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

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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  • rifflicks

    any substitutions at all to create favorable match ups…..that’s why Philly runs that offense to prevent subbing

  • aig-raiders

    I also think it is safe to say that we can say good bye to DMAC. I’m so done with princess breaking her toe nail.

  • rifflicks

    for a “so called” educator, reading comprehension skills are weak your

  • R8erEduc8er

    They want to find out the hard way. Insert “Quarterback Joe” with now scrambling abilities and see how long he lasts. If we get rid of Pryor next year, he’ll get scooped up quickly and torch us if we ever play him. He may not pass for 300+, but he’ll make plays and stomp this defense.

  • fingersrdrs

    Cj…. Being an athlete and Qb are two very different things…..Tebow is a great Athlete … No a good Qb…

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    We draft best player available in 2014 period, if it is a quarterback in the caliber of Luck, Wilson, Manning, Rogers; yes we draft him and start him over Pryor.
    If it’s a wide receiver in the caliber of Johnson (either Calvin or Andre), Fitzgerald, Green, or Wayne we draft him and start him over Moore or Streater.
    If it’s a tight end the caliber of Gonzales, Graham, Gronkowski, Gates, Jordan we draft him and start him over Rivera.
    Clowney the next De Marcus Ware we draft him and start him over Houston, Houston still starts though at DT or DE in a 3-4, and Clowney is ROLB.

  • rifflicks

    31 other teams passed on Pryor TWICE….he went in the 3rd round of the supplemental draft

  • seymour bush

    So which of you idiots were talking playoffs last week? Stand up and be humiliated.

  • TrevJo

    Pryor is scrambling around because that’s how he deals with pressure as opposed to getting the ball out.

  • R8erEduc8er

    And grammar is yours. I understood you bytchboy. Instead of giving them props, you’d give them a backhanded compliment. Carry on bytching, bytchboy!

  • TrevJo

    Considering Foles just torched us for 7 TDs, I think we have a lot more QBs to worry about facing besides Pryor.

  • RaiderGuy50

    agree- I wrote a ticked off post yesterday as well. Yes – players play but the coaches have to have them ready. they were FLAT- did they think philly was going to lay down, drop balls, not run routes????
    No imagination on Offense- they faked the reverse 1 or 2 times and ran up the gut-

  • rifflicks

    OK nit wit

  • CJ Legend 34

    When Bruce Gradkowski was running around like a chicken with his head cut off, back in the day, extending plays people on this blog were loving it. They were saying, “oh he’s so fast, he does what he has to do to win and extend plays.” Now TP’s doing it with more style and speed I must add and everyone is hating on the guy critiquing every little detail in his game. His first year starting and you want him to be Manning throwing the ball around the field. Always a double standard on this blog for years, full of BS!!!

  • R8erEduc8er

    I’m a Raider fan. I know that. That proves nothing. Brady was a 6th round draft pick.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Are there other QB’s you root for to beat the Raiders, or just Pryor in your hypothetical scenario?

  • rifflicks

    Gradkowski didn’t do it everyplay and could throw effectively out of the pocket

  • J Hill

    I thought Gardowski was a backup!!!!

    And he was a better passer than Pryor.

  • rifflicks

    Gradkowski could read a defense to and audible to better plays

  • RaiderGuy50

    Warren Sapp changed his bold prediction, NFL network segment, to the raiders making the playoffs– LOL not after a showing like yesterday–He will probably want to change it

  • seymour bush

    Bill Davis did what other DC’s have now learned to do: contain Pryor and make him be a pocket passer. When they do that, he completes 50% of his passes for no yards and throws picks. Even guys like Case Keenum and Nick Foles know how to stay in the pocket and heave the rock. They win. We don’t.

  • rifflicks

    EXACTLY

  • prometheus

    what games has Pryor WON for OAK? seems to me its the defense that has to hold on because the O can’t get first downs.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    We win next two vs New York and the following opponent we are at. 500 and back in the AFC wild card race, we were going to have to win two games in a row at some point and defeat New York jets, Tennessee, and San Diego again anyways to make the wild card nothing has changed that necessary scenario.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Root for to beat the Raiders? What I’m saying is what it takes for a lot of you is for us to get rid of Pryor, some team picks him up, we end up playing said team with Pryor as their starter, and he stomps us. That’s usually how it goes. Every ex-Raider that we get rid of gets monitored on this blog.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Us optimists. Two 3-5 teams did it last year, and despite yesterday’s debacle, I don’t see the Raider’s D being the dealbreaker/obstacle for it to happen.

  • http://Raiders.com/ Dan78

    I think the plan was to stop McCoy and have Foles beat us….. Which he did……

  • R8erEduc8er

    I did. Had we won, we would have def been in the playoff picture. Disagree?

  • prometheus

    Kerry Collins>Terrell Tebow

  • kenchun24

    Did the Texans win the last few games Keenum has started??? Don’t think so…

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

    I don’t think we will have 1 single blockbuster FA signing. I think Reggie will re-sign his own, focus on the draft and add a few 2nd & 3rd tier “bargain” FA’s. 2014 another re-building year

  • RediaR

    Just stepped outside. Turns out the sky isn’t falling. Carry on.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    I hope Raiders resign Pryor but not for a ten million a year contract; hopefully in the Jason Campbell, Matt Flynn area 3 years 15-18 million about 8 million guaranteed; that contact would make him tradeable if it doesn’t work out, allow us to bring Pryor quality weapons if it does.

  • http://Raiders.com/ Dan78

    Agree RR….

  • RediaR

    Yeah but you are also currently cutting yourself “just to feel”.

  • fingersrdrs

    Thinking beyond NY at this point is nonsense….. One game at a time…

  • Raider O

    I’m not impressed with RM. He did a few good things, some bad moves, but I think he is an avg GM and nothing special.

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

    he’s under contract for 2014 season. no need to extend him early imo – let’s wait and see how he continues to develop from Nov 2013 to April 2014. if he’s still a work in progress, I won’t be upset about drafting a QB early to compete with him for the starter gig

  • TrevJo

    Keenum doesn’t stay in the pocket anyway

  • Raider O

    I gave RM a pass his 1st year due to our salary cap and lack of draft picks, but this year is different. He could have cut Huff, Seymour, TK, etc… Last year

  • RediaR

    A week from now there are going to be 2000 posts in a row about how great RM, the coaches and some players are. The overreaction cycle is easy to sus out.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Jennings should be getting all first team reps even if McFadden is 100%, he should be our starting running back for the rest of the season, he has earned it.

  • RaiderGuy50

    agree with the containment observation to a degree but yesterday pryor could have gotten some first downs by just going up the field and just either hesitated, ran around, or slid. He appears to be too worried about mistakes and or getting hurt/ concussed.
    I have not seen any of the Houston or eagles receivers have balls thrown to them, get hit in the hands, develop alligator arms, or deflects it into the air for a waiting defender INT- these do happen but not 2 weeks in a row

  • prometheus

    People weren’t riding Gradkowski’s nut sack like they do Pryors. we all knew that Grad was a journeymen QB that nobody thought could play that was making plays and we all thought that was was cool. nobody thought Grad was the franchise. . Gradkowski>Pryor

  • TrevJo

    Agreed.

  • RediaR

    Have been saying this since Murray got hurt.

  • RaiderGuy50

    I second!!! Do we have a third

  • fingersrdrs

    McFadden…. Finished … Or he should be ….the Raiders need to move on and so does he..

  • 2romes

    I see some of you with their first priority of replacing Pryor. Obviously some with good reason and some with no other reason but disdain for him. I don’t view the Raiders recovery to mediocracy lead one player only. Some here said it would not be hard to quickly be competitive. That is obviously false. This venture has to be lead by a joint combination of of prime replacement best suited on the defensive side and prime placement on the offensive side. The offensive has enough skill players to move the ball by design. This is what was in place before the dismantle. Which side of the ball get prime what? You got my take on what deserves priority.

  • RediaR

    He’d be great in real estate.