Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

February 20, 2008
It's time for the Combine

INDIANAPOLIS – It’s nice and cold in these parts. I’ve settled in at my hotel, grabbed a delicious salad at Vito’s and enjoyed the Lakers beating the Suns again.

I’ve seen billboards advertising the NFL Combine, so it truly is a big deal locally that the NFL is in town, even if there are no games.

The NFL Combine’s media portion gets underway later today (it’s 2 a.m., local time) and assuming Lane Kiffin is available, there are a lot of questions to ask him.

1. Has the team held out on naming Nnamdi Asomugha it’s franchise player because a deal is close to being done? The Raiders have until 4 p.m. EST to do what we all expect them to do?
2. What’s up with Dominic Rhodes? Will the team renegotiate his contract or cut him.
3. When will the Raiders cut LaMont Jordan?

There’s plenty to go over with Kiffin this weekend. I’m sure he’ll feign ignorance to any reports of his inevitable departure as head coach. But I’d love it if Kiffin were open and honest about the situation as he’s been so many times this season.

And believe it or not, Kiffin does have a sense of humor, as I’m sure some of you have seen a couple of minutes into this clip:

Poor Andrew Walter. He went from quarterback of the future to butt of Kiffin’s jokes.

But Kiffin has nothing on this guy, who made me laugh in Oakland (and I even found a clip with no profanity).

*I haven’t seen much new on Fabian Washington’s arrest, except the detail that he was released on $2,000 bail.

I guess that’s something else to ask Kiffin about, even though I know he can say very little about it.

But who knows, Kiffin could go standup comic and make me laugh about something.

And no I don’t mean Washington’s situation.

*By the way, I’m having trouble accessing the questions portion of the blog, so send your questions while I’m out here to jejones@sacbee.com until I figure out what’s going on with my laptop.

I’ll be back in a few hours.

--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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