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Chiefs coach Reid talks up Raiders in a big way

By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 at 4:23 pm in Oakland Raiders.

If the Raiders make it to the Super Bowl this season, it won’t come as a surprise to Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid.
Reid on Wednesday heaped enough praise upon the Raiders that it makes one wonder if he knows something that most others don’t or he’s just this way before every game his team plays.
You be the judge.
First, here’s what Reid had to say about the Raiders special teams:
“If you look at special teams, Bobby’s done a phenomenal job there,” Reid said in reference to coordinator Bobby April, who worked under Reid at the Eagles. “They’re the best special teams in the NFL.”
And the Raiders defense?
“Defensively, you’ve got to consider them as one of the better defensive units in the NFL,” Reid said of the Raiders. “They fly around, they make plays, they’ve got great coaching.”
Don’t forget about the offense, especially quarterback Terrelle Pryor, eh coach?
“You look at their offense, and they’ve got that quarterback rolling, man,” Reid said. “Heck, I remember when he was a high school player in Pennsylvania, and he was a heck of a player then. He goes to Ohio State, a heck of player there. And now he’s transferring that into the NFL and he looks like he’s got great command of what he’s asking them to do.”
Overall, Reid has a take on that, as well.
“They’ve got a good football team,” Reid said. “Reggie’s done a nice job there.”

– Rookie offensive tackle Menelik Watson aggravated the calf injury that has dogged him since late in the offseason.
As a result, Watson did not practice Wednesday. That stalled his third return from injury and likely delayed his regular-season debut.
Watson missed most of training camp with the calf injury. Soon after he practiced for the first time at camp, Watson suffered a knee injury that required surgery.
He returned to practice last week and was destined to make his debut soon, perhaps Sunday against the Chiefs. Now, that’s up in the air.
“Obviously, it’s frustrating for him,” Allen said. “It’s frustrating for us that we haven’t been able to really have him out there. We’ve had him for a total of maybe 10 days since the start of training camp. He’s got to get healthy. Once he gets healthy, we’ve go to have a chance to evaluate him and see what we have.”
Watson was unavailable for comment.

– Safety Charles Woodson was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Chargers on Monday.
Woodson returned a fumble 25 yards for a touchdown and later sealed the Raiders 27-17 victory with an interception of Philip Rivers.

– The Raiders already played two divisional games. For the Chiefs, this will be their first game of the season against an AFC West foe.
Even so, Reid said he already has a pretty fair idea of what to expect.
“I know we’re playing a good football team and I know there’s some good football teams in the AFC West,” Reid said. “If there’s anything that the time here has shown, it’s that the AFC West has quality football teams.”
As for the Raiders-Chiefs rivalry, Reid also doesn’t have to be brought up to speed on the rich history and enmity between the old AFC franchises.
“I’ve got it,” Reid said. “I’ve got the picture. It’s a neat thing and I’m sure as Dennis (Allen) will tell you, it’s kind of a neat thing to be a part of.”

– As it turns out, the Raiders worked out veteran defensive tackle Daniel Muir last week, more than a week before they signed him.
How Muir fared in that workout, combined with Muir’s history with McKenzie, led to the Raiders adding Muir to their 53-man roster.
“We had a chance to watch him,” Allen said. “Reggie’s got some familiarity with him from Green Bay, he played in Indianapolis, he was with Houston during the preseason. We saw some good things about him. And so we wanted to upgrade our depth at the D-line position and thought he was a good addition.”
Muir wasn’t available for comment during the media access period. He was assigned No. 97.

– The Raiders worked out quarterbacks David Carr, Trent Edwards and Pat White on Tuesday. Allen refused to comment on how those workouts went, but he said the Raiders are content with Pryor and Matt McGloing for the time being.
“You’ve got to continue to evaluate that as the season goes on,” Allen said, when asked about the prospect of adding a third quarterback. “I don’t think, we’re not dead set one way or the other. If we feel like there’s somebody that can help us, then we’ll make that move. But right now we feel good with the guys that we’re going into the game with.”
The Raiders had three quarterbacks for the first five games. That changed when veteran Matt Flynn got released Monday.

– Speaking of Flynn, here’s what Pryor had to say about the Raiders jettisoning the player Allen and McKenzie traded for this offseason and envisioned being the starter.
“I really appreciate Matt,” Pryor said. “He helped out an awful lot while he was here and we definitely appreciated him while he was here but business is business.”
Pryor said he didn’t sense any awkwardness once he supplanted Flynn as the starter. In part, he added, that had to do with the fact that Allen made it clear that Pryor was the unquestioned starter.

– Allen said left offensive tackle Jared Veldheer and linebacker Miles Burris are making progress toward a return to the field.
Velhdeer suffered a torn triceps tendon during training camp and underwent surgery to repair the damage. Burris underwent surgery to repair a knee injury suffered last season. Both have been out all season but are eligibile to return soon.
Veldheer said today that he feels fine and things are going well. He will speak at length with the media next week, he said.
Burris ran around on the field during the early part of practice, and he looked pretty sharp.

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  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    A root beer rum float probably would as well.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    With Jennings and 20 nicked, I hope Olson has 5 WRs active and goes shotgun 80% of the time.
    ***
    recipe for disaster, Jhill! RJ & DMAC will be ready. if they get re-injured, it’s time to roll with Reece & Stewart. you never abandon the run game and become one dimensional against a tough defense like KC, [unless you fall behind early in the game and it forces you to go pass happy]

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Clearing my new comment box. Ignore me. Deleted a snippy comment I thought better of, refreshed the page, and there it was waiting to be accidently posted.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I love me some D-Moore, and always side with the officials. So while I can’t see why that wasn’t illegal contact, Moore has to do a better job of not letting the defender re-route him OOB. He was barely out too, talking inches. Clean it up, and it’s a walk-in TD and a laugher.

  • JaMarcusGotScrewed

    Good for Garrard. Perfect guy to have behind Geno. If he’s healthy, can definitely play. Would be a great guy to have behind Pryor.

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/24063146/jets-sign-qb-david-garrard-place-him-on-exempt-list

  • Just Fire Baby

    Some serious Dell Mail we got wasn’t it FF leaguers?
    I feel obligated to respond, ASAP, lol

  • Theghostronin79

    Debo?…….Is that Yooooouuuuuuu?

  • Papertiger

    Don’t know if I agree with you there, Purv. There are a lot of factors that contribute to the team’s performance in that given area. Do you really want the GM fired because of that?

    And no, we should not bring Flynn in for a tryout during the bye week to give him, in your very own words, “a chance at redemption.”

  • Just Fire Baby

    Let’s hope for Garrard’s sake that this comeback attempt goes better than the previous 4 ones you tried to prop up.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Nice try. And yes, as hard as it may be to believe, I let many things go unsaid.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    i didn’t get anything from Dell, JFB … what was it?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    You’re not part of the serious sector. Or, it’s about you.

  • JaMarcusGotScrewed

    The one and only.

  • JLofty

    The Kraken and mexican coke. My Raider game beverage of choice….

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    How’d he guess? How you doing?

  • Papertiger

    I’m telling you, that Kansas City BBQ is going to put him in the ground after a decades’ worth of cheesesteaks.

    The GM needs to muzzle him or something,

  • The_Judge37

    That’s one way to get it Kraken

  • HGDaddy
  • Theghostronin79

    Gotta admire your unflappable devotion to a player….Even if it gives me a laugh sometimes…….Carry on.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Needs a GM like Reggie for that kind of discipline.

  • Papertiger

    A sewer rat may taste like pumpkin pie, but I’d never know because I wouldn’t eat the filthy motherf@çkêr!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    How ’bout Arnold?

  • Theghostronin79

    That was good to see…….Watched it last night. I’d dawged him openly for his “Lack of Fire”. I feel a little off base now.

  • JLofty

    Watson’s hurt again…

  • JaMarcusGotScrewed

    Thanks, I think?

  • R8erEduc8er

    Raiders at Chiefs

    MDS’s take: Kansas City’s turnaround has been remarkable, and I’m particularly impressed with the aggressive defense the Chiefs are playing, led by the one-man wrecking crew that is Dontari Poe in the middle of the line. I like the wayTerrelle Pryor is playing for the Raiders, but Poe is going to get in Pryor’s face all day and make him skittish with his passes.

    MDS’s pick: Chiefs 20, Raiders 9.

    Florio’s take: It’s been a long time since both teams in this storied rivalry were relevant. The Chiefs are very relevant. And very hard to beat at home. It won’t be easy, but the Chiefs will finally have the same number of wins at 2012 Pro Bowlers.

    Florio’s pick: Chiefs 20, Raiders 17.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Come back, ODB. You’re welcome to join in, Vegas.

  • Papertiger

    In that case, I might have to make an exception.

    …it goes something like that, right?

  • JaMarcusGotScrewed

    Great stuff. Didn’t know he could be so animated. Cool dude.

  • The_Judge37

    He’s got the entire redneck community trying to figure out how to log on as we speak, so it could be a while.

  • Just Fire Baby

    How did you not get it? I think it is in the messages as well.

  • Theghostronin79

    Yeah, I didn’t mean it in a bad way.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    nope – neither

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    hey now!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Nor I. You know that Debo.

  • Theghostronin79

    BOLLOCKS……Says Crawford, and Watson

  • plunkhead

    I voted no to shutting down the smack talk and yes to us having facebook pages to get to know one another

  • Just Fire Baby

    Wifey drinks the Pinnacle whipped cream vodka with root beer, tastes kind of like a cream soda float.

  • The_Judge37

    Team work, 12 Heads and 33 teeth are better than one.

  • plunkhead

    Its about me. I have been very bad

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    I shouldn’t have egged you on I am truly sorry

  • Theghostronin79

    I still LOL about that “Tooth brush” line.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    I am only here to apologize to plunkhead then I am gone.

    I am truly sorry for fighting with you in our FF league please accept my apology.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    It’s about time. Haven’t read it yet and don’t need to, to highly recommend it.

    A Look at 5 Terrelle Pryor Passing Plays

    By NinjaGoro

    on Oct 10 2013, 8:33a
    http://www.silverandblackpride.com/2013/10/10/4824034/ninjagoro-looks-at-5-pryor-passing-plays

  • R8erEduc8er

    Good chance we may have been selected to do Hard Knocks this year based on league exemptions – 1 of 5 teams:
    =============

    It’s highly unlikely that there will ever be a season in which every single team is exempt from being required to do Hard Knocks, but theoretically, it is possible for all 32 teams to meet one of the three exemptions. The exemptions are:
    1. Teams that have appeared on Hard Knocks in the last 10 years.
    2. Teams with new head coaches.
    3. Teams that have made the playoffs in either of the last two years.

    This year, the only teams that hadn’t done Hard Knocks, didn’t have new head coaches and hadn’t been in the playoffs either of the last two years were the Panthers, Buccaneers, Rams, Titans and Raiders. So if the Bengals hadn’t volunteered, one of those five teams would have been forced to do it.

  • hwnrdr

    sushi and a salad today…who mentioned losing the belly? LOL…maybe cut out the sushi

  • Theghostronin79

    Converting him to Pancakes instead of Ribs?…….
    “Look here Andy, these are called the Low Fat Short Stack.”……You can put as much Syyyrup you want..Cause it’s low fat see.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Gurode matches up better with Poe than Wiz imo…

  • The_Judge37

    Just because he’s bigger and fatter, doesn’t make him stronger. Turdell Sands taught me this.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Just reminded me of the poker axiom “If, after 1/2 an hour, you don’t know who the patsy is, it’s you”.