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UPDATE (Friday at 11 a.m.): Rich Gannon took to Twitter on Thursday evening to step back from critical comments he made about the Raiders organization earlier in the week.
"Lost myself in my Raider rant yesterday," Gannon said. "Pains me to see the team struggle. They do have some good people who care about winning."
Former Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon delivered a rant extremely critical of the Raiders on Wednesday, where he questioned their commitment to excellence.
He said everyone from the front office on down was stealing paychecks with lackluster effort and subpar performance.
Fullback Marcel Reece was stunned to hear about it.
He was a featured guest earlier on that SiriusXM NFL Radio show and heard none of the ire dispensed later in the program.
“It’s funny because I was on Rich’s show yesterday morning and none of this stuff was said when I was on air with him,” Reece said Thursday in an interview on 95.7 the game. "A few hours later, people are bringing me transcripts of this rant that he went on. I take these types of things personally. He’s talking about the leadership on the team and the vets on the team and I am a leader on this team.
“My question to Rich is, when is the last time Rich actually came to watch us practice and watch the work that we put in? And for Rich to be a guy who people love, Raider fans love him, the organization has showed him a ton of love and now he’s talking about the organization that gave him a chance and let him do his thing here and now he’s just bashing us? I’m in the business of fixing problems and not causing them. I invite Rich to a practice come see how myself and my guys work every day, day in and day out and the excellence that we do demand of each other. That’s what I ask him.”
Lost myself in my Raider rant yesterday. Pains me to see the team struggle. They do have some good people who care about winning.#Frustrated— Rich Gannon (@RichGannon12) October 2, 2014