As with every last fan of the Raiders, I am still sick to my stomach today. I get way too involved with the Raiders to the point my son gets scared when he visits me while watching the game. When the Raiders score, I yell. When the Raiders give up massive yardage to a college offense, I yell. But the loudest yelling I did was again from the Raiders lack of discipline when it comes to penalty's. Many of you have wrote or read that it was the Defense that lost the game, or, and don't believe this for a second, it was Carson Palmer who lost the game. I will talk about our new QB later.
The Raiders have been plagued with problems when it comes to penalties. They are the most penalized team in the NFL, and back in the day they wore that title like a badge of pride, and to their credit, deserved it. They were feared in the league. They were tenacious and commanded respect. That has since passed and the penalties are a major road block on the road to victory.
If we are to become the team Hue Jackson envisioned, we are going to have to play with some self control. Building a bully is one thing, playing like a child having a temper tantrum is another. When guys like Curry are brought in to stop the run and proceed to extend Denver's drives with a late hit out of bounds, you can't start blaming the new QB or the defense as a whole. This is one guy who should know better than to hit a guy out of bounds when he is running shoulder to shoulder with his fellow linebacker, not the entire defensive unit. I like Aaron Curry, I think he can and will be an elite player for us, but to not be aware of the situation(third and long) and make a dumb ass play like that is exactly what is killing the Raiders. Richard Seymour is a veteran player, but the penalties against him are just setting the standard for all of the other guys that a foul is no big deal, when in fact the fowls are the exact reason the Raiders are loosing games. It is an issue that has to be addressed before all others in my opinion.
The bright side of this horrible game is that we got a small glimpse from Carson Palmer. I was able to come away from this game with a bit of reassurance that the Raiders have a very bright future. In the first half, Carson was able to put the ball into tight places for his receivers. I still am not sure if he meant to put the ball to Marcel Reece's hands which had the linebackers hand in between Marcel's. What an awesome catch by Marcel!! And it wasn't only that play that gave me a ton of confidence in Carson. The fact that this man comes into the Raiders organization not knowing but a couple of players and two and a half weeks later is looking that good lets us all know that good things are to come for the Raiders. But I have to stress this, IF, and only IF, Hue Jackson can get thru to his players and get away for the penalties. That being said, we have another huge conference game on Thursday and the way the Raiders have done it all year long, should be a victory after the heartbreaking loss. But San Diego played a great game against the Packers and if our problems are not addressed, we will be blown out of the water. GO RAIDERS!!!