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Knapp incorporating more gap scheme in run game

The Raiders rushed for 135 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs. A large chunk of that total came during the fourth quarter, and some of that came on several plays in which the Raiders mixed in some gap-scheme blocking.
So says offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, who has come under fire from fans for his implementation of the zone-blocking scheme upon his arrival before this season.
“It was a good balance of zone blocking and the gap scheme, so it paid off pretty good,” Knapp said Thursday. “We definitely increased our gap run-blocking scheme to get a better balance and keep defenses honest, and we’ve done it well, so we’ll keep that same kind of formula working. It’s a good change-up for us to have some kind of gap scheme with that outsize zone. But the big runs came from the outside zone for us in the fourth quarter.”
The Raiders primarily used a zone-blocking scheme early in the season. Knapp said he incorporated some gap-scheme blocking as a response to the lack of success running the ball.
No, it had nothing to do with the ruckus raised by fan calling for Knapp’s job because of his steadfast desire to stick with the ZBS.
“Yeah, we had to make an adjustment,” Knapp said, “and that was a good adjustment for us. It paid off, you betcha.”
Center Stefen Wisniewski said he welcomes the addition of the gap-blocking scheme into the mix.
“It is nice,” Wisniewski said. “That’s more of the stuff we ran last year, so most of us have a lot of experience in that, where we’re still learning the zone scheme. So it helps us because we’re familiar with it and also it’s a nice change-up. Teams aren’t sure what’s coming at them, and it makes us more likely to be successful.”
Wisniewski said it was nothing but zone-blocking scheme from the outset, which made sense given that’s Knapp’s and offensive line coach Frank Pollack’s pedigree. However, the coaches aren’t so rigid that they are averse to change.
“They’re starting to get to know us better, and we’re getting to know them,” Wisniewski said, “so they’re seeing that we can be successful doing both.”

– Knapp has coached and been around some pretty notable quarterbacks during his long NFL career: Steve Young, Michael Vick, Matt Schaub, Matt Hasselbeck come to mind.
You get the sense that Carson Palmer rates right near the top in Knapp’s book based on the portrait Knapp paints of his signal-caller.
“He’s been the rock,” Knapp said. “As you guys hear his quotes and the way he handles a tough loss, he puts it on himself. He’s a true pro, he’s a true leader. He’s really helped us in the pass game from the stance of, we’re a top five team in sacks allowed, but he’s getting the ball out pretty quick, too. He’s done a fine job for us managing the game in that pocket situation and not having frustration.
“He really keeps his cool throughout, through thick and thin. … . He’s special, guys. I don’t know how many guys you’ve been around, but he’s special. He doesn’t say much, but I’ll tell you, Carson Palmer’s special in the way he leads a team and the way he prepares for a game. He’s very, very good.”
High praise, indeed.

– Allen said cornerback Shawntae Spencer’s recovery from a right foot injury he suffered more than six weeks ago isn’t going as well as hoped for.
“He has not had any setbacks,” Allen said. “The progress has slowed a lot more than what we anticipated. We anticipated there would be more progress by this point in time, but it’s coming around a little slower than what we had hoped. It’s through no fault of his, just the nature of his injury.”
Spencer said last Friday that he still experiences some pain in his foot from time to time but that he remains hopeful of a return before long.
“I’m not in control of the timetable,” Spencer said. “Whatever they say, is whatever they say. So, I come to work, do whatever I got to do, do what they ask. Whenever doc clears me, he clears me.”
Spencer hasn’t practiced since he got hurt against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 16. There is no timetable for him to return to practice.

– Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano caused quite a stir earlier this season when he instructed his players to get after Giants quarterback Eli Manning while Manning was performing a kneel down at the end of a victory over the Bucs.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin took exception to the questionable tactic, and he let Schiano know about it during the postgame handshake.
Knapp said he is aware of what transpired and that his players are prepared for the situation should it arise Sunday.
“We’ve alerted our guys, ‘Alright, this is what they’ve done, so don’t … ‘ ”
So, don’t get caught offguard.
“We make sure that we’re in the mode of aggressive blocking up front,” Knapp said. “Sometimes, that down is kind of a relaxed down. We’re making sure, no, don’t take it as a relaxed down. Very similar to when we set up the field goal against Jacksonville, when Carson went out there and just went over a step and took a knee. That kind of blocking scheme, where we’re making sure we don’t let any penetration come through the inside.”
Knapp said this is the first time in his coaching career where he has had to address the prospect of a team going all out during a kneeldown situation.
Allen smiled when asked if he was aware of the dustup between the Giants and Buccaneers.
“We’ll be ready,” Allen said. “Our job is to be ready for anything. So we’ll be ready for it.”

– The Buccaneers traded cornerback Aqib Talib to the New England Patriots on Thursday in the only reported trade before the league deadline.
In a roundabout way, that might preclude the Patriots from re-signing cornerback Sterling Moore — he cleared waivers today — and keep him available for the Raiders to sign.

– Sebastian Janikowski wasn’t in the locker room to talk about being named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month.
So, we turn to Allen for his thoughts on Janikowski receiving the honor.
“That obviously means he’s kicking it good,” Allen said. “He’s done a good job. It’s a comforting thing to know you can put him out there and feel confident that he’s going to kick it through. We’ve put him in a couple game-winning situations, and he’s come through both times. That’s really a comforting feeling for the coach to have to make that decision.”
Janikowski has converted 18 of 19 field-goal attempts this season, with his lone miss coming from 64 yards against the Jaguars. He kicked a 40-yarder in overtime to win that game for the Raiders.

– Remember when Allen said he and his coaches were going to break down the Raiders from “A to Z” during the bye week? Well, here’s Allen’s take on how much progress the Raiders made the past three games.
“We’ve got some things corrected,” Allen said. “We’ve been better in some areas but we still have a long way to go. We still have a lot of things we have to get better at. It doesn’t matter what your record is, that’s always the case. You have to continue to improve throughout this 16-game season.”

– Wide receiver Denarius Moore has scored a touchdown in each of the past three games. On more than one occasion, Moore scored because of his ability to elude defenders in the open field an find a way into the end zone.
That inate ability to get ino the end zone is something that isn’t easily taught, Knapp said/
“It’s awfully hard to coach,” Knapp said. “It’s awfully hard to coach. His YAC ability, yards after catch or contact, whatever you want to choose, he’s got a unique ability to be able to make the first one miss. He has a little bit of space and that makes it awfully hard on defense. It’s a special trait he has, and it’s awfully hard to coach.”

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  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    eastoaklandraider Says: Sorry Mc20 Mistic has a better grip on this team than you.=======================

    Once Mistic gets us defending Palmer and calling Mistic a racist, there’s only one thing he’s got a grip on.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:

    That Atl game should have been won but wasnt do to zbs.

    ——————————–

    I don’t think you actually watched that game. They didn’t lose because of ZBS. They lost because of a late go-ahead pick 6 and then prevent defense on Atlanta’s winning FG drive.

    The Raiders averaged 4.7 yards per carry in that game and had 475 yards total offense. If you hate ZBS, that’s fine. But don’t say it was the reason they lost a game when it clearly wasn’t.

    ———————-

    Oh i watched the game, but thats not what i meant. I meant we lost the game but it wasnt because of the zbs. zbs was fine

  • DMAC

    Only the strong survive!

  • R8ER MIKE

    DMAC Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 1:37 pm
    I said it once and I’ll say it again….

    We need a blog royal rumble and PPV this schit.

    *************************************************
    100% Agree with you Mr President !!

  • mcfadden20.

    eastoaklandraider Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Mcfadden20. Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 1:30 pm
    Beaware arguing with Eastoaklandraider , if you ever disagree with him , he will call you dumbass and troll
    —————-

    You kill me with that too, you need people to follow you and care about what you have to say, Dam your sad this is a blog not Highschool.LOL

    I need people to follow me ? yet your the one who acts like 1 who needs people to follow you and agree with every little stupid thing you have to say or you will call them names … this is a blog and not a high school? yet you are the one acting all childish in here , what kinda grown man calls another person dumbass on a blog? just shut up , you’re only embarrasing yourself even more further

  • eastoaklandraider

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 1:34 pm
    What is a Knapp “apologist”?

    Isn’t that just a Raider fan who doesn’t act like a know-it-all ninny on here?

    Just asking.
    —————

    Ask Riff and Mc20 they can explain in great detail.

  • DMAC

    R8ER MIKE Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    DMAC Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 1:37 pm
    I said it once and I’ll say it again….

    We need a blog royal rumble and PPV this schit.

    *************************************************
    100% Agree with you Mr President !!
    ========

    I want to see mutha fkas getting their asses kicked and flying out the ring.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Mcfadden20. Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 1:40 pm
    eastoaklandraider Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Mcfadden20. Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 1:30 pm
    Beaware arguing with Eastoaklandraider , if you ever disagree with him , he will call you dumbass and troll
    —————-

    You kill me with that too, you need people to follow you and care about what you have to say, Dam your sad this is a blog not Highschool.LOL

    I need people to follow me ? yet your the one who acts like 1 who needs people to follow you and agree with every little stupid thing you have to say or you will call them names … this is a blog and not a high school? yet you are the one acting all childish in here , what kinda grown man calls another person dumbass on a blog? just shut up , you’re only embarrasing yourself even more further
    ———————

    YEAH….Whatever.

  • DutchRaider77

    904.R8ER MIKE Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 1:39 pm
    DMAC Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 1:37 pm
    I said it once and I’ll say it again….

    We need a blog royal rumble and PPV this schit.

    *************************************************
    100% Agree with you Mr President !!

    _____________________________________________________

    No way, a drinking contest like in Indiana Jones: Raiders’s of the lost Ark…last man or woman standing.

  • mcfadden20.

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:

    That Atl game should have been won but wasnt do to zbs.

    ——————————–

    I don’t think you actually watched that game. They didn’t lose because of ZBS. They lost because of a late go-ahead pick 6 and then prevent defense on Atlanta’s winning FG drive.

    The Raiders averaged 4.7 yards per carry in that game and had 475 yards total offense. If you hate ZBS, that’s fine. But don’t say it was the reason they lost a game when it clearly wasn’t.

    ———————-

    Oh i watched the game, but thats not what i meant. I meant we lost the game but it wasnt because of the zbs. zbs was fine


    Agreed, we had big run plays called back due to penalties and that Palmer int was huge .. i think he doesn’t turn it over , we just run the clock out and kick a fg to win the game

  • Just Fire Baby

    I want no part of the blog sucker punch battle, but I would be happy to sponsor it!!!

  • DMAC

    DutchRaider77 Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    904.R8ER MIKE Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 1:39 pm
    DMAC Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 1:37 pm
    I said it once and I’ll say it again….

    We need a blog royal rumble and PPV this schit.

    *************************************************
    100% Agree with you Mr President !!

    _____________________________________________________

    No way, a drinking contest like in Indiana Jones: Raiders’s of the lost Ark…last man or woman standing.
    =======

    Won’t bring in many viewers though.

  • eastoaklandraider

    DMAC Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 1:41 pm
    R8ER MIKE Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    DMAC Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 1:37 pm
    I said it once and I’ll say it again….

    We need a blog royal rumble and PPV this schit.

    *************************************************
    100% Agree with you Mr President !!
    ========

    I want to see mutha fkas getting their asses kicked and flying out the ring.
    —————–

    Just give me one min with Mc20 and Riff.

  • RaidingTexas

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:

    Oh i watched the game, but thats not what i meant. I meant we lost the game but it wasnt because of the zbs. zbs was fine

    ————————

    My apologies. I thought you were saying we didn’t win because of it.

  • mcfadden20.

    eastoaklandraider Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 1:34 pm
    What is a Knapp “apologist”?

    Isn’t that just a Raider fan who doesn’t act like a know-it-all ninny on here?

    Just asking.
    —————

    Ask Riff and Mc20 they can explain in great detail.


    Get over it and stop being butt hurt, not every one will agree with you , that’s part of life, learn and move on and stop wasting your time coming up with stupid names

  • DMAC

    Kell = Virgil (Million $ Man sidekick)

  • R8ER MIKE

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 1:44 pm
    I want no part of the blog sucker punch battle, but I would be happy to sponsor it!!!
    *********************************************
    sponsored by Jack Daniels and the GreenParty !!

  • DMAC

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I want no part of the blog sucker punch battle, but I would be happy to sponsor it!!!
    =======

    What are you waiting for?
    Make it happen.

  • Just Fire Baby

    If 10 zillion people will watch some Korean dude dance around like a bafoon, than we ought to be able to get 2 million views and a couple grand to pass around.

    Seriously!!!!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Kell = Virgil (Million $ Man sidekick)

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

    That’s cold-blooded!!!!

    The servant??? LOL

  • Dan78

    DMAC Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 1:45 pm
    Kell = Virgil (Million $ Man sidekick)
    ========
    Lol!!!! but if he was out of shape.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Who is Jimmy the Mouth of the South?

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    NFL: AroundTheLeague ‏@NFL_ATL
    Richard Seymour was fined $15,750 for an unnecessary late hit on Matt Cassel last week. =================

    That really didn’t look that bad to me. I’m not sure Seymour knew Cassel had thrown the ball. Had his head down. Not an excuse as far as a penalty goes, but a fine seems excessive. Don’t DVR games, any body rewatch that play?

  • DMAC

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    If 10 zillion people will watch some Korean dude dance around like a bafoon, than we ought to be able to get 2 million views and a couple grand to pass around.

    Seriously!!!!!
    ========

    I’m trying to tell you man.
    It would be an instant classic battle!

  • mcfadden20.

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    If 10 zillion people will watch some Korean dude dance around like a bafoon, than we ought to be able to get 2 million views and a couple grand to pass around.

    Seriously!!!!!


    SULLY, MISTIC, EAStOAK, KELL ,BEECH and other fighting for the right to be called the stupidest ever? we might set the record for the most views ever

  • Just Fire Baby

    I really didn’t see what the issue was with Seymour’s hit.

    Was it a fraction too late? OK, I guess, but it was a legal hit, just a smidge too late.

    Bogus fine, but Goodell needs the scrips to pay for all this brain trauma “research”.

  • Priesttj12

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    November 1st, 2012 at 9:54 pm
    Why do ppl keep bring up michael freakin bush? What part of NO MONEY dont u understand.

    Reggie at the time had zero money to pay what bush was look for. He is not worth the 3yr 9 million dollar contract that he got. How many extra games would he have helped us win? IDK… but i do know its not that big of a deal imo. He was stuffed three straight times on the goal line last year as well. but every time we got the 1 yard line Carson or DMAC has gotten in this year.

    Goodson is always getting positive yardage when he comes in.. and is averaging like 7 yards a carry. Enough of Bush

    Bush was a luxury Reggie/ Raiders couldnt afford nor would he want to imo even if he had the money. THe offense was gonna be built on DMAC.

    this year bush has 67 carriers for 247 yards averaging 3.7 yard a carry
    ***************************************************
    Boy You don’t have clue as to what the hell you’re talking about there is no such thing as NO MONEY in this league it’s only a matter of WHO you wnat to spend money on. They were too freakin’ stupid to understand the dynamics of this team. That is precisely why we’re buttnaked LAST in rushing………..fool!

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    DMAC Says: No way, a drinking contest like in Indiana Jones: Raiders’s of the lost Ark…last man or woman standing.=====================================

    Not often I’m an instant contender that needs to be taken seriously.

  • Dan78

    Klas = Berzerker

  • DMAC

    Beech = Ravishing Rick Rude

  • DMAC

    Mystic = Koko B Ware

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    What is a Knapp “apologist”?
    ————————–
    A Casual Fan.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    mcfadden20. Says: SULLY, MISTIC, EAStOAK, KELL ,BEECH and other fighting for the right to be called the stupidest ever? we might set the record for the most views ever================================

    78 contestants signed in but there’s only 8 people here.

  • Just Fire Baby

    about there is no such thing as NO MONEY in this league it’s only a matter of WHO you wnat to spend money on.

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

    When your up against the salary cap, you have to choose who to spend it on, when you are not, you don’t have to limit your choices.

    Not rocket science.

  • Dan78

    Alber Bigelow Paine = Bam Bam Bigelow

  • DMAC

    I hope we don’t get all pass happy, just because the Bucs rank in the top5 in run D.

  • Just Fire Baby

    A Casual Fan.

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

    So are you going to go to the game or watch it “Casually” from your couch this weekend?

    And don’t break your foot walking to the fridge!!!!

  • eastoaklandraider

    Mcfadden20= Goldust

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    What is a Knapp “apologist”?
    —————————
    A George Bush apologist, same same

  • Just Fire Baby

    I vote DLF for Ultimate Warrior.

    There is just some added intesity when posting in all CAPS all the time.

  • DMAC

    Green Party = Demolition

  • Just Fire Baby

    So because I don’t hate Gregg Knapp, I am a casual fan now?

    I support Reggie McKenzie 110%, if he is “Kool” with Knapp, so am I.

  • Dan78

    PMPP = DX

  • DMAC

    Brian = Junk Yard Dog

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    The Raider are 30th in 3rd down conversions. 31st in Red Zone TD’s

    Now, how do you Knappsack huggers spin that? JFB.

  • mcfadden20.

    eastoaklandraider Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Mcfadden20= Goldust

    —–
    EastOak = Yokuzuna

  • Just Fire Baby

    Who is Sgt. Slaughter (the anti-American version)??

  • DMAC

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Who is Sgt. Slaughter (the anti-American version)??
    ======

    Who’s got the military background in here?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Now, how do you Knappsack huggers spin that? JFB.

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

    We are scoring 2 points less a game than last year, by years end we will pass it.

    Settling for 31 yard FG’s counts just the same as Hue settling for 53 yarders.

  • DMAC

    Sully = Paul Bearer