Well, don't expect much tonight during the fourth and final preseason game...
Per JMac, here's who won't be playing at all: Quarterback Matt Schaub, kicker Sebastian Janikowski, running backs Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew, fullback Marcel Reece, wide receivers Rod Streater and James Jones, tight end David Ausberry, defensive linemen Justin Tuck and Antonio Smith, linebacker Kaelin Burnett, linebackers Nick Roach and Sio Moore, cornerbacks Taiwan Jones, Carlos Rogers, Tarell Brown and Chimdi Chekwa and safety Charles Woodson.
As JMac says, "Coach Dennis Allen has seen enough of them in meaningless games and he has deemed the final game better suited to taking a look at players who aren’t assured of making the roster." I see the wisdom in that...and yet after last week's drubbing by the Packers, Allen said, “It was a good opportunity for us to measure ourselves to see exactly where we’re at. We’re obviously not there yet as a football team. We’re going to continue to work. We’re going to get there.” You wonder if this group couldn't use at least a bit more game time to get things in snyc?
But Derek Carr will be there, trying presumably to just not get thumped and to somehow make a statement without any legit help at the other skill positions.
I'll watch, probably with my hands over my eyes. Bang it here for your in-game takes!
Tonight, I'd like to see Matt Schaub seize the reins of the quarterback job and to show us why we put the 2014 season on his shoulders in the first place. I'd like to see our receivers hang onto the ball. I'd like to see our defensive backs figure out a way to stop getting smoked. I'd like to see Mack take a firm step forward. I've actually heard some people say that Matt McGloin is, at the moment, our best option at quarterback. You know the saying that if you have two quarterbacks, you don't have any? How about three quarterbacks? We don't need three quarterbacks. We need Schaub to be what he was brought here to be, not become Matt Flynn redux. We need Carr to get healthy quick and show us that he's ready to be the future, whenever that comes. And we need McGloin to be a capable backup, not our best option--because if McGloin ever becomes our best option this year, then something has gone terribly wrong.
There will be penalties. I don't buy into the conspiracy stuff. Everyone's talking about the proliferation of penalties right now. There were 32 flags thrown in a game the other day. The NFL is instituting new rules that leave receivers completely untouched after five yards. It's the new NFL, I don't like it, it's too video game-ish for me, but we have to adapt or die. The important thing is that we cut down on the stupid penalties. Those are things we can control, at least theoretically. I've got a sinking feeling about this season, but tonight might make me feel better. I plan to be blogging away here during the game, hope you will join me. Let's go RAIDERS!