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Grading the Raiders off Panthers game

Beat writer Jerry McDonald graded the Raiders off their 17-6 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Here are McDonald’s grades and comments:

Pass offense

Downfield passing was non-existent as Matt Leinart needed 16 completions (in 32 attempts) to gain 115 yards with no gain longer than 20. Terrelle Pryor’s 22-yard reception from Carson Palmer on a trick play screen was the longest pass play of the game. Leinart’s interception to Luke Kuechly near the end of the first half led to Carolina’s second touchdown.

Grade: D-minus

Rush offense

So much for the Raiders’ resurgent run game. A recent run of average to above-average performances gave way to 47 yards on 22 carries. Running back Darren McFadden (33 yards, 17 carries) had one 13-yard gain and the lone rushing first down. Other than that, he was running head-on into tackles, gaining 20 yards on 16 caries.

Grade: F

Pass defense

Even with starters Tyvon Branch (foot) and Phillip Adams (groin) out, the Raiders held Cam Newton reasonably in check. He was 18-for-29 for 170 yards, and grew frustrated by getting hit by a decent pass rush. Linebacker Miles Burris had an interception off a Philip Wheeler deflection. The Raiders offense failed to cash in with points.

Grade: B

Rush defense

The Raiders were diligent at staying disciplined in the read option with regard to the quarterback run or the pitch. Newton had 60 yards on 12 carries (including three kneel downs) but the bulk of his yardage came on one 29-yard scramble. DeAngelo Williams, other than 14 yards on one option pitch, had 5 yards on 10 carries.
Grade: B

Special teams

Shane Lechler pinned the Panthers inside the 20-yard line four times. Chimdi Chekwa forced a fumble on a punt return, recovered by Richard Gordon, but the offense could not convert into a touchdown. An “A” effort other than doing no damage in the return game. The Raiders’ coverage units didn’t allow Carolina to do any damage with their returns, however.

Grade: B-plus

Coaching

Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp had to adjust quickly when Carson Palmer was knocked out of the game. Whatever adjustments were made failed. Coach Dennis Allen opted to go for a first down on fourth-and-4 deep in Carolina territory with 5:09 to go, treating it as a one-score game even though his kicker is Sebastian Janikowski. Leinart threw incomplete. Defensive plan and execution was solid.

Grade: D-plus

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  • The_Judge37

    Purvisman/Intrepid// Full Disclosure Says:
    December 24th, 2012 at 1:33 pm
    And what the he11 kind of X-ray machine they got at Panther stadium anyway?
    ——–

    It was the X-Let’s see if we got a cheap replacement QB so we can cut Palmer Next year” Machine.

    Results came back negative.

  • The_Judge37

    “Cam Newton is a nightmare to play against. Guys with his speed, size and skill don’t just fall into your lap” – Dennis Allen.

  • boss01

    I’m sure TP6 can excel in the read option offense, the kind of offense you don’t need to learn about 3 or 5 step drops except Knapp is too stuck in his ways and it will never happen until he gets the boot.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Does anyone agree with my post above Re pryor???

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

    Yes, TP looked more comy catching the pass from Palmer then throwing it to him.

  • Just Fire Baby

    If the goal was to play Pryor as much as possible, they should have canned the staff a month ago and put in a puppet to do so.

    You can’t have the owner give the HC a public ultimatum to “show progress” and at the same time demand he play a QB who has thrown two NFL passes now.

    Conflict of interest.

  • JONTRAIN

    One player from each unit who is a must keep…regardless of contract:

    Qb Palmer
    Rb Reese
    Wr Streater
    Ol Veldheer
    Te Ausberry
    Dl Houston
    Lb wheeler
    Db Huff
    St Jano

    What say you?

  • The_Judge37

    JONTRAIN Says:
    December 24th, 2012 at 1:42 pm
    One player from each unit who is a must keep…regardless of contract:

    Qb Palmer
    Rb Reese
    Wr Streater
    Ol Veldheer
    Te Ausberry
    Dl Houston
    Lb wheeler
    Db Huff
    St Jano

    What say you?
    ———

    Moore over Streeter, Branch over Huff.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I saw Ausberry get more reps then he has of late.

    Leinart just didn’t look his way.

    I would bet he played more yesterday then he did the previous month.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    51 points in 4 games, and we didn’t score a TD in our last 2 games.

    Eff him and his system that needs more time. Hire a new OC!

  • Just Fire Baby

    And Palmer got hurt on his own valor.

    He held the ball for like 5 seconds, when McFadden was open enough immediately to get the needed 1 yard.

    Rolling out, stopping, dodging a guy and then recollecting??

    Who does he think he is playing for?

    I wouldn’t at all be mad if that was his last play as a Raider. He doesn’t have “it”.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    d+…lmao…these guys (jerry and cork) arent even ashamed…

  • ColoradoRaiderFan

    I don’t know if I can stomach watching the offense if Leinert starts. Be honest … before he got here, 95% of fans laughed at his weanie arm and pathetic play. Best thing he ever did after college was get caught with co-eds at an Az frat party.

  • The_Judge37

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    December 24th, 2012 at 1:48 pm
    d+…lmao…these guys (jerry and cork) arent even ashamed…
    —–

    I personally was extremely offended by the + sign

  • John David Booty

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    December 24th, 2012 at 1:36 pm
    Perhaps the punch in the face should be saved for you. It might do your brain some good.

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

    Hey I know we haven’t scored a TD in almost two full games, so let’s kick another FG and pass on this potential 30 yard drive, BECAUSE OUR NEXT DRIVE, yup that has TD all over it, even though we wil have to go further with less time.

    LMAO
    ———————————————-
    What exactly is so funny?

    This comment has proven that you are the type to just speak without even thinking, so going forward, I’ll more than likely ignore your posts.

    But I just wanted to pick apart YOUR words:

    “Hey I know we haven’t scored a TD in almost two full games”

    So, by your logic, they should NOT have tried to go for a TD on 4th and 4 either, because they havent scored a TD in almost 2 games.

    You just contradicted your whole point, in the very first sentence of your weak rebuttal.

    You know nothing about football, you have proven such.

    5:30 minutes to go, 3 timeouts and the 2 minute warning, down 8, with a chance to cut it to 5. You advocate going all or nothing at this point in the game. Glad youre not our coach. Or maybe you are. Dennis, is that you?

  • The_Judge37

    ColoradoRaiderFan Says:
    December 24th, 2012 at 1:49 pm
    I don’t know if I can stomach watching the offense if Leinert starts. Be honest … before he got here, 95% of fans laughed at his weanie arm and pathetic play. Best thing he ever did after college was get caught with co-eds at an Az frat party.
    ——-

    So you don’t like 20 yard Hail Mary’s? At least it looks like we might go deep when he starts his heave

  • CDERaider

    Palmer out with broken ribs. If Pryor doesn’t start the Nation will and should erupt! DA says he will ‘consider’ either for the start.. You know what that means…

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    Can only hope Leinart breaks a finger on his throwing hand during practice.

    Force Allen to start Pryor.

  • CDERaider

    You put DMAC with Pryor at QB running the zone read with power run blocking – the offense will suddenly come alive.. Pryor does throw a good deep ball something that Moore and Streater could run under. Otherwise just short controlled passing to Reece and Myers..

  • ColoradoRaiderFan

    Looking on the bright side?

    Leinert starts, we lose by 35. Norv keeps his job and the Chargers continue to suck.

    Crap. Is it time for pitchers and catcher to report yet?

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    Then again, they’ll probably IR Palmer this week, and sign another QB, then play him back-up behind Leinart, with Pryor still #3. :(

  • The_Judge37

    GG Says:
    December 24th, 2012 at 1:55 pm
    Can only hope Leinart breaks a finger on his throwing hand during practice.

    Force Allen to start Pryor.
    ——-

    Or maybe Kalif Barnes let’s his man right on thru in the 1st play of the game?

    Ahhh who am i kidding, of course he’s going to let him thru

  • ColoradoRaiderFan

    What happened to Criner? Is he still hurt? Didn’t he do well with TP in the preseason?

  • eazy-e r-nation

    LETS GO A’S CANT WAIT FOR A REAL TEAM TO PLAY

  • eastoaklandraider

    John David Booty Says:
    December 24th, 2012 at 1:51 pm
    Just Fire Baby Says:
    December 24th, 2012 at 1:36 pm
    Perhaps the punch in the face should be saved for you. It might do your brain some good.

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

    Hey I know we haven’t scored a TD in almost two full games, so let’s kick another FG and pass on this potential 30 yard drive, BECAUSE OUR NEXT DRIVE, yup that has TD all over it, even though we wil have to go further with less time.

    LMAO
    ———————————————-
    What exactly is so funny?

    This comment has proven that you are the type to just speak without even thinking, so going forward, I’ll more than likely ignore your posts.

    But I just wanted to pick apart YOUR words:

    “Hey I know we haven’t scored a TD in almost two full games”

    So, by your logic, they should NOT have tried to go for a TD on 4th and 4 either, because they havent scored a TD in almost 2 games.

    You just contradicted your whole point, in the very first sentence of your weak rebuttal.

    You know nothing about football, you have proven such.

    5:30 minutes to go, 3 timeouts and the 2 minute warning, down 8, with a chance to cut it to 5. You advocate going all or nothing at this point in the game. Glad youre not our coach. Or maybe you are. Dennis, is that you?
    —————

    Damn JFB, he made you look pretty bad there.

  • The_Judge37

    eazy-e r-nation Says:
    December 24th, 2012 at 1:57 pm
    LETS GO A’S CANT WAIT FOR A REAL TEAM TO PLAY
    ————

    Merry Muthaphukkin Xmas, and have a Fk’d up New Year.

  • DKnight007

    129.Charlie Says:
    December 24th, 2012 at 1:27 pm
    Judge

    I would love to get Gruden or DelRio.

    Just remember how they fared as their talent levels declined due to injury and age and poor drafts.
    They both got fired. They are not miracle workers.

    It goes back to what I said earlier.

    I think our big difference is not that I support the present staff. I simply think our talent level is far below NFL average while it has been compensated at an AllPro level.
    No coach can over come that in the short term.

    ^^^^^^^^
    At least get coaches who get the most out of their players. DA isn’t doing that.

    Another reason why Hue should have been kept is because he made the deal for CP.

    Hue and CP should have been tied to the hip for the next 3 years, while McK worked on rebuilding the D and Hue hires a legit DC.

    Screw ups all the way around by Davis, McK and DA.

  • rediaR

    #148
    Exactly!

  • eastoaklandraider

    CDERaider Says:
    December 24th, 2012 at 1:55 pm
    You put DMAC with Pryor at QB running the zone read with power run blocking – the offense will suddenly come alive.. Pryor does throw a good deep ball something that Moore and Streater could run under.
    ————–

    100% AGREED, but sadly that wont happen unless knapp is fired.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Say what u want about McLame.. but maybe there was some partial truth in his “real team” statements.

    I dont think he was talking about his peers.. its was the coaches

  • DKnight007

    166.CDERaider Says:
    December 24th, 2012 at 1:53 pm
    Palmer out with broken ribs. If Pryor doesn’t start the Nation will and should erupt! DA says he will ‘consider’ either for the start.. You know what that means…

    ^^^^^^^^^
    CP out so Pryor should be getting all the reps this week and they should run the zone read with DMC and Reece in the backfield or Reece split out.

    Pryor should be running the ball also out of the zone read.

    Pryor should rolled out also.

    If Pryor doesn’t start, then DA and Knapp confirm they are idiots.

  • DKnight007

    148.GG Says:
    December 24th, 2012 at 1:37 pm
    Don’t trust this staff’s evaluations.

    They’ve been trying to force players into a system. They’ve made everyone look bad pretty much.

    Dmac we’ve seen proof he can be a baller. But has looked pathetic this year. If we never saw Dmac before we’d think he outright sucks.

    Are we to therefore trust their evaluation/reasons for Taiwan, Pryor, Ausberry?

    Taiwan they say constantly drops the ball. But last year, he had 16 carries for 73 yards and never fumbled. Nor has he this year. The fumbled end-around exchange is always blamed on the one handing-off (reece). Taiwan has fumbled just once in two years (which was the fake punt reception).

    Look at Dmac’s fumble numbers in his entire time here. In the first two years he had something like 20 fumbles.

    Pryor they say isn’t ready and they make it out like every time he drops back he is throwing the ball into the ground, ball slipping out of his hands, throwing ducks all the time, not taking right steps, cant command the huddle etc.

    But we saw him in extended action in pre-season and he wasn’t retarded like they say. Plus he got better the more extended time he saw. We’ve also seen him in limited snaps last two weeks and he wasn’t retarded. Pryor himself says his footwork is excellent now, and that he knows the entire playbook, etc. So Pryor is informing RN that he is ready, while Papa and others are sabotaging him by being shills for Allen/Knapp who can spread all this crap about him being retarded.

    While Ausberry, he’s been completely shelved as tho he is retarded. Don’t hear anyone asking coaches about why he isnt seeing action. But i bet they’ll say he isn’t ready and is dropping the ball and looking retarded. But the limited action we’ve seen him in real games, he has been dangerous and not retarded.

    I DO NOT TRUST this staff. There’s an agenda for sure. I want them either fired before they release all these players. Or, that Mark hires Ray Anderson to the P of FO asap, before off-season, before Reggie/Allen can start gutting the roster.

    ^^^^^^^^^
    Exactly! This coaching staff is a freakin joke!

  • Purvisman/Intrepid// Full Disclosure

    Maybe they graded the defense at ‘B’, and offense at ‘F minus’ and averaged it out to a ‘D plus’.

  • eastoaklandraider

    If Pryor doesn’t start, then DA and Knapp confirm they are idiots.
    ————-

    Thats been determined a long time ago.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Eastoaklandraider Says:
    December 24th, 2012 at 1:37 pm
    Just Fire Baby Says:
    December 24th, 2012 at 1:20 pm
    TP should be getting more reps, no doubt.

    But you can’t just start him and give him a bunch of drives if he isn’t earning it in practice.
    ————–

    Thats just it, I dont trust these coaches, and they arent even using Pryor the correct way. Do they see how Wilson, Kappy, RGIII,or Cam is used? Bring in some of that college O an give the kid a shot with it. Even Tebow did ok with it last year.
    ————–

    Hey, I said it first!!!!

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    If leinart starts then its one big conservative coaching joke. Scared to play a young qb.

    Give him the first team reps this week. Leinart has been in the league for 7 years already. Made his millions for nothing. He doesnt even show any passion out there.

    Give pryor as chance. the kid has desire. How is he ever gonna get experience if he doesnt play?

  • Just Fire Baby

    So, by your logic, they should NOT have tried to go for a TD on 4th and 4 either, because they havent scored a TD in almost 2 games.

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

    That makes no sense.

    Comes down to what is a more likely scenario.

    Converting a 4th and 4, or making a 48 yard FG AND stopping the other team from scoring a TD AND driving down the field to score a TD.

    Did we score a TD on the next drive? Did we even get across midfield?

    Nope.

  • rediaR

    If Leinart is seen in the huddle on the first play, DA should get a phone call before the second play, telling him he’s been let go.

  • The_Judge37

    eastoaklandraider Says:
    December 24th, 2012 at 2:07 pm
    If Pryor doesn’t start, then DA and Knapp confirm they are idiots.
    ————-

    Thats been determined a long time ago.

    ——

    Yes, but they have been known to out do themselves

  • Purvisman/Intrepid// Full Disclosure

    When Carson took that hit, I thought it might have been intentional (per DA) to allow Pryor extended playing time without appearing to capitulate to fan demands. Apparantly not. But what the he11 WAS Carson thinking? He’s usually more aware than that, and senses pressure, especially with the protection he’s had this year.

  • DKnight007

    Eastoaklandraider Says:
    December 24th, 2012 at 1:37 pm
    Just Fire Baby Says:
    December 24th, 2012 at 1:20 pm
    TP should be getting more reps, no doubt.

    But you can’t just start him and give him a bunch of drives if he isn’t earning it in practice.
    ————–

    Thats just it, I dont trust these coaches, and they arent even using Pryor the correct way. Do they see how Wilson, Kappy, RGIII,or Cam is used? Bring in some of that college O an give the kid a shot with it. Even Tebow did ok with it last year.

    ^^^^^^^^
    That is exactly how they should be using TP, but DA and Knapp are freakin stubborn idiots!

  • The_Judge37

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    December 24th, 2012 at 2:11 pm
    If leinart starts then its one big conservative coaching joke. Scared to play a young qb.
    ——–

    At the same time it’s kind of a trap like Tebow in Denver.

    They put him in to shut the fans up and show them what they knew all along, then he started winning and you can’t take him out until you replace him with Billboard Head type QB

  • Turf toe

    One good thing about this game. The computer thief lost his cool.
    But that’s it.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid// Full Disclosure

    Steve Corkran ‏@CorkOnTheNFL
    Coach Allen said the Raiders will not sign another quarterback before Sunday’s game. Punter Shane Lechler will be the No. 3 quarterback.
    =======================================================

    Play the No.3 quarterback!! C’mon, everybody! Jump on board! Play the No.3 quarterback!! Play the No.3 quarterback!!

  • The_Judge37

    Purvisman/Intrepid// Full Disclosure Says:
    December 24th, 2012 at 2:19 pm
    Steve Corkran ‏@CorkOnTheNFL
    Coach Allen said the Raiders will not sign another quarterback before Sunday’s game. Punter Shane Lechler will be the No. 3 quarterback.
    =======================================================

    Play the No.3 quarterback!! C’mon, everybody! Jump on board! Play the No.3 quarterback!! Play the No.3 quarterback!!
    ——

    Shane has thrown more TD’s than Matt in the last two years

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    At the same time it’s kind of a trap like Tebow in Denver.

    They put him in to shut the fans up and show them what they knew all along, then he started winning and you can’t take him out until you replace him with Billboard Head type QB

    ————————–

    If that were to ever happen consider the Raiders lucky. Mark Davis would be jumping up and down like a school girl. His Dads last pick, winning, excitment, ticket sales. etc

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    Another thought…

    If it’s been confirmed by La Confora that Reggie and Allen are coming back…then these two knuckle-heads should then not worry about their job security, and can NOW feel free to play Pryor, Taiwan, Ausberry, Chekwa, etc in extended action, like just starting them the whole game. They don’t have to “try” to win.

    Irony….all these players will kick Charger butt, and Raiders will win. And Allen/Knapp will privately blow steam out of their ears but publicly probably try to take credit for it

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    I dont mine DA coming back. ITs KNAPP who is the big problem.

    If da isnt gonna concern hmself with the OFFENSE.. he better get a LEGIT OC.

    Norv would be a start

  • Purvisman/Intrepid// Full Disclosure

    Resign Lechler for 4 mil per year as our punter and No.3 quarterback. Oh, yeah, he could beat out Pryor for No.2 next year. That would be awkward.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    Pryor – Lechler 1-2 and both getting extended action at QB.

    versus

    Leinart getting 95% of plays.

    Honestly, which scenario is more exciting?

  • boss01

    DA On the performance of his two coordinators: “I don’t think this is the time. We do have one game left. There will be time to assess all aspects of the organization, coaching staff included. We’ll do that at some point after the season.”

    =====

    Starting with the assessment of your coaching performance I hope.