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."
"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."
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."