Hold the lights


The Raiders released the times of their practices through the first weekend of training camp in Napa, and as expected, they will not have evening sessions.

In training camps under Lane Kiffin, the Raiders would spread out the amount of time between practices by having double sessions at 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., always followed the next day by a single practice in the middle of the day.

The reasoning was the time off gave the Raiders more time off to heal, and Kiffin credited the system with keeping the team relatively healthy during training camp under his watch.

With Tom Cable in charge, the Raiders are going old school. They will have double sessions for the first four days of camp, with practices at 8:30 a.m. and 4:20 p.m. on July 30, July 31, Aug. 1 and Aug. 2.

Ordinarly, teams will go in pads for only one of the double sessions.

The team is scheduled to report to the Napa Marriott Tuesday, with Cable available for the first time the Wednesday at noon on the fields at Redwood Middle School behind the hotel. It is at that time Cable will likely update the status of the draft class (they’ll probably all be signed, even if the club doesn’t announce it beforehand) and give updates on which players may not be available to practice due to injury.

The Raiders will have no practices Wednesday, instead having meetings throughout the day to prepare for the double sessions to follow.

Count it as another instance where the Raiders have been de-Kiffinized. Cable also got rid of the music which played during warmups under Kiffin’s watch.

The Raiders released no information beyond the first four days of practice.

The 49ers announced they will be in Napa for double sessions on Aug. 18 and 19 in preparation for the preseason game that week against the Raiders.

Practice sessions are closed to the general public although the Raiders often have groups visiting such as season ticket holders, advertisers and business associates.

The media talks with Cable every day after practice with team members available for interviews after they’re done working out before lunch.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Dude

    McDaddy???? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Florida Pete

    he’s got like, 13 kids…


  • Jhill, you even make excuses for yourself I see, lol. Sad dude. Next time, place names on your comment and you will be okay, it is that simple, simpleton.

  • Cubs I have great confidence in to perform well in their jobs in 2009:


    Cubs that are on the fence:


    Cubs I do not have great confidence in to perform well in their jobs in 2009:

    All of them

    62-100 unless everythig goes right….then 79-83 maybe

  • I have great confidence in the Laker Girls’ ability to perform jobs…

    just not on me 🙁

  • Florida Pete

    cubs ???

  • Dude,

    Just because our moronic coach thinks Fargas should start and get more carries than Bush doesn’t mean it is right…he also started Harris over Henderson when everyone on the planet knew Harris was the worst LT in the NFL.

  • Dude

    Goal line theory doesnt hold water. DMC and Bush combined for more but not enough to matter. Bush SHOULD be in on the GL. Fargas will start and get the most carries. DMC will play the most and get the most touches. Bush will be the short yardage guy. Gar ron teed.

  • Florida Pete

    at a minimum, we should be talking about professional sports here…

  • This is Fun!!!

    I’m enjoying the show.


    May I have some popcorn pls? lol

  • Dude

    Whos the coach this year? Oh, the same moronic coach as last year who gave the ball to Fargas. Yeah, thats right. Oh, and I never said “should”, I said “will”.

  • Hey, that wasn’t very nice Pete! Leave those Cubbies alone! That is like picking on homeless people….

    Where have you been lately anyhow? We miss your witticisms….

  • Flip! Flip! Flip!
    Flop! Flop! Flop!

  • Please Dude, you can’t write up a glowing Fargas comment like 195 and then claim you are not bobbing on his knob.

  • RR,

    Where you at Bro? We need some Raiders Articles.

  • Dude Says:
    July 24th, 2009 at 9:08 am
    Whos the coach this year? Oh, the same moronic coach as last year who gave the ball to Fargas.



    Last year both Bush and McFad were learning the system, and McFad was dinged up. It made sense to bring them along at a measured pace.

    This year, is all are healthy I do not see the need to depend on the vet. Fargas should get no more than 30% of the total carries, and rarely if ever on 3rd down, in the red zone, in the wildcat, or on screens.

  • Dude Says:
    July 24th, 2009 at 8:42 am
    He got drafted higher than Bush?? Who gives a funk? (knob bob) Obviously he is doing what he needs to do to be the starter (knob bob), he started for the last two years. His numbers in 07 were pretty damn good (knob bob) if you actually look at them instead of just dismissing the guy as a bum and annointing DMC and Bush as the next HOF running backs. (knob bob) Hell, he put up decent numbers last year despite being banged up most of the season. (knob bob) The lack of a passing threat and general anemic offense is more to blame on his low TD numbers. (knob bob) How any so called Raider fan could bash Justin Fargas is absolutely beyond me. (knob bob)
    How many was that? I lost count at 6 Dude knob bobs on Fargas.

  • AZ Raider


    Moring O,

    Got your boots on enjoying the show I see 🙂

  • Dude

    I like him. Hes a good, not great, back. Like I said DMC should/will get the most touches, but Fargas is going to get the most carries. All three guys have to play a role this year considering they all are prone to injury. Keep following the crowd and singing the “Fargas sux” song, its not like you have any of your own ideas anyways.

  • Bo….I am sure you meant Fargas should get no more than 3% of the total carries. I know you want the Raiders to win so I know you didn’t mean to type 30%….right?


  • Dude


    Bush got more carries when Kiffin was coaching. Nice try though.

  • Dude


    I dont know many great backs who when healthy dont even get in the damn game, but hey thats just me, I am crazy like that.

  • AZ,

    I love Mornings! 🙂 you know!!

    Relax and enjoy, the show has started.

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  • Charlie


    Mr Davis has admitted his mistakes in hiring coaches as well as the poor performnce of the team over the last six years.

    You have been exposed to too much Bay Area venom if you do not think Cable had input in making the changes that were made last year.

    You probably think that signing Walker and Hall and Wilson and trading Moss were done without any input from Kiffin.

    You think Gannon was brought in without Gruden’s input?

    I am tired of giving out examples.

    Mr Davis has always used input from his coaches and scouts. Mr Davis also has the final say just like any other NFL team.

  • Bodumbass? Is that as good as it gets from you?

    And Kiffin was the coach who proclaimed Fargas the starter. By the time Cable took over, McFad was dinged and Bush had pouted about a FB role.

  • Silver-n-Smac

    # Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:

    “Justin Fargas actually posted a comment on our blog!! He even misspelled his plast name to try and be coy!!!”

    O.K. dude, so I misspelled his name. Why don’t you grow up instead of being a total dumb-ass?

    You people who keep throwing out all of McFadden’s & Bush’s “sexy” TD stats are so typical of so many Raider fans these days.

    You’re the same people that couldn’t wait until Gannon got hurt so that Kerry Collins would start for us. I remember all of you people, going on and on about Collins “Big Arm”. Yeah, that took us real far, didn’t it? Why don’t you people realize, after 6 years of complete futility, that it’s time for a Raider team to actually resemble a TEAM, as opposed to a collection of stat-collecting stars?

    As I said before, give me 22 guys who give it all up on every play and I’ll take those guys over 22 “stars” every day of the week.

    If you knew anything about the running game, it’s all about toughness and bruising the opponent’s will in the 4th quarter. And if you actually paid any attention to opposing players in the 4th quarter, you would know that they hated Fargas because the dude is still coming at them 100 mph.

    Coaches and O-Lineman love Fargus. Gallery & Groves raved about that guy last year and said “that’s the kind of guy you want to go to war with on Sundays”

    I don’t give a crap how many TD’s he does or does not get. The bottom line is that the 3 backs are collectively getting the job done. Fargas gets the tough yards for us.

    Go ask the Steelers how that type of attack as defined their franchise over the past 35 years.

    Yeah dude. . . . . .I’m Justin FargUs.. . . . .


  • OAKlifer


    Hey its Duder/mr/bobby/trollolammmammma!!!!

    Hey duder whats the haps on the craps!!!

    you think we will win 4 games this year???

  • sausee1

    Hell yeah…sounds like we’re gearing up for a strong camp…vital for a successful season!!!

  • RaiderJohn

    Dear Jamarcus Russell,
    In a year where all the TV analysts are saying this is your make or break season I disagree. Typically the rule is 3 years before the “bust” tag can be applied and your first year didn’t count because of the hold-out. That contract is done, feed and house your family well and give us fan-family what we deserve; A Super Bowl!! Not this year, no pressure but in time? Yes, I believe in you.
    So as a big fan of yours and an active member of the Raider Nation I have to ask you: ARE YOU READY? Are you ready to quiet the critics? Are you ready to handle the media? And most important are you ready to be the LEADER of the Oakland Raiders for the next 15 seasons? In the huddle, in the locker room, off and on the field, down by 7 with 1:32 in the 4th? ARE YOU READY?
    Your skill is a gift, a god-given gift that was given to you for the purpose of winning and entertaining. And you ARE a RAIDER, so let’s do this huh? I don’t know yet if they gave you that right tools to be a true passer with DHB. Khalif Barnes etc..but only time will tell. And Garcia? They just put him there to light your fire. That’s all. You are the starter for now, but listen to Jeff because he has been around the block a few times seeing that he is 39 years old and all. But also know this, you are 24 years old right? You have your whole life ahead of you, don’t you want to go to the hall of fame some day? I think it’s possible but you need to apply yourself as a leader NOW! That’s where it starts.
    While critics say what they say about you, they rarely mention the positive. Never have a seen you blame your WR’s or your O-line men, or slag off your team mates in the media (think Ryan Leaf), You seem to be accountable on the field. Never mind the big arm, that’s just something you already have. You were born to do this.
    This season understand this; our defense against ranks worst against the run, and this will not allow you much time to even be on the field as teams will again know to simply eat up the clock on the Raiders by running the ball over and over. This was not addressed in the off season. The schedule is also VERY difficult. This means that 2-6 by mid-season is very possible. But it won’t be your fault necessarily , the organization is to blame for not putting the right people in place. Garcia will come in, he’ll win a couple games and the analysts will go crazy. Warren Sapp will be beaming with arrogance (even though he praised you a few months ago, what’s wrong with that dude?), and people will say “I told you so” BUT they will be wrong. I know there is greatness in you, I know you are pro-bowl material, and I know you can take US to the Super Bowl.
    So go into this season as the leader of the Oakland Raiders, hold your head up high, get the team to play for you and gather around you and respect you as a LEADER!!

    -A true fan