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How much will Bresnahan blitz?

Since there are no actual players to coach, one imagines Raiders defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan poring over game film, devising schemes and looking for the best way to stop the run and bring pressure.

Departed defensive coordinator John Marshall, like most Raiders defensive coordinators over the years, was taken to task by a fan base that felt he too often played it safe. Al Davis has long favored a natural pass rush, mostly from a 4-3 alignment although the Raiders have flourished in a 3-4 in some of their glory years. He’s not against blitzing _ Davis is fine with it as long as it works _ but any coach who dials up a blitz that results in a big offensive play will hear about it.

Anyone hoping to see Bresnahan dial up a series of exotic blitzes is going to be disappointed. Marshall, in terms of pressure, was a blitzing maniac when compared to Raiders teams dating back nearly 30 years.

Last season, the Raiders had 47 sacks, the most since the 1990 Raiders had 48. That team had exactly one sack from a defensive back _ cornerback Terry McDaniel.

While the Raiders are justifiably proud of the fact that five down linemen had five or more sacks (team leader Kamerion Wimbley’s nine sacks came with his hand down as a nickel rusher at end), they tied for second in the league in sacks along with Green Bay and San Diego (one behind Pittsburgh) in large part due to the eight sacks registered by starting safeties Michael Huff and Tyvon Branch, who had four each.

Getting one defensive back to four sacks is remarkable in that doing back to 1982, when profootballreference.com begins recording individual sack numbers, only one time has a Raider defnsive back ever had more than four. Strong safety Stacey Toran had six sacks in 1986 when the Raiders had 63.

Only one time since then has a defensive back had three sacks, when Albert Lewis had three in 1996. The 2004 Raiders, coached by Bresnahan, had 4.5 sacks from defensive backs, led by Charles Woodson’s 2.5 (with one each by Nnamdi Asomugha and Jarrod Cooper).

Then again, only one time in the last 29 years have the Raiders failed to record a single sack by the secondary. It was 2002, the Raiders had 43 sacks and won the AFC title, and Bresnahan was the defensive coordinator.

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  • big oak boy

    aig-raiders Says:
    June 1st, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    TO, Steve Smith or Burress would be a huge addition to what we have now.

    if for nothing else to show the young guys how to condition and study db’s

  • big oak boy

    Hello everyone!
    I dont read much here however I was wondering if the draft Pryor in the supplemental cry is getting loud in here.

    I vote forget about it.

    whats it going to cost us to get him

  • priesttj

    I suggest Sidney Rice, James Jones, Vincent Jackson or someone of the ilk. I’ not interetsed in someone playing out the string. I want a dominant player the cost is of no consequence. If you want to win, I wouldn’t touch Chad and I hope Mr Davis feels the same way that guys head is no longer in this league. Let Chad ride another Bull get outta here Chad Johnson I can’t believe you people want that idiot here.

  • priesttj

    Also I think Hujack once being a rec’s coach has a handle on what he wants so whatever he says I’m down with. I just don’t want these idiots comin’ here looking for a retirement fund bring in a Seymour type who’s serious about the game is a leader and still can play at a probowl level or else.

    Forget it………………period

  • Plunketthead

    I have no idea. I just thought there would be a draft Pryor segment here at Jerryworld.

  • Dr.Death

    the people who say paul hackett cant coach any more bcause hes too old are numbskulls thats like saying a xhef whos cooked for 20 years cant make agood chicken noodle soup any more its all about ingedients if u have the right 1s and the experience its mouth watering

  • big oak boy

    if Pryor is cheap get him that’s our third string QB

  • Is coaching in the NFL the same as making chicken soup? I didn’t know that.

  • Dr.Death

    its called creating something out of several diffrent ingredints aka cooking
    q

  • Plunketthead

    Thats for me. I support any move the team makes. I got tired of pissing and moaning and I just relax and meld into Al’s life force accepting all things and waiting for the next SB

  • big oak boy

    football players are judged on football the media put us in off field things but judge on production
    Sidney Rice, James Jones, Vincent Jackson
    good but whats the price going to be

    I suggest Sidney Rice, James Jones, Vincent Jackson or someone of the ilk. I’ not interetsed in someone playing out the string. I want a dominant player the cost is of no consequence. If you want to win, I wouldn’t touch Chad and I hope Mr Davis feels the same way that guys head is no longer in this league. Let Chad ride another Bull get outta here Chad Johnson I can’t believe you people want that idiot here.

  • Al just needs the right players to fit his system. In order to get that, he’ll only need a flash light, a shovel, and a ride to the cemetery.

  • Ochocinco has been selected to the Pro Bowl six times and named an All-Pro three times.

  • YoungAmerican

    Clearly Paul Hackett can’t coach because he couldn’t develop JaMarcus Russell… ha.

  • Pryor is on the grill, sizziling, Kell, take a stab…

  • Twocents

    This is the 21st century. The laws of economics no longer apply. The obvious solution to government created problems is more government. Liberty and freedom were only important in the 18th century. This is a new world order. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. You will all be taken care of by your benevolent government.

    This has been a public service announcement.

  • GOP Can’t Handle The Truth: Taxes Are Lower Under Obaamaa Than Reagan

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/06/01/233526/taxes-lower-reagan/

  • All around the country, conservative lawmakers continue to cut services and investments in Main Street America, claiming that these steps are necessary to close budget deficits. At the same time, major corporations and wealthy individuals continue to benefit from special tax breaks and loopholes that allow them to get away with paying little to nothing in taxes.

    Today, Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ) released a new report chronicling the tax rates of some of the nation’s major corporations. CTJ looked at a sample of a dozen major corporations and analyzed both their profits and their effective federal corporate income tax rates between 2008 and 2010.

    CTJ found that from 2008 to 2010, these major corporations earned $173 billion in profits put together. Yet these major corporations paid an average federal corporate income tax rate during this period of -1.5 percent, meaning they actually got money back from the Treasury in the form of tax benefits. ThinkProgress has assembled the average tax rates of these corporations over this period in the following graph:

    All around the country, conservative lawmakers continue to cut services and investments in Main Street America, claiming that these steps are necessary to close budget deficits. At the same time, major corporations and wealthy individuals continue to benefit from special tax breaks and loopholes that allow them to get away with paying little to nothing in taxes.
    Today, Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ) released a new report chronicling the tax rates of some of the nation’s major corporations. CTJ looked at a sample of a dozen major corporations and analyzed both their profits and their effective federal corporate income tax rates between 2008 and 2010.
    CTJ found that from 2008 to 2010, these major corporations earned $173 billion in profits put together. Yet these major corporations paid an average federal corporate income tax rate during this period of -1.5 percent, meaning they actually got money back from the Treasury in the form of tax benefits. ThinkProgress has assembled the average tax rates of these corporations over this period in the following graph:

    All around the country, conservative lawmakers continue to cut services and investments in Main Street America, claiming that these steps are necessary to close budget deficits. At the same time, major corporations and wealthy individuals continue to benefit from special tax breaks and loopholes that allow them to get away with paying little to nothing in taxes.
    Today, Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ) released a new report chronicling the tax rates of some of the nation’s major corporations. CTJ looked at a sample of a dozen major corporations and analyzed both their profits and their effective federal corporate income tax rates between 2008 and 2010.
    CTJ found that from 2008 to 2010, these major corporations earned $173 billion in profits put together. Yet these major corporations paid an average federal corporate income tax rate during this period of -1.5 percent, meaning they actually got money back from the Treasury in the form of tax benefits. ThinkProgress has assembled the average tax rates of these corporations over this period in the following graph:

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/06/01/232686/12-major-corporations-taxes/

  • Twocents

    Sure the taxes look to be lower. Factor in inflation, the hidden tax (which sucks the purchasing power of even the poor) and you will see that it is a policy of not only the Republicans but also the Dems which you obviously think are your saviors.

  • Twocents

    KoolKell,
    I know you can post socialist crap all day long. The question is, can the bureacrats that you revere really allocate scarce resources better than a free market?

  • Inflation is under control.

    http://www.miseryindex.us/irbyyear.asp

  • Twocents Says:
    June 1st, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    KoolKell,

    I know you can post socialist crap all day long.
    ———————————————–
    Twocents, you can post wacked out ideas all day long, but can’t post any links to support your bull.

  • Free Market doesn’t solve everything.

    Speculation And Overleverage In The Great Depression
    With only loose stock market regulations in place before the Great Depression, investors were able speculate wildly, buying stocks on margin, needing only 10% of the price of a stock to be able to complete the purchase. Rampant speculation led to falsely high stock prices, and when the stock market began to tumble in the months leading up to the October 1929 crash, speculative investors couldn’t make their margin calls, and a massive sell-off began. While the great rise in the stock market (from 181 points in early 1928 to 381 points in September 1929) was fueled by optimism and false hope, the plunge was flamed by stark fear.

  • Twocents

    KoolKell,
    You have admitted that you are a real estate agent, licensed by the state. You have made your living in a cartel that entices unsuspecting buyers to poney up their futures for your profit. But it is for the greater good. The greater good of KoolKell.

  • Twocents, you’re too stupid, goodbye.

  • Twocents

    KoolKell, I have posted links in the past, but you are not interested. You prefer to stick to the myths that you learned in your youth.

    mises.org
    lewrockwell.com

  • ohioraider

    priesttj Says:
    May 30th, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    OhioRaider he doesn’t meddle in the draft ‘HE RUNS IT’ he always has and always will whether you like it or not it’s his team so if that doesn’t suit you find another one to root for.
    ————————————————-
    Dude, I’ve explained my position many times, and you’ll never get it. But I’ll say this: you’re absolutely right, and the team’s record is the ultimate measuring stick of the Old Creeper’s success.
    But, you know, I’ll be around after Davis is gone, and when the team’s fortunes finally do turn around I’ll say I told you so. And if he does manage to win two more Super Bowls (his own stated goal) I’ll gladly eat my words on this very blog. What’s your prediction Father Pride & Poise?

    Your continued mindless insistence that a fan can’t separate his love of the team from the owner defies all rational analysis, but then again being a mindless supporter of what this old douchebag has done to the franchise doesn’t require much reflection now does it? In fact, just the opposite.

    I fully intend to use this forum to hold Davis accountable for his mismanagement, and I do it as a lifelong fan who’s sickened by his brand of leadership. And if YOU don’t like it feel free to skip my postings.

  • Kell, don’t even bother with him. Soon enough, he’s going to get just what he’s wishing for: No government. And the chaos will probably drive him to stick a gun in his mouth. Very few Americans have thrived without some kind of government assistance since the New Deal. Very, very few. You can say you’ll never need social security. Guess what? If your parents draw social security, it helps you! If they didn’t, you’d have to support them, with your money. So you’re benefiting too. That’s just one small example. Like I said, we take away all government, most of these tea party yappers would be the first ones offing themselves, once they realized just what that means. It’s one huge overreaction to a liberal black man being elected president. Hopefully they’ll get over it.

  • r8eray

    For those who like conspiracy theories…. there was a secret owner meeting held in Chicago earlier today!

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/06/01/nfl-owners-hold-secret-meeting-in-chicago-wednesday/

  • priest, trust me, we know Al Davis runs the draft!

  • I’m sure whatever the owners were discussing today, they have the fans in mind first! Not their own profits.

  • WenzhouRaider

    Raiders nearly lead the league in sacks due to blitzes and Marshall is still not brought back. Yet Jerry still says Al doesn’t have a problem with blitzes if it works.

    Our Defense was great last year! Our front seven is stacked if you let Howard play. Everyone in the front seven can rush the passer other than Henderson and McClain. Everybody!

    if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

  • WenzhouRaider Says:
    June 1st, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Raiders nearly lead the league in sacks due to blitzes and Marshall is still not brought back. Yet Jerry still says Al doesn’t have a problem with blitzes if it works.
    —————————————
    I think Jerry tries not to get cross the Owner either.

  • Twocents

    Raider, I am trying to respond but Becker is moderating me.

  • Twocents

    The sooner this old establishment news media is defunct, the better off we will be.

  • Twocents

    It reminds me of a line from an old movie. Somewhat modified:

    statist: “Socialist stick together.”

    freeman: “They better.”

  • Raiders for life

    Wow, the 99 cent bag of Tom’s Hot Fries is good stuff.
    If DHB has a breakout 3rd yr, then I believe there is hope for world peace.

  • priesttj

    Ohioraider It took you this long to come up with that??

    Well OK, but you do have a choice whinning about his input is about as productive as pissing in the wind.

  • TJ, is licking Al Davis shoes everyday, productive?

  • priesttj

    I am definitely in favor of getting Terrelle Pryor he can sit behind Camp for 3 years get excellent training and learn how to be a pro. If he turns out you have a 6’6″ 245 lbs. great athlete who is used to big games and competition. You could probably get him for a 3rd rnd pick I think it’s a brilliant idea.

  • joker94583

    Bresnahan sucks and so will the raiders defense. 7-9

  • Kklutch

    Grads had a few good games. Props to him, hes gone JC is way better than him. Season on the line vs the Phins and he choked big time…. Missing open receivers big time. He was even spotted a kick off return TD by Jacoby. Time will tell. I truly believe JC will lead the Raiders to a SB… Grads will be a career backup at best… These pessimistic Raider fans need to become donkey fans cause thats what you guys sound like. You guys act like this is the 06 Raiders or something. This is a solid football team.