1st Half Review - Offensively Impotent
Here is a quick snap shot of the Raiders offenses 1st half statistics which can be characterized as offensively impotent or the exact opposite of explosive:
(All statistics are on a per game average)
First Downs: 12
3rd Down Conversion Rate: 29%
Total Offensive Yards: 215
Total plays: 54
Rushing Yards: 94
Passing Yards: 121
Passing Completion Rate: 49%
Pass Completions: 12.5
Touchdowns: .75 (not a misprint ... averaging less than 1 TD per game)
Time of Possession: 26:37
Points per game: 9.8
In 8 games played this season, the Raiders have failed to score more than 1 TD in 7 games while getting completely shut out from the end zone in 3 games. The offensive unit has only a few players that are executing at a starter's caliber: TE Miller, LT Henderson, and when healthy, LG Gallery. The rest of the 8 men on the unit need to demonstrate a huge level of improvement, be cut, or take a seat on the pine.
With the Nation in a foul mood over a 6.5 year run of ineptitude in winning less than 25% of the games played over this span, here is my "wish" list to get the franchise back on track:
(1) First and foremost, Al Davis needs to hire a General Manager. Yes, this is stating the obvious. A GM who is involved in the player evaluation, the draft, coaching hires, and football operations would be the only significant way to recalibrate the path we are on.
(2) The newly hired GM's first order of business is to demote Tom Cable to OLine Coach and conduct a thorough, exhaustive search for the most proven, capable Head Coach.
(3) The draft needs to focus on building the team from the inside, out. The offensive and defensive lines need to be the priority.
(4) A starting caliber, veteran QB needs to be added to the roster with a real, best man wins, competition in camp 2010.
(5) At least 1 established, veteran WR needs to be added to the roster via free agency.
(6) A traditional SLB needs to be added through the draft or free agency. We haven't had a legitimate SLB since the days of Romo and our run defense has suffered the consequences.
(7) The newly hired Head Coach and GM need to have the authority on all football matters. This includes modernizing the offensive and defensive schemes and running more sophisticated game plans.
(8) The owner needs to put the team first and his ego a distant second. He needs to trust the executive support staff that he hires to do their jobs. He needs to return to the loyal fan base the one thing that has been missing the past 7 seasons ... hope.