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Zach Miller, Nnamdi not practicing

Still absent from the practice field Thursday are tight end Zach Miller (arch) and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (ankle).

Also missing were defensive tackle John Henderson (stress fracture) and wide receiver Chaz Schilens (knee), neither of whom is expected back until after the Week 10 bye at the earliest.

Wide receiver Louis Murphy (bruised lung) is suited up for practice but not expected to play Sunday.

Cable may or may not name a starting quarterback today between Bruce Gradkowski and Jason Campbell. Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said Gradkowski is improving but not necessarily 100 percent, and Cable has indicated Gradkowski would need to be able to “do all the things he needs to do” to move back in as the starter.

More to come . . .

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  • RaiderDebo

    Raiderdeek Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 2:14 pm
    RaiderDebo Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 2:12 pm
    Nobody is saying JC sucks…or at least I’m not. I’m saying he should be the unquestioned starter going fwd if he can pull out a victory this Sunday.
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    All the Bruise worshippers have been repeating this tired line the last to weeks. We’ve had two huge blowouts and you’re still saying it. What will it take for you to be satisfied?
    =======
    like i just said…if he wins this sunday…he has my full support as the unquestioned starter for our team…because i think this week is the real test. You won’t hear me asking for Bruce if Raiders win this weekend…period.
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Fair enough.

  • http://tobeornottobethatisthequestion.net St. Jimmy

    Dakota Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 2:14 pm
    Bynum to return to practice by the end of next week….

    GOOOO LAKERS!

    ———————

    Well yippity skippty dooooo….. SO FCKN WHAT. FCK Basketball.

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

    52.St. Jimmy Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 2:17 pm
    Dakota Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 2:14 pm
    Bynum to return to practice by the end of next week….

    GOOOO LAKERS!

    ———————

    Well yippity skippty dooooo….. SO FCKN WHAT. FCK Basketball.

    _______

    Angry Warriors fan?

  • raiderdeek

    RaiderDebo Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 2:16 pm
    Raiderdeek Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 2:14 pm
    RaiderDebo Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 2:12 pm
    Nobody is saying JC sucks…or at least I’m not. I’m saying he should be the unquestioned starter going fwd if he can pull out a victory this Sunday.
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    All the Bruise worshippers have been repeating this tired line the last to weeks. We’ve had two huge blowouts and you’re still saying it. What will it take for you to be satisfied?
    =======
    like i just said…if he wins this sunday…he has my full support as the unquestioned starter for our team…because i think this week is the real test. You won’t hear me asking for Bruce if Raiders win this weekend…period.
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Fair enough.
    ———–
    on that note…let’s go JC!

  • aig-raiders

    39.RaiderDebo Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 2:08 pm
    JR gave us a lead in that game and never relinquished it which is more than I can say for Bruise. As for the Jets game, are you really trying to yell me that JR was the only one exposed? What about the OL and the run defense? They rushed for over 300 yards! By the way, JR only played a half in the game and Bruise played the second half. What did he do??? Another mythbuster. I honestly don’t think he’s even that good of a player off the bench.

    —————

    So it’s ok to let JR take the credit when we win but let’s blame everyone else when we lose. We scored 13-9 and let’s just give all the credit to Jawalrus when the D was the one that stopped a high powered Eagles offense. So predictable.

  • mistic1

    aig-raiders Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 2:15 pm
    mistic1 Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 2:07 pm
    ======================================================

    Bouncing back from the worst game of your career is a test in itself. The seahwak game was in the balence until midway through the third. it was jc’s arm that made the plays that won the game.

    ———————-
    Ok so are you willing to admit that it should not have even been that close because both the coaches and Jason admitted they struggled. When your Defense is shutting down the other team, I dont think anyone should feel like you’re doing wonderful only up 13 points going into the 4th qtr.

    Again, JC was spotted 21-0 3 mins into the 1st qtr and DMAC out ran JC’s passing by 100 yds and scored 2 more td’s than him. If you want to call that a bounce back, go ahead.

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

    Im not sure why you want to go down this road, but buckle up, its gonna be a rough ride for you.

    The seattle game was a defensive battle all the way up until the 3rd quarter. If you re watch the game we couldnt run the ball in the first half. it was jc and his accurate passing that not only drove us to lead the game, but also blew the game open. Driving the ball up and down the field, in a defensive struggle with 0 turn overs. I have yet to see grads play any better than what we witnesed the last two weeks.

    J.C is a better player, he has proved it throughout his career, and over the last two weeks. i cant rememeber the last time i saw our offense run so smoothly, 02?

  • Chris in NY

    Bruce isn’t the starter just because he’s some ra-ra leader. That helps but it’s the fact he’s willing to make the tough throws into tight windows downfield and his mobility in avoiding the rush that have truly made him the coaches’ choice.

  • Oakland_raiders

    St. Jimmy Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 2:13 pm
    Oakland_raiders Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 2:11 pm
    An interesting read on Jake Plummer

    ————————

    Dont link this crap on a Raiders blog, who give a fck what jake plummer is doing. Email it to your friends, leave it off this blog.

    But why are you mad?

    I understand this is a Raider blog, but there seems to be an open interest on other things, basketball, baseball, politics, etc.

    If you don’t want to read about Jake Plummer then don’t, no problem, but someone might be interested, no reason for you to get all upset.

  • RaiderDebo

    Ok so are you willing to admit that it should not have even been that close because both the coaches and Jason admitted they struggled. When your Defense is shutting down the other team, I dont think anyone should feel like you’re doing wonderful only up 13 points going into the 4th qtr.

    Again, JC was spotted 21-0 3 mins into the 1st qtr and DMAC out ran JC’s passing by 100 yds and scored 2 more td’s than him. If you want to call that a bounce back, go ahead.

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    You act like Seattle wasn’t getting paid! There’s no crime in struggling to put points on the board against a team playing inspires defense. They were ranked pretty hightower against the run coming in. Give some credit to those guys. And it’s not like we got shut out. I was cool with a 13-point lead. The Denver game spoiled you.

    You act like the Raid

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

    58.Oakland_raiders Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 2:22 pm
    St. Jimmy Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 2:13 pm
    Oakland_raiders Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 2:11 pm
    An interesting read on Jake Plummer

    ————————

    Dont link this crap on a Raiders blog, who give a fck what jake plummer is doing. Email it to your friends, leave it off this blog.

    But why are you mad?

    I understand this is a Raider blog, but there seems to be an open interest on other things, basketball, baseball, politics, etc.

    If you don’t want to read about Jake Plummer then don’t, no problem, but someone might be interested, no reason for you to get all upset.
    ______________

    Don’t worry about it Oakland_raiders, just Jimmy’s monthly cycle.

  • mistic1

    RaiderDebo Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 2:23 pm
    Ok so are you willing to admit that it should not have even been that close because both the coaches and Jason admitted they struggled. When your Defense is shutting down the other team, I dont think anyone should feel like you’re doing wonderful only up 13 points going into the 4th qtr.

    Again, JC was spotted 21-0 3 mins into the 1st qtr and DMAC out ran JC’s passing by 100 yds and scored 2 more td’s than him. If you want to call that a bounce back, go ahead.

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    You act like Seattle wasn’t getting paid! There’s no crime in struggling to put points on the board against a team playing inspires defense. They were ranked pretty hightower against the run coming in. Give some credit to those guys. And it’s not like we got shut out. I was cool with a 13-point lead. The Denver game spoiled you.

    You act like the Raid

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

    My point exactly. J.C and his amazing arm and feet, took it from a defensive battle, and turned it into a blow out. That is what a good qb can do.

  • aig-raiders

    Mistic,

    I’m having a hard time with this conversation. The coach was not happy that they left plays out there in the first half and the QB admitted as such. So not sure what you want me to buckle up about. You’re the ultimate JC defender. I sincerely believe that you believe more in JC than JC himself.

    You’re trying to tell me somethign that the coach and the QB themselves admitted to the public otherwise. So I give up. You win!

  • RaiderDebo

    So it’s ok to let JR take the credit when we win but let’s blame everyone else when we lose. We scored 13-9 and let’s just give all the credit to Jawalrus when the D was the one that stopped a high powered Eagles offense. So predictable.
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Whatever. What blame do you give Grads for the Arizona and Houston games? Be specific!

  • PA-RAIDER

    DA RADUHS!!!!!
    JC is not getting it done in the red zone, too many times we’re settling for FG’S. He focuses on one receiver too long. Bruce gives us a better chance in the red zone and that is the biggest difference I see between them. Those blown chances haven’t didn’t hurt us last week, but a bad break here or there and Seattle would of been right in the game.

    I do like JC’s mistake free football though and I won’t complain if he’s in there.

    GO RAIDERS!!!

  • aig-raiders

    59.RaiderDebo Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 2:23 pm
    You act like Seattle wasn’t getting paid! There’s no crime in struggling to put points on the board against a team playing inspires defense. They were ranked pretty hightower against the run coming in. Give some credit to those guys. And it’s not like we got shut out. I was cool with a 13-point lead. The Denver game spoiled you.

    You act like the Raid
    —————————————
    You need to go to raiders.com and listen to the presser. The coach was ticked off at the plays available that they didnt capitalize on. The coach and the QB never admitted that it was because of Sea’s good defense. The coach pointed out that there were plays where the QB didnt capitalize and went out of his way to say the lump the QB with the offense for their 2nd half effort.

    So again. If the coach said admitted it and you still dont believe it then there’s nothing more to say. You win bro.

  • Chris in NY

    Campbell has done a nice job but, other than the pass to Reece on 4th and 1 for the TD last week, has he made one exceptional throw into tight coverage this season? Has he completed one pass that was deep in the air downfield other than the one to a ridiculously wide open Zach Miller (vs. Denver) and a horribly underthrown ball to a WIIIIDE open DHB last week?

    My point is, the team has been fantastic the last few weeks and Campbell has done a nice job of managing things. But he’s also had great defense, a great running game and great pass protection to work with. If one or more of those things isn’t working to perfection — as is usually the case, even for elite teams — will Campbell be able to carry the day? Will he be able to hang in there and make the right reads, make the tough passes downfield so we can still put up the points?

    I’m not convinced he can.

    I know Bruce can.

  • aig-raiders

    Arizona – The D played ok. The Qb played Ok. Spec team gave up 7 points and missed another 6 points. I dont count that 50+ miss. It came down to a chipshot. You kick it you win. That we know for 100% fact and certainty.

    Houston – Anyone who doesnt think our D deserved that loss is just plain ignorant. Spec team ok. QB ok.

    Tenn – Lousy D. Lousy QB. spec team ok.

    STL – Good D. Ok QB. Ok spec team.

    SF – Good D. Ok Spec team. LOUSY QB!

    Den – Great D. Ok QB. Spectacular RB.

    SEA – Super D. Good QB. Good spec team.

    I think that is fair.

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

    Bruce-Campbell, Campbell-Bruce…who gives a flying fooook?!?!?!?!?!

    McFadden is carrying them both.

    Can’t wait for us to have a good QB so McFadden can really open it up next year.

  • aig-raiders

    SD – Ok D. Ok QB. Fantastic spec team.

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

    Bruce!
    Campbell!
    Bruce!
    Campbell!

    Like listening to a bunch of retards trying to decide which fellow retard is valedictorian of the special education class.

    Just kidding fellas! But really, we are arguing about two schytty QBs.

  • Chris in NY

    Bruce = Franchise QB in waiting.
    Campbell = Solid backup who can come in and manage the game and limit the mistakes.

  • PA-RAIDER

    The Steeler game, we need Bruce in there. Jason will be playing scared. Bruce went into Pittsburgh last year and came out a winner. We don’t need a GREAT QB….we just need somebody to get the ball to our playmakers, and we have alot of them.

    Campbell will be dropin razor blades if he’s in there against the Steelers

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

    By Eric Gilmore
    Special to CBSSports.com
    Nov. 3, 2010

    ALAMEDA, Calif. — The avalanche of Raiders points started early in the first quarter two weeks ago at Denver, when Jason Campbell hit tight end Zach Miller with a 43-yard touchdown pass.

    Eight seconds later, cornerback Chris Johnson picked off a Kyle Orton pass and returned it 30 yards for a score. By the end of the first quarter, the Raiders owned a 21-0 lead. By the end of the half, they were up 38-7 and on their way to a stunning 59-14 victory, setting a franchise single-game scoring record.

    A fluke, right? Well, maybe not, because last week the Raiders returned home and crushed Seattle 33-3, winning back-to-back games for the first time since 2008.

    The Raiders totaled over 500 net yards on offense in back-to-back games for the first time in team history, gashing Denver for 508 and Seattle for 545. They won back-to-back games by a combined 75 points, their largest two-game margin since 1967 when they were still in the AFL and opened the season by beating the Broncos 51-0 and Patriots 35-7. They scored 92 points in two games after scoring just 197 in 16 games last season.

    What in the name of Kenny Stabler to Fred Biletnikoff is going on?

    “I feel like now we’re on the right track,” Raiders running back Darren McFadden said. “We showed up the last two weeks and were playing hard. I feel like if guys keep doing that it’s going to be a long time before we lose again.

    “It’s a big confidence boost. That’s something we’ve been talking about doing, just going out there and putting games together back-to-back, and we’ve been able to do it. Now we want to just keep going week after week.”

    At 4-4, the Raiders are off to their best start since their 2002 Super Bowl season when they had the same record after eight games. In the past seven seasons, they started 2-6 six times and 3-5 once. They’ve lost at least 11 games in seven straight seasons, an infamous NFL record. During that span, they won a combined 29 games while Al Davis fired four coaches — Bill Callahan, Norv Turner, Art Shell and Lane Kiffin.

    Coach Tom Cable, in a Houdini-like feat, has escaped the ax since replacing Kiffin after four games in 2008. Now he has his team in the thick of the AFC West race, alone in second place and just 1½ games behind Kansas City approaching Sunday’s showdown against the Chiefs in Oakland.

    “This is what I saw in our team when I came over here last year,” said former Patriots defensive tackle Richard Seymour, who came to Oakland in a trade. “This is the kind of thing me and Mr. Davis talked about. This is one of the reasons I came to camp early, to develop chemistry with my teammates.”

    Offensive guard Robert Gallery has been waiting for the Raiders to become relevant since he came into the league in 2004 as the No. 2 overall pick out of Iowa. He has never won more than five games in a season.

    “It’s been a lot of fun,” Gallery said. “We haven’t experienced this a whole lot in the past six, seven years around here. This is what it’s supposed to be like. It’s supposed to be fun. We’re supposed to be in games like this,” he said, looking ahead to the Chiefs. “We’ve got to keep doing what we’ve done the past couple weeks and we have a shot to do some good things this year.”

    Even during the Raiders’ darkest days the past seven seasons, opposing coaches and players raved about Oakland’s raw talent, its speed, size and power. The Raiders, as they say, have always looked impressive coming off the bus — or running on the track.

    This year, the Raiders have channeled their physical gifts in the right direction on the football field. Their defense overpowered and overwhelmed the Broncos and Seahawks. Orton entered the game averaging 324 passing yards but completed just 12 of 29 passes for 198 yards and one touchdown with one interception.

    The Raiders sacked Orton four times then sacked Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck eight times. In the past two weeks, Seymour and outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley — who lines up at end in the nickel — have each had three sacks and defensive tackle Tommy Kelly two. Kelly and Seymour each sacked Hasselbeck on Seattle’s first drive, setting the tone.

    “It’s like a snowball effect,” Kelly said. “I get one, he gets one, everybody wants to get one.”

    On offense, McFadden is having a breakout year, spearheading the NFL’s No. 2-ranked rushing attack. McFadden rushed for a career-high 165 yards and three touchdowns against Denver, as the Raiders totaled 328 rushing yards. He added 111 rushing yards against Seattle.

    New offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is orchestrating a remarkable turnaround for a team that has moved on from the failed JaMarcus Russell era. There’s still some uncertainty and instability at the quarterback position — Jason Campbell was benched at halftime in Week 2 but started the last three games after Bruce Gradkowski injured his right shoulder — but nothing compared to the past few seasons.

    Campbell has posted back-to-back passer ratings of over 120 and is coming off a 310-yard game against Seattle, but Cable said Gradkowski will start when he’s healthy enough to play. If nothing else, that speaks to the team’s depth at quarterback, where veteran Kyle Boller is third-string. Just four weeks ago, the Raiders snapped their 13-game losing streak to the Chargers with an emotional 35-27 victory. With a chance to win back-to-back games against the then-winless 49ers, the Raiders stumbled to a 17-9 loss.

    “I think as bad and as much as that 49ers game hurt, I think it was kind of one of the last lessons,” Cable said. “If you compromise anything, you’re failing. That message has become loud and clear, and sometimes a negative becomes a positive, and that’s how I look at that one.”

    Now the Raiders are looking at a chance to win three straight games for the first time since 2002 and to pull within a half-game of the Chiefs in the West.

    “I feel like we have a playoff team,” McFadden said. “Guys have been believing that since training camp, and now guys are going out there and playing together and showing what we can do.”

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

    Chris in NY Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 2:43 pm
    Bruce = Franchise QB in waiting.

    ROFLMAO!!!! TOOO FUNNY!

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

    KC Blog’s take on the game:

    5 Keys To Beating The Raiders
    AUTHOR: Patrick Allen | IN: Chiefs | COMMENTS: 18 Comments |

    The Kansas City Chiefs are going to California this Sunday for the most important Chiefs, Raiders game in recent memory.

    Anyone who thinks the Raiders are a pushover hasn’t been paying attention this season and the Chiefs are going to have to be on top of their game to escape Oakland with a victory.

    Here are five things I think the Chiefs need to do if they want to beat the Raiders.

    1. Stop McFadden and Bush

    The Chiefs have the best rushing attack in the NFL but the Oakland Raiders aren’t far behind.

    In fact, they’re right behind.

    Oakland has been running well all year but after the last couple of weeks they now rank second in the league, rushing for 168.5 yards per game.

    The Chiefs counter with the leagues 7th ranked run defense. The Chiefs are only giving up about 90 yards per game and have shut down the likes of Arian Foster, Maurice Jones-Drew and Frank Gore so far this season.

    Still, the Raiders will be KC’s toughest test to date. If the Chiefs can keep the Raiders run game in check, they’ll have a chance. If not, I doubt they can overcome Oakland on the road.

    2. Watch Your Back

    Oakland has got some speedy receivers and if the Chiefs had better respect that speed. The Raiders receivers are young and still developing but they will hurt the Chiefs if they can get behind the defense. KC can’t afford to give up the big pass play on the road to a team like Oakland who can run the ball well.

    The Chiefs defense is a bend but don’t break unit so they should be able to take care of this one but there is one way it could all go wrong and that is if they don’t….

    3. Tackle Stupid

    Oakland’s Heyward-Bey got a huge touchdown last week against the Seahawks because the DB failed to tackle him. It does no good to keep the play in front of you if you are going to blow the tackle. KC’s corners have to keep focus. If they go for the pick they had better get it because these receivers have the speed to be gone before the safeties can come to help.

    The same goes for McFadden. Arm tackles aren’t going to work with this guy so the Chiefs had better man up and stand him up for he’ll make them pay.

    4. If The Run Game Is Working, Run Until They Stop It

    The Chiefs were driving me nuts against the Bills. They would use Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles to march down the field into the Buffalo redzone and then they’d start passing the ball. Then they’d get to 4th down and fail to convert.

    This week, the Chiefs had better not pass up any points and they had better not pass if the run game is working. The Raiders have the 4th ranked pass defense in the NFL. The Chiefs have the 32nd ranked passing offense in the NFL. This is not a good matchup for the Chiefs.

    The Raiders have the 26th ranked run defense so that is what the Chiefs should attack. Now the Raiders have been playing the run better the last couple of weeks so the Chiefs should be careful but it would be foolish to come out throwing the ball over the field with Matt Cassel.

    5. Avoid Ridiculous Turnovers

    Last week the Raiders got some of the most amazing bounces I’ve ever seen. While I can’t credit them for being in the right place at the right time on a couple of freak interceptions and receptions, I can credit them for taking those turnovers and scoring points. Oakland is not a team you want to turn the ball over to. The Chiefs need to continue to do a good job of taking care of the football or it could be a long flight home to Kansas City.

    Yes my keys are basic but this is a road game against a division opponent with pretty big playoff implications for the Chiefs. If KC can win, they will be in very good shape in the AFC West. If they lose, the AFC West will be back up for grabs.

    What are your keys to beating the Raiders?

  • bjbrown1968

    @Dakota, I’m with you. We’re arguing about 2 mediocre (at best) QB’s. That’s why I say, stick with the guy with the hot hand.

  • scotto46

    KC will be running it down ya throats!!!! Number one in the league!

  • scotto46

    Oakland’s been KC’s B*tch for the past 7 games, soon to be EIGHT! LOL!

  • http://raiders.com A.B. Paine III

    Scotto46, what’s your usual moniker, troll?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Dammit had to step out in the middle of a good Bruce-JC debate, and now it has died down.

    *Sigh*

    Mistic, I have kept it “100″ the whole time. I don’t have cute little nicknames to demean Jason Campbell like yourself for Bruce.

    Tell us why you really hate “Scabkowski” or whatever is the clever name this week?

  • Oakland_raiders

    I was at the KC game in week 2 last year, I was one of the few who left that building happy, so I doubt it’s been 7 games.

  • SharkCatcher

    good post Dakota.

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

    JFB

    Regarding your comment to Mistic,

    Have you heard MLKjr’s “Drum Major” speech?

    About the desire of man to be first, “Look at me, Look at me”

  • Just Fire Baby

    Have not KK, got a link?

  • Oakland_raiders

    LaCanfora said Campbell took all of the starting snaps in practice today. Bruce still having shoulder problems. Raiders expect Campbell to start.

  • priesttj

    The truth is in the Seattle game Campbell very well in the second half the entire offense didn’t play well in the first half. JC did what he needed to do too win he didn’t turn the ball over and he made throws which is what I said before the game he will need to play as effective this game because KC is very similar to Seattle defensively.

    The running game may take until the 3rd qrtr to start to take off same as in the Sea game. KC will try take your run game away and they are better vs the pass than Sea But I doubt they can cover our speed. W have speed everywhere.

  • http://raiders.com A.B. Paine III

    Campbell will win this one with his athletic ability because he is better than Elway, right Priest.

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

    JFB

    You can listen to it here.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSPQ71C7AAM

  • priesttj

    still upset AB get over it……you disagree just disagree we all know Campbell is nowhere near Elway as a QB so let it go.

  • RaiderLen

    Afternoon Fellas,

    If the Raiders game plan as effectively for the Chiefs, as they have for Denver and Seattle, I see a Win.

    All Teams have “holes”. Find them, and exploit them.

    Stay aggressive, and take care of the ball.