Tidbits On The Way To Oakland

From Oakland, California

The sun was out and it appeared to have been a very beautiful day in the Bay Area on Saturday.

Weather predictions for Sunday are not so nice.

The National Weather Service says there’s 100 percent chance of rain throughout the day on Sunday. Wind could be a factor as well, as gusts will reach as high as 20 mph

With the baseball season over at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, the infield should be covered with sod by now. Still, this is a playing field that was built on a landfill some 45 years ago and when it’s wet, the playing surface becomes a bog.

But with both teams looking to run the ball, possible rain and wet turf shouldn’t matter as much.


CBS-TV asked some of their analysts for comments on the 2010 season as it reaches the midway point of the schedule. Not surprisingly, there were was plenty of talk about the Chiefs with their 5-2 record.

Phil Simms said that OLB Tamba Hali (left) and ILB Derrick Johnson were the defensive players of the first half in the NFL.

“It’s hard to designate those guys because we want stats – sacks, interceptions,” Simms said. “These two guys have jumped out for doing a little bit of everything. Johnson has had a special year and if it continues, someone like him might win the most valuable defensive player in the league.”

Solomon Wilcots who is working the Chiefs-Raiders game on Sunday said Todd Haley should be the coach of the half-season.

“Anytime you raise the Titanic, going from worst-to-first, he would win for that reason,” Wilcots said.

Steve Tasker, who had the broadcast last week between the Bills and Chiefs, also nominated Haley.

“His team is playing almost mistake-free football with talent that is not considered the best in the league and yet they’re sitting atop their division,” said Tasker. “They were worst last year and now they’re the best – worst-to-first.”


“For the fans of the game, the Raiders and Mr. Davis are such a big part of NFL lore and the history. You can’t put on NFL Films and not see the Raiders and the great teams they’ve had through the years. So any time you have teams like the Raiders and Chiefs that are big foundations of the league playing each other it’s a big thing.

“Add into the mix that both teams have been able to have some success early in the year and it obviously makes it special for everybody’s who’s a fan of the NFL.”


It was about a month ago that Haley and offensive coordinator Charlie Weis put in a one running back, one wide receiver, three tight end set. This wasn’t just for third down or short yardage, they used this on 1st-and-10. Sometimes they line all three up together on one side of the formation, giving them what amounts to six blockers on that side with the center, guard and tackle.

Through seven games, they’ve used a tight end in 72 percent of their offensive snaps and 36 percent of the time they’ve used more than one tight end. They’ve used three tight ends on 43 plays, or 10 percent of the plays. Nobody else in the league has spent more time with three tight ends on the field.

Obviously this would seem to be a run formation, but last week against Buffalo, they threw the ball the first three times they went to the three tights: a 14-yard completion to TE Leonard Pope, an incomplete pass to WR Dwayne Bowe and an incomplete pass to RB Jamaal Charles.


The Raiders have always had a group of wide receivers that was more like a 4×100 relay team in track than a group of polished catchers of the ball.

But that’s also given them receivers who if they can catch the ball, can produce big plays with yards after the catch.

Even now with a rather pedestrian group of WRs like Darrius Heyward-Bey, Johnnie Lee Higgins, Jacoby ford and Darren McFadden out of the backfield, they are one of the top offenses in the league for YAC. The Raiders passing game gets 59.7 percent of its yardage after the catch (1,732 passing yards, with 1,024 yards after the catch.) Only the Detroit Lions have a higher percentage of YAC, getting 61.7 percent of their 1,837 passing yards once the ball was in the hands of the receiver.

The Chiefs are tied for seventh with the percentage of yards after the catch, at 51.3 percent. That’s 1,196 passing yards and 613 after the catch.

It would be helpful to the chances of the Chiefs winning this AFC West matchup if they can produce more passing yards and more yards after the catch.

Romeo Crennel On The OT Victory Over Buffalo

“A game like last week, I think that can help our growth and development because they fought for five quarters and all the way to the last play in those five quarters,” Crennel said. “They were able to step up and make plays when we had to in order to keep points off the board. That was a good learning experience and I think that it will help us going down the road. I told them, these division games are going to be like that and someone is going to have to step up and make a play if we are going to win.”

2 Responses to “Tidbits On The Way To Oakland”

  • November 7, 2010  - bhive01 says:

    There’s not a better ending to Raider week than a W.


  • November 7, 2010  - Tracy says:

    As a Big 8 fan, it is a little tough to throw some love at Texas but given DJ and JC, and their importance to the Chiefs, it seems okay. After all, it is not the players but the attitude of the suits who run that institution that grates. So, here’s hoping both these guys keep on keepin’ on and end the season with all the accolades they deserve.

    As to the multiple tight end formations, it seems that Charlie Weis may be using it in passing plays early in the game as an unsettling decoy for the other team’s defense.

    Week by week, Romeo Crennel works up a resume that merits some kind of post season mention. Comeback Assistant Coach of the Year? He has brought some great strategic thinking and planning to the Chiefs and is accomplishing what most probably thought was at best unlikely.

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