Raiders notebook

Woodson, Garner suspended

The Oakland Raiders and distractions in San Diego are nothing new. One year after center Barret Robbins went AWOL on Super Bowl eve, there was an incident that preceded the Raiders 21-14 loss to the San Diego Chargers.

Running back Charlie Garner and cornerback Charles Woodson were suspended for violating team rules. The Raiders were tight-lipped about the specific details. CBS television, however, reported that both players broke curfew and did not return to the team hotel until 10 a.m. Both players were reportedly sent home on a flight.

Callahan's swan song?

Could Sunday have been head coach Bill Callahan's last on the sideline for the Raiders?

Oakland owner Al Davis has not tipped his hand one way or the other but he's not likely have too much patience for losing, especially after going 4-12 one year after reaching the Super Bowl.

Two NFL head coaches have already been fired. Atlanta dismissed Dan Reeves while the New York Giants jettisoned Jim Fassel. Besides Callahan, other coached rumored to have job insecurity include Arizona's Dave McGinnis, Minnesota's Mike Tice, Chicago's Dick Jauron, New Orleans' Jim Haslett, and Buffalo's Gregg Williams.

QB shuffle and passing ineptitude

Both Raider quarterbacks, Rick Mirer and Tee Martin, had ineffective days. Mirer started the game before Martin relieved him late in the third quarter. Martin then had to leave the game after getting hurt on an 8-yard run on the game's final drive. Mirer then returned only to hurt his elbow after a Marcellus Wiley sack. Martin then returned for the game's final play.

Mirer completed 4-of-11 passes for 21 yards while Martin was 2-of-11 for 14 yards. Both quarterbacks, however, were sacked a combined five times for 42 yards, making the total passing yards minus-seven.

Quick hits

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Chad Slaughter started at left guard while Langston Walker started at right tackle.

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Oakland defensive tackle Rod Coleman recorded two sacks while Lorenzo Bromell added one.

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The Raiders posted the worst one-year turnaround for a Super Bowl participant.

Vince D'Adamo can be reached at vdad7@yahoo.com


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