There is no sugar-coating it. Ever since Rich Gannon retired the Raiders have been bad.
And since then Gannon has been a harsh critic. Publicly stating his displeasure for the way the Raiders organization is being run and for how the team is being coached.
Lately Gannon has been making a lot of noise regarding the Raiders on his sports talk show on Sirius Radio or as a CBS sports analyst.
First Gannon allegedly went back and broke down every one of JaMarcus Russells' pass attempts. He wrote a detailed report concluding and suggesting that Russell could be great with his help.
Then on Sirius Radio Gannon told us that he has been reaching out to Russell offering to tutor the young QB.
But the young QB didn't even bother to respond or awknowledge the former MVP's offer (how rude).
But the Raiders already have a great QB coach in Paul Hacket, the same coach who Gannon praised so highly for being a master of fundamentals, and credited for his own development.
So to quote John Herrara:
“What does Rich Gannon think he has to offer that Paul Hackett can’t contribute, when he himself said Paul Hackett is the best quarterbacks coach that he ever had?”
And then most recently on Sirius Radio Gannon said this:
“I did something yesterday that I can’t believe even I did. I picked up the phone and I reached out to Al Davis.”
“So I called Mr. Davis, I have not spoken with him yet, but I’m happy to help out in any way I can. I’d love to help JaMarcus Russell if he wants help. I’d love to help Tom Cable and that organization. It’s important. Listen, seven straight seasons where they’ve lost 11 or more games? Something’s not right.”
Then Gannon went on to play the victum and act as if he was baffled and shocked when the Raiders denied him.
Really Rich? After years of playing for the Raiders and working with and covering the franchise and all your insider information, you should know better.
So is Gannon sincere in his offers to help the Raiders, JaMarcus Russell and Davis, or does he have an ulterior motive?
With Gannons' shaky history with the Raiders, there is a lot to suggest he isn't so sincere.
Sure Gannon was a great QB with the Raiders, but to be blunt, no one liked him. He never saw eye to eye with Gruden or Davis, his teammates despised him and the local media hated him.
Tim Brown had this to say about Gannon:
"Even hearing a guy like Gannon say something negative about the organization is really wrong. Gannon knows that he came there with that `I hate the Raiders' type mentality. He came in there with that, and showed that to all the players. Gannon wasn't a very well-like player his whole time with the Raiders. In fact he was downright hated, and if not for my intervention, a lot of times, there would have been times he would have been sure-enough jumped on, almost. So for a guy like Rich to say something just isn't fair to the organization, I don't believe."
Then there's the fact that the Raiders have tried to ban Gannon from the Raiders facility the last two years. Clearly they just don't want him around.
Regarding some of Gannons' comments earlier this year Herrara had this to say:
“He seems to be a guy who can’t get over the fact that he played the worst Super Bowl in the history of the game and he wants to blame everybody but himself,” Herrera said on Sept. 26. “I guess it’s our fault he threw five interceptions.”
That one had to burn Gannon a little. But I can't say he didn't have that coming. While in Oakland Gannon was always quick to throw his teammates and coaches under the bus after every loss.
After all of that why would Gannon even think that Davis wants his help? Why would the Raiders even let Gannon touch their $61 million QB. Tom Cable thinks he's done a good job, so why would he want any help?
And if Gannon really reached out to Russell and received no response, why make it public? Same goes for his call to Davis.
Is it possible Gannon is doing all of this to boost the ratings of his show on Sirious radio, or to increase his exposure as a CBS analyst, and that he never had any real interest in helping the Raiders.
Or could the unthinkable have happened? Is it possible that Gannon has forgiven the Raiders, put aside his feud with Davis, and is sincere in his offers to help the Silver and Black?
If Gannon is sincere then he is also very hard headed. If not he is just trying to stir the bees' nest that is the Oakland Raiders.