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McFadden working hard to get back before season’s end

By Steve Corkran
Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 at 2:36 pm in Oakland Raiders.

An ESPN report Thursday said Raiders running back Darren McFadden met with Dr. Robert Anderson last week in an attempt to get a better feel for whether he can return this season from the midfoot sprain that has forced him to miss the past seven games.
McFadden reportedly underwent a slew of tests — C-T scans, MRIs and X-rays — on his right foot. Dr. Anderson told McFadden that the foot hasn’t healed all the way and that, for McFadden to play again this season, he would have to find a way to deal with the pain.
McFadden has not spoken with the media since he suffered the injury Oct. 23. Jackson on Thursday refused to rule out McFadden for Saturday’s game against the Chiefs.
“Obviously, it doesn’t look great if a guy’s not out here moving around,” Jackson said of McFadden, wide receiver Jacoby Ford, free safety Michael Huff and defensive tackle John Henderson. “But they’re not totally ruled out as of yet.”
That determination will come Friday, the day the Raiders fly to Kansas City.
McFadden jogged and worked on lateral movements with a team trainer on Tuesday. Jackson said McFadden was sore, as expected, Wednesday as a result of the strenuous workout.
It’s tough to envision McFadden playing Saturday, given he hasn’t performed any football-related activities for 60 days. He certainly won’t play in the regular-season finale against the San Diego Chargers on Jan. 1 unless the Raiders still are in playoff contention.
The Raiders would be eliminated from playoff contention Saturday if they lose to the Chiefs, the Denver Broncos beat the Buffalo Bills and either the New York Jets or Cincinnati Bengals win.

BRESNAHAN ANSWERS TOUGH QUESTIONS
Defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan was criticized for the way his defense performed late in the fourth quarter of a 28-27 loss to the Detroit Lion on Sunday.
The Lions cobbled together back-to-back scoring drives that covered 17 plays and 169 yards in 4 minutes, 23 seconds, and resulted in touchdowns for the come-from-behind victory.
Bresnahan disputed the notion that the Raiders played a prevent defense or that the scheme changed in any way because of the seemingly insurmountable lead.
“If you look at the game, we didn’t do that,” Bresnahan said. “We stayed with a four-man rush, we stayed with our coverage approach.”
The problem was execution, he said. In particular, a 48-yard pass from Matthew Stafford to wide receiver Calvin Johnson never should have happened, regardless of the fact Johnson was covered by middle linebacker Rolando McClain and backup safety Jerome Boyd.
Bresnahan admitted the McClain and Boyd lost sight of the ball as it floated through the air and into Johnson’s hands despite Johnson having to break off his route and come back for the ball, with McClain and Boyd flanking Johnson.
“There’s things, though, that happened at the beginning of the play that we didn’t execute properly to disrupt the whole timing of that route, and I put that on my shoulders because we didn’t get it done,” Bresnahan said. “We did not get it done and we will because, when you have one red dot, that red dot is not going to do what he did to us.”
The “red dot” refers to the target on Johnson going into the game as the one player the Raiders had to stop, at all costs.
Johnson caught nine passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns.
“We only had one target,” Bresnahan said. “At the end of the day, we failed because, when you allow somebody to have 200-plus yards in receiving yardage and making impact plays like he did, we obviously didn’t do a good enough job on defense.”
As for using McClain and Boyd on Johnson, instead of No. 1 cornerback Stanford Routt, Bresnahan seemed content with the alignment.
“At this time, (Boyd’s) our starting safety and that’s our package,” Bresnahan said. “Our ‘Mike’ (middle) linebacker is a middle-of-the-field player but not over the top. He’s an inside player looking for the in routes, and our safety is over the top. Again, that’s stuff that we’ll handle in our room. But, no, when you look at the entire play, it should never have gotten to that (point).”

ODDS AND ENDS
Jackson said there’s a realistic shot of Denarius Moore returning punts against the Chiefs. Bryan McCann and T.J. Houshmandzadeh handled that role against the Lions, while Moore eased his way back into the lineup after missing three games.
“There’s a good chance he could be back out there and give us a little spark and a little lift in another area for our football team,” Jackson said of Moore.
Running back Michael Bush (shoulder) was limited in practice Thursday. However, he should be at full strength for the Chiefs game.
“Mike will be fine,” Jackson said. “Mike’s a warrior. He’ll show up and he’ll play well.”
Jackson added that Bush shouldn’t be as worn down on the heels of back-to-back games in which he carried the ball fewer than 20 times.
“He’s carried the ball quite a bit,” Jackson said. “There was a stretch there where he was averaging 30 attempts a game. At some point in time that catches up to you. He hasn’t carried as much the past couple of weeks. We’ve played some physical teams and he’s been slamming that ball up in there the way you have to run the ball.”
Offensive coordinator Al Saunders said the Raiders need to rely upon Bush more than they have the past two games.
“Our back has been tagged a little bit as the one to stop going into the games,” Saunders said. “He’s done a terrific job for us. We have to be more of a balanced attack. When we’re passing and running with efficiency, your running game becomes that much better.”

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  • Seymour Bush

    528.RaiderCrunch Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 1:23 pm
    98 fckng yards not only was pitiful, it took away a sure thing because all the teams we needed to lose lost. We should have been right where we needed to be, but fck that.
    ===============================================

    I have been on Hue Jackson watch since week four of the season. As I wrote three weeks ago there is an old expression in sports, either you are getting better, or you are getting worse. Nothing stays the same. Right now, Kansas Sh**y lost their starting Q, lost their starting RB, their Pro Bowl FS, fired their coach, and they just beat the undefeated World Champion and are in the hunt. Dungver was left for dead, put in a guy with no hope, and now they are LEADING the division. The Dischargers also had NO HOPE, but out of nowhere they have won three in a row all of them beatdowns of their opponents, including an annihilation of a 10-4 division leading Ravens team.

    Then there is us. We had control of everything. Now we control nothing. Last week we actually played very well. The two games before were putrid. My point is that 98 yard drive was piss in the ocean compared to what has come the weeks before. If this team does not take the division, heads need to roll.

  • DeuceDeuce

    ahhh… The Mario Williams talk.

  • Forrest Hump

    DeuceDeuce Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 1:39 pm
    Forrest Hump Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 1:38 pm
    RaiderRetribution Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 1:29 pm
    I don’t want to trade him, I see him being traded.
    ********

    Nobody else in the league wants him. Thats why he was an undrafted FA. And thats why people were amazed when he got paid. I think a much more likely scenario is that he gets cut.

    —-

    Bill Bellichik wasnt amazed. He said Kelly could be one of the best DL in the NFL.
    *****

    Let Belicheat pick him up when we cut him then. He can go poison a different locker room.

  • DeuceDeuce

    Now T Kelly is a locker room cancer? lol comedy.

  • hwnrdr

    536.Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 1:28 pm
    Dakotex, you better find a new bandwagon to jump on because the Fakers are going to $uck this year.

    Go Raiders!

    You know what? Do you like it when other fans call the Raider Faders, or Traders? I didn’t think so…and if you don’t care, then you need to go jump on another bandwagon!

  • Forrest Hump

    I think our starting defensive personnel is ok, but our defensive coaching is downright offensive. Bring in a top flight DC and give him autonomy. Let Hue handle the offense and we will be in good shape.

  • Seymour Bush

    # YoungAmerican Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    TK is a good pass rusher.

    Has never been effective at stopping the run. Hell, he wasn’t very effective at rushing the passer either until the Raiders kicked Seymour inside.
    =============================================

    TK is a pro bowl defensive tackle. It is not his job to stop the run. The top tacklers year and in and year out in the NFL are ILB’s. It is the LB’s job to stop the run. Our guys do not do that. If what you are saying had merit someone would have picked up Kirk Morrison. No one did. If we dropped McClain like a dirty needle, no one would touch it.

  • Forrest Hump

    DeuceDeuce Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 1:43 pm
    Now T Kelly is a locker room cancer? lol comedy.

    ********

    I dont know this as a certainty, I’ve just always felt like the guy is bad in the locker room. I bet he leads the league in jumping offsides since he’s been in the NFL. Constantly getting penalties. That shows a lack of repsect for teammates, a selfish attitude, and a lack of accountability. I do know for a FACT that we’ve never won more than 8 games in a season since he’s been here. Cant say he’s the problem, but cant say he’s been part of any solution either.

  • Forrest Hump

    Seymour Bush Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 1:46 pm
    # YoungAmerican Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    TK is a good pass rusher.

    Has never been effective at stopping the run. Hell, he wasn’t very effective at rushing the passer either until the Raiders kicked Seymour inside.
    =============================================

    TK is a pro bowl defensive tackle. It is not his job to stop the run. The top tacklers year and in and year out in the NFL are ILB’s. It is the LB’s job to stop the run. Our guys do not do that. If what you are saying had merit someone would have picked up Kirk Morrison. No one did. If we dropped McClain like a dirty needle, no one would touch it
    *********

    Someone would pick up McClain in heartbeat. He is 22. He wouldnt last 5 minutes in free agency.

  • Seymour Bush

    Our leading tackler is Tyvon Branch. Branch has led our team in tackles the last couple of years. The only team this year to have a safety leading the team in tackles is Indian-crapolis. What does that tell you?

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Spoken like a Faker fan.

  • DeuceDeuce

    One could argue we have more 3-4 personnel than 4-3. Maybe thats our problem.

  • YoungAmerican

    TK is a pro bowl defensive tackle. It is not his job to stop the run. The top tacklers year and in and year out in the NFL are ILB’s. It is the LB’s job to stop the run. Our guys do not do that. If what you are saying had merit someone would have picked up Kirk Morrison. No one did. If we dropped McClain like a dirty needle, no one would touch it.

    ————————

    ILBs rack up tackles because defensive linemen occupy gaps and allow the LBs to come in and clean up. TK and Richard Seymour leave their gaps, shed blockers, and allow offensive linemen to get to the second level.

    McClain’s play is bad, and it’s made worse by the fact that blockers are running free to take on the Raiders’ back seven.

    I’d love to believe that the way TK plays is the product of Waufle’s scheme, but he has never played any other way.

  • Seymour Bush

    Someone would pick up McClain in heartbeat. He is 22. He wouldnt last 5 minutes in free agency.
    =============================================

    Maybe. But the team reps would have to go sign him dressed in body armour for fear of being shot. Teams are tired of underachievers who seem to be in trouble particularly with guns.

  • Forrest Hump

    DeuceDeuce Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 1:52 pm
    One could argue we have more 3-4 personnel than 4-3. Maybe thats our problem.
    ******

    Totally agree. All we need is a NT.

  • Seymour Bush

    McClain’s play is bad, and it’s made worse by the fact that blockers are running free to take on the Raiders’ back seven.
    =========================

    If this were true, Kirk Morrison would be starting in the NFL right now. Something tells me if we put Patrick Willis or London Fletcher beyond Kelly and Seymour, we would be just fine.

  • DeuceDeuce

    Forrest Hump Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 1:54 pm
    DeuceDeuce Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 1:52 pm
    One could argue we have more 3-4 personnel than 4-3. Maybe thats our problem.
    ******

    Totally agree. All we need is a NT.

    —-

    Well, that and about 3 or 4 more LBs.. And Mike Nolan.

  • Forrest Hump

    He’s had one incident. They never found the gun in question. No felony charges. Cmon man thats silly talk. Teams would scoop him up on potential alone.

  • Forrest Hump

    McClain’s play is bad, and it’s made worse by the fact that blockers are running free to take on the Raiders’ back seven.
    =========================

    If this were true, Kirk Morrison would be starting in the NFL right now. Something tells me if we put Patrick Willis or London Fletcher beyond Kelly and Seymour, we would be just fine.
    **********

    Yep, because those guys have been in the league for 5+ years and have the game at this level figured out. Rolando hasnt been given that much time yet.

  • YoungAmerican

    If this were true, Kirk Morrison would be starting in the NFL right now. Something tells me if we put Patrick Willis or London Fletcher beyond Kelly and Seymour, we would be just fine.

    ————–

    Willis and Fletcher would make things slightly better, but you still don’t see them with an OG or FB in their face every single play. In their systems, they have one gap to occupy, and they fill it. The Raiders leave multiple gaps open on every single running play. Good (and even average) cutback runners have had their way with the Raiders’ defense for YEARS. Long before Waufle.

  • GoodOle00

    Thing with the Raiders is, it doesn;t matter as much who they field. You never know if the team is actually gonna show up.

    Biggest bunch of mental pansies I’ve ever seen. Sooooo easily taken out of it. Not one GD leader to step up and rally the troops and smack F’ers around. Look what Teblow has done.

    Gross and hateful but his team BELIEVES they’re never out of it.

    Oakland shoots themselves in the foot all the time and then goes quiet while the roll over.

    Yuck

  • Forrest Hump

    cutback runners have had their way with the Raiders’ defense for YEARS. Long before Waufle.
    *********

    Say for, oh I dont know, as long as TOMMY KELLY has been around????

  • Seymour Bush

    Willis and Fletcher would make things slightly better, but you still don’t see them with an OG or FB in their face every single play. In their systems, they have one gap to occupy, and they fill it. The Raiders leave multiple gaps open on every single running play. Good (and even average) cutback runners have had their way with the Raiders’ defense for YEARS. Long before Waufle.
    ==========================================

    That’s because the LB’s are too slow to react. A running back hits the gap before the LB, yes, you are going to have problems. The LB chooses the wrong gap, you are going to have problems unless you have backside pursuit. And besides, the biggest problem in the Raider run defense is NOT Kelly and Seymour, it is the DE’s not sealing, and giving up contain.

  • LT DAN

    Seems like such a long time before we get any updates. Gotta be some kinda of news coming out of KC. Did dmac,ford or huff make the trip?

  • DeuceDeuce

    We dont get enough pressure from our DE’s. And our defense is built on getting pressure from solely the front 4.

    Wimbley is our best pass rushing end. And he’s our OLB.

  • J Hill

    So Dakota …

    How much longer before Howard is a Laker?

    Certainly should be any day now with the Lopez injury, right?

    Think we could get JJ Redick in the deal?

  • Seymour Bush

    Go to the lst TD in the Green Bay game and yes, you see both Kelly and Seymour doubled. Which is funny because that is what Jackson said about everyone being doubled. They seal off Mitchell, and leave McClain completely unblocked. Now, Mike McCarthy is a very very smart football coach, and if he had that little respect that he didn’t even account for McClain that is saying something. Of course, McClain took himself out of the play, the safety missed the tackle, and Grant skipped 55 yards for six.

  • DeuceDeuce

    J Hill Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 2:08 pm
    So Dakota …

    How much longer before Howard is a Laker?

    Certainly should be any day now with the Lopez injury, right?

    Think we could get JJ Redick in the deal?

    —-

    No.

    If your getting Dwight your getting Turkoglu & Duhon with him. End of story.

  • GoodOle00

    573. Especially against Shaughnessy’s replacements. Bryant is way better than Moss but Wimbley and especiually Scott just get washed

  • GoodOle00

    577. McClain sucks

  • Dakota

    576.J Hill Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 2:08 pm
    So Dakota …

    How much longer before Howard is a Laker?

    Certainly should be any day now with the Lopez injury, right?

    Think we could get JJ Redick in the deal?

    ++++++++++++++++++++++

    I’d say right after Bynum’s 4 game suspension ends.

    But, if we don’t keep Gasol, we will not be in the contender boat even with Howard.

  • J Hill

    Gasoft isn’t going anywhere, Dakota.

    For Paul, yes.

    But just to get rid of him?

    Not happening.

  • souldogdave

    Why do they keep saying this day after day, week after week. MCFADDEN IS DONE FOR THE YEAR.End of story and season.

  • DeuceDeuce

    Dwight will either re-sign or we’ll trade him to the Lakers. Those seem like the only options. But theres always a dark horse team that emerges.

  • inonewordraider

    I’d say right after Bynum’s 4 game suspension ends.

    But, if we don’t keep Gasol, we will not be in the contender boat even with Howard.

    _____________________
    those nets picks would be garbage with Howard and Williams, Smith is an idiot if he doesn’t do the deal and why wait till the deadline instead of integrating the guy into your system? it’s not like Knicks are giving up Mello or Heats giving up Lebron

  • Dakota

    Jhill,

    You think the Magic don’t want Bynum and Gasol for Howard? If the deal is for Bynum and a couple of first rounders we need to get that done now. Use the trade exception to take some of their bad contracts too….yeah baby.

  • J Hill

    If your getting Dwight your getting Turkoglu & Duhon with him. End of story.

    ——————————————————

    Says who???

    What leverage does Orlando have now with the Nets out of the picture.

    Lakers could always just say eff it and keep Bynum.

    They could trade their 2 #1s and the trade exception to our pal Jerry West for Monta Ellis or some other PG.

  • DEVASTATORS

    Had he not been shut down for two games after the first Kansas City game, Darrius Heyward-Bey would be much closer to 1,000 yards and would surely have it by season’s end. It’s so senseless. Just so Hue could get his two chosen guys on the field — Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford — both very good players, he shut down the most productive receiver we have. All Heyward-Bey does is practice hard, give maximum effort and make plays when thrown the ball. He might not be as fluid as Moore or Ford, but that could be because he’s a lot bigger than they are. (I somewhat question that he’s only 210 pounds.) Heyward-Bey plays hurt, doesn’t complain, and is very humble and well-spoken.

    Really, who can rationally object to his #1 WR status on this team?

  • GoodOle00

    Don’t think its s stretch to say McClain’s been a disappointment in the least but he hasn’t been horrible and we saw what it was like without him and BlAckstock in.

    Hes just been a massive disappointment play making and as a top 10 pick

  • J Hill

    The Lakers aren’t trading Bynum AND Gasoft for Howard.

    If that offer was on the table, Howard would be already be a Laker.

    That would be ridiculously stupid on their part. Gasoft and Bynum for Paul and Howard I get. Those 2 for just Howard???? I don’t think so mayne.

  • DeuceDeuce

    J Hill Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 2:17 pm
    If your getting Dwight your getting Turkoglu & Duhon with him. End of story.

    ——————————————————

    Says who???

    What leverage does Orlando have now with the Nets out of the picture.

    Lakers could always just say eff it and keep Bynum.

    They could trade their 2 #1s and the trade exception to our pal Jerry West for Monta Ellis or some other PG.

    —-

    The leverage of Dwight will sign with the Nets for free in the off-season, if the Lakers want him they need to meet the trade demands.

    And the Nets arent totally out of the picture. Billy King is the best GM at getting multiple team trades done.

  • inonewordraider

    They could trade their 2 #1s and the trade exception to our pal Jerry West for Monta Ellis or some other PG.

    ____________________
    monta stretches the d adds much needed speed and his defensive deficiencies can be masked Browns D, i’m sure Kupchak has inquired about him already tho

  • Forrest Hump

    Really, who can rationally object to his #1 WR status on this team?
    *********

    Care to answer that one, Corkan??

  • DeuceDeuce

    Anywho.

    Dwight is gonna re-sign anyways.

  • DeuceDeuce

    #1 picks are crap as trade pieces in the NBA, and Laker #1′s are even worse.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    GO WIGGLE!

  • inonewordraider

    DeuceDeuce Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 2:24 pm
    Anywho.

    Dwight is gonna re-sign anyways.

    ________________
    Orlando will be the 3rd best team in the East at best and no big names are signing there, be ridiculous for Smith to risk him walking

  • inonewordraider

    DeuceDeuce Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 2:24 pm
    #1 picks are crap as trade pieces in the NBA, and Laker #1’s are even worse.

    __________________________
    maybe worth gettin rid of an 11 mill (monta) if u prefer Klay and or think he’s a nuissance

  • Dakota

    Too bad we can’t trade Kobe.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    To bad we can’t trade Dakotex.