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NFL Coaching News: Mike Leach to the Oakland Raiders?
Bleacher Report ^ | January 04, 2010 | Dumont Walker

Posted on 01/04/2010 9:35:04 PM PST by Paleo Conservative

Today has been nothing short of amazing it terms of NFL news. Things have been especially entertaining here in the Washington D.C. area, where the Washington Redskins always keep you busy during the offseason. However, this bit of news comes from the other side of the country, all the way in Oakland.

According to sources at the Dan Patrick Show, the Oakland Raiders are very interested in former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach. While it would be a surprising move, it would actually make some sense.

Current Raiders' coach Tom Cable has been under fire all season, beginning with an incident in which he may or may not have broken the jaw of his assistants during training camp. Combine that with a losing record and the revolving door at quarterback, and you have a man who could be on his way out.

In Mike Leach, you also have a man who is surrounded by controversy. His issues stem from dealing with kids at Texas Tech.

The Raiders have proved in the past that they are not afraid to dip into the college ranks for a coach. In Mike Leach, they get a quirky guy, but a pretty good football coach. Leach is best known for his innovative, pass happy offense that has lit up the Big 12 South for the past 10 seasons. It is no secret that Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis loves the vertical passing game. From that perspective, hiring Leach should be a match made in heaven.

Let's just hope this pass happy college coach fairs better than the last one who made the jump to the NFL. Remember Steve Spurrier's NFL experiment? Washington Redskin fans do.


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KEYWORDS: mikeleach; oaklandraiders
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1 posted on 01/04/2010 9:35:08 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative

HA HA HA, the Raiders continue to entertain in a “rubberneck at a car accident as your drive by” kind of way.

If Leach’s solution to college kids with bad attitudes is to lock them in a shed, how’s he going to handle overpaid prima donna pro athletes?


2 posted on 01/04/2010 9:38:40 PM PST by Dan Middleton
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To: SwinneySwitch; Diddle E. Squat; deport; Ben Ficklin; zeugma; MeekOneGOP; Fiddlstix; ...

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3 posted on 01/04/2010 9:40:44 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative

Imho Leach would fit into the zaniness in Oakland.

But he would need experienced coordinators, and Oakland has become a career killer, even talented coaches such as Rob Ryan could not hack it in the Asylum and wound up in Cleveland were he is about to be fired...along with “mangenious”.


4 posted on 01/04/2010 9:41:26 PM PST by padre35 (You shall not ignore the laws of God, the Market, the Jungle, and Reciprocity Rm10.10)
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To: Dan Middleton

He wouldn’t have to put up with enabling fathers who lobby for playing time for Jr.


5 posted on 01/04/2010 9:43:59 PM PST by lonestar (Obama and his czars have turned Bush's "mess" into a national crisis!)
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To: GOP_Raider; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

Here’s a match made in heaven....


6 posted on 01/04/2010 9:44:05 PM PST by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG 49) "Freedom's Fortress")
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To: Paleo Conservative
Well, he's already had the right eye patch thing going, and a pirate shtick, which are like raiders, right?


7 posted on 01/04/2010 9:45:18 PM PST by Plutarch
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To: Paleo Conservative

Leach might be successful there if he could lock Al Davis in a broom closet while personnel decisions are being made.


8 posted on 01/04/2010 9:45:29 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government -- Thomas Payne)
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To: Paleo Conservative

It would certainly help him with his pirate fetish...


9 posted on 01/04/2010 9:46:28 PM PST by sayfer bullets ("...and if it stops moving, subsidize it." - RR)
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To: Paleo Conservative

It would certainly help him with his pirate fetish...


10 posted on 01/04/2010 9:46:30 PM PST by sayfer bullets ("...and if it stops moving, subsidize it." - RR)
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To: Paleo Conservative

interesting idea


11 posted on 01/04/2010 9:50:59 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards,com)
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To: lonestar; GOP_Raider

I would love this move - Coach Leach is a great coach


12 posted on 01/04/2010 9:54:02 PM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (I support Coach Mike Leach and think Gerald Meyers should be run out of Lubbock!)
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To: Paleo Conservative

He also attended Cal Poly SLO, so this is kind of his neck of the woods...


13 posted on 01/04/2010 9:55:05 PM PST by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG 49) "Freedom's Fortress")
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To: Dan Middleton

Leach didn’t lock anyone in a shed. Thats BS by disgruntled player.


14 posted on 01/04/2010 10:02:37 PM PST by packrat35 (Democrat Healthcare is a 9-11 Attack on the Constitution)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Thanks for the ping. This is so crazy it’s crazy or so crazy it’s brilliant. Leach has a gift with getting quarterbacks to perform and he moves the ball around well. Also, in Oakland, he could keep using “Guns Up!” as his motto.


15 posted on 01/04/2010 10:03:49 PM PST by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: neodad
Here’s a match made in heaven....

and lived out in Hell.

16 posted on 01/04/2010 10:14:28 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this)
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To: Plutarch
So he is going to double as the mascot???

Cutting costs where ever you can.

17 posted on 01/04/2010 10:16:31 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this)
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To: Paleo Conservative

He’ll fot right in -— course all he has to do is stomach Al the butt Davis


18 posted on 01/04/2010 10:25:37 PM PST by the long march
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To: lonestar

You don’t think Al Davis is more over bearing than any other person on the planet???? You don’t follow Raiders football then


19 posted on 01/04/2010 10:26:57 PM PST by the long march
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To: packrat35

Right so the sworn affadavits are just a pack of lies right?

Doesn’t matter to me. Leach and Al Davis deserve each other


20 posted on 01/04/2010 10:28:28 PM PST by the long march
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To: packrat35

...and it wasn’t a shed. It had a Plasma tv! It was dark, and air conditioned, but that is good for concussions!


21 posted on 01/04/2010 10:32:51 PM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: packrat35
Leach didn’t lock anyone in a shed. Thats BS by disgruntled player.

You are technically correct. According to the trainer's sworn affidavit, he (the trainer) was told by Leach to lock up Adam James. So, no, Leach did not personally put James in a small, dark room, shut the door, and lock it. The trainer did that per Leach's instructions.
22 posted on 01/04/2010 10:37:50 PM PST by GLDNGUN
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To: Paleo Conservative
There will not be as many Fat Girlfriends in Oakland as there were in Lubbock.
23 posted on 01/04/2010 10:59:05 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: Paleo Conservative
Dan Patrick Show? LMAO

Biggest buffoon other than Olberman

24 posted on 01/04/2010 11:03:30 PM PST by byteback
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To: Paleo Conservative
In Mike Leach, they get a quirky guy, but a pretty good football coach. Leach is best known for his innovative, pass happy offense that has lit up the Big 12 South for the past 10 seasons. It is no secret that Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis loves the vertical passing game. From that perspective, hiring Leach should be a match made in heaven.

I'm amazed that the Raiders are able to get anyone interested in their HC position, even this guy. It's not a job where coaches can win - even if Al Davis could be persuaded to turn over control of player personnel, he'll punish any head coach who actually wins in spite of him simply because he can't stand being overshadowed. Just ask Jon Gruden.
25 posted on 01/05/2010 12:10:41 AM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Paleo Conservative

Leach’s gimmicky offense, his lack of a coherent defense and his penchant for going on 4th down all over the field would spell disaster in the NFL. Not to mention that Leach’s offense is almost the antithesis of the “vertical passing game”. It’s almost the “horizontal passing game” although the last success the Raiders had was when they used the West Coast Offense which is another system that emphasizes short passes.

Leach would certainly be an entertaining thought while in Oakland but he might also make the worst transition from college to pro since Steve Spurrier.


26 posted on 01/05/2010 12:17:16 AM PST by OrangeHoof ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Bend over suckahs".)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
Leach might be successful there if he could lock Al Davis in a broom closet while personnel decisions are being made.

Al Davis has always been pretty good at finding talent.

27 posted on 01/05/2010 2:36:06 AM PST by HIDEK6
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To: the long march
You don’t think Al Davis is more over bearing than any other person on the planet????

Jerry Jones...

28 posted on 01/05/2010 5:16:48 AM PST by lonestar (Obama and his czars have turned Bush's "mess" into a national crisis!)
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To: lonestar

well you got me there.


29 posted on 01/05/2010 6:12:15 AM PST by the long march
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To: the long march
LOL!

Our jerk is a bigger jerk than your jerk!

30 posted on 01/05/2010 7:04:30 AM PST by lonestar (Obama and his czars have turned Bush's "mess" into a national crisis!)
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To: lonestar

Have to disagree, lonestar. I think Jerry Jones supports his coaches and players very well. He just cuts them loose when they fail to perform or cause problems (Terrell Owens for example). ....Steinbrenner who owns the Yankees is probably the most overbearing owner of a sports team, but considering what enormous salaries he pays the players and coaches I can’t say that I blame him. It’s his money that he uses to try to buy the World Series every year.

Mike Leach is being crucified in the press. From TV news and articles I’ve read, the James kid showed up on the sidelines in street clothes and shades during practice. The coach had the trainers take him to a darkened training room and there were a couple of trainers in the room with him. It was to keep him out of the bright light since he had a concussion. .....That’s my understanding of the situation.


31 posted on 01/05/2010 8:14:40 AM PST by octex
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To: octex
I think Jerry Jones supports his coaches...

Tom Landry? That's why I hate JJ....that, and he made fun of Dallas and Texas when he bought the Cowboys.

I haven't like the Cowboys since JJ bought the team

I loved when Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson had their clash of the egos...and Johnson quit.

Jerry Jones is an obnoxious jerk in my book.

I agree with your Leach opinion. My guess is that Leach had had all he could take from that little James a$$hole and his father who was always calling.

32 posted on 01/05/2010 8:25:49 AM PST by lonestar (Obama and his czars have turned Bush's "mess" into a national crisis!)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

I agree, it would be a great match, right in there with the Raiders image.

And the Raiders right now aren’t far away from being a respectable team, they beat some good teams, but were woefully inconsistent. I like Gradkowski as a QB, with Leach, he could become even better.


33 posted on 01/05/2010 8:30:00 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Paleo Conservative

I’d be happy for Leach *IF* Davis let him do what he wanted in terms of player personnel. No way Leach would keep jamarcus Russell. Since Davis didn’t like Tom Cable’s remarks against Russell, I doubt Leach will be a serious contender. Davis will only hire a coach who thinks Russell is a good QB. Good luck with that!


34 posted on 01/05/2010 8:32:22 AM PST by rintense (You do not advance conservatism by becoming more liberal. ~ rintense, 2006)
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To: the long march

They are a pack of lies. The sworn affidavits by the trainer and doc contradict earlier statements. James’ own video shows he lied about it all. He said he was locked in with no chairs. His own video shows chairs to sit in as well as a door that had the lock from the inside.


35 posted on 01/05/2010 8:34:37 AM PST by rintense (You do not advance conservatism by becoming more liberal. ~ rintense, 2006)
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To: neodad
Here’s a match made in heaven....

Yeah, like Jerry and Tony.
36 posted on 01/05/2010 10:05:44 AM PST by copaliscrossing (Progressives are Socialists)
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To: rintense

I believe a sworn affadavit. There is a consequence for lying under oath. Any of the other stuff that was said before is just so much lip flapping.

And for the record I don’t care about Mike Leach and The Aggies one way or the other


37 posted on 01/05/2010 10:10:08 AM PST by the long march
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To: the long march

Obviously. Its the Red Raiders, not Aggies. In Texas, you’d be lynched for that mistake. ;)


38 posted on 01/05/2010 10:14:14 AM PST by rintense (You do not advance conservatism by becoming more liberal. ~ rintense, 2006)
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To: the long march

BTW, Leach never told the trainer to put him in that garage. He said put him in a dark place. The trainer chose the location.


39 posted on 01/05/2010 10:15:13 AM PST by rintense (You do not advance conservatism by becoming more liberal. ~ rintense, 2006)
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To: packrat35; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; writer33

40 posted on 01/05/2010 10:19:03 AM PST by rintense (You do not advance conservatism by becoming more liberal. ~ rintense, 2006)
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To: Dan Middleton

If he wants the Raiders to succeed, he’d be better off locking the owner in the shed, not the players.


41 posted on 01/05/2010 10:20:24 AM PST by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: rintense

Perfect, rintense. Thanks for the picture and ping.


42 posted on 01/05/2010 10:25:07 AM PST by writer33 (Rush Limbaugh Is "The Passion" of Conservatism And Pretty Good At That Radio Thingy)
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To: writer33

BTTT


43 posted on 01/05/2010 10:28:57 AM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: HIDEK6
*cough* JaMarcus Russell *cough* You've got to be kidding. Besides, Davis is kind of like the proverbial dog chasing the car, once he finds it, he doesn't know what to do with it.

The Raiders won't be able to achieve much until 1. They get rid of Russell and 2. Davis either dies or retires.

44 posted on 01/05/2010 10:29:50 AM PST by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: rintense

LOVE IT! Thanks


45 posted on 01/05/2010 10:37:44 AM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (I support Coach Mike Leach and think Gerald Meyers should be run out of Lubbock!)
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To: rintense

As if I care about Texas. Go back to your religion. Football is truly all you care about. Have a nice life


46 posted on 01/05/2010 10:42:29 AM PST by the long march
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To: the long march

Boy are you an ignorant fool.


47 posted on 01/05/2010 10:44:48 AM PST by rintense (You do not advance conservatism by becoming more liberal. ~ rintense, 2006)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; TexasNative2000
Here's another one!


48 posted on 01/05/2010 10:45:41 AM PST by rintense (You do not advance conservatism by becoming more liberal. ~ rintense, 2006)
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To: rintense

Haha - love they have pinked up his jersey and added the Hello Kitty symbol! Dang I need to learn photoshop!


49 posted on 01/05/2010 10:55:16 AM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (I support Coach Mike Leach and think Gerald Meyers should be run out of Lubbock!)
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To: the long march; rintense

That’s fine - Texas won’t cry that you don’t care - we have more than enough whining liberals and girls. Have a nice life.


50 posted on 01/05/2010 10:56:41 AM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (I support Coach Mike Leach and think Gerald Meyers should be run out of Lubbock!)
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