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Raiders back at practice after four-day break

The Raiders are on the practice field once again, fresh from a four-day break during their bye week. They are going through the paces at almost full strength and without any new players.
The three players not at practice are: right offensive tackle Khalif Barnes (groin), cornerback Shawntae Spencer (foot) and tight end Richard Gordon (hamstring).
Of course, linebacker Aaron Curry (knees) and cornerback Ron Bartell (shoulder) also aren’t at practice, but they aren’t eligible to return from their injuries yet.

– Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey looks as if he has made a swift recovery from the concussion and neck strain he suffered against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 23.
He is running a slew of routes, running hard and doing everything the other receivers are asked to do in practice.
Therefore, it’s logical to assume that Raiders coach Dennis Allen envisions Heyward-Bey playing Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. Heyward-Bey missed the game against the Denver Broncos on Sept. 30.

– With Barnes and Spencer still sidelined, it’s likely that Willie Smith will make yet another start at right offensive tackle and Michael Huff at left cornerback this Sunday.

– The Raiders are off Tuesday, the normal day off for NFL players in a typical week. It will be interesting to hear what Allen says after practice about what he and his assistant coaches gleaned from their top-to-bottom evaluation during the bye week.
Allen said he and his staff were about midway through the process last Wednesday. They had four more days to break down videotape, talk amongst themselves and figure out ways to solve the myriad issues that cropped up the first four games.
From here, it appears as if Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie are confident that the problems are fixable and that the players currently on the 53-man roster are capable of getting the job done, given the Raiders didn’t add any new players in the eight days since they last played a game.
Then again, it’s possible that the Raiders will have in some free agents Tuesday and use that time to make a decision on whether to churn up the roster some more.

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  • RaiderDanny

    Mark needs to practice! Lets try it- YOUR ALL FIRED!!

  • The Beeech Dawg

    BabySlash Says:
    October 8th, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    On the other hand , is Chris Elliott has not killed himself or is holed up in some crack house, he would add artistic flair to the wretched main figure in the sad story

    ———–

    In other news, you’re an idiot

  • oklahomaRaider18

    Trade Slolondo for Maulagua!!!!

  • RaiderDanny

    Say it again- YOUR ALL FIRED!!!

  • DMAC

    Truth be told, McClain’s left ankle was heavily taped. But a purported lack of hustle is what has fans up in arms lately.
    ====Paul G

    No excuses here, but maybe that’s why McJogger hasn’t been playing the same since the 1st game of the season where he finally looked like a legit MLB.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    how in the world can you say our dbs have played the same system for years? these cbs are all reggie’s pickups…they are zone corners…and getting toasted at there own game…alexis dont want to admit als defenses ran circles around this years soft zone…

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    DMAC Says:
    October 8th, 2012 at 1:17 pm
    Truth be told, McClain’s left ankle was heavily taped. But a purported lack of hustle is what has fans up in arms lately.
    ====Paul G

    No excuses here, but maybe that’s why McJogger hasn’t been playing the same since the 1st game of the season where he finally looked like a legit MLB.

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

    No dice. If McChump’s ankle was hurt, he’d be listed on the official NFL Injury Report.

  • Roley Poley

    Front row banner:

    Testicle Fortitude: You have it or you don’t.

  • DMAC

    RaiderDuck Says:
    October 8th, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    DMAC Says:
    October 8th, 2012 at 1:17 pm
    Truth be told, McClain’s left ankle was heavily taped. But a purported lack of hustle is what has fans up in arms lately.
    ====Paul G

    No excuses here, but maybe that’s why McJogger hasn’t been playing the same since the 1st game of the season where he finally looked like a legit MLB.

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

    No dice. If McChump’s ankle was hurt, he’d be listed on the official NFL Injury Report.
    ========

    Probably true Duck, but I want to know what the hell happen to him after the SD game? He played the best of his career and looked quick.

  • Roley Poley

    If Allen didn’t examine his play caller and the ‘scheme’, then all this talk about going over the team from A to Z will have been complete and utter bull shіt.

  • RaiderDanny

    I see a nice staff on TV! Gruden HC, Mariucci OC, Bilick DC, Mangini LB coach, Edwards DB Coach

  • SilverNBlackPA

    – With Barnes and Spencer still sidelined, it’s likely that Willie Smith will make yet another start at right offensive tackle and Michael Huff at left cornerback this Sunday.

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

    Crap.

    Smith’s been good enough for a waiver claim backup I guess, but Huff at CB makes me cringe.

    Very curious to see who’s on the practice field Wednesday. I’m positive there’ll be some tryouts tomorrow.

  • BabySlash

    DMAC it could be his crohn’s

  • Roley Poley

    I hope Allens first question he gets asked is: Did you scrap the ZBS and the WCO and go with a power blocking format and more vertical game? And what about the no huddle? It worked angainst Pittsburgh but you scrapped it against Denver. Will Atlanta see it? (don’t answer that).

  • Roley Poley

    The Raiders are on the practice field once again, fresh from a four-day break during their bye week. They are going through the paces at almost full strength and without any new players.
    ……………
    Same ‘ol same ‘ol,

  • RaiderDanny

    Heres my banner- ” Got Coach?

  • theghostronin79

    62.SilverNBlackPA Says:
    October 8th, 2012 at 1:24 pm
    – With Barnes and Spencer still sidelined, it’s likely that Willie Smith will make yet another start at right offensive tackle and Michael Huff at left cornerback this Sunday.

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

    Crap.

    Smith’s been good enough for a waiver claim backup I guess, but Huff at CB makes me cringe.

    Very curious to see who’s on the practice field Wednesday. I’m positive there’ll be some tryouts tomorrow.

    ===========

    Not holding my breath man.

  • Roley Poley

    It will be interesting to hear what Allen says after practice about what he and his assistant coaches gleaned from their top-to-bottom evaluation during the bye week
    ……………..

    Wonder if Allen say he and his coaches gleaned the little nugget that their O ‘scheme’ sucks balls and licks ass.

  • Roley Poley

    Com’on Reggie. Show your balls.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Unless DA, Knapp & Tarver have the gameplan of their lives stashed in their back pocket, I don’t see how the Raiders have a hope in hell unless Matt Ryan blows out his ACL on the first snap.

    Falcons 34 – Raiders 17

  • oklahomaRaider18

    Trade for Rey Mauluga!!!

  • Roley Poley

    Man we got to have a coach and GM who are not afraid to make a statement or rip some bunghole. Reggie and Allen need to show they have some balls.

  • BabySlash

    I think Atlanta can be beaten. Their o-line struggled yesterday. The key is be able to pound the rock and rush the passer. Two things that have diminished and gone almost completely in the tank since the coaching change.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    reggie has no huevos…..he likes him some draft picks…i dont think its supposed to go like this….bring in scrap players havr them compete and then play the winner of this competition…im all for competition…of good talent not this krapp

  • DMAC

    Posted a few days ago by Paul G, but finally got a chance to read it.

    Wisniewski breaks down the ZBS

    ALAMEDA — As a predominantly power-blocking team last season, the Raiders were the No. 7-ranked rushing team in the NFL, averaging 131.9 yards per game on the ground.

    Through four games of the 2012 season utilizing the zone-blocking scheme, the Raiders are 32nd in the 32-team NFL — last — in averaging 60.8 rushing yards per game.

    Still think the switch should have been seamless, and that the ZBS is similar to what the Raiders ran last year?

    “It’s very different in the run game,” center Stefen Wisniewski told CSNCalifornia.com following the Raiders’ final pre-bye week practice on Wednesday. “Yeah, it really is.”

    How, exactly?

    Wisniewski’s eyes rolled and he smiled.

    “Well, I mean, I’d get technical on you,” he said with a laugh. “Yeah, it’s, I mean, the footwork, the aiming points, just everything is. The whole goal’s different — you’re trying to get people to run sideways and make a cut, instead of trying to move people, drive them off the ball. So, the whole broad scheme is different and then all the little details are different, with all the footwork and everything and the combinations.

    “But we’re getting more comfortable at them and the more reps we get, we’re just going to keep getting better and the more reps the (running) backs get, they’re going to keep getting better because it’s different for them, too. The reads are all very different.”

    Keep in mind, the Raiders’ offensive line is still rounding into form, what with Wisniewski making the transition from left guard to center after missing all on-field work this offseason recovering from shoulder surgery before a calf injury sidelined him in the exhibition season. And Willie Smith is replacing the injured Khalif Barnes at right tackle.

    Plus, it’s not like Oakland can practice the cut-blocking in practice against teammates.

    “It’s definitely close and we really feel we’re continuing to get better at it,” Wisniewski said. “You know, it’s not an easy thing to pick up right away. It takes time, it takes practice and it takes game practice, too. It’s a different look than practice (when) you can’t really cut guys. It’s a whole different deal.

    “It’s a things that’s going to take time and we’re definitely moving in the right direction and we’re definitely close to where we want to be.”

    And therein lies the frustration.

    “It’s tough,” Wisniewski said, “and we certainly want to be seeing results right now but coaches have been good and encouraging, encouraging us to be patient, keep working, keep getting better and just trust that it’s going to work and we believe it is going to work.”

  • RaiderDanny

    If it goes bad on Sunday and we get whooped! Its officially over!! Players will just quit regardless of these lame Coaches!

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    October 8th, 2012 at 1:34 pm
    reggie has no huevos

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

    No, Reggie has plenty of huevos. The no-huevos move would be to popular things, regardless of whether they are wrong or right. The huevos mode (if you will) is to do what you think is right, regardless of whether it’s popular.

    Like Al.

  • Roley Poley

    SilverNBlackPA Says:
    October 8th, 2012 at 1:31 pm
    Unless DA, Knapp & Tarver have the gameplan of their lives stashed in their back pocket, I don’t see how the Raiders have a hope in hell unless Matt Ryan blows out his ACL on the first snap.

    Falcons 34 – Raiders 17
    …………………..

    Your being a little kind.

    But on the other hand, the Raiders may win because:

    *They always lose early east coast games

    *They always lose the game coming out of the bye week

    *They lose to coaches smarter than them

    *They lose to better teams

    *Their D is easy to game plan on

    *Running game is 1 dimensional

    *knapp is the OC

    So with all, and then some, of the odds AGAINST the Raiders, they may pull it off.

    It’s either gonna be like 58-3 lopsided loss or a heart attack type game, Raiders win in OT 27-24.

  • beechams gay lover

    is there a name for the disease when you have an ultra tiny shwanzo. maybe they can name it beechy dawg syndrome

  • SilverNBlackPA

    The matchups…

    The Falcon offense:

    6th in points scored
    7th in passing
    21st in rushing

    vs.

    The Raider defense:

    30th in points allowed
    24th vs. the run
    28th vs. the pass

    The Falcon defense:

    8th in points allowed
    27th vs. the run
    7th vs. the pass

    vs.

    The Raider offense:

    29th in points scored
    12th in passing
    32nd in rushing

    What those numbers say to me is this: there’s probably not much of a chance the defense can stop Atlanta’s high powered attack. If the Raiders are going to win this, they have got to play the ball control game and eat up clock and keep that offense on the sidelines. Atlanta can clearly be run on, now’s the time the run game needs to get out of its funk.

    Sustain drives, convert on 3rd down, maybe get a big defensive stop/turnover at the end ala the Steeler game and there’s a chance.

    But I won’t be holding my breath.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    It’s either gonna be like 58-3 lopsided loss or a heart attack type game, Raiders win in OT 27-24.

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

    I could believe this, actually.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    meanwhile other teams keep on winning…

  • RaiderDanny

    I wanna say were gonna lose but i got that feeling in my chest that were gonna win!

  • Roley Poley

    RaiderDanny Says:
    October 8th, 2012 at 1:35 pm
    If it goes bad on Sunday and we get whooped! Its officially over!! Players will just quit regardless of these lame Coaches!
    …………………….

    The ZBS sucks because if a o-line guy or two goes down, its not that easy to replace them with someone else unless that player has had just as many reps. Only a lack of brilliance coach would try and change what we had last year and try to start over with something new. I can clearly see this team wants to go vanilla.

  • RaiderDanny

    I got the same feeling before the Steeler game

  • https://twitter.com/Albert_B_Paine Albert Bigelow Paine

    If the game gets out of hand, I’m hoping the Falcons score 60 on us. I also have Julio Jones and Michael Turner on my fantasy team.

  • theghostronin79

    For some reason that I cannot explain, They’ve really taken it to some good teams in the past. Remember when Houston came to town off a 5 game winning streak and were in the hunt for playoffs….We were like 2-12 I think, and we pummelled the Sh*t outta them?
    There’s several examples…

    I am in NO way thinking or even HOPING for win on Sunday. Not even close….

    But I wouldn’t be surprised in the LEAST bit if the Raiders won. I wouldn’t even be all that excited. I’d be like…”Yeah, that’s how they do.” Then they’d go and SH*T the bed against Jacksonville and lose like 38-12. Scoring a field goal in each quarter and making Gabbert look like Drew Brees.
    That’s our Bi-Polar A$$ Backwards team for ya.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    86.Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    October 8th, 2012 at 1:42 pm
    If the game gets out of hand, I’m hoping the Falcons score 60 on us. I also have Julio Jones and Michael Turner on my fantasy team.

    ++++++++

    I’ve got Matt Ryan as my QB and Julio Jones as my primary wideout.

    Not gonna lie, I picked up the Falcon defense specifically for this week.

    Happy to lose my FF if it means a Raider win though!

  • DMAC

    Don’t we play good in domes???
    Oh, nevermind.

  • DMAC

    87
    I feel ur pain mayne
    Thats exactly how it goes down 2

  • Al_is_theraiders

    zbs is like getting a 67 mustang and putting a 4 cylinder engine in it….can you even do that? It makes the oline docile….even in their pass blocking.

  • Raidergil650

    raiderdanny im feeling the same way! GO RAIDERSSSSS!

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Plenty of teams run the ZBS successfully.

    We just have mediocre players & sh!tty coaches.

  • DMAC

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    October 8th, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    zbs is like getting a 67 mustang and putting a 4 cylinder engine in it….can you even do that? It makes the oline docile….even in their pass blocking.
    ======

    You mean a 4 banger w/ no transmission

  • boss01

    – With Barnes and Spencer still sidelined, it’s likely that Willie Smith will make yet another start at right offensive tackle and Michael Huff at left cornerback this Sunday.

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

    Good luck stopping the trio of Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzales with Huff, Hanson and Lee.
    And I better not see Slo on Tony Gonzales. That will be painful to watch.

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Ha Ha, Albert Klas Puss plays fantasy football

    Probably the only sport his mom lets him play where he won’t get kicked in the groin repeatedly

    Or …. is it?

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    October 8th, 2012 at 1:45 pm
    zbs is like getting a 67 mustang and putting a 4 cylinder engine in it….can you even do that? It makes the oline docile….even in their pass blocking.

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

    No evidence for that. Zone or angle-blocking can work either well. It’s whether or not your coaching and players are any good.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    And I better not see Slo on Tony Gonzales. That will be painful to watch.

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

    That would be a total Bresnahan move.

    Best option is hope Branch stops playing like sch!t and can step up.

  • oakfoshow

    Reggie sucks.

  • RaiderDanny

    Put Mike Mitchell on somebody!!