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Postgame wrap

“I looked up, expected it to split the uprights,” Raiders punter and holder Shane Lechler said Sunday in a hushed locker room. “It sounded good. Everything was good.”

If only.

Everything was not good. Everything, was, in fact awful. The Raiders had a chance to be 2-1 for the first time since 2004, and all they needed was a 32-yard field goal from a place kicker who had made 19 in a row between 30 and 39 yards and was a 90.2 percent kicker in his career in that range.

Instead, Sebastian Janikowski pushed the 32-yard attempt to the left, giving the host Arizona Cardinals a thoroughly undeserved 24-23 win over the Raiders.

It was Janikowski’s third miss of the game, having gone wide right from 41 yards and 58 yards. He also converted from 54 yards (he drilled one from 63 in warmups) and had 22- and 23-yard field goals as part of the Raiders stunningly inept performance in the red zone. Janikowski was long gone from the locker room by the time reporters arrived.

“As I told the team I don’t feel like the game was won or lost on the last play right there,” Raiders coach Tom Cable said at the podium following the game. “It certainly could have been won, but we had a lot of opportunities in the second half to put some exclamation points out there and we couldn’t do it. We have to continue to get better in the red zone offensively and just continue to work. This game will not define us.”

Which is essentially what Cable said after the Week 1 loss to Tennessee. What has defined the Raiders is the inability to win consecutive games. It’s happened only once on Cable’s watch, in the last two games of the 2008 season against Houston and Tampa Bay.

How beatable was Arizona?

They managed only 227 yards of total offense with a shaky quarterback in Derek Anderson and a passing game which isn’t even a faint copy of what it was with Kurt Warner. Their coaching staff, oblivious to the fact that the the Raiders were susceptible to the run, probably could have controlled the game merely by hammering the middle if they weren’t so busy trying to prove the could still pass in the post-Warner era.

Twice Cardinals punt returners let live balls bounce free as gifts to the Raiders. Domique Rodgers-Cromartie rode the arm of Darrius Heyward-Bey and was justifiably called for a 39-yard pass interference penalty when Arizona appeared to have the game won.

There were mistakes aplenty for both sides, but what stood out for the Raiders was their 1-for-5 red zone performance while Anderson, even in his sub-mediocre state, managed to throw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Steve Breaston and an 8-yarder to Larry Fitzgerald, both of whom were so open you wonder if Hue Jackson was taking notes on how easy it can be to throw a short touchdown pass.

More news, notes, quotes and observations:

– Three games in, the Raiders have 33 penalties for 290 yards. That’s 176 penalties for 1,547 yards by the end of the season. It may seem an unfair projection, given the short sample size, but the Raiders do seem pretty determined to draw as many flags as possible. They had 11 for 123 yards Sunday. They’re going backwards for almost as many yards as Darren McFadden is going forward.

McFadden had 105 yards on 25 carries against Arizona, so he’s getting plenty of work from scrimmage. Jackson may want to begin encorporating McFadden on swings and screens a little more, given the pressure opponents are getting.

– With a first-and-goal at the 1, the Raiders couldn’t manage to punch in a touchdown. Michael Bush, in his first game back after fracturing his left thumb and undergoing surgery, was stopped for no gain. Then came a Keystone Cops sequence where Bruce Gradkowski let the clock run down, felt he could get a play off, and ended up taking a delay of game penalty. Then came a pair of incomplete attempts to Heyward-Bey and Janikowski’s 23-yard field goal.

The Cardinals called this a goal line stand. Gradkowski called it his mistake.

“I take responsibility for that,” Gradkowski said. “I probably should have called a time out, but it’s just my competitiveness. I thought we can get this off. I saw the clock and I just knew I wanted the ball. I wanted to quarterback sneak. I wanted to get in there. I’ve just got to be better than that, call a time out, regroup and put it in the end zone.”

– Bush said his thumb held up fine and that he’s planning on taking the pad off next week. He got blown up once by Adrian Wilson while pass blocking.

“I’ve got to get under him,” Bush said. “He knocked me down because I didn’t have my feet gathered correctly. It was good to get back in and get banged up a little bit.”

– Gradkowski is determined to make Heyward-Bey a star. He threw to him 11 times, completing three for 49 yards. One was a clutch fourth-and-10 completion that gave the Raiders a first down on the ill-fated final drive.

“Darrius did a great job, and the offensive line made it happen,” Gradkowski said.

Gradkowski was 17-for-34 for 255 yards with a touchdown pass and an interception. He played on the edge and was fortunate not to have made more mistakes.

– Cable on Gradkowski: “I thought (his play was) inconsistent, up and down. His leadership was great. When he needed to make a play, it seemed like on third down he was pretty sharp that way. But again I think he would be the first to tell you that we had four or five opportunities in the red zone and only scored one touchdown.”

Radio play-by-play man Greg Papa was openly wondering in his postgame wrapup if Jason Campbell was an option to start against Houston.

– The offensive line spent much of the day being overwhelmed. Langston Walker was in and out with injuries and the left tackle rotation of Jared Veldheer and Mario Henderson did nothing to distinguish itself.

– Nice opening act. Second-year running back LaRod Stephens-Howling (this game set the standard for hyphenated last names) raced 102 yards for a touchdown with Mike Mitchell blowing the solo tackle and Michael Bennett also failing to bring him down.

– Nnamdi Asomugha got his wish to shadow Fitzgerald and gave up one completion for 18 yards and got called for pass interference once. Anderson went to Fitzgerald six times for the one completion, with the touchdown coming in zone coverage.

“With an elite guy like Larry, you know it’s going to be a great work day,” Asomugha said. “To me, it wasn’t good enough because he did get the catch. That’s what upset me.”

– Even with the previous missed field goals, the prevailing opinion seemed that Janikowski couldn’t miss from 32 yards. The Raiders even acted the part as the ball was sailing through the air.

“Once he kicked it, we celebrated on the sideline,” Asomugha said. “But then I saw them getting happy and our guys on the field not getting happy. That’s when I looked back and saw we didn’t get it.”

“It’s very shocking. I call him `Automatic Seabass’ because it’s one of those things if you kick the ball 100 times, he’s giong to make 99 of them,” McFadden said. “It just so happened he missed that one.”

Said Bush: “The field goal wasn’t the killer. We had opportunities on the goal line to score. We just have to go back and watch film and correct the things we can.”

– Cornerback Walter McFadden didn’t make it through the game, aggravating his hamstring strain. McFadden was on the field because Chris Johnson (ankle) was inactive.

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  • bcz24

    Im not giving up on Jackson, because I dont see any difference in the play calling from when Cable was running the offense. We certainly arent running anything that resembles the offense in Baltimore. Our 3rd WR made it on the field how many times yesterday? Once? Twice? How many catches? ZERO? We cant win with the offense we are running because we cant score. It is all discipline. We dont have it. The cliche is “we dont know how to win yet” but really… the Raiders have NEVER figured out how NOT to beat themselves!

  • RaiderRockstar

    it just maybe Chuckie 2…hey maybe Garcia will come back…

    ***

    he’s looking pretty good for Omaha!

  • RaiderRockstar

    the Raiders have NEVER figured out how NOT to beat themselves!

    ***

    Mark Schlereth said that a few months ago, funny you mentioned it. He said that the Raiders would come out intimidating. They had the biggest, strongest & fastest players in the league. But if you could keep the game close, they would find a way to beat themselves towards the end of the game. shoot themselves in the foot and give the game away

    doesn’t look like much has changed, unfortunately

  • bcz24

    One of the few bright spots I will take from that game is Nnamdi did a GREAT job on Larry Fitzgerald. 1 catch for 18 yards. (the TD was on someone else in that sh1tty zone we CANT fkn run). We should trade him to NE for our first round pick back… Lord knows we arent going to pay him 19million next year and we certainly could use it.

  • RaiderRockstar

    A little old lady answered a knock at the door one day,
    to be confronted by a well-dressed young man carrying a vacuum cleaner.

    ‘Good morning,’ said the young man. ‘If I could take a couple minutes of your time,
    I would like to demonstrate the very latest in high-powered vacuum cleaners…

    ‘Go away!’ said the old lady. ”I’m broke and haven’t got any money!”
    and she proceeded to close the door.

    Quick as a flash, the young man wedged his foot in the door and pushed it wide open…
    ”Don’t be too hasty!” he pleaded. ”Not until you have at least seen my demonstration..”

    And with that, he emptied a bucket of horse manure onto her hallway carpet. Then he

    said with confidence,”Now, if this vacuum cleaner does not remove all traces of this

    horse manure from your carpet Madam, I will personally eat the remainder.”

    The old lady was horrified at the mess! She said, ”Wait right here, I’ll get you a fork,
    they cut off my electricity this morning.”

  • CJ Legend 34

    I am no Cable fan but if you think what happened aginst the Cardinals is a Cable or Hue issue I think you are mistaken. We have had so much change over here in Oakland we are getting the same way we blamed Al for years. Every year we cut a coach now we have adopted the same doctorine. Every loss we blame the coach, have you ever thought it was the players. Just focus on the players man. At this level you should not have to teach a guy on defense how to wrap a man up when you make a tackle. Or teach a lineman to keep his feet square with a defender. Or teach special teams to stay in their freakin lanes. Last year penalties were down under Cable now they are up. It is on the player to not get called on something stupid. To me it is on the coach to run his @$$ in the ground at practice for bone haead plays but in the new NFL that may be aginst the rules who knows.

    Seabass kicks three field goals within the 50 yard line in his sleep the last couple of years, who would have thought he would miss three in one game. I guess that is Cable’s fault as well?

    Consistant play is what this team lacks but listening to this blog I guess every coach since “Gannon The Great” played is the problem. LMAO!!!

  • hwnrdr

    Yes he does…too darn funny though!

  • RaiderRockstar

    One of the few bright spots I will take from that game is Nnamdi did a GREAT job on Larry Fitzgerald. 1 catch for 18 yards. (the TD was on someone else in that sh1tty zone we CANT fkn run). We should trade him to NE for our first round pick back… Lord knows we arent going to pay him 19million next year and we certainly could use it.

    ***

    Agreed

    closest guy to Fitz on that play was your boy Lando.

    kind of like Morrison trying to cover B Marshall early last season … WHAT ???

    MLB on a #1 WR? mismatch!

    if N21 is gonna shadow somebody, he should shadow them on slants too imo. who was he covering when Fitz went across the middle anyways? anybody?

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Mario SUCKS!!!Mario SUCKS!!!Mario SUCKS!!!Mario SUCKS!!!Mario SUCKS!!!Mario SUCKS!!!Mario SUCKS!!!Mario SUCKS!!!Mario SUCKS!!!Mario SUCKS!!!Mario SUCKS!!!Mario SUCKS!!!Mario SUCKS!!!Mario SUCKS!!!Mario SUCKS!!!Mario SUCKS!!!Mario SUCKS!!!Mario SUCKS!!!Mario SUCKS!!!Mario SUCKS!!!Mario SUCKS!!!Mario SUCKS!!!Mario SUCKS!!!Mario SUCKS!!!Mario SUCKS!!!Mario SUCKS!!!Mario SUCKS!!!Mario SUCKS!!!Mario SUCKS!!!Mario SUCKS!!!Mario SUCKS!!!Mario SUCKS!!!

    We will lose as long as he plays Left Tackle. The real Mario as in Williams is probably drooling down his jersey at the prospect of next week.

  • CJ Legend 34

    my bad “doctrine”

  • hwnrdr

    CJ…I’m not blaming Cable for the loss yesterday, but I don’t think Cable will last considering his specialty is making the same stupid mistakes! However, he is a Davis loyalist in which you have to be. I like the switch he did making Bruce’s job his to lose! He has instilled attitude in HIS team!!! I guess I am just sick of #75 getting called on penalty after penalty and watching people run past him for a sack!!! I guess, we can’t do much better right now, can we?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Mario SUCKS!!!

    We will lose as long as he plays Left Tackle. The real Mario as in Williams is probably drooling down his jersey at the prospect of next week.

    ***

    Exla, Ummmm Mario Henderson completely shut down Mario Williams the last time we faced the Texans … remember?

  • hwnrdr

    Exla, Ummmm Mario Henderson completely shut down Mario Williams the last time we faced the Texans … remember?

    I pray he has that same kind of game this week at home!!!

  • ghosttothepost

    The worst part is this feels — in many ways — like the same season as the past seven seasons. Raiders snatch defeat from the hands of victory. They still make the dumbest, most retarded penalties on the planet. They still are not close to having a front-line QB (Them and about 25 other NFL teams).
    The thing that is most discouraging is teams like the Steelers (without a QB) and Chiefs find a way to win.
    The new Raiders are the new Raiders, just like the old Raiders were the old Raiders.
    I gotta tell ya though, it’s incredibly difficult to be a new Raiders fan.

  • CJ Legend 34

    bcz24 Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 6:39 am
    Im not giving up on Jackson, because I dont see any difference in the play calling from when Cable was running the offense. We certainly arent running anything that resembles the offense in Baltimore. Our 3rd WR made it on the field how many times yesterday? Once? Twice? How many catches? ZERO? We cant win with the offense we are running because we cant score. It is all discipline. We dont have it. The cliche is “we dont know how to win yet” but really… the Raiders have NEVER figured out how NOT to beat themselves!
    ——————————————————-

    Now I must say that I thought they would have incoproated a lot more screens in their game under Hues as the O coordinator. Now they are creating some nice running lanes for DMac.

    Just being optimistic maybe they are saving some of their tricks for in conferance play. LMBO!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Bruce gets DHB, Murph & Miller involved in the passing game. I like that

    McFadden is a beast! I don’t care what you haters say (if there are any left)

    Still, way too many penalties. Grads completes about 50 percent of his passes and has as many TD’s as INT’s. I think thats what we can expect from him this entire season (if he stays healthy) and its not good enough to make us a playoff calibur football team, which will cost Cable his job

  • CJ Legend 34

    hwnrdr Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 6:53 am
    CJ…I’m not blaming Cable for the loss yesterday, but I don’t think Cable will last considering his specialty is making the same stupid mistakes! However, he is a Davis loyalist in which you have to be. I like the switch he did making Bruce’s job his to lose! He has instilled attitude in HIS team!!! I guess I am just sick of #75 getting called on penalty after penalty and watching people run past him for a sack!!! I guess, we can’t do much better right now, can we?

    ——————————————–

    Yeah, I hate that myself.

  • bcz24

    CJ I DO blame the coach for those things. I manage 12 people in a warehouse and if those guys keep making the same stupid mistakes and I cant “coach” them out of it I either replace them with people who do the job right or I get fired. Cable isnt able to COACH the inconsistancy out of these players. He isnt able to lead them past the stupid game killing mistakes. Do I think it all lays a Cables feet? No, I think the organizational structure and hierarchy being what it is plays a large role in how he runs the team. I dont want Cable to be fired mid-season because no matter what that CAN NOT improve our season. I would like to see us get a real HC that can either coach the stupid out of these guys, or replace ‘em with better players.

  • Kirk

    We have the most unimaginative offense in the NFL.

    No MISDIRECTION PLAYS at all.

    Plus the coaching staff wanted to waive Mike Mitchell, and Davis said no, and Mitchell is the one who missed the tackle on the 100 yard touchdown run.

    No more scholarships!

  • ghosttothepost

    I f I were Cable this week in practice, the only two things I would work on (about 12 hours per day) are red zone offense and “O” line discipline. I’d make all those O line guys pay for Mario’s false start at the 1. That’s why they call it a team. If you make the unit pay for a major screw up, the rest of the guys on the unit (hopefully) will make sure the culprit keeps his head in the game. Red zone offense defines a team, a QB, a season. Find a way to score. It don’t have to be pretty — anybody remember the Holy Roller — just do it.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Mitchell is the one who missed the tackle on the 100 yard touchdown run.

    ***

    sad thing is, Hiram Eugene might have made that play and he actually practiced without limitations on Friday

    I might be the biggest Hiram Eugene hater on this blog, but if he’s better than Mitch aka Gibson36 … keep him around and pitch that guy we overdrafted

  • bcz24

    Here is another show of absolute stupidity by the coaching staff. Waived Pears, signed Brown to play against STL. Monday waived Brown and resigned Pears. Wednesday, resigned Brown to the practice squad. Friday waived Pears AGAIN and resigned Brown AGAIN to play against AZ.

    And another, why does everyone on our defense (including Nnamdi) think you can just dive at NFL players and they will go down? WTF wrap somebody up and drive them through the gawdamn ground! Missle Mike is going to end up a quadraplegic before his career is done just diving at people the way he does.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Missle Mike is going to end up a quadraplegic before his career is done just diving at people the way he does.

    ***

    man I wish NE was here to read that

    bwahahahahaha!

  • CJ Legend 34

    ghosttothepost Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 6:57 am
    The worst part is this feels — in many ways — like the same season as the past seven seasons. Raiders snatch defeat from the hands of victory. They still make the dumbest, most retarded penalties on the planet. They still are not close to having a front-line QB (Them and about 25 other NFL teams).
    The thing that is most discouraging is teams like the Steelers (without a QB) and Chiefs find a way to win.
    The new Raiders are the new Raiders, just like the old Raiders were the old Raiders.
    I gotta tell ya though, it’s incredibly difficult to be a new Raiders fan.
    ——————————————————-

    That is what the jolly drinking is for to numb the pain of defeat to a once glorious band of warriors. As time goes on you will learn how to lower your expectations and appreciate the wonderful years of “back in the day.” That will give you hope every draft that the next Gannon, next Stabler, next Bo, next Howie, next Marcus Allen, next Tim Brown is right around the corner. To be a fan of the Silver and Black is to live in the past with a glimmer of hope for the future. I like many of my other Raider brethren live with the hope that one day my children can see them win another superbowl as they toast and say Dad is in heaven crying right now wearing his Bo Jackson #34 Jersey with the wing holes in the back (LOL).

  • ghosttothepost

    So last year, the Denver Jackasses start the season, what 6-0? This year the Chefs 3-0. And the Dischargers are always in the hunt — even though they are notoriously slow starters.
    One constant in the AFC West, though — Raiders always suck.

  • ghosttothepost

    CJ — awesome post. You nailed it. I kind of envy these youngsters who have only known the Raiders to be lousy. At least they have no false pretenses.

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Texans only favored by 3 1/2. Mario Williams was coming off an injury last time.

  • hwnrdr

    CJ…I hope that doesn’t happen, but…

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    CJ Legend 34 Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 7:11 am
    ——————————————————-

    That is what the jolly drinking is for to numb the pain of defeat to a once glorious band of warriors. As time goes on you will learn how to lower your expectations and appreciate the wonderful years of “back in the day.” That will give you hope every draft that the next Gannon, next Stabler, next Bo, next Howie, next Marcus Allen, next Tim Brown is right around the corner. To be a fan of the Silver and Black is to live in the past with a glimmer of hope for the future. I like many of my other Raider brethren live with the hope that one day my children can see them win another superbowl as they toast and say Dad is in heaven crying right now wearing his Bo Jackson #34 Jersey with the wing holes in the back (LOL).

  • RaiderRockstar

    Texans only favored by 3 1/2

    ***

    the Texans beat us with David Carr & Ron Dayne

    what are we gonna do about Matt Schaub & Arian Foster ???

  • ghosttothepost

    One word answer RR — LOSE

  • hwnrdr

    BTW: Who was Callahans OC during the 02 and 03 season?

  • ghosttothepost

    RR — Don’t lose sight of the fact we just lost to a team QB’d by Derek Anderson.

  • CJ Legend 34

    bcz24 Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 7:02 am
    CJ I DO blame the coach for those things. I manage 12 people in a warehouse and if those guys keep making the same stupid mistakes and I cant “coach” them out of it I either replace them with people who do the job right or I get fired. Cable isnt able to COACH the inconsistancy out of these players. He isnt able to lead them past the stupid game killing mistakes. Do I think it all lays a Cables feet? No, I think the organizational structure and hierarchy being what it is plays a large role in how he runs the team. I dont want Cable to be fired mid-season because no matter what that CAN NOT improve our season. I would like to see us get a real HC that can either coach the stupid out of these guys, or replace ‘em with better players.

    ——————————————————

    I could not agree more with what you are saying about leadership and being responsible for your crew or team. But the issue I see that Cable has is the players he does have who are “consistant players” outside of Nnamdi either get hurt way to often or decide to make a bone head play when they are usually consistant. If Cable replaced every man who helped contribute to a loss he would not have to much of a team. Now guys like Henderson, Steale, Mitchell I just don’t get how they are still on the team?

    Perfect example again is Seabass. How do you miss three field goals in a game is you are him? No injuries what so ever and bam he misses 3!

  • CJ Legend 34

    ghosttothepost Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 7:19 am
    RR — Don’t lose sight of the fact we just lost to a team QB’d by Derek Anderson.

    —————————————————-

    After watching him play terrible in Clevland that just burns me up.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Don’t lose sight of the fact we just lost to a team QB’d by Derek Anderson

    ***

    you weren’t impressed with the 2 sacks and 1 INT ???

  • CJ Legend 34

    I am just joking…welll…sort a……: )
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    hwnrdr Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 7:16 am
    CJ…I hope that doesn’t happen, but…

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    CJ Legend 34 Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 7:11 am
    ——————————————————-

    That is what the jolly drinking is for to numb the pain of defeat to a once glorious band of warriors. As time goes on you will learn how to lower your expectations and appreciate the wonderful years of “back in the day.” That will give you hope every draft that the next Gannon, next Stabler, next Bo, next Howie, next Marcus Allen, next Tim Brown is right around the corner. To be a fan of the Silver and Black is to live in the past with a glimmer of hope for the future. I like many of my other Raider brethren live with the hope that one day my children can see them win another superbowl as they toast and say Dad is in heaven crying right now wearing his Bo Jackson #34 Jersey with the wing holes in the back (LOL).

  • ghosttothepost

    CJ, yep. I know. Just magnifies the fact that if we had to actually play a real QB (P. Manning, Brees, Brady) we would have no shot. Shows how far we are from having a legitimate NFL contender. My estimate is light years.

  • severeraiderz

    The Raiders couldnt handle business in the Red Zone and lost….we had several chances and couldnt punch it in. We will likely lose next week to a Texans team that will be coming to the Colisuem pissed off and fired up after a tough loss. We have to beat SD in week 5 to salvage the beginning of this season. We can not afford a 1-4 start, nor can Cable.

  • hwnrdr

    WAIT!!! We lost from the very first FN play!!!

  • J Hill

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 6:32 am

    where is Jhill?

    I’m anxious to hear his rant about Tyvon Branch giving up ANOTHER touchdown, this time to Steve Breaston

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    I actually think Jeremy Ware was responsible on that one but I have to take another look.

    Ware came up to get the QB on the rollout, and ended up getting blocked by an OL guy. With a WR running free in that same area, have to think that was a rookie mistake.

  • J Hill

    Gardowski is a lucky muuuhfuggah mayne …

    I know he better stop trying to force the ball to DHB.

    Should’ve EASILY had 3 more picks yesterday.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Should’ve EASILY had 3 more picks yesterday.

    ***

    not according to JFB!

    where is that guy anyways?

    380 yards for Bruce?

    LOL! I almost stole his 2 best players in FF

    good thing he made up that personal rule for himself to follow about not trading fantasy players when pressed about his prediction

  • LA to TheBay

    ghosttothepost Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 6:57 am
    The worst part is this feels — in many ways — like the same season as the past seven seasons. Raiders snatch defeat from the hands of victory. They still make the dumbest, most retarded penalties on the planet. They still are not close to having a front-line QB (Them and about 25 other NFL teams).
    The thing that is most discouraging is teams like the Steelers (without a QB) and Chiefs find a way to win.
    The new Raiders are the new Raiders, just like the old Raiders were the old Raiders.
    I gotta tell ya though, it’s incredibly difficult to be a new Raiders fan.
    ————————————————

    I always like reading the blog on a Monday.

    After a win, we’re putting it together.

    After a loss, we’re going 4-12 (or worse).

    The knee-jerk reaction here is increditble. The bottom line is this is a much improved football team that had HEART and didn’t FOLD.

    Raider teams of the past would fold.

    This is a better team.

    The good news is, our Red Zone woes and mental mistakes can be cleaned up.

    Bad news is, that falls on the coaching staff…..

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  • severeraiderz

    J Hill Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 7:26 am
    Gardowski is a lucky muuuhfuggah mayne …

    I know he better stop trying to force the ball to DHB.

    Should’ve EASILY had 3 more picks yesterday.
    /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    Don’t speak like that ’round these parts….thats down right blasphemous.

  • J Hill

    Anyway …

    These next 4 games are VERY winnable. 4 games against bad teams, the virtual bad teams bowl.

    I just think that there are certain players on this team who are going to continue to cost us with mental errors.

    Sorry, but Henderson, Scott, Mitchell, and JLH have terrible football IQs. Just bad man, and they will cost us during each game they are on the field. Penalty, missed assignments, etc. The fact that they are on the field is something that I lay at the feet of the Cable guy.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Bruce is gonna ride that 50 % completion percentage all the way to the Pro Bowl!

    that was against the Rams & Cards. good grief. what happens when we face good football teams ???

  • raiderzmaverick

    I wasn’t impressed at how we hardly pressured Derek Anderson the whole game. Or how our DBs gave up so many PI penalties. We gave up more penalty yards than McFadden ran for.

    And just stupid mistakes. Both teams made stupid mistakes, but you’re supposed to take advantage of other team stupid mistakes (2 botched punts) but we didn’t.

  • LA to TheBay

    J Hill Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 7:26 am
    Gardowski is a lucky muuuhfuggah mayne …

    I know he better stop trying to force the ball to DHB.

    Should’ve EASILY had 3 more picks yesterday.
    —————————————-

    Yeah, he really should have spread the ball around a bit more but what a gutsy game by Bruce.

    I agree with Cable 100%. Up and down game, but the leadership was great.

    Say what you want about Bruce’s stats.

    When the game was on the line, he essentially won it. A jr. high scholl kid could have made that field goal.

  • J Hill

    Where the phugg is Chazerella already!

    We need a go to possesion WR. DHB is NOT that guy YET.