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Post-practice notes from Wednesday (11-30-11)

Spent the better part of the day working on the Chester McGlockton obituary for the paper. Thanks for your patience and understanding, and may God bless McGlockton, his wife Zina and two daughters.
With that said, here are some tidbits from today’s proceedings, the first full practice for the Raiders in preparation for their game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

INJURY LIST NOT SHRINKING
Kicker Sebastian Janikowski is back on the injury report, joining the list of usual occupants. Coach Hue Jackson doesn’t seem too concerned about Janikowski’s left hamstring.
Why should he? Janikowski is fresh from a game in which he set a franchise record by converting all six of his field-goal attempts against the Chicago Bears in a 25-20 victory and being named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
“Maybe he kicked too many field goals,” Jackson said. “You never know. He did an excellent job. Hopefully we’ll get him back out here soon. He’ll be fine. I told you, I’m always going to be cautious with these players. We got some big games down the stretch here.”
Add wide receiver Denarius Moore and defensive end Jarvis Moss to the long list of players who missed practice but weren’t mentioned in an earlier post.
Moore was in full uniform at practice this morning. However, he was deemed not healthy enough to participate, Jackson said. Moss still is recovering from a hamstring injury he suffered against the Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 20.
For the record, it’s an ankle that is botherin Moore and not his foot, as Jackson initially reported. Hey, cut Jackson some slack trying to keep track of all the injuries and their corresponding body parts.
Moore said he was on the field Wednesday on a fact-finding misson.
“It was just to really see where I was standing at, as far as this week,” Moore said. “And so we’re still taking it day by day, see how it’s going to go.”
T.J. Houshmandzadeh fielded punts in Moore’s absence.

LOCKER ROOM SCENE
Curious what it was like in the Raiders locker room after they beat the Bears? Here’s a snippet from Jackson singlin out Janikowski and Shane Lechler for their heroics.
Jackson: “We all know they’re the highest-paid kickers in football, But listen to me, listen to me. Truth be told, guys, here’s the deal: the last time this place was 7-4, these two men were here (Janikowski says under his breath, “That’s a long time).” These two men were here and these two guys, today, helped this team get to where (it) needed to be.”
Lechler: “It’s a good deal to be 7-4. Everybody’s happy, but guess what — we’ve got a lot of football to play, men. We’ve got a whole lot of football to play. Some tough games coming up. Let’s keep on the grind. I’m telling you, we’ve got keep on the grind. If you want to keep this feeling, keep grinding…”
Quarterback Carson Palmer said he can’t recall a punter being asked to address the team after a victory. Then again, he added, Lechler is unlike any other punter in the league.
“No, there might not be another one in the league,” Palmer said. “He’s definitely the best punter in the league, but as far as a teammate, a leader, a veteran, a professional, he does everything right. He says the right things. He doesn’t act like a kicker. I wouldn’t put him in that mold. He is just a great teammate.”
Veteran defensive tackle Richard Seymour played for a New England Patriots team that held kicker Adam Vinatieri in high regard.
Seymour said he and his Raiders teammates feel the same way toward Lechler and Janikowski, in large part because they walk the walk.
“Well, obviously, with him being the best punter in the league, that helps,” Seymour said. “Guys listen to guys who get it done. And he’s a combination of both, where he’s a veteran leader and also he’s a great player.”

FOURTH-QUARTER BLUES FELT BY ALL
Palmer wasn’t even with the Raiders when their five-game scoring drought in the fourth quarter started. Yet, he was just as aware of the the ignominious streak.
“I was definitely aware of it,” Palmer said of a streak that ended when running back Michael Bush scored a 3-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter against the Bears. “Especially in that game, we needed that score. But we need more, and we need to find ways to generate more points in the red zone, but also just in the fourth quarter in general.
“At this point in the year, especially with some of the games we have coming up, we have to generate more points in the second half.”

JOHNSON MIGHT PLAY SUNDAY
Cornerback Chris Johnson showed progress by returning to practice last week and being active against the Bears. However, he failed to set foot on the field once the game started.
“He just wanted me to put the pads back on, just in case,” Johnson said of coach Jackson. “I was the emergency guy last week. I just went along with what coach wanted me to do.”
This week?
“I’m getting back in the mix this week,” Johnson said.

CLOSE GAMES A BENEFIT FOR RAIDERS
None of the Raiders seven victories has been by more than 10 points and the difference in those games is only 43 points.
Jackson said the short-term pain of battling through so many tension-filled games will benefit the Raiders in the long run.
“It’s very important because, as you go down the stretch here these games are going to be close, going to be tough,” Jackson said. “We all wish we had those blowouts where you’re sitting in the fourth quarter smiling. But that’s not the way it is in the NFL. Hopefully we’ll have one here soon at some point in time.”
The other benefit is that close games are the kind of affairs that build confidence and character. Jackson said. Maybe so, he added, but it still would be nice to be a part of a laugher.
“Nothing is going to be given to us,” Jackson said. “We understand that. We know it’s going to be tough. This team kind of likes it that way. I don’t like it that way. They’re OK with it as long as it (leads to) wins and wins.”

BUSH HOLDING UP WELL
Bush has averaged 28 carries the past three games as he absorbs the workload in Darren McFadden’s absence. You would be hard pressed to know Bush has been used so much, though.
“He’s been awesome,” Jackson said. “I’ve been around guys that carry the ball like that and then they come to Wednesday practice and they can’t move. Regardless of whether you gave them victory Monday off or not, because physically, it’s tough. He hasn’t batted an eye.”

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  • Just Fire Baby

    Even Kyle Boller would have looked good making those throws with that much time.

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    Slow down cowboy.

    Kyle Boller hasn’t looked good as a QB in about 10 years.

  • DMAC

    Morning peoples!

  • hwnrdr

    DMAC! Good Morning!

  • autopalm77

    Silverback….I agree 100%….Curiously though. I would think if you know your the only one covering Knox you wouldn’t be giving up 8 yards in concession before the ball is even snapped…Again, I hate the hypothetical and the if scenarios, disrupting that play by second with a jam on the line makes the outcome of that singular play totally different…

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Somebody tell DMAC g’morn before he cuss’s us all out.

  • DMAC

    Whats up bruh

  • silverback

    Autopalm77 Says:
    December 1st, 2011 at 9:27 am
    Silverback….I agree 100%….Curiously though. I would think if you know your the only one covering Knox you wouldn’t be giving up 8 yards in concession before the ball is even snapped…Again, I hate the hypothetical and the if scenarios, disrupting that play by second with a jam on the line makes the outcome of that singular play totally different…
    —-
    Considering Knox doesn’t have blazing speed this is probably true.

  • joetoronto

    I remember on that 3rd and 18 play where Hanie ran for the first down, I had just told my little guy “We better not be in Man defense again” and sure enough, Man defense and he runs for the 1st down.

    At that point in the game, a blind man would have known to play zone because Hanie ran for 1st downs prior to that.

  • bcz24

    Team Record: 07-4
    Team Productivity Stat (TEAM PS): -10.13 17th in NFL
    Offensive Productivity Stat (OPS): 19.1 12th in NFL
    Defensive Productivity Stat (DPS): -28.07 25th in NFL

  • Just Fire Baby

    I think people look to place blame too much on things.

    The teams and players get paid and are in the NFL too. They are going to do things, that even if we have the right play-call and get good execution, the other teams execution might be just a bit better.

    Granted, some things look way too easy at times (like the 1st half Knox TD) but the bomb to Knox late in the game was just flawless execution from the Bears.

    Not a whole helluva lot you can do about that.

  • hwnrdr

    Oh you know…waiting for Sunday 10AM

  • DMAC

    Hey, I’m a polite guy.

    If someone says wassup or hey or good morning, I respond.
    Thats all.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Considering Knox doesn’t have blazing speed this is probably true.

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    What????

    Since 2008, only 3 players ran a faster 40 combine than Knox did (4.34) at any position.

    DVD, DHB and Mike Wallace.

    http://www.nfl.com/combine/top-performers#workout=FORTY_YARD_DASH&year=2009-2011&position=QB-RB-WR-TE-S-DL-LB-CB-OL-SPEC

  • J Hill

    Granted, some things look way too easy at times (like the 1st half Knox TD) but the bomb to Knox late in the game was just flawless execution from the Bears.

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    BUUHHHLLLSHHHIIIDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    In that situation, there is NO WAY IN HELL you can let a WR, ANY WR get on top of, let alone BEHIND YOU!

    Gio had a brain fart and was obviously still thinking about it when that onside kick was coming his way.

  • Silverandblack666

    Whats up DMAC

  • DMAC

    Wassup

  • davidon

    Autopalm77 Says:
    December 1st, 2011 at 9:15 am
    It’s easy to criticize the coach on the sideline…Watch how far Routt is off of Knox on the slant play when he is man on man with both Branch and Giordano blazing from each end of the line of scrimmage…The receivers didn’t cross as no screening was necessary…He should have at the very least been jamming at the LOS….He is 8 yards off of him when the ball is snapped…There is zero help deep and the entire middle of the field is wide open….TD

    Is there any rule that says the DB can’t knock a receiver off his feet at the LOS..almost like a tackle dummy drill?

  • silverback

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    December 1st, 2011 at 9:30 am
    I think people look to place blame too much on things.
    —-
    Sometimes fans want superstars and can’t accept that great players are not perfect.

  • J Hill

    Wassup to errrr’body!!!!!!

  • autopalm77

    Good afternoon….DMAC…..Hope your well…Today…..

  • Hagar the Horrible

    If they’re not injured, we’ll be able to see Zack Miller and Robert Gallery in tonights game. Paul McQuistan, as well, if (2006 thru 2009) counts.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Knox is one of the fastest guys in the league.

    He GETS on top of defenses, EVERY F’KN WEEK!!!!!!

  • silverback

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    December 1st, 2011 at 9:33 am
    Considering Knox doesn’t have blazing speed this is probably true.

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    What????

    Since 2008, only 3 players ran a faster 40 combine than Knox did (4.34) at any position.

    DVD, DHB and Mike Wallace.

    http://www.nfl.com/combine/top-performers#workout=FORTY_YARD_DASH&year=2009-2011&position=QB-RB-WR-TE-S-DL-LB-CB-OL-SPEC

    My mistake.

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    N Miller on roids.
    _____

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    December 1st, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Knox is one of the fastest guys in the league.

    He GETS on top of defenses, EVERY F’KN WEEK!!!!!

  • DMAC

    What-up to all my Raider Nation bros!!!!

    It’s a beautiful windy morning in the O-A-K
    Blessed to be alive

  • autopalm77

    267….He has that 5yard window to disrupt….No blows to the head or holding…He must release after 5 yards….Can he be leveled……YES…..

  • hwnrdr

    Windy is an understatement! LOL
    I’m in San Ramon and it looks like the tress are gonna crash into the windows…

  • DMAC

    The TD catch by Knox, was just a stupid azz call by Bres.

    The Long bomb was just executed perfect.

    Nuff said.

  • J Hill

    JFB,

    Gio is a smart guy. If YOU know Knox is one of the fastest guys in the league, HE should’ve known that too.

    Play a little deeper, start your back pedal faster, take a better angle, trip the guy …. but there is no way you can let that guy get over the top of you.

    He just phugged up.

  • Hagar the Horrible

    When considering the impact of what Nnamdi would or wouldn’t have had with us if he had stayed, you must take into account the money we would have had to pay.

    That added money may have prevented us from picking up some players that we did and who have been productive.

    Nnamdi was going to be too expensive to keep.

  • raiderinparadise

    yeah that comment was stupid about know not having blazing speed lol. like really?

    Knox is a really good player.

  • YoungAmerican

    Everyone’s talking about Curry, but Wimbley has played exceptionally well all season (the Denver game being the only exception, where the entire defense played horribly). 5th most pressures in the league, has steadily improved against the run, and is making big plays for the defense.

  • hwnrdr

    And only in Curry pushed that tackle a little further…Wimbley would have had a pick 6

  • YoungAmerican

    That added money may have prevented us from picking up some players that we did and who have been productive.

    Nnamdi was going to be too expensive to keep.

    ————

    In the end he settled for a contract that pays him only about $1 million more a year than Stan Routt.

    Personally, I would have preferred Johnathan Joseph to either of them.

  • J Hill

    It’s a beautiful windy morning in the O-A-K

    ——————————————————

    Wind is vicious in the IE.

    Trucks flipped over on the highway.

    Tree blown over in my neighbor’s front yard.

    Trash cans blown all over the place.

    Streets full of miscellaneous debris.

    It’s rough out there mayne!

  • DMAC

    J Hill Says:
    December 1st, 2011 at 9:38 am

    JFB,

    Gio is a smart guy. If YOU know Knox is one of the fastest guys in the league, HE should’ve known that too.

    Play a little deeper, start your back pedal faster, take a better angle, trip the guy …. but there is no way you can let that guy get over the top of you.

    He just phugged up.
    =======

    Ok J
    You win on this one (play), but don’t forget Gio still has more ints. than Mr. Huff who’s getting payed. Dude was signed to be a back-up and has been playing pretty well. Nothing spectacular, but pretty solid, w/ the exception of his tackling.

  • autopalm77

    This is the greatest Monday morning quarterbacking forum in the world…..RIGHT….Once the play has been run the only thing you can do is discuss the results…..I am not on the field of…..play….

  • J Hill

    Everyone’s talking about Curry, but Wimbley has played exceptionally well all season (the Denver game being the only exception, where the entire defense played horribly). 5th most pressures in the league, has steadily improved against the run, and is making big plays for the defense.

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    JFB,

    Thoughts????

  • J Hill

    You win on this one (play),

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    LOL!

    Gio is a keeper.

    Really like his football IQ.

    My criticism of him now comes from my expectation level rising. I expect him to be smart enough to not get beat on plays like that. The player I thought he was early on gets beat on plays like that, not the player he has proven to be. Feel me???

  • Just Fire Baby

    He just phugged up.

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    If Knox can’t reel it in with one-hand, or Hanie’s throw is a foot or two here and there, than it is not an issue.

    Wait…..didn’t you start this debate by saying we should tip our cap,lol??

  • DMAC

    Yes sir

  • Just Fire Baby

    JFB,

    Thoughts????

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    Kamerion is a fringe Pro Bowl player who gets paid like a HOF.

    Not changing off this, although he has been awesome the last month.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Winds expected up to 55MPH here in the ‘Burque.

    May even get some snow tonight or tomorrow morning.

  • DMAC

    Non Raider newz….

    So Mike Leach is headed to Washington St

  • silverback

    Raiderinparadise Says:
    December 1st, 2011 at 9:39 am
    yeah that comment was stupid about know not having blazing speed lol. like really?

    Knox is a really good player.

    Stuck my beak where it didn’t belong at it got chopped off.

  • DMAC

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    December 1st, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Winds expected up to 55MPH here in the ‘Burque.

    May even get some snow tonight or tomorrow morning.
    ==========

    You no what that means….

    Its time to cuddle in dem covers w/ ur wifey/GF/honey etc

  • DMAC

    “Lay your head on my pilloooooow” and “just relax, relax”

  • DMAC

    REAL TALK (honestly)

    Do you guys think Tebow and the Donks are a factor?

  • joetoronto

    unsustainable.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Nothing like a double RR reference early in the morning!!!