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Raiders still can’t muster passing grade

Sixty percent. Six out of 10.

It’s not that much to ask in today’s NFL. Check out the league stats and 20 teams are completing 60 percent of their passes, and 20 teams were at 60 percent or better last year. In 2008 it was 19 in 2007 it was 18.

It’s pretty much the minimum requirement for any team that has a legitimate passing offense. When you’re talking about the elite quarterbacks in the league _ Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, or Philip Rivers, who faces the Raiders Sunday, you’re getting closer to the 70 percent.

The Raiders haven’t completed 60 percent of their passes since 2002, when Rich Gannon checked in at 67.5 percent and was the league’s Most Valuable Player.

The best Oakland has done since then is 2007, Lane Kiffin’s first year, when Josh McCown, Daunte Culpepper, Andrew Walter and finally JaMarcus Russell combined for 57.6 percent.

A viable passing game was the big hope this season when Hue Jackson came aboard as offensive coordinator. Nnamdi Asomugha talked in training camp of seeing pass routes in practice he hadn’t seen in years. Simplicity was gone. The Raiders have joined the NFL.

With opponents loading up on the run against the Raiders, coach Tom Cable was asked Monday if the Raiders could survive through the air.

“I think we can. That’s the one thing where if you say to us, where are we different offensively, it’s throwing the football from the last couple of years anyway,” Cable said. “That’s really not what we want to do but if we have to, yeah, we’ve shown that we’re capable of throwing the ball.”

The Raiders have indeed improved their passing game. They’ve gone from pathetic to poor.

Ranked 29th last season with 159.8 yards per game through the air, the Raiders are all the way up to 27th this season at 196.1.

Their passer rating has gotten better (71.2 as opposed to 62.0) even if they’ve dropped two spots from 28th to 30th. Only Arizona and Carolina are worse.

Either the Raiders are going to suddenly reverse a trend which is into its eighth season or they’re again going to be on the outside looking in at the playoffs, and perhaps even saddled with another season of double-digit losses.

The Raiders have identified themselves through 11 games as a team that can control a game when it’s running well, mixing in the pass when it suits their purposes. All their opponents have watched the Pittsburgh and Miami film closely, although it’s fair to say they don’t necessarily have the same type of personnel.

The word is out at this point _ load up on the run, dare them to pass. It’s not as if this is any big mystery, but there’s knowing something and there’s knowing it beyond an absolute certainty.

Bruce Gradkowski is out with a third-degree separation of his throwing shoulder. It’s unlikely he’ll play again this season.

So the Raiders will go back to Jason Campbell, who is already a bit confused as to why he’s essentially been told to take a seat on three different occasions after being compared to Jim Plunkett by Al Davis during training camp.

Campbell was a 62 percent passer over his last three seasons in Washington. All it took was to join the team that forgot how to pass years ago to drop him to 54.7 percent.

There are not a lot of reasons to think the Raiders can suddenly get things going through the air. If Cable and Jackson had confidence in Campbell, he’d have been the quarterback all along. When looking for highlights in the passing game, thank goodness for rookie fourth-round pick Jacoby Ford, who has 16 catches for 320 yards and is the only bright light of late among receivers. The other positive development was completing seven passes to Darren McFadden out of the backfield against Miami.

But otherwise, the outlook is not good.

Consider the following:

– Tight end Zach Miller, the one truly reliable receiver since 2007, has five receptions for 23 yards over the last five games, one which he missed due to injury. Miller has been battling a torn plantar fascia and now has what Cable called a severe leg contusion.

– Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was 0-for-November. His last catch came on Oct. 31, when he had five catches for 105 yards and his first breakaway play, a 69-yard touchdown catch, against Seattle.

– Louis Murphy has not made the Year 1 to Year 2 leap the Raiders had hoped. He’s the most productive wideout with 28 catches for 435 yards, but has been prone to drops and mistakes. His only touchdown catch of the season came in Week 2.

– Johnnie Lee Higgins has 29 catches for 369 yards in his last 26 games and hasn’t caught at touchdown pass since 2008. Both he and Murphy were called out by Cable Monday for mistakes which helped stymie the passing game late against Miami.

– Nick Miller has apparently lost his job to Higgins as a punt return specialist, possibly or fielding a punt inside the 5 against Pittsburgh, and was inactive against Miami. He has three catches for 40 yards.

– Chaz Schilens is currently playing ping-pong between a knee on one leg and a foot on the other, hasn’t suited up on game day yet this season, and there’s no guarantee he will.

With this kind of passing game, getting on another streak and making a playoff run would seem unlikely.

The odds are probably less than 60 percent.

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  • RAIDERMAN99

    One good thing…

    Even if the Raids get blown out…

    JaJason won’t be smiling it up with Cooper Carlisle…

    And having a melt-down in the post game presser…

    Nope.

    Just the thousand mile stare.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    You want to fix the passing offense? Send everybody deep on every play. send soulglo on a 7 step drop and hope the POS oline can passblock for 30 seconds.

    Next question please

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Macho Man Randy Savage Says:
    December 1st, 2010 at 9:59 am
    You want to fix the passing offense? Send everybody deep on every play. send soulglo on a 7 step drop and hope the POS oline can passblock for 30 seconds.

    Next question please

    ++++++++++++++++++++++

    Been talking to Al Davis I see. :)

  • DutchRaider77

    I thought if Vincent Jackson leaves the Chargers will automatically get a 3rd round pick?

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    DHB is developing into a quite good casher….check casher that is! keep signing them checks Al!

  • olinesux

    it would be cool if the line blocked for three seconds….

  • OAKlifer

    You want to fix the passing offense? Send everybody deep on every play. send soulglo on a 7 step drop and hope the POS oline can passblock for 30 seconds.

    Next question please

    _____

    Davis’s sentiments exactly!

  • J Hill

    Never seen a team that can’t play zone like this one.

    —————————————————–

    Need a new DC and DB coaches!

    We need to find a way to blitz and play zone behind that pressure. Not just rush 4 and drop 7 in a cover 2.

  • Stabler76

    I cannot remember an offensive play all year, or even last year where Bush and McFadden were on the field at the same time.

    Can anyone?

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Al & Herrera have been tryig to fix the passing game ever since that midget Rich Gannon fudged all up into a sissy passing game that netted 30 points per game. the deep ball can net you 40 points per game! now, if we could bring in jeff goerg to throw them up and james lofton, willie gualt, and carl lewis to run under them

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    the wildcat fiasco has both dmac & bush on the field. its just a very primitive thing where they snap it and every body runs around like crazy and you get 1 yard. pretty fun though.

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    Marshall’s defenses are usually bottom of the pack to bottom of the middle pack. Cable only wins about 1 out of 3 games. Jason Campbell wins about 2 out of 5 games. Garbagekowski is garbage. The o-line is a conglomerate of other people’s junk, a bust and a rookie.

    Is this collapse really all that surprising?

  • RaiderRockstar

    We need to find a way to blitz and play zone behind that pressure. Not just rush 4 and drop 7

    ***

    Jhill, Al Davis loves him some man2man and the players we have are hand picked and trained to do just that

    in a zone defense EVERYBODY looked completely lost out there. Nnamdi, CJ, Routt, Huff, Branch, etc

    expect pressure from the front 4 only this week. Rivers won’t light us up like a Christmas tree, like he did last time. STOP THE RUN = WIN

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Dakota…the O-line is not a conglomerate of other people’s junk, it’s a damed monopoly!

  • Stabler76

    Oh that’s right. Snap it to DMac and hand the ball to Reese — you are right Dmac & Bush on the field during the wildcat

  • olinesux

    ill take jeff george anyday over these guys….

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    According to ESPN two groups in LA are targeting the Viqueens to come to LA.

    Man, first LA takes the Lakers, then Dallas stole the North Stars, and now LA is taking the Viqueens.

    Those poor Scandinavians are going to lose it up thar in Minnysota dontchyaknow?!?!?!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Dakota is right.

    Satele = Dolphins junk
    Carlisle = Broncos junk
    Walker = Bills junk
    Gallery = bust (at LT)
    Veldheer = rookie from Hillsdale

    Henderson, Barnes & Loper = depth. yippee!

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    265.Stabler76 Says:
    December 1st, 2010 at 10:11 am
    Oh that’s right. Snap it to DMac and hand the ball to Reese — you are right Dmac & Bush on the field during the wildcat

    ++++++++
    you forgot to mention Reese fumbles.

  • J Hill

    in a zone defense EVERYBODY looked completely lost out there. Nnamdi, CJ, Routt, Huff, Branch, etc

    ——————————————————

    We need a new DC and DB coaches.

    The fact that they ARE playing some zone, but just playing it wrong = bad coaching.

    Always a miscommunication here or there, and more importantly, no pressure! Blitz a LB ar two when we DO play zone.

    McFadden was getting beat in man coverage by a guy that had 2 catches all year. Ware gets beat every time he plays. They MIGHT have a chance in zone since they haven’t been here long enough to unlearn it from their college days, lol.

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    “The co-pilot of an Air India Express 737 sent the jetliner into a terrifying 7,000-foot plunge in May when he accidentally hit the control column while adjusting his seat, investigators report.

    According to the report from India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation, the co-pilot panicked and was unable to execute the proper procedures as the jetliner dropped from 37,000 feet at a 26-degree angle. The plane and its 113 passengers were saved when the pilot, who’d gone on a bathroom break, used an emergency code to get into the locked cockpit, jumped back into his seat and grabbed the controls to bring the plummeting plane out of its dive.

    The aircraft would have broken apart if the descent had continued, the aviation agency report said. The aircraft was not damaged and no one was injured, the report said.

    After the pilot, 39, regained control of the plane, he told passengers, who were in the middle of a meal when the jet plunged, that the plane had “went through an air pocket and that is why there was a rapid descent,” according to the report.

    The aviation agency report concluded that the 25-year-old co-pilot had not been trained in the specific scenario the jet encountered and “probably had no clue to tackle this kind of emergency.”

    Neither the pilot nor co-pilot were named in the report.

    The Air India Express flight was en route from Dubai to Pune, India, on May 25 when the incident occurred.”

    And people wonder why I hate flying.

  • JB

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    December 1st, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Actually, Bruce Campbell should be our Fullback and Marcel Reece should be our Tight End imo
    *************************

    That’s actually a very good suggestion. Too bad HuJack has zero creativity. TC even has less than that.

    Why is Cooper Carlisle starting? He’s a turnstile. The following players would definitely be upgrades at RG:
    * Loper
    * BCampbell
    * MHenderson
    * Walker
    If T C wants to experiment with rotational players, let’s start at ORT. He’s got the following players to tryout that would be upgrades to Walker:
    * MHenderson
    * BCampbell
    * Barnes
    If TC is such an O-Line guru, why isn’t he fixing our porous O-Line? I simply can’t believe our starters are the best we have available. I think it’s more like TC want to be the good guy & not hurt anyone’s feelings. To hell with that TC. FIX THE DAMN O-LINE!

  • RaiderRockstar

    McFadden was getting beat in man coverage by a guy that had 2 catches all year. Ware gets beat every time he plays. They MIGHT have a chance in zone since they haven’t been here long enough to unlearn it from their college days

    ***

    LOL, so true.

  • bcz24

    I hate flying because I am the size of an NFL lineman, and the seats on an airplane are made for below average sized women! If you exceed 5’0 100lbs you will not be comfortable.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    for the mis-informed: Oak-KC 2010

    Running back Darren McFadden lined up at quarterback on three consecutive plays midway through the first quarter, with regular quarterback Jason Campbell split to the left as a wide receiver.

    McFadden ran for 8 yards and a first down, handed to running back Michael Bush for a 7-yard gain, then kept the ball on the third play and rambled for 7 yards and a first down.

  • inonewordraider

    soulglo on a 7 step drop

    HA HA! Jason Campbell does look like Darryl the boyfriend in Coming to America of the chick Eddie Murphys trying to get after, someone with computer skills has to side by side the photos

  • inonewordraider
  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/80s/sites/tampabay.com.blogs.80s/files/images/typepad-legacy-files/48657.soulglo.jpg

    Jason Campbell
    +++++++++++++
    LOL. Man, I bet Campbell would be Cable’s favorite if he just let his SOULGLO!

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    274.bcz24 Says:
    December 1st, 2010 at 10:23 am
    I hate flying because I am the size of an NFL lineman, and the seats on an airplane are made for below average sized women! If you exceed 5′0 100lbs you will not be comfortable.

    +++++++++++++
    You should pay for 2 seats. truth!

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    I once flew LA-HongKong with a dude the size of a VW beetle next to me! SOB! the walrus occupied his seat, half of mine and half the aisle! I still have nightmares of that day.

  • olinesux

    people say flying is safer than driving…well when i drive there is a chance i can avoid a collision but there is no chance in missing the earth in a plane…

  • mistic1
  • Ghost to the Post

    Good monring all. Is this a good time to package a 2nd round pick to the Eagles for Kolb? Go Raiders!

  • Dirtiest Raccoon

    MR, AKA D RED

    Repeat after me ” It is GREAT to be a RAIDER fan” and ” I love the RAIDERS”!!

    You can cut and past MR, just let us hear you say it, CLEARLY!

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

    C’mon Ski, let me hear you say Ohh Ahh….

  • http://atm Raider O

    Fire The Fat Monkey!!
    Fire Marshall!!
    Fire Sanjay Lal!!!
    Fire the OL and LBs coaches!!

    Is Preppie still MIA?! That’s what happens when you play the great OSU! You lose, you cry, and it will happen again next year. It’s tradition now.

  • bcz24

    You should pay for 2 seats. truth!
    ************
    You should GFY. I dont take up 2 seats, my problem is I am 6’5″ tall. I dont have enough leg room. WTF should I do, buy the seat in front of me and have it removed.

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

    Sunday
    September 15, 2013
    From the New L.A. Stadium in the City of Industry:

    Announcer: Good Afternoon and welcome. Today’s game features your Los Angeles Raiders against the visiting
    Los Angeles Chargers. Upcoming games will include an away game at the New Staples Stadium September 22 against the Los Angeles Vikings.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Fix the OL, improve the coaching staff, improve the defense (add a DC, OLB, and CB), and this team will be great.
    I think we can win with JC (avg QB), if we improve the OL, play calling, and the WRs coach?

    Sanjay Lal?!?!?!??

  • JB

    How Is Wade Philips rated as a DC? Is he someone we should be looking at to replace Marshall?

  • mistic1

    another problem with our visibly shaken coaching staff is they give up on players too quickly. this may be a reaction cuased by being on the hot seat. in other words sheer panic.

    Example vs the cheifs, DHB drops the very first pass that comes his way. We see other teams come right back to the guy that they want to be able to rely on in those situations. It builds trust and confidence. Instead we went away from him his confidence dropped and his game completely came off the tracks. You cant have the guy who was drafted to be your number one go 0 for November! We should be in a developmental stage, and targeting DHB as possible let him sink or swim. not having him in the game is inexcusable. Benching when healthy does nothing more than create more anxiety for an already brutally fragile Psyche.

  • Dirtiest Raccoon

    gave such an “happy” pregame speech before the San Francisco 49ers’ Monday Night game that it left him and some teammates in tears. The unscripted talk came immediately before the national anthem and seemed to have a big impact on the G and L team.

  • Tank

    SilverNBlackPA Says:
    December 1st, 2010 at 6:10 am

    What Al does has everything to do with caring what people think. Again, Al Davis cares more about what people think of him than any owner in sports.

    +++++++++++++++++++++

    I tend to agree here; if Davis truly didn’t care what people think, there would be none of this absurd secrecy, the freezing out of the media, the elaborate charades that so characterize life at 1220 Harbor Bay Parkway. He would let people write what they want and ignore them. That’s what someone who doesn’t care thinks. Someone who does care obsessively tries to control the message, exactly what Davis does.
    ====================
    Actually it’s the reverse of what you said.
    See, IF someone cared about what everyone thought, you would react accordingly.
    Al’s a control freak. How can you confuse a control freak with someone who is image conscious? He does let people write what they want, and IGNORES THEM. Every year Al doesn’t go for politically correct. He goes for that what gets him the most attention.
    Everyone laughs at Al’s stupid signings, but he still does them.
    Everyone laughs that Al won’t stop butting in. But he still does.
    Ok, here’s the clincher.
    Every year questions are brought up regarding this or that. IF AL CARED about what people thought, or were saying, he would address them. Respond to what everyone was wondering about.
    He doesn’t. He loves that he feels in control. That he speaks IF he wants to. Loves sending out some flunky to be his patsy, while still avoiding the issues.
    Lastly, Al Davis is listed as one of the worst owners in all of sports, of any league. One of the reasons is his absolute dead last personal relations with the fans, and the media.
    Which he loves.

  • http://atm Raider O

    I’m not a 3-4 guy, and I like DCs who play the 4-3 and lots of man.
    A few defensive coaches will be fired this season.
    Fox
    Del Rio

  • bcz24

    JB Says:
    December 1st, 2010 at 11:03 am
    How Is Wade Philips rated as a DC? Is he someone we should be looking at to replace Marshall?
    *********
    Wade is too “soft” we have a young team that needs someone out there to get after ‘em. Kind of like Hue does with the Offense. I think if Singletary doesnt keep his job in SF we should DEFINITELY be looking at him to come run our Defense. Draft a NT and swith to a 3-4. We have mostly 3-4 personal anyways.

  • http://atm Raider O

    I think Mike S from SF will be fired too.

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

    Wow, Uribe goes from Giants to Dodgers.

  • YoungAmerican

    A new defensive coordinator is not going to change the way the Raiders play defense.

  • RaiderRockstar

    How Is Wade Philips rated as a DC? Is he someone we should be looking at to replace Marshall?

    ***

    he’s a 3-4 DC, like Mike Nolan

    I’d love to get Del Rio or Singletary … but I don’t think they’ll get canned this offseason

    In fact, the Jags are tied with the Colts for 1st place in that division and have a better record inside that div. If the playoffs started today they would be in and Indy would be out

    SF still has a chance to take the NFC West, too.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    # SilverNBlackPA Says:
    December 1st, 2010 at 6:10 am

    What Al does has everything to do with caring what people think. Again, Al Davis cares more about what people think of him than any owner in sports.

    +++++++++++++++++++++

    I tend to agree here; if Davis truly didn’t care what people think, there would be none of this absurd secrecy, the freezing out of the media, the elaborate charades that so characterize life at 1220 Harbor Bay Parkway. He would let people write what they want and ignore them. That’s what someone who doesn’t care thinks. Someone who does care obsessively tries to control the message, exactly what Davis does.

    Mornin’ Nation.

    …………………..

    No owner in sports cares more about their perception than Al Davis. Every move Al makes is a calculated move to manufacture his image. There’s nothing funnier than when certain fans say that he doesn’t care what people think. It’s the exact opposite.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    SilverNBlackPA Says:
    December 1st, 2010 at 6:52 am

    The really sickening thing is that, if Cable is cut loose, there’s no one significantly better out there. The talented available guys wouldn’t touch this place with a 50 foot pole.

    ……………….

    Shhhhh. Some of them are talking about Bill Parcells. I know. Don’t laugh too loud.