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Raiders not quite a ‘top-notch defense’ yet

Just as people took note of the Raiders defense and included them in the conversation about the league’s better all-around defenses, the Eagles rolled into town and blew through the Raiders defense with the ease of Miguel Cabrera hitting an 85 MPH fastball.
The Eagles amassed 542 yards offense, passed for seven touchdowns and encountered little difficulty against the Raiders.
“I don’t know if we were reading our press clippings or what, but the NFL is all about what have you done for me lately and what do you do out there on Sunday,” Allen said. “If you want to be a top-notch defense you’ve got to bring it every week and we’ve got to do a better job next week.”
Allen on Sunday said that the Raiders rushed three, four, five guys at different times. Yet, nothing seemed to work when it came to trying to get pressure on Nick Foles.
After watching the video, Allen remained steadfast that the Raiders simply didn’t execute well when it came to getting after Foles.
“He was able to stand in the pocket,” Allen said of Foles. “Then, when we did do some things to flush him out of the pocket, he was able to make plays down the field. Obviously, always hindsight is 20-20 and if I knew that he was going to be able to be that effective in throwing the ball down the field, maybe we could have brought a few more pressures and maybe affected him. But there wasn’t a whole lot that we did in that game that did a lot to affect him.”
In the process, the Raiders got rolled by an Eagles team that struggled in recent games, Foles included — he completed 11 of 29 passes for 80 yards in his previous game.
The faceplant prevented the Raiders from evening their record at 4-4, remaining in the thick of the playoff hunt and making the kind of move that Allen sensed they were capable of making going into the game.
“Yeah, we missed an opportunity,” Allen said. “Now, exactly what does that mean? We had an opportunity to come in and play a game at home, get our record to .500, which would have been very beneficial to this football team from a confidence standpoint.”

– Quarterback Terrelle Pryor walked through the locker room without any apparent lingering effects from the right knee injury he suffered against the Eagles.
Coach Deniis Allen said Pryor is “day-to-day,” which means no one will really know how Pryor is going to hold up until Pryor’s able to show what he can do on the practice field.
Rookie Matt McGloin replaced Pryor late in the game and completed 7 of 15 passes for 87 yards in his NFL debut. Here’s Allen’s summation of McGloin’s performance in mop-up duty.
“Matt did some good things,” Allen said. “He drove us down there at the end of the game and got us a touchdown there at the end of the game. That was good to see, for him to get in there and get some experience. Obviously, there was a couple of plays that maybe he could have made that we weren’t able to make. But for the first time out there, he did some good things.”

– In addition to the injuries to Pryor and McFadden, Allen said wide receiver Juron Criner suffered a shoulder injury against the Eagles, right offensive tackle Matt McCants injured a toe and kicker Sebastian Janikowski hurt his ribs.
McCants exited the locker room Monday with a protective boot on his right foot. If he can’t play against the Giants, it’s likely that rookie Menelik Watson or veteran Tony Pashos will get the nod.

– Speaking of Watson, he made his regular-season debut against the Eagles as a result of the injury to McCants.
From afar, it appeared as if Watson fared pretty well in his first action since he played in one exhibition game.
“He did some good things,” Allen said. “There’s some things that we can build with with him. There’s some good things that we can build on.”
Watson wasn’t available during media access Monday. We’ll see if we can track him down Wednesday and get his assessment.

– Pryor went 90 passes without an interception at one point this season. Now, he has seven in his past 79 attempts. As a result, some say Pryor is regressing.
“I’m not seeing that term at all,” Allen said. “I’m still seeing a guy that’s progressing. I’m still seeing a guy who still makes some young player mistakes. But also I’m seeing overall with our passing game everybody is involved. A lot of times you just look at the quarterback position and everything is based on the quarterback and that’s the way of the NFL.”
In other words, don’t be so quick to give Pryor credit for everything when things go well and don’t assume that Pryor is all at fault when the Raiders struggle.
Also, keep in mind that Pryor passed for 288 yards and ran for 94 against the Eagles in a game in which the Raiders amassed 560 yards offense.
“It might not have looked like some of the other quarterbacks in the league, but we threw for over 330 yards in the game,” Allen said. “So there is some progress there.”

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  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    O’s familial harmony;

  • Raider O

    I’m not sure what you are asking, but the only are refers to his Top 3 picks. Hayden, Watson, and Moore.

  • R8erEduc8er

    “Step up into the pocket Pryor! Do not scramble! Throw it to that well-covered small WR!”

  • Raider O

    Lol
    I was thinking about you the other day. I took the family to Julian’s, great Pie and Cider, but we saw a few Llamas. One Llama had really bad teeth. It was a rescue, and the previous owner neglected it. My daughter was curious, so I told her about you, your Llamas, and great stories like you staring at Llama’s butts. That was her favorite. lol

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I got a lot of llama butt watching in my future. 9 in the oven.

  • Raider O

    I hop wall goes well. I like Llamas.

  • Raider O

    Later Nation.

  • Dakota

    Another new name to put on the Watch List…..

  • Dakota

    Congrats man!

  • Dakota

    Pryor is making us wish for Jason Campbell!

  • rifflicks

    is that what it’s called….handling the pass rush?
    Panic as soon as the ball is snapped and sprinting straight backwards 7 -10 yards

  • rifflicks

    or learn the plays and throw quick outs, and slants before the receiver (any size) is covered

  • GotNext

    Pitiful. If Pryor couldn’t scramble he’d be on IR by now. Two basically unblocked lineman coming right at him. Doesn’t appear to be a blitz either. SMH.

  • The_Judge37

    It’s a 5 man rush, but 2 men shouldn’t be comming free.

  • rifflicks

    how to handle this one…..Easy….the answer is….upper left corner…Reese is wide open…waiting with his finger up his butt ….but Pryor as usual is fixated on one receiver and doesn’t know he’s there…..and cry some more why Reese isn’t involved more in the games

  • GotNext

    Yep. And we were showing a 5 man front. How are 3 defenders in the backfield. Just pathetic.

  • GotNext

    Is this a serious comment?

  • rifflicks

    look at the picture moron

  • The_Judge37

    He’s fixated on the two guys ready to murder him. If McCants, Barnes and Nix aren’t looking for someone to block, the he would’ve check down to Reese who’s barely finishing his route.

  • rifflicks

    you can’t be that stupid….but I guess if you can’t see that …then you are

  • GotNext

    Huh? The lineman is 3 feet away from him. No QB could make that read. Get a clue dude.

  • rifflicks

    youre an idiot too….any QB should make that read

  • GotNext

    OK. Rifflicks. You couldn’t make that read on Madden if you paused it. Get real.

  • The_Judge37

    I get it now, you have to be trolling because no one can be that ignorant. My bad for responding, Carry on.

  • rifflicks

    Thank you …for explaining your expertise in Football….video games

  • Davy Jones

    A little less than 300 yards in a good game, never more than 2 TD passes in a game, a threat to run the ball but also a threat to stall in the red zone…Pryor IS Jason Campbell.

  • GotNext

    You obviously missed the point. Not surprised. Carry on.

  • nolarick

    How about running toward Watson’s right shoulder and into the big void in the middle of the field and ahead of the LOS?

  • rifflicks

    careful…..if it’s Pryors mistake you’re a troll

  • Papertiger

    Ah, but can Jason Campbell slide? I think not!

  • Papertiger

    I just heard on the Dan Patrick Show that Flynn went unclaimed by the Packers, or any other team in the league for that matter, because he has a dead arm.

    Our team still gives players physicals, right?

  • The_Judge37

    Toward Wiz’s man who’s crashing in?

  • The_Judge37

    Flynn’s physical was just passing the Syrup.

  • Jim Jesus

    And he used his left hand for that.

  • R8erEduc8er

    You’re looking at a still photo. Do you know how fast it’s happening in live action. For Pryor to do that, he’d have to predict a jailbreak coming at him – “Ok, when the guy blows past Watson, I’m gonna run towards his right shoulder, then stiff arm that big DT running lateral who is anticipating that I’m going to run there. Then I’m going spin out of the other DT’s (also about to break free in the pic) tackle”

  • Papertiger

    Clever girl!

  • The_Judge37

    For all the crap i give Brisel, he’s actually the only one holding his block in this photo.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Pryor is not going to live up to your expectations until he gains trust in the o-line. He is not going to gain trust in his o-line until they give him reason to trust them. See how that works. Until then…

  • The_Judge37

    I’d like to think that is a designed screen with Jennings to the far far left, with Barns and Nix fighting eachother for who’s going to block first. But i know it’s not the case because Greg Olson doesn’t know what a screen pass is.

  • nolarick

    Thats why they pay him the big bucks. Yep, I expect him to figure that riddle out. Have you seen how fast TP2 is? He has the skills and is shifty enough and big enough to have escaped upfield in that scenario.

    The problem as I see it is this: Any pressure on TP2 = going back to the bad habits. Any adversity at all for the kid and he immediately goes into self preservation mode. I am not excusing the play of the O-Line, which was the worst we’ve seen this year. However, TP2 could have diffused the Eagles D by throwing quick slants. He was too panicked to even make his primary read.

    To be clear, I support TP2. He has all the tools and I am desperate for a permanent QB solution. I’m concerned that TP2′s nerves, nervousness, and seemingly unbreakable bad habits will prevent him from becoming what we all want him to be, absent playing behind the Great Wall of China.

  • TrevJo

    6 pass rushers, 5 blockers, the ball should come out immediately, but it doesn’t.

  • The_Judge37

    Thats why they pay him the big bucks.
    ——-
    $590k?

  • Jim Jesus

    Da Tarver and Olsen did not have this team prepared. Our punter is a loser who needs to learn how to have some touch on his punts not kick them into the end zone. Our pass rush is non existent, Pryor has not thrown one good long ball leading a receiver all year when he does have time. Blah blah blah.

  • Jim Jesus

    This team has a LONG LONG way to go.

  • The_Judge37

    It’s only 5 rushers, the other guy in the back field is a referee. And even though he is also against the Raiders, he doesn’t count as a Pass rusher.

  • nolarick

    Whose expectations? We all expect him to be great. There is not a single one of us who does not get paid based on their production. TP2 gets a lot of money. Consequently, we expect a lot from him. Where is the problem?

    Again, the best way to deal with 9 in the box is with the quick screen and/or slant. Problem is TP2 has been having difficulty making the read, let alone the throw.

  • rifflicks

    you’re wasting your time with this video game football experts.

  • nolarick

    More than I make, how about you? Hell yes, that’s big bucks.

  • TrevJo

    You’re right, I mis-counted. Must have counted someone twice.

  • R8erEduc8er

    I hear ya. But that’s not on TP. I’m not trying to pacify TP. On some plays, yes he def needs to step up into the pocket. On maybe more than some plays, he needs to get out of the pocket and scramble to the open area. He could not have step up into this pocket. Both DTs are closing in on him. They’re anticipating what he’s gonna do and countering. You guys are quick to say step up. 9 times out of 10, You can’t step up if your guards are getting beat. It’s usually when your tackles are getting beat on the edges. That’s why the best defense on the Mannings of the league is to get pass rush up the middle right in his face. Stepping up in the pic above would only lead to an injury, a turnover, or both.