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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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  • Raider-in-PA

    Raiders still need to learn to win the games that matter.
    ——————————-
    ALL games matter, they need to finish games off. Not lose games in which they are dominating… Buffalo and Detroit come to mind…

  • Raider-in-PA

    I want a Division Championship this year… But if the Donkey win, I see the Jets losing to Miami, Cinci losing to Baltimore and Tenn losing to Houston…

    Like YA says it sucks that we have to hope for others to lose for us to get in..

  • RaiderRockstar

    ALL games matter

    ***

    Agreed RIP.

    If we would have beat Buffalo, Miami, Detroit, Denver or KC we would still be in control of our own destiny

    New England & Green Bay were the only games I expected to lose this season – and I think those teams might play eachother in the Super Bowl

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    QUIT TAKING SI AFTER OVER 30 YEARS HAVING A SUBSCRIPTION..WAY 2 MUCH BS.NOT 1 CALL FROM THIM BY THE WAY,WONDERING WHY I CANCELLED…

  • YoungAmerican

    Raider-in-PA Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Raiders still need to learn to win the games that matter.
    ——————————-
    ALL games matter, they need to finish games off. Not lose games in which they are dominating… Buffalo and Detroit come to mind…

    ————–

    On the whole, the Raiders played pretty well this season when they didn’t have anything on the line yet.

    Their lack of both effort and focus in the Miami, GB, and Detroit games – games they went into knowing exactly what was at stake – is unacceptable, and won’t fly in the playoffs.

  • RaiderRockstar

    if the Donkey win, I see the Jets losing to Miami, Cinci losing to Baltimore and Tenn losing to Houston…

    ***

    the Jets, Bengals & Titans aren’t ALL going to lose WK17 with the playoffs on the line. print that

    beat the Chargers and don’t pay any attention to the scoreboard

  • raidermarty

    It’s all about getting in. Once you’re in the playoffs anything can happen. We could get on a roll and ride it all the way to the SB. Stranger things have happened…

  • RaiderRockstar

    the Raiders play good football when they are hungry & motivated. Unfortunately, that usually only comes after a devastating loss.

    I think we will slap down San Diego, but I have little faith in Kyle Orton beating his former team. Tebow is due for a “bounce back” game of his own.

  • HairyBush

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 7:05 am
    if the Donkey win, I see the Jets losing to Miami, Cinci losing to Baltimore and Tenn losing to Houston…

    ***

    the Jets, Bengals & Titans aren’t ALL going to lose WK17 with the playoffs on the line. print that

    beat the Chargers and don’t pay any attention to the scoreboard
    —————–
    I think they should do what KC did, Not show the scores of the games that will effect the Raiders. The less distractions the better!

  • HairyBush

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 7:08 am
    the Raiders play good football when they are hungry & motivated. Unfortunately, that usually only comes after a devastating loss.

    I think we will slap down San Diego, but I have little faith in Kyle Orton beating his former team. Tebow is due for a “bounce back” game of his own.

    —————————
    Nope, Orton will prevail, As will romeo Crennel in a last shot to be full time coach.

  • HairyBush

    Ravens will win by 10 over the ginger.

  • HairyBush

    Is Taiwan definate? If not take a look at Ryan Torain.

  • Raider-in-PA

    What up, Hairy?? Hope youre enjoying the holidays and staying away from Nair and razors…lol

  • Raider-in-PA

    Puzzling why the fore-skins cut Torain.. He was ripping it up at the beginning of the year..

  • HairyBush

    Raider-in-PA Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 7:14 am
    What up, Hairy?? Hope youre enjoying the holidays and staying away from Nair and razors…lol
    ————————-
    lol, Thanx. I hope you are having a good holiday as well.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    I AGREE ROCKSTAR.HATE 2 SAY IT BUT I THINK KC WILL GET TEBOW’D IN THE END.JUST DONT THINK THEY CAN BUILD A BIG ENOUGH LEAD.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    UNLESS TEBOW GETS KNOCKED OUT OF THE GAME…AL,U LISTENING ?

  • Raider-in-PA

    Want to see the Silver & Black pound it on the ground, get Bush 1,000 yards and keep the ball away from cry-baby Rivers… On D we need to apply PRESSURE!!! Sounds simple, now let’s DO IT!!!!

  • morilla

    K.C’s defense is Munich better than NE or Buffalos. They have a great run D and a tight secondary.

    Tebow isn’t going to do sh!t all day besides pray.

  • morilla

    “defense is much better…”

  • Raider-in-PA

    I’ve said this many times, throw some screens to Jones and get him in space!! Would love to see what that dude can do!!

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Nation! Just win, baby!

  • fingers

    The Donks secondary’s very banged up… Dawkins probley isn’t playing…… Can Orton take advantage… Maybe… I’m not as impressed with Tebow as some of you…I don’t think he can keep up the last minute wins…not to mention that Denver pass rush hasn’t been what it was…..the Donks could lose this one……

  • BewareofRaiders

    If kc play like they did against the pack and hate to say it us. Then i see them going into denver and beating them. They would of had our number had not been for two blocked FGs. But i think KC will win because they want crennel to be their head coach and a win for him will prove he is able to keep the job, like derrick johnson said he is a players coach and they will play their hearts out for him. Tebow is do for redemption oh please. He was due for redemption against the bills after what the pats did to them and look what happend

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    HWNRDR,WILL BE BY 4 A STEAK & A BEER SUNDAY.MEDIUM-RARE..

  • hwnrdr

    I agree Fingers…with Dawkins probably out, and KC’s D stepping up…anything can happing there in Denver…I just hope KC decides that they hate Denver more than us and play spoiler to them!

  • hwnrdr

    325.DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 7:28 am
    HWNRDR,WILL BE BY 4 A STEAK & A BEER SUNDAY.MEDIUM-RARE..

    Oh you know…add some chicken wings, and lumpia to that…oh and 14 people and 4 car loads…should be great!!!

  • HairyBush

    I know some on here would prefer to win the division and host a playoff game to either the Ravens or Steelers. I am not one of them. We have a legit shot as a wildcard to go to Houston and beat them. We did it once with Shaub playing and we can do it again against Yates. As the Raiders get better and truly build the bully in coming years I will welcome teams like the Steelers and Ravens for a playoff game. I try to look at the big picture. The best thing for this team is to keep growing and gaining confidence. What better way to do that than beat the Texans and win our 1st playoff game in a long time. We are not yet in the elite class of teams yet. (I stress yet, because we will be soon)

    Winning a playoff game= Credability. Which in turn lures people like Jack del Rio and Steve Spags along with worthwhile free agents IMO. Heck, We may not even have to overpay for them just because they can see something speacial is developing in Oakland. Just sayin.

  • hwnrdr

    How far away is Bush from 1,000?

  • fingers

    Screens to Jones..?.. Great idea… I can’t believe we haven’t done more screens…even with Bush….but Jones has that speed Bush doesn’t have …get Jones in the open or behind a couple blockers and watchout …

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    HOPE YOUR RIGHT BEWAREOFRAIDERS.U DONT THINK THAT PLAYERS PLAY THERE HEARTS OUT ALL THE TIME ?

  • hwnrdr

    Hairy Bush, at this point, I want a big win against San Diego and see where the cards fall from there! If it is a WC spot, then be it, but I do believe that KC and Orton can beat the Donks! So whatever rout, I will take!

  • Deja vu

    Orton isn’t all that great, but if he can control his int problem i don’t see why he can’t help the team win.

    He’s not gonna light the league on fire, but his stats are not as bad the last 2 games as they were mid season.

    VS GB: 104.1 RTNG 299 YDS No Picks
    VS OAK: 71.1 RTNG 300 YDS 2 Picks and 1 TD

    Denvers secondary is banged up and if he can have a game like GB, KC can overcome. I’m not saying he’ll light it up, just saying no turnovers from Orton and pound the rock.

  • Raider-in-PA

    U DONT THINK THAT PLAYERS PLAY THERE HEARTS OUT ALL THE TIME ?
    ———————-
    They do if their name isnt Jamarcus Russell or Randy Moss…

    hwnrdr: Bush needs 89 yards..

  • HairyBush

    hwnrdr Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 7:33 am
    Hairy Bush, at this point, I want a big win against San Diego and see where the cards fall from there! If it is a WC spot, then be it, but I do believe that KC and Orton can beat the Donks! So whatever rout, I will take!

    ——————–
    Absolutley. I will be happy to be in the playoffs either way. I was just giving the scenario that I would prefer. Let’s start with a rout of SD. As in 3 pick 6′s lol

  • BewareofRaiders

    Im all for bringing in Del Rio as D coordinator. He is a bay area guy and grew up a raiders fan and the jags said he is a great def coordinator just not a HC. Anything is better than chuck b period

  • fingers

    Hwnrdr… Yes… And Kc just 2 yrs ago knocked out the Donks…. The donks have a habit of losing games in bunches….Remember Ortons 6 game winning streak ?.. Then they fell off the face of the earth…..anything can happen…. We just need to make sure we stomp The Chokers … And I think the Raiders will

  • fingers

    Del Rio would be a great fit in Oakland..

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    ANYBODY WANT 2 HELP WITH THE DIRT-LOT PLAYOFF TICKET FUND DRIVE ?OFCOURSE HAVE TO MAKE IT 1ST,ALL DONATIONS WILL BE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED..

  • Raider-in-PA

    I love the idea of Del Rio as D coord as well… I have heard him say in an interview about a year ago, that he grew up and loves the Silver & Black… THOSE are the kind of people I want coaching my team just like former Raider greats like Woodson, Biekert and Wisnewski…

  • hwnrdr

    Well shoot, if he is that close…wouldn’t it be something to see Bush get his 1,000 and DHB get his 1,000 all while knocking off SD and (somehow) geting in the playoffs! I’m telling you, that place will explode!

  • hwnrdr

    339.DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 7:39 am
    ANYBODY WANT 2 HELP WITH THE DIRT-LOT PLAYOFF TICKET FUND DRIVE ?OFCOURSE HAVE TO MAKE IT 1ST,ALL DONATIONS WILL BE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED..

    Did the deadline pass already?

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    GOOD DAY RAIDER-IN-PA.EXACTLY,WAS JUST BEING A WISE A$$

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    HWNRDR,U CAN STILL GET YOUR SEATS 4 ANY PLAYOFF GAME.AS FAR AS EXTRAS GO,SUBJECT 2 AVAILABILITY I THINK.U BETTER CHECK.

  • fingers

    The Donk Running games is also banged up….MaGahee hasn’t been what he was earlier …

  • Raider-in-PA

    What up, Dirt-Lot?? I didnt think you were… I agree that most players give their all, but unfortunately we have seen some that didnt.. Another I can add would be Marcus Allen after Al brought Bo Jackson in… MA played half a$$ed on purpose to force Al hand to trade him.. Pi$$ed me off…

    Note to Raiders: Dont EVER take another guy whose first name has any form of -marcus- in it… Oh wait, what about Van Dyke?? I guess he can slide…

  • hwnrdr

    I paid my 2 for the WC game, if its not home, then it will credit my account for next season…but not sure if I would need 4 for the playoffs…I guess, one step at a time…win, and let’s see!

  • hwnrdr

    346.Raider-in-PA Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 7:48 am
    What up, Dirt-Lot?? I didnt think you were… I agree that most players give their all, but unfortunately we have seen some that didnt.. Another I can add would be Marcus Allen after Al brought Bo Jackson in… MA played half a$$ed on purpose to force Al hand to trade him.. Pi$$ed me off…

    Note to Raiders: Dont EVER take another guy whose first name has any form of -marcus- in it… Oh wait, what about Van Dyke?? I guess he can slide…

    That is true…some forget that!

  • Deja vu

    Dawkins, Quinton Carter may be out and have to rely on back up safeties. Also Chris Harris CB has a neck injury.

    That secondary of the Broncos is hurting. So if Orton sucks it up against back up safeties, than he should be benched. I just don’t see him having an awful game though after playing well in GB and Denvers safeties will be on the sidelines.

  • raiderjhawk

    I guess I’m in the minority here but I’m not scared of Pittsburg at all. Big Ben is banged up as well as other key pieces of their team are. I think we could beat Pittsburg or Houston.

    Baltimore runs the hell outta the ball so I could see them running all over us but I don’t see Flaco beating us threw the air and their D is pretty good too.