Palmer sees playbook _ and he loves it


Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer has noted in a couple of offseason interviews his frustration with not having seen the playbook which will ostensibly become his manual to an AFC West title and beyond this season.

The strength and conditioning phase of the Raiders offseason is four days old and Palmer can’t work with position coaches or coordinators on the field, but he’s in the formative stages of learning the playbook and has spent time in meetings as the offense has been installed. To say Palmer is excited would be an understatement.

Some of his observations during an interview late Thursday afternoon:

— “I think it’s really going to fit the personnel we have. The style of play with the offensive line and the zone running scheme, and the speed we have in the backfield, it’s built for making a read, making one cut, and getting vertical and putting pressure on the defense with our speed and our running backs just heading north when they find the hole in that zone.”

— “I spent time talking with Darren (McFadden) and Taiwan Jones about it, and obviously the running game is going to be big for the Oakland Raiders this year. And what comes off the running game is really cool. All the play-action stuff really utilizes what we have on the outside. There’s not a lot of routes where guys are stopping. They’re using their speed, they’re on the move. It’s going to fit the strong suits of a lot of guys we have on offense, including myself.”

— “Defensive players are taught to read, not to put their eyes in the backfield and get caught by the quarterback. But from the film I’ve been watching (of the Houston Texans), it looks like a run to the first five guys. They don’t know for a few second after the ball is snapped that the quarterback has already gone into his first read. The Texans played with three different quarterbacks and when their big guy, Andre Johnson went down, they don’t slow down a bit.”

— “A lot of things quarterbacks are asked to do in this offense are strengths of mine. There are a lot of naked bootlegs and I’ve always focused on working on that. I did so much of it in college and I’m excited to do more of it now. I haven’t done it a ton (in the NFL, but it’s something I’m comfortable doing.”

— “The good thing with all this play-action stuff and move-the-pocket stuff is that some of the best plays are the screens and checkdowns to running backs. When you cover Jacoby (Ford) downfield and Denarius downfield, one of the positives is the checkdown, the easy throw, the dumpoff to the running back. When Darren McFadden and Taiwan Jones have five, six or seven yards separation between them between the next defender, they rarely get tackled by the first defender. I love throwing the ball downfield, but watching Houston and seeing the completions that got with Arian Foster with 10 yards of cushion, were exciting to see. It gave him a chance to put his foot in the ground and go.”


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • YoungAmerican

    would be a great pick, doubt he gets outta the 2nd…


    Same here, but there’s a chance he could fall due to his injury.

    As I said before, it wouldn’t surprise me if Chapman was drafted before Ta’amu.

  • Chris in NY

    We do need to find a speed edge rush specialist. Shaughnessy, TK, Seymour and Bryant are all capable of beating a way to the QB, but we do need a guy who can apply quick pressure on a consistent basis to get the QB off his mark and force him into that oncoming onslaught of aforementioned linemen.

    Any recommendations as to who that guy may be in the mid to later rounds of this draft?

  • silver-on-black

    We should trade Tommy Kelly and DHB for a first founder, and get a DT tru run stuffer.

  • lefty12

    We should trade Tommy Kelly and DHB for a first founder, and get a DT tru run stuffer.
    Good humor is always appreciated on here!

  • mikep562

    DHB could be the Andre Johnson of this offense.IMO RM is pretty satisfied with the team and the picks we have.I don’t see any major trades happening this offseason.

  • Thec

    As I said before, it wouldn’t surprise me if Chapman was drafted before Ta’amu.


    Logical as he is a 3 down player, most you get out of alameda is 2 rush downs….

  • YA,

    What do you think of Coryell Judie from Texas A&M? The only CB in your mocks is Leonard Johnson who had great production at college, but I have my concerns due to his slow 40 and height.

  • New post.

  • r8eray

    YoungAmerican Says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 8:23 pm
    A few possible scenarios for the draft:

    3rd (compensatory) – NT Josh Chapman, Alabama
    4th (compensatory) – OLB Sammy Brown, Houston
    5th – DB DeQuan Menzie, Alabama
    5th (compensatory) – DE/OLB Frank Alexander, Oklahoma
    6th – OLB/ILB Miles Burris, San Diego State


    3rd (compensatory) – DE/OLB Bruce Irvin, West Virginia
    4th (compensatory) – OLB/DE Jonathan Massaquoi, Troy
    5th – DL Jonathan Massaquoi, Regina
    5th (compensatory) – OT Steven Baker, ECU
    6th – OLB/ILB Miles Burris, San Diego State


    3rd (compensatory) – CB Leonard Johnson, Iowa State
    4th (compensatory) – DE/OLB Jake Bequette, Arkansas
    5th – DL Akiem Hicks, Regina
    5th (compensatory) – OLB/ILB Emmanuel Acho, Texas
    6th – OT Matt Reynolds, BYU


    I like it…

    Check this one!

    3rd: Josh Chapman

    4th: Sammy Brown

    5th: Jonathan Massaquoi

    5th: Emmanuel Acho

    6th: Miles Burris

    I know…too many LB’s, but that way we can’t miss!!


  • DKnight007

    # Raider O Says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Bryant should also move inside in passing situations, and have a nickel pass rusher play LDE.
    Seymour, Houston, rookie NT, and Bryant can rotate at DT.
    Like I said, I think we can afford to trade TK.

    I have been saying this all along. If McK and Allen can get a 3rd Rounder for Kelly, they should do it in a heartbeat.

  • xraided

    I really do think they like TK right now… he’s our best pass rusher for christ sakes! until they get a proven pass rusher off the edge(can’t count ShoNasty quite yet due to his very serious injury)… they keep that pressure he gets quite a bit coming from up the middle.

    if they do decide to trade TK, they had better resign Bryant long term. dude is a BEAST as a 3-4 DE or a 3 technique in a 4-3.

  • xraided

    if Seymour, TK, and Bryant can stuff the run with a big NT (CHAPMAN!) up the middle, they are in business! a DL that can colapse the pocket on a regular basis and stuffing the run more often?! LOOK OUT AFC WEST! and WATCH YO BACK PEYTON U SLIEN HEADED PUNKAZZBISH!

  • xraided


  • alzadoX

    Texans had an excellent offense last few years, an won games, whereas Raiders O was usually very good but often stalled at inopportune times

  • Jabels1488

    The Raiders should really take a look at David Molk, Center from Michigan. From most mock drafts i have seen I think he will be there in the 5th possibly the 6th. This would keep Lil Wiz at LG and Carlisle on the bench as a Back up RG or LG. Veldheer, Lil Wiz, Molk, Briesel, Barksdale/Barnes. Pretty solid OL IMO with the exception of Barnes and unknown Barksdale.

  • The Oracle

    16.wolff Says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 7:55 pm
    Palmer mentioned Jacoby and Denarius mind you. Not DHB..


    A QB doesn’t need to talk up the most productive and durable reciever on the squad…who also is the toughest to tackle.
    If you recall, the same speculation of “DHB isn’t mentioned by Hu” talk was rampant all last offseason.
    Then, what happened?

  • The Oracle

    17.KoolKell Says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 7:56 pm
    Or he could be taking a refresher Troll course.


    refresher troll course…now that is funny.

  • LooneyRaider

    Chris in NY Says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 8:01 pm
    Tollefsen is really a 4-3 defensive end. More of a replacement for Trevor Scott or Jarvis Moss. Don’t see how he affects TK. And if you know the details of Seymour’s contract you know the chances of him getting cut or traded at this point are 0.00000000000001%
    So you’re telling me there’s a chance.

  • Raider_G

    why is everyone talkin about trading DHB. hes been going up hill and if you know anythng about football when players get better every year.. they will continue. hes only going to get better unless he busts a McFadden and gets injured. i wouldnt mind if Mourphy got traded. hes ok but last year he didnt look like he was into it like the year before. and Carson didnt mention Heybey bey cus he was just giving an example. Its known within the Raiders that T.Jones and Jacoby are the fastest. Moore is hard to defend. so its obvious that C,S and even LB will pay attention to these guys. giving the “quick pass” an easy target.