Bresnahan: 'I have to be like a cornerback'

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Bresnahan: 'I have to be like a cornerback'

In the wake of Oakland's defense collapsing Sunday in the second half at Buffalo, Raider Nation turned its lonely eyes to Chuck Bresnahan. As well as some cold, hard stares.The returning defensive coordinator oversaw the Raiders, ahem, contribute to the Bills making some history as they were the first team since at least 1993 to score touchdowns on all five of their second-half possessions.

So surely Bresnahan would have something, anything to say about the meltdown, right?"To be honest with you I have to be like a cornerback, because if something doesn't work or you have a game like last week, you have to put it behind you and move on and get the confidence of the team back, the unit back and they've done a fabulous job of that," Bresnahan said. "You just have to stay balanced."You can look at missed tackles, dropped interceptions, a penalty on a key third down. It was everything. It was like dropping a deck of cards on the ground and trying to pick out which reason you didn't get off the field. We have to get that corrected, and we will."Rookie head coach Hue Jackson echoed Bresnahan's sentiments."Our coaches are saying there are things they can do better, and we will," he said. "When we become the team that I envision us becoming, well make those plays."With the high-powered New York Jets coming to town for the Raiders' home opener this weekend, they better.The Jets are 2-0 after defeating Dallas, 27-24, and Jacksonville, 32-3, both at home.Offensively, the Jets have a three-headed monster at wide receiver in Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress and Derrick Mason, as well as a bull-headed rusher in Shonn Greene."This is a team that runs the ball extremely well since Rex (Ryan) has been there," Bresnahan said. "They've been the leading rush team since he took over as head coach. But they're a team that's going to mix. (Offensive coordinator) Brian (Schottenheimer) does a great job of mixing in their play-action passes to match their run game and it's going to be a challenge for us."But the initial goal every week for us, or the objective, is to stop the run and force (them) to be a one-dimensional team."And with the NFL being such a copy-cat league, you should expect a steady diet of quick timing passes, spread offense and slant passes used to perfection by Buffalo against Oakland, if not hot dogs provided to Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. 'Member? You 'member."When you watch Buffalo's offense, if you go back and look at the Jets, who have gone to the AFC championship game two years in a row, it's very mirrored to what they did," Bresnahan said. "We're expecting some of the same things, but I do know Rex's mentality is a physical, no B.S. type of deal and they're going to try to establish the run game as well while we're here."Against the Bills, though, the quick-strike passing attack is what kept the Raiders on their heels."There was not a pass over 19 yards," Bresnahan said. "But when you don't control that intermediate passing game, that's where we have to focus our attention right now. But other than that, we've got to make plays when we have the opportunity to make plays. We've got to finish the game. That falls on me. I've got to have our guys prepared to play 60 minutes."We had opportunities to get off (the field) in four of the five series in the second half and we didnt get it done."

Oakland, Alameda County to vote on possible Raiders stadium term sheet next week

Oakland, Alameda County to vote on possible Raiders stadium term sheet next week

The Oakland City Council and Alameda County Supervisors will soon hold a public hearing and vote on a term sheet for a stadium proposal designed to keep the Raiders in Oakland, the City of Oakland announced on Friday afternoon.

These actions will occur on Dec. 13, as local authorities attempt to expedite a stadium plan that will prevent the Raiders from being approved to relocate to the Las Vegas market.

Oakland and Alameda County have paired with Fortress Investment Group to create a stadium funding plan that does not include taxpayer dollars. The public will contribute to infrastructure improvements, but stadium construction will come from private sources.

The private investment group is fronted by former NFL players Ronnie Lott and Rodney Peete.

Details of this stadium framework were released by the city of Oakland on Friday afternoon. 

The term sheet calls for 105 acres of Coliseum site land for a 55,000-seat football stadium and 7,000 parking spaces, with another 15 acres reserved for an Athletics ballpark. If all goes according to plan, the term sheet set a target date for the stadium to be ready by the 2021-22 season. The plan also accounts for  mixed use areas on the site that could be used for ancillary development. 

The financial framework calls $200 million in public funds, generated through private and public bonds, would be used for infrastructure improvements. The Coliseum site land was valued at $150 million, and would be transferred to the Lott group. It is uncertain how the public will recoup that land value. 

The Lott Group would invest $400 million dollars, and the Raiders and the NFL would put in $500 million combined, with $200 million from the league's stadium loan program. The Raiders could also raise funds from the sale of personal seat lisences, a common funding tool used in new stadiums throughout the league. 

The stadium project plus infrastructure improvements is estimated at $1.3 billion. The Lott Group would be responsible for financial overruns. 

City and county votes are the next step in creating a plan enticing enough to the NFL that it would pump the brakes on allowing the Raiders to move to Las Vegas.

That is Raiders owner Mark Davis’ stated desire. He has not negotiated with local public officials in some time, pouring focus into a Las Vegas stadium plan that has already received $750 million in public subsidy to construct if the Raiders are given the green light to move.

There are several complications associated with this deal, most notably that Davis wants no part in it. The NFL is reportedly intrigued by Oakland’s market potential, and generally prefers that teams remain in their home markets.

Oakland and Alameda County will vote on whether to continue working on this term sheet and present it to the NFL. The league meets on Wednesday to discuss relocation, and East Bay officials want to show they have a viable alternative to keep the Raiders in Oakland. 

 

Raiders snap count: Nate Allen plays every defensive down

Raiders snap count: Nate Allen plays every defensive down

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Raiders left guard Kelechi Osemele spent Thursday morning in a Kansas City hospital with an undisclosed illness, and was unfit to play that night against Kansas City.

That was a big blow to the Silver and Black, who played a pivotal game against the Chiefs without their tone-setter up front.

The Raiders have depth along the offensive line, giving position coach Mike Tice options to fill Osemele’s spot. He took an unconventional route, having rookie Vadal Alexander take most of the snaps for Osemele.

Alexander, who has played tackle as a professional but spent most of his collegiate career at guard, took 66 snaps at left guard. That information comes from the official NFL game book.

Jon Feliciano, typically the first guard off the bench, rotated series with Alexander early on. That apparently stopped as the game progressed, with Feliciano taking just nine offensive snaps.

Alexander allowed four quarterback pressures including a hit on Derek Carr.

Safety Nate Allen played all 55 defensive snaps at strong safety for Karl Joseph, who missed Thursday’s game with a toe injury.

Denico Autry and Dan Williams also saw more action with Darius Latham and Stacy McGee out with ankle injuries.

The Raiders played out of the shotgun and pistol formations to protect Carr’s ailing right pinky, which generally kept a third receiver on the field. Seth Roberts played 71 snaps on Thursday, and didn’t do much with them. He had just two catches for 12 yards on nine targets. He also had two drops.

Let’s take a look at the entire Raiders snap count:

OFFENSE
75 – OL Donald Penn, OL Austin Howard, OL Gabe Jackson, QB Derek Carr, OL Rodney Hudson
74 – WR Amari Cooper
71 – WR Seth Roberts
66 – OL Vadal Aleander
63 – WR Michael Crabtree
52 – RB Latavius Murray
44 – TE Clive Walford
23 – TE Mychal Rivera
18 – RB Jalen Richard
12 – WR Andre Holmes
9 – OL Jon Feliciano, OL Menelik Watson
7 – FB Jamize Olawale
2 – RB DeAndre Washington

DEFENSE
55 – S Nate Allen, LB Perry Riley, CB Sean Smith, S Reggie Nelson, LB Malcolm Smith, CB David Amerson
52 – DE Khalil Mack
48 – DL Denico Autry, LB Bruce Irvin
25 – DT Dan WIlliams
23 – CB TJ Carrie
15 – DT Justin Ellis
10 – DE James Cowser
6 – DL Branden Jackson

SPECIAL TEAMS
25 – Daren Bates
21 – Keith McGIll
19 – Andre Holmes, Jamize Olawale, Brenden Trawick, Cory James
18 – Taiwan Jones
15 – Nate Allen
13 – James Cowser, Marquette King, Jon Condo
11 – TJ Carrie
10 – Branden Jackson
8 – Sebastian Janikowski, Dexter McDonald
6 – Khalil Mack, Denico Autry, Bruce Irvin, Dan Williams, Justin Ellis, Tyrell Adams
5 – Jalen Richard
4 – Donald Penn, Austin Howard, Gabe Jackson, Vadal Alexander, Clive Walford, Mychal Rivera, Menelik Watson, DeAndre Washington
NOTE: Snap counts taken from official NFL game book