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Camp was a success, of course

Everyone involved proclaimed Camp 2010 a success.

Just as they did last year under Tom Cable and as they did under Lane Kiffin, Art Shell, Norv Turner . . . you get the idea.

Words will give way to deeds on Sept. 12 when the Raiders visit the Tennesee Titans, and until then, there are two more preseason games to help sort out the roster and fine tuning to be done when practice resumes without the prying eyes of the media in Alameda Monday.

A few notes as relayed from those actually on the scene while I finish my stint on the disabled list:

– Cable seemed most gratified that in his judgement, there were no backward steps during camp.

“We came with our plan, we got through everything, we installed everything that we wanted to. The mission was to try and get better every day, not have those days where you’re really disgusted or disappointed as a coaching staff, that, ‘Man, we really went backward today.’ We didn’t have any of those days.

“So, well done by this football team. Now the real issue is to continue that when we go home. Eliminate the distractions that come with living back at home and all those kinds of things, travel and such, and being able to handle that and eliminate those distractions.”

– Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha believes the Raiders will enter the season with more confidence than in years past.

“We’ve accomplished a lot, and being able to put out good practices and win games in the preseason, it goes a long way,” Asomugha said. ` Just getting the wins, even though it’s preseason, it’s just getting those wins builds your confidence and gets you used to it.”

– Asomugha believes Cable is a better coach and the Raiders are a better team for handing the offense over to Hue Jackson rather than making another change at the top.

“You know, it’s always a big impact when you don’t have a coaching change, because guys are used to the person who is calling the shots,” Asomugha said. “So I think it’s had a huge impact. We have had, like I was saying earlier, the coaching change with the coordinator, but like I said, he plays to the player’s strengths so there hasn’t been any head-butting there and Tom has been good with just giving that portion to Hue and letting him just take it.”

– More Asomugha . . . he’s gratified that he now has company in terms of players sticking around and getting more work after practice.

“You’ve noticed it, I’ve noticed it. Other guys have come up to me and have noticed it too. And every camp you guys have been here, that’s been the thing — work after practice, work after practice. And now, there’s like, you know you’re seeing like seven, eight guys, nine, ten guys doing it, and you’re like, ‘well this is new,’ and it’s great.

– Quarterback Jason Campbell on Jackson: He’s brought so much to this team, especially offensively. His mindset. His attitude. He pushes everybody each and every play. There’s not a day off, there’s not a play off. In order to be a champion in life, you’ve got to work like one. That’s what he preaches everyday, to work like a champion.”

– Campbell is giving the 49ers-Raiders preseason game the hard sell, apparently unaware it wasn’t popular enough locally to be on local television except on tape delay.

“This is probably the biggest preseason game I’ve aver been a part of, talking about the two teams in the Bay,” Campbell said. “San Francisco is a really good football team. They’re well-disciplined, they’re well-coached and they don’t beat themselves so it’s a great challenge for us heading into the regular season because you get to face an opponent in San Francisco that there’s a lot of different things offensively. Defensively, they move around a lot, they bring different blitzes, so it will be good for us to get a lot of stuff on tape, see what we need to continue to work on and what we need to do.”

– Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (sort of) compared 49ers-Raiders to the blood war that is the Terrapins vs. the Midshipmen.

“I mean, you always want to battle for it, you know, a team that’s in the same area as you,” Heyward-Bey said. “At Maryland, we never had a chance to do that because we’re the only team in Maryland. Matter of fact, we play Navy this year so I guess that will be something.”

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  • LhayeS37

    keep howard,have to.al will never sign mawae.he is a player rep.fugit about it………

  • LhayeS37

    cambell better than gannon?are you insane?did you mean that?

  • Nnamdi21
  • Nnamdi21

    151. I agree. We should keep Howard. Pretty thin if we lose Kam Scott or McClain

  • 30 year raider

    common, bruce grads is all heart — no doubt about that!! i mean for a relief pitcher coming in off the bench bruce gradkowski is what i want.. but trying to say that he is a better option than JC is just absurd.. as far as boller and brennan let them battle it out come preseason game #4..

  • Nnamdi21

    150. I’m ahppy we got Campbell but wasn’t Gannon in the League for like 15 YEARS before he came to Oakland?

  • Nnamdi21

    155. Bruce would never survive an entire season.

  • priesttj

    Yeah I do and Gannon was really good, we went 8-8 his first year lost some close gamesand he had some up and down performances. As we started too put better players around him he got better and so did Gruden. When we got Jerry Rice and Charlie Garner that’s when Gannon really took off.

    If DMC and the WR’s come to play and the line holds up you’ll see what I mean. Gannon had a great Oline gave him all sorts of time to throw. If Campbell had that he would light it up.

  • 30 year raider

    # Nnamdi21 Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    151. I agree. We should keep Howard. Pretty thin if we lose Kam Scott or McClain
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    no we really need to see what we can get in return for him first off.. we need that 3RD or 4th yr vet WR, t. howard and a pick can yield a mario manningham type WR.. THATS WHAT WE NEED!!

  • priesttj

    Gannon was 32 when we got him and he was a grizzled vet played well for the Chiefs Campbell’s 28 his best days ahead of him.

  • 30 year raider

    # Nnamdi21 Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    155. Bruce would never survive an entire season.
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    AGREED

  • 30 year raider

    if veldheer starts at c what happens to satele or morris????

  • priesttj

    Satele is just hurt

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Priesttj, Fyi

    I go to the same gym as a former ST Louis Cards player from Oakland, drafted in 68′.

    Even though he’s never played for the Raiders, it seems Al Davis has taken him in. He was at the Tatum Luncheon Al Gave, goes to some practices.

    He swears by Al Davis, loves him like a father, ok?

  • edward teach

    Kell,

    When someone puts together a TV promo for the Raiders, it would be naive to think that the organization didn’t have a very large say in the message and the content. They are paying for it, after all.

    When people like Gil Brandt, Paul Tagliabue, John Madden, Tom Flores, Bill Walsh, Bo Jackson and so many others say good things about Al Davis, it’s not because they’re getting paid to say it, or because they’re forced to. When coaches come back to work for Davis after having left for other opportunities, it’s not because they have to. Some of it by current employees is part of the job, but that kind of thing is common everywhere in the NFL. Watch other team’s press conferences and interviews with new and current players nd you’ll see what I mean. The fact that so many FORMER players and coaches, and others that have never been a part of the organization say these things is probably more compelling than anything.

    If you can’t see the difference there then it’s probably because you don’t want to.

  • JB

    # 30 year raider Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    if Veldheer starts at c what happens to Satele or Morris????
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    Assuming that came into play, for the 2010 season, Satele would be relegated to back-up center & Morris would be finding employment in another industry or possibly the UFL.

  • priesttj

    You talking about Norm Thompson KK, I used to scout with him.

  • TerrapinRaider

    Q: Two years ago Ravens leaned on run as Flacco got acclimated, last year opened up. Which is this offense more like?

    Jackson: I’m not going to make a comparison between the two because there’s a whole different set of players here. This environment is going to be the Raiders environment and whatever we do obviously we have a wealth of good players here: Darren McFadden, Michael Bush, Louis Murphy, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Zach Miller. We have some prime time football players and we’re tailoring our style of offense around those players to give them the best opportunity to have success.

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    After I read this …my immediate thought was this guy really is good …something so simple ..yet so many ignore.

  • Thec07

    I would love to see V go against franklin however, he held out all of camp, has not practiced….No way he franklin plays saturday…

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Priesttj Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    You talking about Norm Thompson KK, I used to scout with him.
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    No, I’m reluctant to use his name because of my noteriety. But No. a RB.

  • http://raidersfans.net Just Win

    # 30 year raider Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    if veldheer starts at c what happens to satele or morris????
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    Veldheer isn’t starting at center. Veldheer is in there Saturday because Satele can’t go, neither is Abrayo Franklin going to go, regardless of what Franklin says, and the Raiders have an opportunity to see what Veldheer can do in a home start. Makes sense really.

  • priesttj

    OK no sweat!!

  • JB

    # KoolKell Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Priesttj, Fyi

    I go to the same gym as a former ST Louis Cards player from Oakland, drafted in 68′.

    Even though he’s never played for the Raiders, it seems Al Davis has taken him in. He was at the Tatum Luncheon Al Gave, goes to some practices.

    He swears by Al Davis, loves him like a father, ok?
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    That’s not hard to believe. AD’s whole life is football. He’s always been known as a player’s coach. He’s always favored players over coaches with the exception of Madden and possibly Flores. I’m sure the ex-player you mentioned had an opportunity at some time to meet AD and they most likely discussed some football. I’m sure AD said something to the effect of keep in touch and the guy does. I’m sure AD knows literally 1000′s of players and when one of them calls he answers the phone. That’s Al Davis.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    MacArthur Lane

  • 30 year raider

    # JB Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    # 30 year raider Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    if Veldheer starts at c what happens to Satele or Morris????
    ************************

    Assuming that came into play, for the 2010 season, Satele would be relegated to back-up center & Morris would be finding employment in another industry or possibly the UFL.
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    good hopefully they would keep alex parsons over morris

  • Stabler76

    Even DHB’s comments seem fatiqued

  • priesttj

    Ed Teach

    These guy’s are way too caught up in the media created persona of Al Davis. Warren Sapp and Randy Moss comment something’s fishy…..lol just what kind of thinkng person would listen to Randy Moss unless they were looking for something negative.

    Rod Woodson someone anyone can trust, not a word. Jerry Rice nothing negative. And just wya too many to number but the haters would rather seekout the few who had bad experiences and draw all their conclusions from them. People believe what they chose to believe……………..period. facts be damned!!

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Priesttj Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 6:17 pm
    Ed Teach

    These guy’s are way too caught up in the media created persona of Al Davis.
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    You mean the Al Davis created media persona, no?

  • J Wiggle

    I said it before I think he’s better than Gannon was when we got him.

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    Of course he is!

    Now let’s see what Hue can do with him. Missing a couple of HOF WRs though.

  • J Wiggle

    The ONE person I am going to watch every play is DHB. More anxious to see this guys alleged progress than I am to see Veldheer at C.

  • 30 year raider

    i wonder what it would take to get a mario manningham or a patrick crayton in here

  • 30 year raider

    even a lance moore would be good

  • edward teach

    Priest,

    I think all a person has to do is look at the folks that talk badly about Al, and then look at the people that speak well of him.

    We all know the names on each side of the argument. I’ll stand on that.

  • RaiderLen

    KoolKell Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 6:01 pm
    MacArthur Lane
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    One of my favorites as a young football fan.

    Remember Him with John Brockington in Green Bay?

    Loved it.

  • J Wiggle

    30 yr,

    Who would those 2 play in front of, Watkins?

    DHB, Murphy, JLH, and Ford are LOCK for the 1-4 WR spot. Chaz is SURELY mixed in there somewhere for the 7 games or so he’ll be in the year.

    No room for more WRs mayne.

  • J Wiggle

    Oh, and welcome back 30 YR.

    That was you posting about the wife earlier, right?

    Congrats and I’m glad all is well for you.

  • RaiderLen

    J Wiggle Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 6:54 pm
    The ONE person I am going to watch every play is DHB. More anxious to see this guys alleged progress than I am to see Veldheer at C.
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    Agree, Gotta see if the hype is real.

    I hope we can see a noticable improvement, with hopes of better things to come in year 3.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    A little bit, RaiderLen.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I look back on this last game from Campbell and see why I am so scared of him.

    Some good flashes, nice passes and movement in the pocket….and a 50 something QB rating, 2 turnovers and a fumble, and losing at the end.

    Campbell worries me more than just about anyone else on the roster. I have more confidence in Rolando McClain and Jered Veldheer than I do JC.

  • J Wiggle

    Now of course when I watch the game for the 5th and 6th times, I’ll be looking at a lot more, lol.

  • RaiderLen

    KoolKell Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 7:03 pm
    A little bit, RaiderLen.
    ================================================
    Monday night Football. Brockington, who. looking back, was Chuck Muncie like, powerfull and explosive. Mixed in with Mac Lane, who would run it, but also take a swing pass out of the backfield.

    I’d just started playing youth football as a running back, so as a kid, I focused on what those fellas were up too.

  • 30 year raider

    # J Wiggle Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Oh, and welcome back 30 YR.

    That was you posting about the wife earlier, right?

    Congrats and I’m glad all is well for you.
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    thanks J WIGG!! appreciate that

  • J Wiggle

    JFB,

    You’re trippin!

    Campbell was probably the most impressive thing from the Chicago game. The sacks he DIDN’T take is what stood out to me. Dude was decisive, and quick with the ball. Also did a really good job of stepping up in the pocket.

    The INT was the result of a blown blocking assignment by either Gallery or Satele. Pressure came right in his face and I believe his arm was hit. The read was correct and it should have been 6.

    The “fumble” ??? You mean the bad snap? Are you really putting that on JC?

    Tough crowd!

  • 30 year raider

    # J Wiggle Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    30 yr,

    Who would those 2 play in front of, Watkins?

    DHB, Murphy, JLH, and Ford are LOCK for the 1-4 WR spot. Chaz is SURELY mixed in there somewhere for the 7 games or so he’ll be in the year.

    No room for more WRs mayne.
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    where would you put mario manningham ranking him with our top 4 wr’s????

  • J Wiggle

    JFB,

    Will we keep Grads and his salary as a #3 QB?

    He better step his game up Saturday, lol!

  • J Wiggle

    30 Yr,

    The question is where Jackson and Davis would put him?

    I think it’s pretty apparent that DHB, Murphy, and Ford are going to get every chance to fail before they are demoted. Same with Chaz and JLH. I think any WR short of Reggie Wayne types don’t see the field for us.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Just Fire Baby,

    You and Chris in NY are out of your collective minds! Jason Campbell is not anywhere close to the issue. Campbell is a strength. Making the right reads, moving the offense, staying after EVERY practice, leadership….as Jwiggle said, that INT was because he was hit as he threw…that’s a TD if the O-Line does its job.

    Gradkowski is what he is. He had a couple of good games last year, got hurt and then got hurt again. He is not a starting NFL QB….and is hanging on as a backup…just like last year.

    Gradkowski appears to be a great guy. But to think he’s an NFL starte? C’mon Man!

  • raidersxy

    LMAO Mike Tirico

    “Matt Flynn just entered the game for the Packers. He of course was the QB at LSU who succeeded Jamarcus Russell, yet he is the LSU QB still playing in the league.”

  • 30 year raider

    FIRE BABY.

    gotta agree with wigg, 1000%!! i mean the guy threw for over 3500yds 20 tds to only 15ints on a very bad redskin team.. those type of numbers for us directly leads us to at least 4 more wins…

  • J Wiggle

    Plaxicco Burress might be a name to keep an eye on. Gives the staff time to see if they really have anything with these young WRs now that there is a decent QB getting the rock to them.