By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, December 19th, 2011 at 3:34 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Subbing for Steve Corkran today . . .
Will have more later, but some quick hits from Hue Jackson’s press briefing Monday:
– While acknowledging there are always calls and plays you’d like to have back after a one-point loss, the only thing Jackson sounded as if he regretted was not going for two points following the touchdown that put the Raiders up 26-14 with 7:47 left.
His thinking? We’ll get a stop this drive then work the clock. No fear of back-to-back touchdowns and the 14-point number that would put them behind.
As for the fourth-and-1 incompletion to Denarius Moore in the end zone and the third-and-3 incompletion to Chaz Schilens in the fourth quarter, Jackson felt those plays were there to be made.
Same goes for the 48-yard reception by Calvin Johnson against the Raiders’ Cover 2 defense with Rolando McClain and Jerome Boyd in coverage. The ball was up there, waiting to be intercepted.
– Stop if you’ve heard this one before _ Darren McFadden is day to day. Jackson said unless he’s told definitively that McFadden is out, then he’s a possibility.
– With the concussion to Bryan McCann, sounds as if the Raiders will go into the next game with Moore returning punts and Tyvon Branch kickoffs rather than bring in someone else. There’s also the possibilty McCann could return.
– Jackson isn’t taking any time going over the permutations of how the Raiders could still be in the playoffs, taking more of a “let’s win ‘em both and see where we stand” philosophy. The Raiders could also finish last in terms of seeding with two losses _ having already lost once to Kansas City _ but he considered that possibility to negative to dwell upon.