Earlier this season the Oakland Raiders attempted to prevent Rich Gannon from calling their games as an analyst. Even after that fiasco, the former Super Bowl quarterback offered the team his help with their struggling signal caller. The team’s response is pure Raiders.
“It’s Rich that needs the help,” Raiders senior executive John Herrera said. “When he goes on a radio show offering Mr. Davis help, Tom Cable help, the Raiders help, maybe it’s Rich that needs the help.”
Gannon revealed Wednesday on his Sirius NFL Radio show that he called Raiders managing general partner Al Davis the day before.
“I did something (Tuesday) that I can’t believe even I did,” Gannon said. “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.”
Russell finished this season as the league’s lowest-rated passer and owner of the league’s worst completion percentage among starting quarterbacks.
Russell is in good hands with quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett, Herrera said.
“What does Rich Gannon think he has to offer that Paul Hackett can’t contribute, when he said himself that Paul Hackett is the best quarterbacks coach that he ever had?” Herrera said.
In other news, Herrera said the Raiders were aware of Russell’s trip to Las Vegas on Tuesday and that it isn’t an issue to Davis or the Raiders.
“JaMarcus was in Las Vegas, and he was there with a (Raiders) staff member,” Herrera said. “He was there for a legitimate reason.”
Russell was excused from the year-end meeting with Cable on Monday for “personal reasons,” according to Cable.
Would you expect anything less from Al Davis and the Raiders?
I’ve said it before and I will continue to say it until that sad franchise has a different owner: Things could be worse, Chiefs fans, you could be a Raiders fan.
Herrera comes off sounding like a three year old trying to rip down Gannon and defend Russell’s Vegas Vacation.
Starting running back for the Oakland Raiders next season? That’s right Chiefs fans… Larry Johnson! He’ll fit right in.