Raider fans still out there, I want to ask you a question:
In the 17 losses JaMarcus has been quarterback in the last two-plus years (2 in '07; 10 in '08; 5 this year), how many times has he led us on touchdown drives?
Again, in all his losses how many times has JaMarcus led us on touchdown drives?
Here are some conditions:
1) The drive can't include a 50+ yard touchdown. It has to be a drive of multiple plays with some time off the clock.
2) The drive can't be a short field of less than 30 yards.
3) The drive can't be when the other team has the game on ice (20+ point lead).
All right, given those conditions, how many touchdowns has JaMarcus led us to in our losses? Have an answer yet?
For comparisons sake, Alex Smith led the Niners on 3 such drives today. And in '07 before JaMarcus took over, McCown and Culpepper led us on 9 such drives in ten losses.
How many TD drives has JaMarcus led us on in his 17 losses that weren't short fields or quick strikes or garbage time?
I'll tell you how many:
That's right, in those 17 losses JaMarcus has led us on one touchdown drive that wasn't a short field or a quick strike or in garbage time when we were down by 20+ points. He did it in the second drive of the opener against San Diego this year. Every other touchdown drive has been a long pass, like the ball to Louis Murphy against San Diego; or a short field, like the one-yard drive against K.C. at home last year after a pick; or in garbage time, like the meaningless points we put up against the Broncos in the 4th quarter when they went up 27-0 in last year's opener.
That's probably why when the Raiders got down by 14 today, everybody knew the game was over. He can't lead us on touchdown drives. It's a remarkable statistic. It means that in losses the Raiders are never, ever controlling the ball. They either get lucky or they don't score. That's it.
More than anything, this for me is a reason to bench the guy permanently this year. He's completely incapable of leading a touchdown drive. Give him too many plays and he'll screw it up. Like on the pick in the end zone today.
We need a quarterback who can manage the ball and lead us down the field. JaMarcus so far appears incapable of doing that.