Back to Basics
Everyone in the Raiders organization needs to be held accountable for the embarrassing display of jv level football against the Chargers on MNF.
The coaching staff is responsible for devising a game plan that puts the players in a position to succeed. This consists of effective play calling, in-game adjustments, and utilizing the right personnel groupings.
The players are responsible for implementing the game plan by playing with heart, passion, focus, effort, and overall execution. Dropped balls, stupid penalties, missed blocks, missed tackles, blown assignments isn't playing sound football.
It is back to the basics for the Oakland Raiders. Below are a few "Pop Warner Football 101" observations as they relate to the Charger massacre.
- The O-Line's pass protection was like a swinging door in a saloon.
Pop Warner 101: Go to maximum protection packages in obvious passing situations with 2 Tight Ends sealing the outside rushing lanes and the RB stepping up in the pocket to seal off any blitzers.
Pop Warner 102: If your O-line can't sustain their blocks long enough to go deep then have Brooks go to 3 or 5 step drops and throw short, 8-15 yard passes.
Pop Warner 103: When your opponent is blitzing, use the middle screen and delayed swing pass screen. This kills 2 birds with 1 stone. It slows down the pass rush and most importantly, picks up positive yards which leads to my next point...
- Put your offensive unit in manageable 2nd and 3rd down situations by running the football or throwing quick hitting short passes.
Pop Warner 104: If the DB is 10 yards off the line from the WR, take a 1 step drop and throw it to the WR on the line of scrimmage. This will pick up 5+ yards. The Raiders did this effectively on 2 consecutive plays to Moss. Why stop using a play until either the D can stop it or adjusts to it.
- The offense put themselves in 6 (or more) 3rd down and 15+ yards scenarios.
Pop Warner 105: Minimize your drive stalling plays; sacks, penalties, incomplete passes. I counted 3 dropped balls by TE Courtney Anderson.
- The Raiders D was gouged by LT in the 1st half playing a nickel package as their base D.
Pop Warner 106: To stop the run, you must be committed to stop the run. This means that you don't use the nickel package unless it is an obvious passing down (ie. 3rd and long). Stopping the run means 8 men in the box; 4 lineman, 3 Linebackers, and your SS. The Raiders went to a 4-3 base D in the 2nd half with SS Huff in the box. This led to 3 consecutive 3 and outs.
Football For Dummies should not be on the required reading list.