Skip to main content

Monday Morning Middle Linebacker (MMML)

Are these losses getting any easier to swallow? The Raiders are 1-3 and well on their way to an eighth consecutive losing season.

Different players, different coaches, same result. At some point the finger pointing will begin, if it hasn't already.

Tom Cable's seat is hot and a fire is burning under it. How many losses before Al Davis pulls the plug? Who would even take the job?

Still, the loss had a different feel on Sunday. What was the feeling? Was it hope?

The Raiders didn't give up. The Raiders kept fighting. The Raiders lost by 7, but were charging down the field to score before Louis Murphy dropped and tipped a Bruce Gradkowski pass into the hands of the Texans.

Is this growth or a mirage created to distract us from yet another failure?

It could be growth, the offense scored 24 points. Bruce Gradkowski looked decent. Zach Miller and Darren McFadden were weapons.

It could be a mirage, the offensive line still can't pass block, the run defense was bad, the safeties can't tackle and the linebackers can't cover. McFadden is also hurt again.

At the quarter point of the season the Raiders need to shake things up.

The Raiders now have five safeties and the starters are performing poorly.

Bench 'em:
Quentin Groves
Tyvon Branch
Michael Huff
Cooper Carlisle
Langston Walker
Johnnie Lee Higgins as a PR

Position Change:
Trevor Scott to LB Nickel Rusher
Kamerion Wimbley to DE
Michael Huff to CB
Richard Seymour to DE
Mario Henderson to RT.

Start 'em:
Thomas Howard
Bruce Campbell
Mike Mitchell
Stevie Brown/Hiram Eugene
Jared Veldheer
Jacoby Ford as PR




Comments

  1. I agree with most of your suggestions. I like Seymore at DT though. and even though I dont think Veldheer and B. Campbell would do any better, it wouldnt hurt too bad and it would at least give them experience for later.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I agree with some suggestions. I do belive Gradkowski played well and he was a leader on the field. Miller is a top TE in the NFL and we must keep McFadden healthy. Go Raiders!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Oakland Raiders Swing for the Fences in 2016 NFL Draft

[embed align="center"]http://gty.im/153039819[/embed]
These aren't your daddy's Oakland Raiders or even your younger self's Raiders. If anything, these are your newborn's Raiders or your puppy's Raiders. These are the Raiders we've never seen before.

Indicative of the freshness of the franchise was their 2016 NFL Draft. No longer slave to a high draft pick and desperate needs, the theme of the draft for the Raiders was upside.

It's as if general manager Reggie McKenzie got so used to hitting his draft picks out of the park that he started swinging for the fences. We'll have to wait a couple of years before we know if he struck out or if he'll continue his Ruthian ways.

First, McKenzie boldly went with a safety at No. 14 overall. Kyle Joseph is coming off a torn ACL and fills a major need, but safety isn't a premium position. Only a handful of safeties have been drafted in the first 14 picks in the last 15 years and include names like Earl …

Looking Forward: Raiders 2012 Free Agents

Khalif Barnes - Weakest link on the offensive line with youth behind him. Raiders will look for for other options. It's not as if there aren't a dozen Khalif's on the street each year.

Darryl Blackstock - Was a Chuck Bresnahan guy, but found a home on special teams. Would have to make the team as a reserve LB and special teams guy next training camp. Wouldn't be surprised to see him back as a camp body or gone entirely.

Kyle Boller - Hue didn't have enough confidence to turn to Boller. Expect the Raiders to look elsewhere for a backup to Carson Palmer.

Jerome Boyd - Was nothing more than a reserve and special teams player. Some good moments and some very bad ones. Camp body again and fate will depend on the defensive coordinator.

Tyvon Branch - About the only consistent producer in the secondary. Raiders will want to bring him back.

Desmond Bryant - He's been great in limited action and can play inside and out. Key reserve.

Michael Bush - He'll find a home as a s…

The Raiders aren't who we thought they were....they're better

The Oakland Raiders are tired of being the team that will be good in a year or two. The team expects to win now and it is winning now.

We thought the Raiders needed more talent. We thought that being in the playoff hunt was a year away for this team, but we were wrong. This isn't the team we thought they were, they're better.

On Sunday, they moved to 3-3 on Sunday with a 37-29 win over the San Diego Chargers that wasn't close until the final minute. It was also the Raiders second road win of the season. The last time the Raiders had two road wins by their sixth game was 2011. Before that, a five-year streak from 1998-2002.

The Raiders went 8-8 in 1998, 1999 and 2011 and narrowly missed the playoffs each year.  They made the playoffs in 2000, 2001 and 2002. They didn't have a losing record in any of those seasons because teams that can win on the road are usually pretty good.

As the season matures, there is more and more evidence that some of the "best-case scenarios&q…