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Shane takes aim

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 at 2:32 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Much was made of the low-hanging video scoreboard which hovers above much of the sparkling new Cowboys Stadium.

Speculation was that it would be a target for punters who really got into one and could interrupt the flow of the game.

False alarm. Through five home games, the screen remains untouched during a game, punters occasionally nail it during warmups.

And here comes Shane Lechler, who kicks the ball higher and farther than anyone in the NFL _ No. 1 all-time in terms gross yards per punt.

“I don’t think he’s gonna hit it if he kicks it. I mean, nobody’s even come close except the guy that kicked it straight up in preseason to try to hit it,” Cowboys coach Wade Phillips told Bay Area reporters during what may have been the most lifeless conference call in NFL history. “Shane doesn’t kick ‘em straight up. We haven’t had anybody that had any problem with it.”

As it stands, the only in-game striking of the scoreboard came from Tennessee’s A.J. Trepasso, who didn’t even make the roster.

Said Lechler: “If that guy in Tennessee can hit it, I can hit it.”

Lechler got his first scouting report from 49ers punter Andy Lee, who said, “it isn’t that big of a deal. He said you could hit it but it’s going to take a perfect shot. He said you can hit it in pre-game all you want.”

Lechler said trying to nail the scoreboard in the event of a big point margin one way or the other would be selfish. If he hits it, it’s a do-over, which taxes the coverage teams.

“If we’re backed up and they have to run 60, 70 yards, it takes a toll, especially to have to turn around and do it right away,” Lechler said. “I’ve got guys, some of them play on offense and some of those guys are going to go right into the defensive series. It’s tough on them.”

However, if the scoreboard happens to get in the way . . .

“I’m not going to go for it. If it’s there, it’s there,” Lechler said.

With the Raiders in town Thursday, and the Chargers Mike Scifres visiting in the Cowboys’ next game, the moment of truth has arrived.

“If it’s going to get hit, it’s going to get hit within the next two weeks, I would say,” Lechler said.

Quick update: Richard Seymour practiced without limitations, a good indication he’ll be ready to face Dallas. Jon Alston is having “residual” post-concussion symptoms and is being evaluated. Isaiah Ekejiuba did not practice and is questionable. With Alston out and Ekejiuba questionable, Slade Norris, who has been cleared to play after a hamstring issue, could be placed on the 53-man roster.

More to come . . .

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  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    KoolKell Says:
    November 24th, 2009 at 4:47 pm
    Thanksgiving Day Game and JaMarcus Russell is on the bench.

    That’s embarrassing Russell!
    =====================================================
    The situation is an embarrassment and disgrace to the entire operation.

    Russell’s slothfullness, laziness, skipping of meetings, ignorance of the basics of the position AFTER 3 YRS IN THE ORGANIZATION….is an indictment of the incompetence that emanates from Raider HQ.

    The ooaching, scouting and draft strategy. To pick a player so incompetent defies explanation and will stain the Raiders for years….like Leaf does to San Diego.

    Tied up the financials and forced the Raiders to toss away another season.

    ABSOLUTE DISGRACE TO ALL INVOLVED!

    Now we rest our hope in a QB that has very limited ability.

    The Raiders will have to start all over again in the offseason.

    And no, I don’t believe Gradkowski is anything more than a backup….but I hope he does well.

    I took off the rose colored glasses after that Giants and Jets debacle!

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Thanksgiving Day Game and JaMarcus Russell is on the bench.

    That’s embarrassing, Russell!

    corr.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    ONly a matter of time before some enterprising young man puts a similiar presentation together for DHB.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYSxJgjjJFc

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    What I’m trying to say is, Russell ought to be embarrassed as hell.

    Thanksgiving Day Game on the bench! that’ll make ya take them furs off.

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    KoolKell,

    Russell is embarrassed and so is Al Davis. Big time National game and they will spend ocnsiderable time documenting how horrible an athlete and QB he is.

    Of course, if they do their job…they will document Al Davis’ total incompetence in drafting players at the top of the draft.

    20 of 24 1st & 2nd round picks have been BIG BLAZING BUSTS since 1999.

    And DHB will be on display as well…….”Drop it like its hot…drop like its hot…..”

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    How is it ALL the draft experts said JR could “make every throw there is” on draft day & before?

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Probably the biggest game of the year, besides the Super Bowl every year.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    RaiderTW Says:
    November 24th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    How is it ALL the draft experts said JR could “make every throw there is” on draft day & before?
    ————————–
    I think he was at the top of the board for good reason. Al had to draft him. It’s just unfortunate that the organization doesn’t provide the type of structure he needs.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JaMarcus_Russell#College_career_.282003-2006.29

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    Too bad the “genius” side of Al didn’t pick Adrian Peterson instead.

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    KoolKell,

    You want to know the worst part? Just about every “domestic growth” mutual fund or annuity has money in their stock. Mutual funds make up over 50% of all money in 401K’s in the country. Haliburton is part of the S & P 500.

    The American public has been hoodwinked into supporting the stock price. Anyone in here with a 401K probably has a small amount of HAL in their “portfolio”.

  • Richochet

    Facts are Russell is lazy. Lazy as hell. Had a whole year to learn, and basically, seemingly, took the year off.

    But honestly, isn’t the majority of the blame point at the coaching staff, and His Highness?

    Where was the “MOVE YOUR ASS” that Russell definitely needed?
    Where was the “You’ll be tested every week on how many plays you’ve grasped since the previous week”?
    Where was the coach, ANY COACH, getting in Russell’s face and letting him know that his crap play is not acceptable in the NFL?
    Where was the coaching staff telling him he WILL be in, first thing every morning, until he learns the playbook, like everyone else did in one 10th the time?
    How is it possible the guy shows up after his first year, out of shape, and nothing is done?
    THEN..shows up the following year, out of shape, and he basically gets his hand slapped?

    No, he shouldn’t NEED this to be done, but he’s not the first young man who needed his ass kicked in order for him to do his best.
    he’s honestly the ONLY YOUNG MAN WHO NEEDED HIS ASS KICKED, IN ORDER TO DO HIS BEST, who never had it kicked..even once.
    No “warnings”. No “threats”. No “promises your ass will be riding the pine”..just coddling. Just ‘sure would be nice if he did those extra things.

    Lastly..to exemplify exactly what I mean as far as lack of communication??

    When Russell was stinking up the joint? Worst qb in the league? Horrible sub 45 qb ratings? NO ONE SAID A DAMN THING TO HIM.
    The guy, in multiple interviews, stated he felt he “was doing just fine” that he was “where I want to be” that it “wasn’t my play, but that other players needed to be where they’re supposed to be”.

    Cable, Al Davis, AND Russell should all be ashamed.

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  • 16yearsold16yearfan

    John Marshall On young guys learning in a hurry: “I think it’s critical. You get a young guy that you know is not getting into his book, not learning, not using the veterans as a tool and you can watch them at practice, you know them by sneaking around and asking your more solid players ‘How’s so and so doing? Is he studying and stuff like that?’ And if they don’t then I bring the hammer down on them when they’re young right away and I usually get somebody that, you know, a veteran guy that, you like to use guys that have had great success like Jerry Rice, or Ronnie Lott, or one of those guys to come in and sit them down and say, ‘Hey you’re screwing up. I know a lot of guys like you that have as good ability or better and they’re out of the league right now because they didn’t do their homework.’ This is a profession. It’s not a game, really.”

    this is what cable should have been doing wit russell

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    KoolKell Says:
    November 24th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    It’s just unfortunate that the organization doesn’t provide the type of structure he needs.

    *************************************

    It’s unfortunate that he needs a special type of structure. Hackett helped Gannon be one of the hardest workers in the league. Now Hackett can’t provide a “structure”?

    Get out of here. Russell would never realize his full potential in Oakland, I will give you that, but he is so far from anything near “full potential”, that he deserves zero excuses.

    ZERO

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    Remember the INT that Russell threw in the first quarter of the Jets game. The one were he was being pressured and just threw it right to a guy about 3 yards from the line of scrimmage, and he returned it to the 5 yard line.

    That was quite possibly the worst pass I have ever seen thrown. Seriously. There wasn’t a Raider within 5 yards, and knowing Jamarcus’ accuracy, he couldn’t have thrown it more perfect for the defender if he tried.

    No excuse for that. Just straight crappy, awful, lackluster football.

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    I hope everybody is ready for the love fest Simms and Gumble are going to have for Bruce. As my boy does his thing, and has us in the game in the second half, Simms is going to go on and on, about his “heady” play, his “grit”, his “good decision-making”, and the “chance of pace” it is for the offense.

    MR’s head might explode.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    16yearsold16yearfan Says:
    November 24th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    John Marshall On young guys learning in a hurry: “I think it’s critical. You get a young guy that you know is not getting into his book, not learning, not using the veterans as a tool and you can watch them at practice, you know them by sneaking around and asking your more solid players ‘How’s so and so doing? Is he studying and stuff like that?’ And if they don’t then I bring the hammer down on them when they’re young right away and I usually get somebody that, you know, a veteran guy that, you like to use guys that have had great success like Jerry Rice, or Ronnie Lott, or one of those guys to come in and sit them down and say, ‘Hey you’re screwing up. I know a lot of guys like you that have as good ability or better and they’re out of the league right now because they didn’t do their homework.’ This is a profession. It’s not a game, really.”

    this is what cable should have been doing wit russell
    ————————–
    Somebody in that organization should have already, or arranged it. But, they’re so incompetent over there.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Vegas

    It’s unfortunate that he needs a special type of structure. Hackett helped Gannon be one of the hardest workers in the league. Now Hackett can’t provide a “structure”?

    Get out of here. Russell would never realize his full potential in Oakland, I will give you that, but he is so far from anything near “full potential”, that he deserves zero excuses.

    ZERO
    ______________________

    Don’t give me that Gannon crap, it took Gannon 13 years to become a QB. “Special kind of Structure”?

    F.U, he’s got that “special kind of structure” the Oakland Retards!

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  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Don’t forget Gradowski’s only been here 6 months. They haven’t had a chance to ruin him yet.

  • VanHeathen

    You mean the “lovefest” because we actually have a PROFESSIONAL QB, for the first time in 2 years?
    I hope Grads makes it impossible to take this gig away from him…

  • VanHeathen

    I don’t know Vegas, in the SD game in Oak last year he threw the screen pass directly to the d-lineman on the 1st play from scrimage…that was pretty ugly too.

  • DKnight007

    # SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    November 24th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    KoolKell Says:
    November 24th, 2009 at 4:47 pm
    Thanksgiving Day Game and JaMarcus Russell is on the bench.

    That’s embarrassing Russell!
    =====================================================
    The situation is an embarrassment and disgrace to the entire operation.

    Russell’s slothfullness, laziness, skipping of meetings, ignorance of the basics of the position AFTER 3 YRS IN THE ORGANIZATION….is an indictment of the incompetence that emanates from Raider HQ.

    The ooaching, scouting and draft strategy. To pick a player so incompetent defies explanation and will stain the Raiders for years….like Leaf does to San Diego.

    Tied up the financials and forced the Raiders to toss away another season.

    ABSOLUTE DISGRACE TO ALL INVOLVED!

    Now we rest our hope in a QB that has very limited ability.

    The Raiders will have to start all over again in the offseason.

    And no, I don’t believe Gradkowski is anything more than a backup….but I hope he does well.

    I took off the rose colored glasses after that Giants and Jets debacle!

    ^^^^^^^^
    I took the glasses off after the Bronco game!

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