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Next project: Get DHB going

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 at 10:30 am in Oakland Raiders.

Media members were surprised but honored to learn Monday about their contribution to the Raiders’ cause.

When coach Tom Cable was pressed about what evidence he had that Darren McFadden could run as hard and break as many tackles as he did Sunday, he said “I think that’s him probably hearing you all question whether or not he’s for real. So, good job by you guys.”

Having put McFadden on the path to stardom, it’s time to fire up Darrius Heyward-Bey.

So here goes.

Rams wide receiver Mark Clayton joined the team six days before the opener, acquired by trade from Baltimore, and had 10 receptions. That’s the same number of receptions Heyward-Bey has in 12 career starts.

Consider it a public service.

Today’s schedule includes a just-concluded conference call with Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo, a Raiders open locker room session at 10:45, Jason Campbell’s weekly press conference, and a conference call with Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.

Spagnuolo, of course, built up the Raiders as if the 38-13 loss to Tennessee never happened.

“When we look at the Raiders whether it’s on the offense side, defensive side or special teams we just see a lot of team speed,” Spagnuolo said. “There’s no question that team has been built to run fast and they do.

“That’s going to pose problems. They’ve built a football team just the way they wanted to. I think it presents problems for anyone who has to play them. It happens to be us this week.”

He also praised quarterback Jason Campbell, who, if comments on this blog are indication, has already achieved Public Enemy No. 1 status among some of Raider Nation for his contributions to the Week 1 disaster.

“Fortunately or unfortunately, I’ve had to coach against him quite a number of times when he was at Washington,” Spagnuolo said. “He’s a quality quarterback that at any time can make a big play with his arm or with is feet. When you go against quarterbacks like that it can be scary for a defense.”

Spagnuolo coached against the Redskins five times when Campbell was the starter _ once head coach with the Rams last year, once as linebackers coach with the Eagles and three times as defensive coordinator of the New York Giants.

In those games, Campbell was 92 of 161 for 879 yards, three touchdowns, two interceptions and had a quarterback rating of 73.5 The Redskins lost all four times against Spagnuolo as an assistant, but beat the Rams 9-7 last season.

Spagnuolo looked forward to seeing Mike Waufle, the Raiders defensive line coach who served in the same capacity with the New York Giants.

“I tell you what, exactly what I saw when I turned on the film, and that’s guys that get up field, guys that play passionate and guys that play fast,” Spagnuolo said. “And Mike, he breeds that in those guys. He did a terrific job when we were together. I’ve got a lot of respect for him. I look forward to seeing Mike out there. Anytime he’s involved with coaching a defensive line, those guys are going to be playing fast and playing hard.”

More to come . . .

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  • new englandraider

    Post 85. LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOO0000000000oooooooooooooo

  • DMAC

    SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    September 15th, 2010 at 11:30 am
    DMAC Says:
    September 15th, 2010 at 11:28 am
    Read post 83^^^^ please
    ANd like I said…
    I was reffering to the front 7
    -======================================
    The Front 7 didn’t do its job either.
    =================
    Dude, they just played the against the best RB in the league. You can’t judge the front 7 based on 1 game against the best.

  • raidersxy

    Lets not forget the Javon Ringer long run, no need to leave that out either. Two big run plays on two missed tackles, one blown coverage. Thats 21 points from pure mistakes

    As Bill Callahan said in 2003 “We have got to be the dumbest team in american in terms of how we play the game”

  • priesttj

    Jhill

    If you asked the QB he would let you know there are thing he cannot do because that kid is a rookie. Your looking at film and seeing a couple of mishaps and thinking that’s all there were. It’s alot more than those 4 plays he was allowing the D for the Titans to tee off on Campbell. They were keying the C knowing he doesn’t have the experience to quick snap them. Or allow Campbell to draw them offsides. It’s a huge advantage to the defense.

    But hey!! if you say so it wasn’t problem….

    The Tackles had enough of a problem with those guy’s to have them keying the C and jumping the snaps. It was a decided advantage. IMO Mario is playing way too heavy right now and so is Walker but that game was their Dline’s get off was like a track meet.

  • guest123

    Post 85. LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOO0000000000oooooooooooooo

    *********************

    ditto….

    liked the Earl Campbell bit…

  • RaiderRockstar

    safties get payed to tackle too

    ***

    Agreed, but you’re blaming TB and only him

    responsibility (in order)

    1. D-Line
    2. LB
    3. DB

    you leapfrogged the first 2 culprits bro, because they were invisable on the ESPN highlights and didn’t issue a public appology

  • J Hill

    Oh, if only we had a NT

  • guest123

    Like Bill Parcells said:

    You are what your record says you are….

    excuses don’t pay the rent.

  • J Hill

    trash the “big nickel” on obvious running downs too

    ——————————————————

    3 WR, VY in the Shotgun, CJ2k in the backfield = obvious running down?????

  • DMAC

    I think TB is going to be a hella of player, but the truth is he fked up big time. He’ll bounce back tough.

  • RaiderRockstar

    You can’t judge the front 7 based on 1 game against the best.

    ***

    Can we judge them if Steven Jackson breaks 100 and a few TD’s?

    he’s pretty good too, ya know?

  • http://www.aflciodental.com/unions/IBEW.png r8eray

    Change it up, someone tell John Marshall/Mike Waufle to give us some different looks!
    3-4! Eff/Dump the 4-3, Blitz like a mofo!

  • new englandraider

    I guess the minister is not going to admit Campbell was tipping the snaps

  • nycraiders

    wow..cable actually reads the press articles..ok jerry, can you write an article so cable can understand when his team is down by 21 and they have the ball 4th and 2 at the 9yd line that he should have some guts and go for it instead of lookin scared and kicking a fg..

  • DMAC

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 15th, 2010 at 11:34 am
    safties get payed to tackle too

    ***

    Agreed, but you’re blaming TB and only him

    responsibility (in order)

    1. D-Line
    2. LB
    3. DB

    you leapfrogged the first 2 culprits bro, because they were invisable on the ESPN highlights and didn’t issue a public appology
    ========
    2. Don’t forget ya’ boy T howard was out there on that play also
    LMAO

  • guest123

    Cable’s expertise is what, can’t seem to remember….

    Oh yeah, it’s the offensive line….

    He’s an expert at offensive lines, I remember….

    So why do we have the worst offensive line in football???

    Fire the weak link.

    Fire Cable

    Do it now.

    Guilt by association, just axe him.

  • DMAC

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 15th, 2010 at 11:37 am
    You can’t judge the front 7 based on 1 game against the best.

    ***

    Can we judge them if Steven Jackson breaks 100 and a few TD’s?

    he’s pretty good too, ya know?
    ============
    Totally agree

  • J Hill

    responsibility (in order)

    1. D-Line
    2. LB
    3. DB

    —————————————-

    1 – Seymour was HELD, lol! Wimbley was at DE because of the offensive formation

    2 – Everyone wanted T Howard on the field because he could cover. Wish granted.

    3 – Branch was IN THE HOLE and missed the tackle. What does it matter what position he plays? Makes the tackle = 3 yd gain. Miss tackle = 76 yds and a TD.

  • kidseven

    Is it me or did JC act as if he was setting up behind a real, functional offensive line? On a few of those early passes he was standing back there for an eternity by Raider standards. Maybe someone should show him Gradkowski’s multiple knee scars as a subtle reminder. Get the ball out big fella. No time for a statue behind this line, it’s all Rudy the Rabbit.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    Next project: Get DHB going

    That like saying…

    Next project: Cure Cancer

    Next project: Prove string theory

    Yeah, I’ll get right on that!

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post!

  • RaiderRetribution

    We just signed Pears, Jerry’s next blog/forum, whatever these things are called.

  • kidseven

    I sort of hate to see the cycle of domestic violence perpetuated, but part of me hopes someone gives Cable the open hand for his handling of the O-line.

  • priesttj

    Listen people think I don’t like Veldheer but I do, Now that I’ve seen him I’am glad we drafted him because I see a player. But IN THAT situation he was way overmatched. He might turn out to be the best C ever but right now today he isn’t. What the answer is is up to Cable I know what I would do. But it’s his call and he better get it fixed, because that was disasterous. I don’t blame Veldheer I blame Cable………period

  • ajoakrader

    raider nation you guys r crazy talking bout getting rid of guys dmac and campbell, calm down there going to be okay. plus dmac played well the only brightspot.
    the o line needs fixing

  • memo

    Al Davis banged OJ’s wife?

  • sirblitzalot

    If DHB had signed with Titans 10 days ago and played in that game on Sunday, he would have been wide open in the giant void created by #33, #37 and #24! He would have had 6 catches or more! Most QB that play Oakland don’t even have to check down-unless they are a left handed QB. But in their natural throwing motion they look to there right. What they see is #37, and they think, “Wow, look at all that space between my receiver and the DB!” Then they throw the ball directly at #37 and wait for their receiver to intercept it. #37 gave up 3 TD’s last game, and then #33 was pivotal in giving up 3 TD Sunday. I guess this week it will be #24′s turn to give up 3 TD’s? Ever team game plans: All passing plays go to the right flat, up the right seam or fly up the sideline. Maybe one play is designed to go left.”

  • sirblitzalot

    As far as Dmac. He is great running back. The problem was injury but even more than that was coaching! I posted before the game, “Don’t be surprised if DMac has a good game. If he does it will not be because coach Cable planned it that way. It will be because Cable is out of options, due to injury to Bush! The situation presented itself, therefore NO CREDIT goes to TC. Look at how many touches CJ got before he broke a big one. If the OC gives DMac as many touches as CJ get’s, don’t be surprised if he has a few GREAT RUNS! Absent that one great run, CJ was just another running back (You can give CREDIT TO THE RUN DEFENSE). Fisher is a REAL head coach and he is sooo much better than TC. Cable is an O-LINE COACH. It is just a matter of time before everyone has to admit that and send him back to where he came from. He is just a resistor on a circuit board. He is NOT a CPU. Even priest is going to admit it.

  • GhostToMost

    Everybody needs to ease off of DHB. He is TRYING! He worked hard in the offseason and had all those great practices against backup players. Hes also on pace to establish new career highs in receptions and receiving yards, so give the guy a break! Al Davis compared him to Lance Alworth, thats good enough for me!

    DHB is oww-sum!!!! 23 million well spent.

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