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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.”

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  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    1st ;)

  • http://raiders.com Mark Clemens

    What happened to Brien? Did he get banned, or is he just too embarrassed after his cousin’s big flop in the tournament?

  • 38Cs

    3rd!

    Don’t wear hoodies if youre a minority like myself.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    Imagine how damaging this could be with Pryor also at QB. Even more to fear.

    Sorry to beat the “I love Terrelle Pryor” drum over again.

    Obviously, Palmer is the man, great passing ability etc. I do love the potential of Pryor tho once he properly develops.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Brien’s fine. He’ll be back when he feels like it.

  • http://raiders.com Mark Clemens

    Palmer may be great or he may be awful. Who knows? None of us have ever seen him play in the NFL.

  • http://raiders.com Mark Clemens

    **I meant Pryor.

  • http://www.mailmachineshouston.com mikeschoice

    i like it! We need a modern offense – dont forget reece and ausberry

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    That’s true Mark Clemens. Just put me down in the rooting for Pryor section. Like I detailed in my last post of the previous blog article, that’s what I (in my armchair GM hat) would do…

    Trade Kelly, Seymour, Palmer, McFadden…for picks. Trade a lot of them down. Single out Brewster, Chapman, Turbin, Russell Wilson, and many LBs in the draft. Acquire more vet CBs after teams make their cuts.

    Just me, and don’t expect anyone to agree with me in entirety. Definitely tho trade Kelly and Seymour and draft Michael Brewster tho.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Brien’s off to his KKK retreat, will be back with new schemes later.

  • http://raiders.com Mark Clemens

    Bill Williamson:

    As of Thursday evening, the Raiders are still very much in the mix for Dave Tollefson and have a solid offer out to him. He is listening to other offers. The free-agent defensive end, who’s spent all five seasons of his NFL career with the New York Giants, would be a key backup in Oakland.

  • http://www.mrc.org Simon

    did he sign a waiver?

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    If we sign Tollefson, I take that as a hint that Kelly and Seymour are expendable/tradeable for picks. We would have a billion 3-tech 4-3 DTs hybrid 5-tech 3-4 DEs.

  • http://www.mrc.org Simon

    jk…never mind. It must be the off-season.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Sure Tollefson, is just the piece we need to replace Tommy Kelly AND Richard Seymour.

    (sarcasm)

  • wolff

    Palmer mentioned Jacoby and Denarius mind you. Not DHB..

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Or he could be taking a refresher Troll course.

  • lefty12

    Kelly and Seymour aren’t going anywhere and that is a good thing.You don’t trade good established players for mid round draft picks if you want to be a good team.

  • lefty12

    Palmer mentioned Jacoby and Denarius mind you. Not DHB..
    ————————————————
    Why hate on one of your more productive players?

  • Chris in NY

    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%

  • http://raiders.com Mark Clemens

    Palmer didn’t mention DHB because he knows that he is going to be traded for a first rounder.

  • Chris in NY

    Doesn’t sound like the new offense suits DHBs strengths. Who knows though. One would assume an NFL coordinator could mix that stuff in as well. But DHB does struggle with the deep flight tracking of the ball. Needs it in his hands early and then get his YAC. Moore and Ford are much better deep ball receivers.

    Who knows though. DHB is a grinder. Maybe he’ll have that aspect of his game in check this year as well.

  • Chris in NY

    Lefty 12: nails it onTK and Seymour.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I don’t mind trading TK. How many UTs do we need on one roster? We have Seymour, TK, Houston, and Bryant. The team is also looking to add a NT.
    We can afford to trade a DT, and I think TK Makes the most sense.

  • hellsbells

    Pick at number 95. Brewster center Ohio State.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    LDE: Bryant
    DT: Rookie NT/ Houston
    DT: Seymour/ Houston/
    RDE: Shaughnessy

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    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.

  • r8eray

    Mark Clemens Says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 8:03 pm
    Palmer didn’t mention DHB because he knows that he is going to be traded for a first rounder.

    ——

    That aint happening…maybe a 3rd?

  • kvnbntly

    kind of a bummer he left him out though kid is a try hard kinda guy it seems. come on Carson where’s the love.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Or maybe he just forgot to mention his name. Occam’s razor: all things being equal, simpler solution/ explanation is better than complex.

  • Thec

    Raider O Says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 8:20 pm
    Or maybe he just forgot to mention his name. Occam’s razor: all things being equal, simpler solution/ explanation is better than complex.

    +++++

    Truth…guys reading to much into nothing.

  • YoungAmerican

    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 Akiem Hicks, 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

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    YA,

    Why is Jake Bequette’s stock falling? Does he have any Issues that I’m not aware of?

  • lefty12

    Maybe Palmer was just feeding all those that try and read tooooooo much into everything that is said.

  • lefty12

    Beat me to it Thec.(:

  • Thec

    First scenario is solid, no offensive players selected… Thats the perfect draft.

    Also do not waste a pick on a so called ” skill” player rb, te, & wr.

  • Thec

    lefty12 Says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 8:27 pm
    Beat me to it Thec.(:

    +++++
    Payback brother…lol

  • YoungAmerican

    Raider O Says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    YA,

    Why is Jake Bequette’s stock falling? Does he have any Issues that I’m not aware of?

    ==============

    He’s seen as somewhat of a “tweener”. Excels at no particular thing, just has a really high motor and is a solid tackler. Doesn’t have overwhelming sack numbers. I’ve seen him projected everywhere between the 3rd and the 6th rounds.

  • Thec

    lefty12 Says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 8:25 pm
    Maybe Palmer was just feeding all those that try and read tooooooo much into everything that is said.

    +++++

    I mean really, I make up something outlandish like;

    ” Jerry intentionally did not mention DHB to get the blog spun up”

  • cfrylopez

    I think with the 95 pick we’ll draft someone who will be a backup DT this season and our starting NT of the future.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    YA,

    I thought he had 10 sacks in 10 games as a SR. What do you think of him? Better prospect for 4-3 IMO but nor sure where? Is he a RDE or LDE?

  • kvnbntly

    probably right on the dhb issue, secret weapon///
    i believe he was working out with palmer, TO, and crew, if i’m not mistaken.. no wait i know i’m not mistaken he’s the one that tweeted the picture.

  • lefty12

    Sarcasm,Thec,sarcasm.Obviously since CP didn’t mention DHB ,he must not be part of the teams plans.I find some of the conclusions on here unbelievable whenever someone with the organization says something.The tea-leaf readers work overtime on this blog!

  • Raiders for life

    DHB got his bell rung and carted off the field.
    When that happens some players make a decision right then if they want to play NFL football or not.
    I think DHB made that decision….and in the words of OBI one Knobe….”if you strike me down, I will become more powerful than you can ever imagine”
    I think he stays.

  • Thec

    The tea-leaf readers work overtime on this blog!

    +++++++++=

    hahahahahaha…Right…

  • kvnbntly

    play hard he will

  • Thec

    OLB/ILB Miles Burris, San Diego State

    ++++++++++

    TDMhis kid is a DMO Sleeper…He is going to creep onto someones team, and wind up making an impact…

  • YoungAmerican

    Raider O Says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    YA,

    I thought he had 10 sacks in 10 games as a SR. What do you think of him? Better prospect for 4-3 IMO but nor sure where? Is he a RDE or LDE?

    =================

    Yeah, his senior year was definitely his breakout season. He battled injury but was still productive (although I’ve heard one knock on him is that he disappears sometimes, and doesn’t always finish). The games I’ve seen him in, he always seemed to be around the ball. Seems like the kind of player who could play RDE, LDE, and even OLB in some situations. Could even play 5-tech DE if he added some weight. I like him a lot as a player. He looks like an instant contributor to me.

  • Thec

    3rd (compensatory) – NT Josh Chapman, Alabama

    ++++++++++++++

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

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Go Aztecs!