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Raiders gearing up for dynamic Newton; Pryor playing more Sunday

When a play breaks down against the Carolina Panthers, the Raiders won’t have Brady Quinn to bail them out this time.
No, the Raiders know they’re in for a stern test Sunday when they get their first look at second-year quarterback Cam Newton, one of the numerous dynamic quarterbacks that entered the NFL the past two seasons.
Newton struggled early this season on the heels of a transcendent rookie season in which he passed for 4,051 yards and 21 touchdowns and rushed for 706 yards and 14 touchdowns.
But Newton of late is looking more and more like the player many expected to see in his second season. He has 10 touchdowns and no interceptions in his past five games, as well as 293 yards and three touchdowns rushing.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen said game-planning for Newton is a handful.
“He creates a lot of other issues that you have to worry about,” Allen said. “You have to worry about him in the passing game. just scrambling around and keeping the play alive. Obviously, they use him in a lot of different ways in the running game also. He presents some unique challenges. He’s obviously a tremendous talent.”
Newton, 6-foot-5 and 248 pounds, is a threat to run at any time. For instance, he rambled for 72 yards and a touchdown against the Falcons a couple of games ago on a designed play.
Even so, Raiders defensive backs can’t leave their assignments too early if Newton shows run, for rish of Newton pulling up and throwing the ball over the top.
“You don’t come off,” Huff said. “When he’s scrambling around, you really have no idea. Especially, our back will be turned, so you gotta cover until you think it’s two, three seconds later.”
Raiders middle linebacker Omar Gaither spent one season with the Panthers and went up against Newton in practice every day. He said defenders have to be wary of Newton to run at any time.
“He’s big and fast,” Gaither said. “If he were playing a different position it would probably be defensive end. And a guy who can run. He has every tool you need in a quarterback, and he can beat you with his feet. So you basically need to keep him in front and contain him on the edges. You see the highlights every week of him getting a 60-yard scamper. Those are the kind of things that kill your defense. You just have to contain him.”
Raiders outside linebacker Philip Wheeler played against Newton last season, when Wheeler was with the Colts. He said the key is swarming Newton and getting as many bodies on him as possible.
“It’s just very important to stay disciplined in your responsibilities,” Wheeler said.

– Sebastian Janikowski won the fan portion of the voting for the Pro Bowl. He’s one-third of the way to his second straight Pro Bowl selection.
The man standing in his way is Phil Dawson, the kicker who spent 1998 in the Raiders training camp after signing as an undrafted free agent out of Texas.
Dawson has converted 26 of 27 field-goal attempts this season. Janikowski is 29 of 32, with his misses coming from 51, 61 and 64 yards.
Coaches and players each get one-third of the voting, too. Selections will be announced Wednesday at 4 p.m. on NFL Network.

– The Raiders are last in the league in rushing touchdowns this season, with three.
To put that in perspective, only three teams since the merger in 1970 had fewer in a season. And Buccaneers rookie running back Doug Martin had four rushing touchdowns against the Raiders in their game Nov. 4.
Worse, the Raiders had 16 rushing touchdowns last season and 19 in 2010. Hue Jackson called plays during both seasons. Also, five times during Jackson’s two seasons, the Raiders had at least three rushing touchdowns in a game.

– Second-year quarterback Terrelle Pryor will be used on some third-down and red-zone plays against the Panthers so that the Raiders “can create a different look the defense to contend with” and “try to use some of his athletic ability.”
Pryor played one series last Sunday against the Chiefs. The series consisted of two hand-offs and an incomplete pass from Pryor to wide receiver Darrius Hewyard-Bey.
Pryor has spent the better part of his two NFL seasons biding his time, learning from Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart and working on his accuracy, timing, mechanics and footwork.
Now he’s ready to take his game for a test drive, which means for more than three plays. Until that happens, Pryor said he doesn’t want to hear about any comparisons to Newton, Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick.
“When it’s time for me, and I really get a lot of reps and get comfortable, I’ll have success,” Pryor said. “I really, truly believe that. Right now I’m just waiting. Right now I don’t want to compare myself to Kaepernick or Cam or any of those guys because them guys and Griffin have proved it. I haven’t proved anything.
“I can’t really say I’d be like them. I don’t know what I’m going to be like because I haven’t even played yet. I can tell from practice and certain plays that they run and certain plays that I run, I could tell I can do that in practice. It’s not when people are watching, so I can’t really compare myself to them.”
Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp is watching at practice, and he said he likes what he sees from Pryor these days.
“I’ve definitely seen the progress during practice on his mechanics, the rhythm of his throws and the consistency of his footwork,” Knapp said. “He has taken to coaching very well. (Quarterbacks coach) John DeFilippo should get a lot of credit because he has spent a lot of time with him, as far as working on the individual part of the game.”
Pryor said he is satisfied with the improvements he has made since training camp, especially his accuracy and footwork. Getting a taste of what it’s like in a regular-season game gave him added confidence.
“I wasn’t really nervous because I studied them so much it was like second nature when I got to the line,” Pryor said. “Obviously, there’s a tiny bit of nerves. Obviously, I would have liked to play a little more and had a couple of different plays I’d really want to use, but I got an opportunity to get on the field and that’s a step from where I was. I can’t really complain. I’m just grateful my coaches let me get on the field.”

– Stat of the day: On passes longer than 20 yards downfield, Palmer is 10 of 50 (20 percent) for 432 yards, with three touchdowns and three interceptions. He went 16 of 45 (35.6 percent) for 618 yards, with six touchdowns and two interceptions last season.

– Defensive tackle Richard Seymour has missed the past six games with a hamstring injury. He hasn’t practiced yet this week, so it’s likely that he is headed for a seventh straight missed game.
Therefore, Allen said, it’s possible that the Raiders will just shut down Seymour and place him on the injured-reserve list.

— Allen and Palmer raved about Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly on Wednesday. Today, it was Knapp’s turn to sing the rookie’s praises.
“When I see a rookie linebacker tackle Tony Gonzalez pretty handily, then get up and not back down, because Tony gets up and tries to shrug him off, and he gets right back in it, and you see it happen two or three more times in the game, you know the guy’s got a little something to him,” Knapp said of Kuechly. “So it does show up on tape. He’s always around the ball. He’s fast to react and he has pretty good instincts, so that does show up on tape.”
Isolate on Kuechly during Sunday’s game. Trust me, it’s worth your investment if you want to see how the middle linebacker position should be played and what you have missed out of Rolando McClain the past three seasons.
Then, factor in that both were selected in the top 10 of the NFL draft — McClain in 2010, Kuechly in April — both won the Butkus Award as the nation’s top collegiate linebacker and you will get a sense for how important it is that a team have a solid scouting department.
Several people cautioned Al Davis about using a first-round pick on McClain. A few others were enamored with McClain. The latter persuaded Davis to draft McClain.

– Heyward-Bey was held without a catch against the Chiefs, marking the second time in four games that he didn’t catch any passes and the third time in 14 games this season.
Knapp said Heyward-Bey’s health is fine and that that’s just how it works out from time to time.
“It’s not by design,” Knapp said. “It’s just the way things have played out. Kind of the same thing happened with Denarius (Moore) for a couple of games. Even, you could say the same thing is true for Brandon (Myers); it’s sometimes the way the game plays out. It’s not by design, but it’s just the ball has been delivered other places because of coverage and/or progressions, but it’s not by game plan.”

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  • RaiderSam

    Papertiger418 Says:
    December 20th, 2012 at 3:30 pm
    Another depressing thing; was listening to the Dan Patrick show and their blogger brought up potential topics for the poll question.

    His main one was: Which team do you think is furthest from the Superbowl?

    a)Jaguars
    b)Jets
    c)Chargers
    d)Cardinals
    e)Chiefs

    Not one mention of the Raiders. We’re so bland we’ve even escaped notice on that end.

    ————

    If the Raiders were mentioned wouldnt you just complain “Were being singled out?!”

  • Al_is_theraiders

    waahhh we dont have any money…waaah…so how are we going to get players? A bunch of has beens on – year contracts (see bartell and spencer)

  • RaiderSam

    Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 8:01 am
    Even Steve Corkran admitted during one one of his live chats that Reggie’s restructuring of Seymour’s deal has turned out to be one of Reggie’s biggest mistakes so far.

    And we all know that Corky has had hid nose firmly locked in Reggie’s posterior from day 1.

    FIRE REGGIE NOW.

    =================

    One of the most idiotic things the Raiders have done is fired people too quickly…which in turn, has amounted to more losing seasons.

    What knowledgable GM would step into this mess to replace him?

    Well?

  • DJ Johnny

    371.Charlie Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 7:38 am
    DR

    I did. Mr Davis signed Seymour to his present contract just before the NFL lockout/strike in 2011. It was a two year deal with $11.5 million guaranteed each year with the potential for a toatl of $15 million each year with incentives. He did that not being sure what the collective bargaining agreement would look like regarding free agents.

    Mr Davis substantially over paid for Seymour and Kelly among others.
    Reggie kept Seymour because of the enormous cap hit cutting him would represent AND HE HAD NO FIRST OR SECOND ROUND PICKS TO WORK WITH.
    HE ALSO HAD RIDCULOUS CONTRACTS WITH ROUTT AND WIMBLEY.

    I love the double standards in here. Palmer is supposed to be Superman and leap bad receivers (dropped 13 would be td’s alone this season), historically bad defense, and weak running game with a single bound. “No excuses..he’s the QB..it’s on HIM” people say, but when it comes to Reggie the excuses come rolling in.

    I know Reggie was up against it in alot of ways but show me a GM that isn’t.

    I’m not saying ‘Fire Reggie’, i’m just saying i’m sick of hearing all that he can’t do and nothing about what he can or should.

  • bcz24

    No no, lets keep doing it Al’s way… It only took 8 years to put a couple of 8-8 years together, and we haven’t won a Super Bowl in 30 years… That plan HAS to be the right one.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    any freakin gm…anybody but reggie mcdvmbaszs

  • Al_is_theraiders

    reggie=4-12 from two consecutive 8-8 speaks volumes…

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Bill Polian.

  • RaiderSam

    RaiderLen Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 7:56 am
    http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/raiders_dt_richard_seymour_has_contract_voided_will_become_a_free_agent_at_seasons_end/12410152

    ———————————————–
    Morning Fellas,

    I found the above regarding Seymours deal.

    It voided the last 4 years and 30 mil because He missed 5 consecutive games.

    ============

    Yeah , i think he probably is saving himself to hit free agency next year…he’s got like 3 or 4 adopted kids to take care of…

    good year for DT’s, too – so Raiders should be ok in top 3 or if they trade down.

  • Charlie

    Bcz
    Thank you.

    Reggie spread the money with the restructure to simply get under the cap this year.

    The contract for his “services” ends this year just like what he inherited!

    At no time has he increased the duration of the deal.
    At no time can he be remotely held accountable for the ridiculous nature of what he inherited relative to this deal or that of Kelly.

  • bcz24

    I’m not saying ‘Fire Reggie’, i’m just saying i’m sick of hearing all that he can’t do and nothing about what he can or should.
    ***********
    I have said a billion times in here what he can and should do… he is fvcking doing it. No one wants to hear that though. No one wants to hear that you cant be competitive with $40 million over the cap, and 5 draft picks AFTER the 3rd round. No one wants to hear that this team struggled to mediocrity 2 years in a row. No one wants to hear that doing things stat quo is going to lead to the same results of the last 30 fvckin years. Do you realize that Reggie had to install COMPUTERS in the scouting department when he got here, COMPUTERS! In 2012. Our scouting department didn’t have computers.

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

    I am trying with every fiber of my being to be patient with this mess.

    I would rather we were not good for a few years but turn into a juggernaut that would be dominant for years (Patriots). If this team is built right it could happen. I will reserve judgement until I see the draft/free agency and the 2013 season. Then we will know if we are a couple years away or 10 more before we sniff a superbowl.

    I like Palmer, I’m just wondering what the long term plan is.

    Kirk Cousins welcome to Oakland We would like you to meet your new wideout Larry fitzgerald.

    Sorry, I was dreaming again.

  • Marks hair

    Fire the three stooges

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    But you guys are ignoring the fact that Reggie should have cut Seymour before the 2012 season.

  • Marks hair

    Fire the janitors

  • RaiderSam

    DJ Johnny Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 8:10 am
    371.Charlie Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 7:38 am
    DR

    I did. Mr Davis signed Seymour to his present contract just before the NFL lockout/strike in 2011. It was a two year deal with $11.5 million guaranteed each year with the potential for a toatl of $15 million each year with incentives. He did that not being sure what the collective bargaining agreement would look like regarding free agents.

    Mr Davis substantially over paid for Seymour and Kelly among others.
    Reggie kept Seymour because of the enormous cap hit cutting him would represent AND HE HAD NO FIRST OR SECOND ROUND PICKS TO WORK WITH.
    HE ALSO HAD RIDCULOUS CONTRACTS WITH ROUTT AND WIMBLEY.

    I love the double standards in here. Palmer is supposed to be Superman and leap bad receivers (dropped 13 would be td’s alone this season), historically bad defense, and weak running game with a single bound. “No excuses..he’s the QB..it’s on HIM” people say, but when it comes to Reggie the excuses come rolling in.

    I know Reggie was up against it in alot of ways but show me a GM that isn’t.

    I’m not saying ‘Fire Reggie’, i’m just saying i’m sick of hearing all that he can’t do and nothing about what he can or should.

    =======================

    i think what is at issue is that the Raiders missed in the draft, while other teams didnt

    Baltimore – Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Ray Rice, Haloti Ngata
    New England – Tom Brady, Vince Wilfork, Brandon Spikes (lots of cheap role players who blew up in a superior scheme – Danny Woodhead, Wes Welker
    S.F. – Patrick Willis, Aldon Smith, Dashon Goldson,
    NYG – Eli, Justin Tuck, Corey Webster, (again role players that step up – Chase Blackburn, low round pick like Victor Cruz)

    The Raiders have to get the front office in and get successive draft picks and a coaching staff to build a scheme.

    Niners turn around largely because foundation was laid – Raiders pieced together a .500 team and overspent to do it. McKenzie has to continue the process…starting over again would really mean spending more on a “proven” coach/GM and would be under more pressure to win quickly.

  • bcz24

    No genius, you are ignoring the fact that he didn’t have the cap space to absorb Sey’s cap hit in 1 year.

  • bcz24

    Lets try this a different way. You want to fire reggie for spreading out sey’s cap hit… So, you are saying you want to PAY Reggie NOT to work here anymore, AND pay someone MORE (because no one is coming to an organization that fires a GM in 1 season) to replace him… Your logic is infallable.

  • Marks hair

    Fire all the raideretts…

  • RaiderSam

    Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush) Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 8:17 am
    I am trying with every fiber of my being to be patient with this mess.

    I would rather we were not good for a few years but turn into a juggernaut that would be dominant for years (Patriots). If this team is built right it could happen. I will reserve judgement until I see the draft/free agency and the 2013 season. Then we will know if we are a couple years away or 10 more before we sniff a superbowl.

    I like Palmer, I’m just wondering what the long term plan is.

    Kirk Cousins welcome to Oakland We would like you to meet your new wideout Larry fitzgerald.

    Sorry, I was dreaming again.

    ==============

    Looking for the quick fix. Its not gonna happen. Team was too accustomed to trades, spending in FA, and keeping scholarship people that never really amounted to anything, while letting quality guys go for rookies that didnt pan out.

    Everything that could go wrong did. Have to hope for lightning in a bottle with the mid-round picks – that are durable and deliver. Have to find the Courtland Finnegan’s, the Marques Colstons and take chances on the Vontaze Burficts of 2013…. Reggie has got to find the gems in the draft AND UDFA.

    they have what 9 mil in cap space for next year?! You can forget free agency.

  • Marks hair

    Fire the barber..

  • Al_is_theraiders

    fire reggie for being reggie…

  • RaiderSam

    Bcz24 Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 8:22 am
    Lets try this a different way. You want to fire reggie for spreading out sey’s cap hit… So, you are saying you want to PAY Reggie NOT to work here anymore, AND pay someone MORE (because no one is coming to an organization that fires a GM in 1 season) to replace him… Your logic is infallable.

    ==============

    You know who did crap like that? Daniel Snyder. And he only turned it around once he finally got a coach and a franchise-type QB.

    McKenzie is under contract, so is Allen – but i have a sneaking admiration for Mark going down to the locker room and meeting with DA and McKenzie…there’s still that pride in him.

  • Marks hair

    Fire the fùck outta that barber…

  • RaiderSam

    Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 8:17 am
    But you guys are ignoring the fact that Reggie should have cut Seymour before the 2012 season.

    ==============

    The bottom line with that deal was that Warren Sapp flopped, then Randy Moss before him.

    They simply DID NOT GET IMPACT PEOPLE in the draft. Not since C-Wood in 98 has there been anyone close to an impact player – maybe Huff and that was in spurts….

  • Al_is_theraiders

    ten and then…
    nice parachute, ” i will take this job but we are giing to svck for many years…you cannot blame me”

  • RaiderSam

    Marks Hair Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 8:27 am
    Fire the fùck outta that barber…

    =========

    That is true. Doesnt somebody consult him…Pops had a better ‘do!

  • Al_is_theraiders

    ” we are going to lose money for years and then we will see where we are at…”
    investment broker at his interview…smh

  • DJ Johnny

    422.Marks hair Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 8:25 am
    Fire the barber..

    I say give the barber a raise. Marks hairdo is a one of a kind masterpiece.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    “we are not going to catch any criminals for years…” cop at his interview

  • Marks hair

    You need a franchise qb…… again..

    YOU NEED A FRANCHISE QB!!

    If tp isnt gonna develope into that guy then we need to draft one. So play tp. Find out..duh

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    No matter how you slice it 8-8 to 4-12 is a major step backwards and Reggie deserves most of the blame.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    “we will not put out any fires for years…water is too expensive” fire chief at his interview

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

    RaiderSam Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 8:23 am
    Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush) Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 8:17 am
    I am trying with every fiber of my being to be patient with this mess.

    I would rather we were not good for a few years but turn into a juggernaut that would be dominant for years (Patriots). If this team is built right it could happen. I will reserve judgement until I see the draft/free agency and the 2013 season. Then we will know if we are a couple years away or 10 more before we sniff a superbowl.

    I like Palmer, I’m just wondering what the long term plan is.

    Kirk Cousins welcome to Oakland We would like you to meet your new wideout Larry fitzgerald.

    Sorry, I was dreaming again.

    ==============

    Looking for the quick fix. Its not gonna happen. Team was too accustomed to trades, spending in FA, and keeping scholarship people that never really amounted to anything, while letting quality guys go for rookies that didnt pan out.

    Everything that could go wrong did. Have to hope for lightning in a bottle with the mid-round picks – that are durable and deliver. Have to find the Courtland Finnegan’s, the Marques Colstons and take chances on the Vontaze Burficts of 2013…. Reggie has got to find the gems in the draft AND UDFA.

    they have what 9 mil in cap space for next year?! You can forget free agency.
    ————————–
    I’m not looking for a quick fix, I’m saying if we are going to do this and go thru the growing pains let’s at least do it right.

    When I mention a guy like Kirk Cousins it is not a quick fix, he could learn under Palmer for a year and be a guy to build around. We need a QB to build around for the long term. If we were playoff material the next few years Palmer would be good.

    It is essential to Get a young QB soon.

  • DJ Johnny

    411.bcz24 Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 8:15 am
    I’m not saying ‘Fire Reggie’, i’m just saying i’m sick of hearing all that he can’t do and nothing about what he can or should.
    ***********
    I have said a billion times in here what he can and should do… he is fvcking doing it. No one wants to hear that though. No one wants to hear that you cant be competitive with $40 million over the cap, and 5 draft picks AFTER the 3rd round. No one wants to hear that this team struggled to mediocrity 2 years in a row. No one wants to hear that doing things stat quo is going to lead to the same results of the last 30 fvckin years. Do you realize that Reggie had to install COMPUTERS in the scouting department when he got here, COMPUTERS! In 2012. Our scouting department didn’t have computers.

    It’s a minor issue in the grand scheme, but I thought he replaced the computers the scouts were using..not that they didn’t have them in the first place.

  • RaiderSam

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 8:28 am
    ten and then…
    nice parachute, ” i will take this job but we are giing to svck for many years…you cannot blame me”

    ================

    Let me give you a scenario that COULD work.

    say McKenzie puts the mandate that he would re-shuffle coaching. wait for Philly, San Diego, KC and a few others staffs to shake out..maybe some people from New Orleans

    then raid as many assistants as you can – Norv, perhaps Rocky Seto (from the Seahawks, Pete Charmichael, Bobby April (special teams)..maybe Curtis Modkins (from the Bills)

    from those teams, look for some cheap FA’s that could be available. Eagles will have a lot..Gaither worked out, and so did Hanson, get more… Darryl Tapp, Demorrio Williams, a few others Alan Branch

    then hit the draft hard. Maybe Star Louleleli or Joeckel (although OL’s are dangerous for top 3 picks) – Dee Milliner? Maybe a corner is shut down and Allen’s specialty was secondary.

    if Allen gets experienced coordinators, and ST’rs, then he can focus on adding other components to the defense.

  • Raider-in-PA

    DJ Johnny Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 8:30 am
    422.Marks hair Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 8:25 am
    Fire the barber..

    I say give the barber a raise. Marks hairdo is a one of a kind masterpiece.
    ——————
    It makes Mo of the Three Stooges jealous!

  • DJ Johnny

    421.RaiderSam Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 8:23 am
    Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush) Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 8:17 am
    I am trying with every fiber of my being to be patient with this mess.

    I would rather we were not good for a few years but turn into a juggernaut that would be dominant for years (Patriots). If this team is built right it could happen. I will reserve judgement until I see the draft/free agency and the 2013 season. Then we will know if we are a couple years away or 10 more before we sniff a superbowl.

    I like Palmer, I’m just wondering what the long term plan is.

    Kirk Cousins welcome to Oakland We would like you to meet your new wideout Larry fitzgerald.

    Sorry, I was dreaming again.

    ==============

    Looking for the quick fix. Its not gonna happen. Team was too accustomed to trades, spending in FA, and keeping scholarship people that never really amounted to anything, while letting quality guys go for rookies that didnt pan out.

    Everything that could go wrong did. Have to hope for lightning in a bottle with the mid-round picks – that are durable and deliver. Have to find the Courtland Finnegan’s, the Marques Colstons and take chances on the Vontaze Burficts of 2013…. Reggie has got to find the gems in the draft AND UDFA.

    they have what 9 mil in cap space for next year?! You can forget free agency.

    Are you taking into account the cutting of Seymour (still have the 5.2 mill to eat) and the letting go of Lechler?

  • RaiderSam

    DJ Johnny Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 8:35 am
    411.bcz24 Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 8:15 am
    I’m not saying ‘Fire Reggie’, i’m just saying i’m sick of hearing all that he can’t do and nothing about what he can or should.
    ***********
    I have said a billion times in here what he can and should do… he is fvcking doing it. No one wants to hear that though. No one wants to hear that you cant be competitive with $40 million over the cap, and 5 draft picks AFTER the 3rd round. No one wants to hear that this team struggled to mediocrity 2 years in a row. No one wants to hear that doing things stat quo is going to lead to the same results of the last 30 fvckin years. Do you realize that Reggie had to install COMPUTERS in the scouting department when he got here, COMPUTERS! In 2012. Our scouting department didn’t have computers.

    It’s a minor issue in the grand scheme, but I thought he replaced the computers the scouts were using..not that they didn’t have them in the first place.

    ============

    DJ Johnny, they have to do a better job screening the mind set of players , too.

    Russell – Apanea/purple drank
    B.Campbell – a bit slow on the uptake, despite massive physical abilities
    McClain – hit the rookie wall, then self-imploded. Just couldnt overcome or even deal with leadership

    Maybe the computer-analysis missed on injury-prone players , too.

  • DJ Johnny

    437,

    There you go Raider Sam. Let’s talk about what he CAN do.

    We can reasonable about it too at the same time.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Part of Reggie’s job is to lower expectations.

  • MikieG

    Somebody help me out here.

    Im in the Championship of my FF league..

    Who do I start..

    Drew Brees @ Cowboys
    OR
    Matt Ryan @ Detroit..

    I’m leaning Matt Ryan just based on what the Cowboys are playing for..however, Matt Ryan and Crew aren’t playing for anything either..Really Stuck here fellers.

  • 504 Raider

    Seymour commented on the voiding of the contract as he returned to Raiders practice Monday.

    “I would love to retire a Raider but I have earned the right to be a free agent,” Seymour said. “I really love wearing this uniform, we’ll see what happens.”

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

    I said this when RoMac got suspended and I’ll say it again. This is the difference between a smart vet and a young know it all like McClain. Both guys quit on the team. But one is still getting paid while the other missed two game checks.

    When you are frustrated you have to be able to control what comes out of your mouth. Nobody owes you anything. Seymour says positive things and McClain wants to fight the HC. And Seymour will get another contract (Atlanta maybe) while McClain will be under a microscope in training camp of his next stop.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    “We’ve got the closest guy to him right here in Terrelle Pryor,” said running back Mike Goodson, a teammate of Newton’s last year.
    Pryor, 6-foot-4, 233 pounds, has been simulating Newton this week, running read option plays and taking off on scrambles, passing in some instances and running in others.

    goodson comparing pryor and newton

    so is that what happened, they had pryor running scout and FINALLY gave him an extended LOOK ?

    Then they noticed that the kid has talent?!?!?!

    These idiots have ignored one of the most explosive players on our roster all year fro their blind palmer worship?!?!?

    FIRE THESE LOSERS BIG MACK!!!!!

  • RaiderSam

    DJ Johnny Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 8:38 am
    421.RaiderSam Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 8:23 am
    Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush) Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 8:17 am
    I am trying with every fiber of my being to be patient with this mess.

    I would rather we were not good for a few years but turn into a juggernaut that would be dominant for years (Patriots). If this team is built right it could happen. I will reserve judgement until I see the draft/free agency and the 2013 season. Then we will know if we are a couple years away or 10 more before we sniff a superbowl.

    I like Palmer, I’m just wondering what the long term plan is.

    Kirk Cousins welcome to Oakland We would like you to meet your new wideout Larry fitzgerald.

    Sorry, I was dreaming again.

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    Looking for the quick fix. Its not gonna happen. Team was too accustomed to trades, spending in FA, and keeping scholarship people that never really amounted to anything, while letting quality guys go for rookies that didnt pan out.

    Everything that could go wrong did. Have to hope for lightning in a bottle with the mid-round picks – that are durable and deliver. Have to find the Courtland Finnegan’s, the Marques Colstons and take chances on the Vontaze Burficts of 2013…. Reggie has got to find the gems in the draft AND UDFA.

    they have what 9 mil in cap space for next year?! You can forget free agency.

    Are you taking into account the cutting of Seymour (still have the 5.2 mill to eat) and the letting go of Lechler?

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    Thus making the draft even more critical. But a lot of teams (inc. Niners) will be up against it. they have like 590,000 in cap space for 2013. – they are prepping for a SB run.

    They have to get foundation players. Lot of “complimentary” types. Burris, Wheeler, Adams, Bergstrom, Joselio Hanson. They need to get foundation starters that fit Allen’s vision of the defense AND get some more cheap bargain FAs – they’d be better off keeping Gaither, Hanson, and adding as many 1 mil and 800,000 FAs as they can.

    A lot of the time, people just didnt understand the scheme and people were breaking open all over the place on pass defense.

  • DJ Johnny

    438.Raider-in-PA Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 8:37 am
    DJ Johnny Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 8:30 am
    422.Marks hair Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 8:25 am
    Fire the barber..

    I say give the barber a raise. Marks hairdo is a one of a kind masterpiece.
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    It makes Mo of the Three Stooges jealous!

    Lol. It shows that Mark is a trendsetter and maverick. He’s gonna do things HIS way.

  • cwolfman

    RaiderLen Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 7:56 am

    http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/raiders_dt_richard_seymour_has_contract_voided_will_become_a_free_agent_at_seasons_end/12410152

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    Morning Fellas,

    I found the above regarding Seymours deal.

    It voided the last 4 years and 30 mil because He missed 5 consecutive games.
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    Thanks RaiderLen.. Good info for everyone.

  • RaiderSam

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 8:41 am
    “We’ve got the closest guy to him right here in Terrelle Pryor,” said running back Mike Goodson, a teammate of Newton’s last year.
    Pryor, 6-foot-4, 233 pounds, has been simulating Newton this week, running read option plays and taking off on scrambles, passing in some instances and running in others.

    goodson comparing pryor and newton

    so is that what happened, they had pryor running scout and FINALLY gave him an extended LOOK ?

    Then they noticed that the kid has talent?!?!?!

    These idiots have ignored one of the most explosive players on our roster all year fro their blind palmer worship?!?!?

    FIRE THESE LOSERS BIG MACK!!!!!

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    Allen went through that Tebow messiah worship, and was determined a QB controversy wasnt going to happen. He just didnt have a scheme that favored gadget plays in the way experienced guys llke Belichek, Jeff Fisher, and Hue Jackson did.

  • DJ Johnny

    446,

    Sam, Should it really take these guys THIS LONG to figure out Tarvers scheme? Apparently so.

    If the defense plays real well this Sunday, might we take that as a sign they have turned the corner somewhat?