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Notes, quotes and observations from Raiders-Jags game

By Steve Corkran
Sunday, September 15th, 2013 at 10:26 pm in Oakland Raiders.

OAKLAND — If you’re wondering what Raiders coach Dennis Allen means when he says that his team’s offense is predicated upon patience, pounding away throughout the course of a game, just waiting for the dam to burst, so to speak.
In other words, it was running back Darren McFadden rushing for 21 yards on 15 carries and 108 yards on four carries. Add it all up, and McFadden averaged a gaudy 6.8 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
He had four rushes of 20 yards or more Sunday, the same number he had all last season.
His 129-yard effort marked the 13th time he has reached the century mark during his six-year NFL career. It also paved the way for the Raiders to amass 226 yards rushing overall in their 19-9 victory at the Coliseum.
Throw in a 28-yard run by backup back Rashad Jennings and a 27-yarder by Pryor and you see what Allen means about patience.
There are going to be times when McFadden gets stuffed at or near the line of scrimmage, as he was time and again Sunday. Then, he’s going to bust loose and rip off the kind of backbreaking run the Raiders are counting upon.
Part of that came about, Pryor said, because the Jaguars were so consumed by Pryor and his running ability. The Jaguars no doubt placed a huge premium on keeping tabs on Pryor on the heels of his 112-yard effort against the Colts a week earlier.
“That’s why D-Mac probably had a hundred and whatever he had,” Pryor said. “Then our other running back busted out, and that’s why I believe he had a great day. The Jaguars, they were shifting big time on me.”
McFadden averaged career-worst 3.3 yards last season. He averaged only 2.8 against the Colts in the opener. Yet, he always remained patient.
“Playing football so long, you know,” McFadden said. “It’s going to come like that, 1 and 2 yards here or there and then eventually they’re going to start popping. As a running back, you just have to know.”

– For all the talk, and backed up by a contract extension, the Raiders tend to pay little more than lip service to maximizing the talents of fullback Marcel Reece.
Against the Colts, Reece played only 24 of 63 offensive snaps. On Sunday, he ran the ball twice and had one pass thrown his way.
Reece scored Oakland’s first touchdown on an 11-yard run in which he spun off a defender inside the 5-yard line and dived across the goal line.
It was just another glaring example of how dangerous Reece can be with the ball in his hands and how misused he is by the Raiders most games.

– Sebastian Janikowski missed a field-goal attempt for the second straight game. This one came from 35 yards.
Let theories begin about what’s to blame, or rather who to blame. There are those who think Janikowski misses long-time holder Shane Lechler. Others say first-year punter, and holder, Marquette King still is working out the kinks as the holder on field-goal and extra-point attempts.
The smart money says, Janikowski will be fine and the two misses are nothing more than a talented golfer getting too quick on a swing or not finishing a swing.
After all, Janikowski drilled field goals of 46, 30, 29 and 29 yards in the same game that he missed Sunday.

– Allen said strong safety Tyvon Branch and left guard Lucas Nix suffered ankle injuries.
Of the two, it sounds as if Branch’s injury is the most worrisome.
“That looks to be a significant injury,” Allen said.
Branch was helped from the field by two team trainers in the first half, and the Raiders wasted little time announcing that Branch was out for the remainder of the game.
Brandian Ross and Usama Young saw time at safety after Branch departed.
As for Nix, he was replaced by veteran Andre Gurode. It sounds as if Nix was coming out of the game, one way or the other.
“I’m not sure when he hurt the ankle but, obviously, with some of the struggles, we decided to get him out of the game so we went in that direction,” Allen said of Nix.
There were a few occasions when Nix whiffed on a block or just got manhandled. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Raiders make a change for the Broncos game, be it with Gurode or someone else.

– The Raiders sacked Chad Henne five times Sunday. That upped their total to nine through two games.
To put that in perspective, the Raiders notched only 25 sacks in 16 games last season.
Why the change? Let’s give that one to Allen.
“It’s just a combination of rush and coverage,” Allen said. “I mean, there’s some times where we do a pretty nice job in coverage and give our guys a chance to get to the quarterback. We try to be multiple and send several different guys in different directions and our rush has continued to improve.”

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  • RaiderRockstar

    so if Pryor wins 1 out of every 3 games … he’ll be our most “winning” QB since Rich Gannon

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    Its so exciting to win a game like this after all the crap we eat being Raider fans!

    Truth is it was Jacksonville and we could only muster one TD.

    There are improvements on defense and special teams and I do think once our LT is back from injury we might have a pretty decent O-Line. We will be drafting a QB again come April it seems to be the one thing we cant seem to solve as an organization but it was nice to see some improvement.

  • dirkdiggler

    kapernick is miles ahead of Pryor. and its not something that pryor will be able to “improve on”. dude is 23 or 24 years old now. kap has a great arm and is accurate and usually seems to be a good decision maker. Pryor is nowhere near that in passing ability. but lets just play make believe here. AND I;m no flynn supporter either as he would have been a temp fix at best. they need to draft a QB that has proven passing ability that has faced real competition in college.

  • jumpnjiminy

    the win was expected though i would’ve like to have seen more points on the board. pryor looked only okay and am waiting for better output from him. i agree with some of the posts that say his current level of passing the ball isn’t good enough to win games with the big boys, but i haven’t given up on him, just losing my patience a bit. so go pryor…just speed up your progress a little bit please!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Week 3 will be the only time the Raiders are “in the spotlight” right?

    no other Sunday Night or Monday Night games??

  • dirkdiggler

    Mckenzie, Dennis Allen deserve credit for making this defense and team competitive. Raiders are improved defensively Big time and disciplined. big improvement.

  • Gdog

    dirkdiggler Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 10:05 am

    kapernick is miles ahead of Pryor. and its not something that pryor will be able to “improve on”. dude is 23 or 24 years old now. kap has a great arm and is accurate and usually seems to be a good decision maker. Pryor is nowhere near that in passing ability. but lets just play make believe here. AND I;m no flynn supporter either as he would have been a temp fix at best. they need to draft a QB that has proven passing ability that has faced real competition in college.

    >>>

    I’m pretty sure thats the plan.

    Relax and enjoy the Pryor show. Warts and all.

    He IS an exciting player…

  • jumpnjiminy

    and i’d say the same if flynn was in there…it’s been an awful long time since our raiders have put a playoff level qb in the game… campbell and palmer are not playoff type qbs, gannon was. hoping pryor will get to be…fast!

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    Its nice to have a stop gap QB in there but having a one dimensional QB is like the Tebow experiment and we all know how that worked out.

    Its all we have so it will work until we find a long term solution to the QB problem. the good news is that we are improving on Special teams,the O-Line and Defense with our stop gap QB in there!

  • Dakota

    424.inonewordraider Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 9:03 am
    veldheer Watson now branch

    our significant injuries have been to crucial players for us

    branch is big time for us in the run game

    ++++++++++

    That is what Dennis Allen will be telling Reggie at the end of the season….”We went 3-13 because we lost sooooo many guys!”

    Reggie will probably buy it too.

  • dirkdiggler

    flynn wasn’t the answer. anybody could see that. 2 starts with a prolific offense in GB. he had it all set up for him. flynn can be good in the right situation MAYBE but he’s no Aaron Rodgers, lets be real. raiders will pick up a QB in the draft next year. passing skills aren’t optional in a signal caller.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    How bad are the Jags ?

    The Seahawks are 19 point favorites against them this week. Can’t recall seeing a spread that big this early in the season. Yikes.

    Mules -14.5 over the RAIDS. Total is 49.5

    So books are predicting something like a 32-17 Mule victory.

  • dirkdiggler

    ilverandblack666 Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Its nice to have a stop gap QB in there but having a one dimensional QB is like the Tebow experiment and we all know how that worked out.

    Its all we have so it will work until we find a long term solution to the QB problem. the good news is that we are improving on Special teams,the O-Line and Defense with our stop gap QB in there

    >.Terrell Tebow. exactly. same QB, Tebow got more hype because of his monster college career but the same QB.

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    “Pryor is nowhere near that in passing ability.”

    Anyone with an ounce of football knowledge can see that but he is all we have until we can find a long term solution to the QB problem.

    So Pryor is our stop gap like Palmer was last year until we draft a guy with an arm.

    In the mean time its nice to see improvement on the O-Line, Special Teams and Defense!

  • JONTRAIN

    TP’s biggest flaw is staring down receivers. The entire secondary, especially the safetys, are simply watching his eyes and licking their chops at the prospect of a pick, to the point of being waaay out of position. TP would be wise to utilize the pump fake, as asking him to actually look off defenders and fire off a pass to another receiver is asking too much of him.

    I like Olsen so far as the OC. It will be interesting to see how he attacks Denver. My only thing is, you can only run play action bootlegs to the right side so many times.

    Pryor is most dangerous as a pocket passer, when he makes a couple reads, sees nothing, and escapes. Obviously he can run, but it creates throwing lanes he is more comfortable with, and frustrates the hell out of the opposing D.

    He also embraces the “nobody believes in me” attitude. I’m gonna predict he plays better on the road all season long than at home. I hope I’m wrong.

  • dirkdiggler

    So books are predicting something like a 32-17 Mule victory.

    >. that sounds about right. I think the defense will hold under 30 though.Raid offense will be lucky to get 17 points though. I’m thinking 24-14 dungver

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    “>.Terrell Tebow. exactly. same QB, Tebow got more hype because of his monster college career but the same QB.”

    Yeah Pryor is one dimensional like Tebow and has a very low ceiling but we can win a few games with him in there while the other parts improve and we draft a real QB in April.

    I have to give Reggie and DA credit for seeing improvement on the D and Special teams!

  • inonewordraider

    kapernick is miles ahead of Pryor. and its not something that pryor will be able to “improve on”.
    _________________
    that’s not true

    kaepernick looked like a worse passer than pryor when he first started coming in on occasion for smith and pryor has already improved immensely what’s to say he won’t continue to improve?

    he may not get to current kaepernick level, but we don’t know that yet

  • inonewordraider

    >.Terrell Tebow. exactly. same QB, Tebow got more hype because of his monster college career but the same QB.
    _______________
    Terrell is a MUCH better passer than tebow

    that’s a ridiculous statement

  • JONTRAIN

    And to all of you that consistently harp on Pryor’s limitations as a passer:

    YES…WE KNOW!!!!

    Geezus… I mean you really say it as if you’re the first to ever think it.

  • aig-raiders

    @517, true TP is like Tebow except stronger arm and faster. They both work just as hard and were never natural passers to begin with. But they can win games as Tebow has proven. Give them a good D, pound the rock and let these guys chip away.

  • dirkdiggler

    inonewordraider Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    kapernick is miles ahead of Pryor. and its not something that pryor will be able to “improve on”.
    _________________
    that’s not true

    kaepernick looked like a worse passer than pryor when he first started coming in on occasion for smith and pryor has already improved immensely what’s to say he won’t continue to improve?

    he may not get to current kaepernick level, but we don’t know that yet

    > Krapernick had the arm and could make all of the throws. he could in college. it was just a matter of decision making and NFL game speed . Pryor can’t make the throws. krapernick could probably make those throws when he was 16 years old. passing ability is the first thing you see in a QB. i don’t see Pryor making accurate passed over 15 yards more than 20% of the time. thats what I;ve seen. if he proves me wrong , GOOD! but its not likely.

  • Charlie

    RR

    Not to be difficult but do you see why I am concerned about Nix?
    I wish he would develop but I have seen this before with him.
    I pointed out a lack of ability to get to the second level on running plays and getting “pushed around” especially on a bull rush.

    Cork’s take:
    “There were a few occasions when Nix whiffed on a block or just got manhandled. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Raiders make a change for the Broncos game, be it with Gurode or someone else.”

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post

  • bcz24

    I would like all of you hating on Pryor to stop and ask yourself what any of these other QBs would look like throwing to our group of 4th and 5th rate WRs. Rod Streater is the only 1 out of the bunch that looks like a serviceable WR and he is a #3, maybe a #2 at BEST.

  • inonewordraider

    aig-raiders Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 10:21 am
    @517, true TP is like Tebow except stronger arm and faster. They both work just as hard and were never natural passers to begin with. But they can win games as Tebow has proven. Give them a good D, pound the rock and let these guys chip away.

    _____________
    but I’ve seen tebow time and time again have an open man an miss him with the pass not even being close

    pryor is close on his misses, tebow was way off, pryor is much better

  • raiderlization

    #8 Truth is the truth not taking away from DMAC but Pryor’s is right they were keeping a close eye on him! If DMAC were to try to cut at the line of scrimmage more he may have a 400 yard game! Instead of a couple of runs of over 20 yards! Needs to cut like McCoy but then again he had another run that ended in a Fumble! LOL! Go Raiders!

  • raiderlization

    See Jennings run! Also a good burst!

  • raiderlization

    Re-watch the game if you didn’t notice on some of those drive we got close to the end zone and Dennis got ultra conservative even on third downs we at the game were thinking we were winning maybe he didn’t want to give too much away to Denver since we will have to score more! Coach Allen play’s cat and mouse a lot it seems! Go Raiders!

  • jesusraiderjim

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 10:07 am
    Week 3 will be the only time the Raiders are “in the spotlight” right?

    no other Sunday Night or Monday Night games??
    ******************************************************

    There was talk of rescheduling a Dis-Charger game to a Monday night if (when) the A’s are in the playoffs.

    D player of the week?

    jesusraiderjim says C. Wood #24

  • Gdog

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Its nice to have a stop gap QB in there but having a one dimensional QB is like the Tebow experiment and we all know how that worked out.

    >>>

    We can get Peyton Manning?

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

    jesusraiderjim Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 11:43 am
    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 10:07 am
    Week 3 will be the only time the Raiders are “in the spotlight” right?

    no other Sunday Night or Monday Night games??
    ******************************************************

    There was talk of rescheduling a Dis-Charger game to a Monday night if (when) the A’s are in the playoffs.

    D player of the week?

    jesusraiderjim says C. Wood #24
    —————————
    I consider Thanksgiving a spotlight game

    BTW CWood D player of the game

  • nikemike7

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 10:32 pm
    You got to be creative when facing Peyton.

    Doesn’t matter if you send 4, 5 or 6 guys.

    If he knows it’s coming, he will beat you.

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Yep, he loves the blitz. He’ll eat you alive. Best thing to do is don’t give him any targets.