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What is Oakland thinking?

Steve Yingling

Does anyone know what’s going on with the Raiders?

They are auditioning quarterbacks like a last-place fantasy football owner.

Why in the world would the Raiders bring back Jeff George when George hasn’t thrown an NFL pass since 2001? By the way, he tossed 42 of them that season with the Redskins and three of them were picked off. The Chicago Bears had the rights to him the past two years and George never made it on the field, and we all know how bad the Bears’ quarterback situation has been.

So what gives?

To hear George tell it, the Raiders finally caved in to his constant pestering to be given another opportunity.

Given that the Raiders’ roster already contained three quarterbacks – starter Aaron Brooks and backups Andrew Walter and Marques Tuiasosopo – adding George to the mix is like topping off an ice cream sundae with tartar sauce.

Another possible explanation is that the Raiders are becoming sentimental and are planning to retire George’s jersey for the 4-12 and 8-8 seasons he delivered in 1997 and 1998.

Or how about this one? Owner Al Davis prefers a mentor for his other three quarterbacks. Considering George’s track record, he might do better to look up Todd Marinovich.

There hasn’t been any reaction from the other three quarterbacks about the move. I’m sure Brooks can’t be happy. After all, he’s a veteran quarterback and somebody that should be able to mentor the two young quarterbacks.

George’s signing probably indicates that the Raiders will release Tuiasosopo before the season starts. Walter is the No. 2 quarterback and has looked good in the preseason.

But there still is the question of what the Raiders have in store for George. Obviously he’s going to play at some point. Brooks will falter – he usually does – and coach Art Shell will be told by Davis to insert George.

After all, Davis has a memory like an elephant, and he can’t forget what George did with the Minnesota Vikings in 1999. He threw for 2,816 yards and 23 touchdowns in only 10 starts.

His favorite target that year – second-year pro Randy Moss. Moss caught racked up 1,413 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. The season still rates as Moss’ third best during his nine-year NFL career.

Word is still out on what Moss thinks about reuniting with George.

“He’s a very accurate guy, and when it comes out it’s like a missile,” Shell told the Associated Press.

With the head coaching paying George those kind of compliments, you know it won’t be long before the retread QB will be leading the Raiders.

If it doesn’t work out, the Raiders could always try out the bag boys at the local grocery store? Oops, Kurt Warner is already taken.

– Tribune Sports Editor Steve Yingling can be reached at (530) 542-8010 or syingling@tahoedailytribune.com.

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