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Friday, September 15, 2006

Tom Walsh

Many fans are pointing fingers at our offensive coordinator, Tom Walsh, for our loss and they may be doing so correctly.

Our offense was only able to generate 96 yards through the air and 87 yards on the ground. 32 of the 87 yards rushing were gained by Quarterbacks. This is unacceptable on an offense with Randy Moss and Lamont Jordan.

We were dominated in the Time of Possession. We held the ball for 24:12 and San Deigo held the ball for 35:48. Time of Possession is a key part of the game. Our defense was tired after chasing LT around the whole first half.

Shane Lechler punted the ball 9 times. I think the best players should always be on the field but that doesn't include our punter.

The real key was poor offensive line play which partly can be attributed to bad play calling. We used 5 and 7 steps drops the majority of the game and Brooks held on to the ball too long when he did get time to throw. There were no adjustments made at half time and the Chargers continued to put our Quarterbacks on the ground. Nine times to be exact.

I am hoping that Walsh sees the errors he made during our first game and adjusts our offense this week against the Ravens. If not, it is likley that him and possibly even Art Shell won't be coaching on this team by the end of the season.


Blogger Ayman said...

I would blame Brooks and the O line before I blame Tom Walsh.

9/15/2006 12:08 PM  
Blogger The Analyzer said...

They played poorly but Walsh is the OC and he was calling passing plays with 5 and 7 step drops when our line could barely protect for a 3 step drop. He needed to adjust the offense at half time and he never did.

9/15/2006 12:39 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

When things aren't going well...

The players and coaching staff need to be able to improvise, adapt, and overcome.

The coaching staff needs to put the players in the best possible situations to succeed. This is done by teaching technique, motivational ploys, strategizing, game planning, play calling, using the right schemes and pesonnel, and above all, inspiring the players to meet the challenges.

The players need to focus and execute their individual assignments. This is done through hard work, practice habits, studying film, and above all, playing with total committment each and every snap.

Lastly, the players and coaching staff needs to identify the mistakes made in the Chargers game and find solutions to all of these problems.

For example, one quick remedy to the blocking woes (both pass protection and run blocking) to to get FB John Paul Foschi more snaps. He is one of the Raiders best blockers. JP would be valuable as a lead blocker for Jordan and for blitz pick ups on pass plays.

9/16/2006 12:43 AM  

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