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Heyward Bey drops chance for Raiders victory

It was the type of situation the Raiders drafted JaMarcus Russell for. Oakland had the ball, down six points, with 80 yards to go and just under two minutes to work with.

Of course, Russell wasn’t in the game.  Bruce Gradkowski, the sixth round pick of the Bucs in 2006, took over for Russell midway through the third quarter after Russell threw 24 passes for 67 yards.

Gradkowski ably drove the ball to Kansas City’s 26-yard line with 38 seconds left, including 22-yard throw to Darrius Heyward-Bey that held up after being reviewed.  This was the type of situation the Raiders drafted Heyward-Bey seventh overall for.

On the next play, DHB got wide open inside the ten-yard line, came back for a perfectly thrown Gradkowski ball.  Instead of catching it, Heyward Bey set it like a volleyball player in the air, tipped it again, then watched as Chiefs safety Mike Brown picked off the interception.   And that play, ladies and gentlemen, neatly sums up the 2009 Raiders.

Game over, Chiefs won 16-10. 

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41 Responses to “Heyward Bey drops chance for Raiders victory”
  1. SgtSigma says: Nov 15, 2009 8:07 PM

    haha

  2. nilabone says: Nov 15, 2009 8:09 PM

    While I understand Russell is terrible…..I’m not sure Peyton Manning could win with the garbage I saw today. How many catchable balls were dropped – 10?? And how many penalties brought back 3rd down conversions?
    Another garbage year

  3. Bigike55 says: Nov 15, 2009 8:10 PM

    Wasted Pick.. being a raiders fan i think when you draft a wide out in the first round he should be able to catch guess al davis didnt get that memo and to add if russell says to the media that he dont think its his fault and take some of the blame cut his fatt ass….

  4. CJ2WR says: Nov 15, 2009 8:11 PM

    2 words. Michael Crabtree…

  5. CJ2WR says: Nov 15, 2009 8:12 PM

    2 words. Michael Crabtree

  6. DcNinerFan says: Nov 15, 2009 8:13 PM

    Holy shit, DHB dropped a pass? Who’da thunk it? I’m loving this, pretty much shut up all the Faider fans about Crabtree who, what is it? Catches? I think that is the word. Faiders fans and players probably haven’t heard that one in a while. They have such little space in the heads for vocabulary.

  7. Bun McSticky says: Nov 15, 2009 8:17 PM

    Heyward Bey = Troy Williamson

  8. me so horny says: Nov 15, 2009 8:19 PM

    lol I agree CJ. The 49ers situation at quarterback isn’t exactly better, and Crabtree has done more in 2 games after holding out then “dhb” has all season. Another example of the Raiders drafting for 40 time and not skill set

  9. RDRS4LIFE says: Nov 15, 2009 8:22 PM

    I love Oakland Raiders – Come on Nation – It’s a bad year and we have a very young team with alot of potential – so understand they are going to make mistakes. Al D. needs to fix the front office to include himself and let the coaches coach and players play. That sounds like too much logic…….I love Oakand Raiders. I have come to realize we are done for 2009…just continue to practice and look to 2010.

  10. EskinSux says: Nov 15, 2009 8:24 PM

    If Russell threw it from his knees…….Would he have caught it?

  11. RavensFreak00 says: Nov 15, 2009 8:31 PM

    Well, what do you expect? Raiders go for speed(DHB) over production(Michael Crabtree).

  12. RaiderRedleg says: Nov 15, 2009 8:33 PM

    Michael Irvin on the NFL Network TOTALLY trashed DHB and the Raiders for drafting him…Seven years ago I would have put up an argument against his statements, but I sadly have to agree. The Raiders have NO CHANCE to win with the way the organization is currently run by Al Davis. Time has passed my team (and its owner) by these last few years. It is just sad that this team can’t even be competitive from week to week anymore…We are now the NFL’s version of the LA Clippers.

  13. Apollo says: Nov 15, 2009 8:36 PM

    Come on now, we all know that the catch before the DHB drop shouldn’t have counted anyway. Who knows what the officials were looking at in the booth. This is just another example of karma coming back to bite the Raiders in the a**. Bad calls will eventually even themselves out. In this case, it came on the very next play.
    P.S. Todd Haley should be fired for going for it on 4th and 1 in the red zone. If the score was 19-10 like it should have been, we wouldn’t have been talking about any of this.

  14. East Bay Ray says: Nov 15, 2009 8:39 PM

    RDRS4LIFE says:
    “I have come to realize we are done for 2009.”
    Wow, really? Have you also come to realize that the earth is round, and actually revolves around the sun and not the other way around? Just wondering.

  15. RaiderRedleg says: Nov 15, 2009 8:44 PM

    RDRS4LIFE,
    Wish I had you positive outlook…Bad thing is as long as Al Davis is calling the shots there is NO CHANCE that the Raiders will turn things around. It is hard to be a fan and pray for the owner to either:
    1) Die AND his heirs sell the team OR hire a GM to run the Raiders like a legit NFL team
    or
    2) Bankrupt the team to the point the NFL has to come in and put a new ownership group in charge.

  16. as big as a hat says: Nov 15, 2009 8:48 PM

    # DcNinerFan says: November 15, 2009 8:13 PM
    Holy shit, DHB dropped a pass? Who’da thunk it? I’m loving this, pretty much shut up all the Faider fans about Crabtree who, what is it? Catches?
    Wins? Niners are 1-3 with Crabtree on the roster. Hayward-Bey sucks, but being better than Oakland is not a reason to dance. Enjoy your battle with Seattle for 2nd place in the NFC West.

  17. vader3234 says: Nov 15, 2009 9:12 PM

    dcninerfan
    Only a blind niner fan could be proud of his losing record. No doubt, no arguement the Raiders suck. The only thing that could be worse is the for as long (and I mean, it’s been long) as the Raiders have sucked 7 years and counting, The Raiders were still the last team to make it to the Super Bo

  18. Raider Pride says: Nov 15, 2009 9:13 PM

    Roberto Duran has softer hands than DHB
    I am so very sad…..

  19. AutumnWind999 says: Nov 15, 2009 9:37 PM

    CJ2WR says:
    November 15, 2009 8:12 PM
    2 words. Michael Crabtree
    ——————–
    Not defending DHB but Crabtree is nothing to get excited about either. Maybe he doesn’t suck, but he’s a posession receiver. He’ll never be a star.

  20. FREE PALESTINE says: Nov 15, 2009 9:42 PM

    https://www.messagetoal.com
    Please Raider Nation!! lets get the ball rolling here and oust the Dictator!

  21. jeremyb91 says: Nov 15, 2009 10:07 PM

    For those idiots who think the Raiders should’ve taken Michael Crabtree, wait 2 years when Crabtree sits out until his contact is in line with the other big name receivers at that time.
    Crabtree slid to the 10th pick, not because of talent or skill, but because of his immaturity and attitude.
    The Raiders didn’t want a T.O. type receiver.

  22. AbeFreshly says: Nov 15, 2009 10:12 PM

    Never send a boy to do a man’s job. Another pinhead, younger-than-24 yr old millionaire idiot.
    Russell + McFragile + Hopeless Bey = 2-14
    So what did JaMarcus Russell do over the bye?
    “Just sit back and think about the things we’ve been through, good and bad, learn from it, and make it go out this time and be better than what it was,” he told reporters today.
    But what about watching film?
    “Actually, we watched film one day out of three, to be honest,” he said. “Other than that, tried to get away from it for a second and think about it. Coming back, that it’s going to have be – more grind than what it was the first half to become what we want.”
    Russell was also asked if it helped to get a mental break from the game.
    “I think it does,” he said. “I think it does, because the way things were going, not accordingly, so any time you get a chance to reflect on other things besides that, when you come back, it’s fresh in your mind.”
    Got it? Good…

  23. Roni06 says: Nov 15, 2009 10:26 PM

    Hmm, I wonder would Michael Crabtree have made that catch? Bottom line the Raiders will SUCK as long as Al Davis is the owner…….

  24. drk666 says: Nov 15, 2009 10:26 PM

    as a life-long raider, this is killing me. run the freakin ball!!!!!!!! run it!!!! russell sucks, i can accept that. everyone had their tongue in his a##. And he bought in. it’s never his fault. give credit to les for fooling everyone.
    mel kiper “jamarcus russell is the consensus number 1″.
    too b ad Al listens to the idiots.

  25. FireJerryJones says: Nov 15, 2009 10:34 PM

    Drafted him because he runs fast.
    He still runs fast.
    Edward Scissorhands.

  26. City_Native says: Nov 15, 2009 11:06 PM

    For all the Raider fans running their mouths about the Niners on this post . . . here you go:
    1) Your coach assaulted another coach
    2) After this seas0n, you will be looking for a new coach again
    3) Nobody will want to coach under Al…again.
    4) The Raiders have the worst record in the last six years of any team in the league
    5) The Raiders have not beaten the Niners in the regular season in 8 years.
    6) There were more empty seats than fans at today’s game
    7) With the 7th pick in the NFL Draft . . . the Oakland Raiders select . . . 8) The Raider organization is more concerned with what the media says about them, than their product on the field.
    9) How many consecutive blackouts?
    Go Niners!

  27. INVAIDUH says: Nov 15, 2009 11:16 PM

    We’ll be back.

  28. AbeFreshly says: Nov 15, 2009 11:36 PM

    Michael Irvin, (after watching the ‘highlights’ of the KC / Oakland game):
    “I have NEVER, in all my years of watching football, watching the draft, & watching rookies, seen a first round pick play soooooo BAD!”
    Obviously, he was talking about Hopeless Bey, but he could’ve just as easily have been talking about JaMomma, or McFragile, too.

  29. toneeg23 says: Nov 15, 2009 11:40 PM

    At least are coach can keep his pants on.

  30. AutumnWind999 says: Nov 16, 2009 12:18 AM

    City_Native says:
    November 15, 2009 11:06 PM
    For all the Raider fans running their mouths about the Niners on this post . . . here you go:
    1) Your coach assaulted another coach
    2) After this seas0n, you will be looking for a new coach again
    3) Nobody will want to coach under Al…again.
    4) The Raiders have the worst record in the last six years of any team in the league
    5) The Raiders have not beaten the Niners in the regular season in 8 years.
    6) There were more empty seats than fans at today’s game
    7) With the 7th pick in the NFL Draft . . . the Oakland Raiders select . . . 8) The Raider organization is more concerned with what the media says about them, than their product on the field.
    9) How many consecutive blackouts?
    ————————
    1) That’s slander.
    2) Duh.
    3) Jim Fassel, maybe Jim Harbaugh, maybe Jon Gruden, certainly dozens of others.
    4) Conversely, what do the 49ers have to show for the last 6 years?
    5) When the F do we even play the Whiners in the reg season?
    6) True
    7) Crabtree is never going to be a star/Pro Bowl-caliber WR. 8) Who’s reporting that? I’ll have their legs broken.
    9) Too many. And many more to come, I’m afraid.

  31. INVAIDUH says: Nov 16, 2009 12:58 AM

    RAIDER NATION…..Win or lose..
    It’s still that good….
    F**k all haters…

  32. Raiders4TL says: Nov 16, 2009 1:25 AM

    it’s funny how many people love to kick the raiders when there down.. I mean seriously, we suck we get it, nobody here is saying were good we all know we have to wait awhile to ever be good again! so why are the raiders almost always the msot commented? People with no lives who hate the raiders love to pile on….lol you guys are pathetic. We know our team is losers but do YOU know that you are oen too?

  33. veistran says: Nov 16, 2009 2:00 AM

    Uh AutumnWind999, if you believe at all that Al Davis is going to hire a real coach your fooling yourself. He should stop tiptoeing around the issue and just put himself in at head coach instead of having a puppet in there.

  34. Krow says: Nov 16, 2009 8:16 AM

    Given that the Giants were going to trade up to get DHBust… I’d like to thank Al Davis on behalf of all the fans here in New York. We’ll make do with Hakeen Nicks. It’s going to be tough, but we’ll soldier on.

  35. RumorMongering says: Nov 16, 2009 9:57 AM

    Irvin – “Never seen a first round pick play so bad?”
    Funny thing is I don’t know if he was talking about Bey, Mcfadden, Gallery, or Russell!

  36. Bill Cowher's Chin says: Nov 16, 2009 11:16 AM

    Jokeland is the master of selecting first round picks that cant play………..

  37. 1nationraidernation says: Nov 16, 2009 3:12 PM

    Well you miss the most important aspect in your take. If he would have caught it , the ref would have thrown a flag on Gallery for “Tripping” Casper the ghost.

  38. Raydahz says: Nov 16, 2009 10:06 PM

    DHB should be fined by the league for making embarrassing the NFL by trying to catch the ball like a god damn 4 year old.

  39. nickle211 says: Nov 17, 2009 12:23 AM

    I love how the world is on crabtrees balls.Its really funny.Because I see history repeating itself.He love him some him and he love him some money (holdout til the money was right) The niners now have their new T.O. so getcha popcorn or whatever snack carbtree endorses.So the niners are a few games ahead of us,Clap Clap Clap,to bad they will be right where we are during the playoffs,sitting in cali by the pool.Also wasnt their measly victory over one decent team (cardinals) minus I have Crabstree.I think so and then they beat the amazing rams,seahawks,and bears.Anyway heres the deal.The qb sucks both of them,Gores leaving to a better team soon,bruce is retiring.So we have Louis Murphy And DHB 2 Wrs to Develope and a heli D.We are growing,49ers curtains closing.2010-2020 Raiders Decade,If im wrong Ill throw my raider collection of autos worth about 3000.oo in the trash.We will be next years Bengals,bet that.

  40. nickle211 says: Nov 17, 2009 12:30 AM

    Oh and the last playoff appearance they lost to the team we played In the Super Bowl,If they would have won we would have won that Superbowl but Gruden knew are whole offensive scheme since he was head coach the prior year otherwise or offense would have killed the 49ers.So why is everyone crowning the 49ers,because they drafted a greedy prick instead of a speedy dick.

  41. eklypse69 says: Nov 17, 2009 10:42 AM

    I’m so sick of everyone yapping about Craptree like he was the answer to the equation that we missed or something. Craptree is WORTHLESS. He’s no break out star reciever, he’s no answer, and he’s no messiah. Is he better than DHB? OF COURSE HE IS! Hell, the kid who plays wide reciever in our local high school team could catch more passes than that bum! But to be honest, I am much more disgusted that we passed over Jeremy Maclin or Percy Harvin. They actually produce better numbers than Craptree without the attitude, the hold out or the question marks on health in the long run.
    Do I get disgusted every single time I think of the 2009 Draft? Absolutely. Am I upset we passed over Craptree? NEVER.

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