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Most Raiders gush about Broncos QB Tebow

By Steve Corkran
Friday, November 4th, 2011 at 4:26 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has developed into a lightning rod for criticism in his brief NFL career. Some think Tebow deserves a chance to mature into the role. Others think he should be playing another position. One way or the other, everyone has a strong opinion.

Through it all, Tebow takes the high road, talks about how blessed he is to have an opportunity and keeps plodding along as if he’s oblivious to things being said.

This week, it’s the Raiders’ turn to weigh in on Tebow, given he is starting against them Sunday. Coincidentally, he made his first NFL start against the Raiders, late last season.

So far this season, he has started two games. He rallied the Broncos from a 15-0 deficit for an 18-15 overtime victory against the Miami Dolphins. He followed that up with a dreadful performance against the Detroit Lions in a 45-10 loss.

“He came in here last year and played really well, and I expect he’ll come here again with the same thought,” Raiders coach Hue Jackson said. “The guy has talent. I’ve never questioned that. He can throw. He can run. And he’s on the opposing team, so we have to do everything that we can to get him under control.”

Plenty of other people have questioned Tebow, including some of the Lions last Sunday. Raiders defensive end Jarvis Moss played at the University of Florida for two seasons with Tebow, including the year Tebow won the Heisman Trophy. They also were teammates the first nine games last season before the Broncos released Moss.

On Friday, Moss found himself in the awkward position of talking about a former teammate who has struggled finding success in the NFL after a collegiate career that featured nothing but success.

“He’s a good athlete, Man,” Moss said. “He’s a strong dude. He can definitely hurt you with his legs.”

When asked about whether Tebow can hurt a team with his throwing arm, Moss paused for 13 seconds.

“Uh, I don’t want to answer that question because I really want to … Never mind. I can’t answer that question,” Moss said.

Raiders defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan echoed Jackson’s comments about Tebow posing problems for opposing defenses because of his rare ability to keep alive plays with his feet and run over defenders with his 240-pound frame.

“I see an offense that’s trying to take advantage of his skill set,” Bresnahan said. “It’s not my job to grade them. Until I get paid by (Broncos owner) Pat Bowlen, I’m not going to grade them on their efficiency or effectiveness. I’m just going to prepare ourselves to defend what they’re trying to do with him and the rest of the group around him.”

BRESNAHAN RAVES ABOUT CURRY

Bresnahan was asked about the play of linebacker Aaron Curry so far since Curry arrived at the Raiders via trade with the Seattle Seahawks. He acted as if there’s only one answer, and it’s obvious to everyone.

“This is a guy who loves to play football,” Bresnahan said. “And when people came in here and when I came in here we talked about having a clean slate. So I don’t look at the past. I don’t look at anything but what he’s doing here.”

Bresnahan said he, as well as Jackson, welcomed in Curry without judging him based on his failed stint with the Seahawks. The Curry they know and see every day is a far cry from the guy run out of Seattle.

“These are the type of players you want to bring in,” Bresnahan said. “They go into the meeting room, they attack their job in the meeting room, they attack their job on the practice field, they carry it to the game field, they act like professionals when they’re not on the field.
“And out of the building, they act like professionals. He is a prototypical professional for us. He’s brought a lot of experience, he’s brought a lot of excitement, emotion and passion to the defensive unit, and it shows on the field on the field on Sundays.”

MCCLAIN’S VALUE FOR THIS GAME HIGH

The Raiders are hopeful that middle linebacker Rolando McClain (leg) will be able to play Sunday for more than the fact that he is the leader of their defense and calls the signals.

Jackson said McClain’s presence in the middle of the field is paramount against a quarterback like Tebow who is a threat to run at any time, especially up the middle.

“The middle linebacker is a huge key to that, as teams try to run the ball up the middle against your defense,” Jackson said. “You got to make sure that you’ve got your stoutest guy in there to take that on.”

If McClain can’t play, the man in the middle will be Darryl Blackstock, who filled in for McClain when he came out against the Chiefs.

McClain was not available for comment all week.

It’s likely that whoever plays in the middle will be employed as a spy on Tebow, following his every movement and ready to pounce if Tebow pulls down the ball and takes off.

SUCCEEDING AGAINST THE RUN

Bresnahan pointed out that the Broncos still managed 195 yards rushing against the Lions, even though teams that lose by 35 points tend to turn toward a pass-heavy attack.

Based on recent results, that should play right into the Raiders’ hands. They allowed a league-worst 5.9 yards per carry through their first four games. At that time, Jackson and Bresnahan promised to get the issue resolved at all costs.

Sure enough, the Raiders have allowed only 3.2 yards per carry the past three games. There isn’t any secret as to the impressive turnaround, Jackson said.

“We’re just getting people on the ground, basically,” Jackson said. “Getting off blocks. All the things that everybody says, all the clichés that people use, we’re doing them the best we’ve done them. Kudos to the defensive staff and Chuck Bresnahan, but the players, when it’s all said and done, they have to make a decision in that locker room that they’re tired of having the ball run at them like that, and that’s what they’ve done.”

HOUSHMANDZADEH MAKING IMPRESSION

Recently signed wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh has been on a crash course since he signed with the Raiders on Tuesday.

To hear quarterback Carson Palmer tell it, it won’t be long before Houshmandzadeh is tutoring the other wide receivers on the Raiders playbook and the nuances of the game.

“He understands concepts, he understands schemes, alignments, all the little things a lot of receivers overlook,” Palmer said. “He’s a student of the game, and it’s going to be a really big help, especially for these young guys to have him around. Just in the first day, they were kind of taken back by how much he knows. For him to know the playbook in just his first day out, getting here late (Tuesday), shows a lot about his football knowledge.”

That comes as no surprise to Jackson, who coached Houshmandzadeh in Cincinnati from 2004-06.

“When I put guys on the football team, I put guys on the team to help us,” Jackson said. “If I thought he couldn’t pick it up or learn it, I never would have made that decision. T.J. knows how to play. He’s played a long time in this league.

“He brings vast knowledge, obviously game experience, to the receiver room, to the practice field, familiarity with the quarterback. Those are some huge factors. On top of that, he’s the one guy that I know I can go to a game with on Sunday and say, ‘T.J., go in there and do this,’ and he can do it.”

MCFADDEN UPDATE

Running back Darren McFadden has had nearly two weeks to recover from the mid-foot sprain he suffered against the Chiefs. On Friday, Jackson ruled out McFadden from the Broncos game.

Jackson likely did so thinking the Raiders should be able to beat the Broncos without McFadden and in hopes of having McFadden at full strength for the San Diego Chargers on Nov. 10.

Yet, there’s a possibility that McFadden could miss the Chargers game, too, based on the fact he still is on crutches, wearing a protective boot on his right foot, and hasn’t practiced in two weeks.

“I don’t know that,” Jackson said. “I know we’re making progress each and every day. He’s getting closer and closer. To me, that mid-foot sprain, you just got to take it day to day. I don’t want to say, ‘Boy, it’s going to be this or that.’ Every day, he’s gotten better. A lot better and I just think we’ll continue to evaluate that. I’m not going to put him out there if he’s not healthy.”

VELDHEER READY FOR SPEED RUSH

The strength of the Broncos defense lies in their ability to create pressure on the quarterback through pass-rush specialists Elvis Dumervil and rookie Von Miller.

Raiders left offensive tackle Jared Veldheer is accustomed to playing against much bigger defensive ends. Even so, he said he isn’t about to change his approach.

“The key is to just stay disciplined in your set, maintain a good body posture and just use your mechanics and fundamentals that the coaches teach us,” Veldheer said. “I don’t think everything needs to be changed up.”

In the end, it’s likely that the Raiders will use the eagerness of Dumervil and Miller against the Broncos by countering with an array of screen passes, draw plays and quick-hitting passes.

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  • TheToozFan55

    those WR’s on chargers are crazy! jeepers, it can be 3rd down and 30 and those guys make those catches. i hope to god they lose tomorrow to packers. PLEASE!

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    G’nite Sully!

  • TheToozFan55

    goodnite sullivan

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    Otis60 Says:
    November 5th, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    I have to go. Someone needs to use the hotel’s computer.
    _________________________________________________________

    bastards! say you doing some really important work here =)

  • TheToozFan55

    LOL LMN. that’s pretty funny………

  • TheToozFan55

    I’m gonna be thinkin’ about that dude tomorrow when the game is on. first time seeing a raider game.

  • http://nfl.com Cranberry

    Free priesttj and let him speak.

    Priesttj, what is your take on t-bo? And do you think the chiefs will melt? And how do you see the front office shaping up now that Coach is gone? I like Mark and Amy alot and I am sure you do to. And hopefully hererra can go back to PR only.

    And pay no attention to your detractors. You got Method and alot of others in your corner.

  • http://nfl.com Cranberry

    Free priesttj and let him speak!

  • http://nfl.com Cranberry

    Priesttj.

    Return requested by popular demand.

  • http://nfl.com Cranberry

    Free priesttj.

    We need to restore some order in here.

  • TheToozFan55

    my prediction: 2 TDs by palmer, 1 from bush, 1 from reece or taiwan jones. multiple sacks on tebow.

  • djohnnyg

    “When Tom Landry was fired by Jerry Jones, he left as a martyr, which was appropriate due to his christian faith. It was if he was sacrificed and ascended to heaven. Slightly overstated, but appropriate”.

    -Skip Bayless on the fring of Tom Landry in 1989.

  • TheToozFan55

    isn’t it wonderful that the game is TOMORROW? have a date for breakfast at coco’s at 9:00. Home by 10:30 then football for rest of day. will watch 5 o’clock game only if raiders win, same with “Inside the NFL”.
    We WILL win. No way we don’t.

  • ghostraiders

    Hey Priest. .when did you decide to change You’re name to cranberry? ?

  • TheToozFan55

    That was an awesome show about tom landry. i had no idea the impact he made on the NFL. My gosh, i don’t think anyone has ever surpassed him in his record, am i wrong?

  • Northern AZ Raider Fan

    yeah whats funny about Tebow and the whole throwing motion thing i never got it when it just showed him workout or throw in practice, but when it shows replays of him in a game it looks like slow motion and he heaves his whole shoulder into the throw and sometimes leaves his feet. I now know what the experts are talking about.

  • beach

    Just win tomorrow, baby!

  • PlunkforHOF

    Post #’s 417, 420, 422, 425 were not me, I have been out working. This blog sucks and its moderators remain incompetent.

  • ghostraiders

    AZ Raider… who do you pull for.. Arizona or Arizona state? I was pulling for Arizona state… tonight. . I can’t stand UCLA as I am a USC fan… you beat us… but I was hoping UCLA would lose to asu as well..lol

  • ghostraiders

    Punk. I would bet that was sully. .. no proof.. just my suspicion, ,,

  • TheToozFan55

    We WILL win tomorrow. i can feel it. michael bush first touchdown. housh catches a couple. DHB TD. remember that great touchdown DHB had where he was tackled but pulled free and scored? Was that the browns game? he’s a wildman!

  • ghostraiders

    * plunkhof

  • ghostraiders

    Tooz. . That was vs Houston Texans. .. day after al passed away..

  • djohnnyg

    Say what you want about Tebow, but the guy WON GAMES..PERIOD.

    We can sit here and tlak about throwing motion being “bad” or whatever, but I watched him ALOT during his time at Florida (i watch alot of college football..specifically the SEC) and Tebow was the leader of a very high powered offense.

    I saw him hit alot of receivers on a variety of routes. There’s a reason he won the Heisman and a National Championship. Teams could not stop him.

    The NFL throws different schemes and all that at him, so the thought is that his throwing motion is “off”. Fine, but he’s only started 5 games and he’s 2-3. That’s not horrible. Can u judge a guy from 5 games?

    For the record I wasn’t a Tebow fan while he was in college, but he had my respect. I rooted against him everytime he played and he burned me almost everytime. Now, I do think he gets too much crap.

  • TheToozFan55

    omfg. that joe montana commercial about joint juice; he looks 60 years old. how old is he?

  • TheToozFan55

    thanks ghostraidrs – my memory is not what it used to be. :)

  • Silverandblack666

    Women in the lingerie league have better throwing mechanics than Teblow.

    I hope we get 7 or 8 sacks tomorrow.

  • TheToozFan55

    djohnny – no doubt that tomorrow will be a game! Let’s see who wins!

  • djohnnyg

    As far as guys on this blog getting hating Tebow cuz he’s an unapologetic Christian, I have to be fair and say if there was Muslim guy who did some Muslim prayer in the endzone and at press conferences kept on mentioning how Allah helped him win, I have to admit it would irritate me and I would tend not to like that guy.

    Just being honest.

  • TheToozFan55

    agreed djohnny. i think it’s despicable that his religion should play any part in this. i think he will bounce back after last week and the raiders better beware.!!!!!

  • ghostraiders

    Djhonny… ill admit I wouldn’t care if a Muslim Guy prayed to Allah after a t.d… but that was before 9-11… now I would find it offensive. .. I’m Just being honest myself… I think tebow stinks as a qb but I hope we had more people with his character in this world… with that said. . I hope the Raiders beat the crap outta him and the broncos tomorrow! !!

  • ghostraiders

    Good nite people. .. I’ve got a buss to catch!!! On my way to Oakland! !! Yeaaaa!!!,… ill be the Guy in the McFadden #20 Jersey. .. ill wave to you guys!!.. LOL.

  • TheToozFan55

    ghostraidrs! everytime i watch the games, i wonder if i’m seeing someone from this blog!

  • djohnnyg

    581.ghostraiders Says:
    November 5th, 2011 at 11:22 pm
    Djhonny… ill admit I wouldn’t care if a Muslim Guy prayed to Allah after a t.d… but that was before 9-11… now I would find it offensive. .. I’m Just being honest myself… I think tebow stinks as a qb but I hope we had more people with his character in this world… with that said. . I hope the Raiders beat the crap outta him and the broncos tomorrow! !!

    Nite Ghost. You’ve summed it up perfectly.

  • TheToozFan55

    nite raider nation. we will be vitorious tomorrow!

  • ravenaider

    Ravenaider….in sec 135 row 24 with a JACK TATUM long sleeve t shirt on if anyone wants to stop by.

    Headed to CHICKEN & WAFFLES 44 Embarcadero W in JACK LONDON SQ for the RAIDER POST game show to watch Ravens/Steelers Game after we stop the Donks…Make sure to greet the wife 1st!!!

  • djohnnyg

    580.TheToozFan55 Says:
    November 5th, 2011 at 11:20 pm
    agreed djohnny. i think it’s despicable that his religion should play any part in this. i think he will bounce back after last week and the raiders better beware.!!!!!

    We do need to beware…and that goes for ANY opposing QB. We can NEVER take ANY team, or QB too lightly.

    Like I said, i’ve rooted against Tebow many, many times and he burned me way too much to overlook the guy. ANY guy.

  • And I Quote

    If I must be honest I don’t follow college football. I just can’t get in to it. I’ve tried and tried it just doesn’t do it for me. I’m extremely loyal to my teams and I don’t wanna be a half ass fan.

  • ravenaider

    GONE 4 REAL

  • Sam From Clam Gulch

    Still feelin that bad chicken. :oops:

  • GoodOle00

    Who dominates?

    Schilens

    Moore

    Bey

    Murphy

    Ford

    Boss

    Reece

    Taiwan

    Bush?

    C’mon man, so many weapons. No excuses!

  • GoodOle00

    F*** Irvin, F*** Sapp.

    Both idiots and A holes. THIS is why Howard Cosell was against players becoming announcers.

    Ahem, forgive oh football greats but what NONE of you were smart enough or brave enough to say is that Palmer at least has some NFL speed reps to compare before his first start.

    Pretty valuable right?

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d823bd660/article/palmer-comfortable-with-raiders-attack-after-bye-week

    Idiots…

    “FIFTEEN PLAYS!!! FIFTEEN PLAYS!!!”

  • GoodOle00

    592.(honestly, what would the response be if Michael Vick walked out on the Eagles?).

    =======

    No comparison!

    Is Vick being treated like Palmer was in Cincy? NO!

    IS Philly being run like Cincy has been? NO!

    Stupid, inaccurate metaphor

  • GoodOle00

    Thing is, Raiders have been irrelevant so long, none of these clowns knows what the **** they’re talking about.

    Man I hope Carson smokes bishes tomorrow. A massive game would be most welcome indeed…

  • Sam From Clam Gulch

    Still feelin that bad chicken

  • Raider from Middle Earth

    Palmer will be ready. I can feel it. TJ will have a big game too. We don’t have television here in Middle Earth, so I won’t be able to see the game. But Palmer will be big. I can feel it.

  • Big Fan
  • Big Fan
  • Big Fan

    Broncos’ John Elway spotted at Stanford practice, scouting Andrew Luck

    By Lindsay Jones
    Associated Press

    NFL scouts and football folks frequently troll the sidelines of college football practices.

    But of course, John Elway is no normal football executive, and when he’s seen at the college practice of the projected No. 1 pick in next year’s draft, well, that becomes news.

    Associated Press reporter Antonio Gonzalez reported via Twitter Wednesday afternoon that Elway is watching Stanford, and star quarterback Andrew Luck, practice in Palo Alto.

    A Broncos team spokesman said earlier today that Elway and general manager Brian Xanders are out of town this week “scouting.”

    It isn’t Elway’s first trip to Stanford this year. He was also in Palo Alto earlier this fall to watch the Cardinal play the University of Colorado.

    Elway (and any NFLer) is banned from talking about college players while they are still in college. But he can certainly observe.

    http://blogs.denverpost.com/broncos/2011/11/02/elway-spotted-at-stanford-practice/10541/

  • Big Fan