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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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  • J Hill

    DHB and Moore on the field will make Pitts have to respect the deep threat which in turn should open up some run lanes.

    2 weeks over going over and over blocking assignments should show itself in the run game.

    Offense will lead us to victory in Atlanta!!!

  • eastoaklandraider

    J Hill Says:
    October 5th, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    DHB and Moore on the field will make Pitts have to respect the deep threat which in turn should open up some run lanes.

    2 weeks over going over and over blocking assignments should show itself in the run game.

    Offense will lead us to victory in Atlanta!!!
    ______________

    I don’t care what we do on O we are not winning this game with this current defense vs Matty Ice an co.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    quit predicting victory with krappy on the sideline

  • Try Some Reality

    This team is awful on the road and historically terrible coming out of a bye. We may surprise people at home, but on the road in Atlanta? Nah. Sorry.

  • RaiderDanny

    Coaching has everything to do with where we are! Look at the Rams and NO with the Coaching change! Coaches going over their plan how to play? Really? Should have done that 4months ago!!

  • RaiderDanny

    This team is burnt toast! You can put butter on it, you can put jelly on it, but its still BURNT FUKN TOAST!!

  • RaiderDanny

    Game over! Too late for this staff to get it right! Its over! Were the worst team in the league right now!!

  • Custom Raider

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    October 5th, 2012 at 9:58 pm
    quit predicting victory with krappy on the sideline
    *********************************************

    Word!

  • Custom Raider

    Try Some Reality Says:
    October 5th, 2012 at 10:06 pm
    This team is awful on the road and historically terrible coming out of a bye. We may surprise people at home, but on the road in Atlanta? Nah. Sorry.
    *************************************************

    True. Very true.

  • RaiderDanny

    Tired of the football double talk, be a man, we talk stuff about people we work with all day everyday! Carson needs to come up to the line and kick them in the nuts and say PRTECT MY AZZ YOU SLOW FAt MFRs!

  • Custom Raider

    J Hill Says:
    October 5th, 2012 at 9:39 pm
    DHB and Moore on the field will make Pitts have to respect the deep threat which in turn should open up some run lanes.

    2 weeks over going over and over blocking assignments should show itself in the run game.

    Offense will lead us to victory in Atlanta!!!
    ************************************

    You did see what Atlanta did to Denver a couple of weeks ago? We will be the mouse in a cat and mouse game. Just being real. knapp does not know how to game plan.

    FYI: Palmer won the pitts game, not knapp. knapp was on display in denver.

  • RaiderDanny

    There it is Coaches dont have players prepared to play!

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  • Oakglen

    Hi Everyone :P

    GO RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Oakglen

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  • Oakglen

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  • truepain

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  • Super Dawg

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  • DJ Johnny

    I’m hoping DA is gonna be ticked off about getting humiliated against his old team and he’s probably ticked about being compared to Hue Jackson…unfavorably… and his pride and ego are damaged.

    He’s gonna take control now. He’s doesn’t want this to get out of control and have us get beat by 30 pts. every week. He doesn’t wanna go down as the guy who ruined DMAC.

    We’ll see what happens, but i’m hoping he’s gonna do whatever he can to get the offense rolling now and make bold moves (like bench McClain) on defense.

    That’s my prediction.

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  • backstageatapuppetshow

    There you go thinking with your heart and not your head Johnny!

  • DJ Johnny

    What irritates me about McClain is that he doesn’t care enough about his own team to make 100% effort out there.

    I’m not a psychotherapist but it almost seems like he’s frustrated that he sucks and he doesn’t wanna after a guy cuz it’s an admission he got beat on the play.

    Add to that I think he’s way overrated as a player anyway.

    That fall on his butt against Denver is almost football follies material.

    I don’t think he’s a guy with a good family structure which may have contributed to his actions down in Alabama.

    I refuse to feel sorry for anybody that doesn’t even try and doesn’t even care enuff about his team…or his fans to go all out.

    It’s not my job to try and understand his psyche, but he is a liability on defense. Burris (like Cork said) should be put in at MLB and imo McClain should be benched…period.

  • DJ Johnny

    backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    October 5th, 2012 at 11:04 pm
    There you go thinking with your heart and not your head Johnny!

    You know me too well Backstage…but it helps me to cope.

  • DJ Johnny

    They were saying on espn radio today that 78 % of nfl players are basically broke after being out of the league 3 yrs. 78 %.

    Where do you think McClain is gonna be when NO TEAM gives him the big SECOND contract that the good players get that helps to solidify their future financial position?

  • Raider guy

    Dj. I so thin McClain might get benched. Traver called him out with his 11 guys need to run to the ball when they asked him about McClain dogging it. That dude turned out to be a bad pick. Time to move on….

    I would rather have a guy go down swinging than just half assing itout there. If u watch last weeks game, McClain was their main point of attack. How many crossing routs into the middle of the field did u see? I saw A LOT.

  • eastoaklandraider

    We might as well forget next weeks game and just go straight to talkn how can beat the jags, which is a winable game if we can shut down MJD which is a tall order all things being considered.

  • Raider guy

    Here is what target could have said: ro is out there doing everything we ask. A lot of time in the heat of the game, it might look like to a fan thatsomeone isn’t doing what they need to be doing. We are happy to have him and what he brings to our d.

    He DID say: we need to have 11 guys running to the ball.

    He sees it too.

  • Raider guy

    Damn spell check…tarver, not target

  • papertiger418

    Hopefully the legal system takes care of McClain for us

  • papertiger418

    I wonder how different things would have been if we kept Groves or Curry was healthy. Any chance we switch to a 3-4 next year?

  • Raider guy

    I loved the pick at the time. But there is something wrong with that guy. Sometimes it is good to have a MLB with something a little wrong with him. But this is the wrong kind of wrong.

  • Raider guy

    I think there will be more 3 4 in atlanta

  • DJ Johnny

    Raider guy Says:
    October 5th, 2012 at 11:34 pm
    I loved the pick at the time. But there is something wrong with that guy. Sometimes it is good to have a MLB with something a little wrong with him. But this is the wrong kind of wrong.

    Very well stated.

    I saw what you saw on Sunday with him. I also got the same impression from what Tarver said about “all 11 guys”. He said alot with that statement.

    I think the only reason Goethel hasn’t replaced him already is they are giving him (McClain) one last chance to show if he’s worth anything.

    He’s not…move on imo.

  • DJ Johnny

    DA is in kind of a tuff spot perception wise. For an up and coming coach “perception” is important if he hopes to continue being a HC in this league and you don’t get many chances unless you’ve proven yourself at least once.

    We can say that Hue’s 8-8 was a “mirage” all we want, but if he continues to get pummelled the rest of the yr. with 20 plus pt. margins…whether it’s his fault or not, it won’t bode well for HIS future either.

  • DJ Johnny

    …and one thing DA doesn’t have is what Kiffin had..the “I was working for Al Davis’ fallback.

    Lance worked that angle from the get go in his first presser at Tennessee.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    DJ Johnny Says:
    October 5th, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    DA is in kind of a tuff spot perception wise. For an up and coming coach “perception” is important if he hopes to continue being a HC in this league and you don’t get many chances unless you’ve proven yourself at least once.

    We can say that Hue’s 8-8 was a “mirage” all we want, but if he continues to get pummelled the rest of the yr. with 20 plus pt. margins…whether it’s his fault or not, it won’t bode well for HIS future either.

    _______________________________________________________

    Same can be said for McKenzie!

  • papertiger418

    Again, I’m prepared to appreciate the irony of having our line learn the zbs in DMAC’s one healthy year.

  • Kirk

    Fire Knapp.

    Get rid of the ZBS.

    It’s not rocket science Dennis.

  • rediaR

    Papertiger418 Says:
    October 5th, 2012 at 11:48 pm
    Again, I’m prepared to appreciate the irony of having our line learn the zbs in DMAC’s one healthy year.
    —————————
    I was just thinking that same exact thing. I hope they get it together quickly, for his sake.

  • Kirk

    Our best athlete is sitting on the bench.

    Pryor.

  • Raider guy

    Damn I hadn’t even that of that irony…whatever. It is like I told my 9 year old daughter today…what am I going to do, stop liking the raiders? Man, I am the raiders, you know?

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    What is the biggest mistake a Leader can make?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiorMUkqqDY

    One of the first things Reggie did was hire his twin brother…..

  • rediaR

    Yeah, at this point they have killed any and all expectations I have for the next two years. Any win will be a surprise and any blowout loss will be the expectation.

    I just hope to see Pryor and Taiwan (without DMC injured) get some looks. That is all I care to see anymore.

  • papertiger418

    I’d rather work Pryor in against Jax, assuming we actually take control of that game. Ease him into game experience with certain packages in the 4th. Perhaps I’m giving our team too much credit, though.

  • blackandsilverside

    I believe ( I may be wrong ) that McClain is the 2nd biggest draft bust in Raider history.

    That’s why they won’t cut him: fear of admitting they blew it once again.

    When Reggie’s brother becomes a talent scout I am sure many more busts will follow.

  • Raider guy

    Backstage…that came up a couple years ago on this blog. But it was all,about Al. It wasn’t a video but it was a list and damn if al didn’t demonstrate like each and every one of the negative traits. The first one: putting yourself ahead of the organization. Dude, that was Al’s m.o. The last 20 years. See Allen, Marcus…

  • papertiger418

    Reggie could care less about McClain’s draft status, and I’m not sure Mark would make much of a fuss especially since the guy is like a zombie on the field.