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

By Steve Corkran
Friday, October 26th, 2012 at 1:33 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • RaidingTexas

    Game day, Nation!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Got my Rolando McClain jersey over my Timmy Lincecum t-shirt/jersey.

  • DJ Johnny

    NFLN has this graveyard bit where they are burying teams who are dead.

    So far in their “graveyard” they tombstones for KC and Jax.

    I was shocked to see they don’t have one for the Raiders yet.

    They said they are gonna revisit the graveyard in a minute so i’m sure they are coming up next.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Sterger!
    Thx Chico.

    No more female reporters in men’s locker-rooms unless male reporters are allowed in women’s locker-rooms.

  • DJ Johnny

    …so they “buried” Seattle, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and the Jets too.

    They must’ve forgot about the Raiders.

    They forget we’re still in the league sometimes i think.

  • https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTmDmJg1g3E6LTG7XgG9pyErciDz4v-8AxznAESsYBs6MOp Mustache #15

    DJ Johnny Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    NFLN has this graveyard bit where they are burying teams who are dead.

    So far in their “graveyard” they tombstones for KC and Jax.

    I was shocked to see they don’t have one for the Raiders yet.
    ++++++++
    They lose today they will get their tombstone.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    GAME DAY!! The sweetest of all days. This is day one of the long road back.

    Win on three!

    Ready

    WIN!!

  • https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTmDmJg1g3E6LTG7XgG9pyErciDz4v-8AxznAESsYBs6MOp Mustache #15

    Raiders in AFC Worst, that’s why they aint buried yet. Soon has Palmer’s mustache grows in, they be going to Super Bowl!

  • https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTmDmJg1g3E6LTG7XgG9pyErciDz4v-8AxznAESsYBs6MOp Mustache #15

    Fantasy Football question, who would you play today out of these 4?

    Heath Miller
    DBH
    Mario Manningham
    Danny Amendola

  • morilla

    Morning Nation. Thank god it’s game. At least we can get a distraction from all the Palmer/Knapp talk. Well, at least until tomorrow.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Tyrann Mathieu? Don’t think so. lst off as I have been saying to you guys for years, college football is a completely different game. A guy 5’8″, 165 is going to have a tough time guarding Calvin Johnson who is a legit 6’5″, 240 and probably more athletic. Mathieu might be great in the SEC but at this level sorry. And didn’t I already hear one guy in the SEC say that it is basically the same size and speed? And isn’t the guy who said that ready to hit the waiver wire?

    But even if Mathieu had the size to play at this level the guy is a problem. Believe me there is NO COACH at the college level that would kick off his best player unless he had no other choice. There were probably TWENTY incidents with Mathieu that no one other than the team knows about. Shoot, I will bet Mathieu was sitting there taking bong rips as Les Myles was giving the pre game rah rah after he told him not to. Pass.

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Ha, the Beeech Diggity is still basking in the glow of OKC giving away Harden, holla

    The Lake Show can now WALTZ into the Finals, you know the Lexus luxury box will be rocking

    Suckah Thunder, saving a few bucks … worst management in pro sports, whut whut

    Guess that’s why they call it the blues

  • Just Fire Baby

    Johnny,

    Maybe they didn’t bury us, because we have such a great OC???

  • Just Fire Baby

    Bruce Campbell, inactive again.

    The next time his superior barks out a play-call to him, it will be “Hey, Campbell, 4 Michelin’s over on Bay 4, and move it already!!!”.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Oh, and that great player that is thriving in his new surroundings (still laugh at all that noise) DVD, also inactive.

    The Reggie knows all.

  • http://Heismantrophy.com Mr. Heisman Lombardi

    RRRRRRAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIDDDDDEEEERRRRRSSSSS!

    Will KC even show up for this azz whooping?

  • http://Heismantrophy.com Mr. Heisman Lombardi

    Brady Quinn with three picks on the day! Quinn sucks!~!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Reggie:
    Hired a HC who was a DC for ONE year.
    Him and DA hired a rookie DC, and then hired Knapp as OC.
    With his 1st pick he drafted a 26 YO rookie OT to play OG, and the guy is inactive on gamedays.

    Not Impressed with Reggie or DA so far, abs I think we should/ will fire Knapp. Tarver intrigues me.

  • http://Heismantrophy.com Mr. Heisman Lombardi

    Give Willie Smith some help and the Raider O will roll…

  • MiamiRaider78

    Same scenario playing out this week. Another shetty quarterback, awesome running back. Not sure what the Chef’s D has to offer but I imagine they’re better than the Jags D? Haven’t heard much about their D.

  • mcfadden20.

    Kinda worried about this game ..KC is struggling and they have not won a game at home yet and just coming off a bye ,they are going to come swinging outta the gate ,hopefully we can match their intensity and btw I have J Charles in my fantasy team ,kinda torn about starting him ,I know starting him would kinda expect our D to suck but I think we will do fine and I have also have D Bowe on same team ,but I benched him because KC QB sucks and started Calvin Johnson who’s playing against a better secondary and pass rush of Seattle Seahawks ,good choice??

  • http://Heismantrophy.com Mr. Heisman Lombardi

    Stadium will be packed with Raider fans because the KC fans dumped their tickets on stub hub for a buck!!!

  • mcfadden20.

    On another thought I think our D will dominate so f8ck J Charles and D bowe

  • 2romes

    Huddle,no-huddle,mixed huddle,sugar-huddle, poly-huddle, muddle-huddle do what ever it takes to win this game today!!!! Coach Allen should have this game in his back pocket today and ready to cash it in.

    Good luck Raiders and the Raider Nation!

    Raiders Be With You

  • mcfadden20.

    Raiders 34 – 13 KC

  • mcfadden20.

    We better crush B Quinn

  • MiamiRaider78

    Look for Knapp to catch a bad case of diarrhea. The coaches headset doesn’t have the range to get calls in from the toilet. Saunders takes over play calling and the Raiders win!

  • oklahomaRaider18

    Damn you CBS!!!! showing the damn Cowboys-Giants game over the Raiders!!, The freaking Queefs are considered local….another disappointing Sunday :( ,

  • MiamiRaider78

    CBS wouldn’t show two NFC teams playing each other. I could wrong?

  • Plunketthead

    Strahan said he talked to Giant players this week and they said RG was unflappable and did not lose his cool but they said
    That the Redskin running game was almost impossible to stop

  • mcfadden20.

    Just a question for you guys. Would you rather live on the east coast and watch games at 1,4 and depending on the place of night game at 7 or 10 or live on west coast and watch games from 10,1 and 5

  • Just Fire Baby

    Yeah, the Cowboys game is covered by Fox isn’t it?

  • mcfadden20.

    Not many people on the blog I see

  • Just Fire Baby

    I like being in the MTZ, games start at 11am and 2pm.

    Still early enough so you don’t have to wait, but you get an extra hour before you have to start drinking for the AM games.

    My brother lives in MD, and can’t stand that MNF games end around midnight, and our opener didn’t end until about 1:30am.

  • Marks hair

    Wow houston fùcked up. All that and a max deal for harden? He’s not even a starter..

  • mcfadden20.

    I know we have played quite a few prime games in recent history but I can’t rem the last prime time game we played on a Sunday or have we ever played Sunday night game? Anybody else rem last Sunday night game we played in?

  • Marks hair

    West is the best

  • MiamiRaider78

    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

  • Just Fire Baby

    Off the top of my head, the last one I can remember was at home against the Chiefs, when Moss got called for offensive PI on a TD throw and we lost.

    2004 I want to say, maybe 2005.

    Can’t remember one since.

  • mcfadden20.

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 9:42 am
    I like being in the MTZ, games start at 11am and 2pm.

    Still early enough so you don’t have to wait, but you get an extra hour before you have to start drinking for the AM games.

    My brother lives in MD, and can’t stand that MNF games end around midnight, and our opener didn’t end until about 1:30am.


    Yeah man it must suck for east coast guys to watch a west coast prime time game but they kinda got it better on day games …they can be drunk as f8ck the night before and can still sober up for the first game and can BBQ all damn afternoon for 2 games ..we can only do BBQ for 1 game 1-4

  • mcfadden20.

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 9:47 am
    Off the top of my head, the last one I can remember was at home against the Chiefs, when Moss got called for offensive PI on a TD throw and we lost.

    2004 I want to say, maybe 2005.

    Can’t remember one since.

    —-
    Damn that’s a freaking long as time since we play on Sunday night, I wish they would schedule more Sunday night games for us then Monday night ..we always lose on Monday nights anyways so something different wouldn’t hurt

  • Plunketthead

    Fox sports new comedy act is worse then pathetic. hard to believe people get paid good bucks to produce crap like that

  • Just Fire Baby

    Never BBQ’d breakfast, and had some Mimoso’s??

    Isn’t that what is going on in the parking lot on game day?

  • https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTmDmJg1g3E6LTG7XgG9pyErciDz4v-8AxznAESsYBs6MOp Mustache #15

    3 of the FOX dudes picked Raiders as their upset pick! Woo Hoo!

  • mcfadden20.

    MiamiRaider78 Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 9:46 am
    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
    -

    Like at 11:30 or 12

  • J Hill

    Harden and Lin, eh???

    LMFAO

  • mcfadden20.

    Plunketthead Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 9:50 am
    Fox sports new comedy act is worse then pathetic. hard to believe people get paid good bucks to produce crap like that

    —–
    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

  • MiamiRaider78

    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

  • mcfadden20.

    Mustache #15 Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 9:51 am
    3 of the FOX dudes picked Raiders as their upset pick! Woo Hoo!


    I don’t know why are they calling us underdogs for this game , we have won like 5 or 6 straight in KC and have a better record then them

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

    I feel confident that the Chiefs will lead for the first time in a game today.