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McDonald grades Raiders off Chargers game

Beat writer Jerry McDonald graded the Raiders based on their performance against the San Diego Chargers in a 26-13 loss. Here are McDonald’s grades and critiques:

Passing offense
Matt McGloin completed 20 of 36 passes for 206 yards with no touchdowns and an extremely costly interception — a ball he couldn’t get over safety Eric Weddle that came after the Raiders had secured an interception of their own. It led to a Chargers field goal. San Diego bottled up Rod Streater (1 catch, 2 yards) and McGloin had his most success going to Andre Holmes (five receptions, 71 yards). McGloin did not get downfield to the extent he has in past games.
Grade: C-minus

Rushing offense
Rashad Jennings had 45 yards in 10 carries with a long gain of nine yards. Darren McFadden had four carries, eight yards and did a nice job on a 5-yard touchdown run. In the end, the Raiders were a subpar 3.5 yards per carry and weren’t nearly the operators on the ground as they have been in many games this season. The Raiders had only three rushing first downs, their lowest total since getting three on Sept. 29 against Washington.
Grade: D

Pass defense
Mike Jenkins had an interception off Philip Rivers, who mostly played it safe with 19 completions in 29 attempts for 201 yards and a 4-yard touchdown pass to Keenan Allen. There were defensive holding penalties on Jenkins, Chimdi Chekwa and Tracy Porter. The Raiders were vulnerable on third-down throws, as has been the case the last five games. The pass rush was non-existent, with Jason Hunter getting the lone sack on Rivers. The Raiders at least forced Nick Novak to kick four field goals.
Grade: C-minus

Rush defense
San Diego stayed stubborn with the run even when the passing game looked open and although the Raiders were able to make some stops for losses, San Diego ended with 37 rushes for 148 yards. Ryan Mathews had 99 yards in 25 carries with a long gain of 34 and a 7-yard touchdown run. Danny Woodhead got more consistent yardage in terms of yards per carry with eight carries for 52 yards. San Diego had seven rushing first downs.
Grade: C-minus

Special teams
Greg Jenkins, who replaced Taiwan Jones (who replaced Jacoby Ford as kickoff returner), lost a kickoff that led to a San Diego field goal. Marquette King hammered the ball high and deep all day long, with a spectacular 54.7 gross and a 47.2 net, although Allen did get loose for a 28-yard punt return. Sebastian Janikowski converted both field-goal attempts from 20 and 42 yards and the Chargers did no damage on kickoff returns.
Grade: C-plus

Coaching
The Raiders can’t be faulted for their effort, but whether it’s because of the uncertainty surrounding what happens in the offseason, players who are trying too hard or too much youth, they’re simply not capable of doing what it takes to win a game. A third-and-1 deep pass attempt to fullback Jamize Olawale resulted in an incomplete pass and a punt. The Raiders struggled to run but there were no plays for Terrelle Pryor, who has jump-started the running game as a reserve. Too many penalties — a season-high 12 for 64 yards.
Grade: D-plus

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  • marks hair

    if we land at pick 5, two of the top three quarterbacks will be gone and so will Clowney..

  • Chuck

    Look at what happen with the chiefs,they made some needed changes and got better.Anyone can give a team away and suck for 2 years very easy.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Pretty much agree. The other bad thing is that former players knew that they could come here as FAs and get a free ride with Al, who ALWAYS took their side of things versus a coach. The players freely admitted they knew that if they had a multi-year deal, they wouldn’t be the ones whose head was on the block: Al wanted to be loved by players and he hated admitting that a signing/a player was a mistake so he was ready to blame coaches.
    You’ll have the same kind of players wanting to come here IF they know a coach will be blamed for their ineptness, bad play.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    honestly, the notion that coaches will shy away form an nfl hc job in Oakland based on how often other coaches have been fired here is down right laughable.

    Most coaches have huge egos and believe that what the previous coaches did have no bearing on their own ability to win. besides you dont want a coach that is afraid of competition.

    What coaches look for is the ability to run implement their schemes and win now. They will look at the roster as it is formed now and measure that against the ability of the franchise to get the players they want.

    Even if a coach looked at this team and found it completely devoid of talent ( which i would disagree with ) the fact that the raiders have a very high draft pick a full compliment of draft picks and are loaded with money for next year will be enough to get a very good coach in here today.

  • Raideraholic

    I hear Justin Miller and Ronney Jenkins are available.

  • JV.

    One reason I like gruden and it fits in with this offseason is that since he spends his whole time watching tape religiously watching tons of players every monday night and doing his camps in the offseason with qbs from college. He knows who’s a good talent and who’s not. He’s a HC and not a GM but it’s a good thing to know.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Not sure what age has to do with it. Pryor is the more experienced QB, had more college starts, more bowl games and big boy games, and more pro starts. More experience into this year.
    Neither are the long-term solution, but McGloin is CLEARLY the better QB, both short and long term.

  • FourMoreYears

    Can’t say that for sure, every year a surefire pick tumbles into the second round and beyond.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    5th spot probably gets us one of our top 3 on our draft board.
    I figure not everyone is going to have the same top of the board this year.
    However, it does prevent us from scoring big on a trade down, for multiple firsts and 2nds.

  • Chuck

    Reggie would pick another Hayden at 3 like he said he would have last year.

  • Raider-Fan-inKC

    It’s more complicated than that. KC already had a team full of Pro Bowlers pre-placed before Reid came. And they already had an established run game with Charles and had a handful of vets on the line.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    On a new course fresh off firing a HC?
    Kind of an oxymoron no?
    (BTW, we should still can DA, but our options will be limited)

  • TrevJo

    I agree 100%. If you fire Allen after giving him 0 players to work with in two years then you are telling the world that Mark Davis is as coach-unfriendly as Al Davis was.
    Sure there is cap space to entice the new coach but that’s counter-acted by the lack of current players to build around.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    I must agree with mistic on this post. I have a few other times, I’ve just refused to admit it.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    What changes?

    oh, yeah

    A solid veteran quarterback and an elite veteran head coach.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Coaches have laughed us off in the past, and that was with a HOF owner and GM. Sarkisian, Sean Payton, etc.
    McKenzie will induce even more laughter than that. Nobody wants to come here that has options, unless they have some type of tie to the organization or area (David Shaw/Gruden as examples).
    People like Kevin Sumlin, Darrell Bevell wouldn’t even consider an interview better yet a job here.

  • marks hair

    I think the only reason a head coach would turn down our job is fear that Reggie can’t find the right players.. when it takes your general manager an entire season before he realizes who needs to go, it most likely sends up red flags to potential coaches.. how will this guy be able to evaluate the draft and free agent class if he can’t evaluate his own roster on tape…?

  • FourMoreYears

    That just proves the coaching point though. A good coach took what was basically the same roster and went from 2-14 to the playoffs. Romeo Crennel was the problem with that KC team.

  • Dakota

    Since many of the good QBs are going back to school and the free agent market is bare, maybe our best bet is to just draft defense and forget a QB in this draft. Keep McGloin and try and get McCown on a two year deal and pray like hell we can get our franchise QB next offseason.
    D@mnit!

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Full of Pro Bowlers?
    One of the 6 was an alternate, like Mike Huff was, and the other was a punter.

  • aig-raiders

    If DA is fired, everyone in the league circle will side with DA. They will say he got a raw deal. Mark already went on the record with deconstruction. Watch for the league media to blast the Raiders and Mark…especially that media bully Silver.

  • FourMoreYears

    1st pick wishlist:

    1. Clowney
    2. Manziel
    3. Watkins

    In that order.

  • JV.

    I’d take a guy on a one year deal if that’s the case. Cambell will be available and I don’t think cutler is worth the price.

  • RaidingTexas

    1. No
    2. Yes
    3. Yes

  • marks hair

    yup.. Clowney in 1 murphy round 2

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Not bad, I am torn between Barr/Clowney.
    But split those and that is my top 3 as well (different order though). Combine, bowls pre draft stuff could shuffle it a tad, but for now I am with that top 3.

  • aig-raiders

    Trade down for Murphy and get more picks. We are more than 1 player from turning this around.

  • Raider O

    No on Clowney but yes on Johnny football?
    Lol

  • Dakota

    Vegas, you know that isn’t true….coaches didn’t want to be here BECAUSE of the HOF owner/GM who was losing his marbles for the past decade.
    Now we are a half-way normal franchise that decent coaches may put back on their list.

  • DKnight007

    Ugh. Taking Hayden over Star and Sheldon will prove to have been a mistake. McK did a good job of trading down, but when it came time to make the picks…he seems to have blown it.

  • marks hair

    Id grab Clowney then Trent Murphy and try for Jared Allen in fa. + sims.. people would fear our defense for about a decade

  • RaidingTexas

    Haven’t seen Johnny football sandbagging it. Kid always puts in 100%.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    you made my point. people may not have wanted to work for senior davis because they would not have the ability to get their own staff and players.

    the perception of junior is different based on what he has allowed allen to do.

    the raiders have a high pick and money to burn, this will be attractive gig

    no too mention the allure of being the guy to resurrect a struggling iconic franchise, look what that did for the status of gruden

    earned him legend status here, got him a gig in tampa for a ready made just at water super bowl contender and cushy gig wtih abc/ disney

    this is not noticed by future candidates

    as you were

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Al could spin a web at least that might mesmerize a candidate or two with options (like a Jon Gruden for example).
    McKenzie can do no such thing.

  • Goldie7

    Marquette King has been very impressive this year, despite his few mistakes and slight controversies with Seabass (or not being S. Lechler). Heck, I didn’t even know that M. King could tackle so well, I thought dude was a string bean with absolutely no tackling abilities (boy, did he prove me wrong). lol

  • FourMoreYears

    I give Clowney the edge because of upside, and I also don’t put as much stock into the attitude thing as others do. Would also be happy with Barr.

  • Raider O

    You mean the kid who got drunk and couldn’t wake up early the next day to participate in the manning camp?

  • aig-raiders

    Go the Carolina route is what i preach. They grabbed a LB last year and 2 DTs this year. Those 3 guys were instrumental in shutting down Brees yesterday.

  • TrevJo

    6 Pro Bowlers including alternates is 6 more than we had last year, and probably 5-6 more than we will have this year.

  • David Henderson

    Guess Pryor is starting vs the Donks…

  • FourMoreYears

    I just don’t think you can pass on a potential game-changer. Draft is a crapshoot anyway, you have to take a shot.

  • Raider O

    Same here. Barr has versatility, but Clowney is a freak.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Nobody cares about “iconic franchise” unless you are from the Bay Area.
    Nostalgia has nothing for coaches that have been around the block a little. Nor to players as well.
    How quickly can I win and get paid. Priority 1 through 100.

  • DKnight007

    Gruden or David Shaw would be great fits here as head coaches.

  • Raider O

    How many times was this kid disciplined by his HC and program?

  • RaidingTexas

    Was that in a game?

  • aig-raiders

    The only obvious game changer is Clowney. Now Hardy was a head case in his draft year too but he turned out well. I followed him when I was down there so I know a little bit about Hardy’s mental/character issues. He dropped and Car benefited.

  • David Henderson

    Romo OUT This Sunday…

  • JV.

    I wouldn’t mid taking manziel but I don’t want the raiders to be responible AGAIN for another qb draft bust.

    Speed athleticism, play making ability yada yada yada.

    The guy is waiting to get his hands on an nfl check and how nfl ready is he? How will he do under center? Can he read the field and not just run and toss up passes like he did vs Alabama. Is he really a drunk like reports have came out saying he is? And can he take hits and stay healthy and is he just another Michael Vick?? Idk.

  • JV.

    Link?