Questions for Ted Tollner, Raiders' Passing Game Coordinator

Matt KayContributor IMay 28, 2009

26 Oct 1996:  Head coach Ted Tollner of the San Diego State Aztecs looks on during a game against the Colorado State Rams at Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Colorado State won the game 27-18. Mandatory Credit: Allsport  /Allsport

Earlier this year, the Oakland Raiders named Ted Tollner as their new passing game coordinator. While Tollner has been successful in the past, his recent stint with the San Francisco 49ers was far from the highlight of his resume.

Here are some questions I have for Tollner:

Ted, the Raiders’ passing game was not successful last season. Can you comment on what went wrong, and what type of improvement you expect this season?

As passing game coordinator, what exactly are your responsibilities to the team?

I’m assuming you have watched tapes of JaMarcus Russell throughout last season. Is that correct?

What type of improvement, if any, did you see from Week One through Week Seventeen from him?

Why do you feel the Raiders struggled to get the ball down the field last season, and what do you plan on doing to change that?

What do you personally think Russell needs to improve on this season?

Do you think Russell has better targets heading into this season than last?

Last season Russell completed just under 54 percent of his passes. Do you expect him to improve that number this season? What does he need to do to improve?

The Raiders threw just 13 touchdowns last season. Is there any reason you expect to see that number rise this season?

Do you feel JaMarcus could evolve into a top-notch NFL quarterback, and if so, how long will the process take?