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Jackson satisfied with ‘opportunity’ to snare playoff berth

Long-time Raiders such as defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, cornerback Stanford Routt and free safety Michael Huff are on the brink of playing a meaningful game this late in the season for the first time in their NFL careers.
Coach Hue Jackson said Monday that he and his players are grateful for the opportunity to play for one of six spots in the AFC Playoffs, be it as the AFC West champion or the second wild-card berth.
“There’s been a struggle to get to this position,” Jackson said. “(Everybody) knows this. It’s been well documented. But at the end of the day, to say that at the last game of the regular season, that you have a chance to have something special happen, that we’ve all talked about since Day 1, that’s what you want.”
Jackson says his players understand what’s at stake. How they prepare this week counts for just as much, if not more, as how they play Sunday.
To that end, Jackson and his coaches are making sure that the players approach practice, film study and everything else in the proper manner.
“I don’t bring up the playoff stuff, I bring up preparation,” Jackson said. “How we prepare every week is what gives you a chance. How you practice and get ready for a game.”

PALMER’S PLAY KEY
Jackson still is working on getting across to quarterback Carson Palmer the importance of throwing away the ball or even taking a sack when a play breaks down and there isn’t an attractive alternative.
Palmer succeeded so well in that regard against the Detroit Lions, one week after he was intercepted four times by the Green Bay Packers. On Sunday, Palmer had two passes intercepted in the first half.
On the first one, Jackson said Palmer was trying to throw away the ball, but the ball “sailed” on him after he got hit in the process of throwing.
The second one came when Palmer attempted a deep pass, with three Chiefs defenders in position to make a play on the ball. Those are the ones that bother Jackson.
“It goes back to a point, sometimes you don’t even have to throw it away,” Jackson said. “I told him, and he understands, and he will, sometimes you just take the sack. And I’m OK with it. Our opportunity to win a championship is tied to our ability to take care of the ball and to get turnovers. That’s what we have to do.”
At the same time, Jackson said, Palmer is to be commended for a 61-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Denarius Moore in the third quarter and a 53-yarder to Darrius Heyward-Bey in overtime.
“How about that pass to Denarius Moore? Have you guys seen a prettier long ball than that? No,” Jackson said. “How about the one to Darrius Heyward-Bey in overtime? Look, I have great expectations of Carson, but he’s human, just like the rest of us and every now and then, things do happen.
But the guy is playing good enough football for us to win and that’s what matters. I’ll shape him up and get him to where he needs to be here in the next week so that we can play good.”
Jackson said Palmer’s play is a big reason why the Raiders are in the position they are in right now.

JANIKOWSKI DESERVES PRO BOWL SELECTION
Jackson said he will be “disappointed” if kicker Sebastian Janikowski isn’t selected to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday.
Janikowski is in the midst of, perhaps, the best season of his 12-year NFL career. He had solid seasons in the past, yet wasn’t selected. Jackson thinks Janikowski is the only logical choice in the AFC.
“The guy is the best kicker in football,” Jackson said. “Are you kidding me? In my opinion, hands down. If he doesn’t make the Pro Bowl this year, then something is wrong. He should already have stock over there in the Pro Bowl and he doesn’t. He should. I’d be very disappointed if his name doesn’t show up. He’s as good as there is in football. Period.”

PENALTIES PERPLEXING JACKSON
Jackson won’t mind the Raiders setting the league records for penalties and penalty yards, under one condition: that the Raiders make the playoffs.
The Raiders committed 155 penalties for 1,294 yards through their first 15 games. They are four penalties and 11 yards, respectively, away from eclipsing the NFL records, set by the 1998 Kansas City Chiefs.
“It’s disappointing,” Jackson said. “I don’t have the answer, obviously. I talk to the team about it all the time. I don’t just talk. I yell, I scream, I threaten. I’ve done everything. I get a bunch of letters of people telling me other things I should try, too. And please don’t send any new ones because those things don’t work.
“But we’re going to continue to work at it. I get frustrated. I’m very frustrated by it because that’s something I don’t believe in. I don’t believe that you can be a champion and continue to get those kind of penalties.”
Jackson promised to get the problem under control by season’s end. He’s out of fresh ideas for how to fix the issue that surfaced in the regular-season opener, when the Raiders committed 15 penalties, and continued through Sunday’s game, when they tacked on 15 more for 92 yards.
He said he isn’t running from the issue, that he is searching for something that works. Eventually, it is going to get sorted out, he believes.
“At some point in time, it’s going to go the right way for us,” Jackson said. “And just like anything else, if you continue to work at it, you make it an area of emphasis and you continue to do so, something good’s going to come out of it. When it’s going to happen, I can’t tell you. … Our players understand that, in order to play good, you need to play penalty-free football. But that’s not who we are right now. That’s my fault.”

INJURIES UPDATE
Jackson has no idea whether running backs Darren McFadden and Taiwan Jones and wide receiver Jacoby Ford will be able to play Sunday. He won’t have a firm idea until Wednesday, when he sees whether any of them are able to practice for the first time in a long while.
One thing is certain: Jackson won’t play anybody who isn’t able to practice this week. He also said that he won’t allow someone to play Sunday just because it’s a big game.
“If they’re healthy enough to play, then they’re going to play.” Jackson said. “If a guy could play this week, he should have been able to play last week. That’s the way I see it.”

JACKSON’S THOUGHT PROCESS
Care to know what Jackson was thinking as Janikowski’s 36-yard field-goal attempt sailed through the uprights against the Chiefs to give the Raiders a 16-13 overtime victory over the Chiefs?
Plenty, as it turns out.
“I was praying,” Jackson said. “I’m not going to kid you.”
Jackson added that he keeps the faith, even when others are quick to abandon ship and give up on his team.
“I have faith in what we’re trying to do here,” Jackson said. “I always have, even when (others) have always doubted us, and I understand that, and deservedly so. When I say that, deservedly so. I understand that. But I’m a man of faith, and I believe in things. I have unquestionable belief in what we’re trying to do. And it doesn’t look pretty all the time. It’s not sexy, it’s not what everybody wished that it is, but it’s the way we are, and it’s the way we are right now.”

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  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    And Lechler in the 4th round ? STEAL.

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

    That is so true.
    Thank you Al.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Jackson still is working on getting across to quarterback Carson Palmer the importance of throwing away the ball or even taking a sack when a play breaks down and there isn’t an attractive alternative.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Palmer isn’t that stupid Hue.
    There were times when he needed to eat the ball but he was just trying to make something happen after a crappy play call.

    Jerry gives Palmer a B- on the last game based mostly on those two beautiful long throws and I agree McDonald–although Moore made a real nice catch.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    IS IT NOT IRONIC THAT MOST LIKLEY NORV’S LAST GAME AS COACH OF THE CHARGERS WILL BE IN OAKLAND..

  • VanHeathen

    3.DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL Says:
    December 26th, 2011 at 4:45 pm
    IS IT NOT IRONIC THAT MOST LIKLEY NORV’S LAST GAME AS COACH OF THE CHARGERS WILL BE IN OAKLAND..

    ===========================
    Pretty ironic Dirt Lot…
    gotta think that if Al had Norval twistig int he wind like Spanos does, the media would be all over Al, but Spanos and Smith get a pass…

    Here’s to sending Norvall packing with a big loss in Oakland…

    CODE BLACK!

  • Ant63ss

    I will take the playoffs any way that I can get them, but I think I would prefer the Raiders as a wild card team. I think they would be better off going to Houston against their 3rd string QB rather than at home against either the Steelers or the Ravens. Your thoughts?

  • PlunkforHOF

    Someone said yesterday, and I agree, that it might be better to see the Steelers earlier while Big Bens ankle is still gimpy

  • PlunkforHOF

    besides the really attractive idea of a home playoff game.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    I WILL TAKE A GAME IN THE BLACK HOLE VS ANYBODY….

  • RaiderCrunch

    I have unquestionable belief in what we’re trying to do. And it doesn’t look pretty all the time. It’s not sexy, it’s not what everybody wished that it is, but it’s the way we are, and it’s the way we are right now.”

    ———–

    In other words, we’re butt assed ugly but we’ll take it cause we got a chance right now to win the division, with a little help, and the way we choked against Detroit, well, like I said, we’re butt assed ugly.

  • Twocents

    The key to winning this game is to play so nasty in the first half that the Charger players start thinking about next years paycheck.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Think the Raids need to diversify and show some 3-4, (whatever it takes to keep the enemy off balance) but I’m old school and still think the 4-3 should be the foundation.

    Even with Hendu probably being done and Seymour having a year or two left, we’ve still got some horses up front.

    It’ll be interesting to see what direction the Raids take on this one.
    ————————————————–

    I’ll take a good run stuffing 3/4 and 4 man and intertwine as necessary, keeping O’s off balance and trying to game plan, anyday! Hue, get er done!

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    MAY THE GHOST OF AL DAVIS PUT ALL THINGS BAD ON THE DENVER BRONCOS..

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    9.RaiderCrunch Says:
    December 26th, 2011 at 5:00 pm
    I have unquestionable belief in what we’re trying to do. And it doesn’t look pretty all the time. It’s not sexy, it’s not what everybody wished that it is, but it’s the way we are, and it’s the way we are right now.”

    ———–

    In other words, we’re butt assed ugly but we’ll take it cause we got a chance right now to win the division, with a little help, and the way we choked against Detroit, well, like I said, we’re butt assed ugly.

    —————————————————

    We do not have the swagger back yet, like it was in younger years, but being the red headed step-child, is the RAIDERS WAY OF LIFE! Get used to it!

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    AND THE SAN DIEGO CHARGERS..

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    HELL,THE RAST OF THE AFC..

  • fingers

    Key to winning the game.. ?.. 1 point more than the other team…
    Just Win!…

  • Master Beeecham

    Any of my blog bros know where I can stream free movies online?

    Someone threw all my Netflix DVDs in the jacuzzi and they got mashed by the jets

    My babes are super high and want to watch Ghost Protocol while they snack on Slim Jims.

    Yeah you know what time it is

  • RaiderCrunch

    860Todd Christensen Says:
    December 26th, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    We do not have the swagger back yet, like it was in younger years, but being the red headed step-child, is the RAIDERS WAY OF LIFE! Get used to it!

    ———–

    These are not the Raiders of yesterday for sure. But winning Sunday and going into the post season can do a lot for the future of this team. If they can win it all, they’ll have a ton of confidence and swagger going into the next season. If we don’t get very far in the play-offs, the hunger will be there next season. So it is a win/win situation. But first things first.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Crunch, I’m in, we really need to secure the spot. Even if we go out first round, the taste, will arouse the tiger.

  • Mrs. Beeecham

    Master Beeecham Says:
    December 26th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Any of my blog bros know where I can stream free movies online?

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

    gay-guy-glory-hole-sxtube.net

  • http://ggeden.wordpress.com/ GG

    I’d always rather win the Division title (to add to our trophy cabinet), and would rather face the Steelers @ Oakland, than visit the Texans.

    Remember, we’re not always reliable run-stoppers, and tho we managed to silence Foster last time, silencing him constantly will be hard to do. The guy is an animal inside the tackles and is very skilled receiving threat.

    I’d prefer to face the Steelers, knock the stuffing out of them, be the ones who ended their post-season, then go and meet Ravens/Patriots, Flacco is always shaky in the post-season, and we also get a shot to exact revenge on the 10th Anniversary of the Tuck Game vs Patriots.

  • RaiderCrunch

    860Todd Christensen Says:
    December 26th, 2011 at 5:15 pm
    Crunch, I’m in, we really need to secure the spot. Even if we go out first round, the taste, will arouse the tiger.
    ——————————–

    I think Hue is going to sharpen his pencil in the off season and be a ton of a better HC next year. If it wasn’t for his inadequate D cordinator, we’d be much better than we are now. I think Hue has already had a taste and will prepare the guys right. But getting into the post season will be huge. Very huge.

  • Method To My Madness

    Code Black! Let’s go baby!

  • Method To My Madness

    Raiders need a home playoff game dammit….forget going to Houston

  • Method To My Madness

    You think Seymour doesn’t want another crack at Pitt?

  • PlunkforHOF

    Did you order the CODE BLACK? DID YOU ORDER THE CODE BLACK!!!!!!??

  • Seymour Bush

    RaiderCrunch Says:
    December 26th, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    I think Hue is going to sharpen his pencil in the off season and be a ton of a better HC next year.
    =============================================

    I would hope. I like Jackson and he has been OK for a rookie head coach. I think Jackson could be a good head coach. And I don’t blame all the Raider woes on Bresnahan. Jackson is Bresnahans boss.

  • PlunkforHOF

    I’d rather have the home game cuz I want to BE THERE baby

  • Method To My Madness

    And don’t assume bmore wins in cincy now that I think about it….I’ll take home vs pitt or bmore with

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Plunk, (CODE BLACK IS IN FULL EFFECT TIL FURTHER NOTICE)

    B, Home would be good, but being there is better! RAIDER ON, BRO!

  • Method To My Madness

    Plunk you damn right I did!

  • Method To My Madness

    860TC…..this is our time….after all the hell from last 9 years…we right there…right there still here

  • PlunkforHOF

    I’m feeling pretty good about the playoffs here boys.. I mean, I’m always hopeful when it comes to my beloved Oakland Raiders but for some reason it seems like we’re going in.

  • Method To My Madness

    We can do this…yeah we need some help but it can be done…I just feel the energy will be so great in the Coliseum we won’t let these guys lose…..I was a youngin in 95 last time we had a home game to win to get in….we lost to of all teams….DENVER

  • Just Fire Baby

    I think Wiggle is going to get me tonight in Dell’s FFL.

    I got a 32 point lead with Matt Ryan and Curtis Lofton, he has Brees ,Julio Jones, Saints D and Vilma.

    I made some bad roster decisions this week and will probably cost me.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Bengals will play the Ravens tough.

    Not sure if they will win, but we will be chewing some nails for sure on that one.

    Bengals win, and all we have left is hope for the Donkeys to blow it.

    Bengals lose, we got all kinds of scenarios to get in.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    B, it’s the time to do this, we need playa’s
    OFF the bench for this one. Lead or get out of the way, this team needs to man up, lets see who does. Just the thought of DMac playin screws up game plans. You’re getting it, Fans getting it, let’s hit it!

  • Corporate_Raider

    I’m sorry to say it but “if” the Raiders make the playoffs all we, the fans, will get out of it is a first round loss. I would almost prefer to have them beat SD and have Denver beat KC. At least that way the last game of the season will be a win. No way they make it to the SB so by making the play-offs their last game is guaranteed, by me, to be a loss.

  • Method To My Madness

    Plunk….Raider Dell the Great told me Saturday at half we are destined! I believe it too….we gonna smash SD in pieces

  • Method To My Madness

    The NFL don’t want us in…I’m tellin y’all..we so battle tested now….we would be ready for any team in afc….hell yes any

  • Method To My Madness

    Corporate Niner fk u and shut up…get out of here now…I hope ur car crashes

  • GoodOle00

    New HC in San Diego 2012?

    Josh McDaniels.

  • PlunkforHOF

    I’m feeling it to B.. Like there’s a ripple in the Force.. Like when you’re in the ocean and you can feel the wave pull you along whether you want it to or not..

    CODE MUTHRFUKKIN BLACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    The NFL wants the Raiders in the playoffs more than the Titans and Bengals, that’s for sure.

    Not the Jets though.

    The media and NFLN has done all kinds of features on us this year, with the Al passing, Hue, CP trade, etc.

    Titans are the most boring potential playoff team ever, with a no-name coach and zero media exposure this year.

    Bengals can’t sell out this weeks game and are an embaressment.

  • Method To My Madness

    Corporate Niner….you’re living proof that abortion shouldn’t be looked at as negative

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Most bad things that happen to our team are done by coaches, with bad calls, our intrepid team covers bad decisions with penalties, to cover up these things. We need a head coach teaching college to be enacted, any takers? You’ll be a multi-billionare!

  • Just Fire Baby

    B,

    Excited as hell about the Brandon Rush trade.

    That was a great pickup. Ish Smith looked real good last night as well I thought.

    Curry was a hot mess, and Monta was clanking everything, including FT’s.

  • Method To My Madness

    Vegas…I disagree…they want as easy road as possible for a Brady-Rodgers SB….Raiders can throw a kink in those plans…but first thing is first….Beat SD

  • Method To My Madness

    Yeah Ish is quick..liked him at Wake Forest….B Rush is a good trade…warriors got depth…curry will be fine and monta won’t have many games like that….we got to one pt and didn’t ever take lead in 2nd half

  • Just Fire Baby

    …they want as easy road as possible for a Brady-Rodgers SB….

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

    Well of course, MLB wants Yankee’s-Phillies every year, NBA would love Heat-Lakers, NFL Packers-Patriots.

    But THE ABSOLUTE last thing they want is a playoff game between Houston and Tennesse or Cincy in the first round.

    That is the absolute worst case scenario for the league and the networks.