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Al Davis and Kevin Gilbride Have 90-Minute Conversation, Raiders Deny Interest
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jan 5th 2009 4:30PM by Adam Gretz (author feed)
Filed under: Raiders, NFL CoachingA couple of weeks ago, reports surfaced that Raiders owner Al Davis might be interested in Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride to take over the team’s head coaching duties. It had to be shockingly bad news for Raiders fans, seeing as how Gilbride’s only head coaching experience was a 6-16 run with the San Diego Chargers during the 1997 and 1998 seasons.

Of course, it was just a report of a name that interest the Raiders. Well, on Saturday, Davis and Gilbride apparently had a 90-minute phone conversation, which has to have fans in Oakland throwing papers in the air and screaming for the return of John Madden. So, does this lengthy phone conversation mean the Raiders are interested in Gilbride’s sevices? If you ask John Herrera, the answer is no, no it does not.”Mr. Davis has known Kevin for a long time and was more than willing to oblige and have that conversation,” Herrera said. “They had an interesting hour-and-a-half conversation Saturday at Gilbride’s request. End of story.”I realize Gilbride, like any current assistant, is probably looking for an opportunity to become a head coach — it’s more glamorous than being a coordinator, obviously, and it’s certainly better for your bank account — but is it really a wise career choice for him? Is it better to be the offensive coordinator for a consistent playoff contender, or attempt to take over what has to be considered the worst coaching job in the NFL right now? Frankly, if I were Gilbride I’d stick to the former, at least until Davis hands the keys to the Raiders over to somebody else.

Creepy Catfight: Al Davis vs. Chris Mortensen — Somebody’s Fibbin’
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Jan 5th 2009 8:25PM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Raiders, AFC West, NFL Fans, NFL Media Watch

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen seems mild-mannered enough. But apparently, there are only so many times you can accuse a guy of bearing false witness before he snaps. Or maybe that just applies to Al Davis, who appears to take great joy in refuting Raiders-related rumors, no matter how obvious or innocuous they may be.

Yesterday, Gretz pointed out that the Raiders disputed Mortensen’s report that Davis was attempting to sell off a portion of the team. Seems harmless enough, right? WRONG.

Raiders executive John Herrera said that “once again, for reasons known only to him, Mortensen has fabricated a story which has no basis in fact.” And then he punched an unsuspecting media member in the face to bring home his point. Okay, that didn’t really happen, but it might’ve tempered Mortensen response if it had.

In an e-mail to the AP, Mort offered this:Continue Reading

The Raiders Dispute Chris Mortensen’s Report That Team Is for Sale
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Jan 4th 2009 6:00PM by Adam Gretz (author feed)
Filed under: Raiders, NFL Media WatchIt’s been a few weeks since the Oakland Raiders front office put themselves in the news, so I guess they figured it was a good time to bring us all some entertainment on Wild Card weekend, with a little help from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

On Sunday, Mortensen passed along some that Al Davis, owner of the Raiders, was attempting to sell a portion of the team to billionaire Dean Metropoulos. This did not go over well in Davis’ lair, according to Steve Corkran of the .

Keep in mind, during Davis’ bizarre press conference following the firing of Lane Kiffin, Davis referred to Mortensen as “a professional liar,” so I’m guessing if Mortensen reported the sky outside his office as being blue, Davis would probably find a way to dispute the report. Anyway, here’s what John Herrera had to say on the matter after speaking with Davis.”The report from Chris Mortensen which states that the Raiders, Al Davis and Amy Trask are in negotiations with Dean Metropoulous to sell the team is totally unfounded and false,” Herrera said. “Once again, for reasons known only to him, Mortensen has fabricated a story which has no basis in fact.”
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Come Out Flat in Must-Win Game vs. Oakland Raiders
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Dec 28th 2008 1:49PM by Michael David Smith (author feed)
Filed under: Buccaneers, RaidersFor the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, today’s game against the Oakland Raiders is an absolute must-win: If they lose their season is over, but if they win they’re still in playoff contention. For the Raiders, the game is meaningless: They’re long since eliminated from playoff contention.

So which team came out flat today? The Bucs.

Tampa Bay punted on its first three offensive possessions and didn’t even get a first down until just a minute remained in the first quarter. The Bucs’ defense, meanwhile, has been soft against the run, and the Raiders used a seven-play, 60-yard drive to score a second-quarter touchdown and take a 7-0 lead.

The Bucs finally got something going on their fourth offensive possession and scored to tie the game at 7-7 But if the Bucs lose this one, Jon Gruden might deserve to have his name mentioned among the coaches on the hot seat.

Al Davis Will Miss His First Raiders Game Since 1979
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Dec 28th 2008 10:16AM by Sportz Assassin (author feed)
Filed under: Buccaneers, Raiders, AFC WestRaiders managing general partner Al Davis will not make the trip to Tampa to see his Oakland Raiders take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This will be the first time since 1979 that Davis hasn’t been in attendance to see his team play.

Doctors advised Davis from traveling cross-country to the game as he is suffering swelling in his knee and ankle. He was hospitalized earlier this month after falling but would attend following Raiders’ games in a wheelchair.

It is believed to be only the second time Davis has ever missed games since joining the Raiders in 1963. In 1979, he missed two games after his wife suffered a heart attack. Davis moved into her hospital room for two weeks while she was in a coma.

If Davis had his way, he’d be at the game. Everyone says he’s feeling fine and had planned on making the trip to Tampa.

Oakland Sends 2 to the Pro Bowl for First Time Since 2002; Will They Be Raiders In 2009?
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Dec 17th 2008 3:45PM by Adam Gretz (author feed)
Filed under: Raiders, NFL FansOn Tuesday, the NFL announced its Pro Bowl rosters for the 2009 exhibition/all-star game and the Oakland Raiders, owners of three wins on the season, found out they would be sending two players to this season’s game — cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, and punter Shane Lechler. Both players are more than deserving, so it’s nice to see the voters ignore the team’s record and send two players that are clearly worthy of the honor.

The problem for the Raiders is, both of these guys just happen to be free agents at the end of the season, and both, I’m guessing, would like to play for a team that has a chance to win more than five games a season, something the Raiders haven’t done since 2002, when they played in the Super Bowl against Tampa Bay.

Having said that, Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune decided to ask the two pro bowl players — and free-agents-to-be — which one should be designated as the franchise player following the season.Continue Reading

Oakland Media Blames Tom Cable for Darren McFadden’s Disappointing Rookie Season
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Dec 16th 2008 2:40PM by Adam Gretz (author feed)
Filed under: Raiders, NFL CoachingIt’s been yet another lost season out in Oakland, as the Raiders are already on their second head coach of the year, employees are jumping ship to join the former head coach at his new place of employment, all while they’ve assured themselves a sixth straight 10-loss season. Good times, indeed.

One of the players who was supposed to help turn this thing around was No. 4 overall pick Darren McFadden. Thus far, his rookie season has been somewhat of a disappointment, mainly because he’s been hampered by some turf toe problems — that may or may not be the result of shoes that don’t fit — and some curious decisions by an agitated Tom Cable.

On Sunday, when the Raiders were absolutely throttled by New England, McFadden didn’t play much in the first half, and didn’t start getting regular touches until the third quarter when the game was already well out of reach. This isn’t sitting well some members of the Oakland media.

Following the game, Jerry McDonald of the offered his initial feelings on the lack of McFadden, saying his performance once he got in proves that the turf toe issue is, well, no longer an issue. On Tuesday, Monte Poole weighed in on McFadden’s usage, and he too isn’t thrilled with the interim head coach.Continue Reading

Tom Cable Is Not a Fan of Lane Kiffin’s Hiring Process at Tennessee
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Dec 15th 2008 8:15PM by Adam Gretz (author feed)
Filed under: Raiders, NFL CoachingIt didn’t take Lane Kiffin long to find another job after his rather infamous year-and-a-half stint as head coach of the Oakland Raiders. Recently, he’s been named head coach at the University of Tennessee, and was able to get his father, Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, to join him.

Kiffin continued to fill out his staff at Tennessee this week by hiring a couple of his former colleagues in the Oakland organization. According to Jerry McDonald of the , offensive line coach James Cregg will be leaving to join the fighting Kiffin’s, while two other members of the Raiders front office — director of football operations Mark Jackson, and Steve Reaves, whose job was to essentially make copies and go on coffee runs — also left the organization today, presumably, to join Kifin.

Somewhere in his lair, owner Al Davis is throwing papers in the air trying to find a way to sue somebody, or, if all else fails, fire somebody. I’m sure at some point Davis will have a reaction to this in the form of a bizarre press conference, so, while we wait, let’s get the reaction of current Raiders sacrificial lamb (head coach) Tom Cable.Continue Reading

Patriots 49, Raiders 26: Matt Cassel Impressive, Randy Moss Gets Some Revenge
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Dec 14th 2008 9:20PM by Adam Gretz (author feed)
Filed under: Patriots, Raiders, AFC EastEarly on, it looked as if the New England Patriots were capable of scoring 100 points on the Raiders, but, then again, a 21-point deficit for Oakland might as well be a 100-point deficit. The Patriots used a dominant first quarter, and a strong performance from Matt Cassel to blast Oakland, 49-26.

Cassel, playing with a heavy heart, completed 18-of-30 passes for 218 yards and four touchdowns. He threw a pair of scores in the first quarter — one to Kevin Faulk, the other to Randy Moss — while also connecting with Wes Welker in the second, and once again hitting Moss for a nine-yard strike in the third quarter.

Moss, by the way, making his return to Oakland after two less-than-stellar years there, hauled in five passes for 67 yards and two touchdowns. But, hey, Oakland has John Bowie to show for that draft-day trade. Oops.

The most exciting moment of the game was a 20-second stretch in the second quarter that saw both teams combine for three touchdowns, two of which came on kickoff returns.Continue Reading

Al Davis Might Like Kevin Gilbride to Be His Next Head Coach
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Dec 15th 2008 10:30AM by Adam Gretz (author feed)
Filed under: Raiders, NFL CoachingWhile football fans (and perhaps owners) in Washington and Cleveland are having dreams about Bill Cowher leaving the confines of the CBS studio and leading their teams to glory, the Oakland Raiders seem to be setting their goals a little lower. Perhaps more realistic, mind you, but definitely lower. Much, much lower.

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen (via PFT) Raiders owner Al Davis, supposedly, is a big fan of New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. Seriously? Kevin Gilbride? This is the name you can come up with? Granted, in the efforts of fairness, this is just a report of a name that might be considered — Gilbride is, perhaps, most famous for the run-and-shoot offense in his days as Houston Oilers offensive coordinator — when he was punched on the sidelines by Buddy Ryan, father of current Raiders defensive coordinator Rob Ryan — and going 6-16 as the head coach of the San Diego Chargers during the 1997 and 1998 seasons.Continue Reading

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