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Raiders Study Group : Homework Assignment #1

I asked. You responded. And so now it's my turn to provide the inaugural Raiders' Study Group homework assignment.

Week 1 v San Diego

Overview

This was the game that was marred by the Jon Condo injury and the subsequent long snapping issues that led directly to several points. Overlooked in abysmal outing was the fact that the Raiders run defense performed quite well. This was likely partially due to the fact that San Diego's feature back Ryan Mathews was out and that the Chargers were featuring Curtis Brinkley and Ronnie Brown.

The final stats :

Brinkley : 10 rushes, 12 yards, 1.2 avg
Brown : 5 rushes, 5 yards, 1.0 avg
As a team (including WR reverses and QB scrambles) : 20 rushes, 32 yards, 1.6 avg

The play

Q1, 9:49, SD: 0, OAK : 0
1st-and-10, SD 29
Result : Ronnie Brown -2 yard rush

About the Materials

Here are your materials [link]

There's a lot to it and so your first thought might be "What?! I don't have time to do all that!"

But, to quote Douglas Adams, "Don't Panic!" Do as much or as little as you want. Most of those questions and suggestions are just to give a few ideas of what you might want to look at as you study. If you have more time and the play interests you, you can delve deeper and deeper and find out that there's quite a bit of stuff going on that's so easy to miss at full speed.

There are many general suggestions like offensive personnel groupings and formations. If you are not used to looking at plays in this manner, take a moment and just have at it; it can change the way you think about a football play!

I did include some specific discussion questions for this play that I hope will motivate our study interactions. At the very least, it will give us a starting poiint to begin our analysis and our discussions.

Even if you don't have time to answer each and every one and write it all down and diagram all the plays etc etc. I hope you will find time to at least read thru each of the questions and try to formulate a response, even if it is only in your head.

Responses

I'll make a separate post in a couple of days for the responses.

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