Status quo for Raiders as Falcons game nears


Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen and his staff have had 10 days to evaluate the 53-man roster and take steps to make any necessary tweaks before Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.
As of now, McKenzie and Allen appear content to soldier on with the 53 players who were on the roster against the Denver Broncos on Sept. 30.
Allen said the Raiders didn’t work out any players last week, and we haven’t been able to confirm whether they did so Tuesdday, when the players had the day off.
Even if the Raiders did work out any players Tuesday, there aren’t any new faces on the field at practice today.

— Right offensive tackle Khalif Barnes (groin), cornerback Shawntae Spencer (foot) and tight end Richard Gordon (hamstring) aren’t practicing today.
Barnes and Spencer are week-to-week. Gordon is day-to-day. Willie Smith is working at Barnes’ spot, with Michael Huff taking reps at cornerback once again.
David Ausberry is getting plenty of action at practice, along with starter Brandon Myers.

— The Raiders play at 10 a.m. on Sunday. In recent years, Raiders coaches adjusted the practice schedule the week of such games to simulate the time of the upcoming game.
No such tactic with Allen. He used it for the regular-season opener, when he had his players practice at the Coliseum on a Saturday nigth at about the time of their Monday night game two days later.


Steve Corkran

  • raidersla

    Typical. Al Davis believed in domination, not status quo. Why did Mark go bargain-basement? Reggie is concerned with “character guys.” My favorite Raiders would never have fit that mold, and I am quite sure that was not the most important consideration for Al. What Mark should have done was put a whiz kid MBA in charge of the finances of the team, asked Gruden to take over football operations and brought back John Marshall for the defense. Instead we have a rookie who inherited the 7th best rushing attack in the NFL, so he promptly converted it to a zone blocking scheme which is a major failure and was the last time it was tried. He inherits a Pro bowl caliber dropback quarterback, so what does he do? Try to force him to be Steve Young. How has the 3rd down and short “0′ pass route worked out for us? How are we doing with YAC? Anyone see defenses fooled? Were things left in such bad shape that there was no way to sign free-agent cornerbacks and squeeze the salary cap somehow? Did he have to go for castoffs and have no backups. Forcing Huff to be a starting cornerback, how did that work out the last time it was tried? The only time we had success was when Carson Palmer took over the offense in the 4th quarter to beat Pittsburgh. Go Raiders!