AFC West: Chad Johnson
This year, there is a new-school and old-school competition.
In the new-school vote, there are some tough assignments for some AFC West players.
San Diego’s Antonio Gates is a No. 16 seed. He goes against top seed Colin Kaepernick of San Francisco. Oakland’s Carson Palmer is a No. 15 seed and he is facing No. 2 seed, NFL MVP Adrian Peterson. Denver’s Von Miller is a No. 6 seed, but he faces the popular Victor Cruz of the Giants, a No. 11 seed. Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles is a No. 6 seed and he is facing Darrelle Revis of the Jets, a No. 11 seed.
In the old-school vote, this one will upset some folks. Marcus Allen is representing the Chiefs and not the Raiders. The Hall of Fame running back played 11 years for the Raiders and five years for the Chiefs. He is a No. 6 seed and faces No. 11 Tedy Bruschi of the Patriots.
Oakland's Tim Brown is a No. 6 seed and he faces Chad Johnson of the Bengals. Denver’s Terrell Davis is a No. 10 seed and faces Buffalo’s Jim Kelly, a No. 7 seed. San Diego’s LaDainian Tomlinson is a No. 10 seed and he faces Randall Cunningham of the Eagles.
It does end speculation that any of these players could end up in the Silver and Black. But it become obvious none of those players were on McKenzie's list because the Raiders have long been injured at receiver and these players have long been available.
It’s the right call. The Raiders need younger receivers and they don’t players with a high potential for causing distractions. What do you think? It is the right decision to bypass these three receivers? Fill up the comment section below with your thoughts.
The move makes sense for a couple of reasons. First, the Raiders are banged up at receiver. Starter Denarius Moore (hamstring) and No. 3 receiver Jacoby Ford (foot) have been not been practicing for several weeks. The team is hopeful Moore could play Monday against San Diego. Ford’s chances of playing Monday may be more up in the air at this point. Rookie Juron Criner is dealing with an ankle injury, but he has been practicing some.
Right now, the Raiders are relying on starter Darrius Heyward-Bey and undrafted rookie Rod Streater if those players can’t play against the Chargers. Even if Moore can play, the Raiders could use a veteran like Gaffney in the San Diego game.
Even for the long term, if the Raiders want a veteran, I like the idea of adding a player like Gaffney. The Raiders have long been connected to the likes of Plaxico Burress, Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson. However, Gaffney is a much better option in my mind. Gaffney, 31, is younger than those players. He doesn’t carry the baggage those players do and he has been more productive recently.
Gaffney had 68 catches for Washington last season. He was cut by New England in August. Gaffney had success in Denver under Josh McDaniels, who is now the Patriots’ offensive coordinator.
I don’t necessarily think Gaffney is a total impact player, but he’d fill some needs in Oakland, so I think he is worth pursuing.
Meanwhile, the Raiders announced these are their 2012 team captains: quarterback Carson Palmer, running back Darren McFadden, defensive tackle Richard Seymour, defensive tackle Tommy Kelly and punter Shane Lechler.
Streater, an undrafted free agent from Temple, has been a star for Oakland since offseason workouts began. He was great in training camp and he has 13 catches in two preseason games. The Raiders clearly think a lot of him.
With starter Denarius Moore (hamstring) and No. 3 receiver Jacoby Ford (foot) not practicing, Streater was reportedly working with the first team on Wednesday. He should get some valuable playing time Saturday against Detroit in the most important preseason game of the summer.
There is a strong chance Streater, who is 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, will get valuable playing time in the regular season too. This is stunning for a rookie free agent and he does look read.
Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. is a big fan and he thinks Streater is up for the task.
“Streater’s pure size, speed and athletic ability are very noticeable right off the bat and he adjusts well to the ball in the air,” Williamson said. “I’m shocked he fell through the cracks. His size could separate him from the other Raiders’ speed receivers, particularly in the red zone.”
Streater’s rise to playing time will be fun to watch once the regular season and if his performance so far this summer shows, he should be up to the task.
Good thing. The rookies may be needed when the regular season starts. After two injuries and a now questionable trade, the Raiders are dangerously thin at receiver, which was one of the deepest positions on an otherwise thin roster.
Streater, an undrafted free agent, and Criner, a fifth-round pick, may be called to duty soon. Yes, they have been good -- particular Streater who has 13 catches in the preseason -- but the regular season is a different animal. The two must rise to the challenge.
Starting receiver Denarius Moore has been dealing with a lingering hamstring injury all camp. Fellow starter Darrius Heyward-Bey has a shoulder injury that the team doesn’t think is overly serious. However, No. 3 receiver and return man Jacoby Ford, has a sprained foot on the same foot that cost him several games late last season. Ford’s availability to start the season is in jeopardy.
Oakland traded reliable Louis Murphy to Carolina prior to training camp for a conditional seventh-round pick. The Raiders thought Murphy was expendable because of all of their promising talent at the position. What worried me about that trade was a team with overall depth problems probably shouldn’t give up quality players. The Raiders would feel a lot better right now if Murphy was still in Silver and Black.
Oakland’s receiving group is susceptible, at least, for now. Expect to hear more about the idea of picking up a veteran like Plaxico Burress or Chad Johnson. I’ve been against that idea. I admit, because of the injuries, the idea of Burress or Johnson may be creeping closer to becoming worthwhile.
However, in the long term, I still think Oakland is better off developing its young receivers. That begins with Streater and Criner, who just may get their chance to prove they belong as soon as their NFL careers begin.
First, some bad, bad news:
Second-year receiver Vincent Brown suffered a broken left ankle. U-T San Diego reports that he will have surgery and will miss at least eight weeks. I wouldn’t be surprised if the injury takes even more time to heal. What a shame.
Brown looked great this summer and was going to be the Chargers’ No. 3 receiver. This injury means Eddie Royal, who has been hurt during camp, must step up to help this receiving crew.
OK, I know you will ask: Does Brown's injury mean the Chargers could be in on Plaxico Burress or Chad Johnson? Well, it would be unlike San Diego general manager A.J. Smith to add either player, but there is a hole at the position.
This is truly a bad loss for San Diego, which is without starting running back Ryan Mathews for a month or so after he suffered a shoulder injury last week. The Chargers have been ravaged by injuries the past three years and the 2012 season hasn’t started any differently.
The Chargers worked on building depth this offseason; it is paying off in the preseason. The Chargers’ backups led a comeback Saturday night and have looked good in both preseason games.
That is all well and fine, but San Diego’s first-team offense was sloppy again. All 15 of Philip Rivers’ passes were caught Saturday night. But two of them were caught by Cowboys.
Rivers has thrown three interceptions in two preseason games. He was picked off 20 times last season. Rivers has looked really good in the preseason, but interceptions just can’t happen -- he must improve in this area.
Rookie defenders Melvin Ingram and Kendall Reyes continued to make an impact. These guys are going to be fun to watch.
Backup cornerback Shareece Wright had an interception with a long return. He has looked good this summer.
Veterans such as Plaxico Burress and Chad Johnson are available. If the Raiders suffer any more injuries at the position or if Ford's lingers, outside help may be necessary at a position that looks thin, at least for now.
The Raiders had several other injuries Friday in a loss at Arizona, but Allen doesn’t think any of them are serious at this point.
Meanwhile, Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb took umbrage with the derogatory comments Oakland defensive tackle Tommy Kelly made about him Friday night.
Yes, you guessed it. Do I think Chad Johnson, who was cut by Miami after a weekend domestic violence arrest, is a good fit for the Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders or Chargers?
Let me speak for all four teams in the AFC West: No.
The combination of Johnson’s age (34 years old), declining production, recent arrest and potential to be a distraction on a daily basis is too much. I just don’t see it.
All four teams are a work in progress at the receiver position. But I just don’t think Johnson would be the answer in any of the AFC West cities.
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
The Oakland Raiders will get their chance at signing Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh. He will be a free agent now that the Bengals have decided to put the franchise tag on kicker Shayne Graham.
The Raiders have a huge need at receiver, and Houshmandzadeh is one of the prospective free agents who most fits what the Raiders need. Oakland's other glaring need is at offensive tackle.
Now that Houshmandzadeh is available, will Oakland go get him? Well, it's not going to be that easy. Houshmandzadeh is going to be very coveted and several teams will pursue him. With Oakland's recent reputation as a difficult place to play, Houshmandzadeh may look at other options first. Plus, because of their huge spending spree last season and the likelihood that they will use nearly $12 million on putting the exclusive franchise tag on cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, the Raiders may not have the funds to try to get Houshmandzadeh.
There may be other receivers available, including Houshmandzadeh's Cincinnati teammate Chad Johnson, the Giants' Plaxico Burress and Arizona's Anquan Boldin possibly available through trades. But they will be pricey as well. Then there's always the possibility of Terrell Owens if the Cowboys ended up cutting him.
Oakland can also look to the draft. The Raiders draft No. 7 and they could have a chance to pick Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree.
There are plenty possibilities out there, and it just begins with Houshmandzadeh who is now officially one of Oakland's options.
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
The top issues facing each team in the division:
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|Rey Maualuga might fit the mold of what Denver is looking for on defense.|
Primary issue: It's all about moving forward in Denver as the Josh McDaniels era starts, ending Mike Shanahan's 14-season run in Denver. If the Broncos are going to be successful early in McDaniels' tenure, they will have to address their problems on defense.
If the season started now, the Broncos would have a difficult time lining up 11 quality starters. The defense has been terrible for the last two seasons and there are only a few quality starters on the roster. Further complicating matters is that the Broncos want to run a 3-4 defense under new coordinator Mike Nolan, the former San Francisco head coach. Thus, Denver has to find players in that mold.
The team has star left cornerback Champ Bailey, linebacker D.J. Williams and defensive end Elvis Dumervil, who could be moved to linebacker in the new scheme. Other than those players, the Broncos need a bunch of pieces. And players such as defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson and cornerback Dre' Bly could be on their way out as salary-cap casualties.
Solution: The Broncos have the No. 12 pick and need to secure a quality player such as a middle linebacker like USC's Rey Maualuga or a defensive tackle such as Boston College's B.J. Raji. Also, Denver needs to pick up a couple of starters through free agency. Free agents such as defensive tackle Grady Jackson, and perhaps, if Bly is cut, a young cornerback such as the Rams' Ronald Bartell could be interesting fits.
Secondary concern: While the majority of the work to be done in the offseason in Denver is on the defensive side, McDaniels is an offensive-minded coach and he needs to put his stamp on the team. He needs to get his key offensive players, such as quarterback Jay Cutler and receiver Brandon Marshall, acquainted with his system.
The Broncos put up a ton of yards in the final couple of seasons of Shanahan's regime, but they didn't score enough points to go along with those copious yards. McDaniels has to find a way to get the most out of his talent.
Solution: Offseason study sessions and practice in minicamps should get this offense in touch with what McDaniels -- who had raging success as the offensive coordinator in New England -- wants to get done in Denver.
Primary issue: Although the Chiefs have many issues on defense that need to be addressed immediately, there are much more pressing issues with existing players on the opposite side of the ball.
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|Tony Gonzalez's future in Kansas City remains uncertain.|
Kansas City needs to figure out if it wants to convince future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez to remain with the team for a 13th season or trade him. The Chiefs also need to make a decision on running back Larry Johnson, who wants to be cut or traded. And finally, Kansas City has to figure out whether it will stick with young quarterback Tyler Thigpen or if it will try to get a franchise quarterback through the draft or through a trade.
New Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli could very well be tempted to go get New England's Matt Cassel through a trade.
Solution: The Chiefs can retain Gonzalez if they convince him that they can compete immediately and they could do that by getting defensive players. If not, he'll likely ask to be traded. If the Chiefs decide to trade Gonzalez, they will proba
bly get a fairly high draft pick for him. Johnson needs to be cut or traded, and he likely will be, so don't expect him to be back.
Thigpen could probably fill the Chiefs' need at quarterback for a year or so while they work to fill other positions. The team, however, may be tempted to trade for Cassel or draft Georgia's Matthew Stafford. Thigpen should be kept in Kansas City, and the Chiefs should address the needs on defense by drafting Wake Forest outside linebacker Aaron Curry with the third pick.
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Secondary concern: The Chiefs need several new starters on defense. They are happy with their cornerbacks, but they could use help nearly everywhere else. Kansas City's front seven has been particularly weak. Kansas City set an NFL record for the fewest sacks in a season with 10 in 2008.
A complete overhaul is needed in Kansas City. There is enough talent for this team to start competing offensively. But unless Kansas City gets legitimate defensive help, it will be a long season.
Solution: The Chiefs need to draft a player like Curry and concentrate the early rounds on defense. Also, they need to sign two or three starters in free agency. Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers would be a dream addition and Arizona linebacker Karlos Dansby would be an outstanding pickup.
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|The Raiders need to get JaMarcus Russell some help.|
Primary issue: The Raiders have an outstanding running game, but their passing game needs to improve greatly. Quarterback JaMarcus Russell still has a long way to go to prove he could be a capable NFL quarterback. But he also needs help.
Oakland needs to give him better blocking and better receivers. Oakland's receiving corps was embarrassing at many points last season. Coupled with poor pass protection and bad receiver play, Russell didn't have much of a chance to succeed a lot of the time in 2008.
With better protection and legitimate NFL receivers, the Raiders will be able to find out if Russell, the No. 1 overall pick in 2007, can become a legitimate NFL standout.
Solution: There are several receivers who are or will be available through free agency and the draft. Perhaps Oakland will try to trade for Arizona's Anquan Boldin or Cincinnati's Chad Johnson. The Raiders could also try to draft Michael Crabtree with the No. 7 pick. Oakland also needs to find offensive line help early in the draft.
Secondary concern: To be able to be active in the offseason, the Raiders are going to have to do some bookkeeping. There are several players who may end up being cut to clear salary-cap room.
The Raiders went on a wild spending spree last year. They won't be able to do the same thing this year, but that spending spree didn't answer a lot of issues, so the Raiders have nearly as many holes now as they did before they spent all their money. Thus, some room needs to be made.
Solution: Cutting players like defensive back Michael Huff, receivers Ronald Curry and Javon Walker, and tackle Kwame Harris could help clear cap space and begin the process of making amends for past financial blunders.
Primary issue: This offseason is all about finding a way to keep the Chargers' stars happy financially.
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|LaDainian Tomlinson may need to restructure his contract in order to remain in San Diego.|
The Chargers are going to be working on contracts for future Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson, key backup running back and dynamic return man Darren Sproles and franchise quarterback Philip Rivers, who is the third priority because he's under contract for 2009.
If Tomlinson doesn't restructure his contract and give the Chargers a more cap-friendly deal, he will likely be cut. But both sides want to make something work, and keeping Tomlinson in San Diego is a high priority for both him and the team.
Sproles could be given the franchise tag if he doesn't sign a long-term deal in the coming days. He's too valuable for the Chargers to allow him to hit the street. He is an asset in the running, receiving and return games. The Chargers want to re-sign Rivers to get it out of the way and allow him to play the final year of his contract without any issues.
Solution: The Chargers can redo Tomlinson's contract so it cuts down his salary-cap number but allows him to make up the money in bonuses and incentives. Sproles can be franchised and both players will be happy. Although none of this will be easy, the Chargers can still find a way extend Rivers and keep everyone pleased.
Secondary concern: The Chargers don't have a ton of needs, but there are some issues on defense, where the team needs to reload.
The Chargers can use help in all three phases of the defense with inside linebacker and, perhaps, free safety being the most pressing.
Solution: The Chargers should try to go afte
r a veteran in free agency, such as Baltimore's Bart Scott. The Chargers will also likely try to address the needs on defense with the No. 16 overall pick.
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
Weekend mail call:
David from Washington D.C.: Hey Bill, I'm a K.C. fan and native currently living in the nation's capitol. For the last several years Condi Rice has made it known that her dream job is AD at a major University or GM of an NFL franchise. Any behind the scenes rumblings that Rice might be in the running to fill King Carl's slot? The timing couldn't be better and my understanding has always been that the Bush and Hunt families had more than a cursory friendship. Seriously, could you imagine sitting across the negotiation table from a woman that stared down dictators over WMD? I'm not sure even Big Tuna or Al Davis would want to mess with that one...
BW: Perhaps. There have been reports this season that San Francisco could have an interest in Rice. But if she did end up in Kansas City, it would likely be as part of a package. The Chiefs have an opening for a football decision-maker. Because Rice is not experienced in that realm, it is highly unlikely any team would make her the top football decision-maker. She could come in in a business role or in a leadership role. If that happens, it certainly would be a lot of fun and historic watching the Chiefs build.
Billy from Okinawa, Japan: Hypothetical question. If the Chiefs are able to hire Scott Pioli, what would the chances be that he brings Matt Cassell in?
BW: I had fun with a blog post earlier this week in which I suggested the Chiefs hire Pioli and then he'd hire Patriots' offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. Perhaps the two would sign Matt Cassel. Could it happen? I know this: Pioli will be considered in Kansas City and he should. He's the real deal.
Jason from Dublin: With Denver likely making a move on Haynesworth and Asomugha unhappy with Raider management, what are the chances of Denver getting both players in the offseason?
BW: Jason, I don't think any team would get both of these players. Both Haynesworth and Asomugha are once-a-decade acquisitions for an organization. It would be way too pricey. Plus, it's likely the only way Asomugha would be with another team in 2009 is if Oakland traded him. And it's unlikely the Raiders would ship him to their rival. However, the idea of seeing Haynesworth in Denver is much more realistic.
BW: Maybe. I think Denver would have been more apt to pursue Edgerrin James had he gotten his wish and been released earlier in the season by Arizona. During the offseason, Denver may look at other available veterans and, of course, it will look at rookie tailbacks again.
Matt from Santa Rosa, CA: So what are the chances exactly that the raiders will attempt a Chad Johnson trade?
BW: I don't know if you can put a percentage on it. But here are the reasons why Oakland will likely look at the idea: He will be available, the Raiders need a receiver and Al Davis loves playmakers. Johnson is a playmaker. It is definitely a fit Oakland could consider.
December, 19, 2008
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
A couple of weeks ago in Denver, Tony Gonzalez was using the Miami Dolphins as inspiration. He noted that the Dolphins were challenging for a playoff berth after going 1-15 last season. Gonzalez said that if the Dolphins could turn around their fortunes so quickly, so could the Chiefs.
With the season lost, the Chiefs will get a close-up look at Miami and see how the team has pulled it off.
Chiefs ownership will likely note the change at the top. The Dolphins cleaned out their front office and coaching staff after last season. Of course, this will be the Chiefs' first game since general manager Carl Peterson announced that he'll step down after 20 years with the team on Dec. 28. This will be Peterson's final home game at Arrowhead Stadium and it wouldn't be a shock if it's coach Herman Edwards' final home game, too.
Ultimately, the Chargers don't control their own destiny. But for a three-hour window on Sunday, they do.
If the Chargers win at Tampa Bay, Denver will be under pressure to beat Buffalo at home to avoid a winner-takes-the-division game against San Diego on Dec. 28.
If the Chargers lose to the Buccaneers, who are battered and dealing with a two-game losing streak, their season will be over, concluding one of the most disappointing seasons in recent memory. The Chargers entered the season with Super Bowl hopes. Falling short of the playoffs would be disastrous.
If the Chargers are victorious Sunday, it will be interesting to see whether they wait to watch the Denver game. That would be a very anxious five-plus-hour airplane ride home wondering what's happening at Invesco Field.
However, San Diego must win first before worrying about that problem.
This game offers the Denver Broncos redemption -- a chance to avoid repeating one of the most regrettable moments in their history.
Two years ago, Denver ended the season at home against San Francisco. The 49ers had a losing record and were playing out the string. All Denver had to do was beat the lowly 49ers and it would have advanced to the playoffs for a fourth straight season. Instead, Denver played nervously and sloppily all game and lost in overtime, ending its playoff hopes.
The Broncos are in a similar situation this season. They can end a two-season playoff drought and win the AFC West by simply beating Buffalo on Sunday. Like the 49ers were two years ago, the Bills are under .500 and out of the playoff mix.
Will Denver avoid disaster or add to the misery?
There will be a world-class wide receiver on the field in Oakland's final home game of the season. Perhaps he'll inspire the Raiders to get one of their own in 2009.
The Raiders host the Texans and star receiver Andre Johnson on Sunday, who should remind Oakland how much a top-flight receiver can help an offense.
The Raiders will enter the offseason with wideout being one of their greatest needs. Oakland has gotten the second-least production from its receivers in the NFL. Oakland thought it solved its issues at receiver with Javon Walker in the offseason. But the big-dollar acquisition has been a bust and he is out for the season with an ankle injury.
Now, Oakland will have to look toward the future. It could try to pursue Cincinnati's Chad Johnson in a trade or maybe bypass other needs and draft Michael Crabtree if he declares himself eligible. However the team does it, Oakland needs to find its own Andre Johnson.
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December, 13, 2008
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
The return of Randy Moss to Oakland this weekend is just another reminder for the Raiders and their fans of their failures.
They've traded for stars. They've spent big money on free agents. They tried to draft a franchise quarterback. They've tried and they've failed nearly at every turn.
That's why the Raiders are stuck in its NFL chasm. Is there a way out? Look at the Miami Dolphins. They won their only game of the 2007 season a year ago this weekend. A year later, the Dolphins are pushing for the AFC East title.
It can happen, but rebuilding won't be easy in Oakland. The Raiders are mired in a six-season abyss. Oakland is 3-10 heading into Sunday's game against Moss' Patriots. The Raiders play host to Houston on Dec. 21 and then end the season at Tampa Bay. With another loss, they will be the NFL's first team to lose at least 11 games for six straight seasons.
Oakland basically has to start over in the offseason. A turnaround can happen. Here are the five most pressing issues Oakland must address to turn it around:
Develop quarterback JaMarcus Russell: The Raiders have to make this work. After all of the misfires on trades and free agency, they have to make sure the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft is not a bust.
Russell has struggled in his first season as a starter. But he is salvageable. He has too strong of an arm to fail. Russell has to be the focal point of the organization. All of next offseason has to revolve around Russell and the offense. He has to make quick strides.
Of course, he needs help. In addition to Russell feeling comfortable in the offense, he needs a better receiving corps, better protection from his offensive line. He needs coaching stability.
These are all other major Oakland issues. Without the help, the Raiders' No. 1 need -- Russell's development -- will not pan out.
Hire an offensive-minded coach and keep him: It has to be obvious to everyone, including Al Davis, that the Raiders need stability in their coaching staff. During this six-season disaster, Oakland has had five head coaches, including current interim coach Tom Cable.
The Raiders have to make a commitment to a coach. They also need to make sure the new coach is a quarterback specialist. Russell needs and deserves that attention. Oakland should look at reliable veteran coaches such as Dennis Green and Jim Fassel.
Davis loves unearthing young coaching talents but after the Lane Kiffin fiasco, it might be best that Davis looks at Green or Fassel. He needs a steady hand. He needs a veteran presence. Both Green and Fassel have had NFL success and both would provide both the X and O's part of the game that is needed in Oakland. They would provide the experience and stability that has been missing.
Trade for Chad Johnson: Yes, it's risky. Yes, the Raiders previously traded for a disgruntled star receiver in Moss. It didn't work as Oakland gave up the No. 7 overall pick and starting linebacker Napoleon Harris to Minnesota for Moss in 2005. Two years later, Moss was shipped to the Patriots for a fourth-round pick. That pick turned out to be cornerback John Bowie of Cincinnati. Bowie saw limited time as a rookie last season as Moss broke the NFL record for receiving touchdowns. Bowie is on the injured reserve this season.
Draft a star tackle: The final piece of the Russell puzzle is to give him a standout blocker. The Raiders likely won't draft high enough to get a shot at Alabama's Andre Smith, but he would be a perfect fit for Oakland. The Raiders have tried to find the answer at left tackle in recent years with Robert Gallery and Kwame Harris. They didn't work out.
Hire a personnel man: In his famous news conference to fire to Kiffin, Davis mentioned that he might try to get another football man in the front office. That is necessary. It is clear there is no check and balance system in place in Oakland. There needs to be someone in place with both a history and the gumption to stand up to Davis and help make key decisions.