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Note to NFL: Don’t disregard Raiders

No one does e-mail like the Raiders. At least once a year, the team electronically distributes a bolt out of the blue that leaves recipients chortling, scratching their heads or pumping their fists, depending on their perspective. Wednesday, it was a message that bore the subject line: NFL NETWORK DISREGARDS RAIDERS AGAIN. The entire e-mail was not composed in all-caps, like one famous diatribe regarding cornerback Charles Woodson and his signing of a franchise tender. But it was an aggressive… Read More »

Never too early for a starting lineup

Want to drive an NFL coach crazy? Ask him who his starters are – in June. We’ve been hectoring Lane Kiffin about his lineup since the first mini-camp in May, and you can bet he’s getting sick of saying, “Right now, everyone is competing for a starting job,” or some variation on that theme. True, it’s easy to read too much into depth-chart tinkering this time of year – like Paul McQuistan being at right tackle with the first team… Read More »

Walter’s woes continue

With the possible exception of Paris Hilton and Scooter Libby, has anyone had a worse couple of months than Andrew Walter? In late April, Walter was the man to beat for the Raiders’ starting quarterback job. True, there were rumors the team would either draft a QB or trade for one, but they were only rumors – until Day One of the NFL draft, when the Raiders did both. They selected LSU’s JaMarcus Russell with the No. 1 overall pick… Read More »