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Ford happy to have first receiving TD

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, November 29th, 2010 at 1:01 pm in Oakland Raiders.

News, notes and quotes and observations from the Raiders’ open locker room session Monday, a day after a 33-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins at the Coliseum:

— Rookie wide receiver and return specialist Jacoby Ford, who pretty much supplied anything good that happened against the Dolphins, was happy to get in the end zone for the first time as a receiver.

“I was really excited about the pass, to have my first reception touchdown,’’ Ford said. “Just to go out there and make a great play, just try to keep the game open, keep it alive. I was just really proud I put myself in that position.”

Ford said his 101-yard kickoff return, the third longest in Raiders history, came in part because it was set up by film study.

“Watching film on them all week on the kickoff return we actually saw some other teams that did a similar return to them, like that,’’ Ford said. “We knew if we went out there, executed the way we can – our front line, they did a great job and big Sam (Williams), he threw me a great block at the end to make sure that one didn’t try to catch me or anything, and it just kind of opened up and I read the block from there.”

As for Ford’s skill to take the ball away from a defender _ he did it to Miami cornerback Chris Clemons much as he did to the Chiefs’ Brandon Flowers _ he said it came about in part because of practice.

“It kind of just happens more in practice,’’ Ford said. “That’s just the thing with a receiver. A receiver has to have good ball skills. That’s just a drill, high-point drill that we work on in practice, and it just translates over into the game.”

The only kickoff returns longer than Ford’s touchdown against Miami in Raiders history were 104 yards by Ira Matthews against the San Diego Chargers in 1979 and 102 yards by Harold Hart against Miami in 1975.

— Coming off back to back one-sided losses, Oakland has little choice but to return its new-found focus to the new-found comfort zone of the AFC West.

In third place at 5-6 but still the lone unbeaten team in division games at 3-0, the Raiders visit one of the NFL’s hottest teams in the San Diego Chargers, who were once upon a time 2-5 and are now 6-5, a game up on the Raiders and a game back of the Kansas City Chiefs (7-4).

Which safety Tyvon Branch considers perfect timing.

“Definitely,’’ Branch said. “Especially with those guys. We always get a little extra motivation with those guys. I think it’s a good game for us. We need it. They need it. It’s going to be a fight.’’

Branch was at a loss to explain how the Raiders could go from one of the league’s most talked-about teams to where they now reside.

“It seems like everything is going wrong right now,’’ Branch said. “We haven’t been clicking, and when we were winning those games back-to-back we were clicking on all cylinders. And we just haven’t been lately.’’

Not that Branch is giving up hope.

“We’re still optimistic. We still have a lot of things ahead of us that we could still end up going where we want to go,’’ Branch said. “The season is not over for us. We have a lot of fight left in us, and we’re going to continue to fight, and hopefully things end up falling our way.’’

— Miami spent most of the game in advantageous field position for a lot of reasons, one of them being that the Raiders punting game continued to struggle.

Shane Lechler had a 26.8 net punting average, a far cry from the team’s average of 41.0.

“We’re not netting 41 because of what we’re doing right now. The last three games have been a pretty big letdown for our punt team,’’ Lechler said. “That’s on me. I’ll take the blame for it. I’ve been around this thing long enough. Maybe I need a little more hang time, a little more something.’’

– One of the more striking postgame sites was Rock Cartwright, bent over in his chair, despondent over having missed a chance to block a Brandon Fields punt. It happened on Miami’s first possession of the fourth quarter, with both Cartwright and Fields stunned that the kick somehow got off.

Fields even turned around, expecting to see the ball headed the other way.

Cartwright was fighting back tears as he spoke with reporters.

“I put this game on me because a blocked punt changes the whole momentum of the game and gives us momentum,’’ Cartwright said. “I wasn’t accountable to my teammates to today. I just feel I let the team down. Let the special teams coach down. They put a lot of trust in me. So put this one on me.’’

Said linebacker and special teamer Sam Williams: “He dove past it. He could have just tackled the punter he got there so quick.’’

Sounds as if cornerback Chris Johnson could be out at least another week with a groin strain, meaning it will be another week of Walter McFadden, Jeremy Ware or both.

“(I’m) doing rehab and everything I’m supposed to be doing so I don’t want to end up doing something that goes against the trainers so, until they tell me that really, everything is back to normal, I probably won’t be able to (play),’’ Johnson said.

With Johnson out, Nnamdi Asomugha was forced to play on a bad ankle and gave up four catches for 65 yards plus a holding penalty. McFadden gave up six receptions for 113 yards _ five of them third down conversions _ and also had a holding penalty.

Unlike defenders on the front seven, cornerbacks must be much closer to optimum health to be effective.

“It causes so much torquing and running,’’ Johnson said. “I mean, to me, every play you almost have to run a 100-yard dash. So it’s hard if you have any kind of hamstring, quads, anything like that, as a receiver or a DB to go out there and play. Ankle. It’s just hard to do.”

Johnson’s advice to McFadden was the same as Asomugha.

“I told him, ‘Keep working.’ As a DB, you’re going to get caught on. It’s just about, DB’s have to have a short-term memory,’’ Johnson said. “You get caught on, you can’t think about that play; you’ve got to worry about the next play.

“Because if you always sit in the past, you’re going to have a bad game. But this is just one game. He got in, got his feet wet. Now he knows what it is and it’s up to him this week to actually go in and prove all the critics wrong because right now they’re saying he can’t play. But he can play and that’s why he’s here.’’

— Wide receiver Louis Murphy has tried to remain as diplomatic as possible, but conceded the Raiders’ quarterback situation with Bruce Gradkowski and Jason Campbell has made things difficult in terms of continuity.

“Going back and forth, this isn’t high school,’’ Murphy said on CSN Bay Area Sunday. “It’s the pros and you gotta have timing with your quartrerback and spend time with that quarterback. But whatever coaches call that’s what we gotta go with and make it work.

Cable said after the game he didn’t think there would be much of an issue this week because it appeared Gradkowski would be out after re-injuring his right shoulder.

The Raiders coach meets with the media for his weekly press briefing at 2 p.m. . . .

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  • Thec07

    big pep Says:
    November 29th, 2010 at 2:25 pm
    johnny lee, heyward bey, louis murphy, chaz schilens, all completely useless garbage because of sanjay lala. at what point do you look at this guy and say, man you suck so go back to whatever you were doing.

    ++++++++++++=

    Demote his A$$ back to computer programming….

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Kokomo, pretty boring and usual stuff until it was Jerry’s turn. Jerry basically took the same argument to Cable that he vented about in here yesterday, the QB charade, etc. Cable started talking down to him, calling him “Jerry” in a condescending tone, then asked him something like “Is this really that important to you personally?”? LOL. The presser ended about right after that, and Cable was a little red and huffing when he walked off. Jerry earned his paycheck today.

  • big pep

    Sanjay Lal begins his second season as an offensive administrative assistant with the Cal —————–

    this dude went from making fucn play book copies to being a coach. its no wonder our wideouts suc. i hate al davis for doing what he does.

  • kokomo

    Thanks, MaddenRaider. Did Cable say whether Campbell will start?

    Only hope for the future is if Al hires Harbaugh with an offer he can’t refuse

  • buckeyeraider

    YoungAmerican,
    You are dead on in post 77. Raider WR’s do not come back fight for the ball. Jerry mentioned it back in training camp when he covered the niners. He said the difference was noticable how SF wr’s competed for the ball in the air. The lone excepion being Jacoby Ford, obviously. That guy would wrestle the ball from an alligator. The others, not so much.

    How many times when watching another game, college or pros do you hear the announcer talk about how a WR “turned DB and made a nice play to break up potential Int.” Not with Raider WR’s very often, (Besides JF). It seems like they just kinda toss up their hands and say “that was a bad pass. Oh well”.

    Might be another examole of Sanjay Lal being over his head. Young WR’s aren’t progressing either.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Sanjay Lal was a quality control guy.

    not sure what he did to get promoted, but Ted Tollner the “passing game coordinator” should be coaching up WR’s if he isn’t calling plays

  • aig-raiders

    The local media didnt appreciate being Punked by Cable so they’re going to come after him now. Just before the Pitt game, Guttierez, Vittorio and McDonald all jumped on JC’s tail and now they feel slighted. You could clearly see them mocking Cable in their tweets and columns.

  • mistic1

    Jerry great job! That is exactly what needed to be asked of cable, explain your self, since you are so fond of throwing your players under the bus.

    Cable press conference melt down, just like his coaching record, hilarious.

  • RaiderDebo

    SD put the beatdown on Indy last night without Vincent Jackson, Malcolm Floyd, Patrick Crayton, Buster Davis & Ryan Matthews.

    Merriman was dumped earlier this year and Gates played hurt. 4 catches for 46 yards is a bad night for him

    every team goes through injury probs. 1 guy goes down, the next guy has to step up!

    Thats means if Miller can’t go, we need Myers & Barnes to play big. If Nnamdi can’t go, we need the 2 rookie CB’s to play big. It isn’t rocket science fellas. We beat KC without these two key players.
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Yeah, we could have benefited from a couple of pck-sixes too.

  • big pep

    ROFLMAO….Big PEP what up Mayne??? You sound like you are about to blow some ish up…..

    ————————————————–

    not blowing nothing up just venting a little frustration thats all. hahahahaha

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Got to hand it to Miami’s defensive game plan. Even though Parcells is retired he must have got on the horn with Sparano last week. Stack 8 in the box to stop the Raiders’ run, and keep 3 deep because the Raiders will always, always try to force the ball downfield. they’ll get away with some but you’ll make the plays when it counts.

  • http://raiders.com A.B. Paine III

    Jerry is lucky he didn’t get punched.

  • Thec07

    not blowing nothing up just venting a little frustration thats all.

    ++++++++++++=

    Its all gravy Bruh…We all have a right to be pissed off…. looking at 8 yeras in a row….I have seen some improvement, but thats not enough…

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Jerry’s a little too big for Cable to punch him. Cable typically punches people who weigh less than 100 lbs, and are female.

  • big pep

    J.M. gonna get caught walking to his car and cable is gonna beat his asss, now say something punk. gonna sound like the three stooges smacking each other around. except its going to be cable laying that farm hand on his asssss.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Come on, romo. Not the “Well spoken” description of Ford. Not with your history. Just stop it.

  • http://raiders.com A.B. Paine III

    The Raiders will have Herrera take car of Jerry.

  • olinesux

    lol that would be funny…

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Cable’s a wuss. There’s only two people we know he’s hit, a small, scronny guy and a woman.

  • olinesux

    that would be funny…

  • Thec07

    big pep Says:
    November 29th, 2010 at 2:39 pm
    J.M. gonna get caught walking to his car and cable is gonna beat his asss, now say something punk. gonna sound like the three stooges smacking each other around. except its going to be cable laying that farm hand on his asssss.

    +++++++++++++
    ROFLMAO…….hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Herrera? He couldn’t even handle Tim Kawakami!

    “lll lll lllll liar!!!” LOL

  • buckeyeraider

    The Raiders must be getting too predictable in their playcalling or something. Tipping something off by formation or something. It sure as hell looks like the other team knows what runs are coming.

    Getting shut down on the road in Pittsburgh was one thing. They pretty much shut down everybody. But Miami at home. 15 carries for 16 yards or something like that. Hell, DMac can’t get back to the line. They try and run a toss sweep and somebody is cutting his legs out four yards in the backfield as he’s taking the pitch.

    How in the hell was this team 2nd in the league in rushing after 10 weeks at 156 ypg? Now they can’t even open up a sliver to run through. Can’t even get back to the line of scrimmage?

    Something is seriously amiss.

  • mistic1

    Is there a rift between cable and davis after this debacle, and ridiculous qb switching?

  • mistic1

    Lets get on with the coaching search.

  • big pep

    i dont want to be the one who finds out if cable only hits women and scrwny men, fuc that. thats one big mother fer. id have to leave him looking like he just won a wet t-shirt contest.

  • olinesux

    maybe its the te motion and stopping where they are running too…they mustve run it twenty times last week

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Cable’s a wuss. Get over it.

  • Dhidee99

    Cable Is A Liar And A reporter called him on it Right After the Team Did “Good Stuff”

    Any chance we could get Jim To leave Stanford

    We should have hired him long time ago. Raiders Should Have Never let him go to San Diego, or Stanford

  • big pep

    maybe at this point we need q.b.,o.l.,w.r, d.t. help and im not so sure in what order.

  • Thec07

    The Raiders must be getting too predictable in their playcalling or something. Tipping something off by formation or something. It sure as hell looks like the other team knows what runs are coming.

    ++++++++++++==

    Good point its called scheming… we have become predicatable and bungling at the same time….

    Example of bungling is to show 8 man on the line of scrimmage to blitz, only to have 2 guys go through the same gap, while one guy is engaged with a blocker thus no gap exist to go thru…We dont even know how to blitz right….

    How about running some delay blitzes….Quicksain, see a whole run though it get the QB….

    Dont have Quicksain decaliring early only to have him drop back in coverage fools no one….

  • VanHeathen

    3 turnovers on 1st down, after getting a first down killed our chances…2 on deep throws, 1 on a freakin Wildcat formation w/ a hand off to Reece(?)WTF
    Defense was on the field WAY too long yesterday, and McFadden the DB, got burnt all day cause we decided to deactivate Ware, kid hadn’t played ALL SEASON and we send him out there like that?…freakin ridiculous personel moves…this STINKS!

  • big pep

    i know whats tipping off the D. its our center moving that big head of his around just before he snaps the ball. there i figured out the raiders offense and i dont get paid to study them. imagine what a real coach can do when all he does is study your team for a week 12 hours a day.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Doesn’t Al Davis believe that if you have the talent, a defense can know what you’re going to do and you can do it anyway?

  • big pep

    i have to give my pits a bath tonight so im out c ya.

  • No Mas Diamante

    Looking forward to Jerry’s next post after that presser… lol

  • ArchiveTony

    aig-good news. here’s another blank jersey. might as well have 4. it’s not like you can be a bigger doofus.
    good news is it’s less than 20, which is half of what you pay at 40.
    is today your lucky day, or what?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Oakland-Raiders-Official-Blank-Football-Jersey-Medium-/310092384896?pt=US_Football_Fan_Shop&hash=item4832f24a80

  • buckeyeraider

    VanHeathen,
    #132. Exactly. Poor Walter McFadden. The rookie was making his first appearance of the season due to injury. He was a mark out there.

    I thought the defense played fairly well actually, until they wore out completely. Due in part to the offenses total ineptness, and their own inability to get off the field on third down.

    The reason they couldn’t get off the field on 3rd down was because they had an achillles heel. #22..Walter McFadden. Miami found it and exploited it continuously. Whoever McFadden was covering bam. Didn’t matter if it was 3rd and 8, whatever. They found the mismatch and exploited it.

    And Oakland was helpless to counter it or fix it in any way. Frickin unbelievable.

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

    buckeyeraider Says:
    November 29th, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    How in the hell was this team 2nd in the league in rushing after 10 weeks at 156 ypg? Now they can’t even open up a sliver to run through. Can’t even get back to the line of scrimmage?
    ————————–
    My guess is that, after the 3-game win streak, Al Davis tried to big-foot the credit for it. There were 2 national stories on him prior to the Pitt game. And the “Leak” he wanted Campbell to play came out.

    He became enamoured with new toy Jacoby Ford. In the Pitt game, they returned to conservative play-calling with deep-sideline passes, to no avail. (Davis style)

    The Miami game 16 rushing plays, with again, emphasis on Jacoby Ford, deep.

    Now there’s counter-productive controversy in the locker rm about the back and forth QB situation, and who’s the boss.

  • ArmChair GM

    Wow…like MR said, that press conference was entertaining to say the least..

    I applaud Jerry for calling out Cable like that on the QB issue. Cable started pouting and getting sarcastic, like a mini version of a Mike Singletary press conference meltdown,lol…

    Good Work Jerry! We’re tired of Cable’s bull crap!

  • Dhidee99

    I want Captain Comeback As My Coach “Jim Harbaugh”

  • 3ALLEN2

    FORD SEEMS TO BE THE ONLY ONE WHO SHOWS SIGNS OF LIFE WHEN THE GAME ISN’T GOING OUR WAY! THE REST OF THE TEAM NEEDS TO WAKE UP AND UNDERSTAND THAT IT’S NOT EVERY GAME THAT’S IMPORTANT, IT’S EVERY SINGLE DOWN! I ONLY PLAYED FOOTBALL FOR 4 YEARS AT THE POP WARNER LEVEL AND 4 YEARS AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL BUT IF YOU ASKED ME WHAT THE SCORE WAS AT ANY POINT DURING ANY OF THOSE GAMES I PLAYED IN, I WOULDN’T KNOW! I PLAYED EACH AND EVERY DOWN, OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE, LIKE IT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT DOWN OF THE GAME! THAT’S THE WAY EVERYONE IN THE NFL SHOULD PLAY, BUT MY ONLY CONCERN IS THE RAIDERS, SO THAT’S WHAT I EXPECT FROM THEM! THAT’S HOW THEY PLAYED DURING THE 70′S AND 80′S AND IT WAS FROM WATCHING THEM THAT I LEARNED TO PLAY THE WAY I DID! COME ON GUYS, GET YOUR HEADS UP AND GO OUT THERE THIS WEEK IN PRACTICE LIKE YOU WANT TO PLAY AND PLAY LIKE YOU WANT TO WIN! EVERY PLAY COUNTS!

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