Sunday, October 21, 2012

Plea for Patience (to The Nation)

Here's one thing we know for sure: after today, the Raiders will either be 1-5 or 2-4. Neither record is what any of us hoped for, and very few of us would have predicted. Here's another thing we know for sure, this is a time of transition for the team and organization, and patience may be required.

On that note, below is a Guest Take submitted by The5er (let this also be the gameday thread for today's game against the Jaguars). Props to The5er for his thoughtful take:

I’ll be the first to admit it. I’m as guilty as anyone for allowing it to happen. The universal force that is today’s NFL does a tremendous job creating build up and fan interest on a week-to-week basis. The media coverage, the analysis, predictions, power rankings, etc… it really is something to behold. All of these experts weigh in with what each game means, who beat who, are the buying or selling one team or another, how far did they fall in the power rankings... And you know what? Generally speaking, most of it is just hype.  I’m not sure yet whether these guys do most of it for effect (because it drives ratings) or if they truly buy into their own palaver. Either way, the result is the same. All of you who are married are familiar with this tactic... My wife uses it often as well. It's affectionately regarded as overreacting

Here’s another way to look at it… Unless you are a big shot Wall Street day trader or hedge fund manager, any good investment broker would tell you not to get overly attached to the peaks and valleys or changes in value of your stock over a short period of time. They would tell you to keep our focus and energy on the big picture. The real question we should be asking is how is your stock performing, or capable of performing over the course of a year, or even longer?

So with that in mind, my plea to the nation this week is for exactly that… patience.

To get re-aligned, lets all take in a couple of big deep breaths of the fresh Autumn Wind. With me know, 1,2,3 inhale… exhale. Again, inhale… exhale.

Ok, I feel much better… you?

The bottom line is that more than ever, I think we need to be looking at our teams and our franchises in a different way… as in, what does the overall trajectory look like? Rather than get overly distracted by a couple of plays here and there or single game performance, let's focus our energy on looking for clues which can tell us whether DA and Co. have the tools to put us in a position to win over the course of an entire season. Let's evaluate the core elements such as: Is our system capable, do we have the key personnel, do we show poise in critical situations, what is the culture like?

If the level of parity in the NFL has taught us anything in the last 5 years, it’s that regular season win totals are pretty much insignificant. The most notable teams with the best records (Patriots/Packers) finished with the same number of rings as the Raiders (0) and Rodgers and Co. watched the Super Bowl last year from the same place I did… the living room. Perhaps more importantly, 3 of the last 5 rings went to Wild Card teams, which finished no better than 10-6. (If I remember correctly, the Giants and Packers each needed to win on the final day of the regular season just to make the playoffs)

For me, this all reverberates one central theme… patience. All you need to do in today’s NFL is keep from steering the ship into the shore in the first 8-10 games in order to give yourself a chance in late November and December. From there, its all about getting into rhythm and finding a way into the post season dance. Hell, even the value of home field advantage has diminished over the years. Again, 3 out of 5 Wild Card teams collecting Super Bowl rings after running the table on the road further demonstrates this point.

Now that we have the cleaned the lenses on our hypothetical spectacles, lets come back and re-evaluate the outlook for the remainder of the season. First, I have a hard time believing that SD or the Donkeys are poised to run away from the pack in the West.  Both still have challenging games ahead and I would expect them to be no better than the 4-4 or 5-5 category come mid November. With that being said, as bad as it’s been, I think the Raiders are still very much in this thing. We have 3 very winnable games in front of us so as far as overall trajectory goes, if we can anyway continue to resemble the team that showed up in Atlanta last week I believe 4-4 and even 5-5 is a distinct possibility. That being the case, it will be anyone’s division heading into December. Which, as I’ve tried to outline above, is really all that matters.

GO Raiders.


Anonymous JONES said...

Plea for patience? We have been enduring and patient for a long time. If you haven't jumped ship by now, you never will. Progress, as long as we are seeing progress, I can wait.


11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Angelic Raider

Before the falcons game I told my Raider buddies to consider the number of penalties as a way to measure discipline. It is gonna take a minute to change the culture...took cable a few years to get rid of some really bad attitudes.
Patience is a virtue!

12:29 PM  
Blogger Arleigh's Stuff said...

playing DOWN to the competition again!

2:16 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

That's a lot of mental errors to pack into one half of football. The penalties. The blown coverage. The muffed punt...

2:17 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Honestly, if you were watching this game and had never heard of Dennis Allen, Reggie McKenzie, etc. you'd think you were looking at the 2006-2009 Raiders.

2:17 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

And to think I wrote that BEFORE Palmer brain farted that ill-advised pitch interception.

2:33 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Allen needs to start showing some emotion and getting in people's faces.

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are Dennis Allen ha...

3:04 PM  
Anonymous The5er said...

Well I asked for patience... and boy are they delivering the ultimate test. Please find a way out of the dark in the second half.

3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would you please autograph my football coach

5:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you put a half clown car out? The second half was nice to see. Never should a team take out Blaine gab beet and MJD and have to come back. Wished Jano broke the record!

Angelic Raider

5:32 PM  
Anonymous JONES said...

If anyone can tell me that these players are not the "dumbest team in the NFL" is hilarious that people still blame the coaches for players who just don't have what it takes. Mental errors all day long, the coach had to pull the FG team and throw to DHB of all people, to save the game. Drops, missed holes, missed blocks, penalties...and that is just the Offense. Defense offside how many times, fumbled punt, Defense is lucky they got an easy day vs 3rd string RB and 2nd string QB, otherwise, it could have been a blowout.

The dumb penalties, it leaves the announcers speechless, what are these guys thinking? Good players do not come home after a loss and play like the Raiders played today. They got the win, but it was an embarrassing win, if there is such a thing. I feel sorry for the coaches for having to try and "coach up" these players. Even though they won, I am sure the clown car was getting warmed up. No excuse for it. I hold the PLAYERS accountable for today's effort.


5:40 PM  
Anonymous JONES said...

"Honestly, if you were watching this game and had never heard of Dennis Allen, Reggie McKenzie, etc. you'd think you were looking at the 2006-2009 Raiders"...

And you blamed the coaches for those teams too? Cause you sure weren't blaming Mr.Davis and the poor rosters back then. Those teams were just like this year, the roster is loaded with DOGS.

If the talent isn't there, if they insist on making the same errors time after time. Good players don't do what the Raider players did today, they regressed once again and this is this core's HISTORY, it's what they are = not good enough. If today's game doesn't open your eyes to that, nothing will.


5:48 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

I'm not sure what to say, or even think after that game.

A tale of two halfs, that's for sure.

That was a battle for worst team in the NFL. Jags lose their star RB then their QB, and the Raiders still manage to keep it close.

The most signifcant adjustment was going to no huddle offense. The offense was completely flat prior to that.

In stark contrast to last week, Raiders pressure the QB and play tight coverage against spread formation late in the game. Granted, it wasn't the Falcons, but the defense limited time and ability of the QB to make a play.

What really stumps me; how did the Raiders turn a college star (twice Heisman runner up) and proven NFL RB into a well below average RB?

Is McFadden really that bad? Is the O-line that bad? Or is the placalling that bad? I will say, I thought McFadden was a good receiver, but he's dropped a lot of passes this year.

5:53 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

"Mental errors all day long, the coach had to pull the FG team..."

Huh? Listen, I agree the players flopped today, but how is the FG unit entering the game on the players?

The coaches sent the FG team out there (or neglected to provide obvious instruction NOT TO GO OUT THERE), then realized it was the dumbest call on the planet.

That was a collective mess. There are no exceptions. Raiders are extremely lucky to have won that game, against a far inferior team without their RB and without their QB.

Save for the win, that was a clown car experience.

I agree with Angelic Raider. That was at least a half clown car.

6:01 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

I'm looking at this game as more of a glass half full than half empty and here's why;

After a 1st half full of mental errors, poor execution, and playing flat, listless football, the team made adjustments, played with more urgency, and made enough key plays to turn things around.

The Raiders didn't roll over after being down by 14 but instead chipped away at the lead and kept at it.

The defense played sound, aggressive football in the 2nd half; good QB pressure, penetration into the backfield on runs, and tight coverage. The defensive stand in OT was awesome ... put the opponent in tough down/distance situation and MAKE A PLAY which was provided by Houston hustling down the field for the strip/fumble.

As I've mentioned a few times before, this was a "prove it" game in terms of coming out on top. It was an Al Davis "just win baby" game because the team found a way to get a victory.

Sure all of us hope the team plays solid, precision, sound football. I was disappointed in the comedy of errors in the 1st half but I was also proud of the team finding the intestinal fortitude to persevere for the entire 60:00 + OT.

I don't subscribe to the notion that the Raiders were "lucky" to win this game. Each team played the hand they were dealt and at the end of the day, the Raiders D kept the game in striking distance by making countless plays and shutting down JAX in the 2nd half.

Anyone who tells me that Gabbert is a step up from Henne doesn't know what he is talking about. As far as MJD playing 1 snap, that is the way it goes ... no one were holding pity parties for the Raiders last year when McFadden missed 9 games.

6:32 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

When anyone uses an onside kick when they are up by 14....they have no respect for your entire team. Half clown car half a heart.

6:44 PM  
Anonymous JONES said...

"Huh? Listen, I agree the players flopped today, but how is the FG unit entering the game on the players?"....

Where did I say that was on the players? I was pointing out that vs the other worst team in the league, on their own field, they had to win by pulling off the FG team and throwing a desperate pass to DHB and got a call. Nice try by using just part of the quote. NYR, stop with the games, strawmen, out of context etc....= no class.


6:45 PM  
Anonymous JONES said...

"Anyone who tells me that Gabbert is a step up from Henne doesn't know what he is talking about"....

Are you serious? Gabbert was making plays, Henne couldn't make a play. Plus, Jag's went ultra conservative and that made it easier on the Defense. There was a very noticable drop off from Gabbert to Henne and if you couldn't see it, then you don't know what you are looking at. Nothing to be proud of after this game, other than they made it happen for the win. Other than that it was nothing more than a fist full of ugly.


6:52 PM  
Anonymous JONES said...

The running game is a mess. Yes they called runs with straight up blocking, went nowhere. They ran the zone runs, went nowhere. They would drop back to pass vs a below avg pass rush and the O-line was getting manhandled every play. Missed blitzes, missed blocks....if you are watching, the O-line was stinking.

McFadden is lost, he misses holes, he goes down easy, his decision making is lacking. Though, I did see him pick up a couple of blitzes today.

The mental errors on Offense today is something you shouldn't see in the NFL, is that on the coaches? Why does this team have to start most games down 14-0 or 14-3? The players took the 1st half to get their minds into the's mind boggling.


7:00 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Postgame takes are up.

9:31 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...


My point about Gabbert and Henne is that Gabbert is an unproven 2nd year QB who struggled mightly last year and this year. Henne is a journeyman QB who had a decent run at Miami. At the end of the day, both are marginal QBs.

If JAX went conservative with Henne and to protect the lead, it was their undoing not our problem. Our D got more and more aggressive and more and more momentum as the game progressed.

9:41 PM  

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