Jerry McDonald has been assigned the Raiders beat writer position, effective immediately. I am switching from the beat writer the past 14 years to the full-time blogger. So, for those of you who crave your Raiders fix from Jerry, he’s still a click away, as well as in the paper. I have the task of trying to fill Jerry’s shoes, which won’t be easy. He was on the leading edge of papers incorporating blogging into their coverage and he quickly developed into one of the best in the nation.
I intend to bring you many of the same elements that you became accustomed to during Jerry’s tenure. However, I also want to try some new things as a means of keeping things fresh and expanding the coverage. With that in mind, feel free to suggest some things you are interested in seeing in this space.
At some point, we will run a regular feature where I take some of your questions to the players and coaches and get you answers. We also are toying with the prospect of adding a second live chat each week, as well as video feeds and exclusive interviews. So, now is the time to weigh in on some of the things you would like to see from me and this site.
Jerry and I still will work hand in hand and complement each other’s coverage. However, there are going to be times when I am needed to help out on the 49ers. How often remains to be seen. During any absence, Jerry likely will help fill the void. That’s a work in progress.
I look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with the rabid Raiders fans who have made this blog as successful as it has become on Jerry’s watch.