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Raiders eager for more takeaways

By Steve Corkran
Monday, October 8th, 2012 at 3:09 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders are tied for last in the league in terms of turnovers on defense. Perhaps most glaring, the Raiders are one of only two teams without an interception this season.
Hence, there is what strong safety Tyvon Branch calls an added emphasis on getting that turned around. In a hurry.
The Raiders forced four fumbles, and recovered three, their first four games. Even so, that’s not the rate of return coach Dennis Allen and defensive coordinator Jason Tarver want on their investment.
Never mind that the Raiders played against three veteran quarterbacks their first three games — Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger and Peyton Manning, Allen and the players said. It’s incumbent upon the Raiders to force the issue.
“We call them takeaways, which means that we control them,” Allen said. “It’s not like the offense gives us the ball. We go out and take it away from them. So, yeah, there’s things that we can do.”
Branch said it’s as simple as tackling better on plays in which the quarterbacks checks down the ball and thereby forcing longer passes in traffic.
“Once we start tackling better, they got to start making high-risk throws in order to accomplish what they want to accomplish,” Branch said. “So, football’s crazy. Once they start coming, they’re going to come in bunches.”
Turnovers come as a result of defense played at a fevered pitch, Allen said.
“We got to have 11 people flying around to the football, flying around like their hair’s on fire,” Allen said. “And that’s the way you play defensive football. It’s been that way since the beginning of time, and it won’t change.”
Free safety Michael Huff envisioned the Raiders defense being a top-five unit that imposed its will on opposing offenses. Part of playing that style of defense, naturally, would result in numerous turnovers.
The realization that the Raiders are without an interception through four games is something Huff has difficult grasping.
“I wouldn’t have believed it,” Huff said. “Even based off preseason, you could just see, it was a great defense when we play our defense. And for us not to have any picks and only a few sacks just boggles (the mind).”

– The bye week afforded Allen and his coaching staff added time to evaluate the roster and the first four regular-season games.
Allen had this to say about what he gleaned from the process:
“Obviously, there’s things that we can do better as a coaching staff to put our players in a little bit better position,” Allen said. “At the end of the day, it comes down to players going out and executing and making the plays they get the opportunity to make.
“We’re all in this thing together and we’re continuing … This will be a constant thing, it is in the NFL. You never rest. You keep looking for ways to improve. Last week was a good week for us to kind of look at ourselves and what we’re doing and how we can do it a little bit better.
Allen said it was nice to be able to step away from the hustle and bustle of the season and see things from a fresh perspective.
In short, he said he learned some things about his team, as well as reinforced already formed opinions on some things.
“The season moves fast,” Allen said. “Sometimes you think you see something, and it’s not exactly the way you saw it. When you get a little bit of time to sit back and look at it, spend a little bit of time looking at it, it opens your eyes to a few different things. We looked at a lot of different areas from what we were doing well and what we have to improve on. We’ll move forward from there.”
Defensive end Lamarr Houston honed in on one aspect of his game during the bye week.
“As a D-line, we need to apply more pressure to the quarterback and we need to make more of an impact in the games,” Houston said. “That’s basically what I really was focusing on, because we’ve been pretty good in the run game, and we also need to improve on third downs, that’s a part of rushing the passer.”

– Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey has passed all his concussion-related tests, as mandated by the league, and been cleared for full contact, Allen said.
Heyward-Bey looked at full strength in practice today, running multiple routes at full speed and doing everything asked of the other wide receivers.
Therefore, it’s likely that he will make his return Sunday against the Falcons. He last played in a game Sept. 23, when he was knocked from the game with a helmet-to-helmet hit from Steelers safety Ryan Mundy.

– Linebacker Aaron Curry is eligible to come off the physically unable to perform list Oct. 16. Once he practices for the first time, a 21-day window begins for the Raiders to decide how to proceed.
Here’s what the rule states:
“At any time during that period, the club can restore the player to the active/inactive list. If the player is not restored to the active/inactive list on the day after the conclusion of the 21-day period, and the club elects to carry the player on reserve/PUP or reserve/non-football injury, the player shall not be permitted to play in any games and is not allowed to practice or participate in team or individual drills during the remainder of the season (including postseason).”
Rookie Miles Burris has filled in for Curry the first four games at weak-side linebacker. If Curry is healthy enough to be activated, Allen has to decide how best to use Curry.
Curry missed all of training camp and some of the offseason workouts because of sore knees. It’s a stretch to envision Curry getting into football shape in a short amount of time, but he certainly could reach that point during the 21-day window.
Curry declined an interview for the second time in recent weeks. He said he isn’t allowed to speak with the media as long as he’s on the physically unable to perform list.
Allen said he’s eager to see where Curry is at when he returns next week.
“He has made some progress,” Allen said. “It’s different when you’re doing your rehab work as opposed to when you’re actually out there playing football. It will be a great deal for us to get him out here, get him working some football, running around and doing some football movement and really getting back into the swing of what we’re doing defensively because it’s been a while since he’s gotten an opportunity to participate.”
Curry missed some of the offseason workouts and all of training camp.

– Allen said the Raiders did not work out any free agents last week. However, there’s the “potential” to do so this week.
He added that the starting lineup figures to look much as it did when the Raiders last played a game.
“I wouldn’t expect just a bunch of wholesale changes,” Allen said. “We’ve put a lot of time into the guys out there that we have on the field. We’re going to continue to evaluate that as we go through and whatever lineup changes we feel like are necessary to maybe give us a boost and help us maybe play a little bit better, we’ll make those changes.”

– Tight end Richard Gordon (hamstring), rigth offensive tackle Khalif Barnes (groin) and cornerback Shawntae Spencer (foot) are making progress toward a return to the field. However, it doesn’t sound likely that they will be back in time for the Falcons game.
Allen said Barnes and Gordon are “week to week.” As for Spencer, his right foot still is in a protective boot. Spencer and Barnes suffered their injuries against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 16. Gordon got hurt in practice two days before the Broncos game the following week.

– Several players spoke about the anniversary of managing general partner Al Davis’ passing. Hers’s a sampling of what they said:
“We don’t really talk about it, but I can tell you there’s guys in here that were close to him, including myself, that you do kind of take a moment to yourself and just think about it and know you’re thankful for him and what he’s done and his family and the organization that he built from the ground up. And you’re just really appreciative of it.” — fullback Marcel Reece

“All I can say is, I’m going to make him proud as his last pick. I’m getting better every day. I know he’s looking down scheming over the Raiders because he loved football. All I know is, I’m going to make him proud and I’m going to be exactly what he thought I was going to be.” — quarterback Terrelle Pryor

“When you think about the Raiders, you think about Mr. Davis and what he meant, not only to this franchise, but to the NFL He’s an icon that surpassed, when you talk about leaving a legacy, he’ll always be remembered whether it’s the one-year or the 10-year, the century mark, decade mark, you’re always going to think about what it meant to put on the silver and black and just that mindset and mentality.” — defensive tackle Richard Seymour

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  • jimmyball12

    Formula to winning sunday: Establish run, stop run, play good ST (KR TD by TJ22 would be amazing) get a good rush on RYAN..CAROLINA @ WASHINGTON laid a pretty good blueprint down on how to play D against these guys, hopefully we learned something..

  • AmysInCharge

    Formula for winning Sunday: Entire Atl team gets kidnapped and locked in a vault until Sunday night.

  • AmysInCharge

    Formula for Niners winning Sunday: Show up.

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    “Mongo only pawn in game of life.”

  • jimmyball12

    AmysInCharge Says:
    October 10th, 2012 at 8:29 am
    Formula for Niners winning Sunday: Show up.
    ————
    Ur one he11 of a Faag brother lol, but u aight..

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    R.i.p Alex.

  • Gdog

    Power rankings of remaining schedule:

    Atl: 4
    Jags: 32
    KC: 29
    TB: 26
    Ravens: 5
    NO: 21
    Cin: 16
    Clev: 30
    Den: 14
    KC: 29
    Car: 24
    SD 18

    I see 6 or 7 wins left on schedule even if we start 1-4.

    8-8 and I would be happy for Allen/Napster

  • cfrylopez

    From Raiders Fan/ Internet Radio Show Host Ray Perez aka Dr.Death

    Hello all! many of you may know who Rick Tripp is, “potential developer” to Oakland Stadiums. he has agree to come on my show to do an interview. I know this is in the middle of the Oakland Athletics play off game and I can not re schedule my show but if you can not listen in live you can always go back to listen to the interview. Hopefully this interview can provide new insight to us fans. Please feel free to spread the word to others

    Ray Perez aka Dr.Death

    Here is the link to my radio show for October 10th Wednesday 7pm

    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/drdeath26/2012/10/11/the-good-the-bad-the-ugly

  • inonewordraider

    anybody thinks Huff Lee and Hanson somehow get better by Sunday?

  • Just Fire Baby

    While I am in Durango for a few days, the Wifey is in Vegas until Sunday.

    That means your buddy can “Fire” on some college games again!!!

    All you gambling mavens, let me know what the lock of the century is.

    Stanford? USC? Over in the WVU/TT game?

  • http://thswede.com Klas Tjorborn

    Inonewordraider Says:
    October 10th, 2012 at 9:01 am
    anybody thinks Huff Lee and Hanson somehow get better by Sunday?
    ——-
    Klas does. I bet they practiced real hard in bye week.

  • http://thswede.com Klas Tjorborn

    Webster’s dad die :(

  • Mr.LesterHayes

    Where is Taiwan Jones? All I heard about was how fast he was and now he’s nowhere to be found except special teams? Because he muffed a kickoff return and screwed up a reverse in the first game? Why isn’t Chekwa off the practice squad and on this team? He simply can’t be worse than what we have in there.

  • inonewordraider

    Here’s how the game will go down:

    Our oline will look much better running the zbs as will mcfadden

    our passing game will be on point with moore and dhb finally fully healthy playing together, myers/ausberry/reece/streater contributing as well

    dline will stuff turner shaughnessey and carter will make an impact

    mcclain will play like he did first game of the season other lb’s will too

    our secondary will get smoked

  • AmysInCharge

    Cant wait for Sunday!!!…going to be awesome…going rock fishing in the Monterey Bay,..Ling,..red snapper,…rock…you guys ebjoy the Raider game,..heres my prediction…

    Atlanta 52
    Oakland 13

  • DJ Johnny

    1046.Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 10th, 2012 at 8:04 am
    Johnny,

    Come Sunday around 2:30 pm MST, after a 30-27 Raider victory, I am going to demand you go stand in the corner, put on some John Cougar and cry, and reflect on the level of ninni-ness you have displayed in here the last month.

    Oh come on! You are one of the ones preaching objectivity and “patience” with the new regime and how it’s “gonna take time” and now you’re getting on guys who ARE being objective?

    I did not predict Raiders would lose…i’m just saying I ON PAPER I don’t see how we did it based on the performance of our beloved Raiders.

    I sure as hell won’t cry if they win…i’ll be doing jumping jacks and back flips of happiness.

  • DJ Johnny

    Is it more “ninny” to want and expect the Raiders to win NOW..and show some competitiveness and to be “understanding and patient” while our team gets it’s bearings?

    I’m on the go out and kick some arse NOW side of things.

  • The Big Banana

    LOL, Packer player says “Refs are out to get us this year.”

    —–

    Lol. Aww, poor poor Packers.

  • DJ Johnny

    If it would guarantee the Raiders would win if I did this I would promise to walk around downtown Oakland wearing nothing but diapers and a John Holmes bouncing dildo cap…I’d have to figure out where they sell those, but all the same.

    I’m sure one of the weird named posters from last night would point me in the right direction.

  • The Big Banana

    AmysInCharge Says:
    October 10th, 2012 at 9:21 am
    Cant wait for Sunday!!!…going to be awesome…going rock fishing in the Monterey Bay,..Ling,..red snapper,…rock…you guys ebjoy the Raider game,..heres my prediction…

    Atlanta 52
    Oakland 13

    —–

    Lol, weren’t you the one saying I was pretending like these Raider losses weren’t getting to me by talking about my awesome Sunday? I see you’re getting into the spirit yourself. Good job.

  • DutchRaider77

    @DJ Johnny

    Every been to Mo Dailey’s Bar in Chicago?

    Frat Brother owns (co-owns?) it. Going to be there next Sunday to watch football.

  • The Big Banana

    Lol, DJ.

    You’ll have to forgive the forever optimists. They want their efforts rewarded when we do win and to have the doubters punished.

  • DutchRaider77

    Atlanta 52
    Oakland 13

    ____________________________________________________

    I don’t think the Falcons are going to put up that many points up. Not saying they cannot, just saying they won’t. More likely, like a High School game, everyone on the Falcons is going to get a chance to play.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    Just saw a Tide commercial with dad and kid sporting Raider gear. Guess we do need to clean up our act.

  • DJ Johnny

    1071.DutchRaider77 Says:
    October 10th, 2012 at 9:43 am
    @DJ Johnny

    Every been to Mo Dailey’s Bar in Chicago?

    Frat Brother owns (co-owns?) it. Going to be there next Sunday to watch football.

    I”ve never been there. South side? Bridgeport?(Dailey’s neighborhood).

    Did u say you live out this way?

  • Gdog

    LOL, Packer player says “Refs are out to get us this year.”

    —–

    Lol. Aww, poor poor Packers.
    >>>>>

    No kidding… I hear this all the time from Packer fans. I’m like, NOW YOU KNOW WHAT ITS LIKE TO BE A RAIDER FAN!

    Nobody ever felt sorry for us.

  • DutchRaider77

    1075.DJ Johnny Says:
    October 10th, 2012 at 10:07 am
    1071.DutchRaider77 Says:
    October 10th, 2012 at 9:43 am
    @DJ Johnny

    Every been to Mo Dailey’s Bar in Chicago?

    Frat Brother owns (co-owns?) it. Going to be there next Sunday to watch football.

    I”ve never been there. South side? Bridgeport?(Dailey’s neighborhood).

    Did u say you live out this way?

    _____________________________________________________

    No, I went to Lake Forest and lived in Chicago for about 10 years. Going out there next week for Lake Forest game, Football at Mo Daileys and Bears/Lions Monday night game.

    It is 6070 N. Northwest Hwy. Northside?

    http://modaileys.com/

  • jesusraiderjim

    However, the notion it will be “over at halftime” is ridiculous to me. We are coming off a bye, in the NFL, that is worth like 7-10 points almost
    ————————————————
    Haven’t the Raiders lost like nine in a row coming off the bye week?
    Just asking. If that is true we are definitely overdue(Kool -aid perspective)

  • DutchRaider77

    @ DJ Johnny

    I take it you have no love for the Packers?

    Have to admit I like the Packers before moving to Chicago. My cousin played DE and backed up Reggie White for a couple years. That was until I met their fans…

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    I think teams coming off byes have a loosing record.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    No, I went to Lake Forest and lived in Chicago for about 10 years. Going out there next week for Lake Forest game, Football at Mo Daileys and Bears/Lions Monday night game.

    It is 6070 N. Northwest Hwy. Northside?

    http://modaileys.com/
    ——-
    That’s pretty far Northside.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    DutchRaider77 Says:
    October 10th, 2012 at 10:15 am
    @ DJ Johnny

    I take it you have no love for the Packers?

    Have to admit I like the Packers before moving to Chicago. My cousin played DE and backed up Reggie White for a couple years. That was until I met their fans…
    ——–
    I like to see the Packers win. I get so sick of hearing about the Bears.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I like the Packers. The fans own the team.

  • DutchRaider77

    @Albert Bigelow Paine

    Pretty funny, for most of the span I lived there the Bears were terrible! They had a couple good years, went to the Bears/Eagles playoff game. But for the most part the Bears fans were pretty quiet…

  • morilla

    The Raiders are horrible coming off of a buy. They play like they are still on one. I wish this game was later so I could drink during it.

  • R8ER MIKE

    O dog !! the GreenParty V.P. in the house !!!
    how ya doing today sir ??

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    DutchRaider77 Says:
    October 10th, 2012 at 10:25 am
    @Albert Bigelow Paine

    Pretty funny, for most of the span I lived there the Bears were terrible! They had a couple good years, went to the Bears/Eagles playoff game. But for the most part the Bears fans were pretty quiet…
    ———
    I went to the Bears/Raiders game in 2003. Bears fans were very obnoxious. All they did was complain about how bad team was and then they won with Kordell Stewart and they just thought they were the greatest. Best part, though, was after the game when Raider fans congregated on Field Museum steps and were chanting Bears suck.

    My roommate at the time was working at the stadium. He saw Al Davis walking out of his box after the game. Said he looked pretty frail. I was so jealous of him.

  • DutchRaider77

    1085.morilla Says:
    October 10th, 2012 at 10:28 am
    The Raiders are horrible coming off of a buy. They play like they are still on one. I wish this game was later so I could drink during it.

    _______________________________________________________

    Just start drinking Sat. night and “stay up late” for the Raiders game….that way you aren’t drinking in the morning.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    DutchRaider77 Says:
    October 10th, 2012 at 10:32 am
    1085.morilla Says:
    October 10th, 2012 at 10:28 am
    The Raiders are horrible coming off of a buy. They play like they are still on one. I wish this game was later so I could drink during it.

    _______________________________________________________

    Just start drinking Sat. night and “stay up late” for the Raiders game….that way you aren’t drinking in the morning.
    ———–
    Record the game and watch it Sunday night.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    ODB,

    High as a kite and doing great. I salute you sir!

    Long Live The ODB!!

    Tx and Dave are MIA, so we need to take action. Burn all the trees looking for them.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Tx and Dave are MIA, so we need to take action. Burn all the trees looking for them.
    ——-
    A lot of guys went MIA after the season started. What the hell happened to BSJ?

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    morilla Says: The Raiders are horrible coming off of a buy. They play like they are still on one. I wish this game was later so I could drink during it.//////////Beer. It’s not just for breakfast anymore.

  • R8ER MIKE

    Raider O Says:
    October 10th, 2012 at 10:41 am
    ODB,

    High as a kite and doing great. I salute you sir!

    Long Live The ODB!!

    Tx and Dave are MIA, so we need to take action. Burn all the trees looking for them.

    ***********************************
    i will start the forest fire sir !!

  • R8ER MIKE

    morilla Says: The Raiders are horrible coming off of a buy. They play like they are still on one. I wish this game was later so I could drink during it
    *************************************************
    that is one of the good things about living on the east coast. start drinking at noon and be about half sh1tfaced by the time the game starts !!!

  • hwnrdr

    Speaking of forest fires…lol…there were alot of that where I was :)

  • R8ER MIKE

    lol Hwnrdr. guess thats why i could never go !! if i went i would never come back !!!

  • realtruraider

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 10th, 2012 at 7:13 am
    You look back over the years, waaaaaay more teams that finish 8-8 go sour the next year instead of into the playoffs.

    ——————————————————-

    We had back to back 8-8 seasons, you look back at Raiders history every time we had back to back 8-8 seasons are a record close to we then went on a pretty good run, we never went backwards. I know this is different because its a new regime, but we as Raider fans get a feeling we are close when we have back to back 8-8 seasons and for good reason because history says so

  • hwnrdr

    R8ER MIKE Says:
    October 10th, 2012 at 10:55 am
    lol Hwnrdr. guess thats why i could never go !! if i went i would never come back !!!

    LOL

  • DJ Johnny

    1097.realtruraider Says:
    October 10th, 2012 at 11:04 am
    Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 10th, 2012 at 7:13 am
    You look back over the years, waaaaaay more teams that finish 8-8 go sour the next year instead of into the playoffs.

    ——————————————————-

    We had back to back 8-8 seasons, you look back at Raiders history every time we had back to back 8-8 seasons are a record close to we then went on a pretty good run, we never went backwards. I know this is different because its a new regime, but we as Raider fans get a feeling we are close when we have back to back 8-8 seasons and for good reason because history says so

    Don’t forget the 8-8 last yr. wasn’t really 8-8…if anything a very weak 8-8.

    You can’t the games that were close cuz they could’ve gone either way. Plus, you can’t count the game in SD cuz Palmer was playing in his backyard from his home in LaJolla.

    Yes. Somebody actually posted that.

  • Just Win Baby

    This season isn’t over yet. You can’t yet call it a failure following an 8-8 season until they have finished playing the games.