Raiders Blog and Q&A

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June 7, 2007
Front-office changes are important, too

The Raiders new look won't be limited to the field.

George Streeter was the latest addition to the personnel department. He joins Rich Snead and Mark Jackson as additions with the biggest subtraction being the fired Mike Lombardi.

That doesn't included Lane Kiffin, hired in part because of his background recruiting players and evaluating talent at USC.

Owner Al Davis appears serious about revamping this part of the Raiders operation. Firing coaches has been the norm lately, but addressing who brings in the talent has a lot to do with a coach's success.

Doing a better job of assessing talent (especially on offense) will save the Raiders money in the long run. Instead of trading for someone like Randy Moss, the Raiders would be best served drafting better offensive skill players.

That's what the best teams do. One player in free agency won't save a franchise, but a new player added to a solid crop of young talent can put a team over the top.

It'll be interesting to see in a few years how these changes upstairs translate onto the field. If the Raiders still are picking in the top-10 regularly, we'll know the answer.

In other Raiders tidbits:

* Hey kids, really big words can get you into a Raiders game.

The team will honor Evan O'Dorney this season and have invited him and his family to a game this coming season.

O'Dorney is the 13-year old Danville native who won the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

* The team signed safety Colin Branch today. He spent the last four seasons with Carolina.

He's also the brother of former Raider defensive back Calvin Branch, who now works in the Raiders front office.

- 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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