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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

WANTED: OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

Offensive Performance
The root of all of our offensive woes was the poor play of the offensive line. The Chargers completely dominated the trenches and were able to force sacks and bad throws. The real question is will this 7 step drop offense work with our current offensive line? We either need to get our guys to block or switch to a shorter drop and shorter passing plays if we want to have success this season. I was glad to see Andrew Walter get some playing time once the game was out of reach but it wasn't very valuable time because he didn't get much time to throw the ball. Aaron Brooks actually looked pretty decent when he had time to throw the ball but once again didn't have much success with our poor offensive line play.

Defensive Performance
Why did we play a nickel formation for the majority of the first half? With a Quarterback with no starts we knew San Diego was going to run with LT and yet we just sat back and let him run all over us. The defense started playing much better against the run in the second half Fabian Washington was beat badly and we didn't converge on the ball like a speedy defense should.

What to expect
Art Shell has his hands full with things to work on. No one performed very well at all. I definitely think we need to switch up to a shorter drop on passing plays or we will get sacked all season long. We face another strong defense next week so we need to get better protection or it could be a similar result.

With all of this negativity, there is still no reason to hit the panic button yet. This was Shell's first game in many years, Aaron Brooks first game with the Raiders, and a shuffled Offensive line's first game together. The positive thing is that there is no way to go but up

Question
Why didn't Art Shell kick the field goal at the end of the game to prevent the second shutout at home in Raider History?

18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. I really do. Tonights performance was just plain disgusting.

9/12/2006 1:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FUCK BROOKS... I KNEW HIS TIMING WAS GOING TO BE AN ISSUE WITH OR WITHOUT AN O-LINE. HE IS WHAT THROWS OFF EVERYTHING AND MAKES FOR A MORE PREDICTIABLE OFFENCE. KEEPS THE BALL FOR TOO LONG AND HEY I THOUGHT HE WAS MOBILE?? STEP UP TO THE POCKET (OR BROKEN POCKET)AND CHECK DOWN FOR A RECEIVER OR FUCKEN RUN IDIOT!!! PLEASE AL DAVIS PUT WALTERS IN I WOULD RATHER KEEP LOSING A WHOLE LOT LESS PAINFULLY THAN THIS SHITTY GAME BUT AT LEAST WE DEVOLP OUR FUTURE QB LIKE EVERYONE ELSE DOES IN THESE DAYS EXAMPLE:ROETHLISBERGER ALEX SMITH, PHILIP RIVERS, SOON JAY CUTLER, VINCE YOUNG,CARSON PALMER, LEFTWICH AT ONE TIME, ELI MANNING, JP LOSMAN,REX GROSSMAN, AND OF COARSE LETS NOT FORGET TOM BRADY THREE SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONSHIPS. NOT HOPING FOR HAS BEENS LIKE BROOKS OR ANY OTHERS THAT HAVE COME AND KEEP COMING TO THE RAIDERS FOR SOME STRANGE REASON..HMM THANKS AL FOR ANOTHER GREAT SEASON.

9/12/2006 2:23 AM  
Blogger The Analyzer said...

With the way the offensive line is blocking, it is not going to matter who our quarterback is.

We need to do something about it or we will be picking pretty high in the 07 draft.

9/12/2006 7:51 AM  
Anonymous h8torade said...

one word...

disguisting.

He was sacked more time (7) then passes completed (6).

We are officially in the Brady Quinn sweepstakes!

9/12/2006 8:37 AM  
Blogger Ayman said...

WOW! That was pretty bad man.

9/12/2006 9:34 AM  
Blogger The Analyzer said...

Unless our offensive linemen suddenly figure out how to block, we are in trouble versus any team with a decent pass rush.

I am still hopeful that our linemen will come togehter and step it up.

9/12/2006 9:39 AM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

The pass protection was pathetic. The O-Line were completely mauled. Brooks had no chance in those circumstances. Courtney Anderson dropped too many balls. For all the talk about a committment to the power running game, I just didn't see it.

Huff, Howard, and Sands looked good on defense. I was happy to see Ronald Curry back on the field. He should start on Sunday. Lechler was brilliant. I think the D did a good job keeping the game close (13-0 in 3rd Quarter) but eventually the dam broke since the offense was so inept. No reason to hit the panic button BUT Shell will need be at his absolute best this week in leading his players, finding solutions, and getting the team back on track. The game plan, play calls, protection schemes all need to be reviewed and adjusted for next week's opponent (Balt).

The one thing that disturbs me is that it doesn't seem like many adjustments were made in the 2nd half. How about some screens, short crossing routes, 3 and 5 step drops, etc.?

9/12/2006 9:45 AM  
Blogger The Analyzer said...

exactly. Anybody with a little football knowledge could tell we can't take thise big drops and throw the ball deep without protection. I hope this was just Walsh getting off the rust because we need to throw the ball short with this O-line.

I still don't know why we didn't throw a screen pass. They were bltizing like mad so we probably could have caught them in a blitz.

9/12/2006 10:02 AM  
Blogger America's Team said...

What happened to your Raiders man?!
I agrees with ya on Why didn't they at least go for the field goal??
DAM Chargers rommped your Raiders!
They got their asses kicked worst than the Big D !
If this is the indicator you are talking about...they will suck the Big Dino this year!

9/12/2006 11:45 AM  
Blogger America's Team said...

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9/12/2006 11:45 AM  
Blogger America's Team said...

sorry dude last comment went thru twice...
Next up? Dallas vs the Skins.

9/12/2006 11:46 AM  
Blogger The Analyzer said...

The Raiders won't have an easier time against the Ravens defense unless they can give Brooks some time.

If Walsh doesn't switch to a shorter drop on passing plays next game, he deserves to be fired.

9/12/2006 11:56 AM  
Blogger Ayman said...

What happened to the Cowboys? Better yet what happened to D. Bledsoe?

9/12/2006 3:09 PM  
Blogger The Analyzer said...

Looks like he might be riding off into the sunset soon .............after being tied to the horse.

9/12/2006 3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Walsh's inability to recognize and adjust with shorter reads is beyond explanation (pee wee football 101). Bottom line: I think Art Shell made a huge mistake asking him to leave his B&B. The nickle packages on D are another mystery. And, why didn't Art kick the field goal? Hello! The owner, the coaches and the players are so wrapped up in Raiders' history, yet with one seemingly obvious play call, Shell enters a shutout into the record books for ever. I've been a Raider fan for 35 years, and I don't think I've ever had a pit in my stomach this large. anybody listen to ESPN Radio today? Ouch! The Raiders are the laughing stock of the NFL, professional sports and pee wee football.

9/12/2006 6:43 PM  
Blogger America's Team said...

Answers with questions?
Bledsoe sucks and never liked him.
Hats off to the Chargers for kickn' ass!

9/12/2006 7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It may take a few weeks (or years), but the Silver and Black will be back to contender status in the afc west.

9/12/2006 8:58 PM  
Blogger The Analyzer said...

Hopefully sooner than later.

9/13/2006 12:16 AM  

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