Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

May 17, 2010
Raiders begin OTA's Tuesday, JaMarcus a sympathetic figure and Kiffin speaks out

The Raiders begin the first of four, three-day voluntary OTA workouts at their Alameda complex tomorrow, running through Thursday. But only one day will be open to the media - Wednesday.

There's sure to be a lot of media attention on the team's reaction to the May 6 release of JaMarcus Russell so that should make for some interesting fodder.

A pre-OTA sampling of the Raiders in the national news...

The New Orleans Times-Picayune wrote a somewhat sympathetic story on Russell and his hometown's heartbreak over his being released and being labeled a bust of epic proportions. It might not sit well with Raiders fans here, but it's always interesting to see the other side of perception.

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Also, the National Football Post is reporting that "several teams are exploring the possibility of Russell playing another position."

If that's not mind-blowing, I don't know what is...

And finally, Lance, er, Lane Kiffin is the subject of an HBO "Real Sports" segment premiering Tuesday on the cable network. A sampling from the sitdown interview with the former Raiders coach:

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ANDREA KREMER: "What did you do to Al Davis that made him look like he wanted to wring your neck in that press conference?"

LANE KIFFIN: "Yeah, I don't know. I guess that would explain it, not agreeing with him, you know, and not winning enough games in his mind."

ANDREA KREMER: "Were you insubordinate in Oakland?"

LANE KIFFIN: "Absolutely not, unless being insubordinate is making every decision that you make and fighting for what you believe, will help your team win. If that's insubordinate, then I was insubordinate."

ANDREA KREMER: "Why did it have to end so badly?"

LANE KIFFIN: "Well, let's go with the law of averages. How many Raiders coaches ended real great? It's All Davis. He's gonna run the whole thing. What's going to happen is whatever he feels like that day."

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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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