Raiders losing the 100-yard war

As you watch Baltimore and Pittsburgh struggle to gain inches on the ground in today’s AFC championship game, keep in mind the Raiders, their search for a defensive coordinator to replace Rob Ryan, and the importance of a coach, philosophy and the right players to stop the run.

The Ravens haven’t allowed an individual runner to gain 100 yards in 38 regular and post-season games, dating back to a 23-carry, 120-yard effort by Kansas City’s Larry Johnson on Dec. 10, 2006.

During that span, the Raiders have given up more than 100 yards to a running back 19 times.

Working in reverse order:

Player, team, tcb-yds

Sammy Morris, NE, 14-117
Ronnie Brown, Mia, 16-101
DeAngelo Williams, Car, 19-140
Michael Turner, Atl, 30-139
Thomas Jones, NYJ, 24-159
LaDainian Tomlinson, SD 20-106
Fred Taylor, Jac, 7-111
Ryan Grant, GB, 29-156
Kolby Smith, KC 31-150
Chester Taylor, Min, 22-164
Ron Dayne, Hou, 21-122
LenDale White, Ten, 25-133
Larry Johnson, KC, 24-112
LaDainian Tomlinson, SD, 24-198
Ronnie Brown, Mia, 15-134
Travis Henry, Den, 26-128
Larry Johnson, KC, 31-135
Stephen Jackson, STL, 31-127
Rudi Johnson, Cin, 30-117

The Raiders’ record in those games is 2-17.

Pittsburgh hasn’t given up 100 yards to a running back since Jacksonville’s Taylor gained 147 yards on 25 carries on Dec. 16 of last season.

As much as Al Davis is identified with hiring offensive minds to be his head coach, with a preference for play-callers, if possible, you wonder if he’d ever consider going wtih a defensive head coach to stem the tide of 100-yard runners and the defeats that follow.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer