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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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  • http://ggeden.wordpress.com/ GG

    DaTruth91 Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    @GG
    I agree with must of what you said, but i think people are putting too much pressure on Carson Palmer. I never imagined him to be a Brady or Rodgers type QB, but we dont need him to be. I am fine with the trade, because one, Draft picks are unpredictable, and yet Valued so greatly. This year the Patriots had like 6 drafts picks in the first day alone, and yet how many of them can you name today. I understand draft pick are important, but Hue thinks we can win now and he acted as such..

    Another note is Pryor is not ready and he’s not going to be ready for awhile. His game needs to mature as well as the way he approaches the game.

    I mean it in judging Hue’s decision-making process. In hindsight, already provable, and if we miss playoffs, definitely proven…he failed (hue).

    We weren’t in a ‘must win the super bowl now’ attitude until Hue traded for Palmer specifically for two 1sts. And it has back-fired because Palmer, whilst better than JC no doubt, still hasn’t elevated the 4-2 or 7-4 team into a super bowl contender in 2011 (must win now). And we could’ve still gone 7-7 anyway, by signing Orton/McNabb on the cheap. Fast-tracking Pryor…I meant as back-up behind Orton/McNabb, and giving him plenty more packages and snaps in every game, preparing him for 2012 camp and attaining starter role.

    Instead, by getting Palmer, Pryor is further on the back-burner too, and Palmer getting every single possible rep and snap as part of acclimating the whole playbook right now for 2011 playoffs (which in the end we possibly fail to reach).

    Thus, what the GM decision set out to do, has failed. And the cost now is massive (struggle to rebuild the D without those picks). Invested so much into the QB position with draft picks (Campbell Pryor) Hue should’ve really stood down and preserved the picks.

    Just gotten rid of Boller, get Orton/McNabb on the cheap who are infinitely better than Boller, major liability.

  • Just Fire Baby

    If we have the Packers and Patriots in the Super Bowl, it will be a battle between the 31st and 32nd ranked defenses, statistically speaking.

  • Just Fire Baby

    The thing about Orton though, is that if we wouldn’t have traded for Palmer, the Donkeys might not have ever waived him.

  • HayesDaze37

    It’s a great night to be a Raiders fan. Isn’t it?!

    The QB must go down, and he must go down hard.

    This is the time for Richard Seymour to propel this Defense to new heights. It’s what he was brought here to do…and it’s time for not just him, but for all of the D to rise to the challenges ahead.

    But, mostly, it’s time for Richard Seymour to play like a Hall Of Famer, if he really ever wants to make it there.

    Nasty Defenses arise in the stretch-drive, and through the Playoffs. It’s time for HueJax’s bully to show up (and stay on the field for an entire game).

  • http://ggeden.wordpress.com/ GG

    post #101, disagree with the idea of Hue as HC/GM for 2012, having a VP cohort beside him. Instead, prefer GM with autonomy and blowing up the D, shaking everything up, Hue can stay as HC if GM thinks so.

  • Just Fire Baby

    This baked ziti tomorrow is going to be off the chains.

    Sauce has been cooking all day, meatballs are rolled, all the sausages are slow cooking all day, cut up the pork……………

    Let’s hope I’m not at the table just drunk, pissed off and in a daze from watching my Raiders schlepp off a good start to a season.

  • raidertalk

    GG, Carson Plamer has not been playing with all of his weapons, no ford, never even played with DMAC and barely got Denarius back.

    IF IT AINT BROKE DON”T FIX IT. Our offense is competitive out there even without DMAC. Why blow up our offense and re-invent the wheel?

    Again if we are half way there, why start from scratch on Defense? If we change to a 3-4, we will be 3 years at least from being competitve, by that time our window of opportunity will have closed on Offense.

    We have some players ready in a 4-3 and can upgrade D coordinator who has 4-3 experience e.g. Del Rio. We can upgrade the Dline for youth and the DBs for talent.

  • http://ggeden.wordpress.com/ GG

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    The thing about Orton though, is that if we wouldn’t have traded for Palmer, the Donkeys might not have ever waived him.

    Yeah, at the time we didnt have many options, but there were options. None of them particularly exciting, like Palmer, but many of them would’ve resulted in the same 7-7 thing but minus the lost picks and egg on face for “best trade ever” and “Brown winning”.

    Especially (important) since Palmer is learning a system and game-plan that is the same as JC, the same playcalls, the same offensive gameplan. Spending two firsts on a ‘slightly better JC’. Guys like Rosenfels, Losman, Orton, McNabb, etc could run that specific gameplan and been roughly as efficient.

  • HayesDaze37

    Mmmm, sounds tasty all right. Lots of tasty treats this weekend…starting with a great WINNERS brunch on Saturday.

    Raiders win Saturday, and the Denver Tebows go down once again.

    Just Win Baby…one play, and one game at a time!

  • HayesDaze37

    I’m out to dinner…

    Thanks for the hard work Cork and JMcD!

    Happy Holidays Raiders fans!!

  • PlunkforHOF

    CODE BLACK, my friends

  • http://ggeden.wordpress.com/ GG

    raidertalk Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    GG, Carson Plamer has not been playing with all of his weapons, no ford, never even played with DMAC and barely got Denarius back.

    IF IT AINT BROKE DON”T FIX IT. Our offense is competitive out there even without DMAC. Why blow up our offense and re-invent the wheel?

    Again if we are half way there, why start from scratch on Defense? If we change to a 3-4, we will be 3 years at least from being competitve, by that time our window of opportunity will have closed on Offense.

    We have some players ready in a 4-3 and can upgrade D coordinator who has 4-3 experience e.g. Del Rio. We can upgrade the Dline for youth and the DBs for talent.

    —-

    Sorry, I totally disagree with this notion that the Offense isn’t broke. The offense is putrid. I mean the gameplan and playcalling. I mean seriously look back at it. Here’s some examples…

    We cannot beat teams by more than 7 on offense.
    Browns, struggle to get a lead against their D.
    Bears, 6 Jano FGs (3 over 50), our D dominated them, but our O could never finish them off.
    Vikings, terrible pass D, we struggled on O.
    Dolphins, did you not see the horrendous and pathetically predictable/conservative playcalling? The constant early 3 and outs. Couldn’t at all push their D to get back into the game, and woeful from the start. Same happened with the Packers. Our O, early 3 and outs, couldnt generate points.
    Then vs the Lions, we struggled again to put points up and finish them off despite possession.

    The O is awful, and is as equally a problem as the D. That’s always true when talented teams lose consecutive games. Eg, Chargers during their losing streak vs Chargers in their winning streak. Both facets of play are equally responsible for that, and the differences are huge.

    The D has shown plenty of times to be dominant in a game here and there, rare times, but our O has been woeful, failed to capitalize on that, generate yards, TDs. Dont forget the recent stat the Raiders went thru 5 full games not scoring a 4th Qtr offensive TD!

  • http://ggeden.wordpress.com/ GG

    And don’t bring up (no moore, mcfadden, ford). It’s BS excuses.

    We had McFadden vs Steelers, Patriots, for instance, and got destroyed on O.

    Many teams struggle thru multiple injuries to playmakers, and yes, while the production and explosiveness suffers, they still can continue winning games against good teams (eg, Houston’s recent winning streak, etc).

  • RaiderCrunch

    All we need is a GM who will do the job of a GM, a good GM. And of course ‘offer’ Hue some guidance now and again, or some feedback on a 4th and 3.

    Oh, and BTW, 98 fcking yards. WTF!

  • http://ggeden.wordpress.com/ GG

    strike out steelers from that. meant bills.

  • RaiderCrunch

    When Chucky B got word Lechler had pinned them on the 2, Chucky B probably had “98 bottles of beer on the wall” start swirling in his head and lost track of what to do to stop the Lions. No wonder they marched down the field with ease. Chucky B needs to stay focussed. Oh my oh my, what would dear ole Al have done? Oh the pain, the pain. The Pain.

  • DaTruth91

    GG Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 6:36 pm
    DaTruth91 Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    @GG
    I agree with must of what you said, but i think people are putting too much pressure on Carson Palmer. I never imagined him to be a Brady or Rodgers type QB, but we dont need him to be. I am fine with the trade, because one, Draft picks are unpredictable, and yet Valued so greatly. This year the Patriots had like 6 drafts picks in the first day alone, and yet how many of them can you name today. I understand draft pick are important, but Hue thinks we can win now and he acted as such..

    Another note is Pryor is not ready and he’s not going to be ready for awhile. His game needs to mature as well as the way he approaches the game.

    I mean it in judging Hue’s decision-making process. In hindsight, already provable, and if we miss playoffs, definitely proven…he failed (hue).

    We weren’t in a ‘must win the super bowl now’ attitude until Hue traded for Palmer specifically for two 1sts. And it has back-fired because Palmer, whilst better than JC no doubt, still hasn’t elevated the 4-2 or 7-4 team into a super bowl contender in 2011 (must win now). And we could’ve still gone 7-7 anyway, by signing Orton/McNabb on the cheap. Fast-tracking Pryor…I meant as back-up behind Orton/McNabb, and giving him plenty more packages and snaps in every game, preparing him for 2012 camp and attaining starter role.

    Instead, by getting Palmer, Pryor is further on the back-burner too, and Palmer getting every single possible rep and snap as part of acclimating the whole playbook right now for 2011 playoffs (which in the end we possibly fail to reach).

    Thus, what the GM decision set out to do, has failed. And the cost now is massive (struggle to rebuild the D without those picks). Invested so much into the QB position with draft picks (Campbell Pryor) Hue should’ve really stood down and preserved the picks.

    Just gotten rid of Boller, get Orton/McNabb on the cheap who are infinitely better than Boller, major liability.

    __________________________________________________________

    I disagree with your reasoning because of the same Hindsight you speak of. There was no indication that Mcnabb or Orton would be available at the time of JC injury. And hue had to react, because it was obvious Boller was not the Answer. Giving up a two numbers ones was in no way guarantying a Super bowl birth, because in the contract, it states that if we dont get to the western conf championship its a 1st and 2nd. And another thing, Orton and McNabb arent even the answers for there own perspective teams, so what makes you think they would be for the raiders.

    And draft picks rarely equate to a drastic change in the defense. An example is the 49niners def, outsilde of willis must people cant name 3 other players on there defense….Raiders need a change on defense, but not necessarily the personal, rather the scheme.

    and I dont think Palmer has hampered the growth of Pryor, because the kid is not ready…If he came out in the draft this year, he wouldnt be a top tier QB prospect. His game is so raw, that he is just not ready. He is athletic as hell, but he needs to continue to sit and watch the small things Carson does to prepare and maybe MAYBE he can be our future QB

  • THE COUNCIL OF NINE

    Green Bay has the #1 ranked offense with 480 pts scored thus far in the season.

    Allowed 281 which ranks them 14th, which gives them a pt differential of 183 pts which ranks them 1st in pt differential.

    Take away/Give away differential. a staggering + 20 which ranks them 2nd in the league in take aways.

    Thats balance.

  • RaiderCrunch

    Reporter: Chucky B, do you feel your defensive unit has mailed it in?

    :oops: No no no no no. We just need to keep getting better and improve where we need to improve and show up and play our brand of Raider football. I take credit for the failure on defense, no question, its all on my shoulders, but the players need to make plays. I call the scheme, and the players need to execute. Hey, we’re all professionals here.

    Reporter: Chucky B, can you explain 98 fcking yards and what went wrong?

    :oops: No.

  • RaiderCrunch

    That 98 fckng yard loss was as painful as the loss to the Eagles on November 30, 1986.

    Plunk had back to back bombs for TD’s to Jesse Hester. Marcus was running out the clock, fumbled on a hard hit, Eagles tied it up very late in the game and went on to win in OT. Raiders were so devestated the lost to the Seacraps next week, 37-0 and lost the final two games of the season to finish 8-8. They were 8-4 before the Eagles game. That was painful.

    The Gruden bowl hurt real real bad. This Lions loss to me is right there.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    All you McClain bashers will eat some crow tomorrow when we hold the Chiefs to 60 yards rushing and dominate them defensively.
    ================================================
    Sounds good to this McClain basher. Hope you’re right. Raids best defensive game last year came in KC. Might happen again, even with the slug slowlando.

    Even if it doesn’t, there’s always the ziti.

    Anyone got dibs on your McClain jersey yet ?

  • raideredoutL.A.

    been going through too many of these tough losses

  • http://ggeden.wordpress.com/ GG

    DaTruth91…

    Regarding your post #117.

    My point being, Hue spent 2 1sts (one of them a conditional 2nd), on Palmer with the idea that his better skill-set/brains/etc would take advantage of the 4-2 start, and get us into the playoffs.

    That was the base thinking.

    But in the expense being 2 1sts, especially that it now leaves our 2012 draft board with just 2 late picks, it thus also meant the very acquisition was a “must win super bowl now”. Because it sold off 2012 for a run at the 2011 title.

    The plan was playoffs and super bowl shot.

    The outcome to date is 7-7, (including 3L streak, 2 by massacre), and long odds of making playoffs at all.

    Thus, the plan failed. And highlights Hue as HC/GM not being a good step forward in 2012.

    It would’ve been better (in hindsight yeah, but a legit experienced GM would’ve realized this anyway), was to sign the best available cheaper vet QB, kick Boller.

    If you’d known at 4-2 that we could get Palmer for 2 1sts and be 7-7 or get McNabb/etc for cheap and be 6-8 or 7-7 what would you choose? Obviously.

    A legit GM would’ve also not let Boller be back-up, and with Pryor just drafted to become the future, would’ve already made sure Boller wasnt on the team, a better vet QB would’ve been signed, and when JC went down, Pryor would’ve been fast-tracked along for some packages and snaps in training/games as that 4-2 season ended up 6-8 or 7-7, knowing there isn’t a must win super bowl in 2011 feeling, but still building on a 2012 draft (with that 1st in tact).

  • raideredoutL.A.

    defense needs major overhaul this offseason.

  • http://ggeden.wordpress.com/ GG

    THE COUNCIL OF NINE Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Green Bay has the #1 ranked offense with 480 pts scored thus far in the season.

    Allowed 281 which ranks them 14th, which gives them a pt differential of 183 pts which ranks them 1st in pt differential.

    Take away/Give away differential. a staggering + 20 which ranks them 2nd in the league in take aways.

    Thats balance.

    Large part of that is because teams get down early on the Packers, can’t contain their O, and thus fall into a pass-happy catch-up mode, which is easier to defend. Look at games where the Packers have been in fights from the start to finish, and how teams ran and passed on them. Grab the stats from those games only and assess.

    They have playmakers on D galore, but they’re not a dominant D, nor even a balanced team per se. They are top-heavy offense.

  • Raider guy

    Much respect to all on here. 123 / 119 what we have to consider is that what we have going into the draft may not be what we end up in the draft. There are SIGNIFICANT roster moves that need to be made and will be made. This will likely result in more in the draft than we have at present.

  • Raider guy

    we should still be more fired up about the randy moss trade/jay schroeder trade. I have more faith in hue and carson than I do in shell/walsh/moss. hell I have more faith n hue than I did in al at the end there.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Q: Did your scheme change when you were up 27-14 on the Lions on Sunday, as everyone assumes?

    A: No. We have consistently been one of the worst Ds in the league, from the first game to the last, we are specialy poor on 4th quarter, when we apride ourselves on loosing the games.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Q: Why the fak was Slowlando covering Megatron with less than 4 minutes left?

    A: Seemed a brilliant idea at the time, unfortunately it did not work out as I had envisioned.

  • RaiderCrunch

    98 fckng yards, WTF!

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Q: The Chiefs O?

    A: No idea how to stop the run, they will probably run for more than 200 yds. I am really hoping Carson and the rest of the O can score more than 30, otherwise we are going to loose

  • RaiderCrunch

    Chucky B defensive unit = crapshoot

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Q: Is Stanfor Routt a shutddown corner?

    A: He would be the best corner in the league if he just covered WRs like Revis. Unfortunately he is the most penalized and overpaid player in the league.

  • RaiderCrunch

    Chucky B defensive unit = crap

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Chuky B is crapo.

  • RaiderCrunch

    Chucky B Baby = potato salad left in the sun for three days

  • http://ggeden.wordpress.com/ GG

    lol, Macho Man. good stuff.

  • DaTruth91

    @GG

    I understand what you are saying, but according to your guidelines, the raiders Have to make it to the super bowl or the trade failed.

    I dont agree with that at all. Yes at that point, we had the best running game in the NFL (DMAC) but we had glaring issues and even though we were 4-2, There was no signature win.

    If the raiders win the super bowl in the next 2-3 years, then the trade is worth it,
    Ive seen enough of Carson to say that the trade was a good thing, because he gives us a QB that can make every throw. I dont care much about his record and neither should you, because if you put the best QBs ( brady, rodgers) in the same position of missing football for months and inserting him into a new system mid season…i wouldnt expect them to win either.

    And the whole Hue=GM talk kinda bothers me.He didnt ask for Al davis to past.I think he is handling the team the best he can. The raiders will get a GM next year, and then we can judge Hue as a Coach and only a coach

  • raidertalk

    Up until the Detroit game Hue was coaching to get into the playoffs.

    Now Hue Jackson is coaching for his job.

    He loses the last two and he’s out…

  • RaiderCrunch

    I need the Raiders to hurry up and beat the schitt outta KC so I can shake that 98 fcking yards issue.

  • raidertalk

    If we had Ford we would not have to put up with DHB ‘s shenangans

  • Just Fire Baby

    Anyone got dibs on your McClain jersey yet ?

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

    The HOF called, but I ain’t budging

  • raidertalk

    Carson needs to get TEs Myers/Boss involved so he won’t have to throw it to Dropsies Fumble Bey

  • Just Fire Baby

    Boyd was fined 20K for the block penalty last week.

    Hope that hits home to him more than costing his team, as he didn’t seem to concerned on the sideline afterwards.

  • raidertalk

    Sadly for all the McClain haters,this Defense is worse without him; imagine that!!!

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  • djohnnyg

    142.Just Fire Baby Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 8:42 pm
    Anyone got dibs on your McClain jersey yet ?

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

    The HOF called, but I ain’t budging

    Good on ya JFB. Stick to your guns.

  • armond

    DKnight007 Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 11:08 am
    216.qodrn1 Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 12:47 am
    Please don’t move my A’s anywhere near Santa Clara. That would just be bad (not to mention all the fans there support the Giants).

    Wolf is an idiot.

    Let’s send the ghost of Al to him. That’s snap him out of it.

    ^^^^^^^
    I care more about what is best for the A’s organization and their future here in the Bay Area!

    I don’t care what is best for the City of Oakland!

    ——————————————————-
    and we dont give a fugg about u dumbazz. the owners have suckered u dumb fukks into thinking they wanna win when they dont. all they do is make excuses for why they cant spend money while whiny punk muthafuhggas like u eat that sh!t up. they have the 4th richest ownership in all of baseball but they cant afford to pay cahill and gio at no more than 4-6 milly a year. seymour bush laid it down in a early post about wolff/fischer. they aint sh!t just like all of u stupid move the A’s to san ho crowd. u ol moneyball watchin biotch.

  • raideredoutL.A.

    A’s traded Gio, ouch. Cahill wasn’t himself this yr., but i thought highly of him. A’s unloading again.

  • armond

    wannabe internet gm’s need to shut the fugg up about trading dmc and shaughnessy. dmc is a prime talent who is playing less than 12-13 games for the 1rst time in his career this year. i could just imagine the dummies in here biotching about who we picked with the draft picks we traded dmc for. some of yall are really disgusting. this is a game where guys get injured whether u like it or not. u dont give up on prime talent so easily especially when theyre young. we deserve to lose becuz of ungrateful ignorant fans like some of yall who always think u can do the job from your computer. what if the player u like that we pick turns out the way russell did? jfb talked major sh!t about russell and loved mcclain coming out. how the fugg is that looking now? all that blue collar sh!t went out the window the minute he went to decateur. now most of u cant stand his azz.