Raiders: Jackson & Bresnahan talk about the Detroit Lions
Here are excerpts of Hue Jackson and Chuck Bresnahan’s briefings with the media as they talk about their upcoming match-up versus the Detroit Lions. The Oakland Raiders face a daunting task trying to stop Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and a physical defensive front that will get their best lineman back after a suspension.
On Lions defensive line:
“They have a good rotation and they’re very strong, very athletic and I haven’t seen any other team that we’ve faced that has that kind of talent throughout their front four. When they bring one guy in, they put in another guy. There’s not much drop-off. Those guys – they play hard, they play fast, they have a good front, so again, it’s a challenge but it’s a challenge we’re looking forward to.”
On Ndamukong Suh:
“He’s good. He’s really good, he’s really good. Great respect for the player, he knows how to play the game and he’s very strong, very athletic, makes some incredible plays. So again, it’s going to be a challenge for our line but this is the line that we put together and I feel very comfortable that these guys will come and play.”
On being back at the O.Co Coliseum:
“Oh my gosh, that’s going to be a huge boost. We’ve been on the road with angry people screaming at us, yelling at us for the last couple of weeks and giving it to us, and we’ve had to take it. Now we’re at home and our crowd will be there for us, and they’ll be there yelling, screaming for us and we’ve got to give them something to yell and scream for.”
On Lions aerial attack:
“They’re going to throw it to big number 81 [Calvin Johnson] and little number 16 [Titus Young] down the field, so you’ve got to be ready at all times.”
On run defense:
“You know what – it’s very frustrating. Not just for me, for our coaching staff, for the players in general because we talked about consistency and not riding that roller coaster. Until we get over the hump and do that each and every week, and I tie that right in with the penalties…we have a game where we have one penalty and then you go maybe the next game, you have two and then the next game you have nine and we’ve got to play at a consistent level and that’s been a real emphasis point for us throughout the season. But each and every week now because these games are more and more important because of the playoff atmosphere and the playoff consequences. So we’ve got to get that taken care of, but it’s been very frustrating.”
- Oakland is allowing 160.2 rushing yards per game over the last four weeks. “Stopping the run is a collective effort. It’s not just the front four or the front seven,” said Richard Seymour this week. The Raiders are also allowing a league worst, 5.2 yards per carry.
- “Coming from a smaller school and being successful right away tells you how smart and hard-working he is,” stated Lions coach Jim Schwartz about Raiders LT Jared Veldheer. “He’s big and he’s smart, and when you are an offensive lineman, that’s half the battle.”
- “Calvin Johnson is as good as there is. The guy has unbelievable athleticism.” – Hue Jackson
- “He’s obviously healthy and looked good and is excited to be back and focused on the Oakland Raiders.” – Schwartz on Suh.