Bresnahan: 'I have to be like a cornerback'

September 23, 2011, 3:36 pm
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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."