Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

October 20, 2009
A sampling of emails to yours truly

Interesting...when the Raiders lose, and lose bad, my voicemail at work and my email inbox are both jammed with fans' complaints. When they win, and win impressively, as they did Sunday against the Eagles, not so much...

Here then, are some emails I've received for your viewing pleasure (I've stricken the e-mail addresses for their privacy). Any of these strike a nerve?!?

- "epicenter of one of Rush Limbaugh's many hot-button, race-related observations. (Remember? "The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well." Does the media push for Barack Obama? Please identify the many other race related observations, if you can?

After reading this line, it's obvious you lack credibility and objectivity. You are another mindless sheep.

- Ron


-That was a great analysis, Paul. I couldn't agree with you more.
The only thing you didn't say (which of course you couldn't) was that he doesn't seem to be all that bright. Coming from LSU should be a clue. He just seems so unperturbed by his screw-ups. Like he doesn't get it - or doesn't care...
Too bad we couldn't get a quarterback from Harvard or Stanford.



-Hello Paul,

I read your piece from 10 months ago concerning a Super Bowl "what if" between the Raiders & 49ers in 1983.Just a few thoughts.I don't know what makes the 49ers think they could've stopped Marcus Allen when they didn't stop Billy Simms of the 9-7 Detroit Lions that year in the divisional playoffs.The 49ers advanced against Washington ONLY because Eddie Murray missed a 43 yd FG attempt.The 49ers would not have advanced to the Super Bowl in 1981 had Eric Wright not caught Cowboy WR Drew Pearson by the pads in the closing seconds of the NFC Title game,either.They were actually outgained by the Bengals in the Super Bowl but Cincinnati committed enough 1st half mistakes in that game to lose to a high school team. They were a strong up & coming team but certainly not dominating.I also can't for a second buy the notion that losing to Washington in the '83 Title game somehow spurred them on to become Team of the 80's.It doesn't hold up.While they did go 15-1 in 1984 & defeat the Dolphins in the Super Bowl, they TANKED in the playoffs in 1985, '86, & '87.No one who saw them get defeated 49-3 by Phil Simms & the Giants in '86 would have looked at the 49ers with awe or as a dominating team.According to many 49ers themselves their best team was in 1987 but they were taken down by the 8-7 Vikings at Candlestick, 36-24.The 49ers did not necessarily look overpowering even in 1988 when they benefitted from NFL tiebreaker rules & got to the playoffs with a 10-6 record even though the Giants & Saints finished with identical marks but failed to qualify for post season play.Conversely, the Niners were MUCH more dominating in 1989 & 1990 when they finished a combined 32-3(including post season).They also played in an era where every NFC team won the Super Bowl except for 2 yrs in 1980 & 1983.In the 1970's, by contrast, the AFC was clearly the superior conference except for 2 seasons when the Cowboys won the Super Bowl.The 1980's AFC was exceedingly weak, despite all the talk of Elway & Marino coming about the teams in the AFC just were not as strong.Still, I think the 49ers vs Raiders in '83 would have been an interesting matchup, especially because Plunkett played in San Francisco & Flores vs Walsh & Plunkett vs Montana would've been good.Though not a Raider fan at all, I find it unfortunate that Plunkett doesn't get a lot of respect for 2 Super Bowls & what he went through on less talented teams in the 1970's.Staubach vs. Stabler in the 70's would've been one of the best ever matchups, though.Anyway, I enjoyed your article.



-What a mess! Too bad you have to cover them. Can't be any fun for you unless you "revel in the agony of others"(Don Imus).

The other day, Mike Golic said "Don't expect the Raiders to get any better while Al's still in charge". This is no new news to anyone, but he's right. From top to bottom, the Raiders are awful!

The coaching is awful. I thought Tollner or Knapp would help Russell. Both are offensive "guru's" of some sort. Cable is an offensive line coach and that's definitely the worst part of the team. The defense after 2 good showings in SD and KC has fallen apart. Apparently they know that they aren't getting any help from the offense.

The really sad part of this is......there's no quick fix. Look at the schedule and it makes things look even more bleak. They may not win another game.



- Dear Paul,
Here's how you can do a favor for the Oakland Raiders and Florida State University's rapidly deteriorating football program.
JaMarcus Russell was a decent college quarterback under the tutelage of LSU Offensive Coordinator Jimbo Fisher.
Jimbo Fisher is now Florida State University's "head coach in waiting," pending the hoped-for retirement of Bobby Bowden, who turns 80 next month.
If the Raiders ditched the pugilistic Tom Cable and made Jimbo Fisher a tempting offer, maybe it would either (a) hasten Bowden's retirement, or (b) revive JaMarcus Russell's "career," if it hasn't been irreversibly ruined by now.
Maybe you could whisper this suggestion into Al Davis's hearing aid if you get the chance.



-I have been a Raiders fan my whole life - watched in the late 70's early 80's 90's - 2000's but I am done. The team this year except for the Monday night loss to San Diego has been unwatchable. My son is just turning three and halfway through the game on Sunday I changed the channel and never went back - then after watching New Orleans play the Jets I went upstairs got on the computer and ordered New Orleans gear - a hat and shirt to get my collection going - I will not waste any more time and effort on this joke of a team - and I do not want my son growing up watching those losers and feeling sad every Sunday - like I used to when they would lose - if you can get this email to somebody at the Raiders I would appreciate it - thanks

BTW - Al - let go of the team and let some real football minds come in and fix the franchise - thanks



We should have kept Kiffen, things were looking up. That was our first mistake. Our second was putting trust into Cable to turn the ship around.
Oh well that's old news now. Now we have to brave the rest of this season and wait till 2010.
Wish list:
Head Coach: John Gruden, Mike Holmgren or Cower.
New Quarterback coach- Anyone with experience
Wide Receiver Coach- Calling Tim Brown
The Draft: 1st round Offensive Line, 2nd rd Strong Fullback-Blocking back or Quarterback
Free Agency: Wide receivers- Maybe Braylon Edwards and a strong possession receiver ,Offensive line, QB- Billy Volek anyone?
Trade- Good Bye to Fargas
If the Raiders address most of this, they have a chance to shine. Its not rocket science. There is talent on this team, they just need the opportunity to show it.

- John


- Hi Paul,

Thanks for your article on Garcia.

I found it pretty funny, because you write like a stupid white man, trapped inside the body of a weak Latino.

Do you like Garcia because of his last name or do you have a problem with Russell?


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Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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