First thing I would like to say is that im a new poster to here but have been a long time reader. Now lets talk about this game shall we?
Ive been reading posts all day about how bad the raiders sucked and how we need Grad in now or even calling for coaches heads on a pike and while the game wasnt even close to what we all wanted or expected there are a few things that people are forgeting i think.
1 People forget that this is a new offense and defense with new schemes and plays. We basically have a whole new game plan that has never seen live action until last sunday. Yeah it was ugly but we held the top running back in the NFL in check until that one big play. There are defenses ranked way better than ours last year that couldnt do that. Our offense looked overmatched but remember we have a rookie center and a new qb who has just seen his first live action with a whole new playbook.
2 People calling for Campbells head need to remember yeah he was skittish in the pocket but he was given 1-2 seconds a play to get that ball off. In the second half when we went max protect and he could actually look down field he seemed more composed and actually made some good throws (some dropped that shouldnt have been).
3 Our whole DHB, Mcfadden are busts group you all just need to relax a bit. D Mac showed sunday that he can be effective agianst a really good titan D if hes used correctly and DHB while he might not be an elite NFL receiver is showing good progress. That catch he made was very nice. Our WR werent getting passes or looks and it wasnt all just they werent getting seperation when the QB has 2 seconds to throw the routes wont be even half way run.
4 The coaching staff.....well i cant really defend them. We went to a full protect for JC way to late. The WR routes should have been shortened to more slants and more play action and roll outs to get the time for the routes to develope. Offensive and defensive playcalling needs to be opened up. If they are rushing 3 (like they did sunday 2nd half) get those screens and reverses going. On defense send those blitzes. We got the bodies on defense lets let them loose to cause some havic on the hapless people in front of them.
Ok nation there are some things we all agree on. We need a consistant DB to be our #2. Routt just isnt cutting it right now. We also need to get a legit LT NOW. The play where JC went down and his supposed LT was just standing there made me want to fly out there and slap Henderson upside the head. Get THE MISSLE in the game now. We already have people missing tackles and blowing plays maybe him laying the wood on a few people will make them skittish going over then middle or throwing the dump pass ( see the play right after he blew up Forsett. He short armed the next pass to him hearing footsteps). OK guys im sorry this was so long but I love my Raiders and thinking some people are forgetting that this is a very new team with all the changes in schemes and players and we got probably one of the hardest if not the hardest game on our cschedual for opening day. If we faced them in week 5-6 im thinking we might not win but the score would be a whole lot closer. OK nation flame away...oh and GO RAIDERS