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Raiders pay price for keeping it simple

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 at 12:30 pm in Oakland Raiders.

It’s not as if the Raiders are giving away all their defensive secrets on a billboard for all to see, but it’s close.

That’s the way cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha described his team’s defensive philosophy Wednesday and the ability of opponents to attack it.

“We’re a team that chooses to be who we are regardless of who we’re playing against and regardless of the matchups or the things that the other team is going to present,” Asomugha said. “We’ve got one way of doing it and that’s what we do, and teams can get us into some tough situations. And teams know that, so communication can break down sometimes, just because we’ll see what other teams in the league won’t see, because of the nature of our defense, so it doesn’t matter what week it is.

“That stuff can happen in Week 16 if you’re not adjusting and you’re not adapting to who you’re playing against.”

Asomugha has a remarkable ability to sound reasonable and diplomatic while at the same time offer some justified criticism of his defense. Consider the following answer to the simple question, “What would you like to see different from the defense?,” which came in reference to Asomugha talking about a “simplistic” scheme.

Asomugha began a 537-word response by attempting to backtrack, only to end up in the same place _ wishing for a scheme with some variety.

Asomugha: “Simple sometimes can be good. I don’t know if simple is the right word. Simple can be good if you’re doing it right. If you’re the Bucs from earlier this decade and they’re a Cover 2 team, with some zone blitzing but it was still Cover 2. That was pretty simple for them but they were able to do it well.

“I think it’s just a matter of doing what we do, if that’s what we’re going into each game saying we’re going to do regardless of whether a team will game plan against it, which they’ve been doing and which they always do. It’s just doing it well. A lot of times it’s the player that’s going to be putting himself in the best position to make the play just because how our defense is. You have to be better than the guy in front of you. It’s not just the corners, it’s the d-line, it’s the linebackers. Because in that type of defense one missed gap and the ball is shot up for a run for a significant gain.

“It kind of speaks more to us being good at what we’re doing if that’s what we’re going to do. A guy like me, of course I say it all the time, I say it every week to coaches and they laugh and I’ll continue to do it until I leave the league. I’m a guy who likes to play the mental game with the offense. Whether you’re blitzing, whether you’re dropping back, whether you’re in zone.

“I was talking to you about Charles (Woodson) and he was saying how different it is for him to be somewhere where they do so many different things. That’s what I like, but if you’re not going to get it you have to make do with whatever system you’re in. You have to succeed in that system. Maybe we don’t want to be as multiple as other guys, maybe we don’t have to be. We have to prove that we’re good enough to win and play well doing the simple things that we’re doing. We’re not proving that right now.

“It’s not like we proved it last year or we proved it the year before. This is several years now where we haven’t been able to get over the hump of winning more than four or five games a year. Maybe you go back and you think about what we’re doing and think about ways to fix it.

“I was telling my coach earlier, Sean Payton said before the game against the Patriots. He was asked ‘Why is your defense so great?’ `What we did during the offseason is we studied the top defenses and we pulled from each of those defenses and it allows us to be multiple and it allows us to do the things that are working in the league today, the things that have been working the past few years.’

“The game changes, the game is never going to be the same as it was 10 years ago or five years ago with the rule changes and things like that. You have to be able to adapt. But it is what it is.”

UPDATE: During the media practice window, there was no sign of defensive end Greg Ellis, who left the Cowboys game on Thanksgiving with a swollen knee. Justin Fargas, who coach Tom Cable said was questionable Monday, was suited up and appeared to be joining the offense for practice.

More to come following Cable’s post-practice press briefing . . .

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  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    It might have been put into a cover and pressed but we have cut and pastes here all day and no one plays it off as a book.

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Thanks I needed that Dakota. lol. I’m out of here.

  • Kirk

    Stop going to the games until Al gives up control.

    Let the seagulls fly.

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    topthecharts Says:
    December 2nd, 2009 at 3:34 pm
    I’ll admit my book wasn’t exactly Pulitzer Prize material but it is interesting how exlaraiderseasonticketholder uses one review on Amazon to trash me.

    That review mentions Glenn Dickey’s book which not surprisingly was basically “bash Al all the time.” Both MaddenRaider and exlaraiderseasonticketholder would love it!
    ————————————————
    For your f’in onfo, I am not an Al basher. I respect what he has done in the past, but I am now of the opinion shared by many that AD needs help. He can not do it by himself anymore. I don’t think he has to sell the team and he should give his input. But he needs some help to make HIS team succeed.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Dakota says:

    To answer your question, yes it is tenable when Al receives $125 million per year from the TV contract alone. But a couple more offseasons like the 2008 offseason and Al might have to sell a few tickets to keep his majority interest in the team.
    —————————-
    Then why is he pawning off part of the team every other year? Seriously.

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Good night Raider Nation.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Tick Tock Tick Tock Tick Tock

    The days of Al Davis are numbered…

    In the meantime, just sit back and enjoy the debacle! Hell, do you think Browns and Lions fans are this entertained on a weekly basis? Heck no, they just lose with no pizzazz, no intrigue, no flavor!

    At least old Al dragging his team to hell with him sure does make for an interesting trip!

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Dakota

    Have you heard the Tiger Woods tapes. :-) . Too funny.

  • DT42

    Raiders Defense can’t communicate when they run the same basic set, game in game out. But Nnamdi wants the defense to run multiple sets? How about we get one set right first and then build on that.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    DT42 Says:
    December 2nd, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Raiders Defense can’t communicate when they run the same basic set, game in game out. But Nnamdi wants the defense to run multiple sets? How about we get one set right first and then build on that.
    —————————
    The Oakland Retards are just too easy for opposing coaches to pick apart.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    KK,

    Al has been in panic mode the last few years…he sold part of the team back in 2008 or 2007 in order to raise capital to sign all those great players to huge money deals…he thought throwing money at the problem would fix it…nope, it just got him Wilson, Walker, Hall and Kelly and a payroll exceeding $152 million for a handful of wins.

    The real question is what will he use the money for this time if he sells 10% of the team? More crap free agents?

    Or maybe…he is finally setting aside some money to hire a GM and a prominent head coach?

    LMFAO, okay, even I can’t say that with a straight face!

    If Al can keep his spending ways under control another year or two he will be right back to making money in the NFL.

  • 24

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/12/02/sports/s152854S96.DTL

    This has already been mentioned by some but…does this put Asomugha in the doghouse?

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    I have not KK, can you hook me up with a link?

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  • http://www.us.army.mil/ texguy

    Plunketthead Says:
    December 2nd, 2009 at 3:00 pm
    You proved in one hour that you are a bigot, a racist and a Raider hating fool.

    Truth is many, many, many posters over the years have exposed you over the past 4 years that I know of, so its nothing.

    Exposing you for the fool you are has become old and boring.

    —————————
    Isn’t it funny how whenever someone shows MR for what he really is, he goes away?

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Breaking News:

    The Oakland Raiders have announced that Justin Fargas will now start at CB over Nnamdi Asomugha.

    More on this story at 10.

  • M Lonetree

    Texguy,

    MR just went away to rustle up a sleeping bag so he can live atop his beloved billboard. Putting his azz where his mouth is so to speak.

  • 24

    Nnamdi Asomugha Said:

    Maybe you go back and you think about what we’re doing and think about ways to fix it. Sean Payton said, I was telling my coach earlier, Sean Payton said before the game against the Patriots. He was asked ‘Why is your defense so great?’ ‘What we did during the offseason is we studied the top defenses and we pulled from each of those defenses and it allows us to be multiple and it allows us to do the things that are working in the league today, the things that have been working the past few years.’ The game changes, the game is never going to be the same as it was 10 years ago or five years ago with the rule changes and things like that. You have to be able to adapt. But it is what it is.”

  • 24

    New Post!

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