ALAMEDA Ė The questions are already coming in.
Whatís up with Rob Ryanís playcalling?
I canít answer that because Ryan wasn't available for comment today.
After a pretty stellar performance by the defense the Browns piled up yards in the fourth quarter.
Head coach Lane Kiffin said assignment breakdowns were the problem late against Cleveland.
I hope that explanation helps.
I have no problem with Ryan mixing in some zone coverage. Thatís why the Raiders had two interceptions.
The problem with going zone late in the game is itís only effective if you have superior pass rushers on the outside.
The Raiders Ė especially without Derrick Burgess Ė canít pressure the quarterback consistently off the edge.
The Raiders have five sacks in three games. Only two are by a starting defensive lineman, Gerard Warren. And Warren didnít become a starter until yesterday.
Without a pass rush, Raiders are exposing their cornerbacks, who have to cover receivers too long.
Mike Williams said last week everyone wanted to cut Sebastian Janikowski and he knows this week, itís his turn.
Saying Williams had a bad day is being nice
His big play Ė a 24-yard reception Ė ended with a fumble.
He almost had a touchdown until Cleveland safety Sean Jones separated the ball from his hands with a big hit. Kiffin said Williams should have caught the ball.
Kiffin is tough on Williams and didnít bite his tongue when asked if he were ďpleasedĒ with Williams.
ďThe word Ďpleasedí isnít anywhere near Mike Williams right now,Ē Kiffin said. ďAnd Iím sure Mike would be the first to tell you. Mike did not play well at all. And heís in position to make plays, but that doesnít do you any good to be in position if you donít make them.Ē
The Raiders need Williams to play well and hope yesterday was just one of those days for him.
The Raidersí primary receivers are Ronald Curry and Jerry Porter. Rookie Johnnie Lee Higgins doesnít play much on offense. The situation is set up for Williams to succeed if he makes plays.
If Williams, a first-round pick in 2005, were going to have success in the NFL, it would be under Kiffin.
When Williams was a star receiver at USC, Kiffin was his position coach.
But heíd better start doing more to please Kiffin.
Cornerback Duane Starks was released to make room for JaMarcus Russell on the 53-man roster. Donít be surprised if Starks is back as soon as this week if Andrew Walter is traded.
Starks was cut last year but his locker was never cleaned out. He showed up a day later back on the team.
No word on whether Derrick Burgess will play on Sunday in Miami. He was in the locker room briefly without the sleeve on his right calf he wore last week.
No word on Josh McCown yet. He now has two bad feet. But if he surprised us all and played with one bad foot in Denver, I know McCown will try to play against Miami if he can walk.