Gutierrez: Raiders-Chargers Pregame Notes


Gutierrez: Raiders-Chargers Pregame Notes

Oct. 10, 2010


Paul Gutierrez

OAKLAND -- Greetings from the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Sunny day but lookslike the beginnings of another sparse crowd. Last weeks announcedcrowd of 32,218 was the smallest in Oakland since 1967. There arepeople, however, seated atop Mt. Davis.

The game is blacked out on local television, making it the 10thstraight blackout and 79th in 123 games since the Raiders returned toOakland from Los Angeles in 1995.

In my opinion, the rule is arcane and should be done away with as itobviously does not work and only hurts and alienates local fan bases.

Speaking of which, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is here and tweetedthat he was on his way in the Madden Cruiser. Maybe hell be availableand we can talk to him about the rule?

Nick Miller will make his NFL debut today, returning punts.

In the 2009 preseason, the undrafted Miller returned seven punts for 43yards with a long of 23 yards and lost a fumble at San Francisco.

He was inactive for 15 games last season before being put onseason-ending Injured Reserve with one game to go. This season, he hasbeen active for three of the four games, since the opener, but has notplayed.

With so many players physically unable to go, all three Raiders quarterbacks are active.

The Raiders inactives, then: RBs Darren McFadden (hamstring) andMichael Bennett (hamstring), CB Walter McFadden (hamstring), LBsTravis Goethel (back) and Thomas Howard (knee), LG Robert Gallery(hamstring), DT John Henderson (foot) and WR Chaz Schilens (hamstring).

Quentin Groves (hamstring) is active.

Raiders captains Cooper Carlisle, Tyvon Branch and Sam Williams.

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Klay Thompson's status for game vs Thunder up in the air

Klay Thompson's status for game vs Thunder up in the air

Programming note: Warriors-Thunder coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on CSN Bay Area, and streaming live right here.

Klay Thompson is questionable for tonight's game against the Thunder, the Warriors announced.

His status is up in the air because of a family matter.

Thompson has played in 40 of the team's 41 games this season.

He led the Warriors in scoring on Monday against the Cavs with 26 points.

More to come...

Falcons coach Dan Quinn shares past experience with Kyle Shanahan

Falcons coach Dan Quinn shares past experience with Kyle Shanahan

Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn went through two years ago what his offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is experiencing now.

Quinn, who was the Seattle Seahawks’ defensive coordinator at the time, was the presumptive next coach of the Falcons while he prepared to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX.

One day after the Seahawks’ 28-24 loss to the Patriots, Quinn was announced as Falcons head coach.

The 49ers are expected to formally make an offer to Shanahan after the Falcons’ season is over, and Shanahan is “almost certain” to accept, the NFL Network reported. Atlanta plays host to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game.

“I definitely have shared insight with him as he was going through the process for him,” Quinn said of Shanahan on Wednesday during a press conference.

But Quinn referred all other questions about Shanahan’s likely hiring as the next 49ers coach to the Bay Area. The 49ers will be able to hold a second interview with Shanahan next week, regardless of the outcome of Sunday’s game. The 49ers’ first interview with Shanahan was Jan. 5. He was allowed to interview the first time because the Falcons were on the playoff bye week as the NFC’s No. 2 seed.

“I know it’s for sure out there, (but it’s) definitely not our story to tell,” Quinn said. “They (the 49ers) will for sure reach out to (general manager) Thomas (Dimitroff) and to the organization and there will be a window for them if they’d like to visit with him for next week. But that’s really where it’s at, and there’s nothing left to do until then.

“That’s the way it’s designed from the league. You have your window and then that one closes for a while, and then there’s another one and you’re able to talk. From there, that’s why you’re able to lock back in and do what we’re doing. That’s where I am with that.”