Ernie Jorge resigned his post as offensive line coach today, citing “the length of the pro season, the number of games, and the traveling” as his reasons. He had been hired by Eddie Erdelatz last February after having served under him at the Naval Academy in the 1950s and was the first of the four assistants he hired. Jorge said he still wanted to coach and would “listen to any and all offers.” The news left the Raiders with just two assistants, Marty Feldman and Tommy Kalmanir, following last week’s departure of Ed Cody to Washington State.
Hayward Daily Review
San Francisco Chronicle
A week ago, the Raiders lost assistant coach Ed Cody and today it was learned they almost lost another. Offensive backfield coach Tommy Kalmanir announced that he had been recruited by an unidentified NFL team, but had decided to stay with Oakland after the team gave him a pay increase. “I wrestled with the temptation,” he said, “but I have faith in Oakland and the Raiders organization. I’m higher on the Raiders now than at any time since the club formed. We have a fine potential team coming up for 1961. With the draft choices we’ve signed, I’m confident we’ll turn out a good offensive ballclub.”
Giving what head coach Eddie Erdelatz called their best defensive effort of the season, the Raiders beat the Bills 20-7 to even their record at 5-5.
Before the game there was still noise about a pair of NFL games being televised in the area before the Raiders’ 1:30 start. After Chet Soda complained, Lamar Hunt was reportedly planning to lodge a formal protest with the NFL. The NFL’s commissioner Pete Rozelle was unmoved. “The new league appears to have a fixation that every action and policy of the National Football League is designed to impair their operation,” he said. “If they would expend more time and energy in the development of their own league, and less time worrying about the NFL, they would be much more successful than they apparently have been so far.” Rozelle added that the league had no control over broadcasts, explaining that once they sold the rights to networks, the league has “no control over utilization of these rights other than blacking out NFL cities from other NFL telecasts when our clubs play at home. This is in accordance with a 1953 decision of a US district court in Philadelphia. Telecasts of a game involving teams in the new league are beamed into all NFL cities when our teams play at home.” Read more “November 13, 1960”
The team officially designated injured linebacker Riley
Morris as “doubtful” for Sunday’s game against the Patriots saying he
was still recovering from taking a knee in the back and wasn’t yet ready to
In sportswriter Ray Haywood’s column in the Oakland Tribune, space was provided for his
colleague Scotty Stirling’s observations during his three-week road trip with
Stirling was impressed by the players’ response to the
team’s “inevitable mistakes in travel scheduling, accommodations, practice
fields, etc.,” and said, “Their attitude is a compliment to Eddie Erdelatz.
They are so devoted to the coach that they laugh off inconveniences which would
cause most teams to call a grievance committee meeting.”
Among the tales he returned with was news that 5’8″
guard Don Manoukian was the humorist on the team, that Erdelatz rates trainer
George Anderson as the best he’s ever worked with, that tackle Paul Oglesby’s
nickname is “Cheyenne” based on a television character and is
incidentally “the handsomest player in the league,” that Eddie
Macon’s nickname is “Old Folks”, which is perhaps appropriate given
that he is the only player on the team who has seen his 30th birthday, and that
assistant coach Tommy Kalmanir is a poker player, but solo only. “Playing
alone is the best way to break even,” was his explanation.
San Mateo Times
As the first round of the AFL’s allocation draft got underway, Oakland general manager Chet Soda claimed that some teams were protecting more than eleven players, because some nominally draft-eligible players were unavailable due to no-trade clauses in their contracts. Soda was particularly interested in Houston quarterback George Blanda, but couldn’t talk the former Chicago Bear into signing with Oakland, even when offered more money than the Oilers had given him. Soda complained to Commissioner Joe Foss, but Foss, while sympathetic, refused to remedy the situation. The commissioner did agree that in subsequent rounds, teams would be required to include players with no-trade contracts among their eleven protectees.
In other news, head coach Eddie Erdelatz selected ex-Ram and -Colt halfback Tommy Kalmanir as his offensive backfield coach. An All-American at Nevada just after World War II, Kalmanir played three seasons with Los Angeles (1949-51) and spent 1953 with Baltimore before spending a final year as a player with Edmonton in the Canadian leagues in 1955. After his playing days were done, he put in time as a coach in the CFL before Oakland tabbed him.
The team also announced a player transaction. USC lineman Al Bansavage, a Minneapolis draftee whose signing rights had transferred to Oakland (a fact not previously reported), had signed with the Baltimore Colts.