Monday, September 11, 2006

Chargers Mug Raiders 27-0

On a night paying tribute to the victims and heroes of 9-11, Art Shell's debut could not have gone any worse. This game was an old-fashioned beat down administered by the Chargers' men in the trenches. The Chargers defensive front 7 completely destroyed and man-handled the Raiders O-line throughout the game ringing up a whopping 9 sacks. On the other side of the ball, the Chargers O-Line sprung LT for 131 yards on 31 carries. To top it all off, the Raiders suffered their 2nd shutout in franchise history at home. The following statistical table summarize the Chargers total domination.

Key StatisticsSan DiegoOakland
3rd Down Conversions7-162-12
Rushing Yards (net)19487
Sacks/Yards Lost9/540/0
Time of Possession



How will the Raiders respond after tonight's shellacking? The first order of business is tightening up the execution of the O-Line. This week of practice and upcoming game will be a defining moment of truth for the players and Head Coach Shell. The players must respond with pride and dedication. No reason to hit the panic button BUT Shell will need be at his absolute best this week in leading his players, finding solutions, and getting the team back on track. The game plan, play calls, protection schemes all need to be reviewed and adjusted for next week's opponent (Baltimore).

AFC WestRecordNext Opponent
San Diego(1-0)Tennessee
Denver(0-1)Kansas City
Kansas City(0-1)at Denver


at Baltimore

Up Next: At Baltimore
It doesn't get any easier next week. Baltimore clobbered the Bucs 27-0 in a very impressive road win.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

what da fuck is up with your Raiders man?! Slam blasted! They couldn't do shit!

9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ummm, it's not just about Shell. Did you see the game plan? Looked like it was written up by someone who manages a Bed and Breakfast, not an NFL offense. Oh wait?

We have an O-line that can't block and it's seven step drops all night. Running Jordan on sweeps? He may be quick but not that quick. Fact of the matter is; Tom Walsh's game plan was garbage and they need to throw some wrinkles into that play book quick unless the Inn Master wants to be back in Boise for Thanksgiving. The defense looked improved but Sims and Gallery looked clueless and worthless and Brooks did not help holding onto the ball forever.

10:01 AM  
Blogger Foust said...

Modern defenses are too fast for 7-step drops. Our o-line couldn't stop a toddler. Why have plays that take forever to set up?? Why game plan to highlight your weaknesses?? Isn't a coordinator's job to design a plan that works with what's available?? Walsh may be a moron, but at least he knows how to make sure the players get clean towels every day.

Can't say that I am any less stupid than Walsh, though--I stayed up for the whole debacle. Now I'm exhausted AND queasy.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Dallas fan - I love your enthusiasm. I can only imagine your celebration when your team finally wins a playoff game ... it's 10 years and counting.

As I stated in my post, the Raiders were completely domininated by the Chargers. Since your beloved Cowboys also lost, I'm sure you are not going to base an entire season on 1 game.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please refrain from using curse words on this site. I'm respectfully asking you. If you do it again, I will be forced to delete your comments.

Anon - I agree with your points about adding a few wrinkles to the game plan/play calls.

I'm quite certain that a lot of Raider fans are angry and upset and that the Raider-Haters will have a field day with the MNF performance. To put this disappointment in persepective, let me quote another Raiders fan (TheFreakingPope):

TheFreakingPope said...

"I'm ashamed of how we played, but I'm more ashamed of the comments today. How quickly we strike out at Shell, Walsh, Gallery and Davis. I felt like I was reading transcripts of an ESPN broadcast this morning."

Rome was not built in a day. And if I may once again borrow from my betters, Chesterton wrote, “Men did not love Rome because she was great. She was great because they had loved her.”

Well said TFP.

10:45 AM  
Blogger resigned idealist said...

You're a better person than I am, Calico Jack. I walked into my office today to everyone's scorn - they all hate the Raiders here, even though we work across the freeway from the Coliseum. The opening salvo here at my office was "What's that smell? Oh, it must be the Raiders."

I am angry at their performance. I am angry that they couldn't even score ONCE! I am angry that the O-Line that showed promise during pre-season, folded like origami paper. I am angry that even though they KNEW San Diego would be running 80% of the time, they had gaping holes for Tomlinson to run through. I am angry that the penalties against the Raiders seemed forced. (Yeah, right, Randy Moss was taunting. If that was a taunt, then I'm a 6'9" pro linebacker!)

It's one thing for the Raider Haters to take sides against the Raiders; it's completely another thing when the Raiders just shoot themselves in the foot.

As a Raider fan, I'll give them two more weeks to shape up. If they don't, then I'll shelve my hopes for this season (yet again).

Ugh! TOTALLY frustrating for a rabid Raiders fan.

11:09 AM  
Anonymous raider00 said...

Calico, I hear you. It's early, no one wants to give up. Things can turn around next week, maybe even in a few weeks.

The thing that was most alarming was the attitude, the flatness of the team. Once again, the Raiders seemed as if they couldn't care less. When Courtney Anderson was popped in the head early in the game, The Chargers were sending a message. The Raiders never responded to it, they just let it go. It was very disappointing for a team we were told is all about toughness, & togetherness.

You just can't put lipstick on this pig.

12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Raider00: I forgot about that hit on Anderson. That was a message that went by without a worthy retort from both our offense and defense.

It is early, I do have faith in Shell. But I don't in Walsh and never did. We have almost a completely rookie O-line minus Sims who should have retired when Callahan went to Nebraska. And yet his play calling hinted we had Upshaw and Shell in their primes.

I do think the defense played well, but the fact is they went old school on offense with the scheme and coaches and one game into the season it doesn't look good.

1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny jack. Only time will tell.dude my gals will be sooo happy and I will too! But gots to admit that game last night was halarious!

5:44 PM  
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