Palmer on no-huddle: 'It's a good change-up'


Palmer on no-huddle: 'It's a good change-up'

ALAMEDA -- On four series in the second half Sunday the Raiders used the no-huddle offense.They scored on three of those series in the eventual 26-23 overtime defeat of Jacksonville.So why not make the no-huddle the rule rather than the exception, isn't it viable?RELATED: Who runs the Raiders' no-huddle?
"No" quarterback Carson Palmer said Wednesday. "If thats all youre going to come into the game with you completely limit yourself, from personnel groups, to formations, to protections, red-zone, third-down, backed-up. Its not feasible."Its a good change-up. Its a good change-of-pace thing for us. It gets us out of a rut every once in awhile and it also keeps a defense on their toes and keeps a defense preparing for it. But its not something that you can just run all the time."Still, it has to be "fun" for Palmer to run the no-huddle and call his own plays, no?Well"Im not always calling my own plays in no-huddle," Palmer insisted. "The fun factor is scoring points and scoring touchdowns. Whether its no-huddle, a two-minute situation, a huddle-up situation, a four-minute situation at the end of a game when you have a lead and you break a long run off it, it really doesnt matter. As long as were scoring points, thats when you have fun, when guys start doing celebrations and high-fiving and all those things.VIDEO: Paul & Kate -- More no-huddle? And what's wrong with McFadden?
"To me, it really doesnt matter. The way we approach the line of scrimmage, as long as long as were successful moving the chains and get in the end zone, thats whats fun."OK, then what about an adrenaline rush in running the no-huddle and calling your own plays?"No, because Im not always calling the plays," Palmer said. "A lot of times in no-huddle coach (Greg) Knapps calling the plays. The majority of the time. So I mean, it really doesnt matter to me. I dont care who calls the plays, I dont care how we get to the line of scrimmage as long as we score."Knapp gives Palmer certain play-calling options from which to choose during the no-huddle."We have a number of options," Palmer said. "Not a ton, but a handful of things we can get to that were comfortable getting to depending on our personnel group and what their personnel group is on defense."

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.”