The Raiders began the first of 23 days of training camp at Napa, CA, Friday. The team will work out in pads for the first time Saturday for the first of 10 such practices. The questioning of Callahan frequently cutting practice short that featured limited contact raised a few eyebrows when the team lost its first two exhibition games.
That philosophy, however, paid dividends as the Raiders finished the regular season winning seven of their last eight games and reached the Super Bowl for the first time since 1983. The Raiders first practice, incidentally, ended about 20 sooner Friday.
"To some of your liking or not liking, I really don't care but at times as we move through the period we have a certain allotment of plays that are scripted," Callahan said. "If we complete them we move on. If we have a 10-minute period and we have 12 plays scripted, once those plays are complete we move on even though the period may be short."
The lighter practices, in terms of contact, appear to be a trend around the league because there is a lot of money invested in key players and their services are of no use if they are not healthy.
"We want to get a fair amount of contact in," Callahan said. "We just don't want to beat this team down. A lot of teams hit just once a day. They're on what they call a 2-1-2 schedule. We're going to practice with contact two days in a row and simulate what we do during the season so we can make that adaptation from training camp to Alameda."
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