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More Raiders’ Monday notes, quotes

Some more news, notes and observations now that print deadlines are met:

– Was Hue Jackson admitting he got a little conservative in his fourth-quarter play calling as the Raiders stretched their streak to 85 minutes without a touchdown in the game-deciding quarter?

You be the judge.

“It starts with me. I have to, as the primary play-caller, and the emotional leader of this team, make sure I’m on my `A’ game at all times. I’m not saying I’m not, but I have to go back and at halftime as I address them about making sure they finish, and coach Jackson has to make sure he finishes.”

Jackson went on to add that the Raiders would have scored in the fourth quarter had it not been for a blocked field goal attempt _ “Are you kidding me? Somebody doesn’t want us to score in the fourth quarter” _ and said the problem wasn’t for lack of effort.”

He also said, correctly, that some of these fourth quarters have included some very big plays by the offense that got key first downs and changed field positions to help the defense.

– Until Darren McFadden is spotted on the field, it’s hard to take seriously that he’ll be ready to play in a game. Jackson went out of his way to say McFadden doesn’t have some kind of hidden injury, that he simply wants him to be at 100 percent.

As frustrating as that is, anyone who watched McFadden as he tried to play through injuries as a rookie and in Year 2 would be hard-pressed not to agree.

“I don’t want a 70 percent Darren McFadden,” Jackson said. “I think that’s unfair to the player and unfair to the football team.”

– Through 10 games, it’s pretty clear Tyvon Branch is on the way to becoming the player Jackson said he is. Always a fabulous special teams player _ Shane Lechler was raving about Branch when he was a a rookie _ it’s clear he has stepped up to another level on the defensive side.

“I said before the season I thought he’d be one of the breakout players in the NFL,” Jackson said. “I don’t think he gets enough credit because he plays really well for us week in and week out. He plays every snap for us, doesn’t complain, he loves to play, he loves to be involved in tackling and pass defending and all that. I think he’s doing a great job.”

– About those quarterback sneaks with Carson Palmer . . .

“We got a big, ol’ 6-foot-5 235-pound quarterback. Why not just let him go instead of reversing pivot and handing to someone deep?,” Jackson said. “Plus, he told me he’s one of the best in the world at quarterback sneaks. That’s what he told me. I said let’s find out. I kind of jumped him for not making it the first time and making me look kind of dumb there.

“He knows how to get his pads low, we know how to get the ball in there. I think that was the easiest call I made all day, truth be told.”

– Jared Veldheer’s signature performance came with the help of some teammates. The Raiders ran some first-team defenders at Veldheer in practice to simulate Jared Allen’s skills, including Trevor Scott and Lamarr Houston.

“He’s what a Raider is., what a great Raider is truly all about,” Jackson said. “He went out there with a plan. Great credit to his coaches. They prepared him; they watched a lot of tape. We gave him some great looks in practice. And he went out there and got it done. That’s what pro football is all about. You play the best, and when you’re able to hold your own, you start to realize you’re starting to become something.”

Even better for Veldheer _ he had lots of friends and family from the Grand Rapids. Mich., area at the game. Veldheer will no doubt shrug this one off and start to prepare for the Bears and Julius Peppers, but his family deserves to bask in this one for a few days. Veldheer told reporters Monday he’d be back in a few minutes but strategically made sure he didn’t re-enter the locker room until the media was excused.

Typical offensive lineman, uncomfortable with getting credit. Would rather be a grunt than a star, if even for a day.

Met Veldheer’s parents during training camp on a couple of occasions and I know they check out the Web site and blog.

Bask in this one, mom and dad. It doesn’t get much better.

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  • mcfadden20.

    Just win baby

  • mcfadden20.

    Best team nation

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Hue didn’t go soft, Bush did when he fumbled the ball. That game plan was working. And if Bush doesn’t fumble, there’s no discussion as per Hue’s game plan with the lead.

  • mcfadden20.

    Code black : all the bears must b hunted and hunted in within 60 minutes on sunday

  • mcfadden20.

    Sullivan stop chugging ur tune every 5 hours .. Why won’t u stay consistent with ur hate

  • mcfadden20.

    Changing^***

  • mcfadden20.

    C u guys tomorrow code black

  • Silverandblack666

    Sandusky44

    I think we are about sick and tired of your shtick not to mention your uncontrollable mood swings.

    Most people are smart enough to know when they are not wanted, I am sure you have experienced this may times in real life but in the Internet world this place is a breeding ground for low life bottom dwellers like you to try spew hate at Raider fans for sharing their thoughts….do us all a favor and contemplate suicide tonight.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    ok

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    mcfadden

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    see you later.

    lol.

  • ArmChair GM

    Sullivan44 Says:
    November 20th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Harbaugh, in his first year in the NFL, will be coach of the year. Raiders, in Hue’s first year, is the joke of the conference, and dumb as a rock.
    _________________________________________________________

    Bipolarism 101. Cocaine is a helluva drug.

  • 504 Raider

    I’ll tell you guys where Hue Jax was screwing up. The posession when Bush fumbled we were getting 1st downs by running the ball. We were chewing clock but Hue was letting Palmer snap the ball with 12 to 14 seconds left on the play clock. Let that thing run down to 1 or 2 seconds before you snap. When Minny got the ball after the Bush fumble, there should have been almost a minute less than what remained onthe clock. That pissed me off the most at the end of the game.

  • http://gilligansisland Gilligan

    Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale,
    a tale of a fateful trip.
    That started from this tropic port,
    aboard this tiny ship.

    The mate was a mighty sailing man,
    the skipper brave and sure.
    Five passengers set sail that day,
    for a three hour tour.
    a three hour tour.

    The weather started getting rough,
    the tiny ship was tossed.
    If not for the courage of the fearless crew,
    the Minnow would be lost,
    the Minnow would be lost.

    The ship took ground on the shore of this
    uncharted desert isle,
    with Giligan, the skipper too,
    The millionaire, and his wife,
    The movie star,
    The professor, and MaryAnn,
    here on Gilligan’s Isle.

    So this is the tale of our castaways,
    they’re here for a long, long time.
    They’ll have to make the best of things,
    it’s an uphill climb.

    The first mate, and his skipper too,
    will do their very best
    to make the others comfortable
    in this tropic island nest.

    No Phones, No lights, No Motorcars,
    Not a single luxury.
    Like Robinson Crusoe
    It’s primitive as can be.

    So join us here each week, my friend,
    you’re sure to get a smile,
    from seven stranded castaways,
    Here on Gilligan’s Isle!

    CODE BLACK YA’LL!

  • 504 Raider

    Again, here’s my 3 ways we get to and win Super Bowl this season:

    1. Palmer plays a little better each game.
    2. Hue Jax get out of his own way.
    3. No stupid (unsportsmanlike) penalties.

    1. check
    2. nope
    3. nope

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    You guys are unreal. Best start since 2002. “waah waah Hue this Hue that waaaah”.

  • Jethro

    Come listen to a story about a man named Jed
    A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed,
    Then one day he was shootin’ at some food,
    And up from the ground came a bubblin’ crude.
    Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea.

    Well the first thing you know ol’ Jed’s a millionaire,
    His kinfolk said, ‘Jed, move away from there!’
    They said, ‘Californy is the place you oughtta be.’
    So, they loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly.
    Hills, that is, Swimmin’ pools, movie stars.

    Well now its time to say goodbye to Jed and all his kin.
    And they would like to thank you folks fer kindly droppin’ in.
    You’re all invited back next week to this locality
    To have a heapin’ helpin’ of their hospitality

    Hillybilly that is. Set a spell, Take your shoes off.

    Y’all come back now, y’hear?

  • Mr. Green Jeans

    Green acres is the place for me.
    Farm livin’ is the life for me.
    Land spreadin’ out so far and wide
    Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside.

    New York is where I’d rather stay.
    I get allergic smelling hay.
    I just adore a penthouse view.
    Dah-ling I love you but give me Park Avenue.

    …The chores.
    …The stores.
    …Fresh air.
    …Times Square

    You are my wife.
    Good bye, city life.
    Green Acres we are there.

  • Homer

    Raiders 8
    Bears 5

  • Gomer

    Raiders 24
    Bears 10

  • Guber

    Raiders 38
    Bears 13

  • Seymour Bush

    MistaBrown Says:
    November 21st, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Newt Gingrich to the occupiers:
    “Go get a job right after you take a bath”

    lmao
    We need this guy in the WH!
    ======================================

    Newt Gingrich: Child Labor Laws Are ‘Stupid’

    Jamista Clown will allow his kids to go down and work in a coal mine for pennies an hour instead of doing something positive. Didn’t we get rid of this idiocy in the 120 years ago?

  • hendu

    Gill,164,Did you hook up with MaryAnn or the Movie star?

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    If MB has any kids I’m pretty sure he’s not allowed to see them, so he wouldn’t know if they were working or not.

  • http://gilligansilsand Gilligan

    hendu Says:
    November 21st, 2011 at 9:45 pm
    Gill,164,Did you hook up with MaryAnn or the Movie star?

    —————————————–

    Both.

  • mcfadden20.

    Raiders 2 bears 0

  • hendu

    175,A True Raider,indeed!!!!!

  • raidertalk

    Great job Veldheer! I said it before this Oline has the best chemistry since our last playoff team’s oline…
    Satele goes down, Wiz kid comes in and the offense doesn’t seem to miss a beat.

  • Seymour Bush

    504 Raider Says:
    November 21st, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    I’ll tell you guys where Hue Jax was screwing up. The posession when Bush fumbled we were getting 1st downs by running the ball. We were chewing clock but Hue was letting Palmer snap the ball with 12 to 14 seconds left on the play clock. Let that thing run down to 1 or 2 seconds before you snap. When Minny got the ball after the Bush fumble, there should have been almost a minute less than what remained onthe clock. That pissed me off the most at the end of the game.
    ===========================================

    You don’t want to go into slow down mode until much later in a game. Lots of coaches and Q’s talk about getting in a rhythm and tempo has a lot to do with that. That was the lst thing Gruden did when he came here: he ran a much more uptempo offense and he ran much more uptempo practices. You really do not want to get out of that rhythm too early in a game.

  • raidertalk

    So… anyone here going to the Bears game?

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    McFadden goes down, Bush is racking up 100 per game. But go ahead, complain more about Hue.

  • mcfadden20.

    Code black

  • mcfadden20.

    Let’s go Raiders

  • Seymour Bush

    r8eray Says:
    November 21st, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    The Denver Broncos’ game at Minnesota has moved from CBS to Fox and will be played at 1 p.m. ET on Dec. 4.

    I wonder if they’re moving us to prime time?
    =======================================

    cinncy @ Pitt or GB v. NYG would be better games. Jamista Clown would want to see Cleveland v Balt tho.

  • mcfadden20.

    West belongs to the best. Oakland Raiders

  • mcfadden20.

    Nite nation …

  • Seymour Bush

    MistaBrown Says:
    November 21st, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Newt Gingrich to the occupiers:
    “Go get a job right after you take a bath”

    lmao
    We need this guy in the WH!

    “You’re going to see from me extraordinarily radical proposals to fundamentally change the culture of poverty in America,” he added.

    Generally, the Fair Labor Standards Act allows minors over 14 to work in most jobs, with several exceptions for minors under that age. Hours are limited for minors under the age of 16. Some states have higher age standards.

    He also said Saturday Occupy Wall Street protesters should “take a bath” and “get a job.”
    ==========================================

    Funniest part is due to his conservative policies EVERYONE in the country has already taken a bath. And the reason there are no jobs in wealth is being concentrated into fewer and fewer hands. By definition, that is going to tank any economy.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Davis The Realist Dirty Raccoon

    Thank you Mr. And Mrs. Veldheer for a raising a GREAT person, and a really good Raider Football Player.

    We all hope he is a Raider for life, like Uncle Steve.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Davis The Realist Dirty Raccoon

    Raidertalk Says:
    November 21st, 2011 at 9:51 pm
    Great job Veldheer! I said it before this Oline has the best chemistry since our last playoff team’s oline…
    Satele goes down, Wiz kid comes in and the offense doesn’t seem to miss a beat.

    ::::::::::

    The real reason for our steller O-Line play is Carlisle, Wiz, and Veldheer Truly like and respect each other. Oh yeah, and they are VERY good at what they do.

    Satele and Barns are good.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Davis The Realist Dirty Raccoon

    Heyer is obviously a good back up, and Barksdale is going to be a starter in a year.

  • imaquaman

    Everybody with a 10th grade reading level or higher gets booed at Nascar.
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
    lamest comment ever!!!!!!!!!

  • raiderinparadise

    the line is very good. we have complaints. some dont like satele, cooper, etc…. but as a whole this o-line is very good. the all rotate positions well, shut up and do their job. satele would start for many teams in this league, just show you how amazing wiz is …… veldheer is a por-bowler a franchise LT, barnes is admirable for working hard this off-season to become more disciplined and heyer was cherished in washington but never clicked there.

    bruce campbell is the question mark, the knock on him outta college was he relied on his size, speed and strength with little skill or ability to learn assignements. another maryland product like: heyward-bey …

    carson trusts veldheer, …. man imagine if it was mario henderson or ….. nevermind im not even going to say the other tackles name….

    see if anyone knows who im talking about __________________

  • jmeds

    We need to get healthy and we can make a push. With Palmer, defenses cant bring so many in the box. Hue needs to keep the petal to the floor with leads. Veldheer deserves pro bowl considerations, talk about a left tackle!

  • Plunketthead

    I sure am glad Veldheer became a Raider. What a baller.

    CONGRATS TO THE VELDHEERS FOR RAISING A GREAT MAN, NOT JUST A BALLER.

    Introduce yourself. You dont have to post much however just seeing you post here will send tingles down al us semi pros. Not to mention give us bragging rights.

  • Plunketthead

    When DMAC signed, he made a comment that I still remember.
    He said during the season he does not do much, instead he gives his “dogs” (legs) lots of rest more so then other RB’s.

    I am concerned about his dogs. He seems to have lots of problems with them. Bush is not injury prone and he runs behind this line bigtime.

    I hate to say it but I would rather have Garret Leblonc?
    G & B would really wear D’s down.

    Just wondering what DMAC’s trade value is.

  • Teabag

    Plunketthead Says:
    November 22nd, 2011 at 3:22 am

    When DMAC signed, he made a comment that I still remember.
    He said during the season he does not do much, instead he gives his “dogs” (legs) lots of rest more so then other RB’s.

    I am concerned about his dogs. He seems to have lots of problems with them. Bush is not injury prone and he runs behind this line bigtime.

    I hate to say it but I would rather have Garret Leblonc?
    G & B would really wear D’s down.

    Just wondering what DMAC’s trade value is.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Too bad his “dogs” are not the problem.. its his foot…

    And yea, trade the most explosive player on our team….

  • Hagar the Horrible

    PlunkforHOF…post #6:

    I’ll second that!

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