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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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  • bcz24

    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.
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    Benched for who? They already know Palco ain’t getting it done.

  • Raider-in-PA

    I’m sure Orton will give his all to beat Te-blow and the Donks on Sunday no matter if it’s helping Oakland or not.. Its personal for him, what a slap in the face to get ousted in favor of a guy who cant throw to save his life!!

  • HairyBush

    Raider-in-PA Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 7:57 am
    I’m sure Orton will give his all to beat Te-blow and the Donks on Sunday no matter if it’s helping Oakland or not.. Its personal for him, what a slap in the face to get ousted in favor of a guy who cant throw to save his life!!
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    Exactly, He will be motivated and I think his teammates will try to get him the win.

  • bcz24

    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.
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    I would rather face Baltimore in the O than Pittsburg. Baltimore has been awful travelling to the west coast, and travelling period. But, if we win the division, we will face either Pit/Balt in the O and if we win, we will be rewarded with a trip to the other one or NE (if Houston wins)

  • CanuckRaider

    Checked out our little Charger fan, “ChargedUp”‘s site for Divebomber…Meth is likely the problem there. No wonder the poor little fool roots for the Dis-Chargers.

  • morilla

    There are KC fans who want to see Stanzi get the start.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Bush needs 89 yards

    ***

    89 more yards and Mike Bush is a 1,000 yard rusher?

    hot dang!

    he should get that. he averages more than that the last 3 times we played them :)

  • HairyBush

    bcz24 Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 8:01 am
    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.
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    I would rather face Baltimore in the O than Pittsburg. Baltimore has been awful travelling to the west coast, and travelling period. But, if we win the division, we will face either Pit/Balt in the O and if we win, we will be rewarded with a trip to the other one or NE (if Houston wins)
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    Being someone who lives in NE, I would love to see Oakland go the Patriots and get a little snowbowl revenge. (imagine if was actally snowing) How sweet that would be. I may not make it out of the parking lot alive, Although I could rest in peace at that point. lol

  • Carl Weathers

    Good morning nation!

    We finally have our solution to stopping the dumb penalties. These guys think all week that their big setback for a penalty is a lousy 100 bucks!! Up it to a grand so they “get mad about paying it” or just end this playful punishment!

    TK~“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.

  • CanuckRaider

    I wouldn’t mind either playoff matchup…Pitt with an immobile Rapelisburger or the Schaub-less Texans. Like to see a home game for the Bay Nation though.

  • HairyBush

    (to)

  • Carl Weathers

    Glad to hear Ford is back in action, what about Taiwan?? Guess not.

    GOOOOOOOOOO RAIDERS!!! & orton!

  • Raider-in-PA

    CanuckRaider: Yeah, unfortunately I wasted one minute of my life clicking that link. What a joke, it does make sense that an a$$-clown like this roots for Sandy-Eggo…

    Deep down everybody wants to be a Raider fan (there’s a little Raider in ALL of us), most just dont have the balls or the heart to keep their head up when the team isnt playing well.. Looks like those long years of futility are over my Silver & Black brethren!!

  • HairyBush

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Raiders and Ray Rice!

  • CanuckRaider

    I guess the main thing is to “Just get in baby”. If we make the dance and get DGlass back we can do some real damage. Every team on the AFC side has its flaws. Ours is Chuck B and that inconsistent defense.

  • HairyBush

    CanuckRaider Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 8:12 am
    I guess the main thing is to “Just get in baby”. If we make the dance and get DGlass back we can do some real damage. Every team on the AFC side has its flaws. Ours is Chuck B and that inconsistent defense.
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    and interceptions

  • RaiderRockstar

    Reality check: YOU PEOPLE who keep bragging about how good KC’s Defense is … need to realize that the last time they faced Denver that same defense had ZERO sacks, ZERO int’s and ZERO forced fumbles. Tebow only had to pass the ball 8 times.

    Donks ran it on them 55 times for 244 yards!!

  • Raider-in-PA

    Hairy, didnt know you live in NE… I feel for you bro! Almost as bad as living with all these Sh!ttsburgh fans… Where are you specifically? I lived in Middletown, CT for a while..

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Guess what live game’s on over here?That’s right – Tebow-time.Makes me want to puke.

  • CanuckRaider

    Remember PA…This is the age of Idol tv. Every fool who was told they’re wonderful by mama thinks they’re a star.

  • djohnnyg

    367.RaiderRockstar Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 8:13 am
    Reality check: YOU PEOPLE who keep bragging about how good KC’s Defense is … need to realize that the last time they faced Denver that same defense had ZERO sacks, ZERO int’s and ZERO forced fumbles. Tebow only had to pass the ball 8 times.

    Donks ran it on them 55 times for 244 yards!!

    Yes that’s true but it all comes down to which KC team shows up. This is a team that lost the first two games 41-7 and 48-3 (i think) THEN go on to win their next 4 games.

    You mention what Denver did to them, but this KC defense also shut down the high flying GB Packers.

    You just never know which KC team will be there Sunday.

  • CanuckRaider

    Hope you’ve got NFL ticket Neil. The Chefs/Donks game is for commercial breaks only.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    It is time for Mark Davis and Amy Trask to make things right. Bring John Gruden and Bill Callahan back.

  • Raider-in-PA

    Neilb: You’re ‘across the pond’ arent you? What NFL team is most popular over there?

  • hwnrdr

    367.RaiderRockstar Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 8:13 am
    Reality check: YOU PEOPLE who keep bragging about how good KC’s Defense is … need to realize that the last time they faced Denver that same defense had ZERO sacks, ZERO int’s and ZERO forced fumbles. Tebow only had to pass the ball 8 times.

    Donks ran it on them 55 times for 244 yards!!

    Was that with Palko? I think Crennel got them playing better…they shut down Rodgers, and if that D forces Tebow to pass…I think its over!

  • CanuckRaider

    #371: Agreed…The Chefs can play great defense and they like Romeo. They’ll play for him Sunday.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    The Cork likes the Raiders BIG.

    FREE MONEY.

    Go Raiders!

  • raiderjhawk

    Neil, just go to p2p4u dot net and watch the game on there. That’s where I used to watch the games before I got the ticket and that’s where I watch all the raiders pre season games and ufc’s as well.

  • raiderjhawk

    Orton is going to beat the breaks off those rented mules. If Orton can’t get up for this game (like I’m sure he will) than he doesn’t belong in the NFL.

  • CanuckRaider

    We’ll handle the Dolts as long as the lads turn up to play. No more slack jobs. Having Ford and Jones back is big. Huff too.

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    374.Raider-in-PA Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 8:19 am
    Neilb: You’re ‘across the pond’ arent you? What NFL team is most popular over there?

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    Honestly don’t know.I work with two ‘skins and rams fans if that helps!

    Never see any nfl gear being worn in the north-east.EnglandRaider might tell a different story down south.

  • djohnnyg

    I don’t blame the “experts” picking SD to win. Raiders have brought that on themselves.

    Kurt Warner doesn’t pick Oakland to lose cuz he hates them, he does it cuz he sees what he sees. No “expert” wants to be wrong with their picks. That being said, the Raiders start changing perception when they start winning consistently.

    Nobosy doubts the Raiders have the firepower to win any game. Heck, alot of folks thought the Raiders would beat GB…Kurt Warner was one of them. Then u get burned, and you stop picking them.

    With Ford and DMoore back, Palmer has all his weapons (except DMAC). This team can win a shoot out if Palmer plays like he can.

    It’s all on Palmer. Even if the Raider D plays poorly, Palmer has the toys to outscore ‘em.

    So much on Palmer in this one. He has a chance to prove the doubters wrong.

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Don’t worry my friends I always watch the game on the net.Just I’d rather watch it on a bigger screen.

  • Deja vu

    Benched for who? They already know Palco ain’t getting it done.
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    Bcz24,

    I don’t see Orton having too much trouble against back up safeties. If Dawkins is on the sideline in sweats, would be huge! So my point is… if Orton can’t get it done with 2 starting safeties out and possible starting CB out than he shouldn’t be in there and they may give Stanzi a shot since they don’t have anything to play for. I think Orton will be fine though and he’ll do just enough to get a W.

  • Chris in NY

    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.

  • hwnrdr

    By the way…are we close to selling out yet?

  • Carl Weathers

    So is Jones back at practice?? I haven’t checked in here in a while.

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    What the top 10 NFL most popular teams?

    Giants Jets Cowboys Raiders Eagles Steelers Bears Colts 49ers Packers in no particular order.

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    You got me thinking now.

  • fingers

    Kc has as much to play for in Donktown as the Raiders had to play for Last year in Kc. ( last game )… It’s a division foe…don’t know where some of you guys are getting the Kc and San Diego have nothing to play for…..

  • CanuckRaider

    The Chargers defense is nothing like it used to be in the steroid man days. We’ll grind them with the run and Carson will light them up on play-action. Chucky B’s bunch just have to do their jobs.

  • Chris in NY

    Carl Weathers Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 8:33 am
    So is Jones back at practice?? I haven’t checked in here in a while.

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    Yeah, he was actually at practice all last week. Flew to KC but was held out. Practicing again this week and expected to play vs. SD.

  • bcz24

    378.raiderjhawk Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 8:22 am
    Neil, just go to p2p4u dot net and watch the game on there. That’s where I used to watch the games before I got the ticket and that’s where I watch all the raiders pre season games and ufc’s as well.
    *******************
    vipbox dot tv best site to stream games on. They never get shutdown.

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Most popular NFL teams in UK – 18-Oct-2009, 09:22 PM
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    According to the figures given on this new NFL 360 thing, here’s the approximate number of UK fans for each team on NFLUK. (not convinced by some of these figures myself but no doubt about who has the most bandwagoners!)

    Patriots 20,200
    Dolphins 15,100
    Eagles 11,600
    49ers 10,500
    Giants 10,300
    Cowboys 10,300
    Redskins 10,300
    Packers 10,100
    Bears 10,100
    Raiders 9,400
    Steelers 9,000
    Falcons 9,000
    Colts 8,300
    Broncos 6,800
    Buccaneers 6,800
    Seahawks 6,600
    Rams 6,200
    Jets 5,300
    Bengals 4,900
    Vikings 3,800
    Panthers 3,800
    Ravens 3,500
    Chargers 3,500
    Titans 2,700
    Saints 2,500
    Chiefs 2,200
    Bills 2,200
    Browns 2,200
    Jaguars 2,000
    Lions 1,400
    Cardinals 1,300
    Texans 1,100

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    Found this on nfluk.com.

    Makes you want to puke.

  • CanuckRaider

    Time to shovel snow. Later Nation…

  • Deja vu

    That $100 penalty pot is a joke! That’s like me throwing in a quarter in a jar everytime i curse.

    It’s a start i guess, Seymour and Route should dump 300 a piece in there today. Boyd should also put in his $330,000 salary in the jar.

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    It’s a start i guess, Seymour and Route should dump 300 a piece in there today. Boyd should also put in his $330,000 salary in the jar.

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    If Barnes did that he’d be standing outside the stadium with a sign saying “will drop pants for food”.

  • hwnrdr

    396.neilb Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 8:43 am
    It’s a start i guess, Seymour and Route should dump 300 a piece in there today. Boyd should also put in his $330,000 salary in the jar.

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    If Barnes did that he’d be standing outside the stadium with a sign saying “will drop pants for food”.
    And even then he will be called for holding!

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    LOL!!

  • Raider-in-PA

    Neilb: Good to see you picked the right team!! Also good to see Oakland squeaking by Sh!ttsburgh in the popularity contest… Its ironic that the most popular team is NE… Since they derived their name from battling the ‘Red Coats’… Guess a couple hundred years makes people forget…lol

  • Chris in NY

    The Dolphins do seem to have a broad fanbase for some reason. Not really sure why, but even up here in NY, Miami is one of those teams that you’re used to seeing colors for, even though they haven’t done much in a pretty long time. I can only guess that it’s leftover from the Marino chucking the ball all over the place days.

    Other out-of-state teams popular here would be the Steelers, Cowboys and Raiders. The 49ers were real popular back in the late 80s/early 90s, but that’s tailed off in the last decade. Patriots and Eagles have some followers but that’s more because of proximity and people who came from New England and Philly than anything else. Same with the Bills. Oddly, Buffalo is the only team that actually plays its games in NY but they really don’t have all that much support on the Eastern side of the state. The ones that do are usually Western NY natives.