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Waiting for JaMarcus

Practice ended about 9:05 p.m. Tuesday night. Then came the fun part. At the training facility in Napa, players generally come off the field and either lift weights or go straight into the locker room, where they can get treatment, soak in a Whirlpool or simply get dressed and exit. They aren’t accessible to the media until leaving the field house. They exit through a side door and must walk across a short piece of grass and out of the… Read More »

Why defensive linemen are smarter than offensive linemen

ARE OFFENSIVE LINEMEN REALLY SMARTER THAN DEFENSIVE LINEMEN? No. Definitive proof came Monday night. When Sebastian Janikowski nailed a long field goal earlier that day, he put all the position coaches on the hook for buying their players dinner. This was all coach Lane Kiffin’s scheme; Seabass first had a chance to win the dinners Sunday night, but missed from 57 yards. “We kind of changed of the menu (this year),” Kiffin said. “It’s wearing on them. It’s extremely healthy,… Read More »

Training camp obervations

Sorry for the delay, folks. I had some password problems my first two days in Napa, but am now able to blog freely. Let’s jump right into some random questions (mine) and answers (also mine) from the Raiders’ training camp on Day 3. HOW IS JaMARCUS DOING? Hit and miss. The franchise QB seems very serious about his job, and he’s getting tons of input from coach Lane Kiffin, offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo (with “scout”… Read More »