What i took from sundays game and through out the season, is that we looked terrible, and thats just a understatement. Im not here to judge our team and talk smack about them but i would like to point out some details that i cought from todays game and the season so far.
-Weak Coverages/CB's: This is easily seen from all of our games. 3 out of our 4 games, we had horrible coverage against opposing TE's. Gates, Miller, and both Tamme and Dreessen torched out LB's and secondary when they had the chance. Sure todays game was all manning, his passes were pitch perfect, and the ones that looked shakey, the WR's and TE's made great catches. And dont get me started about WR's we all saw what Heartline did to us week 2. Sure our CB's our banged up, im not using that as a excuse but its situations like this that should perk up our other CB's to show up and prove that they are worth their starting position.
-Offensive Struggles: I believe that one of our main problems is our inconsistant offense. I dont really care for this zone blocking scheme, and the west coast offense doesnt seem to fit this team. Im sure Reggie Mackenzie had a reason to hire Knapp as our OC, but i feel he is the source of this inconsistancy, i would of much rather kept Saunders as our OC. Im surprised to say this but Palmer has been playing well for the past few games, sure 2 INT's is not good, but he is still making crisp passes when we need it, Darren McFadden
however has been coming and going. We need him to have his breakout game to show that hes one of the best in the league.
-Defensive Fatigue: Our defense seems to be constantly fatigued come 2nd half, and i this ties into the weak coverages. We do have a huge amount of mileage on our defensive line with Seymore and Kelly, they are our two monsters that dominate the front but when they are out for a long period of time, it shows. If we can get them more rested, they can play better on the field, and lead our defense when we need it, it seems when our defense faulters its lack of confidence or leadership to get players to wake up.
-Rookie Coaching: This isnt really a problem but if things can go wrong it can be, so far ive liked how Dennis Allen has coached our team, im not 100% sure if hes making the defensive calls, but for now i do like his potential and has made some good challenges and progress with the team. Tarver however i think is a diamond in the rough but his defensive management isnt showing it. They call him the mad chemist cause he creates new things, ok well if he comes up with new blitz or coverage schemes that in theory should work, why do we have alot of yards against us, this also ties in to Weak coverage.
Im not a professional at this, im just a fan watching the games from home or at the stadium for being first time season ticket holders, but this is what i feel is the problem so far for our raiders, its early in the season though, we got a bye week hopefully things can turn around, i have faith in our raiders.