Raiders managing general partner Al Davis said Tuesday in a rare interview that he envisions this year's team performing like the 1980 Raiders, with new quarterback Jason Campbell playing a key role in ending the Raiders' seven-year slide.

Davis' remarks came in an interview in Napa with Sirius NFL Radio's Gil Brandt, who was on hand to watch the Raiders practice.

"I see this young Jason Campbell as a football player like I saw Jim Plunkett," Davis said. "He has everything. "... He can throw down the field, he can run, he's big, he's smart. I really predict great things for him. I hope he doesn't let me down. I don't think he will."

Davis added that the makeup of this year's team reminds him of the Raiders team that won the franchise's second Super Bowl title at the end of the 1980 season.

"We have a team that's pretty similar," Davis said. "We don't have as many Hall of Fame players as we had on that '80 team "... but this team has a lot of potential and a lot of great young players."

Davis turned 81 on July 4 and isn't as mobile as he used to be. However, he said he still has a burning desire to do whatever it takes to get the Raiders back to prominence.

"I still can contribute a great deal," Davis said. "(Wife Carole, son Mark and myself) do a great deal for the team. We have our stamp on this team. It's our personnel, it's our picks, it's our want to be great once again, to join the ranks of the elite."

  • Quote of the day: "Man, you look so unathletic." -- safety Hiram Eugene to rookie defensive end Lamarr Houston after Houston lined up at fullback and dropped a pass right to him in the end zone.

  • In Thursday's exhibition opener, the Raiders offense will face a Dallas Cowboys defense that uses a three-linemen, four-linebacker look as its base defense. Cable said playing against a 3-4 defense is going to have long-term benefits for his offense.

    "We have two games against a four-man front and two vs. the three-man front in preseason," Cable said. "It will be very good for us in terms of 10 out of 16 (teams) in the regular season are playing the 3-4."

  • The following players didn't practice and "most likely won't play in the game," according to Cable: wide receivers Jacoby Ford (quadriceps), Paul Hubbard (hamstring) and Chaz Schilens (stinger), fullback Luke Lawton (concussion), running back Darren McFadden (hamstring), quarterbacks Charlie Frye (wrist) and Bruce Gradkowski (groin) and defensive end Jay Richardson (knee).

  • Cable's goals for the Cowboys game: "I want to stay healthy. I would like to see the young guys play for the first time. And then just to see us have some level of competence on both sides of the ball and the kicking game."

  • Recently acquired quarterback Colt Brennan is expected to play Thursday night with Frye and Gradkowski injured.

    Jason Campbell will begin the game and give way to Kyle Boller at some point late in the first quarter or early in the second. Brennan likely will relieve Boller in the second half. "If they throw me out there, I'll be able to just throw the ball around the yard," Brennan said. "I'm not afraid to throw it. I'm just looking to get the offense down and make good decisions and just be successful on Thursday if I get a chance to play."