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Gonzalez won’t have Raiders to kick around after Sunday

Tight end Tony Gonzalez has been a thorn in the Raiders side for most of his 16 NFL seasons, especially as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.
If all goes according to plan, the Raiders will face Gonzalez for the final time Sunday, when the Raiders play the Atlanta Falcons on the road. Well, that is unless the Raiders and Falcons advance to the Super Bowl.
Gonzalez says he intends to retire after this season, even though he leads the NFL in receptions through five games.
“I’m still sticking to it,” Gonzalez said in a conference call with Bay Area medai. “I’m having some fun but I haven’t changed my mind at all. I’m still at 95 percent. I’m never ever going to say 100 percent. I’m just enjoying it one week at a time. I’m lucky enough to stick around this long. To end it like this, playing with some great players, great quarterback, great receivers outside, it’s a lot of fun.”
Falcons coach Mike Smith said he’s holding out hope that Gonzalez changes his mind at some point.
“I’m hoping for that 5 percent,” Smith said. “That’s all you can do. Tony’s without a doubt in my mind the greatest tight end to ever play the game, and he’s been a great addition to our football team and our organization.”
In 23 games vs. the Raiders, Gonzalez has 121 receptions for 1,473 yards and eight touchdowns. He missed one game with an injury. Gonzalez’ team won 16 of the 24 games against the Raiders.
Through the years, Gonzalez created a slew of memorable moments and milestones against the Raiders.
His first victory came against the Raiders on that infamous Monday night game in 1997, when Andre Rison caught a game-deciding touchdown pass from Elvis Grbac with 3 seconds left.
His longest touchdown reception came against the Raiders — 73 yards. The Raiders knocked the Chiefs out of the playoffs race in the regular-season finale in 1999 by overcoming a 17-0 deficit at Arrowhead Stadium.
Gonzalez also is quite fond of the memories from playing so many games at the Oakland Coliseum against a Raiders team he grew up rooting for in Los Angeles.
“I tell people that’s one of my favorite places to play, going out there, going into that chaos out there with all those fans and all that nuttiness,” Gonzalez said. “So, I kind of miss that.”
The Raiders certainly won’t miss searching for ways to defend Gonzalez, who is a sure-fire Pro Football Hall of Famer five years after he retires.
Former 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice is the only other player in league history with more receptions than Gonzalez. That won’t ever change, Gonzalez said.
“Jerry can have that record,” Gonzalez said. “I see Jerry every offseason and if that subject comes up, I’m always telling him, ‘Man, you’re record is safe because I’m definitely breaking that.’ Even if there’s a slight chance I did come back next year, that would definitely be my last year, so there’s no way. That record is safe with Jerry. That and the Dancing With The Stars, I ain’t doing that, either.”

– Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie talks about how much he loves his draft picks. Hence, he said he is hesitant to part with his picks.
The Falcons took a different approach when it came to selecting wide receiver Julio Jones. They traded their own first-round pick (No. 27 overall), a second-rounder (59) and a fourth-rounder (124) in the 2011 NFL draft, in addition to their 2012 first-rounder and a fourth-rounder, to move up 21 spots and get Jones.
“Everybody was on board and, obviously, it’s something that worked out very well for us,” Smith said. “You’re going to have to make those kinds of decisions if you’re going to bring in a talented guy on to your roster.”
Jones caught 26 passes for 313 yards and four touchdowns in the Falcons first five games. He recorded 54 receptions for 959 yards and eight touchdowns in 13 games his rookie season.
The way Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff work hand-in-hand is something Allen admires.
“They, obviously, work together very well,” Allen said. “They got the right formula for winning football games. They understand how to win football games and they understand their personnel and what they’re looking for. So, yeah, in that mode, that’s a team that we, in some respects, try to emulate.”

– Kicker Sebastian Janikowski (groin) and defensive tackles Tommy Kelly (foot) and Richard Seymour (knee) were limited in practice today. All three are expected to play against the Falcons.
Allen said wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (concussion) is looking good in practice and that Allen expects Heyward-Bey to play Sunday.
Quarterback Carson Palmer said Heyward-Bey isn’t showing any lingering effects from the helmet-to-helmet hit he received Sept. 23.
“Like he hasn’t missed a week,” Palmer said. “He caught the ball really well today. He looked extremely fast like he always does. There wasn’t one instance in practice or in meetings where he seemed a little foggy at all. That’s always the issue. It takes you a little while to kind of come out of a daze, but he’s out and he’s ready to play.”

– If the Raiders are going to emerge from their funk running the ball, now would seem to be the time, given the Falcons allow an average of 5.4 yards per carry this season.
Allen said he has seen progress from the running game the past week and a half, even though he isn’t about to make any radical changes.
“Well, you can’t throw everything out and just start over in the middle of the year,” Allen said. “So, yeah, there’s been a few tweaks, a few emphasis points, but nothing like a drastic change, other than we got to execute better. … We’ll see what it looks like when we go out and play on Sunday.”
Palmer said he realizes that people not associated with the Raiders aren’t pleased with the run game, but he said the team’s best bet is to run the ball even more because it puts the ball in the hands of their “best player.”
McFadden agrees that the run game is about to bust out any game now.
“You can see it,” McFadden said. “We see it out there. Guys keep grinding, like I say. It’s one of those things that you have to keep pushing and eventually it’s going to start hitting and it’s something we feel like we’ve been doing lately.”

– The Raiders are in the midst of a nine-game losing streak in terms of games played immediately after a bye week.
Palmer said he expects the Raiders to come out firing Sunday.
“It shouldn’t be hard there,” Palmer said. “There’s only two undefeated teams left. Their crowd is going to be really loud and intense, so it shouldn’t take us long to wake up.
“You’ve got a little bit of rust coming off of a bye but hopefully we shake that off fast. I expect us to. As big of a game as we’re going into and as difficult a situation, the hostile environment we’re going into, I expect we’ll bounce back and be ready to play.”

– Defensive end Andre Carter practiced in pads today for the first time since last year, when he was with the New England Patriots.
“It was good,” Carter said. “I felt like a new kid in school. It’s all great. I felt like I haven’t lost a step, getting accustomed to hitting. It’s definitely going to come down to the game as far as tackling, because you can’t really implement it at practice. You just go.
“I don’t have the preseason, I don’t have the training camp. You got to know what you’re going to do. You got to know your angles and just go ahead and go.”
Carter likely will get his first chance to go in a game Sunday. He hasn’t appeared in a game since he was signed by the Raiders two weeks ago.

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  • MikieG

    As poorly as our run game has been performing…The Raiders win/loss record falls squarely on the shoulders of the defense.
    The Raiders have to be perfect in order to score a touchdown because they never get the ball back. In order to grind a team down and get your running game really rolling, the OTHER TEAMS offense needs to be off the field. DMC and crew feel like they have to hit a homerun every freakin series because once they punt, they never see the ball again–perfect example is the Denver game in which they didn’t even punt 1 freakin time! Really, not 1 forced 3 and out? How do you expect a run game to wear down an opposing defensive line? Running backs get better as the game goes on because if they know they don’t make a first down this series, they will get the ball back in 5 minutes and can BLAST an opposing LB’er or Saftety, or Corner instead of trying to run around em in order to get in the guys head by saying–it’s going to hurt you EVERY time you try to tackle me…
    Our Defense doesn’t afford our offense this type of opportunity, and instead THEY are the ones getting worked over. The offense can’t score on every possession folks, and if the defense wants got get off the field, its UP TO THEM TO GET OFF THE DAMN FIELD–DMAC ain’t a jogging MLB, or a CB playing 36 feet off his man…or a D-End not getting so much as a purse string on the QB…

  • MikieG

    Which also brings me to another point…I thought Dennnis Allen was a boy wonder defensive coordinator…turns out he’s no better than fat head Chuckie B—YEOUCH!

  • theghostronin79

    Good to see you back Guest

  • DMAC

    Morning/afternoon peoples!

    Great win last night!
    The coliseum was rocking. Straight bananas!
    Instant classic!
    I need to find some more tix for 2nights celebration.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    Good morning, DMAC.

  • DMAC

    I personally can’t judge our D, after losing both starting corners by week 2.
    The defensive unit will be much better, when we get those guys back.
    I am extremely disappointed w/ the play of our Dline
    + Branch and Romac

  • DMAC

    Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure Says:
    October 11th, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Good morning, DMAC.
    ======

    Another day, another $
    Whats good w/ you?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Nnamdi being called a bust in philly, too funny.

    Old Uncle Al saw it coming

  • blackandsilverside

    For the record, Mr. Albert Bigelow Paine:

    You were correct and I was in error. The Jets did finish 5th in overall D last season, although when they played the Raiders they were 20th and the Broncos were 27th.

    Anyway, even if the Jets were #1 in run defense when DMAC ran against them for 172 yds, it hardly matters.

    My point was that Marcus Allen was an elite HOF runner, while DMAC is not. DMAC may be an excellent runner but hardly elite.

    Further, DMAC is not the point either: the point is the Raiders are sorely lacking in talent.

    One thing that can be said about DMAC he is the most talented member of an almost talentless roster.

    Until the Raiders change that their record will be dismal.

  • guest123

    Hey Ghost79,

    How’s it going? I check back in when I can.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    DMAC Says: Another day, another $
    Whats good w/ you?////////////Another day, another beer.

  • DMAC

    I think its about that time to drop Vick for Luck. What do you guys think?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Mistic,

    Didn’t you say last year that the only reason you watched the A’s was for Jemile Weeks?

    A year later, he never plays, the A’s have moved on without him, and you want to talk about your “Authentic” bond with the team?

    Your about as authentic as Pace Picante.

  • Just Fire Baby

    @Just Fire Baby Says

    Where are you sitting for the game? (Donks)

    **********************************

    Dutch,

    2-0-something, 202, 206 something like that.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    blackandsilverside Says: Mr. Albert Bigelow Paine:
    You were correct and I was in error.////////////I’m impressed.

  • blackandsilverside

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    October 11th, 2012 at 10:37 am
    Nnamdi being called a bust in philly, too funny.

    Old Uncle Al saw it coming
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    I watched the Eagles play two weeks ago, I’ve forgotten against whom. Nnamdi was terrible. He got torched on 6 passes, didn’t make a single play, was out of place and left gasping for air on several other passes thrown into the zone.

    He looked just like Stanford Routt last season.

    AD had some great insight in getting rid of him, and the Eagles fell for it hook, line, and sinker.

    Then again, what can one expect from Nnamdi, who had a measily 13 INT’s in 10 seasons.

    Time for him to retire.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Old Uncle Al saw it coming

    ************************

    Really?

    Is that why he paid him more in 2 years here than Philly will in 4?

  • The Big Banana

    Let’s go Giants!

  • DMAC

    Let’s go A’s!
    Like I said, 1 more to go baby!

  • Just Fire Baby

    The only reason Nnamdi ever left, was because his contract went void if he didn’t get a sack or INT.

    Otherwise, Nnamdi would have been a Raider until Al died, and one of the most overpaid players EVER.

  • DMAC

    Vegas,

    I wouldn’t mind seeing the A’s kick the Giants ass again in the World Series.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Can never hit fkn Latos.

    Might be the first one to score wins.

  • bigsnow81

    The season comes down to this game on Sunday. Teams don’t come back from a 1-4 start. Will my favorite teams lay down and die on Sunday? Probably, but if these men are pro’s they will play with some passion and desire. I second that GO GIGANTES! I also root for the A’s, unless it’s a battle of the bay world series.

  • R8ER MIKE

    whats good today Mr.President ??
    GreenParty rules !!

  • DMAC

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 11th, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Can never hit fkn Latos.

    Might be the first one to score wins.
    =======

    He’s been hit before, but like you said it may come down to who scores 1st. You still gotta be feeling good about your chances w/ Cain on the mound.

  • Just Fire Baby

    DMAC,

    Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, beating Latos and Verlander is not going to be easy whatsoever.

  • DMAC

    R8ER MIKE Says:
    October 11th, 2012 at 10:49 am

    whats good today Mr.President ??
    GreenParty rules !!
    =======

    Still pumped up from last night magic.
    Need tix for 2night.
    Go green team!
    Might smoke a whole forest 2night.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Had our chance in the first inning, Posey popped up a belt high 1-0 fastball with two on.

    Might have let a big opportunity passby.

  • DMAC

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 11th, 2012 at 10:51 am

    DMAC,

    Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, beating Latos and Verlander is not going to be easy whatsoever.
    ====

    You gotta have confidence Vegas.
    Both teams have the momentum right now.
    I don’t think the A’s/Giants are worried about who their facing 2day.

  • Just Fire Baby

    You still gotta be feeling good about your chances w/ Cain on the mound.

    *************************

    I don’t know if “feeling good” would be the way I describe it, lol.

    I am a nervous wreck!!!! Elimination game, against a guy who is dealing, on the road.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 11th, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Mistic,

    Didn’t you say last year that the only reason you watched the A’s was for Jemile Weeks?

    A year later, he never plays, the A’s have moved on without him, and you want to talk about your “Authentic” bond with the team?

    Your about as authentic as Pace Picante.
    ===================================

    Wrong as usual.

    I love jemile but he wasnt “the only reason” i watched last year. I watch because i was born just minutes from the coliseum. i watch I am oakland through and through,and come form a line of authentic oakland natives that taught indoctrinated me into the love for our teams.

    Jemile di play a large portion of the season this year, he struggled with the bat, but young players can do that. Even if he never takes another at bat for oaklnd what he did last year made a’s baseball fun for me, he was the lone bright spot in a drab year.

    Im not sure if your saying that he doesnt deserve credit for what he accomplished as a rookie or not, but what the hell does that have to dfo with me being a genuine oakland article?

    Only an impostor wouldnt know the difference. stop telling on yourself

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Baseball talk?!
    Go Padres!

    Green Party Rules!

  • DMAC

    Vegas,

    Breathe in breathe out. Then fire up a fatty to chill dem’ nerves. Works every time.

  • theghostronin79

    Yeah, it’s good. I definately post ALOT less than I did in Preseason. Guys like Tx…He was here all day every day…dissappeared after Miami game. I noticed there’s alot more arguments going on in here when we’re losing. It’s hard to focus on this year. I’m already jumping ahead and looking at college kids. Still gonna watch every game and be happy for their success’ and support them, but any thoughts of our “Coming out party” or taking the division by storm are LONG gone.
    If they win Sunday, I’ll be happy not elated,
    If they Lose, I’ll be bummed but not crushed.

  • DMAC

    O Dog!!!
    My brother from another mother!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DMAC

    C’mon, O Dog!
    You know it’s all about the green team right now. Not the Padres.
    lol

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 11th, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Old Uncle Al saw it coming

    ************************

    Really?

    Is that why he paid him more in 2 years here than Philly will in 4?
    =================

    davis paid him what he was worth to davis, and we clearly had the best years he had to offer. When Al saw that nnamdi was not going to be able to maintain that level of play he didnt offer.

    Shrewd move. He was right

  • Just Fire Baby

    I love jemile but he wasnt “the only reason” i watched last year.

    *****************************

    That’s what you said, don’t shoot the messenger.

  • Raidernationdave

    Must be the free phones!

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

    KoolKell Says:
    October 11th, 2012 at 5:18 am
    They Tell me 88% of the People here favor 0bama.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    2010: 8-8 with Cable
    2011: 8-8 with Hue & without DMAC
    2012: 1-3 with DA & a healthy DMAC

    I Miss AL!

  • DutchRaider77

    364.Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 11th, 2012 at 10:44 am
    @Just Fire Baby Says

    Where are you sitting for the game? (Donks)

    **********************************

    Dutch,

    2-0-something, 202, 206 something like that.
    _____________________________________________________

    I am in 249, let me know. Would love to meet you, have a beer in the parking lot, etc.

  • Just Fire Baby

    When Al saw that nnamdi was not going to be able to maintain that level of play he didnt offer.

    ************************************

    His contract voided ,otherwise he would have been here last year.

    Or do you think Al would have cut him?

    Either way, that 3 year contract he offered him in 2009 was one of the worst ever in the history of sports.

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

    Blackandsilverside Says:
    October 11th, 2012 at 10:39 am
    For the record, Mr. Albert Bigelow Paine:

    You were correct and I was in error. The Jets did finish 5th in overall D last season, although when they played the Raiders they were 20th and the Broncos were 27th.
    ——-
    Sorry for you calling you a dumb f*ck.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Dutch,

    I am on that, we’ll exchange some e-mails as the date gets closer.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    The Prez & The ODB!!! Dave is here too (Whut up HO?).

    My bad. Green team all the way.

  • DMAC

    If we can get our schitty run game going against a team that struggles to stop the run, we might have a chance peoples!
    Yeah I’m sipping the kool-aide, and chasing it w/ some Goose.

  • guest123

    If they win Sunday, I’ll be happy not elated,
    If they Lose, I’ll be bummed but not crushed.

    ************

    This the right way to brace yourself for Sundays from here on out. Season is lost in terms of preseason expectations, but there’s room to be pleasantly surprised. Win or lose, Raiders are my team to my death bed. Can’t say it doesn’t bother me to see them lose, but I don’t get as amped if they win either. We are just playing the underdog spoiler role. And that doesn’t satisfy either. I just want to be proud of the effort on the field, win or lose. I don’t want to see laziness, jogging on the field, or personal fouls and cheap shots. I expect this team to recover at some point, but it will be too late to have any meaning.

  • hwnrdr

    Very nervous and exciting times for Bay Area baseball today! Verlander will be a test for our A’s eagerness to fight on! But no matter what happens…we were not supposed to be here! I’ll take it, as long as Brad Pitt doesn’t get rid of everyone again…lol

  • DutchRaider77

    391.DutchRaider77 Says:
    October 11th, 2012 at 10:58 am
    364.Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 11th, 2012 at 10:44 am
    @Just Fire Baby Says

    Where are you sitting for the game? (Donks)

    **********************************

    Dutch,

    2-0-something, 202, 206 something like that.
    _____________________________________________________

    I am in 249, let me know. Would love to meet you, have a beer in the parking lot, etc.

    ______________________________________________________

    Or soda, near-beer.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Tx and Mack are still MIA.
    Vote Green in 2016!