Breakdowns Hurt Succop, Special Teams

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Standing between Ryan Succop and records, and between the Chiefs and victory, were the meaty paws of Richard Seymour.

A pair of blocked field goals by Seymour, both on 49-yard attempts by Succop sunk the kicker’s string of consecutive three-pointers. The second of those blocks came on the final play of regulation time and did not allow the Chiefs a chance to win.

“Even though my hand went up to block them, I can’t take all the credit,” said Seymour. “Our linebackers gave me a good push and the coaching staff came up with the calls to put me in the right positions to make plays. That’s what we talk about all the time, the staff putting players in position to make plays and when your number is called, making it and that’s what happened.”

It was an overall kicking game victory for the Raiders and it started on the first play of the game when Succop’s kickoff went five yards deep in the end zone. With WR Jacoby Ford inactive because of injury, CB Bryan McCann was back to handle the kickoffs. He caught the kick in the middle of the end zone came running out straight ahead and then broke off to his right and got past the containment on that side of the field. The two outside men, S Sabby Piscitelli and S Donald Washington were nowhere to be found as McCann blew down the sidelines. He was eventually dragged down by CB Jalil Brown after a 91-yard return.

That set up the first of Sebastian Janikowski’s three field goals on the day.

About 10 minutes later, Succop banged through a 23-yard FG that gave him 22 in a row and it tied the team record held by Pete Stoyanovich and set in 1997-98.

It was at the end of the first half that Seymour got his first blocked field goal. No. 2 came on the last play of regulation time, with the teams tied at 13-13. Both times he came through the left side of the Chiefs FG protection unit. On that side of long snapper Thomas Gafford are Leonard Pope, Steve Maneri, Barry Richardson and Jon Asamoah. Seymour appeared to be on a second push against that group, coming over Richardson.

“They use a double push technique and they were coming over our left side and our guys were trying to stay low so they wouldn’t get pushed,” said Romeo Crennel. “But by being low they were able to get a little push over the top. Seymour is a long, tall guy and he used his length to get his hands up and block the kicks.”

Succop had his head down and was following through on his kick, so he didn’t see what happened ahead of him.

“I can’t speak for all the other guys, I just know their guy obviously made a heck of a play,” Succop said.

The Raiders also blocked a field goal last week against Detroit and they were holding onto history and hope that they could do it again.

“It’s the NFL, anything can happen,” said DE Lamarr Houston. “I’ve seen it happen so you never know. You’ve just got to keep playing and keep looking forward to winning.”

The lack of winning left Succop feeling empty.

“This is a hard loss because everybody in this locker room fought their tail off today,” said Succop. “Obviously all of the guys have bought in and we knew what this game meant. We gave it everything we had. It really hurts when you come out on the short end of the stick.”

One Response to “Breakdowns Hurt Succop, Special Teams”

  • December 25, 2011  - ED J says:

    My thing is how doesn’t Hoffman see that in first block and don’t make an adjustment late in that game. That’s a fireable offense in my book. Special teams have been model of inconsistency last 2yrs. How long has it been since we’ve seen a return punt or kickoff. Or even a blocked punt or field goal. My opinion get a new special teams coach along with new off. coordinator.

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