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Knapp incorporating more gap scheme in run game

By Steve Corkran
Thursday, November 1st, 2012 at 3:32 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    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.
    —————————
    I wonder, I don’t think it was Knapp’s idea to change to the Gap-scheme.

  • Dan78

    I vote to change kell to Kamala… yay or nay

  • eastoaklandraider

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 2:05 pm
    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.
    —————

    I’m with Rggie also but he didnt hire knapp and there is no telling what he thinks of DA’s hire.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 2:08 pm
    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.
    ——————————–
    C’mon Spin-meister, you can do batter than that. You didn’t even address the question. Lol.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Let me try somebody else:

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

    Now, how do you Knappsack huggers spin that? Mcfadden20

  • dr_robert

    i say beeech is ted dibiase and dan78 is virgil. u know, a guy walking around pretending to be rich, throwing around monopoly money, and his little “kept boy” who follows him around and shouts out PMPP like a little toadie. and u know they’re both wearing tights. cuz it’s “totally not gay”.

  • dr_robert

    oh wait, dan78 and beeech are the same guy. oops.

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    KK Munster, what happened in Benghazi? Any idea ?

  • nycraider

    Reggie had to approve the hiring of knapp. i dont think you can judge Reggie or DA yet, but knapp does have a history. like it or not knapp will be here all season, next year who knows. i like what i see from DA initially. winning on sunday makes us 4-4 which would give us hope for a successful season. if we can get dmac going and find a wr who can create some separation in the red zone we can be a playoff team imo.

  • Dan78

    Dr-Robert = Brother Love
    Fits you perfect you fairy.. lol

  • LA to TheBay

    955.KoolKell Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 2:17 pm
    Let me try somebody else:

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

    Now, how do you Knappsack huggers spin that? Mcfadden20

    ————————

    I think Knapp sucks too, but to be fair, CP threw at least two balls that were sure TDs that weren’t caught.

    Meyers clank and Streater inside shoulder.

    Then again, I believe those plays were called from no huddle, in which CP has final say on the play.

    For all the numbers-obsessed in here, would be interested to see a breakdown of CP in no huddle vs. huddle and our overall offensive production from no huddle vs. huddle.

    That right there would probbaly show you, in numbers, that Knapp is pretty bad at calling plays.

  • morilla

    Need more bubble screens and reverses, too much speed on this team going to waste.

  • LA to TheBay

    Streater BACK shoulder*

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    MistaBrown Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    KK Munster, what happened in Benghazi? Any idea ?
    ———————–
    Go ask Rush Limbaugh, BrownStains, I’m sure he knows.

  • mcfadden20.

    Run game is not putting them in manageable 3rd downs and you try to get 3rd downs with no protection and average receivers to throw to = 30 or 31st in 3rd down conversions

  • LA to TheBay

    I think Pollack may be a worse O Line coach than Knapp is an OC.

  • dr_robert

    Dan78 Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 2:21 pm
    Dr-Robert = Brother Love
    Fits you perfect you fairy.. lol

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

    ur the one who’s in love with another man on this blog.

  • inonewordraider

    dakota =hacksaw jim duggan

  • dr_robert

    and i use the term “man” very loosely for beeech. but since dan78 is here, u know it won’t be long before sudden;y beeech makes an appearance.

  • inonewordraider

    raider rockstar = honkey tonk man

  • Dan78

    Dr_Robert you must have finished taking advantage of your male patient. Your PHD in colonscopy from West Hollywood University really came in handy…

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Corky or Jerry waiting on to see if the Raider game sold out to put out a new post.

  • RaiderLen

    Afternoon Fellas,

    Raiders are 12th in the NFL @ 3.3 Red Zone scoring attempts per game.

    Last season they averaged 2.9 attempts per game.

    The opportunities are more frequent thus far, need to find a way to convert 3′s into 7′s.

  • inonewordraider

    Vjax averaging 21.6 ypc
    mwillians averaging 17.4 ypc
    = wow

  • dr_robert

    Dan78 Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 2:30 pm
    Dr_Robert you must have finished taking advantage of your male patient. Your PHD in colonscopy from West Hollywood University really came in handy…
    ********************

    ur “cutdowns” are even more lame than beeech’s. really? that’s the best u can do? say that i’m a gay doctor?

    and this comes from a guy who enjoys hearing about beeech having his pubes done by a male. dude, u and beeech have to be the gayest posters EVER!

  • inonewordraider

    Oakland has scored with less than two minutes to go in the first half of all seven of its games

  • inonewordraider

    The Raiders have scored 33 points in the final two minutes of the first half and only 35 points in the other 28 minutes

  • dr_robert

    and wouldn’t u know it? dan78 talks about LA. sometimes it’s just so easy to spot beeech.

  • inonewordraider

    tampa has scored 28 or more 3 consecutive

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    How are we gonna cover VJAX that nugga tore up the RAiders in week 17.

    Who is gonna cover his azz???

  • Plunketthead

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

    Now, how do you Knappsack huggers spin that?
    ***************

    No spin needed. I dont mind if you blame Knapp.
    You know why?

    It will soon be fixed by the DA aka Mister fix it.
    I told you the DA would fix Knapp and the ZBS if he needed to. And BAM just like that, DA fixed it.

    The DA will fix any red zone problems the team has

    Hang on for the ride KK. It will be a great one.
    We can tie you on the bandwagon if you want

  • Dan78

    dr_robert Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 2:34 pm
    Dan78 Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 2:30 pm
    Dr_Robert you must have finished taking advantage of your male patient. Your PHD in colonscopy from West Hollywood University really came in handy…
    ********************

    ur “cutdowns” are even more lame than beeech’s. really? that’s the best u can do? say that i’m a gay doctor?

    and this comes from a guy who enjoys hearing about beeech having his pubes done by a male. dude, u and beeech have to be the gayest posters EVER!
    ===============
    Wow your meltdown started earlier than usual..
    you must have an appointment with Bobo the clown.

  • dr_robert

    Dan78 Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 2:37 pm
    dr_robert Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 2:34 pm
    Dan78 Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 2:30 pm
    Dr_Robert you must have finished taking advantage of your male patient. Your PHD in colonscopy from West Hollywood University really came in handy…
    ********************

    ur “cutdowns” are even more lame than beeech’s. really? that’s the best u can do? say that i’m a gay doctor?

    and this comes from a guy who enjoys hearing about beeech having his pubes done by a male. dude, u and beeech have to be the gayest posters EVER!
    ===============
    Wow your meltdown started earlier than usual..
    you must have an appointment with Bobo the clown.
    *****************

    HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!! it’s a meltdown, it’s a meltdown! what an idiot. bobo the clown? u should just stop now. ur so pathetic. i still love this meltdown stuff. as soon as u diss them, they start telling u ur having a meltdown. do u even know what that word means?

    dan78 is having a meltdown everyone. a hilarious meltdown. poor kid.

  • Dan78

    By the way we all know your not a doctor. We know your really Rocky from the movie MAsk

  • dr_robert

    please dan78–i’m begging u. tell me how i’m having a “meltdown”. explain what u could possibly mean by that. cmon. show us u know what that means. retard.

  • dr_robert

    Dan78 Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 2:40 pm
    By the way we all know your not a doctor. We know your really Rocky from the movie MAsk

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

    dude, seriously, ur embarrassing urself. no wonder ur in love with beeech.

  • Dan78

    your melting hahahaha.

  • dr_robert

    no, dan78. ur melting. and it’s hilarious.

  • DMAC

    Yall playuhs have a good weekend. I’m ghost!
    Go A’s!
    Go Dubs!
    Go Cal Bears! (fire Tedford)
    Go Raiders! See yall at the game.
    Green Party RULES!!!!!!!!

  • raiderinparadise

    Rolando McClain listed as “Questionable”

    I been saying that already for 3 years.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Dumb Dan, you Beech Dawg Buggers, are pretty lame & stupid. You should really quit this, seriously. Quit digging, Brah.

    Holla Holla.

  • dr_robert

    Raiderinparadise Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 2:47 pm
    Rolando McClain listed as “Questionable”

    I been saying that already for 3 years.

    ***********

    LOL! should be doubtful and better yet “out”.

  • poprox13

    raiderinparadise Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Rolando McClain listed as “Questionable”

    I been saying that already for 3 years.
    ___________

    LOL

  • LA to TheBay

    977.inonewordraider Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 2:35 pm
    The Raiders have scored 33 points in the final two minutes of the first half and only 35 points in the other 28 minutes

    ————-

    CP for OC.

  • The Big Banana

    Raiderinparadise Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 2:47 pm
    Rolando McClain listed as “Questionable”

    I been saying that already for 3 years.

    ———–

    Lmao!

  • Plunketthead

    Second half improvement? check
    Ready for early game back east? check
    Big improvement on D? check
    Knapp is a teachable coach? check
    No salary cap problems? check
    Lots of cash to spend on FA? check
    Future is bright? check

    Reg & the D.A.? check

  • raiderinparadise

    CP3 needs to get Myers a TD …
    I just keep wondering how he would celebrate?

    Reece will continue to be a decoy pass-catching FB (?)

    Wheeler will chase Freeman down twice.

    V-JAX will be a tough cover for Lee or Huff.

    Janikowski keeps puttin em thru

  • jesusraiderjim

    mcfadden20. Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 12:53 pm
    We have to def contain Josh Freeman and get to him , we should win, i don’t see their running game being a huge threat or anything , D Martin is only averaging 4.2 yards a carry after a huge game last week and our Run D is going to be good , we have to get Josh Freeman .. On O we will run wild on them and Palmer will go deep to wide open Moore and Streater after play act
    ===================================================

    Dude F.Y.I this aint gonna be no pushover game. The Bucs scored 13 (count em!) 13 T.D’s in the last three weeks. That is 1 more than we have scored all season.
    Don’t get me wrong I wanna kick their arse but we gonna have a battle!

  • RAIDERMAN99

    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.
    ====================================================
    Nothing but zone-blocking from the outset made sense ?

    What a crock.

    I dont give a fk what Krapp’s and Pollack’s pedigrees are. Going with nothing but ZBS from the outset was moronic and made no sense at all.

    If anything, the gap blocking that was already in place and working well, and that the players were familiar with, should have been used almost exclusively – and the ZBS should have been slowly phased in as the players got that down.

    Instead the genius Krapp decided to go with the ZBS exclusively – even though the team wasn’t ready for it and it failed miserably.

    Now all of a sudden the coaches aren’t so rigid as to be averse to change huh ?

    Leave it to Krapp to get it bass-ackwards and our favorite beat writer to peddle this garbage.

    Should have been gap blocking from the outset with the ZBS phased in – NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

  • lefty12

    Just wanted to make it an even grand.