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Thursday notes

Some notes from the Raiders media availability period Thursday as passed along by beat writer Steve Corkan and those on site:

– Jason Campbell and Kyle Boller took first-team walkthrough reps during the media practice window, with Bruce Gradkowski confining himself to a handful of 10-yard throws off to the side.

– Center Samson Satele, defensive end Matt Shaughnessy and cornerback Chris Johnson were all at practice and could be on track to face Seattle after concussions sustained against Denver.

– Guard Robert Gallery, who was on the field Wednesday with a calf strain and then held out of the actual practice, was on the field again. Cable said Wednesday he expected Gallery to practice.

– LB Travis Goethel (lower back) was on the practice field, was was LB Thomas Howard (knee). TE Zach Miller (arch) was working in team drills, as was Brandon Myers, who missed the Broncos game with a concussion.

Those not present included defensive tackle John Henderson (stress fracture) and wide receiver Chaz Schilens.

– Defensive coordinator John Marshall served in the same capacity for the Seahawks from 2006 through 2008 and was the Seattle linebackers coach from 2003 through 2005, but said the changeover on offense isn’t going to give him much in the way of advance intelligence.

“There’s none, scheme-wise, other than Matt Hasselbeck and being a West Coast quarteback,” Marshall said. “That part of it is still intact. The routes have changed, the philosophy, that kind of thing. Not many of the players are still there from when I was there.”

Marshall said Seattle has a fast-flowing defense, pointing to middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu and outside linebacker Aaron Curry as the key.

“I don’t know that there’s a real standout big playmaker guy, they all make plays,” Marshall said. “They just scurry around and play good, hard defense.”

– The way Marshall sees it, the Raiders longstanding tradition of coveting fast players who look good “coming off the bus” makes more sense than ever given the direction of modern offenses.

“They spread you out and get a lot more one-on-one type situations, a lot more area for linebackers and safeties to cover,” Marshall said. “It sounds stupid, but `bigger, faster, stronger.’ The more speed you have on the field, the better flexibility you have in your defense to cover people and to run down plays.”

Defensive coordinator John Fassel agreed.

“Fast guys usually means success on special teams,” Fassel said. “What I try not to do is overcoach the guys, especially the athletes, the fast guys, the kind of guys that are a little crazy. They;e perfect for special teams. I don’t want them to think too much out there. That’s kind of the way we’ve been going about it.”

– Rookie Jacoby Ford, talking with reporters about being prepared regardless of his role, let it slip that he’d be the starter opposite Darrius Heyward-Bey Sunday in place of the injured Louis Murphy.

“I’m always preparing like I am going to be the starter, that’s what coach Sanjay (Lal) tell us,” Ford said. “It just so happens that I actually will be the starter this game, so it’s no different for me, preparing-wise. I’ve just got to go out there and mkaae some plays when my number is called.”

– Nick Miller has been getting extra work at different positions and should get more snaps, although coach Tom Cable made it sound Wednesday he’d be fourth in the pecking order Heyward-Bey, Ford and Johnnie Lee Higgins.

“I’m getting to know all the positions just in case they need me,” Miller said.

Miller and Ford, both sub-six-footers, have gotten a nickname from the coaching staff.

“The coaches call us the Smurfs. They’re like, `Oh, the Smurfs are in there,’ ” Miller said. “They joke around and say that but you guys can say what you want, I guess.”

More to come after coach Tom Cable’s post-practice press briefing . . .

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  • PurpleDrank81

    I want Austin Pettis in the 3rd or 4th round

  • Mistabr0wn

    I would like to duct tape Gagrielle Union to my ceiling fan and lick her every 360 degrees.

    Unfortunately neither have happened…

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    LA to TheBay Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    I’d like to see a nice statement game from this team. Let everyone know last week wasn’t a fluke and we’re better than the 3-4 record

  • Mistabr0wn

    *Gabrielle

  • PurpleDrank81

    I liked Schilens Potential but if he goes into the offseason we have to drop him and pick up a possesion guy…. The Smurf crew is cool but we need 1 monster out there makin sure we get through those 3rd and longs besides Zach Miller

  • Nnamdi21

    Troy Smith starts for SF. Lobbied for him to become a Raider but Hue who worked with him, shied away and Troy was DROPPED by the Ravens.

    Interesting to see what he can do…

    SF has a good team with some talent. I think alot of it was QB play…have to see if Troy is any better than Smith.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Mista that is too funny but why Gabrielle Union????Way finer females out there man…

  • Nnamdi21

    96. With Schilens sidelined for ever DMC has the best hands on the team…

  • carnitas

    i preferre jessica alba she is a raider fan she gos to the games

  • Nnamdi21

    PurpleDrank81 Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 2:39 pm
    Mista that is too funny but why Gabrielle Union????Way finer females out there man…

    ==================

    Hotter Gabrielle’s too.

    Reece, Anwar…

  • Mistabr0wn

    Name recognition.
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    # PurpleDrank81 Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Mista that is too funny but why Gabrielle Union????Way finer females out there man…

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Jessica Alba’s skinny ass can get it for sure

  • Bauce 4 Real

    but dammit gimme a few hours with alicia keys before she got pregnant….id give her triplets….at the least

  • Mistabr0wn

    A Keys is a piece.

  • Mistabr0wn

    Bauce id give Berry a twirl too but after Gab..

  • PurpleDrank81

    Bridget the Midget/Keyshia Cole wwhen she had the gap and Gabourey Sidibe HAHAHA

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Yeah Mista fa sho she is……..ill do some disgusting things to that gal fa sho

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

    Mistabr0wn Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    I would like to duct tape Gagrielle Union to my ceiling fan and lick her every 360 degrees.
    ——————————
    Yikes, no wonder you’re so lonely. No social skills.

  • Bauce 4 Real

    PD81 lol if you like midget then u love Pinky

  • carnitas

    i would make alicia the next octomom

  • Mistabr0wn

    KKKell has wood for 72 yr old J Fonda & 70 yr old N Pelosi I’m sure he is bewildered by our conversation.

  • PurpleDrank81

    I do love pinky

  • Mistabr0wn

    What a miserable tool you are!
    lmao
    _____

    # KoolKell Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Mistabr0wn Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    I would like to duct tape Gagrielle Union to my ceiling fan and lick her every 360 degrees.
    ——————————
    Yikes, no wonder you’re so lonely. No social skills.

  • raiderlaker1980

    I’d spin Meagan Goode around the ceiling fan myself lol

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

    From Bill Wiliamson, an interesting take on McFadden’s success:
    According to ESPN Stats & Information, McFadden is enjoying his best year by adding a new wrinkle to his game. He’s running well up the middle of the field. Known as an explosive outside runner, McFadden is attacking the middle with gusto this season, and he is showing he can be more than a change-of-pace option.

    He is averaging 2.3 yards per rush more up the middle than he did in his first two NFL seasons. His success up the gut is making him an even better outside threat. He is averaging 5.4 yards per rush up the middle and 5.6 per tote on the outside.

    Rushers who can shred defenses both inside and outside are rare. It seems McFadden is becoming one of those players . It’s this type of balance that is helping McFadden become the player he was expected to be when he entered the draft.

  • Mistabr0wn

    KKKell when is the last time you sold a house and dont comeback with “Australia”. Just give the year..

  • Mistabr0wn

    According to KKKell you have no social skills. Obviously Mrs Kell has never been spun, at least not by KKKell, maybe the postman gave her a decent ride.
    ______

    # raiderlaker1980 Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    I’d spin Meagan Goode around the ceiling fan myself lol

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

    Mistabr0wn Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    What a miserable tool you are!
    lmao
    ————————–
    I just told you I’ve been to Playa & Copenhagen this year. Nah, I’m not miserable.

    Only when the Raiders lose.

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Kell not like white wifey givin you any….why would she want to wait 1 hr 45 min for the flag to go up the pole?

  • ArchiveTony

    # mistic1 Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 11:38 am

    ArchiveTony Says:

    Dang, talk about a reach?
    Yeah, we see the games too. Guess you just assumed everyone here just showed up, here, for info. Bad news for you is sports writers? bloggers? talk show hosts? they also see the games.
    Look at your list of what you consider as impressive to you. that he caught a couple of 4th quarter balls. that he made a couple of difficult catches. HIS SOLE JOB IS TO CATCH BALLS, LOTS of balls, and you act like it’s a miracle if he just does the minimum, or sub minimum? that’s like saying a horrible tackle, who gets beat all game, impresses you because he made a few blocks, or that a qb made 6 completions, while missing 30.
    Bey is fast, that’s all. bad hands. runs bad routes, and can’t get separation that you would expect from a fast guy.

    oh, and I did actually witness all of the above, like everyone else.
    ===========================================================

    Nope you missed the boat. My point was that he is improving. he is better than last year, and more than likely continue to improve. Too soon to pull the plug. he wasnt able to make those play last year, this is the definition of growth.

    you said i was buying preseason hype, you are wrong. My opinion is a direct result from what i see when i watch, not bloggers, writers or anything else.

    Your opinion is noted and time will tell. i think he will continue to grow into a very good player in time.
    =================
    missed the boat? your answer indicates it was more on the line of a porous canoe.
    stop with the weak whiney replies. your point is he’s better than last year? that’s it? he was the worst of the worst last year. he’s the worst of the worst this year. you reply ‘he caught a couple of 4th qtr balls’. so what? he dropped even more. in other words, he still sucks

    again, the bloggers, writers, announcers all see the same thing. which is Bey is a liability. you have selective vision, that blocks out the obvious.
    in other words, you lack that what is needed to admit you’re wrong.

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Exla…..good stuff….you on fiya!

  • PurpleDrank81

    I need me a deaf mute midget with a big behind

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Mista lol at the spun for Mrs Kell

  • Mistabr0wn

    KKKell if the Raiders dictate misery in your life you are miserable at the core, 24/7 – 365

    The end.

  • Bauce 4 Real

    PurpleDrank81 Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 2:59 pm
    I need me a deaf mute midget with a big behind
    **********

    A so thick midget? You sick fawk………i agree lol

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Kell is a loser

  • McRaider5150

    Nnamdi21 Says:
    96. With Schilens sidelined for ever DMC has the best hands on the team…

    ————-
    Nick Miller has the best hands.

  • ArchiveTony

    kinda funny seeing some of you argue who you think the other should fantasize about.
    I say toss in Gabby, Halle, and Jessica for a manage a quatro, considering all..

  • Bauce 4 Real

    When is MR and his one million aliases gonna show up?….Seattle 59-14 this weekend….book it lol

  • Mistabr0wn

    But I asked you when is the last time you sold a house, thats your job, right?
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    # KoolKell Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    I just told you I’ve been to Playa & Copenhagen this year. Nah, I’m not miserable.

    Only when the Raiders lose.

  • ArchiveTony

    who’s a realtor?

  • Bauce 4 Real

    LOL Tony…..no arguing…..there are alot of women id do on this earth….even some hurt ones lol

  • ArchiveTony

    oh, never mind. just saw 140

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

    He is averaging 2.3 yards per rush more up the middle than he did in his first two NFL seasons.

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    GO SOUTHWICK GO SOUTHWICK

  • Mistabr0wn

    KKKell @ Tony but he is here 18 hours a day 7 days a week so the jury is still out.

  • ArchiveTony

    # Bauce 4 Real Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    LOL Tony…..no arguing…..there are alot of women id do on this earth….even some hurt ones lol
    ============
    no lie. dream big.

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Tony….Kell is maybe

  • PurpleDrank81

    I’am defintley sick in the head and I swear 1 day I will get me a midget…. I dont want know amazonian broad…

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Tony…..big girls? Wow aint done that in a minute…..but i will if no one is looking lol

  • Mistabr0wn

    Trade BsJ for a used prophylactic.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Plaxico had 1,000 yards and 6 TD’s in his 2nd year and 1,300 yards and 7 TD’s his third year.

    Will DHB even get to 1,300 and 7 in his first 3 years combined?