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ENEMY LINES
Michael Silver
September 02, 2002
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Raiders
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September 02, 2002

Enemy Lines

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Raiders

"They've got to get it done this year, because of their age, but it's going to be tough. I don't think a lot of people realize what Jon Gruden meant to this team. Bill Callahan has a tough, tough job ahead of him....

Rich Gannon is not as quick as he used to be, but he's a very smart guy who knows where everybody is....

Charlie Garner is so quick, and he's tough too....

Watching Jerry Rice on film last year, it was like, Are you kidding me? He looked better than he had in a couple of years, and he'll be good again....

Jerry Porter is not very consistent. He's a big, fast athlete, but someday he's got to find his niche and make it happen....

Tory James is a straight-line guy; it might take a few games, but I think Phillip Buchanon will beat him out. The kid's got all the tools, and once he adjusts to the NFL—man, can you imagine pairing him with Charles Woodson? Having those two guys at corner, I might wet my pants....

John Parrella? Oh, God, they've helped themselves tremendously with that guy. Darrell Russell took on blockers maybe one out of four times; Parrella goes hard every play. He's like a storekeeper; nobody will run up the middle against those guys....

I don't know how much Bill Romanowski's got left, but if nothing else, he'll set the tempo for their young players, in games and in practices....

Rod Woodson is so damn smart, and he'll keep everyone lined up in the right spots; they haven't had a safety who can do that in a long time."

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