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Raiders Shouldn't Give Up on Defensive Tackle Tommy Kelly

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Posted: 02/08/2013 6:28 AM

Raiders Shouldn't Give Up on Defensive Tackle Tommy Kelly 


After Disappointing 2012 Season, Kelly WIll Return to Old Form in 2013
By Steven Slivka | Yahoo! Contributor Network –  6 hours ago

COMMENTARY | Tommy Kelly had a miserable season last year, and the majority of Raider Nation has already written him off for next year.

In 2012, a season where the Raiders were about as dysfunctional as an organization could possibly be, Kelly recorded just 1.5 sacks while making $5.4 million.

After raking in plenty of undeserved cash while having such an abysmal year, it's easy to hate Kelly and his ridiculous contract.

He caught some major flack for his disappointing season, and rightfully so. Just like the rest of theOakland Raiders, he failed to live up to the gargantuan contract given to him by Al Davis.

Kelly's cap hit in 2013 is an astronomical $11 million, and he needs to restructure his contract if he wants any chance of wearing the silver and black for the 10th-straight season.

Despite his age and his poor performance, however, I'm not ready to give up on him just yet.

Yes, this was a down year for Kelly, but let's not forget that between 2010-11 he had 14.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception while anchoring Oakland's defense.

Kelly has also been one of the most durable defensive tackles in the NFL and hasn't missed a game since 2007.

At 6'6'', 325 pounds, he still has gas in his tank and is a huge, physical presence on a defensive line that will be much improved next season.

Kelly showed he is still passionate about his team after he defended Lamarr Houston during a brawlwith Cincinatti Bengals' offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth in Week 12.

Kelly also made it known that he and the rest of the Raiders' defense was going after Cam Newton when the Carolina Panthers ended Carson Palmer's season in Week 16.

Even in the midst of a frustrating year, a year where he didn't record his first sack until Week 15, Kelly still went on the field to stick up for his team.

Regardless of his performance, the man showed he has heart and put the Raiders first, something Davis always tried to instill in his players.

The Raiders are looking to get younger on defense, and with Seymour out of the picture, Kelly will be the most senior starter on the defensive line.

2012 was the first experimental year in the Reggie McKenzie-Dennis Allen era, and 2013 will bring a more stable approach to a defense that gave up less than 17 points per game during the last month of the season.

Kelly will play with a chip on his shoulder next year after having the worst season of his career the year before.

For the Raiders, it's the best thing the doctor could have ordered.

A big, angry defensive tackle with something to prove is someone Oakland desperately needs.

Mark my words. Kelly will have a much better year in 2013. I mean, after such a down year in 2012, he really has nowhere to go but up.

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Posted: 02/10/2013 4:58 AM

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Kelly will play with a chip on his shoulder next year after having the worst season of his career the year before.

I'll believe that when I see it. After almost a decade of watching him, I don't see much evidence that he's wired that way. There are a few decent points, but the writer is so flattering that he almost sounds like one of Kelly's relatives. Trying to spin two facepalm moments like getting in a brawl and saying "we are trying to hurt Cam Newton" into positives was completely ridiculous.

Kelly has the talent to be a starter if he stays, but is it worth it? We need players that play hard, play smart, and think of the team first. If cutting him means giving players like that a chance while taking a temporary step back in a year we are going to suck anyway, I'm fine with that.
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Posted: 02/10/2013 8:32 AM

Re: Raiders Shouldn't Give Up on Defensive Tackle Tommy Kelly 


Tommy Kelly got paid all-pro money from Davis, Kelly has yet to show he is smart enough to be anything close to all-pro - it won't happen.

Same whinning when Stanford Routt left for the queefs and turned out to be a overpaid bust.
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Posted: 02/11/2013 10:18 AM

Re: Raiders Shouldn't Give Up on Defensive Tackle Tommy Kelly 


No Please Cut Him Save The Money Regardless
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