers can read your topics….

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