Thursday, December 07, 2006

Special Teams Breakdown

I guess the title of this post is apropos considering the Special Team's performance against the Texans and the melt-down of Special Teams Coach Ted Daisher. Check out Raider Take's insightful observations.

It has been a universal consensus that the Raiders defense has played extremely well this year while the offense has imploded. However, in my view, the Special Teams poor performance has almost flown under the radar. In the key field position battles and conversion of field goal opportunities, this unit has been subpar. In particular, the coverage units have struggled all season long. On a postive note, Chris Carr has been awesome on kick off returns but maybe it is time to give another player a crack at the punt returns (Curry? Routt?). As usual, you can bank on Shane Lechler to excel at his All Pro standard.

Special Teams Category

Oakland (Rank)NFL Leader
Kick Coverage29.8 / (32)19.1 / Dallas
Punt Coverage13.0 / (29)5.1 / Carolina
Kick Returns25.1 /(4)25.5 / New England
Punt Returns6.2 / (31)13.8 / Chicago
Punting Net Average36.7 / (2)38.5 / Dallas
Field Goal Percentage68.4% / (28)90.0% / St. Louis

Here is a breakdown of Sea-Bass' field goal kicking.

FG Yardage

1-19 yards1 / 1100%
20-29 yards1 / 250%
30-39 yards6 / 875%
40-49 yards3 / 3100%
50+ yards2 / 540%

Up Next: The Raiders travel to Cincinnati to face the (7-5) Bengals. You can call me crazy (or any other colorful term for that matter) but I have a very positive feeling about the outcome of this game. With another week under his belt as OC, John Shoop should be able to add a few new wrinkles to the playcalling. I like how he got everyone involved in the passing attack including the backs and tight ends. 9 different Raiders had receptions vs. Houston. RaShard Lee showed real promise running the ball, catching the ball, and blocking for Brooks. Excluding the untimely fumble, he had a break-out game of close to 100 yards of total offense. The Raiders defense has talked about the challenge of facing Cincinnati's high powered offense with glee. The offensive unit must realize by now that the bill is long past due. It is time to take care of the football and convert on their red zone opportunities.

Calico Jack's Early Bird Upset Special: Raiders 24 - Bengals 13


Anonymous Tooz 72 said...

I hope so. Look at the line -- I'm taking the Raiders +11 pts.

11:47 PM  
Blogger RaiderRealist said...

Do you think Walter will get some playing time?

4:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we cant beat the lowly Texans in our own backyard there is no way in hell we are going to be the Bengals at their place. Hell I will be shocked if we put more than 10 pts on the scoreboard. Bengals 21 Raiders 9

5:51 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Tooz 72 - Poetic justice...the Bengals are favored by 11 and I have the Raiders winning by 11.

Raiderrealist - Unfortunately, I don't think AW will get any playing time vs. the Bengals. Personally I would like to see him rotated in for 2-3 series per game to get him some valuable playing experience.

Anon - You are exactly right. Conventional wisdom says the Bengals will easily win this game. I just have a sneaky feeling that the offense will find itself under Shoop. Last week it was turnovers (5) and red zone inefficiency that was our demise. This week I am hopeful that the offensive unit wont' shoot itself in the foot when the opportuities present themself.

6:40 PM  

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