NAPA — Call off the Raiders' search for a top receiver: JaMarcus Russell apparently is very comfortable throwing to Nate Clements.
Oops, that does not qualify as anything close to good news for the Raiders, Russell and all Commitment to Excellence ancillary ventures.
Meanwhile, it was a trumpet-blaring event for the 49ers' defense, which turned Wednesday morning's two-team practice into Godzilla vs. Bambi. And the 49ers' defenders, especially Clements, were definitely Godzilla.
Clements screamed it himself immediately after one of his three morning interceptions, "They can't compete with us!"
As the morning practice developed, it looked as if the Raiders' offensive players stopped They were demoralized. Drubbed. Tails between their legs. No fighting back, no touchdowns. No signs of life, with the regular season approaching fast.
Meanwhile, the 49ers' defenders whooped and bellowed, louder and louder with each of the five total turnovers. Suddenly, they're the 1985 Bears?
"We played at a level they couldn't match," Clements said later of the Raiders. "It was the best practice I've been a part of defensively."
By the end, the Raiders' practice site sounded like a small slice of Candlestick Park.
1st line is classic thanks Kawakami!!!!
HELL YEAH GO 9NERS!!!!