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September 29, 2011
Wylie's magic works with cards, with the O-line

ALAMEDA - Each week the media is given time with the offensive and defensive coordinator.

This week we were treated to a lesson in leverage and upper and lower body power angles courtesy of Raiders offensive line coach Bob Wylie.

Here's how Wylie broke it down for us media types:

"There's an upper body power angle and there's a lower body power angle. And it's the way it's worked since the good dawn of time. It's the way your body is constructed and I try to teach them how the body works. How you want to segment the upper body power angle from the lower body power angle. And once that happens you're in control."

It's hard to dispute Wylie's philosophy or results through three games.

The Raiders have allowed two sacks (one coming when Jason Campbell tripped over Darren McFadden's foot).

McFadden leads the NFL with 393 rushing yards and the Raiders are atop the NFL with 185 rushing yards per game.

But Wylie is also the team magician, mixing card tricks in with coaching pointers.

"I think the defensive backs really believe it's real," Wylie said. "'Show me another trick, coach. How'd you do that?'"

*The only change to yesterday's injury report is safety Michael Huff (concussion) was held out of practice.

Raiders coach Hue Jackson wouldn't go as far as to call Huff's absence a setback and said the team is being "overly cautious" with Huff.

It sounds as if wide receiver Jacoby Ford (hamstring) and safety Mike Mitchell (knee) will be good to go Sunday against the Patriots.

Linebacker Ricky Brown (concussion), cornerback Chris Johnson (hamstring), wide receiver Louis Murphy (groin), defensive end Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder) and fullback Marcel Reece (ankle) also missed Thursday's practice.

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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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