2010 Highlights (as voted by the NFL and its fans)
Five different Raiders earned accolades for their performances during the 2010 season. QB Jason Campbell, WR Jacoby Ford, S Michael Huff, RB Darren McFadden, and LB Kamerion Wimbley had standout moments and were recognized by both the NFL and the fans for their accomplishments.
Never Say Never Moment of the Week – Week 5
QB Jason Campbell came off the bench in Week 5 against the San Diego Chargers to spark a 35-27 comeback victory. Campbell led two long touchdown drives, including the game-winning drive with less than four minutes play. He completed 13 of 18 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown, helping the Raiders to their first win over the Chargers since 2003.
AFC Defensive Player of the Week – Week 5
FS Michael Huff was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Raiders 35-27 win over San Diego. His sack and forced fumble against Chargers QB Philip Rivers led to SS Tyvon Branch’s 64-yard return for a touchdown. Huff also recorded 11 total tackles, nine solo, against the Chargers.
AFC Offensive Player of the Week & FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week – Week 7
RB Darren McFadden was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week after his Week 7 performance in Denver. McFadden scored four touchdowns and had 196 all-purpose yards. His four touchdowns tied a franchise single-game record. The Raiders scored a franchise-high 59 points. McFadden was also voted the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week in Week 7. McFadden rushed 16 times for 165 yards and three touchdowns and caught two passes for 31 yards and a touchdown.
FedEx Air Player of the Week – Week 8
QB Jason Campbell was voted the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week for his performance in the Raiders 33-3 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 8. Campbell completed 15 of 27 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns.
AFC Special Teams Player of the Week and Pepsi Rookie of the Week – Week 9
WR Jacoby Ford was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week and was voted the Pepsi Rookie of the Week for his performance in the Raiders 23-20 overtime victory against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 9. Ford made a number of key plays during the game, helping the Raiders beat the Chiefs. Ford returned the second half kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown. He finished with four kickoff returns for 156 yards. Ford also caught six passes for 148 yards, helping set up the game-tying and the game-winning field goals. Ford became only the second player in NFL history to have at least 140 receiving yards and 150 kick return yards in a game.
AFC Special Teams Player of the Month – November
WR Jacoby Ford was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for November. During the month of November, Ford totaled 439 yards with a 29.3-yard average on 15 kickoff returns and two touchdowns; 283 yards receiving with a 23.6-yard average (on 12 catches) and one touchdown and rushed for 13 yards. Ford returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in the month of November. He returned a kickoff 94 yards in the overtime victory against the Chiefs and had a 47-yard reception to set up the game-winning field goal in overtime. He also ran a kickoff 101-yards for a touchdown against Miami, the third-longest kickoff return in Raiders history. Ford also totaled 108 receiving yards on four catches with a 52-yard scoring catch.
Voted FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week – Week 14
RB Darren McFadden was voted FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week a second time for the Week 14 match up with the Jacksonville Jaguars. McFadden had 16 carries for 123 yards and two touchdowns as well as one 67-yard receiving touchdown.
AFC Special Teams Player of the Week – Week 16
Ford was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week a second time for his performance during the Raiders Week 16 match up with the Indianapolis Colts. Ford returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown. He returned five kickoffs for 188 yards against the Colts. The kickoff return for a touchdown was his third of the season, setting a new Raiders single-season franchise record. His 101-yarder against Miami is the third longest, and the 99-yarder is the fourth longest in Raiders history.
AFC Defensive Player of the Week – Week 17
LB Kamerion Wimbley was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after the Raiders 31-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 17. Wimbley registered three sacks and seven tackles. Wimbley led the Raiders in sacks during the 2010 season with nine, the most since he logged 11 as a rookie with Cleveland in 2006. He has 35 sacks so far in his five-year NFL career.
Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract voided and he will be allowed to become a free agent without the Oakland Raiders being able to use their franchise tag on him, according to an NFL Players Association document. Asomugha’s deal included a little-known clause that said his contract would void if he didn’t achieve his not-likely-to-be-earned incentives in 2010 — and he didn’’t. His contract also contained a stipulation that if he didn’t achieve his incentives, the Raiders would agree not to designate him their franchise or transition player. To achieve his incentives, Asomugha had to play in a greater number of defensive plays in 2010 than he did in 2009, and this season Asomugha played in only 14 games whereas he played in all 16 in 2009. He also could have achieved his incentives by improving upon on his interceptions, fumble recoveries or sacks this season — but he didn’t have any interceptions, fumble recoveries or sacks this season. He will be the top defensive player available whenever free agency begins. When Adam Schefter of ESPN reported last Sunday that the contract of Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha will void, making him a free agent in 2011, it was widely assumed that Asomugha will leave Oakland. The assumption likely was fueled by the abrupt firing of coach Tom Cable, who led the team to an 8-8 record in 2010, and the dire words from punter Shane Lechler that Raiders free agents may flee. Along with the perception of many that playing for the Raiders is equal to an involuntary stay at Alcatraz. Regardless, Asomugha isn’t planning to jump the wall just yet. “There’s a chance, there’s a good chance,” Asomugha said during a recent flurry of appearances on ESPN and ESPN Radio, according to Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s funny because I’ve been doing interviews all day and I hear a lot of people saying, ‘No longer an Oakland Raider,’ . . . but anything could happen at this point.” He’s right, especially with the uncertainty surrounding the labor situation. Peter King of Sports Illustrated recently mentioned that, if the labor dispute results in a lockout that lingers deep into the offseason and/or into the regular season, all free agents could be assigned to their current teams for one more season, at a markup over their 2010 salaries. Even without such an extreme, but not implausible, scenario, the void of Asomugha’s contract means only that he’ll be permitted to sign wherever he wants to sign, including Oakland. “When you go into free agency and have options, any team is up for you to be on — and the Raiders, obviously with me having been there for so long, have a great shot at it,” Asomugha said. Asomugha’s contract voided based on a failure to achieve basic performance levels. The contract would not have voided, for example, if he had only one interception. If the contract hadn’t voided, the Raiders very likely would have cut Asomugha, since past performance under the contract had pushed his 2011 salary to the equivalent of the franchise tender for quarterbacks, a number that’s expected to exceed $17 million in 2011. As we recently surmised, the Raiders potentially included the voiding mechanism so that they would be in line for a compensatory draft pick, if Asomugha leaves as a free agent. If the Raiders had cut him, Asomugha’s departure would not have counted toward the convoluted formula based on net free agency losses.The move also increases the chances of keeping him, since he hasn’t suffered the public indignity of being released. “I would love to be back,” Asomugha said. And he probably wouldn’t be saying that if the Raiders had cut the cord on his contract in order to avoid paying him franchise quarterback money.
Hue Jackson signed a contract Monday night to be the next Raiders head coach. ESPN’s Michael Smith was the first to have the news, and FOX’s Jay Glazer and ESPN’s Adam Schefter were soon to follow. (Someone knows how to mass text!) Ever since Jackson took over the offensive playcalling in Oakland last offseason, there has been speculation he could replace Tom Cable. There was a report that tension was brewing in December between Cable and Jackson. At the time, that report was quickly shouted down by Cable and Jackson as an example of the nefarious media making up stories. Jackson did a nice job improving the Raiders offense in 2010 into an-often dominant rushing attack with an improved-if-erratic passing attack. The Raiders have changed systems so often the last eight years that promoting Jackson is a welcome change of near-continuity.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Davis hired Ravens assistant Al Saunders as offensive coordinator in Oakland. Saunders spent the last two years in Baltimore, and is well known for his run in Kansas City from 2001-2005 as offensive coordinator. He also was the head coach of the Chargers from 1986-1988, so he’s almost completed a tour of the AFC West. Saunders’ hire was largely expected around the league after Davis tabbed Hue Jackson, who worked with Saunders in Baltimore. Davis has also previously interviewed Saunders for spots on previous staffs.
The NFL has announced that the finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award are Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, Bears defensive lineman Israel Idonije, and Vikings safety Madieu Williams.
Eight-time Pro Bowler Steve Wisniewski has returned to the Raiders as an assistant offensive line coach. The team announced the move earlier today. “Steve is my shining star,” Raiders coach Hue Jackson said. “His intensity, passion and vision were right in line with what I’m looking for. He was a great Raider player and I am looking forward and excited about working with him.” “I’m back with my first love, the Oakland Raiders,” Wisniewski said. “I’m thrilled to be working in the building again for the Silver and Black and helping to shape the future of the offensive line.”
Champ Bailey, the Denver Broncos captain, was notified by the NFL on Thursday that he was being added to the AFC roster, replacing Oakland’s Nnamdi Asomugha, who is skipping the all-star game for medical reasons.The Raiders haven’t said what’s wrong with Asomugha, but he missed two games this year after spraining an ankle against Seattle on Oct. 31. He was limited in practice the rest of the season but managed to play the final six games.
Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain was unhurt, but his vehicle was struck by a bullet, in a shooting in his hometown of Decatur, Alabama. Fox 40 in Sacramento reports that McClain called the police and reported that someone had shot at his SUV. Investigators found one round stuck in the rear hatch. No one was injured.…
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