Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

September 3, 2008
A long day's work

ALAMEDA -- Today's practice was as long as any practice lately.

The reason?

Lane Kiffin said he had to "restart a few things" because of mistakes.

Not exactly the best way to start practicing for Denver. But guys are a little antsy to play games that matter.

Rookie running back Darren McFadden said the mood was positive even though practice was over two hours.

"No one was making any complaints or anything about length," McFadden said. "So we had a pretty good practice, even though it was so long."

In case you didn't know, McFadden grew up a fan of John Elway and Terrell Davis. Does that mean any of you are now burning your No. 20 jerseys?

****
Ashley Lelie has something to look forward to on Monday night. His family can watch the game in the stands comfortably.

"Every time you come into the Coliseum as an away team, the coach always gives you a speech about the fans, tell your family not to wear team colors," Lelie said. "So it's actually going to be kind of good where my family's gonna fit in, cause now they're rooting for the Raiders."

Lelie said the offense is similar to what he ran in Denver and some of the terminology is the same because he played under Greg Knapp in Atlanta.

That should aid his ability to get on the field for the season opener.

****
So much for Denver signing former Raider Josh Shaw to get some inside tips on the Raiders.

Well, Kiffin isn't worried that Shaw will be giving the Broncos an in-depth scouting report of the Raiders' strategy.

"I don't that a D-tackle can tell you very much about the game plan," Kiffin said. "They just kind of line up and go. I'd be nervous if it was a quarterback especially. Not that Josh isn't a smart guy, but I don't think Josh can tell you much about our game plan."

****
Don't expect quarterback JaMarcus Russell to be in awe of playing on Monday night.

Russell is always steady and that shouldn't change.

"Actually my first Monday night game was against Tennessee in conference play," is how Russell responded to being asked if he was ready for the prime time game.

Russell is expecting the Broncos to come at him with a lot of pressure.

That doesn't bother him either.

"Not knowing exactly what they're going to do, it's important for us to concentrate on what we're going to do," Russell said. "We'll have to react to whatever is happening out there. But at the same time, having a young quarterback out there, there's certain things you would want to do to him to get him rattled and upset in certain spots."

****
DeAngelo Hall is willing to concede Denver's Champ Bailey is the best cornerback in the NFL.

As for the best tandem, he said it's easy.

Himself and Nnamdi Asomugha.

"Me and Nnamdi you can toss it up and pull it out of a hat, two and three," Hall said. "So there's no comparison. No comparison when you have two and three or one and whatever there's no comparison."

The whatever in this case is Hall's good friend, Dre' Bly.

Hall practiced without a cast on his right hand. He said he can't catch the ball like he normally does, but feels good going into the Denver game.

****

*WR Javon Walker is "day-to-day" with a hamstring injury. Kififn said Walker intends to play against his old team, Denver, on Monday night.

DE Kalimba Edwards is also day-to-day with a groin injury.

Both were limited in practice.

*McFadden said he only catches punts during practice for fun. Kiffin added McFadden wouldn't return kickoffs so he could focus on offense.

*The team worked out free agent WR Chad Jackson on Tuesday. Nothing came of the workout as the team opted to sign Lelie.

--Jason Jones

About Comments

Reader comments on Sacbee.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Sacramento Bee. If you see an objectionable comment, click the "report abuse" button below it. We will delete comments containing inappropriate links, obscenities, hate speech, and personal attacks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. See more about comments here.

What You Should Know About Comments on Sacbee.com

Sacbee.com is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)

Here are some rules of the road:

• Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "report abuse" button to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.

• Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.

• Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.

• Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand. If you want to discuss an issue with a specific user, click on his profile name and send him a direct message.

• Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.

• Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.

• Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.

• Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.

You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "report abuse" button to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at feedback@sacbee.com. Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.

If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them, but you may ask our staff to retract one of your comments by sending an email to feedback@sacbee.com. Again, make sure you note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us your profile name.

hide comments

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from sacbee.com. While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on sacbee.com and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.



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.

FOLLOW US | Get more from sacbee.com | Follow us on Twitter | Become a fan on Facebook | Get news in your inbox | View our mobile versions | e-edition: Print edition online | What our bloggers are saying

October 2013

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31