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Routt expects Raiders to man-up

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 at 8:08 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Hosts Tim Ryan and Pat Kirwan tried their best to get Stanford Routt to say the Raiders’ reputation as man-to-man defenders was overblown.

In an interview on SiriusXM radio, they pressed Routt as Routt would press an opposing receiver.

Surely, the Raiders don’t play that much man-to-man. No one does.

“You can’t play press coverage every damn down.”

Replied Routt: “Basically, you just hit it on the head. We basically play man every damn down.”

Ryan challenged Routt with a 2009 game against Philadelphia when the Raiders blitzed Donovan McNabb heavily and backed it with more zone than usual.

Routt said “we ran a little bit of zone that game, but predominantly, (man) is what we do. If we play 60 snaps on defense, at least 56 of those are going to be man coverage. Everyone in the league knows what our game plan is.”

Kirwan said it must be difficult to play straight man against a three-man bunch set.

`You’re right. It is hard as hell to do that.”

Routt was asked if defensive backs had the freedom to play press coverage or off-man to play to their strengths.

“For the most part, they want us to be in the receiver’s face and disrupt them off the ball,” Routt said. “It’s just the way we do things. We believe in cutting down all the air. From playing tight coverage and seeing up close, the quarterback is going to have to be pinpoint accurate.”

More from Routt on Sirius XM:

On missing Camp Seymour

“I was taking a graduate course to substitute for another course that was only offered in the fall. I just had to ahead and do the school thing”

Routt said he is six hours short of getting his undergraduate degree at Houston _ he is a six-year veteran.

“College, per se, really isn’t that hard, but it’s just something you have to get through. I think it’s important to finish what you started.”

The possibility of Nnamdi Asomugha sticking around

“Until I see it on ESPN or you guys at Sirius Radio or see it in print that he’s signed with a new team, as far as I’m concerned he’s still a Raider . . . I know he’s a free agent and it’s a business, we all get that . . . I hope it works out for him, and I hope it works out for him in Oakland.”

The play of Mike Mitchell

“I think the coaches challenged him and he did very well. His locker is right by mine. We’ve had a lot of talks throughout the season and last year at minicamps and OTAs. There are times he may have been a little discouraged, but in my opinion I thought he did real well. He had good games against Antonio Gates and Vernon Davis in back-to-back weeks.”

Playing with Rod Woodson as a position coach

“During that 24 to 48 hour period when the lockout was lifted, I had several conversations with him. He’s areal cool dude. I can’t wait to actually meet him in person and pick his brain. He’s one of my two favorite cornerbacks of all time, him and Deion Sanders. He’s got a lot to bring to the table and I can hardly wait to have some of it rub of on me.”

Issues with run defense

“We were holding teams to 2.5, 2.7 a rush, stuff like that, not really big games. Then after four plays of stopping the run, stopping the run, stopping the run, it will be a pop, someone will be out of their gap, there will be a missed tackle, the corner won’t set the edge, and it will just explode on one play. Big runs kill your average as a run defense. It’s not just the front seven, it’s all 11 of us, and we need to be more consistent.”

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  • priesttj

    Bauce truth be told I couldn’t careless who was #1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 5. I just want guys when they’re on the field to make plays……….period

    Speed and talent is there to get the job done. This #1 rec. stuff I don’t even know where it comes from. Whe nwe won SB’s who was the #1 I couldn’t even tell ya’ But we always had a possesion guy and a speed guy. You can # then however you wish.

  • http://www.cnn.com RAIDER

    Bauce Rules Says:
    June 16th, 2011 at 11:43 am

    No MR…..people actually like me on this blog

    …………

    HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    That’s why when Gerrard Waren was here the man did HIS job but the guys behind him basically sucked. You guys expect the front4 to do everything and it impossible.

    ***

    LOL @ TJ

    Morrison-Howard-Brown was about equal to “Money” Warren

    Asomugha-Huff-Branch-CJ37 far exceeded him

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    # aig-raiders Says:
    June 16th, 2011 at 11:48 am

    BTW Mistic,

    Colts 82.8 rush yds allowed per game in the post season the year they won the SB. #2 of all teams in the post season. That was around the time they got Bob Sanders back too.

    The Colts lost the SB to the Saints because they couldnt run and end it up passing too much, which ended up biting them in the a$$ at the end.

    What were you saying about the lousy run d of the Saint, Rams, and Cots when they won the SB?
    ===============================================

    Why do you keep having me repeat myself?

    I showed you 4 examples of teams with average to poor run defenses, that still won it all.

    The colts defense against the run was very poor for the entire year 16 games, then put together a small streak of decent run defense for 4 games in the playoffs. not very impressive. During that playoff run they blew out kc , and were in a shoot out with the pats. They played baltimore that had a sub par passing game so they were able to stack against the run. im sorry but your 82 ypg stat is skewed.

    Nice try though.

  • http://www.cnn.com RAIDER

    Bauce Rules Says:
    June 16th, 2011 at 11:43 am

    No MR…..people actually like me on this blog

    …………….

    http://bit.ly/lZOEGf

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    # Bauce Rules Says:
    June 16th, 2011 at 11:46 am

    97 broncos would give up big runs and still were middle of road…thanks Mistic for playing
    ======================================

    Like i said you CAN win it all with a middle of the road run defense.

  • http://www.cnn.com RAIDER

    Beecham, were you clapping your hands over your head while getting your b.j. to “cuts like a knife”, the way Bryan Adams does in his videos?

  • RaiderRockstar

    do you honestly believe the Raiders can even be average? Can we be from 15th to 18th with Seymour and Kelly as the main DTs? I say hell no again!

    ***

    BAUCE,

    RS & TK were D-Line starters the past 2 seasons and we finished 31st & 29th against the run.

    The same front seven on D will return from last year:

    ShoNasty-Kelly-Seymour-Houston
    Wimbley-McClain-Groves

    A move up to 15th or 18th would be HUGE (Donald Trump’s voice) … We might actually finish better than 3rd in the division!

  • Master Beeecham

    So Brian the Genital, I guess you don’t like hot horny ladies hammered on smooth Mexican margs? No worries. There are still plenty of blog nerds who “actually like” you. Ha ha!

    MR, pay attention! I got those sweet high school bjs cranking “Heaven”. And guess who was actually in Heaven during the bj (hint – it wasn’t me).

    Cuts Like a Knife was usually good for macking down on my friend Kenny’s older sister.

  • priesttj

    Bauce look at post #208 I second that emotion. You don’t need a top3 runD to play great defense. It takes a balanced run/pass D to be great. If we play the run in the mid of the pack and play just as good as last year vs the pass that’s good enough to win a SB. If the offense can duplicate 25 a game or better.

  • Silverandblack666

    MR

    Canada has already apologized for Brain Adams and Celine Dion….so let it go man.

  • priesttj

    I don’t think people get it, go over our history we rarely averaged better than 25 a game. And that was only Hues first season as OC now HC we should be better. All the young talent is getting better. I think overall the defense will be top10. So give me that offense and we can win it all. We just needs a few breaks to go our way………….period

  • Silverandblack666

    Just because Hue Jack is now HC instead of OC does not automatically mean our offense will improve.

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

    Back in the heyday, Raider corners could manhandle WR’s until the ball was in the air, and really knock people off their routes. Now, they can’t touch the WR after 5yds. So, I don’t think Man2Man is as viable today. That’s why most teams have gone Zone.

    The D-Line stops the run, stops the run, stops the run, then BAM. The RB is in the secondary, and the DB’s have their backs turned running downfield.

  • aig-raiders

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    June 16th, 2011 at 11:51 am

    # aig-raiders Says:

    BTW, 97 broncos 16th vs the run
    01 patsies 19th vs the run
    06 colts 32nd vs the run!!!!!!
    09 saints 21st vs the run!!!!!

    Broncos – John Elway, Pats – Brady, Colts – Peyton, Saints Brees…..Raiders – JaChoke.

    You were saying?
    =========================================================

    I was saying that you can win it all with a middle of the road, average or even a below average run defense. These 4 examples I have given are irrefutable fact.

    Strike 3 your out
    ————
    Out of 12 teams in the post season…

    2001 Pats #2 rush D in the postseason.
    2006 Colts #2 rush D in the postseason
    2009 Saints #6 rush D in the postseason.
    1997 Denver – NFL do not have the ranking stats but here is their postseason track record. vs Jags 50yds allowed, vs KC 77 yds, vs Pit 161 yds and vs GB 95yds = 96.75 rushing yds per game allowed. Pretty damn good imo.

    Only 1 team barely supported 1/3 of your theory and they had Drew Brees at the helm. What were you saying again about striking out?

    Bauce is 100% correct that you need a rush D that steps up when it counts. The postseason is exactly when you need your run D to step up.

  • Master Beeecham

    Krappy, you haven’t recently sent any Tweets of your old diapers to any Kane & Associate secretaries, have you?

    Could be a big scandal if you have, old goat. Fair warning.

    DIAPERGATE 2011 REPRESENT

  • priesttj

    There isn’t a thing wrong with playing man coverage if you have guys that can do it. We’ve always had corners who could play it. Zone is good but it makes your safeties cover more if they drop coverage it’s a big play. We’ve played a lot of man recently and we’re at the top 10 almost every year in pass defense. We struggle vs the run true but we play man damn good if not great. There some teams that get us but we normally get them. I actually prefer man and mix zone in the redzone, where the space is tighter.

  • aig-raiders

    The colts defense against the run was very poor for the entire year 16 games, then put together a small streak of decent run defense for 4 games in the playoffs. not very impressive. During that playoff run they blew out kc , and were in a shoot out with the pats. They played baltimore that had a sub par passing game so they were able to stack against the run. im sorry but your 82 ypg stat is skewed.

    Nice try though.
    ——————-

    Mistic,

    Are you just ignorant or deliberately trying to be dumb?

    Bob Sanders….per wiki…..

    2006 season

    In the 2006 regular season, Sanders played only four games in the regular season due to a knee injury he suffered early. In those four games, he racked up 27 tackles. He was soon dubbed “The Eraser”, due to his reckless and punishing hits on opposing players which prevented many of the big plays that the opposing teams might have otherwise made happen. The Colts had the worst rushing defense in the NFL statistically, allowing at least 100 yards rushing in every game. During the playoffs, however, Sanders continued his comeback from injury, and breathed new life into the defense. The 2006 Colts in the playoffs, with Sanders, had the second best run defense with only 73.3 rushing yards allowed per game.

  • aig-raiders

    oh and the 2006 colts went through the Chiefs in the playoff, who had Larry Johnson at 1789 yds for that season.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    # aig-raiders Says:
    June 16th, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Out of 12 teams in the post season…

    2001 Pats #2 rush D in the postseason.
    2006 Colts #2 rush D in the postseason
    2009 Saints #6 rush D in the postseason.
    1997 Denver – NFL do not have the ranking stats but here is their postseason track record. vs Jags 50yds allowed, vs KC 77 yds, vs Pit 161 yds and vs GB 95yds = 96.75 rushing yds per game allowed. Pretty damn good imo.

    Only 1 team barely supported 1/3 of your theory and they had Drew Brees at the helm. What were you saying again about striking out?

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

    AIG,

    my comment was about run defense. This means for an entire season, regular and post season.

    scaled down to the smaller sample size of a post season skews that stats. Too many variables to consider in a 3-4 game sample size. who did they play, what was the score so on and so on. Instead I looked at the big picture.

    Stop trying to worm your way out and manipulate stats to support your case.

    Bottom line teams can win with poor run defense i have given four examples along with where they ranked for said year.

    hit the showers bra

    do come again

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

    I think the Pass Interference rule changes over the years favoring WR’s & QB’ have made Man2Man coverages less effective.

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

    You can’t maul WR’s today like Lester Hayes did yesterday.

  • CJ Legend 34

    Here is the interview on Routt. Nice article I may add! He was not one of my past favorites but I am impressed with his dialogue.

    If we can’t get Namdi back then I think we need Huff back in our ranks. We need some consistancy.

    http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2011/06/14/interview-with-stanford-routt-cb-oakland-raiders/

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    # aig-raiders Says:
    June 16th, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    oh and the 2006 colts went through the Chiefs in the playoff, who had Larry Johnson at 1789 yds for that season.
    ================================================
    ROFL!!!!!

    yep he carried the ball a grand total of 13 times in that game. Im afraid the run was little more than an after thought in that game, regardless of bob sanders.

    Again your case badly flawed. your taking on water time to abandon ship

  • CJ Legend 34

    My #1 WR is Zack Miller, #2J Ford and #3 Mr Viagra himself Louis Murphy.
    ————————————–
    200.Bauce Rules Says:
    June 16th, 2011 at 11:58 am
    CJ….and who again is your no1 wr?

  • 504 Raider

    hwnrdr Says:
    June 16th, 2011 at 6:58 am
    Let me ask you guys something….
    Opening night 2009…we are punching San Diego in the mouth with LT in the lineup! Harrassing Philip Rivers, disrupting everything that SD was coming up with…
    Had we won that game that night…do you think that would have boosted the confidence of Russell and perhaps others and we woul dhave been better than 5-11 that year and probably hit the playoffs 1n 2010? Would Russell still be here? Or Russell’s work ethic was already too tarnished and never would have gotten it, no matter the outcome of that particular game?
    Sometimes I do think about that…but I should really get out of that “what if”…

    ————————————————————————————————————–

    I truly believe had we won that opening game against the Chargers we would have finished 6-10 instead of 5-11.

    You know how there is good credit, bad credit and no credit? Russell has No work ethic.

  • tazZraider

    good afternoon nation!! missed being on this blog!

  • tazZraider

    Priesttj Says:
    June 16th, 2011 at 10:35 am
    That’s why when Gerrard Waren was here the man did HIS job but the guys behind him basically sucked. You guys expect the front4 to do everything and it impossible.
    ********************************************************
    hahaha priest u still havent stopped making entertaining yet idiotic comments. the last i remember of gerard warren was him gettin pushed 10 yards back a hell of a lot of time by opposing olines, speak logic bro

  • Silverandblack666

    “Bottom line teams can win with poor run defense i have given four examples along with where they ranked for said year.”

    Yeah and 2 people win the lotto every week in California.

    A broken clock is right twice a day.

    You are take a rare instance and building a case around it. Your the one who’s ship is sinking.

  • Bauce Rules

    The Taz is back! Sup bruh? How’s life?

  • aig-raiders

    Mistic,

    You might want to check the score for that Chiefs vs Colts game again. 9-0 at half time. 16-8 end of 3rd qtr. Was it an afterthought or they couldnt run?

    In regards to reg season vs playoffs,Bill Parcell is the one who said the NFL has 2 seasons, the reg and playoffs. You can surely pad your stats against lousy teams in the reg season. Case in point, the Raiders padded its reg season offensive stats big time against Denver last season.

    The playoff is where you go against winning teams and prove your real worth. That’s how you win championships. Not in the regular season but when it’s crunch time. I’ll take Bill Parcell over your analysis I think.

  • Just Fire Baby

    “Money” Warren was complete garbage, and a lazy dude who was a bad influence on others.

    People would always tell me he was “absorbing” the double-team, which was his job.

    Well there is a difference between “absorbing” two defenders, and allowing two guys to shove you wherever they wanted to all game.

    Interior O-lineman love the opportunity to see “Money” Warren and his lack of effort on Sundays. That’s why the Pats have him playing on the outside.

  • aig-raiders

    Bauce, you think Sey has enough speed for a DE position?

  • Bauce Rules

    MR sorry but your lame pic doesnt work. You said I was the Anthony Weiner of this blog and I countered with the fact I cant be because overall people on this blog like me as in think Im cool as evidenced by the folks I met from here. Also i dont send d-ck pics like Weiner…….try again and thanks for playing

  • Bauce Rules

    AIG for RDE spot no….LDE hell yeah. RT is generally the road grader and cant handle edge rshers like LT. Seymour would be like Reggie white imo from there

  • Bauce Rules

    BHP you dont care who is number 1 for wr? Lol that means you dont have a competent unit! No one knows their role………yeah smart plan. Al better gamble on a vet like Chad or smith cuz Glazz Schilens sprains his pxssy too much, DHB sux, Murphy is inconsistent and cant run routes and Ford is an explosive runt. Save that D Moore is a steal bs too

  • Just Fire Baby

    Chaz Schilens will catch more TD’s than DHB this year.

    Print that.

  • aig-raiders

    hmmm…I hear ya. I just dont think he’s slim enough to get enough speed for even the RDE spot. Dude is getting older and we know you lose speed/quickness as you get older.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    # aig-raiders Says:
    June 16th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Mistic,

    You might want to check the score for that Chiefs vs Colts game again. 9-0 at half time. 16-8 end of 3rd qtr. Was it an afterthought or they couldnt run?

    In regards to reg season vs playoffs,Bill Parcell is the one who said the NFL has 2 seasons, the reg and playoffs.
    =========================================================

    Hilarious!

    The queefs were dominated in that game. kc managed 7 first downs. Indi had 28!!!

    Couldnt run or wouldnt run? How about answer c…they didnt run. 13 attempts for lj during the height of his career!

    face it the 06 indi run defense was atrocious in fact they were 32nd in the league

    question do you get dizzy from all of your spin

  • tazZraider

    hahaha my dude BRian the Bauce, General!! nothin much bro juss been working and spending lots of needed time with tha wifey and kids. How’s life treatin u bro?

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

    Bauce Rules Says:
    June 15th, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Fk MLK….Ed Teach that guy was just another hustlin ass preacher. And an admitted Marxist.
    ____________________________________________

    With quotes like this, you’re bound to be popular with BrownStains, 666, and certain other’s.

  • Bauce Rules

    Let’s go Al! Next month cba deal shall be done…..dont go into this season with the plan I was told last Friday. Get a vet WR to be the possesion guy, get a vet OG cuz the two we plan to go with aint gonna get it done in power scheme, make sure manase Tonga is on roster and plays this year and trade for Osi make this defense dominant for real, start Hendu and get a wlb who doesnt suck like Groves

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

    Bauce Rules Says:
    May 17th, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Mista…..well sign me down for Aryan nation cuz i aint with his healthcare crap either
    ___________________________________________________

    Very popular.

  • Bauce Rules

    Taz im chillin….not as wild as I use to be but the wild gene shows up every now and then. U ready for sept 12th?

  • Just Fire Baby

    I’m ready for a Buffalo road game.

    CJ Legend, Bcz and I’m sure a few other semi-pro’s will be in attendance.

  • Bauce Rules

    AIG….WELL LDe you dont need to be as quick/fast. Seymour can be my UT….cut Kelly dammit or demote his ass

  • Bauce Rules

    Buffalo? I heard that city is run down and just garbage

  • tazZraider

    Bauce Rules Says:
    June 16th, 2011 at 1:27 pm
    Taz im chillin….not as wild as I use to be but the wild gene shows up every now and then. U ready for sept 12th?
    *********************************************************
    Hahaha glad to hear that bro, and hell yes im ready for sept. 12! hopefully the damn lockout doesnt ruin it.

  • Silverandblack666

    “With quotes like this, you’re bound to be popular with BrownStains, 666, and certain other’s.”

    Krappy Kell you are WRONG, its quotes like the one below that I enjoy reading!

    “Krappy, you haven’t recently sent any Tweets of your old diapers to any Kane & Associate secretaries, have you?”

  • Bauce Rules

    KPDK as usual you hate the truth. MLK was a marxist they got him on fbi tapes saying as much also its widely known he went to that Folklore school or whatever in tennesee which was a communist spot. Preachers are pulpit pimps and he sure gott ppaid for March on Washington like the hustler he is