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Raiders-Saints pre-game notes

The third exhibition game is the one that coaches typically place the most importance upon, for whatever reason. It’s the time when the starters tend to get their most playing time, and coaches are able to gauge how far their teams have come as the season draws near.

For the Raiders, tonight’s game against the New Orleans Saints comes against the best team of the four the Raiders play in exhibition games.

“This is probably the best test that we can get, playing against a tremendous offensive football team with a quarterback that is one of the best in football,” Raiders coach Hue Jackson said. “It’s a great test for our football team, period.”

Jackson refused to divulge how long his projected starters would play tonight. It’s safe to assume that they should play most, if not all, of the first half, at least.

Given Jackson isn’t into telling fans what to look for tonight, we’ll take a stab at it, based upon what we saw at practice in Napa the past month, as well as the first two exhibition games.

*A whole lot of wide receiver Jacoby Ford and running backs Darren McFadden and Taiwan Jones. All three missed the first two games with injuries and could use some playing time before the regular-season opener Sept. 12.

Jones, in particular, is someone that Jackson wants to see perform in a game. Jones has impressed with his speed, moves and physical style the past week or so. Now it’s time to see how that translates in a game.

*Stephon Heyer, Joseph Barksdale, Daniel Loper and Bruce Campbell getting a final long look to see if they are worthy of a starting job on the offensive line.

Entering tonight’s game, it appears as if Jared Veldheer is set at left offensive tackle and Samson Satele at center. Stefen Wisniewski at left guard, Cooper Carlisle at right guard and Khalif Barnes at right offensive tackle have surged ahead in the competition for those jobs.

Yet, Jackson has been hesitant to name a starting five, which means there’s at least some level of concern about the projected five and hope for Heyer, Barksdale, Loper and Campbell to alter Jackson’s plans.

*The Raiders get a little more creative defensively than they were the first two games.

Jackson and the other coaches no doubt are aware of the fact that Saints quarterback Drew Brees carved up the Raiders in an exhibition game two years ago. Brees completed 14 of 17 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns in a little more than one quarter of play.

A repeat performance is not something Jackson wants to see happen, especially on the heels of such a bad defensive performance against the 49ers eight days ago.

So, look for defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan to slip in a few more blitzes, mix his coverages more and make things as difficult as possible for Brees, without giving away too many secrets.

*Be more aggressive in the so-called red zone.

The Raiders starting offense has managed only two field goals the first two games. Jackson and offensive coordinator Al Saunders would love for the starters to build a little momentum and gain more confidence in the red zone before the regular season.

Jackson just might leave his starters in longer than planned if he feels as if more work is needed offensively and there’s a chance to get another crack at executing the red-zone offense against the Saints.

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Steve Corkran

  • armond

    terp, Smoore needs to play ahead of wmc. every game he is getting a pass break up. he prevented a td on 2nd down. he is also an effective blitzer. he is aggressive and has ball skillz. u notice that teams dont even throw his way much. they always get at wmc or porter but moore isnt getting tested as much. he must be shutting his side down. i like the fact that he can play man press and off man. there isnt any wasted motion from this guy. he can also TACKLE.

  • ArmChair GM

    # Teabag Says:
    August 28th, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    hey guess what douche??? the 0-16 Lions also went 0-4 in preseason…

    Guess what we are? 0-3
    _______________________________________________________
    Teabag after this blatant case of baffoonery and ignorance on your part, you have ZERO credibility in this blog…

    You may now proceed to continuing the legacy of your name “Teabag” in the Tenderloin, dressed in a mini skirt and red pumps…

  • mcfadden20.

    well I’m out, it was good 3rd game for our team to see where all 3 units are at. Offense looks ok so far d looks terrible special teams look terrible too but Im not concerned im sure most of this problems will be figured out before season starts. Good night Raider Nation!!! stay strong

  • priesttj

    It aint about the score son it’s about talent in preseason. Their QB is struggling bad and it can’t help when the fans are booing him still this late in his career. Harbaugh may have to play that kid on that alone.

  • J-Raider Says:
    August 28th, 2011 at 9:12 pm
    1275.The Realist Dirty Raccoon Says:
    August 28th, 2011 at 9:09 pm
    J-Raider Says:
    August 28th, 2011 at 9:05 pm
    1256.The Realist Dirty Raccoon Says:
    August 28th, 2011 at 9:03 pm
    Ford, Hagan, Moore = #2/3 receivers
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    hagan must be our #1 wr.. he has everything glass has but he doesnt shatter when he falls down..

    ::::::::::

    I agree 100%. but that don’t make Hagan a real #1
    ——————-
    with the recievers we have it does..
    ——————————

    Believe me I don’t really want TO on our team, dude is way better than what we have right now!
    Or a trade for Wallace from Pitt.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Chris Johnson has to get healthy. Period!

  • Tricky70390

    At this point it’s on opening day it’s

    1.Ford
    2.Hagan
    3.Moore

    4.Schilens
    5.Heyward-Bey
    6.Murphy (injured)

    In a perfect world, at least.

  • Whats goin on

    1293.The Realist Dirty Raccoon Says:
    August 28th, 2011 at 9:17 pm
    Hue better nit sleep until he figures out the D’s problem.

    You all should know the only HC to ever go winless in the PreSeason in the ShanaRat!

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

    I hope hue has that rteam on the fild RIGHT NOW under the light s runnin drills and plays and workouts and Hue is barkin his head off like a rabbid muthafckr and he dont let up till the sum rises. Thats hoew you gonna build a bully.

  • J-Raider

    did anyone else realize we threw for almost 300 yds without a legitimate tight end playing for us???

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Offense will be fine if the right lineup is on the field

  • hendu

    post1261,mr/mrs teabag,how you doin?Ya know,I ALWAYS throw Teabags OUT with the TRASH,as JUNK!!

  • Thec07

    The D needs some attention…We have not generated a pass rush, brees was only hit 1 time…

  • Hagar the Horrible

    Big Ted 707…post 1208…agreed with your observation. What can we say about T.Jones. He’s so good, he could turn Bush into trade bait for a defensive OLB or corner. Though I hope that doesn’t happen. Bush played good and he’s hard to bring down.

    Maybe some team in need of an experienced QB will take Trent Edwards for a CB or OLB?

  • Thec07

    Not worried at all about the O…JC looked good in the pocket, and had enough time to throw….

    Mental mistake on coachings part we should have called Time out before the punt, would have saved 30 secs.

  • armond

    we had like 15 players that will be the core part of this team not play 2nite and yall b!tchin. im only concerned with the lack of pass rush this preseason. ive been sayin for 3 years now to get us some natural prushers on that dline. if the saints cut that swanson dude we need to look at him. he was very quick and aggressive. what rodgers did to boller is what i want us to do. our safeties bother me. they have been horrible blitzing and arent insticntive enuff in pass defense. forget our cbs. your safeties have to make plays on the ball.

  • J-Raider

    Believe me I don’t really want TO on our team, dude is way better than what we have right now!
    Or a trade for Wallace from Pitt.
    ———————————-
    what the f^ck?? what has hagan done to make you think he isnt deserving of our top spot? he came in here, learned our whole offense and out-worked all of our wrs in camp.. he even puts up stats on the field! T.O. isnt comming to oakland get over it!

  • Whats goin on

    teafag, this team aint trash, hhue just needs to get the grip on the pulse a little firmer and kick some ass on the defensive side of the ball. Im afckng mad as hell we lost but they will never be tracsh.

  • I am Spartacus

    Hue is on record as saying he hates to lose and if they’re keeping score, he wants to win. Therefore, pre-season games matter to him, at least. The fact that this attitude has not translated to increased intensity on defence is disconcerting.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    Priesttj Says:
    August 28th, 2011 at 9:17 pm
    The Oline gives me hope because that is what my MAJOR concerrn was if we settle this OLine we have chance to win. The defense man we’ve barely seen the defense I have no idea how good or bad teh defense will be but I know we have talent there it’s matter of them gelling and making plays.
    _____________________

    Yeah I say they played okay cuz they gave up some killer penalties.

    Penalties are the A’s sized elephant in the room.

  • J-Raider

    im out for the night guys.. look on the bright side guys, we have a monster for an offense waiting to be unleashed against the ponies on sept 12th(which happens to be my birthday)

    GO RAIDERS!!!!!!

  • armond

    keep WIZ 2.0 at LG. he is a natural there like his uncle. let satele hold the fort until we get brewster from ohio st next year. id like to see heyer or barksdale at RT over barnes. RG will most likely be CC but wont be surprised to see BC there later in the season unless they move heyer there.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Who would have thought CJ37 getting hurt was so dire to this team.

    DVD doesn’t even compete with the WR’s he is covering. He fails miserably at the eye-test.

    Taiwan passes the eye test. Same with D Moore, and hell even Wiz 2.0

    Get that guy off the field. It was obvious Brees tried to look elsewhere after the first drive, just to get some run at some other stuff.

    IN a real game, they would have thrown 20 passes on DVD, and probably completed 17 of them.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Before you guys annoint T. Jones as the 2nd coming…do recognize that pass protection is essential for a running back.

    also, Trent Edwards HAS NO TRADE VALUE WHATSOEVER…

  • Just Fire Baby

    Bruce Campbell barely got on the field until halfway through the 3rd quarter (after Carlisle pancaked a LB for Jones’ TD run).

    Only way Bruce CAmpbell starts is if CC gets hurt, or we are 4-8.

    Either way, not a good situation.

  • Whats goin on

    1319.I am Spartacus Says:
    August 28th, 2011 at 9:29 pm
    Hue is on record as saying he hates to lose and if they’re keeping score, he wants to win. Therefore, pre-season games matter to him, at least. The fact that this attitude has not translated to increased intensity on defence is disconcerting.

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

    It boggles the fcking mind doesnt it? You know dman good and well Hue wants to win because it will validate him, prefkingseason or fcknig not. Im sure Hue would have liked to see beteer fcking ball too. Defense gettin yoyoed around and bonehead fckng tempo aint right. DO YOU EVER PRACTICE CADENCE? WTF, I am concerned about that ugly team fromn denver. A win will do but a complete ass-dominating fckfest kickassed performance ids the only thing i wanna see to help burry this awful preseassn/

  • armond

    we some damn playmakers on defense. my whole goal next year would be to get faster and tougher in the front7.

  • Thec07

    Two in a row…ROFLMAO courtesy of JFB, and SNB…

  • beach

    1321.J-Raider Says:
    August 28th, 2011 at 9:30 pm
    im out for the night guys.. look on the bright side guys, we have a monster for an offense waiting to be unleashed against the ponies on sept 12th(which happens to be my birthday)

    GO RAIDERS!!!!!!
    —————————
    I really want you to enjoy your birthday!

  • Just Fire Baby

    I thought Soup looked good, but I agree with Thec 110%.

    Complete mismanagement of the clock to end the first half. And that isn’t all on Soup obviously, Hue has to take some blame for that.

    Also the decline of the 3rd down play on the first drive was pretty amateurish. Sean Peyton goes for more 4th downs than anyone in the league.

    If a bunch of hack semi-pro’s know this, than I expect our Head Coach to know this.

  • zopi

    I hope people here don’t put much hope on Chris Johnson and or Mitchell saving these dbs, neither one is worth a starting role anywhere else but here.
    The young dbs are projects at best, Rod Woodson could be a good coach, but he just might be those good players that can’t coach a lick, he was good talking on tv, but that doesn’t translate to anything. We can only hope, so far nothing. But it’s early, it just stinks right now.

  • Whats goin on

    Sweet. Here comes my Girl. Gonna head on down the coast for a few days to Big Sur, Monterey. Might even play at Santa Cruz. Its all good. Gotta go.

  • priesttj

    Armond I’m really starting to like what I see from the Oline and I know we have youngsters getting ready so I almost couldn’t be happier. But I am a tad bit concerned about our depth at DT it bothers me that we don’t have a big young strong cat trying to bust the starting lineup. We have to scour the waiver wire for a bad cut. Or see if a vet gets cut for cap reasons. We need depth there. I didn’t see the game so I don’t know how T Scott played I heard Moss’s name get called but nothing from Scott. Also we do have Wimbley who is a good edge rusher on 3rd down so I may be over anxious.

    I see a need at DT and depth at LB and this team can go places.

  • I am Spartacus

    What’s Going On – I’m with ya 100%.

  • Gerard

    1255.MiamiBornRaider86 Says:
    August 28th, 2011 at 9:03 pm
    Lions went 4-0 in preseason the year of there winless season, and the Raiders went 4-0 the year we went 2-14


    I’m not crazy about losing and looking bad doing it whether it’s preseason or whatever, but……

    The 15-1 Super Bowl Champion ’85 Bears were 0-4 in the preseason and the NFC Champion 2010 Bears were 0-4 as well.

  • Hagar the Horrible

    Good to see John Madden in the stands watching the game. But, why wasn’t he in the booth with Al Davis?

    Any opinions on that, or does it even matter?

  • 8RaiderReign8

    The worst part about the pass defense was they always seemed to be in position to make a big play, they just couldn’t.

  • Gerard

    1323.Just Fire Baby Says:
    August 28th, 2011 at 9:32 pm
    Who would have thought CJ37 getting hurt was so dire to this team.

    DVD doesn’t even compete with the WR’s he is covering. He fails miserably at the eye-test.

    Taiwan passes the eye test. Same with D Moore, and hell even Wiz 2.0

    Get that guy off the field. It was obvious Brees tried to look elsewhere after the first drive, just to get some run at some other stuff.

    IN a real game, they would have thrown 20 passes on DVD, and probably completed 17 of them.

    Personally, I think comedian/actor “Dick” Van Dyke would have had a better game at corner.

  • Method To My Madness

    Wow that dline cant get natural pressure on the qb…..a good oline will beat them. boy i love jones speed but we need dmac ford and boss back now

  • Method To My Madness

    Im not mad at our cbs….dline can pressure a qb at all

  • Thec07

    New post

  • 707raiders

    The Raiders will be fine, once we run the ball and play ball control we will keep other offenses off the field. Time of possession will be key. Campbell looked good calling audibles and comanding the offense. I feel he pressed a little on that pick at the half. I like the aggressivenes, a real game we kick a field goal.

    Our corners suck!!! Dvd???? We need blue ray then… How ever when our starters get in well be fine

    On the bright side hagan, Jones wish looked great. Jackson won’t tip his hand early…. These games matter but they dont count remember

  • 707raiders

    Ready for the season, Dmac sits all preseason