Raiders geared up for Colts, er, Broncos


When the Raiders look at the Denver Broncos these days, they feel as if they are looking at old the Indianapolis Colts.
Quarterback Peyton Manning is playing himself, with linebackers Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil playing the roles of Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis.
The Raiders admit that it really doesn’t matter how much time anyone has to prepare for Manning. He’s going to be a handful, no matter what. Game-planning for Miller and Dumervil isn’t any easier, especially on a short week.
“Yeah, they’re pretty good, man,” Raiders right offensive tackle Khalif Barnes said. “They’re kind of like the old Indy. Peyton’s older, with a Mathis and Freeney type of deal.
“Von can rush, he can drop back and cover, and Elvis does a good job coming off the edge, too. They do well in their scheme. They do very good at what they do. So, pass blocking those guys is going to be key.”
Miller and Dumervil combined for 23 of the Broncos 38 sacks the first 12 games. Barnes and left offensive tackle Jared Veldheer figure to see the dynamic duo most often, though left guard Cooper Carlisle said the Broncos do some things to free up their best playmakers.
“They’re both a handful,” Carlisle said, “and they both kind of present different problems.”
To that end, Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said it’s incumbent upon him to devise ways to help keep Dumervil and Miller from teeing off on quarterback Carson Palmer. The best way is to keep in extra blockers.
“The more things you can show them, the more it helps,” Carlisle said. “At the same time, there’s times where you’re going to have to do it on your own.”

— Running backs coach Kelly Skipper said running back Darren McFadden looked sharp in practice Tuesday.
“You could see him cutting, you could see him bursting off the foot,” Skipper said. “You wouldn’t have noticed today that he had been injured.”
Skipper’s glowing report is consistent with coach Dennis Allen’s expectation of McFadden playing Thursday night for the time in five games.
For his part, McFadden said he is awaiting word from the team’s athletic trainers on whether his high-ankle sprain is healed well enough for him to play in a game.
“As long as they say I’m good to go, I’m going to sign off on it,” McFadden said.

— Safeties Matt Giordano and Mike Mitchell passed the league-mandated tests for players that suffer concussions. Therefore, they are cleared to play Thursday night.
Backup cornerback and punt returner Phillip Adams missed practice as a result of the concussion he suffered against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, the same game in which Giordano and Mitchell were concussed. He is questionable for the Broncos game.

— Knapp assumed the lead role at practice Tuesday as Allen remains in Texas, where Allen’s father Grady passed away Monday night.
Allen is expected to rejoin the Raiders on Wednesday night and coach his team against the Broncos.
Allen spent last season as the Broncos defensive coordinator, working under coach John Fox. During that time, Fox and the other Broncos coaches and players got a chance to meet Grady Allen.
Fox said Allen’s father’s passing puts things in perspective, with football taking its proper place in the background. He added that he texted Allen to pass along his condolences and to let him know he is thinking about him during this trying time.
“Well, No. 1, first and foremost is, he’s in the right place,” Fox said. “Sometimes we get a little caught up in what we do for a living and those types of things. But if that was something he would have asked me, I would have said you need to be with your family.”

— Defensive tackle Richard Seymour (hamstring) missed practice once again. It seems almost certain that he won’t play Thursday night after missing the past four games.
Wide receiver Juron Criner (shoulder), tight end Brandon Myers (shoulder) and Barnes (triceps) were added to the injury report. All three were limited in practice Tuesday.

— The Raiders signed fullback/running back Jamize Olawale from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad and placed him on their 53-man roster.
Olawale fills the void on the active roster created by the two-game suspension of middle linebacker Rolando McClain, who is eligible to return Dec. 10.
Olawale is an undrafted rookie out of North Texas. He played for De La Salle High School his sophomore season before transferring to Long Beach Poly.


Steve Corkran

  • DJ Johnny

    I’d like to know where Hub Arkush is getting this info from.

    He’s a legit, credentialed NFL insider so there has to be SOMETHING outside of seeing Gruden light the Al Davis torch of love a couple weeks back and donning a Raider cap.


    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    December 4th, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    ESE….all you need to see is 3-13…if you font believe that then…how many blowout losses? are you telling me that with “no value guys” gone we svck this bad? if so, then DA is a horrible coach and reggie is incompetent…

    One more point.

    I never said we didn’t lose valuable players. I said McKenzie didn’t LET them leave. He had no choice.

  • boss01


    If Pro Football Weekly really believed it’s Raiders reach out to Gruden “rumor” wouldn’t it be one of 25 stories on the website homepage?

  • DJ Johnny

    Joey Clinkscales has a “prominent role” in the org. as Dir. of Player Personnel.

    Could it be they are looking at Gruden for that,and if so why would Gruden want that gig?

  • DJ Johnny

    Arkush said “this is gonna break in a couple of hours but I may as well say it now…” and then proceeded to make the announcement.

    Maybe he realized he jumped the gun and is pulling back now.

  • r8eray

    RRS, it’s a known fact that Florio reads this blog!

    Who knows…he probably posts on here too!

  • DJ Johnny

    Florio is fangsraider.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Jon Gruden is a veterans guy and he collects QB’s like pocket watches

    we would not be building for the future. we’d be trying to win now every year with free agents from other teams. over the hill vets trying to make 1 last run

  • MiamiRaider78

    Anyone think Gruden (if he returns) would have any interest in trafing for and developing Matt Flynn…if we were to head in another direction at QB?

    Just a thought.

  • edward teach

    345.Sullivan44 Says:
    December 4th, 2012 at 6:54 pm
    And here’s something to consider:

    I’m assuming if Gruden comes, Reggie’s out. Because I can’t imagine Gruden working for a hands-on GM. Gruden left here in the first place because he wanted more control. So, if Reggie were to be out, that means Mark Davis gave McKenzie all of about 10 months before he gave up on him and threw him to the wolves. Should we expect him to be any more patient with Gruden? Man, was I naive about Mark. This apple did not fall far from the tree, after all.


    This is the thing we should all be the most afraid of. Mark Davis knows nothing about football and has admitted as much publicly.

    If he starts going all knee-jerk like the old man used to, we are in very serious trouble.

  • alex7

    Gruden worked with Bruce Allen, who was a hands-on GM, both here and in Tampa Bay.

    Agreed though that if Reggie is replaced without getting the CHANCE to do his thing (set up better scouts, not make bad trades, not blow 1st and 2nd round picks) that would be a bad omen for future ability to see long-term.

  • CDERaider

    Gruden would be a *perfect* match for a vet QB like Carson Palmer – bring in a vet #1 WR (ala Jerry Rice, Tim Brown), use DMC properly (like Charlie Garner) – would have the offense clicking – draft some young talent mix with some vets on defense and the team could have a similar turn around as his first tenure. Unfortunately, this is prob nothing but a rumor – Gruden will publicly deny tomorrow. I hope I’m wrong.

    In any case, DA and his jerkoff staff needs to go, they are horrible and the nation and players need something to believe in moving forward. If we can’t get Gruden, bring in somebody with experience and a reputation that demands respect.

  • boss01 Says:
    December 4th, 2012 at 5:02 pm
    Anyone remember when the Raiders where the #1 rushing team in the NFL under Gruden? They rushed for over 2000 yards in 2000 with Tyrone Wheatley and Nap Kaufman. Those were the good ole days. Needless to say though that O-line had some studs.


    Gruden had Bill Callahan as OL coach, where he worked wonders. He made those studs. Hell, he made Sims a legit starting LT. Gannon enjoyed Brady-like protection and they had a dominant running game.

    When Callahan was promoted to OC he was still involved with the OL, but not to the extent he was able to be as the OL coach. That year the running game started to roll downhill.

    When Callahan become HC, he was that much further away from his area of specialty and essentially the same OL personnel started looking more and more average.

    I liked what Gruden brought in terms of fire and a front man for the team. His genius was to build a system that a very intelligent veteran like Gannon could run that maximized the impact of his mental game to stay one step ahead of the defense and hid the weakness of his arm. But that was predicated on having excellent blocking. That ultimately made Callahan the real secret to his success on O.

  • omoran

    Raider(since 1967)
    One greater than he shall come!

    OAKLAND must greet him with open arms!

  • qodrn1

    Raider Prediction Board

    Dedicated to Al Davis, Raider duct tape (boy does it hold) and the Coliseum rodents

    Week 1: Alex7: Chargers 27 Raiders 20 (22/14)
    Week 2: R8eray: Dolphins 20 Raiders 13 (35/13)
    Week 3: Plunketthead Raiders 30 Steelers 27 (34/31) R
    Week 4: Amysincharge: Denver 48-7 (37-6)
    Week 5: Klas Tjorborn: Falcons 35 Raiders 20 (23/20)
    Week 6: qodrn: Raiders 27 Jags 20 (26/23 OT) R
    Week 7: raidermarty/VaRaiderNation Raiders 27 –
    Chiefs 17 (26/16) R
    Week 8: No Winner.
    Week 9: JONGRUDEN2012: Baltimore 47 Oakland 13
    Week 10: GG: Saints 45 Raiders 17
    Week 11: To be reconstructed when I feel better
    Week 12: backstageatapupptshow: Cleveland 27 Oakland 13 – reverse winner – Albert B. Paine 20/17

    qodrn: Raiders 24 Denver 23 (if Seymore replacement punches out Manning)
    RaiderRockstar: Raiders 30 horse humpers 17