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Coach Jackson says McFadden ‘not ready yet’

By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 at 3:55 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Each week, Raiders coach Hue Jackson speaks with running back Darren McFadden about his rehabilitation from a midfoot sprain. From there, he huddles with the team trainers assigned to get McFadden healthy.
Ultimately, Jackson gazes into the eyes of the trainers as a means of getting a true sense for McFadden’s progress toward a return from an injury that occurred Oct. 23.
Jackson says, when he doesn’t get the look he wants, “I go the other way.”
The latest look from the trainers told Jackson that McFadden isn’t ready to resume practicing or playing despite missing the past 66 days.
“He’s not ready yet,” Jackson said Wednesday.
On the bright side, Jackson said, the expression from the trainers tells him that there is hope of seeing McFadden play again this season.
“That expression’s much better, but it’s just not where it needs to be,” Jackson said. “It’s not that, ‘Here we go.’ But we’re getting there, though. And he is more confident. So we’re getting closer, but we’re not there yet.”
McFadden has not spoken with the media since he suffered his injury Oct. 23. He was not in the locker room during media access Wednesday, as has been the case every time the past nine-plus weeks.
Therefore, it’s anyone’s guess, including Jackson’s, as to whether McFadden will play again this season. At this point, it appears as if the best hope is if the Raiders make it to the playoffs.

PENALTIES A HOT TOPIC
With the Raiders closing fast on the NFL records for most penalties (158) and penalty yards (1,304) in a season, players are searching for ways to get a grip on the seemingly never-ending issue.
Jackson isn’t allowed to fine players, per the collective bargaining agreement. That doesn’t stop the players from imposing fines on each other.
To that end, defensive tackle Tommy Kelly said he and his defensive mates pay a $100 fine for penalties. The money goes into a jar in defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan’s office. He said he isn’t sure where that money goes at season’s end.
Yet, he is certain that “there’s a big ol’ knot” of cash in that jar.
“We fine each other $100,” Kelly said, “but everybody out here is making money, so two or hundred dollars ain’t going to matter.”
When it was suggested that the fine be upped to $1,000, Kelly laughed.
“If you up it to $1,000, some guys will get mad about paying it,” Kelly said.
Quarterback Carson Palmer is getting his first taste of what it’s like playing for a Raiders team that always finishes at, or near, the top of the league in penalties.
“As those flags get going in games, I always have guys come up to me on the sideline saying, ‘This is what happens when you play for the Raiders,’ ” Palmer said.
Kelly said the Raiders are fortunate that the penalties haven’t been even more costly.
“When it comes back to bite us in a really big moment, I guess that’s when everybody is going to realize that we need to focus in on it a little bit more,” Kelly said.

FORD WELCOMED BACK
Wide receiver Jacoby Ford practiced Wednesday for the first time in 48 days. Palmer said Ford’s return can’t be overstated.
Palmer said it would be “huge” to get Ford back in the mix for the Chargers game and, perhaps, the playoffs.
“It was good to kind of get his feet wet the first day,” Palmer said, “and he’ll get more and more as the week goes on.”
Jackson said he wants to see how well Ford does in practice the rest of the week before he commits to a sizable workload. He isn’t ruling out Ford returning kicks, too.
“I don’t know that I feel comfortable with that yet,” Jackson said. “Again, obviously, if he has an opportunity to play, we’ll put him out there, but I just don’t want to put him out there and put him in a bad situation.”

CHARGERS GUNNING FOR RAIDERS
Nonsense, Jackson said, when asked about the possibility of the Chargers going through the motions Sunday.
“They’re better than what people are putting out there about them, that, ‘Oh, they’re not very talented or they’re not going to play, or this, that,’ ” Jackson said. “I’m tired of hearing that. That’s a very good football team, with very good players.”
Jackson is convinced that the Chargers will be just as hungry to end the Raiders’ playoffs aspirations as they were before they were eliminated from playoff contention last Sunday, in a lopsided loss to the Detroit Lions.
“They’re going to come with their guns a blazing,” Jackson said. “We’re going to see it all. You do everything you can to win the game. That’s what Norv’s about, and they’re not coming here doing nothing else. They’re coming to win, and whatever they think it takes to win, that’s what they’re going to do.”
The Raiders were in a similar situation last season, when they traveled to Kansas City for a game against a Chiefs team that had clinched the AFC West, with the Raiders playing for little more than a shot at going 8-8. That’s where the Chargers stand today, at 7-8 and a shot to reach .500.
Free safety Michael Huff said he expects the Chargers to be every bit as determined Sunday as the Raiders were that day against the Chiefs.
“This is a rival; they hate us and we hate them,” Huff said. “They want to spoil our playoff run. We are going to get their best shot and we wouldn’t expect nothing less.”

PRESSURE ON PALMER
Jackson engineered a trade for Palmer in October with games such as the one Sunday in mind.
The thinking is, Palmer has played in big games before, and he knows what it takes to pull it off.
“He has to,” Jackson said. “There’s no other alternative. This is a great opportunity to do it here at home. That’s why we made the trade, is to have this opportunity. If not, why do it? It’s about winning. And so we’ve got a chance to win a huge
football game this Sunday.”
Palmer isn’t fazed by Jackson’s lofty expectations.
“Pressure is part of the position,” Palmer said. “I’ve been playing it for a long time and understand and know that that doesn’t need to be said to me by the coach. I understand that.”
Palmer says everyone dreams of playing in big games such as the upcoming one Sunday. Beyond that, the dreams include playing in the postseason and winning the Super Bowl.
“These are why you play,” Palmer said. “These types of games, especially when you get to play them at home. These types of games are why you do what you do in February, March, April, May when nobody is watching. It’s why you stay up late at night watching film. This is why you do that, to be prepared. … This is a big moment for this team and our fans.”

LECHLER FULL CIRCLE
Punter Shane Lechler knew nothing other than seasons that ended with the Raiders in the playoffs early in his career.
The Raiders played in the AFC Championship Game in 2000, his rookie season, lost to the Patriots in the Tuck Rule Game the next season, and advanced to the Super Bowl in the 2002 season.
The past eight seasons yielded nothing more than eight victories in any one year. Hence, Lechler cautioned his teammates once the Raiders reached 7-4 that there was plenty of work to do, to keep grinding.
“I knew, when we were 7-4, that was just 7-4,” Lechler said. “We hadn’t done anything yet.”
Now, he is hopeful of the Raiders snapping their long drought.
“Everybody in the locker room wants to win and wants to win now,” Lechler said. “My situation is, hopefully I get to see this thing go full circle. I had it great when I first got here. … Just to see it go full circle would be good.”

JUST A THOUGHT
Strange how things turn out. If the Raiders win Sunday but still don’t win the AFC West, they would need the Cincinnati Bengals to lose, just to have a shot at the second wild-card spot.
Yes, the same Bengals team that traded Palmer to the Raiders in late October. As if Palmer needed more reason to root against the Bengals.
Conversely, the Bengals want the Raiders to miss the playoffs so that the 2012 first-round pick they received as part of the compensation they received from the Raiders yields a higher selection.
If the Raiders are to make the playoffs, then the Bengals wouldn’t mind seeing the Raiders make it to the AFC Championship Game because the 2013 second-round pick the Raiders gave to the Bengals in the Palmer trade would turn into a first-rounder.

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  • raiderinparadise

    What training crew/doctors tells a coach not to IR a player who will miss more than 70 days after 7 games of the season?

    Horrible use of roster space.

  • LA to TheBay

    raiderinparadise Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 11:25 am
    What training crew/doctors tells a coach not to IR a player who will miss more than 70 days after 7 games of the season?

    Horrible use of roster space.

    ———

    He’ll be back in time for the Super Bowl.

  • J Hill

    YA,

    I would disagree with on the OLBs.

    I think Curry would be playmaker on the LOS as an OLB.

    Wimbley has limited pass rush moves, but that is what he does best.

    Trevor Scott would be decent depth. I thought he actually played pretty well as a 4-3 OLB a couple of year ago.

    Agree we need to find a NT for the 3-4. Would argue that it is also a need in the 4-3 with Henderson clearly on his way out.

  • BewareofRaiders

    Think john henderson hangs it up this year?

  • inonewordraider

    VittorioTafur Vittorio Tafur
    More from PFF: Defensive tackle Richard Seymour’s 37 overall pressures is the second most from a defensive/nose tackle this year.
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    According to Pro Football Focus, #Raiders CB Lito Sheppard yielded 137 yards on nine catches and missed a tackle last week
    23 minutes ago

  • inonewordraider

    CorkOnTheNFL Steve Corkran
    Bryan McCann fielding kicks right now.
    2 minutes ago » CorkOnTheNFL Steve Corkran
    All six wide receivers, all five starting offensive linemen at practice and ready to roll Sunday.
    3 minutes ago

  • DKnight007

    If they stick with the 4-3, than Del Rio or Spagnolo are the two DC’s the Raiders better look and hire one of the two.

  • YoungAmerican

    I don’t see it with Curry. Very undersized for a 3-4 OLB. Never played the position before. Pass rushing has never been something he’s good at. The 3-4 would help keep him out of coverage, but he’s not the impact player that 3-4 defenses look for on the blind side. If they switch to a 3-4, he might be best suited inside next to McClain.

  • J Hill

    Ok, so …..

    If Taiwan Jones balls through this playoff run, does that open the door for DMac to be traded?

  • J Hill

    YA,

    I thought Curry was an OLB outta college?

  • DKnight007

    Raiders need to prep, study, and play hard and execute on Sunday!

    This is a playoff game for the Raiders! Take it to the Chargers and play smart, physical football for 60 minutes.

    Win the battle at the trenches!!

  • YoungAmerican

    Curry was a 4-3 SLB at Wake Forest.

  • raiderinparadise

    all 6 wide is a great help. DHB, MOORE, FORD is a nasty matchup problem for SD let alone anybody. Should also help get Bush and the o-line some help in the run-looks.

  • J Hill

    What do you think about Trevor Scott at OLB?

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    I think it opens up the possibility of that or maybe restructuring his contract based on a 6 game season.
    _______

    J Hill Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Ok, so …..

    If Taiwan Jones balls through this playoff run, does that open the door for DMac to be traded?

  • J Hill

    Curry was a 4-3 SLB at Wake Forest.

    ——————————————————

    Ok.

    Didn’t know that.

    Thanks.

  • YoungAmerican

    Trevor Scott makes the most sense out of anyone on the roster as a blindside 3-4 OLB. Is he a free agent this season, though? Isn’t he the same draft class as Tyvon Branch?

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    R Ryan already failed with that attempt and Scott has bulked up for DE
    _____

    J Hill Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 11:36 am

    What do you think about Trevor Scott at OLB?

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    GSW!

    It’s a great time out!

    Fk the Lakers and all their fans.

  • RaiderRockstar

    No waters for denver means a big day for dwayne bowe. That guy is a beast. Broncos can’t stop him.

    ***

    who??

    Denver doesn’t have a guy named “Waters” in the secondary!

  • hwnrdr

    Gee, thanks Mista…

  • raiderinparadise

    J Hill Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 11:36 am
    What do you think about Trevor Scott at OLB?

    ——–

    I think about Tom Cable saying “were going to stand-up scott this week in practice for the dallas game”

  • RaiderRockstar

    denver defense is too good for kansas city and cant see kc hanging with denver because of their D play. And sapp says the playoffs would be exciting with tebow in it

    ***

    BOR,

    I agree with Chris & Warren.

  • raiderinparadise

    @473 contrary to belief the denver D has given up a lot lately.

  • RaiderRockstar

    No Vincent Jackson Sunday. That is good

    ***

    is he injured or just pouting again?

    any other injured DOLTS we need to know about ???

    who missed practice @ SD yesterday & today?

  • J Hill

    YoungAmerican Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Trevor Scott makes the most sense out of anyone on the roster as a blindside 3-4 OLB. Is he a free agent this season, though?

    ——————————————————-

    I don’t know, he may be.

    I know he won’t be back as a DE next year. Absolute non factor at that position. Does he even have 1 pressure this year?

  • GoodOle00

    Scotts a never was. Tyler Brayton comes to mind

  • Method To My Madness

    To HayesDaze37…..look here old man you shut your old phaggot ass up. Your in all fairness BS last nite was pitiful. You kiss up to pxssy ass Kell cuz you know what its like to be a wimp and a coward. You two are kindred spirits on that note. I’ve tried to be cool with your flower ass this seaso. But no you had to butt in something you had no biz jumping into to but now I’m gonna roast your punk ass for it

  • J Hill

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 11:42 am

    And sapp says the playoffs would be exciting with tebow in it

    ***

    BOR,

    I agree with Chris & Warren.

    ——————————————————-

    So RRS … And Goldie7 …

    Are you going to watch the Raider game or Tebow’s last game as an NFL starter?

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Hwn, you’re a Laker fan? Didnt know!

    Ok, Fk all Laker fans except Hwn

  • YoungAmerican

    Scott was terrible against the run as a DE. Watching him get swallowed up by LTs the last few games has been painful. Non-factor is right.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Lito Sheppard yielded 137 yards on nine catches and missed a tackle last week

    ***

    Yikes!

    Lito wont have to worry about Bowe, Breaston or Copper.

    did rookie 1st rounder Baldwin even play? was he active last week?

    If it’s true that VJAX aint playing, Lito will be assigned to Floyd, Brown and/or Crayton

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Hayes likes to come in and insert himself into things but having his facts 100% wrong.
    ______

    Method To My Madness Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 11:50 am

    To HayesDaze37…..look here old man you shut your old phaggot ass up. Your in all fairness BS last nite was pitiful. You kiss up to pxssy ass Kell cuz you know what its like to be a wimp and a coward. You two are kindred spirits on that note. I’ve tried to be cool with your flower ass this seaso. But no you had to butt in something you had no biz jumping into to but now I’m gonna roast your punk ass for it

  • GoodOle00

    473. KC and Orton have the small ball West Coastian game that can defeat Denver Von-ted pass rush.

    Plus, Dawkins has a neck injury…

  • DKnight007

    Chris in NY Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 8:29 am
    I’d like to see Jones get about 50% of the touches at RB until the 4th quarter. Late in games when the D is tired is when Bush seems to be at his best.

    I think we could also use benefit from a home run from Jones at some point, as long as he gets enough touches to make that a real possibility

    ^^^^^^^
    Get Jones involved in the screen game as well as Reece and Bush!

    If Jones can get 3 catches on screen plays and if has two blockers in front of him, he will break one of those 3 touches for a big play!

  • GoodOle00

    483. We know they’re all you RMR, Ricochet, MOM ect. Your tells are glaring

  • DKnight007

    The Raiders need to PROTECT the football on offense and win the turnover battle.

    Play hard and within themselves and get the job done at home and finish the regular season on a high note.

    The Raider DEFENSE will need to play solid and stop the Chargers from the start of the game!

    Do NOT allow the Chargers offense to do what they want from the start.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Are you going to watch the Raider game or Tebow’s last game as an NFL starter?

    ***

    Jhill,

    hopefully both!

    Not sure if OAK/SD will be televised in Podunk … but I know the Squaws one will be 4 sure

  • Method To My Madness

    Michael Kelly started this years ago with not just me but other folks. He called me out specifically and said he would slap me. He flaunted his past adventures of travel and riches as evidence he was above others. Calling folks ghetto “ngger” or trailer trash on the constant is a fkin shame for a 60 year old man. All of this and he backs out after making threats! I show up and again he is a no show

  • RaiderRockstar

    Fk all Laker fans except Hwn

    ***

    co-signed Mr Brown’s comment

    the Lakers and their fans are trash with Hwnrdr (and a few other semi pro bloggers like Dakota) being the rare exception

  • GoodOle00

    New thread whoors

  • Method To My Madness

    And furthermore, Hayes you’re an even sadder btch for defending that garbage. Why because he served in the military? So fkin what if he did? Many have served. And still are pieces of scum like the DC Sniper. So u are just being a sour btch because I have stomped on your sorry ass for years to and you look to anyone to avenge them beatdowns I gave your soft ass. You defend someone talking on others parents? Such honor from ya

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