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Burris supplants McClain in nickel package

By Steve Corkran
Monday, October 15th, 2012 at 1:52 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • fingers

    Finally getting some players back…. Can’t wait to see Curry back in action

  • DMAC

    2 chainz!

  • zopi

    RoMac should be getting his walking papers soon. What’s his trade value? Corky said a 7th rounder, that’s outrageous, but truthful.

  • MiamiRaider78

    What kind of ‘sore’ knees does Curry have? He’s been out for a longggg time.

  • DMAC

    Shek Quatro!

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Well they lost and this kind lost is no better then being waxed. When u lose for 10 str8 years there are no victories.

    Raiders can lose next week if they all feel sorry for themselves and realize the season is now over.

    Goodson is a better ZBS runner then DMAC. DMAC had a huge whole all he had to do was make one cut back.. but he runs full speed into back of of his Oline guy. Palmer is part of the problem cuz he has to know that the Vanilla offense NAP is running is predictable and that the CORNERS knew what was coming and jumped the route.

    Doesnt matter anyhow, not like the Raiders were making the playoffs or superbowl anyway with this ATL win

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Total bummer about Ray Lewis, that dude gave sweet pre-game pump up speeches

    Once partied with Ray Ray in NYC, he was all hot for one of the Kardashian tramps, I was making out with the bartender

    We both ended up face down in a plate of chili cheese fries at Nathan’s, holla

    Yo, where’s K-Rat at?

    It’s a beautiful day in Switzerland so he’s gotta be logging onto the blog soon

    The only excuse is he’s down at the local liquor store buying them out of Malibu Rum

    SHIZZ TO THE IZZ TO THE DIZZLE

  • fingers

    Yep, Lewis’s a Baller… Blackbirds will miss him….

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Raiders need to draft a PREMIRE DT or PASS RUSHER

    REGGIES guys have been looking good as late WHEELER, BURRIS, GOODSON, HANSEN anyhow

    like i said this game sucks but its not like we were going deep in the playoffs or superbowl bound this year.

    Just keep building on the TEAM. Carters presence helped to day forsure.. The DEFENSE of line was a tad bit better.

    BTW what the heck is NAP THINKING?? AUSBERRY looks like a MAN out there. Where is REECE?

    GET REECE and AUSBERRY THE BALL!!!! Damnnn Nap.. wtf u dork

    and by Vanilla offense I meant its predictable.. Redzone still lacks of scoring TD’s. Just dont look at the stats.. watch the games.. To many drives that went nowhere

  • hwnrdr

    Burris was making a good impression all year…hopefully Curry coming back will be huge as well!

  • MonumentRaider

    eastoaklandraider Says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 1:54 pm
    MonumentRaider Says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 1:47 pm
    It’s pretty amazing to me that for 10 years we’ve had huge issues at the QB position. We finally get a legitimate starting QB (probably a top 10-12 QB, depending) and people want to bench him for Pryor. Wow.
    ——————

    I dont want cp3 benched but I do want TP to get in the games at least to get his feet wet a lil bit in a real game all knapp has to do is install a small package for him. the whiners do it dont think thats too much to ask.
    ______________

    I’m okay with a package or two. I’d like him active on game day actually. But there are many fans looking for CP3 to get benched in Pryor’s favor. And I just don’t get it. Yes, we’re 1-4. But I really believe we can be 4-4 after the first half of the season. It’s totally possible; and anything can happen from there. Why would any fan want to give up on that now? I just think there’s bigger problems to address than Pryor.

  • fingers

    Yep, Lewis is a Ball’r…. Blackbirds will miss him

  • MiamiRaider78

    I would love to have Ray Lewis on our staff as a LB’s coach.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Eastoaklandraider Says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 1:41 pm
    Who gives a schit when a coach throws a player undr the bus when he deserves it, these guys make millions should be able to take a lil critism in or out house they have no problem when they get the praise so handle the critism .
    if Im on a team and my teamate has been fcking up all season and then the coach lets the world know about it thats fine by me maybe it will make him play better, but if the guy starts whining and crying ” aww the coach talked bad about me in front of the media I dont wanna play for him anymore” (dont forget they make millions to play a game) I would want him off my team asap fcking puzzy just play better or get the fck out!!! is what I would tell him.
    —————–

    when the Pres fcks up the whole world knows about it through the media and they dont cry about it so why should an athlete cry about it and its only a game makes no sense to me.

  • fingers

    Each to his own opinion .. But I believe it would be crazy to even think of benching Palmer…

  • fingers

    13… Agree… Lewis is one of those rare ayers that picks up a team just being around him

  • The Big Banana

    The process of phasing out McClain begins…

    What a clown. So much for JFB’s McClain koolaid he whipped up for us this offseason.

  • MiamiRaider78

    Whoever suggested benching Palmer is a complete moron.

  • The Big Banana

    Fingers Says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 2:04 pm
    Each to his own opinion .. But I believe it would be crazy to even think of benching Palmer…

    —–

    Not even beating considered by the coaches, I guarantee you. Typical fan talk.

  • http://www.insidebayarea.com/raiders Silverandblack666

    Michael Vick has 30 turnovers in 30 games.

  • eastoaklandraider

    MonumentRaider Says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 2:02 pm
    eastoaklandraider Says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 1:54 pm
    MonumentRaider Says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 1:47 pm
    It’s pretty amazing to me that for 10 years we’ve had huge issues at the QB position. We finally get a legitimate starting QB (probably a top 10-12 QB, depending) and people want to bench him for Pryor. Wow.
    ——————

    I dont want cp3 benched but I do want TP to get in the games at least to get his feet wet a lil bit in a real game all knapp has to do is install a small package for him. the whiners do it dont think thats too much to ask.
    ______________

    I’m okay with a package or two. I’d like him active on game day actually. But there are many fans looking for CP3 to get benched in Pryor’s favor. And I just don’t get it. Yes, we’re 1-4. But I really believe we can be 4-4 after the first half of the season. It’s totally possible; and anything can happen from there. Why would any fan want to give up on that now? I just think there’s bigger problems to address than Pryor.
    ——————–
    CP3 Definitely not the problem he is playing great getting better in this system too it seems. the only way I want to see TP start is if we tank these next 3 games or were mathematically eliminated from playoff pic.

  • The Big Banana

    *being

  • fingers

    McLains played his way to the bench… Or not played… Either way I agree with phasing him out or giving him a strong message … Play ball or you’re gonna be sat down..

  • http://www.insidebayarea.com/raiders Silverandblack666

    “MiamiRaider78 Says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 2:08 pm
    Whoever suggested benching Palmer is a complete moron.”

    There are quite a few in here just sit back and be prepared to laugh your ass off at the ignorance.

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Yo, the Reggie needs to get Ray Ray for next year’s #1 plus a few conditionals

    Even if he only gives the pre-game pump up speech, our d will be so jacked up they’ll intercept 8 balls a game

    If Ray Ray pumps up the D before we play the Chargers, Philip Rivers will get hit so many times he’ll start making doo doo out of his pee pee hole

    Guess that’s why they call it the blues

  • DMAC

    False start Barnes!
    We need you!
    Thought I would never say that.
    Time to stick it to your old team.
    Get healthy

  • JLofty

    Would it FLIPPIN KILL us to maybe run some no-huddle or anything to get the offense going after halftime?!?!? Really?!?

  • eastoaklandraider

    I have to admit I too thaought Mcclain would have a probowl year in this new “REAL DEFENSE”.

  • eastoaklandraider

    I have to admit I too thaought Mcclain would have a probowl year in this new “REAL DEFENSE”.
    —————

    just cant see why he was a run stuffing beast at ALA but cant make the transition to the NFL he was supposed to be one of those cant miss picks according to the so called experts.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Aig-Raiders Says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 11:51 am

    IMHO, they should take the quick out route and throw it out of the playbook. Never understood that route and the potential of pick 6 involved with it. The ball has to travel a long way for a few yards gained.
    ——————–
    Totally agree, that’s a horrible call, especially under the circumstances.

  • MiamiRaider78

    Can someone fill me in? I didn’t get to watch the game yesterday (work) so I’m not understanding how some ppl in here are still giving Knapp shet and wanting to bench Palmer after our offense nearly eclipsed 500 yds of total offense. What did I miss? I know Knapp is predictable but if that’s the case, then Atlanta’s DC should be fired.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Dam DMAC your right never thought I’d be looking towards barnes coming back. RM whiffed on big willie.

  • DMAC

    Roloando MCJogger did look like a real MLB against the Dischargers.
    WTF happen?
    Chrons????????????

  • Just Fire Baby

    Slo-mania will have to continue on as a “run-stuffing” specialist.

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Brahs, Ray Ray with one arm can kill more running backs than Seymour ever could, holla

    All we gotta do is put him in for McClain and have him leap over the line every play

    He’ll go striaght through some fool’s facemask and start eating his brains

    2 LEGIT 2 QUIT

  • MiamiRaider78

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Slow in the 3-4 before we dump him but at this rate, I doubt he’ll be on the roster next year.

  • SD-Raider

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Goodson is a better ZBS runner then DMAC. DMAC had a huge whole all he had to do was make one cut back.. but he runs full speed into back of of his Oline guy. Palmer is part of the problem cuz he has to know that the Vanilla offense NAP is running is predictable and that the CORNERS knew what was coming and jumped the route.
    ——————————————————-

    I was just about to say the same thing! DMC just doesn’t have good vision, that’s why he is not good with the ZBS. He needs to know where the hole is going to be and just hit it hard, but if he has to make decisions on the fly, he screws up and just runs right into a big pile of people. Goodson looked much better than DMC yesterday because of this.

    We need to stop trying to force a system that doesnt fit our personnel and do what Denver did for Tebow last year and tailor the offense to fit our strengths, aka, start running more power blocking plays for DMC.

  • blackandsilverside

    anyone have a link of the Comartie/Palmer INT ?

  • STVRaider

    Jason Bernstein ‏@JB_XAM

    Congrats to @Mickey_Shuler…Mickey has signed with the Oakland Raiders
    Retweeted by Vic Tafur

  • DMAC

    Whats the word on Bergs?
    Dude was our 1st overall pick in the draft.
    Hasn’t seen the field yet.

  • Raider E

    McClain has got to be a 3-4 mlb, he needs that other LB next to him so he doesnt look so bad constantly picking the wrong hole.

    Who knows? Maybe we can run more 3-4 when Curry returns. They sure don’t seem to want Gothel in there.

    Mr. McClain, this is your wake-up call. Don’t let it go unanswered.

    On a side note for all you CP3 haters. He is top 15 in Passing yds., comp pct. and QB rating. Pryor is not going to step ahead of him this season, so deal with it.

  • https://bigswede.com Klas Tjorborn

    How come all Raiders ‘can’t miss picks’ miss badly?

  • https://bigswede.com Klas Tjorborn

    Did Raiders sign Shuler because Gordon is injured?

  • Raider E

    Thats’s what I was thinking too. Injury must be worse than first thought.

  • https://bigswede.com Klas Tjorborn

    Monk ‏@RaiderMonkz
    The stats on Stanford Routt are hilarious, he gave up 154 yards and a TD on 4 completions against the Bucs.
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  • Al_is_theraiders

    two weeks to prepare and theres still “meat left on the bone?” who the heck are coaching these guys?

  • JLofty

    who’s Mickey?

  • xHOWIE75x

    SD-Raider Says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 2:22 pm
    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Goodson is a better ZBS runner then DMAC. DMAC had a huge whole all he had to do was make one cut back.. but he runs full speed into back of of his Oline guy. Palmer is part of the problem cuz he has to know that the Vanilla offense NAP is running is predictable and that the CORNERS knew what was coming and jumped the route.
    ——————————————————-

    I was just about to say the same thing! DMC just doesn’t have good vision, that’s why he is not good with the ZBS. He needs to know where the hole is going to be and just hit it hard, but if he has to make decisions on the fly, he screws up and just runs right into a big pile of people. Goodson looked much better than DMC yesterday because of this.

    We need to stop trying to force a system that doesnt fit our personnel and do what Denver did for Tebow last year and tailor the offense to fit our strengths, aka, start running more power blocking plays for DMC.

    ————
    Good eye fellas…I saw the same thing and rewinded the DVR to take a look. The play side was completely clogged up and the backside hole was huge, if DMAC cuts backside he is gonna have a big gain. But he sticks his nose into the pile for 2 yds.

    DMAC is strictly a north south runner. He is not an LT type or Chirs Johnson. DMAC just needs to hit the hole and run pple over.

  • DMAC

    JLofty Says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 2:38 pm
    who’s Mickey?
    ======

    C’mon Lofty
    Never heard of Mickey mouse?
    lol

  • https://bigswede.com Klas Tjorborn

    JLofty Says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 2:38 pm
    who’s Mickey?
    ===
    Tight End, son of former All Pro TE Mickey Shuler from Jets.