Raiders Blog and Q&A

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February 2, 2007
Should Raiders go for TO?

Question: Now that the Raiders have hired former Atlanta offensive coordinator Greg Knapp as offensive coordinator what are the chances that the Raiders will trade for Michael Vick or even Terrell Owens? Also, if Jeff Garcia is available in free agency will they pick him up since he's already familiar with the offense?

- Sharon Martin, San Diego

Answer: Knapp is the offensive coordinator, but head coach Lane Kiffin plans to call plays. While there might be elements of the West Coast offense under Kiffin, it probably won't be the system Knapp has run.

As for Vick, having Knapp wouldn't make him a fit in Oakland. Not only is Atlanta not willing to trade Vick, but also it's not as if Knapp and Vick set the NFL on fire over the last three years. One of the biggest criticisms of Knapp in Atlanta was he did not help Vick develop as a passer. Vick also wasn't a fan of the offense at times.

The same goes for Garcia. Though he would know Knapp's offense, there is no guarantee the Raiders would be running the West Coast offense.

Terrell Owens? Don't hold your breath waiting on him being a Raider. The Raiders would need to unload Randy Moss and Jerry Porter because Owens wouldn't come cheap. Plus, if Owens goal is to win the Super Bowl, why would he want to be a Raider?

- Jason Jones

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Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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