Before the 2013 Oakland Raider regular season begin, the preseason was looking like a disaster in large part due to a horrendous defense, has one un-named Oakland Raider put it, "We suck". Fast-forward to week seven and Jason Tarver has this unit, mostly made of other teams misfits, working on all cylinders. The Raider defense is on the rise and has many speculating this will soon be a top ten defense. The defense is carrying a young Oakland team that is showing signs of where this franchise is headed. However, the stagnant offense is showing the Nation where we are coming from.
A frustrating 4-12 season with Gregg Knapp at the Offensive helm in 2012 was a nightmare for the Nation, as well has for Darren McFadden. Knapp’s’ zone-blocking scheme was scrapped. A fresh start to a multi-talented Oakland Raiders offensive unit, a start to quiet the McFadden trade rumors, The DA and Big Reg are not the right fit in Oakland rumors, and most of a start to begin the new era of excellence. Enter Greg Olson, the former QB coach of the 2-14 Jacksonville Jaguars and the 10th pick Blaine Gabbert.
Olson led a QB carousel in Jacksonville, and since 2008 at the helm of QB’s coach, Olson has led a list of top draft picks into bust including: Joey Harrington-2005 Detroit Lions, Mark Bulger-2007 St. Louis Rams, Brian Griese/Jake Plummer-2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the ever flip flopping of Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne Last year in Jacksonville. With the headset on under Offensive Coordinator, Olson has led the Rams and the Bucs into the ranks of the worst offenses in the league. Ranking 28th twice in two seasons and 30th out of 32 teams in 2009. Now, where will our 2013 Oakland Raiders offense rank?
Olson lays claim he can’t open the playbook with such a young QB behind center, However, in the first three games Terrelle Pryor was ranked 4th in completions when he stayed inside the pocket. His playbook seems limited also in the run game, with a trio of Reece, Jennings, and McFadden the playbook should be full opened by now. Instead we are getting the constant runs up the gut with nothing doing, the wildcat is now rarely seen in Oakland, and the option should just be called a Terrelle Pryor run up the middle. The second half of games when up by only two possessions is often times turning into a stall management system with 28 minutes remaining?? I understand he is working with a limited line, but hats off to coach Sparano for making due of what he has to work with. The injury bug has bitten this team on both sides of the ball, which is normal in the ferocious NFL season. With weapons at each position on offense, and fans calling for the trade of the once loved Darren McFadden, I say it’s time we call on the other AL for Oakland, AL Saunders.
AL Saunders the man who has led NFL offensives 19 times to a number 1 ranking. The man with, reportedly, 700 play’s in his playbook. Why waist a season? With a ferocious defense and a look a like chucky flipping birds on the defensive side, let’s get a proven winner on the other side now.