Raiders points, yards don’t add up


News, notes and quotes from Monday not related to the quarterback situation:

— The biggest problem Tom Cable saw offensively was having a potential 28 points in red zone opportunities only to actually end up with only 13.

The Raiders gained 404 yards _ breaking a 76-game run of less than 400 dating back to 2005. Tight end Zach Miller felt the yardage and points didn’t add up.

“With that many yards you should really be scoring a lot more points,’’ Miller said. “It comes down to the red zone and just getting the ball in the end zone. We didn’t do that well at all.’’

“I saw that on the screen and thought, `Wow, it’s been awhile since we’ve had a lot of yards,’’ Miller said.

The only games where the Raiders had such impressive yardage figures with so few points was a 417-yard game against Kansas City in 2002 which they lost 2010, and a 428-yard game in 1993 against San Diego where they won 12-7.

— Cable’s thoughts on continuing a left tackle rotation of Mario Henderson and Jared Veldheer:

“I want to do this for what’s right in that, I think we sit back and look at the film now and you see we’ve got two guys that are pretty even there and we’re able to keep them both fresh and roll ’em in there and see if we can get one to kind of rise if you will,’’ Cable said.

Cable alternated a struggling Kwame Harris with Henderson for a time in 2007 before ultimately going with Henderson for the final two games of the season.

“Believe me is I’m the first guy to say I’d like to put the same five guys out there,’’ Cable said. “Sometimes you have to be flexible for it to work.’’

— Cable described Richard Seymour, out of the Rams game with a hamstring injury, as “real close.’’

He said the there was some hope Seymour would be ready to face the Rams.

— Darren McFadden has shown admirable restraint through two games, 48 tough carries and 240 yards rushing, never uttering a hint of an “I told you so.’’

But teammate Michael Bush, McFadden’s training camp roommate, knows he heard the critics who thought he didn’t run hard enough and went down too easily.

“As a player if you think people are down on you and you’ve been doing good for along time, it probably tends to get on your nerves,’’ Bush said. “He’s very competitive and out to prove those people wrong.’’

Through two games, McFadden is second in the NFL in rushing, trailing only Indianapolis’ Arian Foster (300 yards), who had 231 yards in the opener. McFadden had 357 yards in 104 carries over 12 games last season.

“Any time I’ve gotten the question, `Is Darren all hype?,’ I’ve always said, `Just watch,’ ‘’ fullback Marcel Reece said. “Once Darren got healthy and confident in this scheme, just watch. He’s going to run away with it. Darren knew it, this organization has known it, now the rest of the world is getting to see it.’’

McFadden said he hasn’t made any big changes in his life other than trying to eat a little better, and said in his mind, he hasn’t proven anything.

“You’re only as good as your last game,’’ McFadden said. “Yesterday, I felt like I had a good game. Now I have to go out there and do the same thing next week.’’

— Players were still buzzing about the lick Quentin Groves laid on Rams return specialist Mardy Gilyard following the touchdown that put the Raiders up 13-7 in the third quarter.

“I was like, `Oh, dude is really hurt. He’s done,’’ wide receiver Johnnie Lee Higgins said. “Looked like he ran right through him. Didn’t even break his stride.’’

Safety Mike Mitchell good-naturedly griped about Groves stealing his hit, while Ricky Brown marveled at how Groves played off a block and then delivered the blow.

—Johnnie Lee Higgins, who didn’t have a punt return over 19 yards last season, said it felt good to be back in the open field.

Higgins raced 53 yards with the Rams’ first punt, although the Raiders failed to convert it into points after coming up short on a fourth-and-goal deep in St.Louis territory.

“I got my swag back and it’s on,’’ Higgins said. “Once I got past the first wave, everything opened up. I was so amped. It was the opener, planes flying over, everything just got me amped.’’

In 2008, Higgins had punt returns for touchdowns of 93 and 89 yards on consecutive weekends, the second and longest punt returns in franchise history.

— Safety Stevie Brown, the final cut to get the roster to 53 before the opener, was happy to be playing on all special teams and get to play in an NFL game _ something he felt would happen all along.

Brown was even interviewed by the press on cutdown day, only to discover later he would be released. He cleared waivers and was signed to the practice squad.

“Saturday, right before practice, they took me upstairs and told me they were going to activate me for the game,’’ Brown said. “It felt good because I’ve been wanting to play. I always felt I deserved to play so now that I had the opportunity to, I was going to make the most of it.

Brown had a special teams blow against punt returner Danny Amendola at the 13-yard line.

“I was just down there hustling,’’ Brown said. “I was surprised he didn’t fair catch it. So as soon as I caught it, I just hit him. It definitely felt good.’’


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • fat kidd


  • The Old Man


  • The Big Banana

    # The Big Banana Says:
    September 20th, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    How do you compensate for a weal o-line as a QB?

    You make quick, accurate, decisive reads, and get rid of the ball quickly.


    Precisely. It’s so simple yet so difficult for some folks to understand. The difference between Bruce and Jason can be summed up on that 3rd and 7 with 3 minutes left and our offense badly needing a first to keep the Rams offense off the field. Blitz up the middle with a guy coming through clean. Bruce immediately lofted the ball before Murphy was into his cut and knew exactly where to put it. First Down! Move those chains!

    Campbell would have taken the sack or spiked the ball, and all these clowns would be up in arms over our Oline.

  • Nnamdi21

    DMC and BEY!!!

    Bey looked good…hope they can keep it up!


  • raiderman81

    its fun when we finally win….makes watching game day highlights that much better….

  • crister

    so jerry, did anyone ask mcclain what was up with going all wwe on that guy? what, do they do that in the sec too since everything else seems to be the same to him from that conference to the nfl?

  • Kirk

    Kudos to McFadden.

    He obviously worked hard and got stronger.

  • Ryan

    It looked like Grove hit him with his hip.

  • fat kidd


  • BDAtlanta

    what we need to update next draft is the o-line. concentrate on that first

  • RaiderRetribution

    Points may not add up, but the Hits sure did:

    #1- Mr. Groves special team lick on KO coverage

    #2- Mr. Houston’s sack on Bradford (saving 3-7 pts)

    #3- Mr. Brown’s sure tackle on PR coverage

    honorable mention- Mr. McClain’s slam (could have been higher, but penalty resulting in quick TD)

  • BDAtlanta

    mcfadden is STILL lying in the ice bath!

    Great job DMAC! And I was one of the doubters…

  • BDAtlanta

    Grads was a 6th round draft pick? Well, so was Tom Brady!!!

    look at other low-draft or no-draft qb’s who have made goo – Romo, Warner….

    This guy has game and he light the spark!

  • BDAtlanta

    Grads was a 6th round draft pick? Well, so was Tom Brady!!!

    look at other low-draft or no-draft qb’s who have made good – Romo, Warner….

    This guy has game and he light the spark!

  • Nnamdi21

    Browns another guy who should see some field time. Just always around the ball. Intangible.

    Know he’s probably not “ready” but he’s a football player not just an athlete and very instinctual.

  • imaquaman

    campbell in
    offense is awful
    defense is awful
    vs titans Loss
    first half
    vs rams
    offense is awful
    defense is awful
    down at the half

    grads comes in second half
    defense wakes up in second half
    offense wakes up in second half
    24 hours in a day
    24 cans in a case of beer