When's the last time – if ever – the Browns have faced a team that had two of their former quarterbacks and one of their former first-round draft picks?
The Raiders have former University of Toledo product Bruce Gradkowski, who filled in for the Browns late last year, starting the season finale at Pittsburgh, when the quarterback position was ravaged by injuries, and Charlie Frye, who started 19 games for Cleveland over two-plus seasons before being dealt to Mike Holmgren and the Seattle Seahawks one week into the 2007 campaign. He played at Willard (Ohio) High School and the University of Akron.
Actually, the Raiders went into training camp with three former Browns quarterbacks, as Jeff Garcia, who was in Cleveland in 2004, spent training camp and the preseason with Oakland before being cut.
Then there's Raiders starting defensive tackle Gerard "Big Money" Warren, drafted by the Browns with the No. 3 overall pick in 2001, head coach Butch Davis' first year on the job. He played with Cleveland for four years, through 2004.
Is it possible that Warren is already nearing the end of his ninth NFL season?
Other Raiders with local connections include:
*Safety Mike Mitchell, who played at Ohio University.
*Quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett, who began his pro coaching career as an offensive assistant with the Browns under Sam Rutigliano in 1981 and '82.
*Linebackers coach Mike Haluchak, who had that same job with the Browns the last four seasons.
*Quality control, defense coach Bert Leone, a native of the Cleveland suburb of Garfield Heights who had the same position with the Browns from 2005-08.
*Tight ends coach Adam Henry, who participated in a coaching internship with the Browns.
The members of the Browns who have local connections to the Raiders, the Oakland area or California include:
*Linebacker Eric Barton (now on the Injured Reserve List), who was drafted by the Raiders in the fifth round in 1999 and played with them through 2003.
*Kicker Phil Dawson, who was originally signed by the Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 1998.
*Center Alex Mack, who played at Santa Barbara San Marcos High School and the University of California.
*Tight end Greg Estandia, a native of Moorepark.
*Cornerback Coye Francies, from Sacramento.
*Quarterback Brett Ratliff, who hails from Chico.
*Cornerback Eric Wright, who is from across the Bay in San Francisco.
*Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who had that job with the Raiders the previous five seasons.
*Assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Brad Seely, who spent 1983 as the offensive line coach at the University of the Pacific.
*Tight ends coach Steve Hagen, who was a wide receiver at Cal-Lutheran from 1979-83, spent two seasons at San Jose State in 1997 and '98, coached at California in 1999 and 2000 and was the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Fresno State in 2006.
*Quarterbacks coach Carl Smith, a native of Wasco who played at Cal Poly State University after transferring from Bakersfield College. He also got his coaching start at Cal Poly in 1971 and tutored the quarterbacks at USC in 2004.
*Wide receivers coach George McDonald, who hails from Buena Park and coached tight ends at Stanford in 2004.
*Offensive line coach George Warhop, a product of Riverside Rubidoux High School and Mount San Jacinto College.