Bresnahan: 'I have to be like a cornerback'


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."

Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence


Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence

Trent Richardson is reportedly in some trouble.

Richardson was arrested on Thursday night for domestic violence, according to TMZ Sports.

The former running back was taken into custody on a third degree charge, the report states, with bail being set for $1,000.

The arrest was made in Hoover, Alabama.

The Browns selected Richardson with the third overall pick in the 2012 draft.

He was traded to the Colts in 2013 and played for Indianapolis in 2014.

He signed with the Raiders in 2015 and appeared in three exhibition games, but did not make the team.

The 26-year old was cut by the Ravens last August.

Downing: Carr will have increased influence on Raiders game plan

Downing: Carr will have increased influence on Raiders game plan

Derek Carr and Todd Downing are tight. A strong friendship was forged between the Raiders’ franchise quarterback and his position coach these past two seasons, one that should help the Raiders now that Downing will call plays.

The Raiders new offensive coordinator will use his young signal caller as a resource formulating a game plan. Carr has a bright offensive mind – he called his own plays in high school and in college at times – and Downing plans to use it to put his quarterback in positions to succeed.

Carr’s influence in preparation will expand over previous seasons under coordinator Bill Musgrave.

“Where I see him needing a little bit more command is just being able to share his thoughts of game plans,” Downing said Wednesday in a conference call. “Being a student of the game, as he already is, but vocalize what he likes and doesn’t like. I think my relationship with him is something that’s going to give him the opportunity to voice his opinions. I look forward to him really taking charge of expressing his thoughts on the offense.”

Carr has always had freedom to adjust at the line of scrimmage, but that could increase with Downing in charge. Derek Carr’s brother Davis Carr told 95.7 The Game as much a few weeks ago, a topic Downing addressed on Wednesday.

“There’s been a lot made about his command at the line of scrimmage,” Downing said. “There’s certainly going to be opportunities for Derek to do that. That’s not something I feel we’ll even have to get into until we’re much further into this offseason and into training camp.”

Downing had opportunities to interview with other teams this offseason, but head coach Jack Del Rio wanted to pair Downing and Carr together. The young duo have similar personalities and a strong working relationship based on a love of the game.

“My relationship with Derek starts there,” Downing said in Wednesday interview on 95.7-FM. “We both love coming to work each day and respect the heck out of each other. When you have that kind of relationship with any coach, you’re taking a step in the right direction. Derek’s the leader of our franchise. In my opinion, he’s the best young quarterback in football. We’re fortunate to have him. Why wouldn’t I be in a good mood every time I am around him?”

Carr made great progress working with Downing the past two years, and was an MVP candidate in 2016. Downing sees continued room for growth and refinement as next season approaches.

“I think Derek made big strides in 2016, just in terms of his command of the offense, being the field general, being able to get through progressions more efficiently,” Downing said. “His footwork took big strides. I certainly want him to remain focused on all of those attributes. You don’t want to feel like you’ve arrived in a certain area of your game and then have it go backwards when the next season starts. Certainly, I want him focused on all of those.”