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Raiders going stealth for now

Working at the NFL scouting combine covering everything local _ Raiders, 49ers, Andrew Luck and the locals. A light day for Raiders news, with coach Dennis Allen not scheduled to speak until Friday and general manager Reggie McKenzie not at all, although I’ll endeavor to track him down if possible.

Did talk to Rich Gannon informally for a few minutes on a break from his Sirius radio show. He’s excited about the potential change in culture. I asked him if he thought Carson Palmer would be a fit for Greg Knapp’s offense and Gannon said he thought it would be fine with a few tweaks.

Gannon thinks Palmer’s skill set is roughly similar to that of Matt Schwab, who flourished under Knapp with the Houston Texans.

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  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    Michael Bush = Alvin Harper.

    To that end, let the Bucs sign Bush and relive the Harper years all over again.

    Done.

  • J Hill

    The only thing relevant in the Bush conversation is his willingness to be a #2 RB.

    There is NO question McFadden is #1 on the depth chart.

    If YOU were Mike Bush would YOU come back to Oakland to be a backup????

    Why is it so easy to accept that Campbell won’t come back to backup Palmer, but some seem to think Bush would?

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    People here, said Nnamdi was replaceable, too. Look what happened to the Pass D.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    peace nation

  • J Hill

    Only way we keep Bush is if we franchise him.

    8 million for a backup player if we do that. 20% raise the following year?

    Again, for a backup?

    If we franchsie Bush, I’d say we HAVE to trade McFadden, or move him to WR. You don’t pay a RB 8 million and not give him 20-25 carries per game.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    J Hill Says:
    February 23rd, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Only way we keep Bush is if we franchise him.

    8 million for a backup player if we do that. 20% raise the following year?

    Again, for a backup?

    If we franchsie Bush, I’d say we HAVE to trade McFadden, or move him to WR. You don’t pay a RB 8 million and not give him 20-25 carries per game.
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    I guess you’re right.

  • JLofty

    The wheels on the bus go ’round and ’round, the wheels on the bus go ’round and round….

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    at least Bush contributed.

    Get the check cashers from the otherside of the ball off the roster.

    That is the beginning, middle and end

  • J Hill

    Get the check cashers from the otherside of the ball off the roster.

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    What do you think the hold up is?

    Want to go out on a limb and identify the “check cashers”?

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Put Wimbley, huff and Kelley on the road

  • J Hill

    Jeremy Lin is killing his team tonight.

    Looks like a deer in headlights.

  • RaiderWeaponX

    Raider Nation-Station

    NEW!~ 02-23-12: CORNERING THE MARKET
    The new Reggie regime will likely look to Free Agency to fill its Cornerback needs this off season…

    http://​www.raidernationstation.com/​ones_to_watch

  • RaiderWeaponX

    I like some of our options in FA especially since were moving away from as much man. Surprised at how little dpeth we have at corner

  • J Hill

    I wouldn’t call those guy “check cashers”.

    Couple of out of whack salaries and a non fit in the 3-4, so it wouldn’t surprise me if 1 or more of those cats aren’t on the roster come March 13th.

  • Carl Weathers

    Jer still hasn’t fixed Schwab?? Sounds like a native Q-tip!

  • J Hill

    I’d like to see Chekwa get a look at FS.

  • RaiderWeaponX

    Chekwa and not Huff.

    Huff better at FS

  • J Hill

    I like Huff and Branch as our starters.

    I think Chekwa might be a better FS prospect than corner. I think DVD has a better shot at one of the starting corner slots. Chekwa should be able to get in front of Gio on the depth chart.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Misnomers to be dispelled:

    Running backs are not important in today’s NFL.
    Running backs are a dime a dozen and easily found.

    Certainly, the passing game is king. Gone are the days where an offense revolved around a dominant, bruising running game.

    Never has the importance of having a premier QB and explosive passing attack been more pronounced.

    The emphasis on the passing game has made it fashionable to underestimate the importance of having a balanced attack.

    It’s still immensely important.

    I’ve seen it said that ‘DMAC is a luxury the Raids can’t afford’.

    I prefer to think that risking discarding the best all-purpose RB in the NFL is a luxury the Raids can not afford.

    Having a healthy DMAC potentially elevates the Raid offense to elite status. He’s that good.

    You simply can not give up on a talent like DMAC. He’s the best player the Raids have.

    No, his durability issues can not be ignored. But neither can his excellence when healthy.

    Rest assured, having a solid ground game and a top notch RB is important, even in today’s pass happy NFL.

    Backs like DMAC are anything but a dime a dozen and aren’t easily found.

    In fact, I’d go as far as saying that the return of a healthy DMAC is the single most important element necessary to ensure the Raids being an outstanding offensive unit.

    Keep DMAC.

    DUMP SLOWLANDO.

  • JB

    Jerry McDonald ‏ @Jerrymcd

    Asked McKenzie if Raiders would have fastest player in 40-yard dash. He said not if he can’t play.
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    The perfect answer!

  • jameyt777

    Time to get a decent fullback who can block for DMAC and keep him healthy. we were 4-2 when he went down for the season. It would also provide another check down receiver on 3rd down when the D is blitzing. Think Tom Rathman, smart aggressive, great blocking in the backfield. RAIDERS!

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