Sunday, November 19, 2006

Hail to The Thief

Bravo to Aaron "The Thief" Brooks for stealing time and yards, and adding an immediate and welcome spark to our offense. I'm frustrated with another loss, and Brooks' interception at the end of the game was a killer. But considering our protection issues, this could have been a total disaster, and it wasn't, because Aaron Brooks bought time and completed some very difficult throws. He showed toughness, too. The Raiders are trying and fighting and, unfortunately, still losing. But I can live with the latter because of the former.

8 Comments:

Anonymous raider00 said...

How can a team never score any points in the 2nd half of games ??

You would think even by dumb luck, you would get a tunover, a fieldgoal, a lucky big play, something. But this team gets nothing.
Stone cold zero's in every 3rd, & 4th quarter of every game they play.

It's sadly, amazing.

3:54 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

There were some positives— mostly what Brooks brought to the game— but I can’t get past the interception at the end. Why force a pass into tight coverage on first down when Brooks had two maybe three more tries before time expired? And why Moss? Is anyone else under the impression that Moss just stood there and allowed the pick without making any attempt to break it up?

The starting receivers had zero catches all day, yet we had reasonable success in the passing game. What does that say? Curry proved he is the top receiver on this team and, once again, Porter was left absentee. There is NO VALID EXPLANATION for not playing Porter!

We just continue to be the patsies of the AFC West. When will it end???!!!

4:20 PM  
Blogger PantyRaider said...

Well, well, well, or not so well, that is the question. Brooks give'ith and Brooks take'ith away....the only positive about loosing...."Just Draft Baby".....Otherwise, the "O" showed some life, held the ball for 32min, threw for 200yds, ran for 135yds, a TD and 2 FG's, 1 int and 1 sack.

The "D" was very good against the pass and stood up in the red zone at times, but the RUN is killing us, but we expected that with KC, so is there hope?...."YES"....I think so!...

Brooks showed some commitment, A&W came in and made some plays, lets hope they can keep it up but at this point I am not sad if we loose, just as long as we play a good game in doing it, I am looking ahead......"Just Draft Baby" and the "O" will be better next year.....I hope!....This is the "LearningYear" in preperation for the future.....

PS....Curry should start!

As far as Brook's choaking Int goes, we have seen this thoughout the leage, by all sorts of QB's with all the teams, it always hurts, yes, but in the heat under preasure people "Choak" and I can understand that, I have done it myself and looked around asking myself "Why"....."What happend"...but there is no answer....except "I Choaked".....

Second half scorring "Zero" for the year....maybe the "D"s are not use to the Raiders "Retro O" and we are efective the first half but the "D"s make adjustments to shut it down and we are not efective in the second half....Just a thought....In the old days the Raiders were a "ComeBack" 4th quarter team, we almost saw that today.....was there some excitment...did it get us up....does it give us some hope....it should!!

PantyRaider....Excited-n-Hopeful!!1

5:04 PM  
Blogger dan said...

Brooks' play today showed me that Walter will never be the answer. Brooks made that killer int, but compare his playmaking and poise to Walter's! Not surprised the only sack we gave up was when Walter ran out of bounds. Does the guy know how to throw the ball away? Brooks isn't the long term solution, but by playing so much better than AW, it answers that question.

A few other things. First, we're in trouble with Moss. No one will give us anything meaningful for him in trade given his attitude and terrible play. Maybe a 3rd rounder. As for Porter, F him. The guy is a punk and Art is right to limit his PT. Art will be here next year (hopefully w/o Walsh). He needs to establish his authority in this rebuilding year. I now say keep Brooks this year and next, and draft best olineman available. Hopefully the guys from Wisconsin and Penn State don't stink it up like another big ten OT I know..

Lastly, the penalties were a joke. How about Brooks getting tossed to the ground b/c the KC players couldn't hear the whistle on the false start? No call there is horrible.

10-6 next year and playoffs.

5:41 PM  
Blogger PantyRaider said...

Walter....he is a keeper I think...give him time to develop and learn the game.....he came in at a very tough time of the game and made 2 compleations....that was a "Pos+" and the "Sack" was only for 1yd when he went out of bounds to stop the clock so that was "OK" to me. He has talent and a LowBudget salery so if nothing else he will be a very good BackUp"QB"....I like this guy.

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

brooks looked good TODAY,but what will we get tomorrow??? we all know his history. his stats were not much better than what walter's have been and take into consideration that the rec's were actually catching the ball today,which they have a hard time doing for walter. walter is just a puppy and brooks should be able to out play him for now. but we know brooks will not win many if anymore games than walter,he played the best he could and we still lost.so it comes down to either developing a qb or going with a qb that will get us one or two more wins a year.... season is over..play the kid... brooks will just keep doing what he has always done.at least walter can improve with experience while brooks has already hit his high water mark.

6:57 PM  
Blogger horsecollarjack said...

Raider 00: I wouldnt say stone cold, but pretty chilly. Calico Jack, what's the Raiders 2nd half stats this year? Wait: I know. Crappy.

I still say 17 is the magic number. We'll win any game we play if we score 17 or more.

9:23 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

The lack of productivity in 10 consecutive games worth of 2nd halfs is no fluke or coincidence.

Unfortunately, it points to some troubling signs or patterns.

(1) Lack of 2nd half adjustments by the coaching staff. In today's game, you would think that there would be some designed run/pass option plays to exploit Brooks mobility. 3 and 4 WR sets to spread the D out to give Brooks some running lanes; more designed roll-outs, a few bootlegs, QB draws, etc.

(2) Lack of execution by the players. What was it, 4 red zone oppportunities and only 1 TD? 4 legitimate chances for 28 points and end up with 13?

(3) And most troubling, a lack of a 'will to win'.

11 positions/players on offense and there isn't one single guy that you say "Yeah, so-and-so is an elite, top player" The only guy on offense that I feel really good about is Curry and he isn't even a starter.

The entire O needs to be rebuilt, revamped, and upgraded. Yeah, there are a few serviceable players and I realize that it will be next to impossible to rebuild this offense over night but there isn't one position that is off the table when considering the draft, free agency and future trades.

Priority #1 needs to be rebuilding the foundation of the O, namely the O-Line. The road back to a competent, productive O will be an O-Line that can protect the QB and open up holes for the RBs.

10:07 PM  

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