Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

September 5, 2007
Keeping us guessing

ALAMEDA - For the second day in a row, Jeremy Newberry was the starting center during the only portion of practice open to the media.

Who knows? Maybe Lane Kiffin is doing that just to mess with us. Or he could announce Newberry has beat out Jake Grove for the starting job.

When it comes to the quarterback, it's still anyone's guess. You would assume it would be Daunte Culpepper; then again, you would also have assumed Quentin Moses would be on the Raiders right now.

• This morning's conference calls were with Detroit quarterback Jon Kitna and head coach Rod Marinelli.

Marinelli was Warren Sapp's position coach in Tampa Bay. He said Sapp was in the 300-pound or less range for a good part of their time together in the late 1990s.

He added Sapp is as smart as any quarterback in the NFL. To watch Sapp coach any part of the team (I've seen him correctly direct special teams) is always a treat.

• Marinelli interviewed for the Raiders job before it went to Art Shell. Both were brought in by their employers to be strong leaders. Marinelli made the wise choice of Mike Martz as his offensive coordinator. Shell's hiring of Tom Walsh sealed his demise.

• Kitna and Josh McCown are good friends. We're still waiting for Kiffin to let us know if the two friends will be the opposing starting quarterbacks.

- 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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