Friday, August 12, 2016

And So It Begins...

Well, here we are at the crossroads of meaningful and meaningless, also known as preseason football. 

It's hard to say what we should expect--or detect--from this glorified practice against the Arizona Cardinals.

For me, I'm looking for a sense of synergy and symmetry, a smoke signal to suggest that this team is truly coming together and that the young core is ready to take the next step to the next level.

Again, that's a lot to ask out of a preseason game, but that is what I'm looking for. There's a buzz around this team and for the first time in eons, there are actual external (ie: outside the Nation, we who have had our annual hopes ruthlessly dashed for the better part of a decade) expectations for the Raiders.

Expectations create pressure, and a lot comes down to how pressure is managed. Can the Raiders lean into the pressure, embrace it, and deliver? 

In the absence of real games, all we can do is look for hints and signs, and hope for the best. Which is what I'll be doing tonight. 

17 Comments:

Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

Held Palmer to 3 points, a lot of good running from our backup runners. I'd like to see what Washington and Atkinson could do on the first team.
Good look for the Raiders. Edwards Jr out with a leg injury.

10:04 AM  
Anonymous Raider00 said...


Did anyone else notice ? Many Raiders players had chin straps that were so long, they cover up Raiders emblem on helmet.

Looked sloppy and unprofessional. Hope this will be fixed.

3:24 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Pretty uneventful, which is probably a good thing. Carr was right on target to Cooper on the long sideline pass but Cooper made a decision not to exert himself to keep the play inbounds. I can't blame him for being cautious in a preseason game but I hope he plans on dragging his second foot during a real game.

Hope Edwards is okay. He was really making progress last year before getting injured. Raiders are stout with him in the rotation.

Calhoun got burned a couple times but he was often around the play. Plenty of rookie mistakes to go around but, again, fairly meaningless at this point.

Just need to sharpen up the first team and go into the season healthy!

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assuming most of you guys saw this but just in case...

Not often (ever) we get characterized with the "model franchise" tag. I still think there were many unnecessary stumbling blocks along the way back over the last 4 years. Nonetheless, here we are... and I'm damn happy about it.

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/agents-take-how-the-raiders-charted-a-course-to-be-the-next-great-model-franchise/

The 5er

7:46 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Could this year finally be a perfect storm of Raiders resurrection and AFC West (Broncos in particular!) free-fall?

4:58 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

5er,
I saw that article too. It was just a few years ago he was being bashed for not doing enough. I've criticized him for that, and given him credit for some things he has done well. All the while knowing he was taking it slow and steady and building a team he wants. Now comes the challenge, can he keep the team he has together. Carr, Mack, and some other key players are coming up for a contract renewal.

6:36 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

It's common knowledge, to quote one recent team preview, "Reggie McKenzie had a slow start but has hit his stride."

He was under the gun during that slow start, which is how it should be. He faced the pressure and stepped up his game.

That's why the turnaround finally appears to be gaining traction. And when it happens, he'll deserve a lot of credit.

8:29 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

Here is my first look at what the 53 man roster may look like:
QB-Carr, McGloin, Cook
RB-Murray, Washington, Richard, Atkinson
WR-Cooper, Crabtree, Roberts, Holmes, Holton
OT-Penn, Watson, Howard, McCants
OG-Osemele, G Jackson, Feliciano, Alexander
TE-Walford, L Smith, Rivera
FB-Olawale, Reece
(25 total Offense)

DE-Mack, Edwards Jr, Autry, Cowser
DT-Ward, McGee, Orr (who can also play DE)
NT-Ellis, Williams
SLB-Irvin, Calhoun, Toomer
ILB-Heeney, James, Lotuleli
WLB-Smith, Ball
CB-Amerson, Smith, Carrie, Hayden, McDonald
S-Nelson, Joseph, Allen, McDonald
(25 total Defense)

LS-Condo
K-Jano
P-King
(3 Specialist)
KR-Washington or Atkinson
PR-Carrie

8:57 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

From my perspective, things turned a corner when JDR was hired. That aside, I think we're seeing a level of communication, coordination and mutual respect among the higher ups that we've never known in Oakland. So cheers to breaking the mold and turning it into the model!

Now let's take it to the field!!

10:12 AM  
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2016 The Year Of The Raiders!!!

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12:32 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Last night's game was almost unwatchable. Preseason or not, that was bad. Raiders couldn't stop the run, and the offense was flat all night. Starters played the entire first half, so can't just blame it on subs. One thing stood out; the Raiders have very little depth on the offensive line. For all the money poured into free agency for quality starters, drafting (even only for depth) doesn't appear to have yielded much.

Packers on the other hand didn't play some of their top players, including Rodgers and Nelson. Yet, they pretty much controlled the entire game. (Raiders subs scored on a blocked punt).

5:34 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

I agree NY. This is what scares me about the Raiders. They were forced to throw-throw-throw. Last week vs Cardinals, they won with hard running game. Gotta be consistent, gotta put together viable win streaks, gotta win on the road.
I think we got a glimpse of the Raiders potential against a more aggressive defense with the Cardinals, and came out looking for Rodgers and GB to gun downfield instead of the run attack. If they are going to be a dominate defense, they need to stop the run.
I'm glad it is only pre-season, but they better turn a corner quick. JUST WIN, BABY!

7:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to see Ball in the lineup over Heeney. I think Ball is far more athletic. Hopefully he can stay healthy.

This year will be a real test of the coaching staff. The talent among the starters is there its up to the coaches to get them to mature and jell.

All the best
Sandy

5:53 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Sandy, I agree Ball is more athletic but I think Heeney is a bit of a thumper, and he seems to have a nose for the ball. Also, I read (or heard) he played MLB a lot in college and is used to calling the D. Of course, we could see Ball again this year playing against athletic TEs, which is something he did pretty well last year.

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Berdj Joseph Rassam said...

Looking forward to getting this season going!

6:26 PM  
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