Oakland Raiders News Clips for Nov. 26, 2013


Raiders Thank Former Marine that Saved Woman that Jumped at Coliseum Sunday; Says He’s Not A Hero  (Raiders.com)… Raider Legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Brown visited with Donnie Navidad at his Stockton residence to thank him for his heroic efforts in coming to the aid of another fan.  Brown presented Navidad with a Raider-themed package that also included items for his wife. Navidad, who served in the U.S. Marines, also received a football used in the previous day’s game that was stamped with a “Salute to Service” logo, which Brown autographed. (read more)

Preview Oakland Raiders vs. Dallas Cowboys  (NFL.com)… NFL Films previews the Week 13 matchup between the Oakland Raiders and the Dallas Cowboys. (watch video)

Coach Allen’s Tuesday Press Conference (Raiders.com)… Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen spoke to the media after Tuesday’s practice as the team gets ready to head to Dallas for a Thanksgiving clash with the Cowboys.  ““Injuries – Tyvon Branch, Jason Hunter and Denarius Moore and Menelik Watson didn’t practice today. Menelik was an illness so we sent him home with an illness. Guys that were limited in practice today – Kevin Burnett, Mike Jenkins, Kaluka [Maiava], Darren McFadden, Sio Moore, Daniel Muir and Mychal Rivera. So that’s where we’re at as far as the injury report. We’ve got one more day of practice before we have to get on a plane and head to Dallas, so short week makes you have to cram a lot of things in, in a short period of time. But I thought the guys had good focus out there today and I thought we had some good work, so we’re getting ready to go.”

QUESTION: You talk about being focused mentally and a lot of the guys after the game referenced to winning the Texans game. What do you say to keep them focused and remember a win versus a touchdown in the final seconds of the game?

COACH ALLEN: “Listen, every week you learn lessons good or bad. The key is that you make whatever corrections you have to get made when you don’t have the success you’re looking for and when you do have success, you have to remember the things you were able to do that allows you to have that success. We don’t spend a whole lot of time dwelling on the past. We’re really looking forward and doing everything we can to prepare for the Dallas game.”

QUESTION: What do you give up in preparations with the short week?

COACH ALLEN: “Really, you give up the full speed reps. Yesterday was basically a walk-through. Today was a little more up tempo, but still not a grind it out practice, so you give up a lot of reps. Obviously the preparation time, guys have to do a lot on their own to prepare mentally for the game to make sure you’re prepared for all the things you’re going to see both offensively, defensively and in the kicking game.”

QUESTION: Do you use iPads to prep the players on film study and if so, does that help prep them on a short week as opposed to 5-10 years ago?

COACH ALLEN:  “We went this year to using iPads as our playbook so we’ve used iPads all week long and obviously that’s something that guys have used in the past to get the video on the iPads and this year we went ahead and put the playbook on there. I think the guys like it. We live in a technical society now and that’s the way guys grow up, using technology. I think it’s been beneficial.”

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Janikowski Speaks to Media  (Raiders.com)… “There’s no issue (with holds by King)…I just pushed it.  I watched film for two and a half hours…I watched film from this year, every kick, last year, and it seems like my steps are off to the side…I’m too wide.  …I’m just not finishing.  …I don’t watch film, so two and a half hours is really good for me.  …I’m taking steps in the wrong way; I’m just too wide.  I wish I could play today; …I want to redeem myself a little bit. ..It doesn’t matter (who is holding), Marquette (King) did a great job and uh, we cool.” (watch video)

Janikowski: ‘I want to redeem myself’  (by Paul Gutierrez, ESPN)… Many point to an unfamiliarity with a new holder in Marquette King after 13 years with Shane Lechler, and sideline radio reporter Lincoln Kennedy, a former teammate, said during the Titans game that Janikowski told him he did not like a hold on one of his misses.   “You’ll have to talk to Marquette or the head coach about that,” Janikowski said.  King, though, was not available.  (read more)

Defensive Coach Tarver’s Tuesday Press Conference  (Raiders.com)…“3rd and 10 from the 10… We need to be in the right position to tackle the guy and be successful.  …So the next time we’ll come up with something.  …We missed (Titan’s quarterback) multiple times.”  (watch video)

Offensive Coach Olson’s Tuesday Press Conference  (Raiders.com)… “I didn’t see him (McGloin) as struggling last week, he had the poor decision on the interception early in the game and that was disappointing but I do see progress.  …again from a guy  that started out the season, or training camp and off-season without any reps with that first team offense so I think he has endeared himself to his teammates, he’s gained their respect through his work ethic and his preparation and his play; so I think we’ll continue to see him get better.” (watch video)

Olson says Raiders intend to roll with ‘hot hand’ — at Running Back (by Steve Corkran, Bay Area News Group)…Olson said that he’ll figure out a way to get McFadden involved in the game plan against the Cowboys. But, make no mistake, the Raiders are sticking with what Olson calls “the hot hand” in Jennings as their primary back until further notice, if not the rest of the season.   “We’re obviously excited about Darren being back and we’re really excited about what Rashad Jennings has done here over the last month,” Olson said. “It will be nice to have a little bit of a two-headed horse back there with those guys running the football.”  (read more)

Pryor package ready if needed  (by Scott Bair, CSN Bay Area)… A Pryor package is installed and ready for use when needed, even with Matt McGloin playing well as starting quarterback. If the Raiders offense if going well with Rashad Jennings and Darren McFadden on the ground and McGloin through the air, Pryor could sit again Thursday against Dallas. (read more)

McFadden hopes to play at Dallas  (by Paul Gutierrez, ESPN)… Running back Darren McFadden, who has missed the past three games with a strained right hamstring that also cost him a game earlier in the season, practiced limited in the Oakland Raiders’ walk-through practice Monday evening.   McFadden said he hopes to play Thursday at the Dallas Cowboys. (read more)

Veldheer working at left tackle, Barnes at left guard  (by Steve Corkran, Bay Area News Group)… Veteran Jared Veldheer is working at left offensive tackle in practice today, with Khalif Barnes replacing Lucas Nix at left guard. The former was expected, the latter speculated about.  (read more)

Three and Out: McFadden’s return, Barnes’ selfless move  (by Scott Bair, CSN Bay Area)…”Rashad Jennings has the most yards in total offense …but McFadden is primed to cut into that total against the Cowboys…if both guys are doing well they should be hard to stop.  With left tackle Jared Veldheer due back against the Cowboys, and right tackle Tony Pashos playing extremely well, Khalif Barnes went to Greg Olson (the offensive coordinator) and made a huge sacrifice, despite only playing left guard once in his entire career, he volunteered to slide inside and strengthen this offensive line.” (watch video)

Khalif Barnes primed to move inside  (by Paul Gutierrez, ESPN)…“There is a player to me, talk about an unselfish guy and a team player, that’s Khalif Barnes, and also someone we can count on,” Olson said. “To see him go from right tackle to left tackle and then to volunteer and say, ‘Coach, I’ll go inside, whatever can make us better,’ we’re obviously real happy with not just the way he plays, but his attitude and what he’s brought to us in the leadership role.” (read more)

McGloin speaks about Cowboys, playing on big stage, earning another start  (by Steve Corkran, Bay Area News Group & Raiders.com)… Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin spoke with the media Monday night, one day after he and the Raiders came up just short in a last-second loss to the Tennessee Titans. Here’s what McGloin had to say in a question-and-answer session in the locker room:  (read transcript or watch video)

Matt McGloin Gets National Stage Thursday  (by Josh Dubow, Associated Press)… Matt McGloin’s rapid ascent from undrafted rookie to starting NFL quarterback is headed to the big stage.  McGloin will make his third career start on Thanksgiving Day for the Oakland Raiders in front of a national television audience against the Dallas Cowboys.  (read more)

Concussed Rivera cleared to play Cowboys  (by Paul Gutierrez, ESPN)… Rookie tight end Mychal Rivera, who took a vicious hit from Tennessee Titans free safety Michael Griffin that knocked his helmet off in the Oakland Raiders’ 23-19 loss on Sunday, said he has passed his concussion tests and will play Thursday at Dallas.   (read more)

Cowboy’s Lee, Durant do some running  (by Calviin Watkins, ESPN)… While coach Jason Garrett said Lee is making progress, it’s doubtful he’ll play in Thursday’s game against the Oakland Raiders. Lee and Durant were doing some running during the open media session of practice, which is a good sign toward a return. (read more)

Jones doesn’t expect Thanksgiving Day letdown against Raiders  (by Tom Orsborn, My San Antonio)… Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is confident his team won’t have a letdown Thursday against the Oakland Raiders. “I don’t see a let down. I just see a workman-like go back, get out here, get ready to play the game, try to get physically ready to go and be ready.” (read more)

Tony Romo cramming work into fewer days  (by Todd Archer, ESPN)… “In my time we’ve had different coaches, different ideas and thoughts on it,” quarterback Tony Romo said “You can either practice a bunch and run around [but] I think the most important thing is you’ve got to see the looks, take them through the looks, so people can communicate the right way when it comes to the game but you also want to be fresh. It’s a real fast week. You’re not used to doing a whole lot other than getting rehab and getting some of the lactic acid and some of the things out on Monday and Tuesday and usually it’s a mental approach those days for some of the other players.”  (read more)

Cowboys’ Murray accepts critique after easing up  (by DeMarco Murray, Associated Press)… Murray easing up as he went out of bounds — he actually did it twice — led coach Jason Garrett to have a rare moment of candor by saying Murray “needs to finish runs better.” (read more)

Jerry wants Dez to handle the ball better  (by Calvin Watkins, ESPN)… In his four-year career, Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has fumbled 12 times, including twice this season. But it was his fumble in Sunday’s game against the New York Giants that’s prompted Jerry Jones to say he wants the receiver to work on his fundamentals. (read more)

Scout’s Eye: Raiders’ Run Game Is A Bad Matchup For Cowboys  (by Bryan Broaddus, Dallas Cowboys.com)… There are not many secrets when they hand Jennings the ball. He takes the ball, then he attacks the line. He is powerful enough to carry tacklers for extra yards. Arm tackles are out of the question and if you don’t get enough bodies to him, he is going to make you pay. (read more)

Late Loss Drops Raiders From Playoff Position To 12th Place In AFC  (CBSLA.com/Associated Press)… As painful as it was to blow a late lead and lose a game that dropped them from sixth place to 12th place in the AFC standings, the Oakland Raiders have no choice but to move ahead.  (read more)

Power Rankings: No. 26 Oakland Raiders  (by Paul Gutierrez, ESPN)…Last week, #26, this week, #26.  While the Oakland Raiders seem to be sinking in real life, they are merely treading water in our Power Rankings. (read moreDallas Cowboys ranked #12

Cowboys to wear blue jerseys on Thursday  (by Todd Archer, ESPN)… With the league not allowing throwback helmets because of player safety concerns, the Cowboys eschewed the throwback jersey and will go with their blue jersey at home, which will be a first since 1964. (read more)

Thanksgiving has a special resonance for Oakland defensive back DJ Hayden  (by Andy Charles, SKY News Sports)… Oakland Raiders defensive back DJ Hayden will spend Thanksgiving a frustrated figure on the sidelines, on the face of it just another National Football League player out with a season-ending injury.  (read more)

Athletics to remain in Oakland at least through 2015 season; Raiders at least until next NFL season  (by Jorge L. Ortiz, USA Today)…The Raiders, who returned to Oakland in 1995 after a 13-year stint in Los Angeles, are also seeking a new facility, preferably in the Coliseum’s current location. Their new deal only extends through the next NFL season.  (read more)

NFL upholds suspension of Titans safety on appeal  (by Teresa M. Walker, Associated Press)… Titans safety Michael Griffin lost his appeal of a one-game suspension as a repeat offender of the league’s rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players. (read more)

Raiders Recognize Medal of Honor Recipient  (by Rebecca Corman, Raiders.com)… The Oakland Raiders hosted and recognized Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sergeant Ty Michael Carter during the match-up with the Titans in Week 12.  (read more)


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