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Palmer’s take on where Raiders stand entering bye

Here’s what quarterback Carson Palmer had to say about where the Raiders stand through four games, what they got accomplished in practice this week, what lies ahead during the bye and the other issues surrounding the team:

Q: Bye week, what accomplished and how get back on track?
Palmer: A lot. Obviously, with the issues we’ve had on third down, we went back through ‘em, watched ‘em all multiple times. Repped ‘em in walkthroughs, repped ‘em in practice, against our defense, against the looks we saw in games. Now that I think about it, these last two days was a ton of red zone, a ton of third down, so it’s been good. It’s good to have this chance, this early to kind of do a self-scout, self-evaluation to look at why, and it’s really frustrating to watch on film because we’re just an inch off here and an inch off there and we had three third downs where we were a half-yard short. And it’s just execution, knowing the play so well that you just react.

Q: Execution in the games, one thing to watch it and rep it, another thing to do it in games. .
Palmer: Rep it and rep it and rep it. There’s a couple of times where we’re not thinking too much and not reacting on what we’re coached to do in that situation. When you’re in a new offense and it’s new guys and a couple of rookies in some spots, it’s really good to have this opportunity this early as opposed to having a bye week in Week 8 or 9 where most of the season has kind of passed you up. It’s so early we had a chance to really look at it and understand why we didn’t stay on the field. We put our defense in a tough position, why we went three-and-out and why we lost the time of possession in games and the coach did a really good job of illustrating the statistics of it. This is what happens when you go three-and-out and you don’t get a first down, you put the opposing offense in a better field position situation, just kind of going over all those little situations, so it’s been really good to get everybody on the same page and see why certain things we do well work and why certain things that we didn’t do well didn’t work and how we can make adjustments. It’s been a good week.

Q: What’s the morale like in the locker room?
Palmer: It was a good bye week. A lot of times bye week can come. It’s so far into the season that you just need a break. I don’t feel like guys think we need a break. We’re frustrated that we are where we are because of the way we’ve executed and we were all talking and we were in the team meeting, this is a week to get better, there are meetings to get better, workouts, these practices are a chance to get better. I really feel like we got a lot of accomplished this week. We focused so much on third down, we will be better, and offensively, we’re going to keep our defense fresher and keep them off the field. I think we’ve ironed on some things we’ve don’t do well and some things we do well and we’ll do those more often.

Q: Depart four days, what is the message imparted by coaches . . .
Palmer: It’s not four off days. That’s something you’ve really got to relay to young guys. You’re don’t just sit on the couch and watch TV. Everybody’s taking home film, I know I’ve got a bunch of stuff stuff on my computer I need to watch and even young guys are taking home film of not just (inaudubile) but their own plays, balls thrown, runs run their way. It’s a chance to get some rest physically, but not mentally. That’s something coach really emphasized. You can go one of two ways, you can say, screw it I’m going to Vegas and party for four days, and that’s not what this team is about. Most of these guys are sticking around, are going to come in and work out. A couple of guys are going to see family, but guys are taking stuff home, guys are taking playbooks home. It’s not like, we’re not in a situation where guys are flying to the airport to leave in 10 minutes. Guys understand we’ve got a lot of football left and it’s not time just to relax, it’s time to get healthy but continue to work, to work out and stay in shape and be ready to go on Monday.

Q: Coaches can’t coach you during the break, but can you reach out to players, will you be in contact with them . .
Palmer: Yeah, for the most part in this locker room, guys, we’re co workers, but guys are friends. Guys will be in here working out. A couple of guys are going to an obligation they have in L.A., but there’s a place to work out, they’re working out in L.A., but yeah, we’ll all be in communication.

Q: Lack of deep pass plays . . .
Palmer: there’s not a cause for it. There’s reasons to be more attacking in that in that sense and we’ve talked about that. We’ve played two division games, two opportunities to look at those films and see, maybe we’ll do a little but more of this, the next time we play the Chargers or this next time we play Denver, but we are going to be more aggressive. It’s something that we definitely addressed, taking more shots downfield.”

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  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    I’ll let you slide.

  • http://raiders.com Oscar Jugg and his up river string quartet

    How do I get speghetti sauce stains out of my underwear?

  • http://raiders.com Oscar Jugg and his up river string quartet

    If my girlfriends smells like ham, and my ‘boys’ smell like chicken, can we make cordon bleu?

  • http://raiders.com Oscar Jugg and his up river string quartet

    If 4 out of 5 people suffer from diarrhea does that mean the fifth one enjoys it?

  • House Fly

    Raiders will beat the falcons next week.

    Book it, bank it, and roast it. Then eat it for lunch.

    Raiders 44
    Falcons 38

    You heard it here first.

    We’re back!

  • RaiderDanny

    WE SUCK!

  • RaiderDanny

    Geno Smith definately drawing some attention!

  • RaiderDanny

    Oh yea! WE SUCK!

  • RaiderDanny

    Good if we get the #1 pick definately Reggie will trade down! More picks

  • raider74until

    This mess of an offense is not Palmers’ fault…Our coaches look to be in over their heads. Thats just the truth…

  • RaiderOn

    We got one week of sweat before we know if we’re still hangin by a thread or season is one and done. 1-4 = season done because the morale will have gone bye bye.

  • Shabby the sea lion

    Hey brahs

    When Allen and knapp walk by Reggie’s office, does Reggie pick up a trash can and throw it at them or does he grab a phone book and heave it at them? I’d throw a damn stapler or even pull out a drawer outta my desk and throw it at them. I heard from an inside source he even threw a chair at them. My source also said he threw the mini bar in his office at them. knapp has been on the lookout for flying water coolers too my inside contact said. That would explain all the garbage in the hall ways.

  • raidertalk

    As a fan I love Oakland, the Oaktown Coliseum is better than the LA Coliseum. But, that ain’t saying much! Anything is better than that old track-and field dump that USC plays in.

    I’ve watched games in LA and Oak, but the experience is better in Oakland, BART, seats closer to the field more hard-core fans. And I get to hook with my people in the Bay Area and actually tailgate.

    All that being said, the place is getting older. I went up for the Bears game last season and I could see stacks of wood holding up the bleachers. The bridge from BART is way too narrow and there seems to be only one entrance, etc etc.

    The City and the County need to step up. I came up with friends a couple times with money to spend after the game and nothing was open in Oak on BART on the way back. As an LA fan I actually think the Raids have been better off in Oak. But if nobody steps up and nothing is invested, the experience is gonna go further down and millions of dollars will be wasted.

    For crying out loud; my friends would still fly up during back to back 8-8 seasons. We are now the last team in the NFL with infield dirt. If they build a new stadium in LA and Oaktown does nothing what do people expect?

  • rediaR

    Bye week -9.5 over OAK.

    I might have to put some money down.

  • raider74until

    If the players we have on offense are so “weak”, than how did they average 22 & 26 points per game the past two yrs under Hue???…

  • Plunketthead

    Amy
    Thats weak dude, real weak and I thought you were upright.

  • fingers

    Bye week…. Hope the Saints… Patriots and Raven win….

    Raiders .. Get healthy …

  • MaddenRaiderisadouchebag

    Sullivan44 Says:
    October 6th, 2012 at 10:12 pm
    Don’t be surprised is Romney starts ordering executions of all people opposed to him. It’s like PROP48..didn’t stand a chance with all the nazis the Terminator left in office.

    I’m telling you the guy’s dangerous. Almost as bad as Al’s henchmen. Al’s snipers would’ve taken out Cable if he thought he could get away with it.

    How else you explain Herrera and that mess with the media.

    I know for a fact Al had a hit out for Ron Wolf when he left for Tampa.

    Gruden’s lucky he escaped with his life.

    =======

    Yeah & Ron Wolf came back here…Must have hated him.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    lol. Good one from my clone, about Romney executing his opposition with lasers shooting from his eyes.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    I see my clone was on a roll last night.

  • Bacon cheeseburger sympathizer

    Got to root for the new england clamheads today. And the Saints, oh my they have got to disrupt the rivers/norm affair. I would almost like to see kc beat biltmore cuz I can’t stand the ravens, but gotta do what’s right for the standings. Screw it. KC has got to beat the ugly birds, we just gotta take care of our own business and win outright and beat KC twice. We control our own destiny.

  • Raider8

    Sullivan44 Says:
    October 6th, 2012 at 10:12 pm
    Don’t be surprised is Romney starts ordering executions of all people opposed to him. It’s like PROP48..didn’t stand a chance with all the nazis the Terminator left in office.

    I’m telling you the guy’s dangerous. Almost as bad as Al’s henchmen. Al’s snipers would’ve taken out Cable if he thought he could get away with it.

    How else you explain Herrera and that mess with the media.

    I know for a fact Al had a hit out for Ron Wolf when he left for Tampa.

    Gruden’s lucky he escaped with his life.
    *********************************
    THAT is very funny.

  • Raider8

    i wonder if Al moving the team to LA back in the 80′s has anything to do with why a new stadium isn’t getting done.

    i don’t know all the ins and outs of what’s going on behind the scenes, but this is a business and raiders keep losing $$$.

    mark could easily leave again (if la would take the raiders which is debatable)and have the excuse of ‘hey, this is a move i HAVE to do to keep the raiders alive as a franchise, it’s either THIS or fold.

  • Kiwi_Blade

    Are you sure the Raiders are losing $$$ Raider8?

    I would be suprised if zny NFL team is losing enough money to fold…..

  • adrianfrsj

    They are repping against their defense. Maybe that’s the problem.