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Rhodes should be a lesson to all

Posted on: April 28, 2008 7:31 pm

The Oakland Raiders released running back Dominic Rhodes Monday, one year after signing him as a free agent.

Shocking? Not really.

Rhodes played well in the Indianapolis Colts' run to a Super Bowl two seasons ago, but this is the type of thing that happens when teams sign runners from other teams in free agency.

It doesn't work. Smart teams draft their running backs. They don't sign backs with wear and tear.

The Raiders drafted Darren McFadden Saturday with the fourth pick in the draft, helping to expedite the process of getting Rhodes out of town. They needed to release Rhodes for cap reasons., but production was the main reason. Rhodes rushed for 302 yards last season for the Raiders, missing the first four games for violating the leageu's substance-abuse program.

In addition to McFadden, the Raiders still have Justin Fargas, their leading rusher last season, LaMont Jordan, who might not be far behind Rhodes out the door, and Michael Bush as their backs.

Rhodes ran for 113 yards in the Colts' Super Bowl victory over the Chcago Bears two seasons ago, which made him some money in Oakland. As it turns out, this was corner Larry Brown all over again for the Raiders, a knee-jerk reaction to a good Super Bowl.

When will these teams learn?


Category: NFL

Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2009 11:15 pm

Rhodes should be a lesson to all

What is the story with Dominic Rhodes? I took him in my draft and have been holding him thinking he'll show up as a sleeper on somebody's team! Why did Buffalo let him go? No explanation?

Since: Nov 22, 2007
Posted on: April 30, 2008 2:04 am

Rhodes should be a lesson to all

paying big bucks for free agents rarely works.  I would think twice about signing someone right after a Superbowl win.  if Rhodes was very good Indy would have resigned him themselves.  Not that Oakland is paying any attention to who they are giving huge contracts to these days.  Haha, giving away Randy Moss for a 4th and spending over $100 million on new guys and they will win 5 games this year.  They have a great young QB and Rb now, but how about their O line?

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Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2008 10:52 pm

Rhodes should be a lesson to all

I wonder if the Raiders tried to trade him at all rather than getting nothing in return.  They maybe could have gotten a conditional future draft pick based on how he does with the other team.  I think LaMont Jordan is right behind him out the door, but they should at least try to get something in return (O-line or D-line would be good).

Since: Apr 29, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2008 3:37 pm

Rhodes should be a lesson to all

Like any job, RB is about the person ... not the situation.    It's more Oakland's failure then Rhodes. 

thats a complete contradiction..first you say its the person not the situationthan you go on to blame oakland for rhodes down season. I agree with everything you said other than that first sentence, the situation has a lot to do with a RB's success.

Since: Mar 2, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2008 11:35 am

Rhodes should be a lesson to all

Once again Prisco shows his ignoance and his stereotypical analigies of one player to reflect on all players in the same catagory. Prisco, you are an idiot.

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2008 10:47 am

Rhodes should be a lesson to all

u said that we were sorry for about a couple of years, thats not true. We have been sorry for about 4 or 5 years. But were BACK!!!!!!! 

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2008 10:45 am

Old news Pri-diot!

As if this is the first time someone plucked a Super-Bowl hero thinking that they would be a star the next year . . . Way to do your homework once again, NOT, and identify past occurences of this same moronic action.  Here's a few more:

Dexter Jackson, Bucs:  Remeber him?  2 pciks in the title game and shoots off to AZ to cash in.  He did nothing and was released two years later.

Desmond Howard, Packers:  Lightning in a bottle for a season, went to duh...duh...duh, tha Raiders for huge money and did nothing.  Guess a blocking scheme does mean something after all?

Larry Brown, Cowboys:  Yes you did mention him, way to go.  Oh, and thanks for the background info on him too.  Considering the level of you writing, most of your readers fall somewhere between drooling and picture books, so they might need a little more info than "Larry Brown all over again".  Lazy, Pri-diot, lazy.

Congratulations yet again on another poorly researched and written article.  I look forward to your next work entitled "Cliff's Notes:  Passing your first grade English quiz"  I'll recommend that to all students striving for an F . . . minus!


Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2008 10:16 am

Rhodes should be a lesson to all

Prisco's "lesson" is about runningbacks with lots of wear and tear.  His point about mileage makes sense...because it's obvious.  But, as several others have pointed out, it doesn't apply to Rhodes.    In fact, it doesn't necessarily apply to any player.  Teams have to assess RBs on a case by case basis.  That, as it happens, is a skill Prisco lacks.

Your Jason David is a cornerback...and a relatively young one.  'Mileage' doesn't really apply to Jason David...yet...because CBs don't take the kind of abuse that RBs do. 

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2008 9:35 am

Rhodes should be a lesson to all

To address a couple of points:

Our rushing attack: My fellow Raider fans have already explained that had a good rushing attack last season, no need to re-hash it. Rhodes didn't get opportunities. Why, only the coaching staff and he himself know

Overspending: When you haven't been successful for a few years and have a reputation as a poor franchise to play for, you overspend out of necessity. It's unfortunate that this proud franchise has devolved into this situation, but those are the facts. People will take less money to play for a team like New England. People want more money to play for a team like the Raiders. Sad for Raiders fans and our franchise, but true nonetheless

I think some of the moves we made in the off-season were good ones. Obviously nobody who spouts off about paying for "no-name" Tommy Kelly ever saw him play. He was one of, if not the best, defensive lineman we had until he was hurt. We won two of our four games with him anchoring the D-Line. Warren Sapp himself said the kid could be better than he ever was. And Sapp has a pretty hefty ego, not to mention some knowledge of how to play D-Line in the NFL. His contract also isn't as much as it looks, his guaranteed money isn't exorbinant and there's no way he's going to see the entirety of his contract unless he produces accordingly. Gibril Wilson will be a good safety for us, and he allows Michael Huff to move to his natural position. Adding Wilson and Hall improve an already good secondary.

We needed to draft O-Line and D-Line help, and we didn't. I didn't like that. But let's wait on this season to see if any of our draft choices or free-agent moves pay off before deriding them so much. I understand that we as a franchise have leant ourselves to some ridicule, and that hurts, but all teams have down years. I guess when a winning franchise falls on hard times it's easy to pile on. So keep it coming. We're loyal fans and know that this won't last much longer, and it'll make winning all the sweeter when we turn the ship around

Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2008 8:44 am

Rhodes should be a lesson to all

You see it time and time again in most professional sports.  Contract years seem to bring out the best in atheletes.  In Rhodes case..coming off a suspension in the beginning of the season just set him up for failure.  They get a bit fat and slow and boom..there a bust.  Another factor in play is that the Raiders suck and don't really have any position where they are particularly strong.  Not a good recipe for success. 

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