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McDonald grades the Raiders off Broncos game

Beat writer Jerry McDonald graded the Raiders off their performance against the Denver Broncos in a 26-13 loss at the Coliseum. Here are McDonald’s grades and comments:

Pass offense
Consecutive passes in the first quarter illustrated the maddening inconsistency of quarterback Carson Palmer (19-for-30, 273 yards, 2 TDs, 1 interception). The first was a perfect 58-yard rainbow to wide receiver Rod Streater. The follow-up was forced to tight end Brandon Myers, sandwiched in bracket coverage. Champ Bailey picked it off in the end zone. Carson giveth, Carson taketh away.
Grade: C

Run offense
The good — Darren McFadden broke loose on a 36-yard run on the first play of the second half, the longest run against the Broncos this season by 12 yards. The bad — the Raiders had two rushing first downs and gained 25 yards on the 15 other runs from scrimmage in the game.
Grade: D

Pass defense
Peyton Manning was 26 of 36 for 310 yards and one touchdown and made some throws that were simply impossible to defend. Three sacks thwarted deep Denver penentration and the Broncos were forced to settle for field goals. Phillip Adams had a diving interception to stop another threat. But there were too many third-down failures.
Grade: C

Run defense
The Broncos had enough control of the game to stay persistent with the run and finished with 140 yards, but they had to work for it with 39 rushes. Knowshon Moreno had 119 yards on 32 carries and scored on a 1-yard run. Andre Carter and Mike Mitchell had tackles for losses on running plays.
Grade: C-plus

Special teams
Mike Goodson’s decision to bring out a kickoff 8 yards deep in the end zone backfired as he was dropped at the 8-yard line. A sack-fumble a short time later swung the game Denver’s way for good. Shane Lechler placed three of his five punts inside the 20-yard line and had a 43.4 net. Denarius Moore gained 8 yards on his only punt return.
Grade: C

Coaching
Curious decision by the Raiders to defer after winning the coin toss, giving Manning the ball to start the game. The Broncos immediately marched 68 yards for a touchdown to start the game, their only extended touchdown drive. The Raiders ended up opening second half with possession while down 13-7 — validating coach Dennis Allen’s decision — but they couldn’t capitalize. Not a lot of issues with strategy, play-calling or emotion. Problems mostly rested with an inferior team.
Grade: B-minus

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  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    Let me update that better…

    Entire list of SB winning coaches…

    Vince Lombardi *
    Weeb Ewbank *
    Hank Stram *
    Don McCafferty *
    Tom Landry *
    Don Shula #
    Chuck Noll *
    John Madden *
    Tom Flores *
    Bill Walsh *
    Joe Gibbs *
    Mike Ditka *
    Bill Parcells *
    George Seiffert *
    Jimmy Johnson *
    Barry Switzer *
    Mike Holgrem *
    Mike Shanahan #
    Dick Vermeil #
    Brian Billick *
    Bill Belichick #
    Jon Gruden #
    Bill Cowher *
    Tony Dungy #
    Tom Coughlin #
    Mike Tomlin *
    Sean Payton *
    Mike McCarthy *

    ——–

    * From that list, denotes a HC who started his HC career at the team he won the SB at

    # From that list, denotes a HC who started his HC career elsewhere, and won a SB at another team

    It’s also worth noting…

    Ewbank, Shula, Landry, Noll, McCafferty, Walsh, Ditka (via Landry), Shanahan (via Reeves who came via Landry), Cowher (via Schottenheimer), Dungy (via Noll), Tomlin (via Dungy) all came from the Paul Brown football stable.

    Madden, Flores, Vermeil, Gibbs, Parcells (via Perkins and Fairbanks), Jimmy Johnson (via many paths), Billick, all came from the Sid Gillman football stable.

    Switzer, Belichick, Parcells, Coughlin came from the Gillman &/or Fairbanks football stable.

    Holmgren, Gruden, McCarthy, Seiffert came from the Walsh (via Brown) football stable.

    Payton is a hybrid of Walsh, Fairbanks & Gillman stables.

  • Priesttj12

    John David Booty Says:
    December 7th, 2012 at 2:42 pm
    Pryor would have seen at least a snap or two by now with any other team. The truth is, these guys wouldnt know what to do with Pryor anyways. Better off waiting for next year, when we have a different coaching staff.

    They cant call plays that McFadden could get loose with, they barely have had Reece involved all season, Ausberry gets no burn all while double TE sets are working all over the league, as well as giving your line some extra help, they havent even tried to call a single screen or reverse for Taiwan Jones since preseason, and hes one of the fastest players in the league, they call way too many passes, wearing out Palmers arm, as well as rendering play action useless when we do run it, have never tried DHB in the slot, even though everyone knows he cant catch and the best bet is to let him get the short passes and rack up the YAC yards, which he is a beast at. Im just going off the top of my head. My point is, the staff doesnt even know what to do with the effective offensive players that they already do let play. What makes you think theyre gonna know what to do with Pryor? These guys have no imagination.
    ************************************
    I totally agree with this. However to let opportunities go by is damn near criminal it signals how passive Reggie is when it comes to his influence over the coaches. It doens’t matter how good the talent is he brings in this staff will render it ineffective making them look bad. We have had trouble scoring all year where Pryor may have made the biggest impact and they haven’t inserted him one single time. I just watched a PC with DA and all he says is the same thing he’s been saying all year long. We have a package for Pryor but the opportunity hasn’t presented itself…………lol

    We’re 3-10 can score in the redzone can score in the 3rd qrtr we’re getting beat like a drum week in week out but the opportunity hasn’t presented itself says our fearless leader.

    Draw your own conslusion as to just how inept this coaching staff has been and continues to be.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Madden, Flores, Vermeil, Gibbs, Parcells (via Perkins and Fairbanks), Jimmy Johnson (via many paths), Billick, all came from the Sid Gillman football stable.
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    I don’t know about that, link please, what’s your point?

  • Al_is_theraiders

    Anybody…I mean anybody…to be the new coach of the raiders….Danus Allen couldn’t coach a hs team…no kidding high schools fire coaches with this record and they are teachers as well!

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    It can always get worse.

    FIRE REGGIE NOW.

  • RaiderLen

    John David Booty Says:
    December 7th, 2012 at 2:42 pm
    Pryor would have seen at least a snap or two by now with any other team. The truth is, these guys wouldnt know what to do with Pryor anyways. Better off waiting for next year, when we have a different coaching staff.

    They cant call plays that McFadden could get loose with, they barely have had Reece involved all season, Ausberry gets no burn all while double TE sets are working all over the league, as well as giving your line some extra help, they havent even tried to call a single screen or reverse for Taiwan Jones since preseason, and hes one of the fastest players in the league, they call way too many passes, wearing out Palmers arm, as well as rendering play action useless when we do run it, have never tried DHB in the slot, even though everyone knows he cant catch and the best bet is to let him get the short passes and rack up the YAC yards, which he is a beast at. Im just going off the top of my head. My point is, the staff doesnt even know what to do with the effective offensive players that they already do let play. What makes you think theyre gonna know what to do with Pryor? These guys have no imagination
    ——————————————————-
    Agree.

    No Imagination.

  • ColoradoRaiderFan

    I don’t want to see Pryor in a package during the game. Don’t run him in for a play or two. Knapp would probably run him straight up the middle. If he’s going to be a QB in this league, it’s got to be as a passer, not a gimmick.

    Either make him the #2 (Leinart can’t throw anything but a checkdown), or give him the 4th when we’re down by 3 td’s. He outplayed Leinert in the preseason. If he is potentially our future, he deserves a shot with a few series in a row.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    John David Booty Says:
    December 7th, 2012 at 2:42 pm
    Pryor would have seen at least a snap or two by now with any other team. The truth is, these guys wouldnt know what to do with Pryor anyways. Better off waiting for next year, when we have a different coaching staff.

    They cant call plays that McFadden could get loose with, they barely have had Reece involved all season, Ausberry gets no burn all while double TE sets are working all over the league, as well as giving your line some extra help, they havent even tried to call a single screen or reverse for Taiwan Jones since preseason, and hes one of the fastest players in the league, they call way too many passes, wearing out Palmers arm, as well as rendering play action useless when we do run it, have never tried DHB in the slot, even though everyone knows he cant catch and the best bet is to let him get the short passes and rack up the YAC yards, which he is a beast at. Im just going off the top of my head. My point is, the staff doesnt even know what to do with the effective offensive players that they already do let play. What makes you think theyre gonna know what to do with Pryor? These guys have no imagination.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Excellent post.

  • Try Some Reality

    John David Booty Says:
    December 7th, 2012 at 2:42 pm
    Pryor would have seen at least a snap or two by now with any other team. The truth is, these guys wouldnt know what to do with Pryor anyways. Better off waiting for next year, when we have a different coaching staff.

    They cant call plays that McFadden could get loose with, they barely have had Reece involved all season, Ausberry gets no burn all while double TE sets are working all over the league, as well as giving your line some extra help, they havent even tried to call a single screen or reverse for Taiwan Jones since preseason, and hes one of the fastest players in the league, they call way too many passes, wearing out Palmers arm, as well as rendering play action useless when we do run it, have never tried DHB in the slot, even though everyone knows he cant catch and the best bet is to let him get the short passes and rack up the YAC yards, which he is a beast at. Im just going off the top of my head. My point is, the staff doesnt even know what to do with the effective offensive players that they already do let play. What makes you think theyre gonna know what to do with Pryor? These guys have no imagination.

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    Excellent post. I wanted to see Houdini playing, but you make a great point about this staff’s ineptitude. Maybe best to wait until an NFL quality coach comes on board.

  • Try Some Reality

    Priesttj12 Says:
    December 7th, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Draw your own conslusion as to just how inept this coaching staff has been and continues to be.

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

    I already have, and it’s not good.

  • LA to TheBay

    What makes you think theyre gonna know what to do with Pryor? These guys have no imagination.

    ——-

    Yup, good point.

  • John David Booty

    Priesttj12 Says:
    December 7th, 2012 at 2:51 pm
    John David Booty Says:
    December 7th, 2012 at 2:42 pm
    Pryor would have seen at least a snap or two by now with any other team. The truth is, these guys wouldnt know what to do with Pryor anyways. Better off waiting for next year, when we have a different coaching staff.

    They cant call plays that McFadden could get loose with, they barely have had Reece involved all season, Ausberry gets no burn all while double TE sets are working all over the league, as well as giving your line some extra help, they havent even tried to call a single screen or reverse for Taiwan Jones since preseason, and hes one of the fastest players in the league, they call way too many passes, wearing out Palmers arm, as well as rendering play action useless when we do run it, have never tried DHB in the slot, even though everyone knows he cant catch and the best bet is to let him get the short passes and rack up the YAC yards, which he is a beast at. Im just going off the top of my head. My point is, the staff doesnt even know what to do with the effective offensive players that they already do let play. What makes you think theyre gonna know what to do with Pryor? These guys have no imagination.
    ************************************
    I totally agree with this. However to let opportunities go by is damn near criminal it signals how passive Reggie is when it comes to his influence over the coaches. It doens’t matter how good the talent is he brings in this staff will render it ineffective making them look bad. We have had trouble scoring all year where Pryor may have made the biggest impact and they haven’t inserted him one single time. I just watched a PC with DA and all he says is the same thing he’s been saying all year long. We have a package for Pryor but the opportunity hasn’t presented itself…………lol

    We’re 3-10 can score in the redzone can score in the 3rd qrtr we’re getting beat like a drum week in week out but the opportunity hasn’t presented itself says our fearless leader.

    Draw your own conslusion as to just how inept this coaching staff has been and continues to be.
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    Im hoping that Reggies lack of ANYTHING but excuses regarding how bad we’ve been is just due to him knowing that hes not sticking with DA after these few games, no matter what. If thats not the case, then this organization just simply and truly is being run by guys that arent cut out to get the job done. And its sad, cause I really dont care who the “guy” or “guys” in charge are. I just care about the Oakland Raiders winning and playing good football, neither of which they are anything close to doing right now.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    From this list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_National_Football_League_head_coaches

    Going from that list, there have been 448 Head Coaches in the history NFL. Probably half of that since the Super Bowl era.

    Out of 225 (roughly) HCs in the Super Bowl era, who all started as rookie HCs at one time, only 28 have won a Super Bowl. That’s about 12% chance of a rookie HC becoming a SB coach at all.

    And out of 225 HCs in the Super Bowl era, who won a Super Bowl at the same team they started their HC career at, only 21 have done so. That’s about 9% chance of a rookie HC wining a SB with the team he started his career at.

  • Try Some Reality

    New post

  • fingers

    During today’s press conference Allen was ask if they planned to start Pryor…. His answer was” we’ve had some packages ready for him and we expect well use them with him…”… I took that as No Pryors not getting a start , just some snaps and special spot plays…..maybe you guys will hear it different , but that was my take…… If you haven’t you should listen to it….
    Lorenzo Neal and Romanowskis take on this team is very interesting and not much like the opinions of this blog….. They seem to think Carson Palmer has no help from his Wrs or the offense :::: interesting opinions

  • DJ Johnny

    ST. LOUIS RAMS- Their situation is very similar to ours…I hope.

    Two yr’s ago they were 7-9 and on the rise. Last yr. they go 2-14..in the crapper.

    This yr.? 5-6-1 and rising… coming off a HUGE WIN against SF.

    Here’s how they did it.

    They bring in Jeff Fisher as HC = SOLID.

    They trade their 2nd pick on the draft for two later 1st rd. picks and a #1 next yr. and another #1 the next.

    Hmmmmm.

    For their draft, they picked up DT Michael Brockers-LSU with the 14th pick in 1st rd.- Immediate impact.

    Then Janoris Jenkins…starting impact CB..also Trumaine Johnson who’s getting rave reviews as the opposite starting corner.

    They needed a deep threat for Bradford. Enter 4th rounder Chris Givens averaging over 27 ypcatch.

    So far those are your IMPACT 1ST YR. STARTERS FROM THE DRAFT.

    In FREE AGENCY they pick up solid starting center Scott Wells from GB, DB Cortland Finnegan from Tennessee (5 yr. 50 mill.), LB Jo Lonn Dunbar who is better than anything we have currently. DE William Hayes-Solid, servicable DE, and from Miami they acquire DE Kendall Langford (4 yr’s 24 mill.) who has been a boon to the Rams def. line.

    In all the Rams dumped 24 players from their 2-14 roster who are no longer even in the league at present.

    So…a 2-14 team coming off a previous 7-9 campaign (sound familiar?) REBUILT IN ONE OFFSEASON to the point of now being viable playoff contender and getting better every week. COMPETITIVE. RELEVANT.

    THIS is a blueprint Reggie can follow.

    It CAN be done.

  • Coach456

    Guys, It does not matter who is coaching or playing right now – The Raiders need a true leader of men at head coach next year. Next year’s schedule as follows: away games at Houston, Indianapolis, Dallas, New York Giants,an AFC East opponent, Denver, Kansas City, and San Diego – home: Jacksonville, Tennessee, Philadelphia, Washington, an AFC North opponent, Denver, Kansas City, and San Diego. That is a daunting schedule to say the least and given the make-up of the current coaching staff and the players that are taking the field this season – I can’t see next season being better. Coach Allen and Coach Tarver have been outcoached every game. Teams are making adjustments at half time on both young coaches – And they do not have answers after 4 preseason and 13 regular season games. This team needs a true leader of men like Pittsburgh, New England, and the New York Giants and FOOTBALL PLAYERS – Not a bunch of guys playing football. It is sad commentary when your only player worthy of a pro bowl selection is the place kicker – Well, you don’t have game plan for Jano. Until those issues are addressed, we will continue to regress and be the laughingstock of the league.

  • omoran

    Raider(since 1967)
    ★★★★★★★
    Afternoon CORK ! — NATION – WE DID IT AGAIN!
    Didn’t watch the game, but awful play calling I.agree
    100% . Why so much weakness in offense ? And why we
    Win the toss and let them Go first, who is the stupid, that gives
    The donkees an OPEN FIELD to run loose ?
    Cork – R they crazy!

  • cfrylopez

    Coaching got a B-?

    Only 15 rushing attempts!

    How many times did a TE for the Broncos catch a cross rout over the middle? I think it happehed over & over.

    Last year with the same O-line with just one different player, the Raiders were in the top 5 rushing & sack allowed. NOT this year with this staff

  • omoran

    Raider (since 1967)
    ★★★★★★★
    NOT enough, too many mistakes, when you play like they do everything goes wrong!
    REGGIE , hope you are watching. Please do the evaluation fast everyone is talking bad about us.
    Coaching is inept, they don’t look NFL caliber!

  • omoran

    Raider (since 1967)
    ★★★★★★★
    If GRUDEN was here he would have march down the field for a 7-0 score and would have ROCK the Stadium and MANNING too! On TNFOOTBALL

  • omoran

    Raider (since 1967)
    ★★★★★★★
    It is so incredible to see this game and 6 consecutive loses just for this season alone.
    Then 10 consecutive losing seasons to a total of 100 or more loses, and then watching play this way and losing scoring opportunities .That is self pitty.
    Even the COMMICIONER is willing to help us. Seeing us on the
    Floor beat up this way, with a ” BLOODY FACE”
    OH GOD!

  • KRAWFDADD

    Why not run the ball after the 58 yard pass Mcfadden had what 5 carries @ the half…you have to allow your runningback to get in a groove IJS though

  • KRAWFDADD

    I know you cant blame 1 person in particular but from what Ive observed Carson threw away the Falcons,Bucs,Browns games and threw a crucial pick last nite to kill a drive.Im not hating but damm this guy does the most ill timed fumbles and picks since Ive been watching him play in the league

  • KRAWFDADD

    Did you say Palmer and top tier ability to read a defense in the same conversation,LoL!!!That guy makes me wonder if he can even read green eggs and ham without fkkn it up…Pryor can get out on the field and do what he(Palmer) does.absolutely nothing but turn it ver @ the damdest times

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  • OklahomaRaider

    GG you strike me as an uneducated moron with your constant reference to bringing in less than average “Christian ” athletes ! Lets see….. Brady , Manning brothers , RG3, Brees and countless others of Christian faith are premiere players in this league. So please when YOU feel like typing more nonsense , don’t !

  • radrntn

    you are much to nice jerry……they sucked

  • aslowfall

    I’m sure I will get ripped for my comments but Allen doesn’t deserve to be fired. No one was going to win with this roster. Al gutted the team trading away draft picks and over paying players. Lots of inferior talent on this roster. JaMarcus Russell alone probably set the team back 5 years. Al drafted McClain too who I thought would be much better than he is. They had limited picks last year and no second round pick next year. Also they’re near the cap so don’t be surprised if they trade their 1st round pick for more cheaper picks next year. On top of that there were a lot of out of line contracts in which the genius overpaid players who McKenzie had to let them go because of that. Some of you people are really blind in your adoration of Davis. When he made his reputation he had Ron Wolf by his side. The same Ron Wolf who recommended Reggie McKenzie for the job to Mark Davis along with John Madden. This is at least a 3 year project. Davis is the genius who did take Robert Gallery over Larry Fitzgerald and JaMarcus Russell over Calvin Johnson. Both drafts they were in need of a receiver. Also he took DHB with the 9th overall pick when at best he was a late 1st round pick over Michael Crabtree. Handed a huge contract to Asomugha & Routt who McKenzie cut & didn’t last a year with the Chiefs. Then there is Phillip Buchannon and Fabian Washington. Busts! I could go on but why? They need to cut ties with Seymour & Kelly. Both overpaid and little production. Don’t forget the Randy Moss & DeAngelo Hall debacles too. And for those of you who liked Hue Jackson, ask yourself why he hasn’t gotten another head coaching gig? Not hard to see why they’re at where they are when you look at those moves.