Monday, October 17, 2011

Raiders Don't Blink

Raiders 24 - Brownies 17

It was a bitter sweet game yesterday. It was sweet to honor Al in the 1st home game since his passing by finding the resiliency to come out victorious largely by parlaying 2 big special teams plays. It was bitter knowing that starting QB Campbell is likely out for the season with a fractured clavicle.

Special Team's Unit:
Jacoby Ford's electrifying 101 yard kickoff return TD and a deft fake FG 35 yard TD pass from Lechler to Boss was the engine that got the Raiders to the finish line.

Raiders Defense:
For the 2nd week in a row, the Raiders' defensive unit put the clamps on the opponent's rushing attack. Last week in Houston, the Texans had 70 yards on 25 carries for a 2.8 average. This week, the Raiders D gave up only 65 yards on 21 carries for a 3.1 average. Rookie Van Dyke held up fairly well in pass coverage, FS Giordano was a terror on the blitz (1 sack + 1 QB hit), and newly signed LB Curry fit seamlessly in as WLB. For the entire game, the Raiders D gave up only 1 "big play" (rushing attempt for 15+ yards or pass completion of 20+ yards) to WR Cribbs on a 23 yard pass play.

Next Man Up:
When Campbell was injured in the 2nd quarter, back-up QB Kyle Boller took over. Boller looked shaky and was inaccurate with his throws in his 1st few series. By the 4th quarter though, Boller seemed to settle down.

Head Coach has been stressing the team aspect of "next man up" throughout the season. When a player has gone down to injury (Murphy, Boss, Johnson, Chekwa, Shaughnessy, Satele, Huff) another Raider is expected to step up to the challenge. This will be put to the ultimate test with the QB position.

My expectation is that the Raiders will sign a back-up QB in the next 24-48 hours (Trent Edwards, Charlie Frye, or Josh McCown). Boller, who worked with Hue Jackson in Baltimore, is an experienced QB (66 games played) with a live arm and good mobility. The key will be for Jackson and Saunders to customize the offensive game plan to allow Boller to manage the game.

Hue Jackson Quote:
“I keep telling everybody this team is becoming something,” Raiders coach Hue Jackson said. “We don’t blink when things happens. Obviously, we lost our quarterback early. Very unfortunate. But that’s part of the game, part of the business."

Up Next:
Raiders (4-2) at home vs. the KC Ketchup & Mustard Men (2-3)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Raiders are a 4-12 team with Kyle freakin Boller!!! Boller Blows! Signing another backup we will just have more competition as the season goes on cause we all know Boller will screw up!

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sure hope I am wrong but I agree with Raiders Only, Boller makes Campbell look like Tom Brady. Raiders offense is in deep trouble

Too bad Garrad is inured because he would have been a good solution. Brett Farve anyone---lol

Florida Raider

7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Garrard said he has been dealing with this injury since training camp but why does this come out now? Wow he is dumb!

7:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the Raiders will be "blinking" about how bad their season has turned with Kyle Boller at the helm!

7:54 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

I know the universal opinion is that Boller blows. I realize the deck is stacked against the Raiders overcoming the Campbell injury. In spite of the adversity, I really like the character of the 2011 team.

I don't think the coaching staff or team expects Boller to "win" the upcoming games alone.

What it really boils down to is the coaching staff, 53 man roster, and each individual compensating and adjusting to find a way to continue to honor Al ... "Just Win, baby!"

Granted, Boller is an inconsistent, journeyman backup for a reason. The questions are (1) can he raise his game up for the current circumstances? (2) can the rushing attack provide him the outlet to be a game manager? (3) can the defensive and special teams unit continue to contribute to be the difference makers?

I'm proud of this team and ready to roll with Boller.

9:59 PM  
Blogger frkyraider said...

or we can trade for a franchise QB and take a run or 3 at a championship!! which we have and we will!! the spirit of Al lives!! whatever it takes, "Just Win Baby!!"

12:26 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Swinging for the fences is the ultimate tribute and way of truly honoring Al.

An organization that reaches for the stars and ultimate goal of winning a SB (even if it falls short) is all any fans can hope for.

If Palmer provides a 3 year window for the Raiders to make the playoffs, advance in the playoffs, and shoot for the SB, it is the type of calculated risk worth taking.

The reality of the current NFL landscape is that there are very few elite level QBs.

If Palmer's career is rejuvenated by joining the Raiders, this could be a magical season.

10:08 PM  

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