Saturday, October 17, 2009

Eagles Pregame Take

Or is it a pre-scrimmage take? We shall soon see.

It's been interesting to listen to the Raider Nation over the past three weeks. I am now far, far from alone in believing that the threshold of unacceptability has been breached. Even the most loyal fans in the world have their limits, it appears.

Thus, we have our second consecutive blacked-out home game, as well as countless vows of abstinence with regards to merchandise and ticket purchasing until things change for real. That's what happens when you shamelessly produce a scrimmage-level effort while on the verge of extending the NFL record for consecutive seasons of futility.

Maximum effort from each player, for a mere 30 minutes of actual game play on each side of the ball, 16 times per year, for millions of dollars, is not too much to ask.

If things are going poorly, I want to see JaMarcus Russell huddling with his teammates and coaches on the sideline, trying to figure things out, and pumping each other up to go at and reclaim the momentum. If someone pulls another stupid foul or stunt, I want Cable in his grill. If the Eagles are picking us apart, I want to see some smart, swift adjustments.

In other words, I want to see some real fire and energy; not, in the words of Antonio Pierce, a "scrimmage," a bunch of inert jerseys, falling to the ground.

Speaking of smart, swift adjustments, I want to see them on the organizational level as well. I want to see true change that you can see and taste, as I've said before.

When I said these things last year, many people would respond, "Well, who the hell are you?" and "Your opinion has no leverage whatsoever."

Who the hell am I? Apparently, I am the Raider Nation, judging by what I'm hearing.

As for the Raider Nation's supposed lack of leverage, well, things are getting pretty interesting on that front, eh? The fans' subsidizing of serial mismanagement and reckless disorganization is no longer a given.

Which brings us to tomorrow's blacked-out game. Just win, baby? Let's start with maximum effort, baby, and see where that takes us.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

A real effort would be nice. The problem with this team is there is no leadership on either side of the ball. I thought maybe Lorenzo Neil and Jeff Garcia were gonna provide some for the offense but Raider hierrarchy doesn't seem to think much of veteran leadership. As long as the offense is this bad and this clueless the D just aint gonna show up for an entire 60 mins. I hate to be a pessimist but "Warm Up The Clown Car" baby.


3:26 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Not the Clown Car...again! Don't make me do it, Raiders.

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Raided Nate 75 said...

Jamima Russell needs to make strong throws to his receivers. His receivers need to gain separation and actually catch the ball. The O-Line needs to buckle down and block, while Cable cannot stray away from the running game. Those are the 4 biggest problems offensively.
We know the Eagles are going to blitz, so I would like to see us play to our strengths by utilizing the speed of DHB and Murphy on the quick slants. Surely even rookie WRs know how to do that and run, right? Couple that with smash mouth runs up the middle for Michael Bush and Gary Russell (not Fargas), while Fargas (not Bush) breaks the corner of the line on the outside. Even if we peck 2 to 3 yards at a time, that is still leaving us with a 3rd and 4 or 5 to go.
Defensively, we need pressure on the running game; and pressure on McNabb. Linebackers have to get to the run gaps quicker.
With all of that said, I think it is another scrimmage for the Eagles. These are the fundamentals the Raiders have failed to show, what makes me think they will turn the switch on now? Just Prove It, Baby!

4:44 PM  
Anonymous raider00 said...


Thomas Nast used cartoons to take down the corrupt Boss Tweed.

I believe you just might take down the inept Raiders hierarchy with the Clown Car.

for the sake of the Raiders, I hope you succeed.

5:49 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

The Clown Car is an observation, not an agenda, but if Bozo, Buttons and Giggles and their righteous Raiders Clown Car can help "drive" a little change, then that would be wonderful. Until the Raiders stop clowning around, the Clown Car will continue to rumble.

6:04 PM  
Anonymous Arkansan Raider said...

RaiderMike, Lorenzo Neil was injured. Garcia didn't want to be here.

I hope you're as wrong with the rest of it as you were with that. If not, I agree with that last sentence.



8:14 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

I really don't care what the scoreboards reads at 00:00.

All I care about is seeing a Raider team that acts and plays like they genuinely care. This means high effort, high energy, emotion and demonstrating a true passion for their craft.

I can live with mistakes. What I won't ever condone is a team going through the motions without a purpose or conviction.

10:54 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

The season is quickly approaching the midway point. The time for training camp and scrimmages is over. It's time for Russell and this entire team to wake-up and...

just compete, baby!

7:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I used to think he was disinterested in football, but now he's just inflappable"

-tom jackson on eli manning.

Of course that hater would never say anything good about a raider, and Jruss has NOWHERE NEAR the o-line that eli inherited. I mean they were a SB contender when they drafted him.

That said, I still want a faster brain at QB than what Jruss seems to bring to the table.


PS: Gameplan against the eagles: Pull sommething amazing out of our arse.

9:12 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Giants look average aganist the Saints, who have had little problem scoring... and keeping the Giants out of the end zone (14-3).

10:49 AM  
Blogger RaiderRealist said...

We all know how bad the Raiders have been this year, but the namecalling is getting out of hand. BTW JaMarcus just threw a TD pass to Zach Miller. OAK 7 PHI 3.

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn good 1st half- Keep the clown car in the garage!


2:37 PM  
Anonymous Raided Nate 75 said...

Lets keep this play up the second half. The only play I question was the end-around on 3rd and 8 in the Red Zone. What was that crap?
Jamima Russell isn't doing too bad, but he did float one.....

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Arkansan Raider said...

I'll take the win.


4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a complete 60 minute effort from our team. some really nice defense and a W. i'll take it.


4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

vs a pretty good ballclub i might add.


4:26 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Good win. The team looked like they wanted it, which made the difference. Lots of blitzing today, but they still managed to play soft coverage toward the end... when it made the least sense.

Reed helped the Raiders out by taking a TO at 2:01, thereby making a pass play the obvious call... since we had no ability to run down the clock.

Had he waited until after the 2-min warning to call a TO, the Raiders almost certainly would have run the ball to wind down the clock...

4:51 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Excellent pressure on McNabb throughout the game.

Finally some sustained drives.

Solid 60 minute effort. The players were fully engaged, playing with emotion, spirit, and hustle. Some violent, snot knocking collisions to boot. The hit by Chris Johnson on an Eagle on 3rd down was a textbook, KO.

RT: How about breaking out the Lincoln Town Car Raider car and leaving the clown car idled in the garage?

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, we need a Raider pimpmobile!!


4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's right faida fanatics, take this win and beleive again, don't realize that the Philly fecals missed two field goals that would have put the faidas where they really are at 1-5, but beleive that you've turned the corner and are now a powerhouse "teem" that's in the playoff hunt...Ha ha hahah ah a.... Next wek you'll ALL be crying in your beer again with another faida ass whoopin by the next oponent! This was just an example of another worthless qb that choked as he usually does whenever he should shine, "donny mac slob" is a has been who could choke his way out of a sure win at the drop of a hat, todays faida win is the proof. Just enjoy babies it's still gonna be 2-14 at best...Go "nation" big smell (MR.) davis was right! he's got a brilliant qb that's gonna take you guys to many super bowls!!!!!!!! Ha ha ha ha...

6:01 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Missed the game, but looks like a great EFFORT. Shame is powerful motivator. Bravo, Raiders! You stepped up an delivered against a tough opponent. Love it.

6:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't get to see the game either, but it was nice suprise to see the final score. Also nice to hear something good about the Raiders. Dungy said the Raiders dominated at the line. I like that.


7:08 PM  
Anonymous gary said...

Fans that already gave up missed a great effort on both sides of the ball!

Guess you will just have to ask real fans what happened!!

8:24 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Real fans keep it real, my friend.

9:40 PM  
Blogger Izzy said...

I flew in from LA for the game, my buddy flew in from Hawaii. That's not a testimony of our fanaticism, it just that we can do it, so we do. For anyone to infer they are a *better* fan than another is self-indulgent narcissism, mental masturbation if you will. Love the Raiders, support them how you can, and you're a member of the nation period.

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