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January 7, 2010
Gannon rebuffed, rescinds offer of help

That'll teach Rich Gannon to reach out to the Raiders...

The former Raiders quarterback and 2002 NFL MVP has rescinded his offer to help the franchise and quarterback JaMarcus Russell after getting rebuffed - badly - by the Raiders on his SIRIUS NFL radio show this morning.

Asked by co-host Adam Schein if he had heard back from Al Davis after his public offer was made Wednesday, Gannon said he had not.

"You know, it's amazing, you try just to reach out to somebody and say something, that maybe you can help a young guy, and you get criticized for it," said Gannon, who was banned from the team's Alameda facility in September. "I'm not looking for work. I have plenty of jobs that keep me busy.

"People think I'm looking for a job. I've been offered jobs to get into coaching and to get into management. I have no interest in doing it. I just was really looking at a young guy that's really struggled and just thought that I could reach out to help him out. Listen, I'm not all the king's horses and I'm not all the king's men. I can't put Humpty Dumpty together again. I can't do that. But I was just looking to figure out a way to go out there and share with them some of the things that helped me as a player and prepare and get myself ready not only for the season but for games each week. I've done it with Aaron Rodgers and I've done it with quarterbacks in Tampa and Minnesota. But, hey, trust me, I won't make that call again."

From the Raiders' perspective, they have been tweaked at the level and volume of criticism Gannon has lobbed their way since becoming a member of the media.

Wednesday, Raiders senior executive John Herrera told The Oakland Trib's Jerry Mac that Gannon was the one "that needs the help" in a fascinating harangue.

"When (Gannon) goes on a radio show offering Mr. Davis help, Tom Cable help, the Raiders help, maybe it's Rich that needs the help," Herrera said. "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 so it goes...

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

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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