After taking the week off, the Raiders meet for organized activities Tuesday through Thursday this week, with limited media availability on Wednesday.
Limited, by the way, means all the players coming off at once and heading into a closed locker room, with interview times severely impacted because they happen in five or 10 minutes before coach Tom Cable is available. Since Cable is the only person who divulges information regarding injured players, those who attended and those who didn’t, etc., player interviews end once he starts.
The 49ers, meanwhile, sent out the a media schedule that includes open locker rooms which occur after sessions with coach Mike Singletary, as well as days when offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye and defensive coordinator Greg Manusky are available.
Repeated requests for Raiders offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, one of the most interesting stories of the Raiders offseason, have been denied. Defensive coordinator John Marshall, who might have a few interesting things to say about new middle linebacker Rolando McClain, isn’t available, either.
They’ll be worthy of the spoken word in Napa.
Instead of adhering to the NFL minimum of once open OTA per week, the 49ers are open for media business Monday through Friday this week and Monday through Wednesday next week.
So if you’re wondering why on balance there will be much more written about the 49ers than the Raiders over the next two weeks (although not here, of course) . . .
– The Quarterback Whose Name Must Not Be Spoken is working with the Jets Mark Sanchez.
– Surprise! McClain wants to quickly sign for his $20 million or so guaranteed rather than hold out.
(If you’re reluctant to become a subscriber to the Decatur Daily, trust me, there was little else to the story).
McClain said negotiations haven’t yet begun, which isn’t surprising. The starting gun for rookie contracts in most cases, for reasons I’ve never had adequately explained, is around the Fourth of July.
– Cable is is interviewed on Raiders.com, where he says OTA attendance is “the best the Raiders have ever had” and “I like our defense a lot We have a chance to be very good on that side.”
Below the interview is a link which says “Fathers Day Promo. Get 20% Off The Polo Coach Cable is Wearing.”
If I were in the market for a Raiders shirt, I think I’d want more than 20 percent off if Cable has worn it first.