Q: Now that the Raiders have better players, Will we start winning games?
— Josephine Rogers, Lancaster, Calif.
A: The Raiders need more than better players to be an elite team. They have become a dysfunctional organization that finds ways to lose. I’m not sure adding Jason Campbell, Kamerion Wimbley or Rolando McClain is going to change all that. The Raiders often have had talented teams, but have underachieved. It’s not about who has the most talent. It’s about who finds ways to make best use of the talent, who comes together best and who figures out ways to overcome adversity. The Raiders have a lot to prove before I’ll be jumping on their bandwagon.
Q: How will the Bengals fare this season with the addition of Pacman Jones and the draft choices? Do you think they've improved from the playoff team from last year?
— Tracy McCollom, Cincinnati
A: I wasn’t crazy about the Pacman signing, but I do believe the Bengals are an improved team whose arrow is pointing up. They have some young, ascending players (Keith Rivers, Rey Maualuga, Andre Smith), they have some players returning from injuries (Maualuga, Antwan Odom) and they have made some interesting additions (Antonio Bryant, Jermaine Gresham, Matt Jones, Carlos Dunlap) to an already formidable roster. Without question I expect this team to be a force in the always tough AFC North.
Q: Will Ted Ginn actually help out the 49ers’ passing game?
— Danny D., San Jose, Calif.
A: I think he can. How much can he help the 49ers’ passing game? I’ll throw that one to Mike Singletary. “I think that’s up to Ted Ginn,” Singletary told me by phone after an OTA practice this week. “We brought him in to help us in the special teams area at the very least. But since he’s been here, we found he’s a guy who can run good routes. He has to work on catching the ball consistently. But I’m very excited about the possibility of what Ted Ginn can do to help our football team.”
Q: Who is invited into green room on draft day?
— E.R. Murphy, Odessa, Texas
A: The league always has invited players who they believe will be selected at the top of the draft, and now also is inviting players who could be interesting to follow on draft day. The invitation officially comes from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, but many people in the league office have input on who is invited.
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