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Raiders Fear They're Telegraphing Their Plays



    Raiders Fear They're Telegraphing Their Plays
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    NASHVILLE - SEPTEMBER 12: Jason Campbell #8 of the Oakland Raiders gets tackled by Jason McCourty #30 of the Tennessee Titans during the NFL season opener at LP Field on September 12, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Raiders 38-13. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jason Campbell;Jason McCourty

    I know it's still a sensitive subject, so I won't name names.

    But there was once a certain Super Bowl wherein a certain coach supposedly knew his opponent's play calls and offensive terminology because he had coached that team the previous season, and this knowledge helped lead to a blowout 48-21 win.

    The Oakland Raiders fear that something similar was happening in Sunday's big opening day loss to Tennessee. But this time, they're busting down film and analyzing snap counts to make sure it doesn't happen again.

    Many of you could see it on television, regardless of how many beers you'd had -- the Titans defensive front seemed to be a half-step quicker off the ball than the Raiders whenever Jason Campbell took a snap. It was if they knew exactly when Campbell was going to snap the ball.

    Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell noticed it, and he's facing the Music City music.

    "It's something that we've talked about today in our coach and quarterback meeting room: How was those guys getting off the ball so fast?'" Campbell said in an interview with Comcast SportsNet. "We've all got to go back and study the film and see what it is, because they definitely was getting off really well."

    "I even studied myself, trying to make sure if it's anything that I'm doing" Campbell said.

    Campbell swears this is not going to let this very pressing first game issue derail his whole Raiders' season.

    "I've known teams that won game one and still didn't make the playoffs, and teams that didn't, and made the playoffs," Campbell said.

    He's right. Even a certain team that beat the Raiders 48-21 in the Super Bowl lost their first game of that particular season.

    Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who is always a half-step quicker off the ball until he has his marijuana ice cream.