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Monday, June 26, 2006

Last Season and Hope for the Future

Last season was a tough season for all Raiders fans. There wasn't even a few wins at the end to give us hope for the upcoming season but there were a number of losses that could have easily been wins.

Week 2
In week 2, we played Kansas City and lost 17-23. We tied the game in the third quarter with a 64 yard Randy Moss TD but were unable to score again as Kansas City kicked two field goals and won the game. On the final drive of the game, we had the ball at the 10 yard line and on fourth down, Collins tossed the ball up to Jerry Porter and it was knocked away by the defender.

Week 3
In week 3, we lost to the Eagles 20-23. The Eagles made a 23 yard field goal to win the game with 9 seconds left on the clock. Akers kicked it in with an injured hamstring.

Week 9
In week 9, we lost to the Cheifs 23-27. Larry Johnson scored a TD with 5 seconds left on the game clock from the Raider's 1 yard line.

Week 15
In week 15, we lost to the Browns 7-9. This game was decided by a controversial fumble by Charlie Frye which led to Cleveland's last field goal.

These were the games decided by a touchdown or less but there were a number of other games that should have been won as well. Norv Turner had a large part to do with a lot of these losses. Poor play-calling and a stuggling QB added a few more. If the four games listed above would have went our way, we would have ended the season with a respectable 8 wins.

Other games that were lost by a larger margin, could have been attributed to players giving up and not beleiving in the QB or the system. With that said, our hope for the future is brighter and with the improvements we made, a 10 win season isn't out of the question.


Blogger Ayman said...

Will the excuse be this year that Aaron Brooks can't throw? It appears the hole needs to revolt against Al and have him removed.

6/26/2006 1:57 PM  
Blogger The Analyzer said...

Al is the Raiders so no revolt will take place. If for some reason Brooks can't throw, then yes I think we would struggle.

6/26/2006 2:21 PM  
Blogger Ayman said...

Andrew Walter may be the future....

6/26/2006 2:44 PM  
Blogger The Analyzer said...

I certainly hope so. Even if he does start over Brooks, he will most likely not be a stud his first season. We would go through some growing pains but they would be well worth it if Walter ends up being a 10 year starter.

6/26/2006 3:13 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Here are some of the ways that the Raiders will go from a 4 win season to a 10 win season;

1) Improved O-line that leads to a better, more consistent rushing attack and better pass protection.

2) A Head Coach who is committed to a power rushing attack which leads to more manageable 3rd down conversions and increased time of possession.

3) A more opportunistic, athletic D which leads to increased turnovers, more possesions for the O, and better field position.

4) An improved attitude, accountability, and will to win attibuted to the leadership of Art Shell.

5) Better overall special teams
players and significant performance improvement from Sea-Bass.

6) A QB (Brooks) who can scramble, improvise and make positive plays when the protection scheme breaks dowon.

7) A healthy, All-Pro version of Randy Moss

8) Finally, the Ayman Special: A clean sweep of the KC Chefs that will count for 2 of the 10 wins!

6/26/2006 9:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They will be lucky with 5 wins this year. They suck.

9/03/2006 4:25 PM  

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