Great Scott, a multiple defense?


Since Trevor Scott was open to talking about his defensive role Friday, it’s worth examining what might be in store for the second-year defensive end out of Buffalo.

We say might because we’ve seen the Raiders do these sorts of things before in practice, then often go back to what Al Davis believes they do best _ create pressure with a natural rush (usually with a four-man line) and depend on a tight man-to-man defense with one deep safety as the last line of defense.

The Raiders blitz during training camp practices. Always have. They blitz during OTAs and minicamps, some of which are open to the media. I’m assuming they do the same in their closed sessions.

Then the game starts, and, well, everyone wants to know why the hell Rob Ryan never blitzes. Ryan did blitz on occasion, but nearly as much as you’d think for a guy who believes so fiercely in pressure.

Conventional wisdom is the Raiders don’t blitz is because it’s an organizational philosophy, with the organization being someone who goes by the name of Mr. Davis. The blitzing in practice, you can surmise, is often done to prepare the offense for what they’re going to see.

With that as a backdrop, Scott was talking about a Friday session in the John Marshall-coached defense which he lined up in various positions and wasn’t in a three-point stance. He even dropped into coverage.

Asked if we might see Scott performing some of those duties this year, Cable said, “You know, we might. I really don’t want to talk about scheme.’’

(We’ll ask Marshall the same thing when he is made available to the media _ and chances are he’s not going to talk about scheme, either).

Scott gave his expanded duties a thumbs up, and also said he had done it in the offseason (not surprisingly, during the days the media wasn’t present at OTAs).

“I love it. It’s a lot of fun,’’ Scott said. “Mixing things up, give me an opportunity to do some different things and do well at ‘em. I like it a lot.”

Scott said he hadn’t played in an upright position since high school. A converted tight end, he promises he still has the hands to catch the ball and go the other way if placed in coverage.

He believes some of these new ideas will be implemented in games, not just in practice.

“Pretty much all the stuff that we run against our offense, we’re going to use on anybody, know what I mean?’’ Scott said. “We’ll give them a look . . . we’re going to run what we’re practicing.’’

More notes and quotes and observations:

— Moving Scott around at 256 pounds is the best way to get the most out of him, because even though he’s packed on some muscle, he’s not built to withstand the pounding of 330-pound tackles against the run.

— Cornerback Chris Johnson is unconcerned that despite a contract which paid him a $4 million signing bonus, and having the endorsement of Davis, he is alternating with Stanford Routt in the base defense.

“We are rotating right now, but at the end of the day I’m going to feel like I’m the starter, regardless of whatever happens,’’ Johnson said.

Johnson played extremely well over the last eight games after the DeAngelo Hall was written off like a Bernie Madoff investment.

“You know Tom Cable thought I could hold this position, and that’s why Mr. Davis felt this contract was a good deal for me,’’ Johnson said.

— Javon Walker remained mysterious about his offseason knee surgery which he said has him feeling better about his health than he has in years.

“I will say it’s new. It’s new,’’ Walker said of the procedure. He declined to be specific or even say where it was performed.

“I don’t know where it was done,’’ Walker said. “I’m clueless.’’

He believes the Raiders will get the receiver they expected when they paid him $12 million last year, a contract that was renegotiated downward and will pay him $4.6 million guaranteed over the next two years.

“When I get back out there, I’m just excited about working with some young guys who are going to push me more than I’m going to push them,’’ Walker said. “I’m also excited about letting Oakland see what Javon has to offer because I’m young, I’m in my prime right now.

“My ability hasn’t changed, my enthusiasm hasn’t changed. I’m just excited to be back to the Javon that was that first year in Denver and the Javon that was in Green Bay and all of a sudden have it translate here.’’

Walker said Thursday he expected to be on the sidelines for another two weeks. He is performing running, cutting and jumping drills with the athletic training staff at what looks like close to full speed with no sign of a limp or discomfort.

— Like a good politician, Ricky Brown feels strongly both ways about whether he’s a strong side or middle linebacker. He’s played both so far, occasionally with the first team.

“I’ve proved that I can be the opening day starter at the SAM linebacker. I think maybe my more natural position would be MIKE, just kind of the way I’m built, having good change of direction and all, but either one’s fine,’’ Brown said.

— Count linebacker and special teams standout Isaiah Ekejiuba as one of the players on board with Cable’s four-days-of-learning approach.

“It seemed like it was weird at first when he talked about the concept, but you go through it and it’s a great concept,’’ Cable said. “We’re doing a lot of learning, get all the mistakes out the way.

“They were talking about a lot of injuries that happen during camp happen the first five days of camp. So right now we’re doing a lot of mental work and leaving the physical work until Monday. And I think that’s going to help, help your body adjust real quick and then when it’s time to go, it’s time to go.”

— Wide receiver Todd Watkins on the Raiders options in route-running as opposed to last season:

“Last year we were like opening a children’s book when we ran our plays,’’ Watkins said. “Now we can take advantage of whatever we see, just simple tags on stuff we already have installed.’’

Watkins said he enjoyed his trip to Mobile, Ala., at the invitation of quarterback JaMarcus Russell.

“We worked out a couple days, and we worked on the things that we wanted to work on, without the pressure of having the coaches out there to nitpick, because we’re the ones ultimately who are going to be out there on the field,’’ Watkins said. “So as long as we’re on the same page, and see the same way, that’s what really matters.’’

Watkins said workouts, when not interrupted by thunderstorms, lasted 90 minutes to two hours. They took place at Williamson High School, where Russell was a local star. They worked with high school players in a clinic-like setting.

“A lot of people knew it was going on, because that’s his community. They know when he comes back,’’ Watkins said.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Al Davis Has Cojones

    Coach Elkins Says:
    July 31st, 2009 at 4:45 pm
    Tom Cable is 4-8 and he had the luxury of 5 Special Teams scores in his 12 games…..

    We’re in trouble folks…


    If we dont produce the same amount of special team scores we could offset that by more Defensive scores which we had very little of. Couldnt produce any leads to get any teams to throw it on us.


    Dakota probably has not played one down of ball. If so it probably has been decades ago in High School being a scrub. The Cable approach makes perfect sense. Footwork and mental reps are a huge part of the game. Quit hating Dakota, you are football ignorant. And your name sucks too!

  • Hey the man said it strait, Jeff Garcia is here to play, not sit. Period. Im all for it. Jamarcus Russell is a bust, no doubt about it. Word.

  • AZ Raider

    Sorry Oak, it’s kinda foggy in here right now, it’s hard to see ya know? Got my boots on though, so I’ll survive it…

  • KoolKell is one sick mother fletcher.

  • New post


    KoolKell is hearing voices in the stall next to him responding to his Toe Tapping and other mens restroom restop hijinx!

  • Coach Elkins

    Footwork and mental reps are a kindergarten drill used the day before a game…not the first 3 days of training camp….

    AL Davis just walked onto the field…betcha he is pissed!

  • Coach Elkins

    From the sound of it…if Mr. Davis wanted to suit up…based on the first few practices….he’d be right up there with the starters…I mean…we’re only doing walkthroughs and mental reps…???

  • Coach Elkins

    Have a good weekend fellas…

    Do me a favor and start thinking for yourselves….

  • Your grandma

    This place is a $hithole. Go do something better with your life.

  • 24

    I think we have a nice core of returners for special teams. I think we’ll get those 5 TD’s easily. Justin Miller is very good with a 26.6 career return average. JLH is a great punt returner with a 10.5 punt return average at 13.0 average with 3 TD’s last year alone. Add his 23.4 average on kick returns and hes a nice backup in that area. Branch is also supposed to be very good in this area as well and if he doesn’t take one of these spots, he makes for a nice backup. Miller had 2 TD’s last year in only half a season.


    I hear Dakota calling you Coach Elkins! Fake ass coach!

  • AZ Raider

    Thanks coach, I almost forgot to do that… I was starting to buy into your genious. Good lookin out though, I’m OK now.

    Have a good one!

  • John Elway: A Real Man

    The Raiders are officially gay, with their faggot quaterback. Speaking of which, we can’t wait to pound you bitches in the ass on week 3.

  • AZ Raider


    Pound us with what? Kyle Ortons arm or Brandon Marshall’s tears?

  • 24

    Jerrymcd First Al Davis sighting at training camp . . .
    18 minutes ago from PockeTwit

  • AZ Raider

    Hey Elway, you can borrow Garcia from us if you need a QB though.

  • dknight007

    White annoyed me earlier when he chastised Coach Cable for for giving the team a water break in 60 degree weather or some silly comment like that?

    NewsBreak to White: We as humans need to be hydrated no matter what the hell the temperature is and especially when participating in athletics. Doesn’t matter if your sitting on your fat behind all day “tweeting” or running through camp drills at full speed or no contact drills.

    We all need to stay HYDRATED!

    Wake Up White!

  • When Al Davis shows up to watch, they probably immediately stop running blitz packages and jump into base formation and hope the boss doesn’t notice

  • sup NATION???

  • 909RaiderLifer



  • RaiderKen

    Sup 408

  • 24

    Jerrymcd John Marshall to 2nd team defense: You’re going to stay 2nd team the rest of your lives. You’re going through the motions. Grow the hell up.

  • RaiderKen

    I’d really like to see the defense switch it up between the 4-3 and the 3-4.

  • RaiderKen

    What’s Jerry’s twitter address?

  • yo 909.. I guess the new server iant haitin on me… 😛 got my ice cold beer and finally getting my fix… Life is good

  • Florida Pete

    i’m gonna weigh in on this “walk through” phase of camp…

    i’m thinking these guys all can play… or they wouldn’t be here…

    but walk throughs on plays… on assignments… slow motion… so everybody can see what’s happening or what should be happening…

    in my business, i would stop everything… i’d call out “okay, everybody, we have a instruction event”… and i would proceed to bring everyone up to speed on what should be happening in a particular situation…

    this is the same thing… it’s training… walk throughs… rehearsing… whatever… i’ll bet it’s effective, especially with the rookies…

    not only do they better understand thier assignments, but they probably understand “why” they need to do what they are supposed to do and to be where they are supposed to be…

    now, that all being said…

    i wanna see some lips being ripped off come gametime…

  • I just took the biggest chit in the history of mankind….anyone want to eat it?…Who said that?…lol

  • Jeff Garcia my friends, hes the starter for sure. Come the opener, he will start.

  • Florida Pete

    KoolKell Says:
    July 31st, 2009 at 5:36 pm
    Jeff Garcia my friends, hes the starter for sure. Come the opener, he will start.



  • dknight007

    Video of DHB catching passes….doesn’t look like he had a case of the drops to me…..


  • LMAO

    mcfadden is following the ladies on his twitter page…


  • 007,..eat my waste.

  • AZ Raider


    A friend of mine was raised in a Maryland family, so needless to say, being football fans, know alot about DHB. Their only knock was that his QB sukt and he was double teamed all the time. But they never said anything about his hands being suspect.

  • 007

    thanx 4 the link..those drills look soft IMO…

  • AZ Raider


    Full pads, 2 a days starting Monday baby! Season is nearing!

  • AZ

    thats what Im talking about!!! I am soooooo ready to get this thing started.. Here’s to every 1 staying healthy.. (408 cracks a Heineken)

  • dknight007

    # AZ Raider Says:
    July 31st, 2009 at 5:46 pm


    A friend of mine was raised in a Maryland family, so needless to say, being football fans, know alot about DHB. Their only knock was that his QB sukt and he was double teamed all the time. But they never said anything about his hands being suspect.

    Oh don’t worry….the haters will see 1 or 2 dropped balls out the 8 or 10 he catches in practice and then cry like babies and act like the world is coming to an end. Lets see if David White and Jerry Mac, be fair and objective when it comes to their little “tweets”

  • AZ Raider

    Aight Nation, time to get outta this office!

    RAIDER ON!!!!!

  • raider on AZ….

  • DirtyBathWater

    ur crazy if you think garcia is gonna start

  • 24

    Saw Mike Mitchell #34 on TV. The dude looks menacing without pads. This guy is built. He is gonna hurt some people.

  • so um when is the next fix???/

  • 24

    When Jerry damn well feels like it…haha.

  • SNB Defense

    Glen Dorsey flunks his conditioning test. Can’t practice until he passes the test. Hope Knowshon holds out for a few weeks


  • bombs4ya

    read a couple of post yesterday about gruden…
    when he had the chance to bring to rings to oakland he ‘blew it . there wouldbe no tuck rule if on 3rd and 4 with 1:54 onthe clock he would have done a play-action pass for the first down !every-body and their mama knew he would run coach of the pats sure did.

    also against the ravens in the championship where no one in the league ran on the ravens gruden said i know i’ll run on first down 2nd down have a 3rd and long fail to get the first then punt . such imagination….

    he only beat us in the bowl ‘cuz of the dumbest coach in america and b-rob going bipolar.

    he left two trophies out their davis said you’re traded !

    jeff garcia : will be on jamarcus jock strap week-one …. believe that !

  • Thec


  • Raider530

    I actually GO to the games and I couldn’t be any happier with the approach this year. So many times I saw our team out of position before the play even developed. Something had to change…….be patient and see if this works out. In the last two years I’ve seen really talented players, trying too hard to make a play and finding themselves out of the play instead. I like TC’s approach, it hasn’t been a lack of talent as much as as a lack of continuity.