This hire is a little surprising to me, in that, coach Wylie did an outstanding job with our O line this past year. I'm not sure how I feel about this yet. The offense has not run the ball this well in a long longgg time, and if I'm not mistaken, the last time the Raiders used the ZBS, instead of (preferably) the PBS, our offense clearly was not as capable of running the ball as it is currently.
Another thing that is very concerning to me is that Darren Mcfadden struggled in the past when in the zone system. I do believe his struggles had a lot to do with his inexperience at the pro level and his unfortunate injury history. Not so much the scheme that we were using. I think that he has evolved as a runner mightily, and would be able to be successful in the zone scheme if given another opportunity. One thing that does give some glimmer of hope is that Mr. Pollack comes from a great offensive team that uses the ZBS and runs the ball extremely well. I would be lying if I didn't say that I am a little excited to see how well our team adapts to the new system and coach. If coach Pollack can bring some of the success they have had in Texas, than I expect this team to be explosive on the ground.
Here is a link from ESPN: http://espn.go.com/blog/afcwest/post/_/id/39470/afc-west-coaching-update-2
Do you think the Raiders will be as successful running the ball as they were this past year?
Yes. They will be as good or better this year. (49 votes)
No. They will take a step backwards. (28 votes)
Next year. It's going to take time for the offense to adjust. (13 votes)
90 total votes