Former Raiders quarterback and current radio/television commentator Rich Gannon unloaded on his former team last week, offering harsh criticism of the Raiders effort.
He said Raiders players and front office personnel should give their paychecks back after poor effort.
“They got this sign in front of the building that says: 'Commitment to excellence,'” Gannon said on his Sirius XM NFL radio show. “They ought to take it down. It's false advertising right now. There's no commitment to excellence. There's a commitment to mediocrity right now.”
His comments will stick far longer than Gannon’s subsequent apology on Twitter. It will surely be in Raider Nation’s mind on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, especially with Gannon in the broadcast booth.
CBS has dispatched Gannon and play-by-play man Kevin Harlan to Oakland for the AFC West clash set to kick off at 1:05 p.m.
Broadcast teams typically are dispatched to the home team’s facility late in the week for production meetings with the head coach and key players.
Gannon has been critical of the Raiders before, and the Silver and Black tried to ban him from the team facility in 2009 before a Raiders-Broncos game, but eventually backed off of that stance. That came during a previous era.
It seems virtually certain Gannon will get in the building this time, but his presence will add a level of intrigue to a key contest for the Raiders looking to win Tony Sparano’s first game as interim head coach.