Boss not sure why he was a spectator


Subbing for Steve Corkran today . . .
Raiders coach Hue Jackson says very little happens to his team that they don’t hear about from him first.

Kevin Boss apparently didn’t get the message when it came to his playing time Sunday in a 38-24 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Boss was essentially a spectator, playing only on special teams.

“I was surprised,’’ Boss said Monday. “Coach’s decision.’’

It’s been difficult for Boss to gain much traction as a Raider after signing a four-year, $16 million free agent deal after Zach Miller signed with the Seattle Seahawks. He missed the first two games of the season with a knee strain and has just eight catches for 160 yards, with a 35-yard touchdown reception coming from Shane Lechler on a fake field goal attempt.

Coach Hue Jackson said Boss didn’t play because the Raiders used a lot of formations with three wide receivers and two running backs, although that doesn’t account for having Brandon Myers, the backup tight end, on the field.

Boss sustained a concussion against Kansas City but had been cleared medically to play and had practiced all week leading up to the Denver game.

“I’ve got a lot of confidence in myself and I feel like I can help this team, but that’s something I can’t do when I’m not playing,’’ Boss said. “I think things will work itself out and I feel confident that I’ll get back out there and continue to do what I’ve done in the past and that’s make plays and be a solid tight end.’’

The absences of Boss and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, who played sparingly and had only one pass thrown his way, were notable. For what it’s worth, quarterback Carson Palmer said both players stuck around and worked on Thursday and Friday during the bye week to get timing with their new quarterback.

“They were here just as much as anybody else,’’ Palmer said.

Jackson said after the game Heyward-Bey simply wasn’t involved in a lot of the formations the Raiders used against Denver.

“I’m not sure of any specific reason,’’ Palmer said. “Sometimes that’s just the way things work.’’

Heyward-Bey was not present during the Raiders’ open locker room session.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • TheToozFan55

    LOL Wasbanned.

  • ghostraiders

    Misty.. Debo.. and now even Jesus … Palmer detractors!! Anyone else want to join this list.. because when he plays well.. I’m comming back for them… it wasn’t his fault we lost but it wasn’t his best either… these three are just haters..

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Gotta agree. DMoore vs Champ Bailey not our best matchup. Jacoby was tearing it up!

    Really excited about DMoore at the start of the season. Right now, I think hes on the level with Murphy, Chaz, and TJ Hosh, which is pretty low.

  • TheToozFan55

    The only defense i saw was TJ Housh preventing yet another INT.

  • lefty12

    Terrapin,don’t get me wrong,I am no fan of Bresnahan.I’m just pointing out everything isn’t his fault alone and that the HC seems to support his efforts and is blaming the players,not Bres.

  • UCLA Raiders

    As for the penalties Hue stayed one step short of calling his team the “stupidest team in America” by calling it: Our players don’t play intelligently.
    For crying out loud how stupid is Seymour pulling face mask of the player who’s already whistled down? And he’s the captain of this defense. How many stupid penalties has this guy had aloe? And where the F was he in second half? Did he even play in 2nd half? I sure couldn’t see him there when donkeys were running their college offense.
    This was one of the craziest 30 minutes of sorry display of football I’ve ever witnessed. Thank you Hue for building such a bull(y) crap!

  • ghostraiders

    Alex… facts wont help man.. haters will be haters..lol

  • TheToozFan55

    I’m not hatin’ on Palmer at all. However, i am somewhat nonplussed that instead of playing a more conservative game (ala Jason Campbell) UNTIL HE GETS MORE COMFORTABLE, he’s throwing into crowds. Just sayin’. Don’t understand that.

  • TerrapinRaider

    Palmer is better than Campbell that much is clear. That offense is getting by now off of Palmer talent not continuity, familiarity or anything remotely fine-tuned from months of practice. Its Palmer’s ability. Period!

    You can tell he is not totally comfortable yet. Yet we still can move the ball and scored 24pts WITHOUT three top dogs DMC DHB & BOSS! Without time, he will be deadly in this offense.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    You have to stick with the run game. Someone go get the rushing stats for stephen jackson or MJD. You gotta commit to runing the baLl and stick with it.

    Alex, 1st place with JC and a conservative offense that unintentionally tended to limit turnovers. Anyway, a lot to ask that a QB off the street will get it together in time to make a difference. By the time his timing is down, season will be lost.

    I would have waited till offseason. No way any team would have outbid hue jackson and two 1st round picks. No way! The reall crappy teams would go to draft. Only Raiders would have given up two 1sts. Would have got a better deal in offseason. But Hue didn’t have a backup prepared

  • Mike Mayock’s take on raiders defense…


    Raiders were prepared for QB draws and QB runs but when Denver went to unbalanced line with no TE or WR to wide side of field for the Zone Read Option Oakland shifted over and and DE’s were unprepared.

    Wimbley and Moss were both burnt on these plays at critical times.

    The interior of the D-line was exposed by McGahee in the 2nd half especially on the huge run for a TD.

    Here is another person contradicting Hue Jackson.

    Hue said scheme wasn’t the problem, just execution.

    Yet an analyst who was given special treatment and access to raiders practice this week says team was not prepared for the Zone Read Option.

  • Pretty Rick

    Boss speaking out against his playing time. I won’t be surprised if Boss is standing on the sidelines while B. Myers and R. Gordon are on the field when using double TE sets. If Hue loses that locker room the season will be pretty much over.

  • ghostraiders

    The same people ripping on Palmer will be the same that give props to the defense only if we beat SD 24-20… LOL.. the line has been drawn in sand by some here… it doesn’t matter how he does.. I just know he’s an upgrade from what we had… and just remember. . Were still missing our best player with dmac. .

  • luvmarvhub

    So, that article said that Hue had a team meeting Saturday night and threatened to let go players and bring in free agents?

    Do you believe we had a team meeting Sat. night for a home game?

  • The Big Banana

    Ghostraiders Says:
    November 7th, 2011 at 3:58 pm
    Misty.. Debo.. and now even Jesus … Palmer detractors!! Anyone else want to join this list.. because when he plays well.. I’m comming back for them… it wasn’t his fault we lost but it wasn’t his best either… these three are just haters..


    There’s something else at play for Misty. It will always be something with that cat. You watch. Palmer can play lights out, we go deep into the playoffs, and that cat will find a way to criticize Palmer, say that JC could have done it better, and praise the rest if the team. Calling it now, ghost.

  • olinesux

    hues playcalling is to blame

  • ghostraiders

    Banana. . Your right bro… I wonder if they can atleast admit that he played a whole lot better than he did vs k.c. ?? But no? They want to hold him accountable for that game as well… pathetic!! If he starts playing bad… starts trashing and blaming people. . I can understand. . But he barely has one game under his belt.. its ridiculous man!! … misty is still dealing with his depression after jc got injured… jc was never our best player..dmac is!!… he’s more important than we know..

  • Raiders2002

    Another perfect example of Hue Jackson being a punk and not utilizing the weapons we have on offense. We are the most talented team in the NFL on offense, and we have a wanna-be rex ryan running the show. I give it another month and he will have lost the locker room completely. Sad day in Raider Nation


    why would u sign this guy to a 4 yr contract and not let him play!!!? Hue get ur head out ur azz and start using him more in the passing game!

  • Palmer is not leading right side recievers properly, and is throwing behind them, that’s his picks, did it again yesterday, recievers had to actually back up to try to make the play. Defence, left it in the locker room at the half. Disgusting! Second half, should of pounded rock, dink n dunk, moved chains, controlled clock. We did nothing. There’s more to this than the locker room, first half was played well, but there are two more quarters to play, and we didn’t show up and execute. I’m still sick to my stomach of this loss. Unacceptable! Eat it Hue, this one’s on you!

  • Will D

    Carson Palmer is a joke. Just like Hue is turning out to be. JC isn’t Brady or Manning but he was running the show efficently. It really shows how much Al meant to this team. Can’t beleive Hue came out and said he wanted TJ during training camp, and Al Davis over ruled him. But the first thing he does before the dirt was thrown over Al is go get TJ. So much disrespect.

  • 4.2 40

    Yea right….Soup was given only half the field to read….??? No he was supposed to read the man to man coverage in a cover 2 zone defense….Congratulations, he had that down….

  • Will D

    Whatever his responsibilities were, he did it well and led the team to a 4-2 record. Apparently the other teams couldn’t figure it out to stop it.So half read or full read, he got the job done.

  • edward teach

    The best thing that could happen right now would be for Mark Davis to tell Hue that there will be no more personnel moves this year, and to concentrate on coaching the players he has.

    Unfortunately, we have to wait until the season is over to interview any GM candidate that is currently employed by an NFL team. Until then, Hue is the head coach, and that’s all he is. And he’d better step it up. I don’t care what the current propaganda is, he and his defensive coordinator got outcoached on Sunday. You can try and BS the fans and the media and your team all you want, but once everybody figures what’s really going on it’s curtains.

    The window is getting smaller. And don’t give me anything about not being realistic, or being impatient. Hue was the one that told us what he was going to do. He got his ass kicked by an inferior team on Sunday. Period.

  • BakoRaider661

    What’s going on with this team???????????

  • djohnnyg

    I’ve lost faith in Hue and I will say this with no apologies or regret and i’ll happily eat my words if he proves me wrong but i miss Tom Cable.

    I didn’t like it when Cable got fired. I talked myself into liking Hue cuz of the way he ran the offense and I bought into his bulls..t.

    Gonna fix the penalties? Yeah right. Instill discipline? It is obvious to everyone that this is the most UN-disciplined team in the league.

    Worse than losing the team is this: LOSING THE GAMES.

  • 1eyedpirate

    Also, i think once the season is over that Chuckee B is done after this season for sure…. He is the last stamp Al put on this defense…. He listened to Al by pretended to be d coordinator…. He calls the plays and coaches fundamentals but he was never the innovator o this defense….. Al was…. Hue wanted the coach from the jets that wasn’t t given permission to speak to…. Chuckee B is the equivalent of Tom Walsh…. Once he is gone we will be much better…. This defense is fast and powerful once a good coach puts those guys in place and a proven veteran linebacker is picked up to teach these guys how to attack and not react then we will see improvement….

  • joker94583

    Starting to despise Hue. At times he is a real douche bag. I guess I would be too if I were in over my head as much as Hue is.

  • ArtilleryShell

    I couldn’t even blog yesterday. Sick of losing the games we should win. Denver lost 45-10 the week before and the QB was dissed by players. This always happens, we lose to guys who aren’t NFL ready yet. Bresnahan, gotta go. Need a DEF CO who can do more than call a blitz. Someone who can bait QB into making bad throws for INTs, showing one coverage and changing once the ball is snapped. Where is the run DEF? How do LB’s just block themselves? Run into clogged gaps without the wherewithal to leave enough separation to disengage and track the ball carrier. Blackstock left some huge holes, but so does McClean uniform, I mean McClain

  • ArtilleryShell

    I watched Lance Briggs for the bears and he was playing football. Do we have LB’s that can diagnose plays? Hue, not playing Boss, for what? He could stay in and help protect the QB as well as Myers (whom I like good, but not to play the guy, WTF) and not play DHB? We been working on his confidence, how does this help? Other than some late receptions by Moore, what were the WR’s doing? It was good to see Schilens make a few plays, but we got out coached by ourselves for a change.

  • ColoRaider63

    This started at halftime of last weeks KC game. Bush had around 90 yds rushing in first half and we’re down only 21 to 7 at home. Hue comes out and calls 3 consecutive pass plays for Boller, 2 of which were throws he cannot make and guess what; INT! All this so Hue could justify putting Palmer in prematurely. Had he kept with the running game and short passes for Boller and got within 21 – 14 who knows what would’ve happened. Subsequently, they only finished with 121 yds rushing in the game just so Hue could air it out for 3 more picks. As many have said here someone needs to reel in Hue’s a#s because there is absolutely no reason Boss and DHB should be spectatros. The D sucked and needs to make amends; but, it’s going to be sad to watch Hue sink this talented ship in such a weak division.

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    Didn’t think it was a serious score. Sorry. It also is a pain when people write 78-16 without listing a team.

    Will repair soon. Operating on wing and prayer computer at the moment. Using tv as monitor and very old computer and keyboard think the mouse might be okay.

  • qodrn

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