Question: Who do you believe is the leader of the Raiders? I don't know who that may be. The Raiders have lacked a leader on their team since Rich Gannon retired. I believe the while the Raiders are improving, they will not advance anywhere until someone like a Rich Gannon steps up. Until that happens, the Raiders problem will continue to be the same - from the neck up.
- Dan Perez, Elk Grove
Answer: It depends on what side of the ball youíre talking about. If itís defense, the Raiders have leaders in the likes of Warren Sapp and Derrick Burgess. There also are veterans like Tyrone Poole who have been around the game and are a steadying influence on a very young group. When it comes to the leader on offense, thatís definitely up in the air. If you want a leader in the mold of Gannon, someone who will get in playersí faces and be vocal, that guy isnít there. Barry Sims and Zack Crockett are the most experienced starters and lead by example. The quarterback position is supposed to be one of leadership, but Andrew Walter is still learning on the job. LaMont Jordan has no problem speaking his mind. But none of that really matters until someone on the offense emerges as a consistent performer and earns the respect of his peers.
- Jason Jones