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Postgame wrap

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, December 27th, 2009 at 6:05 pm in Oakland Raiders.

News, notes, quotes and observations from the Raiders’ 23-9 loss to the Browns in Cleveland:

– Regular readers of this space as well as participants in weekly on-line chats know I’m not inclined to tear into play-calling, believing it to be not nearly as important as executing whatever plays are called.

Still feel that way, too, although today in Cleveland, the play-calling had a great deal to do with the Raiders again coming up short in a game that was there for the taking.

The worst sequence came with just under five minutes left in the game and the Raiders at the Cleveland 2-yard line with a first down, courtesy of a pass interference call on Hank Poteat.

Four incomplete passes later, the Raiders turned it over on down, including a justified reversal of an Eric Wright interception.

Michael Bush, with nine carries for 50 yards in the first half, spent the second half back in witness protection in terms of touches. He carried once for 2 yards. Apparently a 245-pound back wasn’t of use that close to the goal line.

Frye, who has the mobility and quick feet to operate on the perimeter, instead dropped back. There was no attempt at a run-pass option.

As for Bush, his last carry came with 10:11 left in the third quarter. The Raiders ran 29 plays from that point until the end of the game and he never once got the ball as Oakland abandoned all pretense of the pass with Darren McFadden carrying four times for 14 yards.

– Remember how annoying it was to watch Rob Ryan’s defense give up points by backing off the throttle late in games? Worked like a charm against the Raiders, who piled up completions and yards but no points down the stretch. Again, Bush may have been able to get some momentum against a backpedaling defense.

The Browns spent much of the game mixing and matching, running more blitzes than Ryan would in four games as the Raiders defensive coordinator. Then he had the Browns fall back into a soft zone which came up with a pair of key interceptions.

– Play-calling aside, the game swung on Frye’s first interception, which David Bowens returned 17 yards to set up a 17-yard scoring run by James Harrison, and a defensive meltdown late in the first half which enabled the Browns to strike on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Derek Anderson to Mohamad Massaquoi.

Taking over at their own 7 after a Shane Lechler punt and a half-the-distance offensive holding penalty on the Browns, the Raiders trailed 10-6 and were hoping to get the ball back.

A chippy game erupted at that point, with Richard Seymour and Cleveland’s Rodney Hadnot getting offsetting unnecessary roughness penalties not long after runs of 17 and 2 yards by James Harrison.

Seymour was so incensed he picked up an additional 15 yards for unsportsman-like conduct foul, pushing the ball to the Cleveland 40. Anderson hit Massaquoi for 14 yards, and after a 4-yard run by Harrison, Stanford Routt got another 15-yard foul for unnecessary roughness and was ejected for a head butt.

That put the Browns on the Raiders 27, where they scored three plays later with Anderson hitting Massaquoi from 19 yards out.

The Browns then paid for a squib kick which enabled the Raiders to open at the 42, and after 9 and 6-yard completions from Frye to Zach Miller and McFadden, Sebastian Janikowski boomed a club-record 61-yard field goal – the fourth in league history of 60 yards or more and possibly the most impressive when you take into consideration the wind and 35-degree weather.

– Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha continues to be vexed by the Raiders repeatedly plummeting to earth following a big win. They’ve been outscored 142-32 in the five games following wins, with only the Cleveland game in doubt into the fourth quarter.

“We’ve shown flashes of being a championship-caliber team. We’ve shown flashes of being one of those cellar-dweller type teams,” Asomugha said. “It’s kind of like we haven’t been able to figure out who we wanted to be. If you want to be a contender in this league, you have to have an identity.”

– With five punts for a 44.2 average, Shane Lechler’s season average dropped to 51.1, meaning he’ll need a big game to surpass the NFL record of 51.4 set by Sammy Baugh in 1940.

– The Raiders’ 389-yard yardage output was their second-highest of the season, behind the 396 yards gained against Pittsburgh.

– With 13 penalties for 126 yards, there was some of the “only the Raiders” grumbling which normally accompanies games they lose. Of course, they’ve had some debatable calls in their wins, too, and managed to overcome them. Just as they could have overcome them against Cleveland.

The most ridiculous call may have been the “taunting” flag on Zach Miller, who merely dropped the ball in the direction of a Cleveland player after a 31-yard reception. It wound up not hurting anything because of Poteat’s pass interference call a short time later.

One crucial penalty that went largely unnoticed in the flood of flags to follow belonged to Chris Morris, who replaced an injured Langston Walker at left guard. Pinned at their own 1 with 734 left in the half after Joshua Cribbs tipped a punt back to the 1-yard line, Oakland had moved out to the 38 with a first-and-10.

Morris was called for a hold, which put the ball back on the 28, with a 6-yard sack of Frye pushing it to the 22. The Raiders eventually punted, leading to Cleveland’s late touchdown drive with the help of the 15-yard flags on Seymour and Routt.

– Strangest flag of the day _ tight end Tony Stewart, one of the most level-headed players in the locker room, was ejected for bumping an official. Never saw a replay of that one.

– Here’s a piece of trivia (courtesy of A.P. stat maven Josh Dubow) that ought to turn the stomach of most self-respecting Raider fans: Frye became the second quarterback in Raiders history to throw for 300 yards with three or more interceptions and no touchdown passes in a game. The other? Marc Wilson, with 339 yards and three interceptions in a 16-10 loss to Kansas City on Dec. 13, 1987.

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  • RaiderRockstar

    you can’t teach heart, passion or desire.

    Russell is a failure because he chooses to be one…

    He’ll be great when/if he decides to put the work in. It probably won’t happen because he already got paid and thats pretty high on his priority list. You could tell when the reporter asked him if he’d restructure his deal in the offseason a few weeks ago.

    Plus Al Davis doesn’t care about work ethic or conditioning. He publicly stated so during this past offseason. Therefore he won’t be forcing Russell to do anything. He’ll have to take it upon himself.

    coaches hold no authority in Oakland, so cross them off the list of Russell motivaters as well.

  • new englandraider

    raider tbone, there is part of the sheduling that is set. got to go back and look at the other divisions we’ve played in recent years, but there is a formula. we will either play nfc north, or west. im thinking west to be honest

  • new englandraider

    im almost positive we will play the nfc west next season

  • RaiderRockstar

    Russell couldn’t pass for 300 yards in 25 starts.

    Gradkowski & Frye surpassed 300 yards in thier 2nd starts in Oakland. Russell has 2 years in Oakland they didn’t have

    I bet Danny Southwick could shed the “intern” label, start Week 17 against the playoff hungry Ravens and still fair better than the Walrus.

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    KoolKell Says:
    December 28th, 2009 at 10:24 am
    Did you notice the blitzes from all directions from Rob Ryan?

    ***********************************

    I also say the extreme prevent that RR throw on in the 4th quarter that allowed Charlie frkn Frye to led the NFL in passing yards yesterday.

    Does anyone else make 330 yards of passing offense look so easy?

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    new englandraider Says:
    December 28th, 2009 at 11:08 am
    im almost positive we will play the nfc west next season

    ********************************

    NFC West and AFC South I believe.

    so another year playing the Texans!!!

  • Senior Beeecham

    Oh brother – it’s only Monday and KrappyKell is already carrying on like an overly medicated lunatic! I bet he hasn’t even completed his first official pant crapping of the day yet.

    And then we have that little English lad Albert Bigelow trying his best to impress his contemporary, 16 Year Old Zit.

    Alby, if you want to be friends with an American child your own age, much better to choose a proper study abroad program than to track down a high school drop out on a football blog.

    2010 is going to rule!

  • Florida Pete

    16yearsold16yearfan Says:
    December 28th, 2009 at 10:04 am
    my bad i meant al hires you and you get paid

    if al lets you do your job and the team still sucks but you dont get blamed because it was als fault for hiring some one who didnt know what he was doing

    or it was als fault because you were never in charge and were just a token

    and if you do get to do your job you would have fun because you are always putting up your mock drafts

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    AHA !!!

    got it…

    so even if i was a failing failure, it’s not my failure, it’s someone else’s failure cause they knew i should have been a failure in the first place… unless i succeed…

  • RaiderRockstar

    why does it matter what teams we face next season?

    we could play against the Rams, Lions, Browns, Redskins, Bucs, Bears, Seahawks & Bills twice next year and only finish with a 5-11 record!

    we need to fix US before we worry about anybody else.

  • new englandraider

    im out fellas. no hard feeling kell. just dont think we should care whether is qb is black or white. as long as qb plays well, i couldnt care less what color he is. take care fellas. enjoy ur day

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    Kool,

    I said Frye sucks from day one, and again this morning. I know you like to paint me with a broad brush so leave me out of this one.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    December 28th, 2009 at 11:14 am
    why does it matter what teams we face next season?

    we could play against the Rams, Lions, Browns, Redskins, Bucs, Bears, Seahawks & Bills twice next year and only finish with a 5-11 record!

    we need to fix US before we worry about anybody else
    ===================================================
    Exactly. And it starts by making intelligent decisions in free agency, the draft and roster. Hiring competent coaches and desiging credible game plans. It starts with playing the best players on the roster.

    This is yet another bad team here in Oakland with Al Davis at the lead.

    They will never win consistently until they do the above.

    Are you folks tired of losing yet?

  • CJ Legend 34

    NOooooooo Raiders Brotheren NOoooooo!!!!

    Charlie Frye is “THE ANSWER!!!!” LMAO twice over!!!!

    You play a broke bum over your 65 million dollar potential bum who staged a win for you last week.

    Bum’s the bum out of me!

    Bum QB
    Bum Coach
    Bum GM
    Bum season

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    Just heard on the radio that with so much concern of a lockout in 2011, teams(owners) are reluctant to hire coaching staffs this offseason and have them on the “books” for 2011. So expect lots of “lame-duck” coaches this year (with John Fox being the example that started the conversation).

    So that may mean, Tom Cable in 2010 as a lame-duck. I can see Al insisting on hiring an OC, and having Cable sit in on the interview of a guy to ulitmately replace him. Sounds twillight-zonish enough for the Raiders

  • Florida Pete

    KoolKell Says:
    December 28th, 2009 at 10:16 am
    I don’t see any mention of Charlie Fryes 3 interceptions on this blog this morning, I wonder why?

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    here’s why… he did not disappoint us…

    ’cause no-one with a brain thought Frye was going to be any good…

    no-one thinks he’s gonna start next year…

    few people even think he’s gonna be on the team…

    and because there was no lack of effort… he threw for over 300 yards and managed to still suck… and that is to be expected from a 3rd stringer…

    oh, and he’s being paid accordingly…

    and cause he’s a 3rd string QB who was throwing when he shoulda been handing off…

    and that belongs to cable…

  • http://atm Raider O

    On AVG:
    Fargas has 11 carries/ game.
    DMC has 9 carries/ game
    Bush has 7 carries/ game

    Bush is avg 5.1 YPC, Fargas has 3.8 YPC, and DMC is avg 3.5 YPC.

    Fire Cable!!

  • M Lonetree

    okay, so here’s the deal.

    The St Louis Rams through every fault of their own will choose first in April’s draft. With the first pick they take Suh.
    Then the Rams turn around and trade Suh along with Keith Null to the Raiders for JaMarcus Russell and Darren McFadden and Darrius Heyward-Bey plus the 6th or 7th pick (whatever it is Oakland will have).

    The Silver and Black defense would then have both Nnamdi and Ndamkuong. And the offense would have Null!

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    vegas raider Says:
    December 28th, 2009 at 11:16 am
    Kool,

    I said Frye sucks from day one, and again this morning. I know you like to paint me with a broad brush so leave me out of this one.
    0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

    Just like FoolKell’s wife,,,,they don’t make a broad enough brush to paint either of your fat a$$e$.

  • CJ Legend 34

    Hear let me help you guys out.

    65% of the players we have on either side of the ball would not be starting on other NFL teams.

    Frye has already proven he is not a good #1 QB in this league. Gradowski is a good #2 back up save the day QB.
    Russel has loads of potential but needs big time work. The only way he gets it is to play through the pain at $65 mill and a record like ours he should have been playing yesterday. Any other team with a decent QB he would have been working off the bench like Aaron Rodgers did in Greenbay. Everyone knew this guy needed work. At least you would know if the guy is a true bum or just a late learner like a # of QBs to the league are. But if you want me to get happy over any of these QBs we have now get ready to be diappointed. This team as a whole, just sucks! We are not a good team or franchise.

  • spellcheck

    Hear or here??????????????????????????????????????/

  • raidertbone

    # Florida Pete Says:
    December 28th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    16yearsold16yearfan Says:
    December 28th, 2009 at 10:04 am
    my bad i meant al hires you and you get paid

    if al lets you do your job and the team still sucks but you dont get blamed because it was als fault for hiring some one who didnt know what he was doing

    or it was als fault because you were never in charge and were just a token

    and if you do get to do your job you would have fun because you are always putting up your mock drafts

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    AHA !!!

    got it…

    so even if i was a failing failure, it’s not my failure, it’s someone else’s failure cause they knew i should have been a failure in the first place… unless i succeed…
    ___________________________________________

    Pete:
    You were really close …
    If someone hires me and I get paid and I don’t do my job, then I suck … and the guy who hires me also sucks … unless it’s not my fault that I suck, in which case all the suckers out there who want to bash me for posting my mock draft can all suck on the teet of a cow … all the while, I am having fun while I still suck!
    You see, I speak 16yearoldfan really well!!

  • M Lonetree

    Florida Pete,

    my bad yesterday. As yourself, I did not see the Viking-Panther game, but I did see the prior Viking-Cardinal game. It was during the Arizona game that Jaspar Brinkley was wearing the “rented goalie” sign.

  • HayesDaze37

    Tough loss to take…BUT…It’s STILL a great day to be a Raiders fan. Isn’t it?

    KK — WTF are you trying to say here? Even if I pretend to understand what you’re getting at, you’re just throwing out BS like usual:

    KoolKell Says:
    Work ethic is one thing, talent is another. The guy with no talent winds up coaching.
    The Talented guy can learn work ethic.

    ———-

    And what’s the point? That Frye isn’t talented, so he’ll end up coaching? Hey…if a dude makes it into the NFL, he’s got enough talent to base a coaching career on. However…it doesn’t mean he CAN coach, or even analyze the game well enough to coach it. Frye apparently is good in a film room atmosphere…how dare he be!

    What Frye has done, is shown us what we already mostly expected…that he is not, and never was, the answer for this team long-term. But, shame on him for having a built-in work ethic, right KK?

    Compare him to your hero JaMarcus…and tell us again how talented (or potentially talented)people can “learn work ethic.” Work ethic is either instilled, or it’s enforced — and neither of those has worked for JaMarcus for 3 years now. Charlie Frye has nothing to do with it.

    Kell — You were baiting and trolling for a racist debate this morning…and then complaining that you get labeled a racist. Duh!!

    Despite the tough loss…and despite hater “fans” like KK, who can’t just can’t leave bad enough alone…

    It is, in fact, still a great day to be a Raiders fan!

  • RaiderRockstar

    The St Louis Rams through every fault of their own will choose first in April’s draft. With the first pick they take Suh.
    Then the Rams turn around and trade Suh along with Keith Null to the Raiders for JaMarcus Russell and Darren McFadden and Darrius Heyward-Bey plus the 6th or 7th pick (whatever it is Oakland will have).

    ***

    I’d trade away Russell, McFadden, Heyward-Bey & our 1st round pick for a bag of tater chips right now

    they have no trade value whatsoever. probably 50 percent of 1st round draft picks turn out to be busts. do these guys look closer toward boom or bust to you? then consider the contracts another team would absorb. we couldn’t PAY a team to take them!

  • raidertbone

    It is ALWAYS a great day to be a Raiders fan – especially with so many haters out there. Eventually, we’ll show them all — it’s just going to take a little time. JaMarcus will always love the Raiders because he “got paid” — let’s see if that ever happens again for him … probably will. However, the only work ethic he knows is dragging his fat a$% to the Burger King.

  • M Lonetree

    Rockstar,

    the Rams have won perhaps 4 out of their past 50 games. It is as clueless an organization as there is in the NFL. They might just fall for it! :)

  • raidertbone

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    December 28th, 2009 at 11:36 am

    The St Louis Rams through every fault of their own will choose first in April’s draft. With the first pick they take Suh.
    Then the Rams turn around and trade Suh along with Keith Null to the Raiders for JaMarcus Russell and Darren McFadden and Darrius Heyward-Bey plus the 6th or 7th pick (whatever it is Oakland will have).

    ***

    I’d trade away Russell, McFadden, Heyward-Bey & our 1st round pick for a bag of tater chips right now

    they have no trade value whatsoever. probably 50 percent of 1st round draft picks turn out to be busts. do these guys look closer toward boom or bust to you? then consider the contracts another team would absorb. we couldn’t PAY a team to take them!
    ________________________________________

    Well, the Rams DO need a quarterback … if we could package those three and end up with draft picks and/or a quality lineman on both sides of the ball, it just might work … as long as we all don’t get arrested for the Endo that we’re smokin’!!

  • 4evaRaider

    That would be the possum flavored tater chips right Rockstar

  • DKnight007

    If the dumb old man Al drafts a freakin CB within the first 3 rounds of this years draft….someone needs to seriously snipe him!

  • raidertbone

    Hey DKnight:
    Don’t you be surprised if Taylor Mays is the guy who gets drafted!

  • HayesDaze37

    DMC is running the risk of being no better than average (if that) as an NFL back. Unfortunately, like every other young player — teams (not just the Raiders) must give the guy enough time to develop and “pop.” DMC isn’t popping, and his game needs pop in it or he’s done.

    On the other hand…DHB is so far from being a bust, it’s ridiculous. It simply doesn’t matter where he was chosen in the draft — whether he was picked #1 overall, or was Mr. Irrelevent — even AVERAGE WR’s usually take years to develop. We’re not only asking DHB to be average…we’re asking him to be GREAT immediately. It’s not realistic, and not logical, to label him a bust already.

    JaMarcus? Can he even become an average QB? Almost unbelievably, the jury’s still out on this one…but his career’s on thinner ice than DMC’s, for sure.

  • DKnight007

    Dakota Says:
    December 28th, 2009 at 7:38 am
    r8dr4lfe21,

    Sure, it is all chance…but I think Al has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that he is not capable of running this team anymore, so I’ll take my chances on a new GM if that GM is more than a figurehead GM that Al is simply using to shield himself from further criticism.

    The main problem lies in who will be hiring that GM. I don’t trust Al to hire someone decent, so it is a conundrum. I wish Al would bring Madden in as temporary decision maker, allow Madden to have a ton of influence on who becomes the GM, and then let that GM run the show.

    Al should only stick his nose into major decisions, just like most owners. Say, if the GM wanted to bring in a troubled player like T.O., Al should have a say, but that should be about it.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Thats what the old man will probably end up doing IF he does hire a GM/Personnel Guy.

    He will just be a lap dog to take the blame if things fail, where behind the scenes the old man is pulling the “new” GM’s strings.

    Thats the way the old man operates. In a wharped way.

  • DKnight007

    raidertbone Says:
    December 28th, 2009 at 11:57 am
    Hey DKnight:
    Don’t you be surprised if Taylor Mays is the guy who gets drafted!

    ^^^^^^^^
    Oh I won’t be surprised if Mays gets picked.

    At least it won’t be a freakin corner though. LOL

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Realistically,

    JaMarcus Russell, Darren McFadden and Darius Heyward-Bey are not tradeable given their recent performance and HUGE CONTRACTS. No team is going to trade for those three.

    The Raiders are stuck with them, unless they decide to cut them.

    DMAC has some hope. I believe he’s been grossly mismanaged by the incompetent coaching staff.

  • HayesDaze37

    Gradkowski should be re-signed asap, to a lower-level, “almost-starting QB” contract that is loaded with playing-time/performance incentives.

    His injury is costing him, and saving the Raiders some money…provided they sign him before he hits the streets. He’ll get more than he got this year from somebody, and it should be from us so we can see if he’s got the goods.

    Draft a mid-to-late-round pick at QB, and groom him behind Gradkowski (and the other veteran QB we’ll bring in)…this team needs a MATURE LEADER at QB.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I think the Raiders should re-sign Gradkowski, Frye, Losman and give Danny Southwick a shot.

    Shoot. get Jeff George, Jeff Otis & Erik Meyer in here to compete. Anybody got Josh Booty’s phone number?

    somebody needs to play QB for this team. Russell deserves a chance to compete too based on his contract, not what he’s shown on the field or the sidelines. the key word here is “competition”

    May the most equipped QB win, even if it’s not the highest paid QB!

  • RaiderRockstar

    DMAC has some hope. I believe he’s been grossly mismanaged by the incompetent coaching staff.

    ***

    couldn’t agree more. same with Michael Bush.

    why aren’t McFadden and/or Heyward-Bey fielding kicks instead of Gary Russell?

  • RaiderRockstar

    That would be the possum flavored tater chips right Rockstar

    ***

    in all honesty I’ve never tried possum. I have eaten BBQ raccoon though – tasty!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Al Davis likes former 1st rounders that failed elsewhere.

    we could see a JP Losman/Rex Grossman/Patrick Ramsey/Jason Campbell/Jamarcus Russell competition at QB next offseason!

  • HayesDaze37

    I don’t think JaMarcus could beat-out Gradkowski or Losman in an even-handed QB competition. And I don’t think the Raiders are going to leave those guys as JaMarcus’s only competition, either.

    A level-headed vet like Kyle Orton — wasn’t Cutler so much easier to hate?! — could’ve steered this Raiders team to .500 this year. Gradkowski could’ve done it, too, I think.

  • HayesDaze37

    Jason Campbell would beat-out JaMarcus.

  • RaiderRockstar

    with keeping Cable and adding QB’s gurus Tollner & Hackett…

    who would have guessed that Russell would actually regress in his 3rd NFL season (when most young QB’s start to “get it” and show flashes of brilliance) ???

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    St Louis is not going to trade for a QB. They are looking for their next one at the grocery store.

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    All depends on the offensive scheme the “hopefully” new coach and Al Davis agree on.

    If the WCO wins out, then a guy like Gradkowski has a chance, Campbell would also be a nice fit for competition as well as Chad Pennington.

    If its vertical stretch time, Gradkowski has little chance….Losman, Grossman and a reconstructed Russell would be your best option.

    See, the doggone General Manager has to figure out what kind of offense he wants to run! Stop switching back and forth.

    But the Owner doesn’t get it. Just snap the ball and let the players play….sigh

  • HayesDaze37

    Now…HOW ‘BOUT SOMETHING POSITIVE??

    Janikowski? Anyone??

    Jano continues to show he is the greatest kicker in Raiders history…saddled with their poorest teams.

    If the Raiders, as a team, played even .500 ball…Jano would be recognized as one of the greatest kickers in NFL history. Since he probably has another 5-7 years in him, he likely will be recognized as such eventually — but only if the Raiders find a way to win again, while we’ve still got that amazing leg on the team.

    Jano will probably get a (legitimate) chance at the NFL record-long kick someday, and he could very well bring it home.

    Rock on, Jano!

  • h20104

    I am also pissed off tat the Raiders lost composure nad pretty much gave up a TD on penalty. I am particlary upset that Seymour was heavily involved. I expected him to be one of the veteran calming players for the Raiders. This is the 2nd or 3rd time he has been called for such a penalty. However, receivers are consistently getting away with push offs on CJ. The refs couldn’t see that but they rediscovered the rule to call it on Murphy.

  • RaiderRockstar

    S&B: well said

    However, I think both Campbell & Pennington would have more attractive 2nd string offers than joining a QB competition in Oakland.

    I think we’re kind of limited to players like Gradkowski, Frye, Walter, Tui, or UFL “champions”

  • spellcheck

    QB QB QB QB QB….. B S !!!!!!
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    Defense wins championships…If they can’t score they can’t win….Every Raider Superbowl Team that won had a very good Defense.
    This is the AFC West…if you can’t effectively stop the run….you’re done….period…that’s 6 games out of familiarity with teams in your division you have to win….split the difference in the remaining 10 games and you’re in the Playoffs.
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    Build the Defense around the Defensive Line and the Secondary….LB’s leading the team in tackles means you’re giving up too many yards per carry…Draft and acquire free agent DT’s and DE’s to primarily stuff the run….then load up on DB’s to stop the passing game the opposition will be forced into.

    The weekly bashing of the LB’s and Safety’s for missing tackles of running backs on the dead run because they haven’t even been slowed down by Linemen unable to fill and maintain their gaps is 100% BS.
    =======================================================
    A good defense also ensures a team will win the battle of Time of Possession…giving the Offense more opportunities to score….and with Lechler and Janokowski’s legs Field Position is a given….too bad there isn’t a quality defense to take advantage of it.

  • The Big Banana

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    December 28th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    with keeping Cable and adding QB’s gurus Tollner & Hackett…

    who would have guessed that Russell would actually regress in his 3rd NFL season (when most young QB’s start to “get it” and show flashes of brilliance) ???
    ================================================
    It’s really just ridiculous, the more you examine it. Yet Russell doesn’t understand why he was benched and thinks he did fine. The receivers weren’t making plays, etc etc

  • RaiderRockstar

    Seabass has been wildly inconsistant during his Raiders tenure.

    However, he is quietly having a great season for us. I applaud his effort and effectiveness these past 4 months. 1 of the few bright spots for us