SPOILER ALERT - when you make it to the playoffs, pretty much everyone is capable of rushing the passer at a high enough level. Everyone in the playoffs has a Joey Bosa, or someone in the neighborhood of a Joey Bosa....some teams even have two. Just something that the Carrdashians who are already pointing their fingers at the offensive line should know.
Joey Bosa is a force and going to kick every offensive line's ass. Why do you think Gruden and so many other head coaches go on and on about the ability of the QB to extend plays? Because offensive lines need help. Many of these pass rushers are among the greatest, pure athletes the game has ever witnessed. Bottom line - the offensive line performed well enough to help the team get to 3-0, and also performed well enough to win last night.
Thought this was a great find this morning, so I borrowed it....
"We knew once we hit him a few times, he really gets shook," Bosa said after the game, via Daniel Popper. "And you saw on [Christian Covington’s] sack, he was pretty much curling into a ball before we even got back there. Great dude, great player … but we know once you get pressure on him, he kind of shuts down."
And this is fair game by Bosa. If you're Derek and you're going to throw some truth around about games against the Chargers " always being home games "....well, then expect some truth coming back your way if you go out and lose the game, pal. No time to be offended or whine about it. You have to stand in there and take your lumps in the aftermath of the loss.
However, this is also what many players around the league think of " that mother#@$% " Derek Carr, and partly why they leave him off their top 100 player lists before every season. At the end of the day, they don't believe he's all that tough. Mike Sando's report before the season had anonymous scouts saying the same. They don't believe he'll stand in there and deliver in the eye of the storm on a consistent basis. Last night - before you know it - an 8th year, veteran QB was taking a sack on a play where the only thing you cannot do is take a damn sack. Instead of just firing the ball at Renfrow's feet and taking an incompletion, " bad Carr " folds and makes the late FG try that much more difficult.
And then obviously, long before the rally-killing sack, Gruden opted to go for it on 4th down @ the 38 yard line....only for Captain Checkdown to reemerge and check it down to a Josh Jacobs that was nearly 5 yards behind the line of scrimmage. Gruden looked like he a harsh word or two for Derek after that one. How do you not give our receivers that are downfield a chance to make a play when we're going for it on 4th down? So what if it gets intercepted....who cares? It'd basically be a punt and give the defense solid field position to work with if the ball's intercepted.
Of course, I've been warning you all, that even through his hot start - I've still seen plenty of sketchy snaps from Derek....plenty to be worried about.
"The belief is that Watson will be traded and could even be traded during the season," Rapoport reported.
Watson has been inactive in each game to start the season as he seeks a trade. The 26-year-old has been accused of sexual assault or misconduct by 22 women who have filed civil lawsuits against him.
Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported last week the Texans were initially seeking a "ridiculous trade offer" but "their stance started to soften a little bit."
He's available. Multiple teams are lining up and Gruden better be among them - with MVP caliber Derek as the lead trade chip. If Miami, Philly ( and others) are willing to sit at the bargaining table for Deshaun Watson while he's dealing with his situation - why not us? We have some moral high ground? I think not. In fact, we are the " Just Win, Baby! "
With the Texans softening their asking price, Gruden better not blow this opportunity. Not with Rodgers landing in Denver next season, and a new sheriff in town named Justin Herbert.
The ceiling is clear with Derek at QB. Schefter kept saying, " Gruden wants to see more from Derek. " Well, this is all Derek has. He's 30. He's not going to turn into a pumpkin nor a princess. He's somewhere between the 11th and 14th best QB in the league - still. Which a lot of teams could use....however, we don't have that sort of fortune. What I've been saying for months. We have Herbert and Mahomes in our division ( and Rodgers on the way).
Al always attacked opportunities like these with talented players who had tarnished reputations. Didn't always work out, obviously....tried for Elway, Moon, etc. and wasn't able to pull those moves off. Not that those were the guys with tarnished reputations, but you know what I mean....Al tried. And if Mark is a chip off the old block, he'll be for it.
Anyway, in the spirit of it being October, I'll leave you all with a few more goodies....
Saved the best for last. Not only was it poor pass protection, but the dude was kicked in the eye and the result was a one-eyed, on the move, game winning TD pass. Yeah, he's pretty tough.
And he actually looked like the Raider logo while throwing the one-eyed TD, did he not?