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Huff eyes All-Pro/Pro Bowl, says McClain on verge of huge season

Periodically, I will track down an outspoken player, give him the microphone and fire off a handful of questions in an attempt to get some stream of consciousness responses.
What better way to begin than with free safety Michael Huff, who is engaging, witty, quick and insightful. So, here’s my five good minutes with Huff:

Q: Why do defenders hate going against the zone-blocking scheme?
A: “As far as for me, as a free safety, you’re coming downhill, you’re trying to read the same cut the back’s going to cut, but you don’t know where he’s going to cut. In your normal running schemes, he’s going to run into the A gap or run to the B gap. In the zone-blocking scheme, he’s cutting off the linemen. So, if you’re coming downhill, you have no idea where he’s going to cut until he cuts.”

Q: How has Mike Mitchell done so far?
A: “He is getting consistent. Before, he’s always had his spurts in camps before. This one, he’s finally staying healthy and he’s out there making plays now.”

Q: What is camp like without Al Davis around?
A: “Different, especially with him not being at practice, not watching film, not critiquing every defensive film. It’s been a little different, so we’re just getting used to it.”

Q: Your thoughts on coach Dennis Allen?
A: “Love him. Glad to play for a defensive head coach finally.”

Q: Can this defense be a top-five unit this season?
A: “Oh, yeah. As long as we stay healthy, stay disciplined, then, yeah, we have all the makings, we have the scheme, we have the personnel. So, it comes down to the players on the field.”

Q: Is this going to be your best NFL season?
A: “What’s the question? Is that a question? Oh, it’s going to happen and if it doesn’t happen, I’ll be disappointed in myself. Everything is lined up for me to be the All-Pro, Pro Bowl player that I was drafted to be. So, this should be the year.”

Q: Offensive and defensive player to look for?
A: “Offense would be a healthy Darren McFadden. When he’s healthy, he’s the best back in the NFL, hands down. I’m not biased. I’ve played against other running backs, played against the top ones, but when he’s healthy, he’s the best in the league. He just does so much. Defense will be Ro(lando McClain, linebacker). In this defense, he can have a Patrick Willis, Ray Lewis-type year. He’ll be straight to the ball, make tackles, get picks, have a great year.”

Q: What’s it like having your camp in Napa?
A: “Oh, I love it. I’ve talked to all the old guys. I talked to ‘Nnam the other week, and he told me how great I have it here compared to what they have out there in Philadelphia. So, everybody on the outside tells me how good we have it, so I don’t want to take it for granted while I’m here.”

Q: Why are Crocs your shoe of choice? Wear anything else?
A: “Um, not really. I wear Crocs on an every-day basis.”

Q: What could get you out of crocs besides football? A wedding?
A: “I don’t go to weddings. Football game I wear my cleats. But, other than that, what do I have? Church. I wear church shoes. I wear Stacy Adams. I should have some church shoes Crocs.”

Q: Ever worn Crocs to church? Been tempted?
A: “No. Mom wouldn’t let me. She wouldn’t let me. I would if I could, but she wouldn’t let me.”

Q: Comfort level at this stage of your NFL career?
A: “I would say about a 5. I’m always still trying to get better. I’m still trying to learn every day, day in and day out. There’s always something to learn. When you get comfortable in this sport, that’s when you start to go downhill. So, I never want to be comfortable.”

Q: What’s with the Olympics shirt?
A: “Oh, yeah, my little brother sent it to me. He won the Olympic Trials in the long jump, but he got 10th at London, though. He sent it to me.”

Q: Your little brother was in the Olympics?
A: “Not my real brother. Like my godbrother, Marquise Goodwin. He’s at Texas right now. He’ll be a senior at Texas playing receiver.”

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  • itzSteve

    you guys are pathetic…one big hit from Wheeler and all of you are ready to throw him to the wolves, “cut him”, “he’s a POS”, etc. Grow up!!! This is the NFL and things like this happen…

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    I hope Goodson is ok. That sucks the big times.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    I’m sure it was an accidental. Freak things happen.

  • Thec

    wacthing atwitter war right now…Wont post the goings on, kinda stupid.

  • TxRaider210

    351

    Like I say, he hit Criner like that too, from what we hear. What if he hurts DMAC, just football?

  • eastoaklandraider

    ItzSteve Says:
    August 7th, 2012 at 5:07 pm
    you guys are pathetic…one big hit from Wheeler and all of you are ready to throw him to the wolves, “cut him”, “he’s a POS”, etc. Grow up!!! This is the NFL and things like this happen…
    ————————

    i tried to tell’em

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Their was a kid in my schooling days who rammed his head into the basketball pads. He paralyzed himselfs.

  • itzSteve

    DMAC doesn’t need anyone to hit him for him to get hurt…I’m just sayin…

  • Thec

    Time for me to Jet out…ALL of you guys take care and be safe.

    1 NATION….

  • TxRaider210

    All depends on the actual hit itself, and if he was tryin’ to crush his team-mate.jmo

  • TxRaider210

    Later Thec, thanks for the posts!

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    I got hit with a bottle of MGD beer. It hurt the bad.

  • itzSteve

    TxRaider210 Says:
    August 7th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    All depends on the actual hit itself, and if he was tryin’ to crush his team-mate.jmo

    —————————-

    Give me one quote in the history of the NFL where a teammate was trying to hurt another teammate…come on…

  • eastoaklandraider

    peace thec

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    ItzSteve Says:
    August 7th, 2012 at 5:13 pm
    TxRaider210 Says:
    August 7th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    All depends on the actual hit itself, and if he was tryin’ to crush his team-mate.jmo

    —————————-

    Give me one quote in the history of the NFL where a teammate was trying to hurt another teammate…come on…
    ——-
    Romo tried to hurt his teammate. Its a fact.

  • itzSteve

    what’s that line I used to use when I was drunk….”I can’t be held responsible for anything I say or do because I have alcohol in my system (or drugs in Romo’s case…LOL)

  • eastoaklandraider

    romo was a roided up racist

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    So far our season looks like the sh*t.

  • No Mas Diamante

    Coach Allen said it’s a neck injury but he has feeling in all extrmities.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    ive seen some ppl get hurt on the job and get fired for it. and these ppl have families to feed doesnt sound like they felt sorry. my dad went through this now he lost his house. but NOBODY CARES LIFE GOES ON
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    That’s sad bro, but it doesn’t mean people don’t care, it means employers don’t care, and that is true. Most employers don’t care.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Room was/is an idiot!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Romo*

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Raider O Says:
    August 7th, 2012 at 5:19 pm
    Room was/is an idiot!
    ^^^^^^^^^^^
    No so! The Room was a brilliant movie!

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    I can’t wait to see the new Die Hard movie!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    TxRaider210 Says:
    August 7th, 2012 at 5:12 pm
    All depends on the actual hit itself, and if he was tryin’ to crush his team-mate.jmo
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Exactly.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1606378/

    A Good Day to Die Hard

  • itzSteve

    all I am saying is that if Goodson had popped right back up after the play, we would have all been reading and enjoying tweets and posts about how Wheeler blew Goodson up just like the following post…

    Levi Damien‏@LeviDamien

    Brodine lights up Kyle Efaw on pass rush. Like off his feet, on his wallet.

    …but, since Goodson DIDN’T get up, now Wheeler is a POS and needs to be cut??? Give me a break…

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    True story! I bought a HD antenna for my HD TV. It was doing a search for the channels, and all of a sudden, I get a porn channel for a minute, for FREE! So sad when it was not for keeps.

  • DJ Johnny

    Tim Kawakami‏@timkawakami

    Very impressive session by Carson Palmer. Must know I’m writing about him soon. Passes are on a line.

    What a fing jaggoff. Carson doesn’t even know who you are.

    I wish Herrera were around to punch this hack in the face.

  • eastoaklandraider

    That’s sad bro, but it doesn’t mean people don’t care, it means employers don’t care, and that is true. Most employers don’t care.
    —————-
    ppl dnt care either imo nobody tried to help pops save his house ppl just gave lip service ill pray for you and all that type stuff. but folks have their own problems to worry about. thats why i say ppl dont REALLY CARE

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Lol

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    I smoke grass with Kawazaki once.

  • elraidmanhattan

    Guys enough with the doom and gloom. Prayers to Goodson please recover fast. Raiders will be a better and different team this year, expect to see Ryan Grant before Benson.

  • TxRaider210

    Yeah man it just didn’t say if Brodine hit Efaw in the head..

  • eastoaklandraider

    Eastoaklandraider Says:
    August 7th, 2012 at 5:27 pm
    That’s sad bro, but it doesn’t mean people don’t care, it means employers don’t care, and that is true. Most employers don’t care.
    —————-
    ppl dnt care either imo nobody tried to help pops save his house ppl just gave lip service ill pray for you and all that type stuff. but folks have their own problems to worry about. thats why i say ppl dont REALLY CARE
    —————–
    SO TO BRING IT BACK TO FOOTBALL I HOPE MR GOODSON IS ALRIGHT BUT GET ME CEDRIC BENSON’S AGENT ON LINE 1 AND LETS MOVE ON

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    East,

    You are right bro. Most people really don’t care enough to help, but talk is cheap so they offer a lot of that.

  • Marks hair

    We do have 3 very fragile rbs & wrs.. We are gonna see some players go down.

  • itzSteve

    IMO…this could just be SOP for the league now for dealing with player concussions and such…

  • joker94583

    Let’s hope “Ro” has a monster season. Kinda funny someone on 95.7 the Game said yesterday that he saw Ro dogging it and looking pretty disinterested during the weekend practices.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I like Brodine. I’m hoping he can be our next T Scott without the injuries.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Palmer is going to throw for 6,000 yards this year. He’s got the Swedish touch.

  • eastoaklandraider

    dont want grant he is just as injury prone as dmac

  • Marks hair

    I have a neck injury.. If you dont care enough to help me out dont bltch when other ppl dont seem to care when a paid gladiator gets hurt.. Get off your horse cork.

  • No Mas Diamante

    Hope Goodson makes a hasty recovery.
    Need to teach Wheeler a few things, like not to smash your own team mates and how to tackle properly. Helmet to helmet would have cost us 15 or an ejection / suspension.

  • TxRaider210

    Klas

    He will win like a Swede!LOL

  • TxRaider210

    394

    Exactly.

  • Raiders for life

    Paul Gutierrez ‏@PGutierrezCSN
    “I heard it more than I saw it.”- #raiders Dennis Allen on Goodson injury

    Damn…thats not good.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Marks Hair Says:
    August 7th, 2012 at 5:34 pm
    I have a neck injury.. If you dont care enough to help me out dont bltch when other ppl dont seem to care when a paid gladiator gets hurt.. Get off your horse cork.
    ———————

    say dat then!!!

  • mcskinnnylegs

    SIGN BENSON NOW PLEASE

  • mcskinnnylegs

    IS BENSON SOMWHERE ELSE NOW OR IS HE STILL AVAILBALE?