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Bresnahan resolves to get run problem fixed

Raiders defensive coordinator Chuck Breshanan knows what’s on everyone’s minds these days. He can’t run from the fact that the Raiders are being run on to the tune of 5.9 yards per carry.
Bresnahan is taking a proactive approach, rather than to try rationalize or place a positive spin on a glaring issue.
“When you give up 216 yards rushing (Buffalo) and 184 yards rushing (New England) in two games, it’s bad,” Bresnahan said. “So, do you panic? Do you push the panic button? No. We go back and we evaluate what we do, how we do it, the experience our guys have within our scheme.”
In doing so, Breshanan said, he is certain that he has the players on the roster to get the job done.
“No doubt in my mind, whatsoever,” Bresnahan said. “No doubt in my mind. And the way we practiced today, if we carry that to the field Sunday, I will be excited. Because, I’m telling you, the resolve of these players and the commitment they have right now is impressive.”
The Houston Texans are second in the AFC in rushing, behind the Raiders, and fourth overall — the Raiders are No. 1 at an average of 178.5 yards per game — and that’s precisely the kind of test Bresnahan’s welcome, and feels his players need after being gouged by the Patriots last Sunday.
The emphasis has been on discipline in practice this week, he said. That’s critical, especially when the Raiders commit eight players near the line of scrimmage against the run, one missed tackle turns a short gain into a long one, oftentimes with nothing but a safety between the ballcarrier and the goal line.
Bresnahan said he takes comfort in seeing how well his players have responded to the criticism. No one is pointing a finger, the players are asking for ways to get better and everyone is accountable.
Coach Hue Jackson echoed Bresnahan’s sentiment about no one panicking and everyone keeping things in perspective.
“A week ago (everyone) was all fired up, ‘Boy, here we go, the Raiders are doing some things,’ ” Jackson said. “This week all of a sudden, ‘Boy, you guys can’t stop the run again.’ It’s week to week. It’s what have you done for me this past week? The players understand that. They know that’s how I operate this thing. When it’s good, it’s good. When we need to get better, we need to get better. We need to get better.”

PRYCE ISN’T RIGHT
Jackson confirmed that he had in veteran defensive lineman Trevor Pryce for a visit Thursday. Ultimately, Pryce left without a contract offer because he isn’t sure if he wants to commit to the grind of a 15th NFL season.
“Sometimes, guys see football differently at this stage of their career,” Jackson said. “And making a commitment and having to do it on a high level, you’ve got to make sure you’re all in. Those are decisions people have to make, and they have to do what’s best for them and we have to do what’s best for us.”
With that said, Jackson said Pryce is in good shape and capable of playing still. He remains an option down the road.
Pryce was brought in, in part, because of the injury to defensive end Matt Shaughnessy. The Raiders aren’t sure how long Shaughnessy will be out with the shoulder injury he suffered against the New York Jets on Sept. 25.
Shaughnessy said Friday that he is “week to week” and that he doesn’t want to return to playing because of the fear of making the injury worse.
“I want to play but I know I can’t go out there and risk injuring it even more,” Shaughnessy said. “So, I got to wait until I get better.”
The plan is for Trevor Scott and Jarvis Moss to get added reps in Shaughnessy’s absence.
“It’s great because of the depth we have,” Scott said. “No matter who steps in that spot, they’re going to step up and do their job. We know we’re productive out there. So, we just have to take it from here.”

PRYOR’S SUSPENSION WINDS DOWN
Rookie quarterback Terrelle Pryor spent his Friday morning working out aside from his teammates, just as he has since Sept. 3 when his five-game suspension kicked in
That suspension ends Sunday. On Monday, Pryor will be permitted to rejoin his teammates at practice for the first time since he joined the Raiders the final week of training camp.
For the past month or so, Pryor has worked out with two or three members of the Raiders who aren’t on the coaching staff. He has been allowed to attend meetings, learn the playbook and work out at the facility.
Offensive coordinator Al Saunders said Pryor has done an impressive job learning the system and the terminology. Now, he’s eager to see him in action.
“I’m real excited to see him,” Saunders said. “We had him for a few days in training camp. … He has been really upbeat. We’re looking forward to seeing what he can do.”
The Raiders envision Pryor being their quarterback at some point. Starter Jason Campbell and backup Kyle Boller are the only two quarterbacks on the roster at this time, and they aren’t under contract beyond this season.
The Raiders will be forced to release a player to make room for Pryor on the 53-man roster.

NEW STREAK FOR HUFF
Iron man free safety Michael Huff said he is good to go after missing the Patriots game with an ankle injury. The concussion he also suffered against the Jets on Sept. 25 no longer is an issue.
The missed game ended Huff’s streak of 83 straight games to begin his NFL career. He said he is ready to start a new streak, beginning Sunday against the Texans.
“Oh, yeah, good to go,” Huff said. “One hundred percent this week.”
Adding to Huff’s motivation to play is a return to his native state.
“Anywhere in Texas is a good trip,” Huff said. “I had to buy 30 tickets for this game. No matter where we play in Texas, they’re going to be there. It’s always special to play in your home state, especially all the way out here in California. It’s definitely a big deal.”

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  • downsouthraider

    Oaktown 27 H-town 17

  • lefty12

    Blaming the scheme is BS.It is the players not carrying out the scheme properly that is the problem.Putting the blame on McClain is also BS.How often do you see our outside LBers forcing the plays into the middle?Wimbley may be a good pass rusher but he disappears on running plays,often being drawn towards the middle while the run goes around the end.Same can be said for Groves.McClain can’t cover the whole field and he receives little help from the other two.

  • priesttj

    Blaming the scheme is BS.It is the players not carrying out the scheme properly that is the problem.Putting the blame on McClain is also BS.How often do you see our outside LBers forcing the plays into the middle?Wimbley may be a good pass rusher but he disappears on running plays,often being drawn towards the middle while the run goes around the end.Same can be said for Groves.McClain can’t cover the whole field and he receives little help from the other two.

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    Lefty12 You may have a point too, I’ve watched Wimbley on run plays and he’s either too wide or gets washed. Last year he really set the edge this year he’s been off and on my issue with RoMac was in the Bills game in the second half when he looked totally GASSED. He’s playing the pass better than he is the run and and he seems to be disengaged at times which just may be he;’s just thinking to much.

  • djohnnyg

    Why does Mike Bell on ESPN 2 say: “The Highlight Express starts…not now, but RIGHT now”.?

    It doesn’t make any sense.

    I know there are bigger problems in the world but this really irratates me. He thinks he’s so “dope” by saying that, but he needs to be fired not now…but RIGHT now.

  • http://roid_rage(hemroids) Butt Hurt

    The doctor at the walk-in clinic blames my five pounds of roids on the Raider-Patriot game. Said the Raiders loss made me drink more thus the runs more thus the roids. So the doc removed them (I wont go into detail) and said not to drink during Raider games. And yes JB, the Ass is the boss. It truly has only one purpose, and it better work correctly.

  • http://roid_rage(hemroids) Butt Hurt

    djohnnyg Says:
    October 7th, 2011 at 11:12 pm
    Why does Mike Bell on ESPN 2 say: “The Highlight Express starts…not now, but RIGHT now”.?

    It doesn’t make any sense.

    I know there are bigger problems in the world but this really irratates me. He thinks he’s so “dope” by saying that, but he needs to be fired not now…but RIGHT now.
    —————————————-
    He’s probably butt hurt. He’s got issues, no doubt. Maybe roids.

  • djohnnyg

    Roids? That’s what I thought at first too.

    Good observation.

    His head does appear to be much larger in size than most.

  • http://roid_rage(hemroids) Butt Hurt

    djohnnyg Says:
    October 7th, 2011 at 11:21 pm
    Roids? That’s what I thought at first too.

    Good observation.

    His head does appear to be much larger in size than most.
    —————————————–
    I’m talkin the other kind of roids. Hemroids. He’s probably got those cause of the roids he took.?.?.?
    Or he’s sitting on a pile and can’t think clearly. But without a doubt, he’s butt hurt and got major issues.

  • http://roid_rage(hemroids) Butt Hurt

    All I know is the Raiders better beat those two-bit rank degenerate texans on Sunday. Those bums could use a good ass kicking and they deserve it too, cause they suck. They are odorous, and like that rotten team in denver, they probably want to get beat. Like have the wood layed on them. And what better team than the Raiders to dispense an ass whoop on them.

  • lefty12

    Priest,it isn’t right when people try and put all the blame on 1 guy.I don’t see Groves or Wimbley making nearly enough plays against the run.At least McClain is making tackles.Where are the other 2 LBers?Also,as you say,McClain is doing a more than adequate job against the pass.He needs help from the outside guys against the run and IMO,he isn’t getting it.

  • JB

    Butt Hurt

    Home remedy: Wrap a rubber band around the base tightly – supposed to cut off blood circulation. Theoretically, the “Roid” dries up and dies – then falls off. Brings a total new meaning to Roid rage.

  • lefty12

    Look at all the teams that are good against the run and they all have superior LBers.Our Dline is damn good.They aren’t the problem despite what some would have us believe.Our problem is our LBers,specifically our outside LBers.How often do one of them make a play at or behind the line?The answer is seldom if ever-(I’m talking about running plays,not passes.)

  • JB

    Lefty,

    You are right. All 3 of our LB’s are under performing. Wimbley got his payday and doesn’t done squat since. Groves has been suspect since he got here. And now, Romac seems to be regressing from earlier successes. Romac has just looked GASSED and is running at half speed while only arm tackling. He’s not blowing anybody up. I’m not sure he has the requisite killer instinct. Let’s put Wimbley in Rotation on the D-line and move Romac to SLB once we get a real MLB in here. Then, look for a Groves replacement.

  • JB

    Later guys – gotta run.

  • lefty12

    McClain’s problem is everyone wants him to be Ray Lewis and blow people up.He isn’t that kind of player.We should give him some slack and let him grow.We are too impatient and want instant stardom.Calling players busts and trying to replace them after 1 or 2 years is very shortsighted,IMO.

  • raiderzmaverick

    For those who want raw numbers on targets:
    Routt 10-24 94; 42% completion against (9yds/comp)
    Chekwa 9-14 126; 64% completion against (14yds/comp)
    Porter 7-12 99; 58% completion against (14yds/comp)
    Branch 7-18 95; 39% completion against (13yds/comp)
    McClain 21-32 231 66% completion against (11yds/comp)

    Yep, McClain is getting burned pretty badly.

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

    McClain’s problem is that he plays in Al Davis’ defense with Al Davis’ Defensive coordinator.

  • raiderzmaverick

    Our biggest problem is that our players seem to take longer to develop. Like we are giving them 2-3 years of sucking pretty badly on high draft picks when they are normally reaching their peak pretty quickly.

    Some of the WRs produced in their first year drafted more than DHB has done in 3 years. Does that mean he’ll never be good. No, it doesn’t. It’s just that we picked more of a project.

    McClain shouldn’t have been a project. The only thing I can think of is that he’s not comfortable in this new scheme yet installed by Brenehan…or he just sucks…but I think he regressed this year so he’s probably not comfortable yet which opefully as the year goes on he plays more comfortably and thus make smore plays.

  • MiamiRaider78

    Just watched a highlight film of Vontaze Burfict…man, i’d trade up to get him playing along side of McClain. Like the black Romanowski!

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

    Raider players gotta know, that they, and all their family will be thrown under the bus to save face for Mr Davis.

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

    Even though the Raider Run Defense has been horrible for a decade, if not longer, Al Davis fans, not Raider fans, will look for a scapegoat.

  • ghostraiders

    Lefty… is that the same stuff you said about jablubber?? Give him time….I bet it was… LOL.. you know nothing!!

  • lefty12

    I may know nothing but that is still more than you know.BTW,I disliked ‘the bust’ from the very beginning.

  • lefty12

    Ghost,when you have no idea what you are talking about it is best to keep quiet so you don’t look like such a fool.

  • chargerschoke

    Please don’t over pursue the run, Foster is a sneaky cut back runner, we contain him and shut down their new primary receiving weapon Daniels and the road to the playoffs begins!

  • rob_raider

    sullivan–i just can never get used to what an idiot u really are. this new one about campbell is right up there to your last fantasy about hue already headed out b/c davis was mad at him. campbell is cool-headed. it’s a good trait. brady is cool-headed too. jc is playing well. he made a stupid play. he’s a pro and he’s been around. more importantly, he’s confident and knows he has a lot of games left. why worry about a mistake you’ve made when it can’t be taken back? he is focused on the next game. how you handle adversity is a testament to your character. and jc is continuing to impress w/ his preparation, poise, and talent. he is blossoming, as his supporters hoped he would. one mistake doesn’t change that. interceptions happen. it was a bad one, but we’ll survive. 10-6 is still in the cards.

  • rob_raider

    zach miller= 8 rec/62 yards.

    so much for losing out on miller.

  • ghost to post

    In a bad scheme great players look average, good players look bad, average players look worse, bad players look awful. AD’s antiquated defense (with only one decent corner) in the hands of the incompetent Bresnahan = another wasted season. Too bad, because the Hand Job offense is looking special.

  • ghost to post

    With Nnamdi and last year’s D coordinator we’re a top ten defense and in the AFC championship game. What a difference one player and a decent coordinator can make. This is the worst Raider defense we’ve seen in years. And we’ve seen some bad ones the past ten. Any team that spreads us out will kill us. Simple as death. We have no answer. Thank you Mr. Davis for your ongoing commitment to excellence.

  • ghost to post

    Why is Marshall gone? Because he was a Cable guy and under Cable’s protection he deviated from the AD formula and ran some creative blitz schemes that actually worked. With the exception of a few games during which OUR BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER was injured, we had the best defense we’ve had since CWood and Allen manned the corners.

  • ghost to post

    Why is Nnamdi, our best defensive player, gone? Because for the past few years he has subtly and diplomatically criticized the AD scheme through the media. He wanted to come back but was not even offered a contract. Instead we over paid for Routt and Wimbley, two decent players but a long ways from being the best at their position. And we have Huff as the first nickel back — a cheap TD waiting to happen. Thank you AD for your ongoing commitment to excellence.

  • raidermarty

    What is up with the RAIDER web site? Are they saying Al Davis has passed away?

  • ghost to post

    Why am I pissed? Because Coach Hand Job’s offense is damn explosive and is only going to get better. He even has Jason Campbell playing like a real QB. With a decent defense (last year’s D?) we’d be legitimate contenders. Instead, we’re going to have to score 30+ point to beat average teams. It’s maddening to think Nnamdi wanted to come back and we didn’t even offer him a contract. Instead we brought back the worst D coordinator we’ve had maybe ever and are sliding Huff to nickel back on passing downs. If you told me at the end of last season things would play out like this I would have said, no way, AD’s not that far gone.

  • http://Www.bullycains.com r8dercain

    I’ve asked this question many many times
    WTF was wrong with John Marshall?

    Besides he couldn’t stop the run. Nobody has in
    a long time.

  • ghost to post

    No offense intended to Coach HJ. I’m a fan. I think he’s the best coach we’ve had since Gruden and if given a chance might prove to be better. Unless AD lets go of his stranglehold on the defense, though, I’m afraid this whole thing might not have a happy ending.

  • raidermarty

    Has no one been to the RAIDER website this morning?
    What is going on?

  • ghost to post

    Looks that way. Unless Raiders.com has been hacked, Al Davis has died. He was a great football man and contributor to the game. It’s too bad he tarnished his legacy the past ten years. At least now we’ll be able to run a modern NFL defense. Raider Nation!

  • chargerschoke

    Any Raider hater that makes a joke today , God I hope you punish team severely! God Bless Al Davis! May His spirit walk the sidelines and see our next Superbowl Win!

  • bcz24

    RIP Al. I hope you are waiting to accept us all in the Raider Nation in the sky!

  • raidermarty

    Just stunned. We knew he looked pretty bad last couple times we saw him but it is still a shock to know he’s dead.Be careful what you wish for Al Davis haters.
    R.I.P. Mr. Davis

  • fingers

    Just got an email.., Al Davis has passed…..

  • fingers

    Al Davis… # 1 Raider…

  • ghost to post

    No jokes here. I’ve been a Raider fan since the early 70′s and am well aware of the contributions Al Davis has made to the game. He’ll be talked about now for his many accomplishments and the team can carry forth on its path to reclaiming greatness.

  • o

    Tragic day for football today.

  • o

    nfl.com

  • fingers

    Thanks Al…. …Raiddddeeerrrssssz

  • severeraiderz

    Rip al thank you so much for bringing me the team I love so much. You made the raiders who they are and you will be missed

  • http://www.us.army.mil/ texguy

    R.I.P Al Davis

  • edward teach

    RIP Mr. Davis.

    Thanks for the memories, and for shaping a young man’s life.

    That may sound a little strange, but I grew up in a troubled household. The Raiders (and Mr. Davis) projected an image of success and tolerance that wasn’t present in my upbringing. From the inclusiveness of the organization to the attitude that “we don’t care what you do in your off-time, or how you express yourself as long as you show up on game day and kick ass”, it had an impact on my childhood. The team represented the toughness and grittiness of the city of Oakland (my hometown), and it was Mr. Davis that brought that to my team and my city.

    Say what you will about the past few years. Al never stopped caring, or giving his all for his team. May God bless him and his family.

  • Dakota

    R.I.P. Al Davis. I really thought you would be around for another 20 years.

    Sympathies to Carol and Mark.