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Jackson says Palmer had nothing to do with Houshmandzadeh signing

Coach Hue Jackson wants everyone to know that the Raiders are his team. He calls the plays on offense, he is responsible for the losses and, most of all, he is the one who decides whether a player is worth adding to the roster.

So it was that Jackson felt compelled to quash any rumblings about recently acquired quarterback Carson Palmer playing a role in the Raiders signing wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh on Tuesday.

“None … ,” Jackson said, when asked what role Palmer played in the signing. “A lot of people have said – and I’ve heard all the reports; you walk around and look, and some of the coaches have their TVs on – ‘Oh, this is a Carson Palmer deal.’ Carson Palmer had nothing to do with this. I tried to get T.J. during training camp. People forget that I had a relationship with T.J. I coached him and I know exactly what he is. So, this wasn’t Carson’s idea, by no stretch.”

Jackson said he wanted Houshmandzadeh way back in August, when the Raiders were without the services of wide recievers Jacoby Ford and Louis Murphy due to injury.

Ultimately, the Raiders signed veteran Derek Hagan. Why? Well, Jackson didn’t have the autonomy at that point. That belonged to managing general partner Al Davis.

“At that time, Derek was there, we took Derek,” Jackson said. “I wanted T.J. Hey, like I told you, when coach makes a decision. He made it.”

Jackson said Davis wanted the emphasis placed on younger receivers. Houshmandzadeh, 34, didn’t fit the bill.

Now, Jackson feels as if the Raiders are in need of a proven receiver who can help spark the Raiders struggling passing attack.

“He has ability in the slot, but T.J. can really play everywhere,” Jackson said. “The player that I worked out yesterday still has some of the characteristics he had when I coached him. Obviously, he is a little older and a little more gray, but he knows how to play game. I am excited he’s here.”

Houshmandzadeh said he is excited to be reunited with Palmer and Jackson. Already, he is confident that he can fill a void in the Raiders offense.

“With the guys they have, they’re all fast,” Houshmandzadeh said, “but they don’t really have a guy who can work the middle of the field and can run routes. So I can bring that to the table. With those guys on the outside and the way Carson throws the ball and his ability to understand what a defense is trying to do, we can be really good if we put this thing together real fast.”

Houshmandzadeh hasn’t played in a game of any kind since Jan. 15, when he dropped a fourth-down pass in a game in which his Baltimore Ravens were eliminated from the AFC Playoffs.

That drop still bothers Houshmandzadeh, he said. As a result, he can’t wait to get back on the field and play in a game. Jackson said he expects Houshmandzadeh to play Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

“It doesn’t haunt me, it bothers me,” Houshmandzadeh said. “Because I don’t drop the ball. But I dropped that ball and I’m not ashamed to say I dropped it.”

Palmer raved about the qualities and intangibles Houshmandzadeh brings to the Raiders.

“T.J.’s always been a tremendous competitor,” Palmer said. “He has a chip on his shoulder. He doesn’t ever want to be covered, doesn’t ever want to drop the ball, he doesn’t ever want to lose a game and he’ll do whatever it takes to make sure those things don’t happen.

“But he’s consistent. He’s really another quarterback on the field. He knows more about offensive and defensive football than any non-quarterback I’ve ever been around.”

PALMER’S ARM JUST FINE

Houshmandzadeh is one of the few people qualified to pass judgment on Palmer’s arm strength. He played with Palmer when Palmer was in his prime, worked out with him the past two summers and caught passes from Palmer in practice Wednesday.

“I noticed it, and it’s a big difference,” Houshmandzadeh said of the zip on Palmer’s passes. People on TV, they’re like, ‘Oh, he doesn’t have the arm strength.’ They don’t know what they’re talking about.”

There was a time when Houshmandzadeh felt as if Palmer wasn’t the same. That came in the summer of 2010, when Palmer and Houshmandzadeh worked out in Southern California.

Palmer’s ball didn’t have the same zip on it, and he appeared to be throwing at less than full strength. When they convened this summer, Palmer looked like the Palmer of old.

“Last summer (in 2010), the zip wasn’t there,” Houshmandzadeh said. “It was at certain times, but he fatigued really quick. But this summer I asked him, it was one of the let times we worked out, actually, and he was like, ‘Yeah, it was bothering me. … ‘ but this summer, I thought, ‘Wow, this is like Carson when we were rolling in Cincinnati.’ ”

HEYWARD-BEY IN UNCHARTED WATERS

Darrius Heyward-Bey has 27 receptions for 434 yards through seven games. Not mind-blowing stats, but they certainly are impressive considering the recent performance of Raiders wide receivers.

Randy Moss totaled 1,005 yards in 2005. Ever since, the Raiders have not had a receiver who caught more than 62 passes or totaled more than 727 yards in a season.

Louis Murphy led the Raiders wide receivers in receptions and yards each of the past two seasons, with 41 for 609 last season and 34 for 521 in 2009. Johnnie Lee Higgins captured both titles in 2008, with 22 for 366. In 2007, Ronald Curry caught 55 for 717. In 2006, Curry had 62 for 727.

Heyward-Bey is on pace for 62 receptions for 992 yards.

NO WORD ON SELLOUT

The Raiders have until Thursday afternoon to sell enough tickets to avoid a blackout of the Broncos game on local TV. It’s uncertain where the Raiders stand toward that end.

They have sold out their first four regular-season home games this season, something that hadn’t been accomplished since the 2008 campaign.

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  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    AM Suckas: Hagan was not picked up by Denver.

    So easily used…

  • http://www.insidebayarea.com/raiders r8eray

    Good Morning Raider Nation!!

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Police = socialism.

    Occupy! Burn the port down!

  • Raiderbuck

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    November 3rd, 2011 at 8:25 am

    AM Suckas: Hagan was not picked up by Denver.

    So easily used…
    **************************************************
    Dangit! I’m trying to quit smoking and you all are just making it difficult! I DO think that Hagan was NOT the person to be cut.

  • clayjay31

    I understand what hue is doing. Everyone is freaking out about signing a wr for the league minimum. Chill out. Hue knows we are a run first team. But you can’t be a run only team. Palmer and housh are great gets, to make people respect the pass. I think most people are freaking out because it’s been so long since the kc loss. Our defense only gave up 14 points. We know what we are. I’d much rather be where we are now than be one of the teams that if they were in our shoes, they’d stick with boller and not make the playoffs. We are in great position. Beat Denver sd and Minnesota, were 7-3. Let’s get it done!

    Donks 10 raiders 23

  • hwnrdr

    Really? Dammit…well, just made it better, I guess…but who cares? STOMP THE DONKS!

  • clayjay31

    If cutting hagan is a worry, this is not a playoff team. No other team picked him up, he had a good preseason, but next man up. Hagan is not the difference between playoff run and missing playoffs

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    @corkonthenfl Steve Corkran
    Just learned Jon Condo spent his bye week camped out at the Occupy protest with Gavin Newsom.
    3 minutes ago

  • inonewordraider

    He knows more about offensive and defensive football than any non-quarterback I’ve ever been around,” Palmer said. “He understands concepts, schemes, alignments, all the little things a lot of receivers overlook. It’s going to be a big help for these young guys to have him around.

    “I think just in the first day, they were kind of taken aback by how much he knows. For him to know the playbook in just his first day out, getting here late yesterday, it shows a lot about his football knowledge.”

    feeling better about the signing, let’s go Raiders

  • http://ibabuss.com antispy3

    So; has everyone had enough time to digest the Carson Palmer interviews on Comcast Bay Area & BSPN?

    He was more in depth engaging the local press. He eluded to TJ having the best grasp of football, offensive & defensive, as any non quarterback he has been around. He went on to indicate the Raiders young WR corps embraced the fact TJ has not just the overall football knowledge but grasped the Raiders playbook very quickly.

    Of course Palmer went on to disclose TJ is like any other receiver; he wants the ball on every play.

    So when Coach Hue says he has been pining for this move since the truncated training camp he is right. However, the combination of the two (well, three) was percipitated by Palmer’s arrival. Once that took place the TJ addition was automatic.

    I think, as long as TJ represses his diva ways (a year with the Seahawks & the dropped pass @ the end of last year’s playoff loss for the Ravens should prove an acceptable cure) & integrates into the Raiders WR rotation this should prove nothing but positive. . .

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

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    November 3rd, 2011 at 8:40 am

    @corkonthenfl Steve Corkran
    Just learned Jon Condo spent his bye week camped out at the Occupy protest with Gavin Newsom.
    3 minutes ago
    ======================
    Condo was holding stretching classes before each days protesting.
    Multitasking at its finest, the man needs a raise.

  • http://ibabuss.com antispy3

    603; how do police equal socialism?

    In this case the word you want is “facism.” Great googly moogly!

    Are you a tea bagger?

  • Twinkle

    SnBPA
    1 Otto
    2 Dalby
    3 Robbins
    all pro bowl centers.A lineage that went from 59 to 02.
    Robbins was bipolar and could not drink.Someone got to
    him,took him down to TJ,got him to drink and that is why
    we lost that game.The center is the field general.The only guy to touch the ball on every down.He was irreplaceable.Pro bowl to babbling idiot overnight…
    I don’t think so.We got F&ked royally.Coincidence …
    no way!!!

  • Carl Weathers

    Man it’s nice to finally be stocked at WR AND have a very good QB!

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    ~Johnnie Lee Higgins captured both titles in 2008, with 22 for 366

  • Seymour Bush

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    November 3rd, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Police = socialism.
    ==================================

    Yeah, Jamista clown must hate them. And Firemen. And schools. And roads. As long as he has a cave and a board with a nail in it, he’s fine.

  • kokomo

    Is this weekend a sellout? Only lower level tickets in the visiting team side is available on Ticketmaster. It appears to me it’s close to approaching sell out

  • Twinkle

    Antispy3 all ism’s have one thing in common…a sh!tload
    of police.Socialism is two party Communism and Fascism
    is what Communism morphs into after all of its founding
    idealist’s are executed.

  • LA to TheBay

    Twinkle, don’t jinx Comrade bama

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Not a teabagger, lol. Just sarcastic.

    Police = socialism in the smallminded logic of many republitards. Pigs are govt. owned, and way overpaid with OUR tax money.

    Fire dept., post office, the GB Packers, DEA, Coast Guard, NAVY SEALS… same thing.

    All big govt. socialism. You should have to pay a private company to put the fire out on your house. Can’t pay? Ask your church to help or welcome to the curb.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Good morning Raider fans and others

    Heightened CODE BLACK protocols begin tomorrow

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Just read that Bush I actually considered making Clint his VP! Was way behind Dukakis in the polls and wanted a bump. Unreal.

  • LA to TheBay

    But Bo, aren’t teachers, military, police, and firefighters our heroes? And if not, they were certainly built up this way by the previous administration (OBGYNs sharing their love).

    Which is why Republicans are paying them more and giving them more opportunity, right?

    Oh, wait…

  • RaiderSam

    a bit of tension exists between the Oakland Police and the Mayors….

  • RaiderSam

    Antispy3 Says:
    November 3rd, 2011 at 8:49 am
    So; has everyone had enough time to digest the Carson Palmer interviews on Comcast Bay Area & BSPN?

    He was more in depth engaging the local press. He eluded to TJ having the best grasp of football, offensive & defensive, as any non quarterback he has been around. He went on to indicate the Raiders young WR corps embraced the fact TJ has not just the overall football knowledge but grasped the Raiders playbook very quickly.

    Of course Palmer went on to disclose TJ is like any other receiver; he wants the ball on every play.

    So when Coach Hue says he has been pining for this move since the truncated training camp he is right. However, the combination of the two (well, three) was percipitated by Palmer’s arrival. Once that took place the TJ addition was automatic.

    I think, as long as TJ represses his diva ways (a year with the Seahawks & the dropped pass @ the end of last year’s playoff loss for the Ravens should prove an acceptable cure) & integrates into the Raiders WR rotation this should prove nothing but positive. . .
    =================================
    I think he said he was “humbled” when the phone didnt ring during the season, until he got brief workouts with New England, N.Y. and San Fran. I think he may be in the right direction.

  • Twinkle

    LA…can’t…he’s doing a way to good of a job of that by
    himself.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Oh wait?

    I sense you are impugning our previous Republican leader. Who was also the President of our great nation.

    So I put it to you, by calling our leader a hypocrite, aren’t you denegrating our entire system? The country itself?

    I will not sit here while you spew such hate of the United States of America.

  • Twinkle

    Bo…gotta love the compassion for your fellow man…
    funny as all hell to see the Packers included in your list!

  • RaiderSam

    Twinkle Says:
    November 3rd, 2011 at 9:07 am
    Antispy3 all ism’s have one thing in common…a sh!tload
    of police.Socialism is two party Communism and Fascism
    is what Communism morphs into after all of its founding
    idealist’s are executed.
    ====================================
    Communists = invented by combining the nihilists and the atheists in 1929
    Capitalists = good up until the jobs were outsourced. Now its Corporate Communism and bankers imploding the economy with derivatives.

    largely an excuse to replace democratically elected governments unfriendly to american business and replacing them with genocidal maniacs. U.S. trained of course.

    Democrats/Republicans – two sides of the same coin. There are some efforts made to improve it, but Congress and the Dept. of Justice are completely powerless.

  • Twinkle

    Bo
    If you are speaking of the ‘decider’ (Gdubya) then I was
    only referring to elected officials.

  • M Lonetree

    BoSJack,

    time to unveil your Jon Condo for Prez placard on the front lawn.

    motto : Never has no one done so well

  • Twinkle

    RaiderSam I was told that a democrat was a republican
    without any money.

  • RaiderfanNY

    First off, who is T.J. to say what the current WRs can and can’t do?

    Second, isn’t it too soon for Hue to be saying that he’s going against Al Davis’ wishes by replacing Hagan with T.J.?

    I don’t like the smell of this.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Twinkle, I live on the Wis./Il. state line. I nail MANY teabagger cheeseheads with my Commie Packers attack.

    Don’t tread on my NFL!

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    LOL Lonetree. Condo is the Dan Quayle of pro sports.

  • Kirk

    Guys, you may want to view the horrible consequences of socialism at this link….

    http://euro2008girls.com/pics/swedish_girls_02-500×666.jpg

  • Twinkle

    RaiderfanNY I’ll try…
    1 Experience Current crop of WR’s = 0
    TJ = lots
    2 Al wanted Haggan…Hue wanted TJ
    after the votes were counted Al won 1-0.

  • M Lonetree

    this year it seems that McFalldown is disappeared.
    McFumble made a briel appearance against the Buffies and was instrumental in that Raider loss.
    But it is McFootInjury that won’t go away. Doesn’t that worry folks around here?
    (Much more problematic than whether or not Derek Hagan remains on the roster, don’t ya think?)

  • M Lonetree

    JaSoup – 6 passing TDs in 6 games.
    and the Raiders are in first place.
    it says here that the Raiders will exceed 1 TD pass per contest over the remainder of their schedule and will win the West.

  • Twinkle

    Bo…I don’t care what they all say…Racine is beautiful
    at this time of year.BTW did you happen to come across
    any discount Packer shares recently?

  • http://ibabuss.com antispy3

    “The Raiders are a first class organization. They’ll do anything to win. They’re first class, first rate.”

    Carson Palmer excerpt on BSPN. . .

  • http://ibabuss.com antispy3

    Bravo, Kirk. You have earned your captain bars. . .

  • cfrylopez

    2 tickets for the price of 1 Raidernation! Come to the Black Hole & watch the Silver&Black beat down the Donkeys & LA Super-Chargers( lights out San Diego!) Get 2 tickets for the price of 1 @ http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1C004696DC7A672C?artistid=805994&majorcatid=10004&minorcatid=8, @ the GO WEST courtesy of HAWAIIAN AIRLINES promotion. I don’t work for the Raiders, just a hard core season ticket holder who want’s the Raidernation to BLACKOUT the Raider Games, not the NFL!

  • 2romes

    I am less about concern about the TJ and Hagan switch and more concerned how easy M.Bush is being tackled, especially in short yardage plays. He need to pick up his feet more and drive harder. The defender confronting Bush just throws his body across Bush without wrapping Bush up and down goes Bush, down goes Bush, down goes Bush!!! He as to be able to step over some tackles or take the defenders momentum downward with a straight arm and gain extra yards. Whatever the case he needs to be more physical.

    Taiwan Jones needs to be the home run threat in the back field taking DMAC’s place. I hope he gets his touches and is productive in that role.

  • The Big Banana

    32 teams have passed on TO and you STILL want him. You guys just arent being objective here. TJ is an upgrade over Hagan PERIOD.

    _____________________

    Lol. I don’t want TO here but I must point out that if you use that logic, we shouldn’t have picked up TJ either. 32 teams passed for half the season till we came along.

  • Kirk

    antispy3 Says:
    November 3rd, 2011 at 9:53 am
    Bravo, Kirk. You have earned your captain bars. . .

    ……………………………….

    In my next life I want to be born in Sweden.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Packers “shares” are just a sham to try and appear capitalist.

    And I’m west of Racine a bit…

  • http://ibabuss.com antispy3

    Y’all have obviously missed my bit of humor. . .

    The occupation is going on here in the 206 (actually started b4 the occupation in Oaktown) as well. Pepper spray made it’s first apperance @ the behest of Cicibank’s CEO. . .some welcoming committee. . .

    I actually sampled the local flavor the first two days. Really disorganized. I didn’t want any connection to me & Timothy leary. . .

    It’s just so funny how the youth invariably shoot their load supposedly for “the greater good” & shortly thereafter repair to more capitalistic ventures. . .more profitable when one realizes dissent is futile. What’s going to be the outcome? American Spring? LOL

  • The Big Banana

    Ah, the uncertainty of the NFL. Preseason’s rockstar is yesterday’s trash.

  • Twinkle

    Lonetree
    Hell yeah it’s a worry but Al left us an insurance policy
    by the name of M.Bush.Who doesn’t occupy much of the trainers time and does not fumble for all of the time he
    spends between the tackles.Gotta put 8 in the box or he’ll run all over you azz.Gotta figure Palmer may be able to do something with that…don’t you?

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    McBroken is definitely in the house…again.