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McFadden relieved to have broken away

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 at 2:32 pm in Oakland Raiders.

News, notes and quotes Wednesday from the Raiders’ open locker room session and conference calls as they prepare to host the Seattle Seahawks:


— Darren McFadden wasn’t totally satisfied with his resurgence until he found the wide open spaces.

A renowned breakaway threat in college at Arkansas, McFadden broke free for a 50-yard run in his second regular-season game and was tackled from behind.

Until he stepped on the gas for a 57-yard burst against the Broncos, McFadden had to be content with assorted short gains and the occasional mid-range burst.

“I always tell myself, when I go into a football season, when I get that first big run, it will be a big weight off of my shoulders. It seems like it’s been three years since I have been able to get that weight off my shoulders.’’

McFadden was named the AFC offensive player of the week for his 16-carry, 165-yard performance against the Broncos. His four touchdowns tied a club record he holds along with Art Powell, Marcus Allen and Harvey Williams.

— Left tackle Mario Henderson said he wasn’t upset at being demoted in favor of rookie Jared Veldheer because it was his own fault.

“I can’t point no fingers at nobody,’’ Henderson said. “I have to blame myself. I don’t look at it as a negative. I look at it as a positive. Whatever my role is with the team, I’m going to do . . . every rep I get I have to take seriously. Anytime I’m called up on I need to do the job, whether I’m the starter or coming off the bench.’’

With Samson Satele back on the field Wednesday, Henderson’s role will probably be as a backup left tackle against Seattle.

— Reece, who made a leaping catch on the play during which wide receiver Louis Murphy went down with a reported bruised lung, had no idea he’d been the victim of friendly fire until Monday.

“I didn’t notice Louis had ran into me until I saw the film,’’ Reece said. “I didn’t know exactly what happened but once the ball was in the air you just zone out and go for the ball and come down with it.

Reece said Campbell told him that he was indeed the intended receiver.

-— Seattle wide receiver Mike Williams, one of the more notable draft busts of the last decade after being the No. 10 overall pick of the Detroit Lions in 2005, has remarkably become a standout receiver five years later.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll did the same thing former Raiders coach Lane Kiffin did _ trusted in Williams’ talent based on their shared experience at USC and hoped he would get his conditioning and desire in order.

Williams wasn’t ready in 2007. He was cut by the Raiders after six games, still a good 25 pounds overweight. It didn’t work in Tennessee, either, where he admitted to weighing 270.

At 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, Williams leads the Seahawks with 32 receptions for 348 yards and is displaying the physicality he flashed occasionally with the Raiders.

“He was all-world at USC so the dude definitely has talent,’’ Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt said. “He looked pretty good (when he was in Oakland). He’s big, strong, physical, that’s his M.O. I saw it here, and you see it on film in Seattle right now.’’

Said punter Shane Lechler: “You definitely knew the potential he had in him from USC. Getting it out of him was the deal.’’

Carroll, speaking with Bay Area reporters by conference call, sounded at least a little skeptical about Williams’ ability to get back in shape but figured it was worth a shot considering his skill level.

“I’m surprised that he would make it back to the kind of shape that he was in but once he got there, I’m not surprised at all about what he’s able to do knowing his background,’’ Carroll said.

— Carroll knows a thing or two about blowout wins, having coached at USC, but admitted he was stunned at the Broncos-Raiders score, even moreso at 31-0 early in the second quarter than the 59-14 final result.

“It was just a crazy score,’’ Carroll said. “It was a fantastic explosion by the Raiders in all phases. They mounted a surge Denver couldn’t handle. They just blew it out. A great win for them. I’m sure they’re feeling awesome about their game and are ready for the next challenge, which is us.’’

— Former Cal star Marshawn Lynch, acquired by the Seahawks from Buffalo Oct. 5, conceded the idea of playing for Carroll took some getting used to. He’s seen Carroll’s fist-pumping, Mr. Enthusiasm act too many times while losing to the Trojans three times with the Bears.
“I just wish coach Tedford had sent me on a dummy swing route so I could run right into him a couple of times on the sideline. Now that I am on the same side with him, I see why USC was so successful with Pete Carroll,’’ Lynch told Bay Area reporters by conference call. “He takes a different approach to coaching than I have been around. Players respond and react to it in a positive way. He turned out to be all right after all.
—The Raiders are taking their big win in stride and with a refreshing lack of the “no one believed in us, no one respected us’’ reaction that’s happened after some wins in the past.

Punter Shane Lechler had some fun at my expense when he posted my prediction of the final score as printed in the Denver Post on his locker: “Denver 30, Oakland 17.’’

“I saw it Sunday morning and had to cut it out,’’ Lechler said. “I figured you’d think it was funny.’’

Reece excused a reporter who made reference to the struggles of the offensive line before the Denver game.

“ You know, I kind of give you guys in the media a pass because you guys aren’t here every day. I see these guys work; I see how they work. They’re just being themselves now,’’ Reece said.

– LB Alex Joseph was released from the practice squad and Damola Adeniji, a wide receiver from Oregon State who was with the Raiders briefly in training camp, was signed. Dennis Landolt, an undrafted offensive lineman from Penn State who was last in the New York Giants camp, worked out for the Raiders Wednesday.

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  • LA to TheBay

    McFadden’s a G.

  • LA to TheBay

    Tom: Great win, huh Mr. Davis?

    Al: You should have gone for 67, @$$#0le.

  • LA to TheBay

    Reece said Campbell told him that he was indeed the intended receiver.
    —————-

    Reece: So, Jason – that one was for me, right?

    Campbell: Ummmm, yes. Yes it was.

  • aig-raiders

    Sunday comes down to our Oline vs their Dline. I think we will hold up.

  • aig-raiders

    JC almost got Murphy killed in the preseason on a dumpoff against 2 LB’s. He finally got Murp killed last Sunday. He almost got Zach Miller killed and will prob get him killed before the season is over.

  • 100PercentRaider

    “There’s really no excuse for getting blown up on like that. That’s a high school game,” Lloyd said. That’s not a professional football game and it’s embarrassing. It’s just not right and there’s nothing really much we can do about that today but learn from it. Maybe there’s something during the week that we did wrong as players and coaches and try to correct that moving forward.”

    Lloyd was also complimentary of the Raiders, calling them a playoff team.

    “You look at our division and you can’t look at the Raiders anymore and say ‘Oh, these guys have great talent and the best athletes in the world and they’re not good.’ We can’t say that because our division is so wide open because every team has an opportunity,” Lloyd said. “That makes the Raiders even more dangerous because not only do they have the best athletes in the NFL, but they have confidence and motivation. Now look at them: They’re a playoff team.”

    The broncos seem to think we have improved

  • 100PercentRaider

    My main problem with Campbell is he never gets the ball out on time. He wont throw the ball to a spot and trust his reciever to get there, he waits for them to be open then lets it go. Perfect example is that 1st quarter pass to murphy, if he had let that go a split second earlier murphy would have had space to run. By then its too late and he has to throw it away or into coverage. I dont know why he doesnt have better timing with his recievers that bruce, seeing as he got most if not all the reps with them during training camp and OTAs.

  • ottocrat

    “I can’t point no fingers at nobody,’’ Henderson said. “I have to blame myself. I don’t look at it as a negative.

    ——————————————-

    Maybe he should look at it as a DOUBLE NEGATIVE…HAHAHAHA…ahhhh, witty.

  • Kirk

    #7 is correct.

  • Oscuro QB

    I WOULD RATHER SEE STUART SCHWEIGART PLAYING ON ONE LEG THAN THAT PANZY MICHELLE HUFF.

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

    Poor Rasheed Hazzard, getting passed over during last nights Laker’s ring ceremony. Announcer skipped right over him to KAJ, the camera man moved right along though lol.

    And then Artest saying 2010-11 when counting down for the banner….he meant 2009-10.

  • Oscuro QB

    BRING BACK BRAD BADGER

  • 100PercentRaider

    Kirk-
    I have not watched alot of Campbell from his Washington days, is this something he has always had a problem with or can we expect him to start slinging it as he gets more comfortable?

  • aig-raiders

    #7, That is the reason why he will never live up to his physical potential. A golden arm but can’t pull the trigger. It’s like putting with the yips.

  • 100PercentRaider

    Alex Smith and JC seem to have the same problem of overthinking and trying to outsmart themselves, when they should really just go out and play.

  • Oakland_raiders

    – LB Alex Joseph was released from the practice squad and Damola Adeniji, a wide receiver from Oregon State who was with the Raiders briefly in training camp, was signed.

    Who is Adeniji?

  • LA to TheBay

    aig-raiders Says:
    October 27th, 2010 at 2:55 pm
    #7, That is the reason why he will never live up to his physical potential. A golden arm but can’t pull the trigger. It’s like putting with the yips.
    —————–

    I don’t know. What Cable and Hue say is correct. If he can let it rip and make the correct read the first time, he’ll be ok. He’s just too hesitant.

    Maybe hard to change that this late in his career, but he’s still relatively young. If he can trust in his guys and stay comfortable, maybe he can progress.

  • Nnamdi21

    Raiders prep for Seahawks

    http://www.raidernationstation.com/raider_war_room_2

    I hope Okung sits and we take advantage…

  • 100PercentRaider

    Last week on MNF Favre make a throw to Percy Harvin where he just dropped the ball into a spot, and no one, not even the announcers, knew where he was going with it until harvin slid right into the window and scored a TD. That anticipation and trust is something you need to have for an explosive passing game.

  • Nnamdi21

    17. You have to wonder is it him (probably) or the WRs?

    If you remember, Grads had the same problem the last 2 games he played.

    Couldn’t pull the trigger and held the ball too long…

  • Nnamdi21

    16. Return man WR probably brought in because Murphy’s out.

    Means Nick Miller and Ford could be part of the O rather than returning kicks.

    Insurance probably

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder
  • raiderdeek

    LA to TheBay Says:
    October 27th, 2010 at 2:36 pm
    Reece said Campbell told him that he was indeed the intended receiver.
    —————-

    Reece: So, Jason – that one was for me, right?

    Campbell: Ummmm, yes. Yes it was.
    ____________

    LOL…exactly what I was thinking.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Campbell Passer rating 73.1
    Gradkowski 71.1

  • raiderdeek

    “I just wish coach Tedford had sent me on a dummy swing route so I could run right into him a couple of times on the sideline. ” -lynch

    ————–
    That would have been a dream come true.

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Look at this video at the 2:08 mark and see the rolls of fat around JaLoser in the backround of the game he was yanked for Gradkowski last year. http://www.sbreport.net/raider_news/008/2157.html

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    One of the Jets said that as JaMarcus went back to pass, he went “Beep, Beep, Beep!”

  • 100PercentRaider

    Watched an interview with JR a few weeks back. Still looked fat, still sounded like he didnt get it. Said he was too good for the UFL, and was very adamant that to him, only 31 NFL teams exist to him. Just a guy who hasn’t had a good voice in his ear ever, and even now that he does, his attitude hasnt changed.

  • http://raiders.com A.B. Paine III

    That is a fat QB.

  • 100PercentRaider

    Midterms to study for…I will be on later. Cya fellas!

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Saw the same interview. Said he made mistakes. When asked, he could not point them out. LOL

  • Oakland_raiders

    LaCanfora adds that Raiders tried out Dennis Landolt, G today along with Adeniji.

  • LA to TheBay

    KoolKell Says:
    October 27th, 2010 at 3:19 pm
    Campbell Passer rating 73.1
    Gradkowski 71.1
    ——————–

    I’d love to see what Grad could do with at least 3 or 4 healthy full starts.

    Many have called him fragile, but if you look at his injuries the last year, I disagree.

    Double knee injuries after being abused by Washington’s D line, a ripped pec (no pun intended) in the offseason working hard to be starter and an ill-advised QB scramble that got him hammered, and a re-aggravation of that injury.

    Fragile? I would say unfortunate.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    LA To TheBay Says:
    October 27th, 2010 at 3:36 pm
    KoolKell Says:
    October 27th, 2010 at 3:19 pm
    Campbell Passer rating 73.1
    Gradkowski 71.1
    ——————–

    I’d love to see what Grad could do with at least 3 or 4 healthy full starts.
    —————————————
    I’d like to see ANY Raider QB in the same system for 3 years.

  • Fear_the_eyepatch

    About 30 of us coming down this weekend from the NW Raider Booster Club to see the Sea-Cocks get the crap kicked out of them. Ready for some tailgating and good times with the Raider faithful this weekend and the Raiders getting our respect back in this league!!!!

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell
  • Oakland_raiders

    Landolt was a T for Penn State, on a line where his senior year the line gave up 17 sacks in 13 games.

    In 2009 he was first team all big ten
    Third team AP all american

  • tuckrulefool

    George W. Bush anyone??

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    exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    October 27th, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Saw the same (JR) interview. Said he made mistakes. When asked, he could not point them out. LOL