Rich Gannon's recent blacklisting by the Raiders hasn't made him shy about speaking his mind when it comes to his former team.
"I've talked to several players, and not one of them has any issue with anything I've ever said or done in reference to their team," Gannon, a quarterback-turned-TV analyst, told the Los Angeles Times recently. "But there's certainly someone who's not happy. But I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't say that the product on the field has not been up to snuff the last six years or so."
The Raiders tried to ban Gannon from their headquarters for CBS production meetings a little more than a week ago. (The league wouldn't allow that, though Gannon didn't arrive in Oakland early enough to make them anyway.) Last season, the Raiders were equally unsuccessful in trying to have Gannon removed from the broadcast team covering one of their games.
"The point needed to be made that you've been unduly critical for too often and too long for us to embrace you and welcome you into our building," said John Herrera, spokesman for the Raiders, who have lost 11 or more games for an NFL-record six consecutive seasons.
Gannon conceded he was "taken aback" by the Raiders' attempts to lock him out and said their reaction was unique among NFL teams.
"I've had absolutely zero problems with the league, any team, any owner, any GM, any coach, any players or any PR staff," he said. "My style is never to be condescending or arrogant
Davis was hurt in the Browns' season opener against Minnesota on a hit by Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield.