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March 26, 2009
Raiders add two assistant coaches

The Raiders have added two quality control assistants to the coaching staff.

For those of you that don't know, quality control coaches do a lot of the grunt work. Breaking down films for other coaches, running scout teams and pretty much whatever else needs to get done.

Rich Scangarello is a Sacramento State graduate that spent 2002-03 as an offensive assistant/quarterbacks coach under current Raiders head coach Tom Cable at Idaho.

Scangarello, a Roseville native, started his coaching career at UC Davis in 1998 as an offensive assistant before moving on to Idaho in 2000. He's been the UC Davis co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Davis since 2007-08.

Here's his complete bio courtesy of

The other addition is Bert Leone, who has spent the last two seasons in the same capacity in Cleveland.

You can read more on Leone here.

*Saw the San Francisco Chronicle's David White staked out team headquarters this morning to see quarterback JaMarcus Russell is back in town.

Russell was called out by Cable earlier this week for needing to do more of the little things that quarterbacks do to lead teams.

It's an obvious area of concern because Cable has mentioned this twice (once toward the end of the season).

I know players have tried to give Russell advice on how to navigate life in the NFL. And his explanation for missing that NFL Network production meeting in part because of the flight from Oakland to San Diego was met with skepticism by many.

But in the end it might come down to the organization doing what Cable has done - demand Russell do more.

Raiders owner Al Davis didn't seem all too concerned about Russell's work ethic when asked about it last month, noting Ken Stabler didn't have what you would call great work ethic.

But Stabler didn't play in this era where players are expected to workout full-time. And Stabler won a lot of games.

So as someone familiar with Russell told me, it's just time for the team "to stop babying his (butt)."

--Jason Jones

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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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