By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, October 3rd, 2011 at 3:47 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Highlights from Hue Jackson’s weekly Monday press briefing with Bay Area media:
What he saw on film
Jackson: I seen a defensive football team that’s going to continue to get better. We’ve got to tackle better, pay attention to detail a little bit better. As I said yesterday, we didn’t get it done and we’ve still got some work to do and we’ll keep working at it.
Fixing tackling issues
Jackson: You work on it that one day when you get to wear pads. And you just make it an emphasis. It’s like anything else. If you want to get something fixed, you gotta work at it. And we plan n foxing that. We’re not gig to do too much different. We’re just going to make a huge emphasis on making sure we get around the ball.
Injuries coming out of the game
Jackson: Gordon broke his hand, OK? And Michael Bush had an ankle and we’ll continue, I mean, obviously he came back in and played, Gordon did, so we’ll just continue to monitor it as we go through this week — him, Bush, and the rest of the crew and kind of go from there.
Gordon’s availability . . he’s not necessarily out
Jackson: No. I don;t think so. I mean, he came back and played so we’ll just kinda, he had that big cast on his hand. His hand was wrapped up pretty good and he came back in there and kept playing, so we’ll go from there.
Availability of Marcel Reece
Jackson: I think there’s a chance. I mean, obviously, we’re not out on the field today, but he’s walking around pretty good and looks good, so once we get these guys back out there on Wednesday, I’ll have a better, a more clear picture of who’s going to be there.
The thought of using Stanford Routt to defend Wes Welker
Jackson: I mean, if we needed to, we could have. That wasn’t the issue. I mean, sometimes when you’re fixing one problem, another problem leaks. You spring another leak someplace else. So I don;t think that was necessarily there. Like I said, I think Wes is a really good player, I think Tom is a really good player. They did a good job. They executed better than we did.
Something to be gained for Houston game facing New England’s balanced attack
Jackson: I think every opportunity we get to go play there’s experience to be gained. We’re a 2-2 football team, we’re .500, we’re going back on the road to Houston. As you said, they’re a very balanced football team. They run it, they throw it. We’ve just seen that this past week. I don’t think Houston’s going to make any bones about what they do. They’re going to run the ball. They’re very good at it, and the quarterback’s a very good player, and they’re very good at receiver. So, again, another tall task, and bottom line, we just got to go execute and play Raider football in order to get this job done.
Message to the team
Jackson: That we’re a .500 football team and that we can get better and we will get better. And as I told them, it starts with me and it kind of trickles down. But I have an expectation for this football team, for this organization. I’m not going to back off of that. We’re going to get this thing right. I think they felt my message, just as they did the last time that we came up short. And we’re going to go out there, and we’re going to go to work on Wednesday, and we’re going to fix this thing. I guarantee you that. It’s not where I want it to be and not where I have any doubt in my mind that we can’t fix it. We’re going to fix it, and we have just the men to do it. What we got to do is go out and do it, and do it consistently, play in and play out. There’s flashes of brilliance of this football team, whether it be offense or defense or special teams. And then all of sudden, sometimes things don’t go the way we want them to. What we got to do is become a very consistent football team, and I think we can, and I think we will.
Where you thought Raiders would be at this point
Jackson: expected to be 4-0. I really did. I’m not going to back off of that, and we’re not. We’re 2-2, so I’m disappointed but not discouraged because I know what’s in the locker room. I’ve said this before. I have to keep coaching and keep pushing and keep grinding on these players. And these players have to keep responding, and they’ve responded every time I’ve asked them to. Maybe not as fast as I want them to, maybe not as fast as everybody wants them to, but I know the message is there, and it’s clear. And I think they know what needs to happen, and I trust them that they will get it done. We have a great group of leaders in that room. I call on them, and I call on the rest of our football team and our coaching staff. We’re not backing down from what the expectation is here by no stretch of the imagination. It’s not going to change. We’re going to win the AFC West. We’re going to do everything we can to get in the playoffs and go challenge for a Super Bowl. I am not backing down from that.
Lack of complaining about officials, finger-pointing after game
Jackson: We keep talking about a process. Everything is a process. And we’re going to do things here the right way and we’re not gonna… we lost. We lost to a team that was better than us yesterday. They won. Hopefully we’ll see them down the road somewhere. But I still believe we have to things the right way be it off the field or on the field to get to where we want to go. And we got a lot of work to do and I think we know that, I don’t think we run from that, we run to it. Our players are disappointed too. They wanted to be better in the first quarter of the season. Second quarter, as we call it, the second quarter of the season because the preseason was the first quarter and we’re in the second quarter of the season. We wanted to be better than 2-2, better than .500 but that’s what we are so we gotta take it. So now we head to the third quarter of the season and we got some work to do and to get done.
How to fix every-other-game pass rush
Jackson: You just go back to work. Obviously the New England team did a good job, again. They blocked up well and got the ball out but there’s some things that we can do better too. Again, that’s that attention to detail thing that I’m talking about, from everybody. Sometimes it only takes one person for things not to look right, be it offensively, defensively, or special teams. Not ten, sometimes it’s just one. One guy that maybe missed something just a little bit that can make it look like everybody doesn’t understand what’s going on. So we just got to make sure that we tighten up those loose ends. Just make it a little bit tighter around here and we will.
Affect on Campbell after interception in end zone
Campbell: I think he shook it off. That’s not the first interception Jason’s thrown. Very bad timing. I wish we had that one back but I don’t think so. Jason’s a pro. He’s been at this for a while. it didn’t come up aces for him the other day. He’s going to live to fight another day and he’ll learn from that experience too. And we’ll keep growing as far as that’s concerned in the scoring zone. When we went into the game we were one of the best teams in football in the scoring zone, scoring touchdowns. And if we what we’re supposed to do then maybe that’s a different game but we didn’t. So like I said kudos to New England, they got it done and we didn’t.
Impact of Boss downfield
Jackson: Again, early in the week as you guys stated, he’s another weapon for us. He did some good things and hopefully it’ll ease a little pressure here and there off the other guys. We’ve just got to continue putting this offense together, keep putting these young men in positions to make plays when they can. And his number was called yesterday and he made them. Jacoby’s was called one time and he made them. DArrius Heyward-Bey made some plays, Darren McFadden. We need to continue to grow this group of very talented skilled young men so that we become a consistent unit at all times.
Jackson: Yeah, I see this same things. I don’t know if it’s confidence, I think those guys have always had that. I just think now the number’s being called and there’s a tremendous amount of trust among that whole group. We’re heading into Week 5 now. There’s been a preseason, there’s been a training camp so I think now everybody’s getting comfortable. You kind of know your role and now everybody is doing their job to the best of their ability and he’s doing a good job. Darrius Heyward-Bey made some plays yesterday. There some plays he wish he had back but he made some plays also and so did Jason.
Development of Rolando McClain and need to have him be a playmaker
Jackson: I think, Rolando has a responsibility. He’s making calls and doing all the things middle linebackers do. He’s really an extension of a defensive coordinator. He has to make sure that we get everybody on the same page, on top of that, be the type of player that we all know he can be. Again, it goes back to that consistency, that’s what I’m talking about everywhere, whether it be a quarterback, middle linebacker, the line, the D-line, everybody. We’ve just got to become a very consistent football team. But I think he’s doing fine. We all wish that he made more plays. We all do. Every player wishses they made more plays. You want to go home feeling like the player of the game when you play. But we need to turn it up. My message, you guys really want to know my message to them today was we need to take it to another level. Everybody. Coaches, players, everybody, we’re going to take this thing to another level, because we need to, and we will.
Finding ways to solve penalty problem
Jackson: Oh, yes, I am. There’s no question. I don’t, I mean, it is what it is. What I mean by that, those penalties that were called were called. And like I told you guys, I’m not going to sit up here and tell you guys this one was a bad one, this one was a good one. Doesn’t matter. They called them. I think we’re addressing it. We have officials at practice. We pay attention to it. Sometimes, people are human. Sometimes there are calls where you say, well, which one was that one, where did that come from? And sometimes there are calls that are dead-on. But I’m not every going to let myself or our team get into, well, this one should be this, this one should be that. We’re going to continue to work at it. The offense had two penalties, and one, we can fix like that, an illegal substitution penalty. And the other one was just a young man, Jared Veldheer, making a block that he gets his head, I mean inches in front, that’s not called. So that was a penalty of, to me, that’s going to happen. The other ones on defense, the offsides, lining up offsides, we can fix that. That’s disappointing. We can fix that. That’s easy, solvable. The one with Richard, I mean, they called it. The one they didn’t call on Jacoby, they picked up the flag, so I don’t know how to undo that then just get really, really good. Become a really good football team and have that not be an issue.