Monday, December 04, 2006

Quick Postgame Take

Better playcalling, same awful execution. Where are Madsen and Morant? Why didn't we sign another kicker for this game? Lights-out defense gets no support from special teams or the offense. Again. The illness appears to be systemic. The gulls circle. The Coliseum goes dark.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought the only offensive positive was better play calling in the second half, showing that Shoop could make adjustments at the break. We just have too many issues on that side of the ball. The D brings it every week and I still like the STs despite how they played yesterday

6:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the second half, when we were in the redzone, the offense decides to implode .. and move further away, making it harder for playcalling and SeaBass.

7:00 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Adrian Peterson, Brady Quinn, Troy Smith... start thinking about those names. This year's disasterous Raider season will certainly make college bowl games more interesting.

I agree Dan, we need a big-time run stuffer in the middle to compete in the AFC West, but not before we address major holes on the offense.

7:55 AM  
Blogger Doobie said...

It amazes me that this team can find a completely new way to lose every week. Sunday's flavor was fumbles and blown field goals. Factor in the sacks and the Texans had negative yards passing. Negative!

7:57 AM  
Blogger Doobie said...

BTW, here's the incomprehensible statement of the day:

"It hurts to the heart when you kill yourself," left tackle Chad Slaughter said. "We're wondering what it is just like you are."

10:17 AM  
Blogger Doobie said...

Coach, I don't know which parties you were directing that towards, but this is a blog where Raiders fans speak their minds, positive or negative. It can be optimistic boasts or vitriolic rants, but when you're 2-10 on the season you can expect more of the latter.

What you call negativity, I call frustration. However, unlike a locker room environment, us griping about the team on a blog isn't going to affect the team's performance on the field. Therefore, there's no harm with fans being critical about their favorite team.

In fact, I'd rather discuss sports with a person who has objective opinions about their team than someone who's just blindly optimistic. That's usually because you'll find the objective people are the real fans who have been there through the good and bad seasons and have stuck by their team. The blindly optimistic ones are often either casual fans or new bandwagon jumpers who might just jump to another team if the losing continues (this is a casual observation made over the years and not anything directed to you, or anyone else on this blog).

So where do we go from here? I think that Shall already made the first move by replacing Walsh with Shoop. Aside from that, there's not much more that can be done this year. We're pretty much stuck with the personnel we have until next year.

10:39 AM  
Blogger Roy said...

RT: Is it too late to begin the "draft Troy Smith" campaign.

Raidercoachella: How can you not criticize your team when they seem like they are accepting these losses. We lost to the Texans, the f@cking Texans, AT HOME! Your refusal to criticize the Raiders does not make you a better fan. The team seems apathetic to the situation and I like many of my friends and family are anything but apathetic when it comes to the Raiders. This blog is a forum for Raider fans, if we cannot be honest with each other then that's pathetic. It is one thing to act like a hater bashing the Raiders in the media or with a bunch of whiner fans, it is quite another to "call 'em like you see 'em" with family. It's called constructive criticism. It's like criticizing your family or friend when they are ruining their life. We criticize because we care. When the team begins winning again, it will be with better execution, better game planning and better play calling and yes I will say that I knew changing these aspects of the game would make us a better team.

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again, for all who are already piling on the "Let's draft a QB" wagon; start countering those thoughts with "Al Davis will not draft a QB."
Troy Smith and Brady Quinn are not going to be drafted by the Raiders (especially since they are not better than Young and Leinart; both whom were skipped by Al). I'm calling my shot, the Raiders pick a RB. More than likely Marshawn Lynch, Antonio Pittman*, Mike Hart*, or Adrian Peterson*(if they enter the draft; all 3 are Juniors).
I'd choose any of the 3 over Peterson though.
More than likely, we will be pursuing Leftwhich from Jacksonville, or someone else at QB. I say, stick with Walter.
I think we should trade Moss for a veteran RB, O-Tackle, and another first rounder. Then with the second first round pick; select Ted Ginn Jr, Dwayne Jarret, or Limas Sweed to replace Moss. Then nothing but O-lineman, TE, and Fili Moala (DT, USC) after that. Anything else is inexcuseable.

11:13 AM  
Blogger Roy said...

First off, we didn't skip on Young and had he been there we would've taken him. I don't see us drafting Quinn but I definitely think we could draft Smith.

I would not mind a RB but if we don't go QB I think we would be wise to trade down or go after a stud left tackle. It seems safe to say that Gallery is not working. Perhaps we can use him on the right side or as a guard.

11:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take it from an 8 year resident of the Chicago area--Cubs fans whine plenty and...Cubs fans expect to lose, Raiders fans expect to win. All we're doing here is sharing opinions, out of frustration more than anything [as Doobie aptly put it]nobody here's jumping ship

1:37 PM  
Blogger frkyraider said...

after that proformance yesterday......i'd jump ship, but i've tried everything brillo pads, sand paper a grinding wheel...nothing will take off this freakin tattoo!!!!! just kidddin. been a raiderfan since birth (or close to) and will be till i take the big dirt nap!!! hang in there folks, remember it takes time to turn a team around. it's possible to do it overnight but very very rare. it took gruden two years to weed out the bad apples. give Art some leash.

2:23 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Coach: the fact that we're even here talking about and watching games so closely at this juncture of an abysmal season speaks volumes to our loyalty and devotion to this team. However, I reserve the right to question “authority” (I consider Al and Art authority figures) in all aspects of my personal and professional life with criticism (mostly constructive) and, perhaps on a rare occassion, even creative insight. Thanks to bloggers like RT, I can do that. After thirty-some years as a card-carrying member, I’m not ready to jump ship!

That said, I'm still trying to hash this game out in my mind. There's just no way to rationalize it. It's been 25 years since a team lost while allowing negative passing yardage. I just hope the whole defensive team and coaches don't jump ship before the offense gets on track (hopefully, next year).

2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One offensive TD in the 1st half. None in the 2nd half. It all sounds to familiar.

It begs the question, why is Brooks even playing. We have 2 wins this year, and they were with Walter under center. Granted, Walter played bad for the most part, but I don't see any improvment with Brooks.

It is just a huge waste of time to play Brooks at all from this point foward.

We may end up drafting/signing a QB in the offseason anyway, but let's give Walter, who has played only a handful of NFL games, a closer look.

Just look at the difference in the Cowgirls, switching from Bledsoe, to Romo,(an undrafted free agent).
You just never know when the light will go on in Walters eyes. That's what happens with young QB's.
Hey, maybe the light never will go on, but that remains to be seen.

I've seen enough of Albert Brooks.
Let's give the ball back to the young guy with some upside.

2:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And something else.

Why was Randal Williams signed to an extension earlier this yr ??
Based on what exactly ???

The man stinks, but apparently, whoever is evaluating talent in Oaktown these days, stinks even worse.

And another problem. Deep in his heart Seabad the kicker knows that no matter how many big kicks he misses, he will be kicking in Oakland for a long, long time.

Why? Because a certain Owner, who used to look like he was ready to rip the opponents throats out, by now seems to be trying to better understand all mankind, likes him.

This is just wrong. Al please, go back to being cut throat again.
Get rid of the deadwood, like Jano, & R. Williams, and start loving real football players again, like in the old days.

PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZZZZZZZZZ. Do this for the fans Al. I'm beggin ya !!!!!!!!!!!!!

2:58 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

I'm late to this discussion but I thought I'd throw in my 2 cents worth regarding RaiderCoachell's comments.

I think that the majority of Raider fans who visit RT's blog bleed Silver and Black. Everyone is entitled to offer their own critical points of view. There are a few "haters" who troll on various blogs but who cares about them.

Correct me if I'm wrong but I thought that one of the main reasons for visiting a Raiders blog is to have an on-going, open discussion about the good, bad, and ugly matters revolving around the Raiders.

I took my 10 year old nephew to his first game yesterday. During the game when Williams fumbled the ball for the 2nd time, my nephew was just as disappointed as the guy next to us who has been following the team for 40 years.

The point being that whether you are a new fan, old fan, critical fan, or blindly loyal fan, we all care about the Raiders and hurt when they lose.

7:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


It was fun reading your trade idea's, but Culpepper is way on the downside, & R. Williams would make Porter look like a boyscout.

Here's a trade to chew on. Randy Moss to Washington, for Sean Taylor.

Gibbs traded Baily, for Portis, and he loves to collect WR's, so maybe he'd do this. Just a thought.

8:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My idea of a good trade is to send Porter to Atlanta straight up for Matt Schaab. He is not doing the Falcons any good rotting on the bench and it is clear that they are in desperate need at WR. As for Moss, if Al can get a fifth round pick for him he should take it. Al has had better luck picking in the later rounds then he has in the first round. As for Janikowski, take him to the airport and ship his worthless ass back to Warsaw. I can't believe Al wasted a number one pick on this turd when Shawn Alexander was still available. In the 2007 draft, concentrate on getting a RB and a TE that can catch and hold on to the ball. It also wouldn't hurt to money whip Rob Ryan so he will stay and keep up the great job he has done on defense.

8:22 AM  

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