To blitz, or not to blitz


The contrast in the fortunes of the organizations over the past several years is matched by their approach to defense.

The Eagles have carried on the Jim Johnson legacy of the zone blitz under new coordinator Sean McDermott. The Raiders have long believe in bringing pressure with four linemen, playing fundamentally sound and going heavy on man-to-man defense.

How stark is the contrast?

According to Stats, LLC, by way of A.P.’s Josh Dubow, the Eagles blitz more than any team in the NFL. On passing plays, the Eagles have brought pressure 28 times in 56 snaps on first down, are 18-for-47 on second down, 23-for-43 on third down and 2-for-4 on fourth down. That’s 71 blitzes in 150 snaps on passing plays, or 47.3 percent.

The Raiders blitz less often than any team in the NFL. They’re 6-for-56 on first down passing plays, 6-for-54 on second down, 8-for-41 on third down and 0-for-2 on fourth down. That’s 20 blitzes in 153 pass plays, or 13.1 percent.

“They’ll have nine people on the line of scrimmage a lot, not just a token amount,and they’re coming, and they’ve got confidence in what they’re doing, and they’ll take some risks, and line up and try to match you, and say, hey, we can get to your quarterback before you can get the ball off,” passing game coordinator Ted Tollner said.

Raiders coach Tom Cable has preached that blitzing leaves open the possibility for big plays, something JaMarcus Russell, sacked six times by the infrequently blitzing New York Giants, is hoping for against the Eagles.

“Now I’m more prepared. I’ve been out there last year a full season, seen a lot of it and now it’s getting to be second nature,” Russell said. “Once you get a chance to watch a lot of film on a guy you get to know some of their habits and you can sometimes see it before it comes.

“Sometimes blitzing like that can really hurt you if an offense picks it up or even breaks one tackle, you have no one back there. Hopefully we can get some big plays like that this week.”

More news, notes and quotes from Thursday:

— Not so fast on having wide receiver Chaz Schilens back in some capacity against Philadelphia. Although Cable said Schilens has been “doing a little bit of everything” in practice, both drills and with the team, Schilens sounded skeptical that he could be active against the Eagles.

“I don’t know. I haven’t been able to do any team stuff so it’s kind of hard to say,” Schilens said. “I know I can do it but I don’t know if they’re going to put me out there when I haven’t done much, so we’ll see.”

Cable said the issue with Schilens foot is “he’s still sore the next day and we want to make sure we get as much out of there as we can.”

— Another indication the Raiders may not be of the mind that Schilens will be on the field, even in a limited role _ Cable said Javon Walker would be active for the first time since Week 2.

Against the Giants, the Raiders had only three wide receivers active _ starters Louis Murphy and Darrius Heyward-Bey and Todd Watkins.

Cable said the injury to linebacker Ricky Brown leaves open a spot among the 45 players active for the game.

— Cable said Wednesday he was unaware of exactly what Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce said regarding the Raiders game being “like a scrimmage,” but on Thursday copies of the quote were placed both in the locker room and in the hallway next to board which posts stats for special teams.

— Defensive end Greg Ellis has a pretty good idea of the national perception of the Raiders, although he believes it can change.

“The mood we’re going to be in or should be in, right now we’re kind of the laughingstock of the NFL. This isn’t anything new, ” Ellis said.

“Teams have been that way before. New England wasn’t always winning Super Bowls and Dallas wasn’t always the team they are. So, it goes in cycles. When you’re in that down cycle, you got to fight and claw to get back out of it and that’s what we’re doing here right now in Oakland.

“We got the talent to do it and that probably makes it more frustrating, that you look around and you have a talented bunch of guys, you’re just not winning the games. That’s frustrating.”

— Here’s how cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha assesed the fall of the Raiders over the past six years while talking by conference call with the Philadelphia media:

“It’s like the million dollar question. It’s tough to pinpoint. In previous years we’ve brought in the big time free agents and we did all that and we had the high draft picks so you would think there would be a turnaround, and we’d switch coaches and that sort of thing, and there would be no turnaround.

“This year we didn’t do that type of stuff. We kept the coach. We didn’t bring in all the big time free agents so we’re like let’s try something different. And that didn’t work. Its kind of like you screw in one light bulb to fix it and then another light bulb goes out and then you screw that one in to fix it and then another one. There’s always something that’s missing and it hurt us.”

— Left guard Robert Gallery is still not practicing with the team. Cable said he was doubtful, and could have made it “very, very, very doubtful.” An incision to put in a protective plate still has not sufficiently healed.

— Finally, a “source” from the Cable camp? Profootballtalk.com reported Wednesday night charges may not be filed against the Raiders coach at all and that Cable could be considering legal action against Randy Hanson.

The Napa County District attorney urged reporters to check back Monday.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • RaiderRockstar

    I can’t wait to watch the next head coach press conference…I’ll bet Al blames Cable for drafting DHB.


    nah, he’ll say “Darren Howard-Bay is a good football player. deal with it!”

  • RaiderRockstar

    If it stinks, a true fan should note it, be PO’ed by it, and DEMAND BETTER.



    If it stinks, Tom Cable should note it, be PO’ed by it, and DEMAND BETTER.

    If it stinks, JaMarcus Russell should note it, be PO’ed by it, and DEMAND BETTER.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I’d rather have Nancy Pelosi running the Raiders than Al Davis right now…


    Dakota: thats pathetic man. I’d rather have Condi Rice for an owner. she’d right the ship imo

  • BigandRich

    THANK YOU – #304 post “Richochet”

    What kind of message are we sending to our kids that you can murder the defenseless for the money and say you are sorry and get right back to your NFL career? It’s not the crime and that fact he has done his time and should be forgiven, it’s the fact he’s sick and needs help for a very LONG time. Studies show most serial killers started with murdering animals as a kid. Why don’t we hold people accountable anymore? Do you think Obama would have been forgiven and elected if he had done this? Shame on you NFL!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Do you think Obama would have been forgiven and elected if he had done this?


    of course the liberals would forgive him. you really think they want joe biden running this country? LOL

  • RaiderRockstar

    Richochet: you’re soft bro. did you cry watching Lassie, Homeward Bound or Old Yeller? how about Turner & Hooch or Milo & Otis?

    You’re like that idiot who tried living with bears. he hung around and gave them names and whatever. they eventually ATE HIM. haha. that movie wasn’t a drama, it was a comedy. only a moron would do something so ridiculous

    animals don’t have a soul. they don’t have rights. they are material possessions. used for food & our leisure. grow a pair



  • alisgod


    You obviously CAN’T read. I guess you didnt see in my post that I get pissed monday through Thursday but as a fan through the thick and thin you fcking get yourself up to actually be excited to watch the game on Sunday.

    Try reading before you blabber your mouth rackochyt. Wasn’t the whiiners got hung for 40+ this past weekend as well? Was that a scrimage as well?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Timothy Treadwell (April 29, 1957 – October 5, 2003) was an American bear enthusiast, environmentalist, amateur naturalist, eco-warrior and documentary film maker. He lived among the coastal grizzly bears of Katmai National Park in Alaska, USA, for approximately 13 seasons. At the end of his 13th season in the park in 2003, he and his girlfriend Amie Huguenard were killed and partially devoured by one or possibly two grizzly bears. Treadwell’s life, work and death were the subject of the 2005 documentary film by Werner Herzog titled Grizzly Man.


    thats Richochet’s smarter older brother. LOL

  • RaiderRockstar

    Wasn’t the whiiners got hung for 40+ this past weekend as well? Was that a scrimage as well?


    Alisdog: the 49ers lost by 35, not 40+ … but yeah, that looked like a scrimmage as well

  • alisgod

    Richochet Says:
    October 16th, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Wait..what you meant, by your description, is “That’s why we’re called sheep”, didn’t you?

    If it stinks, a true fan should note it, be PO’ed by it, and DEMAND BETTER.

    Please name me one instance in professional football where the FANS DEMANDED BETTER AND the team did something about it from those actions? We’ve been in the league for 50+ years. Please name me one instance where the fans got togehter demanded something and management gave in to their demands.

    Talk is cheap Richochyt…Please show me the proof.

  • alisgod

    I’m still waiting Richocytt,


  • RaiderRockstar Says:
    October 16th, 2009 at 11:01 am
    Richochet: you’re soft bro. did you cry watching Lassie, Homeward Bound or Old Yeller? how about Turner & Hooch or Milo & Otis?


    Milo & Otis are some crazy MFers! I’d roll wif either one…

  • RaiderRockstar

    Dog meat is eaten or allowed in the following countries or regions:

    the Philippines
    East Timor

  • Plunketthead

    The latest tech news is bunnyfuel. Bunnies breed like crazy, are cheap to keep and a company has figured out a way to turn the entire bunny into an oil with little residue waste.

    The oil can be used for plastics or fuel, but they face stiff opposition from animal rights groups.

  • I wish Mike Vick had tried to keep bears for fighting…and filmed it all.

  • The Big Banana

    # BigandRich Says:
    October 16th, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Pit Vick’s remorse is called an NFL contract. He would have licked a dog’s butt to show how remorseful he was to get that money and on the field again. People who kill and torture defenseless animals, kids, etc. are disconnected emotionally and need psychicatric treatment, not giving speeches full of BS to kids.

    Post #165 r8dr4lfe21 – I am sure Maximus the black Great Dane is wagging his tail and appreciates the lookin out for his brothers!

    Exactly! I get a kick out of people that talk up second chances and all this BS. Fact is, if Vick wasn’t caught, he’d still be torturing innocent dogs. Any remorse he shows now is motivated by money. Plain and simple. And he’s a coward for not wanting to face his demons.

    r8dr4lfe21 said “why show remorse when you’re not guilty of wrong doing.” Really? Vick did nothing wrong. And you own a dog? Tell me. Do you beat your dog? Do you enjoy watching a dog getting drowned or beat to a pulp. Sound like fun to you?

    And those of us that find what he did despicable…to call us a bunch of hypocrites is the dumbest thing I ever heard. I don’t torture animals, no matter what the animal.

    Remember. This is a guy had a chance to come clean from the start. Instead he tried to blame his family – “I’m never at the house…I left the house with my family members and my cousin…They just haven’t been doing the right thing… It’s unfortunate I have to take the heat behind it”, lied to the commissioner, then finally admitted to his reprehensible crimes which included “hanging, drowning, electrocuting and shooting dogs”. WTF possesses someone to do this crap? You have to be one sick bast@rd!

  • RaiderRockstar

    i’m out. later fellas

    enjoy the day. GO RAIDERS!

  • The Big Banana

    In one study, 100 percent of those who committed murders involving rape or other sexual aspects had a history of cruelty to animals.

    Almost 40 percent of animal abusers commit violent crimes against humans.

    Sixty-three percent of men convicted of violent crimes admit to cruelty to animals.

    Forty-eight percent of rapists and 30 percent of child molesters acknowledge episodes of cruelty to animals.
    Chew on that a little..

  • # Noshadowking Says:
    October 16th, 2009 at 7:18 am


    Wow thats a lot of info in this radio interview with Jarrod Cooper. Man things are worse than most of us can imagine in Oakland. Its horrible some of the insight he has

    All I can say is wow. If even 50% of this true, we will be waiting a long time to see a winning team on the field in Black N Silver.

    Time for the Corporate Sponsors and season ticket holders to come together and do something about Al Davis. This guy needs to be ran out of professional football.

  • Plunketthead

    So what does Cooper say thats so bad?

  • Maybe its just me but I think JaMarcus is actually showing good posture by not letting the fans rattle him. Sure you can say its because he doesnt care about the game but I think its a good quality to have in that position. I dont know how many time I heard McNabb getting booed, Troy Ainkman, hell even Favre got booed when he first went to GB. Were gonna suck for a while until the youngsters get older and perform up to their expectations. I would rather be young and suck than be veteran and suck cause veterans should know better.