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Stats make Kubiak wary of Raiders

The Houston Texans are finding it slow going in their bid to go from mediocrity to a legitimate playoff contender.

The Raiders are facing a similar process simply trying to ascend from the depths to somewhere approaching mediocrity.

Just when Houston appeared to have a breakthrough with season-opening wins against Indianapolis and Washington, the latter in a comeback mode, the Texans were returned to earth by their in-state rivals, the struggling Dallas Cowboys.

Oakland put itself in position for a 2-1 record in Week 3 against Arizona but didn’t deliver, arming skeptics everywhere with evidence the Raiders will never amount to anything.

Gary Kubiak, talking by conference call with Bay Area reporters bright and early this morning, was talking about the step he’d like his team to take.

“It’s a big, big corner to turn,’ Kubiak said. “You don’t turn it in one game, one play, one week. I think you turn it over a period of time. Our focus right now is on the Oakland Raiders and being as good as you can be this week.”

Warren Sapp used to insist “stats are for losers,” his argument being they could be twisted like taffy to say illustrate just about any point.

Kubiak latched on to stats Wednesday morning to paint the Raiders as a one of the NFL’s top teams.

“I think there’s two teams in this league that are in the top 10 offensively and defensively and they’re one of them,” Kubiak said. “That tells you how balanced they are and how well they’re playing.”

Indeed, the Raiders are 10th in offense at 351.3 yards per game, which doesn’t explain a 3-for-13 performance in the red zone. And they’re No. 3 in defense, right behind Baltimore and Green Bay, which may be more a factor of the St. Louis and Arizona offenses than anything else and doesn’t account for allowing the Cardinals to pass for two scores in the red zone with relative ease.

Note: Raiders are actually tied with second for Green Bay.
Kubiak is undeterred, even elevating the Raiders’ defense a spot to No. 2, deflecting a question about Nnamdi Asomugha and the possibility of shadowing Andre Johnson to pile more superlatives on his opponent.

“I never get caught up in that,” Kubiak said. “We’ve got to go and play their defense. We’ve got to do a good job. I mean, they’re second in defense in the NFL, that tells you how good they are, how talented they are across the board. He’s a great, great player, but it’s going to take 11 of us to play well and not just one if we’ve got any chance of winning.”

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  • RaiderRockstar

    OUCH sorry I wasnt reading stat sheets wrong its still too early…There Run D looks strong….That mite be alil problem if we cant run and have to survive on Bruce’s arm all game

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    PD81: the Texans Run D only looks good on paper because thier secondary is so awful, teams go out of thier way to exploit it

    with the Raiders weakness being in the passing game, we may not be able to take advantage like Manning, McNabb & Romo did

  • mistic1

    # The Real GradkowskiRaider Says:
    September 29th, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Grakdowski just has to keep this game out of Jano’s hands, and we’ll be fine.
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    Grads cant even keep the ball out of the defenses hands

  • guest123

    The kid missed a tackle on special teams that cost a touchdown, but overall he has been solid when he is on the field. I saw him blow a coverage last year, but he is much better in coverage this year. I need some evidence before I can make this kind of statement. In fact I could see him taking playing time away from branch soon. Mm34 is missile, he is excellent in run support, and can cover tight ends. Most of all he is that violent hitter that the strong safety needs to be in our scheme.

    Huff is a decent player, but at single high safety not only do you need to be a solid tackler ( huff is good enough), but you need to be a ball hawk and make some plays, pass defenses and interceptions. This is where Huff is sorely lacking! Stevie Brown will pas him up by next year. This kid brown is a ball hawking play maker.

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    Agree about S. Brown, ballhawk is a good description. Don’t care how he does it, he just is always around the ball. There’s a talent to that too.

    As for MM34, he does provide some decent plays, but when he gets beat, it’s a backbreaker of a play. I wish he could find a 3rd gear instead of always playing in 5th gear. We need some consistency, and he needs to learn it’s a team sport, and not try to go for the knockout blow every time.

  • RNOraiderFan

    McClain.. If he plays like the first two weeks, no thanks. If he plays every week like he did against the Card then I might go that route.

  • Just Fire Baby

    PD81: the Texans Run D only looks good on paper because thier secondary is so awful, teams go out of thier way to exploit it

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    Don’t tell Hue Jackson, he might throw it 45 times.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Well Gradkoski isnt Manning or Mcnabb so that mite be a problem….

  • RNOraiderFan

    Gots to run LATER NATION!

  • PurpleDrank81

    Mcfadden has been a pleasant surprise this year..Let the kid run

  • guest123

    I’m as big a Gradkowski fan as the next…but really he
    is bottom 10% of starting QB’s based on talent/skill level. But he’s clearly better than the motley crew on the bench.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Debo: Knapp lasted just 1 season as OC in Seattle

    same thing with DeFillipo as Asst QB coach for the Jets

    both of these guys were sent packing faster than Al Davis could find Hue Jackson’s phone number this offseason!

  • PurpleDrank81

    It doesnt really matter who’s the QB as long as our O-Line keeps on letting ppl run rite through them were gonna have a poor pass game

  • DMAC

    Morning peoples!

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

    Kubiak latched on to stats Wednesday morning to paint the Raiders as a one of the NFL’s top teams.

    “I think there’s two teams in this league that are in the top 10 offensively and defensively and they’re one of them,” Kubiak said. “That tells you how balanced they are and how well they’re playing.”

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    WTG Coach Cable!

  • mistic1

    Hue Jack is the truth!!! he is producing offense without an nfl caliber o-line, and a sub par qb. next year when it his team and he can get his guys, you will see a huge improvement.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Bruce puts his team in a chance to win.

    He SHOULD be 3-1 in games he has started and finished, with a couple of little comebacks.

    Instead the Fat kicker missed a gimme, and now everybody hates everyone. Hue, Cable, Bruce, O-line still, Branch, MM34…etc, etc.

    F’kn Seabass tossed it all out the window for us.

  • Pretty Rick

    Texans-31 Raiders-17 I hope Im wrong but Im probably not. Tom Cable= 5-11

  • PurpleDrank81

    I thin Seabass was jus to sober….We need to keep him buzzed at all time and he’ll be fine….When he has a clear mind he thinks to much and over compensates

  • Gary

    There you go Jerry taking the low road again….who cares who they play as you say all of the time it is tough to win in this league and you have to give credit to the improvement of the Raiders, last year the Raiders were at the bottom of the league in total defense and offense…..what do you want?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Don’t tell Hue Jackson, he might throw it 45 times.

    Well Gradkoski isnt Manning or Mcnabb so that mite be a problem….

    Mcfadden has been a pleasant surprise this year..Let the kid run

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    well said fellas

  • DMAC

    I wonder if Loper can play any of the tackle positions?

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

    DMAC Says:
    September 29th, 2010 at 10:57 am
    I wonder if Loper can play any of the tackle positions?

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    Or longsnap?

  • DMAC

    I wonder when Bruce Campbell will get his shot at RG? Can’t do worse than Coop.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Cheers to the Veldheer-Henderson plate of crap LT rotation, heading into it’s third week.

    Real stellar job Cable.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I wonder if Loper can play any of the tackle positions?

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    Robert Gallery (like Bruce Campbell, Nick Miller & Chaz Schilens) … will be ready by Week 16

  • mistic1

    # Just Fire Baby Says:
    September 29th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Bruce puts his team in a chance to win.

    He SHOULD be 3-1 in games he has started and finished, with a couple of little comebacks.

    Instead the Fat kicker missed a gimme, and now everybody hates everyone. Hue, Cable, Bruce, O-line still, Branch, MM34…etc, etc.

    F’kn Seabass tossed it all out the window for us.
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    Nice spin. The truth is grads gave us more chances to lose than he gave us to win. Our young stars in the making dmac and dhb took over that game on the last drive, and put us in a good spot. Yes seabass missed, but in reality the team made too many mistakes and deserved to lose that game. The game should only come down to the kicker when you have two very good teams evenly matched, like ravens and jets for example. When your playing a bottom feeding doormat, with a terrible defense you need to put points on the board! Grads and the o-line threw that game out the window for us.

  • DMAC

    Ravens RT Jared Gaither (back) is expected to miss “at least” a few more weeks.
    Gaither is trying to work slowly into limited practices, but there’s still no concrete timetable for his return. The Ravens’ decision to carry him on the roster anyway shows just how valuable of a player he is. It’s possible they’re targeting the Week 8 bye for Gaither to resume practicing fully.
    Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter
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    Can we make a trade already?

  • LA to TheBay

    Dakota Says:
    September 29th, 2010 at 10:06 am
    LA to the Bay,

    I saw your objection to your placement on the list. You mak appeal by providing the administrator (me) three verified examples of comments wherein you stuck up for McFadden between January 2009 and September 8, 2010.

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    Dang, you’re gonna makeme dig thru all that BS?

    We’ll just call it even. I have rued the day.

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

    Good Morning Raider Nation!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Maybe we should blow this team up and start over like the KC Chiefs did ???

    they raided the NE Patriots staff …

    We should just trade Mike Bush, Richard Seymour & Nnamdi Asomugha (maybe even our 2nd rounder next year) for the following:

    Director of Player Personnel – Nick Caserio
    Director of College Scouting – Jon Robinson
    Director of Pro Personnel – Jason Licht

    Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line – Dante Scarnecchia

    Quarterbacks – Bill O’Brien
    Running Backs – Ivan Fears
    Wide Receivers – Chad O’Shea
    Offensive Assistant Coach – Brian Ferentz

  • LA to TheBay

    Nice spin. The truth is grads gave us more chances to lose than he gave us to win. Our young stars in the making dmac and dhb took over that game on the last drive, and put us in a good spot. Yes seabass missed, but in reality the team made too many mistakes and deserved to lose that game. The game should only come down to the kicker when you have two very good teams evenly matched, like ravens and jets for example. When your playing a bottom feeding doormat, with a terrible defense you need to put points on the board! Grads and the o-line threw that game out the window for us.
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    Bottom line: when Bruce walked off the field, he had a W. Somebody had to throw the ball on the last drive, right?

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

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 29th, 2010 at 8:57 am
    Tom Cable loves Seabass like Fat Kidd loves cake!
    ___________________

    50 cent lyrics…?

  • RaiderRockstar

    ray: I’m from California

    yes, I know who 50 Cent is …

    LOL!

    sorry if that ruins my reputation as a Podunker :P

  • lefty12

    Mistic,you can spin it any way you wish but the fact remains if our kicker makes 1 of the 2 chip shot FGs he missed,we win the game.

  • DMAC

    BRUCE AND DHB PUT US IN POSITION TO WIN THE GAME LATE IN THE 4TH Q.

  • RaiderRockstar

    if our kicker makes 1 of the 2 chip shot FGs he missed,we win the game.

    ***

    don’t blame Brickowski!

    Cable loves him :)

  • DMAC
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  • lefty12

    It is pretty ironic that across the bay they are talking about A.Smith and why he hasn’t been any good with any of the 7 OCs he has had-blaming Smith,while in Oakland people use that as an excuse for Campbell-he has had too many OCs.Maybe the reason he has gone thru so many is he can’t grasp any of their systems-same as Smith across the bay.

  • The Big Banana

    Mistic – Grads is a better option than anything we have right now. He put us in a position to win despite your propaganda. The kicker failed. It’s clear you have a vendetta against the guy, going out of your way to blame things on him. That was no more apparent than when you laughably said he almost lost us the Rams game. LOL!

    Who threw the ball to DHB on that last drive, drawing the PI? Campbell would have checked it down.

    Another thing. You seem real impressed with Hue Jack. I don’t have a problem with that but Hue Jack likes Grads more than JC. Talked him up pretty good. So what gives? Does Hue Jack know his stuff or not? Pick one.

  • mistic1

    # lefty12 Says:
    September 29th, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Mistic,you can spin it any way you wish but the fact remains if our kicker makes 1 of the 2 chip shot FGs he missed,we win the game.
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    You are right about the missed fg. My point is we didnt do enough to win before then. We should not have had to rely on the kicking game to beat those scrubs.

    As a mtter of fact if the cards werent such scrubs they would have beaten us by at least a touch down, based on grads count’em 4 passes that bounced off defenders!

    I will give grads credit for battling back in a game where he clearly struggled, but against a better team he wont have that chance!

    By the way people killed JC for his mistake on the goal line, why does grads get a pass for an even worse gaffe?

  • LA to TheBay

    Don’t badmouth Smith too much.

    When his contract’s up, guess who’s signing the former 1st round pick in need of redemption?

    What was his 40 time?

  • The Big Banana

    It is pretty ironic that across the bay they are talking about A.Smith and why he hasn’t been any good with any of the 7 OCs he has had-blaming Smith,while in Oakland people use that as an excuse for Campbell-he has had too many OCs.Maybe the reason he has gone thru so many is he can’t grasp any of their systems-same as Smith across the bay.

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    BINGO!

  • LA to TheBay

    By the way people killed JC for his mistake on the goal line, why does grads get a pass for an even worse gaffe?

    He doesn’t. Dumb idea. He thought he could will the play to happen.

    Grad does get bonus points for having will as opposed to Campbell who has PMS.

  • DMAC

    Texans coach Gary Kubiak confirmed Wednesday that Andre Johnson (ankle) will be a game-day decision for Week 4.
    Source: Nick Scurfield on Twitter
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    I want to see a Nnamdi-Johnson match-up

  • Just Fire Baby

    As a mtter of fact if the cards werent such scrubs they would have beaten us by at least a touch down, based on grads count’em 4 passes that bounced off defenders!

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

    According to Mistic1, Bruce should have thrown 4-5 int’s every game.

    He’s never thrown more than one in any of his starts.

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

    You guys think we’ll deal a RB before trade deadline?
    Greenbay? Detroit? Redskins?

    Maybe even Jason Campbell?
    Oct. 19th is just around the corner!

  • LA to TheBay

    I think I’m more upset with the idea of Jason Campbell more than the player himself. His acquisition represents everything wrong with the organization and the guy on top.

    Finally comes to his senses and dumps the chump. Then (and I’m sure management did their due dilligence in trying to grab Big Ben or McNabb, asking price was just too high), rather than trading for or drafting a capable QB, Al trades for a guy who has proven nothing other than that his scholarship was finally up when new management took over and realized he could not get the job done.

    If Campbell is the starter, I’ll root for him, just like every other Raider on the roster. I just don’t see him being succesful here or anywhere for that matter.

    The Al Davis Scholarship Fund is still very alive and its just really really old.

    Hopefully Cable’s comment about possibly mixing up the personel is more than just lip service.

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

    The Janikowski experiment has finally been exposed. He’s never really been put to the test in his 10 year career. His first 3 years here, we were a good team and there’s only one game I can think of that was put into his hands…2000 season at Chiefs…and he did deliver. That was 10 years ago. Under the Gruden/Gannon era, I can’t think of any other games that were in Jano’s hands. From 2003 and beyond, we’ve sucked anyway. We’ve played some games where mere relevancy was on the line, but none came down to a Jano field goal. I’d be willing to give him a pass for that Shanarat timeout trick in ’07. He did nail the first one. And, that was a huge game where something was on the line: relevancy. Being 2-1, beating Denver on the road, etc. Momentum builder. There really hasn’t been much else. Sure Jano’s nailed some field goals, but they were in meaningless games, in wasted seasons. Reminder: This football team hasn’t been competitive for 7 years. So Jano can make a 50 yarder, what does it prove? Nothing’s on the line anyway. Here we were last week, and something huge was on the line. A lot of players on this team are buying into what Cable, Jackson, and Gradkowski have going. Jano isn’t one of them. Cable should make a statement by putting someone else in to kick FGs next week, anyone who’s ever kicked, in college or high school.