Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Union complaints prompt cancellation of Raiders workouts

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Union complaints prompt cancellation of Raiders workouts

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders canceled the final week of their offseason training program Friday after complaints from the NFL players' union about the intensity of the practices.

    In a brief statement, coach Lane Kiffin said the players' union believes the Raiders' offseason program violated league rules on practice standards.



    "The union has complained about the high level of intensity, player aggressiveness and fast pace of our practices and, as a result, has taken away the final week of our offseason program," said Kiffin, the NFL's youngest and least experienced head coach.

    The Raiders won't hold next week's scheduled offseason activities, which were expected to be mostly weightlifting sessions.

    Oakland wrapped up a voluntary minicamp on Wednesday under Kiffin, a former assistant coach at Southern California. He had just one season of NFL training camp experience as an assistant in Jacksonville in 2000.

    The Raiders' training camp opens July 27 in Napa.


    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    Isn't it funny how it's always the bad teams that complain that their practices are too hard?

  • #2
    Re: Union complaints prompt cancellation of Raiders workouts

    Vermeil rode this team hardcore in 97-98 in training camps. He was an old school guy that just wore them out each practice. Players complained alot in in the 99 offseason he toned the practices down alot and actually cut them in half and we can see what happened. Tired players will never help.

    Comment


    • #3
      Re: Union complaints prompt cancellation of Raiders workouts

      Does anyone remember the speech Kiffin gave when he inherited that group of losers. He said he was going to work them so hard in practice that would think that games were easy. His rah-rah stuff won't get it in the NFL. Today's players are too pampered and won't respond to the high-intensity workouts and sideline college stuff. I figured Moss would be the first to complain, but since he's gone, I guess someone else blew the whistle on Kiffin. I would think that the Oakland Raiders would welcome a tough camp, given their pathetic performances in the past, oh, three years.

      ...and don't give me the "union' complained, and not a player. You know one of their prima-donna's made a phone call to their buddy, and former Raider, Mr. Upshaw.

      Comment


      • #4
        Re: Union complaints prompt cancellation of Raiders workouts

        So you are the worst team in the entire league, entering a new season. How do you start it off?............By pulling a Canis Femalas over tough practices. Sad.

        On another note.....
        Players complained alot in in the 99 offseason he toned the practices down alot and actually cut them in half and we can see what happened.
        That, plus.......Mike Martz, Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Torry Holt, and Mike Martz.
        The more things change, the more they stay the same.

        Comment


        • #5
          Re: Union complaints prompt cancellation of Raiders workouts

          Let's see, Choaktown brings in a tough, no-nonsense coach to whip things into shape and at the first sign of a little discipline and a stab at a "commitment to excellence", someone goes crying to the NFLPU. Not a good sign for Kiffen. This team is going nowhere fast. The Faiders once again live up to their name.

          Comment


          • #6
            Re: Union complaints prompt cancellation of Raiders workouts

            Maybe Kiffen was trying to keep his guys tired enough that they stayed out of jail (See Bengals)?
            RnD

            GO RAMS!!

            Comment


            • #7
              Re: Union complaints prompt cancellation of Raiders workouts

              Originally posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
              Let's see, Choaktown brings in a tough, no-nonsense coach to whip things into shape and at the first sign of a little discipline and a stab at a "commitment to excellence", someone goes crying to the NFLPU. Not a good sign for Kiffen. This team is going nowhere fast. The Faiders once again live up to their name.
              Took the words right out of my mouth. "Faiders" are just that Faiders.
              sigpic :ram::helmet:

              Comment


              • #8
                Re: Union complaints prompt cancellation of Raiders workouts

                Originally posted by ramsanddodgers View Post
                Maybe Kiffen was trying to keep his guys tired enough that they stayed out of jail (See Bengals)?
                Sounds more like they need some jail time to rest.
                sigpic :ram::helmet:

                Comment


                • #9
                  Re: Union complaints prompt cancellation of Raiders workouts

                  Stuff like this pisses me off. You don't get the right to complain about a workout considering your job is to be a professional athlete. The head coach should be able to work you as hard as he feels like. I mean if any of us went to our union because our work load was too much, you can bet that our *** would be out the door in a split second.

                  These guys have it easy. They are all pampered and want it easy. They all want to win but no one is putting in the time or the effort to win. I hate these spoiled pampered players. We need to get back to the times when it was you practicted till you were about to collapse since your so tired, then you practiced some more.

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Re: Union complaints prompt cancellation of Raiders workouts

                    Originally posted by Dr. Defense View Post
                    Stuff like this pisses me off. You don't get the right to complain about a workout considering your job is to be a professional athlete. The head coach should be able to work you as hard as he feels like. I mean if any of us went to our union because our work load was too much, you can bet that our *** would be out the door in a split second.

                    These guys have it easy. They are all pampered and want it easy. They all want to win but no one is putting in the time or the effort to win. I hate these spoiled pampered players. We need to get back to the times when it was you practicted till you were about to collapse since your so tired, then you practiced some more.
                    I think those times ended when Viking tackle Korey Stringer died of heat stroke after collapsing during a pre-season practice. Although Stringer's situation was well out of the ordinary and under extreme conditions, the league obviously had to make some drastic changes to address the death of a player. That said, for the Faiders to complain about "player aggresiveness" as a danger during practice is taking things too far IMO, especially considering their history and the "Faider (thug) mentality" they love to brag about.

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Re: Union complaints prompt cancellation of Raiders workouts

                      This is why they're 2-14, this is why they'll stay 2-14. Talent doesn't win in this league as much as hard work does. Lane Kiffen is trying to make an impression with the team and he gets vetoed. That's crap too. Let the teams practice. The Raiders are too tough, the Jets are getting to physical. It's football. The league is becoming a bunch of pussys. You can't touch a quarterback now, the WRs can't be hit... I've seen ice skaters tougher than that.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Re: Union complaints prompt cancellation of Raiders workouts

                        Helloooooooooooooooooooooooooooo 1st Overall Draft Pick in 2008.

                        Comment

                        Related Topics

                        Collapse

                        • Varg6
                          Shell out as Raiders
                          by Varg6
                          BREAKING NEWS
                          Shell out as Raiders head coach
                          The Oakland Raiders have announced that Art Shell will no longer be their head coach. He might remain a part of the organization.

                          nfl.com
                          -01-04-2007, 08:32 PM
                        • viper
                          A Look at the Oakland Raiders
                          by viper
                          Wednesday, August 22, 2007
                          By Brett Grassmuck
                          Stlouisrams.com

                          After finishing at the bottom of the barrel in 2006, The Oakland Raiders enter 2007 looking to turn things around on all fronts and began by firing coach Art Shell in January after just two seasons. The team turned to University of Southern California offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin to take his shot at turning the Raiders around.

                          The Raiders were first on the clock in April with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft and selected quarterback JaMarcus Russell out of Louisiana State. Russell turned heads with his play in college, but it may be a while before anyone sees him in the NFL. He has yet to sign a contract and has missed the whole of the Raiders 2007 camp. When a deal gets done, Russell will be way behind the learning curve and will be playing catch-up to their newest addition at quarterback, Daunte Culpepper.

                          Culpepper takes the reigns of his third team in three seasons after a dismal 2006 with the Miami Dolphins, playing in only four games and passing for less than 1,000 yards. Prior to the signing of Culpepper, the Raiders traded for Detroit Lions quarterback Josh McCown to add depth at the position. Rams fans will remember McCown from his days with the Arizona Cardinals, when he was splitting time with former Ram Kurt Warner.
                          The Raiders offense received a boost in their run game with the addition of Dominic Rhodes from Indianapolis. Rhodes, coming of a championship run with the Colts, will give the Raiders a second option at running back as he will share time with LaMont Jordan.

                          Wide receiver Jerry Porter looks for a fresh start in 2007 after various off-the-field troubles kept him off the field until late October of last year. Combined with fellow wide receiver Ron Curry, who was the team’s leading receiver and one of few bright spots in 2006, the pair could make some noise in 2007 if they are catching passes from a healthy Culpepper or a signed Russell.

                          The Raiders offensive line was less than stellar last season as they allowed an NFL-high 72 sacks on quarterback Aaron Brooks. Pro-Bowl center Jeremy Newberry will add experience to the line as he comes to the Raiders from their “battle of the bay” rival, the San Francisco *****.

                          On the opposite side of the ball, the Raiders showed some promise on defense. Anchored by outspoken tackle Warren Sapp, the Raiders defensive line has the ability to clog running lanes and make life tough for opposing running backs.

                          The Oakland secondary is solid despite the loss of free-agent cornerback Charles Woodson to Green Bay in the offseason. Nnamdi Asomugha is a shutdown corner who will be able to account for the loss of Woodson and become a defensive leader on the team. 2006 first-rounder Michael Huff will step into the starting strong safety role opposite four-year veteran free safety Stuart Schweigert.
                          ...
                          -08-23-2007, 03:18 PM
                        • HUbison
                          Robbins released by Raiders
                          by HUbison
                          Raiders release center Robbins after he fails physical

                          By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer
                          July 23, 2004
                          ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- Former Pro Bowl center Barret Robbins was released by the Oakland Raiders on Friday, a week after he and two other players were fined three game checks for testing positive for the steroid THG.

                          Robbins confirmed that he had failed the exam and added: ``I'm OK. I just don't want to talk about this right now.''

                          Robbins, who began training camp last year on the physically unable to perform list, missed two meetings and a walkthrough practice before the 2003 Super Bowl and didn't play in the game. Bill Callahan, then the Raiders coach, said Robbins was incoherent and didn't know where he was when he showed up Saturday night before the game.


                          Callahan deactivated him and Adam Treu started in his place.

                          Last season, Robbins showed a new dedication to the Raiders and his teammates following several months of difficulty following that game. He is a recovering alcoholic and was subsequently diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He spent 31 days at the Betty Ford Center and was determined to repair his image -- and to return to the Raiders alongside a few teammates who initially didn't want him back.

                          Robbins, teammate Chris Cooper and free agent Dana Stubblefield were fined three game checks last week for the THG violation. The case had been pending since last fall and the checks were for 2003 rather than 2004.

                          They also were placed on ``reasonable-cause testing'' for the rest of their careers, and will be suspended for eight games if they test positive for any steroid again.

                          Robbins, who has played all nine of his pro seasons with Oakland, said he would like to stay in football, but wasn't sure what's next for him.

                          Robbins made the Pro Bowl for the first time after the 2002 season, but did not play in the game. A year after missing the final 14 games of 2001 with an injured right knee, he was a pivotal part of an offensive line that helped the Raiders produce the league's top offense.

                          ``Barret has been a valuable member of the Raider organization and has been an integral part of the success of the Silver and Black,'' new coach Norv Turner said. ``He has kept the Raiders tradition of great centers alive and we wish him well in his future endeavors.''

                          Robbins said he has appreciated all the support from Raiders fans.

                          ``Keep coming to the games,'' he said. ``It's been an honor to be a Raider.''

                          The team opens training camp July 29 in Napa, Calif.
                          -07-23-2004, 01:43 PM
                        • laram0
                          Da Raiders
                          by laram0
                          Last night I watched the Raiders @ Chargers game on the NFL Network. This was the first time this season I've seen the Raiders play.

                          Question:

                          Is there a worse pair of QB's in the NFL? Russell and Walter....:o:roll:
                          -12-05-2008, 06:03 AM
                        • Nick
                          Raiders came within two minutes of taking Hayden at No. 3
                          by Nick
                          Raiders came within two minutes of taking Hayden at No. 3
                          Posted by Mike Florio on April 26, 2013, 7:43 AM EDT

                          How badly did the Raiders want cornerback D.J. Hayden? Badly enough to take him with the third overall selection, if they weren’t able to trade down.

                          According to Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports, the call from the Dolphins regarding a possible trade came with two minutes left in the 10-minute window.

                          And if the call hadn’t come, which resulted in the Dolphins moving from No. 12 to get defensive end Dion Jordan, the player who nearly died last year after a fairly routine collision in practice would have been taken by the Raiders at No. 3.

                          Oakland had no concern about someone else taking Hayden before No. 12, but with strong indications emerging on Thursday that the Raiders wanted Hayden, the risk arose that someone else would trade up and leapfrog Oakland.

                          In the end, it didn’t happen. And the Raiders move forward with a player who can help keep Peyton Manning, Phillip Rivers, and Alex Smith from scorching the Oakland secondary.
                          -04-26-2013, 07:21 AM
                        Working...
                        X