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    Love this Lechler quote today.....

    “We’re going to do exactly what we did to Hester, what we did to Dante Hall four years ago when he was at Kansas City,” Lechler said. “ When you do that, it goes to show that you don’t trust your guys. I’m willing to put my guys up against anybody. I like my guys. My punt team is outstanding, they play their butt off every Sunday.”


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    Raiders lay down gauntlet to Cribbs - Inside the Oakland Raiders - A look inside the world of the highly classified Oakland Raiders from the writers of Bay Area News Group

    Raiders punter Shane Lechler watched film of Cleveland’s Josh Cribbs and made the following assessment:


    “I’m pretty sure he’s the best we’ve faced _ ever _ in my 10 years here.”

    The last time Cribbs faced the Raiders, he returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown with the Browns trailing 16-0, with Cleveland climbing back into the game and losing 26-24 when Tommy Kelly blocked a field goal in the final seconds.

    Two more came last week against the Chiefs, with returns of 100 and 103 yards for touchdowns contributing to a 41-34 win.

    Cribbs, in his fifth year out of Kent State, has eight kickoff returns for touchowns plus a pair of scores on punts. He’s averaging 27.8 yards per kickoff return this season and 13.3 yards on punts with one touchdown. In his spare time, he lines up as a wide receiver, wildcat quarterback and plays on coverage units.

    Lechler, however, has no plans to avoid Cribbs. Mindful of how the Raiders shut down an equally hot returner in Week 10 of the 2007 season in Chicago’s Devin Hester, he’ll kick it deep and trust his teammates to cover.

    Hester finished his day in Oakland with six punt returns for 14 yards and a pair of kickoff returns for 34, the bright spot in a 17-6 loss to the Bears.

    So the Raiders have no plans to back down and kick for the sideline.

    “We’re going to do exactly what we did to Hester, what we did to Dante Hall four years ago when he was at Kansas City,” Lechler said. “ When you do that, it goes to show that you don’t trust your guys. I’m willing to put my guys up against anybody. I like my guys. My punt team is outstanding, they play their butt off every Sunday.”

    Said Isaiah Ekejiuba: “Shane is not a directional punter. He’s going to let the ball go, and we’re going to go down and cover the way we need to cover.”

    And this from Sam Williams: “On special teams, we’re not afraid of any challenge, we don’t back down, we kick to anybody, we have the best kicker in the league and we feel like we have one of the best cover teams in the league.”

    Cribbs, talking to Bay Area writers by conference call, was happy to hear the news.

    “If that’s true, then they’ve got egos and we’ve got to prove it to them like we’ve got to prove it to everybody else,” Cribbs said.

    Cribbs patterned his game after former Redskins return specialist Brian Mitchell, who finished his career with an NFL record 13 special teams touchdowns. Lechler said Cribbs is the most fearless punt return specialist in the game, noting an absurdly low total of three fair catches.

    “I love it when (the other team) is in my face because that means once I get past the first window, the first couple of guys, then I’m out in the open,” Cribbs said. “You know, get past that first wave, chances are really high for me to take it to the end zone.”

    In terms of style, Cribbs, 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, is nothing like Hester (5-foot-11, 190) and more like Mitchell, who was 5-11, 221. He’s bigger than Hester, not as fast, but more physical and excels in bad weather.

    “He’s doing now is what Devin Hester did a couple years ago, but in a very different way,” Ekejiuba said. “He has great vision. He sees where the holes are, it’s like he guesses where the holes are and he hits them before they even form. That’s what makes him so good.

    “He gets to places where a lot of returners can’t do, and he breaks a lot of tackles.”

    More to come . . .

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    While I like the attitude, the tackling makes me worried. Punts I dont see a problem, Lech gets so much airtime that I doubt he will get to return many. Kickoffs though are another story all together. My dream would be to see Mitchell lay his ass out. I am crossing my fingers that it happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FanInIraq View Post
    While I like the attitude, the tackling makes me worried. Punts I dont see a problem, Lech gets so much airtime that I doubt he will get to return many. Kickoffs though are another story all together. My dream would be to see Mitchell lay his ass out. I am crossing my fingers that it happens.
    Yup, I agree.. With that weather like it's gonna be, don't see Jano getting too many touchbacks on Sunday

    I bet that ball is gonna feel like u'r kicking a rock down the field

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    Lets see Josh Cribbs bitch ass outrun our track team!

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    punting should be fine. but im worried about the kickoffs. Jano has to blast those balls faaaar away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raider95nation View Post
    Lets see Josh Cribbs bitch ass outrun our track team!
    The problem isnt the track team getting there, it's what do they do once they do get there. Most track stars never have to use their hands unless they are passing a baton lol.

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    TBH, this worries me, we always seem to give up a big return after scoring to kill our momentum.

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    Shane & Seabass have been around a long time so I wouldn't be surprised to see the Raiders kicking away from Cribbs now that they've given the Browns reason to think that they'll kick straight at him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FanInIraq View Post
    While I like the attitude, the tackling makes me worried. Punts I dont see a problem, Lech gets so much airtime that I doubt he will get to return many. Kickoffs though are another story all together. My dream would be to see Mitchell lay his ass out. I am crossing my fingers that it happens.
    Right! They're talking about how effective they were against Hester, but that was LAST year! We were better ST unit last season. Brian Schneider is gone and Fassel junior's unit doesn't look as good.

    But, you can never take anything they say too seriously. Subterfuge is often the motivation behind their remarks to the media.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FanInIraq View Post
    The problem isnt the track team getting there, it's what do they do once they do get there. Most track stars never have to use their hands unless they are passing a baton lol.
    Our so called track team on defense can tackle pretty well this year. Some seem to forget that. Washington and Hall aren't here anymore.

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    Yep, I can see it now. Cable will kick to Cribbs and he will beat us.

    That way, we can't blame Frye or Loseman for the loss
    A person over there, impersonating a former Rf.net poster who might have been Terrell Pryor, is lobbying hard for Sparano to become HC and change the offense into a 'wildcat' presumably with Pryor back as a Raider QB. If Pryor wants Sparano - then Sparano should be fired!!!

    Everything I post is my opinion.

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    hopefully they bring it on sunday

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