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Coordinators Knapp, Tarver expect leap in production next season

The burning question on the minds of many is, why take a Raiders offense that last season finished ninth in average yards and per game and 15th in average points per game and install a new blocking scheme and playbook?
To which, Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said: That’s a “good question; a question worth asking.”
In short, Knapp said, because you teach what you know best, and his system has a track record of working well.
The key is patience. Knapp and defensive coordinator Jason Tarver said their schemes are sound, but they take time to implement and for the players to learn. Bringing back as many players as possible from this year’s team and giving them a year to adjust are going to pay huge dividends.
“I’m a firm believer in the scheme,” Knapp said Thursday. “I’ve been to too many places and had too much experience to know it’s a very productive scheme. Like it is for anywhere you go, when coaching changes occur you want the coaches who are the teachers to teach what they know best. If you do that with the coaches, they’re going to have answers for the issues that come up in the system.”
Knapp said his history in retooling offenses shows that players need a year or so to get acclimated but, once they’re up to speed, good things happen.
“Every place I’ve been to, it’s usually going to take at least a year’s transition time to get everything taught … ,” Knapp said. “If you take a business structure and you make those changes, it’s going to take a year’s time to process everything and learn it. Once they master it, you can add to it. Right now, it’s taking some time.”
When posed the same question, why change the offense? Raiders coach Dennis Allen said he, too, is a firm believer in what Knapp is doing.
“There’s been a lot of change, and when there is a lot of change, sometimes you don’t get the results that you’re looking for right away,” Allen said. “But when you believe in something, and you stick to it and you know it’s the right plan, it ends up working out.”
Next season is when the Raiders can expect those results, Knapp said. And how is that going to manifest itself?
“More consistency and higher scoring points,” Knapp said, “because we’re not able to keep those drives long enough right now to get the points on the board. So, by keeping the system in place and keeping the bulk of the players here, now we keep the drives alive and we get our point total up into the mid-20s, and that’s what we want to be.
“If you’re in the mid-20s to high 20s, you’re going to be in the top 10 of the league in scoring, and that’s ultimately what has to happen. To get 11 guys on the same page, you need some reps and experience together and with a year’s offeseason work of that and a better offseason system, the performance level usually goes up the next season.”
In Knapp’s second season as offensive coordinator in three previous stops, his team’s scoring dropped by an average of 1.1 points per game and an average of 4.5 yards per game in Year 2.
Tarver said, “I want it now,” when asked about the time it takes to get a scheme at peak performance. “It’s a now business.”
At the same time, he said, the players are getting better as the season progresses, which is an encouraging sign that they are grasping the scheme.
“With the change of personnel, now they’re realizing what the scheme can do for them,” Tarver said. “It’s been good. With a year under our belts and keeping as many of these guys as we can, it’ll grow big time.”
Cornerback Michael Huff boasted of the Raiders having a top-five defense this season. He now says that the defense has a “long way to go” before it’s where it needs to be.
Bringing back as many players as possible is paramount.
“You want to keep a lot of the same guys there, especially in the secondary because it’s all really communication, talking and making sure everybody is on the same page,” Huff said.
Veteran defensive end Andre Carter said he understands how people might question the merit of bringing back the same scheme and many of the same players, given the lack of success this season.
However, he said he, too, has seen the value of continuity during the course of his long NFL career.
“I’ve had eight defensive coordinators in my career,” Carter said. “Learning the scheme takes a lot of time. The first year, yeah it’s tough. It’s all growing pains and you learn as you go. Coming into that second year, the comfort level is a little bit better, the communication is a little better and the execution is so different.
“This year is just a level for the growth and development of the younger guys, as well as the vets trying to adapt the new scheme and philosophy.”

– Middle linebacker Rolando McClain declined an interview request after practice.
McClain said, “Coach covered everything you could ask me. I ain’t got nothing to say about anything,” when asked if he wanted to speak with the media.
McClain, of course, was referencing Allen saying he and McClain had a talk Wednesday, at which time Allen outlined for McClain what he expected from him the rest of this season and beyond.
McClain was suspended for two games by the Raiders for conduct detrimental to the team. He returned from his suspension Monday as the Raiders backup middle linebacker and special teams player.

– Allen said defensive tackle Richard Seymour suffered a “setback” in his return from a hamstring injury.
Seymour missed the past five games as a result of the injury. He practiced Monday for the first time since he suffered the injury Nov. 4.
“We’ll evaluate him as we finish out the week, but I thought he practiced well yesterday and then early today,” Allen said. “It kind of grabbed him a little bit, so we’ll see.”

– Strong safety Tyvon Branch missed practice today for the third straight day this week. However, there is hope that he might be able to rebound in time to play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
“He was on the side working out with the trainers,” Allen said. “I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to get him out here and practice a little bit tomorrow. His mind-set is he wants to play this weekend.”

– The Raiders received an extension from the league in hopes of selling enough tickets by day’s end Friday to avoid the Chiefs game being blacked out.
The Raiders need to sell at least 85 percent of the tickets for the game to be televised locally. Typically, when the Raiders ask for an extension, the game winds up being televised.
Six of Oakland’s first seven regular-season home games this season were televised locally. The Browns game is the only one that was blacked out.

– Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie said they want to get a good look at young players such as quarterback Terrelle Pryor, offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom and defensive linemen Christo Bilukidi and Jack Crawford the final three games.
That remains the plan, Allen said, just don’t expect any of those guys to start.
“I don’t see any real major changeups as far as the starting lineup’s concerned, but we do want to see some of these guys get in some game action,” Allen said. “And how much that is, I don’t know exactly right now. A lot of that, the game will dictate what that is.”

– Young players that don’t figure to get much playing time the rest of the way are tight ends Richard Gordon and David Ausberry.
From the sound of it, they don’t factor much into the Raiders long-term plans, either.
“We’ve had a chance to look at these guys a little bit,” Allen said, “and we kind of know what we’ve got in these guys. They’re still in the lineup and they’ll still be used pretty much the same way we’ve used them.”
That means a handful of offensive snaps and the rest on special teams. Not exactly a ringing endorsement of either player moving forward.

– Looks as if it’s full systems go for running back Darren McFadden, who is doing much better in his return from an aggravated ankle injury than many might have expected.
How’s Darren looked all week?
“Darren’s been great,” Allen said. “He’s been great all week. I haven’t noticed anything where he’s had any issues at all. So, I’m really kind of expecting him to be full go.”

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  • bcz24

    What was the message to the players for this season?.

    You have an All-Pro Punter, a team leader and a good soldier in Shane Lechler, yet you use a practice squad spot on Marquette King, no other team uses a spot there on an backp Punter, the message is that we’re ready to move on and Lechler said it bothered him at first.

    I would understand it if we had gone full-rebuild and cost cutting this year, but we were clearly trying to make a playoff run as some of the moves mentioned above show.

    So players know they are going to be replaced, they checked out weeks ago, they know they’ll be looking for a job next season so why risk an injury? they havn’t quit but they are looking out for themselves more than for the team and it’s bee like that for a while now.
    ***********************
    I disagree with this. Lechler’s contract is up at the end of the year, by putting King on IR Reggie gave himself a contingency plan in case he isn’t able to get Shane resigned to a reasonable deal (Al paid Shane twice as much as he was worth). I don’t think the plan is to let Shane walk for all the reasons you said, he is an all pro, a leader, good soldier.

    Also, I don’t believe players that know they are gone have packed it in. Unless they plan to retire, these games are essentially job interviews for their next stop. You are doing yourself a disservice if you quit early. I still haven’t seen evidence of players quitting (with some notable exceptions like McClain). They may not be very talented, but they are playing hard.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    POST-551,I AGREE.I SAID BASICLY THE SAME THING AS THE 2ND PARAGRAPH IN RESPONSE TO ANOTHER POST A DAY OR 2 BACK..

  • nycraider

    i wish we had competition at every position, however, i’ll settle for 1 good player at each position right now

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    Bcz24.

    Man if we can’t even find even a decent Punter next year we are seriosuly screwed.

    Like I said, the message was loud and clear which is fine when you are starting over but that was not the case in 2012, when players look at the one guy who’s arguably the best in the League and see his replacement on the roster it’s obvious the new guys in charge want their own people here.

    And I also said players have not quit, but they are looking out more for themselves than for the team, this does not mean they are not playing hard, it means some of them maybe trying to look good on an individual basis instead of focusing on team play and more than likely won’t give that extra 10% motivated players who believe in what they are doing will give you.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    Obviously the Lechler-King situation is not to blame for this season’s failures, it’s just a small aspect of a mismanaged first year for the new guys.

    Lechler said it himself, at first it bothered him, then he just went “whatever”, I think a lot of guys think the same thing.

  • hwnrdr

    That is the problem with the NFL today! No loyalty! Players always look out for themselves now instead of the team! As much as I hate teh Pats, you gotta love how Bruschi, and others, and I even think Brady did what they needed to do to remain a Patriot! You don’t see that ever these days!

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    BOB,BUT WOULDNT GIVING THAT EXTRA 10% MAKE U LOOK EVEN BETTER ON THE FA MARKET ?

  • nycraider

    how many full training camps did Seymour attend since he’s been a Raider. Any? He’s probably participated in less than 50% of the practices as well during his Raider career. Smacking Big Ben in the mouth, blocking a few FGs doesnt qualify as getting the label of leader IMO. Quite frankly,he ‘s also been inconsistent with his play. I’m not saying Seymour isnt talented, but I dont consider him a leader at all.

  • hwnrdr

    True Dirt Lot, but these days, a lot of it is reputation that brings the player in…look at Randy Moss! Based on what we know, how the heck is he still in the NFL?

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    Also of note is the coaching staff’s attitude toward the players, all we heard during the first half of the season was “we didn’t execute” that’s a nice way to say it’s the players fault, that’s fine when you are a proven winner and you have the credibility to call people out, not the case here.

    Back in week 1, the Long-Snapper disaster, Allen comes out to save face and says Goethel had gotten practice reps at it and Lechler says no, he didn’t and praises Goether for even having the guts to volunteer for the job while totally unprepared…accountability starts with the guy in charge.

    I don’t blame it on DA, it turns out NFL teams rarely prepare for such a situation, but to come out and flat out lie about it so it doesn’t look like it was your fault was a coward move, players noticed.

  • Raider-in-PA

    #558 I agree NYCraider, Seymour is definitely on the downswing of his career and is playing for checks at this point. If you remember, when NE told him that he was going to Oakland, he was MIA for a while… He didnt want to come here… Then it seemed he ‘warmed up’ to the idea… Since the onset, I knew we wouldnt get much outta big Rich…

    The smack on Worthless-booger was worth his salary for that entire season though!!…

  • Charlie

    Seymour is one of last deals still on this team where the value (productivity relative to salary) is as bad as it can get.Simply awful deal spawned by horrible drafting and resulting desperation after the Saints dropped 35 on us in a half of preseason ball.

    Kelly is the other one.

    In the last ten years of his life Mr Davis was taken advantage of smooth talking players and agents looking for easy money.

    The list is staggering; Sapp, Moss,Warren, Walker(at least he tried to retire before Mr Davis talked him out of it), Wilson, Sands, Kelly and on and on.

    There was a time when the Raiders could take A CHANCE ON ONE PROJECT because we had a solid foundation in place. Mr Davis simply lost touch with HOW BAD THIS TEAM REALLY WAS. HE WOULD NOT HOLD HIS SCOUTING STAFF OR HIMSELF ACCOUNTABLE. JUST KEPT FIRING COACHES.SAD AND WE WILL PAY THE PRICE FOR ANOTHER TWO YEARS WHILE WWE DIG OUT OF THE MESS.

  • Charlie

    RAIDER IN PA

    Good Morning

    Seymour warmed up to the idea because Mr Davis was embarrassed by the fact that he would still lose the pick if Seymour did not report. Very BAD deal!!!!

    As a result, Davis had to offer ridiculous money and “special” terms such as time off during the week etc.

    P.S. I am also from PA

  • bcz24

    Quite frankly,he ’s also been inconsistent with his play. I’m not saying Seymour isnt talented, but I dont consider him a leader at all.
    **************************
    I don’t disagree that his production has been inconsistant, he is on the downswing of his career. BUT our dline plays better when he is in there. He still gets the respect from the players in the locker room. He is a leader for the defense. I’m not going to change your opinion, nor do I care to, just sharing mine.

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Knapp is so full of it. He is a failure, has always been a failure and will be a failure in the future. MD and RM have to be village idiots if they believe the stench that is Knapps B.S.

  • Raider-in-PA

    Charlie:

    Your posts are definitely the most insightful of any on here, always good reads…

    Didnt realize you were from PA, you must LOATHE the SteAlers as much as I do!!

  • Carl Weathers

    “In Knapp’s second season as offensive coordinator in three previous stops, his team’s scoring dropped by an average of 1.1 points per game and an average of 4.5 yards per game in Year 2.”

    Translation: Knapp is full of sh:t.

    These azzh0le coaches will be here next year and now they’re saying they want to keep most of the same players from defense?!

    Let me tell you who’s position needs upgrading:
    Mclazy
    Huff & other turnstile corner position
    Gio
    Branch
    Shaugnessy
    Seymour
    Kelly
    and move Houston inside and upgrade his LDE position.

    That’s 8 spots out of 11. But I guess if we just bring the same guys back, they’ll be m,uch improved because they wont have to learn a new system… get the fack outta here with that crap!

  • http://www.AmyTraskshouldbeonmountrushmore.com Whats a Drexl?

    Krikey M8!!

    This coaching staff is all over the freaking map with their message!!

    This is supposed to be the most untalented group of players ever to assemble as an NFL team.

    This according to every pundit with a key board, the Raids own coaching staff, and some of the dopey-est posters to grace this blog.

    AND, here you have the geniuses that are Knapp and Tarver crying about how hard the scheme is to learn, and there for you want to keep the “bulk” of the roster in place for next year.

    These clowns are setting the fan base up for another tuuuuurible year, with excuses already built in.

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Years ago, AD would pick up an DL like Bob Golic or Lyle Alzado and it would work so I understand why AD wanted Seymour. What he failed to take into account was back then, the Raiders had Townsend, Long and more.

  • http://www.AmyTraskshouldbeonmountrushmore.com Whats a Drexl?

    Who the hell was the reporter that let Knapp spout this ass backwards reversal of a message anyway.

    Crappiest Raids reporting for years.

    Wheres Cork to get all fired up and in the face of the HC, like he used to pull on Hue. Freaking boot licker.

  • Raider-in-PA

    BTW, ALL Raider brethren should check out ‘A Football Life’ this coming Wednesday. It covers the ‘Immaculate DE-ception’!! Anxious to hear the old players’ take on what happened. We know what ol Franco will say, it was a legal play.

    Cousin Dan (Conners #55) told me heres how it went down: The refs felt the ball hit the ground and the play was essentially over. They made a call to assess how much security was on hand for crowd control. Realizing security was lightly staffed, the refs called it a touchdown to avoid a mass riot…

    Oakland gets screwed with their pants on… Thus the beginning of the ‘conspiracy theory’ of refs against the Silver & Black….

  • The_Judge37

    Here’s a Breakdown of what Knapp is really saying:

    “I don’t know why they decided to destruct an upcoming offense, doesn’t make much sense But I am not imaginative enough to adapt or teach anything other than what i barely know. What i do know is i’d like to have a Job for at least one more year, unless there is major roster turnover. Which in that case i will need at least one more 20 game preseason to teach the new comers”

  • http://www.safc.com/the-club/stadium/about-the-stadium-of-light neilb

    Knapp talking ’bout next year?

    I hope the world does end next Friday.

  • The_Judge37

    F.K.L. – F..k Knapps Life

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    neilb Says:
    December 14th, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Knapp talking ’bout next year?
    ========================================

    Knapp HAS to talk about the future. It’s the only time frame where bad things haven’t happened yet.

  • Marks hair

    Duh because i dont know as much as hue DUUUUUHHH

  • Marks hair

    Now we have to keep all the coaches and the bulk of the players or will get a whole new round of excuses why we look bad next year too

  • Marks hair

    Already making excuses for next yr.. what a bunch of àssholes

  • The_Judge37

    577.Marks hair Says:
    December 14th, 2012 at 8:04 am
    Now we have to keep all the coaches and the bulk of the players or will get a whole new round of excuses why we look bad next year too
    ——-

    Exactly, the Major Roster turnover that is expected will mean Knapp and Co. will need another year to teach what can’t be taught in OTA’s, Training camp and Preseason.

  • Gdog

    Tarvar I am fine with having another year. The defense wasn’t much better last year and we all knew it wouldn’t be any good anyway.

    Knapp on the other hand took a pretty decent offense, got an upgrade at QB (CP with an entire camp to learn the playbook) and destroyed it with insipidness and unimaginative playcalling. McF is not the same, and the line isn’t run blocking as well, but that is not an excuse for this offense.

    If he stays I think it will be McK and DA giving the fans the finger.

    They would deserve empty stadiums all year.

  • Marks hair

    Some coaches can teach a scheme in training camp…

  • The_Judge37

    580.Gdog Says:
    December 14th, 2012 at 8:07 am
    Tarvar I am fine with having another year. The defense wasn’t much better last year and we all knew it wouldn’t be any good anyway.

    Knapp on the other hand took a pretty decent offense, got an upgrade at QB (CP with an entire camp to learn the playbook) and destroyed it with insipidness and unimaginative playcalling. McF is not the same, and the line isn’t run blocking as well, but that is not an excuse for this offense.

    If he stays I think it will be McK and DA giving the fans the finger.

    They would deserve empty stadiums all year.
    ———

    Being dead last in sacks compared to 7th last year is a form of regression. Even without Wimbley who got most of his sacks in 3 games.

  • The_Judge37

    581.Marks hair Says:
    December 14th, 2012 at 8:09 am
    Some coaches can teach a scheme in training camp…
    ——–

    Not these, who need a 20 game preseason and then some

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    remember the days when coordinators weren’t allowed to talk to the media?

    These chuckle heads are better off zipping the lip.

  • Marks hair

    Hate these coaches.. hoffman might be the worst of the bunch

  • The_Judge37

    584.Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush) Says:
    December 14th, 2012 at 8:11 am
    remember the days when coordinators weren’t allowed to talk to the media?

    These chuckle heads are better off zipping the lip.
    ——–

    Media goes to these fools for the same reason they keep going to Kelly and Huff for qoutes. Their ignorance makes for good headlines. Their cluelessness is more entertaining than Dennis Allens bland cliche’s

  • Gdog

    Being dead last in sacks compared to 7th last year is a form of regression. Even without Wimbley who got most of his sacks in 3 games.
    >>>>

    Fair enough, but I still cut some slack to a rookie coordinator with a secondary that would struggle in the college game. I doubt I would trust the blitz much with Giordano being our safety valve. He shouldn’t even be in the NFL. The only time you see him in a deep passing play is if he is getting flagged for interference.

  • Marks hair

    When I was demanding that our assistant coaches all be fired from cannons into the bay I wasn’t being completely serious… But looking back it would have been the best thing for this team.

  • Charlie

    EXLA
    Exactly correct. See my post #562.
    The Raiders also had leaders/coaches on the field.
    A situation like McClain never would have gotten to Madden let alone the media back in the day. Willie Brown, Art and Gene Upshaw would have taken Rolando off to the side for a “conversation”. Problem solved.

    PA.
    The immaculate reception game started the Steelers to what they are today.
    Again, many on this blog do not realize that the Steelers model of acquiring talent and building lines was based on THE RAIDERS.
    The Steelers built their Dline to beat the Raiders OLINE. They knew they could not beat Oakland if they could not stop the Raiders offense. Hence, LC Greenwood, Ernie Holmes, Dwight White and Joe Greene.
    Build the lines and the wins will follow.

  • The_Judge37

    587.Gdog Says:
    December 14th, 2012 at 8:15 am
    Being dead last in sacks compared to 7th last year is a form of regression. Even without Wimbley who got most of his sacks in 3 games.
    >>>>

    Fair enough, but I still cut some slack to a rookie coordinator with a secondary that would struggle in the college game. I doubt I would trust the blitz much with Giordano being our safety valve. He shouldn’t even be in the NFL. The only time you see him in a deep passing play is if he is getting flagged for interference.
    ——

    J. Marshall made the Blitz work with Matt Gio at Saftey. He knew the best way to keep guys like Matt, Huff and Branch from getting burned in covereage was to send them on a blitz. What i can’t understand from this scheme his how they can’t get the timing right on their blitz. It’s frustrating to see 7 guys run into 5 blockers.

  • Raider-in-PA

    Charlie, where are you in PA?

  • hwnrdr

    Agreed Charlie!

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Bob Marley Says:
    December 14th, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Getting past DA, Knapp and Tarver, let’s look at Reggie.

    To me, his biggest mistake was not having a clear goal for this season, some of his moves indicate he felt this team was in position to compete for the playoffs while others seemed designed to clean house and start over…you can’t do both.

    1) We spent some decent money.

    Bartell, Spencer and Joselio costed nearly 5 million combined.

    DVD and Chekwa playing on rookie deals would have amounted to what? 1.5 million at the most?.

    Can’t tell me our pass defense would be worst than it has been had we played those two kids and given them a chance to develop instead of spending money on those older vets.

    Tollefson and Andre Carter are costing us about 2 million combined, they’re not doing much.

    I think, we could have brought back Trevor Scott as our pass-rushing specialist for a lot less since he was coming of an injury, instead the Pats picked him up for cheap and he’s started the last 2 games for them and played good ball.

    We let Satele go and gave more money to Mike Brisiel which led to the reshuffling of the interior OL with horrible results.

    Barnes was brought back for 2 million.

    Isn’t one of the advantages of the ZBS that you can find cheap players for it? most ZBS teams have undrafted or low draft picks starting and producing for them but we could not find a better and cheaper player to start at RT for us?.

    We gave Aaron Curry a 1.8 million signing bonus and 600 K to keep him in 2012 and he gave us nothing, again…money gone to waste.

    Those are some personnel decisions that turned out badly for us, we didn’t have much money but there was some and we did not spend it well.

    I don’t have the exact figures so what I mentioned above comes from memory exccept for Curry, I looked that up.
    ===============================================

    I don’t know if you can have a clear goal with out knowing what you have here. And 8-8 doesn’t help. Is 8-8 a team on the rise or one that needs a rebuild?

    You said three corners Reg signed cost $5mm. Routt cost $10mm. DVD and Chekwa had a handful of NFL games between them. One thing we can all agree on is quality depth. Going into the season with Checkwa and DVD and then one gets hurt? We would be playing with Lechler as our starting corner. As it turned out Huff did it.

    Pass rush or lack thereof is what killed this defense. Tollefson came off a solid Super Bowl season. That is a head scratcher why he was not more productive but obviously the NYG figured it out. Trev Scott has never been a dominant rusher.

    Satele was not coming back. Players will not say this but they do read what the fans think. And idiot Raider Fan lambasted Satele the entire time he was here. We can go back and look at the comments. Well, he seems to be doing fine. Barnes has played fairly well when he has played. He handled Von Miller for the entire lst half last game. Willie Smith was the problem at RT.

    The staff never saw Curry. As an overall 4 who played well last year, you would think he would be worth a look to see what you have.

    Bottom line, a staff needs to look at a team while the bullets are flying and see what they have. I have said all season the most disappointing piece to me is McFadden. McFadden has been terrible and the offense has been terrible. All three other backs have been more productive in both the run and passing games. I said for two years McClain has to go. Right there, are two DISASTERS! To have two very high draft choices that are basically unproductive is devastating. And that comes off the heels of an overall number one that is most likely eating a bag of cheetos right now on a couch. This is not an easy fix.

  • Marks hair

    What, you don’t like our DB’s blitzing from 20 yards away?

  • The_Judge37

    Charlie Says:
    December 14th, 2012 at 8:18 am
    EXLA
    Exactly correct. See my post #562.
    The Raiders also had leaders/coaches on the field.
    A situation like McClain never would have gotten to Madden let alone the media back in the day. Willie Brown, Art and Gene Upshaw would have taken Rolando off to the side for a “conversation”. Problem solved.
    ———

    Not just Team leaders but Coaches themselves. If McClain stepped up to Tom Cable like that, he’d be eating through a straw.

  • The_Judge37

    594.Marks hair Says:
    December 14th, 2012 at 8:22 am
    What, you don’t like our DB’s blitzing from 20 yards away?
    ——-

    Yeah but only when the situation calls for it, like on 3rd and 4

  • tuckrulefool

    UMMM….NO!

    HOPE U R DEAD WRONG.

    BLOWOUT OF MASS PROPORTIONS IS THE ONLY VIABLE RX….

    SWALLOW AND ‘NJOI!

    ====

    “This D does well focusing on a stellar RB, especially without a premier QB to kill them biting on the play fake.

    I agree with Cork… we win this game.

    Not by much….
    ___

    Hope you’re right,”

  • Marks hair

    Ive never seen dbs blitz from so far back and from such a late start..

  • The_Judge37

    I like how Knapp has said his system has been successful, but yet he’s never lasted longer than 3 years with a team. But we need continuty at all costs so let’s roll with him.

    BTW, since this year has felt never ending, does that count towards continuity time?

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Bob Marley Says:
    December 14th,

    We let Satele go and gave more money to Mike Brisiel which led to the reshuffling of the interior OL with horrible results. 2012 at 6:36 am….

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Exactly my thinking Bob.