Gang-tackling stuffed Jackson


To hear the Raiders tell it, shutting down the Rams’ Steven Jackson Sunday had more to do with secruity in numbers than it did any dramatic difference in philosophy or scheme.

Former Raiders defensive coordinator Willie Shaw, when asked about the problems of one-on-one tackling, said the best way to fix it is avoid one-on-one tackles. Get as many players to the ball as possible so if one player gets missed, another follows up.

It was never more evident than in last week’s 76-yard run by Chris Johnson. Tyvon Branch was the lone player with a chance to get one of the league’s best backs, Johnson made him miss, and the Titans had a touchdown.

Jackson has a different style and is tough to bring down with a solo tackle for a different reason.

“He’s big, so he’s going to knock the first guy right off,” Raiders defensive tackle John Henderson said Monday. “You have to make sure everybody’s around him, and that’s what we did. I think we did a great job of that.”

Jackson had eight carries for 56 yards in the first quarter but only 11 carries for 19 yards in the second, third and fourth quarters.

Strong side linebacker Kamerion Wimbley thought the defense fed off the success the offense and special teams was having.

“There were some big plays on offense, big plays on special teams, that helped ignite the defense,” Wimbley said. “We always wanted to focus on swarming the ball, especially with a back as talented as Steven Jackson. You have to put more than one hat on him.

“We just went in and made our halftime adjustments. We saw some things we were doing that was hurting us in the first half and once we made those corrections, I think it put is in a better postion to make plays in the second half.”


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Just Fire Baby

    With that the Jason Campbell era ends.

    Let’s go Bruce!!!!

  • priesttj

    Simple, he’s more familiar with the players and their running vitually the same scheme it just emphasizes different aspects of the game. But the difference isn’t that bid a deal from last year. Basic verticle scheme same principles.

  • mistic1

    Gradkowski doesnt ave the goods!!!! he can man the ship for a game or two in relief of injury, but starting for a season?!?!?! He is poorman’s jeff garcia. He is a gamer, but lacks the talent to be a real threat. he wont win in the long run.

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post

  • I think Campbell gets the start at Arizona, but will have a very short leash. Unless we win by a significant margin, they find an excuse to bring Grads back as starter for the Houston game at home. Nothing worse than the home town fans booing your starting QB and chanting for the back-up. The team feeds of that negative energy as well.

    Campbell’s best opportunity to get his act together will be on the road, behind a McFadden-heavy game plan.

  • Pretty Rick

    So now people wana trade for Kevin Kolb? Huh? Kolb looks far worse than Campbell so far. Atleast Campbell’s been able to move the offense,,the problem is putting the ball in the endzone. Kolb cant get the Eagles past the 50yd line. I think people fell for the hype with the 2 good games he had in the past, so they thought they could toss McNabb in the trash can. Be careful what you ask for. Ask Arizona if they’d get rid of Matt Leinert again for Dereck Anderson.

  • oakland invader

    does anyone know when chaz is coming back??

  • The Big Banana

    # J Hill Says:
    September 20th, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Gradowski is starting per Cable!

    How’s that for reading between the lines RRS and Banana?!?!?



  • Plunketthead

    You can say that Grads almost threw more interceptions then JC but on the passes Bruce did connect he looked smoother and fluid. He can thread the needle and throw a catchable pass. JC looked terrible even on passes he completed. His other passes were not even close

    Bruce is much better then JC

  • RaiderRetribution

    two players could be cut this week,

    as I do believe Raiders need to make a decision on Mr. Lawton


    there is still the possibilty of a trade or FA pickup

  • DKnight007

    mistic1 Says:
    September 20th, 2010 at 2:46 pm
    @# DKnight007 Says:
    September 20th, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Gradkowski as the starter = more WINS!


    I guess some of you “geniuses” are not smart enough to see that! LOL=============================================================
    Campbell has had as many starts with this team as Grads, so this is apples to oranges. 6 quarters of football is not enough to make a fair judgment!


    I guess you forgot what Grads did last year when he was in there?

  • kvnbntly

    ummm playcalling might have a little bit to do with it. they need to stop trying to win the game on the first possesion.