Hey guys let's not hit the panic button yet.... LOTS OF FOOTBALL to be played and I think we'll be fine.... The SD game was a debacle and shame no doubt... But I promised myself I'd give this team a chance ...16 games... they got 15 left.... Let's wait and see and be patient and not call it the season just yet..... Moore comes back and Palmer throws to other receivers other then DMC... We can win games.... this 5 game stretch ahead is BRUTAL!... @MIA,Vs PITT,@DEN,@ATL,Vs JAX ...So a steep hill to climb but if we can escape too 4-4 by the half way mark we could make it still... Wait and see... sucks
You mean Raider Mike is our shining light? Our hope? Our optimist?
Right on Mike! I need some hope!
I felt like crap after the game myself....but I re-watched it on my DVR the next day. Didn't look as bad as I had remembered. We were very much in it (within 7 points) until that blocked punt. That's what turned the game around. We had plenty of screw-ups before that, but were battling and staying in it. Yeah, granted....San Diego wasn't all that great, and the crowd noise helped us a lot.....until we got behind and the crowd got taken out of it....and we know the Raiders haven't been a good come-from-behind team for a LONG time.
Palmer threw too many balls that were either a little short or a little long....and our receivers dropped several that would have continued our drives....but we did make some good plays. McFadden looked good until he got overused and San Diego started keying on him. We didn't have enough other weapons. Sucks that Jacoby Ford had to have surgery. Good thing Moore is coming back. Hope he is healthy and stays that way. I have my doubts.
What did you think about Knapp's play calling? I liked the crossing patterns to McFadden and getting him the ball in space. Some of the intermediate passes were good. Palmer throws to a spot though....and the receivers were too often not in that spot when the ball arrived. Too many plays where the defender had just as good a chance at getting the ball as the receiver.
Yeah, 15 more games. Too late to abandon the zone running scheme and switch back to power running...after gearing up for that offense all off-season. Gotta just go with it now. Let's hope that we improve quickly and find a way to overcome the problems, injuries, etc. This repeating story every season is getting TOO old!
We have a new regime, and hopefully they will bring about a change for the better. But like Greg said, if we do have a crappy record this season, Reggie will have his prized picks next year. As long as he doesn't pick another JaMarcus Russell. Actually, if we did have a high 1st round pick like that, I'll bet Reggie would trade it for multiple lower picks. I've heard he likes quantity...since not all picks pan out....he plays the odds that at least MOST of them will be good ones. I don't think he likes to put all of his eggs in one basket.