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McFadden, Goodson and Seymour not playing Sunday

The Raiders will be without Nos. 1 and 2 running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson and defensive tackle Richard Seymour for the third straight game.
All three missed practice Friday before being declared out for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals game by coach Dennis Allen.
“They made progress this week,” Allen said, “but they’re not ready to go yet.”
That means regular fullback Marcel Reece will start at running back for the third straight game, with second-year player Taiwan Jones and rookie Jeremy Stewart the backups once again.
Reece is fresh from a game in which he amassed 193 yards rushing and receiving. He said he’s just trying to hold down the fort until the other backs return.
“We have so many playmakers on this team that no one’s that guy,” Reece said. “Darren McFadden’s the bell cow for this team and will be the bell cow for this team. Right now we’re kind of playing running back by committee. When it really comes down to it, you’re just trying to make plays the way you’re supposed to make plays.”
On a positive note, Goodson said he finally is out of the protective boot that he spent more than two weeks in while recovering from a high-ankle sprain. He and McFadden got hurt against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Nov. 4.
Goodson said he is disappointed that he missed out on the opportunity to be the lead back.
“You see McFadden go down, and I was the next guy in line,” Goodson said. “You kind of want to get out there and show everybody what you can do, and then I go down with an ankle. The exact same injury (as McFadden), the exact same game.”
Goodson said he is making progress, though he doesn’t have a timeframe for his return.
Desmond Bryant will start in place of Seymour.

– Niners linebacker Aldon Smith recorded 5 ½ sacks Monday night against the Chicago Bears. That total is half what the Raiders have through 10 games and almost twice that of Seymour’s team-high three.
Allen said part of the paltry sack total owes to the Raiders lacking a speed-rusher like Smith. The other factor is the inconsistency of the linebackers and defensive backs in pass coverage.
“We’ve got to do a better job of winning our one-on-ones, whether that be in coverage or whether that be in the rush,” Allen said. “Those things work together. It really comes down to individual battles, and we’ve got to win more individual battles.”
Defensive lineman Dave Tollefson said the sacks will come as long as he and his defensive mates keep working hard and play within the context of the scheme.
“I played on (New York Giants) teams that got a load of sacks, and it was a group effort,” Tollefson said. “You got to keep pounding that rock. You got to just keep working, keep working and that wall will break down.”

– Like most teams, the Raiders goal is to feature a balanced offensive attack. Injuries and situations in games oftentimes dictate otherwise.
Given that, the Raiders are the most lopsided offense through 10 games, with 66.1 percent of their plays being passes.
By comparison, the Texans and 49ers are the most-balanced teams in the league, right about 50 percent pass and 50 percent pass.
Allen said it’s “extremely important” for the Raiders to have a balanced offensive attack.
“When you throw the football that many times, eventually bad things happen,” Allen said. “We have to have balance, we have to be able to run the football, we have to make teams play us honestly.”
However, being balanced doesn’t always equate to success. The Redskins (4-6) and Chiefs (1-9) are the third- and fourth-most-balanced teams, yet they are long-shots to make the playoffs..

– Bengals fans hoping to get a look at Carson Palmer, the quarterback that guided their team from 2004-10, won’t be able to do so if they live in the Cincinnati area. The game is blacked out locally.
Palmer was the Bengals first-round pick in 2003 (No. 1 overall). He spent his rookie season learning under Jon Kitna and didn’t play. He assumed the starting spot in 2004 and held on to that job for seven seasons.
The Raiders traded a 2012 first-round pick and a ’13 second-rounder to get Palmer from the Bengals last season. Sunday marks Palmer’s first game against his former team, in the stadium that he called home for so long.

– Strong safety Tyvon Branch (neck) said he’s “ready to roll” after missing last Sunday’s game. That snapped a streak of 57 straight starts for Branch.
Jones (ankle) and rookie defensive end Jack Crawford (toe) are questionable.

– Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green has at least one touchdown in the past nine games. Overall, he has 64 receptions for 911 yards and 10 touchdowns in 10 games.
It’s not difficult to make a strong case for Green being the most-dangerous receiver the Raiders have faced all season.
“A.J. Green is having a great year,” strong safety Tyvon Branch said. “So we got to stop the ball from going on top. Keep everything in front of us and tackle.”
Cornerback Michael Huff will cover Green whenever he is lined up on the right side. Allen said the Raiders won’t use Huff or Ron Bartell to shadow Green.
Huff calls Green “an animal” and a better overall receiver than the Falcons Julio Jones, who Huff covered earlier this season.
“He makes more plays, probably plays the deep ball better,” Huff said. “You can throw it up to him, he just goes up and gets it, just makes plays. He’s better than Julio, to me. Not as fast as Julio as far as long speed, but he can still run.”

– Rookie offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom will see some more playing time Sunday, Allen said. Just don’t plan on Bergstrom catching a pass anytime soon, even though he oftentimes has been used as an extra offensive lineman.
When that happens, the referee is compelled to announce that “No. 70 has reported as an eligible receiver.”
“Don’t read too much into that,” said Bergstrom, who last caught a pass in high school. “I know I’m eligible, but that’s like saying a really ugly guy is an eligible bachelor. It doesn’t mean a whole lot.”

– Wide receiver Denarius Moore said he shares the blame for not being on the same page as Palmer in recent games, even though Palmer tries to take the lion’s share of the blame.
“We sat down and talked about what we need to do and what we need to get better on,” Moore said. “All the blame is not on him. Lately there’s been times where I was wide open dropped a couple of passes and times where I didn’t get off a release, or my timing was off a little bit.
“All the (blame) is not on him. It’s just watching film, seeing what the DB is going to do, what coverages we might get and what releases might work for us.”
Palmer completed only one of seven throws to Moore against the Saints. Against the Buccaneers a late pass from Palmer was intercepted, with Moore breaking toward the middle of the field, away from the ball.

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  • Priesttj12

    He’s just not ready yet….

  • Priesttj12

    Yeah it could have been caught not should have. He made an eassy throw into a hard catch.

  • Priesttj12

    Harrison Barnes is legit folks he may be the best DP the W’s have made since Rick Barry. The kid just sees the game better than most his atleticism is ridiculous and what a playmaker.

    The W’s 1,2 & 3 spots are top notch. Even the 4 spot is fo-real if they can get this walking injury(Bogut) on the court this team looks primed for the playoffs. Not only that they are deeper than usual.

  • MiamiRaider78

    We need Manti!

  • MiamiRaider78

    Lets just draft Manti, Nix and Golic.

    =)

  • Priesttj12

    HB is no joke folks I’m tellin’ ya’ the kid the freakin sky is the limit with him, he has star written all over him.

  • lefty12

    Priest-the kid is a freshman and that was his 1st start.He did pretty good.That should have been a TD.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Now that Oregon has fuggged up their chance at a National Title chance yet again.

    I’d rather see ND vs BAMA or Georiga instead of a str8 SEC title game.

    BTW Manti Te’o is going top 3.. but thats ok.. hopefully Jarvis Jones slips to us.. or Demantre Moore

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Kiffin must have borrowed that Red Zone offense from Knapp.

  • mcfadden20.

    I just honestly want to ask this question from every Raider fan , would Raiders be better with or without Palmer next year, why or why not?

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    KIFFIN folks.. dont forget he tied his coaching experience with KNAPP (handpicked) just like Dennis Allen LOL

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Mcfadden20. Says:
    November 24th, 2012 at 8:35 pm
    I just honestly want to ask this question from every Raider fan , would Raiders be better with or without Palmer next year, why or why not?
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    Without Palmer – worse next year but better in the long run

  • MiamiRaider78

    Kiffin should pay me the 100 bucks I bet on them. lol Opportunities were there…Lane KnappKin

  • Priesttj12

    Priesttj12 Says:
    November 24th, 2012 at 8:28 pm
    Harrison Barnes is legit folks he may be the best DP the W’s have made since Rick Barry. The kid just sees the game better than most his atleticism is ridiculous and what a playmaker.

    The W’s 1,2 & 3 spots are top notch. Even the 4 spot is fo-real if they can get this walking injury(Bogut) on the court this team looks primed for the playoffs. Not only that they are deeper than usual.
    ***************************************
    I’m so damn excited I had to post this again…..Barnes is without ? one of the top picks in W’s history IMHO. The kid shots 3′s like it’s an afterthought just pure. Klay T. has the sweetest shot in the NBA and Curry is second to his. What a tri-fecta this is hands down the most excited I’ve been for this team since Rick came back and we won it all.

  • mcfadden20.

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    November 24th, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Mcfadden20. Says:
    November 24th, 2012 at 8:35 pm
    I just honestly want to ask this question from every Raider fan , would Raiders be better with or without Palmer next year, why or why not?
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    Without Palmer – worse next year but better in the long run


    Explain how would they be better in long run?

  • Priesttj12

    lefty12 Says:
    November 24th, 2012 at 8:33 pm
    Priest-the kid is a freshman and that was his 1st start.He did pretty good.That should have been a TD.
    ***************************************
    Lefty12, No don’t get it twisted I have very high hopes for the young man, I just hate ND and wanted to thwart their chances at a BCS championship. Their defense can win it for them it’s that good.

    Not worried about Wittek at all, bright future no ?.

  • Los Raida Locos

    Anybody got any leads on what Reggies PC is gonna be? Perhaps he fire’s a coach or too if we lose on Sunday. If we do indeed lose, I say either knapp or DA is shown the door. Most likely knapp tho. Took a promising offense and beat it into the ground. Trashed it like hot garbage.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Mcfadden20. Says:
    November 24th, 2012 at 8:41 pm
    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    November 24th, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Mcfadden20. Says:
    November 24th, 2012 at 8:35 pm
    I just honestly want to ask this question from every Raider fan , would Raiders be better with or without Palmer next year, why or why not?
    ——-
    Without Palmer – worse next year but better in the long run


    Explain how would they be better in long run?
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    It seems clear that the team isn’t going a playoff contender for a couple of years. Palmer isn’t our future QB. Getting draft picks in a trade for Palmer would be beneficial. Also, if they did pick up a young QB, or go with Pryor, they could let him play and develop. Unless the team gets much better in the off season, sticking with Palmer just seems like a waste of time. I would rather have Palmer, though, than have the Raiders pick a QB in the first round. They need defensive players more than anything.

  • Kiwi_Blade

    There is no way Palmer gets traded.
    Reggie and DA need to get wins on the board next year to keep their jobs.
    Without Palmer the Raiders go 3&13 or worse next year and the firings would be wholesale.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Is Reggie really having a press conference, or is that just something that was made up in here?

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Kiwi_Blade Says:
    November 24th, 2012 at 8:50 pm
    There is no way Palmer gets traded.
    Reggie and DA need to get wins on the board next year to keep their jobs.
    Without Palmer the Raiders go 3&13 or worse next year and the firings would be wholesale.
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    I wouldn’t mind seeing Reggie trade for Matt Flynn.

  • Oakglen

    YAH0000000 :P

    GGOOOO RRAAIIDDEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRSSSSSSSSS!!!

  • Kiwi_Blade

    Cork has been camping outside Riggie’s office for the last 2 weeks for an interview.

  • Kiwi_Blade

    Reggie has gone into hiding.

  • No Mas Diamante

    me. I would rather have Palmer, though, than have the Raiders pick a QB in the first round. They need defensive players more than anything.

    #########################################

    And OL as well. We nee some horses up front for when we ditch the zbs.

  • Los Raida Locos

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    November 24th, 2012 at 8:51 pm
    Is Reggie really having a press conference, or is that just something that was made up in here?

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    Reggie is going to speak on ‘The Sate of the Raiders’. But I hope there is a firing or two in there.

  • Kiwi_Blade

    Reggie is waiting for a win so that he can come out and say we have turned the season around.

  • Dakota

    ND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Priesttj12

    Kiwi_Blade Says:
    November 24th, 2012 at 8:57 pm
    Reggie has gone into hiding.
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    Kind of tough to do with his size and all…

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Los Raida Locos Says:
    November 24th, 2012 at 8:58 pm
    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    November 24th, 2012 at 8:51 pm
    Is Reggie really having a press conference, or is that just something that was made up in here?

    —————————————–

    Reggie is going to speak on ‘The Sate of the Raiders’. But I hope there is a firing or two in there.
    —-
    Do you have a link? What is your source?

  • Kiwi_Blade

    Seriously who can Reggie fire at this stage?
    If he fires DA then that means Knapp takes charge?
    DA is responsible for the others.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Dakota Says:
    November 24th, 2012 at 9:00 pm
    ND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    —–
    Congrats Dakota. You are lucky that Barkley got injured.

  • Los Raida Locos

    CINCINNATI – Hue Jackson is a proud man, and some would say his self-confidence is a full-blown swagger, but he is passing on the sound bites and taking the high road this week. The former Raiders coach would love to point out how much worse the team is this year without him, but he won’t.

    Fired after one 8-8 season as head coach, Jackson finds himself in Cincinnati as the Bengals’ assistant defensive-backs coach and assistant special-teams coach, preparing to face his old team. He politely passed on an interview Friday, in a nice nod to critics around the league who thought Jackson was a little self-obsessed last year.

    “You can’t get caught up in the emotional part of it, because that’s not what this is about,” Jackson said to Cincinnati reporters earlier in the week. “This is about winning and losing. There’s a team that’s really hungry, very talented. They have some big-time players that are going to try to come here and win a game.”

    The Raiders are indeed a desperate bunch at 3-7, a year after they were 6-4 and eyeing a playoff spot under Jackson. Even after a trade for Carson Palmer, Oakland would lose four of its last five games and end an emotional season – during which owner Al Davis died – at .500 for the second straight year.

    Jackson talked of having “a stronger hand” in the organization, but he should have spent some more time getting on the same page with new owner Mark Davis. Davis hired Reggie McKenzie as general manager, and McKenzie quickly replaced Jackson with Dennis Allen.

    “You never know what’s going to happen, especially not with this team,” linebacker Rolando McClain said. “It caught me by surprise.”

    Jackson spent most of his time with the offense, with Al Davis and then-coordinator Chuck Bresnahan in charge of the defense. (Jackson has said his “stronger hand” comment just meant that with Al Davis’ death Jackson would get to choose his defensive staff for the first time.)

    The offense was the only reason Oakland was 8-8. Darren McFadden and Darrius Heyward-Bey were playmakers under Jackson, and the Raiders were seventh in rushing and scored touchdowns on 51 percent of their trips inside the 20-yard line.

    This season, with the new zone-blocking scheme not a good fit, Oakland is 31st in rushing and 29th in red-zone offense (39 percent).

    “(Jackson’s) a phenomenal play-caller,” Palmer said. “He does a great job of keeping defenses off-balance and surprising defenses with new stuff. I thought he was a great head coach.”

    McFadden had 1,771 yards rushing and a 5.3 average in 20 games in 2010 and 2011 with Jackson as the offensive coordinator and then head coach.

    “I felt like he helped me a whole lot, just building my confidence in the league,” McFadden said, “and he gave me the opportunity to show folks I can go out there and run the ball the way I do.”

    This year has been awful for McFadden. He was averaging 3.3 yards a carry before suffering a high ankle sprain, and Sunday’s game will be the third in a row that he is out.

    When he was here, Jackson sat down with McFadden to go over what his favorite running plays were. Mark Davis said he approached McKenzie last month to make sure Allen and offensive coordinator Greg Knapp did the same thing with the struggling McFadden.

    Heyward-Bey, meanwhile, went from being considered a bust to pulling down 64 catches for 975 yards and four touchdowns last season.

    “(Jackson) just saw the work I put in,” Heyward-Bey said. “He believed in me. He was the type of coach that he will call plays because he wanted to see if you were going to make a play.”

    He, along with his teammates, will be happy to see Jackson on Sunday.

    “Hue will be a head coach again because he is a great leader, he understands the game … but he’s also passionate,” Palmer said. “Guys follow him.”

    It’s intriguing stuff, Jackson’s future, especially with his name being mentioned in rumors about the open Cal job. But he’s not biting.

    “What’s intriguing is beating the Oakland Raiders,” Jackson said. “That’s the only thing I can think about at this point.”

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/raiders/article/Visiting-ex-coach-Jackson-haunts-Raiders-4062903.php#ixzz2DCvicdPW

  • Los Raida Locos

    Do you have a link? What is your source?
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    I’m searching. I will find it.

  • Kiwi_Blade

    Reggie could ‘order’ DA to fire someone but that could cause a rift.
    I don’t see any firings at this stage – maybe after January? – but that would be DA’s decision.

  • MiamiRaider78

    In 1993, one year after retiring as a player in the NFL, McKenzie returned to Tennessee as an assistant, helping lead the Volunteers to the Florida Citrus Bowl and landing one of the nation’s top recruiting classes, which included coveted quarterback Peyton Manning. While back at Tennessee, McKenzie also pursued a master’s degree in education administration.

    McKenzie joined the Green Bay Packers in 1994 as a pro personnel assistant and was promoted to Director of Pro Personnel by current Raiders scout and former Packers General Manager Ron Wolf in 1997. In 2008, he was named Director of Football Operations for the Packers.

    McKenzie certainly has an impressive resume and his steady rise in one of the most professional and winning franchises in the NFL only lends more weight to his credentials. But what exactly was McKenzie’s day-to-day job as “Director of Football Operations”?

    According to the Packers,

    “McKenzie oversees Green Bay’s scouting efforts of all professional football leagues, including the NFL, CFL and Arena Football League, as well as all other pro leagues and international players. He also plays an integral role in judging the Packers’ current players and evaluating potential free agents across the league. McKenzie is heavily involved in all of the team’s moves on a daily basis, including all tryouts and transactions.”

    Impressive, considering Green Bay’s success during his time with the team (seven division titles, three conference championships, wins in Super Bowls XXXI and XLV and a 15-1 juggernaut this season that is expected to repeat last year’s Super Bowl Championship).

    Additionally, in his position with Green Bay, McKenzie “provides advance scouting reports on upcoming opponents, working closely with the coaching staff, and contributes to the scouting of college prospects, making school visits in both the fall and spring, and works in conjunction with General Manager Ted Thompson in preparation for the annual draft.”
    ______________________

    This is the reason why Reggie needs to be given more time and those who say he needs to be fired after one year, don’t know what the hell they’re talking about. If after 2 or 3 years he hasn’t made this team competitive, then move on.

  • Chris in NY

    INTs PER GAME:

    Peyton Manning career: .94
    Drew Brees career: .95
    Eli Manning career: 1.1
    Carson Palmer career: 1.1
    Carson Palmer 2012: 1.1
    Matt Stafford career: 1.2
    Andrew Luck 2012: 1.2
    Matt Ryan 2012: 1.4

    - 9 starting QBs have as many or more INTs than Palmer this season, including Romo, Rivers, Luck, Ryan and Dalton.

    - 18 QBs have at least 9 INTs. Palmer has 11.

  • SaintKaufman

    mcfadden20. Says:
    November 24th, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    I just honestly want to ask this question from every Raider fan , would Raiders be better with or without Palmer next year, why or why not?

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Now that all depends on who you think would replace him, duntnit?

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    No one is saying fire Reggie. But criticism of Reggie is due in hiring DA and allowing him to pick his entire staff. Plus, apparent inactivity as a GM to push and rattle his HC more as the season wore on. The bigger issue is OC/DC and ST coach, and other assistant coaches and DA as HC.

    As in, the changes that NEED to be made must start at the position coaches and co-ordinators first, Allen given year two isn’t something to mutiny over in itself, but the co-ordinators and position coaches must be changed asap. And if DA doesn’t make changes, and/or he continues to struggle next year, then he must go end of 2013. Or, if he really has lost the players entirely even right now, this year, then his job is on the hot-seat end of season if guys like David Shaw, Jon Gruden, Chip Kelly, Mike Leach even, Marc Trestman, etc are available to hire.

  • 504 Raider

    1464.Priesttj12 Says:
    November 24th, 2012 at 8:37 pm
    Priesttj12 Says:
    November 24th, 2012 at 8:28 pm
    Harrison Barnes is legit folks he may be the best DP the W’s have made since Rick Barry. The kid just sees the game better than most his atleticism is ridiculous and what a playmaker.

    The W’s 1,2 & 3 spots are top notch. Even the 4 spot is fo-real if they can get this walking injury(Bogut) on the court this team looks primed for the playoffs. Not only that they are deeper than usual.
    ***************************************
    I’m so damn excited I had to post this again…..Barnes is without ? one of the top picks in W’s history IMHO. The kid shots 3’s like it’s an afterthought just pure. Klay T. has the sweetest shot in the NBA and Curry is second to his. What a tri-fecta this is hands down the most excited I’ve been for this team since Rick came back and we won it all.

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    You must have taken a few years off of watching the Warriors when Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, Chris Mullin and a young Chris Webber was running through teams back in the day.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Congratulations Dakota.

  • 504 Raider

    mcfadden20. Says:
    November 24th, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    I just honestly want to ask this question from every Raider fan , would Raiders be better with or without Palmer next year, why or why not?

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    Better with Palmer next year. Right now there is no better option than Palmer and even if we draft a top notch rookie QB he will still have to sit and learn from Palmer. Palmer gives us the best chance to win.

    Now our scheme and play-calling by Knapp is another story.

  • Kiwi_Blade

    This is the reason why Reggie needs to be given more time and those who say he needs to be fired after one year, don’t know what the hell they’re talking about. If after 2 or 3 years he hasn’t made this team competitive, then move on.
    —————–
    3 years minimum.
    5 years to give him a reasonable go at it.

  • 504 Raider

    1491.504 Raider Says:
    November 24th, 2012 at 9:18 pm
    1464.Priesttj12 Says:
    November 24th, 2012 at 8:37 pm
    Priesttj12 Says:
    November 24th, 2012 at 8:28 pm
    Harrison Barnes is legit folks he may be the best DP the W’s have made since Rick Barry. The kid just sees the game better than most his atleticism is ridiculous and what a playmaker.

    The W’s 1,2 & 3 spots are top notch. Even the 4 spot is fo-real if they can get this walking injury(Bogut) on the court this team looks primed for the playoffs. Not only that they are deeper than usual.
    ***************************************
    I’m so damn excited I had to post this again…..Barnes is without ? one of the top picks in W’s history IMHO. The kid shots 3’s like it’s an afterthought just pure. Klay T. has the sweetest shot in the NBA and Curry is second to his. What a tri-fecta this is hands down the most excited I’ve been for this team since Rick came back and we won it all.

    ————————————————————————————————————–

    You must have taken a few years off of watching the Warriors when Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, Chris Mullin and a young Chris Webber was running through teams back in the day.

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    And how can I forget Sprewell.

  • MiamiRaider78

    No one is saying Fire Reggie?

    I’ve seen plenty of nuts in here write that.

    I do agree that he should have had more involvement in who DA hired as his coordinators. I guess he tried to stray away from being too hands on like Al use to be? You know, picking the OC/DC before he hired the coach?

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I know White Devil. It should be us and you, but the vest ruined it. He was there today, and the fans showed support.

  • Chris in NY

    I’m a Notre Dame fan. Really psyched about the 12-0 undefeated season so far. Looking forward to them taking on and hopefully taking down the SEC champ.

    With all that said, Manti Te’o is not my first choice for our 2013 draft choice. I think he’d certainly be an upgrade over McClain. I just don’t think the MLB position has near the value it used to in today’s NFL. Go back 15-20 years and beyond and MLB was the premiere position on defense. Now, not so much as teams play more nickel than “base” D.

    This team needs speed pass rushers in the worst way. I’ve been saying this since the reports came up that we may be releasing Wimbley. I really have. We need to bring them in via free agency. We need to bring them in via the draft. We need to get as many as we can. I haven’t really sized up this year’s class of pass rushers, but if there’s anyone there who could resemble anything like an Aldon Smith or Von Miller we absolutely have to go that route. After QB, elite pass rusher is probably the most important position in football. And we have absolutely zero right now and that’s why we have the worst defense in the league.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    If you hire a young rookie HC, it’s paramount to surround him with good experienced co-ordinators, like Al did. Especially as Al is far more connected and knowledgable than the rookie HC. Those experienced heads around the rookie HC will help him not hinder him. Look at when Kubiak was rookie HC, the GM selected his staff, he even had an assistant HC doing most of the work allowing Kubiak to learn. Same with Tomlin promoted up, the GM keeps the staff around him even if Tomlin would prefer or choose his own staff later. Etc with many other examples.

    What Al did was not wrong or meddling in that regard, but setting up his rookie for a chance at success. Problem was Kiffin was a nasty liar and playa. Cable started bashing women, breaking jaws of assistant coaches, and taking girls with him to road games. And Hue (in Mark’s reasoning) was getting too annoying demanding more. If just one of these guys kept his head screwed on right, I am sure Al would’ve given them 2-3 or 3-5 years time at the job (progress there of course) and then given them more leeway to hire their own staff as they got more connected, able to lure better co-ordinators, or proved to Al they could X&O with him as good.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    #1498 is in reply to #1495 btw.

  • Priesttj12

    You must have taken a few years off of watching the Warriors when Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, Chris Mullin and a young Chris Webber was running through teams back in the day.
    *******************************************
    The only player of those with this kids upside is Webber this kid has no limitations he’s 6’8″ 230 43inch vert. He can shoot it from 25′ in and put it on the floor, can pass and I’m watching him basically be the best player of the floor right now. This kid has Len Bias type talent the only thing he might be missing is he defers a bit too much. Watching him the only player I would have taken over him is the uni-brow. He is that damn good.