Jerry McDonald grades the Raiders off Browns loss


Beat writer Jerry McDonald graded the Raiders off their performance against the Cleveland Browns in a 20-17 defeat at the Coliseum:

Pass offense
Once more, Carson Palmer had a big yardage day (34 of 54, 351 yards, 2 TDs) but had a lethal interception by Sheldon Brown on a first-and-10 pass to Juron Criner from the Cleveland 33 while trailing 13-10. Denarius Moore was benched for dropped passes. Darrius Heyward-Bey had a drop. Brandon Myers tied a team record with 14 receptions (for 130 yards) and a touchdown.

Grade: C

Run offense

The Raiders ran the ball fairly well, but for whatever reason didn’t stick with it. Jeremy Stewart had 46 yards on nine carries and looked comfortable on inside and outside zone runs. Marcel Reece added 36 yards on seven carries. Palmer had a three-yard sneak for a first down on short yardage.

Grade: B

Pass defense

Rookie Brandon Weeden had his best day as a pro, completing 25 of 36 passes for 364 yards and a 44-yard touchdown pass to Josh Gordon. He was sacked only once and completed some passes after taking some ferocious shots. Matt Giordano and Phillip Adams both had interceptions before they left with concussions, but the Raiders gave up eight pass plays of 20 yards or more.

Grade: D

Run defense

Trent Richardson had to work for his yards, needing 20 carries to gain 72 yards, a 3.6 yard average, with one touchdown on a 1-yard run. Monterio Hardesty had a 19-yard run and finished with 39 yards on five attempts. Strong safety Tyvon Branch was credited with 12 tackles.

Grade: B

Special teams

Sebastian Janikowski had a 51-yard field goal and missed from 61 — hardly a gimme. Shane Lechler had two punts inside the 20-yard line and had another trickle into the end zone. Josh Cribbs was held to 16 yards on two punt returns. The Raiders lost 15 yards of field position when Coye Francies got a facemask penalty while covering a punt.

Grade: C


There was some valid second-guessing of Dennis Allen’s decision to continue on for a touchdown while trailing 20-10 instead of taking a field goal and going for an onsides kick for a chance to tie. By the time the Raiders scored, the game was over. Offensive game plan abandoned the run as if the makeup margin was 20 points instead of 10.

Grade: D


Steve Corkran

  • RaiderSam

    MaddenRaiderisadouchebag Says:
    December 3rd, 2012 at 2:38 pm
    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    December 3rd, 2012 at 2:36 pm
    That was Papa’s last point. He said the only person that could come in and refill the stands would be GRUDEN. Said the place would be sold out by thurs if fans knew Gruden would be on the sidelines or in the box.

    Mark knows this.


    Let’s remember it’s still a business…I got sick of Gruden’s schtick, but the the players will buy into him.


    Compounding the problem. the Raiders are faced with;

    replacing Rolando McClain
    replacing or giving competition to DMC
    completely revamping the secondary
    augmenting the OL – to make up for bust Mike Briesel
    special teams
    getting a new DC and OC (Knapp was ineffective to say the least)

    what a mess – but changes are coming to Oakland…but will it be enough , and what draft pick could turn the tide?!

  • Dakota

    49.Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    December 3rd, 2012 at 2:40 pm
    Surprisingly a lot of the blog morons are missing today.


    Better check your schedule Madden Raider…..you might be missing a meeting!


  • Dakota

    new post

  • RaiderSam

    Los Raida Locos Says:
    December 3rd, 2012 at 2:37 pm
    MarcusAllen Says:
    December 3rd, 2012 at 2:05 pm
    DA will announce that he is taking extended leave of absence to stay with ill father. Knapp to be interim coach. This enables Reggie DA to save face and allow for new staff in 2013.



    It will certainly save DA the humiliation of another beatdown. And any father feels their sons pain. DA has had more than his share of it and probably hasn’t helped his Dads’ health.


    Worst possible situation. This all but guarantees Allen will be on the hot seat in 2013, if not sooner.



  • Jackie Bibby

    I hope the raiders draft demontre moore because the kid can flat out play and we need a pass rusher desperately, I would also like to see the raiders go after the niners larry grant in free agency at linebacker because he can play as well but he has p willy and navarro infront of him but when p willy went down larry stepped up and made some huge plays for that defense. He’s a vet from a successful nfl defense has some starting experience and hes only 27 id like to sign him and Moore so then we’d have a pass rusher and solid mlb. I’d also like to trade Carson for picks and grab David Amerson in the 2nd round.

  • tonedeezy

    i have been patient with DA thus far, but honestly, dude has not earned a 2nd try.

    i wonder if he would accept a demotion to DC…

  • tonedeezy

    i did think that the run defense was slightly improved without slolando, at least we didn’t give up any of those demoralizing home runs right up the gut.

  • Jackie Bibby Says:
    December 3rd, 2012 at 2:36 pm
    I’d love to see gruden come back because I know he would turn Terrel Pryor into a player and to see him work with Dmac and those guys would be awsome.


    That’s funny! You apparently did not see Pryor on Gruden’s QB Camp. Gruden has zero respect for Pryor’s mental ability to play NFL QB. The question that he was asking him about how to read and audible would have been insulting to young QBs like RGIII or Luck.

  • severeraiderz

    This is my opinion on our most recent coaches, some will agree and some, namely Seymour and McFadden20, will disagree.

    Dennis Allen- He is a guy who I believe is highly intelligent when it comes to x’s and o’s, probably one of the smarter guys in the league. I think he really works hard and expects that from everyone around him. That being said, the dude can’t teach and he doesn’t inspire. Guys won’t play for him and I think most don’t even like him. He is in way over his head and doesn’t have what it takes to be a HC yet. He is the NFL version of Mike Brown, except nowhere near as well liked by the media or players

    Tom Cable- I really liked the Cable Guy/John Goodman. I think he is an everyman and most people will get along with him easily. I think he is an excellent teacher and a great motivator. In my opinion he is lacking in his knowledge of the x’s and o’s and I don’t envision him out gameplanning or out coaching many HCs in this league and he’s a terrible playcaller

    Hue Jackson- I think he is a very good playecaller, superb x’s and o’s guy and a master motivator. Is a pretty good teacher and is a guy most players like and respect. Has the charisma that it takes to be good with the press and the offense that appeals to fans; he’ll put butts in the seats. According to players and Jerry, he is a guy that will get after his players. Biggest problem is that he doesn’t know how to delegate responsibilty to others. We spent all year with no true OC, QB coach, and through no fault of his own, him as our de-facto GM. I think the Romac incident dealt a great blow as well. With the playoffs within reach, he chose to play him in an attempt to win rather sit him and send a message. That hurt his credibility with some in the media, some fans, and im sure some players. Is our best coach since Gruden and reminds me of Jimmy Johnson

  • shutdown

    1) Gruden makes a lot more money doing what he does and has no headaches doing it.

    2) He has his Super Bowl ring–go back to NFL coaching and risk not being a success

    3) He and Mark are on a friendly basis, no reason not to be, no reason not to sit with him.

    4) We didn’t hire an experienced coach because of a)money and b)an untalented team with no draft picks is not where an experienced, talented coach wants to go….think Jim Harbaugh.

    5) The surest way to undermine a new coach who is seeking to build a team is to start rumors that the owner is already thinking of hiring another guy who was here before.

    It’s not true.

  • dcraiderfan

    Jerry, have you lost perspective on this season! The product on the field stinks to high heaven!! Bring in Andy Reid, demote Dennis Allen to defense coordinator, fire Gregg Knapp, bring Norv Turner as Offense Coordinator and quality players who wants to play Raider Football. Don’t bring Crybaby Palmer, DHB, Kelly, Seymour, McClain, most of the defense, Develop TPryor NOW!!!!!! Just look at RG3 here in DC! Fire Spuds!! Bring a legit GM to run this correctly, Mark!