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Chiefs Can't Contain Ford in Raiders' OT Win

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Chiefs Can't Contain Ford in Raiders' OT Win

Nov. 7, 2010RAIDERS PAGE RAIDERS VIDEO

OAKLAND,Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders gave their fans who came out for thefirst sellout in more than a year plenty to celebrate.Jason Campbell threw a 47-yard passto rookie Jacoby Ford in overtime to set up a 33-yard field goal bySebastian Janikowski that gave the Raiders their biggest win in eightyears, a 23-20 victory over the AFC West-leading Kansas City Chiefs onSunday.Campbell and Ford hooked up on a29-yard pass in the closing seconds of regulation to set upJanikowski's tying 41-yard field goal. The Raiders (5-4) then won it inovertime for their most significant victory since winning the 2002 AFCchampionship. Oakland hasn't had a winning record at any time sincebeing 2-1 in 2004 and not this late since '02.By winning their third straight gamefor the first time since that season, Oakland heads into its bye weekjust a half-game behind Kansas City (5-3) in the division.The Chiefs won the overtime toss butwere unable to generate a first down and the Raiders started theirfirst drive at their 38. Campbell then hit Ford for a deep, divingcatch on the first play. Ford, a fourth-round pick, caught six passesfor 148 yards and also returned the opening kick of the second half fora touchdown.After a short run and a timeout bythe Chiefs, Janikowski came on for the winning kick. As soon as itsailed through the uprights, the Raiders poured out on the field andcelebrated with the first sellout crowd in Oakland since last year'sopener.The talk all week was about therevival of a rivalry that was one of the sport's best for a decadestarting in the 1960s. While the play was sloppy at times with fiveturnovers, 27 penalties and two blown fake punts, the intensity wastop-notch.The Raiders trailed 20-17 when theytook over at their 25 with 2:06 to play. Campbell converted two thirddowns and then hit Ford on a 29-yard pass to the 22 in the closingseconds. Oakland rushed to the line and spiked the ball with 7 secondsleft, setting the stage for Janikowski's tying 41-yard field goal.Kansas City had taken a 20-17 lead ona 20-yard pass from Matt Cassel to Dwayne Bowe with 6:13 to play. Thatscore was set up when Nick Miller muffed a punt and Kansas City'sVerran Tucker recovered at the Raiders 30. It appeared as if Miller'sknee might have been down before the ball came loose, but coach TomCable had already used his two challenges so Kansas City kept the ball.The Raiders had gained just 54 yardswith their only score coming on Ford's 94-yard kickoff return to openthe second half when they took over trailing 13-7 early in the thirdquarter.The offense finally got going asCampbell hit Ford on a 16-yard pass and Darren McFadden followed with a34-yard run. A 16-yard pass to McFadden on third-and-4 moved the ballto the 2 and two plays later Campbell found tackle Khalif Barnes for atouchdown that gave Oakland a 14-13 lead.The Raiders tacked on a 23-yardfield goal by Janikowski after Campbell found Ford on a key third-downconversion for 37 yards. Campbell scrambled to keep the play alive andFord made the catch at the 7 while falling down.Both teams opened up the playbooksearly, with the Raiders running four direct snaps to McFadden in thefirst quarter and both teams failing to convert fake punts.After Rock Cartwright was stopped onOakland's try. The Chiefs appeared to score on a slant pass from Casselto Tony Moeaki on third-and-2 from the 6.Cable challenged the call and won itwhen replays showed Moeaki's knee went down at the 1. Instead of givingthe Chiefs a first down, the officials originally called it fourth andgoal from the 1. After a holding call on Kansas City, the officialscorrected the down and the Chiefs had first-and-goal at the 11.Tucker made an acrobatic catch inthe back of the end zone on the next play to give Kansas City the lead.Cable challenged that call and lost it, meaning Oakland was out ofchallenges with 14:31 left in the half.The Chiefs added a field goal fromRyan Succop after McFadden lost a fumble to make it 10-0 and could havehad an even bigger lead at the half but had a touchdown and field goalerased by penalties. Cassel also threw an interception in the end zonein the final minute of the half.

Irvin, Mack given a day off from Raiders practice

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Irvin, Mack given a day off from Raiders practice

ALAMEDA – Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin were out at Raiders practice Wednesday for the stretching period. Both edge rushers left one-at-a-time during the individual period, which was open to the press, headed into the main building and did not return.

There was no perceived reaction, certainly no surprise, from the coaching staff or players on the field. Irvin and new defensive coordinator John Pagano were seen joking around on the field before practice began in earnest. 

Both Irvin and Mack were given a practice off. A Raiders official called it a day off/rest-type day that was not injury related. The Silver and Black typically practice in pads or shells on Wednesday, but were in jerseys and sweats in the interest of recovery.

This day off's timing did raise an eyebrow.

Wednesday marked the first practice Irvin has missed since training camp. Mack hasn’t missed one in months.

Mack and Irvin’s downtime also came a day after beloved defensive coordinator Ken Norton’s firing.

Several defensive players were upset about Norton's firing, but Mack and Irvin especially were among those loyal to Norton. Mack and Norton developed a bond after the coach was named defensive coordinator in 2015. Norton and Irvin go way back to their days together in Seattle. Irvin credits Norton for helping him get on the right path and stay there.

Neither player was happy Norton got the axe. Irvin made his displeasure clear, tweeting “BULLS***” shortly after news of Norton’s demise broke. Mack told ESPN “I like to keep my thoughts private.” Defensive stars declined comment Wednesday or didn't appear in the locker room when the media was present. 

It isn’t immediately clear if the non-injury related day off was related to Norton’s dismissal. Head coach Jack Del Rio won’t speak to the media again until Friday. New defensive coordinator John Pagano is scheduled to speak Thursday afternoon.

Del Rio addressed the media before Wednesday’s practice, and was asked how he’ll handle players unhappy with the in-season shake-up.

“I don’t try and 'handle' them,” Del Rio said. “I think the biggest thing is to understand the relationship, respect that, give him a little space and then at the end of the day, we’re going to get on with our work. But, I’m human. It wasn’t easy for me either.”

Del Rio: 'Nobody should feel comfortable,' following Norton firing

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Del Rio: 'Nobody should feel comfortable,' following Norton firing

ALAMEDA – Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio put out a statement Tuesday explaining why he fired defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr.

He went into greater detail Wednesday afternoon, his first time facing the media since a change was made

Specifics will be discussed further down this story. We don’t, however, want to bury the lede.

Del Rio’s main message wasn’t about Norton. It applied to all in Silver and Black. This season has not met lofty expectations. That is unacceptable.

“I know one thing,” Del Rio said. “Nobody should feel comfortable, because what I’ve been watching is not good enough.”

Del Rio didn’t absolve himself from blame. Norton got fired, but everyone has played a part in this disappointing 4-6 record.

“It’s always shared,” Del Rio said. “A change was made, obviously. We all share in it, all of us, starting with me. It’s coaches and players. It’s a team game, and we’re all in it together. And nobody is coming to help us.”

The Raiders must look inward to start a prolonged winning streak they’ve shown little evidence they can create.

The seat will be warm under players and coaches alike, even if only one change was made. Expect further shakeup on the coaching staff after the season, if vast improvements don’t come down the stretch, possibly with several position coaches being shown the door. More than a few higher profile players could be cut or allowed to leave, especially on defense.

While Del Rio has taken more heat the past month than at any other time in his Raiders tenure, expect him to be around a longer term. He was given a contract extension in February, and has significant capitol built after changing the culture in Oakland and re-teaching this team how to win. One bad year, even if this season continues heading downhill, shouldn’t erase that.

Del Rio was looking to shake things up, and Norton was the obvious move. Experienced play caller John Pagano was on staff – he was Chargers defensive coordinator from 2012-2016 – and firing the popular Pagano’s style could create some new waves and looks that any offensive Norton would make an impact in the locker room and prove this story’s opening quote, that no one should feel comfortable.

Del Rio hopes firing Norton will be a shock to the defense’s system.

“I really felt like I needed to shake things up,” Del Rio said. “We couldn’t continue doing what we’ve been doing to this point. So I made the call. The whole idea is to change what we’re doing and make sure…what I’m looking for at the end of the day is for us to play fast on defense. We weren’t playing fast enough. We weren’t playing confident enough.”