Monday, October 18, 2010

Flat, Listless, Inconsistent, and Uninspiring Raiders

Raiders 9 - Niners 17

"Flat, Listless, Inconsistent, Uninspiring" is how I would describe the performance of the Raider players and coaching staff vs. the Niners. After opening the game with 2 decent offensive drives (13 plays, 79 yards, FG; 12 plays, 55 yards, FG), the offense went into hibernation. QB Campbell's indecisiveness and poor accuracy was painful to watch.

Instead of building on a 6-0 lead, the Raiders allowed the Niners to hang around by playing the worst, unimaginative, unproductive football this season (INT, 3-out, 3-out, 3-out, 3-out, 3-out, FG, 3-out, INT). After taking the lead early, the Raiders produced only 2 first downs in the final 9 possessions. For the day, the Raiders accumulated only 69 net yards passing.

When the Raiders offense was stuck in neutral, the team desperately needed OC Hue Jackson to make some critical in-game adjustments, get more creative with the playcalling, and attempt to light a spark in the offense. The offensive calls from the 3rd possession to the end of the game were predictable, stale, and completely vanilla. Why not stir the pot and give Boller a shot? Why not attempt a few trick plays or deep strike pass plays? The offense was in a rut yet there seemed to be no attempt to shake things up.

Although the Raiders defense can hardly be blamed for this loss, it lacked the big play ability to create more separation. LB McClain and CB Asomugha both had opportunities to come up with pivotal interceptions but were unable to secure the ball. Creating zero takaways kept the Niners on life support until they were finally able to get in the end zone largely on 3 plays (Crabtree 32 yd TD reception; Gore 64 yard run that led to Davis 17 yd TD).

This loss was the equivalent of a slow water torture. Personally, I'd rather see a team pull out all the stops in an attempt to win than dial it down to an auto-pilot comatose and try to hang on to a win.


Anonymous Tooz 72 said...

It was the kind of malaise that one sees when a team quits on itself and its leadership. Again. You can't staff a professional team with the likes of Cable and Campbell and expect to win. At least Grad puts a spark in this turd. God I'm tired of this.

6:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Raiders are a year away from being a year away.

1:10 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...


Very profound and enlightening comment.

The reality of the Raiders situation is that the AFC West is wide open.

If, and this is a BIG if, the Raiders beat the Donkeys on Sunday, we are right back in the hunt at 3-4 and 2-0 in the division.

All the Raiders need to be competitive is good QB play and an opportunistic D.

6:29 PM  
Blogger Danna said...

CJ, looks like it will be Boller on sunday. By all accounts he looked ok in pre-season but that was against other 3rd stringers. Frankly, I don't like any of our qb choices at the moment. I'm so tired of the patch-work offense, from center to running back to quarterback.I just want some solid turf to build this team around, you know? Is that too much to ask? I hate what Michael Vick did, but if there is any way we could get him next year, that would solve a huge problem. That being said, we still got this year, and so what are your thoughts about Mr. Kyle this weekend? I also would like to see huge yards from our wideouts. God I want them to win this week. Raiders til I die.

11:56 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Danna - I think Boller will do fine. He has been in the league long enough, knows Hue Jackson's offensive system from his days at Baltimore, and according to Cable, has been well prepared for this shot. He has good mobility and a live arm. It will be a matter of making good decisions with the football and getting the support and execution from the rest of the unit. We should be able to run the ball against the Donkeys which will hopefully open up some play action pass opportunities down the field. I am optimistic for our chances to come away with a much needed "W".

5:58 PM  
Blogger Danna said...

CJ, you make it sound so easy! Just execute and everything will be fine! and is being familiar with Hue Jackson's offensive scheme a good thing? Seems they have a load of trouble in that red zone. And if no McFadden, we still got issues running the ball. I'm not trying to be down. I love the Raiders, and every week I really believe they're going to win. Every week. Just hate watching a listless offense go on a 79, 65 yard or whatever scoring drive and come away with 3. It's maddening. But what's different this year, I don't feel the players are ready to quit. And it's been 5 years since I felt that way. Go Raiders!!!!!

12:41 AM  
Anonymous Tooz 72 said...

Bro, get the new post up. I saw the same preseason team that showed so much promise show up and kick butt on the donkeys. Where you been hiding 'em?

9:57 PM  

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