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Davis makes first appearance

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 6:47 pm in Oakland Raiders.

A few news and notes from Friday’s second practice:

– Raiders owner Al Davis watched his first practice of training camp, accompanied through much of it by his son Mark.

Davis talked briefly with Robert Gallery, rehabbing from an offseason appendectomy, and spoke with George and Josh Atkinson, the twin sons of former Raiders defensive back George Atkinson and star sprinters and football players at Livermore’s Granada High School.

– Drills were supposed to be at three-quarters speed, but the Raiders second team defense was apparently coming up short of that at one point in the eyes of defensive coordinator John Marshall.

“You guys are going to stay second group for the rest of your (bleeping) life,” Marshall said. “You’re going through the motions. Grow the hell up.”

– More emphasis on teaching _ quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett has quarterbacks JaMarcus Russell, Jeff Garcia, Bruce Gradkowski and Charlie Frye line up in a row in front of them where he spends a few minutes quizzing each on protections and routes.

– Jonathan Compas, an undrafted free agent guard from U.C. Davis, was getting reps as a third team center.

– Erik Pears, the free agent tackle/guard signed as a free agent, jumped offside during one drill.

– The second-team offensive line during one sequence consisted of left tackle Khalif Barnes, left guard Chris Morris, center John Wade, right guard Marcus Johnson and right tackle James Marten.

– Hiram Eugene spent some time with the second-team defense, with Michael Huff working with the first team at free safety.

– Rather than music during stretching as in the Lane Kiffin regime, the Raiders get a running dialogue from strength and conditioning coach Brad Roll.

“We’re bringing in the smokers tonight. You name it, we’re smoking him,” Roll said of the post-practice meal.

“Stretch those quads _ a happy quad makes a happy hamstring,” Roll said.

– Four more “learning intensive” practices before the hitting begins on Monday . . .

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  • ppleschamp030

    RUSSELL THE CHOSEN ONE, GARCIA NOT THE ANWSER FOR 6 NFL TEAMS, TIME TO MOVE ON.

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    Jerrymcd Tommy Kelly jumps offsides for the fifth time in six practices . . .

    Jerrymcd Make that five practices . .

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    Tarvaris Jackson went down with a leg injury yesterday. My Andrew Walter to the Vikings rumor is picking up steam!

  • ppleschamp030

    you people have no clue what it means to DEVELOP a FRANCHISE QB. it means you take the good with the bad the first few years. and if it doesnt work out you start over.

  • RaiderRobG

    I drive an 06 Nissan Titan. Nismo intake, Banks exhaust, my baby screams! IMO it is the King of all trucks. You want a truck, by a Titan, want a car that looks like a truck, buy a Tundra.

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    A sampling of what is going on between water breaks behind the Napa Valley Marriott:

    Beat the can: The defensive line goes against upturned garbage cans. Everyone gets in their assigned spot, then some of them go into motion to a different point of attack before the imagined snap.

    Change that call: The quarterbacks line up in a corner to work on audibles. Quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett gives a defensive situation. The quarterbacks don’t just call out an audible, but they bark it out side to side and make hand signals as if they were actually communicating to teammates.

    Air ball: The passing offense faces the passing defense in seven on sevens. The receivers, tight ends and running backs run full routes in coverage, but the quarterback doesn’t throw the ball. At one point, defensive coordinator John Marshall – as if out of habit – calls out, “It’s time for a pick!”

    Short run-through: The run game is choreographed in team noncontact drills. The ball is snapped and handed off to a running back, followed by an instant whistle. Coaches make sure everyone lined up right and went to the right spot. Offsides and false starts were an unusual occurrence, given the slo-mo circumstances.

  • http://RaiderO Raider O

    Rob,

    I own a 94 Nissan Altima, and I think Nissans gives you more for your money than Toyota and Honda, but they have better resale value than Nissan. It all depends on what you like, and how long you keep your cars for.

  • AZ Raider

    Rob,

    I think your refering to the Honda Ridgeline LOL… Front wheel drive pick-up? WTF? LOL.

  • http://RaiderO Raider O

    Burgess is a no show, with more than 60k I’m fines!

  • http://RaiderO Raider O

    AZ,

    Leave Honda Alone!! Vtec what a joke!! Honda pickup!! What a joke!!
    Honda Civic SI!!! NICE!!

  • http://RaiderO Raider O

    Jerry’s twitter:

    No Kirk on Goal line! Alsto, Brown, and TH.

  • vegas raider

    Back from the book, Raiders are 2 point favorites for the preseason opener against the Cowboys. Raiders in the preseason are animals, lol!!!

    ***None football comment alert*****

    AZ,

    Just talked again with my buddy who is assistant sales manager and one of the top producers at the Portland Toyota dealership. He told me of the 11 cash for clunker deals he did in July, 3 of them were denied by the government, even though they met the standards according to the website, and thus his dealership is out that money. In total, he told me that his dealership gave out over 100K worth of these deals that met the standards but were still denied by the gov’t. His dealership was more profitable in June than July, even though they sold roughly 25% more cars. He told me some place in the area were as high as 40% of claims denied. Also, they can’t find a wreckage yard to pick up any of the cars now, since the yards realized that it is not profitable since the engines are destroyed. He said it was one of the lead stories on the news last night, that nobody is willing to remove the cars from the lot. Are you experiencing any of these problems? Just curious.

  • Mistabrown

    What a nice change from Rob Ryan’s “hey you guys look great in shorts today lets cut practice short & order pizza”

    “You guys are going to stay second group for the rest of your (bleeping) life,” Marshall said. “You’re going through the motions. Grow the hell up.”

  • dknight007

    Spin doctors in the media as always!

    http://www.raiderfans.net/forum/oakland-raiders-forum-message-board/152964-divergent-opinions-russells-comments-long.html

    No wonder Russell doesn’t bother talking to the media its a complete waste of time.

    Everything he says is spun to whatever the particular writer feels it should be.

  • SNB Defense

    This approach is all good. As long as the coaches follow up the next three weeks with a very, very, very, low tolerance for mental errors going forward. They also have to teach these guys to play on the other side of the line of scrimmage and be more attacking (whether offensively or defensively).

    Cable better not forget to toughen these guys up too. I would expect a very physical and crisp training camp after this 5 day teach-in

  • http://www.Raiders.com DarthPirate

    Is anybody else constantly getting the “You are posting comments too quickly, slow down” message?

  • http://www.Raiders.com DarthPirate

    SNB, hitting starts Monday I believe.

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg
  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    Running back Darren McFadden said he’s more comfortable with the playbook this year than he was in 2008.

    “I’m fresh, 100 percent, ready to get out there and play ball now,” said McFadden. “I can go out there at full speed with it.”

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg
  • SNB Defense

    Darth Pirate,

    I hope they emphasize good tackling in the next few weeks. Last yr saw too many broken tackles from the defense. I also will be listening for how the D-Line looks…especially the DTs.

    I expect to hear Marshall and Board use some more colorful language next week. Get them ready.

    And TK better stop this offsides stuff early

  • jhill

    SnB,

    So what do you think of Brown at MLB, and Huff at S?

  • SNB Defense

    jhill Says:
    August 1st, 2009 at 11:24 am
    SnB,

    So what do you think of Brown at MLB, and Huff at S?
    =======================================================
    As long as it works

  • dknight007

    It’s Good To Be Matthew Stafford :: FITSNews

    Why isn’t the biased national sports news media on this??

    http://www.raiderfans.net/forum/oakland-raiders-forum-message-board/153008-jamarcus-haters-what-say-you-about.html

  • AZ Raider

    Vegas,

    I’m work in the Service Dept. but we are all pretty good at communicating whats going on in other depts. I havent heard of our dealership having ANY problems with the program, or getting the cars removed from the lot. Could be upper management is keeping it under wraps as far as the rebates go until all is said and done, but it has not been mentioned at any meetings of late.

  • vegas raider

    Thanks AZ, was just curious. Let’s all cross our fingers. No doubt it was a great success for the consumers, but seems the dealerships are having some issues, some more so than others.

    Go Raiders!!!

  • AZ Raider

    Just asked one of the Sales managers, and he said it’s not fool proof, but hasn’t had any deals go bad so far. He said, you just have to dot your “I’s” and cross your “T’s” when it comes to submitting for the rebate. He said if your doing it “right” you shouldn’t have any denied deals…

    Anyhew! Exciting talent about to get on the field and bash some AFC west heads this year! CAN”T WAIT!!!

    DMAC! YOU DA MAN! 1200 10 TD OK?!

    HEY-BEY! JUST CATCH IT BABY!

    BUSH! BASH IN THOSE CHIEFS!

    CHAZ! 1000+ HOMIE!

    JROCK! LEAD US!

  • dknight007

    One the many side effects of illegal steroid abuse….

    http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_12805513?source=most_viewed

  • shapre

    I wish that Cable would play “The Autumn Wind” on repeat during practice…volume low, almost subliminal. That would be the awesome!

    The Autumn Wind is a pirate
    Blustering in from sea
    With a rollicking song he sweeps along
    swaggering boisterously
    His face is weather beaten
    He wears a hooded sash
    With his silver hat about his head
    And a bristly black moustache
    He growls as he storms the country
    A villain big and bold
    And the trees all shake and quiver and quake
    As he robs them of their gold
    The Autumn wind is a Raider
    Pillaging just for fun
    He’ll knock you ’round and upside down
    And laugh when he’s conquered and won.

  • dknight007

    RaiderDogg Says:
    August 1st, 2009 at 11:16 am
    Looks like DHB can catch balls after all.

    http://www.napavalleyregister.com/articles/2009/07/31/sports/doc4a735aa039e18446551986.txt

    ^^^^^Yup…I posted the same thing the other day…

  • SNB Defense

    dknight007 Says:
    August 1st, 2009 at 11:28 am
    It’s Good To Be Matthew Stafford :: FITSNews

    Why isn’t the biased national sports news media on this??
    =======================================================
    Because unlike guys like Brady Quinn, Matt Stafford, Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, and Mark Sanchez….Russell stays out of the public limelight. He doesn’t do any interviews….not doing photo-shoots…..he’s not in commercials…he’s not doing ESPN interviews…or showing up on NFLN every other week and the like. Plus he’s a Raider and has been shrouded in controversey due to Al Davis’ poor coaching and personnel selections. Plus the Raiders record has been awful..Also the contract hold-out

    That’s why Russell is hated on by fan and foe alike. Russell’s unwillingness to really engage with the media generates a lot of hate. Especially with local media.

    Plus the guy isn’t cut from central casting either…at least not from a QB perspective…and you can read between the lines with that last statement.

    Go ahead JaMarcus,…give’m hell…and do it your way!

  • vegas raider

    The NFL network’s love affair with Mark Sanchez in the weeks leading up to the draft was nauseauting. These “media” outlets cater to those that cater to them, which is why SnB is right. Russell hasn’t made any friends in the media, might have even pissed off a few, and so they are going to be slightly biased in their coverage. It is only human nature.

  • vegas raider

    Man I made what I thought was a good point on the media bias scenario, and got the duplicate comment page. WTF??

    Anyways SnB is right, we will leave it at that. Don’t have the effort to re-type my point.

  • vegas raider

    And than they post it, confusing.

  • AZ Raider

    Vegas, come on baby, you know tha Raidahs will always be America’s favorite team to hate.

    Sheeeeeiiii, even in madden they get hated on LOL.

  • AZ Raider

    Its quiet in here when all the trolls are gone…

    cricket….cricket….cricket…. (insert nature noises)

  • dknight007

    vegas raider Says:
    August 1st, 2009 at 11:47 am
    The NFL network’s love affair with Mark Sanchez in the weeks leading up to the draft was nauseauting. These “media” outlets cater to those that cater to them, which is why SnB is right. Russell hasn’t made any friends in the media, might have even pissed off a few, and so they are going to be slightly biased in their coverage. It is only human nature.

    ^^^^^^Exactly! How much more homosexual can the national sports media become?

    Freakin pathetic!

  • dknight007

    Vegas,

    We should send the pics of Stafford acting like a jackass with skanks to his bed buddies at BSPN and NFLNetwork! lol

  • http://www.Raiders.com DarthPirate

    Lol, from Jerry’s twitter:

    “Practice concludes . . . three more ‘learning intensive’ sessions until hitting begins . . .understand the logic, but boring as hell . . .”

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    new post!

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