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Q & A with coach Rod Woodson

First-year Raiders cornerbacks coach Rod Woodson spoke with the media Monday on a wide range of topics, from his thoughts on some of the young players under his charge, to what it’s like coaching after a Hall of Fame career as a player, to what the Raiders defense is going to look like this season.

Woodson spoke for nine minutes after practice. Here is a transcription:

 

 

 

Q: What has it been like coaching so far?

A: “So far, so good. One-a-days is not tough on the coaches. It’s not really, really tough on the players yet. So far, so good. I can’t complain about it.”

 

Q: Has anything surprised you yet?

A: “Nope. No. Seven years removed, I’ve prepared myself for the worst. It hasn’t gotten to that point yet, but I’m ready for the long days when the season starts.”

 

Q: Are you a guy who isn’t very vocal when coaching?

A: “Well, I don’t think I need to scream and holler. Every coach has his own style. At the end of the day, the train is leaving. It’s going to leave with the guys or without the guys. My style is, if you want to get a paycheck, be on the train. I don’t need to tell you that. At the end of the day, if you’re not doing your job, you’re going to get cut. That’s the bottom line. That’s the reality of it. Throughout my career, my coaches never really yelled at me too much. I was a player that didn’t really respond to yelling. There’s some guys you need to push. There’s ways you find to push certain players. Other guys, you just tell them what to do, and they’ll do it. You have to find your way.”

 

Q: Which coaches influenced you during your 17-year playing career

A: “Gosh, all of them. Chuck Noll, Rod Rust, Tony Dungy, Dick Labeau, Dom Capers, Bill Cowher, Steve Mariucci, Johnnie Fox, he was a rookie coach when he was in Pittsburgh. All those guys who I coached under, I learned a little bit of something from them all.”

 

Q: What was it like watching the Pro Football Hall of Fame speeches this year? Enjoyable?

A: “Oh, yeah. They’re getting longer. It feels like they’re getting longer. But anytime you can go back and see the great classes that come back. I think there was like eighty-something guys that went back this year. It’s always good to go back and see those guys and see the guys that are getting enshrined that year.”

 

Q: What can you tell people about rookie cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke?

A: “Well, DVD is his nickname. He’s going to be good. It’s the little things that he has to work on. He has to learn how to finish. He’s still learning the little things about playing corner in this league, playing the different coverages, when to do certain things, when not to do certain things. But if he keeps progressing in the positive manner like he has in the first week or so, he’ll be a decent player.”

 

Q: What is it about Van Dyke that caught your eye when you worked him out before the NFL draft?

A: “He has great hips. He reminds me of a player that I played with in Baltimore, Duane Starks. When he got drafted coming out of The U, and we were in Baltimore, he had great hips, great feet. DVD reminds me of him. He’s a little bit taller. His range, I don’t think too many receivers are outrunning him. So, he has to learn to break down, move his body weight and transition when he’s playing in space. If he does that, he can be a pretty good player.”

 

Q: What are your impressions of free safety Michael Huff?

A: “Mike’s a player. He’s a playmaker. He has a natural instinct, a natural gift. I’m also coaching the nickels. I coach more with the other guys than I do with him. When you don’t have to coach as much with a certain guy, it makes your job a little easier. That’s when you know he has that natural gift. You don’t have to tell him to do the little things. It just comes naturally to him.”

 

Q: Do your Hall of Fame credentials help you coach so many young players?

A: “It’s a start. But if I tell them to go the wrong way, it’s not going to last too long. I’m just trying to point them in the right direction. Each player is different. Every player learns differently. Some guys are audio learners, some guys are visual, some guys need to do the reps. The things that I did in my career, I can’t ask the same guy to do the same thing. It really depends upon their abilities. Each player plays within that ability. If they can do that and I can help them cultivate their tool belt, so to speak, in their craft, then I’m doing my job as a coach.”

 

Q: What kind of coverage does defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan prefer?

A: “Multiple. The great defenses that I played with, and I know Chuck has been around, have done a multiple of things. I don’t think you can do one thing and be good at it. What has to happen in this league is, you have to make the quarterback think after he touches the football. What Chuck is trying to cultivate with his defense is, to give multiple looks, make sure we have our disguises in the secondary and linebackers and from that we move to what we’re going to play in. If we can do that, then we’re headed in the right direction. Chuck, what he wants to do is, give multiple looks, multiple defenses and make the quarterback guess.”

 

Q: What is your impression of Stanford Routt after 10 days? Is he an elite cornerback?

A: “He can be. Stanford, he’s a work in progress. He has natural gifts. Every player that gets drafted in the NFL has those gifts. He has to cultivate those gifts. He’s had Willie here for so long, he has learned under Nnamdi. It’s his turn to learn how to play the game and learn to trust himself. The elite players learn to trust themselves on the field. Once he does that and he pulls the trigger when he has opportunities to pull the trigger, his game is going to elevate, his interceptions is going to go up and that’s when you’re going to start hearing his name more so than you have in the past.”

 

Q: Can pulling that trigger once and making a big play start that process?

A: “Everything’s a process. Step by step. What Stanford has done so far in this new system is, he’s learning the system, he’s learning how to trust himself, he’s learning how to work his eyes, his balance with his feet, all the things that you need to do as a defensive back, as a defensive player, as an NFL player, to trust what you have learned in the meeting room, on the field and apply back to the practice field and game day. Those are the elite players. He’s in the process of doing so.”

 

Q: Do the Raiders really play 90 percent man or however much?

A: “I know when I was here, we played multiple coverages. We played four, we played man, we played some zones. That’s what we’re going to do again. I don’t know what they did in the seven or eight years that I was gone, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is, this year, 2011 Raiders, that the guys buy in to what Hue is selling. All the guys are doing that. We’re learning that there’s a standard that we’re asking of our players when they step on the practice field, there’s a practice for when we step (on the field) on game day. And it doesn’t matter if it’s the first-team guy, second-team guy, the third-team guy, the standard is set. You have to live up the standard or you won’t be a Raider.”

 

Q: What do you think of Chris Johnson?

A: “Chris can play. I like Chris. He’s an old wily vet. He’s kind of the same way as Stanford a little bit. He has to start trusting himself and start pulling that trigger. All the film study, everything we’re giving him as coaches, everything he’s learned throughout his career and from other players, once he can apply that back to the field and not hesitate, those are the guys that you really look forward to see play. C.J. is in that process. He believes that he can do certain things and as he progresses this year, he’s going to have a good year.”

 

Q: Do those guys need to play better to compensate for the loss of Asomugha?

A: “Even with Nnamdi, if Nnamdi was here, I would tell him Nnamdi the same thing. He didn’t have a lot of picks. He was a shut-down corner but pulling the trigger gives you the opportunity to make picks. They have to start pulling that trigger. There’s certain things throughout the practice, there’s certain plays, you only get two or three plays as a defensive back to make plays. Once they start learning how to pull that trigger, and I’m talking about the safeties, the DBs, the linebackers, the defensive linemen, everybody, we’ll be an explosive defense.”

 

Q: Have you always wanted to coach?
A: “I thought about it for years but after playing for 17 years I was offered my first few years when I first retired, but I needed to get away. So, being away for seven years, I thought this was the best time to give it a shot, see if I like it, see if I don’t mess the guys up too much. If I can do that, then I’ll try to make a career of it.”

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  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    148.KoolKell Says:
    August 9th, 2011 at 12:30 pm
    I think the new Total Quaterback Ranking System is a more comphrensive way to look at a QB’s game, ok?

    Now you simple-minded idiots can go back to Code Black, all day.

    **************************

    U have no room to talk about anyone being simple minded when you have been 1000000 pct guilty of that your damn self

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

    When I log on to this site, I want to read good posts by the Raider Nation. See KK and I have to hit the speed delete button. I don’t agree with all posts but we deserve better than cut and paste by KK.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    CODE BLACK 2011…….stop hatin bruh for BHP comes and handles you lol

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Kell knows football i agree but the cut and paste schit all day is lame mayne

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    August 9th, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    uhh no

    you are hater and im not.

    ***

    JFB = Raider hater?

    LOL!

    Come on, Mistic …
    =================

    Dont put words in my mouth. raider hater no, JC hater confirmed.

  • DutchRaider77

    Mistic you were doing so well…checked with the judges and they all had you ahead in the points, until the low blow.

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

    I think the new Total Quaterback Ranking System is a more comphrensive way to look at a QB’s game, ok?

    =================================================
    When Kool Kell does something original, he forgets there is spell check. It’s spelled quarterback.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I guess we shouldn’t start printing up those “In La Secla We Trust” t-shirts, right?

    ***

    Nope.

    Danny Southwick 24/7

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

    comprehensive

  • DutchRaider77

    Kell knows football i agree but the cut and paste schit all day is lame mayne

    _____________________________________________________

    Funny, a few monthes ago KK was calling some dude out for posting lists of all the Free agents by position. Like it was wasting the blog space…

  • raidertbone

    Just ignore the s%&* and it will eventually get cleaned up by the maid! Keep postin’ it real and we’ll smoke out all the haters, the pretenders, and the “Ricky”s!!!

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    August 9th, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Portis, Moss, Cooley = all Pro Bowls.

    Not to mention HOF left tackle Samuels.

    Not as fast as our guys, twice as productive (so far)

    ***

    Exactly, JFB

    Mistic does not want me to post stats for these guys during Campbell’s tenure in Washington.

    JCamp got benched for Todd Collins & Bruce Gradkowski, but there is NO CHANCE he gets benched for Boller or Edwards – right?
    ======================================

    laughable,

    post any stats you want, they have no bearing on this year, this team this offense, or these players.

    Rockstar, take a number next to jfb, gradkowskiraider and the rest of them JC is going to destroy you and your we hate jc committee/ heart of a lion club

  • DutchRaider77

    Mistic you going tomorrow?

  • RaiderRockstar

    raider hater no, JC hater confirmed

    ***

    JFB saw something in Bruce that made him excited. Perhaps it was mobility & leadership or what he did in the 4th quarter against the Squeelers, who knows?

    But for whatever reason he’s taking a cautious approach with Jason Campbell and I don’t blame him

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    # DutchRaider77 Says:
    August 9th, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Mistic you were doing so well…checked with the judges and they all had you ahead in the points, until the low blow.
    ================

    Sorry Dutch, but im simply stating facts. JFB has already admitted that no matter what JC does he will never accept him, he just isnt his cup of tea. Translation JC hater

  • DutchRaider77

    Sorry, I meant Thursday?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    # DutchRaider77 Says:
    August 9th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Mistic you going tomorrow?
    ==========================

    i wish,

    But i am scrapping together soem change to hit a coupld of regular season games again this year. I do about 1-3 games every year

  • Dakota

    I am rooting for McClain and DHB.

    With DHB I think he has great work ethic and the desire to contribute and live up to his draft status, but he just does not have the talent. He didn’t show it in college and he has not shown it in the NFL, so there is little reason to hope he suddenly finds his mojo.

    My doubt about McClain came from first watching him in his bowl game where he just didn’t look that fast or good on the field, but someone said he might be playing injured, so I brushed it off, but then……

    ….the night before the draft, on NFLNetwork, when Charlie Casserly was asked who might be overrated in the draft he named McClain. Said on film he didn’t show great speed or instincts on the field, nor did he shed blocks well, nor did he make many big plays for being that highly acclaimed (paraphrasing). His first year gave me no indications that Casserly was wrong about that stuff, but I still hope he can be a good player. I simply am not waiting for him to develop into the next Ray Lewis or anything near that. I have confidence that he will be a good player, but I have not seen anything that makes me think he will be great.

  • http://ibbahttp://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 4evaRaider

    kinda the way they rate QB’s in collage…You know the grading system where ONLY Bruce Gradkowski scored over 70% 2 years in a row.Yes Sir whUen you think of the likes of Montana,Stabler,Unitas,Favor,Rodgers and the list goes on…No one ever scored 70% or higher in division 1A 2 years in a row….except bruce gradkowski.Man thats the kind of talent someone should go out of there way to groom 4 greatness.sure wish we could get someone like that.That kinda of grading system?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Rockstar, take a number next to jfb, gradkowskiraider and the rest of them JC is going to destroy you and your we hate jc committee/ heart of a lion club

    ***

    Mistic,

    I am supportive of Jason Campbell. I think he deserves to start this year and nobody questions whether or not he’s better than Boller & Edwards. I think we need to groom a QB for the future, just in case JCamp isn’t the guy. I think he’s a stopgap. I don’t think he sucks, but I don’t think he has what it takes to carry this team on his shoulders and will it to victory.

    As Jerry & Steve constantly point out, Campbell plays well when he has a running game. When he doesn’t? Don’t expect much from him

  • raidertbone

    JC = QB
    Boss = Soon-to-be
    DHB = Wannabe
    Woodson = Better DB’s
    DMAC = TDs
    Raider haters = SOBs

  • raidertbone

    Montana,Stabler,Unitas,Favor,Rodgers
    ______________________________

    Favor? Did you mean Faaahhhh-vruh?

  • Plunketthead

    KK said
    Now you simple-minded idiots can go back to Code Black, all day.

    haha once in great while you come up with a good one. This is funny because you are the ultimate hypocrite. All day, every day, Al is the Devil, 28-57, Al is the devil, The Raiders suck, 18-76, Al is the devil

  • raidertbone

    Dakota Says:
    August 9th, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I am rooting for McClain and DHB.

    With DHB I think he has great work ethic and the desire to contribute and live up to his draft status, but he just does not have the talent. He didn’t show it in college and he has not shown it in the NFL, so there is little reason to hope he suddenly finds his mojo.

    My doubt about McClain came from first watching him in his bowl game where he just didn’t look that fast or good on the field, but someone said he might be playing injured, so I brushed it off, but then……

    ….the night before the draft, on NFLNetwork, when Charlie Casserly was asked who might be overrated in the draft he named McClain. Said on film he didn’t show great speed or instincts on the field, nor did he shed blocks well, nor did he make many big plays for being that highly acclaimed (paraphrasing). His first year gave me no indications that Casserly was wrong about that stuff, but I still hope he can be a good player. I simply am not waiting for him to develop into the next Ray Lewis or anything near that. I have confidence that he will be a good player, but I have not seen anything that makes me think he will be great.
    _________________________________________-

    DHB is a nice enough guy and I really do wish him well. He has a lot of speed, he just does NOT have pro talent! I watched him play at Maryland and I didn’t see it there (unlike with Vernon Davis, where EVERYBODY saw it; E.J. Henderson – same thing). He will never come close to earning the money that’s been thrown at him. Would’ve been a much better story if he had come in as fifth rounder and worked his way into a serviceable #3. Bottom line = will never recoup the investment (realism, here!)

    RoMac = Let’s reassess after Year Two … not bad, so far.

  • http://ibbahttp://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 4evaRaider

    He He yep I meant favre .not even farve passed over 70% 2 in a row….I know Ima “lil” jaded bc Ima big polack 2 but Grads shows real promise,in his 5th year.I mean why not….very solid,very accurate….damn Big Al.Thgis I question more than the Cable killing.no matter how it woulda turned out,grads would make an excellent back-up if he didnt start

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    August 9th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Rockstar, take a number next to jfb, gradkowskiraider and the rest of them JC is going to destroy you and your we hate jc committee/ heart of a lion club

    ***

    Mistic,

    I am supportive of Jason Campbell. I think he deserves to start this year and nobody questions whether or not he’s better than Boller & Edwards. I think we need to groom a QB for the future, just in case JCamp isn’t the guy. I think he’s a stopgap.
    =========================================

    Say it like it is. being supportive isnt the same as wanting him to be the qb. you support him but you would rather have some one else. you dont think he is good enough or a good qb.

    I do think he is a good qb, and i do think he is good enough to win a super bowl.

    being supportive wont stop me from calling out all of you that dont think he can cut it.

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

    Here is how you do it Kool Kell. You make a statement i.e. Deer Antler Supplement that Hue Jackson was told not to endorse is undetectible. Then you post the source:http://www.thepostgame.com/features/201108/deer-antler-supplements-might-be-kryptonite-pro-sports-drug-policies. No need to cut and paste the whole article. I hope this helps you out. lol

  • raidertbone

    Plunketthead Says:
    August 9th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    KK said
    Now you simple-minded idiots can go back to Code Black, all day.

    haha once in great while you come up with a good one. This is funny because you are the ultimate hypocrite. All day, every day, Al is the Devil, 28-57, Al is the devil, The Raiders suck, 18-76, Al is the devil
    __________________________________

    Plunk,
    You may have forgotten this, but one or two times he also mentioned that Al is the Devil …

  • redshirt
  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Kell issue with CODE BLACK really isnt about the name….its the fact that the person who started it up he hates with a passion. He is very bitter over the woodshed whoopins he has recieved on here and it eats at him everyday. How many times does Kell just post positive stuff all day? He said last month he isnt on here to make friends. LOL are you serious? You dont wanna band together with other Raider guys? Amazing

  • raidertbone

    4evaRaider Says:
    August 9th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    He He yep I meant favre .not even farve passed over 70% 2 in a row….I know Ima “lil” jaded bc Ima big polack 2 but Grads shows real promise,in his 5th year.I mean why not….very solid,very accurate….damn Big Al.Thgis I question more than the Cable killing.no matter how it woulda turned out,grads would make an excellent back-up if he didnt start
    __________________________________

    4eva:
    I’m sure I made this rant before — Got nuthin’ but love for Grads; but he was too damn fragile. We just had to go a different direction. In Cincy, he’s gonna get freakin’ housed! Trent Edwards? Not so sure about that one. Boller? I’d trust him as a #3, but I think we need a better #2

  • http://ibbahttp://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 4evaRaider

    did I tell ya my thought’s on our QB sityation? lol

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    182.4evaRaider Says:
    August 9th, 2011 at 12:57 pm
    did I tell ya my thought’s on our QB sityation? lol

    *****************************

    Yeah we heard it

  • http://ibbahttp://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 4evaRaider

    I hear ya tbone…too bad he is a lil brittle,coulda been a little mor protected.but man-o-man the kid has the grit or the intangables,imo.young too if I didnt mention B4

  • http://ibbahttp://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 4evaRaider

    ‘)

  • http://ibbahttp://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 4evaRaider

    Br ien you just in time 2hear yada yada yak yak …!

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Well 2011 season is near and we have our guys….those other formers Raiders arent on the team and as Big Seymour said…IM CONCERNED ABOUT THE RAIDERS

  • RaiderRockstar

    Say it like it is. being supportive isnt the same as wanting him to be the qb. you support him but you would rather have some one else. you dont think he is good enough or a good qb.

    I do think he is a good qb, and i do think he is good enough to win a super bowl.

    ***

    Mistic,

    Jason Campbell is average. I hope he proves me wrong

    He’s got a long ways to go to be “good” or “great” imo

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    4eva am i? lol….you can say BRIEN now…..just not B@uce with the actual “a” lol

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Still lmao @ this.
    _____

    Priesttj Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    KK do we have a problem?? huh?? it can be handled anyway you want.

  • http://ibbahttp://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 4evaRaider

    OK

    Still would like 2C us draft and groom a QB….always thought that was the best way.Hopefully JC can take us all the way for a long time and we can be groomin a young’n at the same time.soundz 2good

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    I got JC down as an above average qb….but to say he is good just aint true. He has potential to be pretty darn good but I doubt he can be a great MVP multiple pro bowl type of guy

  • http://ibbahttp://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 4evaRaider

    thankx 4 bringing me up 2 speed Brien! Polacks some time take a liul while on da uptake!

  • alex7

    Portis, Moss, Cooley, Samuels & Jansen in Washington back then were better than our current combination.

    The reason JC doesn’t get credit for what those guys did is because…

    He got benched 3 times in two seasons there, including by a Hall of Fame coach!

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    190.MistaBrown Says:
    August 9th, 2011 at 1:07 pm
    Still lmao @ this.
    _____

    Priesttj Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    KK do we have a problem?? huh?? it can be handled anyway you want.

    *******************

    That schit is too funny….Walter Matthau and Jack Lemon in Grumpy Old Men

  • JoePR78

    Good afternoon gents…and to those to whom that doesn’t apply. I’m usually content to lurk, but recent events in my neck of the woods have lead me to feel the need to vent…and to bounce my thoughts regarding this team off of you guys.

    I live in the Dallas area, so I have a lot of first hand experience dealing with the ignorant misconceptions that a lot of so called hardcore NFL fans have regarding this current Raiders team. The season hasn’t even started, and I’m already tired of arguing with dumb Cowboys fans. It’s kinda like having to deal with someone like MR face to face on a day to day basis.

    Anyhow, I may not have the insiders perspective that a lot of you who live in the Bay area have…or the magical copy & paste skills of a certain individual who graced us with a lavish demonstration of said skills just a few minutes ago, but here’s my take on this years team, and their keys to success.

    The largest misconception out there right now, besides the believe that all Raiders fans are moronic douche bags, is that our offense sucks. We put up a lot of points last year, but somehow most NFL fans seem to believe that those points had more to do with luck than with ability. The truth is that while it wasn’t always pretty, it was usually effective. The offense also seemed particularly adept at taking advantage of the turnovers cause by our D.

    All in all, I’m actually encouraged by the fact that they scored so much, despite still being rough around the edges. They basically got by on physical superiority. If Huge Action and his staff can smooth those edges out a bit, I don’t see too many teams out there that can stop the Raider offense. They have too many weapons. If the coaching staff do more than just smooth things out a bit, and can actually get them to execute in a polished manner…..look out.

    I believe that there are four keys to the Raiders making some serious noise this year. One, is health. Chaz and DMAC HAVE to stay healthy. DMAC is set to have a monster year….if he can stay on the field. Chaz has the talent and physical gifts to be a true number 1….but first he needs to prove that Glass Schilens is dead and buried.

    Two, is Soup. He’s playing in the same system in consecutive seasons for the first time as a pro. He has to display the comfort level that that familiarity should afford him. He shouldn’t have to think nearly as much. He should be able to react and play on instinct. That in turn should allow his natural ability to shine through. If it doesn’t, then that means that he truly doesn’t have the intestinal fortitude required to be a good NFL quarterback….and that we’re screwed. But, I believe he’ll step up.

    Three, significantly lowering the amount of big plays we allow. For the love of God, please fix the stinkin run D already! If ROMAC doesn’t immediately show improvement shedding blocks, move him to the outside, and give Gaither a shot….please. It also can’t hurt to let Big John have more of Kelley’s first and second down reps. Watching our defense stuff a guy for 3/4′s of a game, only to have it all undone in one fell swoop at the worst possible time is sickening. Also, if Huff doesn’t man up and quit being so damned tentative in open field situations vs running backs, move him. There’s no doubt that he’s good in coverage, so try him at CB…or make him a nickel guy. I think we over paid to bring him back….but I hope the big contract makes him feel obligated to grow a pair.

    Four, marginalizing the impact of losing the Nnamdi factor. I still have hope that Routt and CJ can hold up as well as they did when they were being picked on constantly because everyone was afraid to even look at Nnamdi. But, training camp has taken a toll on that hope. CJ’s looked pretty good…but Routt is scaring me. I’m hoping that the fact that he’s been on the wrong end of so many completed long passes just means that Soup is locked in…and that our young wide outs, especially DMoore, aka Smooth, are just that good. If Routt crumbles…we could be in real trouble. But, worst case scenario, I do see Huff’s versatility as insurance against allowing this possibility to ruin the season.

    I genuienely believe that, if those four keys all go our way, the talent is in place to allow this team to challenge for the right to represent the AFC in the battle for the Lombardi. Raider Nation has been very patient, but this team has reached the point where excuses are inexcusable. It’s put up or shut up time, Raiders. Make The Nation proud!!!

  • alex7

    I don’t think JC has EVER finished a season in the top 15, be it QB rating, TD to INT ratio, TDs, Yards, anything really.

    If he blossoms this late into his career (6th year starting) it will be the latest a QB has blossomed in the last two decades.

    (Gannon was in 5th year full time starter when he arrived, Young was like 4th year full-time in SF).

    I think JC is what he is. Average to below average his entire career, despite surrounded by Pro Bowl o-linemen, tight ends, RBs, and above-average WRs.

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    rofl
    grumpy old men meets Fred Sanford

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Whats even funnier is KK had no reply he just left.

    haha

  • alex7

    Joe, those that doubt our offense will tell you that 100 of our 400 points came in 2 games against Denver.

    They will also tell you that we SUCKED on offense against the Titans, 49ers, Rams, Steelers, Dolphins, and Colts – most of the non-AFC west teams we faced.

    Our offense is much-improved over what we had in the mid 2000s. It is not a top-10 NFL offense because we are far too inconsistent, especially our passing O.