Jackson speaks to NFL, does not expect to be fined


Jackson speaks to NFL, does not expect to be fined

ALAMEDA -- Raiders coach Hue Jackson was coolly measured and calculated on Sunday when he offered his take on the officiating in Oakland's 27-21 defeat of Minnesota, saying things were, well, unfair.Monday, in his weekly media conference, he was asked if he thought he might be getting fined by the NFL for his postgame comments?"Me? Me, expecting to get a fine? Are you kidding me?" an incredulous Jackson said. "For what?"

Well, if, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan was just fined 75,000 for cursing at a fan, you might think Jackson would be in line to open up his personal checkbook for going after the NFL's holy cows in the refs, right?"I just said what I felt," Jackson said. "I didn't criticize an individual call or anything like that. I just said what I felt. I would do that for my football team. Like I said, I'm going to protect my team. I don't expect any (fine) is going to become of it. I think what needed to be said was said, and we move forward."An email to the league seeking comment had not been immediately replied to Monday afternoon.But Jackson insisted he had already had his seeming day in court with the league earlier this morning, even if he would not say with whom he spoke."I've had some dialogue," Jackson said, "and I feel very comfortable at it, and where it is now. And we'll move forward from it. I wanted to have an opportunity to say what I felt, and I didjust as the league always does, they'll do what they need to do, and we'll move on from there."Just know that I have talked to the powers that be. We had a great conversation and we'll move on."The Raiders lead the NFL with 103 penalties for 892 yards. They are on pace to set new records with 165 penalties for 1,427 yards. The current single-season mark is 158 penalties and 1,304 yards, both set by the 1998 Kansas City Chiefs.Meanwhile, Oakland's single-season mark for penalties is the 156 it committed in both 1994, while in Los Angeles, and 1996, while the 1,276 penalty yards the Raiders had last season set the franchise mark.Jackson was asked if the Raiders have to be that much better to overcome the waves of yellow flags thrown their way."I'm not going to say that," Jackson said. "As I told you guys before when this all started, I'm not going to complain about the penalties. And obviously after yesterday I've probably reached my boiling point. I think the league does a great job."Nobody's perfect, and I respect that and understand that. All I ask is that when people deal with our football team, with the Raiders, that it's done fairly. Now across the league everyone says everything is fair, and I'm not saying that its not. But yesterday it was one game that I felt very uncomfortable with what had happened."I'm going to move on from that because that does me no good, our football team no good. What we got to do is, still, we have a problem that we need to correct, also. At the end of the day, we still need to get better at doing what we do, but on top of that I just want to make sure that just because we do need to get better in some areas, people aren't saying, 'O.K., let's have a great day throwing this flag today because there's the Raiders out here.' I think it's been addressed and we'll go forward."

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

The Raiders were pretty darn good last season. A 12-4 record proved that point. There was plenty of talent on a team with a penchant for high-wire acts in victory that masked the fact there were holes on the roster.

They need to be filled for the Raiders to improve in 2017, and new players will be imported through free agency and the draft.

Left tackle Donald Penn is excited to see who gets added, but said there’s no doubt talent is coming to Oakland. He speaks for Raiders players, who have faith that general manager Reggie McKenzie will make the right moves.

“Things that Reggie has done in past drafts have been great, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he brings back towards us,” Penn said recently during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network. “We can’t wait to get back out there healthy. We’re ready to hit the football world with a storm.”

While new guys are coming, a few might head out. The Raiders have several unrestricted free agents. Penn wants to keep his guys around – he mentioned running back Latavius Murray by name -- though he has some ideas for McKenzie’s checklist.

The Raiders don’t need much with most key players under contract – the Raiders should be less active in free agency over past offseasons – but a few key components could put this team over the top.

“If we stick to Reggie’s plan, we’ll be great,” Penn said. “I know he’s going to have a great draft, add a couple little pieces here and there – maybe somebody in the secondary to help out a little bit.

"On offense, you could always use a weapon. Maybe we get another receiver to take (pressure off Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper), but we have a good nucleus right now.”

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Derek Carr is on the mend. The Raiders franchise quarterback had surgery to repair his fibula shortly after he broke it in a Week 16 victory over Indianapolis, and is recovering well during the offseason.

Carr insisted on intense rehab this winter in an attempt – however unlikely it may have been – to return should the Raiders have played in the Super Bowl. It slowed to a normal pace after the Raiders' loss at Houston in the postseason’s opening round, but those in contact with him say he’s making strides.

Left tackle Donald Penn was recently in contact with Carr, and provided an update on Monday during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network.

“I texted Derek (a few) days ago checking in,” Penn said, “and he said he’s almost 100 percent.”

Surgically-repaired broken filbulas take significant time to heal, and the Raiders plan to be conservative with their MVP candidate during the offseason. Derek Carr’s brother and NFL Network analyst David Carr, who was on set with Penn on Monday, said Derek could be back for offseason work.

“He’s doing good,” David Carr said. “He’s walking around already, stretching it out. You can’t do a lot for the bone, right? But he’s going to be back. He’s going to get a whole full offseason in. That’s going to be the best part.”