Friday, August 25, 2006

Five Postgame Takes

1. Aaron Brooks! Awful over the first two preseason games, electric ever since. He is firing rockets and flashing brilliant elusiveness. And he finally introduced himself to Mr. Moss, in a big way. If this keeps up, watch out.

2. Kirk Morrison was tonight symbolic of a defense that is playing fast and furious. Sapp was windmilling around, wreaking havoc. Cooper nearly beheaded a guy. Rob “Caveman” Ryan is captaining one mean ship right now.

3. At this rate, Tom Walsh won’t be hearing “bed & breakfast” wisecracks much longer. I think that he has made some keen adjustments since the first two games, which have been augmented by improved play on the line. The first two games were messy, with silent counts and one-dimensional dropbacks in desperate search of the big play. Now we’re getting a better mix of routes, which has actually made the big play more viable.

4. On that note, it’s exciting to see that the tight end position has officially returned from extinction.

5. Sure, the preseason doesn’t count at the end of the year. But I contend that a 4-0 preseason record (and a 5-0 or 4-1 preseason record after next week) is still meaningful. It’s in sync with the winning attitude that Art Shell has instilled, and it’s a basis for momentum and credibility as we head into the regular season.

12 Comments:

Anonymous Kevin said...

I had to wait until 10:00 PM PST to watch the game because it was blacked out. And, It was totally worth the wait. TWO RANDY MOSS TOUCHDOWNS!!!

Brooks' mobility in the pocket is so refreshing after watching C turn to stone every time he felt a little pressure last season. It's clear that Brooks has the ability to be a top NFL quarterback, but it completely depends on the strength of the line.

And I'll say it again: our defense is gonna win us some games this year.

11:32 PM  
Blogger AngelicRaider said...

My goodness!! Here we go Baby. Our D is so quick and awesome that I predict at least 10 wins. Our schedule has never been this easy... last year we win 5 games and then we play the Pat's and the Eagles back to back.

I hope the line continues to progress and open up some running lanes.

But alas I am always the Raider optimist... I thought when we got Rocket Ishmael we were going to the Superbowl

12:30 AM  
Anonymous horsecollarjack said...

RAI-DERS! RAID-DERS! Section 148 was rather noisy tonight, but the first drive experiment should go of without a hitch.

Just solid tonight...D and Special Teams will carry us all year, and if the O shows up 50% of the time, watch out!

12:34 AM  
Blogger Roy said...

Even though the games are meaningless, winning or losing does get contagious. My only complaint is too much Jordan, save him for the regular season.

8:13 AM  
Anonymous raider00 said...

Things are looking better every week, which is a great sign all by itself. Creating all these turnovers is really big, and we need this to carry over into the regular season.

What's this news about Andrew Walter and a "Tired Arm". It's only preseason, and he's tired ?? I don't want to judge, or label this guy so early in his career, but he went soft on us last year, and now this. I hope this is not a trend with him. If he really is our QB of the future, he's going to have to toughen up quite a bit.

10:29 AM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

The Brooks-Moss combination has the potential to be epic. Brooks has some of the same skills as Culpepper in terms of mobility, arm strength, and improvisation.

Moss is like a great sand-lot player whenever a play breaks down he is at his best.

There is the potential for a BIG play if/when the pocket breaks down and Brooks buys a extra second or two to launch the ball down the field to Moss. I'm salivating over the possibilities.

11:34 AM  
Anonymous lk said...

I like that Brooks will throw it to Moss when he's covered and give him a chance to make a play. It's what the good ones do and something KFC never did

2:53 PM  
Blogger Stick'em said...

LMAO! For all the talk about chanting "Ray-dahs" during the game (which is very cool, BTW), did ya notice when Joey Porter made his one catch of the entire preseason, he got chanted too?

Poor Pouter. He's so delusional... he doesn't realize no one knows how important he is!

Boo Mr. @$$ clown ab man!

Hooray Moss, Curry, Gabriel, and Morant!

3:48 PM  
Anonymous horsecollarjack said...

No one has mentioned penalties in this game, have they? 5 for 50 yards, and only one procedural (5-yard, twelve men on the field)...The others were "aggressive" penalties...This is a big step up for our offense: Check out this post on raiderfans.net for why Shell's approach to procedural penalties is a step in right direction for a return to glory...
http://www.raiderfans.net/forum/showthread.
php?p=1327987#post1327987

(you may have to copy/paste both lines of above link separately)

2:09 PM  
Blogger TheFreakingPope said...

I almost feel badly for the Chargers. Oh wait, no I don't. I can't wait for the regular season opener. Those do count, right? The regular season games? SI & ESPN will have to pony up at that point?

6:57 AM  
Blogger Raider Rick said...

First time blogger, long time reader! Topic for today: JEFF GEORGE!!! Can someone explain this to me? Is the apocalypse upon us?

3:02 PM  
Blogger Doobie said...

Sounds like the Jeff George signing may be signaling the end for Tui or, worse, concerns about Andrew Walter's health. Since Walter's MRI turned up negative, I'm hoping that it's Tui. Not that I have anything against him, but his West Coast style doesn't really fit in the Raiders plans anymore. They're probably better served by Jeff George on the bench.

3:25 PM  

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