Seven People Who Should Keep Their Mouths Shut About The Oakland Raiders
The Raiders have always polarized opinion in football fans; you either love them or you hate them.
Some people though cross the line, some former employees like Lane Kiffin, some are ex-players who didn't make it in the silver and black, and some are sports journalists who have lost their objectivity and who should know better.
Either way, there are some people who should just shut up about the Oakland Raiders, because every time they open their mouths thay make fools of themselves, not the Raiders.
DeAngelo Hall was acquired from the Atlanta Falcons for a second and a fifth round pick in 2008.
It was a high price for what the Raiders believed was a quality player. In fact, when he arrived in Oakland he soon showed that he couldn't cover, couldn't tackle, and couldn't do much of anything else either.
Who could forget him being torched by rookie Eddie Royal with nine receptions for 146 yards in the 2008 season opener against Denver.
I myself was witness to his awful performance aginst his old team shortly afterwards. He was so awful in fact that he was cut after eight games.
Yet despite his abysmal performance in the silver and black, "MeAngelo" still rips into the Raiders every chance he gets.
Keep your mouth shut Mr. Hall, you have not earned the right to bad mouth the Raiders.
Brian Baldinger is another Raider hater, and he confidently predicted that Darren McFadden was a bust just a year into his career.
Whether McFadden will achieve great things in line with his draft status remains to be seen, but he is a committed young man with a strong work ethic who gives everything he has.
For anyone to call him a bust this early in his career is ludicrous.
Give Baldinger credit though, his lips were moving even though he was talking out of his butt.
Not a bad trick.
Yes, Lane Kiffin.
The guy who conned Al Davis, and conned us all on the way to taking the Raiders head coaching job just to fill out his resume.
After coaching the Raiders badly, he took the head coaching job at Tennessee, where he showed exactly what sort of person he really was. That was because Tennessee was just another stop over for the boy wonder and what HE wanted in the end...
The head coaching gig at USC.
He jumped ship after only one season, showing that he still has no idea what loyalty means, and was only in it for himself.
Yet still Kiffin can't resist a dig at the Raiders and Davis when he gets the chance.
Although he got a lot of good press coverage when he left the Raiders (sorry, got fired), the way he performed at Tennessee led a lot of journalists to believe that Davis was right after all.
Kiffin has no business criticizing the Oakland Raiders and should keep quiet.
Let me say this. Warren Sapp was never a Raider.
He may have played for the Raiders, who gave him a lucrative contract at the back end of his career when the Bucs dumped him, but he never was really a Raider.
Despite the fact that Al Davis looked after him at the end of his playing days, he has done nothing but bad mouth the organization since he retired, calling the Raiders "dysfunctional from the top down."
He also claimed that JaMarcus Russell never had a chance in Oakland.
Strange that Bruce Gradkowski made the most of his, and strange that no other NFL teams have offered Russell a contract.
Sapp should remember who payed his wages and looked after him at the end, and if he can't say anything positive or even objective about the Raiders, then he should keep his mouth shut.
Tom "Jackass" Jackson.
He was always a Raider-hater when he was with the Denver Broncos, and he has carried over is biaised and unfair opinions of the silver and black to that most disgraceful of sports networks, ESPN.
Whatever has gone before or since, I can neither forget nor forgive his performance with Chris Carter after the 2009 NFL Draft, when Darrius Heyward Bey was interviewed on ESPN.
Darrius was an entirely decent young man, and the way this jackass guffawed and laughed at every insult was a damning inictment of a truly pitiful sports network.
He didn't even have the wit to offer any meaningful words himself.
Chris "No Class" Carter, along with Tom "Jackass" Jackson was responsible for the most disgraceful piece of sports journalism in modern history.
With Carter doing the gags, and Jackson yawing like a jackass next to him, they derided and ridiculed Heyward Bey in the presence of his family on national television.
Heyward Bey is a classy young man and didn't respond in kind, but that doesn't make it any less unprofessional.
Journalists are supposed to be objective. Chris, if you can't put across a fair and justified point of view and keep a civil tongue in your head, then shut up.
I'm sure watchers of the NFL believe everything that comes out of the mouth of the popular analyst that has worked for several networks, and to give him his due he is very plausable.
The problem is that when he talks about the Raiders and quotes "sources" he is usually wrong.
His aim doesn't seem so much to report facts or make accurate predictions, as to just generate scandal and false rumor in Oakland.
His claim that Tom Cable was about to be fired at the end of last season was particularly misleading, although I think that it was the Raiders who led Schefter a merry dance after refusing to confirm or deny coach Cable's status for the coming season.
And all the time Al knew......
It still doesn't stop me disliking Schefter for his idiotic stories about the Raiders.
But Schefter is wrong so often about the Raiders, he should just keep his mouth shut.