Sunday, November 06, 2011

One Postgame Take

What a joke. That's two disgraceful losses at home in a row to (allegedly) inferior AFC West rivals.

Oh, sure, it looks like we didn't lose divisional ground today (unless the Chargers mount a last-minute comeback), but I'm in no mood for moral victories.

Tim Tebow and the Broncos shoved the ball down our throats today, notching 300 rushing yards. Just like the Bad Old Days, eh? And don't get me started on the penalties.

I thought that this team was ready to take the leap. Now I'm not so sure. The Raiders' mental and physical toughness is suddenly in question. It all has an unsettling yet familiar ring to it.

69 Comments:

Anonymous raider00 said...

"Don't givel me any bye bullshit. This is not a good football team"
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BINGO, Memdf. it's what I've been saying all along.

The D, and special teams are grossly lacking.

And how we gonna get better without draft picks ?

The need for a real GM cannot wait until off season.

Must hire now, before what's left of Al's concept is totally torn apart.

4:41 PM  
Blogger Raidrfan32 said...

disgusting...i am disgusted. Utterly truly disgusted. I dont know what to even say. Penalties, our run defense, omg. I am sick to my stomach right now, i think im going to throw up.

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

F*** you Hue, stop talking like you're more clever than everyone and prove it. You let a 3rd string RB beat you as a QB. Period.

Franco

4:51 PM  
Anonymous JONES said...

Who says the Raiders don't need McClain? Giardano needs to get out and sit down. Curry needs to calm down and play smart football, he was out of his head for the 2nd half. Blackstock is a good special teamer, not an everydown backer.

Defense got worn down and were not prepped on the style of Offense that Denver was running, they obviously made no adjustments at halftime = poor coaching. A complete meltdown on Defense, very disappointing. It's like Tebow got into their heads and then they just let McGahee run wild. That was another ugly game.

Palmer looked good for his 1st gm in a while with a new team. He won't get up to speed until 4-5 weeks down the Rd. He threw some nice balls and shows quality leadership. The team misses McFadden, he is the star of the Offense, if he can get back in the lineup, that will make Palmer more comfortable. Found the benching of DHB an eyebrow raiser.

I was thinking this would be a Defensive struggle, turned out to be run and gun with penalties out the ying yang. Raiders usually come out flat after the extra week off, they always play Rivers tough, Offense can score but the D needs to show up for 60 minutes.

JONES

5:02 PM  
Anonymous memdf said...

Tbow is the joke of the nfl. What does that make us?
My trip to Minnesota will cost me the equivalent of 200 level season tickets- $1,288.00 = tickets and air (me, my wife and daughter, all of whom Raider Take has met)
I am Fed Exing a letter to Amy Trask tomorrow.

5:15 PM  
Anonymous memdf said...

Lions beat these pukes by 35. By my math they will beat the Raiders by 24. What the he'll is happening?
I am so pissed my wife is making sleep downstairs.

5:18 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

What a meltdown. They Raiders have played miserably after the bye week for nine straight seasons.

T.J. Housh provided nothing except perhaps cost DHB some playing time.

The penalities were over the top, stupid and avoidable.

That was shameful!

I can't imagine the Raiders can come back in a short week and keep up with the Chargers.

Of course, if they can't that will be three straight division losses after going 6-0 last year.

This was the most important stretch of the season.

5:23 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Who the H is in charge of this team? From penalties to missed coverages, to bad play calling..this was a disaster of a game. I swear Hue lost this team when he threw Campbell under the bus. I know he was hurt but he didn't even call Jason to tell him what was up. Word gets around, brother, word gets around. and Raidrfan32, I did just throw up.

6:00 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

For the D to give up 38 points to the Donkeys is unforgivable. The run defense was absolutely pathetic.

4-4, in a 3 way tie for 1st place is a real head scratcher.

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's two losses where the D took the second half off and let the opponent back into the game. Palmer's stat line will look good with 19/35 for 332 yds, 3TDs(3 INTs not so good) but I'll take 124yds & 2TDs if it wins the game.

7:06 PM  
Blogger OakTown Blues said...

...dunno who's weaker, the readers of this blog or the Raiders of the past two weeks... Stay positive people. I am a firm believer that the team reflects it's fans. Turn it up a notch... Take, set the example please. I'm not disgusted, in fact, surprised were in the .500 club... Colt-take is probably more positive. HAHA
You're Fired! :)

8:35 PM  
Blogger OakTown Blues said...

...admit it, them Donks got swagger. they proved it. i am laughing at the Tebow bashers, they sounded as weak as you guys do today! Fans? if you were a metal band, you'd be called Pathettica, and if i were an oaklsnd Raider, I would UNSUBSCRIBE. Pffft!
OakTownBlue, the Rader fan who laughs at "raiderfans" (who throw beer cups and negative smack).. I am OUT.

8:38 PM  
Anonymous gary said...

Tough lose although we ARE still in first place in the AFCW. Another second half collapse with the defense... I wonder about our strength and conditioning coaches sometimes.

Palmer looks like a QB that will throw a ton of TD's for us in the next 3-4 years (and a lot of int).. pretty awesome with just 8 practices?

Kinda weird seeing the Raider fans that spent 3 years saying how horrible DHB is and how he should be standing on the sidelines, now screaming bloody murder because he is standing on the sidelines.

Football fans are a myopic bunch!!

Lets get McFadden healthy... and our defense.. well just AVERAGE. This season isn't over by a long shot!

10:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Faiduh Boy that's a weak disguise. It must have been killing you to see the Raiders with a winning record. Time for you to get your toys and go back to the sandbox. Leave the analysis to the grown folks Faiduh Boy, er, Oak Town Blues.

10:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gary,
yes, because DHB has IMPROVED, it's as simple as that.
He is a legit receiver now and made clutch catches at crucial times in the first games of the season.
You do not bench your leading receiver for a Bengal scholar. All I saw of TJ yesterday was somebody stumbling over his own feet. He did get pushed on that one route, sure. But other than that: non factor.

12:35 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

The Raiders defense looked lost. Blown assignments, poor gap control, and stupid penalties at critical junctures of the game (particularly by Seymore and Curry).

It will be interesting to see if Jackson retains Bresnahan after this season. I say he won't.

4:41 AM  
Blogger russ oliver said...

That was depressing.
Only positive thing to say is that the rest of the division seem equally set on throwing their chances away.
Still, with a defensive performance like that it's hard to see how the Raidres could be the ones to step up and win it.

5:24 AM  
Anonymous 5er said...

Table was set...

Bye week, home game, inferior opponent, division rival, opportunity to sieze sole posession of 1st place = Raiders lay a golden egg??

Dare I say it Take, but the clown car apparently isn't safely parked in the garage for good...

7:07 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Yeah, if there was ever a tune-up for the Clown Car, the past two games was it...

7:56 AM  
Anonymous JONES said...

Who is screaming 'bloody murder'? It's just suprising that Hue would be so quick to sit his ass down in place of a hasbeen who never was. That shows signs of a HC who no longer has to take orders from above.

Now that Mr.Davis has left us, you can see a power vaccum happening within the Organization. So far, there are signs that Hue might be using that vaccum to get what he wants. HOPEFULLY, there is a plan in place that does not let Hue call all the shots.

More than ever, this team needs leadership from the front office and it will be interesting to see how it plays out. Yesterdays game shows that one of the first actions needed is to get a real D.C. It will be hard for this team to make it to the playoffs, IMO. Palmer will not be at his best for a few weeks and the Defense under Chuck is a recipe for failure.

JONES

9:46 AM  
Blogger OakTown Blues said...

Give Palmer at least as much time as Tebow! 4-4 witn new QB Coach Owner and RBs plus penalties is decent ball... ugh! Patience! This bunch cant handle the AFCs best... yet.

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Raided Nate 75 said...

I will still take Palmer over Boller. That said, I expect our defense to play better than it has. Someone needed to (and still needs to) slap Trevor Scott for not staying his gap against Tebow as he ran the option.
Hey Trevor, the DE shadows the QB, and the outside LB shadows the RB in an option run! This is widely known, even at the High School level of play. Quit trying to be the hero and make a play, and do your job! You get the dumbass award of the game.
Now we are in a must win game Thursday against the DunderDolts. It wouldn't surprise me if Rivers runs the option....SHEESH!

11:18 AM  
Blogger OakTown Blues said...

nice take Nate... well said

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the D looked lost because they ARE without Rolando. The penalty on Curry for hit late out of bounds was BS. The touched his shoulder, but in now way pushed him. The lack of a PI on a blatant push that would have put us on the 1yrd line. And then the meltdown at the end because we didn't have Ro in there to keep everyone calm and on task.

Ugly, yes. end of the world, No.

-moshbucket

1:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This loss devastated me and it confirmed my fears before the season started of hiring Chuck to coordinate the D. Granted not many people were lining up to work for Al so we were sort of stuck with him.

It is also clear that the Raiders need a GM sooner rather than later.

Thursday is HUGE and a win would put us in an amazing position.

Roy

1:59 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

From Corkran:

"Boss was essentially a spectator, playing only on special teams."

“I was surprised,’’ Boss said Monday. “Coach’s decision.’’

Huh? Boss has been money every time the ball is thrown his way. Why take him out of the equation?

3:39 PM  
Anonymous raider00 said...

Here is what we usually hear after a loss like this.
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Question: How did the receivers get so wide open on those TD's ?

Answer: Well, you know. We had some missed assignments out there today.

Q: Why did the defense struggle to stop the run ?

A: All it takes is one guy to not stay in his gap. We had problems staying in our gaps.

Q: What can Raiders take away from this game ?

A: Hopefully, we can all learn a lesson from this loss, and grow as a team.
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Does all this Crap sound familiar ? It's the same Crap we've been listening to for the past decade.

HERE IS THE REAL TRUTH!!!!!!!
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Q: How did the receivers get so wide open on those TD's ?

A: Our front 4 does not put consistant pressure on the QB.

Q: Why does the defense stuggle to stop the run ?

A: As a unit, we lack the toughness, intelligence, and disipline, it takes to stop the run.

Q: What can Raiders take away from this game ?

A: We are still a mediocre team. We do far too much talking about winning. But on the field, we flop.
**********************************

This is the TRUTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!We never hear.

4:46 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

The one thing that really disappointed and surprised me (in spite of the absence of McClain) was how soft our interior D was against the run.

Most of McGahee's runs (20 carries, 163 yards, at 8.2 a pop) were simple, between the tackles type runs.

Seymour, Kelly, and Henderson need to take a hard look in the mirror. This was one of the worst performances by our DLine this season.

As far as DC Chuckie ... what was the game plan? where were the adjustments to counter Tebow's strengths (shotgun runs, options, rollouts, bootlegs) and force him into a traditional pocket passer?

The way our DEs failed to contain and our LBs failed to spy on Tebow was amateur hour at it's worst.

6:35 PM  
Anonymous JONES said...

Off topic....just want to give respects to Joe Frazier, he was a great fighter from a great era....another legend is gone.

JONES

10:07 PM  
Blogger H said...

Sorry, guys. I know I usually let a loss roll off and let it go. But, this one took a bit.

That second half was pure crap.

H

10:39 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Pure as can be, H.

Here we are, once again, flirting with our NINTH non-winning season in a row.

I know, "stay positive." I'd like to know how many consecutive non-winning seasons we'd have to go (9, 10...15?) for me to not be lectured with "stay positive" after a pathetic loss like the one we witnessed on Sunday?

And about not having McClain...If we're one LB away on defense from making Tim Tebow and Willis McGahee look like Elway & Co., then we're in bigger trouble than I thought.

11:34 AM  
Blogger PantyRaider said...

Well NOT surprising the criers just CRY and the rest just keep supporting...But hell you cried when we were 4-n-2!!!


Palmer threw some 30 times...How many plays did Palmer have???...So how many times were plays recirculated and thus make their "D" familiar and anticipating in the 2nd half...

Bush...Same situation...He ain't no "D-Mac"...

The "O" lost much of it's effectiveness in the 2nd half while the "D" was sleep walking because our "DC" was so damn intent on dieing with the Blitz...But why???...Tebow was NOT going to hurt us passing...Only his running was a threat but with the all out Blitz the run was neglected and the secondary had gaping holes for their "WR"s to run free and wide open....

The Tebowncos were able to take advantage of those situations which couldn't/wouldn't get corrected???...Sucks yet but that's life in the NFL any given Sunday!!

Time to shake it lose and see what happens Thursday Night in "SD"...

PantyRaider...AFCW Just Got Tighter Is All!!!/_

12:08 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Imagine being pissed when your team makes Tim Tebow (!) look like Johnny Unitas and Willis McGahee like Earl Campbell at home after getting shut out by the Chiefs at home.

Here come the Bears, Packers, Lions and Chargers (x2). It's "show me" time...Again.

12:28 PM  
Blogger OakTown Blues said...

Take... Tebow: Unitas? You are sounding like a drama queen and Earl Campbell deserves better! :)

12:43 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Yeah, you're right...Unitas couldn't run like that.

12:53 PM  
Anonymous JONES said...

Dying with the blitz? Really? What game were you watching? How many times did McGahee, fly through the 4 man front with Curry and Blackstock running around trying to find the hole that was big enough to drive through? Then the DB's all running at the wrong angles...the 2nd half D looked all to familiar.

Chuck was confused, he didn't know what to call so he just stayed basic. The Tewbow misdirection made the Defense look lost, they got confused and they mentally gave up. The leaders on the Defense need to lead, Seymour has to step up, need McClain with Curry to keep Curry under wraps.

Where is Wimbley, the guy is nonexistent, get back to the line stunts and choice blitzes. There were no line stunts, blitzes were coming with safety's who were 7 yds off the ball, poorest coaching job I've seen in a while. The players know it, Hue knew it week 1. Hopefully, the Raiders can find someone to come in and help the Defense, let Woodson have more of a say?

JONES

12:58 PM  
Anonymous scorpio said...

GUYS, 2 THINGS (4 actually):

1) hue jackson and 2) mcfadden
1st jackson: he keeps saying he'll take the blame so dammit, i mo give it to him! i don't know what he's telling his team but he sure as hell isn't getting them ready to play. seems to me they were over-confident and didn't prepare well for these 2 losses.

in the battle of the rookie head coaches in the bay area, harbaugh is clearly showing that he is doing FAR more with FAR less talent. for damn sure the raiders have a hell of a lot more talent that the whiners do. hue just doesn't know what he's doing.

on mcfadden: ummm, i for one was one who was really hoping and praying we'd get this guy. we all know what he's capable of - IF he's healthy. and that brings me to my other point. i'm getting a little tired of waiting for this guy to give us a complete season. but instead, just when he gets rolling, he gets hurt. this is what i'm afraid of: i don't know if this new CBA allows francising a player but bush is an unrestricted free agent in 2012 so we might lose him. someone mentioned earlier up top that we have no draft - well, why not trade mcfadden and do what we can to keep bush, ASSUMING dmac can rack up some offense and stay healthy the rest of the season. bush gives us power running at that position (not as fast but fast enough) plus we have depth that taiwan gives us.

defense: monte poole said it, and i'll repeat it: this season will depend on the defense. someone (i forget who) smacked me down because i criticized the defense for not stopping the run. well, it looks like i was right. on the postgame show, they mentioned that 3 out of the 4 losses were defensive losses. this team is NOT ready for prime time.

one more: penalties, especially dumb ones. part of being prepared mentally guys!!!!!

good thing for us, every team in our division somewhat is sucking right now so it's there for us to get! gotta run!

12:58 PM  
Blogger OakTown Blues said...

that's funny Take... and for the Raider players who read this... Keep up the smashmouth play, its who you are. BooYa! Bolts b'ware....

1:08 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

I'm trying but it's hard to stay positive after that bang-your-head-against-the-wall and say WTF performance.

That's two games this year that the defense has completely fallen asleep in the second half (obviously, the Bills game being the first).

Nothing good will ever come out of giving up 300 yards rushing. Not sure how some folks can just write that off. That's a glarring problem.

And how can any defense look so helpless against Tebow and his college-level option?

The Chargers may have been beaten Sunday, but they played a superior team and stayed in the game til the end. Can the Raiders keep up with them after the failures over the last two weeks?

If not, we're looking down the barrel of three straight division losses after going 6-0 in the division last year.

2:59 PM  
Blogger OakTown Blues said...

ny raider... i like that. this Oak crew can do whatever it sets its mind to... but the mindset has us all wondering! good take... im with ya

3:38 PM  
Anonymous raider00 said...

Again, we'll hear the same BULLSPIT about not stopping run.

"Guys just aren't staying in their gaps."

You mean to tell me, after ten years, Raiders still haven't figured out how to cover gaps ?? NONSENSE.

In order to stop run, defense must have 3 things,

Tougness
Intelligence
Discipline

This must be ALL 11 defenders.

Obviously, Raiders have some SOFT players on the D.

Not seeing much gang tackling, or hustle from these guys.

5:06 PM  
Blogger PantyRaider said...

Raider00...

The reason their not in their gaps this week is because they were trying to bring the heat on the "QB" and took themselves out of the play that went opposite of where their dumb asses went...It reminded me of that loss to Buffalo in the playoffs under Shell I when Thurman Thomas went right where the "DL" (Howie Long) vacated...

That's what their "O" is designed to do...The Zone "O"...Go to where the zone has been cleared out...That doesn't happen if the "D" plays "D" the way it's suppose to...The Desire to Blitz is what took us down...Dumb scheme!!!

"RT"...

You were hanging on your perch looking for the opportunity to bitch as always and jumped on it with both feet so don't try to paint some other picture of the reality..It's who you have become!!!...

As with the rest of the "Mediot" Clones!!!

PantyRaider...Glad To See Some Try To Remain Positive!!!/_

5:53 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

I think this is a fair question for those who are hammering me today:

How many consecutive non-winning seasons will it take for you to not lecture me to "stay positive" after I have a negative take after the Raiders embarrass themselves at home against two inferior (allegedly) divisional opponents two weeks in a row?

I'd like a number please, and it has to be greater than eight, obviously.

This will give me at least one thing to look forward to if the Raiders continue to spin their wheels for years to come.

6:14 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

PR -

The Raiders getting gouged by runs had NOTHING to do with blitzing.

Seriously, what game were you watching?

I don't have the # but I would be very confident in saying that the Raiders blitzed far less than normal on Sunday.

The game I watched, the Broncos got big 7+ yard runs by either

(a) their OLine blowing holes in our front four, the LBs failing to plug the gaps, and the defenders doing a poor job shedding blocks

(b) runs with Tebow out of shotgun, using misdirection, using bootlegs, and improvising where the Raider defenders didn't stay disciplined.

6:45 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

RT:

To answer your question,

"9"

7:48 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Thank you!

8:03 PM  
Blogger Mr.Duva32 said...

Absolute failure! Losing faith in Hue as HC; as is the team ……hmmmmm? Chuck B is a waste of human flesh. We lack the necessary talent on the Defensive side of the ball, which is why we struggle plain and simple.

Some rumors coming out of Oaktown is that Hue had called the team out on Sat night's walk thru by saying something to the effect of: That he will be looking at bringing in other free agents into the lineup if the ones(or individual players) on the team don't step it up at notch?

8:29 PM  
Anonymous scorpio said...

oh that'll help team morale...

9:54 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Mr. Duva,

The NFL is a performance oriented business of "what have you done for me lately". I have no problem with players knowing full well that their starting jobs, reps., or yes, job security is not certain.

If Hue or any future GM has an opportunity to upgrade or improve the team by aggressively seeking out free agents, waiver wires, trades, I'm all for it.

9:55 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

That's a sharp contrast from past scholarship programs; however, I believe the rumors of Jackson actually stating that to the players may have been exagerated, at least that's what I read from some player quotes posted by Corkran.

There has to be some happy medium. You don't fire folks over one bad performance, but you do replacement them after you see a pattern that goes uncorrected.

Arguably, that's where we are in terms of run defense... but I think it has to start with coaching.

Bresnahan was a reach (for DC) from the beginning. I would guess he is repeating some of the failures he had in Cincy.

3:59 AM  
Anonymous Raided Nate 75 said...

pr, if the raiders defenders were out of position, or if the chiefs were playing to where the defenders "vacated" it is not due to anything else than game planning.
The defense reacts to how the opposing offense sets up. The defense reacts this way to what they and their coaches observed from films. It just looked like the Raiders were unprepared defensively.
Granted, the Doncos had failed to utilize the option in an actual game until this past Sunday, but that doesn't negate Scott from jumping his gap every damn time! Horrible coaching, horrible execution of assignments, and horrible undisciplined play is what cost us the last 2 games.

10:00 AM  
Blogger OakTown Blues said...

Take... there is no number. 70 times 7!

2:00 PM  
Anonymous memdf said...

RT-
How could you not be pissed? The rest of the schedule is brutal especially considering not beating,at home, the chefs and the team the lions beat by 24 points.
Reality is a mother and that reality, from my view, has this team maybe beating miami, maybe.

2:10 PM  
Anonymous raider00 said...

Panty,

It wasn't just the denver game, or this season.

Raiders haven't stopped run for 10 years now.

There something beyond gap coverage going on here.

Gap coverage can be fixed in one week. Shouldn't take 10 years to fix. And it still isn't fixed.

2:22 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Oaktown, I was afraid you might say that.

So the Raiders could get embarrassed like they did the past two weeks, amid 490 consecutive non-winning seasons, and I will still be lectured with "stay positive" after having a negative take?

How's this for optimism: Year 491, something to look forward to!

3:29 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

I don't think I'll last, yet it's a mere blink of the eye when you consider the earth is like 5 billion years old.

So does the 491 years estimate mean your glass is half full?

4:52 PM  
Blogger PantyRaider said...

"CJ"...

YOU LIAR ASS BITCH!!!

Don't you even begin to post some damn crap at me when your such a damn weak ass bitch that couldn't hold his word on what was wagered...

Coward Ass Bitchy!!!

NOTHING you post is worthy of consideration!!!

8:40 PM  
Blogger PantyRaider said...

Time to nut up and act like you got a pair...Show some Raider Pride while waving our colors and proclaim domination -n- "V" NOT crawl under a rock in fear hiding your eyes like some weak ass pussy!!!

8:46 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

"Time to nut up and act like you got a pair...Show some Raider Pride while waving our colors and proclaim domination -n- "V" NOT crawl under a rock in fear hiding your eyes like some weak ass pussy!!!"

Said Hue Jackson to his team before the Chiefs game...The Broncos game...and, hopefully, tomorrow's game against the Chargers.

9:10 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

PR,

I was simply commenting on the Raiders D getting sliced & diced on by the run.

I gave my explanation in football terms which is backed up by what transpired, the coaches account of the game, and the players views.

The fact that I commented on your opinion that we got gouged because we blitzed too much (which was categorically false) is your problem not my problem.

You simply get too emotional, kool-aid driven, and fly off the handle way too easily when another fan has an objective view of what actually happened. I suspect you have a serious chemical imbalance and wish you well.

I know it isn't what you wanted to hear but the Raiders D got blasted for 299 yards rushing. I was sick to my stomach watching the assault on our D.

Take a deep breath and deal with it. You can rant all you want and call me every name in the book but the bottom line is this;

I want the Raiders to succeed.

When the Raiders play poorly or play well, I share my opinions.

I don't care how many times you bring up the bet or how you try to spin things. Quite frankly, your opinions about the Raiders or me are completely meaningless.

9:50 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

This game vs. the Chargers is a SERIOUS character game.

All the built in excuses are just that, excuses. Don't want to hear about the short week, injuries, a new QB, etc.

All I truly want is an inspired, all out, balls to the wall effort where the game is played with a laser focus with playoff implications on the line.

The deck might be stacked against us but more times than not the hungrier team prevails. This is the type of game where the words "will to win" take on added significance and value.

9:58 PM  
Blogger PantyRaider said...

Zone-read option leads to big results for Tebow, Broncos

featuring the zone-read option play that Tebow made famous at the University of Florida while winning two national championships and a Heisman Trophy.

Other teams (like the Panthers with Cam Newton and the Bills with Brad Smith) have certainly sprinkled some elements of the formation into their playbooks. However, no team has featured the play as prominently as the Broncos did in their 38-24 win over the Raiders.

The most dangerous element of the zone-read is the quarterback keeper. A quarterback with explosive running skills can wreak havoc on the edges, and the play often puts him in isolated situations with defenders in space.

The inside zone is the complementary run to the quarterback keeper. The running back will cross the face of the quarterback while taking a direct path to the inside foot of the opposite offensive guard. His approach to the line of scrimmage is important because it forces linebackers to flow aggressively to the frontside, which creates better blocking angles for the offensive line.

When both elements of the zone-read are working effectively, offensive coordinators will routinely call a designed cut back to take advantage of aggressive linebackers. The play design and execution are the same, but the path of the running back is changed to give him the opportunity to get to the backside quicker. Rather than aim for the inside foot of the opposite guard, he will take a downhill angle in the direction of the center to allow him to cut back immediately at the line of scrimmage.

7:16 AM  
Blogger PantyRaider said...

"CJ"...

You a damn LIAR!!!

7:19 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Sounds textbook yet we couldn't defend it. It's a college play.

The Raiders and particularly Trevor Scott bit on it every time. If nothing else, it shows how undisciplined the Raiders defense is.

Until playing the Raiders, the Broncos had not even come close to putting up those numbers.

Can one game make a difference? We're only a few hours away from finding out the answer.

Let's hope so!

9:08 AM  
Anonymous JONES said...

Nice copy and paste. Don't see how it proves the Raiders getting burnt because of "all their blitzing". And what's with the name calling AGAIN? I think someone needs a 'timeout'. Seems that a certain someone wants to drag it back into the mud, why? This site has moved in to a higher state of consciousness but a certain someone wants to bring it back to the neanderthal state, why? The menace is back to his old tricks.

JONES

9:29 AM  
Blogger OakTown Blues said...

yup... take.. I said it... 70x7... see.. I becae a free agent fan for 2 yrs when Jamarcus Russell was signed... it was me watchig all these games with no alliance. Fact: as I laughed at the Raiders false imagery, it hurt. I discovered that my blood, like it or not, was Silver and Black.. even if our next QB is a seven foot girl when the NFL sees revenue in that. Pro football is getting pansied... and so isthe fanbase... but not here. I love the QuakeTown Take in all seasons, and after a two year free agent fan blues binge... I am in for the long haul. We might lose the next seventy games, but if theres one guy wholl be thanking these historic gladiators... its me.. and my Take pirates... If Seymour can buckle down.. Palmer COULD throw for another 440 yards in SD tonight like he did in 06... but Im in... unconditionally. Semper Fi Quaketown... looking fwd to long bombs and a very hushed crowd in Digo. Welcome home Carson!!!!!

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Derick from Section 344 said...

There are 50 reasons why the Raiders should lose this game tonight and only 1 reason why they will win.

Because they HAVE TO.

Denver was clearly a Trap game, and the Raiders are clearly not good enough yet to avoid that type of thing. But this team has already shown a knack this year to step up in games when a loss would basically kill the season.

Think The Jets game, coming off of the Buffalo debacle. Think the Houston game, coming off the Patriots loss and the death of Mr. Davis.

The injury situation is a real cause for concern but Tonight HAS TO BE one of those games.

Not sure why, but I have a strange feeling it will be.


GO RAIDERS

12:55 PM  
Blogger OakTown Blues said...

Derrick you are Spot ON BooYaa correctomuuuundo!!!

1:44 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Game night thread is up.

5:04 PM  

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