Raiders news fit for print


Links to Sunday stories in today’s Bay Area News Group papers:

Beat writer Steve Corkran on how Rolando McClain has stepped right in to the job at middle linebacker.

Columnist Monte Poole on how far Darrius Heyward-Bey has come since last year, and how he still has to go.

I’ll be filing practice updates on the last minicamp practice on my Twitter page. Practice is scheduled to start at 11:15 a.m.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • JB

    Russell throws nice swing right to McFadden, next rhrow at ankles of Rock Cartwright. less than 20 seconds ago via PockeTwit

  • SinceFrankYouellField


    I can easily handle the ridicule handed me because I am a Raiders fan.

    I surely can handle it better than the guys I ran into a few months ago. Went into the Wallyworld in Reno two week after the Super Bowl. Saw EIGHT…..count ’em……EIGHT…..guys wearing their BRAND-SPANKING-NEW Saints stuff!!!!!

    I’d been going into that store every couple weeks in the six years since I moved to this area. NEVER saw any Saints jerseys, hats, etc.!

    I was wearing my Raiders cap. Even thought my team has been on a “down low” for 7 years……they didn’t have a word to say when they asked, “How’s YOUR team doing?” and I answered, “Better than yours….we will be gaining better players this year and you will be losing some of your best……OH, and ….. by the way……where was that BRAND NEW Saints (jersey, hat…whatever) two weeks ago????

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    If DHB is going to START, he has to be a reliable target….cannot have that stuff from last year.

    That K.C game still sits in my mind vividly.

    I am cheering for the kid, but the game is different nowadays….these top picks get big time dollars and have to start performing quickly as starters

    You don’t pay top money for 5th round performance.

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    Same argument could be made for JaDavis. QBs historically took a lot of time to develop…should JaDavis get another shot?

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Just catch the damn ball

  • JB

    “You don’t pay top money for 5th round performance.”

    That is unless you are drafted by AD. Don’t blame the player by where they are drafted. DHB may not even start. He may be more situational player. I see Schillins & Murphy starting assuming Schillins isn’t hurt and that we don’t bring in another veteran like TO.

  • JB

    Jeremy Ware blankets Jacoby Ford on post, intercepts Frye’s deep pass half a minute ago via PockeTwit

    Watkins makes leaping catch of Campbell pass from Campbell. He”s been one of the more consistent receivers 2 minutes ago via PockeTwit

    Huff working outside as right corner this series 3 minutes ago via PockeTwit

  • lefty12

    In your view he has to preform immediately,not necessarily in the teams view.If it takes a few years for him to get where they want,i’m sure they will be satisfied.Maybe you won’t,but they will.

  • JB

    I would not be surprised to see Huff in at LCB this year thereby making room for Mitchell to play full time at safety with Branch.

  • JB

    Frye nearly picked on sideline deep route, Joey Thomas, covering Hubbard, can’t hold it 1 minute ago via PockeTwit

  • lefty12

    If JR takes a pay cut he will be given longer to become the player they expected when they drafted him,regardless of what I or anyone else wants.

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    lefty12 Says:
    May 2nd, 2010 at 1:14 pm
    In your view he has to preform immediately,not necessarily in the teams view.If it takes a few years for him to get where they want,i’m sure they will be satisfied.Maybe you won’t,but they will.
    I think we all know that. Even if it takes 7 or 8 years…. we are on their time schedule.

  • JB

    Russell misses Miller on overthrow, Stevie Brown picks it off. Comes back with completions to Watkins, Ford as practice ends. Minicamp over less than 20 seconds ago via PockeTwit

  • JB

    Minicamp over so I guess there goes the weekend. LOL

  • Buckeyeraider..post 97.

    Thanks for the kind words man, love this blog, I wish I had more time but work gets in the way…stupid real life..lol.

  • JB

    Oh well, back to watching the talking heads.

  • lefty12

    I believe Jerry likes to feed the sharks.He didn’t want to pick DHB last year and he knows most others didn’t want him either,therefore he comments whenever DHB drops or bobbles a pass.I don’t read him mentioning it whenever someone else drops or bobbles a pass and by reading the entries,others are dropping passes.

  • JB

    # lefty12 Says:
    May 2nd, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I believe Jerry likes to feed the sharks.He didn’t want to pick DHB last year and he knows most others didn’t want him either,therefore he comments whenever DHB drops or bobbles a pass.I don’t read him mentioning it whenever someone else drops or bobbles a pass and by reading the entries,others are dropping passes.

    Actually, that’s understandable. People doing what they are supposed to be doing is not news. The opposite is news that can be discussed on both sides of the issue.

  • On post 61…

    “Twocents Says:
    May 2nd, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    That was an interesting post by Bob Marley.

    Makes me realize how little I know about the finer points of football.”

    – I felt the same way, it puts things into perspective …. here we are demanding we pick this guy up, play that guy there or claiming this will never work … but we really don’t know much about the details.

  • SoCalSwamee

    Everyone looks good in shorts and shirts, they’re pros they should be working out 11 months out of the year! What about the Offensive and Defensive lines? Whats going on there? What about our safties? Might be another long season. 8-8 is the best I can hope for.

  • buckeyeraider

    What the hell was Cam Inman talking about when he said Bruce Campbell looked too “lean” to contribute? Did he mean “raw”? The guy is like 6-6 and 315 lbs. Mike Mayock called him the most impressive looking physical speciman he’s ever seen. Anybody see the pic Dakota posted? WTF?

    I think this guy is going to be the starting RG, and he is going to be a monster. I feel for the OLB or CB who is in his way as he pulls and leads DMac on a sweep.

  • buckeyeraider

    Robert Gallery is tall and angular at LG. The Raiders don’t really have any short, squatty, fireplug O-lineman.

  • Zymurge

    I hear a lot of talk about how we don’t have a true NT, a fat guy in the middle. Well, I’m going to try to theorize why that’s not such a big deal. Bear with me here. And then tell me why I’m wrong.

    Looking at recent history, starting maybe 10 years ago, there was this trend towards the 3-4 in the NFL. The decade before that, pretty much everyone relied on the 4-3 or some variant. That’s the NFL. It’s a copycat league where success starts trends and the sheep follow.

    But why are the successful those that start the trends and those that follow less successful? Because of adjustments. When you find yourself facing a majority of teams playing style X on defense, you come up with an offense that exploits its weaknesses. Over time, that style of offense becomes the trend, leading to someone to come up with a new (or rehashed) defense that works against it.

    Back to the move from 4-3 to 3-4. My thinking is that this is an adjustment to the trend towards 300+ lb offensive lines that became the norm in the 90’s. Instead of trying to match beef with beef, teams moved to the more mobile 3-4 scheme and focused on speed on defense to outmaneuver the big but slow blocking beef. Think about the “Hogs” of Washington in the 80’s and the Jimmy Johnson counter to that with speed, speed, speed in his first few draft years. That was successful and the league followed.

    So now we have a bunch of smaller, faster defenses in the league that neutralize the size of the hog OL approach. Enter the ZBS where the emphasis is on smaller, more nimble lineman that can get into the second level quicker and tie up the roving LBs. It also works well against the fat guy in the middle by not trying to overpower, but to instead flank and only control one side, leaving gaps for the RB to pick and choose. The goal of the fat guy is to tie up multiple blockers, but when the blockers become more mobile than the NT, he loses his effectiveness here, as a single C or OG can occupy him leaving the others free to chase down LBs.

    See where this is going? The next wave is going to be a return to a 4-3 base to counter the trend towards more and more ZBS. This is a move away from 4 smaller LBs towards 3 bigger LBs and an additional DT. The 4 players on the line control the gaps that the ZBS seeks to control, and creates more traffic to protect the LBs. Meanwhile, the larger LBs are better prepared to take on the smaller OL that have the disadvantage of pursuit in space. Also, he additional size on the DL helps to generate the base pass rush where they can use their size and strength advantage against smaller OL.

    Bringing this all home, the Raiders are possibly on the right track for the future to be ahead of the game on defense. Now that everyone is running some form of the ZBS and more and more teams are using it as their core philosophy, they’re ahead of the game with the scheme that is the right match up. And they have the right offense to practice against day in and day out.


    Thanks Jerry. Would never have known that those articles existed if you hadn’t given us that lengthy post on all things Raider.


    lol.. tell em…

  • PlunkforHOF

    I feel Steve and FrankY about sporting my Raiders gear (and I got a TON of it). People will blow me crap when I wear it around town, but ya know what? I AM A FUKKIN RAIDERS FAN. For life. Have been since the days of Stabler and Biletnikoff. So screw the haters. Can’t wait to regain our glory and laugh at the Bandwaggoners. Like FrankY, I am here in Reno and consider a really lucky fact that there’s a TV station here that plays every Raiders preseason game. And its only about a 4 hr drive to McAfee. LIfe’s good, I’m feeling good about my beloved Raiders.


    Bob Marley:
    Totally agree with your Post#1 about DHB. I’m pulling for him too.
    The guy has the right attitude. He has committment,works hard, and I’m pulling for him too.

    He even had enough sense to give up #12 this year.
    The #12 belongs to a guy from Alabama who’s probably sitting in a bar in Mobile working on his sixth beer-if he isn’t in the East Bay doing the same thing.

    You’d think Al would forget all that drinking and carousing, remember what a Raider he was, and retire the damn number.
    The man’s a legend no matter how long you’ve been in the Raider nation.

  • So I’m in the middle of watching the Laker game and my wife interrupts me to show me this!
    You guys/gals gotta see this!

  • dude…

  • Rayda23059



    Thanks R8:

    That made my cheese pizza a whole lot better.

    Man, that guy should get his wife off his back.

  • JB