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Team that used to revel in being called dirty says it’s not

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Once upon a time, someone would accuse the Raiders of being dirty, and the Raiders would respond by saying, “You’re damn right we are.  Now get back over here so we can step on your head again.”

But in today’s kinder, gentler NFL, being regarded as dirty is no longer a badge of honor.

So the Raiders, in what has become a politically correct knee-jerk formula, have denied the accusations of the Chiefs that the Silver and Black strut on the wrong side of the limits of the rules.

We play hard.  We don’t play dirty,” fullback Marcel Reece said in response to the complaints of Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali, via Steve Corkran of InsideBayArea.com.  “But everybody has their right to their own opinion.  Obviously divisional opponents are going to feel it a little more because it’s a rivalry.  Those weeks are different.  Hey, he has his right to his opinion.  Like I said, if somebody says something about you, it means you’re doing something right.”

“I don’t think we’re dirty,” safety Michael Huff added.  “I just think we play physical, aggressive football, like it’s supposed to be played.”

Reece eventually came around, realizing that it’s not necessarily bad to be regarded as, well, bad.

“I love it,” Reece said.  “I love it.  You’re going to keep hearing it forever.  It’s that mystique, I guess.”

Indeed it is.  The only problem is that the league’s new attitude toward safety could eventually make that mystique extinct.

I’m not saying that shouldn’t happen.  I’m just saying it eventually will.

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22 Responses to “Team that used to revel in being called dirty says it’s not”
  1. baloneyjohn says: Oct 26, 2012 8:45 AM

    Political correctness is ruining more then the NFL

  2. themediaisdumberthandirt says: Oct 26, 2012 8:47 AM

    Kansans City has a professional football team? someone forgot to tell them.

  3. wtfpft says: Oct 26, 2012 8:53 AM

    If only the refs didn’t still buy into that “mystique”

  4. sj39 says: Oct 26, 2012 8:54 AM

    One of the dirtiest teams ever were the Niners during the Walsh/Montana years. They got away with a lot because they were the NFLs “darling” team during that time period.

  5. jjb0811 says: Oct 26, 2012 9:06 AM

    The league has a fictitious attitude towards safety. Look just at this weeks comments by players; (1) jets going off on the fins, (2) Vikes saying the ‘got their brains beat in’ (3) even Tags was noted for cash for bash. (4) Add on top of S. Fujita’s comments towards Goodell.

    Now I love the hitting but the pretentious attitude the league has is complete baloney.

  6. raiderlyfe510 says: Oct 26, 2012 9:28 AM

    Doesn’t matter if we’re dirty or clean. We’re 2-4 and are letting the most dangerous RB in the league go to waste for the sake of the Zone Blocking Scheme.

    There’s only two people in the NFL that can stop McFadden….

    1. Greg Knapp
    2. Tom Cable

  7. squared80 says: Oct 26, 2012 9:29 AM

    Nobody cares what you call yourself when your the worst team in the league for 10+ years.

  8. philipdebin says: Oct 26, 2012 10:22 AM

    Totally clean hit on Gabbert last week… It was just a bad coincidence that he got injured and the Raiders came back from being down 2 touchdowns… Oh wait… It was on an offsides play. Good, clean win Raiders :/

  9. rayguyreturns says: Oct 26, 2012 10:23 AM

    We should only care what the Refs think and unfortunately they still think it’s 1972.

  10. westcoastraider says: Oct 26, 2012 10:38 AM

    squared80 says:
    Oct 26, 2012 9:29 AM
    Nobody cares what you call yourself when your the worst team in the league for 10+ years.

    ————-

    Apparently everyone does seeing as soon as a post it put up mentioning the Raiders, everyone and they mamas has to come and spew some Internet hate to make them selves feel like a big man..

  11. billhicks666 says: Oct 26, 2012 11:05 AM

    raiderlyfe510 says:

    Doesn’t matter if we’re dirty or clean. We’re 2-4 and are letting the most dangerous RB in the league go to waste for the sake of the Zone Blocking Scheme.

    Zone blocking can be a devastating weapon for a team, as long as it’s done correctly. McFadden isn’t going to waste b/c of the scheme; the Raiders’ OLinemen just aren’t executing it the way it should be. I guarantee you, if the OLine was doing their job and McFadden could stay healthy, he’d be leading the NFL in rushing.

  12. ripster65 says: Oct 26, 2012 11:28 AM

    “Team that used to revel in winning says it’s not”

  13. joetoronto says: Oct 26, 2012 12:03 PM

    philipdebin says:
    Oct 26, 2012 10:22 AM
    Totally clean hit on Gabbert last week… It was just a bad coincidence that he got injured and the Raiders came back from being down 2 touchdowns… Oh wait… It was on an offsides play. Good, clean win Raiders :/
    ***************************************************
    The Jags already surpassed what was expected of them by winning a single game.

    Be happy, Jags fan.

  14. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 26, 2012 12:10 PM

    @westcoastraider,

    If the Raiders were as defensive as you, they might stop someone.

  15. jibberator says: Oct 26, 2012 12:12 PM

    Now if only their fans took on the same mentality ;-O

  16. raiderlyfe510 says: Oct 26, 2012 12:23 PM

    billhicks666 says:
    Oct 26, 2012 11:05 AM

    Zone blocking can be a devastating weapon for a team, as long as it’s done correctly. McFadden isn’t going to waste b/c of the scheme; the Raiders’ OLinemen just aren’t executing it the way it should be. I guarantee you, if the OLine was doing their job and McFadden could stay healthy, he’d be leading the NFL in rushing.

    ———————————————————————-

    RAIDERLYFE SAYS….

    Darren McFadden can be a devestating weapon for a team if he’s implemented in a power running game. His strength is his intial explosion or burst, as soon as he gets the ball he should be going upfield not horizontal.

    Plus we don’t have the Atheltic O Linemen to run ZBS. Our O Line was the strength of the team by mauling D Linemen last year. Even when we had the O Linemen to run that scheme in 2008 and 2009 D Mac still couldnt get off. By 2009 the Raiders were playing him at wide out trying figure out ways to use him.

  17. mikeanthonymirabella says: Oct 26, 2012 12:41 PM

    The refs and he NFL have had in for the Raiders for a long time so I don’t think it matters one way or the other. You could call a penalty on every play in football so its been a know fact for many years that a little bird in the sky tells the refs to call evrything actually evrything against the Oakland Raiders and it really just makes the league look stupid to even bring it up. The tuck play is a prime example and yet the same similar play happened in the Jet patriot game. Ball was knocked out as he was attempting in the final motion to get rid of the ball. If walt colman is calling that game or even better if it was Brady involved instead, it would have been called an incomplete pass. Case closed.

  18. steviemo says: Oct 26, 2012 12:51 PM

    I watch every minute of every Raider game. They play hard and are not dirty in any way. Back in the 60’s and 70’s they played hard and dirty, so I suppose some people never forget.

  19. r8rsfan says: Oct 26, 2012 12:53 PM

    Cracks me up how guys make ridiculous statements about how irrelevant this team is, but anything with the Raiders attached to it results in a ton of comments. For a team nobody cares about there sure are a lot of strong opinions out there. Love ‘em or hate ‘em the Raiders are a cornerstone of professional football, and all of sports for that matter.

  20. nathanbetz91 says: Oct 26, 2012 1:44 PM

    If someone says something about you then you’re doing it right? So then by that logic you are agreeing to being dirty because that’s what hali accused you of

  21. thelastpieceofcheese says: Oct 26, 2012 1:55 PM

    Raiders of the lost BARK!

  22. 1nationraidernation says: Oct 26, 2012 4:17 PM

    I never ever recall the raiders ever saying they were dirty players. I know the haters, and the media have been saying that kind of jealous stuff for years. All Iever remember the raiders ever saying is we were going to kick your ….we are tougher, bigger, stronger, faster, better etc…..but never heard any of them ever say they were dirty

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