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Jackson satisfied with ‘opportunity’ to snare playoff berth

By Steve Corkran
Monday, December 26th, 2011 at 4:23 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • Chris in NY

    No way for the Donks to get the wild card. Division or bust for them.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Palmer has been a borderline disappointment with his I can do anything mentality.

    Will give him the benefit of a doubt until he gets a full offseason, but if he is doing that crap in October next year, I am going to be irrate.

  • J Hill

    I recall those cut it loose vs game manager conversations we used to have, JFB.

    You said you were comfortable with the picks you knew would come with a QB who throws to the WRs instead of the check down method of going about it.

  • Plunketthead

    Beech I have been loving the new material however I cannot fathom what on earth possessed you to eat a subway meatball sandwich.

    You have to find a nice italian deli that makes their own meatballs.

    I am getting quesy just thinking about sub meatball, what they heck are they made of anyway? Its sure not meat.

    Barnacle Bill the Sailor swears that shrimp cocktails make the girls thongs moist.

  • Chris in NY

    How nice we’re Palmer’s throws to Moore and DHB against KC. Those were almost laughably good. Moore was held against Det, which threw off the timing on that one. The one to Chaz was maybe a half-step overthrown but could’ve been bailed out with a nice catch. Moore’s catch against SD was much more difficult.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Very true J, very true.

    But 4 picks with no TD’s in one game, and two horrific INT’s in the first half in another was not what I had in mind.

    I will take 24 TD’s and 18 INT’s over 13 and 8 everyday, but that isn’t what is happening right now.

  • http://ggeden.wordpress.com/ GG

    If the Raiders do make playoffs, there could be a feel-good story kinda like Kurt Warner (Rams) from shopping mall to SB MVP, with Carson Palmer.

  • Chris in NY

    Is Palmer throwing a lot of picks? Sure. But I’ll take his style over a game manager style like Alex Smith or Tebow any day. Did you know that Palmer has the same average yards per attempt as Drew Bree’s this season? That’s pretty damn impressive no matter what, but especially for a dude that came on at the trading deadline and is probably still learning the playbook.

  • Zack Ramento

    Master Beeecham Says:
    December 26th, 2011 at 8:10 pm
    Getting ready for the Lake Show’s first victory of the season with a meatball marinara from Subway, a cherry Slurpee and a hand jiggity from this drunk hippy babe I scored from Venice Beach.

    The Occupy (my johnson) Movement is in full effect. Emphasis on “movement” wink wink

    So any of you blog dweebos know a sweet site to stream new film releases?
    ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    The only ones I know of have viruses and trojans attached to them.

  • Plunketthead

    Ingram, Ivory, Thomas and Sproles.
    A four headed hydra

  • Master Beeecham

    The meatball marinara is totally wack but I mack on the new Mexican babe working the register during her smoke breaks.

    And if I pound another Subway Melt I’m going to take a 2 hour duece in the middle of my hot tub.

    This is going to be sweet watching Eubanks shut down Evans. That thug needs a good lesson in manners.

    FLAMIN CHEETOS TO THE DORITO, WRECKS N EFFECT SUMMER 2012

  • J Hill

    Having seen both Glo and Palmer, I’d take somewhere in the middle.

    If Glo was able to hit those deep passes AT ALL, I would have been fine with him being the QB. He was MUCH better this year than last year, and I suspect his timing with the WRs would have gotten better.

    Hindsight being 20/20, I would have preferred to keep Glo and the picks.

  • armond

    jfb the jets would have the better overall record. 9-7 to 8-8. jhill there is no doubt those throws are on palmer. the trade was made for him to make those throws to put a game away. if he does then we control our own destiny now. then again if the defense does its job we would control it as well. i thought that the pats would put the broncos on a downward spiral. denvers d is overrated. teams that could score scored on them. they benefited from some fluky bullsh!t and bad defense by us and the vikes. buffalo basically did what they did early in the season. kc will beat the donks cuz the chefs arent bad. score early and often and watch tebow struggle. they were forced out of their comfort zone for 2 weeks. bowe gets off on them this weekend. book it

  • BewareofRaiders

    Palmer also figures out the defenses and switches up the play something i didnt see much of coming from jc although jc was good. The no huddles for SD game could get palmer going and hope the palmer-moore connections is in full effect like it waa the first time we played them

  • J Hill

    Armond,

    I told JFB weeks ago that Tebow would fold up like a lawn chair and we would win the division.

    Still not worried.

  • http://ggeden.wordpress.com/ GG

    One thing about Palmer that is also superior to Campbell is he will elevate the play of our WRs, especially guys like DHB and Moore, not just with ability to pass and give them stats, but giving leadership and knowledge to them.

  • J Hill

    Wassup JFB????

    No update on the score?????

  • Just Fire Baby

    I’m up 9 right now.

    That Saints TD left the backdoor open for you.

  • Buckeyeraider

    ‘Sup fellas.

    The Broncos’ wild magic ride is starting to crash and burn. Not just Tebow, but their much vaunted “great” defense as well.

    During their six game winning streak their defense was playing well. well enough to keep games close, and give Tebow a chance to work his late game heroics.

    If a game was in reach at the end, Denver believed Timmy was going to pull it out for them. The opposition was buying into the hype as well. Their collars got a lil tight and they seemed to choke. It was bizarre. Week after week. Was it divine intervention?

    Now the luster is starting to fade. The Denver defense while they WERE playing well, was also very fortunate. It was also a freakish run of good luck that benefitted the Donks.

    Injuries are part of the game, and every team has to deal with them, but former Raider FB Jon Ritchie pointed out on ESPN radio, just how lucky Denver was during their miraculous six game streak.

    They played Oakland the game after McFadden went down, with Carson Palmer just off the couch. They caught KC the week after Cassell got hurt. Minnesota the week after AP went down. Chicago the week after Forte went down, and without Cutler as well, and seemingly on and on.

    Now they have come back to earth, and been routed two weeks in a row. No Tebow Time, No 4th quarter magic.

    In comes KC with a tough defense, playing hard for their new coach with former QB Orton looking for revenge and a chance to knock his former team out of the playoffs. A scriptwriter couldn’t have plotted a better storyline for week 17.

    Raiders just have to take care of their own business, and continue their own lil winning streak against SD.

    To quote Bart Scott: “Can’t wait”!

  • PlunkforHOF

    Hey Todd- stepped away for some chow.. The month of Dec has been totally precip-free here in Northern Nevada.. Really cold though.. ski areas making snow as best they can.. Usually Jan is the big month for snow..

    CODE BLACK protocols are at optimum levels

  • Just Fire Baby

    I think I got this J, but kudos on a good season, I guess

  • 504 Raider

    108.Chris in NY Says:
    December 26th, 2011 at 8:27 pm
    Is Palmer throwing a lot of picks? Sure. But I’ll take his style over a game manager style like Alex Smith or Tebow any day. Did you know that Palmer has the same average yards per attempt as Drew Bree’s this season? That’s pretty damn impressive no matter what, but especially for a dude that came on at the trading deadline and is probably still learning the playbook.

    ————————————————————————————————————–

    Also is averaging 260 yds passing per game which is top 5 in NFL.

  • djohnnyg

    Codus Blackus Maximus.

  • Buckeyeraider

    Congrats on winning the Raider Dell semi-pro FFL, Vegas.

    I’m sure it was a job well done. Or just pure luck. LOL.

    Or does JHill have a lil Tebow Time, 2:00 min magic left in him?

  • Just Fire Baby

    LOL…….well I wasn’t planning on the Saints going shotgun throwing the ball up 23 points with 4 minutes to go.

    I am only up 5.5 points right now.

    Matty Ice throws a pick 6 I will get Tebowed.

  • olinesux

    brees’ record should have an * by it, different time different rules…marino still the better qb

  • Raiders for life

    Huff if you play… use both arms or go low.
    Got it?

  • 504 Raider

    Reading all the posts from earlier and most on here wondering if certain teams will play all out this weekend.

    Tenn @ Hou: Houston will play hard to try to get the #2 seed in case Cincy beat Baltimore. They would love to have a week off.

    Baltimore @ Cincy: They need the win to win their Division and get that #2 seed and week off also. They slip up they know they have to hit the road in 1st rnd @ Den or @ Raiders because Pitt has a gimmie vs Cleveland.

    KC @ Den: Romeo and K.O. Nuff said on that one.

    Which leaves us: We come out like gangbusters on SD in the first quarter and it’s over. We don’t, we probably don’t want it bad enough. I have a feeling we Want It Bad.

  • armond

    jhill u know vegas bruh. he will bail on tebow anytime now only to act like he never liked the guy. jfb is the ultimate salesman. buy low sell high

  • Buckeyeraider

    504,

    I really hope Baltimore crushes the Bungles this week. They should. Like you said the Ravens still have a lot to play for.

    It would make me sick to see Oakland beat SD, only to have Denver beat KC, and then somehow have Cincy upset the Ravens to take that 2nd wildcard spot. Leaving Oakland High and Dry.

    Cincy has a good young defense and AJ Green is a Man. Andy Dalton is an impressive young QB, playing very well for a rook.

    However, they don’t deserve to go to the playoffs THIS year. Their time will come.

    They have not beaten ONE team with a winning record all year. Not a single quality win. They have feasted on playing the NFC West and the AFC South in a year where Peyton was out and CJ2K was MIA most of the year.

    That’s not the Bengals fault, all they can do is play the teams on their schedule, but if they edge the Raiders for that final WC spot, that would be criminal, IMO.

  • joker94583

    Sick of the B.S. injury talk and penalties and Hue’s circular logic. Just Fu#%ing WIN THE Fu#%ing game!!!

  • joker94583

    Obviously…

  • Master Beeecham

    Brahs I just smoked an 8 inch doobie with the Ritz bartender out by the pool and am super baked on wasted.

    My DJ set at Jer Ne starts after the Lakers finish off the Queens, thinking I’ll mix some Lil Wayne right into a little .38 Special to get the shorties loose.

    Good thing I tanned my abs before breakfast

    Afterward gotta a hookup with the slutty Venice hippy. That granola’s privates haven’t seen a razor since Hoover was in office.

    SIR MIX A LOT UP IN FIZZ TWIZZLE, Y’ALLS

  • RAIDERMAN99

    # J Hill Says:
    December 26th, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Having seen both Glo and Palmer, I’d take somewhere in the middle.

    If Glo was able to hit those deep passes AT ALL, I would have been fine with him being the QB. He was MUCH better this year than last year, and I suspect his timing with the WRs would have gotten better.

    Hindsight being 20/20, I would have preferred to keep Glo and the picks.
    =================================================
    I’m not a big CP fan. I don’t think he’s ‘elite’. I wish we still had those picks…

    But this team had to move on from JC.

    I’ll say it again…JC is a good teammate and a dedicated professional. He’s just not a very good QB.

    Wouldn’t mind him on my squad. He’d be a fine backup. But a front line QB that’s going to carry the team ? No way. He’s just not that guy and never will be.

    CP probably isn’t either, so I understand the logic about keeping the picks – but this team had to move on from JC.

  • http://ggeden.wordpress.com/ GG

    Texans can’t improve their seed or drop a seed.
    Locked in at #3.
    Why there’s danger there of Texans resting players etc.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    A comment about the inability to eliminate ‘stupid’ penalties.

    It starts with attitude and coaching.

    I’m completely serious when I say this…

    Any sort of foolish celebrating should not be tolerated. This applies to practice and pre-season, and runs through the entire year.

    This means a complete elimination of stuff like DHB doing his dumb Merton Hanks head shaking after making a catch. Jarvis Moss dancing like a fool after a sack in the pre-season. Can’t even have the GB leap into the stands as we get penalized for over doing that. No punching the goal post.

    Nothing more than a fist pump and toss the rock to the official.

    Get off the field and celebrate all you want on the sideline.

    Want to stop the nonsense Hue ?

    That’s how you start.

    These guys need to be made to understand they’re professionals and have to act like it.

    Act like you’ve been there before.

    Keep your head on straight.

    Start thinking about the next play.

    Don’t want to limit exuberance and enthusiasm, but Raids should institute a tough policy about being professionals and acting like it.

    That’ll go a long way to eliminating these bonehead penalties.

  • Method To My Madness

    Warriors punked bulls……lakers come up to Norcal and gets spanked by Sactown…..Jhill terrible? I think not

  • Method To My Madness

    Armond…sup bruh

  • DKnight007

    Mix up the ball calling on offense….pound the ball at them use good play action fakes and throw screens.

    DEFENSE needs to play 60 freakin minutes….get pressure at Rivers up the middle and toward the front of him and try to flush him to his left….he is immobile and once he is flushed to his left, he is useless!

  • DKnight007

    Play gap discipline when stopping the run!

    Play MM34 on Gates! Play tough man on VJ.

    Win the game and let the chips fall where they may!

    Coliseum and Raider Nation need to rockin and loud!

  • DKnight007

    BMore has the division to play for. They should beat the Bungals!

    Houston may lay down for Tennesee though.

    Lets hope the Queef Defense shows up and stuffs Tebow!

    Lets hope the Raiders show up as well!

    F the Dis-Chargers!

  • DKnight007

    There is still idiots in here that would still have Boller QBing this team with no shot at the playoffs and an unknown late round draft pick. Wow…

    Oy vey!

  • djohnnyg

    Coliseum and Raider Nation need to rockin and loud!

    As disappointing as it is to say…
    They were plenty loud and rockin’ on the Hanie to Knox play on 3rd and 19 and of course that “debacle” drive against Detroit. Seems to have no bearing. You’d think it would though.

    Regardless, you want every bit of help you can get.

    I hope Hue and Bres. are in the film room as we speak working TOGETHER on the plan to stop Rivers if that kind of situation comes up again.

    They need to handle that differently, cuz whatever they’re doing at the end of games on D ain’t working.

  • http://ggeden.wordpress.com/ GG

    Spanos happy to let AJ Smith go because Bill Cowher could join San Diego as HC/GM.

    Kroenke then swoops signs AJ Smith and Gruden to HC the Rams.

  • http://ggeden.wordpress.com/ GG

    There could be three sets of brothers HC’ing next year too.

    Jon and Jay Gruden, Rex and Rob Ryan, and the Harbaughs.

  • raidertalk

    DMACDMACDMACDMACDMACDMAC

  • Zwarte Piet

    Is anyone concerned about the fact that since the Raiders return to Oakland,other than a Jets and Titans game they have done nothing in big games that are sold out in the oakland coliseum…the Big Kahuna Mr.HUE might need to pull out all the stops for this one, I wish him the best of luck!!

  • Zwarte Piet

    Does anybody know if Romeo Crennel is turn down as Head Coach can he leave the Chiefs.Man he would like Great on the Raider sidelines…

  • r8rwill

    mornin nation,
    christmas was great. the present gets opened Sunday……

  • Raider J

    131.joker94583 Says:
    December 26th, 2011 at 10:06 pm
    Sick of the B.S. injury talk and penalties and Hue’s circular logic. Just Fu#%ing WIN THE Fu#%ing game!!!
    ___________________________

    All that stuff will have to be addressed in the offseason. Right now there is a playoff position at stake for this team as it is.

    “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.”

    “…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.”

    Hue Jack City