Sunday, October 12, 2008

For Better or Worse

















For Better or worse ...

There is no real point in breaking down the stats from this game. A 34 to 3 blowout is self explanatory.

No tangible insight can be gained in offering up an analysis of what happened on the field in New Orleans. There are zero positive talking points to delve into.

In the simplest terms, the Raiders D did nothing to stop the Saints from marching up and down the field. The front 7 provided zero QB pressure on Brees. The D had no answer to cover the Saints backs and tight ends.

In the most basic overview, the Raiders offense had no rhythm whatsoever. The rushing attack was never established. The passing game was sporadic and inept.

JaMarcus Russell looked like a rookie in his sixth NFL start. His timing was off with the receivers, he was inaccurate with his throws, and he made numerous bad reads about the Saints coverage.

In the Raiders first game under the leadership of Interim Head Coach Cable and playcalling of Offensive Coordinator Knapp, the Raiders laid a silver and black egg.

There is no question in my mind that this team will continue to struggle to gain traction. The fans and team will experience the growing pains with Russell. It might be only 1 game under Cable but unless things are turned around quickly, it won't be far off that the organization and fans alike ponder the Fassell era.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huff=huge bust

4:52 PM  
Blogger Stuporburg said...

'Huff = huge bust' ... merely an indication of a team that lacks direction.

We will probably see more blowouts as this season rolls by. My lack of confidence: a) Rookie QB (last season does not count) + substandard receiving corps + banged-up running corps; b) Über-vanilla D. Neither of these things can be fixed in one-go. To sum these up, the Raiders lack means to score often and lots and also lack means to put opponents' scores under tight leash.

I just do not see how these problems can be thoughtfully sorted out under equally über-vanilla FO of the Raiders.

5:07 PM  
Anonymous Tooz 72 said...

Ouch, buddy. Last year's 4-12 is looking pretty good right about now.

6:16 PM  
Blogger x said...

Depressing performance. Which team had the bye week again? Which team lost to Minnesota on Monday? You would've never known it watching this game.

Russell and his accuracy, decision-making, and ball protection are worrying me. Especially the accuracy. Playing against a super accurate guy like Brees really makes it that much more obvious.

Remember, he was the number one overall pick two years ago, while rookies this year like Matt Ryan seem to be way ahead of him.

8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the "Fassell era" or whomever may be inevitable anyway. I think the Raiders CAN turn things around.However, I am one of those that thinks Greg Knapp almost certainly will leave after the season is over to join Jim Mora Jr.'s staff in Seattle.And I suspect that is why he told Al Davis not to offer him the HC job. Probably Cable as well. And I think that was going to happen whether Kiffin stayed or not. But I think Knapp leaves for sure, and Cable as well if he isn't made HC permanently.

6:54 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

i don't think fassell and/or dennis green touches this team with a 10 foot pole. just like in times past, they will turn the job down because they are friends with al; and we all know that working for friends doesn't always end well.
i think if fassell does come into play here, it will be as gm. if that happens, i think we'd be able to get a good coach.
besides, i think we should see how the raiders do under interim coach cable. i mean we are coming off 2 bye weeks back to back; we haven't even seen the team play under cable.

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that Ryan is on borrowed time.his def play calling sucks to put it mildly.Jarmarcus seems to be getting worse rather than improving at all.The play calling on offense is as bad as Ryans Def play call.BUT im a true Optimist we will come around at some point we have alot of young players that with the proper coaching i think can achieve good things.they showed it in 3/4 games this year,could easy be 3-2 instead of 4-1 with just a tiny bit better coaching.Love your blog by the way CJ been reading it a couple years :)"win lose or tie raider till i die"

6:32 PM  
Anonymous The Raider said...

JaMarcus has the arm power, but is not accurate at ALL!

Yes, our backs were banged up. Yes, our D put zero pressure on Brees. Yes, the coaches over tested the younger players in the second half. Yes, Seabass failed to show any accuracy in a dome. Yes, Brees is the best overall QB in football today, period!

JaMarcus is a first pick. Making mistakes and misreads is coachable over a full season, but over throwing wide open receivers, with reasonable protection ... is TOTALLY inexcusable!

Was it the pressure? Was it because he was actually consumed with what Lane "used to" do with him? I think it is simply the fact that JaMarcus is not ready, mentally. He needs at least 3 QB coaches helping him day and night. He needs to be practicing 3rd and long all day, every day.

Next time it is the end of a 3rd quarter like that one ... put in Walter. Might as well see what he can bring with the protection and run support he can indeed have these days.

Start Russell against the jets and have a fresh back up plan for Walter, just in case we fail to score TDs, when receivers are TOTALLY wide open.

To make things worse ... Roy Williams (former DET WR) just signed a 4 year deal with Dallas.

If Lane didn't push for Walker and Carter; Schilens and Curry would of possibly been joined by Williams. When you look at the contracts, we created and Roy's today, you can easily see how Roy could of and should of been a Raider.

Now, we are going to have to draft and sign linemen and Wide outs. That is too late for love now.
Maybe Boldin or someone of his talent, will sign with us. Again, more waiting to see.

All the games are must wins, but this next home game is important for all of our sanity.

Versus jets:
All backs should run the ball. Even JaMarcus and Griffith should run it. Time management is the key for the offense. Putting pressure on the OL of NY will be just as hard as the N.O. game. So, snapping the ball with one second left and running it on every play seems to be a must. Hopefully, this will keep us from pooping out the D and eventually we can make some (two or three) big scoring plays for us and only us in the 4th quarter.

Go Raiders!

12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael Huff, the seventh pick in the 2006 draft, has been replaced in the starting lineup by former undrafted free agent Hiram Eugene. Hopefuly this is going to help the Raiders. Found some cool widgets at statbeast.com. Check it there!

3:47 PM  

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