Raiders-Chiefs notes: Bush makes most of chance

Raiders-Chiefs notes: Bush makes most of chance

Jan. 3, 2011

Paul Gutierrez

KANSAS CITY Michael Bush made the most of his opportunity in theRaiders 31-10 beatdown of Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday,rushing for a game-high 137 yards on 25 carries with Darren McFaddeninactive with turf toe.

The line did a great job, said Bush, who also had a 26-yard touchdownrun in the third quarter. We came in this week knowing we were goingto run the ball against them. Everybody executed according to plan.

It was more than a familiar game for Bush, who rushed for 177 yards andtwo touchdowns in the 2008 season finale at Tampa Bay. It was astatement game. Bushs contract is up and depending upon a new CBA, hecould be an unrestricted free agent. Or restricted. Either way, heprobably made a lot of money against the Chiefs.
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With 10 penalties for 77 yards, the Raiders set a new franchise recordfor penalty yardage in a season, the 1,276 yards eclipsing the 1,274they had in a 14-game season in 1969.

It is the second-highest penalty yardage mark in NFL history, trailing only the 1,304 yards assessed the 1998 Chiefs.

With 148 penalties on the season, the Raiders led the NFL for a record-tying 16th time, along with Chicago.

Still, the Raiders improved to 8-3 when called for nine-or-more penalties.

The Raiders had eight sacks, with Kamerion Wimbley leading the way with three. He led the team with nine on the season.

As a team, the Raiders had 47 sacks, second in the NFL and one behindPittsburghs total. Oakland, did, however, have more sacks than the NewYork Giants, a source of pride for defensive line coach Mike Waufle,who came back to Oakland from the Meadowlands this season.

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Pending a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, a sampling of Raiderswho may have played their final game for Oakland, pending their freeagent status Bush, Nnamdi Asomugha, Richard Seymour, Robert Gallery,Zach Miller, Michael Huff, Thomas Howard, Stanford Routt, JohnHenderson, Mario Henderson and Johnnie Lee Higgins.

I want to be here, Huff said. This is home. I want to see this thingturned around so Im sure everything will be worked out and Ill beback here.

With the CBA, we still dont know whats going to happen but Im planning on being here. This is where I want to be.

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The Raiders harassed playoff-bound quarterback Matt Cassel into a 19.1passer rating as he completed just 11 of 33 passes for 115 yards withtwo interceptions.

The quarterback was spooked, said defensive tackle Tommy Kelly. Hewas running away when no one was even in the pocket. I was telling(Chiefs guard) Brian Waters, You need to take him out of the game,man.

He was rattled, bad. It was ugly.

A quick look at next seasons opponents, based on the 8-8 Raiders third-place finish and resultant schedule:

Home San Diego, Denver, Kansas City, New York Jets, New England, Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland.
Road San Diego, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Buffalo, Green Bay, Minnesota, Houston.

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Raiders general Reggie McKenzie plans to extend quarterback Derek Carr’s contract this offseason. That isn’t a new thing, something that has been in the works for some time. He re-affirmed that fact last week, citing his team’s commitment to work out a long-term deal likely the biggest in franchise history.

Carr was reportedly frustrated with the pace of contract talks after the NFL draft – they’re supposed to heat up this spring and summer – but said he believes a deal will get worked out before training camp begins.

That’s his deadline for an offseason deal, the point where he wants focus honed on football.

“I have an agent who is in charge of that and I am confident that he and Mr. (Reggie) McKenzie will work it out,” Carr, a Fresno State alum, told the Fresno Bee. “I am only focused on becoming a better football player and helping my teammates become better players.

“I have complete faith it will get done before training camp. These things take time. The Raiders know I want to be here; this is my family, and I know they want me to be their quarterback.”

The sides have discussed parameters of a long-term deal, with greater specifics to be ironed out in the future. Carr has long said he wants to be a Raider his entire career. The Raiders want him as the public face of their franchise. A new deal is expected by all parties, a sentiment that has never wavered on either side.

Carr is scheduled to make a $977,519 in base salary in 2017, the final year of his rookie contract.

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

The Raiders offseason program is five weeks old. Players have lifted weights. They’ve improved cardiovascular shape. They’ve done drills in position groups and discussed schematics. They’ve added rookies to a group now 90 strong.

On Monday, they can finally put on helmets. They still can’t wear pads or have full contact, but the Raiders can play 11-on-11. Receivers will be covered. Quarterback Derek Carr will throw into traffic. Generally speaking, the competition cranks up a bit.

The NFL collective bargaining agreement has strict mandates regarding offseason activity, and a period formally called “Phase III” allows for more realistic on-field football work.

The Raiders will conduct 10 OTA sessions over the next three weeks. The media can watch three of them. Tuesday is the first, with another in each of the next two weeks. These sessions are technically voluntary, though the Raiders generally hover around perfect attendance. Head coach Jack Del Rio prefers his team be unified in the offseason. Players know it and show up.

There is a mandatory minicamp from June 13-15 which wraps the offseason program and starts a quiet period that extends until training camp begins in late July.

These OTAs offer an opportunity for new players to learn the system, for adjustments to be made and for chemistry to be built heading into a 2017 season where expectations are high.