So here I've been sitting back reading the posts and resisting the urge to comment until this week and the repeated calls for coaches heads and the excuses made for the piss poor offensive performances the last few weeks. Let's go over a few things shall we?
lets start with the most foolish thing I have heard so far " FIRE DA ". Let's look at this for a minute. We have a defense that has 10 new starters this year so we know they did a total retool on it which doesn't leave much to retool the offense. We have also been playing really consistent on defense minus the iggles game. Now the common response to that is " Right so fire DA and keep the DC". And that's where the problem is at.. What coach with any kind of experience in the nfl is going to want to come into a situation where they can't assemble "their guys" for a staff. Hell all we would be doing is repeating history telling the new coach " here's your oc and dc win with them" that's an Al move. Could any of you seriously tell me that Gruden, Cower, Dungy or any of the big names would come here under those conditions? Not a chance our best bet is ride it out one more year revamp the offense with the ton of cap space and picks and see if they can recreate the magic they did on the defense to the offense.
While we are at it let's fir the OC. Now at first glance this looks like a good move but let's look at it closer shall we. Calls same plays over and over check. No halftime adjustments check. Very predictable offense check. But is it all on him? From what people are saying Pryor has between 40-50 total plays that are put in for him to run. Those are the ones he can execute and has confidence in. Now I'm not a OC for a pro team but I'm sure that a normal play book is close to 5-7 times bigger than that. Imagine if your a DC and only have to plan against 40 plays and all roll outs will be to the right? Also kind of hard to adjust at halftime with that limited of a selection. Now Olsen doesn't get a free pass on this he needs to push Pryor and out offense to absorb more of the play book but all the blame isn't on him alone.
Now here's where I will get flamed on.....Pryor. He has regressed...alot. Most of the problems people are attributing to coaching can also land right in pryors lap. Let's look at a few. I stated earlier about the 40 or so plays well those we're put in week 1 when he was named starter and by looking at what he's doing out there it hasn't been increased at all. Now before you yell that it's the OCs fault for no new plays has anyone seen those 40 plays executed well enough to justify putting in more complex plays? Even when the play goes off perfectly it seems Pryor is indecisive on when to pull the trigger then it happens. Blocking breaks down( if we had any to begin with) , Pryor rolls right or straight back ( does he know which way left is?). Locks onto a single receiver ( usually not open) ignoring all others and then what we have seen too often he gets sacked ,throws into double coverage for a inc or worse a pick or what seems to be his new move run back 10-20 yards and throw it away ( intentional grounding 2nd and 30). Now to be fair I'm not saying bench him or that he can't lead us in the future. He does need better weapons around him and blocking but if he gets that pass so does all the coaches. No one expected out offensive like to all get hurt at once ( so get off Reggie's jock for not grabbing a tackle and 3 guards in the draft we had more pressing needs). Pryor needs to get healthy and his head right. Sitting him for a few games should solve both those issues plus give us a preview to see if we have any depth behind him worth keeping.
So let's summarize. For our brethren saying playoffs...PLAYOFFS??? We're not even close. Put down the koto laid and take a step back. Consensus was that we were in year 2 of a 3 year rebuild and if Reg can load the offense like he did the defense last offseason we have a shot at scaring some people next year. For our brethren saying fire DA or Olsen or both. Remember what they have to work with. Don't care who you have at OC or head coach winning when your this limited on offense requires almost flawless play. If you still want them gone you have to be willing to take the chance Tarver leaves too. Yeah if we get a new head coach he might want Tarver to stick around but him and DA work well together so he might leave then our defense is back to square one also.
Fans have high expectations for their teams and the Nation in no different. When the teams don't meet hose expectations we all want it fixed and fixed now. Us Raider fans have suffered way too long but patience is needed my friends. Year one we trimmed roster and cut cash off the books. Year two we finished the cash drain and revamped the defense to something respectable if not pretty damn good. Now let's give the team year three to show us what they can do with 60 million for the offense. Use the last 7 games to judge the offense as a whole and individual players. Cut the deadwood just like you did on the defense and draft heavy on the offensive side. Use the 60 mil to fill in where needed and show us something next year. Start to up the plays we use and if Pryor can't grasp them all we need to find someone else. If our OC can't get the full or at least almost full play book implemented by next training camp he should start out on the hot seat and if DA doesn't push for it to be installed he can sit right next to him on the hot bench. Let's be real here if you thought we were going to be great this year or really good you had your koolaid glasses on. We all knew this was going to be a tough season but this is the last one with the handcuffs from big Al (RIP) , hubris and crappy draft picks.
We will come out of this stronger we just need to hold the course for now. Give everyone a shot but no free passes. We should have the weapons next year so there will be no excuses for anyone from our QB all the way to Reg. I know it seems like forever Nation and for some younger fans that have never seen the good days it's maddening but I feel like we are on the brink of turning it around let's give it one more year and no excuses and see what they can do. Remember there are 31 teams in the NFL then there are the Oakland Raiders......Raider nation forever.