As fans we can lament all we want about how the refs screwed us again or how Walter is a statue and even how Jano missed a kick, BUT, the offensive numbers continue to get worse and worse by the week and "The Mayor" is still employed.
I cannot say whether Chris Carr made "every effort to immediately" get back on the field after being run out of bounds by a Bronco blocker. I can say that THAT IS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE EVER HEARD THAT CALLED. I can also say that calls like that are uncontrollable by the Raiders players or coaches.
I can say that Fabian Washington was INBOUNDS. I can also say that the visual evidence was definitely borderline and that the Raiders NEVER get borderline calls. I can also put this in the same bag as things that are uncontrollable by the players and coaches and also that Shell was right to challenge it. In a close game that momentum was important, even if the yardage was only a +4 over the net field position.
Now I must touch on the part of the game that we (Actually they, the coaches and players) can control. The offense. In particular managing turnovers and play calling.
I started to look at our offense in perspective over the last 5 seasons.
I told a friend yesterday that we may be witnessing the WORST offensive performance in Raider and NFL History.
I know that NFL History is a bit over the top. Then again when I see that the expansion Houston Texans averaged 13.3 points a game in their inaugural season and that this year's Raider team is averaging only 11.7 points a game there may be something to the All-Time statement.
Here is a look at how the Raiders are doing this year in comparison to the last five years.
28.1 points a game
389 yards a game (110 rushing, 279 passing)
League's Worst Scoring Team:
Houston Texans - 13.3 points a game
16.9 points a game
285 yards a game
Worst Scoring Offense:
Arizona Cardinals - 14.1 points a game
20.0 Points a Game
322 Yards (80.9 Rushing, 241.1 Passing)
Worst scoring Offense:
Chicago Bears - 14.1 Points a Game
18.1 Points a Game
309 Yards a Game
Worst Scoring Offense:
Cleveland - 14.5 Points a Game
11.7 Points a Game
229 Yards a Game (131.1 Passing, 98.6 Rushing)
2nd Worst Scoring Offense:
Tampa Bay - 12.8 Points a Game (250.5 Yards a Game)
Here are even more "Offensive" offensive numbers:
T2 Interceptions thrown w/ 12
#1 sacks allowed w/ 47 (2nd, CLE with 34)
#2 Fumbles w/ 11
Our total giveaways in 2005 were 23!!! We have matched that amount already!!!
Last year we were sacked 45 times!!! We have already passed that # as well!!!
Our QBs were only sacked 30 times in 2004!!!
The worst sacks allowed teams the past two years were Chicago and Houston with 66 & 68 sacks respectively.
This team is tracking 88.6 Sacks allowed and 40 turnovers!!!
Those numbers are mind numbing and boggling.
I will give the D props in another diary, but this one is dedicated to the worst coach in Raider History, not named Billy-Joe Bugel-ahan, Tom Walsh.
Walsh needs to be fired NOW!!!
The numbers speak for themselves.