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Hayden, Raiders get ‘wake-up call’ from Eagles up-tempo offense

By Steve Corkran
Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 at 6:39 pm in Oakland Raiders.

OAKLAND – Long after the game ended, Raiders rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden sat in front of his locker, half dressed, with a white towel draped over his bowed head.
A short time later, Hayden declined an interview request and exited the locker room, leaving others to explain just how the Philadelphia Eagles carved up the Raiders for 419 yards passing and seven touchdowns in a 49-20 victory.
“He had a tough day,” veteran safety Charles Woodson said of Hayden, “but everybody’s gone through it. If you’ve played in the NFL, you’ve had a long day before. But if you want to play a long time, then you’ve got to get past it.”
Sunday turned into a long day for Hayden and the Raiders from the outset, with the Eagles scoring on their first four possessions. The second and third of those touchdowns were scored by receivers covered by Hayden.
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles etched his name into the NFL record book with the seven touchdown passes. He became only the second player to accomplish the feat since 1969. The Broncos’ Peyton Manning pulled it off against the Baltimore Ravens in the season-opener this season.
This wasn’t the first time Foles passed for seven touchdowns in a game. The other?
“In a video game,” Foles said.
Time and again, Foles completed passes to receivers covered by Hayden, including one to DeSean Jackson for 59 yards that set up the Eagles final touchdown.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen echoed Woodson’s sentiment about Hayden having a difficult time. In fairness, Allen added, there’s plenty of blame to go around in a game when the defense gives up 542 yards.
“D.J. wasn’t the only one that had a tough day,” Allen said. “Obviously, when you play out there on the island and you have a tough day, those things stand out a little bit more.”
Woodson knows firsthand the pressures of succeeding right away at cornerback as a rookie in the NFL, especially one selected in the top half of the first round.
He was picked No. 4 by the Raiders in the 1998 NFL draft and struggled a great deal in his first game, as well as at times his first season.
“D.J. is the 12thpick in the draft,” Woodson said of the Raiders first selection in April. “Nobody’s going to feel sorry for him. And one thing about it is, he was in position. He was in position to make plays. Those are plays he’s going to have to make going forward.”
Indeed, Hayden differs from some others that got victimized by Foles and the Eagles today in that he at least came close to making plays. There were a few plays in which the Raiders failed to cover receivers.
Hayden was stride for stride with Riley Cooper on a deep throw in the second quarter before he tripped as the ball arrived at Cooper’s hands as part of a 63-yard touchdown.
Hayden let Jackson get past him by a couple of yards on the 59-yard completion before he closed ground and just missed getting his hand on the well-thrown pass.
Veteran cornerback Tracy Porter said the Eagles outplayed the Raiders in every facet of the game. He called the defensive showing “flat-out embarrassing.”
Just the same, he said, this was the kind of game that the Raiders can use as a wake-up call and use as a means of improving.
“From the top guy on the team to the last guy on the roster,” Porter said, “we didn’t do our job in preparing for this team as well as we could this week, and it showed.”

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  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Lol.

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

    comp picks are decided by net FA gains & losses. Not one specific player. if the Raiders “lose” McFadden, Ford and a bunch of these other guys Reggie signed to 1-year deals … we could get a pretty nice comp pick or two. If Reggie re-signs all his FA’s except for #20, i’m guessing the comp pick wont net much

  • seymour bush

    Certainly some of it is luck, and certainly some of it is an eye for talent, but more importantly than both is the ability to develop players at this level. Look at Russell Wilson. Smart, hard working but also coachable, and he has guys in Cable, Smith and Bevell who can work with him, develop him and who he will listen to. The word right now out of Redskin Park is Griffin III does not want to listen to anyone. He thinks he knows it all. That’s not good.

    We have had guys here, no miss guys that we could not develop: Gallery, Gibson, the list goes on. That is the problem with Jon Gruden. Sure he can X and O, but he never developed a player in his career.

  • rifflicks

    how much do you charge for yardwork?

  • DKnight007

    Nah, it’s not about me being “that good” buddy. Just common freakin sense. Why take a CB who almost died that high when you could trade down and get him later or just take a versatile beast DT like Star or even Sheldon Richardson? Common sense.

  • DKnight007

    Getting just a little defensive huh Rifflicks? Jeez…

  • 0ak R8rs

    Veldheer, Jano and Lechler were ok, depending on your definition of “gem”. If it means HOF? Then not so much I guess.

  • rifflicks

    talk about defensive 2 simultaneous post to defend your opinion….relax

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    RYAN COOK‏@RyanCook_1h

    @MenelikWatson71 showed what hard work can do, honoured to know him #Motivation

    Retweeted by Menelik Watson

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    He retweets a message which features a compliment to himself?……….

  • Just Win Baby

    Remember the other day when a few guys were talking about what a great signing Michael Jenkins was? Remember that? And how Brandian Ross was doing such a good job? Remember that? ‘Member? They were a dumpster fire yesterday.

  • 0ak R8rs

    I actually own an IT consultation and installation firm. But if I were to own a landscaping company, would there be a problem w that? My guess is that’s what you work for in the summer to get out of your moms basement a few days a week.

  • DKnight007

    Jenkins is still serviceable and so are Porter and Ross. Better than the practice squad alternates haha

  • kenchun24

    Yeah…even though I still think the Raiders drafted 1st round flops the past several years are due to Al and his scouts being mediocre to bad…the Raider coaching staffs over the years for developing players has been lame as well. Part of the Al regime IMO. “Yes men” hires instead of “good and qualified men” for the jobs.

  • NewEra S&B

    What’s worse is we were the team that solidified the success of Chip Kelly’s offensive scheme in the NFL.

  • DKnight007

    Well DMC and Ford are gone. One of those CB’s between Jenkins and Porter will be gone also.

  • kenchun24

    lol

  • TrevJo

    Bills should have won that game with Tuel. Had 1st & goal inside the five with a 7 point lead in the second half. Should have stuck to the run instead they throw a pick-six. Gave it away, SMH

  • loyal

    D.J.Hayden = P.Buchanon

  • fingersrdrs

    Maybe tomorrow i’ll be able to watch yesterdays game… Just cant do it today….

  • 2romes

    I remember when they wanted to resign them before they somehow got away from us. I was thinking wait they have not even won back to back games yet.

  • RaidingTexas

    Not saying cut him, but give him competition.

  • DKnight007

    Last good coaches we had were Gruden and then the team up of Cable and Hue. Of course when they have something good going….they blow it all up again….and again two years later etc

  • DKnight007

    DA and Tarver gettign outcoached by a college coach like Chip. That’s terrible

  • seymour bush

    There were two problems on defense yesterday: first was we were getting absolutely ZERO pressure on Foles. Zero. None. Couple that with being continually in the wrong defense, or broken down coverages and you all saw what happened. then, there was the other side of the ball…..

  • kenchun24

    I was saying this yesterday – the Eagles will be favored by mucho points the next few weeks (well maybe not @ GB)…but either way don’t pick them, burned me so many times this year via the spread and especially at home were they have not won a game since Sept 16th 2012. Vegas loves blowouts like yesterday for reaping the cash from the public the next few weeks.

  • fingersrdrs

    Porter…. Flat out embarrassing …..
    Yep….

  • TrevJo

    Injuries are killing this draft class. Hayden missed most of training camp and preseason, Watson missed all of the preseason and regular season, Moore missed much of training camp, etc… I think we’d be feeling better about this draft if our young players had been getting the kind of reps that they should be.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    New post.

  • kenchun24

    I liked the Cable and Hue team up as well. Wish the old man let them be…for at least one more year as HC and OC team.

  • CJ Legend 34

    No doubt!

  • Raider O

    New post monkeys. Keep up.

  • CJ Legend 34

    You mean because Pryor can’t use his spedd to buy time to throw a pass downfield because our o-line sucks? That’s all on Pyror right? His pocket sucks!

  • kenchun24

    Kelly was also literally flip flopping the same play per each hurry up…zone read sweep runs (a staple of the Ducks O) to a WR screen – flip/flop…then one other play they ran several times was the WR motion fake screen to the real screen the opposite side for a TE or RB…once the Raiders D would bite on either for contain Foles (like you said 5-8 seconds to pass) would see a WR wide open as the safeties or corners would be frozen and/or beat in Hayden’s case.

  • CJ Legend 34

    Riff your just a hater, who else would you play at QB? Any day now? Resign Palmer MR INT? Who do you have in mind?

  • NewEra S&B

    They were simple reads too.. We played press man the entire night which is where Hayden was attacked and got burned on every one of those TDs and deep throws.

    We played a tight cover 3 against those screens which EASILY gave PHI an open man and free blocker..

    And when we finally decided to revert to a cover 2, which let the corners spread along the flats to prevent those ridiculous sideline plays from Riley Cooper and company, they handed the ball off to Lesean Mccoy to gain 5-6 yards a pop.

    We were extremely outcoached in every aspect of the game.. but what’s new.

  • CJ Legend 34

    Right Riff! He’s had more experience as well. Maybe we should pick up Grads next year. Wow!

  • CJ Legend 34

    Agree! He was a better passer at the point in his career that he was a Raider. But TP still has more upside than Grads even now.

  • CJ Legend 34

    Well looking at the posts of all of the Pryor critics getting Gradkowski next year in free agency is the answer. I am never disappointed at the consistency on this blog. LMFAO!!!!

  • CJ Legend 34

    Still name one player on our roster with more value than TP right now? I’ll wait until I hear crickets.

  • JB

    Flynn gets cut by Buffalo – that about says it all. Great pick Reggie. Gotta believe we could have spent that $6M on better things.

  • Howard Benner

    The Raiders don’t have time for “we can learn from this game” type of performances. It is a measuring stick for just how deficient the Raiders are on the OL & the DL. . .obviously the Raiders will have to concentrate on those units more than any of their other position groups before they can even think of addressing their other glaring weaknesses. . .thank goodness the W’s are in business. . .and the hot stove league is here. . .

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