Notes & Quotes: Words Exchanged; McFadden Hurt

From the Coliseum, Oakland, California

As the Chiefs defensive backs were taking their normal lap around the field in the pre-game warm-up session, they found themselves in the south end zone of the Oakland Coliseum, right in front of the black hole.

Some of them stopped to exchange not so pleasantries with the crazies dressed up in silver and black. Some members of the Raiders didn’t take kindly to that and before you know it, they were all bunched up in a scrum and there was some pushing, shoving and plenty of yelling.

From down the field came Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe, who was dancing around, bobbing and weaving like a young Muhammad Ali. Well, at least if Ali had worn a red helmet when he played.

“I was going down to settle things down,” Bowe said after the game. “I wasn’t trying to start anything. Besides, it had already started.”

In the end it was nothing, but it was a reminder that emotions were close to the skin for this game. There’s nothing new about that, according to Bowe.

“Every time we come to the Black Hole, it’s like a Super Bowl game,” Bowe said. “That’s why guys go out here and play so hard on both sides of the field. That’s why you see a little aggression afterwards. Every time we play this game; it’s like a Super Bowl thing.”

There was certainly plenty of aggression. Before it was over the officials had walked off 24 penalties, and in the fourth quarter alone there were three personal foul calls and a pair of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties against both teams.


He came into the game as the NFL’s leading rusher, but Darren McFadden had a short stay in Sunday’s game against the Chiefs.

In the first two possessions for the Oakland offense, McFadden carried the ball twice for two yards each time. He also caught a pass from three yards. Then he was gone; the Raiders went with Michael Bush and rookie Taiwan Jones got chances later in the quarter. McFadden was standing on the sidelines watching, while no official word came down in the press box from the always secretive Raiders.

After the game, head coach Hue Jackson said McFadden’s injury was a foot problem. But he was quick to note that his absence was not why the Raiders had been so thoroughly trashed by the Chiefs.

“I’m not going to make excuses for our football team,” Jackson said. “There’s no excuse; hey, guys get hurt. We have to keep playing when guys get hurt.”


Enough tickets were sold to allow the game on local TV, but there were empty seats throughout the stadium.

At the start of the game, there’s no question that crowd noise had an effect on the Chiefs. In their first possession they had two false start penalties and were also flagged for having 12-men in the huddle.

But once the Raiders starting throwing interceptions, the crowd was loud only to boo their team and by the end of the game, the parking lots were already emptying out.


It was an overall victory for kicking game coordinator Steve Hoffman and his units on Sunday. They contributed to the victory and did not harm their team’s chances of winning the game. Here’s how it broke down:

RYAN SUCCOP – He kicked off five times, putting four into the end zone or beyond that were not returned. The only kick that was brought back came when CB Brandon Flowers was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after scoring his pick-six touchdown. Succop had to kickoff from the 20-yard line, where he hit a mortar kick that Oakland’s Jacoby Ford grabbed but returned only six yards before he fumbled. The Raiders recovered the loose ball.

DUSTIN COLQUITT – see sidebar.

JAVIER ARENAS – had two chances on punt returns, going for 15 and eight yards for an 11.5-yard average. He also had one kickoff return for 28 yards.

COVERAGE – The touchbacks by Succop kept Ford under control with the kickoffs and on punt returns, Denarius Moore caught four punts for an average of 9.8 yards with a long of 12. Press box stats gave kicking game tackles to S Sabby Piscitelli, LB Justin Houston, LB Andy Studebaker, S Donald Washington, LS Thomas Gafford, LB Demorrio Williams and LB Cory Greenwood.


Jeff Triplette and his crew had a busy day with these two division rivals, walking off a total of 24 penalties for 218 penalty yards. The Chiefs had some very poor penalties in the fourth quarter, including a pair of unsportsmanlike conduct calls after interceptions by CBs Brandon Flowers and Travis Daniels. Flowers was penalized for posing with his foot on the ball after his pick-six TD return.

Big penalty on special teams when LB Demorrio Williams was hit with illegal hands to the face on a punt return. P Shane Lechler shanked a punt for just 35 yards on a 4th-and-7 play. The Chiefs had the ball at the Oakland 40-yard line, but the flag allowed the Raiders to keep the ball.


Offender Penalty



B. Albert False start



J. O’Connell 12-men in huddle



J. Asamoah False start



D. Williams Illegal hands to face

Minus 5


J. O’Connell Offensive holding



T. Daniels Offside



T. Hali Roughing the passer



B. Flowers Unsportsmanlike



B. Flowers Pass interference



L. McClain Illegal shit



S. Piscitelli Personal foul (punt)



T. Daniels Unsportsmanlike




Inactive players for the Chiefs in Sunday’s game were WR Jeremy Horne, QB Ricky Stanzi, S Reshard Langford, OT Steve Maneri, WR Jerheme Urban, DE Brandon Bair and NT Jerrell Powe

First-round draft choice Jonathan Baldwin was on the active roster for the first time in his NFL career. He becomes the 52nd player to be active for the Chiefs this season and the 14th new player who got his first taste with the team during this 2011 season and the fifth member of the 2011 NFL Draft class who has reached the field this season to date.

In the starting lineup, Andy Studebaker remained at OLB opposite from Tamba Hali in the base defense. Rookie Justin Houston came in with the sub-defense as a pass rusher with Hali. TE Jake O’Connell was the starter at tight end.

Inactive players for the Raiders were QB Jason Campbell, K Sebastian Janikowski, CB Chimdi Chekwa, CB Chris Johnson, FB Marcel Reece, G Bruce Campbell and WR Chaz Schilens.

Former Chiefs (2007) kicker Dave Rayner handled the kickoff and placement duties. Kyle Boller started at QB for the injured Jason Campbell. Working in Johnson’s spot with the starting defense was rookie CB DeMarcus Van Dyke.

5 Responses to “Notes & Quotes: Words Exchanged; McFadden Hurt”

  • October 24, 2011  - Denzil says:

    Uhh…item 10 of the Zebra Report. Just what was McClain’s penalty? The chart’s entry is amusing but not illuminating.

  • October 24, 2011  - Petey says:

    Love number #10!

  • October 24, 2011  - James B says:

    what did Mcclain do?

  • October 24, 2011  - Blake says:

    I think Bob meant to put Illegal Shift…

  • October 24, 2011  - BigJimInWisconsin says:

    I think #10 has something to do with #2 …

    Go CHIEFS!

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