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Donald Penn: Raiders will run the ball until the defense stops us

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The Raiders signed two offensive linemen and a running back in free agency and it sounds like they plan to put them all to good use in the running game.

During an appearance with Howard Balzer and Mark Dominik of Sirius XM NFL Radio, left tackle Donald Penn, who is one of those new blockers, said that the Raiders are going to be committed to moving the ball on the ground during the 2014 season.

“We’re gonna run the ball, run the ball, then run it again, until the defense stops us,” Penn said.

A lot of things are going to have to fall into place for the Raiders to be successful with this offensive approach. Penn and new right guard Austin Howard will need to upgrade the blocking, Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden will have to show they still have the wheels to thrive in the NFL and the passing game is going to have to be potent enough to keep defenses from flooding the box.

Hitting on all three would allow the Raiders to run the ball at will, but that may wind up being a long shot once the Raiders start facing opposition bent on keeping them from doing whatever they want to do.

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  1. humb0lt says: Jul 8, 2014 9:20 AM

    Defenses will stop the Raiders’ running game on the first drive, putting the game in the hands of Pick-Six Schaub. This ought to be fun to watch.

    To run the ball in the NFL, you need a good road-grading OL, which the Raiders don’t have, and you need backs who don’t break down after two games (McFadden) and who are not on the down side of their career (Jones-Drew).

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 8, 2014 9:21 AM

    So the inevitable outcome is getting stopped? You should switch to passing just prior to the defense stopping you, that’s called being one step ahead instead of one step behind in the game.

  3. xbam1 says: Jul 8, 2014 9:21 AM

    you failed to mention that the raiders defense has to keep them in the game and that is a BIG if…there is no point to running the ball when your down 24 to 3!

  4. therealtrenches says: Jul 8, 2014 9:25 AM

    I love the philosophy. I just think they need to have a plan B when DMC and MJD are both on IR by week 5.

  5. scothawk says: Jul 8, 2014 9:27 AM

    So, whats the plan for 2nd down?

  6. racerx1225 says: Jul 8, 2014 9:29 AM

    We signed 3 offensive linemen, you forget G Kevin Boothe and we signed 2 RB’s you forgot Kory Sheets. Plus rookie Latavius Murry is back at RB after IR last year.

  7. nortonfest says: Jul 8, 2014 9:30 AM

    Is Harold Balzer any relation to Howard Balzer, who definitely works for Sirius? Me thinks you made a boo boo.

  8. steelerben says: Jul 8, 2014 9:38 AM

    They’re going to run the ball until the defense stops them…

    and then Schaub is going to wing a pick six.

  9. pillowporkers says: Jul 8, 2014 9:39 AM

    I don’t know why they traded Pryor then.

  10. lunarpie says: Jul 8, 2014 9:40 AM

    Dont forget to include Marcel Reece in the equation!!!! Marcel Reece can run and catch the ball and will be the biggest contributor of all three RBs. Maurice Jones Drew can get it done on short yardage plays up the middle. McFadden has the speed to get down field with some open holes. He just needs to stay healthy all year by not playing every down.

  11. whysomanylosers says: Jul 8, 2014 9:40 AM

    Donald Penn is not much of a run blocker… so good luck with that.

  12. chargersdiehard says: Jul 8, 2014 9:40 AM

    With Darren Mcfragile and MJD? You will be digging thru your depth chart by week 4.

  13. eaglesfan290 says: Jul 8, 2014 9:45 AM

    What are they running for there second play?

  14. rainponcho87 says: Jul 8, 2014 9:49 AM

    How did the Raiders get the league’s hardest schedule? Seems unfair. Hard to see them even being competitive against the NFC west teams.

  15. sizzlemissle says: Jul 8, 2014 9:56 AM

    What’s up with all these haters posting? Humbolt is a little girl and should go back to the soccer articles.

  16. lunarpie says: Jul 8, 2014 9:59 AM

    I agree rainponcho87…. Seems like Goodell and his cronies have something against the Raiders…. Tuck Rule ring a bell?!?!?!

  17. fordmandalay says: Jul 8, 2014 10:02 AM

    OF COURSE they’ll have to run the ball – it’s that or let Matt Schaub throw it!

  18. mikeyone7 says: Jul 8, 2014 10:07 AM

    There I a reason this guy isn’t in Tampa anymore, have fun with poor pass protection and run blocking Oakland fans!

  19. raiderufan says: Jul 8, 2014 10:07 AM

    Do not underestimate the power of Tony Sparano on an offensive line. With little to no talent last year he scrapped together a solid group. Now Mady, Nix and Barnes will be where they should be, in reserve roles, and he’ll have legit talent AND depth to work with.

    Penn, Boothe or Jackson, Wiz, Howard and Watson with Barnes capable of playing 4 spots on the line and 2 back ups with another year under Sparano and real playing time last year.

    We don’t have any world beaters in the group, yet, but this is a much deeper and capable group than being given credit.

  20. tedmurph says: Jul 8, 2014 10:09 AM

    So, the strategy is; if the D is not stopping the run, pull out the crystal ball, figure out when they’re gonna stop you, then switch to a passing attack then. Brilliant!

  21. nortonfest says: Jul 8, 2014 10:17 AM

    Rainponcho,

    The 16 opponents are pretty much set for each year, except for 2 games that are decided by the previous year’s schedule. In other words, 14 of the Raiders 16 opponents for 2015 are already set, and the other two opponents will be known at the end of this regular season. The only thing that is not known is when the games are played, and that is released each year sometime in April.

  22. thraiderskin says: Jul 8, 2014 10:22 AM

    Humbolt… I’m telling you, if you’re willing to act like a big boy, the Raider family will take u back. No need to hide your Silver and Black gear anymore.

    Charger fans… haha!

  23. jredshoes says: Jul 8, 2014 10:27 AM

    I’m looking forward to actually having to stop the Raiders for a change. Last year we had to stop you from going backwards with 3rd and 48

  24. rubicon202 says: Jul 8, 2014 10:28 AM

    Donald Penn said this several weeks ago Josh and our power ranking is 32…yeah, yeah, yeah. We’re suppose to suck, blah, blah, blah and the same haters blog on Raider articles. Can’t wait until the September.

  25. pioniere says: Jul 8, 2014 10:38 AM

    “We’re gonna run the ball, run the ball, then run it again, until the defense stops us, ”

    “Then we’ll punt.”

  26. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 8, 2014 10:41 AM

    There was a time in the NFL where the run set up the pass now it’s more often the passing that sets up the run game. Spreading out defenses so there are less defenders in the box.

    This approach appears dated to me.

  27. slick50ks says: Jul 8, 2014 10:53 AM

    Never has a team so bad, talked so much.

  28. raiderufan says: Jul 8, 2014 10:54 AM

    dallascowboysdishingthereal says:
    Jul 8, 2014 10:41 AM
    There was a time in the NFL where the run set up the pass now it’s more often the passing that sets up the run game. Spreading out defenses so there are less defenders in the box.

    This approach appears dated to me.

    It actually has an exact date…2/2/2014…you know, the day the defense first and pummel teams with the run Seahawks won the superbowl 43-8 over the pass first do everything else a distant second Broncos.

  29. araidersfan says: Jul 8, 2014 11:10 AM

    I know this may sound old-fashioned and clichéd but the most successful offenses take what the offense gives them….which entails making appropriate adjustments during the game.

    Also, as a Raider fan, I’d rather see the team execute on the field rather than having a lot of media quotes. Penn is starting to remind me of another ex-Buc o-lineman the Raiders had — Frank ‘Loud Mouth’ Middleton.

  30. varaider says: Jul 8, 2014 11:17 AM

    Please be aware that All AFC West defenses are tailored to stop Peyton Manning, and Rivers from throwing all over the field… all built with smaller, faster “box” personal to generate pass rush…

    So build up a monstrous OL (have you ever checked the sizes of these guys?) and put 4 hard, violent runners behind them… 3-4 yards a play isn’t that far out of reach… Thats 4-6 games right there where being able to run the ball and keep it out of Manning/Rivers (don’t really count Smith) hands could be favorable to us..

    Same pretty much goes for the AFC East (3 more games vs teams built for Pass Rush against Brady, why do you think the Patriots run game is so effective)

    The NFC West will be where it gets difficult, because their defenses are built to stop the run with no real “Gun slinging” pass attack in their division…

    Then throw in the Texans and Browns (niether of which will have much offensive prowess this season) so it’ll just be who’s defense lapses first…

    So a “run first” mentality could get us close to playoff contention… If it works… If not, we’ll at least see what Schaub is worth at some point in the season… him or Carr…

    No matter what, We have nowhere to go, but up….

  31. Asian Reporter Tricia Takanawa says: Jul 8, 2014 11:18 AM

    lunarpie says:
    Jul 8, 2014 9:40 AM
    Dont forget to include Marcel Reece in the equation!!!! Marcel Reece can run and catch the ball and will be the biggest contributor of all three RBs. Maurice Jones Drew can get it done on short yardage plays up the middle. McFadden has the speed to get down field with some open holes. He just needs to stay healthy all year by not playing every down.
    ______________________________

    McFadden will dance in the backfield until the hole closes up and then get crushed

  32. varaider says: Jul 8, 2014 11:18 AM

    personnel* (typo)

  33. coloradofort says: Jul 8, 2014 11:20 AM

    So once they get through the 1rst quarter of the 1rst game of the season with both Mcfadden and MJD hurt, whats Plan B?

  34. rutchaser says: Jul 8, 2014 11:21 AM

    And then?

  35. maddbassist420365247187 says: Jul 8, 2014 11:31 AM

    Hombolt cracks me up. I never bother to read about the PATHETIC franchise in Sad DeLeggo…..why? Who worries about the team with no TROPHY CASE? Loses to the “sorry Raiders” at least once a year matter how bad the Raiders are. C’mon Humbutt, stay off the Raiders Nizzyz cause you sound SAD!

    Now, let’s all sit and wait, power rankings and such before training camp and injuries in preseason…..can’t nobody say a word, were all 0-0 right now. Phillip Rivers is due for an INJURY. Happened to Brady around the same time in his career. Who’s the back up on SD? I seriously don’t know, that team never worries me.

  36. lunarpie says: Jul 8, 2014 11:34 AM

    nortonfest,

    Its not the teams they play that we’re questioning…. Its the lineup of travel required for the Raiders schedule this year that is cause for concern. Check it out!

  37. lunarpie says: Jul 8, 2014 11:38 AM

    McFadden will dance in the backfield until the hole closes up and then get crushed

    —————————-

    Okay so on 3rd down with McFadden and Reece line in the backfield w/no TE, how will a defense react?

    Both can catch the ball and run after the catch. Defenses will have to react to that! Thats when the passing aspect of the Offense opens up! Get ready to be suprised!!!! 8-8 or better.

  38. slick50ks says: Jul 8, 2014 11:39 AM

    varaider says:
    Jul 8, 2014 11:17 AM
    Please be aware that All AFC West defenses are tailored to stop Peyton Manning, and Rivers from throwing all over the field… all built with smaller, faster “box” personal to generate pass rush…

    So build up a monstrous OL (have you ever checked the sizes of these guys?) and put 4 hard, violent runners behind them… 3-4 yards a play isn’t that far out of reach… Thats 4-6 games right there where being able to run the ball and keep it out of Manning/Rivers (don’t really count Smith) hands could be favorable to us..

    Same pretty much goes for the AFC East (3 more games vs teams built for Pass Rush against Brady, why do you think the Patriots run game is so effective)

    The NFC West will be where it gets difficult, because their defenses are built to stop the run with no real “Gun slinging” pass attack in their division…

    Then throw in the Texans and Browns (niether of which will have much offensive prowess this season) so it’ll just be who’s defense lapses first…

    So a “run first” mentality could get us close to playoff contention… If it works… If not, we’ll at least see what Schaub is worth at some point in the season… him or Carr…

    No matter what, We have nowhere to go, but up….

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    Donald Penn is your left tackle.

    You went from Veldheer to Donald Penn at left tackle.

    Let that sink in a little, if it’s at all possible to sink anything into a fade fans cranium.

    Coupled with the fact that your best RB now plays on the east coast, this won’t end well.

  39. fatassass says: Jul 8, 2014 11:48 AM

    At least we know Hombolt is at home polishing his Lombardi Trophy.

  40. lunarpie says: Jul 8, 2014 12:03 PM

    slick50ks

    ——————

    You’re lost! Veldeer was hurt all last year and Reece is our best RB.

  41. bsubeavers says: Jul 8, 2014 12:13 PM

    I wonder how the coaching staff feels about Penn giving out the playbook like this? lol

  42. chiadam says: Jul 8, 2014 12:22 PM

    In other words: the QB and WRs stink.

  43. sjsuguy says: Jul 8, 2014 12:25 PM

    So what he is saying is that the raiders are going to be passing an awful lot this year.

  44. varaider says: Jul 8, 2014 12:46 PM

    lunarpie says:
    Jul 8, 2014 12:03 PM
    slick50ks

    ——————

    You’re lost! Veldeer was hurt all last year and Reece is our best RB.

    ————

    Pretty much… but let the hate continue… it’s the blind leading the blind…

  45. daneraider1 says: Jul 8, 2014 12:49 PM

    Keep hating fools. every year there is a surprise team. This year it’s the raiders.

  46. yah2014 says: Jul 8, 2014 2:04 PM

    Why ya’ll hating on its widen we just went 4-12 the lady two season’s lol. I love the Raiders and I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN!

  47. elgranclavero says: Jul 8, 2014 2:17 PM

    Raiders need evaluate their roster and come up with a good plan. For instance, MJD & Latavius Murray will the running backs.
    Reese will play a hybrid TE position and take advantage of mismatches he causes. Last year Reece was under-utilized despite easily being the Raiders best player. Raiders will figure out that MacFadden can be their best WR. He can take a simple screen to the house as well as catch short safe passes from Schaub and make receivers miss.
    Last year the Raiders did not have a good OL so this year they should be better on Offense.

  48. jedicurt says: Jul 8, 2014 2:27 PM

    since when did Veldeer become a top tier OT??? he had like 2 great game against Jared Allen, and went to a single Pro-Bowl… If we had resigned Veldeer the league as a whole would be saying that he was an OK LT, but not a real game changer, but since he left, he is now one of the best at his position, and a great loss for our team.

  49. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 8, 2014 2:46 PM

    raiderufan says:
    It actually has an exact date…2/2/2014…you know, the day the defense first and pummel teams with the run Seahawks won the superbowl 43-8 over the pass first do everything else a distant second Broncos.
    __________________________________

    OK here comes the facts since you opened your pie hole without any of them. Pummel the Broncos with the run??

    Lynch had 39 yards on 15 carries for the Seahawks in the SB. And with 18 yards coming on one run, that means only 21 yards in 14 carries.

    The Seahawk defense was the story of that game but that would not be an example of run until they stop it.

    While they didn’t win the SB, I wouldn’t exactly consider the Broncos approach to offense a complete failure last season.

  50. slick50ks says: Jul 8, 2014 2:56 PM

    jedicurt says:
    Jul 8, 2014 2:27 PM
    since when did Veldeer become a top tier OT??? he had like 2 great game against Jared Allen, and went to a single Pro-Bowl… If we had resigned Veldeer the league as a whole would be saying that he was an OK LT, but not a real game changer, but since he left, he is now one of the best at his position, and a great loss for our team.

    —————————

    Veldheer isn’t that great of a LT, but he’s a future HOFer compared to a bum like Donald freakin Penn.

    Get it now?

    You gave up TEN sacks in one game against the Chiefs last year with a mobile QB. Can you even envision how many guys are going to waltz right around a slob like Penn, going after a statue like Schaub? I could easily see an NFL record broken for single game sacks this season.

  51. jjackwagon says: Jul 8, 2014 3:45 PM

    … it’s the blind leading the blind…

    Yeah and they’re all in Oakland. LOL

  52. jeremyb91 says: Jul 8, 2014 4:05 PM

    —————————

    Veldheer isn’t that great of a LT, but he’s a future HOFer compared to a bum like Donald freakin Penn.

    Get it now?

    You gave up TEN sacks in one game against the Chiefs last year with a mobile QB. Can you even envision how many guys are going to waltz right around a slob like Penn, going after a statue like Schaub? I could easily see an NFL record broken for single game sacks this season.

    __________________

    Love how some people just assume stuff w/o paying attention to any changes that occurred in Oakland. Donald Penn obviously isn’t as good as Veldheer and that loss hurts. Veldheer only got $7 million on the open market which is OK money, not good money for a LT. He’s paid like an above average player.

    Losing Penn though doesn’t change the fact the O line is better. Louis Nix is replaced by All American Gabe Jackson at LG and has Khaliff Barnes backing him up. RG is upgraded from Brisiel to Austin Jackson. And RT will be solid with Matt McCants and Menelik Watson vying for the starting spot.

    So from LG-RT this O line is solid. Penn is going to be helped out by Gabe Jackson in the run game and could possibly have a TE on his side in the passing game helping him out.

    The team also went out and upgraded depth at the positions on the O line. The trenches are vastly upgraded and if you don’t do your research you wouldn’t know. Even PFT did their research and discussed it yesterday.

    Get it now? This isn’t the same team that gave up 19 sacks. In that game their starting C went out, their backup G replaced him, then a practice squad player replaced the G, and the RT position was hurt as well so another backup had to fill his spot. Practice squad players aren’t the backups this year. Last year’s O line didn’t break records in sacks given up. I see zero reason as to why the team would give up more sacks this year?

  53. madderstork says: Jul 8, 2014 4:09 PM

    jedicurt says:
    Jul 8, 2014 2:27 PM
    since when did Veldeer become a top tier OT??? he had like 2 great game against Jared Allen, and went to a single Pro-Bowl… If we had resigned Veldeer the league as a whole would be saying that he was an OK LT, but not a real game changer, but since he left, he is now one of the best at his position, and a great loss for our team.

    ___________________________

    Actually of the two LTs, Penn is the only one who’s been to a Pro Bowl. I like Veldheer but bottom line, this year’s OL will be bigger, younger, and better than last year’s version.

  54. rnine99 says: Jul 8, 2014 4:56 PM

    Schaub is a good QB. He had one bad season. It’s happened to plenty of players who have gone on to have fruitful careers. – Lions Fan

  55. raiderapologist says: Jul 8, 2014 7:46 PM

    slick50ks says: Jul 8, 2014 11:39 AM

    Donald Penn is your left tackle.

    You went from Veldheer to Donald Penn at left tackle.

    Let that sink in a little, if it’s at all possible to sink anything into a fade fans cranium.

    Coupled with the fact that your best RB now plays on the east coast, this won’t end well.
    ————-
    Your left tackle went to Miami, and your crappy right tackle is moving over. Your team hasn’t won a playoff game in 20 years, and hasn’t been to a title game since Lenny Dawson was the QB. Let that sink in.

  56. starkey41 says: Jul 8, 2014 8:25 PM

    pound the rock, always the best approach. If a team can run it down your throat they usually can do anything they want.

  57. drjohnnyraider says: Jul 8, 2014 8:29 PM

    Maaan, it is kinda flattering that so many fans take the time out to hate on the S&B. I could give a damn about posts that feature any other teams. So, THANKS! The raiders line is SO FAR superior this year, c’mon!

  58. starkey41 says: Jul 8, 2014 8:35 PM

    Didnt Veldheer only play a couple of games last year. Hard to mis a guy that didn’t play last year. Im sure we will miss him and all but I dont think that he will matter much when you compare 2013 O line to 2014s. 2014 is gonna be a lot better.

  59. raiderapologist says: Jul 8, 2014 9:18 PM

    humb0lt says: Jul 8, 2014 9:20 AM

    Defenses will stop the Raiders’ running game on the first drive, putting the game in the hands of Pick-Six Schaub. This ought to be fun to watch.
    ——————-
    Oakland had a better rush offense than San Diego last season, but facts just get humb0lt confused.

  60. xavy63 says: Jul 8, 2014 11:27 PM

    You have here some constant haters that only comment negatively when it is any Raiders related note, right humbolt and company. This is not a new comment, Penn had said this earlier at local coverage after a minicamp press conference. Can’t make the website change their thought that of course this isn’t happening. But it seems to me that if a team wasn’t any good people wouldn’t worry about them. Raiders will be a better team this year with every position group improved and competitive. McFadden,Jones-Drew,Reece and Latavius Murray will be there to make Penn’s prediction happen despite doubts from the haters from other teams and PFT.

  61. Savage Lizard says: Jul 9, 2014 2:57 AM

    Face it Raider fans: 0-4 vs the NFC West, at least six losses in the AFC West. That puts you at 6 wins optimistically, more likely 3 to 5. After another hugely disappointing season, Dennis Allen, and possibly Reggie McKenzie, will be fired. Then they get to start all over AGAIN.

    No matter how hard you guys wish for it to be the 60′s and 70′s, it just ain’t. All of those players are gone, Al’s gone, Amy Trask is gone, numerous other front office defections and firings. Is there ANYONE left who is a link to the glory days? Face it, you can parrot all the “just win baby” and “commitment to excellence” stuff all you want, brag about mystique that hasn’t existed for a LONG time, and dig up those Super Bowls from three decades ago whenever someone points out how far the Raiders have fallen. But the only thing the Raiders have in common with those teams of old is the uniform and name.

  62. madderstork says: Jul 9, 2014 1:07 PM

    No matter how hard you guys wish for it to be the 60′s and 70′s, it just ain’t. All of those players are gone, Al’s gone, Amy Trask is gone, numerous other front office defections and firings. Is there ANYONE left who is a link to the glory days?…

    ___________________

    Hmmm, never seen Amy Trask cited as a link to the “glory days”. Guess you’re counting the early 2000′s…

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