New Davis policy: no more head cases

Jan 20, 2011 Full story: Fox Sports

Big Ben, Pittsburgh fans slowly rekindling their love. What a heal Conference championship battles in the elements -- it doesn't... Take it outside New Davis policy: no more head cases LexisNexis Feed Vittorio Tafur, Chronicle Staff Writer , The San Francisco Chronicle Updated Jan 20, 2011 8:33 AM ET Al Davis and Tom Cable agree on one thing: It's ...

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Renaldo Raider

Midlothian, VA

#1 Jan 21, 2011
This team was founded and based it's success on head cases especially in it's defense. Should I run down the list? Are you kidding me? What you need to do is pick players who did well in College in their grades because those types show the discipline it takes to not be a thug in life and think everyone owe's them something. Nothing wrong with "eccentric" Rejects and people who will work for you but in their off time do crazy stuff. I read Kenny Stabler's auto biography I know about some of those nuts who also were "winners" because they cared about the game. I know about how the All-Pro Howie Long was told by the Cowboys that he had too much body fat to be on their starting line up and it made a crazy zealous player out of him punishing every one he could taking him to greatness. Jack Tatum, Malcom Barnwell, Lester Hayes, Ted Hendricks, Lyle Alzado, Ben Davidson, Kenny Stabler, John Matusak, Matt Millen. I could go on and on. They all had a screw loose but were all winners and awesome players. If you wan't to see a head case Al look in the mirror. It's the only thing I can think of as to why you fired Tom Cable as he was on his way to greatness and a promising part of your team. What happend to I don't care how crazy you are or what people think, just win baby win. Don't hire undisciplined thugs. The other traits are fine as long as they work hard. That is what at one time made the Raiders so awesome. That "was" their "mystique"
RaiderFaith

Cary, NC

#2 Jan 21, 2011
I agree we had a ton of head cases and that worked for us in the 70's and 80's but times have changed. They can't be the head cases we had. The rules constrict the all out nut jobs. We need to get smarter. Al is right, he just started the process about a decade late. We need players that can flat out ball...but won't give stupid penalties. Some penatlies are good. but we have way too many silly penalties that change the game in a negative way for us.
I am more concerend with the coaching. Cable was the right man for the job. Not sure about Jackson. I think he will do well for a year maybe two but his message will get stale because he is a rah rah coach. Cable was a foundation coach. He was building a team. Jackson as the cheerleading OC was a good fit. I just hope he can be a head coach. Al has made some bad decisions of the years but letting go of cable was one of the worst..the other awful decisions off the top of my head were hiring lane kiffin, picking up randy moss and letting Charles Woodson walk.
Hoping for the best this year. First I hope we have a season. second I hope the players buy into what jackson is selling and third I hope we are playoff bound.

“PLAY TO WIN”

Since: Jul 09

OG, "so cal."

#3 Jan 21, 2011
i think hue jackson is the answer for a coach for a while longer than most coaches have had here. he made al davis smile =D like he did the time he was holding the lombardi trophy and said "just win baby". i don't dissrespect tom cable because, he was a good coach to the players and wanted to win. his record did not show it and his words of "being a losing team no more" still ring in al davis's head. tom cable was released for not following rules, not because he was a bad coach. he did things that just got in the way of RAIDER football with his personal life. al davis was not just satisfied with just an 8-8 record. you can't build rome in a day they say but a coach like hue jackson definetely started building it a lot faster "as an (O)coach". we have yet to see what he does as a head coach. but before cable was fired, players liked h jackson there was a great chenmestry there with player-coach relations and when they saw plays were working as coached, they responded well to it. yeah, players were upset because cable was fired but thats because they hoped that everyone stayed together just like the way we were hoping it would happen with cable and jackson and assistants and players and all that. every year things change players come and go and there's no telling how much it happens here in oakland (lol). but these past coaches like the kiffins and that callahans, and now coach cable screw up in the wrong ways. i don't even consider cable in the other coaches bad catagories because cable's personality was different. but, he did screw up and his record since being here did not help the case! sorry guys but I'M ALL FOR HUE JACKSON! but unlike you guys, see what happensin the future!
i think we're onto something good,"personally"
GO RAIDERS!!! 2011! GO HUE JACKSON!

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