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Postgame wrap

Tyvon Branch sent his regrets via modern technology:

“I personally apologize to the raider nation!,” Branch sent out on his Twitter account about two hours after a 38-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

A business memo would characterize Week 1 for the Raiders as “failure to accomplish any of the objectives and/or projections set forth by management.”

Other than Darren McFadden for the first time looking every bit the No. 4 overall selection in the 2008 NFL draft, there was virtually nothing for the Raiders or their fans to feel good about.

Other than the fact that it was on the road in the afternoon, and not at home in prime time, this one had the whiff of hopeless season openers in 2006 and 2008, when the San Diego Chargers (27-0) and Denver Broncos (41-14) humiliated Raiders teams which were never really in the game.

News, notes, observations and some quotes (furnished on site by Steve Corkran and from the Titans P.R. staff):

– The Raiders aren’t likely to go into any sort of detail until Wednesday, but the game caused physical pain as well as mental anguish. Six players didn’t finish _ Robert Gallery (hamstring), Yamon Figurs (stinger), Hiram Eugene (lower leg), Michael Huff (knee) and Richard Seymour (hamstring).

If both safeties are hurt, the Raiders will consider promoting Stevie Brown from the practice squad unless they want to move Tyvon Branch, Mike Mitchell or Jeremy Ware to single deep safety.

– Raiders coach Tom Cable: “We felt like we were very hesitant in all three phases particularly early in the game, and never seemed to get rid of it. In this league, they don’t give you anything, you have to take it.”

Not entirely true. The Raiders gave up a 56-yard touchdown pass from Vince Young to Nate Washington, 15-yard scoring run by Javon Ringer and a 76-yard bolt to Chris Johnson on plays which would have been touchdowns in flag football.

“Those plays they scored on were our mistakes,” cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha said. “You know, if we played our defense correctly, that stuff never happens. The deep pass, and then the draw.”

– Blocking and tackling, two issues which along with quarterback play have killed the Raiders for the better part of the last seven years, were poor again. Quarterback Jason Campbell never could get anything going with wide receivers and wasn’t able to get Zach Miller involved until it was too late. He barely had time to think. Truth be told, when Campbell did have time, he wasn’t very good.

And if he doesn’t get any better at sliding, he’ll wind up being injured without being hit.

Campbell’s interception and 32-yard return by Chris Hope, setting up another Tennessee score, was another instance of the Raiders making it way too easy for the Titans.

– During training camp, much of the talk was about a sophisticated offense installed by Hue Jackson that would bring the Raiders into the world of contemporary football. Instead, Cable sounded a lot like Lane Kiffin when he said, “I learned like we have to stay on schedule. We have to play the game in a mode that does not allow us to be in third and long so much.”

Gallery was more blunt.

“We were in long-yardage situations and we’re no good when we get to that,” Gallery said.

– Jared Veldheer’s baptism under fire is one he’d rather forget, from poor shotgun snaps to being at the center of a line that found itself overwhelmed much of the game. Veldheer wasn’t at Hillsdale anymore.

“It was a new experience, obviously,” Veldheer said. “I definitely got better at some things. There”s some opportunties to keep working at things, keep getting better at things . . . there were challenges at times, which I knew there would be.”

– Middle linebacker Rolando McClain finished with six tackles and found himself walled off on Ringer’s 15-yard touchdown run _ the kind of play he was drafted to prevent.

McClain echoed what he said during the week _ that the NFL really wasn’t all that much faster and better than the SEC.

“No different,” McClain said of the speed.

– The Titans rushed for 205 yards, 76 of those coming on the one Johnson run. The other 38 carries for the Titans netted 133 yards _ an average of 3.5 yards per carry.

To the Raiders credit, they seemed to realize those 76 yards indeed count toward the total. They went in hoping to keep Johnson from breaking the big one and failed.

The good news? There are no more Chris Johnsons on the schedule and 3.5 yards per carry will be a huge upgrade if they can do it against most other teams.

– Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour: “Things just kind of snowballed on us. I don’t think the game started out that bad. Once they got momentum, we never seemed to get it back. It will be a good film to watch because we have a lot of things to work on.”

– Raiders quarterback Campbell: “Obviously, we’re not proud of how we played today. We have to get back to the drawing board, eliminate the penalties and we can’t turn it over.”

Ah yes, the penalties How about 10 for 77 yards. That was another offseason point of emphasis.

– Figurs fumbled the opening kickoff, with the Raiders recovering. Figurs also fumbled on a kickoff return against San Francisco and a punt against Seattle.

Can’t say they weren’t warned.

– Asomugha: “During the preseason, as far as the confidence level we’ve shown, we looked likea team that even if we were behind, it would be OK, we’d be able to bounce back, so I never got too discouraged. Then the fourth quarter rolled around, we were still struggling, and I was like, `What’s going on? Why can’t we make up this ground?”

– McFadden looked like the running/receiving back the Raiders had envisioned when they drafted him. He’s never ran harder or better from scrimmage, gaining 95 yards with a long of 16. He consistently broke the first tackle and finished runs. He also caught six passes for 55 yards.

“Catching the ball, running with the football, blocking, he was able to convert some plays,” Cable said. “That’s the kind of player we envisioned him being. As I have said all along, if he is healthy, that’s what he’s capable of.”

Said McFadden: “I just feel like I did the best job that I could out there as far as how the coaches use me. You want to go out there and play hard and I feel like I did that today.”

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  • Hot Shot

    That list is all drop back passers.It dont work.Gannon was good cause he was not a drop back passer.he moved around.All the others on the list besides Bruce are statues in there playing.

  • lefty12

    how do you know what kind of camp we ran?

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Hot Shot Says:
    September 12th, 2010 at 11:01 pm
    He plays alot better than what we have.The drop back passers wont work with this line.
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    Then you can’t win

  • http://atm Raider O

    I think JC can be a solid QB in our system, if we can fix our OL problems.

  • J Hill

    O,

    Because they tried to trade him for 2 years with no takers. Or do you think the Redskins were basically asking for too much in return = why he was not traded?

    Me thinks if any of the other GMs wanted him doesn’t get traded to us for a future 4th.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Hot Shot Says:
    September 12th, 2010 at 11:04 pm
    That list is all drop back passers.It dont work.Gannon was good cause he was not a drop back passer.he moved around.All the others on the list besides Bruce are statues in there playing.
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    Rich Gannon won throwing the ball and the O-Line was good.

    Rich Gannon also was in his 12th or 13th year by the time the Raiders got him. And ultimately, he did not win the big one.

    The only mobile QBs I liked were Steve Young and Randall Cunningham….and Randall didn’t win the big on either.

  • J Hill

    I think JC can be a solid QB in our system, if we can fix our OL problems.

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    Maybe that is true. I’d say a lot of QBs would have success on a number of teams if they didn’t have to worry about getting hit.

    Guess that’s why there are MAYBE 5 QBs in the whole league who every other team wishes they had?

  • Hot Shot

    Yeah Al made sure Gannon didnt win by trading Gruden to the Bucs.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    J Hill Says:
    September 12th, 2010 at 11:07 pm
    O,

    Because they tried to trade him for 2 years with no takers. Or do you think the Redskins were basically asking for too much in return = why he was not traded?

    Me thinks if any of the other GMs wanted him doesn’t get traded to us for a future 4th.
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    I take it you are not a fan of the GM decisions then.

    They had no other choice. THey clearly didn’t like Gradkowski for some reason. Otherwise why make the trade and the contract? WHile Gradkowski got a 2nd round tender and a million dollars?

    Hue JAckson and Al Davis felt the need for change. Again, the QB situation was made hopeless due to a series of poor decisions.

    Let’s see what happens next week.

    AGain, this is the price you pay when you have a high bust draft pick in JaDavis and a string of other failures at the position (Andrew Walter, Tuiassossopo etc)

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    I guess with all the teeth gnashing about the O-Line and the devotion to the mobile fleet footed Gradkowski….

    We can see why Al Davis wanted Vince Young so bad….

    LOL!

  • J Hill

    SnB,

    I didn’t have a problem with the trade at the time. Except for the fact that it wasn’t McNabb that we were getting. Honestly didn’t know that much about him.

    But I’ve seen this story 100 000 times as you say.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    I was upset yesterday and posted some thoughts on certain firings.

    But seriously, you can’t yank the QB after the 1st week.

    Nor can you fire the coach or make any significant changes to the starting lineup.

    Those early season changes would absolutely negate everything you were working on and working for over the last 9 months.

    It would repudiate everything you have done to date.

    Not after week 1. And I would have said the same if the little guy was named the starter.

    This is not the same situation as JaDavis. Campbell works hard and the coaches have confidence in him. They got to work on fixing this. Unfortuately they don’t have much time.

    Week 2 and its already a MUST WIN game…….

    Oh well…we’ve been here before

  • Hot Shot

    They Do what Al says or they are gone.We were a good team and Al made sure he messed it up by getting rid of chucky.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    J Hill Says:
    September 12th, 2010 at 11:15 pm
    SnB,

    I didn’t have a problem with the trade at the time. Except for the fact that it wasn’t McNabb that we were getting. Honestly didn’t know that much about him.

    But I’ve seen this story 100 000 times as you say.
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    True…I was hoping for McNabb too….but it didn’t work out. Still doesn’t change the fact that Davis and Jackson felt the need to make the trade AND shellout the cash.

    Yup, we’ve seen this story 100,000 times.

    But guess what, the other channel has the same well-worn re-runs too.

  • DKnight007

    It’s the O-Line stupid Cable!

    Fix the O-Line, start Satele at Center, start Veldheer at RT, and start Barnes at LT. Get the running game going with Cartwright or Bennett and utilize DMC like they did vs Titans in the passing game.

    Hue Jackson needs to call more quick developing passing plays, and plays that will move and roll out the pocket to buy JC or Grads more time at QB.

  • J Hill

    Fix the O-Line, start Satele at Center, start Veldheer at RT, and start Barnes at LT.

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    And Campbell still won’t throw it until the man is open.

    Not one time did I see him even ATTEMPT to ANTICIPATE a WR coming out of a break or going to an open area.

  • Hot Shot

    We have kiss a## coaches on this team and thats the major problem.Cables like hi Al how can i kiss your butt today.Lmao

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    DKnight007 Says:
    September 12th, 2010 at 11:17 pm
    It’s the O-Line stupid Cable!

    Fix the O-Line, start Satele at Center, start Veldheer at RT, and start Barnes at LT. Get the running game going with Cartwright or Bennett and utilize DMC like they did vs Titans in the passing game.

    Hue Jackson needs to call more quick developing passing plays, and plays that will move and roll out the pocket to buy JC or Grads more time at QB.
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    Excellent post. THey have to stop going for the kill shot all the time and just develop some rythm.

    Get DHB early on quick slant..oh never mind.

    Until the RAiders stop trying to recreate the 70′s…this garbage will persist.

  • DKnight007

    If the Lambs beat them next week in the home opener and if the O-Line plays like girls again….what will the old man Al’s and Cables excuse be then?

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    J Hill Says:
    September 12th, 2010 at 11:19 pm
    Fix the O-Line, start Satele at Center, start Veldheer at RT, and start Barnes at LT.

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    And Campbell still won’t throw it until the man is open.

    Not one time did I see him even ATTEMPT to ANTICIPATE a WR coming out of a break or going to an open area.
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    I would hope that he or Gradkowski or even Boller were doing this in camp?

    These are basic fundamentals you are talking about JHill. If its that bad….then the season is lost.

    Tennessee applied pressure all game long and the Raiders players had no answer.

    The coaches made precious few adjustments that I could see…game didn’t change much

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

    Brien, you work fast food and you think you’re rich.

  • DKnight007

    # J Hill Says:
    September 12th, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Fix the O-Line, start Satele at Center, start Veldheer at RT, and start Barnes at LT.

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    And Campbell still won’t throw it until the man is open.

    Not one time did I see him even ATTEMPT to ANTICIPATE a WR coming out of a break or going to an open area.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Yeah it seems I have been posting the same chit the last 5-6 years…..oh wait…I have! LOL

    Freakin sad….

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    DKnight007 Says:
    September 12th, 2010 at 11:24 pm
    If the Lambs beat them next week in the home opener and if the O-Line plays like girls again….what will the old man Al’s and Cables excuse be then?
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    Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

    Hopefully the game plan takes into consideration the limitations on the line…Hopefully

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    “I don’t even know if it was even that great of a play action,” cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha said. “It’s just a matter of us being more disciplined. That play is dead … we did it in practice, we nailed it every time. Came to the game, lot of things going on in your head … we had a big mistake, you can’t have those mistakes. We were in the perfect defense for it.”

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/09/12/SPVC1FCR0N.DTL#ixzz0zO9zaXUO
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    Man….Nnamdi has to be getting sick of this….hope they improve the team for his sake…

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Three plays later, Tennessee defensive end Jacob Ford blew by left tackle Mario Henderson like Henderson never saw him and jarred the ball loose from Campbell on a sack. Actually, Henderson didn’t see Ford.

    “They had some great jumps and I think the one on the fumble – I am not going to say anything before I see it on film – but I feel he was definitely offsides,” Henderson said. “I never even saw him until he was past me. The crowd noise played a part and we couldn’t hear the snaps, just looking at the ball.”

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/09/12/SPVC1FCR0N.DTL#ixzz0zOAUMBNS
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    Man – Didn’t stand a chance.

  • Hot Shot

    Cable took a sack.Als sack.lol

  • DKnight007

    That guy was offsides and the offense needed to change up the snap count.

    They didn’t adjust fast enough.

  • Hot Shot

    Henderson was thinking of a sandwich or something.You could of drove a ford truck through there and he wouldnt of seen it.lol

  • http://atm Raider O

    Later Gents. I’m tired.
    J, we will continue this later.

  • DKnight007

    Grads lead the team to big wins last year and has good pocket awareness and can make plays when improvising.

    Grads won Offensive Player of the Week last year and I haven’t seen any Raider QB come close to doing that since….guess who? Gannon!

  • Hot Shot

    I agree Dknight007

  • lefty12

    so you don’t like cable because he tries to work with davis instead of against him like lance?the only way for anyone to be successful with this team is work with the old man not constantly butt heads with him.why is that so hard for some of you to understand?

  • DKnight007

    Cable is failing with trying to improve the O-Line and that is supposed to be his specialty??

    Not good!

  • Hot Shot

    Thats not a coach its a puppet.No cable has no nuts.Gruden coached the way he wanted to and we won games.

  • Hot Shot

    Gruden might of got traded but at least he didnt did not look like a crapy coach when he left Oakland.

  • Dark Forces

    Rolando McClain should start giving interviews and signing autographs for fans cause right now he SUCKS. Don’t act like you’re above it all and then come out and get pushed all over the field.

  • lefty12

    cable said if one of the top tackles had been available we would have drafted him instead of mclain.then we took 2 olineman later.it seems we are trying to fix the line.

  • lefty12

    wrong,hot shot.gruden did work with the old man,but he obviously didn’t like it-therefore his departure.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    DKnight007 Says:
    September 12th, 2010 at 11:43 pm
    Grads lead the team to big wins last year and has good pocket awareness and can make plays when improvising.
    ================================================
    That’s what Atlanta was doing with Vick…Improvising..winning a few big games…but it didn’t work in the medium turn.

    Get me a real QB please!

  • RaiderRetribution

    I was reading Can Inman’s articale, and he did explain one play to me (I was at a bar w/ multiple TVs & Direct TV- so no sound to the Raider game).

    Please tell me that was not a play called in by the OC, Hue.

    The play where I though at first the Titans or Raiders were off-sides/illegal motion and Campbell takes a knee for a one yard loss. Free play for the defense.

  • lefty12

    so,are you saying campbell isn’t a real qb?

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Lefty,

    I am saying that the Raiders need a real QB like any other team in the league.

    Going with guys that play sandlot is entertaining but doesn’t win in the medium to long-term.

    I hope Campbell is a real QB. Jury is still out. He has the tools to be one…arm strength, accuracy, touch etc…but you have to show it.

    I wish the Raiders had a young QB on the roster that they could bring along in case Campbell and the Little Guy don’t work out.

    Right now, after week 1…Lefty…I would say no. That offense was offensive yesterday and looked totally unprofessional. Just like last year.

    Let’s see if they learn and adjust in week 2

  • Hot Shot

    Gruden left cause he wanted control over the team.Als the reason he left.Gruden was doing alot of it his way just not evertything.

  • DaTruth91

    So ive been reading a few of the comments here, and its quite obvious that some of you guys have never played football in your lives.

    The number one problem with the Raiders is al davis,so enough of this fire the coach bs.
    -evidence: the raiders are running the same man/base/no blitz defense, they have ran for the last 10 coaches. You cant blame JC if the 3 wr’s are running 15 yrd routes and the only thing protecting him is Mario henderson, and carslie. Would you have faith dropping back to make a pass???

    The def looked improved today, in that that played better at the point of attack. McClain looked solid, and outside of Rout, they all played well.

    Yes, most teams give up yards on the ground, i.e the Colts ect, so plz stop saying that McCain is at fault because he was blocked on 1 particular play, b/c the truth of the matter is he made alot of plays that wouldnt have been made last yr.

    And oh yea, it is Chris Johnson!!!!, the best running back in the NFL, he’s gonna have big numbers, that why they call him the best.

    Valdeer played bad, but he’s a rookie, center calling line shifts and adjustments in the NFL for the very first time. Besides the mental errors( which can be fixed) he held his own and didnt allow 1 sack. imo let him continues to leard and grow….

    …stop hating on McClain. Valdeer and the d-line,ect because if it was up to you haters, our best player today (Mcfadden) wouldnt be wearin silver n’ black this yr

  • Hot Shot

    Defense did ok but they were on the field way too much.They were tired.Just like last season.Branch played terrible and put people on the o-line back in there drafted positions.Thats like telling a right hander your not a right hander no more your left handed from now on.What a joke of a line coach.

  • RaiderDebo

    Titans 38, Raiders 13
    6. Calm down, Titans fans. Let’s see how your offense does against the Steelers next week before declaring Tennessee the favorite in the AFC South. The Raiders clearly have done nothing to improve in the offseason. Watching quarterback Jason Campbell struggle makes you realize JaMarcus Russell wasn’t the problem in Oakland. The Raiders dropped their eighth straight season opener in non-competitive fashion.

    Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/andrew_perloff/09/12/first.and.10/index.html?eref=sihp#ixzz0zOKMpBp0
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    Even the national media is finally starting to come around.

  • lefty12

    he was getting things done his way by working with the old man and convincing him to do the things he wanted.you are correct,he wanted control and by the way things turned out in tb we should be glad he didn’t get it.

  • Hot Shot

    TB players were just sissys who didnt like gruden telling them they sucked.He was hard on them to toughen those guys up.The younger guys dont like discipline and they cant handle being told what to do and being yelled at.

  • lefty12

    well who was responsible for having all those players who sucked on the team?

  • Hot Shot

    Players now days get their little pu##s hurt to easy.