Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

July 31, 2007
Did Treu blow whistle on Raiders?

Question: I heard Adam Treu was cut because they found out he was the person who called the league office and complained about the intensity of the OTAs. Any truth to the rumor?
- Rob Young, Los Angeles

Answer: Highly unlikely. I've heard it might have been a veteran not keen on coach Lane Kiffin's approach blew the whistle, but Treu was hurt and didn't even take part in OTAs. Treu was cut because of his age and he still rehabbing from an injury.
- Jason Jones

Question: With the signing of Donovin Darius, are the Raiders admitting Stuart Schweigert isn't their man? I know he missed tackles but he wasn't that bad.
- Josh, Sioux Falls

Answer: Not necessarily. Darius, Schweigert and Michael Huff will fight it our for the two starting safety spots. The only way Schweigert gets benched is if the Raiders move Huff to free safety. Darius is a strong safety and excels in run support. Huff has the speed to play free safety, but has bulked up to 205 pounds to play better against the run and big tight ends in the passing game.
- Jason Jones

Question: What do you think the O-Line will look like this season? Are we going to see Barry Sims back at left tackle and Robert Gallery at right tackle? The success of the team will depend on how this unit performs.
- Ezequiel Castro, Sacramento

Answer: Easily the most asked question of the offseason. Gallery will play left guard. He doesn't have the foot speed to play tackle in the NFL. Playing guard might be the move that saves his NFL career.

Sims looks like the left tackle again. Jake Grove will have to fend off a determined Jeremy Newberry to hold on to the starting center job. Cooper Carlisle, a former Denver Bronco experienced in the new blocking scheme, should be the left guard. Cornell Green has been with the first-team offensive line at right tackle.

The change I could see happen is Grove being replaced by Newberry, assuming Newberry's knees are healthy.

Paul McQuistan has played a lot of guard and at this time doesn't appear to be an option at right tackle.

I'm still wondering if Kevin Boothe will break into the lineup somewhere. He was the team's best offensive lineman most of the 2006 season and the only player that showed some semblance of a mean streak on the line last season.
- 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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