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Knapp talks no-huddle, halftime adjustments, ‘coolest cat’ Palmer

If some people had their way, the Raiders would be in the no-huddle offense from start to finish every game. If only it were that easy.
Quarterback Carson Palmer and offensive coordinator Greg Knapp say the no-huddle is effective if used properly. Yet, it’s not something that a team can live off all the time.
“If that’s all you’re going to come into the game with you completely limit yourself, from personnel groups, to formations, to protections, red zone, third down, backed up,” Palmer said. “It’s not feasible. It’s a good change-up. It’s a good change of pace thing for us. It gets us out of a rut every once in awhile and it also keeps a defense on their toes and keeps a defense preparing for it. But it’s not something that you can just run all the time.”
Teams oftentimes will use the no-huddle as a means of preventing the defense from making substitutions. The downside is, the offense can’t substitute, either.
If the offense makes substitution(s), the defense is permitted to counter. Therefore, going to the no-huddle makes sense when the Raiders get a defense in a look that favors them based on who they have on the field at the time.
Some people also are delusional thinking that Palmer calls all the plays when he’s in the no-huddle. For the record, there are a series of plays available to Palmer during the no-huddle and Knapp has a hand in most everything that takes place.
Here’s Knapp’s take on the rapport between he and Palmer in terms of the no-huddle.
“There’s a good communication going right now,” Knapp said. “It’s like the third base coach giving the signal, sometimes where he’ll wave me off or something like that, and that’s OK, because he’s running the stuff that we’ve practiced the most and are the most comfortable with.
“But I want to be there to aid him and see some looks, and give him some suggestions because there’s a lot on his plate as it is as a quarterback in the no-huddle. But it’s really worked out well as far as the communication process goes to try and identify maybe from my perspective, OK, here comes the blitz from a certain side or a certain coverage, so this would be the best play to put us in.”
Knapp agrees with Palmer’s assessment about getting too consumed with using the no-huddle.
“It’s good right now because, it’s like any offense, if you do one thing all the time, in this league, the defensive coordinators and the defensive teams will start preparing for it and have specific things that will defeat that,” Knapp said. “But if you have it as a weapon and you can use it at different times of the game, then they’ve got to prepare not only for no-huddle, but the regular part of the offense and so it’s a good change up and it’ll catch a defense by surprise better than if you did it all the time.”
Knapp is able to communicate with Palmer via the sideline-to-helmet radio system until 15 seconds remain on the play clock. Once the play clock reaches 15, Palmer is on his own.
But Palmer is armed with information from Knapp long before the play starts for the times when he lets the play clock wind down past the communication window.
“We make sure we have certain plays in where we don’t go all the way to 5 seconds left,” Knapp said. “So, from an operations standpoint, we’ll have certain plays in where we call, line up and let’s go. And we get it done with 20 seconds left on the clock to keep a defense honest.
“But there’s certain go-to plays in the run game and the pass game that, no matter what the defense presents, we have either the protection that can handle it or the run fits will handle it. So, he’ll know if he’s inside that 15-second zone, I’ve got to call one of those plays that handle any defensive look that they present.”

– Some people are of the belief that coaches can blow up the game plan at halftime and draw up new schemes and plays for the second half.
That’s folly when you consider that halftime last for 12 minutes and about a third of that time is spent walking off the field, back onto the field, taking potty breaks, etc.
In reality, coaches have about 8 minutes to make adjustments. To that end, Knapp said, that process begins before the game and runs into the second quarter so that they can get a jump on making the necessary adjustments.
“We’ll have maybe a second-half list of ideas, that if we don’t use in the first half, we’ll make sure to apply in the beginning of the second half, as long as the defensive scheme hasn’t changed,” Knapp said. “So, it starts before the game starts. We have this list of ideas that we don’t plan to use in the first half but might use in the second half.
“Secondly, at halftime the players come off, use the restroom, get a rinse, get rehydrated and after like about 2 or 3 minutes in, we have the offense broken up, the defense broken up, and we say, ‘Here’s our list of ideas of for runs and passes that we’re going to start with.’ That starts occurring at the end of the second quarter, where John DeFilippo up in the press box is working with one of our assistants, Nick Holtz, with some ideas that I had and what they may see upstairs to create a second-half list. So, a lot of it’s done before we start halftime.”

– Knapp has been around a slew of accomplished quarterbacks. He considers Palmer one of the more poised quarterbacks he has coached during his lengthy career.
“Unbelievable,” Knapp said of Palmer’s ability to handle adversity. “He’s been one of the finest guys I’ve been around. We’ve had three games this year in the fourth quarter where we’ve had to work from behind, and he’s really kept his cool through all this.
“Not only adversity from a score in the game, but he’s had some tough hits that he’s taken, and he bounces up, he doesn’t say a word about what happened, why are we doing this? He just goes, ‘Alright, what was the problem? How do we fix it? OK, let’s move on.’ He’s one of the coolest cats I’ve ever been around on game day handling adverse situations. … It’s a unique quality because it’s hard to find that in a quarterback when a lot of stuff is coming at you.”

– Sebastian Janikowski calls Arrowhead Stadium one of his favorite venues in which to kick. A check of the numbers reveals just why.
Janikowski has converted 28 of 32 field-goal attempts at Arrowhead Stadium, including a stretch in which he made 18 straight from 2003-10.
The streak ended last season when a Janikowski 59-yarder hit the crossbar. No worry, though. Janikowski atoned for that with a game-winning field goal in overtime.
As free safety Michael Huff said, “When he is kicking at Arrowhead, he doesn’t miss.”

– Twenty players appeared on the Raiders injury report today. Backup linebacker Travis Goethel is the latest addition as a result of back spasms he suffered after practice Thursday.
Goethel is one of seven players listed as questionable. Eleven others are probable. Cornerback Shawntae Spencer and right offensive tackle Khalif Barnes are out.
Defensive lineman Desmond Bryant, who missed practice Thursday, is listed as questionable.

– As for linebacker Aaron Curry, Allen said he will decide Saturday whether to activate Curry to the 53-man roster.
Curry is making progress each day, Allen said. He participated in his sixth straight practice today without showing any negative effects from the sore knees that forced him to miss some offseason workouts, all of training camp and the first six games this season.
It’s unlikely that Curry will be activated for Sunday’s game. However, Allen said he anticipates Curry being activated, perhaps in time for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game Nov. 4, if he isn’t activated for the Chiefs game.

– Palmer took a beating against the Jaguars last Sunday. He got sacked twice, hit six times and hurried on most passing downs.
Allen said afterward that the offensive line needed some work and that it would be a focus in practice this week. As the team prepared to board the buses, Allen said he is impressed by the work of his offensive line in practice all week.
“There was, obviously, a sense of urgency with the offensive line,” Allen said. “They worked hard, as I believe they have all year long. They felt a sense of, ‘Hey, we’re all proud men out here and we all want to do our job and do our job to the best of our ability, and when we don’t play as well as we want to we look forward to the opportunity of getting back out there and proving ourselves again.’ That group as a whole is looking forward to the opportunity to get back out there.”
Right offensive tackle Jared Veldheer said he and his linemates got the message loud and clear after an off game.
“There’s definitely a sense of urgency because we take a great amount of pride in what we do and how we help this team,” Veldheer said. “And when we’re not doing what we’re supposed to do, and I’m not doing what I’m supposed to do, it definitely hurts. We do take it to heart and won’t sit around and accept it. With that attitude, we’ve taken a step this week in saying, that’s not going to be who we are, it’s not our standard, we’re better than this and no more of that.”

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  • MiamiRaider78

    Did Cork quit? lol I need my fix. I’m already scratching my neck and my hands are twitching.

  • mcfadden20.

    MiamiRaider78 Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 9:54 am
    I’ve done the mimosas and bloody mary’s but not that early in the morning…8, 9am. The only time I’m drinking at that hour is if ive been up since the night before, clubbing and what not. BBQ breakfast, havent done that either. lol

    —-
    Up since the night before?and You got some crazy stamina ,I have stayed up all night in anticipation of some Raiders games but I could never make my self do anything ,all I wanna do is sit on couch and watch football lol

  • Just Fire Baby

    We are 1.5 point underdogs, and that is what they base it off.

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

    Trade DMac to Rams for Steven Jackson and a 2nd round pick.

  • Just Fire Baby

    BBQ breakfast, havent done that either

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

    Just put the skillet right on the grill, throw some linguica links or what not with it, some Texas toast or what have you.

  • Plunketthead

    People are still going to watch ,we have lowered our expectations from everything ,they can just put 1 guy on chair with sealed lips for 1 hour and we will still watch him
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    No big deal, he wont last.
    The dude they fired rarely had a misfire
    This guy may have one decent show (I have not seen all of them)

  • Just Fire Baby

    At least those azz-hat Englanders didn’t boo our national anthem this year.

  • Just Fire Baby

    That had to be the two hottest singers of a national anthem I have ever seen.

    Holy crap who were thsoe two???

  • mcfadden20.

    Code black ..I wish there were Raiders A and Raiders B 1 played at 10 and the other at 1 ..can’t stand other teams

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Those old school Pitt uniforms are atrocious.

  • mcfadden20.

    Gawd damn look at those jerseys steelers are wearing ..is this April fools day or something

  • J Hill

    LMFAO @ the bumble bee/convict look.

    WTF

  • MiamiRaider78

    This Jets Phins game will be fun to watch, for the time being. PLenty of trash talking between both teams leading up to the game.

  • Marks hair

    Cant just give the td run to dwyer can you dìckhead?

  • J Hill

    YEAH!!!!

    Cleve stops SD on 4th and 1.

  • MiamiRaider78

    Richard Gordon should help with the running game today? :::praying:::

  • Just Fire Baby

    Does Derek Anderson get in the game today for Carolina?

    New GM, Jimmy Johnson said every Panther is playing for their job, includin Cam.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I’m going to laugh if Jax stays close to the Packers all game.

  • Plunketthead

    My eyes are a little weak and it looks like Pittsburg is playing butt naked

  • J Hill

    YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

    SD is going down baby!!!

    1st place is coming home to Oakland!!!

  • MiamiRaider78

    The ref in the Dolphin game, pulled his flag out and then proceeded to put it back in on an obvious pass inteference call.

    League needs to start to fine these refs for mistakes like that. If you’re going to pull it out, use it.

  • J Hill

    Alex Mack should be OUR starting C.

    PHUCCC

    1st rd C and LT and the browns are running the ball with no problem.

    QB hasn’t been touched yet.

    Oline in rd 1 please!!!!

  • Raider Riff

    Agreed JHill

  • Marks hair

    Fùck cam! Your killing me!!!!!!!!

  • Raider Riff

    Im lovin’ what the Browns are doin’ to the Chargers.

  • Raider Riff

    Marks Hair Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 10:47 am
    Fùck cam! Your killing me!!!!!!!!

    ———-

    Stop taking advice from Mistic. He knows nothing about football.

  • VaRaiderNation

    What’s up Nation. Hope everyone had a good week and is hyped and ready for some Raider football. Can’t wait for gametime. We win today and hopefully we win big. Am I the only one who has noticed this pattern?
    Week 1, decent enough performance and we win if not for Condo going out.
    Week 2, terrible.
    Week 3, great win against the Steelers.
    Week 4, pathetic.
    Week 6, great performance to almost knock off an undefeated championship contender in their house.
    Week 7, ugly, but we get the win.
    So…if that pattern continues, we should have a good day and play a very good game against the Chiefs. Come away with the win and the season is still alive. Maybe today the on/off pattern stops and this gsme starts our consistent rise to playoff contention. 27-17 RAIDERS

  • Marks hair

    I have ff teams in 1st place and last place.. the last place team has cam and dmac.

  • 2romes

    I hope the Steelers lose for wearing those aweful looking uniforms. UGH!!

  • Marks hair

    The only advice ive ever taken from mistic is looking up geno smith. And i think he’s actually right on that one.. kids super accurate and moves well in the pocket.

  • 2romes

    And why is it that the Cleveland Browns uniform looks orange?

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    MiamiRaider78 Says: What time do you guys start throwing back beers, shots and grilling, if the Raiders start at 1pm? I always forget to ask this question!!! lol======

    Saturday night!

  • qodrn1

    The Prediction Board:

    Dedicated to Al Davis, Raider duct tape (boy does it hold) and the Coliseum rodents

    Week 1: Alex7: Chargers 27 Raiders 20 (22/14)
    Week 2: R8eray: Dolphins 20 Raiders 13 (35/13)
    Week 3: Plunketthead Raiders 30 Steelers 27 (34/31) R
    Week 4: Amysincharge: Denver 48-7 (37-6)
    Week 5: Klas Tjorborn: Falcons 35 Raiders 20 (23/20)
    Week 6: qodrn: Raiders 27 Jags 20 (26/23 OT) R

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says: Raider 30 Chiefs 17
    papertiger418 Says: Raiders 16 Kansas City Lady Chiefs 13
    qodrn: Raiders 35 KC 6
    RaiderRetribution Says: Raiders 37 Kansas City 13

  • Marks hair

    I did my drinkin fri nite. Costume party.. lots of slutty clothes.. i was a replacement ref..with weed

  • morilla

    When the Chargers lose today, this town is going to explode. They will help them pack their bags for LA.

  • Raider Riff

    We could have had Asante Samuel for a 7th round pick. Should we have done it? Could we have afforded it?

    Nnamdi just got burned bad. He never should have left here, or rather, never should have been shown the door. Its not working in Philly.

  • VaRaiderNation

    qodrn1 Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 11:07 am
    The Prediction Board:

    Dedicated to Al Davis, Raider duct tape (boy does it hold) and the Coliseum rodents

    Week 1: Alex7: Chargers 27 Raiders 20 (22/14)
    Week 2: R8eray: Dolphins 20 Raiders 13 (35/13)
    Week 3: Plunketthead Raiders 30 Steelers 27 (34/31) R
    Week 4: Amysincharge: Denver 48-7 (37-6)
    Week 5: Klas Tjorborn: Falcons 35 Raiders 20 (23/20)
    Week 6: qodrn: Raiders 27 Jags 20 (26/23 OT) R

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says: Raider 30 Chiefs 17
    papertiger418 Says: Raiders 16 Kansas City Lady Chiefs 13
    qodrn: Raiders 35 KC 6
    RaiderRetribution Says: Raiders 37 Kansas City 13
    VaRaiderNation: Raiders 27 – Chiefs 17

  • Just Fire Baby

    Raiders 31 Chiefs 10

    Same score as 2010 game in KC

  • Plunketthead

    Jets players look they are about to give up,,,, again
    Miami is a very good team

  • J Hill

    Doing fine without high priced CBs

  • Raider Riff

    Marks Hair Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 10:54 am
    The only advice ive ever taken from mistic is looking up geno smith. And i think he’s actually right on that one.. kids super accurate and moves well in the pocket.

    ————

    Cam just got his GM fired.

    RG3 is getting beat up by the Steelers.

    Mistic will jump ship and pick his next black hope the moment his current guy doesnt deliver. When you see Mistic labeling offenses as a “quick strike offense” as if that is a type of offensive scheme, you know that the pile of crap is full of…. crap.

    Geno Smith is a college QB. Nothing more, nothing less at this moment. If Mistic thinks he’s the second coming then that should be your first red flag. Mistic’s endorsement is a bad sign.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Jets need to unleash Tebow as the QB.

    Sanchez is garbage.

  • Raider Riff

    J Hill Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 11:16 am
    Doing fine without high priced CBs

    ——–

    Fine? I dont think so. We’re 2-4 and QBs have largely done great against us.

    That said, I think CB is the least important position on a team. Defense starts up front and the ripple effect goes from there.

    Our DT play has been stout.

    Our DE play has slightly improved

    Our LB play, which was VERY inconsistent early on has improved drastically with the personell changes and the progression of Burris.

    Thus, our secondary play has looked better as well. But I think some of that has to do with the growth of Huff as a CB. Which tells me, that having Nnamdi would have been nice despite how little I think of the position.

  • mcfadden20.

    Almost time

  • mcfadden20.

    Gotta admit RGIII is pretty good QB, making all kinda throws ,on the run and can even run a route , his receivers have dropped like 8 passes already and his D is not helping him out..see Mistic? It ain’t hard to praise a QB even If the team lost , it’s not always the Qb’s fault , we aren’t just crazy worshippers we know what’s good and what’s bad , we lost games lost year Palmer did pretty good things and we would have made the playoffs if not for our rest of team fukkin up .. See with ur clear eyes and quit hating for once

  • qodrn1

    165.raidermarty Says:
    October 26th, 2012 at 3:27 pm
    RAIDERS 27
    queefs 17
    McFadden finally breaks out!

    The Prediction Board:

    Dedicated to Al Davis, Raider duct tape (boy does it hold) and the Coliseum rodents

    Week 1: Alex7: Chargers 27 Raiders 20 (22/14)
    Week 2: R8eray: Dolphins 20 Raiders 13 (35/13)
    Week 3: Plunketthead Raiders 30 Steelers 27 (34/31) R
    Week 4: Amysincharge: Denver 48-7 (37-6)
    Week 5: Klas Tjorborn: Falcons 35 Raiders 20 (23/20)
    Week 6: qodrn: Raiders 27 Jags 20 (26/23 OT) R

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says: Raider 30 Chiefs 17
    mcfadden20. Says: Raiders 34- 20 Chiefs
    MiamiRaider78 Says: 24-16 Raiders.
    papertiger418 Says: Raiders 16 Kansas City Lady Chiefs 13
    qodrn: Raiders 35 KC 6
    raidermarty Says: RAIDERS 27 queefs 17 McFadden finally breaks out!
    RaiderRetribution Says: Raiders 37 Kansas City 13
    Smiley Face Says: Raidahs 38 Kansas Fried Chicken 6

  • qodrn1

    The Prediction Board:

    Dedicated to Al Davis, Raider duct tape (boy does it hold) and the Coliseum rodents

    Week 1: Alex7: Chargers 27 Raiders 20 (22/14)
    Week 2: R8eray: Dolphins 20 Raiders 13 (35/13)
    Week 3: Plunketthead Raiders 30 Steelers 27 (34/31) R
    Week 4: Amysincharge: Denver 48-7 (37-6)
    Week 5: Klas Tjorborn: Falcons 35 Raiders 20 (23/20)
    Week 6: qodrn: Raiders 27 Jags 20 (26/23 OT) R

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says: Raider 30 Chiefs 17
    Guest123 Oakland 31 KC 13
    mcfadden20. Says: Raiders 34- 20 Chiefs
    MiamiRaider78 Says: 24-16 Raiders
    Morilla: Raiders 27 Chiefs 20
    papertiger418 Says: Raiders 16 Kansas City Lady Chiefs 13
    qodrn: Raiders 35 KC 6
    raidermarty Says: RAIDERS 27 queefs 17 McFadden finally breaks out!
    RaiderRetribution Says: Raiders 37 Kansas City 13
    Rocky Mountain Raider: 17-13 Raiders! Book it!
    Smiley Face Says: Raidahs 38 Kansas Fried Chicken 6

  • qodrn1

    Did I skip anyone today?

  • qodrn1

    The Prediction Board:

    Dedicated to Al Davis, Raider duct tape (boy does it hold) and the Coliseum rodents

    Week 1: Alex7: Chargers 27 Raiders 20 (22/14)
    Week 2: R8eray: Dolphins 20 Raiders 13 (35/13)
    Week 3: Plunketthead Raiders 30 Steelers 27 (34/31) R
    Week 4: Amysincharge: Denver 48-7 (37-6)
    Week 5: Klas Tjorborn: Falcons 35 Raiders 20 (23/20)
    Week 6: qodrn: Raiders 27 Jags 20 (26/23 OT) R

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says: Raider 30 Chiefs 17
    Guest123 Oakland 31 KC 13
    Just Fire Baby Says: Raiders 31 Chiefs 10
    mcfadden20. Says: Raiders 34- 20 Chiefs
    MiamiRaider78 Says: 24-16 Raiders
    Morilla: Raiders 27 Chiefs 20
    papertiger418 Says: Raiders 16 Kansas City Lady Chiefs 13
    qodrn: Raiders 35 KC 6
    raidermarty Says: RAIDERS 27 queefs 17 McFadden finally breaks out!
    RaiderRetribution Says: Raiders 37 Kansas City 13
    Rocky Mountain Raider: 17-13 Raiders! Book it!
    Smiley Face Says: Raidahs 38 Kansas Fried Chicken 6
    VaRaiderNation: Raiders 27 – Chiefs 17

    1138.Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 11:13 am
    Raiders 31 Chiefs 10