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McDonald grades Raiders off loss to Titans

Beat writer Jerry McDonald doled out grades for the Raiders based on their performance against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday in a 23-19 loss at the Coliseum:

PASSING OFFENSE:
It was a different Matt McGloin in the second half. He completed 11 of 15 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions for a passer rating of 128.5. His first half, which included an interception deep in his own territory that resulted in a Titans field goal, was 42.5. McGloin had four passes deflected by pass rushers in the first half. Rod Streater, with five receptions for 93 yards, was the most reliable wide out. McGloin correctly found Marcel Reece (covered by a linebacker) for a 27-yard touchdown pass which put the Raiders ahead.
Grade: C-plus

RUSHING OFFENSE:
Rashad Jennings had 10 rushes for 55 yards in the first half, but got dinged in the second half, finishing with 16 carries for 73 yards. Reece got 14 yards on five carries and McGloin had a key scramble for a first down. Raiders finished with 93 yards on 23 carries with a long of 15 yards. Got steady yards for the most part, but never had the big breakaway run which would make it an exceptional rushing game.
Grade: C

PASS DEFENSE:
In a game like this, it’s an “A” or “F” scenario. Once the Raiders scored with 6:10 left and were up 23-19, it was up to the defense — most specifically the pass defense — to put the game in the win column. Instead, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick sliced the Raiders to ribbons on third down and finished the game 30 of 42 for 320 yards and two touchdowns, including a brutal 54-yard touchdown pass to Justin Hunter where Brandian Ross and Phillip Adams wound up on the wrong side of the highlights.
Grade: F

RUSH DEFENSE:
Chris Johnson got 73 yards on 20 carries and Shonn Green 15 yards on four carries, with the two primary ball carriers averaging less than 4 yards per carry. Fitzpatrick managed 26 yards on five scrambles. The Raiders have consistently shown the ability to get multiple players to the ball. Whenever one player misses a tackle, one or more players are there to follow up.
Grade: B

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Sebastian Janikowski missed from 32 and 48 yards out, while converting four kicks, including one from 52 yards. He also made a 48-yarder which was a low line drive that somehow made it in. It’s been a bad year for Janikowski, with seven misses after missing just seven kicks in the last two years. Taiwan Jones, one of the NFL’s top gunners, continues to do well on kick returns (26.7 average vs. Titans). Jacoby Ford is struggling on punt returns. Marquette King punted only twice for a 47.5 average.
Grade: D

COACHING:
The best coaching for the Raiders came at halftime, when adjustments were made which turned McGloin from a struggling rookie into a quarterback who looked like a confident veteran. Defensively, the Raiders were never able to rattle Fitzpatrick, considered for the most part a career backup. Allen admitted that on the game-winning 10-yard touchdown pass from Fitzpatrick to Kendall Wright, there probably should have been more pressure other than a three-man rush.
Grade: C

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  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    C’mon,man! He spends a lot of time on ‘fire Reggie’ posts, too.

  • RTF916

    Did you really think Carson Palmer was going to be part of Reggie McKenzie’s long term plans at QB?

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Forgot that, sorry…. LOL

  • Al_is_theraiders

    ask everybody on IR…ask pryor…lechler…..chekwa

  • krawf

    his route was in between Porter and Adams,Porter was in the slot they were in a cover 2 lookand him coming off the line with a free release is what allowed him to find the window in the zone…Im not solely blaming the kicker Im just pointing out that he’s missed hella fg this year.Teams dont keep kickers who miss 7 fg in a season…just Oakland…gotta luv us

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I stopped to take a schlt if you must know.

  • nolarick

    Nonsense. Porter may have given up that play, but Chimdi and Adams were the ones who gave up the big 3rd down plays that got them to the red zone.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    From what I can tell Pryor like this coaching staff but he is not doing himself any favors hiding injuries!!! I still think Pryor has potential but he needs to develop he was extremely raw coming out of college and Hue did absolutely zero with him so he was out of the game for 18 months.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Lecher’s problem was with Reggie not DA or other coaches.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    And if I were made President today, we’d have world peace, cheap clean renewable energy and better-tasting McDonald’s hamburgers by Thursday.

    Isn’t it fun treating unprovable suppositions as facts?

  • 10centsworth

    double entendre…

  • 1960AutumnWind

    This cracks me up you are quoting Chekwa (a PS type player) after accusing me of that??? LOL

  • DutchRaid

    Or that out of $120M Salary cap, only $60M was going to be spent on players on the field…Cannot blame him for not wanting to play with replacement players…but he isn’t my golden haired hero anymore.

  • krawf

    biyatch original statement was Hate to blame an individual,but damm all these Janikowski misses hurt like a mf,every miss has come back to haunt us in some way shape or form….smh.Pertaining to the whole season and some of the games we’ve lost dyppshytt

  • aig-raiders

    DA did confirm the last D call was on him.

  • Gdog

    So are you saying his assignment wasn’t to cover Wright, their best receiver? Adams had BOTH guys then? Or WTF are you saying? There wasn’t any other player within 25 yards of that zone!! Doofus.

    And yes pro-bowl kickers do get more leeway than regular kickers. Hell, look how many chances frigging Ford gets on this team… if you really want to whine about wasted roster spots…

  • Davy Jones

    Grades seem about right to me. I might kick passing offense up a notch, or at least the grade for McGloin: he rebounded from a poor 1st half and took the lead in the 4th quarter, showed great poise for a rookie in his second start. But hey, if you want B’s and A’s, win the f*cking game.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Look I am an Oregon State Fan I have heard all the stories of the nonsense LK told recruits to get them to USC. Once he left the team improved. He is garbage I get that. Now what does this have to do with DA.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I’m leaving a reply box open under all his posts so it looks like someone is responding. I’ll try one under you double entendre post. Tell me if it works.

  • nolarick

    That is not what he said. At no point did DA say that he called the play.

  • 10centsworth

    Hmm, I would think a grade on how many times he took us into position to score would be appropriate? Sacks taken. Running around like a chicken with his head cut off…or not…should count.

  • NYCRaider

    What is DAs record the game after a Raider win ? 1-6? we need better than that especially when the last 2 games after we won have been against back up QBs.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Every time I read the headling “Titans Unfazed By Raiders Defense On Final Drive”, my eyes twitch. Very similar to that SD drive a cpl years back with playoffs on the line. *barf*

  • Gdog

    Nobody replied to that, doofus. Including myself. Probably because nobody can understand your jibberish writing skills..

  • 10centsworth

    He said “Its on me”.

  • seymour bush

    It’s hard to play in a passing league without a pass rusher.

  • DutchRaid

    Would you say that our team has mostly what would be backups starting…and they are now hurt, we have scrubs starting? (Considering that we are only spending $60M of $120M on the players on the field?)

  • 10centsworth

    “one other person is typing…” It doesn’t shut down other replies.

  • spiff

    JUST- can’t – WIN – right now – Baby………..

  • krawf

    man stfu i bet you havent played a down of football in your life,you read a mf statement and try to twist it just to cause some conflict they were in a cover two look a like i stated in another post about us being the press coverage innovators,these db’s dont use it Porter gave him a free release off of the los instead of jamming him he let him rum right 2 the hole in their zone fawk boi…and on that note im done arguing with a childish individual who uses childish slurs,who uses the word dufus anymore….a keyboard nerd mf thats who

  • spiff

    ‘ without…

  • KoolKell

    I think DA is a conservative chickenschit by nature.

  • Gdog

    Chekwa was 7 yards off his guy on 3rd and 7, true… but Porter was brought in as a veteran to “change the culture” and he just stood there and left their best WR uncovered with the game on the line.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    as long as you lock up a shurff…

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Cool.

  • krawf

    understand a jibberishdick in ya mouf

  • wildsach

    They needed to Blitz so bad on that play. Why only 3 guys rushing. Really ?

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Good luck with that. Arpaio’s a cockroach.

  • Gdog

    Lol.. sorry for not typing in jibberish jive so you could understand it.. have a good day.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    no one quoted….the point is da has brought in his type of players…they love the game….just arent as good at it as modt in the league….see his record.

  • Davy Jones

    Well, I’m giving him a B-, and I’d say that’s generous considering he had a 42.5 PR in the first half and eventually lost the game. I’ll go on the record saying that if Pryor weren’t part of the convo, we’d be pretty psyched on a rookie who battled back to take the lead in the 4th in his second start. But this isn’t about a comparison with Pryor. If you want B’s and A’s, then . . .

  • Al_is_theraiders

    this team too will improve once dais let go.

  • KoolKell

    Even the games we barely won, he played not to lose.

  • krawf

    keyboard nerd

  • 10centsworth

    Hmmm, a team can ALWAYS improve, no matter who they are. Of course injuries are a part of every teams problems. BUT…if all were healthy, I’d say we have a representative O line on a team obviously needing to improve…across the board. Maybe even a little better than that.

  • Gdog

    DA has won two in a row? Oh crap he did! Jax and KC last year.. the two worst teams in the league!

  • krawf

    No doubt,No doubt

  • Gdog

    I was thinking the same thing. The defenses to get a lead look completely different than the ones to hold the lead.

  • spiff

    on both sides of the ball. olsen plays a big part in that also. he’s either pass happy or run happy. no balance at all. seems like he doesn’t believe in the screen pass to his backs.

  • NYCRaider

    when your a second year coach , you are 4-7, lose you last 2 games to backup QBs who have career highs and tie NFL records while playing conservatively , how can you not expect criticism. You guys all think DA has this team playing hard, have you ever thought its the 1 year contract that has most of these players playing for their lives(except DMAC of course). I still question if tarver has a bigger impact than DA. I’m not sure though.