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.”


Steve Corkran

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    Hey, Smiley, what’s up?

  • 😡 doubters and haters, Raids will kick ass.

  • :mrgreen: Jacked, juiced and ready for kick off Mr P/I

  • 👿 🙂 🙄 😉

    CP3, DMAC & Moore will quiet the doubters and the haters. And the fans at arrowhed stadium too.

  • I’m goin’ to Kansas City, Kansas City, here I come
    Yes, goin’ to Kansas City, Kansas City, here I come

    Raidahs goin to Kansas City to implement a good’ol fashioned beat down on the chiefs. How do I know you ask? I know. Deep in my heart I know they are going to throttle the chiefs.

    😀 😀 😛 :mrgreen: 😡 😮 😈 😎 🙂

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    Need some ‘D’ too. Whether it’s taking Quinn out of the game so we can focus on the run, or vice versa. I’ll take both, though, and a shutout.

  • dr_robert

    The Beeech Dawg Says:
    October 27th, 2012 at 9:18 pm
    Keepin’ it real, Jenna Jamison gives below average BJs

    there, the Beeech Diggity said it


    really gay post

  • dr_robert

    The Beeech Dawg Says:
    October 27th, 2012 at 9:21 pm
    Allday, the only thing wrong is NOT smoking weed

    that’ss the way them big DAWGS bark


    even more gay

  • 😈 Raidahs O will be awesome

    😎 Raidahs D will be awesome

    :mrgreen: Special teams will be awesome

  • Kiwi_Blade

    Hope you are correct Smiley.
    Should we lose tomorrows blog will contain
    500 Fire Knapp posts
    500 Fire DA posts
    500 Trade Palmer posts
    5000 troll posts

    Did I miss anything?

  • lefty12

    986-Didn’t you say you lived in the South now?

  • Al_is_theraiders

    kiwi- before we lose…fire greg krapp, reggie mcheese and dennis titts allen..take tarver piece of krapp zone too…

  • Marks hair

    Thats alot for harden

  • Marks hair

    Max deal for harden?? He’s not a starter

  • MiamiRaider78

    Tsunami watch for North Cal! Careful friends!

  • MiamiRaider78

    I’m glad Harden is off of the Thunder.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Attn: Qodrn1

    silvblck 20
    KC BBQ 13

    the ketchup & mustard always play us tough and they know we’ve OWNED them at Arrowhead in recent years. Quinn is now the starter by choice and not by injury. They are coming off a bye week. Charles & Bowe are good players. So are Hali & Johnson on defense. They hate us and will come out swinging. I predict a defensive game, with both D’s showcasing their skills. We gotta quit the stupid penalties and turnovers – it almost cost us the Jags game last week. If we play like that this week, we will lose. Allen & Knapp should know by now that our O-Line sucks and provide some extra protection on passing downs, especially 3rd

  • RaiderRockstar

    I’m glad Harden is off of the Thunder.


    Me too, OKC just got better and will continue to own the Lakers in the west

    another Heat/Thunder Final, baby!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Unable to work out an extension, Thunder trade James Harden to the Houston Rockets for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb and draft picks.



    Sam Presti & Scott Brooks wanted for robbery

  • RaiderRockstar

    weather in Podunk for today’s game:

    high of 50 degrees. mostly sunny

    right now as I type, it’s 35 deg and freaking COLD!!

  • MiamiRaider78

    Are the Rockets and Magic brainstorming ideas on how to come up with the worse trades? Houston got fck’d and the Thunder will be really good for a long time.

    Damn you RaiderRockstar, no one is owning the Lakers! lol

  • Great day for sport.Watching the I

  • I’ll start again.

    Great day for sport.Watching the Indian Grand Prix,Chelsea play Man U then two back to back games with the last being the Raiders game.

    All I need is Lucy Pinder sitting on my lap and life would be perfect.

  • Plunketthead

    Morning all
    Neil Our free press keeps most ignorant, however many of us have our eyes open and worry about what is happening in England.

    The same thing is being done here just not as quick.

    I pray for the people

  • Just Fire Baby

    Going back to the Tyrann thing from last night, he DIDN’T really grow up poor, he moved in with his aunt and unce, lived a quiet middle-class life, and went to a private Catholic HS.

    There he met a bunch of wannabe rapper guys, and still hasn’t distanced himself from them.

    He got kicked off LSU, and IMMEDIATELY started hitting the club scene, making appearances at clubs (for money probably) and using his name in the flyers to promote his little wannabe rapper guys.

    One of the flyers was clearly all about taking E and coming to a rave/rap concert.

    Dude hasn’t learned his lesson still. Still hanging out in Baton Rogue getting high and in trouble.


  • Plunketthead

    Pass is right. As a GM I may overlook those things but the deal that kills it is his size. If he was bigger I might take the risk

  • Plunketthead

    Wake up cork!! We need a fresh fix

    So who is everyones #1 draft pick at QB if you could pick anyone

    Dang, Cam needs that running game which is no real big deal. The big deal is the RB contracts handed out already. I am glad we are not in that fix

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    October 27th, 2012 at 9:17 pm


    I would use a 4th rounder on this guy right now. I know its a highlight video but he only played 20 games. LSU is a different team when he is playing.

    Hell no! No more SEC bums.

  • Going to be a good day in Raider land. Free mustache rides for the ladies.

  • edward teach

    There is no truth to the rumor that Melissa Stark left ESPN for NFL Network because Chris Berman kept calling her Melissa Stark Naked.

    At least, I dont’ think there is.

  • Just Fire Baby

    So among the female ESPN on-site reporters, who is the hottest?

    I kind of like the black chick Josina, especially when she wears the dorky glasses.

    The Jenn Brown girl on college is pretty nice as well.

  • Raider Steve

    There’s an ESPN chick named “Kim”. I can’t remember the last name.

    She’s lost some weight. I think she’s hot but then again I have the dubious rep here of having a thing for fat chicks.

  • Plunketthead

    The SEC seems to have a overbundance of sippyheads

  • Raider Steve

    edward teach Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 7:02 am
    There is no truth to the rumor that Melissa Stark left ESPN for NFL Network because Chris Berman kept calling her Melissa Stark Naked.

    At least, I dont’ think there is.

    I have to change my favorite “Bermanisim” from Alexander “If lovin’ you is wrong..i don’t wanna be…” Wright.

    To Scott “Supercalifagilisticexpeala” Brosious.

  • Raider Steve

    …also a good one…Jake “Daylight come and me wanna” Delhomme.

  • Plunketthead

    lol fbb I think the same thing. She looked great this morning with those glasses although sometimes she looks like a space alien.

    Theres one straight haired blonde on NFL that has great legs. I would take her legs over any of them

  • Raider Steve

    Plunketthead Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 7:10 am
    The SEC seems to have a overbundance of sippyheads

    May I ask what a “sippyhead” is?

  • Raider Steve

    You guys like those bony chicks.

    Remember, they don’t age well.

  • Plunketthead

    Mark Cuban must have burned through all his cash.

    I just saw him hawking two different products, looking old too.

  • DJ Johnny

    Giants vs. Dallas will be shown in the ENTIRE COUNTRY today.

    1-4 normally would be a death sentence for any team but with the unprecednted parity in the NFL this year, here we sit just a game out of first and don’t look now but here comes New Orleans again.

  • Plunketthead

    Cough syrup mixed with sweet juice and it is sipped slowly to make it “activate” or work right.

    It was JR’s downfall. Well that and a bad case of lethargy mixed with apathy

  • Plunketthead

    Come to think of it sippyhead may be something I just made up. Maybe they are called syrupheads

    I have been most everything else but I have never tried cough syrup

    I am sure I would like it

  • RaiderSam

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    October 27th, 2012 at 2:57 pm
    KoolKell Says:
    October 27th, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    The rivalry order is either,

    1 Kansas City Chiefs
    2 Pittsburgh Steelers

    1 Pittsburgh Steelers
    2 Kansas City Chiefs
    Wow, you really are old and delusional. Raiders and Steelers haven’t been rivals for 30 years.


    Yeah, that probably explains why Rothelisberger has never won in the Coliseum, and Gradkowski upset them it the Burgh


    Steelers have won rings – but the rivalry is very relevant.

  • RaiderSam

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 6:18 am
    Going back to the Tyrann thing from last night, he DIDN’T really grow up poor, he moved in with his aunt and unce, lived a quiet middle-class life, and went to a private Catholic HS.

    There he met a bunch of wannabe rapper guys, and still hasn’t distanced himself from them.

    He got kicked off LSU, and IMMEDIATELY started hitting the club scene, making appearances at clubs (for money probably) and using his name in the flyers to promote his little wannabe rapper guys.

    One of the flyers was clearly all about taking E and coming to a rave/rap concert.

    Dude hasn’t learned his lesson still. Still hanging out in Baton Rogue getting high and in trouble.



    if Mathieu is a UDFA or 7th rounder – why not? Ray Ray Armstrong as well…they cannot afford to leave no talent out.

  • Raiders need more guy with mustaches. Until that happens, this team will keep losing like a bunch of smooth faced p*ssies.

  • What is the name of that reporter who had an issue with Favre and the Jets?

  • Just Fire Baby

    That was Jenn Sterger, but she is not really a “reporter”.

    She actually got famous when a student at Florida State they would always show her on the video board with her cowboy hat on.

  • Just Fire Baby

    UDFA or 7th rounder, I am perfectly fine with for the Honey Badger.

    No real investment there, and while I don’t think a 5’9, 170 safety (he is not a cover corner, was burned often when he was) has much of a place in the NFL, he can definitely by a top-flight kick returner.

    But I am not giving up a 4th round pick, like a Miles Burris, to take a flyer on him or anyone else of his ilk.

  • Just Fire Baby

    PFT reporting teams are calling about Deangelo Williams.

    I earlier said we would make a run at him in the offseason, and I hope we are one of the teams calling right now. He would be a great backup, and I think his style can work well in the ZBS.

    Good dude as well. Offer them a 5th rounder and see what happens.

  • RaidingTexas

    Game day, Nation!