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Stats make Kubiak wary of Raiders

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 at 8:24 am in Oakland Raiders.

The Houston Texans are finding it slow going in their bid to go from mediocrity to a legitimate playoff contender.

The Raiders are facing a similar process simply trying to ascend from the depths to somewhere approaching mediocrity.

Just when Houston appeared to have a breakthrough with season-opening wins against Indianapolis and Washington, the latter in a comeback mode, the Texans were returned to earth by their in-state rivals, the struggling Dallas Cowboys.

Oakland put itself in position for a 2-1 record in Week 3 against Arizona but didn’t deliver, arming skeptics everywhere with evidence the Raiders will never amount to anything.

Gary Kubiak, talking by conference call with Bay Area reporters bright and early this morning, was talking about the step he’d like his team to take.

“It’s a big, big corner to turn,’ Kubiak said. “You don’t turn it in one game, one play, one week. I think you turn it over a period of time. Our focus right now is on the Oakland Raiders and being as good as you can be this week.”

Warren Sapp used to insist “stats are for losers,” his argument being they could be twisted like taffy to say illustrate just about any point.

Kubiak latched on to stats Wednesday morning to paint the Raiders as a one of the NFL’s top teams.

“I think there’s two teams in this league that are in the top 10 offensively and defensively and they’re one of them,” Kubiak said. “That tells you how balanced they are and how well they’re playing.”

Indeed, the Raiders are 10th in offense at 351.3 yards per game, which doesn’t explain a 3-for-13 performance in the red zone. And they’re No. 3 in defense, right behind Baltimore and Green Bay, which may be more a factor of the St. Louis and Arizona offenses than anything else and doesn’t account for allowing the Cardinals to pass for two scores in the red zone with relative ease.

Note: Raiders are actually tied with second for Green Bay.
Kubiak is undeterred, even elevating the Raiders’ defense a spot to No. 2, deflecting a question about Nnamdi Asomugha and the possibility of shadowing Andre Johnson to pile more superlatives on his opponent.

“I never get caught up in that,” Kubiak said. “We’ve got to go and play their defense. We’ve got to do a good job. I mean, they’re second in defense in the NFL, that tells you how good they are, how talented they are across the board. He’s a great, great player, but it’s going to take 11 of us to play well and not just one if we’ve got any chance of winning.”

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  • aig-raiders

    Thec,

    I love our D this year and expected them to be a top 5 D. So far I dont think of them as a top 2. They still got much to improve but the ability of the offense to keep drives going has reduced significantly the yards given up by the D.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Texans have the worst pass Defense in the league Rated 32

  • DMAC

    Louis Murphy missed Raiders practice Wednesday with an undisclosed injury.
    Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle points out that Murphy missed “a few plays” in the Raiders’ Week 3 loss, and the receiver wasn’t targeted on Oakland’s 11-play drive to end the game. The extent of the injury is unknown, but the emerging fantasy starter should be monitored this week.
    Source: Vittorio Tafur on Twitter

  • PurpleDrank81

    Rated No 5 on run d though…

  • Nnamdi21

    The only stat that counts is a “W”.

  • DMAC

    # The Big Banana Says:
    September 29th, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Grads taking chances is both good and bad. He pushes the ball down the field and that netted us some PIs in the last game. He needs to be a bit more careful, though, for sure. We all saw the dropped picks. There’s no denying them. Fact remains, with him at QB, our offense can move the ball. He’s a leader and he involves the WRs. JC plays scared and doesn’t know what to do in the face of pressure.

    Bottom Line: Grads is our best option right now.
    ============
    AMEN!!!

  • The Big Banana

    You dont read my post do you?

    ===========================================

    Actually, you’re partially correct. I don’t read the CAPS to be honest with you. Caps indicates yelling and hints of desperation to get a point across. No need for it. So, just know, when you go into your all caps tirade, a number of us tune out.

  • aig-raiders

    Mistic,

    Since you are so concerned with the long run and looking at careers, how come you never answered my question on JC’s win loss record in his career?

    Are you too afraid to post the answer, or are you blatantly using selective memory?

  • Thec07

    PurpleDrank81 Says:
    September 29th, 2010 at 1:04 pm
    Texans have the worst pass Defense in the league Rated 32

    ++++++++

    Looks like we have a winner….

  • Plunketthead

    Thec

    31
    31
    32
    31

    Raiders 38 Boots 10

  • The Big Banana

    And I don’t mean 1 word here or there in CAPS. We all do that so don’t twist my words. It’s the all cap paragraphs that are the problem.

  • priesttj

    You guy’s seem to look at everything he does positive, which is good but I’m telling you he has to play better. I’m not talking about yardage and stats forget that for the moment. Look at what the coaches are asking him to do and what he’s actually doing. We aren’t scoring when we have opportunities.

    Let’s see how he does this Sunday if we score I couldn’t care less about the yardage. I want him to stick the ball in the ENDZONE………..period

    That’s what wins football games not yardage and stats, TD’s win games. The rest is for losers. We struggled to beat the Rams and lost a game that was easily winnable. Due to the fact that he missed wide open recievers. Now Janikowski bailed him out with that miss and takes the pressure off Grads in the eyes of the fans. But in the eyes of the coaches he didn’t deliver when he had the chance.

  • mistic1

    # The Big Banana Says:
    September 29th, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Grads taking chances is both good and bad. He pushes the ball down the field and that netted us some PIs in the last game. He needs to be a bit more careful, though, for sure. We all saw the dropped picks. There’s no denying them. Fact remains, with him at QB, our offense can move the ball. He’s a leader and he involves the WRs. JC plays scared and doesn’t know what to do in the face of pressure.

    Bottom Line: Grads is our best option right now.
    ======================================================

    This is only partially true, grads my be the best option now, the coaches said as much. I have no argument against that. However it doesnt matter how careful he is with the football, or how good the decisions he makes are, he doesnt have the accuracy needed to be a quality starter. He will turn the ball over, a quick bit of research will tell you that. He has always had an issue with accuracy in the nfl. You can learn how to make good decisions, you cant learn accuracy, bruce doesnt have it.

  • http://blackhole@aldavisshouldbeonmountrushmore Drexl

    # Plunketthead Says:
    September 29th, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    7 years of losing bigtime has only made my Raider blood run faster .
    The bond between Al, the Oakland Raiders and I is like three chains woven as one.
    ——————–
    Excellent point! I could not have said it better. Every fall it is the same thing.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Plain and simple the whole team needs to play better…The QB is very important but so is his supporting cast…Same thing goes for The defense..Nmandi cant play 11 positions

  • Plunketthead

    lol thanks Drex

    The bond has the strength of ten bears.
    It is easy to be a fan of a winning team. It takes perseverance, willpower and tenacity to get it up ever week for a team that has been in a losing streak and we will turn this around which will make every win that much sweeter.

    Its tough staying on top and no team does it. They dont usually have the terrible run we have had but they all spend time in the celler.

  • RaiderDebo

    The Real GradkowskiRaider Says:
    September 29th, 2010 at 11:38 am
    Mistic, Jason Campbell is one of the dumbest QBs to ever wear a Raider uniform. I’ll take Gradkowski’s marginal talent, his motivation, his pocket presence and understanding of the game. Campbell can throw a ball a hundred yards…what good is it if he’s too stupid to read defenses and get rid of the ball quick?
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Pocket presence????? The guy has no pocket presence. How do you explain the strip-sack fumble that could have ended the game? Shouldn’t he have “felt” the guy coming? Lol!

  • RaiderDebo

    That’s what wins football games not yardage and stats, TD’s win games. The rest is for losers. We struggled to beat the Rams and lost a game that was easily winnable. Due to the fact that he missed wide open recievers. Now Janikowski bailed him out with that miss and takes the pressure off Grads in the eyes of the fans. But in the eyes of the coaches he didn’t deliver when he had the chance.
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Damn TJ. This is “best post of the day material”.

  • ArmChair GM

    Mistic-

    So Drew Brees gave the Saints every reason to lose as well last Sunday,right? After all he threw two interceptions. Not almost interceptions like you keep saying about Bruce. But actual interceptions.

    Even though he drove the team into scoring range at the end just like Bruce did. Evan though N.O’s kicker missed the game winner from point blank range, just like ours did.

    But the blame for the Saints loss should go on Brees and not their kicker because of the two picks that he threw, right? The Saints released the wrong guy right?

    If you say, no then you’re being a hypocrite.

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