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THE BOOK
Michael Silver
August 28, 2000
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Raiders
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August 28, 2000

The Book

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Raiders

"They're like a sleek Ferrari whose timing is off. I know a lot of people think this team's good, but I'll believe it when I see it. Jon Gruden has the tools to accomplish what he's trying to do, and they've gotten better about the penalties, but it still seems like something's missing....

They've slipped a little on defense, and offensively I don't think they can run the ball down your throat. Their line isn't very mobile and has trouble with angles....

Rich Gannon has a real good arm and moves around; he's fine for that system....

Napoleon Kaufman is either going all the way, or he's going right down....

Tim Brown has lost a step, but he's still a force. James Jett is no threat. Keep him from beating you deep and you've done your job. Maybe Jerry Porter will be a playmaker; the guy is a physical freak with a 44-inch vertical leap....

Darrell Russell's combination of quickness and power is like Warren Sapp's. But when he gets angry, he gets distracted....

Gruden has brought a new level of focus. But when I you think of the Raiders, you think 8-8."

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