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Coach Jackson not running from run-stopping issue

Stopping the run has been an issue around these parts for almost as long as the penalties problem. That’s going to end, Raiders coach Hue Jackson said Wednesday afternoon.
The Raiders enter Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans as the fourth-worst team against the run, at an average of 136 yards per game. Worse, they are last, by far, at an average of 5.9 yards per carry.
Just as he promised to rein in the penalties before long, even if it takes all season, Jackson said the run-stopping issue is going to be resolved come hell or heads rolling.
“I know this: we ain’t solved it, and that’s the bottom line,” Jackson said. “At the end of the day, we’re still getting the ball run at us, OK? We have to get that solved. It’s not going to go on for 16 games, I promise you that.”
Jackson said it’s no secret what the Texans intend to do Sunday when they play the Raiders.
“I’m running the ball,” Jackson said, if he were coaching the Texans. “I’m running the ball until I can get them to make me stop running the ball. With that back and that offensive line, in their stadium, I would. Wouldn’t you?”
The Texans are second in the AFC in rushing at an average of 148.5 yards — the Raiders are first in the league at 178.5 — and fourth in the league.
The Texans might be even higher in the rushing stats were it not for lead back Arian Foster missing all of two games and a large chunk of another with a hamstring injury.
Foster is back at full strength and fresh from a 155-yard effort against the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday.
Defensive end Jarvis Moss said the Raiders have the players to be successful against the run.
“It’s about everybody being on one beat,” Moss said. “I feel like everybody knows what to do and where to fit but in the midst of chaos and full speed on Sunday, it’s about being one heartbeat. And that’s just going to come as the weeks go along, if we keep working at it in practice.”
Jackson said he is aware of the problems the Raiders have had against the run the past eight seasons. He is more intent upon worrying about what’s taking place this season.
Desire isn’t an issue, Jackson said. The cause lies elsewhere.
“I’m not going to say our players don’t have desire, because I know they do,” Jackson said. “I don’t think any player on our team wants the ball being run at them like that, and I’m not going to tell you it’s scheme. You’re going to take out of it what you want.
“Here’s the deal. You got to get it solved. We got to get it stopped. That’s what we’ve got to do. We must quit letting people run the ball at us like people have.”
When Jackson talks, his players listen.
Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly said Jackson isn’t sugarcoating his disdain for how the lack of success against the run through four games.
“He goes straight to the point,” Kelly said. “He tells us how we messed up. You really don’t want to get on Hue’s bad side, you know what I’m saying? You try to keep him happy as much as possible. You can’t keep him happy 100 percent, but if I can keep him happy 80-85 (percent), I’m good.”

MURPHY BACK IN THE MIX
Wide receiver Louis Murphy is back on the field with the rest of his teammates for the first time in more than two months.
Now it’s a matter of seeing how quickly he can get back into the swing of things in terms of playing in games. He has yet to play in a game of any kind this season.
Jackson said he is eager to find ways to use all of his receivers. If Murphy plays Sunday, it will be the first time he has had all six of his receivers at his disposal this season.
“Now that we’re getting our guys back, there are quite a few things that I would like to do,” Jackson said. “Once I can get all these Lamborghinis and Mercedes Benzes out here, and get them moving around as a unit and playing together and playing off each other, we can start to explore and do more things.”
Murphy was Oakland’s most productive wide receiver each of the past two seasons. Campbell is well aware of that, and he is thrilled to see the No. 18 jersey in the huddle.
“It’s been a long road for him, and he’s definitely excited to get back out there and contribute to the team,” Campbell said. “It feels good to have all the guys back.”
Jackson said that the return of Ford last week and Murphy this week will not cut in to the playing time of rookie Denarius Moore.

HEYWARD-BEY GROWING BY LEAPS AND BOUNDS
Third-year receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is fresh from a career-best 115 yards receiving. Most impressive, he made an over-the-shoulder, 58-yard reception, in double coverage against the New England Patriots.
That one play is further evidence that Heyward-Bey is making progress toward developing into a consistent performer, Campbell said.
“(That) and the one he caught on the sideline, with a safety bee-lining straight at him, and he didn’t take his focus off or worry about getting hit,” Campbell said. “He just went up and caught the ball. Darrius has grown into that. It’s all about concentration and focus.”
Another sign of Heyward-Bey’s maturation into a reliable receiver is the way he catches the ball these days, Campbell said. It is becoming more natural.
“He’s getting better at locating the ball with his hands and eyes,” Campbell said. “That’s the most important thing as a receiver, the location of the ball and being able to react. So, he’s reacting quicker to catching the ball and that’s where it’s coming from.”

CAMPBELL NO SAD SACK
Campbell has been sacked only twice in four games. More impressive, one of those sacks came as a result of him getting his feet tangled with McFadden.
This is the best four-game stretch during Campbell’s career, he said, in terms of pass protection.
“This is the best it’s been,” Campbell said. “A lot of it has to do with the offensive line taking a lot of pride in protecting the quarterback and running backs. They do an outstanding job. The other part of it is, our receivers create separation, and me getting the ball out of my hands.”
Left offensive tackle Jared Veldheer said he and his linemates realize the importance of protecting Campbell and that the reward comes in the form of big plays.
“We know we just want to keep him up because we know if we keep him up, give him time, we’ve got plenty of playmakers down the field that can do great things,” Veldheer said. “And we’ve all just bought into that.”

NO WHINING HERE
Now that the Raiders have six healthy wide receivers, it’s going to be difficult for all of them to get as much playing time as they desire.
Fortunately for the Raiders, none of the six has a history of complaining about playing time and balls thrown his way. That makes Campbell’s job much easier, he said.
“That’s big,” Campbell said. “You have a bunch of guys that’s not complaining about who gets the ball and who’s this, it’s huge for our team. Unselfishness is what helps you win games. At the end of the year, when you look back on it, a lot of guys will be where they thought they should be.”

INJURIES UPDATE
Jackson said free safety Michael Huff (concussion) is doing better and getting closer to playing in a game. Huff sat out the Patriots game as a result of lingering symptoms from the concussion he suffered against the New York Jets.
Defensive end Matt Shaughnessy missed practice Wednesday. However, Jackson isn’t ruling out Shaughnessy for the Texans game.
“We’ll see,” Jackson said.

RAIDERS FILL OUT PRACTICE SQUAD
The Raiders signed running back Nic Grigsby and added him to their practice squad Wednesday. That gives them the full complement of eight players on the practice squad.
Grigsby, 5-feet-11 and 200 pounds, played at the Universiy of Arizona. He was with the Miami Dolphins training camp and later signed to their practice squad. He said he was cut by the Dolphins on Monday.
He rushed for 533 yards and eight touchdowns his senior season at Arizona. Overall, he amassed 2,957 yards and 28 touchdowns during his four-year career with the Wildcats.
In a strange twist, Grigsby worked out with Foster during the offseason and envisions following the path Foster blazed.
“His story is ridiculous,” Grigsby said. “It’s the same thing. He was undrafted, too, and was on the practice squad for a whole year. Through injury, he got his shot and didn’t let it go. He told me to keep practicing, keep trying. I know what my ability is. I can play with my ability in the NFL.”

MOSS MUM ON CHAT WITH MR. DAVIS
Moss said via Twitter on Tuesday that he received an out-of-the-blue phone call from managing general partner Al Davis.
Moss labeled the call as a humbling experience. On Wednesday, he declined to discuss the details of the conversation.

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  • MississipRaider

    guys watch the left side of our Dline sunday. the majority of opposing teams long runs happen on the left side. thats Houston,Kelly,Groves,McClain, and Branch

  • Thec07

    I fought some of you on the idea of moving FORD to the slot position however, this makes the most sense as we can line up Hag, DMO, CHAZ, and DHB outside…

    FORD could become even more dangerous…

    I have capitulated…

  • Thec07

    MississipRaider Says:
    October 6th, 2011 at 10:10 am
    guys watch the left side of our Dline sunday. the majority of opposing teams long runs happen on the left side. thats Houston,Kelly,Groves,McClain, and Branch

    +++++++

    you can run on kelly all day as he is not a run stuffer…

    you can run on mcrussell as he is not an attacking mike….

  • inonewordraider

    Campbell Chicken soup was another pretty good one someone came up with

  • Thec07

    I would like to see some formations where we incorporate Taiwan Jones… Hopefully Coach Jackson unveils him in houston…

  • MississipRaider

    thats 2games Brown for 4 catches and 114 yrds no TD.

    He has some impressive catches, dont get me wrong. but he is most needed in the redzone. that int thrown to chung would prob not happened if a 6’6 TE is catching a fade on him. i dont think boss was even out there.

  • inonewordraider

    what about a “start Hagan over DHB” campaign? Would make for a top receiving core

  • Thec07

    O is operating at 85% efficiency
    D is operating at 35% efficiency

    Compare the following;

    O operating cost to performance ratio
    D operating cost to performance ratio

    You will find with all the money spent on the defense the are being outperformed by the Offense.

  • http://www.raidernationpodcast.com/ r8eray

    Good Morning/Afternoon Raider Nation!

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Miss, the first game Boss played in he was only on the field for 1 or 2 series he wasn’t ready to play. Last week he was full go and got action. Good action!

  • Thec07

    Whats good R8erray?

  • TheToozFan55

    bad news about huff and shaunessey probably being out, good news that Moss got phone call. maybe it will fire him up even more!

  • Thec07

    The below link allows one to look at player salaries;

    http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/oakland-raiders/yearly/

    what this shows is most of the current money is spent on the defense…

  • Thec07

    TheToozFan55 Says:
    October 6th, 2011 at 10:26 am
    bad news about huff and shaunessey probably being out, good news that Moss got phone call. maybe it will fire him up even more!

    ++++++

    Curious to know if Coach Davis out his foot in moss’s A$$ or did the goon squad do it???

  • http://www.raidernationpodcast.com/ r8eray

    Thec, how you doin…?

    Don’t know about our Run D…MLB and NT/DT need to step it up!!!

    Can’t afford to give Foster a record day…you know what I’m sayin??

    One more thing…I’m hoping for some blockbuster trade before deadline to help us with our Run D!!

  • bcz24

    I thought Huff was back, didn’t hear anything about him being questionable this week

  • Method To My Madness

    607.inonewordraider Says:
    October 6th, 2011 at 10:16 am
    what about a “start Hagan over DHB” campaign? Would make for a top receiving core

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

    DHB=Derek Hagan’s Better

  • Method To My Madness

    615.r8eray Says:
    October 6th, 2011 at 10:27 am
    Thec, how you doin…?

    Don’t know about our Run D…MLB and NT/DT need to step it up!!!

    Can’t afford to give Foster a record day…you know what I’m sayin??

    One more thing…I’m hoping for some blockbuster trade before deadline to help us with our Run D!!

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

    Foster wont have a big day…Hendu wasnt there last year

  • HairyBush

    5 minutes ago – by Eric Gilmore – Three injured starters remain sidelined
    The Raiders were missing six injured players when practice began Wednesday, including three starters — FB Marcel Reece, DE Matt Shaughnessy and CB Chris Johnson (groin). Rookie CB Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring). , LB Ricky Brown (concussion) and rookie TE Richard Gordon (hand) were also out. Reece, Shaughnessy, Johnson and Brown missed last week’s game against New England.

  • Thec07

    R8eray Says:
    October 6th, 2011 at 10:27 am
    Thec, how you doin…?

    Don’t know about our Run D…MLB and NT/DT need to step it up!!!

    Can’t afford to give Foster a record day…you know what I’m sayin??

    One more thing…I’m hoping for some blockbuster trade before deadline to help us with our Run D!!

    ++++++++++

    the D has to find a way…I have gone in on the whole D from the top down…It’s time for them to make a statement…

    We cannot afford a big run game explosion…
    I watched the texans game last week and arian foster is no joke… 1/2 a seam and pow…6

    I would sell out the run… We seem to be a team not capable yet of doing 2 things on defense.

  • HairyBush

    I can do with out CJ37 but Sho Nasty and Reece will be missed.

  • qodrn

    Week One: Ghostraiders – exact score
    Week Two: Sullivan44 – closest
    Week Three: Pretty Rick – closest
    Week Four: Sullivan44

    860Todd Christensen Raiders 38 , Texans 24
    antispy3 Raiders 31 Texans 27
    CDERaider Raiders 27 Texans 19
    Chris in NY Raiders 27, Texans 17
    DeuceDeuce Raiders – 27 Texans – 24
    DMAC 31-28 Raiders
    fingers Raiders 23….Texas …20
    ghostraiders Raiders 27 Texans 23… awesome win!!
    Method To My Madness Raiders 35 Texans 17
    Oakland Raiders [BREAKING NEWS] blog on the high seas Oakland 38 Houston 17
    Otis60 Raiders 34 Texans 30
    qodrn Raiders 38 Texans 35
    raiderkoolaid Raiders 31 Houston 24
    RaiderFanFromJersey Raiders 38, Texans 27
    RaiderRockstar Oakland thugs 20 Houston Boots 17
    Steve Corkran: High-scoring game, with the Texans winning unless Darren McFadden is healthy and churning up a ton of yardage.
    Sullivan44 Houston 24, Raiders 20.
    TEXANFAN TEXANS 34 Raiders 0

  • ohioraider

    “Here’s the deal. You got to get it solved. We got to get it stopped. That’s what we’ve got to do. We must quit letting people run the ball at us like people have.”
    When Jackson talks, his players listen.
    ————————————–
    Any coach, manager, CEO, general–whomever–needs to be able to reach his or her underlings. That’s what being an effective leader is all about. I sincerely hope Jackson gets through, and what’s more he seems like the right personality to do so. But Davis has got to back him up, and not undermine his authority. That is exactly what has been rumored for years. And if the coaches can’t get through, if the commitment is lax, there’s only one place to look. So, for chrissakes Al, let the man coach and stay out of his way.

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