ALAMEDA -- After being see on more than one occasion jogging after a play in the Raiders' 37-6 loss at Denver on Sunday, Raiders middle linebacker Rolando McClain has become the focus of many fans' ire.Truth be told, McClain's left ankle was heavily taped. But a purported lack of hustle is what has fans up in arms lately.So I asked defensive coordinator Jason Tarver, not to single out one specific player, but if hustling was something he had to address with the team."We need 11 guys to run to the ball on every play," said the usually more-talkative Tarver.Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said the Raiders "made strides" in the run game against Denver last weekend. So where, exactly?"More consistency on the schemes as far as the run assignments go, with the guys up front," Knapp said. "Obviously, the communication got better with (center Stefen Wisniewski) and our right tackle (Willie Smith), who were new to the system. So, we saw more consistency on the right assignments in each run game, and thats why we had more consistency in the four- to five-yard runs. We just didnt get a breakout run."Quarterback Carson Palmer, on how the Raiders will handle four off days with the bye: "You can say, screw it, Im going to Vegas and party for four days. (But) thats not what this team is about. Most of these guys are sticking around, are going to come in and work out. A couple of guys are going to see family, but guys are taking stuff home, guys are taking playbooks home."Guys understand we've got a lot of football left and it's not time just to relax, it's time to get healthy but continue to work, to work out and stay in shape and be ready to go on Monday."
Raiders notes: Jogging McClain, run game strides etc.
October 4, 2012, 1:06 am