Tuesday, December 15, 2015

One Postgame Take: Mack Attack

All hail Mack, he of the five sacks! Wow. He literally took hold of this game and won it for the team.

Earlier in the season, our offense picked up our defense. Now the opposite is happening. A season of inversion is unfolding between our eyes. It would sure be nice to see all of the cylinders firing in sync at some point.

Get this, Mack has nearly as much sacks over the past three games as Amari Cooper has catches (nine to eleven). Think about that. Frankly, I'm concerned about Cooper. It's not just his lack of yardage. He seems out of sync with Carr right now, and his dropoff has been precipitous. Just a bump in the road, we hope. 

Anyhow, we still dare to dream. A winning record is still a possibility.


Blogger nyraider said...

Not enough can be said about Mack. He is in a zone. Just hope it continues.

Cooper is the exact opposite. On one route, Cooper stopped running and the ball sailed over his head between defenders in the end zone. Would love to know what happened there. Let's hope this far into the season that everyone knew the play!

It seems to be more mental than physical, like he has Steve Sax syndrome. Sax, who played 2nd base for (...well, never mind that!), used to routinely throw balls to 1st base in the dirt.

IMO, Raiders should do what they attempted a couple weeks ago, and come out throwing to Cooper next game. Get this kid back on the horse ASAP!

9:07 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

I think it is an adjustment period for Cooper. Not just getting on the same page, but more plays opening up from defensive looks. Learning curve, and I agree NY; get this kid some passes and get him back on the horse.

It is hard to believe how close Murray is to a 1000 yards rushing. Nothing explosive this season, but he has over 1000 total yards. I still think they need an explosive back to compliment the running game.

There have been some bad calls on offense too. Musgrave has to be smart with playcall. The 3rd and a foot, 7 step drop pass was horrendous. A simple RB/WR screen would have picked up the first and kept the drive alive. Musgrave did not know how to call against the blitz (which is to attack where the blitz is coming). He kept trying to go long and played into Denver's defensive scheme. Offensive changes has to start with playcalling and grow from there. Bottom line, JUST WIN, BABY!

2:06 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

A couple more games like Sunday, and Murray won't see 1,000 yards this year. He doesn't hesitate between the tackles, but he looks slow to the outside.

3:28 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

From the media: "Khalil Mack named Defensive Player of the Week"

File that one under D'uh!

He's got to be pushing conversation for being selected D player of the year.

2:33 PM  
Anonymous Raider00 said...

It looks like teams have figured out that taking Cooper away, greatly diminishes Raiders offense.

Carr is throwing to other receivers, but they are not the playmakers that Cooper is.

Throw in the fact that Raiders do not have much of a Rushing attack, and that explains why Raiders offense has struggled.

Cooper is able to score from outside the redzone. He can get the YAC.

Defense knows this, and are covering him close. Letting Carr throw to other less impactful receivers.

9:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

00 I think the problem is Carr. Look at his stats in 4 quarter this year, they are terrible, while in first 3 quarters he is incredible. I don't totally blame him but I think th lack of "closing" running game is more of a contributer than Cooper cooling off.

Have a good weekend

12:33 PM  
Anonymous Raider00 said...

Sandy....I agree. In NFL, you've got to run the ball to be successful. Especially on the road, in November, & December. Have to bring the power running game in order to win.

Raiders don't have it, and this hurts Carr as much as anything.

5:07 PM  
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