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Raiders split on whether to kick to Bears’ Hester

Then-Raiders coach Lane Kiffin threw down the gauntlet in the middle of the week the last time the Raiders played the Chicago Bears: The Raiders were going to kick to return specialist Devin Hester every time.
Never mind that Hester entered that game, Nov. 11, 2007, averaging 19.6 yards on punt returns and 23.5 yards on kick returns. Kiffin challenged his players to rise up against, perhaps, the best return man in the history of the NFL.
The Raiders held Hester to an average of 2.3 yards on six punts returns and 17 yards on two kick returns. A 64-yard punt return by Hester got wiped out because of a holding penalty.
Four years later, Hester remains the game’s premier return man. He is averaging 21.2 yards on punt returns and 22.9 on kick returns. He has returned punts/kicks for touchdowns on 38 chances.
“As a punt unit, I feel like we have the best weapon in the league in Shane Lechler,” safety Mike Mitchell said. “We’re going to punt to anybody. I don’t think we’re afraid to punt to a specific player.”
Mitchell was just getting started on the subject. He said Hester is a very good return man but not as good as the Raiders’ Jacoby Ford.
“You can quote that, too,” Mitchell said.
We just did.
Lechler said Hester is every bit as good right now as he was in 2007. However, the Bears just lost starting quarterback Jay Cutler to a thumb injury, which forces the Bears to go with a player, Caleb Hanie, who hasn’t thrown a pass in a regular-season game.
Therefore, Lechler says, the prudent thing to do Sunday is to limit the opportunities Hester has to change the complexion of the game.
“As far as I’m concerned, no, it’s not the same attitude right now,” Lechler said in comparing the mind-set now to 2007. “That guy’s too dangerous. With them getting a new quarterback in there, (Hester’s) going to be the big-play guy. I’m not sure yet what we’re going to do, but I’m going to try to at least make him run sideways early, and we’ll go from there.”
Quentin Groves says he and his teammates welcome the challenge of matching skills against Hester.
“If you call yourself the best in the league, you’re going to have to go against the best in the league,” Groves said, “and right now he’s the best in the league. Not trying to take any credit away from Devin, because Devin’s a great returner, but we have to do our job.”
Mitchell cranked up the heat by saying that Hester is the one who should be concerned, and not the other way around.
“He has to worry more about 11 guys trying to take his head off then we do about him housing one … ,” Mitchell said. “After he gets machine-gunned a couple of times, he’s not going to be too quick to return punts. I’m not talking any trash, either. He’s the best punt returner, best returner besides Jacoby (Ford). He’s awesome. But our mentality is, he has to play us.”
Again, Lechler thinks the smart play is to avoid Hester at all costs and place the game in the hands of Hanie.
“I don’t want to put ourselves in that situation, where giving him a chance for him to be the spark in this game, especially with Cutler being down and a new quarterback coming in the game,” Lechler said. “I don’t want to give him the edge in the special teams battle.”
Bears coach Lovie Smith did his best to try to goad the Raiders into kicking to Hester by planting the seed, in a conference call, about the downside to kicking away from a particular player.
“It’s hard to go into meetings and tell your punt team that, ‘Hey, guys, we don’t think you’re good enough, so we’re going to have to kick it out of bounds because we don’t think you can tackle one guy down on the other end,’ ” Smith said. “I just don’t think you can go in and do that very often.”
For what it’s worth, Raiders coach Hue Jackson isn’t following Kiffin’s lead.
In a perfect world, Jackson said, the Raiders would use 20 players at one time against Hester.
“I can’t tell you exactly what the game plan is right this second,” Jackson said, “but I know we’ll have a plan because this guy is as good as there is in football. There are going to be times you’re going to have to kick it to him, and there are going to be times you’re not going to have to kick it to him. So, we’ll come up with the right plan to fit this football team so it gives us the best opportunity to win.”

INJURIES MOUNT
Ten of the 53 players on Oakland’s active roster missed practice Wednesday, including wide receivers Jacoby Ford, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey
Louis Murphy and Chaz Schilens were the only wide receivers healthy enough to practice. At this point, that’s your starting wide receivers for Sunday’s game against the Bears, if not the only ones healthy enough to play.
“It’s a concern,” Jackson said, “but we have a chance to get some of these guys back toward the end of the week. Am I concerned about it? Yeah. Anytime you don’t practice, it’s tough. But we’ll be OK. Guys will keep working at it and, by the end of the week, hopefully we’ll have some of these guys back.”
Moore is walking around with a protective boot on his right foot, presumably the result of an injury he suffered against the Vikings. He left the game at one point but returned and wasn’t mentioned by Jackson afterward when discussing the injured players.
Jackson didn’t say what kept Houshmandzadeh out of practice. Houshmandadeh didn’t play much against the Vikings, and he didn’t appear to get injured on any of those. Neither he nor Moore was available in the locker room.
The official injury report issued by the NFL said Houshmandzadeh’s absence was “not injury related.” Jackson didn’t mention anything along these lines.
Update: Houshmandzadeh missed practice because his wife had a baby.Working with only two receivers in practice presents a challenge for quarterback Carson Palmer, he said.
“It makes it difficult,” Palmer said. “You don’t get the same guys on the field from the week before, that rhythm and timing thing slows down a little bit. So we have our work cut out for us.
“We’re playing against a good group, like I said, and we’re not going to have all our guys. But we’ve got that that have been waiting for their opportunity and looking for a chance to step up and help this team. And guys are going to have to do that this week.”

FORD GETTING BETTER
Ford remains in a walking boot, Jackson said. However, he is close to shedding the boot and making strides toward a return to practice.
He suffered his injury against the San Diego Chargers on Nov. 10 and has not practiced since that time.
“He’s very close to being out,” Jackson said. “He’s still in it for maybe one more time. I think he’ll be out of that thing pretty soon. I’m sure he’ll be excited about that.”

JASON CAMPBELL NOT QUITE READY
Jackson said quarterback Jason Campbell attempted to throw in recent days, only to discover that the right collarbone he fractured against the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 16 isn’t quite ready.
“He tried a little bit, and it just wasn’t there,” Jackson said. “But he’s getting there. It’s going to take some time. He’s working at it, I promise you that. I’m really excited about the potential of him coming back here at some point in time.”
Campbell was told he would need at least six weeks to recover from his injury. The six-week mark arrives Sunday.
Therefore, he conceivably could be healthy enough to resume practicing next week and assume the No. 2 role in time for the Miami Dolphins game Dec. 4.

JACKSON’S BIGGEST CONCERN
The number of injuries incurred by the Raiders this season passes as the biggest challenge Jackson has faced in his first year as a head coach, he said.
Even so, he added, every team has injury concerns, and Jackson and the Raiders aren’t about to use them as an excuse.
“We don’t complain about it,” Jackson said, “but this is not the same football team that started out there. But it is a good football team. I’m very excited about the potential of what we can be because the guys don’t blink.”
Lechler said the Raiders have done a commendable job keeping it together through all the injuries. There’s still work to be done, though.
“Well, I don’t know that we’ve overcome them yet,” Lechler said. “We got a lot of people on the injury list. That’s something this part of the year, you can look across the board, 32 teams got these issues right now.”

HOME COOKING
The Raiders are 4-1 on the road, 2-3 at the Coliseum. No one seems to have an explanation for why the Raiders have played better on the road, yet everyone agrees that things have to change at home if the Raiders are to be a factor in the playoffs.
“It’s very critical,” Lechler said. “Needless to say, we’re taking this one game at a time but we need to get this going because if we do win this division, we’re going to have a home game and we got to learn how to win here. I don’t know what it is so far, but we got to figure it out soon.”
Quarterback Carson Palmer said it’s imperative that the Raiders execute better at home, beginning from the outset.
“You’ve got to win at home,” Palmer said. “You’ve got to protect your field. We’ve got to do a better job of keeping or crowd in it. We’ve fallen behind and not gotten off to fast starts.
“That’s a huge key for us is starting quickly, putting some points on the board and giving our defense a chance to rest on the sideline early in that first quarter and throughout the first half. But we need to play better, top to bottom. It comes down to finding ways to win and, a lot of times, that comes down to execution. We have to execute better at home.”
Jackson echoed that sentiment.
“It’s very important,” Jackson said. “We have to protect our house. We haven’t done that very well. If we do at home what we’ve done on the road, we’d be sitting pretty good right now. We haven’t done that very well. Our fans have done a great job coming out of coming out and supporting this football team, and this football team’s got to play better at home.”
The Raiders are in line to host a first-round AFC Playoffs game at this point. The fans have done their part, selling out all five regular-season games so far this season.
Raiders chief executive said on radio today — 95.7 FM — that the game is close to being sold out, which means it will sell out by Thursday’s deadline and, therefore, be televised locally.

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    caplannfl Adam Caplan
    Asomugha suffered a left knee injury. Still being evaluated.

  • Method To My Madness

    Robert Horry easily a HOF….hell is VR TALKING ABOUT?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Horry will never make the HOF.

    NO chance what-so-ever.

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

    Tim wanted to be a bronco B. If he signed with the niners u would know how I feel.

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

    BTW, Bo is now in Cali. Lock up your womenfolk.

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

    Horry will get in. NBA is more lenient.

  • Method To My Madness

    Plunkett a HOF easily because no player ever made a comeback like that! At qb nonetheless? His careeer was over….he was a beat up Joke! He led first ever WC team to title! He aced the so called greatest team ever in 83 SB IN LARGEST BLOOWOUT EVER AT THE TIME! From 80-85 Raiders were elite and Jimmy led the charge……stop with the devil’s advocate schit VR. plunkett did groundbreaking schit…..fk stats

  • Method To My Madness

    Tim always showed Al up and could do it! Whether you know it or not Al respected thats. Bo timmy took paycut after paycut for the raiders….shut ur mouth

  • Method To My Madness

    Bo in cali? Come down to the bay area saturday….Ill show you some women!

  • Cervantes

    This just in…Aso taken off practice field with knee injury…too bad for the brotha. Wish he would have done what it takes to stay.

  • Method To My Madness

    Horry should be in hall….he went above and beyond and did groundbreaking schit! Stats sometimes can be full of it and dont tell true story

  • raideredoutL.A.

    Good Morning and Happy Thanksgiving Nation!

  • Method To My Madness

    Fk nnamdi and his coneheaded hairdo….he fkin sux!

  • Method To My Madness

    Raideredout….you too….whats the grub looking like in LA today? No not the women lmao but the food

  • Method To My Madness

    Vegas but you will have your opinion on the matter you sorry SF Giant loving clown!

  • raideredoutL.A.

    Method To My Madness Says:
    November 24th, 2011 at 9:38 am
    Raideredout….you too….whats the grub looking like in LA today? No not the women lmao but the food
    ”””’

    LOL, smelling good in the Raider household right now, watching GB about to lose their first game.

  • Method To My Madness

    Football time! Yall have a great weekend….oh yeah anyone who rollin in town for game….66th mob tailgate going down and they partying friday thru sunday…plus Ricky’s will be a zoo too!

  • Method To My Madness

    Raideredout….yeah i got lions in upset….yes a Raider household….I like that…keep repppin in the Southland then….im outro….yall JUST WIN….Code Black

  • raideredoutL.A.

    Method To My Madness Says:
    November 24th, 2011 at 9:43 am
    Raideredout….yeah i got lions in upset….yes a Raider household….I like that…keep repppin in the Southland then….im outro….yall JUST WIN….Code Black
    ””

    u b good then. i’m bout to get me a drink already.

  • qodrn

    THE RAIDER PREDICTION BOARD

    Dedicated to the legacy of Al Davis
    Protected by the rally squirrel and Coliseum rodents

    2011 Raider Games

    First: Ghostraider (exact score) Raiders 23 Broncos 20
    Second: Sullivan44 Buffalo 38 Raiders 35
    Third: Pretty Rick Raiders 34 Jets 24
    Fourth: Sullivan44 Patriots 31 Raiders 14
    Fifth: Fingers Raiders 24 Browns 17
    Sixth: Zymurge Chiefs 28 Raiders 0 (WTF)
    Honorable Mention: LA for PAIN
    Seventh: Noone…at all. Broncos 38 Raiders 24
    Eighth: La Milicia Negra (exact score (sadly))
    Ninth: TheToozFan55 (exact score) Raiders 24 Bolts 17
    Tenth: TRIPLE TIE (Exact score) Raiders 27 Vikings 20
    R8eray + Just Fire Baby + The Big Banana

    8RaiderReign8 Raiders 26 Bears 10
    909RaiderLifer Says:
    November 23rd, 2011 RAIDERS–24 YOGI BEARS–20
    Albert Bigelow Paine Super Star Raiders 27, Bears 16
    baumraiders Raiders 23 – Bears 13
    big fan Raiders 38 Bears 9
    BLACK JACK SPARROW Raiders 31 Bears 10
    Blackmamba_20 Raiders 31, Bears 17
    Brother Dog Raiders 24 Bears 13
    CanuckRaider Raiders 27 – Bears 17
    Chris in NY Raiders 31, Teddies 17
    downsouthraider Raiders 24 Care Bears 10
    EMRaiders GO RAIDERS! CHI 13 OAK 16
    Fingers Raiders 20….. Bears..17..
    Gilligan Oakland 45 DaHoneyBears 11
    Hagar the Horrible Raiders 27 – Bears 17
    Hooligan Raidahs 40 DaBears 10
    jmcclain Raiders 24 bears 13
    Just Fire Baby Raiders 16 Bears 13
    Macho Man Randy Savage Chicago 17 Raiders 20…
    mcfadden20. 34-13 Raiders
    marader508 (a virgin) Raiders 21 Bears 13
    nwr8r Raiders – 27 Sully’s violated teddy bears – 16
    PlunkforHOF My beloved Oakland Raiders: 21 Teddys: 17
    r8eray 17-13 Raiders
    raidermarty RAIDERS 23 bears 13
    RaiderRetribution Raiders 21 Chicago 6
    RaiderRockstar Raiders 24 Cubs 10
    rob_raider raiders 30 bears 20

  • raideredoutL.A.

    need me my daily vitamin c w/ some champagne on it. 5000

  • qodrn

    Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha was carted off the field after suffering a left knee injury in practice Thursday, the team announced on its official Twitter page.

    The team did not elaborate further on the severity of the injury.

    The Eagles are already limited in the secondary for Sunday’s game against Tom Brady and the visiting New England Patriots. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has a high-ankle sprain and is unlikely to play.

  • MEX_GHOST

    I´m gonna win this one:

    Bears 13 – Raiders 20

    Just here….. working!

    Maybe USA and México governments must try to have the same Hollidays. I can´t watch TG games.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Vegas but you will have your opinion on the matter you sorry SF Giant loving clown!

    **************************

    LOL

    And happy Turkey Day to you as well.

    BTW, stats for HOF voting, mean ALMOST EVERYTHING.

    Not saying it is right, just reporting the facts.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Q…….Raiders 24……Chi-town 18….tia

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

    Trade Jon Condo for a Turducken!

  • John Tweedy

    Qodrn Says:
    November 24th, 2011 at 9:48 am
    THE RAIDER PREDICTION BOARD

    Dedicated to the legacy of Al Davis
    Protected by the rally squirrel and Coliseum rodents

    2011 Raider Games

    First: Ghostraider (exact score) Raiders 23 Broncos 20
    Second: Sullivan44 Buffalo 38 Raiders 35
    Third: Pretty Rick Raiders 34 Jets 24
    Fourth: Sullivan44 Patriots 31 Raiders 14
    Fifth: Fingers Raiders 24 Browns 17
    Sixth: Zymurge Chiefs 28 Raiders 0 (WTF)
    Honorable Mention: LA for PAIN
    Seventh: Noone…at all. Broncos 38 Raiders 24
    Eighth: La Milicia Negra (exact score (sadly))
    Ninth: TheToozFan55 (exact score) Raiders 24 Bolts 17
    Tenth: TRIPLE TIE (Exact score) Raiders 27 Vikings 20
    R8eray + Just Fire Baby + The Big Banana

    8RaiderReign8 Raiders 26 Bears 10
    909RaiderLifer Says:
    November 23rd, 2011 RAIDERS–24 YOGI BEARS–20
    Albert Bigelow Paine Super Star Raiders 27, Bears 16
    baumraiders Raiders 23 – Bears 13
    big fan Raiders 38 Bears 9
    BLACK JACK SPARROW Raiders 31 Bears 10
    Blackmamba_20 Raiders 31, Bears 17
    Brother Dog Raiders 24 Bears 13
    CanuckRaider Raiders 27 – Bears 17
    Chris in NY Raiders 31, Teddies 17
    downsouthraider Raiders 24 Care Bears 10
    EMRaiders GO RAIDERS! CHI 13 OAK 16
    Fingers Raiders 20….. Bears..17..
    Gilligan Oakland 45 DaHoneyBears 11
    Hagar the Horrible Raiders 27 – Bears 17
    Hooligan Raidahs 40 DaBears 10
    jmcclain Raiders 24 bears 13
    Just Fire Baby Raiders 16 Bears 13
    Macho Man Randy Savage Chicago 17 Raiders 20…
    mcfadden20. 34-13 Raiders
    marader508 (a virgin) Raiders 21 Bears 13
    nwr8r Raiders – 27 Sully’s violated teddy bears – 16
    PlunkforHOF My beloved Oakland Raiders: 21 Teddys: 17
    r8eray 17-13 Raiders
    raidermarty RAIDERS 23 bears 13
    RaiderRetribution Raiders 21 Chicago 6
    RaiderRockstar Raiders 24 Cubs 10
    rob_raider raiders 30 bears 20

    Raiders-17
    Bears-20

    Sorry folks, Defence Wins in this one. We are WAY too injured on O, D, and ST. Haine is a running QB also. I’d love to be wrong.

  • VanHeathen

    Moore just now walking on field. No helmet and no walking boot … but he is moving slow

    11.24.2011 at 10:11 AM

    ——————————————————————————–
    Practice roll call: No McFadden, Ford or Jones; Heyward-Bey has helmet, looks like he’ll practice

    11.24.2011 at 10:11 AM

  • RaiderRetribution

    Mr. Asomugha carted off Philadelphia’s practice field on a cart, just read report on bleacher report.

  • RaiderRetribution

    knee injury, don’t know extent yet

  • beach

    If DHB and Moore play, we are in great shape. Happy Thanksgiving, Raider Nation!

  • beach

    Chicago’s defense is not very good. Defense will win this one, Tweedy. It’s the year of the Oakland Raiders, not the Chicago Bears without a QB.

  • RedneckRaider

    Raiders 17 Chicago 13

  • Hagar the Horrible

    Watching the Packers and Lions duke it out. The Packers don’t look so insurmountable. Ya, they’re good, as they’re undefeated todate, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be had. If we’re 100% healthy, we could put a damper on their season and another W for us in the win column. Ya, it’s a can do, but lets get pass the Bears and the Dolphins first.

    Enjoy the feasting today and the left overs, over the weekend.

  • http://www.raiders.com MattHenry

    DON’T KICK IT TO HESTER.

  • redshirt

    here’s a *bleeping* idea – sign another kicker until Seabass’s hammy is completely healed. i can’t believe he’s out there when all he can do is lift his leg 1/3 the way of normal to try and kick a line drive chip shot. c’mon hue

    smfh

  • qodrn

    THE RAIDER PREDICTION BOARD

    Dedicated to the legacy of Al Davis
    Protected by the rally squirrel and Coliseum rodents

    2011 Raider Games

    First: Ghostraider (exact score) Raiders 23 Broncos 20
    Second: Sullivan44 Buffalo 38 Raiders 35
    Third: Pretty Rick Raiders 34 Jets 24
    Fourth: Sullivan44 Patriots 31 Raiders 14
    Fifth: Fingers Raiders 24 Browns 17
    Sixth: Zymurge Chiefs 28 Raiders 0 (WTF)
    Honorable Mention: LA for PAIN
    Seventh: Noone…at all. Broncos 38 Raiders 24
    Eighth: La Milicia Negra (exact score (sadly))
    Ninth: TheToozFan55 (exact score) Raiders 24 Bolts 17
    Tenth: TRIPLE TIE (Exact score) Raiders 27 Vikings 20
    R8eray + Just Fire Baby + The Big Banana

    8RaiderReign8 Raiders 26 Bears 10
    860Todd Christensen Q…….Raiders 24……Chi-town 18….tia
    909RaiderLifer Says:
    November 23rd, 2011 RAIDERS–24 YOGI BEARS–20
    Albert Bigelow Paine Super Star Raiders 27, Bears 16
    baumraiders Raiders 23 – Bears 13
    big fan Raiders 38 Bears 9
    BLACK JACK SPARROW Raiders 31 Bears 10
    Blackmamba_20 Raiders 31, Bears 17
    Brother Dog Raiders 24 Bears 13
    CanuckRaider Raiders 27 – Bears 17
    Chris in NY Raiders 31, Teddies 17
    downsouthraider Raiders 24 Care Bears 10
    EMRaiders GO RAIDERS! CHI 13 OAK 16
    Fingers Raiders 20….. Bears..17..
    Gilligan Oakland 45 DaHoneyBears 11
    Hagar the Horrible Raiders 27 – Bears 17
    Hooligan Raidahs 40 DaBears 10
    jmcclain Raiders 24 bears 13
    John Tweedy Raiders-17 Bears-20
    Just Fire Baby Raiders 16 Bears 13
    Macho Man Randy Savage Chicago 17 Raiders 20…
    mcfadden20. 34-13 Raiders
    marader508 (a virgin) Raiders 21 Bears 13
    MEX_GHOST Bears 13 – Raiders 20
    nwr8r Raiders – 27 Sully’s violated teddy bears – 16
    PlunkforHOF My beloved Oakland Raiders: 21 Teddys: 17
    r8eray 17-13 Raiders
    raidermarty RAIDERS 23 bears 13
    RaiderRetribution Raiders 21 Chicago 6
    RaiderRockstar Raiders 24 Cubs 10
    RedneckRaider Raiders 17 Chicago 13
    rob_raider raiders 30 bears 20
    Sullivan44 Bears 21, Raiders 13.

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