Monday, August 28, 2006

Jeff George - Part Deux

The delicate balance and stability of the QB depth chart just got turned upside down with the “emergency insurance policy” signing of Jeff George. The Raider Nation should find out more about this bizarre signing in the next few days. In the meantime, here are a few, somewhat plausible reasons to consider in regards to the Jeff George signing:

- I suspect that there is a deep, grave concern about the viability of Walter's right shoulder. Red flags were thrown up when Walter sat out the game vs. the Lions due to a “tired” arm?

- Tui is truly a fish-out-of water running an offense predicated on the deep passing attack. He has and always will be a “west coast” offense, dink and dunk QB.

- My best guess is that the Raider organization will take every pre-caution to preserve Walter for the 2007 season and dump Tui on the waiver wire.

- Jeff George is a cheap, veteran emergency back-up suited for running the vertical offense. No one has ever questioned George’s arm strength. His head & attitude is another story.

-George already has had success tossing the pigskin to Randy Moss in 1999 with the Vikings (80 receptions, 1413 yards, 11 TDs)

- He was the last QB to play for the Raiders before the Gruden west coast offense. In 1997 he threw for 3917 yards, 29 TDs to 9 interceptions. Unfortunately, this statistical success didn’t translate to team success as the Raiders went a pathetic 4-12.

- Finally, and most importantly, maybe the Raiders are just rolling out George and giving him a test drive over the next 7-10 days to see if he is a viable, serviceable back-up QB. Note: If George doesn't make the final roster, all of this uproar about George will be much ado about nothing. If George doesn't make the final 53 man roster, the Raiders will be waiver hunting for another emergency QB.

This is a head-scratching signing and smacks of desperation but think about it for one semi-rational moment. If Walter’s injury is more severe than originally believed, who else would the Raiders be able to sign on short notice who could be plugged into the vertical offense on an emergency basis?

I realize that signing Jeff George at age 38 seems odd and bewildering. It is the equivalent of the rehiring of Tom Walsh as OC after so many years. This seems to be a classic example of Al Davis snubbing his nose at conventional wisdom. 2nd chance Al is at it again.

What does all of this mean in terms of the big picture? It means that if George makes the final roster than the O-line had better protect Aaron Brooks as if their life depended on it. Otherwise, the Raider Nation will need to close their collective eyes, say a few hail mary’s, as #3 trots out onto the field of play.


Blogger Raider Take said...

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10:14 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

I'm with you, CJ!

A QB with "tired arm" sounds like a redundancy. Of course his arm is tired. I'll bet LaMont Jordan's legs are tired a lot of the time, too. I'll bet Paul McQuistan's torso is tired right about now. So this "tired arm" business is a bit of red herring, I would think.

I've heard Walter's injury since described as tendinitis. That's more understandable than "tired arm." Two years ago it was his shoulder. Last year his groin. This year his arm. That's a troubling pattern.

I have no urge to see Jeff George in the pocket. But if he sits there as insurance against the worst case scenario (ie: the Jets last year), then I can live with that. He sure didn't have trouble getting the ball to Moss in 1999. In this offense, he might be more effective than Tui. That said, the only two QBs I want to see this year are Brooks and Walter.

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on Calico - I understand your concern over Walters, but Jeff George? This guy makes Kerry Collins look like a cheetah. jeff

9:04 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Jeff - No doubt, Curious George is the original recipe KFC. I will be very interested to see how Walter performs on Thursday. If Walter is ok, than George's rocket launcher arm will be used merely in practice and to hold a clipboard.

The way I look at it is farily simple:

-Who is more suited to be the Raiders #3 QB and run the vertical offense in case of emergency, Jeff George or Tui?

-Any NFL team that has the misfortune of needing to use their #3 QB in an actual game is going nowhere fast anyways. Bombs away!

9:48 PM  
Blogger mike S & B said...

i remain so confused about this signing. as always, i appreciate calico's analysis, but this signing just doesn't add up for me. i have loved everything that art is building upon since coming back, but this, unfortunately smacks of al davis' intervention. the team is squarely buying into shell's new regime, but the key to it is the respect for (and fear of) art; that HE is in control. you know where i am going with this line of thought..... no panic, just concern that anything can slow down or upset this shell juggernaut! silver & black forever

10:58 PM  
Anonymous Raider Greg said...

I propose a question...........Who is available as a QB in the free agent market? I have been trying to find the list but am unable to. Can anyone tell me??? Knowing the list will give us a real picture of what is going on. Great job Calico Jack! keep up the good work

7:58 AM  
Blogger Stick'em said...

Greg: Can you say "Jeff Blake"?

That's about it for FA QBs left.

Check the cut lists though. I think Jeff Smoker just became available. Either him or Jeff Spicoli. Can't remember which - LOL!

George may not be any reincarnation of Jim Plunkett, but he beats the stuffin' out of the other Jeffs on the market, and that's all there is on Aisle 13 these days.

6:36 PM  
Blogger Stick'em said...

CJ: Remember we raked Teddy Bear Hides Under the Covers over the coals back in June?

Well, he's still having a hard time sleeping at nite about it - LOL!

his latest plea for us to leave 'em alone - ROTFLMFAO!

Just goes to show ya, when ya give 'em hell in an intelligent way, it can shake up the Raider Hater paradigm, baby!

7:11 PM  
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9:42 AM  

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