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Post-game notes, observations and analysis

Coach Hue Jackson said earlier this week that, if “they’re keeping score, I want to win.” From that standpoint, Jackson has to be disappointed by the Raiders 24-18 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night at the Coliseum.

However, he has to feel better about where his team stands after getting to see them in a game setting and not just running around and performing in a controlled setting in Napa.

That doesn’t mean that Jackson has to like what he saw.

For starters, he can’t be pleased by right offensive tackle Khalif Barnes’ three penalties. Or the two infractions committed by cornerback Walter McFadden. Or the 10 overall.

Jackson made penalties public enemy No. 1 from the outset of camp, saying that issue has to be resolved.

Call it a work in progress, then.

Seeing three fumbles no doubt didn’t sit too well with Jackson, either, even if the Raiders did recover every one.

It’s how they happened. One came on a kick return by Shaun Bodiford. Another came on a botched exchange between center Stefen Wisniewski and quarterback Trent Edwards. The third came on an errant pitch by Edwards to running back Louis Rankin.

All three could have been avoided with a little better execution.

Seeing Sebastian Janikowski convert all four of his field-goal attempts is of great comfort to Jackson. That they came as a result of stalled drives makes them bittersweet.

Backup cornerbacks Walter McFadden, DeMarcus Van Dyke and Jeremy Ware, as well as backup safeties Hiram Eugene, Stevie Brown and Jeremy Boyd all struggled in pass coverage.

The Cardinals netted most of their 297 passing yards against those guys, including all three their touchdowns.

A team can’t succeed without more than the starting defensive backs playing well. There comes a time when the nickel and dime backs have to hold up on a consistent basis.

The Raiders counted upon McFadden, Ware, Van Dyke and Chimdi Chekwa, as well as Brown, Eugene and others to help fill the void created by the departure of three-time Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

It’s apparent that doing so isn’t going to be as easy as hoped for. Simply put, there is no realistic way to replace a player of Asomugha’s considerable talent. It’s going to take heightened play from every defensive player to help offset the loss of Asomugha.

On the bright side, there were plenty of reasons for optimism that came from the first exhibition game.

Edwards, Kyle Boller and Jason Campbell combined to complete 23 of 36 passes for 248 yards and one touchdown, with a passer rating of 93.3.

Quarterback depth is a necessity in today’s NFL. Jackson has to feel good about having three proven veterans.

Rookie receiver Denarius Moore carried over into the game what he did the first two weeks of training camp.

He caught three passes for 37 yards and showed the versatility to return punts and kick-offs. He had a 57-yard punt return negated by penalty.

It’s not often that a fifth-round draft pick carries himself with such an air of confidence and backs it up with his play.

The mystery is, how in the heck did 31 other teams pass on this guy for four full rounds and part of the fifth?

Rookie offensive linemen Wisniewski and Joseph Barksdale showed that they can handle themselves in a game. Sure, there’s work to do, but they are off and running.

Defensive end Matt Shaughnessy is a favorite of Jackson’s, and it isn’t a big secret why.

Shaughnessy plays with a burning intensity that can’t be taught. That was evident in the handful of snaps he played Thursday. It won’t be long before the rest of the league finds out what this guy is all about.

Overall, Jackson’s first game as a head coach was a mixed bag and quite typical of an exhibition game.

There were some positive things, some negative, sure signs that the team is far from a finished product and the frustration of wondering how the game might have turned out if the starters were allowed to play beyond sunset.

Before long, Jackson won’t remember much about this game. In the end, he’s going to use it for what it’s worth: evaluating his players, motivation for the next game and a teaching tool for players who learned that they aren’t quite where they need to be or thought they were before kick-off.

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  • http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/526101/AlDavis1_medium.jpg KoolKell

    BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011 Says:
    August 12th, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Kell you are such a sad case of a person. The nerve to tell me I dont know about the old days is stupid. You think my pops or grandfather or uncles never hipped me on this the 60s and 70s? Hell even the 50s? What da fk is your problem. You mad alot of t5hese people on the blog and I get along while they hate your guts? That’s your fault not mines. For such a success and well to do “brother” you sure spend alot of time spewing hate. Makes me wonder if you are a person who had it all then lost but never could recover
    —————————————–
    Blog wannabe, pootbutt, who runs his mouth all day.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Brien aint nothin but a keyboard gangsta.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    You are just a troll who lacks football acumen has zero to little skills at comedy….just bounce….no one will miss ya dude

  • L.A. Raider Dave

    Sullivan44 Says:
    August 12th, 2011 at 1:35 pm
    Boller and Edwards did not look better than Andrew Walter. Not at any moment. And they didn’t look nearly as good as Gradkowski.
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    This post is a joke right?

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    751.KoolKell Says:
    August 12th, 2011 at 3:09 pm
    BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011 Says:
    August 12th, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Kell you are such a sad case of a person. The nerve to tell me I dont know about the old days is stupid. You think my pops or grandfather or uncles never hipped me on this the 60s and 70s? Hell even the 50s? What da fk is your problem. You mad alot of t5hese people on the blog and I get along while they hate your guts? That’s your fault not mines. For such a success and well to do “brother” you sure spend alot of time spewing hate. Makes me wonder if you are a person who had it all then lost but never could recover
    —————————————–
    Blog wannabe, pootbutt, who runs his mouth all day.

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

    Kell i’ve constantly asked you to come and meet me….other bloggers have how come you wont? my email has been put out many times for ya

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    752.Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    August 12th, 2011 at 3:10 pm
    Brien aint nothin but a keyboard gangsta.

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

    Sure MR thats why you wont show up at the games either lol

  • Silverandblack666

    I am the Lizard King…..I can do Anything!!

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    754.L.A. Raider Dave Says:
    August 12th, 2011 at 3:11 pm
    Sullivan44 Says:
    August 12th, 2011 at 1:35 pm
    Boller and Edwards did not look better than Andrew Walter. Not at any moment. And they didn’t look nearly as good as Gradkowski.
    ——————————————————-
    This post is a joke right?

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

    MR is trollin…..Grad could have never made that pass to Ausberry nor could he have gone 7/8 like boller lol

  • http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/526101/AlDavis1_medium.jpg KoolKell

    Kell i’ve constantly asked you to come and meet me….other bloggers have how come you wont? my email has been put out many times for ya
    ——————————————
    F, u, what do I want to meet you for?

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    757.Silverandblack666 Says:
    August 12th, 2011 at 3:12 pm
    I am the Lizard King…..I can do Anything!!

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

    Kell and MR are both some punks…..do you know what i am saying?

  • HueKnows

    Haters Going To Hate Says:
    August 12th, 2011 at 2:24 pm
    Is it true that the Raiders will have 2 for 1 tickets this year?
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    2 For 1 for the first 2 games. Tix go on sale Monday @ 10am

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    759.KoolKell Says:
    August 12th, 2011 at 3:12 pm
    Kell i’ve constantly asked you to come and meet me….other bloggers have how come you wont? my email has been put out many times for ya
    ——————————————
    F, u, what do I want to meet you for?

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

    We can hash out any of our problems as men….either with words or fists….but you need to stop being a coward….I fear no man on this earth

  • Haters going to hate

    How would you guys feel about Mays to play WLB

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011 Says:
    August 12th, 2011 at 3:11 pm
    752.Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    August 12th, 2011 at 3:10 pm
    Brien aint nothin but a keyboard gangsta.

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

    Sure MR thats why you wont show up at the games either lol
    —————
    If I didn’t live on the other side of the country, I would.

  • Plunketthead

    I could care less about the music. I just think the bay area is a much nicer climate. Lots more to do and see.

  • raiderinparadise

    This isn’t a West Coast Rap blog.

    LA has better music than the YAY area. No question. No arguement. Just fact.

    Although you do have to define “better music”

    The bay got the club bangers (e-40, too short, mac dre, san quinn)

    LA on a diff level(2-pac, ice cube, Snoop, Cypress Hill, Dr. Dre, the game, Daz Dillnger, Nate DOgg, the Alokoholiks, Exzibit, Eazy E, Ice-T, Kurupt, Jurrasic 5, The Grouch, NWA, Warrren G)

    Get the fuk outta here. No argument. Different genres anyways.

  • Twocents

    Willie Mays would have been a great WLB.

  • Silverandblack666

    Pootbutt sounds like what a couple of Navy guys would do to each other while in a submarine.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Brien likes to act tough on this blog to make up for the fact that he has a had sad life at home. I bet you were the joke of your neighborhood. You probably had Nikes stolen by the tougher kids.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    brb

  • http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/526101/AlDavis1_medium.jpg KoolKell

    We can hash out any of our problems as men….either with words or fists….but you need to stop being a coward….I fear no man on this earth
    ——————————————
    I hash your assz, just fine from here, ok? lmao. You’re such a fragile little ego, such a boy.

  • inonewordraider

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    August 12th, 2011 at 3:03 pm
    Peace nation enjoy your weekend

    p.s.

    JC haters your failure to comment on his outstanding performance is noted. Our passing game will be our strength this year. Book it

    You know what gotta hand it to youi and the other JC boosters because the best thing about yesterdays game was JCs performance. We knew the Dline and run game would kill but JC looked like he not only could manage games but win us some games

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    769.Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    August 12th, 2011 at 3:17 pm
    Brien likes to act tough on this blog to make up for the fact that he has a had sad life at home. I bet you were the joke of your neighborhood. You probably had Nikes stolen by the tougher kids.

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    Never

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Best musical act from Oakland is High on Fire.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    771.KoolKell Says:
    August 12th, 2011 at 3:17 pm
    We can hash out any of our problems as men….either with words or fists….but you need to stop being a coward….I fear no man on this earth
    ——————————————
    I hash your assz, just fine from here, ok? lmao. You’re such a fragile little ego, such a boy.

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

    Yeah you are scared lol…..brb

  • Silverandblack666

    Yes….yes I think I know what you are saying

  • ArmChair GM

    # Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    August 12th, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    That’s different. You are from Oakland, so of course you are partial. Some people, like Dakota, have never been to Oakland and are not old enough to remember when the Raiders where in Oakland. I grew up a L.A. Raiders fan, but was glad when they moved back to Oakland.

    p.s. Dakota is still way cooler than you.
    ______________________________________________________

    You and your rainbow flag man crush on Dakota is not my concern.

    Dakota is a Raider fan. He’s just confused and doesn’t know his history.

    You Deuce Bigelow are a male tranny. That’s the difference.

  • Plunketthead

    Tower of Power, Sly Stone and CCR is more my style

  • Seymour Bush

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    August 12th, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    The Raiders would have had more than 15,000 fans in L.A.
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    For a preseason game? No they wouldn’t. In fact, the Dodgers are drawing about 1500 people a game right now.

  • L.A. Raider Dave

    Trolling in the deep. Same as it always was.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    ArmChair, are you a closet homosexual? You sound like one.

  • Silverandblack666

    I agree Plunketthead

  • L.A. Raider Dave

    Too bad idiots want to ruin a good thing.

  • Plunketthead

    Tigger the pootbutt missed the cut

  • Seymour Bush

    MistaBrown Says:
    August 12th, 2011 at 8:28 am

    RRS,
    Thats what Im here for to lift up the dead weight like SeaPerch and #21. I also b!tch slap MR, KK, SeyMour666Glen, and tj the bj.

    Its a very rewarding job to be perfectly honest.
    ===========================================

    This idiot has lost his mind.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    lol Armchair…MR is sad

  • Seymour Bush

    MistaBrown Says:
    August 12th, 2011 at 8:25 am

    RRS,
    SeaPerch has obviously been reading my post going back to last year and felt the heat. He saw what I did to #21.
    =========================================

    Seriously. He has lost what very little mind he had.

  • Silverandblack666

    Ahhh Hanz Britz your breaking my balls Hanz….I told you I don’t have any weapons of mass destruction!

    Do you know what I am saying B@uce….

  • http://ibabuss.com antispy3

    Williw Mays woulda been a shutdown corner. Nuff said.

    Wills are slower than corners. Elementary comment of the day. To answer a less than elementary comment (Willie Mays getting caught up in the traffic around the LOS? Hold your tongue!).

    C’mon, man. Football only!

  • Plunketthead

    new post

  • http://build-a-bully 909RaiderLifer

    Twocents Says:
    August 12th, 2011 at 3:08 pm
    LA To TheBay,
    When NorCal shuts your water off you’ll be dying in LA.

    “““““““““““““““““““““““““““`
    Until then, I’ll keep hosing off my driveway once a week while drinking ice COLD beer. lol…

  • JB

    All this bickering & throwing cheap shots each other is a waste of time and space. We’ve also got a number of trolls on here right now. If we just ignore them and not respond to their ridiculous taunts, we’d all be better off & maybe they’d hopefully just go away. This is a Raider blog & we should be discussing everything of interest regarding the S&B.

    Here’s what we know for sure:
    • The Raiders always have and will continue to be the “Oakland” Raiders
    • Gradkowski is gone and will NOT be returning.
    • Last nights game was only representative on what to expect when the 1′s were in there.
    • On the O-line, Barnes & Carlisle need to be replaced immediately.
    • SeaBass was Gold & I hope he continues this trend all season long. He’s a weapon from 60 yards in.
    • Soup looked relatively good and he should have a good year.
    • DMoore is the real deal and if he starts has a good shot at ROY honors.
    • WMcFadden was a disaster last night.
    • We will NOT be missing ZMiller this year. Our TE position is solid with excellent back-ups.
    • Huff deserves some props. He’s stepping up right where he left last year.
    • Bresnahan still has not shown us anything. This is especially true with the 2′s & 3′s.

  • sportsman

    Hue Jackson is in denial about our DB’s. they suck and will continue to suck all yr. We have the same sorry db’s from last yr. They didn’t help last yr and they won’t help again. How dumb can u be as a coach. They didn’t even address a veteren reciever. Coach Jackson should be fired ASAP!

  • dvrick

    August 12th, 2011 at 2:32 pm
    CODE FLAT BLACK OUR RAIDERS STINKING IT UP AGAIN!!REGRESS REGRESS REGRESS!!

    we still beat you twice last year and we’re better this year**************************************************************** TO THE CELLAR!!!!!!

  • dvrick

    # severeraiderz Says:
    August 12th, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Players respect Hue Jackson much more than they did Cable
    *************************************************************** You just keep right on believing that cellar dwellar!!

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