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Coach Jackson senses ‘urgency, intensity’ in players

By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 at 3:22 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Wednesday’s practice had a different feel to it, unlike any the Raiders have had the past four or five weeks, according to coach Hue Jackson.
It’s all about the Raiders sensing what Jackson calls the “urgency and intensity” of the situation facing them with three games to play in the regular season.
“The margin for error is gone,” Jackson said. “There is no more.”
Indeed. The Denver Broncos lead the Raiders in the AFC West by one game. The Raiders either need to finish ahead of the Broncos or have the Broncos lose to the Kansas City Chiefs, if they finish with identical records, to win the division.
That’s a far cry from where the Raiders were two games ago, when they led the Broncos by one game with five to play. The Broncos won both those games. The Raiders lost to the Miami Dolphins and Green Bay Packers by a combined score of 80-30.
Jackson expects the Raiders team that won three games in a row to show up Sunday, not the one that lost the past two games.
“It was awesome,” Jackson said of practice Wednesday. “I mean, it really was. It probably was different than it’s been in the last four or five weeks because, again, these guys understand. I know this football team and I know where their head is, and they understand what we need to do, and we’ll come play, and we’ll play the way we’re supposed to play.”
Quarterback Carson Palmer said this year’s Raiders team will be defined by how they play the next three games.
“We have a chance to get to the playoffs,” Palmer said. “We have to go 3-0 in the next three weeks. There is no other option, there is no other route. We know that, especially if you want to make it to the playoffs and then you want to play well in the playoffs, you have to be playing really good football at this time of year. For us, we got to start on Sunday.”
Linebacker Kamerion Wimbley said he and his teammates know what’s at stake. Hence, the more-spirited practice Wednesday.
“Yeah, there’s a lot of energy,” Wimbley said. “We know we’re at that point where opportunities are few and far in between and we need to take advantage of them when we can. The guys know that. That’s why, in practice, we get after it with a sense of purpose.”

PRO BOWL VOTING NEARS END
Punter Shane Lechler and kicker Sebastian Janikowski maintain their lead in the fan portion of the Pro Bowl voting, with one week left.
Lechler is the top vote-getter among fans for the AFC punter spot. Janikowski leads all AFC kickers. Fans voting accounts for one-third of the process. Coaches and players get one-third each, as well.

SUH A SAINT?
Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh returns Sunday from a two-game suspension for his egregious actions against a Packers offensive lineman on Thanksgiving.
To hear Lions coach Jim Schwartz tell it, Suh is just misunderstood and not as bad as people make him out to be.
“He’s a good teammate, he’s a hard-working guy, he’s very, very serious about football and he’s a very good football player,” Schwartz said in a conference call Wednesday. “His penalty on Thanksgiving was the first penalty that he’s gotten that’s been truly an after-the-whistle penalty, where he lost his composure.”
Other than that, Suh is a model player, Schwartz said.
“Other than that, I really can’t speak on what his perception is,” Schwartz said. “I know he’s a good football player, he’s a good teammate, and we’re glad to have him on our team.”
Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer said Suh is someone he and the rest of the Raiders offense will be well aware of Sunday.
“He splits double-teams, he pushes double-teams out of the way,” Palmer said. “He’s a guy that we’re very focused on, and we’re going to understand where he’s at at all times, and you have to because he’s a heck of a player.”

PENALTIES PLAGUE
Of the Raiders league-high 130 penalties, 45 resulted in first downs for the opponent. Also, those penalties kept alive drives that resulted in points 16 times.
The 45 first downs as a result of penalties are the fourth-most since the merger in 1970. The 1998 Kansas City Chiefs hold the record during that span, with 56.
That Chiefs team holds the league records for most penalties in a season (158) and yards penalized in a season (1,304). Even those aren’t safe. The Raiders are on pace for 160 for 1,374.
Jackson said he has done everything short of screaming from the rooftop at 1220 Harbor Bay Parkway in Alameda in an attempt to get his point across.
“I can’t beat myself up about it,” Jackson said. “The one thing I know I am doing is trying. It would be different if I am not trying. I am doing everything I know how to do. I have called other people that I know in order to fix this, and it’s going to take some time, and I hope everybody understands that. There is no magical stuff that I can throw on this team and say, ‘No more penalties.’ That’s not how it works.”
Palmer said he and his teammates got the message again this week, in no unmistakable terms.
“That’s something that coach Jackson definitely addressed with us this week … loudly,” Palmer said. “It’s been going on for too long; it’s something he said. We’ll continue to work on it. It’s something that we understand that that can be the difference in a win and a loss.”
Cornerback Stanford Routt expressed surprise when informed that the Raiders are on record paces.
“Obviously, aggressive penalties you can’t do too much about those,” Routt said, “but offsides, false starts, stuff like that, personal foul, silly penalties we can definitely clean up. That just comes down to discipline.”
Fourth-year safety Tyvon Branch has witnessed penalty-fests seemingly on a weekly basis since he joined the Raiders.
He said the solution, as Jackson said, isn’t anything magical.
“Play smarter, man,” Branch said. “That’s the thing that’s been plaguing us since I’ve been here. We’ve just got to play smarter.”

PLAYOFFS PICTURE COMING INTO FOCUS
The Houston Texans clinched a playoff berth with their victory last Sunday. The New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers are in position to nail down spots this weekend.
Once that happens, as expected, there will be only two spots left open — the AFC West and the second wild-card spot. The Raiders remain in contention for both spots.

FRONT LINES AT FOREFRONT SUNDAY
The 49ers, Ravens and Steelers might beg to differ, but as far as Palmer is concerned the two best defensive fronts will be on display Sunday, when the Lions and Raiders play.
“We’re a lot bigger, they’re probably faster,” Palmer said, “but as far as just having great players all over the place, both fronts are fantastic. You can’t think of two other better fronts, I don’t think, in the rest of the league. They have two big inside guys, we have two big inside guys. They’re very fast and small on the edge, but very fast. We’re fast and physical on the edge, but both teams have great ‘D’ lines.”

FOOT INJURIES A MYSTERY
The number of foot injuries to Raiders this season has caused Jackson and the training staff to try just about everything in attempt to find the root of the problem.
To no avail. At this point, Jackson is inclined to think it’s either a coincidence or the result of players not having the advantage of easing ino the season because of a lockout that wiped out the offseason.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Jackson said. “Never seen so many of the same type of injury, and it being a foot. So you go through it all. You go through the weight room, you go through in the medical department, you go through everything, trying to figure out why it’s like this.”
Jackson said he is out of ideas.
“We’ve done the shoe thing, orthotics, nice shoes, bad shoes, we do it all trying to figure it out,” Jackson said, “and there’s no pattern. And if you look around the league, it’s been more probably foot injuries this year than anything. And coach Jackson thinks, maybe it was because there wasn’t any offseason.”

CHRIS JOHNSON UPDATE
Cornerback Chris Johnson was excused from practice because he was at his sister’s funeral in Texas. His sister Jennifer was shot and killed by a 46-year-old man last week. The same man shot and wounded Johnon’s mother Della.
The exacting toll of the tragedy caught up with Johnson in Green Bay, which prompted him to tell Jackson before the game that he didn’t feel up to playing.
“Right before, he came to me and said, ‘Coach, I can’t do it. It would not be doing the team a good service.’ He says, ‘My mind and my heart are struggling right now,’ ” Jackson said. “We kind of embraced for a second, and I understand that. We don’t want to put him in a tough situation, or our team in a tough situation, so he didn’t play.”

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  • RaiderRockstar

    Wednesday’s practice had a different feel to it, unlike any the Raiders have had the past four or five weeks, according to coach Hue Jackson.
    It’s all about the Raiders sensing what Jackson calls the “urgency and intensity” of the situation facing them with three games to play in the regular season.
    “The margin for error is gone,” Jackson said. “There is no more.”

    ***

    so what was it like the past two weeks?

    the Raiders should have came into the Green Bay game full of p1ss & vinegar after getting slapped by the lowly Dolphins!

    instead they rolled over and took a beating, like they knew they didn’t stand a chance

  • LA to TheBay

    I’m a laker fan but got love for all LA teams (angels dont’ count) but they’ll go farther than the lakes if the lakes don’t upgrade PG
    ——————————

    Could never root for the clip.

    Spent decades turning a profit by getting one guy to sell jerseys and the rest a bunch of scrubs.

  • J Hill

    Right there with you Inoneword.

    I like the JV team too, which is why I’m really scratching my head with that one.

    Billups
    Gordon
    Butler
    Griffin
    Jordan

    Kaman
    Young African cat
    Bledsoe

    Plus you get to add the #1 pick next year?????

    CP3 and Griffin will be nice though. Better than the Lakers???? Not yet.

  • Chris in NY

    Yeah, I think Veldheer is solid and will only get better. He’s not quite where I thought he was after the Minnesota game. I wonder if the success of that game got in his head and he was trying to live up to it against Chi and Mia instead of just playing ball.

    Regardless, definitely a steal in the draft and has the potential to be our LT for the next 10 years, especially given Cork’s reports that he may be the hardest working dude on the team and is only two years removed from D-II ball and already playing at this level.

    I’d like to see Bruce Campbell get a legit shot at RT now. I think he’s capable of greatness as well. How nice would it be to lock down both ends of the line with elite players under 25 years of age?

  • bcz24

    Big Richard must be getting push back by the sled …. seemingly he deflated after first few games.
    ***************
    I think Hue is telling him if he wants to play his gonna practice. No more slacking off for the week.

  • inonewordraider

    CP3 is a bonified superstar, most #1 draft picks won’t even get you that

  • J Hill

    The key for the Clips is going to be what type of defense they are going to be able to play. They HAVE to get out in the open court to be effective.

    Billups can’t guard the 2 mayne. And Butler coming off knee surgery won’t be that effective defensively either.

    Griffin and Jordan as your defensive stoppers in the paint???? We’ll see how that works out.

  • Method To My Madness

    847.baumraiders Says:
    December 15th, 2011 at 11:33 am
    KoolKell posted yesterday that Carson Palmers 49-54 record is not elite. No one is saying he is elite, just saying he is better than JC 31-39 Record.

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

    No its not….losing records are losing records

  • raiderinparadise

    The Clip Show has just begun.

  • inonewordraider

    Better than the Lakers???? Not yet.
    ________________
    can’t see why the Dubs wouldn’t have wanted Odom for Ellis. They guy would instantly make the bench formidable or could actually start over Lee and have an energetic lee come off the bench. Guy has PG handles so would be perfect off the rebound pushing the ball and Ellis should be on the bench for Dubs behind Clay so he’s not gonna be happy. He’d be happier at PG for the Lakers

  • RaiderRockstar

    Jackson expects the Raiders team that won three games in a row to show up Sunday, not the one that lost the past two games.
    “It was awesome,” Jackson said of practice Wednesday. “I mean, it really was. It probably was different than it’s been in the last four or five weeks because, again, these guys understand. I know this football team and I know where their head is, and they understand what we need to do, and we’ll come play, and we’ll play the way we’re supposed to play.”

    ***

    Again – i’m not buying this crap. Do you guys really think Hue didn’t stress urgency & intensity the past few weeks when we were alone in 1st or tied for it?

    he got complacent as a rookie HC for a team that hasn’t made the playoffs in 8 years and has a boatload of injured players? I don’t think so.

    His job is to make sure this team is prepared & hungry to play football games. ready to execute the gameplan

    that clearly didn’t happen on gamedays. you practice how you play, is what i’m told. So were these guys lazy or lagging in practice? what is different this week from the previous two?

    something is wrong and I can’t put my finger on it.

  • bcz24

    so what was it like the past two weeks?

    the Raiders should have came into the Green Bay game full of p1ss & vinegar after getting slapped by the lowly Dolphins!

    instead they rolled over and took a beating, like they knew they didn’t stand a chance
    ******************
    5th play of the game INT. 6th play of the game penalty. 7th play of the game 50 yard TD run…. that is deflating man. It is hard no to sit back and say here we go again no matter how motivated you are. That stuff happens in all sports bro.

    Lets be honest, at our best, we would have lost to the Pack last Sunday. 47-16 L carries the same weight as 20-19L… doesnt matter and Loss is a Loss. We aren’t an elite team. No one else in the NFL has figured out how to beat the Pack, and only 2 teams have even made a game of it.

  • raiderinparadise

    @method

    No its not….losing records are losing records

    ——-

    True … and both played for laughable franchises in bengals and skins and then both came to terrible franchise over last decade in raiders ….

    no way either of them could have a better record to be honest.

    Cambell arm-wrestled bruce gradkowski for a starting gig (not saying a lot) and palmer came off the couch to a depleted offense injury bit, mid-season learning offense as he goes.

    depressing.

  • J Hill

    Ok, let’s put it this way …

    Are CP3 and Blake Griffin going to be more productive than Deron Williams and Boozer were?

    Williams is a superstar and Boozer was a better all around offensive player AND rebounder than Griffin is.

    They had a HOF coach and better talent surrounding those guys than the Clips have surrounding CP3 and Griffin.

    Clips are now a playoff team. That is all.

  • hwnrdr

    Where did Khardashian go?

  • Thec07

    clips dumb getting rid of EJ…Dumb move…
    david stern is a chump.

  • hwnrdr

    David Stern is a chump…so is Cuban for that matter…but oh well…what? Next week starts the season?

  • Thec07

    billups at the 2….ROFLMAO….
    billups cannot defend any 2 in the NBA…
    I doubt he can defend a college 2…

  • Thec07

    hwnrdr Says:
    December 15th, 2011 at 11:46 am
    Where did Khardashian go?

    +++++++++

    dallas

  • J Hill

    Stern got the Hornets a HELLUVA haul for CP3.

    MUCH better than what the Hornets were going to get intially.

    He lucked up and saved face.

  • Thec07

    anyway fck the clips and the lakes…

  • baumraiders

    Raiderinparadise Says:
    December 15th, 2011 at 11:46 am
    @method

    No its not….losing records are losing records

    ——-

    True … and both played for laughable franchises in bengals and skins and then both came to terrible franchise over last decade in raiders ….

    no way either of them could have a better record to be honest.

    Cambell arm-wrestled bruce gradkowski for a starting gig (not saying a lot) and palmer came off the couch to a depleted offense injury bit, mid-season learning offense as he goes.

    depressing.

    ———

    The Bengals made the playoffs thanks to CP, The Redskins went to the playoffs because JC got injured and Todd fckn Collins took them .

  • RaiderRockstar

    I’d like to see Bruce Campbell get a legit shot at RT now. I think he’s capable of greatness as well. How nice would it be to lock down both ends of the line with elite players under 25 years of age?

    ***

    Has BCamp even been activated for a regular season game since we drafted him?

    doesn’t look good for him imo. may be a camp casualty this upcoming offseason since the Al Davis scholarship program has term’d

  • bcz24

    that clearly didn’t happen on gamedays. you practice how you play, is what i’m told. So were these guys lazy or lagging in practice? what is different this week from the previous two?
    *****************
    Everyone is so critical of Hue Jackson’s press conference’s. Please, tell me, in your infinite head coaching experience, exactly what you would RATHER this guy being saying?

    Hue Jackson is a church going man, and has a pretty positive outlook on things, no matter the circumstances. He doesn’t come out and mope and whine when things don’t go our way. He stays positive. He talks up his team. You guys read WAY To much into what he is saying in these pressers (when he is being asked the same questions over and over again mind you).

    This isn’t just directed at you Rock, its directed at everyone who complains about the stupid press conferences. No one has every one anything in the NFL based on the strength of the freakin mid week press conference.

  • raiderinparadise

    I wish David Stern ran the NFL lol

    No, no, no Al Davis … we can;t let you draft JaMarcus Russell #1 overall, you don’t want Brady Quinn either. Those will set you back years of more laughs.

    You guys should take Calvin Johsnon, Patrick Willis or Darelle Revis … trust me.

    hahhaaahhahahahaha

  • Thec07

    doesn’t look good for him imo. may be a camp casualty this upcoming offseason since the Al Davis scholarship program has term’d

    +++++++++++

    I Don’t know Bruh, if you listen to Coach Jackson he was set back due to the injury….

    Coach said he would be in the league a long time…

  • Method To My Madness

    gosh xmas office party tonite…..not interested in going…would rather watch lil cousin play on tv at 4th street bar and grill in SF….ugh and worse my bz wanna go with me to it…fk me! Some female coworkers gonna hate and mention im going to Vegas…doubtihng i should go…but free food and drank? Hard to say no

  • bcz24

    Has BCamp even been activated for a regular season game since we drafted him?

    doesn’t look good for him imo. may be a camp casualty this upcoming offseason since the Al Davis scholarship program has term’d
    ***************
    Yeah actually he was getting some reps early in the year in the ‘elephant’ package at the goalline. I remember him cleaning someones clock at Buffalo. I was shocked to see it was BCamp

  • bcz24

    Gosh? Theres a word I would never in a million years imagine seeing B use… LOL

  • Method To My Madness

    863.raiderinparadise Says:
    December 15th, 2011 at 11:46 am
    @method

    No its not….losing records are losing records

    ——-

    True … and both played for laughable franchises in bengals and skins and then both came to terrible franchise over last decade in raiders ….

    no way either of them could have a better record to be honest.

    Cambell arm-wrestled bruce gradkowski for a starting gig (not saying a lot) and palmer came off the couch to a depleted offense injury bit, mid-season learning offense as he goes.

    depressing.

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

    agreed

  • Silverandblack666

    “gosh xmas office party tonite….”

    I hate those things its like haven’t I seen your faces enough during the week, now I have to look at you turds at a evening party too!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Lets be honest, at our best, we would have lost to the Pack last Sunday. 47-16 L carries the same weight as 20-19L… doesnt matter and Loss is a Loss. We aren’t an elite team. No one else in the NFL has figured out how to beat the Pack, and only 2 teams have even made a game of it.

    ***

    BCZ, I agree with you

    unfortunately- I question this team’s mental state

    the Raiders are in a downward spiral right now, playing self destructive football. I don’t think we could have beat the Colts on Sunday with 5 turnovers, penalties galore and an inability to stuff the run

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post~

  • dvrick

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    December 15th, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Where servants rule kaos reigns.

  • qodrn1

    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
    Eleventh: Beware of Raiders Raiders 25 Bears 20
    Twelfth: Autopalm77 Dolphins 34 Raiders 14
    Thirteenth: Sullivan44 Packers 43 Raiders 16

    baumraiders Raiders 27 Lions 21
    Blackmamba_20 Raiders 27 Thugs 17
    fingers Raiders 28…….Detroit 23….
    Gilligan Oakland 41 Baked Loins 10
    Lowdown_in_Beijing Raiders 36 Detroit 7
    raiderdav Detroit 44 Oakland 13
    RaiderRetribution Raiders 38 – Detroit 27

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