Don't bet on rebuilding even if it's right

There is a seven-letter word that begins with "R" and ends with "D."

That word got mentioned a few times Monday at the press conference that announced Norv Turner as the Oakland Raiders new head coach. There has been ample speculation that the Raiders will "rebuild" their team that has some aging players.

Both individuals used good lateral quickness when asked those questions.

"Having been experienced in growing up with the Raiders, I don't think I have ever heard the word rebuild used," Turner said. "I don't think that's what we have in mind. There's some good football players on this team. There's a mix of veterans and young players. Every team starts over next Monday. There's been a great turnaround by teams. Every team has a chance to get better and there's a lot of ways to do it."

Raiders owner Al Davis was equally lateral in his movement.

"I don't think I have ever used the word rebuild," Davis said. "The hiring at the present time doesn't represent anything other than we'll have another good solid mind to tell us what we'd like to do after looking at the whole picture for a couple of months. I don't think he can do it in a day but we'll use his acumen as a guide to help us determine what we're going to do."

The Raiders have had only two truly bad stretches in franchise history (1987-1988 and 1995-1997) but those seasons were more a reflection of bad chemistry and the inability to stop the atmosphere from getting rancorous. Kind of like last season, when the team went 4-12.


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