One Postgame Take
1. We were outmatched. However, before this game, I said that the Raiders might surprise us. Well, they surprised me. They made a game of it, in hostile environs, against a team that was supposed to dominate. The issues were familiar (running, protecting, stupid penalties), but not nearly as numerous (except for the stupid penalties). I’m seeing definite progress. In the context of an inconsistent offensive line and an ineffective running game, Andrew Walter is playing quite well. But here’s why we weren’t going to win that game, regardless of Jordan’s fumble: Late in the 4th quarter, down by two scores, we completed a pass for a first down to Anderson. He hit the turf with 5:55 on the clock. We snapped the ball on the next play, a short run by Jordan, with 5:17 on the clock. Jordan hit the turf at the 27 yard line with 5:13 on the clock. We didn’t snap the next play, which resulted in the fumble, until the clock reached 4:35. In other words, it took us nearly 1.5 minutes to run two plays with the clock ticking, with the game on the line, down by two scores, with only two timeouts, against a team that has yielded one offensive touchdown the entire season. I’m sorry, but you don’t win this game without a sense of urgency in that circumstance. We had to score at least a touchdown and a field goal, and stop one Denver offensive series, within that time frame. That’s utterly impossible if you’re taking 1.5 minutes to run two simple plays. And that’s on the coaching.