Sunday, September 23, 2012

Ten Postgame Takes

1. Now that was an NFL football game.

2. Was it just me, or did it seem like the Raiders were going to win this game halfway through the fourth quarter? Normally, I'd be expecting a stupid penalty or some epic defensive breakdown. But I wasn't. It just felt like it was our game.

3. That third-down threaded pass on the last drive by Palmer was unreal. Kept the drive and game alive, and led us to victory.

4. Badass. That was this game. That was our fans in the Black Hole (Gorilla Rilla > Terrible Towel), Carson Palmer, Darren McFadden, Dennis Allen, our receivers, our offensive line and, in many spurts, our defense. The aggression, the stripping of the balls.

5. Three penalties total. So cool.

6. The complexion of the season and the division has suddenly changed. If this game isn't a mirage, then it's about to get interesting.

7. We sent Dr. Jekyll to Miami. Mr. Hyde rode the plane back.

8. Looks like Carson Palmer got more audible latitude. Looks like it worked.

9. This Philip Wheeler dude at linebacker seems pretty effective.

10. Congrats to Dennis Allen and Reggie McKenzie for your first Raiders victory. That game was won on heart and discipline. Maybe radical change is nearer than we thought.

56 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like I Said....Slow Start While Gaining Momentum...

But Even Before The Bye despite all the injuries and non-calls too!!!

But you just couldn't wait to drive you "ClownCar" with all your dumb "Clown" Faithless Posters hanging on!!!

PantyRaider....Ye Of Little Faith!!!!//_

5:29 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Palmer was MVP. The OL was stout, and the Raiders didn't give up (turns out it's not a roster full of quitters). That was fun to watch.

Finally, second half adjustments. I was concerned about the soft coverage in the 1st half, but they dialed up some pressure, including more press coverage in the 2nd half.

Turnovers, field position, minimal penalties. That's how it's done.

Think Knapp can take a breath now? You could tell he was feeling the heat from media and fans. As you said, RT, looks like Palmer was given more decision-making today.

Biggest whiff of the day was McClain leaving his position in the middle allowing the Steelers to gain a 1st down on 4th and 1, at about the Steelers 30 (an insane call by Tomlin to go for it).

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Angelic Raider

Don't care what ya say...the onside kick took some guts and it was nice to see us be "ballsy"! Hope the come here to Colorado and beat some ass! Go Raiders

5:43 PM  
Anonymous JONES said...

The clown car and 'negativeness' spurred the team to bigger heights. It was shown that it will not be accepted and look at the effort today. Last week they gave up, this week they decided that wasn't going to happen again = progress.

HUGE WIN for this Org, players will feel much more comfortable in where they are at. Looks like Mike Singletary won't be ranting today. Instead, it's feel good time in Oakland, GREAT win, Kudos to the players and coaches...keep this feeling, keep the momentum and you just never know.

JONES

5:55 PM  
Anonymous JONES said...

"PantyRaider....Ye Of Little Faith!!!!//_"..... Says the 'pot'. How was Knapp's game calling today? You've said since the day he was hired that it was a JOKE, remember? Looked like a very good game from the OC? HC? DC, when it counted? Even the special teams...all around big game for the RAIDERS!

JONES

6:08 PM  
Anonymous JONES said...

Hey, anyone else notice RT Smith went after that Pitt player (cut block) near the end of the game? Payback for DHB,and no penalty for it, that is some good coaching. Great to see McFadden break loose and show some fire. Reece playing a bigger role today, Meyers too. DHB with some big catches. How bout this Burris kid, what a steal in round 4, McClain with a much better game, Wheeler is a huge upgrade over Wimbley. Huff did pretty good for not being used to that spot. Bryant and Houston looking good on the D-line. The team could of laid down behind by 10 pts. Not today.

JONES

6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Night and day difference from last week. How great is it that the coaches actually made adjustments at halftime?!!! Running game is still a work in progress but three penalties total on the day. Dan Fouts sounded like he wanted to run down to the field to throw a flag just because.

The Autumn Wind is 1-2

Pleased & praying for DHB

6:33 PM  
Anonymous scorpio said...

great win. great 2nd half. this team showed today that they can hang with teams like pittsburgh. offense is waking up. defense though needs to step it up and bring pressure to the QB. after basically qutting on themselves in miami last week, they beat the steelers. sure they had some stars missing but we did too. NOW - how about some consistency? prayers for DHB!

7:43 PM  
Blogger AvantGrape said...

Great win, despite the Pitt's D being a little thin today. I'm not going to get too excited though. The game was fun as heck, but consistency is they key here, and I still think we have a lot of rebuilding to do from a personnel perspective. Nonetheless, I definitely have faith in the coaching staff and management. I could nitpick, but the philosophy is what matters most, and it's leaps and bound above where we've been Well done!

8:01 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Down 21-31, this team didn't roll over ... it executed.

Very proud of the team, coaching staff, players, and fans today.

1 game doesn't make a season but this one was BADLY needed on so many levels especially from a confidence standpoint.

All 3 units contributed to a total team win!

Don't care if Pittsburgh was missing Troy & Harrison ... we were missing our startring CBs and WLB.

Botttom Line: The Raiders socred 34 points on one of the best D's in the league, Palmer was a complete general on the field, and yes, Knapp did a nice job with the playcalling and offensive scheme.

It was very clear in this game that Palmer was given a few additional tools to use his knowledge; the no huddle and audibles were HUGE.

In a season that was looking very gloomy after 2 weeks has been recalibrated.

SD 2-1
Oak 1-2
KC 1-2
Den 1-2

Consistency, work-rate, improvements, adjustments, and a TEAM mentality are the key to this season.

8:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCAR

a few observations from the couch on a great game to watch as a fan of football, and an even better game as a Raider Fan

The Stadium was rockin!

Carson Palmer was Sharp! If this is the CP3 the Raiders get all season, the Raiders will be in most if not every game.

Last week I mentioned that Mcfadden wasnt good at finding holes in a ZBS...Thanks for proving me Wrong!!! It was great to see Mcfadden getting to the second level,inflicting real damage with his runs.
The O-line finally had a complete game.. Palmer was pressured, but for the most part the Steelers pass rush was held in check all game...On the run side, there were holes to run thru, and anytime a rusher goes for over 100 yards against the steelers, the o-line has to get credit.

On the Defensive side, there are two qualities of this game I hope stay with this team all season long. First, all the forced fumbles. Turnovers are gamechangers! The 2nd is that the Steelers did not score any cheap points. Didnt it seem like every Steelers score was a 10 or more play drive(except 1st?). A bend but dont break philosophy?

Special Teams was IMPROVED.


When the Steelers successfully used an onside kick in superbowl XXX against the cowboys,it was so unexpected, and I gained a tremendous amount of respect for Bill Cowher and the Steelers. Yesterday was the same for my feelings about Dennis Allen The surprise factor was there. The kick was perfect. only Goodson missing the uncontested recovery is what saved the Steelers on this play. To quote Angelic Raider, It was BALLSY!!

3 games in here is my two cents on grades
Knapp C...ticking up
Tarver C...holding
special teams C-...ticking up

I saw a tenacity and fire in DA that I had not yet seen this season. Keep it up Coach!

I am going to Enjoy todays version of overreaction monday!!

SCAR

5:12 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Marcus Allen was in the house Sunday (to light the AL torch). Honestly, it's great to see former Raiders like Allen, Gannon and Gruden being invited back to embrace their Raider past.

Does anyone know who Willie Smith is? If not, it's because he played a solid game. Hopefully, he's our new RT.

5:54 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

The difference in the 2 halfs of this game were night/day. At halftime, I was thinking "Here we go again." The team that came out of the locker room was not the same team that started the game. It wasn't.

See what happens when the offense starts moving the ball? The defense gets rest, and is able to turn the ball over, and get some consistent pressure to get the offense back on the field.

There were a lot of audibles in the second half offensively. I think this was the difference. The audible is not just for changing the play, but the O-line protection. Carson saw some things he didn't like, and changed the protection (the 64 yard McFadden run was one of them).

Let's take this win and intensity to Denver and come out with another W!

JUST WIN, BABY!

6:40 AM  
Blogger OakTown Blues said...

I must have have blinked for the penalties, but we used to get three flags in single drives: Discipline.
I was stoked with the 4th down call in he red zone: Confident.
The naked bootlegs were perfectly timed: Smart.
The onside kick? Swagger.
Palmer was cool and collected, and the banged-up D kept getting better.
Like I've said, the talent is fine, but see what happens when a team will Commit? Suddenly, Legit.

DHB: so glad you're recovering.

7:33 AM  
Anonymous scorpio said...

3 penalties for 25 yards while they got 81 yards on penalties plus their turnovers?

we playing for a FULL 60 minutes?

this is the kind of stuff that loses games for us. hopefully it's all put in the past!

8:19 AM  
Blogger Stuporburg said...

Making 2nd half count is a big deal. In the first two losses, the Raiders were not terribly bad in the 1st half, but started losing steam in the 2nd half. Not with the yesterday's game, which is a good thing to see.

To be on the cautious side, the depth of the Steeler's defense was rather thin, so this helped out the Raider's offense. Although their D was still dangerous enough to see freak events like DHB getting hospitalized.

Overall, I think Palmer should be given a greater say in making game calls. Although he did not play badly, he was less effective in the first two losses.

8:31 AM  
Blogger OakTown Blues said...

This team can beat Denver. Then the bye. Then Fatlanta... Ice 'em.

9:17 AM  
Anonymous scorpio said...

consistency folks, consistency! this is the NFL. whether these guys have the talent or not, they are SUPPOSED to play a FULL 4 quarters. if they do, they can hang with the steelers' or anyone else. i said HANG. it's one thing to get beat by a small margin like 1 or 2 points ie: vs. SD. it's another to get your ass kicked every which way in a blowout like miami. gotta break this habit of playing up or down to that week's opponents...

12:27 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

I give a ton of credit to Palmer & Knapp for devising an offensive game plan that included utilizing 9diffrent skilled players for at least 1 reception.

The offense was diversified, balanced, and highly efficient but most importantly, PRODUCTIVE.

4 mere possession in the entire 2nd half accounted for 4 scores and 20 points. The offense didn't shoot itself in the foot in the 2nd half when the margin of error was paper thin - 1 penalty, 0 turnovers, 0 sacks allowed, key 3rd down conversions.

As always, the good teams, the playoff caliber teams, establish a level of consistency, execution, and effort.

The best thing about this win, IMO, is that it was the epitome of a TOTAL TEAM effort. Each unit played an important role in the final outcome.

8:34 PM  
Anonymous JONES said...

Other than the running game in the 1st 2 games, this Offense has moved the ball. Putting it in the endzone and making plays when they had to, wasn't happening. If this O can keep improving, it has the makings. The O-line can't go from studs to, can't hold a freakin block, in an offseason can it? They have to keep getting better with more work? Palmer is playing well, if the O-line plays solid, this team can be in any game. It's like everyone is saying..CONSISTENT, do it week in and week out.

Steelers were playing dirty ball yesterday, grabbing Rec as if the refs didn't even matter. Major cheap shot, more than just the one to DHB, hope he is back soon.

Looks like the coaches loosened up on Palmer, let Palmer do his thing, it seems to help him get in a groove, it's when he is at his most comfortable.

I think Sunday showed that these guys can coach and the players may have some fight left after all. Like all have been saying, this has to continue, no more "play when I wanna" BS, it's balls out, every Sunday.

JONES

11:15 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

There's no question that the Steelers DBs were taking liberties with the lack of officiating on contact with WRs. That came back to bite them late in the game, when it looks like the officials had seen enough and started throwing flags for it.

Another huge test this weekend against Manning and a pretty tough Denver defense... in thin air, no less.

Lots of oxygen on the sidelines!

4:06 AM  
Blogger OakTown Blues said...

NFL=ClownCar.

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Raider00 said...



Even before Raiders came all the way back to win it, I was proud of them.

Proud because they never gave up. They kept fighting, stuck together, and found a way.

Was this a win to build on, or just another Raiders tease ?

I guess we'll find out in Donktown, against old man Manning.
**********************************

To all fans, coaches, and players of other teams that are complaining about NFL replacement Refs...

NOW YOU KNOW HOW RAIDER FANS HAVE FELT ALL THESE YEARS !!!!!!!!!

Not so much fun getting screwed, is it ?

3:00 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Replacements refs = equal playing field for the Raiders... for a change.

3:24 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Raiders just signed this kid Soto. He was undrafted FA at GB, then released on an injury settlement. He'll probably start by helping us on special teams.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBVMar998eE&feature=youtu.be

3:59 PM  
Anonymous Raider00 said...



NFL allows free speach...

Actaully, the only difference between old refs, and replacements, is, NFL is allowing everyone to comment now, without risk of fines.

Can you imagine if when old refs come back, NFL will allow coaches/players to tweet, and speak to press.

It will be the same stuff as now.

Remember, old refs were horrible too.

It's just no one was allowed to say it, or else BIG fine.

5:34 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Commissioner Goodell's mantra about the integrity of the league/game and the safety of the players rings very hoollow as long as the NFL continues with the replacement ref charade.

7:22 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Broncos defender Joe Mays faces one-game suspension (if unheld) for illegal hits to opposing QBs in two games this year. The hit against Shaub took part of his ear off.

Sounds like it might be a good idea for Joe to take a week off.

6:00 AM  
Anonymous gary said...

nyraider said...

Replacements refs = equal playing field for the Raiders... for a change.
>>>>

I keep agreeing with NYR! Lets keep these refs. I can't believe how much more fun it is to watch games without worrying that every big play in favor of the Raiders will have a late flag thrown. The McF TD almost certainly would have been called back with the regular refs, fer instance. Why? One of the defenders was squealing for a holding call right in front of the refs. With the biased refs, this would have worked 100% of the time.

The pre-snap penalties going down is obviously coaching, but the lack of judgement calls against the Raiders are directly attributed to all the Raider-biased refs watching the games on TV... no-doubt pissed that the Raiders aren't setting records for penalties this year.

Lets keep these refs and keep training them on the rules. I couldnt care less if I ever saw the old refs ever again.

7:03 AM  
Anonymous gary said...

Carson Palmers second half of football was near perfection. The most clutch performance since Gannon won a MVP. Rothy was nothing short of outstanding himself... it reminded me of the old Stabler/Bradshaw shootouts where the last QB with the ball won!

I am still disturbed with McClain not only giving up an obvious gap on 4th and one, but running completely into the pile ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE PLAY! The guy should not be used on short yardage. He has no gap awareness. He nearly cost us a game. Three years of watching the same mistakes over and over? FIX THIS ALLEN!

That said, we out-coached Pitts on Sunday. The STs looked good, defense was opportunistic (someone is teaching these guys to strip the ball.. an afterthought with previous DC's) and the offense seems to be gaining confidence.

7:12 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Barksdale waived. AL's roster is transitioning to Reggie's roster a lot quicker than anticipated... except that we keep signing former Packers.

Hopefully, Reggie is scouting the entire free agent market and not just former Packers.

10:47 AM  
Anonymous Raider00 said...

"Commissioner Goodell's mantra about the integrity of the league/game and the safety of the players rings very hoollow as long as the NFL continues with the replacement ref charade."
**********************************

Calico,

I couldn't disagree more.

Yes, replacement refs, thrown into tough situation, have made many mistakes.

But old refs made just as many, if not more glaring errors.

Didn't Ed Hokuli blow a call that cost Donks a game vs Steelers 3 yrs ago ?

The difference is, when Hokuli blew call, NFL protected him.

No coach or players could speak out without risking huge fine.

I cannot believe the NFL did not give these replacement refs the same protection.

If they had, none of this would be happening.

Can you imagine if after the "Tuck" game, players and coaches could have spoken the truth. Without being fined.


1:54 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

A major issue is the calls that aren't being made, not the ones that are.

Many of the helmet to helmet fines the NFL has been imposing this year came without any penalty flags by the officials.

Also, the non-call in the end-zone that led to Seattle's win....

4:09 PM  
Anonymous raider00 said...



Well, I watched football last year.

I saw the old refs miss helmet to helmet hits.

And I've seen old refs blow calls late in game to rob teams.

No matter who refs, it will happen. It's a fast game, and things will be missed.

Again I say, lets keep this free speech around when the old refs return.

Let's see what coaches and players have to say after games, without risk of fines.

I'd love to hear it.

4:36 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Raider 00 -

I've watched a ton of games in the 1st 3 weeks of the season and the overall competency level of the replacement refs in comparison to the regular refs is VERY noticable.

By no means were the regular refs perfect and by no means am I directly blaming the replacement refs for their deficiencies. The replacement refs are doing the best possible job they can.

The issue for me is the NFL needs to have the best, most qualified refs for a hi-speed, complex game. To save a few bucks or play hardball negotiating tactics with the regular refs is VERY short sighted.

As NYR said, it isn't just the blown calls or errors in judgment -- it is total lack of consistency in the way the rules on the book are being viewed, called, and interpreted.

A few examples that I've noticed the most are the helmet to helmet non-calls and the DB holding/interference non-calls.

My point about the integrity of the game is simple:

If Goodell believes in producing one of the best brands of professional sports and competiion where the rules are uniformly adhered to on a consistent basis and there isn't an owverwhelming perception of 3rd rate refs doing a poor job, he needs to take the refs into account.

7:29 PM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

WELCOME ANDRE CARTER!!!! This will give our defense good pass pressure, and couldn't have come at a better time! He also is good at plugging his gap on the run plays, very underrated there since he throws huge sack #s.

The way to beat Manning is to cover the WRs and check downs, and get coverage sacks from the front 4; or he throws it away or a pick because of the pressure. Take away his option to adjust at the line by playing good defense (without blitzing pressure) and you take away his game. We have a better chance at doing this with Andre Carter; and it will definitely take away double teaming Seymore and Kelly which will give them opportunity for pressure.

JUST WIN, BABY!

7:13 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

IMO, we don't have the talent to simply cover Manning's WRs and check downs. I think pressure will be critical. The Broncos O-line is decent, but probably not close to the Colts line during Manning's prime.

3 sacks in the first 3 weeks kind of proves we can't get adequate pressure with just our front 4... and Carter's snaps will be limited at best.

10:37 AM  
Blogger OakTown Blues said...

Greed caused the problem,
the stand in's did their best,
Now that all that's settled up,
we'll see who passed the test.

I was looking forward to more blunders,
But the game will stay the same,
Let's just hope the Intertouchdownception helps them see the light of day.
(...and a salute to Heyward-bey)

Go Oak!

We have owned the Broncos in Denver for 4 years straight, looking forward to a big number FIVE.

GO OAK!

11:50 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

From PFT:

"Florio’s take: Peyton Manning won’t need much arm strength to move the ball against a defense that can’t do much to stop him. Or anyone."

"Florio’s pick: Broncos 27, Raiders 17."

Sending a base four pressure and playing anything resembling a conventional or conservative game plan will likely result in the above score for the Raiders.

I say, bring the friggin' house! And bring it often.

12:33 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

My personal strategic perception of limiting Manning is to play tight, aggressive pass coverage.

Use our LBs and safeties to bracket the WRs/TE and flood the defensive area from the LOS out to 15 yards beyond the LOS.

0-15 yards is where Manning has his success. The idea is to force him to try to hold the ball a little bit longer and make deeper throws.

He is still super smart and highly accurate for the dump off and short passes but he has lost arm strength and zip on the deeper balls (20+ yards past LOS)

IMO, there is no sense in having our safeties play deep. The safeties should be used to blitz on ocassion, be on the LOS to stop the run, and aggressively doubling on the Donkey WRs.

6:46 PM  
Anonymous gary said...


I say, bring the friggin' house! And bring it often.
>>>>


Nothing else will win. Playing straight up and allowing Manning to pick apart our horrible secondary is suicide.

Allen needs to be creative and deceptive... attack him from every angle... and disguise it all well.

This is where we find out if Allen/Traver have the "it" to play with the big dogs.

A straight up defense is a losing game on Sunday.

Or we hope Carson pulls another rabbit out of his ass...

9:35 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Totally agree Gary.

Playing a conventonal, predictable, vanilla scheme and allowing Manning to play pitch and catch with short passes is absolute suicide.

This is the type of game where if the Raiders D just tries to play "bend don't break" it will be a losing formula because it plays to Mannings strenghts of long, time consuming drives made up of lots of dink and dunk passes.

As I alluded to earlier, I think Manning has more difficulties attempting the laser throws in tight windows ie trying to stretch the field vertically. Playing a soft D is a recipe for failure.

IMO, the keys to minimizing Manning's effectiveness is to do everything in your collective power as a D to;

(1) disrupt his timing and rhythm
(2) get him off his spot and have him move his feet in the pocket or outside the pocket.
(3) take away his safety valve dump offs by crowding the LOS.
(4) be especially stingy with limiting YAC
(5) Force his hand to try to beat you deep
(6) The DLine needs to be very aware of trying to tip/clock/bat balls down if they are unable to get to him.

10:01 PM  
Anonymous JONES said...

I think it will be much like the Steeler game, make them earn their drives, don't give up the big play. Patience, Manning has a history of killing the blitz. Stuff the run game, so Manning has to play mistake free and Raiders want to keep stripping the ball on their WR's, cause a couple of turnovers and this game is winnable. Tarver has to protect those Corners and that means not much blitzing, IMO.

JONES

10:13 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Jones - I'm a little surprised by your game plan assessment. IMO, the Raiders don't have enough talent to do as you suggest. Based on your blow up the roster theme from last week, I assumed you thought the same.

Unless Andre Carter is a miracle worker, we will need more pressure than our front four can bring.

Side note: Somebody please remind McClain to stay in his lane and look for the ball carrier.

4:24 AM  
Anonymous JONES said...

It's what the Raiders did last week, just tried to survive against Rottenburger. They will do it again this week, IMO.If they keep blitzing, it will expose the Corners and give them the chance for the 'big play'. If they had more talent, then they could do the 'fire drill' routine, but, the 'bend don't break' and try to confuse Manning into mistakes is the way to go for now, IMO.

JONES

7:48 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

IMO, bend but don't break is barely one step above a prevent defense. At the very least, it forfeits field position.

That approach tells me it will again be up to Palmer and the offense to out-score the opponent.

IMO, the more pressure on Manning, the less time DBs have to cover, the better. Otherwise, Manning will find the seams and pick us apart.

8:38 AM  
Anonymous JONES said...

That's why they play the games...we'll see how it plays out, either way, a win is the only option.


Like I wrote, it will be more of a confusion of coverage, not just 'vanilla'. When you blitz, you have to give up some coverage. Like I wrote, Manning can pick apart blitzes if it's being picked up. It's a high risk, sometimes high reward when you are weak on the Corners. Do you want Denver to get big gains if the blitz isn't doing it? Or do you make them earn their way down the field hoping for a mistake or turnover like we saw last week vs Pitt?

JONES

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

The way the Patriots were successful against Manning when he was with the Colts, was tight coverage (like Calico said), taking away the short passing, but blitzing very little allowing the front 4 to get coverage sacks.

Manning is king at recognizing defensive schemes, and calling the play at the line to combat the blitz, and weak areas. if you have the corners play tight, the safeties and LBs closer to the LOS to stop the run and dump offs; you have beaten Manning. The plan should be not to blitz much, don't give up coverage, force Manning to rely on his OC's play calling.

The last few games, Manning seems to be inaccurate with his passes. It is not if Manning can take a hit, it is how many can he take? I think the normal wear and tear of NFL, and the soreness you get after a game, is taking more of a toll on him than it use to. Recovering from 4 neck surgeries will do that to you.

I'm glad the regular officials are back. If you didn't notice, 82% of home teams were winning with replacement officials. Now with the regular officials back, at least we have a better chance of winning. And it will be a clean game, unlike the Pats-Ravens last Sunday night, and how the Steelers played against us; dirty! We seriously need this game.

JUST WIN, BABY!

10:35 AM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

I'm not preaching blitzing on a regular basis vs. Manning but certaintly an ocassional blitz by a LB or Safety to keep him somewhat honest is worth considering.

Personally, I would like to see a concerted effort for the back 7 defenders to play closer to the LOS almost like a version of goal line D where the field is condensed.

Agree about the corners needing help. This is where the LBs and safeties can help bracket the intended pass catchers but more aggressively.

If the corner knows he has help and where it is coming from, the corner can be more aggressive and not give the WR a huge cushion.

It will be a very interesting chess match on both sides of the ball.

5:11 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Whatever the Raiders decide to do in terms of pressure and coverage, I hope they are prepared to make quick adjustment(s) if it doesn't work. When all else fails, then bring the house. Let's not let this one get away.

5:18 PM  
Anonymous gary said...


(1) disrupt his timing and rhythm
(2) get him off his spot and have him move his feet in the pocket or outside the pocket.
(3) take away his safety valve dump offs by crowding the LOS.
(4) be especially stingy with limiting YAC
(5) Force his hand to try to beat you deep
(6) The DLine needs to be very aware of trying to tip/clock/bat balls down if they are unable to get to him.
>>>>

I couldn't agree more! We were all waiting for the coaching staff to make changes with more no-huddles etc, and they did so last week.

BRAVO!

This week is conversely a test of the defense... what schemes can they come up with to stop Manning from victimizing our horrible secondary?

I am very very very worried about the old refs coming back though... I can see the 10-12 penalties coming back again.

Even without the pre-snap penalties that has obviously been cleaned up.

Call me cynical. I can just see the refs watching the Raiders not getting flagged on every big play... and being STEAMED.

They hate the Raiders. Sorry. I will miss the replacement refs... I am predicting it right now.

8:49 PM  
Anonymous gary said...

JONES said...

I think it will be much like the Steeler game, make them earn their drives, don't give up the big play. Patience, Manning has a history of killing the blitz. Stuff the run game, so Manning has to play mistake free and Raiders want to keep stripping the ball on their WR's, cause a couple of turnovers and this game is winnable

>>>>


This new staff is really preaching stripping the ball... its completely obvious.

Me Likeee...

8:57 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Coaching the D to strip the ball became obvious when the Raiders didn't have a single takeaway after two weeks.

Let's face it, the Raiders just don't have any ball hawks on defense.

6:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Angelic Raider

Going to mile high to root for Raider Nation!!!!!!

8:06 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Excellent! Enjoy the game!

8:22 AM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Awesome Angelic Raider! Enjoy the game and rep. the Nation. Going to Mile High for a Raider game is on my 'bucket list'. The other venue that is high on my list for an away Raider game is Lambeau Field.

11:40 AM  

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