A few items before this afternoon’s practice at 3:30 p.m.:
– It’s easy enough to take shots at the Raiders if you so desire. Going on a riff in any direction of 29-83 is a good start.
But there’s a difference between a shot and a cheap shot, and former Raider receiver and wide receivers coach James Lofton crossed that line Sunday night on the radio broadcast of the Cowboys-Bengals Hall of Fame game.
After play-by-play man Howard David noted a personal foul on Bengals defensive back Gibril Wilson, Lofton chimed in with, “He was a Raider, you know.”
For one forgettable year. Wilson spent four years with the New York Giants before joining the Raiders, and he’s since been with MIami and now Cincinnati, missing a lot of tackles along the way. That’s four teams in four years. And yet supposedly learned the art of the personal foul in Oakland.
– Having spent last year with the Washington Redskins, here was Colt Brennan’s scouting report on Jason Campbell:
“Already they have an all-around good guy, a hard worker, a guy that’s going to be a leader and gets respect from his players. Jason is a natural, kind of prototypical NFL quarterback. Six-four, he moves really well, he’s got a big arm, can throw the ball down field.
“I think Jason’s biggest thing that’s been hurting him is he’s never got situated or gotten stabilized as far as coaching and being in the same system for a couple years. That’s when guys start to grow. You don’t see too many guys come out, the Peyton Mannings, the Brett Favres, they all went through their growing pains.
“Jason’s never really got a chance to get through that.”
If Brennan doesn’t make it as a quarterback, he’s got a future as an analyst.
– Here is Monte Poole’s assessment of future Hall of Fame possibilities. He rates Tim Brown at 60 percent to be inducted to Canton some day.
– I’ve explained before why I’m dubious of Brown’s chances to be enshrined any time soon (and have talked to enough selectors to have an informed opinion), but Ray Ratto’s Comcast SportsNet Bay Area column says it better.
– Another swipe at Al Davis for the Darrelle Revis impasse. This time in a New York Daily News NFL column by Gary Myers.
You want to blame Davis for the last seven years, be my guest. But I’ve already explained why it’s ridiculous to hold him responsible for Revis and his holdout.
– Told the folks at Raider Mecca XIII I’d get in a plug for their event, so here’s a link to the Raider Mecca Web site.
From Sept. 17-19, it includes an event with Raiders legends, a tour of the club facility, Raiders merchandise, Everett and Jones barbecue, and oh, yeah, the home opener against the St. Louis Rams _ a game you’d think the Raiders will win.
Sounds like a party.
– Updates from this afternoon’s practice can be found on my Twitter page.