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The Daily Shoutout: Raiders edition

Posted on: September 13, 2011 7:16 am
OPENING HIT: Few NFL teams outside of Cincinnati have caught more grief than the Raiders. Much of it well earned.Owner Al Davis has made some, well, poor decisions in recent years. I know. Stunning. Too many to count, in fact. We all know this.

The most disturbing part for the Raiders was the lack of hope. They have been one of the few teams in football where you know, pretty much, they were going to be terrible. There was no optimisim about the future. They were destined to four or five wins every year. Clockwork.

This year seems different. The Raiders actually seem like they have a plan that works and certain things are coming to fruition started by Al Davis years ago. Their opening season win against Denver might not mean much. It is just one measly game and there's still a chance the Raiders will be terrible but there was something about them beating Denver that inspired hope.

They were emphasizing a strong running game. They made smart, tactical decisions on defense. Quarterback play was sensible. The fat boy kicker tied an NFL record. The Raiders looked like -- get this -- a real team for the first time in years. There is talent there. There is potential there. It's one game. It doesn't mean much but for the first time the Raiders have something they haven't possessed in a long, long time.


JIM IRSAY'S TWEETS: Get more interesting by the day. Here are three from Tuesday morning: "U may b an Ambassador 2 England or France,u might like 2 gamble,u might like 2 dance. U may b The Heavyweight Champion of the world....U may b a socialite,with a long string of pearls; u still gotta serve somebody,it may b the devil,it may b the lord,u gotta serve somebody! ...U may own guns,u may own tanks..u might b somebody's landlord,u may even own banks...but you still gotta serve somebody"

The tweets are from a Bob Dylan song called "Gotta Serve Somebody." I'm told by someone on the Colts that the Indianapolis owner's tweets, by far the most interesting of any sports personality on Twitter, all have a specific purpose. In other words, Irsay knows exactly what he's doing and many of the tweets are a message intended for a specific target. Irsay's not just some crazy old dude. He knows exactly what he's doing with Twitter.

Now if I could only figure out what that mission is.

BILL BELICHICK: On the ass whupping administered to Miami: "We’ve certainly got a long way to go.  That was certainly no Rembrandt performance but fortunatley it was good enough.” Bwaahaa! Good enough? C'mon Bill. Not even you can believe that line of bull.

But there is one important thing to take from that game. Notice the number of Miami players that cramped up in the game. There were at least a few. Notice how many Patriots did: none that I can remember. The Dolphins practice in that heat and the Patriots don't but the Patriots were clearly better conditioned. Why? That's just how the Patriots roll. The players are among the most professional in all of sports. Think of it this way. Even Albert Haynesworth put down the turkey leg and mashed potatoes to play hard.

Category: NFL

Since: Aug 22, 2010
Posted on: September 13, 2011 5:40 pm

"The Patriot Way"

Maybe it was the 14 incompletions. Maybe it was the 24 points allowed. Maybe it was the one sack. Maybe it was the one interception or they way Tom Brady hung his head after said interception. Whatever it was, I dont see how it could have garnished a "We’ve certainly got a long way to go" grade from coach Belichick. Offensively, minus the sack and pick of course, the Pats were near flawless. Their two headed monster of Green-Ellis and Woodhead (who combined for over 100 yards) kept the Miami defense guessing while Brady rifled the ball to anyone who was willing to catch it while on his way to a record setting day. TE Hernandez (who I left sitting on the bench in my fantasy league) looked like a #1 wideout, while Welker made us forget about the preseason neck injury and that brutal knee injury in the 09-10 season by racking up 160 yards and 2 TD. One of which was a 99 yarder. So yes, there was lots of room for improvement there, right? If so, I sure as heck missed it.
That brings us to the defense which allowed the Dolphines, who were in the bottom 3rd of the league last season in total YPG, to score 24 points and compile nearly 500 years of offense. But lets be honest, did anyone see Chad Henne playing that well at any point of his career let alone against the all mightly NE Patriots? Even fewer saw him rushing for two TD's. He used his arm, legs and brain to take advantage of whatever NE was giving him and the NE defense and its coaches learned a valuable lesson: the defense has certainly got a long way to go.
That brings us back to coaches less than confident endorsment of his own team. A team that just opened up a serious can of you-know-what. Couldn't he have given the offense just a little praise? Or the O-line for coming together after one of their work horses went down? At least you give your Hall of Fame QB some love, right? Wrong. The Hoody doesn't give kudos for doing your job. Does your boss pat you on the back whenever you send a fax? Didn't think so. Do you get a raise everytime you show up to work on time? Not a chance. To look at it another way, the Pats weren't that great the Phines defense was just that bad. The Pats ran their gameplan and the Phines simply rolled over. If anything, Belichick should've given the Phines D some love for making Brady and The Gang look like football Gods.
"The Patriot Way" takes care of eveything in the locker room and reveals nothing to anyone who isnt apart of the organization. As boring as it may seem its the classy, and above all professional, thing to do. Thats what makes that organization far superior to any other: they keep it together and in-house.

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: September 13, 2011 4:01 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Raiders edition

Chad henne blows big ones.. dude overthrew everyone in the endzone Everyone!

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2011 2:57 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Raiders edition

Two crap has to win!!

Super Bowl 46: Packers 42 Patriots 37

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: September 13, 2011 12:51 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Raiders edition

Bill is right, the pats pass d got shredded. lucky for them they didn;t give up the scores but the ball was moved via pass plays quite often. Lost in the Brady glory is  the dolphins nearly had 3 player with 100 yards rec. Brady was outstanding, but if you actually watched that game and you look at the numbers , he needed to be just that in order for the pats to win. As bad as the pats pass D was the dolphins pass D was 2x worse.

Either way it was an entertainning game.

Since: Dec 3, 2009
Posted on: September 13, 2011 12:44 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Raiders edition

The point of the article was not that the Raiders are suddenly going to win the Super Bowl but rather they finally looked like a professional team last night. For years they have been a poor-average team but things are looking up after their decent showing last season and the opener win against the Broncos. Understand the meaning of something, not just the words on the page.

Since: Jul 31, 2011
Posted on: September 13, 2011 10:39 am

The Daily Shoutout: Raiders edition

good start playoffs are still a pipedream. jason campbell needs to start using the arm that made him somewhat of a qb. we have 2 very fast recievers use em!!! do something! if campbell is afraid pick up garrard atleast we know he will try throwing the ball!

Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: September 13, 2011 9:40 am

The Daily Shoutout: Raiders edition

Yeah, but the Raiders are 1-0 for the first time in 9 years. That represents hope for a better season to Raiders fans. And as far as I can tell, you're the one who brought up the Super Bowl, not Freeman.

Some of you are always looking for the smallest little things to b!tch about. I guess that's because you're so small-minded.

Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: September 13, 2011 7:43 am

The Daily Shoutout: Raiders edition

Raiders beat the Broncos and suddenly there is "HOPE"....give me a freaking break....Freeman you are such a dillweed!  One of the teams had to win's not like they knocked off the superbowl champs with an impressive showing...they beat Kyle Orton and the Denver Broncos, at home no-less!  The Raiders are 1-0.....let's not make superbowl plans just yet!

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