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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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  • R8erEduc8er

    Turdell taught me that also but I still think Gurode is stronger than Wiz.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Kind of figured, you got the color within the lines of your own matchup comment directed towards you

  • The_Judge37

    Maybe. But i don’t see him getting much push in the Run game.

  • dplunk

    very Good Post!

  • J Hill

    You can run out of the shotgun, RRS!!!!

  • dplunk

    I’ve seen all of the great Raider centers.J.otto, D.Dalby, D. Mosebar, and yes i considered Barrett Robbins great as well, Lil Wiz is not in those guys class..Wiz is serviceable, I honestly don’t see anything special. Yet.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Robbins was definitely continuing the great C tradition of the Raiders.

  • R8erEduc8er

    I agree. I think he’s an average center and a good left guard. I think he’s more valuable to us as a LG. He should be pulling and getting to the 2nd level with his young legs. Taking on big DTs is not his forte imo.

  • The_Judge37

    And the great partying tradition of the Raiders.

  • jesusraiderjim

    nicely done Llama man!

  • The_Judge37

    I haven’t noticed anyone bowling over Wiz or pushing him back into the QB, or bad snaps in the shotgun. Center’s just don’t get noticed alot. All of those C’s you mentioned are considered great because of their entire unit.

  • dplunk

    I didn’t say he was bad, just not pro bowl level like the others I mentioned.. he may be one day though

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    That, and they were great.

  • Mackinass Don

    yeah how does that happen

  • The_Judge37

    They were, but so was everyone else arond them.

  • Raider O

    Keep the sushi and lose the salad. I had sushi on Monday. I ate 50 pieces.

  • Raider_Riff

    Rules is rules unless it helps us right?

    It was illegal contact downfield.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Cut out the soda, double up on the salad

  • dplunk

    Reggie does seem to have an affinity for bringing in players that he was once associated with. I hope that doesn’t turn to be his downfall.

  • DKnight007

    Agreed. I would prefer seeing Wiz plugged in at LG and letting him be solid there. It would make the line better as well. When Jared and Wiz were on that left side 2 years ago under Hue and Wylie…..WOW!

  • DKnight007

    MACHETTTTEEEEEEEEE!!!! LOL

  • The_Judge37

    Especially since most havn’t been very good. Though i like Phillip Adams the CB, not the PR

  • DJ Johnny

    …and shame on his mother for even giving his schoolmates the opening to refer to her child as ‘Turd’.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Yep, gaping holes….2nd level too.

  • DJ Johnny

    Isn’t salad basically just water…unless it’s romaine?

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Adams and Ross have both been decent. The only total ex-GB bust was the Flynnchize.

  • dplunk

    ha,ha,ha, Probably “Big” Turd at that :)

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Maybe we can get out of this London gig after all.

    Casey Pratt
    ‏@CaseyPrattCSN

    Caught on video: A #Raiders fan lands in the UK, attacks the captain, gets naked, pees, gets slapped and tasered. Wow

  • The_Judge37

    Ross sucks

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    He catches the ball. That’s a start.

  • The_Judge37

    He didn’t do that last year.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Maybe he’s a hard worker too.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Wiz got abused in that Denver game. Check out this breakdown. Wiz was getting pushed back often and Gurode had trouble pulling and finding blockers in space. Switch positions and both players may be playing to their strengths imo.

    http://www.silverandblackpride.com/2013/9/27/4777464/7-mcfadden-runs-v-broncos

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Way back in my early days here lurking some one said “Who the he ll names there kid ‘Turd’ anyway.”

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    That’s lettuce. And iceberg has fiber. Not much else, though.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Saw a Californias Gold/ Huell Howser episode a few years back with heads of iceberg getting to NY within 24 hours of picking and a 1/4 head with bleu cheese dressing going for twenty bucks at run of the mill restaurants.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist
  • Theghostronin79

    JEEEBUS……(Shaking head)

  • R8erEduc8er

    Yep. Read ‘em both…good stuff!

  • Goldie7

    lol

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

    Dell’s FF league has turned into a freaking zoo!! I still didn’t see any comments from the Commish or get an e-mail …

  • Raider O

    We Want ODB!!
    Long Live The ODB!!!
    ODB!!
    ODB!!!
    ODB!!
    Come back bro, and we will give you our grandmothers and all the toothless women you desire.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Now we’re talking.

  • hwnrdr

    Dam…50 pieces?

  • hwnrdr

    Yup, hardly drink soda…not even to chase a shot anymore…well…

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    O’s a big fish in a small pond.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Jerry McDonald
    ‏@Jerrymcd

    No Wiz or Watson, but McFadden and Jennings practicing for second straight day.

    Retweeted by Vic Tafur

  • turf toe

    If we win this weekend, I will be happy for another week.
    Life is so simple.

  • turf toe

    DMac would trip on the free throw line.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    JMac covering practice. Cork MIA. Never will understand the division of labor.
    There’s a straight line for you.