Auch an ihrem letzten Tag im Trainingscamp der Oakland Raiders sammelten die drei Coaches der Raiders wieder neue Erfahrungen. Beim Abschlusstraining vor dem Spiel der „Silver and Black“ bei den San Francisco 49ers unterhielt sich Swarco Raiders Head Coach Shuan Fatah lange mit Rod Woodson.

Woodson spielte von 1987-2003 insgesamt 17 Jahre in der NFL für die Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens und zuletzt für die Oakland Raiders. Er wurde elf Mal in den Pro Bowl gewählt, stand sechs Mal im All-Pro-Team, war 1993 der NFL Defensive Player of the Year und gewann Super Bowl XXXV mit den Ravens.

Er fing in seiner Laufbahn 71 Interceptions – nur zwei Spieler fingen je mehr Pässe ab. Zudem returnierte Woodson zwölf Interceptions zum Touchdown – ein NFL-Rekord. Aktuell fungiert Woodson als Assistant Cornerbacks Coach bei den Raiders und arbeitet somit an der Seite von Willie Brown, der im Juni zu Gast bei Eurobowl XXV in Innsbruck war.

Derweil nutzte Raiders Offensive Coordinator Lee Rowland den letzten Tag in Napa, um mit Oakland Raiders Offensive Line Coach Bob Wylie Videos der Trainings zu studieren.


Shuan Fatah: „Man trifft nicht alle Tage jemanden, der in der ‚Hall of Fame‘ ist. Und hier bei den Oakland Raiders hatte ich das Glück, in Rod Woodson und Willie Brown gleich mit zwei der besten Spieler aller Zeiten zu tun zu haben.“

Rod Woodson: „Ich finde es großartig, dass die Oakland Raiders jedes Jahr Coaches aus aller Welt ins Camp einladen. Hier erhalten sie einen erstklassigen Einblick in den Trainingsalltag eines NFL-Teams. Und dank der Erfahrungen, die diese Coaches hier sammeln, kann unsere Sportart wachsen.“


Eine Woche sind die Swarco Raiders Coaches Shuan Fatah, Lee Rowland und Andreas Pröller jetzt bereits im Trainingscamp der Oakland Raiders in Napa, Kalifornien. Aktuell bereiten sich die „Silver and Black“ auf das Gastspiel beim Erzrivalen San Francisco 49ers vor, bei dem auch die Gäste aus Tirol anwesend sein werden.

Die Anspannung vor dem Spiel ist auch beim Training deutlich spürbar. Schließlich spielen die Raiders gegen den Nachbarn aus der Bay Area. Am Samstag (ab 17 Uhr Ortszeit/2 Uhr MEZ) treffen die Raiders und die 49ers zum 39. Mal in der Saisonvorbereitung aufeinander.
Das erste Duell fand 1967 statt. Bislang gewannen beide Teams je 19 Begegnungen. Es ist das elfte Jahr in Folge, in dem die Raiders und 49ers in der Vorbereitung gegeneinander spielen. Die Teams haben schon zwischen 1976 und 1993 regelmäßig gegeneinander gespielt.
Shuan Fatah: „Wir erleben hier eine tolle Zeit und nehmen unheimlich viel mit zurück nach Innsbruck. Man merkt, die Intensität steigt von Tag zu Tag. Denn das große Spiel gegen den Erzrivalen steht am Samstag an. Ich freue mich dabei auch auf ein Wiedersehen mit Pro Bowl Kicker David Akers, den ich zu meiner Zeit bei Berlin Thunder trainiert habe.“
Lee Rowland: „Ich freue mich auf das Spiel gegen die 49ers. Zum einen wird es ein sehr umkämpftes Duell werden. Zum anderen ist Jim Tomsula, der Defensive Line Coach der 49ers, ein sehr guter Freund von mir.“



Football is back. Last week, 16 games kicked off the return of the NFL. Now, it’s on to Week 2 of the preseason and the schedule is full of excitement. Six games will be featured on national TV, starting with the Philadelphia Eagles visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night (August 18, 8:00 PM ET, FOX) and concluding with the New York Giants hosting the Chicago Bears in primetime on Monday (August 22, 8:00 PM ET, ESPN).






Thursday, August 18

Philadelphia at Pittsburgh

8:00 PM


Friday, August 19

Atlanta at Jacksonville

8:00 PM


Saturday, August 20

New Orleans at Houston

8:00 PM


Saturday, August 20

Minnesota at Seattle

11:00 PM*


Sunday, August 21

San Diego at Dallas

8:00 PM


Monday, August 22

Chicago at New York Giants

8:00 PM


                        *Joined live in progress (game starts at 10:00 PM ET)


Some of the highlight games in Week 2 of the NFL preseason:


  • PHILADELPHIA at PITTSBURGH (Thursday, FOX, 8:00 PM ET): Week 2 of the preseason kicks off with bragging rights for the state of Pennsylvania on the line as the Steelers host the Eagles at Heinz Field.


Philadelphia opened the preseason with a 13-6 win over Baltimore. Eagles quarterback MICHAEL VICK completed four of six passes for 74 yards and a touchdown as he led the team on an 80-yard scoring drive to start the game.


“It felt good to get back out there and play against somebody else,” says Vick. “We definitely have something special and this is one of the best teams that I ever felt that I’ve been a part of. I enjoy each and every teammate that I have in the locker room.”


The defending AFC champion Steelers returned to the field last week in Washington and have their sights set on returning to the Super Bowl.


“It feels great,” says running back RASHARD MENDENHALL. “We are working toward trying to go to another Super Bowl. We’ll come back, get some more work in and try and do it again next week.”


  • ATLANTA at JACKSONVILLE (Friday, FOX, 8:00 PM ET): The defending NFC South champion Falcons will travel to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars in a primetime interconference showdown.


Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN completed six of 10 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown last week against Miami, including two passes of more than 20 yards to rookie wide receiver JULIO JONES, the team’s first-round pick (No. 6 overall) out of Alabama.


            “I thought Julio did a good job,” says Ryan about Jones. “He was on top of the gameplan. If he continues to do

that the rest of the way, he’s going to do a great job for us.”


Jaguars rookie quarterback BLAINE GABBERT made his NFL debut last week, getting his first career start. The No. 10 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft completed nine of 16 passes for 85 yards.


“I think he showed a little poise leading the team down,” says Jacksonville head coach JACK DEL RIO. “I know one thing, it’s great exposure for him and it’s great experience.”


  • NEW ORLEANS at HOUSTON (Saturday, NFLN, 8:00 PM ET): Two of the NFL’s most potent offenses will take the field at Reliant Stadium on Saturday night.


Led by quarterback DREW BREES, the Saints added two running backs to their high-powered offense in the offseason – veteran DARREN SPROLES and rookie MARK INGRAM (first round, No. 28 overall). Last week, in his NFL debut, Ingram rushed for 23 yards on six carries, including a dazzling 14-yard touchdown run.


“Just being able to get in the end zone for the first time being a NFL player is special for me,” says the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner out of Alabama. “I just have to thank the line for blocking great. That’s what really allowed me to get in. All I had to do was make one guy miss.”


The Texans boast an impressive trio on offense – quarterback MATT SCHAUB, 2010 NFL rushing leader ARIAN FOSTER and wide receiver ANDRE JOHNSON. Last week, the team got a boost from running back CHRISOGBONNAYA, who scored two touchdowns in Houston’s 20-16 win over the New York Jets.


“Hats off to Chris,” says Texans head coach GARY KUBIAK. “He’s had a great camp. He’s been a real warrior for us.”


  • MINNESOTA at SEATTLE (Saturday, NFLN, 10:00 PM ET; joined live in progress at 11:00 PM ET): New Seahawks quarterback TARVARIS JACKSON and wide receiver SIDNEY RICE will face their former team for the first time. 


Jackson, a second-round pick (No. 64 overall) by the Vikings in 2006, started his first game with Seattle last week and completed three of his five passes in the Seahawks’ 24-17 victory at San Diego.


“I was just trying to get comfortable, just trying to get familiar with everybody,” says Jackson.


Making his first start for the Vikings at Tennessee last week, quarterback DONOVAN MC NABB completed six of 11 passes for 40 yards.


“It felt good,” says McNabb. “I thought we had a great flow with the offense. Our timing and chemistry were where we needed them to be. That’s where you want to start in the preseason.”


  • SAN DIEGO at DALLAS (Sunday, NBC, 8:00 PM ET): Two teams with playoff aspirations will meet at Cowboys Stadium on Sunday night when the Chargers visit the Cowboys.


San Diego quarterback PHILIP RIVERS was sharp in his first action of the preseason, completing five of six passes for 87 yards and a touchdown during his only series.


“That’s kind of what we wanted to accomplish, but there are certainly things to clean up,” says Rivers. “That can give you a false impression of how easy it is to score. We still have a long way to go.”


Dallas rallied for a 24-23 win last week, scoring a touchdown and two-point conversion with 15 seconds remaining. Cowboys rookie wide receiver DWAYNE HARRIS, a sixth-round pick (No. 176 overall) out of East Carolina, had five catches for 127 yards and two TDs, including the game-winning touchdown and two-point conversion.


“Big-time players make big-time catches in big-time situations,” says Harris. “That’s what happened.”


  • CHICAGO at NEW YORK GIANTS (Monday, ESPN, 8:00 PM ET): The Giants will host the defending NFC North champion Bears on Monday night in a game featuring teams coming off 10+  win seasons (Chi. 11, NYG 10).


The Bears opened the preseason at home last week with a 10-3 victory over Buffalo at Soldier Field.


“It’s fun to get back out there and play football again,” says Chicago linebacker BRIAN URLACHER


New York’s first-team defense got a 56-yard interception-return touchdown from linebacker MICHAEL BOLEY and two sacks from defensive end JASON PIERRE-PAUL in New York’s preseason opener at Carolina.


“This is a very important week for us to ascend and I think that good things take time,” says Giants head coach TOM COUGHLIN.


# # #







Thursday, August 11

Saturday, August 13

Seattle 24, SAN DIEGO 17

CLEVELAND 27, Green Bay 17

NEW ENGLAND 47, Jacksonville 12

CAROLINA 20, NY Giants 10

PHILADELPHIA 13, Baltimore 6

CHICAGO10, Buffalo 3

DALLAS 24, Denver 23

ST. LOUIS 33, Indianapolis 10

Arizona 24, OAKLAND 18

TENNESSEE 14, Minnesota 3



Friday, August 12

Monday, August 15

Tampa Bay 25, KANSAS CITY 0

HOUSTON 20, NY Jets 16

Miami 28, ATLANTA 23


DETROIT 34, Cincinnati 3


WASHINGTON 16, Pittsburgh 7


NEW ORLEANS 24, San Francisco 3





(All times local)


Thursday, August 18

Saturday, August 20 cont’d

Philadelphia at Pittsburgh 14:24

Tennessee at St. Louis 16:17

New England at Tampa Bay 31:14

Oakland at San Francisco 3:17


Buffalo at Denver 10:24

Friday, August 19

Minnesota at Seattle 20:7

Atlanta at Jacksonville, 8:00 PM 13:15


Washington at Indianapolis 16:3

Sunday, August 21

Kansas City at Baltimore 13:31

San Diego at Dallas 20:7

Detroit at Cleveland 30:28

Cincinnati at NY Jets 7:27

Carolina at Miami 10:20


Arizona at Green Bay 20:28

Monday, August 22


Chicago at NY Giants, 8:00 PM (ESPN)

Saturday, August 20


New Orleans at Houston 14:27


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