The Associated Press announced their All Pro team and it did not include a single Raider player. The Raiders had three Pro Bowlers this season in punter Shane Lechler, kicker Sebastian Janikowski, and Richard Seymour. But oddly, none of them made All Pro.
The most shocking of these is Lechler and Janikowski getting the shaft. Both of those honors were given to their cross-bay rivals. The San Francisco 49ers' Andy Lee and David Akers took the punter and kicker slots on the team respectively.
Akers made All Pro over Janikowski despite Janikowski having a better field goal percentage, tying the NFL record for the longest field goal in history, and connecting on more field goals outside of 40 yards. In fact, Akers hit a paltry 54% of his field goals from 40-49 yards while Janikowski was 10 of 11 with the only miss being a block. The only area Akers was tops in was number of field goals made—a stat that is more a product of the offense than kicking ability.
In the punting arena, Andy Lee surpassed Lechler at season's end to average .1 longer on punts. The two of them were so close in numbers, it is like splitting hairs. They both had exactly 78 punts with Lee's punt total just ten yards more than Lechler's (3,970-3,960). Lee had one more punt inside the 20 than Lechler (28-27). They both had exactly nine touchbacks. Lee did better in net average (44.0-40.9) and fair catches (17-8).
Seymour not making All Pro is less surprising. He was a surprise addition as a Pro Bowler. He didn't have one of his better years. The first team defensive tackle spots were filled by Haloti Ngata and another 49er, Justin Smith.
Here is the entire AP All Pro first team:
AP All-Pro First Team
QB: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
RB: Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville and LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia
FB: Vonta Leach, Baltimore
WR: Calvin Johnson, Detroit and Wes Welker, New England
TE: Rob Gronkowski, New England
OT: Jason Peters, Philadelphia and Joe Thomas, Cleveland
OG: Carl Nicks and Jahri Evans, New Orleans
OC: Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh
DE: Jared Allen, Minnesota and Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants
DT: Haloti Ngata, Baltimore and Justin Smith, San Francisco
OLB: Terrell Suggs, Baltimore and DeMarcus Ware, Dallas
ILB: Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco and Derrick Johnson, Kansas City
CB: Darrelle Revis, NY Jets and Charles Woodson, Green Bay
S: Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh and Eric Weddle, San Diego
K: David Akers, San Francisco
P: Andy Lee, San Francisco
KR: Patrick Peterson, Arizona
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Surprised about all the Flynn talk. He's going to be way overpriced and we're already capped out anyway. A couple of teams (like Miami) are drooling over him and ready to pay big. We don't need him (Carson AND Pryor... hello?) and we can't afford him anyway. You'd be talking about trading a prime player - like DMC - and totally destroying our pay structure (meaning we'd lose at least a couple other starters or promising youngsters as well) to get him. It's fun to fantasize - but you might as well be fantasizing about getting Matthew Stafford and Megatron - the odds are about the same as us getting Flynn.
@Indy! I am fine with Palmer, but I do not like Pryor at all. If Flynn isn't crazy expensive, i'd like to sign him to sit behind Palmer for a few years to learn the offense.
Honestly, I have been thinking about us trading DMac for draft picks and then signing like Marshawn Lynch or Ray Rice. DMac is due to make 6.7M and 6.9M the next two season. Is it really worth paying that much for roughly 10 games a season? Matt Forte is a free agent if he doesn't re-sign with the Bears. Also Arian Foster is a restricted free agent. I still think we should re-sign Bush as well.
As for Pryor I have not seen enough of him to judge right now but wasn't a fan of his selection in the first place. And well Palmer, I think everyone knows my view on him!
McFadden won't be going anywhere. It just wouldn't be worth it as you wouldn't get anything worthy enough in return for McFadden with his injury proneness. All we can do is hope like hell he finds a way to shake of these injuries and become a lot more of a durable back.
And while McFadden is still on the roster signing another big name back is out of the question. Signing someone like Mike Tolbert or Benjarvus Green-Ellis if Bush cannot be re-signed is much more likely. A capable back-up who can start in a pinch as soon / when McFadden goes down again.
Ever notice how many penalties that would been called against us don't gay called in other games. There has been at least 10 times this weekend I was expecting a penalty that wasn't called that we got called for.
I think that Reggie will end up getting a 3-4 DC cuz that is what he played in and that is what the Raiders ran when we won all three of our Super Bowls. If he does get a 3-4 DC, I fully expect him do whatever it takes to make sure the defense has all the personnel it needs to make that transition a smooth one. He would know that we'd need a true NT and a legit starter for the second ILB spot.
Honestly, I think that switching to 3-4 would be the best thing to do to maximize the potential of our defense. Seymour was a 3-4 DE when he won three Super Bowls with the Patsies, McClain was a stud at 'Bama in Saban's 3-4. I think Wimbley would be a beast as a Rush OLB, same could be said for Curry at OLB opposite to Wimbley. Houston, Kelly, and Bryant gives us a very good, deep rotation at 3-4 DE. Moss, Scott, Shaunessy and Groves (if re-signed) gives a lot of depth at OLB as well.
For me, NT and ILB are the only real areas that we need to improve upon during free agency or the draft. The secondary isn't really affected too much by the switch to 3-4. Just not sure if the new DC would be 50-50 with man and zone coverage or if he'd be predominately man or zone. Zone can be very effective, when used in the right situations and used correctly. Going prevent for the entire second half is not the right way. Calling zone defenses that make a slow LB cover Megatron or VJax, is not the right way to utilize zone defense. I would like to see like a 50-50 split between zone and man. I think that help to confuse offenses and hopefully keep slow QBs from getting freakin' 20 yard rushes.
CB and FS are also concerns on the defense. The passing defense was just horrendous this past season. I think that at least one free agent CB or S will be signed.
@JarrodRollins Feel the same way about the 3-4, hope you're right!
Another thing - both Megatron and V-Jax are FAs, and although i think it is farfetched and won't happen, i wouldnt mind seeing us braking the bank for Megatron - then the player we should initially have drafted ahead of Purple Drank would finally be ours!
V-Jax is a much more realistic option, but i'm not sure he is what Reggie will be looking for though!
@Harder2000@JarrodRollins VJax would want a lot of money too, kinda like the deal 4-year, $47M Marshall signed with the Dolphins. Schilens is in the same mold as Colston. He is a little faster, but not as good as Colston. For me, it is not really about how high of draft picks we can get for Murph and Schilens, but rather just getting more picks, period. Besides, We usually had better luck drafting late anyways.
I don't want to trade Ford cuz he doubles as our kick returner, Moore is playing for the Raiders for his entire 15 year career :P, Housh is not the player he once was and could be cut, after the huge improve that DHB had this past season he is staying for now.
What's funny is that after I saw us draft D-Mo, I did a little research on him and I said to myself that this kid is gonna be a stud. His rookie season wasn't a bust at all. lol.
I think that Reggie should make a serious push to get Mega, VJax or Colston. Oh and Wes Welker is a free agent also. I know that we do not have a Welker-esque WR on the roster. Maybe make a play for Welker?
Oh, I think that Reggie will try to sign Matt Flynn too. Have him sit behind Palmer and when Palmer's contract is over or if he begins to lose it, he will start Flynn.
If Flynn is signed I don't think it will be to sit behind Palmer at all. He will be signed to be the starter (and paid like it) hence why I don't see it happening unfortunately. Unless Palmer is cut or traded. Not sure what the cap hit would be from this.
@JarrodRollins Question is what you can get for Murphy and Schilens - both have a great potential, Schilens is coming in to himself and provides the big bodied possession guy we always missed, and Murphy can be something when he is not injured - but both will be undervalued, and getting 5th or 6th rds for them will not give us their value back through the draft (statistically), so if they should be traded, imo it should rather be for players!
... For instance Murphy for Ron Brace (DT/NT) with the Patriots where Murphy has fallen behind here with us, Brace behind with them..
But don't see those two having too much trade value unfortunately, so imo it should only be with other players who themselves doens't really fit for some reason, as it would (probably - if you get the price you want, then sell) give us the best value back!
@nilbymouth I dont see Flynn getting a huge deal with any team cuz of Kolb, Cassel. Both were traded for and paid handsomely, but both have sucked.
Marques Colston is a free agent. Sign him and trade Murphy and Schilens for draft picks....
I not sure about that. I would not be surprised at all to see Flynn getting a 6 year 60 mil sort of contract. Plus I think their is a great difference in skill level between Flynn and Kolb! Kolb to me never looked like a top QB skill wise. Nothing more than a middle of the pack QB.
@nilbymouth I don't see Matt Flynn getting a big deal with any team. The reason? Kevin Kolb. He played a few good games and AZ paid a lot to get him. he has been benched in favor of undrafted, second year QB, John Skelton.
No Shane or Jano just proves the bias in voting. The press conference for Reggie will be tues. Do you get to go Levi? You should ask him about his plans for the coaching staff.
@DylanAlexander SeaBass and Lechler not starting is just a joke!! Looking forward to Reggie making it impossible to overlook Raider players!
Wondering one thing though - didn't the same rules that applies to coaches apply to front office guys? In that case Reggie must have been released in order for Silver and Black to introduce him? Makes sense if he told them that he had made up his mind, but no matter what, having him coming in right away is a great thing! Sooner the better!
@Harder2000 The Packers let him go. I don't think they really needed him for the playoffs anyway.
It's definitely going to be exciting to see what direction this team takes.
Finley I think may be able to be signed because I don't think the Packers will offer him a contract he feels is worthy - in saying that McKenzie may run the same sort of system of not over paying either so that could eliminate him being in the Silver and Black.
The thing about Flynn is that I think McKenzie is going to have a very good idea of what Flynn is capable of, which gives us an advantage over other teams that may be gunning for him (and I think there will be potentially 3-4 teams gunning for Flynn).
As for Palmer I would not be surprised to see him gone or to stay the QB. I think it depends largely on the direction this team goes and if Jackson is going to be kept or not. I have heard he may be asked to re-apply for his job which could be an interesting outcome. I am also curious to see how Jackson feels about loosing some of his control. If McKenzie wants his guys (which I am sure would have been discussed before he was hired) we might see a very Packer style team emerging in which case Flynn could be to great of an opportunity to pass by.
@nilbymouth Finley is a young beast, and he offers a legit receiving threat from the TE - Double TE set with him and Boss, oh my!
... But they really like Aussy and Gordon on the up and coming, and for some reason (i really don't know why, perhaps you can shed some light on it for me?) they seem really high on Myers as well!
Finley isn't too big of a TE, so it would primarily be as a receiving TE he would be had, not an everydown run TE, and he would be costly! I'd love to see him in Silver and Black, and see it as a really great move if we do go and get him, but i don't think he is on the top of the priority list, and would think that GB tries to lock him down quickly! We can still hope though!
I think Flynn is difficult to evaluate - we wouldn't be able to offer him a starting job, because Palmer was way to expensive to quit on, and quitting on him would require a new HC, new coaching staff and everything would change, so we are kind of tied to Palmer for at least another year!
That said, we're still closer to playing time for him than GB where he will be a career backup to Rodgers, so if Reggie believes in him, he might be handed the keys in a couple of years when Palmer retires (for real). For that reason i think that Silver and Black could actually be a good opportunity for him, and having him backing up Palmer, and Pryor as a developmental wild card as #3 would be a great scenario!
Still, if he is able to get a starting job somewhere (Seahawks? Jets? 49ers?) then he might be persuaded to go there and play his chance! I find it hard to determine what kind of interest he will garner and what he will want to do..
But no doubt, the most exciting offseason in a decade by my account!
Bringing Finley in at TE maybe? I believe he is a FA. Other than Flynn I not sure if the Packers have many more FA that could be targeted. But this should be a great off-season and I cannot wait!
@nilbymouth Thinking the exact same thing! It all just got a little bit more interesting! And he will definately be looking at key FAs, as well as our own squad, so trades, moves and signings are all possibilities! Very interesting time for the Silver and Black!
I agree, great classy move by the Packers. Obviously they had every right to hold onto him until they were eliminated from the Playoffs especially with their VP resigning also due to health reasons.
Letting McKenzie go early is so great for this team. The scouting he would have done for this upcoming draft will be priceless with the limited picks we have and I will not be surprised at all if we put together a draft where they are all instant producers / contributors. Now to see where the defense heads and how much control Jackson keeps.
Also Matt Flynn please!!!
@DylanAlexander Thought it must have ben something like that! Class act by the Packers - and deservedly so as Reggie has been a hard worker for so many years!
Great for us, as he can only start to late! Now at least he gets a little head start in order to decide which coaching staff is gonna turn this in to a winning franchise once again!