Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

September 2, 2008
What is success?

While working on the Lane Kiffin for The Bee's 2008 NFL preview, I asked him what make the 2008 season successful.

Coming off a 4-12 season, Kififn could have thrown out something like "8-8 would be a big improvement."

But Kiffin isn't one to put numbers on anything.

Here's how Kiffin summed up success for 2008.

"If we play really well," he said. "I never talk about numbers with these guys. Just because you say a number has nothing to do with how many you're going to win."

Kiffin will continue with his belief that no one game is more important than the other.

"That's the way I was taught to do it," Kiffin said. "Because if you start putting too much emphasis on one game or a number what happens once you lose so many games that you can't reach that number?"

We all know what happens. Players start planning offseason vacations.

The Raiders made the addition of WR Ashley Lelie official today. DT William Joseph was released to make room for Lelie on the roster.

Lelie will wear No. 87.

Raiders owner Al Davis chartered a flight to Washington, D.C., for Gene Upshaw's memorial.

Davis, his wife Carole and several former Raiders made the trip.

Clem Daniels, Otis Sistrunk, Morris Bradshaw, Tom Flores, Rod Martin, Willie Brown, George Atkinson, Raymond Chester, Art Toms and Jack Tatum attended the service.

--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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