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Defensive coordinator Bresnahan Q & A

Chuck Bresnahan is in his second stint as the Raiders defensive coordinator. The Raiders made it to the Super Bowl with Bresnahan as their defensive coordinator in 2002.
On Friday night, Bresnahan spoke with the media for the second time since he was hired by the Raiders to replace John Marshall.
Here is the entire transcript:

This preseason, how do you evaluate it?
Progress, but slow. We’re taking the strides , the things you saw in the preseason were very vanilla and not a lot of playing time for the 1’s obviously. We’ve gotten the practice time and we’re excited to get out there and show what we’ve got in Denver.

Looking forward to playing all your starters?
That’s just preseason. Again, this preseason was unique because we’re all doing it right from the get-go in training camp. It’s the first chance we had with the players. But we’re excited. We’ve made progress and we’re right on track with where we need to be.

Did you change terminology too much, negating fact that you had 10 starters back?
There’s a lot of carryover. That’s something you have to do when you come in, you have to really watch that – especially when you don’t have an offseason. You try to keep things … There’s going to be new terminology and there’s going to be some new wrinkles, but again that’s part of the game. No matter what you do. Every year you change up and you try to improve your defense, so whether it’s the same coordinator or a new coordinator, we keep taking those strides forward. Like I said, I am excited to see where we’re at on Monday night.

What’s the biggest challenge Denver presents?
We’re going to say it every week: the first thing we have to do is stop the run. We have to be physical, and that’s what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to get out there and set the tone for the game on defense, and the primary thing is to shut the run game down and force the game to be one-dimensional. When you do that, you have the opportunity to do some special things.

First team did that pretty well, didn’t they?
Yeah, for the most part. We had a couple of little things we had to get ironed out, but they did a good job against the run. And now we’ve got to tie it all together an dplay 60 minutes of good football, with 11 guys playing the same defense. And no weak links. And some special things will happen.

What did DeMarcus Van Dyke learn in the preseason? Was it good to go against Larry Fitzgerald, etc.?
It’s excellent, especially when you don’t have an offseason. It’s getting thrown to wolves a little bit but … DVD has a tremendous amount of confidence in himself. Again, he’s made strides the entire preseason. And when you look at some of the catches made on him, he couldn’t be in better position. Now he’s just got to make a play on the ball and he’ll be fine. But he’s got a lot of confidence.

How much will it help to get Chris Johnson back?
You can never underestimate the importance of a veteran corner that has a lot of experience. And he brings an attitude to the field as well. We’re excited as heck to get him back.

In the brief time he played this preseason, it seemed as if Rolando McClain was a little more active than he was last season?
Yes, Rolando is going to be the heartbeat of our defense. We have a lot of veterans, but he is the guys that is going to be our signal-caller. He’s in the middle taking control and he’s excited to get going, and I am excited to see him play Monday night.

What were your impressions watching McClain’s rookie season on videotape
There is always going to be room for improvement, but I saw an incredibly talented young man that the sky if the limit as far as his future goes. The way he attacks the work week, in the meeting room, on the practice field, taking it even to the preseason games in the time that he played, and even off the field – I think he is a professional and I am excited to see the progress he makes in Year 2.

Do you expect Michael Huff to play a lot of nickel corner?
He’ll play in the slot, he’ll play our nickel corner, but again we have some things we’ll do. He has had a very productive preseason for the limited amount of time that he’s done.

What did you want to see out of Quentin Groves, who played more than any other starter in the preseason?
Well, he’s in a situation where he needs to gain experience at the linebacker position, so we played him in both base and the nickel. And it was really, really beneficial for him, because he got a lot of experience, lots of playing times, saw a lot of things he may not have seen yet in the limited experience he had last year.

It appears as if the defense is healthy right now?
No doubt. And you guys know how I am too. We’re going to play with who’s out there, and if someone does get nicked or banged up, then the next guy has to come in and pull his weight.

How does Trevor Scott look since his return from a knee injury?
Trevor has come back strong. He’s had a tremendous rehab, a very good offseason not being here, and he’s come back in tremendous shape. I am excited to see him fit in the mix as well.

Is there still another level for defensive end Matt Shaughnessy to attain?
Everybody’s got another level. It’s all up to the time and effort you put into it, and he’s a professional and works at his trade on the field and off the field. He puts in extra study so I am excited again – it sound repetitive – to see him and where he progresses.

Is Trevor Scott strictly a defensive end?
That’s something we won’t discuss outside the locker room, but you know that he gives you versatility. He’s comfortable where he’s at right now.

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

    Bronco’s overhauled Run Defense to face Raiders 1-2 punch

    http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_18857316?obref=obnetwork

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    BigTed,

    These guys can’t fold. That’s been a big difference between Raider teams and other more successful teams.

    The Raider stars usually put in average performances in for the most part….with an explosive game here or there.

    They need to start playing more consistently….these guys have to become like household names to the average fan.

    Seymour is the highest paid defensive player in the league. He should be considered the top DT in the league this year in production and opinion.

    Same with Wimbley…they should be mentioning his name in the same breath as they do Demarcus Ware, Clay Matthews and Cameron Wake.

    Routt should be an unquestioned pro-bowler.

    I am not saying these things to complain..just the reality that you have to have a few consistently elite level players that opponents have to game plan on.

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    Opening Week – 2009

    Louis Murphy gets robbed of the game winning TD against the Chargers late on a Monday night home opener.

    What if that play stood as initially called?

    What might that have done for this franchise?

    What would that have done for the confidences of Rookies Murphy and DHB? Maybe they don’t make as many mental errors and drops?

    What would that have done for the careers of Jamarcus Russel and Tom Cable?

    I would like to visit the alternate Universe where the Raiders had won that game, and see what happened to that team…

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    I want to hear the commentators to say….

    and here’s the starting defense for the Raiders…Kamerion Wimbley is someone that Coach Belicheck mentioned earlier in the week as someone that will give them problems…he leads the AFC in sacks and QB pressures…expect Brady and the Patriots to slide the protection to give their tackle some help

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    SNB -

    We have seen them fold all too often over these past 8 years. The only team that can beat the Raiders IS the Raiders.

    These Raiders have to believe in themselves, and know that they CAN win. Unfortunately, they have been beat down so many times that thier confidence is shattered. Last year was a great step in the right direction – they kicked ass in the div! – Now they need to take it to the next level.

  • Master Beeecham

    Great link, Krappy.

    Must be a nice lazy Sat over at the Kelly residence. KrappyWife cleaning out your cloth man diapers. Some leftover Arby’s resting on the coffee table.

    And, of course, the old goat posting nonsense on his precious football blog.

    AWESOME

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    I want to hear the commentators to say….

    and here’s the starting defense for the Raiders…Kamerion Wimbley is someone that Coach Belicheck mentioned earlier in the week as someone that will give them problems…he leads the AFC in sacks and QB pressures…expect Brady and the Patriots to slide the protection to give their tackle some help

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

    You’ll never hear that, all you will hear the commentators say is “Davis overpaid that guy!”

    When the Raiders are kicking ass, you might hear “this is like a backyard pick-up game…”

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    I know the Raiders will never get treated as heroes by the media. That’s OK, The Raiders aren’t Heroes, Tim Tebow is a Hero – The Raiders will always be the villain!

    But that can’t stop us from WINNING!

  • Raiderjambo

    It truly is a beautiful and simple game, SPEED, FITNESS, SKILL, that has to be THE RAIDER WAY! Long live Al (THE RENEGADE) Davis, God Bless the RAIDER NATION, And Please “JUST WIN BABY!”

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

    Orton is a guy you can rattle.

  • Raiderjambo

    Dummervill is a guy you can rock.

  • Raiderjambo

    Miller is a guy you can shake.

  • freeshot350

    penalties and turnovers are the only thing that will stop the Raiders from winning. Denver can’t beat us we can only beat ourself.

  • Raiderjambo

    111. Sorry should be roll Krappy.

  • freeshot350

    @103 i remember that and what pissed me off more than anything was the patriots played the game before(i cant remember who i just remember they were playing in their boston patriot uniforms) and their tight end caught a pass in the same fashion as murphy rolled over dropped the ball after his ass was on the ground. did they call that one back? hell no they didn’t but three hours later they saw fit to take murphy’s td away from him. i know it was different crews officiating but BS nonetheless

  • raiderdav

    Chuck Bresnahan has no right being a Def Coordinator in the NFL, this guy stinks, nothing but a YES man, John Marshall was way better than this idiot.

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    freeshot350 Says:
    September 10th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    @103 i remember that and what pissed me off more than anything was the patriots played the game before(i cant remember who i just remember they were playing in their boston patriot uniforms) and their tight end caught a pass in the same fashion as murphy rolled over dropped the ball after his ass was on the ground. did they call that one back? hell no they didn’t but three hours later they saw fit to take murphy’s td away from him. i know it was different crews officiating but BS nonetheless

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

    That was some BS, but the players need to have short memories about that stuff, and move on… Russel never looked that good again. That may have been the moment he gave up.

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    # raiderdav Says:
    September 10th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Chuck Bresnahan has no right being a Def Coordinator in the NFL, this guy stinks, nothing but a YES man, John Marshall was way better than this idiot.

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

    You may be right. But, I wanna’ see how this D-Line looks in a real game before I agree with this.

    After all, Marshall wasn’t THAT great.

    If our DLine can’t pressure Orton, then yes, I will agree with you 100%.

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

    This preseason, how do you evaluate it?
    Progress, but slow. We’re taking the strides , the things you saw in the preseason were very vanilla and not a lot of playing time for the 1’s obviously. We’ve gotten the practice time and we’re excited to get out there and show what we’ve got in Denver.

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    Better not be neapolitan either! We want something exotic like Ben & Jerry’s or Bryers. No more bland defense, thank you very much……

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Ques:
    Bres why did Al hire you again ?

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

    Did Chuck B. Read his answers off of flash cards?

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

    alex7 Says:
    September 10th, 2011 at 12:32 pm
    Advent of the sticks defense:

    Chuck, while washing dishes: “You know hon, I was just thinking, if I just put four defensive backs at the first down marker and tell them to tackle the guy before he gets there, it will prevent a first down every time!”

    Hon: “Oh you mean like a prevent defense? I thought Gruden was yelling at you for that?”

    “Well, no, it’s different. You see, the 4 guys stand back there and that way they can’t get their first down.”

    Hon: “Oh…what if the receiver runs past them, or if they miss the tackle?”

    Chuck: “No, no, you’re not understanding it. They’re back there, and that way the other team can’t get the first down!”

    Hon: “What if they throw a screen pass and two angry linemen block one of your 4 guys?”

    Chuck: “No, no, no…nevermind, this is too complicated for you.”

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    LMFAO!…

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

    Jerrymcd Light practice, walkthrough style, no helmets during Raiders media window. Same players missing _ Boss, Mitchell, Murphy.
    21 minutes ago

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    I hope Myers is ready to make some plays in the passing game.

    I am confident he will bring decent blocking in the run game

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

    Yeah, No Miller, No Kevin Boss.

  • dvrick

    This guy is a crackhead!

  • dvrick

    # KoolKell Says:
    September 10th, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Yeah, No Miller, No Kevin Boss.
    ___TOLD THAT’S WHY THE GIANTS DIDN’T BOTHER!!!

  • dvrick

    # o Says:
    September 10th, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Raiders suck the big one

    Raiders like it up the rear :shock:

    Raiders have bad discharge

    Raiders have a nasty odor
    GO BRONCOS!!!!!!!!!!

  • dvrick

    # BigTed707 Says:
    September 10th, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    # raiderdav Says:
    September 10th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Chuck Bresnahan has no right being a Def Coordinator in the NFL, this guy stinks, nothing but a YES man, John Marshall was way better than this idiot as was CABLE better then HUE JACKASS!!

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

    You are right. But, I wanna’ see how this D-Line looks in a real game before I give up on the Raiders.

    After all, Marshall and Cable were great.

    When our DLine can’t pressure Orton, then yes, I will agree with you 100%.

  • dvrick

    # MistaBrown Says:
    September 10th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Ques:
    Bres why did Al hire you and Hue again ?

  • dvrick

    # PlunkforHOF Says:
    September 10th, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Wow, Nevada sure ain’t the same without Kap.Just like the Raiders aren’t the same without CABLE,MILLER,NHAMDI,GALLERY,ETC………

  • dvrick

    # PlunkforHOF Says:
    September 10th, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    How the f@ck am I going to keep from going insane over the next 55 hours?Let alone after Denver completely destroys the Raiders!!!!!!

  • dvrick

    # Method To My Madness Says:
    September 10th, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Hue Jackass is trash just like all of them crackheads in oakie land!

  • dvrick

    # MistaBrown Says:
    September 10th, 2011 at 11:48 am

    The Raider I hated most of all signing was J.SOUP.

  • dvrick

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    September 10th, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Face it people,we are going to witness a massive regression of the Raiders this year instead of being like last year!!Mark my words and face the facts!!!!

  • dvrick

    # lefty12 Says:
    September 10th, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Hagar,you don’t have to pull up articles from 3000 miles away to read hateful comments about the Raiders.Just read this blog daily and you will get plenty of it.The difference here is the hate is justified!!! The Raiders are just horrible!!

  • dvrick

    Priesttj Says:
    September 9th, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Pundits know JC can’t play they’re just as concerned with our rec’g corp as JC…

  • dvrick

    # KoolKell Says:
    September 10th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Orton is a guy you can’t rattle.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Sad, pathetic, friendless, unimaginative, redundant troll.

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

    whats the depth chart for Denver RB’s`

  • Silverandblack666

    Hue is on the Silver and Black show saying “Obviously”

  • R8derdiehard

    Dvrick……go put a donkey dong in your discharging a$$

  • Raider guy

    Has anyone brought up the connection between hue and the decline of Flacco? Hue went and then so did flacco’s stats/future/fan support

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

    VittorioTafur Copies taped up in #Raiders locker room saying: “The most violent team wins” — Hue Jackson
    20 minutes ago

  • Raider guy

    Has anyone brought up that Bresnahan was also the d coordinator that year we took out like 10 qbs?

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

    Irish are beating up the rodents of Michiagan…

    2nd. half of GameCOCKS vs. Bulldogs was pretty wild…

  • Hagar the Horrible

    Snb…post 102:

    Never pointed out better than that, and that is so freaking true. They need to “play to their pay.”

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

    VittorioTafur Boss, Murphy and Mitchell ruled out for Monday … Everybody else a go … Hue won’t reveal punt returner for strategic reasons …
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    Little Nicky….

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

    Corkran!
    Finish woofing down your dinner, and get us a FIX!…

  • SharkCatcher

    Most Violent Team Wins….We are laying down the Hats this year Gentlemen