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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Training Camp Opens Monday!

Monday the players will begin to report to training camp with practices beginning the following day. I thought this would be a good time to look at a transcipt from a recent Art Shell interview. There were a couple of things said in the transcipt that were pretty suprising.

The biggest suprise for me in this article was Morrison being moved back to middle linebacker and Clark out of the starting lineup. Shell mentioned Howard and Williams at the outside linebacker positions. This of course is prior to training camp and could change very easily but could end up being a move in the right direction. Clark is a very talented player but Morrison should be even better. If Williams ends up on IR again look for it to change back to Clark in the middle and Morrison to pop back outside.

Another suprise was that Michael Huff wasn't "penciled" into the starting lineup yet. Shell said that nobody is a starter yet and he was waiting to come out of camp with a starter. After saying he was going to start Howard I don't see any reason for him not to name Huff as a starter unless Huff isn't performing well enough. I certainly hope this isn't the case because I don't want to see Gibson back on the field.

Good News
During the interview Shell mentioned that McQuistan was working at the right gaurd spot. This has been speculated for some time but it is great to finally hear it from Coach Shell. McQuistan will continue the youth movement that our offensive line has been taken lately.

Shell also mentioned that he doesn't have any problems with Jerry Porter. He said players and coaches don't always see eye-to-eye but they sit down and work out their differences and move forward. This was one of the most encouraging things in the interview. I was worried that Porter and Shell would have problems but it seems to have worked itself out. Breathe easier Raider Nation.

Also for complete Camp coverage check out this blog.


Blogger frkyraider said...

i think there are a couple of reasons for shell not to name huff a started outright. huff was a high draft pick and isn't signed at the moment. so to name him a started would increase his leveage and lower the teams. usually we are the best team in the league at getting our players signed and to camp on time, so i'm not really worried and just think we're being carefull. plus if he did end up holding out for an extended period and we had named him the starter then it's gonna be, "how are you gonna do this without your starter mr. shell?"

7/23/2006 1:46 PM  
Blogger Ayman said...

He should name him a starter... Lord knows you guys need the help on defense anyways!

7/23/2006 3:49 PM  
Blogger The Analyzer said...

Yeah it is most likley a contract negotiation ploy, at least thats what I am hoping.

7/23/2006 8:55 PM  

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