Raiders Blog and Q&A

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February 28, 2009
Chiefs, Broncos move to improve

Kansas City acquired QB Matt Cassel and LB Mike Vrabel from New England for a second-round pick.

Denver officially added S Brian Dawkins.

The Raiders (and San Diego, for that matter) remain quiet thus far.

It's the right move for the Raiders. If the Raiders won't improve by much simply by throwing money at more free agents.

Last year's splurge netted one more win than the 2007 season. And many of the players that helped the Raiders win three of their last six games weren't players that received big contracts in the offseason.

They were draft picks that were given a chance to play or veterans that had been buried on the depth chart.

So if last year taught the Raiders anything, it's being busy doesn't mean progress.

*Some have asked about new defensive coordinator John Marshall and what he might change about the Raiders defense.

One thing I've heard is you won't see nearly as much single safety looks, meaning the cornerbacks would have more help deep.

If the Raiders do that, it might be a change in scheme that could give S Michael Huff another chance at being a starter.

Huff's speed might be a lot more evident if he's covering half the field, not playing centerfield.

It doesn't sound like a blitz-heavy scheme though. So for those of you who were mad at Rob Ryan for not bringing enough extra rushers, I'm sure you'll be ready to attack Marshall.

But I'm interested to see what Marshall will do differently

--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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