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.
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:
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."