This blog title is a quote attributed to Nnamdi Asomugha after the latest weak display of football by the Raiders in their 17-6 loss to Chicago.
Sorry, but it’s now abundantly clear that Josh McCown is not an NFL quarterback. It’s pretty obvious why the only PT he got at Detroit was at WR. He has no arm. It reminds me of those forgettable games with the Donald (Hollas) at QB. Against Chicago, McCown couldn’t even break the century mark and the Raiders had their lowest offensive output of the season at under 200 yards. When Culpepper was struggling, I thought it might be a good idea to give McCown another chance, but now I’m sure that McCown should be sitting. At least with Culpepper in there, he gives us the threat of a pass completion over 14 yards. Daunte was at QB for both Raider wins. It’s like last year and Aaron Brooks starting over Andrew Walter although Walter was at the helm for all two of the Raider wins. I think Walter should be given another chance this year, but I seem to be in the minority. And sure….why not throw JaMarcus in there at some point?
Here’s my fear – with everyone pinning their future hopes on Russell, what if he’s a bust? There are many out there that think he won’t be able to make the transition to the NFL. That’s all the Raiders need – another high choice to fail. I guess it’s better to find out sooner than later.
Anyway, the Bear loss can be added to this year’s parade of pathetic offensive displays. Good defense and even special teams this time, all for naught. When the Bears scored their TD to put them up 10-6 in the fourth quarter, Raider fans knew that was game – so inept is the offense. I’d blame the play calling more, but what can you do with McCown at QB? The fact that Kiffin keeps starting him is where much of the fault lies. I just don’t get it.
When the Raiders went up 6-3, I told my wife that this was the part of the game where the Raiders defense folds just enough to lose the game. “It seems like every time someone really needs to score against them, they score,” an opposing offensive coordinator said last year. Game-winning TD throw ensues.
Am I the only one that saw the blatant holding on Warren Sapp on that 59 yard Grossman to Berrian TD pass? No mention of it from the scrub TV announcing team. They were too busy having a cow over a rare Bear TD pass. I’d make a bigger deal out of it if I didn’t think the Raiders would have just found another way to lose this game. That’s where I am with this team. Just watching and waiting to see what will fail to cost them the game each week.
Higgins looks like he may be the latest addition to the Raiders’ ever expanding draft bust list. He gets his punt return job back only to promptly fumble.
My favorite Raider, Ronald Curry, disappointed with two motion penalties and a drop. The culture of losing is spreading to even the good guys.
The Raiders are the only team in the NFL without a fumble recovery? This tells me a couple of things, (1) The Raiders are frickin’ unlucky as hell or cursed, and (2) they’re not tackling good enough or swarming to the ball enough (see Defensive Coordinator). I’ll give Ryan props this week for blitzing more, and it was effective. But he really needs to shake things up at the safety position. This week, Schweigert was slow in helping out Carr on the Berrian TD. Berrian ran past Carr like he was standing still, but why didn’t he have safety help? You would think the 3rd string CB forced into starting would be a good candidate.
Lots of questions too. Where’s Rhodes? (1 carry) Where’s Jordan to spell Fargas? (o carries) Where’s that innovative offensive play calling?