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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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  • Raider E

    TE drafted by Minnesota in 7th round 2010. 6 gms. played, 2 receptions, 44 yds.

  • JLofty

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    In July 2010, Mickey got engaged to his highschool and college sweetheart, Jillian Shenk (Jillie). They married in front of nearly 300 guests on June 25, 2011 in Harrisburg, PA and their reception was at a private property owned by Jillian’s aunt and uncle in Mechanicsburg, PA. They live in Minnesota with their Shorthaired Pointer dog, Jagger.

  • https://bigswede.com Klas Tjorborn

    Klas likes that Mickey has dog named Jagger.

  • Just Fire Baby

    The Reggie’s selection of Burris is looking a whole heckuva lot better than Al’s of Rolando, huh?

    Give us a few drafts, and The Reggie will have this team stacked, instead of paperthin.

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  • blackandsilverside

    The two very obvious issues regarding McClain’s sub-par performance are 1) lack of intelligence; 2) enablers who have propped him up through out his college career, to point that he thought he already had it made in the pros.

    The same issues resounded with JRussel.

    If you looked at both, studied their eyes, something was lacking. Then again, McClain already made $25M and JRussel made $39M – signing bonuses which were guaranteed.

    It’s no wonder the fire died once the impetus to play at a championship level died by making that kind of money.

    It’s good, the sooner McClain goes completely away the better. How would you feel if you were a blue collar player, giving your best performance every week and had to witness the lack-luster, non-motivational play of McClain every week??

    His absence will lift up the entire defense.

  • DMAC

    Maybe we’re bringing in a new set of Mickey Thompson’s for DMAC.

  • https://bigswede.com Klas Tjorborn

    Mickey is another self proclaimed Christian. Reggie sure likes to sign the Christian boys.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Blackandsilverside Says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 2:44 pm
    The two very obvious issues regarding McClain’s sub-par performance are 1) lack of intelligence; 2) enablers who have propped him up through out his college career, to point that he thought he already had it made in the pros.

    The same issues resounded with JRussel.

    If you looked at both, studied their eyes, something was lacking. Then again, McClain already made $25M and JRussel made $39M – signing bonuses which were guaranteed.

    It’s no wonder the fire died once the impetus to play at a championship level died by making that kind of money.

    It’s good, the sooner McClain goes completely away the better. How would you feel if you were a blue collar player, giving your best performance every week and had to witness the lack-luster, non-motivational play of McClain every week??

    His absence will lift up the entire defense.
    ———————
    Same ole same ole, the lazy N-word critique.

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  • https://bigswede.com Klas Tjorborn

    Any dummy who puts a gun to someone’s head during their bye week should be benched.

  • https://bigswede.com Klas Tjorborn

    Kell, you still in Switzerland?

  • alex7

    So Palmer’s INT mistake “shouldn’t happen.”

    Why not? I see Brady throwing interceptions. I see Brees throwing a boat-load of them. Palmer has…2 this season? 3? Kinda really good after 5 games.

    Corners get paid to make plays, and sometimes they do.

  • The Beeech Dawg

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  • https://bigswede.com Klas Tjorborn

    Palmer completed a great pass just like the one on the INT earlier in the game. It was just unfortunate. He showed a lot of moxie driving 80 yards after the INT to tie it up. Palmer is playing better than any QB we have had since Gannon. It’s not even close.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Comparing Palmer to Brady & Brees is kinda crazy.

  • alex7

    Wow. SnB, that’s a heck of a stat.

    “Michael Vick has 30 turnovers in 30 games.”

    Can you imagine the Eagles’ forums?

  • alex7

    Agreed KK. Who did that? Oh, nobody did. Interceptions were compared.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    To say Palmer is playing better than any Raider QB since Gannon, isn’t say much at all.

  • https://bigswede.com Klas Tjorborn

    Klas dropping Baltimore defense for Raiders in FF this week. Call me crazy, but Jags ranked #32 in offense.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    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?

  • Raider E

    So Kell, you saying you don’t like Palmer or are you just trying to incite a argument?

  • https://bigswede.com Klas Tjorborn

    KoolKell Says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 3:02 pm
    To say Palmer is playing better than any Raider QB since Gannon, isn’t say much at all.
    ===
    True. How about this? Palmer may be 5th best QB in Raider history.

    1)Stabler
    2)Plunkett
    3)Lamonica
    4)Gannon
    5)Palmer

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    The Raiders aren’t that bad, heck Cleveland is 1-5.

    Dumbass comparisons don’t help Raider fans or the Raiders.

  • https://bigswede.com Klas Tjorborn

    It’s been long time since Raiders have had a franchise QB. Would be nice to have our own Manning or Brady.

  • blackandsilverside

    KoolKell

    Same ole same ole, the lazy N-word critique.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Stop, please. 75% of NFL players are black.
    I wouldn’t care if McClain is poka-dot or green and blue striped. He has low intelligence and no fire to win.

  • https://bigswede.com Klas Tjorborn

    Kell is drunk on Rum again.

  • Raider E

    Its actually saying quite a bit when you consider that among the group since Gannon stand a former Superbowl QB (Collins), and an overall #1 pick (Russell).

  • The Beeech Dawg

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    DONT BELIEVE THE HYPE

  • blackandsilverside

    KoolKell Says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 3:02 pm
    To say Palmer is playing better than any Raider QB since Gannon, isn’t say much at all.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Every QB since Gannon has been crappola.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Raider E Says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    So Kell, you saying you don’t like Palmer or are you just trying to incite a argument?
    ——————-
    I’m not putting these losses on Palmer. I don’t dislike Palmer, I like him. But c’mon, he has a career losing record. I’m just tired of these excuse makers.

  • https://bigswede.com Klas Tjorborn

    I guess Hostettler was pretty good. He may compete with Palmer.

  • https://bigswede.com Klas Tjorborn

    Palmer has played for Bengals and Raiders. That is why he has losing record.

  • The Beeech Dawg

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  • DT42

    I hate to say it but a good example of a defense headed in the right direction is Seattle. There DB’s get right in Brady’s face, here’s what Richard Sherman had to say:

    “Me and (safety Earl Thomas) walked up to him (Brady) and said, ‘We’re greater than you. We’re better than you. You’re just a man — we’re a team,’” Sherman told the News Tribune. “That’s the Brady Bunch; this is a defense. We’ve got 11 players out there to play great ball, and we’re never going to let one man beat us. It’s not just about one man. If they’ve got 11 players out there on offense, then they’re one hell of a team.”

    When was the last time we had a defense that backed up talk with solid defense. Not the Raiders. Too many 2nd rate players that take huge paychecks (Huff I’m talking to you) and give excuses. Earl Thomas was what we thought Michael Huff was going to be.

  • https://bigswede.com Klas Tjorborn

    Beeech, there is already a DJ Kimchi. You may get sued.

  • Marks hair

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  • SD-Raider

    Klas Tjorborn Says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Any dummy who puts a gun to someone’s head during their bye week should be benched.
    ——————————————————
    Couldn’t agree more. I was all for drafting this guy at the time, but now I think it was a bad choice. We don’t need thugs like that on this team. Reggie will clean them all out eventually. I just hope he doesn’t turn the Raiders into one big church group. I don’t know which would be worse…thugs or bible beaters.

  • theghostronin79

    70.KoolKell Says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 3:02 pm
    To say Palmer is playing better than any Raider QB since Gannon, isn’t say much at all.

    ==========

    He’s at least giving us a chance. I thought for sure they were DONE after that Pick 6… He marched them down and decided not to go quietly… Made a game out of it.

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  • The Beeech Dawg

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  • alex7

    I love the simplicity of common sense, and how WEIRD it looks posted beautifully in a Raiders forum:

    Klas Tjorborn Says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Palmer has played for Bengals and Raiders. That is why he has losing record.

  • https://bigswede.com Klas Tjorborn

    Troll was fired for being a troll:

    Less than a day after Gawker’s Adrian Chen outed Violentacrez, Reddit’s most infamous user and inciter (referred to as a “troll” in internet-speak) has realized his worst fear: getting found out and then fired in real life.

    Of Violentacrez, Chen writes:

    If you are capable of being offended, Brutsch has almost certainly done something that would offend you, then did his best to rub your face in it. His speciality is distributing images of scantily-clad underage girls, but as Violentacrez he also issued an unending fountain of racism, porn, gore, misogyny, incest, and exotic abominations yet unnamed, all on the sprawling online community Reddit. At the time I called Brutsch, his latest project was moderating a new section of Reddit where users posted covert photos they had taken of women in public, usually close-ups of their asses or breasts, for a voyeuristic sexual thrill. It was called “Creepshots.”

    The 49-year old programmer and self-described pervert Michael Brutsch lives in Arlington, Texas with his disabled wife, no insurance and “maybe 3 weeks pay in the bank” after being fired from a publicly-traded financial services company.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Alex7 Says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 3:25 pm
    I love the simplicity of common sense, and how WEIRD it looks posted beautifully in a Raiders forum:

    Klas Tjorborn Says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Palmer has played for Bengals and Raiders. That is why he has losing record.
    —————-
    Sure, since that troll backs your opinion.

  • Plunketthead

    rehearsal is INSANE IN THE MEMBRANE,

    Dickie Roberts is in the house?

  • https://bigswede.com Klas Tjorborn

    I wonder if Kelled would get fired for his online antics if he was exposed to Kane and Associates?

  • https://bigswede.com Klas Tjorborn

    I wonder if Kelled would get fired for his online antics if he was exposed to Kane and Associates?
    ===
    *Kell

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Sure, it’s okay for Palmer to have a losing record, because he plays for the Raiders. disgusting.

    Funny, Jason Campbell didn’t get that entitlement. Not really, but instructive.

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