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Postgame wrap

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, December 20th, 2009 at 6:53 pm in Oakland Raiders.

News, notes and observations following the Raiders’ 20-19 win over the Denver Broncos at Invesco Field:

– What an incredible roller coaster ride of a game.

The fluctuation in quality of play under Tom Cable is remarkable. The Raiders can look error-prone and amateurish one week and positively heroic seven days later. Cable used the word “spectacular” in describing his team’s defense, and it wasn’t hyperbole.

From holding the Broncos to a pair of field goals on their first two drives, to keeping them out of the end zone after Kyle Orton’s 63-yard pass to Brandon Stokely, to Michael Huff’s magnificent breakup of an Orton pass to Brandon Marshall on the second-to-last play, the Raiders played _ dare I say it _ championship level defense.

Very few missed tackles. Tight coverage. Just one really big mistake on the Stokely play. Tommy Kelly played so hard he lost his pants. Knowshon Moreno looks unstoppable on the first two drives _ I had him pegged at that point for at least 125 yards _ and ends up with 49 yards. He had 39 yards rushing after three possessions.

– The bottom line is JaMarcus Russell is largely responsible for his plight this season, but still, when Michael Bush dropped a sure first-down pass on one of his first series, you wonder if the guy can catch a break.

Yes, he missed an open Louis Murphy on a key third-down throw. But he got off the deck after giving way to J.P. Losman after being knocked out for a play and delivered a 10-yard strike for a first down, and led a game-winning drive against a division rival.

Russell didn’t gloat following a win in the same way he doesn’t seem to gnash his teeth over a loss.

“I always say everybody is going to have their opinion. As long as my teammates have faith, and I have faith in those guys,” Russell said. `There’s always going to be tough times. It’s how you come up from behind and fight those tough times off.”

Russell’s teammates seemed genuinely happy for him.

“I don’t think words can explain,” tackle Mario Henderson said. “He’s the No. 1 overall draft pick. He’s been hearing it from Day 1. For him to come in and do what he did today was amazing. One thing we did was step up behind him. We didn’t abandon him . . . the thing he showed us today is he was ready for the chance, he came back out strong and helped us when we needed it.”

Said tight end Tony Stewart: “The man has been freaking dragged through the mud and people have been taking shots at him and the man has just been standing tall. He has a lot of growing up to do but when it came time he stepped up and did the job.”

– Cable’s response about the quarterback for next week against Cleveland: “We’ll have to sort through the bodies on the way home and decide. Charlie was playing really well before he got knocked out. If he’s ready to go he’ll play. If not, we’ll go with JaMarcus but it’s too early to tell.”

It’s worth noting Cable didn’t go overboard and limit what Russell did to his final drive.

“He missed a couple throws that could have changed it earlier, but what he did was he stayed in tehre and got it and I think that’s the part we should all be excited about,” Cable said. “They put some rush to it there at the end and brought a cople guys and were under some pressure, especially when we crossed midfield. But once we got down there I thought he handled it pretty well. He got some protection and was able to make a play.”

– Frye was well enough following his concussion to talk to reporters after the game.

“My buddy from Cleveland, Andra Davis, came up the middle and got me pretty good and my head hit the ground,” Frye said. “This league is obviously putting a lot of emphasis on head injuries and with good reason. Obviously it worked out. JaMarcus came in and played great and Chaz caught the touchdown. You couldn’t have written a better script.”

– Bush, the only back to gain 100 yards in a game this season for the Raiders, also became the second, gaining 133 yards on 18 carries and leading a season-best 241-yard rushing performance. Darren McFadden had 74 yards on 12 carries _ the second-highest total of his career. Bush had 23-yard touchdown run (getting a huge block from Langston Walker) and a 40-yard run.

Both runners were stone-walled near the end zone, however, and McFadden lost a fumble, a mistake that looked as if it would cost the Raiders the game.

Justin Fargas left the game early after “tweaking” a knee.

“Let’s face it, everybody would be happy to to have what we have here (at the running back position),” Cable said. “If you were anywhere else and you only had Mike or Darren . . . fortunately wehave two more running backs you can run to. Those guys block i pretty well, run it hard and it was a good day.”

It was deja vu for Bush, who recalled last year’s 177-yard effort in the season finale at Tampa Bay.

“A game like this reminds me of last year,” Bush said. “In Tampa, the guys went down last year and I stepped in, same thing as today. Fargas went down a little bit and we needed someone else to pick up the slack. that is why you need a stable of backs like we have.”

– Denver coach Josh McDaniels conceded that settling with field goals on their first two red zone opportunities _ leading 6-0 instead of 14-0 _ played a huge role. He didn’t help matters by calling a Kyle Orton quarterack sneak which came up way short and a gadget pass to eligible tackle Ryan Clady on the next series which was correctly diagnosed by Asomugha.

“All year, we’ve kind of let teams hang around, and we’ve been fortunate enough to win most of those games,” Orton said. “You do it long enough and you don’t put teams away, and it comes back to bite you like it did today.”

– Frye and tight end Brandon Myers didn’t finish the game with concussions. Fargas, Cable said, possibly could have continued if the Raiders needed an “emergency” runner. Chris Johnson sprained an ankle.

“He was able to play some and then he had to come out,” Cable said.

– The Raiders used tackle Erik Pears as an extra blocker in some sets.

– The game was delayed at one point as officials directed law enforcement to try and find someone shining a laser light into the face of Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall. There were a few scuffles as tempers were both on short sides.

In other words, an old-style AFC West game worthy of tradition.

“Pretty fun,” Cable said. “I’ll bet you all counted us out, too.”

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  • raideredoutL.A.

    hope we can spoil the ravens playoff hopes in a couple weeks.

  • raideredoutL.A.

    dame una cerveza!

  • 4evaRaider

    Is he my long lost PURPLE BROTHER?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!!!!

  • DKnight007

    raideredoutL.A. Says:
    December 21st, 2009 at 12:26 pm
    who’s are rb coach? need to stress ball security to dmac and bush. bush was fumbling with no one around him on the flat, got a lucky bounce on a fumble to henderson and well… dmac, what was it 3 lost fumbles to denver this yr. alone?

    ^^^^^^^^^^
    RB coach sucks….it’s that little chunky Penguin lookin guy Skip Peete I think.

    He is nothing compared to Rathman!

  • El Tato

    We need to beat Cleveland, they only have one good thing: Josh Cribbs (The guy does it all: KR, PR, QB, RB and WR)

  • raideredoutL.A.

    our rb’s should hold on to the ball like dude did in the movie “The Program”.

  • Charlie

    MR

    Traditional meaning pre 2000.

    I did the analysis several months ago.

    2000-2009 The Raiders invested fewer first and second round picks on lineman than any other ten year period in the history of the franchise.

    It is NOT a coincidence that this decade has also been our worst.

    As I said, Seymour indirectly was our first high round pick invested in the lines since Grove/Gallery in 2004.

    More to come this April. Guaranteed.

  • El Tato

    There are 7 vids in youtube showing how Kelly lost his pants, people is really bored

  • raideredoutL.A.

    1 thing i noticed about cle is that their offense has had good starts, brady q has a passer rating of over 100 in the 1st quarter. our d has that bend but dont break tedency so it’ll be close.

  • 90210

    Morilla says:
    And as for JaRuss, he still scares the sh-t out of me. Too slow for a nfl QB. Needs to cut 20lbs and work with a conditioning coach. And his accuracy still blows.

    =======================================================

    I think that FAT PIG needs more than 20 pounds, more like 40+ pounds to lose you must of been drunk off your A$$ that’s why you seen him that thin! I don’t think you seen the close-up on his FAT A$$ when he fumbled, DAM it was horrible he’s only 24 or so and his A$$ jiggles like JELL-O!!Imagine when the idiot hits 30. Shoot I’m 32, 6’4′,227 and I’m independent contractor, I can’t see his excuse for being that F’D UP!

  • DKnight007

    Charlie Says:
    December 21st, 2009 at 12:42 pm
    MR

    Traditional meaning pre 2000.

    I did the analysis several months ago.

    2000-2009 The Raiders invested fewer first and second round picks on lineman than any other ten year period in the history of the franchise.

    It is NOT a coincidence that this decade has also been our worst.

    As I said, Seymour indirectly was our first high round pick invested in the lines since Grove/Gallery in 2004.

    More to come this April. Guaranteed.

    ^^^^^^^^^
    I would not guarantee anything….especially when it comes to lousy Al Davis making the first two picks!

    Ugh….

    This team needs a GM who knows to work the draft.

  • raideredoutL.A.

    see what our o does next week. more bush, looks like he has the patience for the holes to open up or is he that slow. the o-line must hate dmac, always running into their backs.

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

    spellcheck Says:
    December 21st, 2009 at 12:15 pm
    If Cable isn’t fired and isn’t forced out of the ZBS the Raiders won’t spend any draft picks on O linemen in the 1st few rounds….Cable made it clear when he was hired that effective ZBS linemen can be had thru free agency and later rounds in the draft.

    ________________________________________

    And he was clearly WRONG about that. Pears, Harris, Barnes Satele LMAO

  • morilla

    90210 Says:
    December 21st, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    I think that FAT PIG needs more than 20 pounds, more like 40+ pounds to lose you must of been drunk off your A$$ that’s why you seen him that thin! I don’t think you seen the close-up on his FAT A$$ when he fumbled, DAM it was horrible he’s only 24 or so and his A$$ jiggles like JELL-O!!Imagine when the idiot hits 30. Shoot I’m 32, 6′4′,227 and I’m independent contractor, I can’t see his excuse for being that F’D UP!

    =======================================================

    Sh-t , I would love for that dude to drop 40, but there is no way in hell that will happen. Not with his wok ethic.

    Preferably, they should cut his ass after the season and take advantage of the new cap rule.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Spellcheck Says:

    December 21st, 2009 at 12:25 pm
    come on you can do better than that.
    ———————–
    Nah, that’s the usual reason people cry out for attention. Neglected by Mom.

  • Richochet

    # Charlie Says:
    December 21st, 2009 at 12:42

    2000-2009 The Raiders invested fewer first and second round picks on lineman than any other ten year period in the history of the franchise.

    More to come this April. Guaranteed.
    ===============
    Guaranteed?
    YOU guarantee it?

    Is that like so many who GUARANTEED the Raiders would have the best tandem dbacks in the league, with Aso and Hall?
    On the line of those that GUARANTEED Bey would be a td monster, tearing up the league?
    The GUARANTEES that Russell would be a stud in ’09?

    Those kind of guarantees?

    All guaranteeing means is you guarantee you’re an idiot for guaranteeing anything.

  • Charlie

    DKNIGHT

    As I said, Seymour was the start of it.
    That move was not an accident. Indirectly Seymour is a first round Raider pick.
    I am very confident of the following:

    JR will be offered much less or be cut. He will accept the cut because it is more than he could get anywhere else.
    The money saved will go to signing Seymour and Jano and next years first round lineman if we dratft at about ten.

    Same with Kelly. He takes less money or he walks.

    Warren will be cut and retire.

    Walker,Hall,Wilson, Jordan, Curry are just examples of how Cable is cleaning up the poor values on this team.
    Mr Davis supports it.

    First three picks will be on the Oline and Dline.

  • Richochet

    morilla Says:
    December 21st, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    =======================================================

    Sh-t , I would love for that dude to drop 40, but there is no way in hell that will happen. Not with his wok ethic.

    =========================
    Depends on what he puts in his wok.

    I suspect JR’s more of a “Wok recipes for Hot Wings” kind of guy, in lieu of chicken stir fry.
    that might be his problem.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Gotta love ESPN bashing Tomlin for going for the onside kick yesterday. When Belichick makes such calls, they talk about how he’s a daring, pioneer and a game changer. Tomlin does it and he’s a dumb black coach who doesn’t know what he’s doing. Steelers won, btw.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Charlie Frye just doesn’t look strong enough to play QB.

  • DKnight007

    Dakota Says:
    December 21st, 2009 at 12:50 pm
    spellcheck Says:
    December 21st, 2009 at 12:15 pm
    If Cable isn’t fired and isn’t forced out of the ZBS the Raiders won’t spend any draft picks on O linemen in the 1st few rounds….Cable made it clear when he was hired that effective ZBS linemen can be had thru free agency and later rounds in the draft.

    ________________________________________

    And he was clearly WRONG about that. Pears, Harris, Barnes Satele LMAO

    ^^^^^^^^^
    Exactly….

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Charlie, you’re guaranteeing me we’ll draft some o linemen, you know, to protect our little tike WCO QBs Al Davis just loves, yet you won’t break down to me who, in which round, and what speedy receivers and cornerbacks you honestly believe Al would pass over to get such linemen. Sure you’re not just wishfully thinking?

  • Richochet

    # raideredoutL.A. Says:
    December 21st, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    hope we can spoil the ravens playoff hopes in a couple weeks.
    =========================
    See?
    It’s this raider fan mentality that seems to permeate throughout the fan base.
    It’s almost accepting that each year the only possible glimmer of hope is hoping you screw up someone else’s chances, accepting you never had a chance to begin with.

    Yep, lol..Silver n Gloom and Doom has never reared it’s ugly head more than in the last few years in Oaksty.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Did you guys see Tommy Kelly get up with only his G-String on?

  • spellcheck

    Dakota Says:
    December 21st, 2009 at 12:50 pm
    spellcheck Says:
    December 21st, 2009 at 12:15 pm
    If Cable isn’t fired and isn’t forced out of the ZBS the Raiders won’t spend any draft picks on O linemen in the 1st few rounds….Cable made it clear when he was hired that effective ZBS linemen can be had thru free agency and later rounds in the draft.

    ________________________________________

    And he was clearly WRONG about that. Pears, Harris, Barnes Satele LMAO
    “““““““““““““““““““““““““““`
    About as wrong as you were about drafting McFadden and Foolkell was about Al Davis not opening his checkbook to give JaMac and cheese what he wanted to get him into camp and end his holdout.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Tommy Kelly should try that if we ever play the Patriots again. Get Brady all hot and bothered.

  • DKnight007

    Charlie Says:
    December 21st, 2009 at 12:57 pm
    DKNIGHT

    As I said, Seymour was the start of it.
    That move was not an accident. Indirectly Seymour is a first round Raider pick.
    I am very confident of the following:

    JR will be offered much less or be cut. He will accept the cut because it is more than he could get anywhere else.
    The money saved will go to signing Seymour and Jano and next years first round lineman if we dratft at about ten.

    Same with Kelly. He takes less money or he walks.

    Warren will be cut and retire.

    Walker,Hall,Wilson, Jordan, Curry are just examples of how Cable is cleaning up the poor values on this team.
    Mr Davis supports it.

    First three picks will be on the Oline and Dline.

    ^^^^^^^^^
    Thats what I see happening as well, when it comes to Russell and Kelly restructuring down their contracts for the benefit of the team.

    Warren WILL be cut or retire without a doubt.

    Don’t forget that this team needs a THUMPING BEAST of a MLB!

    I could see them using one of the two 3rd round picks to draft a MLB.

  • spellcheck

    KoolKell Says:
    December 21st, 2009 at 1:02 pm
    Did you guys see Tommy Kelly get up with only his G-String on?
    ““““““““““““““““““““““““““
    Yeah he looked like your wife on your honeymoon.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Richochet, what the hell is wrong with fans rooting for their team to play spoiler? You’re on point when you debunk the kool aid drinkers in here, but why shyt on a fan just for being a fan? Get out of your house today and do something.

  • raideredoutL.A.

    damn u sure combed through all posts, so u can make your assumptions. i care less of what u say, i usually skip from reading your posts cuz you’re a lame that just tries to redeem yourself from whatever troubles u on this blog.

  • DKnight007

    Maryland OT Bruce Campbell is a BEAST who can play LT or RT!

  • raideredoutL.A.

    how’s the niners doing now a days lick-ricochet

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Kelly reminded spellcheck of a few wives he’s had in his trailer park. Big ol’ ass with a g string, some wine, some norcos = Saturday night in spellcheck’s trailer, hee haw!

  • spellcheck

    Talk O-line all you want, but this is still the AFC West and if you can’t effectively stop the run you ain’t going to the playoffs (or 1 and done if you do)….period

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    The team’s past three 100-yard rushing games belong to Bush, who had four carries for 9 yards over the last three weeks, since losing a fumble in the second half against Cincinnati.

    “It was hard waiting because you think you should be out there playing and contributing,” said Bush, who averaged 5.0 yards in his 103 carries and regained the team lead with 519 yards.

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/12/20/SPLL1B76JP.DTL#ixzz0aMNntNMO

  • raideredoutL.A.

    schillens should of done the ride the donkey dance after his td

  • spellcheck

    Hey Real Moron, get it right…I took the wheels off my trailer and set it on blocks, it’s a real home now.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    San Diego’s run defense sucks, spellcheck.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Kell,

    Jerry said it all yesterday on his twitter:

    “Nice TD run, Bush. Now back to the bench”.

  • spellcheck

    And they’ll be one and done.

  • spellcheck

    Wow I better open another bottle of Nasti Spumane or Championship Reisling, this bottle is empty.

  • spellcheck

    I’m fresh out of NasCarbenet Sauvignon.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Boones makes sauvignon, now?

  • Charlie

    MR

    I am sure you know about the past number ones and twos on the line such as Upshaw, A Smith, Wisnieski via trade, D Russell, Mcglockton etc. Just a FEW examples of how we have built teams in the past.

    This year the following are examples of who we can get:

    Oline; Oklahoma-Williams OK State-Okung Texas-Ulatoski WV-Capers and Rutgers Junior- Davis

    Dline; Nebraska-Suh Oklahoma- Gewrald McCoy Syracuse- Arthur Jones

    We have done it many times in the past with only two real line “BUSTS”. John Clay at OT and Bob Buchowski at DT due to a back injury.

    Lombardi got us off track. Cable is helping us get back to basics.

    Seymour was just the start of it.

  • RaiderD

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    December 21st, 2009 at 12:57 pm
    Tomlin does it and he’s a dumb black coach who doesn’t know what he’s doing. Steelers won, btw.

    _____________________________________________

    We’re talking about ESPN here, the boston loving, yankee sucking, patriot humping TV station!

    Of course they’re gonna bash on Tomlin.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    r8dr4lfe21 Says:
    December 21st, 2009 at 11:46 am
    Did anyone see M-Bush chat with reporters yesterday. He said he cant understand why the fans boo the players, he said if they gonna do that why even show up to the game.
    =======================================================
    At 30K per game….a lot of people aren’t bothering to show up.

    Fans only showed their displeasure at the effort on the field. No one boos in a tough game…they haven’t played well this year. Blowouts are unacceptable…Redskins, Jets, Broncos, Texans, Giants…then DHB dropping TWO TD passes to lose the game in K.C….