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Bresnahan fields tough questions in wake of Lions debacle

Wonder what Raiders defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan thought about his unit’s collapse in the final 5 minutes or so in a 28-27 loss to the Detroit Lions? Wonder no more. Here’s what Bresnahan had to say about that game, as well as other topics in a question-and-answer session with the media:

Q: Did your scheme change when you were up 27-14 on the Lions on Sunday, as everyone assumes?
A: “If you look at the game, we didn’t do that. We stayed with a four-man rush, we stayed with our coverage approach. After a game like that, I’m not going to say I’m discourage. I’m disappointed because, going into a game, every team puts red dots on people. Hue talks about it from us on an offensive perspective, we do the same thing on defense, usually try to take out the opponent’s top one or two, maybe on a certain week, three, red tags in the deal. Well, this week we only had one. We only had one target. 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. At the 7:50 mark or whatever, after the defensive score, if you tell me that our guys weren’t excited to go back on the field for those two drives, you would be completely wrong. They were excited, they were ready to go, and we just didn’t get the job done. The penalties, the lapses in mental mistakes, we’ve got to eliminate. But that comes on my shoulders, and I’ve got to make sure we’re prepared. But they were excited about going back on the field and they were ready to execute the game plan like we had right up until that defensive touchdown, and we didn’t get it done.”

Q: Was there confusion on the zone coverages on Johnson?
A: “I wouldn’t say it’s confusion. Again, it’s trying to do too much at times. Those are things that we’ll discuss in our meetings, as far as who was at fault or how we can make it better and all that type of stuff. But, no, I don’t think it was a confusion standpoint at all. When you talk to the players and you look at the play itself, we just didn’t get it done. We weren’t in the right position to keep that ball in fron of us, and I’m talking about the deep ball at the end. Same thing in the first quarter on the long one. That should never happen, either, because of the way the coverage is designed to keep a high person and a low person on him, Again, we’ll get that corrected. I’m disappointed, not discouraged. You guys asked about the effort to Hue, and the energy, it’s been right back and these guys, they put the play behind them and they’re ready to go. But you can’t do that. We got to play on a more consistent level because you can’t give games away like we just gave that one away.”

Q: On the long pass to Johnson, two guys were in position to make the play. They lose sight of the ball?
A: “Yeah, and, again, 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. 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. They are a unique team, where you have an exceptional individual. That’s not to say all the other guys weren’t effective or guys that we had under control. Our two things were to stop the run game and minimize what Calvin did to us, and we didn’t get it done.”

Q: Any question of using MLB and backup safety on Calvin Johnson in a critical situation?
A: “At this time, it’s our starting safety and that’s our package. Our Mike 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).”

Q: What do you make of the Chiefs offense?
A: “Well, obviously, they have a different quarterback, but this is a team that you still have to go in, and this will be a challenge for us with the run game. They do a lot of things with McCluster. But they got, really, a three-headed monster back there with Jones, Battle an McCluster. They’re going to try to establish the run. They’re going to try to get it on the edge with McCluster. They have the ability to go to the Wildcat, like they did to us in the red zone the last game. But we got to come out and stop the run and then we have to be very disciplined in our coverage. And step it up a notch and really hold ourselves accountable to make up for last week. The guys understand what’s at stake now. Not that they haven’t up until this point, but they definitely know what’s at stake and there’s a real attitude, chip on the shoulder, after the last game to make it right.”

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  • raideredoutL.A.

    First game I won’t be watching in a long time, maybe in 6-7 yrs, fkn job, I’ll be listening to it though, it’ll probably break the losing streak.

  • armond

    and please stop devaluing top rb’s. if u can have an elite rb with a good to great passing game then u make defenses defend every inch of the field which is hard to do. raiderman99 is right about rb’s who can score on any play. not many can do that and thats why u value those rb’s more. why would u want an average if u dont have to have 1? u should be greedy and want as many elite players as u can get. great rb’s dont just fall from trees.

  • djohnnyg

    In my trying to come to terms with that 98 yd. debacle, i think i may have found a possible bright side.

    I like that alot of attention is being paid to it with the ?’s to Bres, and Hue etc. The media and fans are not just letting it go. The players would love us too. The coaches would as well, but dangit we just won’t let it go and I think that’s a very good thing.

    They’d prefer to just brush it under the table and chalk it up to “we just didn’t get it done”.

    Bright side is that now…finally, the “powers that be” will finally look at this broken thing and really get this fixed.

    If not for the “debacle” maybe business goes along as usual going into next season with a defense that is not great, but… “good enough to win”.

    Can’t say that. No ones buying it anymore. We have something tangible to point to and show a situation that probably cost us the season. Coaches, players, etc. cannot just blow this one off. EVERYBODY saw it and saw how it cost the team EVERYTHING for this season.

    Something that glaring MUST get fixed and now they are forced to SERIOUSLY address it now.

    If that 98 yd. nightmare forces REAL change then there might be a silver and black lining after all.

  • djohnnyg

    I have to mention that on NFLN with Soloman Wilcots, Theismann, Baldinger, and Millen, they were talking about the Raider D and showed the 98 yd. “debacle” of course but to fortify their case AGAINST Raiders beating KC, they showed the play where Raiders only had 10 men on the field…and they were all laughing (except Millen). Baldinger: “If you wanna stop the Detroit Lions on defense, and you’re the Raiders, then you might want to have all 11 guys on the field(laughter)”. Disrespecting Raider D like they are a joke.

    We go from playoff shoe-ins to joke of the show….again.

    How many times does that have to happen in a season? Is that not the DC’s responsibility? Should Hue have to worry about that stuff?

  • luvmarvhub

    GG,

    good posts.

    “If we do get an autonomous GM etc, and he envisions say a Packers-like multi-WR singleback high octane passing team, then we could see shake up, the Reeces, Bushes traded, shake-up with the WRs, maybe only Ford and Moore kept, etc”.

    While high-octane passing teams are exciting, they are also entirely predicated on qbs who aren’t injured and qbs with strong, accurate arms, and who can move in the pocket. Brees, Rodgers, Roethlisberger–all have great mobility along with their arms. Brady–can’t run, but has excellent anticipation and feet that move quickly enough to get out of trouble.

    If the qb goes down with this kind of offense, forget it. If he takes a career-ending shot, forget the next several seasons.

    We have Palmer, and I’d love for us to have a really balanced attack. If our running game is healthy, Palmer is a great fit. He has a good arm for the long ball, but I’d like to see Hue or our OC throw short a little bit more to backs who can run with the ball after the catch. I’d also like to see quick slants make a comeback.

    I think we have the offensive ingredients for a balanced attack as long as we add some offensive line help.

    The D? Hey, I’d just love to have a good D as I think our offense can put up enough points to win most games if they are good, if not great.

  • luvmarvhub

    I meant to add that since Palmer can’t run as those other qbs I listed, we need to go with a balanced attack, and why not, since we have the ingredients.

  • hendu

    Armond,whats goin on young fella?Anyone wanting to trade DMac or Shonasty is an idiot,imo Im hoping TJones will help out Bush in the mornin,and keep Reece involved.DHB,Min of one td,DMoore the same. RAIDERS

  • qodrn1

    The Raiders listed 16 players on the injured list. That’s 30 percent of the team.

    Does this seem a little high to anyone?

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Is Chuky B on the injured list? that would be addition by substraction!

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Why trade Shaughnesy? perhaps the teams best D player. Trade Slowlando! dude is a half effort bum!

  • raideredoutL.A.

    na, we aint trading damc or shaughn, just blog bs

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Q: Why did the D give up over 400 yards?

    A: Every game its the same thing, we just need to tweak the little things (like tackling & looking at the friggin ball!)

  • raideredoutL.A.

    dmac

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    gotta love Slowlando, gave up 36 points in the first half to GB, and tells the press he is not worried cause his mom told him he played great!

  • raideredoutL.A.

    Like Hue, but he got too cocky for my liking at times, we didn’t win Sheet but he’d have that swag like we did. I was coo w/ him being emotional and all after Al’s passing, but the stubborness of not going into a more conservative gameplan when needed made me wonder. Add to that the back2back losses to kc & den @ home, and b2b blowouts on the road after being in the driver’s seat. He should’ve had this team more prepared IMO.

  • Seymour Bush

    Q: What do you make of the Chiefs offense?
    A: “Well, obviously, they have a different quarterback, but this is a team that you still have to go in, and this will be a challenge for us with the run game. They do a lot of things with McCluster. But they got, really, a three-headed monster back there with Jones, Battle an McCluster. They’re going to try to establish the run. They’re going to try to get it on the edge with McCluster. They have the ability to go to the Wildcat, like they did to us in the red zone the last game. But we got to come out and stop the run and then we have to be very disciplined in our coverage. And step it up a notch and really hold ourselves accountable to make up for last week. The guys understand what’s at stake now. Not that they haven’t up until this point, but they definitely know what’s at stake and there’s a real attitude, chip on the shoulder, after the last game to make it right.”
    ================================================

    Next Question

    When can we expect your resignation letter?

  • http://ibabuss.com antispy3

    The thing that slays me about the talking heads sect. Yhey have no sense of history.

    All they know is this Chefs team on a windy day where the Pack was noticeably off their game & hung an “L” on Green Bay.

    You know what was next; wow!! The Chefs have created the bluepring that will solve the Pack. . .

    Only later in the week when asked Aarn Rodgers said this was the gamepan they’ve pretty much seen all season, even one week earlier against the Raiders. . .

    The talking heads went on to claim the Arrowhead home field advantage too insurmountable for Oakland to overcome.

    Trouble is the Raiders currently have won on Denver two straignt years, They’ve won in San Diego two straight years.

    The Raiders currently hold a four game winning streak in KC (Masterpiece!)! And NO acknowledgment!

    Raiders 27 Chefs 13

  • http://ibabuss.com antispy3

    . . .So, a Chefs team that lost last year @ home to the Raiders with Eric Berry, Jamaal Charles & Tony Moeaki, TE in the lineup will beat them tomorrow?

    Not the way the Raiders are feeling. . .Meltdown @ Oakland? Last week’s game? Yeah. Raiders game all the way (although I hesistate in saying, “book it!”).

  • RaiderReggie

    Fire Bresnahan NOW!!!!!!

  • Roch R

    go buffalo.

  • qodrn1

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