Short and Sweet tribute to the real “maverick” of America, Al Davis. Often lost in the ”Bill Belichick is the Albert Einstein of football” mainstream media circle jerk are these two simple facts…
- Al Davis has accomplished more in football than Belichick ever will
- Al Davis will forget more pro football than Belichick will ever know
Raiders Haters and Patriots Lemmings
Sorry Raider haters, and those of you still convinced that Walt Coleman made the right call on that snowy Foxboro evening; the fact is that Al Davis is the smartest man in pro football. His resume as a real life “mail room to board room” story is unsurpassed, by Belicheat or any other polarizing figure in the NFL. The Al Davis story is a far, far cry from the nepotism behind Lane Kiffin, or the Daddys money backing Daniel Snyder.
(***google ”tuck rule snowjob” for our view of the patriots raiders tuck rule playoff game , aka NFL ass-raping post)
While mainstream media continues to down the Belichick kool-aid, straight from the Patriots sagging teets at a nauseating pace, few will note that Richard Seymour is ORGANZING AND PAYING for Oakland Raiders offseason training camp. Yes the same Richard Seymour who led the rookies and free agents off the bus last year, for non-mandatory practices in a hugely symbolic move that set the tone for the Raiders vast improvements in 2010.
For Patriot fans still reading (assuming you can read anything that doesn’t bow down at the Belichick altar) and wondering why Raiders Girls is posting this “Al Davis vs Bill Belichick” football smarts article… it’s because one of your own sent us an email saying they would prefer Nate Solder (drafted with the pick Belichick received from Al davis for Richard Seymour) over the Pro Bowl leader of the Raiders defense.
While you won’t see “Al Davis picks Belichick’s pockets” ticker headlines from ESPN anytime soon, you can be assured Raiders fans, that the trade for Richard Seymour has paid off for the Raiders in spades. Unless Nate Solder becomes a multiple Pro Bowler ala Seymour, this will be another case of Al davis outsmarting the “chosen one” Belichick, the media annointed god of all things football and smart.
More Seymour and the Oakland Raiders
The Raiders practiced at nearby Buford High School. Chip Smith, director of Competitive Edge Sports, said defensive tackle Richard Seymour was the force behind the camp.
“Richard is a friend of ours who we’ve known over the years,” Smith said. “He came to me and said, `I would really like to run some team-led OTAs here in Atlanta and would likeyou guys to organize that for us in conjunction with Jason Campbell.’
Smith said Seymour assumed financial responsibility and planning has been going on for over a month. Seymour presided over the defense during light, non-contact scrimmages and Campbell the offense with an assist from Kyle Boller.”
– The workouts were described as something more than half-speed lolly-gag affairs. The CES staff conducted drill work with players and there were lengthy sessions working with ropes and weights.
Smith said Seymour’s instructions were “to get more intense, to show the public we are serious about getting in shape and showing up in shape.”
– Quotes from Richard Seymour:
“We just wanted to give Atlanta a little taste of the Raiders. It’s been great. It’s a great turnout. The guys are excited. We can’t control what’s going on with the NFL lockout, but we wanted to come out and be able to run some drills and do it in an organized fashion. We wanted to make sure it was organized and first class.”
“We needed to get together. I understand the fans’ frustration with the lockout and we want to play as much as they want us to play. But when the lockout is lifted we want to make sure we’re ready to go. Any time we can come out and develop the chemistry with our teammates. I haven’t seen most of these guys since we played our last game at the beginning of January. It’s a good opportunity to get them in the south, get them some of that southeast heat and I think that’s going to benefit us once the season comes.”
“I think we made huge strides last season, but obviously not making the playoffs is a huge disappointment. But there is only one happy team at the end of the year. I know there are a lot of Falcons fans down here, but we want to make it a Raider Nation.
* Well Richard, Raiders fans have been drinking your Kool-aid since you eloquently dispelled the media created rumor that you did not want to come to Oakland, played your ass off, led the rookies off the bus, and became the team captain and leader that the Raiders defense has needed since Albert Lewis and Greg Biekert departed. You were indeed “born to be a raider” Richard Seymour!
- More football smarts, pro football IQ articles…
Raiders Get Smart | McClain, Nnamdi, Davis & Einstein
- Oakland raiders 2010 Football Intelligence, breakdown of Raiders football smarts by position