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Raiders notes: McFadden's toe on center stage

Raiders notes: McFadden's toe on center stage

Dec. 30, 2010

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Paul Gutierrez
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ALAMEDA Running back Darren McFaddens sore left big toe might make him a gametime decision Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

McFadden, whose 1,157 rushing yards represent the fifth-highest totalin franchise history, also had painful bouts with turf toe as a rookie.

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Id say its similar to it, but not near as bad at all, McFaddensaid. It brings back memories, but at the same time its something youlearn to deal with. You know how to approach it.

Im going to do my best right now. I have full intentions on going out there and playing, so Ill see how it goes.

McFadden also spoke of being named an alternate for the Pro Bowl,behind the likes of Jacksonvilles Maurice Jones-Drew, Houstons ArianFoster and Kansas Citys Jamaal Charles.

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I looked at the year those guys had, he said. They all had greatyears. I couldnt be disappointed. If anybody deserved to go, it wasthose three guys.

Placekicker Sebastian Janikowski, though, was a bit miffed over being passed over for the Pro Bowl. Again.

Its the same story every year, he said.

Asked whats keeping him from going to Hawaii, Janikowski shrugged.

If you can answer that question for me, that would be great, because Ihave no idea. I lead the league in field goals, scoring. Its happenedbefore. Same story.

Its disappointing but, hey, Im going to move on. Im not going to(worry) about it. We got one more game to go and were going to try tobeat Kansas City.

With 135 points, Janikowski has set a Raiders single-season scoringrecord and his 59-yard field goal last week against Indianapolis is thesecond-longest in franchise history, behind the 61-yarder he kicked atCleveland last season.

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But any conversation about Janikowskis season has to include his threemisses at Arizona, including a chip-shot 32-yarder that would have wonthe game for the Raiders in a 24-23 defeat to the Cardinals in Week 3.

I wanted to get some more wins but, hey, if we can finish 8-8 and come(rolling) in next year, he said, were definitely going to be aplayoff team.

Tight end Zach Millers road to the Pro Bowl may have opened up withSan Diegos Antonio Gates being placed on season-ending Injured Reservetoday. Jacksonvilles Marcedes Lewis was the second tight end selected,but Miller was the first alternate.

It would be great, Miller said. Its always been a goal of mine. Imjust happy that I was still voted as high as I was, even though I wasplaying through a lot of injury, missing a lot of time with the tornplantar fascia.

Miller has a team-leading 55 catches for 654 yards and a career-best five touchdowns in 14 games.

Obviously, I want to be one of those guys picked on the roster, butwith the injuries this year and missing time, I feel like I ended upwith a pretty good season, he said.

According to a Tweet from the Chargers, Gates would be eligible to play (in the Pro Bowl) if healthy by January 18.

Besides McFadden, Pro Bowl defensive tackle Richard Seymour (hamstring)was the only other Raiders player to not practice Thursday.

Hes improving, coach Tom Cable said of Seymour, but again, that onewell have to see where hes at tomorrow and then maybe Sunday.

The Raiders fly to Kansas City Friday.

The Chiefs will induct former coachnoted Raider hater Marty Schottenheimer into their Hall of Fame on Sunday.

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Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson was brought into the NFL from USC by Schottenheimer when he was in Washington.

He put me in this league so I have a lot of respect for him, Jackson said. He taught me a lot of football.

Reminded of Schottenheimers disdain for the Raiders, Jackson laughed.

He does hate the Raiders and on Sunday, Im going to hate him, Jackson said with another laugh. Thats part of the business.

Raiders fire defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr.

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Raiders fire defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr.

Ken Norton Jr.'s time with the Raiders is up.

With the team underperforming, Oakland has fired Norton as the defensive coordinator, the team announced Tuesday afternoon. John Pagano will handle the play calling duties when the Raiders take on the Broncos this Sunday.

Head coach Jack Del Rio issued the following statement regarding the news:

“After careful thought, I have made a difficult decision to part ways with Ken Norton, Jr. as defensive coordinator. I have the utmost respect for Ken as a person and as a coach, but I feel that moving John Pagano into the play-calling role will best utilize his wealth of experience. I appreciate Ken’s passion and commitment to the Raiders since coming aboard and wish him the best going forward.”

The Raiders defense under Norton this season ranks 26th in the NFL in yards allow per game (367.0), is allowing 24.7 points per game and has yet to record an interception through 10 games.

"We played under our talent level. Those things come with consequences," defensive lineman Justin Ellis told reporters shortly after the news broke.

"The axe fell on all of us. We love Coach Norton. We didn’t want to see this happen," safety Reggie Nelson said.

Norton joined Del Rio's staff prior to the 2015 season.

Raiders will face a familiar foe calling plays for Broncos

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Raiders will face a familiar foe calling plays for Broncos

ALAMEDA – The Denver Broncos shook up their coaching staff prior to Sunday’s game with the Raiders, firing offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and promoting quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave to that spot.

The name should sound familiar to anyone who doesn’t suffer Dory-style short-term memory loss. Musgrave was the Raiders offensive coordinator in 2015 and 2016 and introduced a system still used in these parts, to far greater effect.

Musgrave orchestrated the No. 6-ranked offense last year, with 120 rushing yards and 253 passing yards per game. They were seventh with 26 points per game.

Head coach Jack Del Rio still decided to let Musgrave’s contract expire. The two didn’t always agree, and the Raiders chose to keep the coveted Downing in house with a promotion.

The offense has not maintained previous course.

All those numbers are down under new coordinator Todd Downing, largely operating with the same talent base plus receiving tight end Jared Cook.

They’re averaging 50 less yards and 5.5 fewer points, thus far.

Del Rio was asked on his 95.7-FM radio show whether he regretting making the switch. His answer was swift and direct.

“No, I do not,” Del Rio said. “And I wish (Musgrave) the best this week. Really, I do.”

Del Rio doesn’t wish him too well heading into an important matchup at Oakland Coliseum. The Broncos offense has struggled mightily this season, and will go with 2016 first-round pick Paton Lynch for the first time this season.

Del Rio insists the Raiders are going up against the system, not the new (yet familiar) play caller.

“You can’t change dramatically what you’ve done with your system in Week 12 or Week 13,” Del Rio said. “We’ll prepare ourselves and be ready to go against the system. Understand that there may be some things that Bill likes a little more than what Mike might do.”

The Raiders know Musgrave well and vice versa, which should make for an intriguing chess match at Oakland Coliseum.