"I'm looking for what defense is in front of me to make sure I know where my assignment is and come off with good technique," Barry Sims said. "I want to make sure I stay low and make a crease if it's a run or try to keep my guy out of the throwing lanes and give time for my quarterback if it is a pass."
Oakland wide receiver Randy Moss has a milestone within reach when the Raiders host San Diego on Monday night.
With two touchdown receptions, Moss will become the seventh NFL player to reach 100 – and he can do it the second-fastest in history.
Moss has 98 touchdown catches in 125 games. If he reaches 100 in Week 1, he will do it in the second fewest games in history, trailing only Jerry Rice, who reached the mark in 120 games.
The NFL players with 100 touchdown receptions and the number of games to reach 100, and the top 10 leaders in touchdown receptions:
|Player||Games to 100 TD Receptions||Player||TD Receptions|
|Jerry Rice||120||Jerry Rice||197|
|Terrell Owens||141||Cris Carter||130|
|Marvin Harrison||143||Marvin Harrison||110|
|Cris Carter||180||Terrell Owens||101|
|Steve Largent||198||Tim Brown||100|
|Tim Brown||243||Steve Largent||100|
"In the heat of Jacksonville, I run 150 yards on a 45-degree incline," says Whitted, who began his NFL career with the Jaguars (1998-2001). "I do it eight times and in the heat, those last couple of climbs take forever."
Whitted will get the start on Monday against the Chargers.
Art Shell, who owns Super Bowl XV and XVII rings as a player with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, resumes coaching the Silver and Black this season after a 12-year respite.
Shell previously served as the Raiders' coach from 1989-94, leading them to a divisional championship in 1990 and an overall 56-41 record. After assistant coaching stops in Kansas City and Atlanta, he served as the NFL's senior vice president in charge of football operations and development in 2004-05.
Will the long layoff from being a head coach hurt Shell's coaching ability? If anything, just the opposite.
"It's like going out into the wilderness and you travel around, you learn, you gather experience and new ideas, but yet you evolve as a person and as a coach, and I think I've done that," Shell says his 12 years off, which ties for the fourth longest in history with one team.
And his thoughts on what makes a team great haven't changed.
"We will be tough, we will be powerful, and I want the ability, as always, to strike from anywhere on the football field," Shell says. "My philosophy has not changed. I believe in the things that we have done throughout the years, and those things work."
Others around the team agree that the decade-plus layoff won't hurt Shell or the team. Sean Jones, a former defensive end who now works in the club's personnel department, says that "In Art's case, it's a matter of once a Raider, always a Raider."
Legendary Oakland coach John Madden -- a 2006 Pro Football Hall of Fame selectee -- echoed Jones' words almost exactly. "He's a Raider and has always been a Raider," Madden says. "He's back where he belongs. This is the right thing."
Six head coaches have returned to a team after a dozen or more years away.