11.15: Chronicle Live -- Jim Plunkett
Plunkett, author of a 2-1 record in the Big Game at Stanford, joins Greg Papa to talk about his days playing Cal for the axe, as well as his impressions of the 2011 Raiders.
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Chronicled conversation and studio subject to great Jim Clark at the only guy from these first two win -- Heisman Trophy and your big game record GM was -- one and you lost the very final one the year you won the Heisman you lost a pill that. Here we did we had clinched the Rose Bowl a couple games earlier and we lost our focus so to speak. Because we've really achieved our goal in a sense. One at the Rose Bowl after nineteen year absence. We accomplished that. Letter reminds won the last couple. Course should be Woody Hayes is Ohio State Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl I mentioned earlier the ultimate big game quarterback you -- Rose Bowl. You won two super Bulls -- big game take you back to here the first time you played in the big game your sophomore year. Was -- that big of a game do you was a bigger than any regular season game you had played previously. Are -- back then you know and those years it would almost always grew and overrode the Rose Bowl was Lewis's. And I and I certainly feel I was. You know our biggest challenge right the F player in the big game for first time. And a dog the rivalry that exists between the two schools. The -- it's very involved in it there. Is very big game and we were able to you know actually -- about I think it was torn up the scoreboard. You know we have a bridge in Washington players' hands and he made things a lot easier for me in those days and as a sophomore Richard. Player. In I needed some help there was it was a long process and a ports are surrounded by some some pretty good players. Yeah and -- -- two and one of the big game as you mentioned if Andrew Luck Wednesday's game. On Saturday and they are three touchdown favorites he too will go. Two and one in the big game you go back to his first big game he did not play well through that late interception when they were driving to win the game they lost a chamber -- in the -- Bears but last year at memorial stadium yet. That's the most points. At Stanford's ever laid on -- -- 48 to fourteen routes how do you think he plays this Saturday trying to bounce back from the uneven game he played against Oregon the previously. Helpers they don't play well I think I think there's another -- were. He struggles -- that virtue of his you know he's bounced back here. You know we're pretty quickly there's a resilient guy he's got so much talent. And got a good running game obviously. And listen to us and he's. You know he's a guy and pretty much control. And I'm sure we will bounce backward but. He finished second in the Heisman last year so we finished second in the Heisman -- year before up until Saturday night Andrew Luck was the favorite to win the Heisman. This year you do have a vote. What do you think his performance against the ducks a couple of interceptions a fumble lost a level that cost of the Heisman do you think champ. If personally I don't think so I think the other. Leading contenders. Taught more from my Boise State -- loss -- loss -- Trent Richardson. Alabama they have a loss. You know he's right there in the -- and I and I I don't think he's lost leader that -- year. He's had a tremendous career Saturday for a career touchdown passes these three short of tying John Elway school record Stanford is always known as quarterback. University in you and John Elway -- the two best quarterbacks to ever play. At Stanford up until now we didn't think he could deal he can't even fathom it in your mind it is Andrew Luck surpassed your career there. And John always career there do you think. I think certainly the attention has gotten. Throughout the country the other way he's played for Stanford the things he's done you know he's accomplished quite a bit that I also Phil -- you know John -- -- John wrote -- for him -- the on myself -- you know we also conservative at Stanford history and and did a lot for the football programs when we're there and in. Obviously. Andrew Luck is here playing today. I don't I think it's a tremendous talent they're good kid. He runs that's. Offense in a better when I've ever seen. And it's a different kind of offense and John played for and I played four. You know -- -- a lot going for him offensively. As I said you know I don't think there's anybody playing. Presidential quarterback in college days any better than that Andrew -- And like yourself and John no way he is going to be the number one overall pick in the the 2012. NFL draft. People are projecting this guy to do wonderful things in the NFL Jim -- how do you see. His NFL career it's obviously going to be predicated on who -- of our system he's in it. But is he going to be the star people think he's going to be the next level. I think -- right -- or eventually you know you can't. Usually can't -- you're gonna go to a saw a couple of players have always been one of them. -- lineman in another. They didn't wanna go to certain things at once or morals are forced to change hands. In and maybe Andrew will do that I don't know but whoever winds up whereas you know. Hopefully you know they'll be able to bring along and I'd get them -- -- -- such is the case was for me it was a long hard struggle for me we weren't very good at doing -- those says. And I took practical here it was it was tough going but hopefully he'll be the one of the right situation and were they don't let him get -- too much trouble don't let him get hit too much. And down surround him with the type of people and coaches. That we'll get -- started it in the right direction early in his career if not then you take your life sometimes you wonder with a tennis I've regretted. It it's trial -- fired you're you're getting that you make from the station throw interceptions which -- bounce back up to me and then go to the next four. As they get in the gym -- -- won two Super Bowls with the Raiders let's hope he does not reunite with or chat Elway had become a Denver Broncos that would not be good. I look at the AFC west now transition -- to the Raiders say they went in San Diego last week on Thursday Jim and now. They have sole possession of first place. In the AFC west a lot of football yet to go but obviously the Raiders evolving this year with Carson Palmer taking over the quarterback candidates. Go ahead and win this division for the first time since -- two. -- certainly you know but there -- a doctor Jekyll mr. Hyde kinda thing you know they come and they played tremendous football on both sides. The ball. Now all of a sudden that kind of don't show up but for whatever reason you know some sensitivity in the -- that. A lot of times you're still penalties that are factor in the games. You know turnovers obviously. Are killers especially the most these. They're games are decided -- touchdown or less. And this and you've got to who have avoid making those mistakes. Penalties has got to be cut down tremendously. With Palmer coming especially the way I played against San Diego. You know I think they've got a tremendous opportunity to you know to win their division and are you as a pro. -- as I am how quickly he is adapted to the Raiders. Playbook -- just taken over the team they're running a lot of no huddle offense like with him like he did it since it's pretty remarkable agenda to come -- and just take over this football team play so well after. Not going to camp with with this team or any team this year. True I'd I'd certainly I do think he's done a remarkable job but also you got to remember you know he's played the system before. With hue Jackson at Cincinnati source familiar with what's going on I think the most physical part obviously. And languages and change just one. -- worked with a players you know usually you have all offseason to get your timing down in training camp to throw. You know the doubts hundreds of times you receivers in the crosses in the -- deep balls and get a feel for your for your. Your receivers and also get a feel for how long that -- -- one -- -- -- for you know and get him feeling in the back your mind you know just how long you have to get rid of that ball. And he's got a great job there's no doubt about it you kind of -- wondered about it when he put him in the first time. The second kind of have a real good game either. You know he threw for over through yards. But you know this last game in he's. Yeah he's got a firmer grip on what's going on offensively. I'm sure he's got to come out of line which now and he's he's more familiar with the players around them. As ferocious six quarters with -- -- he threw six interceptions restart on Thursday with a couple of nice. Touchdown passes a lot of debate about his throwing arm right now in 2005 he tore his left anterior cruciate ligament. Later on he had an elbow injury did not have the Tommy John. Surgery but from what you've seen from Carson Palmer Jim is he stepping into the -- is on the front leg the way he did previously before the knee injury. And what do you see from from his throwing arm is -- back to being the Carson Palmer we saw 56 years ago. I think so -- I think his move around the pocket well he's stepping up when asked to. He's even taken off and run a couple of times you know but he that's not always gonna help. You know that's not always gonna beat you do in the long run but still is that he seems to be able to do all that stuff. You know I really haven't seen much weakness in his arm so much I think -- one -- that the real great throws as ways. It was kind of half fraud he stepped up as he got the trouble in the -- Moore was coming across and went across the face of the safety and he led him perfectly on a good hard throw. And that showed me a lot right there. There was a dirt to B sure it is then they unbelievable year of emotion for for the raider franchise it has been one months and one week now since. Al Davis died we were together in Houston when when mail -- passed away I know he meant so much to you when you're. And your family as you look back now in a five weeks later upon his passing what what do you think of when we when we talk about Al Davis. Well -- you know you know -- A lot of fond memories you know -- got -- -- -- player for a month and it was very encouraging to me when you know I was struggling and sit on the bench and and not playing in the moment took over the team back in nineteen a the we continue that encouragement. I got to know a lot better as many players to their coaches and owners when you're not plan. It's been a lot of time around element. And learning more of the game than ever thought I would -- them out this week with them. During the games and him. Speaking about. -- you know the personnel out there what these players can and cannot do the coaches. The play calling in I mean through everything answer if it was those two a learning process. All along and you still watch from the owner's suite which must be strange now to be up there now and now with them that here I'll say oh -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- many -- -- things like -- but -- -- -- very -- obviously at times what was going -- out there. And yeah I'm praises players on -- made a great player and you know he'll point out somebody that is drafted and said nobody. -- that -- that sharp but I didn't look at them now and you know that's -- -- -- -- his -- and you're the one he was I think he was most proud of the two time Super Bowl winning quarterback that he found off the proverbial scrap -- in -- a Heisman Trophy winner Chad thanks for dropping by studio is always and a good luck to your Stanford Cardinal already go Devils after Saturday the 140 countries addition. Thank -- James.