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Oakland Raiders Justin Tuck Announces Retirement from NFL

Photo by Shawn  Jonas

ALAMEDA, Calif.Oakland Raiders DE Justin Tuck announced today that he will retire from the National Football League.

Justin Tuck has been an invaluable part of the Raiders organization since the day he arrived here,” General Manager Reggie McKenzie said. “Everyone in the building appreciates all that he has done both on and off the field. His leadership in the locker room and mentorship of young players like Khalil Mack is immeasurable. The Raiders wish him and his family the absolute best.”

Justin Tuck is a leader and a true professional on and off the field,” Head Coach Jack Del Rio said. “His commitment to his teammates and the organization was awesome and he was a pleasure to coach. I wish Justin and his family nothing but the best.”

Tuck retires after 11 seasons in the league, playing his first nine with the New York Giants from 2005-13 and final two with Oakland from 2014-15. For his career, he played in 147 games with 107 starts and totaled 499 tackles (348 solo), 66.5 sacks, 22 forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, three interceptions and 32 passes defensed. Tuck also appeared in 10 postseason games and posted 32 tackles (26 solo), 5.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one pass defensed.

Originally drafted by the Giants in the third round (74th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft, Tuck is a two-time Pro Bowler, having been selected in 2008 and 2010. He was also named a first-team All-Pro in 2008 after he set a career high with 12 sacks. Tuck helped the Giants win two Super Bowls during his tenure in New York, Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. He ranks second in Super Bowl history with four sacks, having posted two in each of his Super Bowl appearances.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder signed with the Raiders as an unrestricted free agent in March 2014. He played in 15 games for Oakland in 2014 and led the team with five sacks. In 2015, he started the first five games before suffering a season-ending injury in Week 5 that landed him on the Reserve/Injured List.

Off the field, Tuck has created a lasting impact in the community. The Raiders’ nominee in 2015 for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, Tuck’s extensive philanthropic work has been recognized and honored by numerous charitable organizations, both national and international. In 2008, he and his wife, Lauran, established Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy, a program focused on providing access to books, combating summer learning loss, and closing the educational opportunity gap that exists for low-income Americans. The program has given more than 65,000 books to over 11,000 students across the country.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Raiders Take Their Foot Off The Gas; Fall To Bears 22-20 By Last Second Field Goal

By Shawn Jonas

CHICAGO, Ill.– The Oakland Raiders conservative play calling on final offensive drive, and two turnovers cost them their second straight road win.  Jay Cutler vindicated himself following an interception by driving his squad down the field on a 12 play 48-yard drive in the last 2:02 and two timeouts. The drive set up a 49-yard field goal attempt with :07 remaining by Robbie Gould on Sunday. The ball split the uprights with :02 on the clock leading the Chicago Bears to a 22-20 victory over the Raiders.

The Raiders Last Offensive Drive

The Raiders (2-2) grabbed the lead on a field goal by Sebastian Janikowski with just over two minutes remaining set up by an interception by Charles Woodson deep in Oakland territory.

The drive started on Oaklands 9-yard line following Woodsons’ interception. The drive started with a nice mix of run and pass including a deep 25 yard pass to Michael Crabtree to Oaklands’ 34 yard line. The next play Roy Helu Jr. squirted up the middle of the field for a 12 yard gain down to Chicago’s 41. Following an incompletion Carr completed a 8 yard gain to Mychal Rivera who was pushed out of bounds on the 33. That was the last time Oakland passed the ball. The next four plays would be run plays by Helu Jr.

3rd and 2 – CHI 33
(4:21) 26-R.Helu left guard to CHI 30 for 3 yards (96-J.Jenkins).

1st and 10 – CHI 30
(3:41) 26-R.Helu left guard to CHI 26 for 4 yards (59-C.Jones).

2nd and 6  – CHI 26
(2:56) 26-R.Helu right guard to CHI 22 for 4 yards (23-K.Fuller).
Timeout #1 by CHI at 02:50.

3rd and 2 – CHI 22
(2:50) 26-R.Helu left guard to CHI 23 for -1 yards (92-P.McPhee).

4th and 3 – CHI 23
(2:10) ( 11-S.Janikowski 41 yard field goal

With the last four play calls being run plays, it was if the coaching staff were satisfied with kicking a field goal and trusting their defense to win a third straight game.

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Question: On the last one were you thinking field goal? Or just didn’t want to throw the ball all around?

Derek Carr – “We always think we’re in Bass’ range whenever you cross the fifty, but the point there is if you can get the first down there, then yeah.”

Carr later added “I just do whats called”.

On offensive struggles:

Carr – “They had the ball a lot in the first half, Its hard to get in a rhythm. Still so much to get better at in a short week ”

Question: What were they doing in coverage?

Carr – “Yeah they liked to double Amari a lot. They liked to give help to those guys. I don’t blame them he’s a good football player.

Donald Penn, Post Game – Locker Room

Question: What cost you this game?

Donald Penn – “I can’t tell you that, can you guys tell me,”  Penn said.   “We had opportunities we gotta score touchdowns instead of field goals. that would help. We gotta be better on our opportunities when we get them. We can’t let them go.”

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Charles Woodson

Question: What cost you this game?

Charles Woodson – “Defensively, staying on the field too long. Not getting off the field on third down. Especially before the half we had them at 3rd and 14. They threw a quick check down in the flat. They got a first down. They go down and end up scoring. Then we turn the ball over. When you have those things, not getting off on third down and turnovers, its hard to win games like that.”

Raiders Tired Defense

The coaching staffs third down run call would suggest they were alright with leaning on a defense to close out the game.  The same  defense that had been on the field most of afternoon. The Bears owned the time of posession battle with 33:22 . At one point they had a 10 minute advantage around half-time.

The offense had multiple 3-and-outs in the first half. A vanilla inside running scheme with the majority coming on the offensive lines  right side was the theme of the day. The Raiders ended the day with only 70 rushing yards.

Different Game Plan?

In their two previous wins Oakland had thrown the ball to open up running lanes. The game plan was different in Chicago. Derek Carr and the passing game wasn’t as efficient when they did throw against the Bears. Carr  threw the ball 33 times with 20 completions for 219 yards and 2 touchdowns.  He also had one interception that wasn’t his fault.

Murray Int

Latavius Murray had a rough day. He had 16 carries for 49-yards rushing  with only a 3.1 yard average.  He was responsible for two turnovers a fumbled  pitch on an outside running play that Chicago recovered . He was also to blame on an interception where the ball deflected off his chest into Bears outside linebacker Pernell McPhee’s hands. Bears started on the Raiders 15 yard-line. Oaklands’ defense held Chicago to just a field goal. Murray also added 3 receptions for 13 yards. He struggled catching the ball after taking a shot to his right shoulder that took him out of the game briefly in the first half.

Murray – “Me having those two turnovers hurt us a lot. We gotta find a way to win these tight games. Again… I’ll play better, keep my head up, and get back to work.”

Da Bears

The Bears shook off two embarrassing losses, including their first shutout since 2002 last week at Seattle, to give Fox his first victory since he was hired in the offseason. The win came at the expense of Oakland coach Jack Del Rio, his defensive coordinator in Carolina and Denver. And it capped a busy week that saw Chicago trade Jared Allen to Carolina.

Cutler completed 28 of 43 passes for 281 yards after missing a game because of a strained hamstring. Matt Forte had 91 yards rushing and 64 receiving. Martellus Bennett caught 11 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown. Marquess Wilson added 80 yards receiving. Eddie Royal caught a touchdown on the game’s opening possession.

The Bears lost center Will Montgomery (ankle) on the opening possession. Cutler looked sharp right from the start, orchestrating an 80-yard touchdown drive to a 7-yard scoring pass to Royal. Gould’s extra point got blocked.

Game Notes From Chicago

Janikowski Ties Tim Brown’s Games Played Record

K Sebastian Janikowski played in his 240th game as a Raider, tying the franchise record also held by Tim Brown. Janikowski will have the opportunity to set the franchise games played record next week against Denver.

Janikowski converted two field goals and two extra points in the game, improving his season record to 7-for-7 from the field and 10-for-10 on extra points for 31 total points.

Woodson Moves Into Top 10

Charles Woodson hauled in his second fourth-quarter interception in the last two games, giving him 62 career interceptions, tying him with Dick Lebeau and Davie Brown for ninth on the all-time list.

Woodson has at least two picks in back-to-back seasons for the first time as a Raider, becoming the first Raider to do it since Stanford Routt from 2010-11.

Crabtree Leads Receivers; Cooper Taps His Toes

WR Michael Crabtree led the team with five receptions and 80 receiving yards, giving him 23 catches and 264 yards on the season with one touchdown.

WR Amari Cooper hauled in four passes for 49 yards in the contest, including a 26-yard touchdown pass from Carr in the second quarter for his second career touchdown.

Crabtree and Cooper are the first pair of Raiders teammates since 2005 (LaMont Jordan, Randy Moss), and the second pair in franchise history, to each record at least four receptions in each of the team’s first four games.

Carr Tosses Two Touchdowns

QB Derek Carr finished the game 20-for-33 passing for 196 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Carr had two first-half touchdowns for the third time in his career, and the first time in back-to-back games.

Carr now has 28 career passing touchdowns, moving him ahead of Tom Flores (27) for the most by a Raider through his first two seasons.

Three Timely Takeaways

The Raiders defense produced three key takeaways in the game, two fumble recoveries and one Charles Woodson interception. That marks the first time the Raiders have had three takeaways since Sept. 28, 2014 at Miami.

Two Team TD’s

The Raiders offense has posted at least two touchdowns in six straight games for the first time since Weeks 6-11 of the 2012 season.

The offense has produced two passing touchdowns in four straight games, the longest stretch since Weeks 8-11 in 2012.

Helu, Jr. Finds the End Zone

RB Roy Helu, Jr. scored his first touchdown as a Raider on a 4-yard reception in the second quarter, marking his fourth career receiving score.

Helu, Jr. was also a key part of the offense late in the game, carrying the ball five times for 22 yards and finishing the game with two receptions for 13 yards.

Williams and McGee Recover Key Fumbles

DT Dan Williams came up with a fumbled snap by the Bears to give the Raiders control on the Bears’ 25-yard line. That marks Williams’ second career fumble recovery and his first since 2012.

DT Stacy McGee recovered a Matt Forte fumble in the third quarter, his second career fumble recovery. The ball was forced out by CB David Amerson, his first career forced fumble.

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Aldon Smith Notches First Raiders Sack

LB Aldon Smith closed the first half with a 5-yard sack, his first as an Oakland Raider and the 45th of his career. Smith’s last sack came on Nov. 23, 2014 vs. Washington.

Mack and Tuck Get to Cutler

DE Khalil Mack and DE Justin Tuck each reached Bears QB Jay Cutler for a sack, with Mack’s 1-yard sack coming late in the fourth quarter. Mack now has three sacks on the season.

Tuck’s sack gives him 66.5 career sacks, six as a Raider and his first of the season.

Malcolm Smith Leads Tacklers

LB Malcolm Smith again led the Raiders in tackling with 10 stops (nine solo), adding a quarterback pressure and a forced fumble in the contest, according to unofficial press box statistics. Smith now has four career forced fumbles and his first as a Raider.
Blocked Extra Point

DE Denico Autry stuck a hand up and blocked Robbie Gould’s extra point attempt in the first quarter, marking the Raiders’ second blocked extra point attempt this season (Justin Tuck, Sept. 13, 2015 vs. Cin.).

 

Oakland Raiders Defensive Coordinator Ken Norton Jr. Addresses Media

All Photos by Shawn Jonas

Napa Valley, California – After Monday’s practice Ken Norton Jr. spoke to the media. The Oakland Raiders had their second straight practice in pads on Day 4 of Training Camp 15.

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NAPA

“I’m really excited. Really like Napa. Really nice town. The team is really working hard and I’m really happy to be here, putting my stamp on this defense and it’s been really exciting so far.”

ENERGY

“I’ve always patterned my coaching after how I played, and I’m going to approach it that way, with a lot of energy, with a lot of enthusiasm and really enjoy what I do, and it’s contagious to my players.”

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COACHING THE WHOLE DEFENSE

“The biggest difference is that I don’t have one position to coach. I’m coaching all the positions now. I have the whole group. In the old days it was just the linebackers, now the whole room is my room. The whole room feels who I am, what’s important to me, and I’m able to spread myself amongst others.”

SMART, TOUGH, AND ENTHUSIASTIC

“Very competitive, smart, tough, enthusiastic, and just playing really hard. I want them to know that we coach effort first. What are they made of? How hard are you playing? When you guys watch them play I want them to jump off the film, that these guys really want it. They’re really playing hard.”

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LOVE BALL

“I think if you love what you do, it’s not work. You just wake up clapping, and you just go to work, and this is what we do. I want to make sure everybody enjoys being here. If you don’t enjoy being here you’re in the wrong place. We love ball.”

THE RAIDERS NEW MIDDLE LINEBACKER CURTIS LOFTON

“When you have a former middle linebacker as your coordinator, and a former middle linebacker as your head coach, that position becomes very important. You look at Curtis’ background, he’s played a lot of football for a long time and hasn’t missed any games. He’s very, very productive, very smart, knows how to play ball and knows how to run the defense. I’m glad we have him.”

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THE YOUNG  SECONDARY NEEDS TIME AND DEVELOPMENT

“We’ve only been here for a little over a week. The competition is there. The young corners that I’ve been with in the past, they started out with no one knowing who they were and then all of a sudden they’re the stars of the league, and it’s a matter of coaching, developing, time, energy, effort and just the whole village raising everybody. I’m real happy with where we are and we still have a long ways to go.”

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KHALIL MACK CLASS OF HIS OWN

“Khalil is special. There are a lot of players that might be similar, but he’s in a class of his own. Defensive end Bruce Irvin in Seattle was similar, but at the same time, Khalil’s built. He’s athletic. He’s talented. He’s smart and he’s relentless. He’s amazing and he’s the type of guy that you want to surround him with good football players.”