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Kelly shrugs off defensive ranking

Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly seemed amused when asked about the Raiders’ status as the No. 2 (tied) ranked defense in the NFL.

The same stat caught the attention of Houston coach Gary Kubiak, who made mention of it more than once while talking with Bay Area reporters.

Through three games, Oakland is giving up 260.7 yards per game _ tied with Green Bay for second place behind Baltimore (244.3).

“We’ve got to play more attention to detail, a little more focus on every snap,” Kelly said. “We’re really good, stop, stop, stop _ then they pop one. That’s frustrating.”

Yet through three games, anyway, yardage is undeniably down.

“It’s down, but what’s the end result?,” Kelly said. “You’re still walking off that field with your head between your legs, so hurt because you lost. I mean, we’re getting better, y’all can see that. But we’ve got a long way to go before we’re a No. 1 defense.”

If the Raiders can actually maintain their defensive ranking after facing Houston, Kelly will be more impressed. The Texans are fourth in the NFL in total offense (407.0 yards per game) _ one of only teams averaging the same figure the Raiders have attained exactly once in the last 77 games.

The Texans have one of the NFL’s top passers in Matt Schaub, and a sudden star in running back Arian Foster, who emerged from practice squad obscurity and leads the league with 406 yards rushing.
“I think, if we slow these boys down it’ll be a little more indication of how we is as a defense,” Kelly said. “This is a big opportunity. You say you’re the No. 2, No. 3 defense in the league, let’s see it on Sunday.

Mario knows Mario

Mario Henderson is struggling to hold on to his starting job at left tackle, splitting time with rookie Jared Veldheer.

Not exactly the best time to face with Mario Williams, the No. 1 pick of the 2006 draft and one of the premiere players at his position against both the run and pass.

Or maybe it’s the perfect time.

Henderson got his first NFL start in Week 16 against Williams, replacing Kwame Harris at left tackle. He effectively controlled Williams throughout the game, and it remains one of Henderson’s best games as a starting lineman.

“Normally guys his size don’t have that much speed and quickness, and that’s the thing that makes him different from almost every guy in the league is the fact that most guys that are tall like him are kind of slow, but he’s extremely quick and has very long arms,” Henderson said. “He knows how to use all three, size speed and quickness.”

Having some success in the bank can’t hurt.

“I just go back and watch film and kind of know how to play him a little bit,” Henderson said. That’s a good thing. I can use that.”

Seabass: Bad hold

Sebastian Janikowski headed directly to his locker and waited for a group of reporters to finish talking to Zach Miller, figuring he’d be better off answering quesitons about one of the low points of his professional career than avoiding it.

As they started to arrive, Janikowski said, looked at Shane Lechler and said, “Bad hold!,” an indication he hasn’t lost his sense of humor.

Lechler’s hold on the 32-yard field goal attempt, as well as on Janikowski’s other three misses, was perfect.

“I was disappointed, I mean shocked, you know? It happens,” Janikowski said. “I can’t change anything but, going into warm-ups, like I was talking to Shane, I was 20-for-20, with 63-yarders both way. And, you go in the game you feel so good about it, ah, I can make any kick. And this thing happens. So, you’ve just gotta move on. Next page.”

Said Janikowski of the support he received from coach Tom Cable as well as his teammates: “It’s nice to know I’ve got guys behind me. I’ve got to apologize to everybody _ Al Davis, the players, the fans. So, you know, come home this weekend, and kick a winner.”

Recalling a game in 2001 when he missed three three field goal attempts and the Raiders lost 13-10, Janikowski mused, “Every 10 years, something happens.”

Pre-practice notes

As warmups and drills concluded, there was no sign of right guard Robert Gallery (hamstring), defensive tackle Richard Seymour (hamstring) and wide receiver Chaz Schilens knee.

Those on the field but not practicing included wide receiver Louis Murphy and wide receiver and safety Hiram Eugene (hamstring). Murphy left the Arizona game briefly after catching a 70-yard pass, later returned, and there was no mention of injury at the time.

Defensive tackle John Henderson was suited up and on the field, although he was spending some time with a trainer who was working on his injured foot. Chris Johnson, inactive against Arizona with an ankle injury, was suited up and going through drills.

There appears to be a new addition to the practice squad, a linebacker wearing No. 51. The Raiders have not yet released a name to go with the number. Not present wsa Quentin Scott, No. 56, signed to the practice squad last week.

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  • Plunketthead

    Jano will not miss another field goal this year

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Sorry to tell you, but Andrew’s Mom was a slut.

  • r8rwill

    howdy nation,
    it has been a few days now and the grads jc discussion is still going on,,, if grads was three inches taller veldheer would still be at center!!!lmao… may the best man play and win..

  • DMAC

    Shonasty needs to be on the field more. He’s the real deal. He has proven that he can play the run and put pressure on the QB and get sacks.

  • mistic1

    # The Real GradkowskiRaider Says:
    September 29th, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Mistic, I was looking for an example in there of Campbell doing anything this season, on any given play (and he was in several), to demonstrate he’s better than Russell. I read it twice. Still waiting on one example. Or, you can admit that Campbell, despite having had some decent games in Washington, has only proven that he’s NO BETTER than Russell today when it comes to overall execution.
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    What kind of example? reading defenses? throwing tds? being prepared? staying awake in meetings? This is senseless, and has no bearing on grads vs. jc in the long run.

  • DMAC

    Scott is a liability on run plays! Play Shonasty more!

  • Plunketthead

    So is Suzy Kolber and 90% of American women

  • LA to TheBay

    Plunketthead Says:
    September 29th, 2010 at 1:40 pm
    Jano will not miss another field goal this year

    Somoene refresh my memory, last time he missed a bunch, didn’t he knock in like 10 in a row?

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    In college I think he went by ShoHennessy…

  • inonewordraider

    We played hard the last two games, are we do for a letdown? Will Grads risk taking cost us or will he play more controlled? Does playing more controlled take away Bruce’s fire?

  • Plunketthead

    10?

    I thought it was 27 straight

  • LA to TheBay

    under 40, i mean consecutively at any distance

  • Plunketthead

    I think our return teams have turned the corner.
    I expect to see one run back this Sunday and good field position all day long thanks to the greatest punter/longsnapper combo in the history of the universe

  • LA to TheBay

    inonewordraider Says:
    September 29th, 2010 at 1:46 pm
    We played hard the last two games, are we do for a letdown? Will Grads risk taking cost us or will he play more controlled? Does playing more controlled take away Bruce’s fire?

    I think so, but we can still be more efficient. Have to be.

    The numbers don’t lie. This is an improved team that doesn’t know the feeling of winning all the time.

    It really is just a few things that need to be cleaned up.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Plunketthead Says:
    September 29th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    So is Suzy Kolber and 90% of American women
    ———————————
    Sounds like a man who’s been shunned by women.

  • DMAC

    Stevie Brown fans be happy to know he’s still here and no sign of Erik Pears yet
    18 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone (Victorio Tafur)

  • Plunketthead

    gotcha, Everyone misses a 53 yarder against the wind now and then

  • RaiderDebo

    The Real GradkowskiRaider Says:
    September 29th, 2010 at 11:38 am
    Mistic, Jason Campbell is one of the dumbest QBs to ever wear a Raider uniform. I’ll take Gradkowski’s marginal talent, his motivation, his pocket presence and understanding of the game. Campbell can throw a ball a hundred yards…what good is it if he’s too stupid to read defenses and get rid of the ball quick?
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    Pocket presence????? The guy has no pocket presence. How do you explain the strip-sack fumble that could have ended the game? Shouldn’t he have “felt” the guy coming? Lol!

  • DMAC

    # Plunketthead Says:
    September 29th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    I think our return teams have turned the corner.
    I expect to see one run back this Sunday and good field position all day long thanks to the greatest punter/longsnapper combo in the history of the universe
    ==========
    According to (Victorio Tafur), JLH, Nick Miller, and J. Ford are all practicing punt returns.

  • Plunketthead

    KK

    Ouch!
    My excuse is I grew up and lived most my life in Vegas and was a founding member of the four f club.
    I did my fair share of shunning

  • Thec07

    expect to see either NMILLER or JFORD to preempt Higgs

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

    Getting pressure on the quarterback will be key for the Raiders, they must play aggressive and can’t play a soft zone or Schaub will eat them up.

  • Thec07

    r8eray Says:
    September 29th, 2010 at 2:04 pm
    Getting pressure on the quarterback will be key for the Raiders, they must play aggressive and can’t play a soft zone or Schaub will eat them up.

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    Yup…delayed blitzes that shoot the A gap right at schibidy…

  • Thec07

    the LMURPHY injury could be a major setback for us…
    LMURPHY <——-BAD A$$, best WR

  • Thec07

    We have 13 games left…season is far from over…

    LTR NATION….

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    MLonetree….where are you? Hiking through Glacier National Park again?

  • priesttj

    Mystic1

    These guy’s are crazy, it’s there way of excusing everything Grads does wrong. They want to see him as a heaven sent player to rid the Raiders of all the evila of Russell and anyone who they perceive reminds them of Russell.

    It’s petty and ridiculous, Campbell is Campbell Russell is Russell and Gradkowski is Gradkowski. We needed Grads because Campbell was obviously stuggling with his familiarity but in no way has Grads distinguished himself. He hasn’t looked anything like a bonafide starter but he has given us hope that he might be if he continues to improve.

    All the comparisons with JC for 6qrtrs of football is ridiculous. If that’s all they were going to give him from the start we never should’ve traded for him. If Grads was so great we never have had to. Grads needs to show Sunday that they made the right decision and he deserves to stay the starter.

  • DMAC

    Shonasty>Scott

    Give the man more snaps! He is very capable of getting sacks and plays the run much better than Scott.

  • Senior Beeecham

    Krappy, you’re one to talk, considering you only go for women with bowl cuts.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson
  • priesttj

    I agree #78 I’m nt sure what the hell they were thinking with this move. But I wnat to see more Matt S in the base and on nickle. I wonder who made that decision? The DC or the position coach?

  • DMAC

    Condo>Morris

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    I think Campbell should have been given more of an opportunity to establish himself in Oakland, but Tom Cable knows his own days are short and he can’t afford to go through “growing pains” with Campbell, so he went with the guy that he believes give him the best shot to win some games right now.

    I can’t say that I blame him for doing so…but to think Garbagekowski is anything more than a band-aid solution is just crazy talk. If Campbell doesn’t work out we are back to square one at the QB spot…with no first round pick….and no decent FA QBs next year that I know of…NOT GOOD.

  • ArmChair GM

    Mistic-

    So Drew Brees gave the Saints every reason to lose as well last Sunday,right? After all he threw two interceptions. Not almost interceptions like you keep saying about Bruce. But actual interceptions.

    Even though he drove the team into scoring range at the end just like Bruce did. Evan though N.O’s kicker missed the game winner from point blank range, just like ours did.

    But the blame for the Saints loss should go on Brees and not their kicker because of the two picks that he threw, right? The Saints released the wrong guy right?

    If you say, no then you’re being a hypocrite.

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    “Wednesday, February 28, 2007
    Aaron Rodgers for Randy Moss?

    ProFootballTalk.com is reporting of a rumored trade that would send Oakland Raiders receiver Randy Moss to the Green Bay Packers for quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

    Apparently trade talks between the Raiders and Packers for Moss are back on again. This rumor has the Raiders asking for a first rounder for Moss and the Packers countering with Aaron Rodgers.
    Labels: trades

    posted by FFNews at 6:30 PM”

    We could have had Rodgers throwing to Calvin Johnson the past 2+ seasons had Al not had his head up his azz.

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    3+ seasons…my bad!

  • DMAC

    Later peoples!

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    DMAC Says:
    September 29th, 2010 at 2:18 pm
    Condo>Morris

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    Only for ST

  • LhayeS37

    as far as i can see campell can’t read coverages,or is slow at figuring things out.keep grads in,and run a few slants and skinny posts

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    ArmChair GM Says:
    September 29th, 2010 at 2:21 pm
    Mistic-

    So Drew Brees gave the Saints every reason to lose as well last Sunday,right? After all he threw two interceptions. Not almost interceptions like you keep saying about Bruce. But actual interceptions.

    Even though he drove the team into scoring range at the end just like Bruce did. Evan though N.O’s kicker missed the game winner from point blank range, just like ours did.

    But the blame for the Saints loss should go on Brees and not their kicker because of the two picks that he threw, right? The Saints released the wrong guy right?

    If you say, no then you’re being a hypocrite.
    ________________________________

    Really? A successful, SB winning QB doesn’t deserve more slack than a journeyman scrub QB? Saying no to that isn’t hypocrisy, it is common sense.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    priesttj Says:
    September 29th, 2010 at 2:18 pm
    I agree #78 I’m nt sure what the hell they were thinking with this move. But I wnat to see more Matt S in the base and on nickle. I wonder who made that decision? The DC or the position coach?

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    Whatever happened to “trust the coaches, they’re pros and know a lot more than you novices”.

    Bozo.

  • JT

    Gary Kubiak learned well how to coach against the Raiders when he was under Shanahan in Denver.

    You butter them up before the game, calling them the best team they have ever faced, with the greatest team speed, and then go on sunday and beat their collective raider mystique.

    Over these last 7 years, how many coaches have used that same technique to their advantage? And it always works like a brocken record. LOL.

    Cable and his coaches should point that out to their players so they dont get cocky and arrogant.

    You have to leave the press behind and play football.

    Being 1-2 but with a top defense means NADA!!.

    I prefer being 2-1 with a last place defense.

    Hola!

  • priesttj

    ArmChair

    Are you crazy or desparate? Brees has a resume that streches from Oakland to NY and ha shsown greatness not to mention a SB trophy. It sounds like Gradkowski worship in here let the guy do something first. He hasn’t even farted yet na dyou want to crown him. Well CROWN him then!!!

  • LhayeS37

    the texans played a backup at lt,and he had a rough go.raiders need to blitz and attack that lt to slow down schaub.we will see what the “d” is made of…

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    September 29th, 2010 at 2:26 pm
    priesttj Says:
    September 29th, 2010 at 2:18 pm
    I agree #78 I’m nt sure what the hell they were thinking with this move. But I wnat to see more Matt S in the base and on nickle. I wonder who made that decision? The DC or the position coach?

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    Whatever happened to “trust the coaches, they’re pros and know a lot more than you novices”.

    Bozo.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Priesttj has the right to make judgments against the team and coaching staff because he once washed Mike Taylor’s car to get an invite to a day of training camp!

  • priesttj

    But if he is what we think he is the Crown comes off. lol

  • LhayeS37

    just remember trent dilfer has a ring and he was a stiff.grads has dhb as his #2 reciever and still makes plays.grads is a solid enough for now.texans lost their best cb to free agency.its put up time for dhb…i’m still not sold at all on him

  • http://www.raiders.com/ IslandRaider

    I like to think of it this way. In baseball, you hope your starting pithcher goes deep so you can turn it over to the closer.

    Kind of like how I feel. BG took the game deep to turn over to the closer, and Mr. Jano blew the save.

    Even Rivera blows one once in awhile.

    However, Grads may not of had a great game, but he put the Raiders in a position to win. It came down to that. The kicker blew the save. Happens.

    Doesn’t matter what us bloggers think about who’s better at qb or not, the coaches (Al too) have the final say (no matter how bright they may not be). Obviously Grads enthusiasm and quick feet and leadership make up for a lot of other qualities he may not have and thats something that has not been present for some time. The coaches think so, and I can go with that.

  • LhayeS37

    huff played some cb while mitchell was at ss.hope to see more of that

  • http://www.nataliegulbis.com Richochet

    # RaiderDebo Says:
    September 29th, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    That’s what wins football games not yardage and stats, TD’s win games. The rest is for losers. We struggled to beat the Rams and lost a game that was easily winnable. Due to the fact that he missed wide open recievers. Now Janikowski bailed him out with that miss and takes the pressure off Grads in the eyes of the fans. But in the eyes of the coaches he didn’t deliver when he had the chance.
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    Damn TJ. This is “best post of the day material”.
    =====================
    Shut up, OakGlenSeyBushDeboWhackJob..you and the Ebonics King, TJ are still crying the blues that your “bonified NFL qb” got rightfully tossed in the gutter..

    Whine all you want about Grad, but you both proved you just don’t have a clue…all you have is a knack of crossposting.