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McFadden would have practiced today

Running back Darren McFadden missed the Raiders final nine regular-season games with a midfoot sprain. As it turns out, he would have practiced today for the first time since Oct. 23 if the Raiders would have made the playoffs.
That’s the word from coach Hue Jackson, anyway.
“He was going to be out there practicing with us this Wednesday,” Jackson said in a radio interview Tuesday night on NFL Sirius. “That’s what’s so disappointing. We were about to get totally healthy at the right time. I know he was going to give it a go. He felt much better than what he had been feeling, and we really felt comfortable that he was mending properly and ready to get back out there with the guys.”
If nothing else, that bodes well for McFadden being healthy enough to practice once offseason workouts begin.
McFadden did not practice with his teammates once after he suffered his injury against the Kansas City Chiefs. Michael Bush filled the void and rushed for 977 yards.

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  • RaidingTexas

    I’m out. Going to focus on the rest of this Mavs game and hope they continue crawling back to respectability.

    Good night all you Ralphs.

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  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Barksdale, taiwan are not worth a solid starter.

    You have to draft well in order to get the great players in their prime.

    Teams that trade top picks for 30 something vets and fringe bust players tend to not sustain a damn thing.

    You aren’t trading for the calvin johnson, aaron rogers, mario williams and derrell revis’. Unless you want those guys on the downside, so they give you flashes as they meander towards retirement

    Aaron rogers, matt stafford, joe flacco and Big Ben will qb their teams at a high level for another 10+ yrs.

    Raiders, like the cardinals will lurch from qb to qb.

    How many yrs carson got in him?

  • Silverandblack666

    “Bob Marley Says:
    January 4th, 2012 at 7:32 pm
    Listen, it’s not just the Tampa 2.

    The 3-4 Zone Blitz used by LeBeau in Pittsburgh and every “modern” defense asks DL and LB’s to drop back and cover an area of the field sometimes.

    It’s supposed to throw off the QB because he doesn’t know who will be rushing or who will be dropping.

    It’s an effective tactic, that’s why every team has it on it’s playbook, but you must get to the QB fast… otherwise the WR, TE or RB is gonna obviously get open.

    But it’s supposed to eliminate the dump-off or quick read from the QB as he feels the pressure, he sees a receiver but he also sees an opponent jersey on the area blocking the path for his throw….but if the QB is not presured or scrambles, that receiver is gonna outrun the DL-LB.”

    Great post Bob!!

    I was just trying to explain that one instance where 55 was on Megatron but for someone to outright say that a LB would never be in coverage is ignorant.

  • 303Raider

    Chris in NY:

    Exactly what I’ve been talking about Homie! I’d make that trade agin and 2x on Sunday!!

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Dropping into coverage is 1 thing and very common but having a mlb cover a WR in the red zone or deep down the field is insanity and no other DC in any scheme is doing that unless they are looking to be unemployed.

    The end

  • morilla

    Draft shmaft…. There is no guarantee first rounders pan out at all. So sick of hearing about first round picks. Big deal.

  • http://ggeden.wordpress.com/ GG

    ALAMEDA — It’s all quiet on the Raiders front, as the day came and went at the Raiders’ practice facility.

    Despite several published reports, there were no signs of any GM candidates in the house to interview for the Raiders’ vacant GM position.

    That includes former Oakland linebacker Reggie McKenzie, who is currently the Green Bay Packers director of football operations.

    I saw several cars come and go through the restricted access fence, including CEO Amy Trask and head coach Hue Jackson, but there was no sign of owner Mark Davis, whom I assume would need to be there for the interview process to take place.

    In conversations with several Raiders employees who spoke off the record, the Raiders hope to fill their GM spot as soon as possible in order to move forward with player personnel decisions in a timely manner, and that includes preparations for the upcoming NFL Draft in April.

  • 89706Raider

    Jackson said… “That’s what’s so disappointing. We were about to get totally healthy at the right time.”

    ********************************

    Just got a chance to read through some of this. You have to wonder if Jackson hadn’t noticed the lack of “health” on the defensive side.

  • Chris in NY

    I’d actually bring in Chad Henne as a backup QB for next year. Prototype QB size. Pretty good arm. Career 60% passer. Only 26 years old. Has looked pretty good at times, IMO.

    I think he could benefit from a change of scenery and watching from the sidelines and developing under Hue and Carson for a couple of years. Much better than Boller. Pryor would be our No. 3 project QB with upside who could potentially earn the No. 2 spot or convert or contribute in some other position.

  • RaiderRetribution

    mlb covering megatron

    de/dt covering gates

    any one else not know why we didn’t make the playoffs

    that was not the player’s fault; that was the coaches putting players in situations they are not capable of; that’s coaching/coordinating

  • RaiderRetribution

    Henne- NO!

    Flynn baby!

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    SnB

    Raiders, like the cardinals will lurch from qb to qb.

    How many yrs carson got in him?.

    —————————————-

    Considering Carson Palmer just turned 32…I’d say he’ll remain an high level QB for at least the next 2 seasons, possibly more.

    Drew Brees will be 33 in a few days, I suppose you wouldn’t be interested in acquiring him…

    Manning was All-Pro last year at 35, Brady this year at 34.

    Plus, we have a talented young QB to develop in Terrelle Pryor so once Palmer is gone, he should be ready for his shot.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    MistaBrown Says:
    January 4th, 2012 at 7:40 pm
    Dropping into coverage is 1 thing and very common but having a mlb cover a WR in the red zone or deep down the field is insanity and no other DC in any scheme is doing that unless they are looking to be unemployed.

    The end
    ________________

    You are correct sir!

  • Chris in NY

    RaiderRetribution Says:
    January 4th, 2012 at 7:57 pm
    Henne- NO!

    Flynn baby!

    —————————————

    I hear you, but contrary to popular opinion on this blog, Matt Flynn is going to be the No. 1 free agent QB this off-season, not Jason Campbell. Campbell is probably No. 2. Flynn will get starter money and a starting job. That’s not happening here.

  • Chris in NY

    Yeah, I would say Palmer has a minimum of three prime years left and possibly as many as six.

  • Chris in NY

    The one thing I do worry about with Palmer is his lack of mobility and tendency to throw deep and hang onto the ball as long as he can to keep plays alive could leave him open to some punishing hits. It’s important to have a legit backup next year. Can’t be in another situation like this year.

    Anyone know how long Cincy has Bruce Almighty locked up for?

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    Chris

    “Flynn will get starter money and a starting job. That’s not happening here”.

    You know…

    If McKenzie is hired and he decides to let Hue go, he might as well cut Palmer and more high priced vets and bring Matt Flynn along to tie his future to his own QB rather than Hue’s.

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    You know Matt Flynn used to be JaMarcus Ruseell’s backup at LSU … wouldn’t that be something if he came here and did what Russell was supposed to do?.

  • Chris in NY

    Bob Marley Says:
    January 4th, 2012 at 8:07 pm
    Chris

    “Flynn will get starter money and a starting job. That’s not happening here”.

    You know…

    If McKenzie is hired and he decides to let Hue go, he might as well cut Palmer and more high priced vets and bring Matt Flynn along to tie his future to his own QB rather than Hue’s.

    —————————————–

    That would be a disaster, IMO.

    Not only would I be super-pissed if we were to fire Hue, but for all we know Flynn is Kevin Kolb 2.0. Kolb had some equally nice games in spot duty for the Eagles.

    There is absolutely no reason for McKenzie to come in here and blow up this roster and get rid of Hue. Could set us back 10 years.

    This is not a typical new GM situation where the GM is coming in to take over a bottom of the barrel team or a team on the decline. This is a team on the ascension and the only reason we’re looking for a GM is because the last one passed away.

    ABSOLUTELY NO REASON TO START OVER WITH A NEW COACH AND/OR QUARTERBACK. If that’s the way McKenzie wants to go I’d want no part of him.

    Of course, it’s important to remember, we’re all just speculating and there’s no evidence that’s what McKenzie intends to do if he gets the job.

  • edward teach

    817.Bob Marley Says:
    January 4th, 2012 at 8:07 pm
    Chris

    “Flynn will get starter money and a starting job. That’s not happening here”.

    You know…

    If McKenzie is hired and he decides to let Hue go, he might as well cut Palmer and more high priced vets and bring Matt Flynn along to tie his future to his own QB rather than Hue’s.

    ********************************************************

    It’s all in how you look at it. Cut Palmer, pay Flynn; it’s the same as trading the two picks for Flynn instead.

    It just depends on how you feel about Flynn. If you think he’s worth the extra money (including what you’d still owe Palmer) and can make the numbers work it’s absolutely possible.

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    Chris

    Didn’t mean to get you all riled up man … lol.

    I’m with you on the Hue Jackson stuff man, I’ve clearly stated that I want both McKenzie and Hue here next season, obviously Palmer too.

    Just saying Flynn would be a possibility if McKenzie comes here.

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    I’m out, see you people tomorrow

    Don’t forget, McKenzie upstairs, Hue HC and Trgovac DC.

  • 18yearsold18yearfan

    797 I’d take josh freeman and desean Jackson over Carson Palmer but hey that’s just me. One is a young qb who has had a year where he looked like a franchise qb and can learn from his mistakes plus you’ll have him for for years as opposed to Carson who hasn’t had a franchise qb type season in about 5 years and is on the wrong side of 30. And desean Jackson who is a top flight deep threat at wr. So yes I would take 2 young playmakers who we would have for years over Carson Palmer. But it’s too late to debate now the trade is done

  • Chris in NY

    Matt Flynn has played significant time in three games in his career. He’s played extremely well in two of them. Not so good in the other one.

    I think he’s looked really sharp and if I had no good QB on my roster and no shot at one of the top prospects in this year’s draft I’d definitely be aggressive in going after him. Some team will definitely go that route. But he’s not Carson Palmer and there’s no way I jettison Carson Palmer for Matt Flynn.

  • GoodOle00

    813. Always have to question a brand new poster who agrees with El Sh*tbaggo.

    “You are correct sir!”

    Riiiiight…

  • GoodOle00

    803. Remember that fire zone blitz earlier this year when Shaughnessy dropped into coverage and made that pick?

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    All of the same people who think Hue deserve another chance also thought Kiffin got a raw deal.

  • Stringer Bell

    I agree with Chris in NY, no reason to take a gamble on Flynn when this team is already close enough with a known quantity like Palmer. Revamp that D and turn it around ala the Texans.

  • devilr8er

    Has shmucky B been fired yet?

  • Chris in NY

    18yearsold18yearfan Says:
    January 4th, 2012 at 8:31 pm
    797 I’d take josh freeman and desean Jackson over Carson Palmer but hey that’s just me. One is a young qb who has had a year where he looked like a franchise qb and can learn from his mistakes plus you’ll have him for for years as opposed to Carson who hasn’t had a franchise qb type season in about 5 years and is on the wrong side of 30. And desean Jackson who is a top flight deep threat at wr. So yes I would take 2 young playmakers who we would have for years over Carson Palmer. But it’s too late to debate now the trade is done

    ————————

    That’s fair. Freeman + Jackson would be an attractive option despite Jackson’s attitude problem and Freeman’s down year.

    However, you don’t know you’re getting those guys when you draft. The teams that selected the other 18 players — many of them solid players, many of them not — thought they were getting the best guy available.

    So the odds of getting a Freeman-Jackson caliber combo from that list there are 1/10 x 1/10 = 1/100. So 1%. Another more accurate way to look at it is pairing the 1st rounder with the following 2nd rounder. So you’re looking at:

    - Nate Solder, T + ?????
    - Mike Iupati, G + Ben Ijalana, T
    - Josh Freeman, QB + Taylor Mays, S
    - Gosder Cherilus, T + Max Unger, OL
    - Jarvis Moss, DE + DeSean Jackson, WR
    - Chad Greenway, LB + Kenny Irons, RB
    - David Pollack, LB + Kellen Clemens, QB
    - DJ Williams, LB + Marcus Johnson, G
    - Bryant Johnson, WR + Keiwan Ratliff, CB
    - Phillip Buchanon, CB + Eddie Moore, LB
    - ????? + Levar Fisher, LB

    Now, which of those combinations is worth a franchise QB like Carson Palmer?

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Dumb prick if you know me then you know I dont care what people think of me or if they agree with me. I dont have alias’s.
    _____

    GoodOle00 Says:
    January 4th, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    813. Always have to question a brand new poster who agrees with El Sh*tbaggo.

    “You are correct sir!”

    Riiiiight…

  • firehue

    damm been working all day but as soon as i saw the headline i spit my soda out!!! what a freakin’ joke this guy is…”uh yeah coach i feel good to play…what? ehats that? No more games? Where’s my check?” sick of these damm prima donnas…jones too

  • djohnnyg

    As painful as it is right now that our defense choked away our chance at the AFC West and we didn’t make it, I hope when the “experts” analyze the season they’ll recognize some of the good things we did.

    Nobody is talking about the impact of losing the #1 rusher in the league(at the time he went down). A gamebreaker. Also, the impact of losing your GM and integral (love him or hate him) part of the org. and the distraction that caused.

    Those two things alone would cause any team to have a tough go of it. And to still finish 8-8?

    I’m still incensed at Chucks D for blowing it, but as time goes by and we have a chance to reflect on all the obstacles and still end up w/o a losing season, maybe things will look a little better.

  • JB

    TIME FOR A LITTLE HUMOR

    THE MOST INTERESTING MAN IN THE WORLD

    USED IN TV COMMERCIALS
    • If he were to pat you on the back, you would list it on your resume.
    • Both sides of his pillow are cool.
    • When in Rome, they do as he does.
    • His words carry weight that would break a less interesting mans jaw.
    • He’s won trophies for his game face alone.
    • He bowls… Overhand.
    • He is the life of parties he has never attended
    • If he were to punch you in the face, you’d have to fight off the urge to thank him..
    • Police often question him, just because they find him interesting.
    • His beard alone has experienced more than a lesser mans body.
    • His blood smells like cologne.
    • He has amassed an amazingly large DVD collection, and has never once alphabetized it.
    • If he were to mail a letter without postage, it would still get there.
    • The pheromones he secretes effect people miles away… in a slight, but measurable way.
    • He once punched a magician. That’s right, you heard me.
    • He almost broke the land speed record in 1977, popular opinion among his team was that his beard caused too much wind resistance. He would have shaved it… No, no he wouldn’t.
    • His personality is so magnetic, he is unable to carry credit cards.
    • Even his enemy’s list him as there emergency contact.
    • He never says anything taste like chicken… Not even chicken.
    • He speaks fluent French, in Russian.
    • His charm is so contagious, vaccines we’re created for it.
    • Years ago, he created a city out of blocks. Today over 600,000 people live and work there.
    • He is the only person to ever ace a Rorschach Test.
    • Every time he goes for a swim dolphins appear.
    • Alien abductors have asked him to probe them.
    • If he we’re to give you directions… You would never get lost. And you’d arrive at least 5 minutes early.
    • His legend precedes him, the way lightning precedes thunder.
    • His reputation is expanding, faster then the universe.
    • He once had an awkward moment, just to see how it feels.
    • He lives vicariously through himself.
    • He’s been known to cure narcolepsy just by walking into a room.
    • He’s a lover… Not a fighter, but he’s also a fighter, so don’t get any ideas.
    • He once visited a Psychic…to warn her.
    • He once taught a German shepherd how to bark in Russian
    • People hang on his every word, even the prepositions
    • Chihuahuas have never barked at him, he is just that intimidating.
    • When he goes for a swim he doesn’t get wet, the water gets him.
    • He never saves for a rainy day
    • He takes his salad dressing right on the salad, so there is no going back
    • He wouldn’t be afraid to show his feminine side, if he had one.
    • His mother has a tattoo that reads “Son”
    • At museums, he’s allowed to touch the art.
    • Twitter allows him to use as many characters as he wants…..but he never takes more than he needs.
    • He could disarm you with his looks, or his hands. Either way.
    • He once challenged his own reflection to a staring contest. On the fourth day, he won.
    • Find out what it is in life that you don’t do well and then, don’t do that thing.
    • Guys, leave the tight pants to the ladies. If I can count the coins in your pocket, use them to call a tailor.
    • The after-party is the one you want to attend.
    • On self defense….”How I look should suffice”
    • It’s never too early to start beefing up your obituary.
    • On rollerblading………..”No”

    ADDITIONS BY ANONYMOUS CONTRIBUTORS

    • He once ran a marathon backwards, just to see what second place looked like.
    • He has won the lifetime achievement award…twice.
    • His parents were named after him
    • He once travelled to and explored the Virgin Islands, when he left they were just “The Islands.”
    • He once brought a knife to a gunfight, just to even the odds.
    • He can speak braille
    • If he slept with your girlfriend…you would brag to your buddies
    • He was once pulled over for speeding, but he let the officer go with just a warning…
    • He once sent $2000 to a Nigerian scammer, and actually received his $2.7 million inheritance.
    • As a child, when asked by a teacher, “What would you like to be when you grow up”? He Answered, “Myself”.
    • He is always on time… Yet somehow arrives fashionably late.
    • Once, the eye of a passing hurricane winked at him.
    • He has crossed the point of no return – on several occasions.
    • A movie about his life cannot be completed, no one wants it to end.
    He once started a fire, using dental floss and water.
    If at first he does not succeed, then it is impossible.
    • The president once took a bullet for him
    • The Loch Ness Monster thinks he is a myth.
    • His to-do list says, “Done.”
    • It is rumored that when Edmund Hilary reached the summit of Mount Everest, he was waiting with a thermos of hot coffee.
    • He found a needle in a haystack, blindfolded
    • When he looks into the mirror, his reflection gives him a thumbs up.
    • When he disagrees with you, it is because you are wrong
    • He once asked a woman to say ‘NO’ to him, so he could understand rejection but she refused.
    • HE KNOW’S VICTORIA’S SECRET.
    • Babe Ruth was pointing at him
    • He counts his chickens before they hatch…and they always hatch.
    • He has proof that the Bermuda triangle is actually a parallelogram.
    • He was on the cover of his High School Year book.
    • When Google can’t find it… they call him
    • He jumped for joy and got it
    • Santa Claus sits on HIS lap
    • He has his moments…all the time.
    • He can divide by zero
    • Disaster fell in love with him, because he is always flirting with it
    • Atlas would drop the world for a chance to shake his hand.

  • beach

    Thanks for rubbing salt in the wound, Corkran! Will another team from Oakland make the playoffs before all 3 teams move out?

  • djohnnyg

    I know this. If the Vikings had lost Peterson in week 6 for the season and their GM had passed away, AND their starting QB went down, and yet they finished 8-8? The “experts” would be talking about how Minn. will be challenging for the Super Bowl next year.

  • firehue

    has hue been fired yet? he can take dwack with him….

  • beach

    It will be disgusting beyond words to watch Tebow in a playoff game!

  • beach

    836. We need help on the defense side of the ball before we can even dream of Super Bowl. Let’s hope our new GM sees the light.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    My problem is the way this team finished the season. Didn’t sit right with me at all.

    Complete team implosions against Miami and Green Bay….offense was non-existant in the K.C game and was ineffective in the 2nd half of the Detroit game….San Diego was another lousy effort.

    Why does THIS team look so much worse at the end of the season like that?

    If Hue had gone 9-7, he would be the pseudo GM and have job security and a new contract.

    But the fact that this team laid turd after turd after turd after turd at the end…with the penalities and the trade…with the AFC West on its collective back…..guarantees that Hue’s status be in limbo.

    And rightfully so.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    T. Sizzle – Denver didn’t win the West, Oakland lost it.

  • hwnrdr

    What’s up Nation?!
    Looks like Herrera neither denied nor confirmed that McKenzie was in Alameda today! ANd now Ron Wolf is denying that he is helping Mark and Amy in any capacity…which isn’t anything new…he has done that before!

  • 303Raider

    Dude: Our Defense sucked balls, that’s why we regressed, period.

    Without Hue we would still be looking to win in our division.

    Remember when we lost 11 games or more 7 years in a row?

    Remember when we could never win aDivision game?

    Remember when SD beat us 13x in a row?

    Hue changed all that. Al’s pathetic Defense gave up 433 points!! 2nd most ever in franchise history!!

    Hue is NOT the problem, he is a BIG part of the solution!

  • beach

    840. If Mark Davis likes Hue (and I assume he does), he will ask the new GM to give Hue another season, at least. That is my perception of the situation. Reggie McKenzie sounds like Ron Wolf’s advice, and it would be hard to pass up that advice by the man who was GM under 3 Super Bowl victories in 8 seasons.

  • 303Raider

    Trade put us in position to win the West:Thanks Hue!!

    Penalties have ALWAYS been a “culture” issue: Thanks AL!

    In HUE we trust!

  • firehue

    i dont trust hue at all….

  • qodrn1

    Re: The List

    Does GM mean I have to take anybody or can I limit the GM to just a couple of folks?

  • 303Raider

    FireHue:

    Why not? I mean we are 9-3 since Hue has taken over the offense in our division?

    He did deal with a lot of crap for a rookie HC?

    He mishandled McClain, mismanaged some play clock. Small stuff.

    Hue will be fine.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Denver, San Diego and KC were about as bad as they are ever going to be this year.

    I don’t think Hue is head coach material.

    All he proved this year is that he is a competent OC.

    But even this offense looked somewhat stale down the stretch…and was certainly non-existant in the Miami, GB and KC games.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    Who knew what Hue would have to go through.