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Chris Kluwe Q&A

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, May 17th, 2013 at 2:57 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Transcript of a conference call Friday with Raiders punter Chris Kluwe and the local media:

Q: How and when did all this transpire?

Kluwe: Well, I was born in 1981, grew up . . . no, after the Vikings released me I had kind of been waiting to see what would happen. My agent had contact with the Raiders, said they were interested, was brought in for a tryout, think I punted fairly well and they decided to bring me in for the OTAs and hopefully fall camp.

Q: Exciting to come to the Raiders with their history of punters, Guy, Lechler . . .what would it mean to come in here and punt for the Raiders?

Kluwe: It would be awesome. The Raiders have a great history of not just punters, but special teams overall. The Raiders have always been one of those teams where they take a lot of pride in their special teams and it really shows. For me to have a chance to come in and contribute to that I’m really looking forward to it.

Q: Moved to California when you were a kid?

Kluwe: I was born in Philadelphia but my parents moved to Southern California when I was about one, so for all intents and purposes I grew up in Southern California.

Q: Did you have hope you would play for an NFL team in California?

Kluwe: It would be nice, I was actually kind of hoping to do the spend-your-entire-career-with-one-team thing, I think that’s pretty cool and you get kind of that legacy, almost. At the same time, I think that’s really hard to do in the modern NFL. That really doesn’t happen that much any more. So yeah, the situation coming up was just amazing for me because I’m a lot closer to my family now. My parents will be able to come out and see quite a few more games. It’s really cool.

Q: Do you think you’re coming off your two best seasons?

Kluwe: I think I’ve had a pretty good career in general. I’ve had good numbers. I’ve always strived to do exactly what the coaches want me to do. My goal is just to be here and help this team win any way I can. You don’t really hope to see your punter on the field that much, but when he’s out there, you hope you can do what’s necessary to help the team win.

Q: Were you surprised Vikings didn’t bring you back?

Kluwe: I was a little surprised, because I think I contributed over the years to the team, but it’s the NFL, it’s business, and it’s just one of the unfortunate aspects of the business in that we don’t get to call our own shots as players. We kind of have to go with what management and coaches want.

Q: You’ve had a pretty interesting career outside of football, social activism, rock and roll, twitter, you looking forward to Raider fans? Have you already gotten a Twitter bump?

Kluwe: Yeah, I’m definitely looking forward to interacting with Raider fans. Raider fans are very passionate about the team and really looking forward to getting to meet quite a few of those people. I know in Minnesota it was a lot of fun, just doing Twitter events and things like that. Hopefully here in Oakland it will be the same way.

Q: You’re known for being outspoken about civil rights issues, in particular, you’re focused on California Prop 8. What are your plans with regard to Prop 8?

Kluwe: Well, my first plan is to make the team. That’s the overriding influence right now. I don’t really anticipate a whole lot necessary there because it’s one of those things where the Supreme Court should look at it and realize that there are established precedents in place to rule the right way on this case. I’m hopeful that once June rolls around, the Supreme Court will have made the right decision.

Q: Were you surprised at the nation-wide acceptance of Jason Collins coming out as gay?

Kluwe: I was pleasantly surprised, I guess, just the fact that this seems to be something that as younger generations grow up, they really don’t see what the fuss is about. That gives me hope for the future of our society because it really is a matter of people being free to live their own lives without being oppressed by other people, which is kind of the very core of this civilization.

Q: Raiders had a focus on high-character guys of late . . how do you fit into that?

Kluwe: Hopefully I fit in pretty well. I’ve never been arrested. I’ve never done anything detrimental to the team or said anything detrimental about coaches or other players. For me, I just want to come out and help the Raiders win in any way I can. That’s what my job here is to do, help the football team win game.

Q: Did I read your stats right, that you’ve only had one punt blocked?

Kluwe: Yeah, and the only reason it got blocked is that I dropped it. That’s one of those things I also pride myself on, that I have one of the quickest get-off times in the NFL. It hopefully takes some pressure off the guys blocking up front where they can get down and get in coverage faster because they know I’m going to get the ball off.

Q: Seems like kickers and specialists are almost like a brotherhood, do you know Sebastian Janikowski and Jon Condo at all?

Kluwe: I got a chance to meet them when the Raiders played in Minnesota, three or four years ago. Didn’t get a real chance to talk to them outside of that, but I’m definitely looking forward to meeting them and getting to know them, because it is one of those things where unless you’re a specialist, you really don’t understand what the specialist’s job is like. It’s sort of that specialist job you have to do to know what it is. I’m anticipating good relations with both of them and also getting to know Marquette. I met him when I went in for my work out and he seems like a great kid.

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  • http://000 Bob Marley

    J Hill Says:

    for a chance to start at RDE,

    ———————————————————————-

    To start??????

    Can’t see that.

    ****************************

    He would only have 35 year old Andre Carter ahead of him, why not? they could form a Nice tandem and combine for double digit sacks from RE.

  • guest123

    For the record, I want CWood to come on home.

    It would be nice for him to come in and show the younger guys what it takes as far as on field preparation and discipline to be great. But I don’t see the need to create a roadside distraction outside Raiders HQ over it.

    Does signing CWood add one more victory for the Raiders in 2013? I seriously doubt it.

    Does he even survive the season without hitting IR, now that both clavicles are once broken and he still insists on using the smallest pads in the league? Again I doubt it.

    He would instantly upgrade over what we have though, and could jump start our entire backfield’s development.

    Plus, it would just be really nice to see him in S&B #24 again.

    But those peeps standing outside 1220 Harbor Bay
    Parkway with their Orc costumes, painted faces and banners are going to look really silly when he flies out of Oakland on a one way to Denver. I hope that doesn’t happen but would not surprise either.

  • Marks hair

    otas start today?

  • Marks hair

    denver didn’t make an offer

  • RaiderRockstar

    Woodson visiting teams like the Raiders & Panthers doesn’t put any pressure on the Broncos.

    they could live without him. OAK & CAR probably could too, if we’re being honest

    I don’t agree with my man Bcz either that we should sign him if for no other reason than he doesn’t ever become orange crush under Del Rio.

    Remember that’s why Al Davis made that knee-jerk reaction to make Tommy Kelly the highest paid DT in the league back in the day, because the Donkeys expressed interest the week before free agency opened. I don’t think Reggie is that foolish or careless. We know he’s not that free spending! (unless you ask Branch or Brisiel)

  • guest123

    The Chargers are stuck in delusions of competing for the playoffs. They remind me of where we were at last year. They have absolutley the worst O-line in the league, even worst than AZ.

    They are paper thin at all positions. They aren’t going anywhere. But their GM spends money like it is going to make a difference.

    At least our GM isn’t DELUSIONAL!

    :stick that hand in the pants:

  • RaiderRockstar

    on paper, the Raiders have by far the worst D-Line in the league, but the best LB’s & DB’s

    we don’t feature any pass rushers or run stuffers.

    either these young unproven cats show up in a big way or Tarver will be bringing heat from LB’s and DB’s again (without much success, last year)

  • hwnrdr

    2204.Marks hair Says:
    May 20th, 2013 at 7:44 am
    denver didn’t make an offer

    There was a report that they did…but who knows…

  • guest123

    on paper, the Raiders have by far the worst D-Line in the league, but the best LB’s & DB’s

    ^^^^^^^^^^^

    I’d like to see what kind of heat Sio could bring as outside 43 DE. I also don’t think our “NFL worst D-Line” is set in stone by any means. Let’s see what’s up Reggie and Tarver’s sleeves.

  • guest123

    denver didn’t make an offer

    There was a report that they did…but who knows…

    ^^^^^^^^^^^

    also heard that if Detroit wanted to kick the tires, he’d make himself available for that too before deciding.

  • MEX_GHOST

    J Hill Says:
    May 20th, 2013 at 7:24 am
    This is ALL about Flynn, Pryor, and Wilson!!!!!

    We get a STUD or 2 out of that group, and we are right back in this thing.
    —————————————–
    1 STUD and 1 avg to backup him. Don´t you will be happy with this?

  • Marks hair

    I den did make an offer after woodson left town.. kinda weird

  • realtruraider

    So whats the crazy situation that Palmer was in last year? I can understand saying that about the 2011 season, but 2012? Maybe Knapps Krapp offense amd ZBS could be considered being put in a crazy situation, but I think the Cards are in for a rude awakening with there shotty oline trying to protect CP.

    I guess most teams/coaches and fans feel they can get more out of players once they leave Oak because they were put in a “crazy situation”, but it doesn’t take long before they figure out it wasn’t just an Oak problem, it was/is a player problem. Just like with McClain, message boards were lit up and even some national media types were saying how McClain will play better now in a better situation lol, WTF ever. there have been numerous examples of this, Routt/Wimbley from last year and Bush regressed with the Bears also

  • guest123

    den did make an offer after woodson left town.. kinda weird

    ^^^^^^^^^^

    their fax machine was broken.

  • Marks hair

    we’re gonna blitz like crazy.. the back end needs to generate sacks with good coverages

  • morilla

    I also would like to see Woodson come back. More for a mentoring role and a locker room presence. It would also be nice to seem him end his career where he started it. It’s a pretty cool story. Will he help them win games and get pic 6′s? I don’t really care.

    Let’s also not forget the ties between Reggie and Woodson. I think there is a very good chance he comes back.

    Retire a Bronco or a Lion? C’mon man.

  • guest123

    Proven time and time again.

    Scribes start talking Raiders or former Raiders fluff stories and it’s knee jerk to sprinkle into the story something about a “crazy situation”. Never mind that “crazy Al” is dead and buried almost 2 years now. In Oakland, it’s “Crazy” man. Just Crazy.

    Wonder what Reggie thinks about running a “crazy” show? I wonder if Arians would be willing to say that to his face and explain what he means by that?

  • realtruraider

    Eagles released RB Miguel Maysonet,Kinda surprising. Big Reg will probably bring him in for a look

  • Marks hair

    crazy situation is code for shítty situation..

  • guest123

    Arians to Reggie: “what? it’s crazy man…hehehe

    Reggie: blank stare

    Arians: “Crazy, like you know how to tell a joke man, you’re funny…

    Reggie to Arians: “Oh, you find me amusing? Think I’m here to AMUSE you?

    Arian: “nah nuh nah Regg…I mean, um, er um. “(sweating bullets)

  • RaiderRockstar

    Retire a Bronco or a Lion? C’mon man.

    ***

    @Morilla

    CWood is going to retire a GB Packer, regardless of where he plays in 2013 (even Oakland)

  • nycraider

    So another coach blasts our organization in 2012 as being part of a “crazy situation”. Two weeks after the Dolphins owner mocks us bc he felt he fleeced on draft day. Some of you may find a way to blame everything on Al or the cap. but these 2 different instances are a reflection of current leadership.
    Bottom line, Reggie and DA have a lot to prove. Give them time but dont give them glory yet.

  • http://www.RAIDERS.com Back-n-Black

    Third-round LB Sio Moore has been lining up at both strong-side and weak-side linebacker in spring workouts.
    “His ability to understand multiple positions has been good,” coach Dennis Allen said. “He’s athletic in space, which was something Philip (Wheeler) was really good at. I think he’s got great awareness for the game and he’s probably got a little bit more coming off the edge.” Explosive off the edge, Moore should force his way onto the field as a rookie.
    ……

    I love reading stuff like this.

  • morilla

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    May 20th, 2013 at 8:06 am
    Retire a Bronco or a Lion? C’mon man.

    ***

    @Morilla

    CWood is going to retire a GB Packer, regardless of where he plays in 2013 (even Oakland)

    —————————–

    That’s a given, but you know what I mean.

  • guest123

    crazy situation is code for shítty situation..

    ^^^^^^^^

    if the Raiders (27 sacks allowed last year) was ‘crazy’, then what do you call the Cardinals (57 sacks allowed last year)?

    I’d call it out of the frying pan and into the fire!

  • RaiderRockstar

    @tru

    http://www.nfl.com/draft/2013/profiles/miguel-maysonet?id=2540270

    Miguel Maysonet compares to Alfred Morris?

    cool!

  • nycraider

    Guest123 Says:
    May 20th, 2013 at 8:09 am
    crazy situation is code for shítty situation..

    ^^^^^^^^

    if the Raiders (27 sacks allowed last year) was ‘crazy’, then what do you call the Cardinals (57 sacks allowed last year)?

    I’d call it out of the frying pan and into the fire!
    ================
    dont think he was referencing offensive line play but rather franchise issues. namely greg knapp

  • Marks hair

    2222 yup

  • guest123

    So another coach blasts our organization in 2012 as being part of a “crazy situation”. Two weeks after the Dolphins owner mocks us bc he felt he fleeced on draft day. Some of you may find a way to blame everything on Al or the cap. but these 2 different instances are a reflection of current leadership.
    Bottom line, Reggie and DA have a lot to prove. Give them time but dont give them glory yet.

    ^^^^^^^^^^

    For sure Reggie and DA have a ton to prove.

    But it still doesn’t make it right when people get lazy and fall back on their Raider biases calling everything in Raiderland dysfunctional and “crazy”. Smarter people in the business know better and applaud Reggie’s moves. But only the news that leads on Raiders has to have the word “crazy” in it or it doesn’t run on the banners. If you didn’t know better, Reggie is just as bat sheet crazy as Al was.

  • realtruraider

    Guest123 Says:
    May 20th, 2013 at 7:52 am
    denver didn’t make an offer

    There was a report that they did…but who knows…

    ^^^^^^^^^^^

    also heard that if Detroit wanted to kick the tires, he’d make himself available for that too before deciding.

    ——————————————————

    He was asked about Detroit (obviously Michigan ties) he said if he made it out of Oakland he would listen, I guess it all depends on how mush Reggie is willing to spend, I would think a 2 year deal worth 4-5 mil would get it done, backload it with vet min this year. We have to use up all the cap next year because of the new rule, we are behind in that regard because of all the deadmoney the past 2 years so we have to make it up and the only way is to spend money

  • Marks hair

    thr cards sacks should go down with cp back there. but its still 3rd place in the nfc west at best..

  • RaiderRockstar

    OMG!!

    how many clueless Raider fans can there be?

    another blogger (number 98,539 since September) blaming Knapp for the season that Palmer had..

    Knapp made Palmer better! if you think Palmer is great, it’s because of Knapp – not “in spite of him”

    Knapp reduced penalties and turnovers. Palmer enjoyed one of his best statistical seasons under GK

    both men are gone, because both men were flops (not just Knappster)

  • RaiderRockstar

    I thinks the redbirds will go 1-5 in their 6 divisional games this season

    splitting games with the Rams and getting swept by both SF & SEA

  • guest123

    I would think a 2 year deal worth 4-5 mil would get it done, backload it with vet min this year.

    ^^^^^^^^^^

    Yeah, I don’t see a huge amount of risk here. Considering how much we paid to dump DHB, McClain, TK, and Palmer. Even if he completely washes out and never plays meaningful games for us. This is really pocket lint in the overall scheme of things. Reggie needs to find some jingle in his front pocket is all.

  • guest123

    thr cards sacks should go down with cp back there. but its still 3rd place in the nfc west at best..

    ^^^^^^^^^^

    Nope, they will be dead last. The Rams improved from 2-14 to 7-9 last year and were pretty competitive as the season went on. I think they will be in the hunt with Seattle and SF, while the Cards will be in the running for Bridgewater/Clowney. Right there with us!

    Regarding Palmer, he does have a much quicker release than Kolb or any of the high school quality QB’s the Cards had last year. But he’s a tree and is going to go down hard next year. It’s not a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’.

  • nycraider

    Guest123 Says:
    May 20th, 2013 at 8:16 am
    So another coach blasts our organization in 2012 as being part of a “crazy situation”. Two weeks after the Dolphins owner mocks us bc he felt he fleeced on draft day. Some of you may find a way to blame everything on Al or the cap. but these 2 different instances are a reflection of current leadership.
    Bottom line, Reggie and DA have a lot to prove. Give them time but dont give them glory yet.

    ^^^^^^^^^^

    For sure Reggie and DA have a ton to prove.

    But it still doesn’t make it right when people get lazy and fall back on their Raider biases calling everything in Raiderland dysfunctional and “crazy”. Smarter people in the business know better and applaud Reggie’s moves. But only the news that leads on Raiders has to have the word “crazy” in it or it doesn’t run on the banners. If you didn’t know better, Reggie is just as bat sheet crazy as Al was.
    ————————————–
    Agree 100% Reggie has done an excellent job cutting the cap for 2014. The art of rebuilding goes beyond cutting salary cap. While most experts agree he has done a great job cutting the cap, he’s yet to prove his ability to rebuild. Obviously he will get time to prove himself. Time will tell. It would be great if Arians would give specifics, but I doubt that will happen.

  • Dakota

    Someone said Woodson owns a vineyard in Northern California, making it more likely that he would sign with the Raiders.

    I am against the signing because it does nothing to build the team other than show we can sign a big name free agent that very few other teams want to touch…..I think we have proven we have that ability over the past decade.

    Though the sentimental part of me would like to see Woodson back in black. It just doesn’t do much for the raiders going forward.

  • nycraider

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    May 20th, 2013 at 8:20 am
    OMG!!

    how many clueless Raider fans can there be?

    another blogger (number 98,539 since September) blaming Knapp for the season that Palmer had..

    Knapp made Palmer better! if you think Palmer is great, it’s because of Knapp – not “in spite of him”

    Knapp reduced penalties and turnovers. Palmer enjoyed one of his best statistical seasons under GK

    both men are gone, because both men were flops (not just Knappster)
    ————–
    glad you agree knapp was a flop. we are on the same page

  • The_Judge37

    Dakota Says:
    May 20th, 2013 at 8:29 am
    Someone said Woodson owns a vineyard in Northern California, making it more likely that he would sign with the Raiders.

    I am against the signing because it does nothing to build the team other than show we can sign a big name free agent that very few other teams want to touch…..I think we have proven we have that ability over the past decade.

    Though the sentimental part of me would like to see Woodson back in black. It just doesn’t do much for the raiders going forward.
    ——-

    We still need a FS. And until Reggie Drafts one in his 10 year rebuild, old stop gap players are helpful to young teams.

  • guest123

    Someone said Woodson owns a vineyard in Northern California, making it more likely that he would sign with the Raiders.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^

    lol at the vineyard in Northern CA making a difference. I happen to own a vineyard in Nor Cal too, and I’m not making any knee jerk moves to leave Florida. Those operations run fine on their own with the right people. Zero maintenance.

  • Dakota

    Woodson visits the Broncos and then leaves, and then the Broncos cooperate with reporters in writing a story about how they and FS Moore have moved on since his blunder in the playoffs against the Ravens…..coincidence?

  • Dakota

    2239.The_Judge37 Says:
    May 20th, 2013 at 8:33 am
    Dakota Says:
    May 20th, 2013 at 8:29 am
    Someone said Woodson owns a vineyard in Northern California, making it more likely that he would sign with the Raiders.

    I am against the signing because it does nothing to build the team other than show we can sign a big name free agent that very few other teams want to touch…..I think we have proven we have that ability over the past decade.

    Though the sentimental part of me would like to see Woodson back in black. It just doesn’t do much for the raiders going forward.
    ——-

    We still need a FS. And until Reggie Drafts one in his 10 year rebuild, old stop gap players are helpful to young teams.
    ++++++++++

    Didn’t we sign Usama Bin Youngen to play FS?

  • nycraider

    Fine with going after woodson as long as the rest of the summer is dedicated to finder a pass rusher

  • papertiger418

    No coincidence. Elway’s covering his hoof prints.

  • The_Civilian_James_Trapp

    Realtruraider Says:
    May 20th, 2013 at 7:57 am
    So whats the crazy situation that Palmer was in last year? I can understand saying that about the 2011 season, but 2012? Maybe Knapps Krapp offense amd ZBS could be considered being put in a crazy situation, but I think the Cards are in for a rude awakening with there shotty oline trying to protect CP.

    I guess most teams/coaches and fans feel they can get more out of players once they leave Oak because they were put in a “crazy situation”, but it doesn’t take long before they figure out it wasn’t just an Oak problem, it was/is a player problem. Just like with McClain, message boards were lit up and even some national media types were saying how McClain will play better now in a better situation lol, WTF ever. there have been numerous examples of this, Routt/Wimbley from last year and Bush regressed with the Bears also

    ========
    Guess that means we had great coaches at that time. I wouldn’t say Wimbley regressed. He was still rated top 10 by PFF & the guy opposite him had a career high in sacks last season.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I happen to own a vineyard in Nor Cal too, and I’m not making any knee jerk moves to leave Florida. Those operations run fine on their own with the right people. Zero maintenance.

    ***

    @G123

    Gallo?
    209, baby!

  • willy91137

    I think it would be a big help for Woodson to come back it would put a lots of leadership IN the locker room

    he’s one of the best defensive backs to play the game he would be the quarterback of defensive backs

    and that guy is a tackling machine’s we have so many young players we need some veterans

  • realtruraider

    Regarding Palmer, he does have a much quicker release than Kolb or any of the high school quality QB’s the Cards had last year. But he’s a tree and is going to go down hard next year. It’s not a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’.

    ————————————————————

    Yeah, he is going to get knocked around back there. The Cards Oline was horrible last year, now add in their new HC who has never had a good oline where ever he has been, he obviously doesn’t make it a priority and he stayed true to form this year with the Cards

  • theghostronin79

    OTA’s today right?

  • The_Judge37

    Didn’t we sign Usama Bin Youngen to play FS?
    ——-

    Yes but a guy who wasn’t good enough to be resigned by the Cleveland Browns isn’t going to help our future anymore than Woodson.