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Coach Jackson says McFadden ‘not ready yet’

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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  • Deja vu

    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!

    ——————

    LOL

    I doubt Barnes will be around much longer, Barkesdale should replace him without any problem next year.

  • djohnnyg

    As far as fans rooting for teams it all comes down to winning.

    I don’t live anywhere near Cali. and I embraced the Raiders cuz they were only team that had the guts to stand up to Pittsburgh…and WIN. Once you’re locked onto the Raiders you’re in for life, but it started becuz of winning.

    For alot of guys, their team is part of their identity with their friends etc. and noone wants to lock on to a losing team unless it’s a regional thing and it’s a family tradition etc.

    Winning solves everything. It’s just the way it is. Raiders had the winning PLUS the whole bad boy thing as a big bonus.

  • RaiderRockstar

    The Chargers defense is nothing like it used to be in the steroid man days

    ***

    the Chargers defense has been a joke since Seau & Harrison “bolted”.

    the biggest recent collapse happened when they let monster NT Jamal Williams walk.

  • Raider-in-PA

    Chris In NY says: The 49ers were real popular back in the late 80s/early 90s
    ————————–
    Its funny that it happened in NY too. One of the biggest things I hate about Sh!ttsburgh fans is when their team REALLY sucked in the early 80′s, they all jumped ship and suddenly became Niner and Ill-gals fans.. Bandwagon jumpers!! I have absolutely NO respect for someone who has no loyalty to a team when they lose, then when they are doing well later on, that team is the ‘greatest ever’!!! Give me f@cking break..

    No matter what my Raiders do (2-14 for instance), I fly my colors proud and am quick to jump on ANYBODY who disses them!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    the Raider are 2-0 against Kyle Orton this year.

    0-2 against Cassel & Tebow.

    Orton sucks and I was hoping Denver would sign him to a contract extension over this last offseason and trade Tebow for peanuts. Unfortunately, we know things didn’t work out that way

  • morilla

    The Niners get no love from the NFLN or the four letter. Even though they are having a good year no one cares. They are an after thought.

  • RaiderSam

    Raider-In-PA Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 8:54 am
    Chris In NY says: The 49ers were real popular back in the late 80s/early 90s
    ————————–
    Its funny that it happened in NY too. One of the biggest things I hate about Sh!ttsburgh fans is when their team REALLY sucked in the early 80’s, they all jumped ship and suddenly became Niner and Ill-gals fans.. Bandwagon jumpers!! I have absolutely NO respect for someone who has no loyalty to a team when they lose, then when they are doing well later on, that team is the ‘greatest ever’!!! Give me f@cking break..

    —————
    the bandwagon went as follows Niners or Cowboys, then in the mid-90s Steelers or Packers, then they got on the Colts and Patriots.

    all of a sudden Charger fans came out of the woodwork

    People just follow whatever is hot….

  • Raiderbuck

    RAIDER NATION!!!!

  • raidertbone

    RaiderSam Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Raider-In-PA Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 8:54 am
    Chris In NY says: The 49ers were real popular back in the late 80s/early 90s
    ————————–
    Its funny that it happened in NY too. One of the biggest things I hate about Sh!ttsburgh fans is when their team REALLY sucked in the early 80’s, they all jumped ship and suddenly became Niner and Ill-gals fans.. Bandwagon jumpers!! I have absolutely NO respect for someone who has no loyalty to a team when they lose, then when they are doing well later on, that team is the ‘greatest ever’!!! Give me f@cking break..

    —————
    the bandwagon went as follows Niners or Cowboys, then in the mid-90s Steelers or Packers, then they got on the Colts and Patriots.

    all of a sudden Charger fans came out of the woodwork

    People just follow whatever is hot….
    _____________________________________

    I didn’t know that any Charger fans existed (even in San Diego)! Over the past two decades, the biggest bandwagon fans have jumped on with either Cowboys, Patriots or Steelers — but then, they’ve just as quickly jumped off. I just hope we make it into the playoffs – would LOVE to see the Silver and Black get another crack at Pittsburgh!

  • raidertbone

    neilb Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 8:36 am

    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

    —————————————————
    Found this on nfluk.com.

    Makes you want to puke.
    _____________________________________
    6,800 Broncos fans? That’s about the same number as the screaming/moaning masses at Kim Jong Il’s funeral — and we all know that was probably staged! Let’s see how many loyal Donks fans remain after they get housed by K.C. and bounced from playoff contention.

  • MikieG

    KC has a huge advantage that they didn’t have last time against the Donkeys…Kyle Orton knows that Donkey offense AND Defense inside and out and has practiced against them all season..
    Once he gets debriefed by Romeo Crennell, that defense is going to know everything they need to Shut down Teblow..
    Advantage Chiefs..

    If we don’t beat the Chargers though, this whole thing is moot..

  • Raiderbuck

    I got Madden 12 for Christmas – and it’s funny, the Raiders win EVERYGAME on that thing! It’s amazing!!

  • daraider09

    Raider-in-PA Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 7:40 am
    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…

    *****************************************************
    I like his name and the toughness factor he might bring. But if this is the case, is everyone content with staying in a 4-3 defense?
    That’s the conundrum: Del Rio or Spagnulo are great coordinators but if we get one of those guys, that means we stick with 4-3.

    I am personally intrugued by a switch to the 3-4, but we would need to bring in a top notch coordinator like Mike Nolan or Wade Phillips or Dom Capers…or an up and coming disciple of one of those guys…

  • silverback

    Broncos/Chiefs probably comes down to kickers.

  • RaiderRockstar

    KC has a huge advantage that they didn’t have last time against the Donkeys…Kyle Orton knows that Donkey offense AND Defense inside and out and has practiced against them all season..
    Once he gets debriefed by Romeo Crennell, that defense is going to know everything they need to Shut down Teblow..
    Advantage Chiefs..

    ***

    Mike,

    Don’t you think Denver knows just as much (if not more) about Kyle Orton and his flaws?

    Often times you can change the gameplan, but not the player.

  • MikieG

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Mike,

    Don’t you think Denver knows just as much (if not more) about Kyle Orton and his flaws?

    Often times you can change the gameplan, but not the player.
    ++++++++++++

    Denver may know Kyle….but they don’t know as much about the KC Defense and Offense as Kyle knows about the Denver Defense and Offense, down to every audible and shift on both sides of the ball. Sure they are going to change it up, but that means Denver is going to have to do alot more thinking and alot less reacting..Kind of like what happened to us in the SuperBowl…and we had the whole year to make those changes..

  • MikieG

    I hate to pontificate to elaborately as to how the Chefs are going to win, because I am positive they will.

    My only real concern is us beating the Chargers….If we can’t beat these guys at home, with everything at stake, we don’t deserve the playoffs anyway..This is what the playoffs are going to be like, and if we can’t beat a team that we steamrolled in their hizzy a few weeks ago, then we ain’t gonna do squat against a Steeler team that would come rolling into Oaktown.

    If we win however, I see us beating some Steeler A$$ if we can stop their run Game..

    You know Carson ain’t scared of those punks.

  • The Big Banana

    They should get McFadden for the milk commercials. Show him ripping it up early in the year, then transition to a broken McFadden in crutches. Fade to black, then flash in big bold white letters GOT MILK?

  • MikieG

    daraider09 Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Raider-in-PA Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 7:40 am
    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…

    *****************************************************
    I like his name and the toughness factor he might bring. But if this is the case, is everyone content with staying in a 4-3 defense?
    That’s the conundrum: Del Rio or Spagnulo are great coordinators but if we get one of those guys, that means we stick with 4-3.

    I am personally intrugued by a switch to the 3-4, but we would need to bring in a top notch coordinator like Mike Nolan or Wade Phillips or Dom Capers…or an up and coming disciple of one of those guys…
    +++++++++++++++++++

    I would rather have Spags or Jack in here and stick with a 4-3 instead of experimenting with a 3-4…we do not have the personnel for a 3-4 and it takes years to get those guys, and even if we did have the personnel, it takes at least a year to get good at it..It would be like rebuilding when we don’t have to..I say we stick with the 4-3 and bring in a capable D-coordinator and roll with what we know. WE need QUALITY..

  • The Big Banana

    The Cowboys had Prime Time. We have Part Time.

  • No Mas Diamante

    Good one Banana

  • No Mas Diamante

    Mikie- the overall trend in the NFL is a shift back to a 4-3. Bellicheck said it works better with the new rules that are in place.

  • The Big Banana

    As already stated, we are already in playoff time. Win this week, and we advance.

    Even if KC loses, it’s not a stretch to see Baltimore destroy the Bengals to secure the North and the Jets beating Miami in a desperate effort to make the playoffs.

  • No Mas Diamante

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

  • The Big Banana

    I agree. Stick with the 4-3 and get Del Rio.

  • No Mas Diamante

    Carl – Jones is back.

  • J Hill

    Moore, DHN, Ford, and Palmer on the field will open up the run for Bush and Jones.

    Should easily put up 28 on the Chargers.

  • J Hill

    425.The Big Banana Says:
    December 29th, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I agree. Stick with the 4-3 and get Del Rio.

    ——————————————————-

    No you don’t.

  • BewareofRaiders

    On inside the nfl chris and warren pos sapp says 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 teblow in it. Also warren picks chargers over us because the raiders play too much man haha all i could do was laugh

  • The Big Banana

    J Hill – Wassup. What do you mean with your post? Did I forget that I was a 3-4 guy? lol

  • 2romes

    Please, have D.Moore run upfield on punt returns. I know he wants to take it to the house every play but a little better field position will help the Raiders start off feeling more secure about running plays that attack the offense rather than just getting breathing room to start.

  • No Mas Diamante

    Stick with the 4-3 and run your hybrids every now and then. and send Mclian to live with Ray Lewis for the off season and learn what it takes to be a real mlb, and a man. i still have faith in Mclain, he needs to grow up and improve his strenght and conditioning. he needs to be a freak.

  • No Mas Diamante

    Again – Denver D is average without waters. They will struggle. Mark it down

  • J Hill

    I don’t even see how this is a debate.

    We don’t have a solid pass rushing DE, and our MLB is a 3-4 ILB.

    4-3 OLBs need to be able to cover. Not Curry or Wimbley’s strong suit.

    Houston, Seymour, and Bryant are PERFECT 3-4 DEs.

    Curry, Wimbley, and Trevor Scott are better suited to play OLB in the 3-4.

    Tommy Kelly and ShoNasty can get us decent draft picks.

  • No Mas Diamante

    Off to work. later gents…

  • raiderinparadise

    back from vacation … supo raider nation!?

    crazy game past Sunday.

    Flags are useless to talk about, they are a part of this team, its unreal.

    Palmer is skecthy but overall has the ability to get the deep ball set-up to kill teams. Therefore he is the “worrisome bomber”

    Denarius Moore: welcome back … SD was all Moore Bush, hopefully again those 2 step up.

    Defense: Still have no idea what to say. But force turnovers and im ok with it.

  • J Hill

    Did I forget that I was a 3-4 guy? lol

    ——————————————————

    LOL!

    We do not have the personel for a 4-3.

    We need a DE and a NT at a minimum if we are going to keep the 4-3.

    Wimbley should probably move to RDE full time.

    Move Curry to WLB and let him terrorize the QB and stay the hell outta coverage.

    Sign an OLB that can cover.

    Or simply use our talent as it should be and let them play more natural postions.

    But I know you knew most of this already!

  • luvmarvhub

    Yes, the $100 penalty pot is a joke.

    Instead, offenders of the worst sort, for each penalty, should have to take the whole defensive or offensive unit(includes non-starters) out to dinner at a really nice place and pick up the tab.

  • YoungAmerican

    The Raiders don’t have the personnel for either system to be effective, that’s the problem.

    Their 4-3 WLB can’t cover, but can’t rush the passer either.

    Their MLB is a 3-4 guy.

    They don’t have a 4-3 or 3-4 NT.

    Seymour is the only sure fit for a 3-4 system.

    No playmaking 4-3 RDE. No playmaking 3-4 OLB.

    Bottom line? To make either system work they need similar things. They need a guy who can plug gaps on the defensive line, and a big-time pass rusher who can make impact plays from the blind side.
    Wimbley works in both systems as a SLB.

  • raiderinparadise

    Getting Shaugnessy back next year will be huge. Lamar Houston hit a “sophmore slump”

    Huff can give all his money to Lance Briggs for us to apoligize for this year.

    Travis Goethal … get well soon.

  • YoungAmerican

    Seymour and Wimbley are the only sure fits, I should say. And Wimbley is very limited in terms of pass rush moves.

  • The Big Banana

    Good points, J Hill. Our LB core is not well suited for the 4-3. However, I can see our DLine doing well in a 4-3 when healthy, and in fact we *have* seen it.

    As we all know, it’s all about pressure and when that Dline is on, the D looks good. When they’re off, we’re exposed.

    But part of that is the coordinator putting our LBs in bad situations…like having them cover megatron. Also, this D absolutely melts down in the 4th quarter and I put this on him as well. Be interested to know how much yardage we give up in the 4th. Anyone have some time on their hands? I’m sure it’s lopsided.

  • raiderinparadise

    No Vincent Jackson Sunday. That is good.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I hate to pontificate to elaborately as to how the Chefs are going to win, because I am positive they will.

    My only real concern is us beating the Chargers….If we can’t beat these guys at home, with everything at stake, we don’t deserve the playoffs anyway..

    ***

    Mike,

    I predict just the opposite

    We will smash on SD. DEN beats KC by 3 points in OT

    final scores:

    30-17 Oakland
    13-10 Dungver

  • YoungAmerican

    No McFadden. Anyone surprised?

  • Silverandblack666

    Yeah the good part about us having to play Pittsburgh if we make the playoffs is Palmer knows how to play Pitt.

  • inonewordraider

    CorkOnTheNFL Steve Corkran
    Jacoby Ford practicing for second straight day. Looks good to go for Sunday’s game.
    1 minute ago »
    CorkOnTheNFL Steve Corkran
    Darren McFadden out of practice. And the beat goes on. That makes 67 straight days out of action.
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    Richard Seymour back at practice.
    3 minutes ago

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    If Brady has a bum shoulder the AFC is WIDE open.

    Just Get In Baby!

  • inonewordraider

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    Big John Henderson out once again. Can’t envision him playing Sunday.
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    Michael Huff doing even more at practice today. Might be at even more than the 137 percent he put his health at yesterday.
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