Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

May 5, 2008
Out of the black hole

It always interesting to hear what former Raiders have to say about the way the team is run.

Dominic Rhodes sounded as if he longed for the stability of the Indianapolis Colts, even it meant being a backup, after a year with the Raiders.

Now it’s Fabian Washington’s turn. You can read the full article here.

Here’s what stuck out to me from the story pertaining to the Raiders:

Washington emphasized that the Ravens’ practices are more intense than the Raiders and have a more organized program compared to the chaos that tends to reign under owner Al Davis’ direction.

This wasn’t a direct quote from Washington. But if Washington can attend minicamp and already decide the Ravens have a better practice regimen, it makes you wonder just how bad practices were before for the Raiders.

The consensus seemed to be in 2007 that Raider practices were much more intense than in previous years.

Then again, after being benched, Washington could be speaking from a place of being so happy to be out Oakland, minicamp practice might seem like the best thing ever.

There’s a chance he could start in Baltimore whereas he might have been the fourth corner on the Raiders.

But after getting to know Washington a bit, he’s not the kind of person to take shots at a team in which he has several friends out of spite.

So just how disorganized are things in Raider land? Maybe Tyler Brayton will provide some insight.

--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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