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Raiders-49ers postgame wrap

News, notes, quotes and observations following the Raiders’ 28-24 loss to the 49ers Saturday night at the Coliseum:

– Here is how coach Tom Cable responded when asked if he expected Jason Campbell to be available for the season opener after being sidelined by a stinger following a sack by Travis LaBoy.

“Yeah, I do. At this point it does not seem to be a serious issue.”

A “stinger,” or “burner” is described as a “`nerve injury resulting from trauma to the neck and shoulder. Its primary symptom is burning pain radiating down one upper extremity.”

It can be a brief injury or something that can take weeks to heal.

Campbell admitted that as he was lying on the field he was a lot more concerned than when he addressed reporters following he game.

“It felt a lot worse at the time that it happened, but thank God … they don’t think it’s going to be really, really serious,” Campbell said. “But at the same time it’s something we’ve got to take care of before the season starts.”

In Campbell’s case, it’s a concern because stingers tend to be a recurring injury and it’s not the first time he’s had one.

“Yeah, I had one before. It felt a little bit more than a stinger at the time,’’ Campbell said. “Just trying to take (precautions). Trying to get up. At the same time, I couldn’t really feel a lot because it was down the back of my neck a little bit. We went to get it X-rayed to see what’s going on.

“Usually I recover pretty fast. Right now there’s no timetable. The thing is just to improve and continue to keep getting better. We don’t know the timetable or anything, but at the same time, I haven’t really missed any time before.” At the time of his injury, Campbell was 6 of 8 for 93 yards with a quarterback rating of 113.0, including a gorgeous game-opening eight-play, 81-yard drive.

“I thought I was doing great,’’ Campbell said. “I felt we were doing what we needed to do. Took the first drive down there and scored. Penalties hurt us after that.’’

–Bush fractured his left thumb on his seventh and final carry. He gained 23 yards and scored a touchdown on a 1-yard run.

“A safety came down, instead of getting my legs he got my hand and the ball,’’ Bush said. “That’s part of the game.’’

Bush said he wouldn’t know his status until he talked the medical staff Sunday, but it wasn’t an encouraging sight to see Michael Bennett tying his shoes in the locker room. He said he’s never played with a broken bone his hand before but noted optimistically, “It’s just the hand, hopefully I’ll be back, I mean, a hand to a leg is totally different. I broke my leg and I bounced back from that and I’ll do the same with my hand.’’

– -If Kyle Boller had drawn even in the race to be Campbell’s backup, Bruce Gradkowski hit the third-quarter turn on a dead sprint to pull back ahead.

Gradkowski completed 14 of 22 passes for 202 yards, touchdowns passes of74 yards to Louis Murphy and 27 yards to Zach Miller, no interceptions, and a 123.7 quarterback rating.

The first touchdown came in the final two minutes of the first half to put the Raiders within 17-14, and then he opened the second half with a 72-yard, nine-play drive which culminated in the throw to Miller.

If that wasn’t enough, Gradkowski had a deep heave drop through the hands of Todd Watkins inside the 5-yard line on fourth-and-9 from the 40-yard line and 1:14 to play. Watkins attempted to take the pass in over his shoulder and couldn’t reel it in.

“I haven’t been out there so it was good to get the feel of the first team,’’ Gradkowski said. “It was good to play almost three quarters. It was really good to get back out there and get a feel.’’

For any of you who think Gradkowski is making a run at Campbell for the starting role, here was how Cable assessed his performance:

“Bruce Gradkowski was one of the bright spots in terms of going in there and having some efficiency and move the club around fairly well,’’ Cable said. “I think that’s what you want from your backup quarterback and he showed himself very well that way.’’

Backup quarterback.

– The 49ers rushed for 165 yards on 33 carries, with the first team defense getting gashed for big plays (Frank Gore’s 49-yard run) and the reserves getting hit for a lot of little ones.

“I didn’t think we tackled particularly well tonight,’’ Cable said. “We had plenty of guys where we needed them. I just did not think early we tackled very well at all.’’

– Here’s the positive spin:

“Would love to win the football game without any question but more than anything we learned a lot about ourselves tonight,’’ Cable said. “We have a chance to have a very good football team but we have to do it our way.

“We have to do it all out all the time and I think there’s too many ups and downs in this football game for us to be who we need to be to succeed. A lot to learn from it, and that’s a good thing. I’m glad it happened now as opposed to a few weeks from now.’’

It’s worth noting Richard Seymour was rested because of his triceps injury.

– The early review on rookie center Jared Veldheer, starting in place of Samson Satele:

“I think you have to look at the film for that. I can remember one, there was a run through by a linebacker, (Patrick) Willis, one time that was on him but overall I think he directed the protections well,’’ Cable said. “He really didn’t show up as the game went on so that’s a good sign. But we’ll have to look at the film.

Cable, of course, wanted to see more film.

– Raiders quarterbacks were 20 of 30 for 295 yards and that included four or five dropped passes of varying degrees of difficulty.

– No return specialists stepped forward to do anything of note. The longest punt return was 11 yards by Johnnie Lee Higgins on a kick that he fielded at the 4-yard line rather than let bounce in the end zone.

Phillip Adams wasn’t even listed on the flip card as a specialist for the 49ers, but had an 83-yard punt return for a touchdown in which he wasn’t touched.

Ken Jurovich of the 49ers had a 48-yard kickoff return one play after Sebastian Janikowski’s touchback was nullified because Higgins was offsides.

– Linebacker Rolando McClain led the Raiders with eight tackles and made a few plays but was victimized on a few others.

–The Raiders played it fairly straight defensively, which everyone expected they would, given their regular-season game against the 49ers in October.

– Attendance was announced at 42,248, which of course represents tickets sold and in no way reflected the actual amount of fans in the park.

– Thanks to everyone who participated in tonight’s live chat.

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  • RaiderLen

    1) Stupid penalties
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    At least we weren’t as dumb as the niners. :)

    Agree with everything you just said.

  • J Wiggle

    Use McFadden in the passing game and on perimeter runs. That’s what he’s best at. Don’t know why it’s taken the coaching staff so long to figure that out.

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    Won’t matter if we keep letting the MLB attack him unblocked.

  • TheyCallMeAssassin

    # SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    So why was PEars in the game yesterday in the 1st QTR?

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    Walker got hurt I think.

  • TheyCallMeAssassin

    If the Bills want too much for Marshawn Lynch, Willis McGahee seems to be on the way out in Baltimore…

  • ArmChair GM

    But the positives…

    1)Opening drive by Campbell
    2)DHB
    3)Murphy and Miller
    4)Gradkowski’s accuracy, pocket awareness, and ability to energize everyone around him.(This should not be underestimated because the Raiders were looking dead on their feet after Campbell got hurt.)
    5)Janikowski and Lechler in pro bowl form.
    6)Walter Mcfadden
    7)Veldheeer

  • Just Fire Baby

    JWig, Your’e right. Carlisle spends as much time in the backfeild as Dmac. They should have a better working relationship!

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    Zingerrrrrrr!!!

  • TheyCallMeAssassin

    # ArmChair GM Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 11:41 am

    But the positives…

    1)Opening drive by Campbell
    2)DHB
    3)Murphy and Miller
    4)Gradkowski’s accuracy, pocket awareness, and ability to energize everyone around him.(This should not be underestimated because the Raiders were looking dead on their feet after Campbell got hurt.)
    5)Janikowski and Lechler in pro bowl form.
    6)Walter Mcfadden
    7)Veldheeer

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    Agreed.

  • Hobs Gnarly

    gtg back later

  • TheyCallMeAssassin

    Won’t matter if we keep letting the MLB attack him unblocked.

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    This is also true. But there’s less of a chance of that happening on his outside runs.

    I’d love to see Tony Richardson and Marcel Reece at fullback, though.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Speaking of positives, what about the play of Routt? Has he given up one completion the last two weeks?

    Got to say, I was pretty off on that one so far. He has looked waaaaay better than I ever would have imagined.

  • http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_04kZGR_ltmE/TB4fQEZq4aI/AAAAAAAAH1U/H_ihQYOECNo/s1600/Kobe-Bryant-Lakers-W Dakota

    I have not seen the game yet. I see there is a healthy debate in here as to whether he is to blame or the o-line for his lack of production last night…

  • TheyCallMeAssassin

    If not Richardson then Tonga, but Richardson is a leader and a great presence to have in the locker room… not that Al Davis believes in chemistry…

  • ArmChair GM

    The Raiders played a basic scheme on offense and defense on purpose. The Raiders have been reiterating that all preseason. Not giving away too much to opponents that will be faced in the regular season. Anyone that can’t see that is clueless.

    Like Iverson said, this was PRACTICE. I think we all know this was not the same defense that we saw the first two weeks. Especially against the Bears.

    Let’s just look forward to seeing who get’s cut and who stays from not only the Raiders but around the league.

    Bring on the season already!

  • RaiderLen

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 11:42 am
    JWig, Your’e right. Carlisle spends as much time in the backfeild as Dmac. They should have a better working relationship!

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    Zingerrrrrrr!!!
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    :) We need a serious upgrade there.

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    “Bruce Gradkowski was one of the bright spots in terms of going in there and having some efficiency and move the club around fairly well,’’ Cable said. “I think that’s what you want from your backup quarterback and he showed himself very well that way.’’

    Backup quarterback.

    ………………….

    LOL. Good observation, Jerry.

  • TheyCallMeAssassin

    They should let Walker and Campbell split the reps at RG next week and see what happens.

  • armond

    j wigg there are times he goes down a lil 2 easy but the point is that the lanes are getting clogged more when he is in there. part of it is the oiline some is him but i also feel defenses really amp up when he is in there. he breaks more tackles than given credit for especially up high. go look at opening night when he ran thru that SD db and carried another. also he never had balance issues until his turf toe he played on in buffalo his rookie year. he was slippin all over the place and he shouldnt have played. then he played the following week against SD when he shouldnt have and then he suffered another turf toe. he never had balance issues at arkansas or his rookie preseason and the denver/kc games that year. think maybe this is a coincidence or not?

  • DirtyRaccoon

    Good late mronin Armond, Nnamdi, Dakots, MR, NATION.

  • ArmChair GM

    # TheyCallMeAssassin Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 11:46 am

    They should let Walker and Campbell split the reps at RG next week and see what happens.
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    Agreed. Walker should not be at RT.

  • Thec07

    Got to be a leader. Don’t take my word for it, listen to Hue Jacksons’.

    +++++++++++

    everyone else coaches and players all say J Campbell is a leader…Is THE Leader…

  • RaiderLen

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 11:45 am
    Speaking of positives, what about the play of Routt? Has he given up one completion the last two weeks?

    Got to say, I was pretty off on that one so far. He has looked waaaaay better than I ever would have imagined.
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    Routt DID look good last night. Mabey cable wasn’t blowin smoke afterall.

  • Just Fire Baby

    everyone else coaches and players all say J Campbell is a leader…Is THE Leader…

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    Rock Cartwright also said it is a “noticable difference from when he was in Washington”.

    Basically, he is just starting to learn it. Not something I am confidant that someone can just learn 100% of it.

    We shall see. He is clearly a good dude, with a good work ethic, which is about half the battle. Finding ways to grind out wins, and getting the most from your teammates, and inspiring hope is the other half.

    Again, we shall see.

  • J Wiggle

    # SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    So why was PEars in the game yesterday in the 1st QTR?

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    Pears gets in the game early when we run the Jumbo set. Pears, Henderson and Walker all play at the same time instead of a 2nd TE.

  • RaiderLen

    TheyCallMeAssassin Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 11:46 am
    They should let Walker and Campbell split the reps at RG next week and see what happens.
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    I’d like to see Walker at RG to see how He does.

    Who then, is the RT?

  • armond

    agree with armchair that the whiners showed 2 much. they attacked this game as if it was a regular season game or it was personal. i was surprised to see them blitz as much and really get after it the way they did which bodes well for us in october. we kept it real vanilla and still had the lead when it counted. not to mention no chaz seymour cj and still trying to figure out our offensive flow. the penalties killed us more than anything including those 2 4th dwn gifts from the refs.

  • TheyCallMeAssassin

    # RaiderLen Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    TheyCallMeAssassin Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 11:46 am
    They should let Walker and Campbell split the reps at RG next week and see what happens.
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    I’d like to see Walker at RG to see how He does.

    Who then, is the RT?

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    Walker when it’s Campbell. Maybe Barnes when it’s Walker?

    Like I said before, I’d still like to see the Raiders make a move for Jared Gaither, for exactly that reason. Both he and Henderson can play either tackle position.

  • RaiderLen

    Walker when it’s Campbell. Maybe Barnes when it’s Walker?
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    That’s what I was thinking.

    No Pears please.

    Gaither would absolutely be an upgrade.

  • TheyCallMeAssassin

    Yeah, the coaches might love Pears because he’s “versatile”, but he’s below average at everything he does.

  • armond

    wattup raccoon. len we shouldve let barnes be the rt walker rg from the beginning and let bc work his way into the rotation when ready. i dont like cables plan for this oline since he has been coach. the only good thing i can say is that he was for getting one of the top lt’s if they were available. however i think getting mcclain might be the better fit. henderson does seem to play up or down to his competition. we had nothing with morrison in the middle. we needed a true mlb bad

  • http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_04kZGR_ltmE/TB4fQEZq4aI/AAAAAAAAH1U/H_ihQYOECNo/s1600/Kobe-Bryant-Lakers-W Dakota

    Should hae signed some vets to improve the o-line.

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    Does anybody know which and Bush injured?

  • RaiderLen

    TheyCallMeAssassin Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 12:01 pm
    Yeah, the coaches might love Pears because he’s “versatile”, but he’s below average at everything he does.
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    LOL…Morris is versatile as well.

    They are truley the definition of a “Jack of all Trades”

  • HayesDaze37

    It’s a great day to be a Raiders fan. Isn’t it?

    Last night was about as close to a true scrimmage as we’ll see in the NFL. Both teams played about as vanilla as they could, not wanting to give away too many “secrets.”

    Easy to rate individual perfomances, though. McClain shows he’s still a rookie, even if he does have a veteran-like feel for the game. Veldheer shows a great capacity to learn in a hurry…and he didn’t get in the way of his QB throwing the ball. EVERY ONE of the WR’s on the team needs to hold onto the freakin’ ball better, not just DHB. DMcFadden is the same DMC he was the past two years…a mercurial talent who will flash occasionally. And, most importantly… JCampbell and Grads continue to show the qualities and abilities to lead a proficient Offense. As long as they can stay on their feet, that is.

  • ArmChair GM

    # armond Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 11:57 am

    agree with armchair that the whiners showed 2 much. they attacked this game as if it was a regular season game or it was personal. i was surprised to see them blitz as much and really get after it the way they did mention no chaz seymour cj and still trying to figure out our offensive flow. the penalties killed us more which bodes well for us in october. we kept it real vanilla and still had the lead when it counted. not to than anything including those 2 4th dwn gifts from the refs.
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    That’s the point Armond!

    Sometimes it’s ok to sacrifice a battle in order to win the war.

    And the reality is if the true battle in a preseason game is the play of the starters, then our starters actually outplayed theirs.

    To all the doubters, go back and check the score after 3 quarters.

    Clean up the self destructive crap, i.e
    penalties, dropped passes, special teams gaffes, and we should be ok.

  • TheyCallMeAssassin

    Willis McGahee or Marshawn Lynch?
    Laveranues Coles or Antonio Bryant?
    Jared Gaither?
    Tony Richardson?

  • http://raidersfans.net Just Win

    J Wiggle Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 9:21 am

    How many times are we going to let Willis come in UNBLOCKED?
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    That’s what happens when you start a rookie at center who never played center and then throw stunts and blitzes at him.

  • TheyCallMeAssassin

    Nothing to base this off of, but I’m going to go ahead and predict that the Raiders win this matchup during the regular season.

  • http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_04kZGR_ltmE/TB4fQEZq4aI/AAAAAAAAH1U/H_ihQYOECNo/s1600/Kobe-Bryant-Lakers-W Dakota

    left hand i think

  • armond

    would like for us to look at green bays cuts as well. they have alot of fbs they keep around. if t.richardson from the jets gets cut we have to try to get him. i cannot stand another day of lawton.

  • Dude

    Pre Season means NOTHING! No matter what part or who was playing. The score after 3 quarters of the 9ers game is meaningless.

  • HayesDaze37

    Bring in Antonio Bryant for a tryout and chat…yesterday. If he’s got the right attitude, he’s got the talent and experience this team could badly use.

  • RaiderLen

    That’s what happens when you start a rookie at center who never played center and then throw stunts and blitzes at him.
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    True. A great learning experience for Velhdeer.

    What’s even better is that He will learn from it and get better.

    Satele is well…Satele

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    I have officially given up on McFadden.Dude was getting arm tackled by DB’s last night.

  • RaiderLen

    408, don’t do it.

    Dakota has made a list.

  • ArmChair GM

    # Just Win Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    J Wiggle Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 9:21 am

    How many times are we going to let Willis come in UNBLOCKED?
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    That’s what happens when you start a rookie at center who never played center and then throw stunts and blitzes at him.
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    And that’s also why the Niners were stupid to do that in a preseason game. Now THE ROOKIE and his coaches will study that film and be prepared for it come week 6.

  • BigLefty

    A Jack of all trades but a master at “none”

  • RaiderLen

    BigLefty Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 12:13 pm
    A Jack of all trades but a master at “none”
    ==================================================
    Ding Ding Ding, Correct.

    Didn’t feel the need to elaborate to it’s conclusion.

  • armond

    armchair the niners did the same stuff to minny last week. dont know if its good or bad but i notice alot of blitzing and things from around the league on defense. we also didnt really lose the game when the starters were in and at the end of it. he never got into the endzone. put me down for gaither.

  • http://raidersfans.net Just Win

    If no one saw the game last night 36 is rebroadcasting it right now.

  • ArmChair GM

    # Dude Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Pre Season means NOTHING! No matter what part or who was playing. The score after 3 quarters of the 9ers game is meaningless.
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    Dude you are sadly mistaken.

    The FINAL SCORE of a preseason game means nothing. But when you play your starters vs their starters for 3 quarters in a preseason game, it gives coaches and players alot to study, evaluate, and learn from.

    It also can give you an overall assessment of the overall strengths and weaknesses of a team, so that the weaknesses don’t carry over into the regular season, but the positives do.

    Come on man, even you should know that.