Friday, November 17, 2006

A Change for The Better?

According to reports, Aaron Brooks will be the starting quarterback on Sunday.

I hope that Andrew Walter didn't talk his way out of job. If that's not the case, then he apparently played his way out of the job. I'm not sure how I feel about this.

I won't be surprised if Brooks gives our passing game an immediate lift. The offensive line and the playcalling were utterly ridiculous during those first two games. Brooks never had a chance. I think that things have improved a bit since then, and that his veteran experience and mobility might add some spark to our offense.

If this happens, I will be ecstatic. I'm literally starving for some offensive fireworks.

At the same time, I hate to see our presumed quarterback of the future go back to the bench after starting seven straight games, because it means he either simply doesn't have the chops, at least this year, or that he is a victim of larger circumstances on offense. Neither scenario is terribly appetizing.

So no pressure, Aaron Brooks. All you have to do is make it better. Fast. I'm rooting for you.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, there's always Brady Quinn for QB of the future.

I a way, I almost hope the Raiders are not put in a postion to be able to draft him. If so, I would go crazy if they didn't pick him (which would be highly likely); and if they did pick him, it could be a risk. High QB picks always are.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

It looks like it is our rusty QB (Brooks) vs. the Chief's rusty QB (Green).

I would love to see Brooks get our offense in gear and for our D to plant Green's head into the turf.

If Walter sits the rest of the season and Brooks is average/serviceable over the next 7 games, where does that leave us? Will the QB picture be more clear or even more unsettled? I would hope that AW gets another crack at it by season's end.

If nothing else I think a change was necessary to shake things up. Why stop there though.

How about starting Curry and selectively inserting Morant into the game? If Randy drops a few balls and takes a few plays off in the 1st half, how about sitting him for the rest of the 2nd half? What about Madsen seeing some extended playing time in the 2 TE sets?

9:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't see the wisdom of playing Brooks at this point in the season.

If we are simply trying to win 2, or 3 more games this year, then, ok, I can understand playing Brooks.
But if the overall goal is to get this team to a championship level, then only Walter makes any sense for this team.

Brooks, I think it's safe to say, is not our QB for the long term. We need to find out everything we can about Walter before the all important draft in April.

Based on what we've seen so far from our QB's, I would jump out the window if the Raiders did not select one of the blue chip QB's with their top pick

11:31 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Raider00: I agree with you. I too don’t see the wisdom in starting Brooks over Walter. Personally, I’m far less concerned about winning one or two more games this year than righting this ship asap for long-term Raider dominance.

Does this mean they’ve decided Walter is not the QB of the future? It appears to be a living-in-the-moment type move, possibly a lame attempt by the coaches to save face for all the heat they’ve taken... which lends to your theory #1 Raider Take (Walter talked his way out of a job). The coaches have something to prove, which is less than fair to Walter, who had to stand in there and take a beating while they tried to make the playcalling “human”.

The only good I can see is that Walter will be given an opportunity to step back and see the game from another prospective. He will see how Brooks reacts to certain situations in which he struggled. We can only hope that Brooks is up to the task of being such a mentor.

I look for Art to pull Brooks if he is ineffective.

6:32 AM  
Blogger Doobie said...

I'm as concerned as everyone else here that this could be it for Andrew Walter. Although starting Brooks now could pay off short term gains, in the end it doesn't fare well for Walter. The Raiders very rarely develop QBs in house, and it's possible he just failed a rare audition.

I hope that's not the case though because--lets face it--he wasn't exactly provided ideal conditions under which to develop.

The only hope we have at this point is that Brooks not only bounces back, but that he does it significantly. If he oversees an offensive turnaround late in the season, he may just turn out to be the Raiders QB-of-the-immediate-future. Sure, for the Raiders that may only for a couple of years given their tendencies to lean on veteran QBs, but I think that at this point we should only be looking forward to 2007.

And I'll take any kind of offensive optimism I can get at this point.

1:02 PM  
Blogger Doobie said...

Oh, and more Moss from Fanball today:

Raiders receiver Randy Moss is not thrilled with the direction of the Raiders franchise and would like to be traded, again. "It's done sort of set in, man, and I'm tired of it," Moss said on his weekly Fox Sports radio spot Friday. "I might want to look forward to moving somewhere else next year to have another start and really feel good about going out here and playing football."

5:35 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Interesting excerpt from a recent Jerry McDonald article.

“San Diego coach Marty Schottenheimer may own the Raiders, but gets horse-whipped by the Broncos. His teams are 3-14 in Denver (including playoffs), and he has twice as many losses overall (22) against the Broncos than against any other team.”

It’s all about coaching and game planning!

6:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh, god... it's happening again... just like Walter said... 3 chances, 3 punts...

maybe the coaches should listen to their players when they're all saying the same thing... just a thought.

watching this team lose the same way week after week is becoming too much for me to deal with.

I only hope I'm speaking too soon... Let's go Walsh, make the necessary adjustments to beat the Chefs, please, before I really lose it.

12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

another heartbreaker. should have expected it I guess... my weekly optimism is gonna be the end of me.

1:01 PM  
Blogger x said...

What? How could this NOT be a downer?

They led most of the game, only to go out and score ZERO points in the second half. They allowed the Chefs to drive 80 yards with a rusty QB and missing their star TE with the game on the line.

Then after all that, had a great chance (or four chances potentially) to win it at the end, only to fizzle out with a weak interception right to a Chef that was just playing a zone.

That's the definition of a downer.

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