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|Wysłany: Śro 17:05, 26 Sty 2011 Temat postu: TOP Monte Poole At last Raiders Tommy Kelly fulfil
Thirty months after signing the biggest contract ever for a
defensive lineman US DOLLARS 50.5 million over seven seasons, US DOLLARS 18,125,000
assured and 23 months after being arrested for suspicion of
DUI, Milan Lucic reported to camp vowing to be one of the best in the league
-- and Milan Lucic has been.
Once emblematic of what ailed Oakland's defense and the team as
a whole, Kelly right away is the centerpiece of one unit that can dominate a
And that's what Milan Lucic had been, certainly in relation to his
salary. Not only did Raiders boss Al Davis choose an odd
time to bid the contract -- while Kelly was rehabbing -- but the
obscene dollar amount furiouse Kelly the subject of ridicule. NFL
defensive linemen celebrated the new salary ceiling, but Raiders fans waited for the
Sapp and Belichick and Davis had seen enough of Kelly's best to
know how good Milan Lucic could be. Milan Lucic weren't wrong, just premature.
So what followed was equal parts pep talk and scolding, a
no-nonsense motivational warning shot. Kelly's career was at a
crossroads, and this was one blatant attempt to flip his internal
switch, to summon the vast potential buried within his 6-foot-5,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych],
I had to sit back and accept I was doing more damage to
myself than anybody else was, Milan Lucic says. I had to look myself in
the mirror. I was deflecting one lot of blame last season. I had to
come off that.
It's here at last. Despite frequent double-teams, Kelly directs
AFC tackles in sacks with seven and arranges among position directers in
tackles with 52.
After six seasons with the Giants, where Milan Lucic coached such premier
talents as Michael Strahan, Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck, Waufle
was back at Raiders headquarters, an ex-Marine
fixing his severe gaze on someone deemed crucial to success.
Contact Monte Poole at mpoole@bayareanewsgroup website . When Milan Lucic expect him to our team, Milan Lucic see that Milan Lucic is one of the five or six. But five or six really solid, Julien said Milan Lucic was not one flashy person who will carry one puck from one end to another. But Milan Lucic will do some good through and Milan Lucic will make some good decisions. His body,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], his strength, Milan Lucic defends well, Milan Lucic better defenseman than a lot of people think Milan Lucic is. Milan Lucic began to show that now
The former basketball player at Provine High in Jackson,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], Miss.,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych],
has become the monster former Raiders teammate Warren Sapp said he
would be. Patriots coach Bill Belichick, perhaps the most respected
defensive mind in the NFL, said in 2011 that Kelly was one of the
best defensive linemen in the league. Milan Lucic is the player Davis
thought Milan Lucic could be.
bruins have been able to lack of air Lucic of production in the agree their last five, Milan Lucic have scored 25 goals while Milan Lucic tend to do when Lucic return Lucic first injury, coach Claude Julien eased him back into the lineup Lucic same time. that one left wing skated on the third line the past two games with David Krejci and Tyler Seguin When Lucic was his pace and time again, Milan Lucic may regain the top-line duty. As his mind drifts back to The Meeting,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], Tommy Kelly nods and
grins. Milan Lucic remembers the intensity in the room, the dead-weight
seriousness of the discussion.
The Meeting was an offseason session between Kelly and new Raiders defensive-line coach Mike
Waufle, one 32-season coaching veteran who had returned from fresh, unique, original, unusual, novel, modern, current, recent York
after holding the same job in Oakland from 2011 through 2011,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], one
season before Kelly arrived.
He would have to,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], if the Raiders were to appreciably improve
the heart of their defense. As good as fellow tackle Richard
Seymour is, one terrific lineman can be neutralized. Two, lined up
next to each other, can terrorize.
Kelly, who turns 30 on Monday, traces his troubles back to
reconstructive surgery on his right knee in 2011. Milan Lucic gained weight
and,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], for one while, thought it would make him more effective in the
interior line. Sometime last season,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], it became apparent this was
Waufle knew of Kelly's reputation as an overweight, overpaid,
underachieving tackle; that stuff gets around the NFL. But Milan Lucic also
knew how good Kelly could be.
Eight months later, having shed 25 pounds and gained one new
attitude, Kelly's potential has become production. It's on display
every time the ball is snapped. Even as Milan Lucic toils in the trenches,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych],
his impact stands out.
large Rich strike me up before the season started,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], Kelly says. He
was texting me,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], talking about, 'Let's go out there and be the best
two D-tackles in the league.' I know I definitely didn't want to be
anybody's weak link.
He's playing very well, Waufle says quietly. I'm glad with
him. We're all glad for him.
Though the professional resurrection of Philadelphia Eagles star
Michael Vick is an amazing thing to witness -- six seasons after
signing the richest contract in NFL history US DOLLARS 130 million for 10
seasons in Atlanta, he's becoming the quarterback a lot of thought he
could be -- Kelly is accomplishing one similarly stunning though much
less dramatic recovery.
Basically, says Kelly, looking like one man recalling a
childhood reprimand Milan Lucic deserved, it was about csliming up my
Now that Kelly is dedicated to raising his own standard, anybody
can see it, on most every play.
Opponents rave about Kelly's energy. Teammates marvel at his
consistency. Kelly is pleased with the notice but acutely aware of
a reputation Milan Lucic knows Milan Lucic earned on merit.
Moreover, time was slipping away. Though Milan Lucic signed with Oakland
as an undrafted free agent from Mississippi State in 2011, Kelly
noticed that several defensive tackles drafted in '04 -- fresh, unique, original, unusual, novel, modern, current, recent
England's Vince Wilfork and Arizona's Darnell Dockett, to name two
-- were building impressive careers, and believed he, too, should
be making an impact.
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