Defense line must pressure quarterbacks

Updated: August 7, 2003, 3:41 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com
The Raiders schedule is a little easier than last season when they had few easy games and had to grind through an impossibly tough AFC West division schedule.

Last year, though, the Raiders learned a lot about themselves. They learned that egos can be put aside for the good of the team. Tim Brown caught a lot of passes but took a lesser role in the offense while Jerry Rice and Jerry Porter became Rich Gannon's favorite targets downfield. They learned that Bill Callahan was a coaching gem who learned from the coaches who hired him as an assistant.


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