Raiders Blog and Q&A

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November 21, 2007
New right tackle needed

ALAMEDA – Nobody thought before the season the Raiders would ever be in a position to miss Cornell Green, right?

But he's on injured reserve with a foot injury.

Here are your candidates to replace him:

Robert Gallery
Everyone’s favorite whipping boy and labeled the biggest bust at tackle since Tony Mandarich. He’d been stashed away at left guard and has shown some signs of becoming competent at the position. A move back to tackle could hurt any confidence he might have gained if he struggles.

Paul McQuistan
Had never played tackle in an NFL game until Oct. 28 at Tennessee and it showed. Worked over by the Titans and struggled against the Minnesota Vikings, too. If Gallery gets the job at tackle, McQuistan might replace him at left guard.

Seth Wand
I know he just tried out and signed with the team today. But hey, how much worse can he be. He won’t start this week, but if Gallery or McQuistan makes Tamba Hali look like Michael Strahan on Sunday, it won’t be long before he gets a shot. He was a starter for Houston in 2004, but as bad as the Raiders have been blocking, they can’t look down on anyone, even if they were part of the group that allowed defenders to knock David Carr silly.

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The Raiders roster is interesting. For a team with only two wins, it’s funny how they are hording players just to make sure other teams can’t have them.

Andrew Walter? No way we let you get somewhere like the 49ers. LaMont Jordan? You’re not going to run for 150 against us as a Chief. Dominic Rhodes? Just return kicks, baby.

I understand not wanting to help the opposition, but it’s not as if the Raiders are a playoff team.

Don’t hold a running back hostage and pay him to do nothing when Michael Bush could have gotten a chance to play and help build for the future.

It’s obvious Walter is not in the future plans. The team didn’t trade him last month, but could have landed something for him in a trade.

After all, JaMarcus Russell is the future, right.

--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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