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Curry to start at weak side

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, October 14th, 2011 at 12:43 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Aaron Curry is going straight into the lineup at weak side linebacker in place of Quentin Groves.

“I don’t get into what happened wherever he was,” coach Hue Jackson said. “I just know what I know, and what I see. I brought him here of reason and he’s going to play.”

The No. 4 overall pick in the 2008 draft, Curry was the Butkus Award winner as the nation’s top linebacker at Wake Forest but struggled for both Jim Mora and Pete Carroll in Seattle, losing his job this season to fourth-round draft pick K.J. Wright.

“It’s been very eventful, very exciting,” Curry said after his first practice. “Just to know that coach has faith that I can come in and play right away is a great confidence-booster for me. Just to know that he believes in me. My job is to get out there and do my job, be held accountable, to play hard, play fast and just fit in with Raider football.

Curry believes the Oakland scheme will free him to run and hit, as opposed to the more read-and-react system he played in at Seattle. He feels fortunate to be out from the pressure of being a high draft pick that didn’t perform to expectations.

“It’s like a breath of fresh air,” Curry said. “One of the first things coach said was I didn’t have to worry about any of the opinions that were formed on me before the day we met. I had a clean slate, and that he doesn’t care what happened back in the past and it’s all about moving on to the future. When he told me that, I took a deep breath _ that was my biggest concern was if the opinions would pass on from club to club or person to person.”

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  • LA to TheBay

    SharkCatcher Says:
    October 14th, 2011 at 2:36 pm
    Did Todd Christensen have the best Raider haircut ever?

    ——————–

    JLH would beg to differ.

  • SharkCatcher

    Aj Soprano : what no f8cken baked ziti now?

  • SharkCatcher

    Johnny Lee might have the best backflips.

  • Just Fire Baby

    JLH’s high-top fade was something else.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Shark, I’m thinkin Alzado, but who knows! B@UCE!

  • LA to TheBay

    I’m gonna be crucified for this, but I never got into the Sopranaos. Didn’t have HBO when it came out and not sure I wanna spend 3 months catching up on Netflix.

    What’s the verdict, Nation?

    I already invested much of my evenings on reruns of the Shield.

  • J Hill

    Tarzana????

    Pass.

    Prefer some good ole OX Tails, rice and gravy, and some cabbage.

    Oh, and a big cup of Kool Aid!

  • J Hill

    Speaking of grub …

    Have you tried that pastrami cheeseburger yet????

  • http://ibabuss.com antispy3

    The only trueism about Dakota is he is a Cubs fan.

    He has to be evasive, eluslve & less than forthcoming with the truth.

    He’s actually Steve Bartman relocated to South Dakota in the witless protection system. . .

    Now I guess he’ll have to relocate. . .

  • Just Fire Baby

    Baked Ziti is all about the amount of cheese on top, and if you can incorporate some sweet sausage or mini-meat balls in it.

    Ziti + cheese + no meat = Bogus

  • J Hill

    Soprano’s was pretty good.

  • Method To My Madness

    Vegas he also had the ducktail in the back of it

  • LA to TheBay

    Hell yeah. I was considering baked ziti before but now I’m positive.

    —————–

    Speaking of grub …

    Have you tried that pastrami cheeseburger yet????

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

    Nevermind, not hungry anymore.

  • http://ibabuss.com antispy3

    Post # 256; there’s no comparison. Style points alone give ot to Tony & his crew. . .whti an open ending. . .so there’s the possibility of a mivie. . .

  • Method To My Madness

    255.860Todd Christensen Says:
    October 14th, 2011 at 2:39 pm
    Shark, I’m thinkin Alzado, but who knows! B@UCE!

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

    Tooz

  • SharkCatcher

    I took a buddy who’s just a casual football fan to a raider game last season. Mid way through the 3rd quarter he ask me ” hey who’s that guy with the long hair, he doesnt play at all but he sure does love to strokes his hair every five minutes? ”

    me: ohh, thats John Condo.. he hikes the ball”

  • Just Fire Baby

    No on the pastriami cheesburger.

    Being 31 on heart-burn and cholestrol generics, probably isn’t the wisest thing.

    I will try it one day. Maybe next time in Vegas.

    No Fat Burgers around these parts.

  • Just Fire Baby

    My uncle sits on Mt. Davis with a “Remember the Tooz” shirt on.

  • J Hill

    LOL!

    They don’t sell that at FatBurger.

    Might be a SoCal thing.

    I know LA has taken his life into his hands and been to Johnny Pastrami.

    Quik N Split

    The Hat …

  • The Big Banana

    Raiders 31 Browns 27

  • Just Fire Baby

    Tarzana????

    Pass.

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

    Not sure if it is still around, but I went to a pre-wedding dinner at some place in Tarzana maybe 10 years ago that had waitresses that would sing to you, and it was slamming.

    Little Luigi like guy walking around on the accordian.

  • JB

    exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    October 14th, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    So whats the cap hit. Are the Raiders’s responsible for any of the prepaid signing bonus?
    **********************

    nope! That’s on the SeaHawk’s tab. We eat the $370K. If we extend his current ontract he’ll be making $5.7M but I would imagine that he’ll renegotiate especially if he’s turned his career around in Oakland.

  • SharkCatcher

    I highly recommend the Sopranos.

  • RaiderMC34

    I think Darryl blackstock will be just fine. Raider D isn’t built for the MLB to be a superstar, just do his job and read his keys…

  • DMAC

    Fk all this italian food talk.
    Give me a fat azz super burrito de carne asada!

  • Just Fire Baby

    They do sell it at Fat Burger, but I apologize for insulting the local cuisine.

  • DMAC

    Vegas,
    WTF is up w/ our Cal Bears?
    Tedford has got to go!
    Now!
    0-3 in Pac12

  • Just Fire Baby

    hey who’s that guy with the long hair, he doesnt play at all but he sure does love to strokes his hair every five minutes? ”

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

    My wife thinks he is the best-looking white guy in the league.

    Unfortunately that probably doesn’t put him in her top 100.

  • SharkCatcher

    J Hill Says:
    October 14th, 2011 at 2:44 pm
    LOL!

    They don’t sell that at FatBurger.

    Might be a SoCal thing.

    I know LA has taken his life into his hands and been to Johnny Pastrami.

    Quik N Split

    —————-
    Johnys is Legit but Langers in downtown l.a is King

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Some strange going-ons in Houston.

    Strangest was the aborted flea flicker. Good thing Bush didn’t toss that back to Campbell. Probable fumble, at the least a sizable loss. If Bush doesn’t stop and look to toss it back – he can probably rumble straight ahead for a large gain. Busted play, still nets a first.

    Almost as strange – the absence of a single reverse being run by Hue. If the Raids have had anything resembling a signature or identity play under Hue, it’s been the reverse.

    Starting to see some patterns with Hue. He’ll go back to a play or a derivative a few weeks in a row. We saw the flea flicker – DMAC back to Campbell (incomplete pass) – the week before, and last week the aborted Bush flicker.

    Crunch time and Raids need to run clock – in all 3 wins, Hue elects to go for the kill shot and pass, instead of keeping it on the ground. Worked in Denver, failed against the Jets, failed in Houston.

    Love the aggression, question the wisdom of expecting Campbell to complete long sideline passes or long passes into the corner of the end zone in those situations. Might want to consider something shorter and easier to complete like the one in Denver.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Vegas,
    WTF is up w/ our Cal Bears?

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

    I didn’t even know they played last night, until lunch-time today.

    I am sick and tired of Tedford and his awful QB’s.

    If it wasn’t for Chico’s finest Aaron Rodgers saving his bacon, he should have been canned 5 years ago.

  • http://raiderchaos.blogspot.com RaiderChaos

    266.SharkCatcher Says:
    October 14th, 2011 at 2:42 pm
    I took a buddy who’s just a casual football fan to a raider game last season. Mid way through the 3rd quarter he ask me ” hey who’s that guy with the long hair, he doesnt play at all but he sure does love to strokes his hair every five minutes? ”

    me: ohh, thats John Condo.. he hikes the ball”

    ______________________________________________

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • zopi

    I had a feeling when HueJax said he was going to get more involved and make some changes in the defense, possibly getting into different sets and schemes, according to game situations, and perhaps mix in 3-4 alignments to their basic 4-3. So Curry and Groves could be used together on covering screens and short drops to the backs and TEs, something that has killed the defense. This could free up RoMac and Wimbley to be more aggressive pass rushers.

  • http://raiderchaos.blogspot.com RaiderChaos

    278.Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 14th, 2011 at 2:47 pm
    hey who’s that guy with the long hair, he doesnt play at all but he sure does love to strokes his hair every five minutes? ”

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

    My wife thinks he is the best-looking white guy in the league.

    Unfortunately that probably doesn’t put him in her top 100.

    __________________________________________________

    Um…………. Is this Just Fire Baby or did his wife hack his machine……….?

  • http://ibabuss.com antispy3

    firstrowsports.tv; direct TV signal via the internet. some buffring issues (missed the thwo touchdowns in th third quarter/fourth quarter against the Jets. That was frustrating).

    Don’t use the HD option unless you have a really clean computer (no porn). Otherwise, buffers like mad.

    Also; for replays nfl.com has a package for less than $25. Replay the whole season, scout the opposition, replay Raider highlights (watched all of DMAC’s 20+ runs the other night).

    So, for less than $25 I watch all the Raider games live & can break down film all week as I (un)patiently await the next Sunday’s kickoff. . .

  • SharkCatcher

    RAIDERMAN99 Says:
    October 14th, 2011 at 2:48 pm
    Some strange going-ons in Houston.

    Strangest was the aborted flea flicker. Good thing Bush didn’t toss that back to Campbell. Probable fumble, at the least a sizable loss. If Bush doesn’t stop and look to toss it back – he can probably rumble straight ahead for a large gain. Busted play, still nets a first.

    Almost as strange – the absence of a single reverse being run by Hue. If the Raids have had anything resembling a signature or identity play under Hue, it’s been the reverse.

    Starting to see some patterns with Hue. He’ll go back to a play or a derivative a few weeks in a row. We saw the flea flicker – DMAC back to Campbell (incomplete pass) – the week before, and last week the aborted Bush flicker.

    Crunch time and Raids need to run clock – in all 3 wins, Hue elects to go for the kill shot and pass, instead of keeping it on the ground. Worked in Denver, failed against the Jets, failed in Houston.

    Love the aggression, question the wisdom of expecting Campbell to complete long sideline passes or long passes into the corner of the end zone in those situations. Might want to consider something shorter and easier to complete like the one in Denver.

    ——————-
    I really want to see that Dmac at qb with jacOby at RB formation again at least once more in my life.

  • DMAC

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 14th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Vegas,
    WTF is up w/ our Cal Bears?

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

    I didn’t even know they played last night, until lunch-time today.

    I am sick and tired of Tedford and his awful QB’s.

    If it wasn’t for Chico’s finest Aaron Rodgers saving his bacon, he should have been canned 5 years ago.
    =========

    Isn’t this new QB suppose to be Keanan Allen’s brother or something?

    Allen is a baller though.

  • http://raiderchaos.blogspot.com RaiderChaos

    283.zopi Says:
    October 14th, 2011 at 2:49 pm
    I had a feeling when HueJax said he was going to get more involved and make some changes in the defense, possibly getting into different sets and schemes, according to game situations, and perhaps mix in 3-4 alignments to their basic 4-3. So Curry and Groves could be used together on covering screens and short drops to the backs and TEs, something that has killed the defense. This could free up RoMac and Wimbley to be more aggressive pass rushers.
    ____________________________________________________

    I don’t know if you realized it or not, but we did more fire blitzes and zone blitzes last week. I think because the man upstairs went to another floor, they opened up the scheme a little more. Now that we have a full week under our belt of a new game plan….. watch for the heat! I guarantee its coming. The days of Man to Man are over.

  • http://www.aldavisshouldbeonmountrushmore.com Whats a Drexl?

    Tjbwall Says:
    October 14th, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    J Hill Says:
    October 14th, 2011 at 12:54 pm
    so we all agree Wimbley doesn’t belong as a starting Lb?

    ——————————————————

    I’d like to see Wimbley as our RDE.

    But I do think he is a decent LB, and certainly one of our best 3.
    ==============================================

    We’ll have to agree to disagree. In terms of pass rush I like Wimbley, but hes not exactly stout against the run. In fact hes rarely involved in stopping it & a 250lb De screams RUN @ ME

    3-4 Lb maybe 4-3 iffy
    ==========================

    What the fug is the deal with you?

    You have been in this blog for the last two weeks crying your eyes out about Wimbley. He aint the problem with this defense from what I am seeing.

    Look no further than the hot mess in the middle.

    Of course he could and should play better, but nobody is trucking Cam’s ass on the edge.
    He just isn’t getting to the QB, and needs to change his one uppercut rip bull rush technique.

    He is a great playa, get ovah it.

  • ghostraiders

    Is sully44.. Freddie p soft..?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Isn’t this new QB suppose to be Keanan Allen’s brother or something?

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

    Half-brother, and as limp-wristed, noodle-armed as they come.

  • JB

    ENGLANDRAIDER Says:
    October 14th, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Raiders trade for Brandon Lloyd.

    In a move that might make Tim Tebow fans raise an eyebrow, the Denver Broncos have traded all pro wide-receiver Brandon Lloyd to their division rival the Oakland Raiders for linebacker Quenten Groves and a fifth round draft pick in the 2012 NFL draft.
    ***********************

    When did this happen? Source?

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    273.SharkCatcher Says:
    October 14th, 2011 at 2:45 pm
    I highly recommend the Sopranos.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I once sat on a barstool in Hayward arguing with Jimmy Fr.
    Somehow, I don’t think he would have agreed.

  • Otis60

    Raiders 34 Browns 20

  • The Big Banana

    Raiderman, if Hue really wants to catch other teams off guard late in the game while protecting a lead, he should think about a halfback pass option with DMAC.

  • LA to TheBay

    The Hat is the fkn business.

    Food I missed while on the road and gained 5 lbs eating on my return visit to Cali over Labor day:

    In N Out
    Del Taco
    Fat Burger
    Carne Asada
    Tri Tip (why is this stuff such a damn secret to everywhere else??)
    El Pollo Loco

    and of course

    Roscoes!!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Might want to consider something shorter and easier to complete like the one in Denver.

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

    Co-sign

    Game of management

  • LA to TheBay

    Raiders trade for Brandon Lloyd.

    When did this happen? Source?

    ———-

    A lonely man in a secluded place.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    292.JB Says:
    October 14th, 2011 at 2:54 pm
    ENGLANDRAIDER Says:
    October 14th, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Raiders trade for Brandon Lloyd.

    In a move that might make Tim Tebow fans raise an eyebrow, the Denver Broncos have traded all pro wide-receiver Brandon Lloyd to their division rival the Oakland Raiders for linebacker Quenten Groves and a fifth round draft pick in the 2012 NFL draft.
    ***********************

    When did this happen? Source?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    It’s posted up above JB.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Bait and switch, England, Dakota’s express!