Odds and ends from Sunday’s game


The Raiders blew away the all-time records for penalties and penalty yards on the strength of eight for 64 yards Sunday in a 38-26 loss to the San Diego Chargers.
The Raiders finished with 163 penalties for 1,358 yards, eclispsing the 158 for 1,304 posted by the 1998 Kansas City Chiefs.

The Raiders finished tied with the Chargers and Denver Broncos at 8-8 in the AFC West. However, for scheduling purposes they are considered the third-place team by virtue of tiebreakers.
Therefore, the Raiders play the third-place teams in the AFC South and the AFC East, with the Jacksonville Jaguars coming to Oakland and the Raiders playing the Miami Dolphins on the road.
The Raiders also play the four AFC North teams and the four NFC South teams as part of the regular rotation. Their six other games are against the three AFC West foes.

The Raiders posted an undefeated mark in divisional games away from the Coliseum for the second straight season. On the downside, the Raiders lost all three of their games against AFC West teams at home this season.

Running back Michael Bush and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey came up just shy of notching 1,000 yards for the first time in their respective NFL careers.
Bush rushed for 66 yards Sunday and finished the season with 977. Not bad for a player who started the season as a seldom-used backup to Darren McFadden.
Heyward-Bey caught nine of the 17 passes thrown his way Sunday for 130 yards. He finished the season with 64 receptions for 975 yards and four touchdowns in his breakout season.
The Raiders still haven’t had a 1,000-yard receiver since 2005, when Randy Moss tallied 1,005.

Safety Matt Giordano’s first-quarter interception marked his fifth of the season. It snapped a tie he held with cornerback Stanford Routt and held up as the team-high for 2011.
The Raiders won all four games in which Giordano had an interception before Sunday’s break from routine.

Philip Rivers attempted 26 passes Sunday without being sacked. Heck, he didn’t get hit much, either.
The sackless effort means that defensive tackle Tommy Kelly gets the sack title for the Raiders this season. He finished with 7 1/2.

Carson Palmer passed for 417 yards and two touchdowns Sunday. He also was intercepted once. Overall, he finished with 13 touchdown passes and 16 interceptions this season.
The 417 yards is the third most in Raiders history. Jeff Hostetler passed for 424 on Oct. 31, 1993 and Cotton Davidson had 419 on Oct. 25, 1964.

*The Raiders allowed 153 yards rushing Sunday. For the season, they allowed an average of 136.1 yards per game.
*Rookie wide receiver Denarius Moore’s 78-yard reception in the third quarter resulted in the longest reception of any Raiders player this season. His 61-yarder against the Chiefs last Sunday had been the standard bearer.
*Tight end Kevin Boss suffered a concussion at the end of his 22-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter.
*Shane Lechler’s 58-yard punt was the only punt of the game.

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  • cdnraider

    The organization is in Mark Davis hand, and his direction sets the direction for years down the road.
    Hopefully he’s strong enough to fend off the Hue “I’m going to do everything” bully.

  • And I see the anti-Hue sock puppets are out in full force today…

  • Norv really rubbed Hue’s nose in it by running that reverse to VJax to ice the game.
    Hopefully this stench sticks on Hue for awhile – We can’t get humiliated at home like that!

  • Forrest Hump

    RaiderDuck Says:
    January 2nd, 2012 at 12:20 pm
    And I see the anti-Hue sock puppets are out in full force today…

    Effin A man. Too many Madden GM’s in this blog. Not enough common sense.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson


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  • firehue

    they should have mandatory cleanup day for the raider players, make them clean up the stadium after all the sh!t they put the crowd through……and the sh!t they put on the field…

  • Raider Dell

    RaiderDuck Says:
    January 2nd, 2012 at 12:20 pm
    And I see the anti-Hue sock puppets are out in full force today…



    Raider Nation is mad. I’m not going to blame one person, but he is the head coach and understand everyone’s frustration. Hue said in many press confs, the blame is his and told the media to blame him not the players, he leads this team. So as rational thinking people, we are doing what he said to do, blame him.

  • armond

    1103.BigTed707 Says:
    January 2nd, 2012 at 12:22 pm
    Norv really rubbed Hue’s nose in it by running that reverse to VJax to ice the game.
    Hopefully this stench sticks on Hue for awhile – We can’t get humiliated at home like that!

    when did that happen? i left after the palmer pick so i dont remember seeing a reverse. maybe thats why pdople said that hue didnt shake norvels hand.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    I don’t blame Hue.

    Hue is over his head.

  • Raider-in-PA

    Im seeing all kinds of teams expressing interest in this guy and that guy… Cant we at least get some good news like the ousting of a defensive coordinator for starters??

  • firehue

    norvell has grown some huevos after being here he shut up fett eating ryan and mediawh@re hue….

  • SilverAndBlackBleeder

    Terrible way to bring in the New Year on the sports tip. First my Louisville Cardinals choke off their bowl game; then the basketball team loses back to back games to Georgetown and the intensely hated Kentucky; and the Raiders choke yet again to another AFC West team at home. Happy F’n New Year. Nothing made me sicker than seeing Lito Shepard get picked on ALL day, while Sterling Moore was making tons of plays on the ball and picked off passes in New England’s early game.

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor

    1109. It was alte in the game. I did see Norv out in the middle of the field saying wheres Jackson. Maybe he did snub him. I am a Hue supporter but if thats the case….Thats pretty weak.

  • Raider Dell

    Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Says:
    January 2nd, 2012 at 12:28 pm
    I don’t blame Hue.

    Hue is over his head.


  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    DMAC has averaged less than 8 carries a gm since he got here. Not a reliable option.

  • I still think Hue can do it with a GM to keep him in check and a better Def.Coordinator.
    Our Offense could still be sick if we had even a little competency on defense – and that is still thanks to Al and Hue.

    Hopefully we can get some decent LB and CB depth through FA this year. This seasons Defense was an embarrassment!

  • M Lonetree

    ain’t blamin’ the O, the OC or the HC
    they did enough to win the division

    all blame goes to the D and DC for late collapses at Buffie, contra TBone the Lions and yesterday.

  • YoungAmerican

    Hue did some good things this year, but he is in no way qualified to be the GM.

    Whether it’s Reggie McKenzie, Eric DeCosta (unlikely to leave Baltimore), Scot McClouhan, Tom Gamble (current Director of Player Personnel for the 49ers), or someone else – he’ll have to decide whether he wants to work with Hue or bring in his own guy.

    I think that given the performance of the offense, the lack of draft picks, and the players already on the roster, the new GM will give Hue another year and assist in free agency and the defensive coordinator search. It’s clear that Hue needs help. I think if Hue can focus on his head coaching duties and the offense while the GM handles the rest of the organization’s business, there is a good chance the team will make some real strides next season. But if the GM decides he can’t/doesn’t want to work with Hue, that their philosophies are not in concert? It might be best to go a different direction, because it’s inevitable at that point.

    Hue will probably get some say in the process, but not a whole lot. He could be allowed to suggest names and have a chance to meet with Trask, Davis, and the potential candidates before the decision is made. In the end, the goal is to let the GM run the organization, and for that to happen effectively he needs to be on the same page with his coaches and vice versa.

  • hwnrdr

    Dell, what’s up brother? Sorry I couldn’t meet you yetserday. Brien says you’re one of the coolest he has met! Next year. maybe!
    Other than that…wait…no word of Chuck B walking on the 880 with a bag on a pole whimpering like Snoopy when he just got kicked out of his home by Woodstock?

  • luvmarvhub

    RaidingTexas Says:
    January 2nd, 2012 at 7:23 am
    “I’m going take a stronger hand in this whole team, this whole organization,” Jackson said. “There ain’t no way that I’m going to feel like I feel today a year from now, I promise you that. There’s no question.”


    OMFG I just read this. Wow. Let us all hope Jackson’s statement does not become reality.

    I’ve been saying this since I listened to the presser on the radio. If I am Madden or Trask or those helping Mark Davis, it’s this proclivity toward blustering or even more worrisome, this positioning to actually UNDERCUT what Madden et. al. are advising Mark to do regarding a GM that gives me pause about the suitability of Hue as head coach going forward.

    Note, I said, “gives me pause” because actually I have been, even after the debacle yesterday, in favor of letting him have one more year as head coach, but, I don’t want him having too much power. After a guy proves his worth in the position in which you have placed him for a few years–head coach-THEN, a team might consider expanding his responsibilities or giving ore credence to his input on other matters.

    The more I think about his presser, I think Hue was trying to sway Mark Davis away from hiring a GM who’d be above Hue in the pecking order of the organization.

  • luvmarvhub

    What’s Mackenzie’s position with the Packers right now?

  • Al Davis or no Al Davis the Raiders are still behind the rest of the league.

    Other franchises are in full offseason mode the day after the season ended – Firing coaches, researching candidates, and moving forward.

    The Raiders still haven’t got out of bed and joined the rest of the world yet.

    When will this pathetic sh!t come to an end?

  • luvmarvhub

    Twocents Says:
    January 2nd, 2012 at 8:13 am
    Sounds like Hue wants to pick the GM. I’m not sure that’s a good idea.

    Obviously he does, a guy who’ll not threaten his own job security, either this next season if he is retained or after next season when his contract expires.

    However, who in their right mind would give a guy with only one year’s head coaching experience the power to hire a buddy of his as his “boss.”

    Agreed that if the powers that be think Hue’s contract ought to be honored, then it’s obviously best that the new GM and Hue are on the same page philosophy-wise. It’s also crucial that they can work together professionally, but I don’t want a one-year head coach deciding the organizational fate of this franchise.

  • VanHeathen

    Would love to see Hue’s Presser cancelled at 2pm…
    Sick of hearing this dude Bump His Gums and not say ANYTHING that matters…
    Dude was tuned out by this team…
    There’s a reason why he’s a 1 year guy at so many of his stops, this should be another…
    Hate to see us go through another transistion at HC, but lets make it a clean sweep.

  • al d. davis

    DHB: you have to be kidding; his performance is worst when crunch time comes – no talent – gains some yards, but then drops the ball when we need him most – has a fat turd hanging from his butt.

    Get rid of him now while he may have some trade value.

    DMAC: big jackass with serial foot problems; he ran right over several bottom tier teams. So what? Top tier teams shut him down; he looked the same as Bush averaging less than 60 yds. End result of his presence on the team for the last 4 yrs ?? zipp0, nada, zilch.

    Get rid of him too while he has some trade value.

  • al d. davis


    well said !! yes !

  • VanHeathen

    Without TWO blocked FG attempts…
    Hue would have finished this season on a 5 game losing streak…1-4 down the stretch is enough to end a lot of HC’s tenures, this should be one of them.

  • al d. davis

    Mother F’n Cro-Magnon Man w/3 inch skull: Hue is better off as a snake oil salesman or tent revival pastor boinking married, female parishoners. As an HC in the NFL, he’s a joke.

    Many entries claim Hue should be retained as OC: his play calling sucks; 1st down Bush up the middle for no gain; 2nd down short pass to DHB; 3rd down Bush up the middle, no gain and out. Hmmmm….that’s if we are not going straight back with a bevy of penalties.

    FIRE HUE !

  • VanHeathen

    Hue is a Bully!
    All talk and ZERO Walk…
    this team came out FLAT at HOME for the biggest game of his tenure…
    Where has all of his offensive Genius gone?
    We’ve been running the same 12 plays on offense for the last 2 months…wow a double reverse, 3 times in one game? that’s original.
    How about getting the TE involved? ‘nah, not my kind of offense’..yet we were KILLED yesterday by a TE who runs in slow mo…Hue has got to GO!

  • al d. davis

    “I’m going take a stronger hand in this whole team, this whole organization,” Jackson said. “There ain’t no way that I’m going to feel like I feel today a year from now, I promise you that. There’s no question.”

    To Mark Davis: welcome Hue back with an ax handle across that shiney, black pate. When he goes down, loop a chain around his ankles, wench him up toward the rafters, promptly tar and feather him, welcome him out of town, and clip his eggs at the city limit line so no more defective dna gets into the gene pool.


  • al d. davis

    If everyone thinks the club can’t get turned around in a year, notice the 49’ers at 13 and 3. I remember a high intensity loud mouth named Mike Singletary. He just didn’t have what it took; same as Hue.

    The 49’ers gave up only a single running TD all season, while making a man of Alex Smith. Sever Stank AL; attenuate his taint.

    It’s time.

    Blow up the team Mark, top to bottom. Let’s just move forward. You can do it, boy. It’s not rocket science. If you are afraid to fire Hue, let me do it for you. I’ll bring my ax handle.

  • Oldtown

    Hue and Chuck are gone soon. Mark my words. A better day, and better football is coming.

  • dvrick

    # RaiderDuck Says:
    January 2nd, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    And I see my Broncos fans are out in full force today…

  • dvrick

    # Method To My Madness Says:
    January 2nd, 2012 at 10:55 am

    For head coach..Mista Brown….

  • dvrick

    # wishbone Says:
    January 2nd, 2012 at 9:30 am

    I love the 49ers,there is a huge difference between ours and theirs. The guys on their defense go full speed on every play. Our guys go half speed 75% of the time. I saw Seymour & McClain jogging after Chargers on more than half the plays in the 4th quarter. That’s inexcusable and Hubris needs to make them accountable by cutting them. Hubris says “it’s on me”, but he really is saying its somebody elses fault. The biggest loss this season wasn’t Dmac or Jason or Jacoby (for half the season) it was Cable.

  • dvrick

    # Method To My Madness Says:
    January 2nd, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Hue and Palmer sucks…can’t wait til they’re gone…take Housh with ya even though I said Hue was a great Coach.[Black Men Can’t Coach]

  • dvrick

    # ann b. davis Says:
    January 2nd, 2012 at 1:11 pm


    GO BRONCOS !! yes !

  • dvrick

    # Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Says:
    January 2nd, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    I blame Hue.

    Hue is over his head.He can’t coach high school!!

  • dvrick

    # Method To My Madness Says:
    January 1st, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Fire all of em!And me too.

  • dvrick

    Thec07 Says:
    January 1st, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Glad to see my boy Tebow is on his way to the SuperBowl.

  • dvrick

    # Raider O Says:
    January 2nd, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Good morning BRONCO Nation.

  • dvrick

    Sullivan44 Says:
    January 1st, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Typical B…K man when the evidence is right in front of him that he’s to blame he throws everyone else under the bus.