Sunday, November 02, 2014

Five Postgame Takes

1. Tony Sparano is still undefeated against the Clown Car, so you can't say there hasn't been any progress.

2. D.J. Hayden, pipe down, you haven't earned that taunting penalty. How about you catch those balls instead?

3. I don't know if Marcel Reece can make a true difference, but when the Raiders claim they want to get him more involved, yet refuse to involve him, you have to wonder. He had 59 carries in 2012 for 4.6 yards per carry, and 46 carries last year for 4.7 yards per carry, but somehow our pathetically anemic offense this year has only seen fit to give him three carries in eight games?

4. We are in skill position hell right now. Losing Rashard Jennings and replacing him with MJD, then failing to land an impact free agent at wide receiver (ie: Golden Tate, DeSean Jackson, Emanuel Sanders, Steve Smith), has resulted in a disastrously impotent offense that gives Derek Carr very little to work with. 

5. Say it out loud: 0-8. I thought it couldn't get worse than than the Shell II season, but we are now flirting with infamy. 

Update: I keep forgetting the weekly haiku....

Carr throws picks, DJ 
drops picks, extends Hawks drive with
taunting = oh and eight


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Treading dangerously close to 0-16 territory. Now that we're 0-8 I think its time to start playing the 2nd & 3rd stringers and see what they can do. We started the vet FAs and we're 0-8. No one could accuse us of tanking. Now is the time to do what we should have done once we were eliminated from playoff contention in year one of this regime and get the guys on the bench some playing time. Practice is fine and dandy, but there is no substitute for live game action. I'd keep starting Carr and give him as much game experience as possible. Then come this offseason we will actually KNOW what we have, and what we need to get. No excuses this time, do what is best for the development of this team. Oh and Take, you're not off the hook. Where's that postgame haiku?

No more Half stepping in 2015

10:23 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Raiders played more aggressively on D and it paid off with a mostly solid performance, save a couple dropped INTs and Benson pushing the pile for a Seattle TD.

Unfortunately, the Raiders remain unimaginative and predictable on offense. It was extremely painful to watch MJD get tackled for a loss every time he entered the game. Meanwhile, Reece comes in a tears one off for 10 yards and he’s done for the day.

Still, it’s pretty obvious the players want to win a game, and they probably will if they put that effort into every game. Eventually.

Hopefully, McKenzie isn't setting us up to think 4-12 next year will reflect improvement. Because it's probably hard to imagine how far below 4-12 0-16 really is until you get there.

This is all new territory if you’ve been a Raiders for only, well, the past 40-50 years.

4:54 AM  
Anonymous Raider00 said...

0-16!!!!!!! Hell, that's nothing for Reggie.

Dating back to last season, Raiders are riding a 14 game losing streak.

If Raiders lose out this season, they will end with a 22 game losing streak.

The Tampa Bucs "record" of 26 consecutive losses, well within reach for the 2015/16 season.

Reggie has not only built a terrible team. Reggie's Raiders will perhaps go down as worst team in NFL history.

And the owner, Mark Davis ? Well, he seems happy and content.

Me ?, I would fire Reggie TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The reasons ? 1st, we lose every freakin game.

And 2nd, just to show the fan base that I actually give a crap.

But Reggie & M. Davis. They look like happy losers that were made for each other.

4:57 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

I'm at a loss for words.

6:24 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Now updated with haiku...

7:49 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Think back to last year (and the start of this season) when many were suggesting the Raiders needed to go 8-8 to save jobs.

Here we are, 0-8 for the season and on a 14-game losing streak.

This is no time for Mark Davis to rest on his laurels.

8:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Laurels??? What laurels?!!!! This team is edging closer and closer to besting the current mark of infamy of 0-26. As previously stated we've lost 14 straight since last season. No one in Raider Nation could have imagined that. But if Olson insists on establishing the one yard pass and continuing to run straight into the teeth of the D 0-27 could become a reality. Why is it that the first game after DA was fired Olson had Carr throwing deep down the field. Since then its as if Olson is retreating to this self-stifling offensive playcalling.

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The D played okay. In terms of the O though there was suspect play calling you have to point the finger at Carr on this one he looked awful especially in the first half. I am totally on board with giving Carr the rest of this year and into next year to prove he is the answer at QB. However I ask my fellow readers if you would agree that since the SD game he has looked rather sloppy and mistake prone. Yes there is a lack of weapons but Carr is not providing any spark and getting it done when it counts.

I was trumpeting Bridgewater last year on this blog. Living here in Fla I have seen him play since high school and I always thought he was pro ready.

Not 100% sure on Carr. Am I being to harsh?


3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


More likely the league is getting game film on Carr and taking note of his tendencies. We'll see how he does the rest of this season.


5:59 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Carr will be fine. I don't think Bridgewater or Bortles are lighting up any scoreboards, and who else is even playing from this rookie class?

Carr runs no-huddle and 2-min drill better than any Raiders QB since Gannon.

The back shoulder pass he threw Sherman's way last week was clearly a bad decision, but that pass still works when the WR runs the proper route.

Carr is learning on the fly. He needs better WRs and better playcalling.... and a better O-line.

5:10 AM  
Anonymous Raider00 said...

Sandy, Carr will be fine. Providing the Raiders build an offense around him.

And I guess there has to be doubt about that.

Carr is a rookie. And most rookies hit a wall at some point.

Plus, Carr is being asked to be a one man offense. That's a lot of weight on a rookies shoulders.

Add in, Carr has no running game to lean on, and all the losing.

It has to be taking a toll on him, mentally.

5:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the feedback guys. Your right its probably unfair to judge Carr to harshly given the circumstances. Hopefully in the remaining 8 games he can have more SD type performances rather than Seattle.

NY I will take exception with what you said re Gannon, Carr is certainly no Palmer at this point in time and Carson played well on a bad team.


7:29 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Oh yes. Palmer. It was my selective memory.

Palmer was a bit robotic though. He's a vet QB and had perhaps his best statistical season as a pro while with the Raiders, yet he failed to win any games on his own, ala Rich Gannon.

Carr seems to have the edge (motivation and desire) that Palmer didn't display. IMO

8:47 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

New take is up, and it's an important one, and I'd love to get your thoughts on it.

9:55 AM  

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