Raiders Blog and Q&A

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October 15, 2008
Conference call Wednesday


ALAMEDA - Conference call highlights:

*No Brett Favre was a disappointment. Here's what Jets coach Eric Mangini said about Favre's ability to fit in with a new team.

"He's a guy that came in and his goal was to fit in. He's consistently worked to make everybody around him feel comfortable. There's no sense in the locker room that he's any different from anyone else. That's something that was important to him, important to me. He'll work with the practice squad guys, he'll work with the defense, the offense. He's a good team player that you don't necessarily know what you'll get with a guy who is further along in his career and as successful as he is."

*Mangini on his new assistant head/offensive line coach, former Raiders head coach Bill Callahan is working out.

"I can tell you that Bill has been an excellent addition to the staff. When I first met Bill, even prior to the interview, just really impressive. Not just in terms of offensive line play. But he'd been a head coach in the NFL, a head coach in college football, an offensive coordinator. When he teaches, he teaches from a big picture perspective. He's great for a group like the offensive line, yet he's very detailed with technique. So he's been teaching that."

Jets wide receiver Laveranues Coles on facing Raiders cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and DeAngelo Hall.

"DeAngelo is able to play you both man and off ... (Asomugha is) more of a up-in-your face type of guy because he's long and rangy and likes to get his hands on you. And of course you don't franchise somebody unless they mean a lot to the franchise. They have two good corners."

On if watching other receivers have success gives him the feeling the Jets could do the same.

"I watched some film on them earlier, how they played against Buffalo and how they handled Lee Evans. They did an excellent job with him, probably one of the biggest game-breakers in the NFL. So anytime you got a guy can go out and put up a showing like that against one of the more elite guys that has major stats -- we always joke about Lee Evans. We call him 'Madden Stats' because he'll have like two catches for 170 yards -- but anytime you have a guy like that you can kind of keep in check like that, you know you got some special corners. Their defense, and not just the corners, their whole defense plays well. It stands out on film. It's only a matter of time before they put it together. They're going to put the most talented guys you probably can find in the NFL on the football field."

Coles didn't have nearly as much to say about Favre. He was reportedly unhappy because he felt the team treated former quarterback Chad Pennington wrong in how they dumped him for Favre.

"He's been just like everyone else. He came in and he's a teammate. I don't know what you want me to say. He came in and worked hard just like everyone else and been showing up to practice everyday. That's all you can ask for."

--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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