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Coach Jackson transcript from Saturday

By Steve Corkran
Sunday, August 14th, 2011 at 10:30 am in Oakland Raiders.

Raiders coach Hue Jackson fielded numerous questions after Saturday’s spirited practice in front about 150 fans in Napa. Here’s a transcript of the question-and-answer session with the Bay Area media:

 

Outstanding, another day, another practice, another opportunity to get better. I think we did that. Obviously guys fought through it. Long practice today, but it was a good one, a tough one. That’s what it’s supposed to be. Especially after you lose a game. But the guys  are responding. They know what needs to be done. We’re still addressing our penalty issues. Spent some time in the scoring zone today. Still need to get better there and we will. But we’re addressing the things that we need to fix each and every day and we’ll get there.

Q: Was all red zone stuff a result of what happened in game?

Jackson: I don’t tell ‘em, you hear that horn go off. Anything can happen when I blow that horn. That’s the name of the game. I don’t want them to know and have it planned so everyone is prepared and ready to go. That’s just the way it is. You hear the siren go off, that means anything goes, and I set the ball down and we decide to go down there and have a little fun. And defense did a great job. Offense has got to continue to grow and we will.

Q: Went live for a few sequences, all the way to the ground, you have balance that based on health coming out of game, or is it, we need to get better so we’re going to do it?

Jackson: No, you have to balance it, but I thought it was time to do it. It was a good time to do it. Guys are back, had a day off, bodies are recovered let’s go back at it again. I keep telling you the physical part of this team is going to be what I want it to be at some point in time. We’re working at it each and every day. I think we’re getting better at it, and Week 2, is time to make that next jump, and obviously, like I said, the defense, they rose up, and the offense fought. I mean, that’s the beautiful part about this team. There’s going to be a fraction of this team that looks really good. There’s going to be another fraction, all of a sudden that’s got to catch up and then all of it flips and the offense does something good and the defense is saying, Oh, gosh, we got to get them stopped. That’s part of competing.

Q: Best way to work out penalties . . . don’t want guys timid and not getting off afraid of penalties . . .

Jackson: There’s a fine line. I think we’ve got a couple of culprits, I kind of know who they are. And I’m addressing them, just those guys in particular, but obviously it’s a team wide problem. We need to address it. There was one guy that had three the other night, one guy that had three today in practice, so I’m addressing those guys. The one guy that had three the other night didn’t have one today and I didn’t say anything to him. That’s improvement, and that’s what you’re looking for. I think our guys understand what needs to happen. They’re pros, and pros get things fixed. And that’s what I expect from our football team.

Q: Update on Chaz?

Jackson: Yeah, there’s an update on Chaz. Chaz has a sprain, and we’ll be week to week with it. Again, I think, you know how those things go. Again, it all depends on how fast guys heal, how quickly guys heal, and I think he’ll heal quickly from this and be back out here very soon.

Q: How important is he to this offense?

Jackson: Very. I mean, he’s a big guy, he’s dominant in what he does. He’s a big target for our quarterback. Again, I know every time there’s an injury, everybody goes, `Oh, my God.’ I don’t, because I know this is football. Obviously we want to make sure all our players are out there. But these things happen. Like I told you before, I’d feel different if these were injuries that are going to last the whole year. All of a sudden we’re not going to get guys back or something like that. These are those week to week things. And I’ve termed ‘em nicks. You guys have made that well known. I’ve termed ‘em nicks, because it is. You get a player, right now, with no offseason, no training, all of a sudden a guy gets hurt, it takes a little bit to get a guy back, and we’re going to be cautious. We’re going to be cautious in getting people back, so we’ll take our time, and we’ll get him back and we’ll be ready to go.

Q: Even moreso with a guy that has a history of injury like he does . . .

Jackson: Absolutely, and that’s what’s unfortunate, because he’s doing so good, but those things, again, you hate to see it happen, but those things do happen.

Q: Van Dyke tight coverage on Fitzgerald twice, gave up one catch, then got beat by lesser receivers . How was his bounce back?

Jackson: I thought it was good. Obviously No. 17 went up and made a play. It’s competing. When I talk to the young man, there is no fear in him at all. Like you said,  Fitzgerald makes those plays on everybody. I’ve seen him make them on the best in this league. He made one on that young man. But the young man came back and stayed with him the next time and that’s what this is all about. Then you come back out here to practice and every now and then I scheme things against him, to go test him, and I got him today. And that’s the fun part about our young players getting better every day, and they’re going to win some, and they’re going to lose some. What I want to make sure is when they lose ‘em, they don’t go in the tank, and that’s one thing about him. He doesn’t go in the tank. He comes out here, he keeps battling, and he’s looking for the next opportunity.

What’s up with Louis Murphy?

I think he’s close. I think he’s close. That’s yet to be determined, but I think he’s closer than he was the other day when it was asked. I think we’ll get him back pretty soon, and I’m excited to get him back. I’m excited when we get all of our players back.

Chimdi Chekwa took some small steps toward getting back?

Absolutely. We’re going to be very cautious with those guys and keep them away from the hitting. Once we know that his body is ready to go, we’ll bounce him around a little bit and get him back in there.

Same thing for Bruce Campbell?

Again, we’re cautiously putting those guys back in there. We’re getting them through individual drills and getting their legs back up underneath them. You’ve got to do that before you let them start hitting, because a lot of things can happen the other way.

How has Darrius Heyward-Bey looked?

God, he’s better. He’s gotten better. The guy caught the ball in the game. We threw it to him and he caught it. He went up and made a play on a contested catch. As I told you guys before, there’s no question in my mind, that at some point in time, he’s going to start coming down with those. He is working his tail off. He is very determined. He had a great day today. He’s catching the ball when we throw it to him, and that’s what matters. Obviously, his confidence is up, and the quarterback’s confidence is up in him. We just keep on going, and I think he’s doing a heck of a job.

What happened to Stephon Heyer?

I just think he got a strain. I don’t know exactly where it is. It might have been a triceps or something like that. Those things are going to happen when you’re punching like we’re trying to punch.

How tough is this for a rookie, like Chekwa?

It’s tough, because we have some guys competing. Again, we drafted this young man because we think he can play. We’re going to be cautious with him and make sure he’s completely healthy. But we need to stick him in there, because it’s about performance in the game. We need to put him in there and see what he can do.

Q: Lots of teams in preseason stay vanilla, not show what they’re going to do. You threw ball 36 times, ran a reverse, threw ball deep on first play, blitzed a lot, can there be value in showing a team a lot so they don’t’ know what to expect?

Jackson: You’re going to laugh, that’s as vanilla as I’ve been in a long time. That was vanilla ice cream. I mean, there was no cherry on the top, no sprinkles. There was nothing to that. That was basic, Raider football. You’ll know when I decide to open up this can. We ain’t opened it yet. There’s no need to. We’re still teaching our team. We’re two and a half weeks into the season. We had a game, no doubt, a game that we got a chance to see what we are. That’s the beautiful part about coming back this week. You know kind of find out about who your team is and now you play to your team. My system is not about a system. My system is about the players that I have, and you put players in position to have success, period. That’s’ what we do. Offense, defense, special teams, that’s what we do, and if we continue to do that we’ll be fine. But it’s not all about opening it up just yet. But we will throw the ball and we’re going to throw the ball with the best of ‘em and we’re going to run the ball with the best of ‘em. But when that time comes, we’ll be in full gear.

Hiram Eugene update?

We all know that Hiram had surgery, but we need to find out what’s going on with that surgery. There are some decisions that need to be made after that surgery and when we see where he is. Those things will be coming soon, but we’ve got to further evaluate that to know what it is.

Impressions of Sterling Moore so far?

He competes. He’s tough. He’s not afraid. I know he wants to be in the game. He’s always, ‘Coach, can I get in?’ That’s good. He’s a tough, competitive guy. He didn’t play a ton, but I think he’s a guy who we have to give a chance and see what he can do.

Will Edwards play against the 49ers?

He’ll play vs. the Niners. I was happy with his performance. He’s a guy who hasn’t been here a long time. I’m giving him information in the quarterback communicator, and I can see his eyes going, ‘OK, let me figure this play out.’ He hasn’t been here very long, so I’m trying to make sure I’m putting him in good situations to have success. Every now and then, you have to call something that he might not be sure of and see if he fixes it. I was happy with him. I’m sure there were a couple of throws that he wishes he had back, but he’s done a great job. All three of those quarterbacks are battling. Al and myself have done a great job with those guys. They spend a lot of time getting themselves ready, and we’re going to continue to work them and continue to grow and continue to become the offense that I know we will become.

 Has Trent Edwards recovered from all the hits he took in Buffalo?

I don’t see any fear where he’s worried about getting hit. I can’t speak to what happened in Buffalo. I saw what happened in Buffalo, but I don’t see him being unsure or afraid that something is going to happen. The guy is competing, cutting the ball loose, learning the system and learning his players. He’s doing a great job.

How is Zac Etheridge?

I don’t know that. I think he’s another week-to-week guy. We’ll just kind of see where he is and go from there.

Are you looking forward to the Battle of the Bay against the 49ers?

Yes, I am. I’m looking forward to the next opponent. I mean, we just lost. So, next team, we’re ready to play. We’re ready to put this team back out there, get better and make the next jump. I think our guys will be ready to perform.

Why would you ever kick a preseason 21-yard FG?

Who is that question for? Did we kick a 21-yard field goal? (Yes) Why would you not? Don’t you work on PAT protection? You don’t know that you can make that. What if there is a breakdown in protection and someone can jump through and block a kick? You still have new linemen out there.

You don’t do many in practice.

We do enough when the time comes, and that’s the point. You have to do it in the games to make sure that you don’t have faulty protection. You never want to take the chance of not scoring points. That’s what we’re going to be about: Take points any time we can get them in the right situation.

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  • Just Fire Baby

    Catching and running after the catch come naturally to Denarius Moore.

    You can kind of tell these things after a few minutes of watching guys. No way of knowing if he will ever be able to stay healthy, sober or learn the nuances of his position.

    But he caught that 3rd down pass effortlessly, eluded the safety probably subconsciously and turned it up-field.

    Natural WR skills.

    DHB is still learning this stuff, that Moore probably had down as a freshman in college.

    Al loves background stories as well, and Moore was one of the more coveted HS WR’s in the country, and was a Texas state track champion in HS as well.

  • Dhidee99

    If our O-line holds up we will have a Top 5 offense.

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

    Jerrymcd Strange but true Stanford Routt quote on Rod Woodson: “Whether it’s the meeting room, lunch room, or the restroom, he’s always teaching.”

    ““““““““““““““““““““““““““`
    Got to like that.

  • big oak boy

    Jerrymcd Strange but true Stanford Routt quote on Rod Woodson: “Whether it’s the meeting room, lunch room, or the restroom, he’s always teaching.”

    SO WHAT ROUTT U DONT KNOW THE PISSING RULE IF U SHAKE IT MORE THAN 3 TIMES YOUR PLAYING WITH IT

  • big oak boy

    ANYONE HERE

  • Raider On High

    big oak boy Says:
    August 14th, 2011 at 12:10 pm
    WHY DID WE KICK THE BALL OFF TWICE IN OUR PRESEASON GAME (TO START THE GAME AND AT THE END OF HALFTIME)
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    team captains screwed up at the toss.

    Hue explains the mis-hap here:

    http://www.raiders.com/media-vault/videos/Postgame-Press-Conference/e86ea902-7369-47b1-9677-640beda67baf

    Its actually quite funny.

  • Raider On High

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    August 14th, 2011 at 11:54 am
    Jerry tweeted that Jered Veldheer’s dad reads the blog “religously”.
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    hererra reads this blog too so he can keep Al in tune to what the fans think. Does anyone know if this is his only inter-action with the fans? Not a bad move by him, I wish he’d just take some of the advice in here and relay it to Al so they can use it.

  • Raider On High

    My prediction for the Raider-Niner game:

    Raiders will win the game because the niners are bad. Dumpster toilet ranking bad. Foul and odorous bad. They are so bad that bad smell even has a hard time sticking to them.

    And the Raiders DO NOT want to be associated with that kind on label. Thus, they will win the meaningless game except for bragging rights.

  • Silverandblack666

    “hererra reads this blog too”….while taking his morning crap and laughing hysterically at the level of stupidity here.

  • TerrapinRaider

    I do worry about the nickel cb position. Remember what Eddie Royal did to us last MNF game we played vs Denver?

    I am a little concerned about that spot in the defense being exploited.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I am a little concerned about that spot in the defense being exploited.

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    Hey, common ground between us, lol!!!!

    You have to think that in crucial situations last year, how many times did teams throw it at Nnamdi? Never right?

    So if teams want to this year, they can just avoid Routt at all costs as well, and have almost all our crucial 3rd down/late game pass defense funneled through everyone but Huff and Routt.

  • Dhidee99

    Eddie who? child please!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Raiders employees definately read the blog and it’s comments. Jerry has said they talk to him about it all the time, but he wasn’t sure if any of them posted or not.

    Now what Raiders employees and how often they read it, who knows.

  • 100PercentRaider

    DHB, Ford, Murphy, Moore, Schilens. 5 very talented receivers with different skill sets. Right now we just need 2 to grow into starters instead of role players, and we will be set at that position for a long time, with one of the better corps in the league

  • TerrapinRaider

    They just gotta get to the QB to avoid the question. Good news for us is Denvers OL doesnt look that good.

  • 100PercentRaider

    Also, I hope we blitz the crap out of A. Smith just like the Saints. Break the Niners before the season even starts

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    big oak boy Says:
    August 14th, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    ANYONE HERE
    ________________________________________________________

    ♫ Is there anybody out there? ♫

  • TerrapinRaider

    But eventually you will have to answer the question, can cover that position, at sometime during the season (que NE perhaps)

  • Dhidee99

    Raaaaiiiiiddeeersss

    Again I call to arms the Nation must show up too Games this year

  • Just Fire Baby

    I would suggest to anyone that has Direct TV currently, and wasn’t planning on buying the Sunday ticket, to call in and see what you can make happen.

    Maybe add an extra receiver or re-up the contract or something, because they are giving out the Sunday Ticket for free to new subscribers, and I got mine for changing locations and adding a new receiver.

    Cost over $350 last year, so it is worth a phone call, IMO.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Good news for us is Denvers OL doesnt look that good.

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

    Not much looks good in Donkey-land.

    Edge pass rushers I guess, but that’s about it.

  • Raider On High

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    August 14th, 2011 at 2:16 pm
    Raiders employees definately read the blog and it’s comments. Jerry has said they talk to him about it all the time, but he wasn’t sure if any of them posted or not.

    Now what Raiders employees and how often they read it, who knows.

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

    They are human too and need a good laugh now and again. Plus, they probably know whats goin on by reading what the fans have to say.

    90% of this blog is pure entertainment, while 10-20% is somewhat relavent, and at least 50% is incoherent.

  • Silverandblack666

    Hue has the same problem most Raiders coach have had, too many penalties and a Defense that gives up big plays…especially on 3rd and long.

    The secondary is going to take a while to gel you cant lose a guy like Nnamdi and expect not to miss him.

  • Just Fire Baby

    So at least half the blog is incoherent-entertainment??

    LMAO!!

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    100PercentRaider Says:
    August 14th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Also, I hope we blitz the crap out of A. Smith just like the Saints. Break the Niners before the season even starts
    _________________________________________________________

    Couldnt care less about the niners..

  • Dhidee99

    this site is better than bang bros

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    La Milicia Negra Says:
    August 14th, 2011 at 2:26 pm
    100PercentRaider Says:
    August 14th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Also, I hope we blitz the crap out of A. Smith just like the Saints. Break the Niners before the season even starts
    _________________________________________________________

    Couldnt care less about the niners..
    ——————
    I agree. It must be an Oakland thing. I always like the 49ers. They used to be my favorite NFC team.

  • Raider On High

    Is there a blog site out there more active, more busy, more diverse and more hit/posted than this one? I highly doubt it. It would be interesting to know if there was one.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    This site is pretty funny. NBC should just replace Jay Leno with the guy who plays Keneth the page on 30 Rock and just have him sit in a chair and read the comments from this blog for an hour.

  • imisstimbrown

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    August 14th, 2011 at 2:28 pm
    La Milicia Negra Says:
    August 14th, 2011 at 2:26 pm
    100PercentRaider Says:
    August 14th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Also, I hope we blitz the crap out of A. Smith just like the Saints. Break the Niners before the season even starts
    _________________________________________________________

    Couldnt care less about the niners..
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    I agree. It must be an Oakland thing. I always like the 49ers. They used to be my favorite NFC team.

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    i used to think the same thing until i moved from AZ to NORCAL……it is a HUGE thing up here……last year when we lost to the niners my coworkers acted like they had won the super bowl…..fools forgot they were what…..1-6 at the time??……

  • Silverandblack666

    “I always like the 49ers. They used to be my favorite NFC team.”

    That’s the kind of thing you want to keep to yourself and not say in public.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    August 14th, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    La Milicia Negra Says:
    August 14th, 2011 at 2:26 pm
    100PercentRaider Says:
    August 14th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Also, I hope we blitz the crap out of A. Smith just like the Saints. Break the Niners before the season even starts
    _________________________________________________________

    Couldnt care less about the niners..
    ——————
    I agree. It must be an Oakland thing. I always like the 49ers. They used to be my favorite NFC team.
    ______________________________________________________

    well they arent a team I even think about.. I simply dont care, they are Irrelevant to me..

    1) Raiders-business is what I care about..

    2) AFC West a tiny bit..

    3) AFC in general..

    4) wining teams..

    if you start looking at others, and you own business isnt by half done, then its just a distraction..

    let niners be niners.. and lets get this crappy organization of our own fixed..

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    August 14th, 2011 at 2:33 pm
    “I always like the 49ers. They used to be my favorite NFC team.”

    That’s the kind of thing you want to keep to yourself and not say in public.
    —————
    That’s ok. I live in Chicago. I do hate the Bears now, though.

  • Dhidee99

    child please

  • lefty12

    Lets get something straight-its the whiners,not niners-SF forty whiners.

  • 100PercentRaider

    I just dont like to hear 49er fans talk up Harbaugh and how good they will be…they need to be put in their place after we lost to them twice last year when we were clearly the better team overall

  • Raiders for life

    I think the Raider D blitzing will depend on the game. Monday night vs the donks is a good example. I could see Chuck bringing the house early in the game. Orton seems to fall apart if he’s getting knocked down or forced to throw the ball away.

  • big oak boy

    so tj is Herrera

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Big Oak Boy Says:
    August 14th, 2011 at 2:46 pm
    so tj is Herrera
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    I think Herrera is MR. He gets tired of taking orders from Al all day, so he comes here to vent.

  • imisstimbrown

    I think Herrera is MR. He gets tired of taking orders from Al all day, so he comes here to vent.

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

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://Www.bullycains.com r8dercain

    R8dercain Says:
    August 14th, 2011 at 9:28 am
    The o-line shows much promise. But we havnt seen enough of b Campbell to declare him a game time beast. He hasn’t played a down in regular season.

    But veldeheer-heyer-satele-wiz-barksdale
    There’s yo opening night o-line.

    Print that!!!

  • RaiderRobG

    Three years later and we’re still waiting for Chaz to be healthy. This is insane.

  • lefty12

    Have to obviously disagree with that OLine.Obviously,having two rookies starting on any OLine is asking for trouble.Obviously,having two rookies starting next to each other is begging for disaster.

  • big oak boy

    the new wr cant block thats (chad jackson and hegan)

  • http://Www.bullycains.com r8dercain

    Having a rook start at center is worse. Like I said print that.
    Those are yo best lineman.

  • big oak boy

    if chaz isnt ready for the niners he has to go

  • lefty12

    I don’t know why you guys can’t see it,but Carlisle will be the RG.He is the second best lineman we have after Veldheer.

  • Master Beeecham

    Where’s old goat Krappy today? I’m sure the deranged old fool soiled at least 3 pairs of khakis before noon.

    Hopefully he’s been banished to the kiddie pool in the backyard and KrappyWife and her bowl cut are keeping the hose handy in case he tries to escape.

    Probably having his traditional Sunday evening dinner at Arby’s. The old dog is a sucker for a roast beef melt with horsey sauce.

  • Hagar the Horrible

    Calling an end around almost always guarantees that the runner will get hit from the side as he tries to turn the corner. The side means a good shot at the knees. So, who in their right mind is going to send Chaz, “knee injury prone Chaz”, around a corner? Are you crazy? Send DHB or Ford on an end around, but not the Chaz, please!

  • SharkCatcher

    Chaz is too young and talented to be let go.