RJ sighting at the S.B., plus other notes

Rob Johnson looked like his old self today in San Diego. Johnson, who played four seasons with the Bills, is Bucs QB Brad Johnson's backup.

 

The ex-Bills quarterback was unshaven and looking sort of sloppy, decked out in his athletic gear and wearing an old-style Tampa Bay Buccaneers hat – you know those "Mack Truck" ones that truck drivers wear, which have the old wire mesh panels in the back of them.

While certainly it was "Mack Truck-esque" of Johnson, no one could ever accuse the quarterback of being built like a Mack Truck …

Johnson seemed relaxed and surprisingly mellow and accommodating to the Bills' media contingent. He was asked about his time in Buffalo, and he agreed that once he lost the fans' support, it was down hill for him, regardless of what he was able to do on the field.

Johnson could have signed a three-year contract extension with the Bucs in September, but decided against it. He thinks he'll be able to start for someone next year …

If the Bills are thinking about signing a free agent fullback this off-season – the Raiders have two that should be watched this Sunday: Zack Crockett and Jon Ritchie. Crockett is a good, short-yardage runner who led the Raiders with eight touchdowns this season and Ritchie is primarily a blocking fullback. Crockett says he can block well too. Of course, Philip Crosby was used as more of a blocking fullback down the stretch for Buffalo, so that may be his job to lose …

Maybe Gregg Williams can take some of this advice when it comes to deciding fourth-down and two calls and other pivotal, game-shaking judgments. Williams is a bit conservative when it comes to "going for it," as he showed against New England during the November game in Buffalo.

Raiders coach Bill Callahan took this approach as a first-year head coach: "I've always felt since I took the job that I had nothing to lose. I was just an obscure guy nobody knew. I was this guy in the film room. I had the opportunity to be the head coach. When I took the position I said, "I have nothing to lose." I'm going to let it all go. I don't care what happens. I didn't care how many times we throw the ball. I felt in my own heart that I had nothing to lose. I think when your players see that, sense it and feel it, that you're fearless in what you want to accomplish. I think you can leady anybody."


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