Yesterday, the Oakland Raiders officially released their unofficial depth chart.
While the folks at Pro Football Talk have clearly been hitting the snooze on their coverage of the Oakland training camp, astute Raider fans noticed that of the six defensive tackles listed on the depth chart not one of them has ever punched Shane Lechler.
In short, one Terdell Sands was noticeably absent.
SF Chronicle writer David White has been detailing training camp via his Twitter page and he’s been very unimpressed with the way Sands has performed.
Terdell Sands getting stood up a ton, all chest-up and no angle on McQuistan, Satele. Coach telling him all about it.
Last week, defensive coordinator John Marshall stepped from behind the iron curtain and gave the first interview of his Raider career. Marshall, like defensive end Jay Richardson, knows this is not his defense. This is the defense of Al Davis: man to man and pressure from the front four. Blitz? What the hell is that?
Therefore, it is imperative that every man in the trenches holds his own.
Sands has been an Oakland Raider since 2003. Not coincidentally, the Raiders have not ranked higher than 22nd in the NFL against the run since his arrival.
Clearly, Sands is not at fault by his lonesome. But if you’re not part of the solution…you know the rest. Marshall also knows what his first priority is.
So, what is Marshall’s plan? We’ll just have to wait another 24 hours until we get our first sneak peek of the 2009 season.
Does the absence of Sands from the depth chart mean his days in the East Bay are finally over? As David White points out, you’d be wise not to hold your breath waiting for that to happen.
Look up, and there’s Terdell Sands on the ground for the second time. I’d say he’s cut if they had any depth, but they don’t.
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