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Burris supplants McClain in nickel package

Raiders coach Dennis Allen talked about making a few “tweaks” during the bye week. One of those changes manifested itself in rookie linebacker Miles Burris supplanting Rolando McClain on certain downs.
In the first four games, Burris was the linebacker coming off the field whenever the Raiders went with an extra defensive back in their so-called nickel package. McClain became that guy Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.
McClain’s snaps dropped from 73 against the Broncos on Sept. 30 to 17 against the Falcons on Sunday.
By comparison, Burris played 27 of the 77 snaps against the Broncos and all 55 against the Falcons.
Allen said he doesn’t foresee getting away from this alignment, given how well Burris played against the Falcons.
“Every week, we’re going to evaluate and see where we’re at,” Allen said, “but he did enough (Sunday) in the game to earn the right to be back out there again in nickel situations.”
The Raiders selected McClain in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft. He has started 34 of 37 games since he arrived as the projected linchpin for the Raiders defense.
McClain has come under fire from fans for his lack of consistency as an impact player. In Burris, Allen sees a young player who gets better each game.
“He’s not a repeat mistake offender,” Allen said. “He makes the corrections, he understands football and concepts and he’s able to make adjustments and get things corrected. As long as he continues to do that, he’ll continue to improve.”

– The Raiders remain convinced that it’s only a matter of time before running back Darren McFadden breaks out of his season-long slump.
On Sunday, McFadden rushed for 70 yards on 27 carries (2.6-yard average) – he had a 21-yard run negated by a holding penalty. He stands at 271 yards (3.2) through five games.
By comparison, McFadden rushed for 519 yards on 91 carries (5.7) through the first five games last season.
“I was pleased with the way that he ran the ball,” Allen said. “He ran the ball extremely hard. There are still a lot of adjustments that we’ve got to make and some things we have to do because there’s still meat left on the bone there.

– Weak-side linebacker Aaron Curry is slated to practice Wednesday for the first time since he was placed on the physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp with sore knees.
The Raiders have a 21-day window to take a look at Curry and decide how to proceed.
They can activate Curry and place him on their 53-man roster at any point during the three-week window. Once the window closes, Curry has to be activated, waived or placed on season-ending injured reserve.
Allen said Curry’s health isn’t in question so much; it’s more a concern about his being in football shape. Curry hasn’t practiced since June, and he has not played in a game of any kind since last season.
“He’s used this time to kind of prepare for all positions at the linebacker position,” Allen said. “We’ve got a plan in place for him to be able to potentially play in any of those three spots.”

– Recently signed defensive end Andre Carter played mostly right end in his Raiders debut Sunday and participated in 24 of the team’s 55 defensive plays.
Carter assisted on only one tackle in his first game since joining the Raiders on Sept. 26.
“He did some good things but, also, he’s still a little bit rusty,” Allen said. “So, every day that he gets an opportunity to get out there and practice and every game that he gets a chance to get out there, he’ll get better and better. But his presence, his veteran leadership, is good for our team.”

– The Raiders on Sunday looked much like the team that set NFL records for penalties (163) and yards penalized (1,358) when they got flagged 12 times for 110 yards.
They entered the Falcons game as one of the league’s least-penalized teams through four games at 19 for 143. Even with the huge spike Sunday, the Raiders are tied for fifth in fewest penalties (31) and sixth in fewest penalty yards (253).

– Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey made a successful return to the field three weeks after suffering a concussion and neck strain.
Heyward-Bey played the most snaps of Oakland’s five receivers against the Falcons, but he didn’t have any receptions. His contributions were limited to blocking and turning an end around into 20 yards and a first down.

– Right guard Mike Brisiel suffered a concussion against the Falcons, Allen said. Brisiel began the league-mandated testing protocol on Monday.
Allen said the Raiders emerged from the Falcons game without any other significant injuries.

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  • beechams gay lover

    i shouldn’t say but his mom is a raging alcoholic. i dont think he knows who his dad is. and then beechy dawfg was blowing one of the neighbor kids and his mom blamed me! they had to move from huntington park to north long beach after that

  • MiamiRaider78

    @134

    That’s interesting but who would we replace McClain with? I’m thinking its going to take Curry a couple of weeks to get in ‘game shape’, plus some acclimation to the new defensive play book. Goethel? Still need another body, I think.

    If there’s a decent offer, take it.

    Go Raiders!

  • blackandsilverside

    beechams gay lover Says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 4:12 pm
    i shouldn’t say but his mom is a raging alcoholic. i dont think he knows who his dad is. and then beechy dawfg was blowing one of the neighbor kids and his mom blamed me! they had to move from huntington park to north long beach after that
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  • ArtilleryShell

    I doubt a team like the Colts would want McClain unless he signs a restructured contract. Maybe he can only play a 3-4 ILB, but Burris outplayed him and was hitting the RB like a LB should. Aaron Curry is probably being groomed for the MLB position.although his coverage skills are not great either.

  • ArtilleryShell

    2nd or 3rd is out of the question. Look at Curry, 4th pick in the draft, traded for a 7th. McClain might bring a 5th

  • ArtilleryShell

    We need a 2nd round pick next year. We might trade a high # 1 next year for a lower 1st and 2nd. The 2nd rounder the Packers spent on CB Pat Lee doesn’t inspire confidence that McKenzie is a draft master

  • The Big Banana

    KoolKell Says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 3:56 pm
    Now he CHOSE to go to a team that didn’t need a starter so he could hold a clipboard.

    Why would you brag a guy like that up?
    ——————-
    I don’t give a fk where he went or why, all I know for sure, is that he’s the only QB here with a winning record since Gannon

    ——

    So Jason is all we need together things rolling? Well sh1t, get Reg on the phone with Chicago. I’m sure he can be had for a 6th rounder…tops. What’s the hold up? Oh, that’s right. Reggie understands football. Darn.

  • The Big Banana

    *to get… Not together

  • The Big Banana

    KoolKell Says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 4:10 pm
    Knapp’s dink& dunk offense allows QB’s to put up empty stats.

    —-

    Lol. Jason didn’t get nicknamed captain check down for nothing…speaking dink and dunk.

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  • Ghost2Post

    You make the call on that one. It says here, Janikowski is on the team because he has the ability to make such kicks. It’s for other teams to punt in that situation.
    —————————————————–

    This is the problem I have with this coach, you play not to lose with not going for it on 4th down you play prevent D, your going to lose cause you show no confidence in your players.

  • tonedeezy

    this move was huge, and proof that you b!tches that have already thrown in the towel on this regime have no effen clue.

  • Raidernationdave

    “McClain’s snaps dropped from 73 against the Broncos on Sept. 30 to 17 against the Falcons on Sunday.”

    ——————–

    How’s that for a hint for yo’ slowa88 Slo? DA knows you’re a biatch.

  • Raidernationdave

    Whut up Beyotches!?

    I feel like George Costanza in the Seinfeld episode where he eats mango and feels “it” move. He then yells, “I’m back baby! I’m back!”

    Last 5 days, 5 sold units with some huge jingle in my jangle!

    F*ck you Kidney Stones you bunch a beyotches!

  • Raidernationdave

    In other words you don’t Slolando…

    You can always apply for the janitor job Slo. Don’t have to be very quick at all to put that little round smell good thingy in the urinal!

    ++++++++++

    McClain has come under fire from fans for his lack of consistency as an impact player. In Burris, Allen sees a young player who gets better each game.
    “He’s not a repeat mistake offender,” Allen said. “He makes the corrections, he understands football and concepts and he’s able to make adjustments and get things corrected. As long as he continues to do that, he’ll continue to improve.”

  • Raidernationdave

    166th beyotches!

  • Raidernationdave

    Oh, goody!

    Let the master of the late hit outta bounds play….can’t hurt.

    +++++++

    – Weak-side linebacker Aaron Curry is slated to practice Wednesday for the first time since he was placed on the physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp with sore knees.

  • Raidernationdave

    168th beyotches!

  • fangsraiders

    of course BURRIS is BETTER…he’s WHITE!!! and SMART…something the BABOON LACKs!!!!!!

  • alzadoX

    hope Curry’s physically ready for comeback. I have always thought he would be best inside at LB. Much better going forward than laterally among the reasons. He can play downhill.

    Romac had a few good plays and a real nice run stuff or two vs. Atlanta, but for his salary and draft status…looks like they’re phasing him out.

    Burris needs to play, I say Curry to primarily play ILB when healthy, maybe in a 3-4 in future years

  • alzadoX

    ArtilleryShell Says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    2nd or 3rd is out of the question. Look at Curry, 4th pick in the draft, traded for a 7th. McClain might bring a 5th

    *******

    we gave up a lot more than just a #7 for Curry. We owe Seahawks a conditional pick – I think a #4. May be contingent on Curry making 2012 roster, can’t remember the details.

    But I wouldn’t give up more than a #6-7 for Romac at this point, if I were a GM.

  • LILALDAVIS

    What a tough lost.. But we got 3 winnable games upcoming. Check this Raider Fan Rant must see. http://youtu.be/OjhJEmYyTx0 <~~~~~~ Classic Insight

  • RaiderSam

    72.KoolKell Says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 3:05 pm
    Alex7 Says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 3:01 pm
    Wow. SnB, that’s a heck of a stat.

    “Michael Vick has 30 turnovers in 30 games.”

    Can you imagine the Eagles’ forums?
    ————-
    Who gives a fk? Does that mean that Palmer has license for 30 turnovers?

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

    that means, Palmer would be able to comeback and tie the game, as opposed to running and fumbling or getting sacked and fumbling.

  • LondonAl

    MiamiRaider78 Says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 4:13 pm
    @134

    That’s interesting but who would we replace McClain with? I’m thinking its going to take Curry a couple of weeks to get in ‘game shape’, plus some acclimation to the new defensive play book. Goethel? Still need another body, I think.

    If there’s a decent offer, take it.

    Go Raiders!
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    I’d love McClain to come good but I feel that his mediocre play as good as it gets as far as playing for the Raiders. Also Curry has health issues so he is the long term answer?
    I am hoping Burris turns into another Matt Millen with with better pass coverage skills.
    Go Raiders!