Things, they are a changing with the Raiders


Coach Hue Jackson says things are changing around here these days. Look no further than the Raiders penchant for blitzing the past two games for overwhelming evidence to support that statement.
The Raiders blitzed 30 times their first four games this season, for an average of 7.5 per game. In the past two games, that number almost tripled, to 21.5 blitzes per game.
Why the change? Simple. Managing general partner Al Davis discouraged blitzing during his long reign. He was of the belief that a good defense should be able to generate ample pressure on the quarterback with four defensive linemen. The seven other defenders were there to stop the run and help in pass coverage.
It’s not a coincidence that the spike in blitzes coincided with the death of Davis. It’s not a sign of disrepect to Davis, just a difference in philosophy.
Davis made it known to his defensive coordinators over the years that he didn’t like frequent blitzes. If a defensive coordinator dialed up a blitz, it had better work. Or else. Or that defensive coordinator would hear about it, with no minced words.
Well, now the wraps are off, and Bresnahan is free to blitz as often as he sees fit.
The Raiders blitzed only 53 times in 2007, when Rob Ryan was the defensive coordinator. Fifty three times in 16 games. Watch Ryan’s Dallas Cowbows these days, or put on some tape of the Cleveland Browns the past two years and watch how often they blitzed.
Safety Matt Giordano came on several blitzes against the Cleveland Browns last Sunday. On one play, he drilled quarterback Colt McCoy and sent the ball flying out of bounds.
“Yeah, it’s definitely helping our defense,” Giordano said. “We have good cover guys and a great front line that wreaks havoc already, and when you add a little more blitzing that puts even more pressure on the quarterback. We have to just continue to cover guys and get to the quarterback when we do bring extra pressure.”
Jackson rationalized the change by saying the Raiders defense was too predictable in the past. There was a need to give opposing offenses more to think about each game.
“We play a little zone every now and then but I want to mix it up,” Jackson said. “I don’t want to play the same thing all the time. It’s been pretty vanilla here in the past, and guys have kind of known how to attack us. Not that people beat us that way, but we need to get better and do things differently and give these players more opportunity to have success.”
You do the math on that one, folks.
For more evidence, we bring back coach Jackson.
“It’s something teams have a hard time with,” Jackson said. “It’s just something I truly believe in. You have to get after people. If I’m going to go down, I want to go down bombing everything. That’s just the way I feel about it. I don’t want to be sitting back watching and having people go get us. So we’ve done a good job, Chuck’s done a great job. Our personality here is changing a little bit that way, and deservedly so.”
Safety Mike Mitchell said it makes sense for the Raiders to blitz because he feels as if they have the most speed and talent in the league.
“Last week, you had Colt McCoy come up to us and say, ‘Man, I thought you guys were going to play more man,’ ” Mitchell said. “It’s good when the quarterback says that because we are known for so much man coverage. But when we can throw wrinkles with some of our fire zone and other things, it gives them different looks. They’re not going to know what to expect.”

The Raiders petitioned the league for an extension so that they could use an extra day or so to see if they can sell the remaining tickets for Sunday’s game.
The league granted the extension, which runs through Friday. Recent history shows that when the Raiders get an extension, they wind up selling out the game, and it is televised locally.
The Raiders sold out their first three regular-season home games this season. Selling out the Chiefs game would give them four straight for the first time since the 2008 season.
Jackson did his part by pleading with fans to show their support for the Raiders by purchasing tickets and showing up to the Coliseum on Sunday.

Jackson is having a ton of fun with all the speculation surrounding whether recently acquired quarterback Carson Palmer will start Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
He said his phone is ringing off the hook with people wanting to know if Palmer or Kyle Boller is his starter this week. He scoffs at numerous reports, from ESPN and others, that say Jackson already has tabbed Palmer as the starter.
“There’s no decision,” Jackson said. “Again, everybody’s wondering who is going to start. I am not going to make that decision, I don’t have to anytime soon. Sometime maybe tomorrow evening I will figure it out. Right now, I am not in a rush. There is no reason to rush.”
That isn’t stopping people from asking, again and again.
“I got more friends right now than I’ve ever had in my life,” Jackson said. “There’s more media here than ever, my phone will not quit buzzing. I got people saying, ‘I’m your friend from way back when,’ you know? Like I’m going to tell somebody something. I aint telling anybody anything. So, you guys can all stop now. I’m just telling you right now, I don’t have to. That’s the good part.”

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Steve Corkran

  • LA to TheBay

    Ooooh, that Henny Black is the bizness. Good call. Was gonna go with the VSOP, but think I just changed my mind.

  • hwnrdr

    Swayze Waters…I remember that dude…lol…
    He was pretty good, but with SeaBass out, we have to do more than cross the 50! Good to hear Chekwa is back…is Lito Sheppard practicing?

  • inonewordraider

    PGutierrezCSN Paul Gutierrez
    Boller takes first two snaps with @Raiders first-team offense, then media window closes #forwhatitsworth

  • inonewordraider

    Jerrymcd Jerry McDonald
    Rolando McClain looks to be a spectator again today. Guess is he’ll play, though.

  • inonewordraider

    JDJohnDickinson John Dickinson
    On QB snap watch Boller was with the first team for two snaps as window closed different from Wed/Thur when he & Palmer alternated #Raiders

  • hwnrdr

    803.inonewordraider Says:
    October 21st, 2011 at 10:46 am
    PGutierrezCSN Paul Gutierrez
    Boller takes first two snaps with @Raiders first-team offense, then media window closes #forwhatitsworth

    Hahahaha! I wonder why???

  • MikieG

    I may have just peed in my pants a little:

    “I give him a play, he calls it, he executes it flawlessly.” -Hue Jackson on Palmer

    • After two days of practice, Palmer is looking good, and gaining knowledge of his receivers, according to Jackson. “I see the same guy I saw in Cincinnati [in 2004-06, when he was receivers coach],” Jackson said. “He’s got a very strong arm. He hasn’t fumbled a snap. He’s been laughing and talking with his receivers, all his new teammates. Here’s what I noticed: He’s been here 16 hours, and [in Wednesday’s practice], I give him a play, he calls it, he executes it flawlessly.”

    From Sports Illustrated Peter King… but it’s a good read.

    Reunion in Oakland: All eyes on Jackson’s gamble with Palmer

    The news, and my opinion, about Carson Palmer in the wake of my conversation with going-for-broke Oakland coach Hue Jackson Thursday night:

    • No comment about whether Palmer will start Sunday against Kansas City. I’d be surprised if Jackson — who recruited Palmer to USC, who coached Palmer at USC, who was an assistant at Cincinnati for three years during Palmer’s prime — somehow, some way, finds a reason to start Kyle Boller instead of Palmer on Sunday. “I have great respect for our backup quarterbacks,” Jackson told me. “But they’re backups.” Doesn’t sound like Boller’s taking the snaps Sunday.

    • I asked Jackson about what I’d heard, that the deal for Palmer hit a wall late Monday night and was in danger of not happening. Jackson steadfastly refused to discuss details of his negotiations with Bengals owner Mike Brown — and Brown chose Thursday not to be interviewed for this story. But when I asked Jackson about the state of the negotiations when he went to bed Monday night, he said: “I was probably 30-70 it wasn’t going to happen.”

    • First phone call from Jackson to Brown Tuesday morning: “I would say about 3:30 my time [6:30 a.m. in Cincinnati],” Jackson said. “I knew time was very short.”

    • The hangup that got solved? No one’s saying. But my feeling is it came down to the 2013 pick. There was never a question the Raiders’ 2012 first-round pick would be part of the compensation. But there was a question about the 2013 part of the deal — would it be a 2013 second-round pick that went to a one if the Raiders made the playoffs in either of the next two years? Or would it be a second- that went to a first-rounder if the Raiders advanced to the AFC Championship Game in either of the next two years? It ended up being the latter.

    • Speaking of getting no sleep, that was part of the human side of this thing. When Jackson found out Sunday night that the injury to starter Jason Campbell was a broken collarbone that would require surgery, he began putting the bug in Raider execs’ ears about Palmer. Within hours, Campbell had gone from being the quarterback on a 4-2 playoff contender to having to seek a new job in a new city, most likely, after the season because his contract expires after the year.

    “The human part of this business is that there’s sometimes a brutal reality to it,” Jackson said. “I feel awful for Jason. We all do. I wouldn’t wish what happened to him on anyone. He’s done everything we’ve asked of him, and been a very good player for us. But I chose to do this job. Situations like this are part of the seat I sit in. Jason’s in surgery, and we’ve got to figure out the best thing for this football team.”

    • After two days of practice, Palmer is looking good, and gaining knowledge of his receivers, according to Jackson. “I see the same guy I saw in Cincinnati [in 2004-06, when he was receivers coach],” Jackson said. “He’s got a very strong arm. He hasn’t fumbled a snap. He’s been laughing and talking with his receivers, all his new teammates. Here’s what I noticed: He’s been here 16 hours, and [in Wednesday’s practice], I give him a play, he calls it, he executes it flawlessly.”

    The honeymoon is on.

    Jackson has heard the criticism of the Raiders’ trade for Palmer. They paid waaaaaay too much. He’s processed it. He’s considered it. He’s dismissed it.

    “It comes down to winning,” Jackson said. “And you can’t put a pricetag on that. I understood the magnitude of the picks, the fact that high picks in 2012 and 2013 were involved. But tomorrow’s not promised to us. We’ve still got a fifth-round pick and a sixth-round pick next year in the draft, and I’m pretty sure we’ll get a compensatory pick or two for free agents we lost. We’ll be able to get players in different ways. There are more creative ways to get players too.”

    True, but the Raiders’ first pick next year won’t be until about number 97 overall, if they get a third-round compensatory pick for losing Nnamdi Asomugha to the Eagles in free agency. This Palmer deal is an all-in deal, which is what Jackson’s been preaching to his players.

    “I tell everyone on this team that I’m going to do everything we can to win right now. So here’s a crisis. And the guys are looking around, looking at me, thinking, ‘Well, coach, what are you going to do?’ If what I say has validity, I have to put my money where my mouth is. And if there’s anyway we can acquire an outstanding quarterback, we have to do that.”

    I had a veteran general manager, a conservative one, tell me this week this was a deal he never would have done — but he understood exactly why the Raiders did it. The GM said the Raiders have a good team, with some important veterans who might not have much time left. (Richard Seymour, for instance.) They’ve been losers for eight years. They’re good now, and might have a chance to be very good. But with Boller? The Raiders couldn’t see it. I agree on that.

    And the deal won’t be stupid if Palmer leads them to a title, or to the verge of one. It’s like what Ernie Accorsi once said about sending a huge package to San Diego for Eli Manning. It’ll be worth it if they won a Super Bowl with Manning. If he didn’t, then the writers and the public could have a field day. Manning won it, and no one’s questioning the deal now. It’ll be the same with Palmer. And if Jackson’s right, no one will be questioning his personnel acumen. Right now it’s a big if, but Palmer has this thing in his hands. He wanted to play for a contender, and now he’s got it.

  • LA to TheBay

    Palmer’s your starter, LOL

  • inonewordraider

    Had no idea … Kansas City fullback Le’Ron McClain and Oakland middle linebacker Rolando McClain are cousins. Good matchup Sunday

  • inonewordraider

    that was from vittorio tweet

  • The Big Banana

    Palmer will outsell Campbell’s jersey sales, by the end of the month.


    You think it takes that long?

  • inonewordraider

    Hahahaha! I wonder why???

    I know I mentioned earlier Hue grew up in South Central, gotta be slicker than letting chiefs think there’s a possibility Bomber starts. Musta been tired…

  • hwnrdr

    Funny is that Carson wanted to play for a contender…but remember that news about Moss would consider coming back to a contender with a good QB in place? Just say no, Hue!

  • The Big Banana

    MikieG Says:
    October 21st, 2011 at 10:48 am
    I may have just peed in my pants a little:

    “I give him a play, he calls it, he executes it flawlessly.” -Hue Jackson on Palmer



  • inonewordraider

    Jerrymcd Jerry McDonald
    Boller opens practice with first team, third straight day _ even more significant _ Seabass moving gingerly with left hamstring strain.

  • How can Seabass pull a hami, after 6 games. Time to stop paying tribute to AD with the McDonalds Cheeseburgers and KFC Cole Slaw.

  • inonewordraider

    AdamSchefter Adam Schefter
    Two people familiar with situation believe it is unlikely Carson Palmer will start Sunday, though no final decision has been made.


    The trade: Still think we paid too much, but desperate times call for desperate measures. No doubt Palmer will prove to be an upgrade and JC wasn’t going to be the answer moving forward – but two number one’s for a 32 year old whose best days might be behind him ? Best case scenario; Palmer gives the Raids 5 years of stellar QB play and a shot at a SB run. Worst case scenario; we wind up with Johnny Carson and the draft cupboard is depleted. Only time will tell – and although I agree something HAD to be done to address the QB situation, and I’m glad something WAS done, I’m dubious about this move long term.

    The coach: As previously stated – I’m very happy with Hue thus far. But some doubts have crept in as a game day manager. Can’t keep making bonehead decisions like not taking the game clinching FG against Cleveland. Want to go for the dagger strike late, instead of running clock ? Fine, I have no problem with extreme aggresiveness – but go with a play that has a good chance of success. A deep Campbell pass doesn’t fit the bill. Need to see better management of timeouts. Continually burning a timeout or two the first drive of every game has to stop. These issues must be addressed and addressed quickly. Have great hopes for Hue to blossom into a premier NFL head coach, not just an outstanding offensive coordinator and play caller. Have to make the right decisions when it’s crunch time.

    The upcoming game: Easy to lose focus and be overconfident for this one. Up to Hue and the staff to have the team prepared and focused on beating KC, rather than dwelling on the events of the past week. Can not be complacent, there are no sure things in the NFL. Raider defense showed they can annihilate the Chefs in last season’s finale. Now, Chefs are without their best running back and coming to OUR house. There can be no excuses for coming away with anything but a win. There is the danger of falling back to 4-3 instead of being 5-2. Huge difference. NO LETDOWN !

  • TheToozFan55

    Raiderman99 – Good post. My thoughts exactly. And the penalties have to stop as well, although that is probably not Hue’s fault. They’ve put us in a bad position over and over again. We’ve GOT 2 focus on this game………………………….

  • qodrn

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  • Snoopy

    Sorry guys but Raiders to LA is a bigger option and possibility now with AL gone than ever!!!

    New state of the art stadium, Raiders had a steady 4o to 45 thousand season ticket holders even in the horrid LA coliseum days… thats almost a sell out in the current configuration in Oakland!

    Now, in the new digs with LA fans STARVED for football and the poor attempt of the media to push the Chokers on us with miserable success the only and biggest candidate to be in LA is the RAIDERS… sorry but it just isL the way of the world… GREED is the key and without Al who was hated by the media and skewered at every chance…

    the case for oakland being here is just too strong and makes too much sense in terms of money!!!

    For the record I hope they stay in Oakland!!! BIG TIME!!!!! but i don’t think they will, sadly but thats how i see it!!!