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April 11, 2007
Hardly fair to judge Walter - or Moss

Last year, Andrew Walter heard talk the Raiders might select Matt Leinart. The speculation was for naught because the Raiders picked safety Michael Huff and added the veteran to hold the spot for Walter in Aaron Brooks.

Last season turned into a 2-14 nightmare, and now the Raiders have the first pick in the draft - and with it comes quarterback speculation to go with the Raiders possibly trading for Detroit's Josh McCown.

It has been asked if it's fair to judge Walter on last season's disaster on offense.

Simply put, no.

It was Walter's first season on the field and he didn't have the support around him to succeed. But the Raiders have to consider JaMarcus Russell or Brady Quinn, if they believe either will become an elite quarterback.

There's always a chance Calvin Johnson could be a Raider, which might foretell the Raiders moving Randy Moss.

Speaking of Moss, I might have implied (unintentionally) Moss having a poor attitude and not doing his job and being unfocused was OK. My bad.

No one should be unprofessional and not do their job at their highest level because they're in a bad mood.

My point was, why is it that whenever Moss' attitude is brought up, a lot of the uproar surrounds how much Moss is paid?

My point is, just because Moss makes millions of dollars doesn't mean he can't be unhappy.

Why is that because an athlete makes a lot of money, he is expected to put up with drama at work with a smile? Isn't a happy workplace a more productive workplace in any field?

Believe me, there were a lot of unhappy Raiders in 2006, and I can't believe that didn't affect the results on the field.

For those of you who say you work just as hard when you're having a bad day, I just can't believe it. Moss' mistake was admitting what everyone could see.

- Jason Jones

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

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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