This is my last weekend in London after a fantastic two months, though the weather could’ve been better.
I was extremely upset, after just a couple weeks into my stay here, that DirecTV’s SuperCast stopped working for me – both the Adobe Air app and the browser-based Flash versions. I had to resort to watching ESPN’s GameCast and listening to KSFO. In hindsight, it probably would have been worse actually watching these “performances”.
Anyway, here are just my random notes from the latest Raider fiasco:
I like Tom Flores telling it like it is on KSFO – questioning why the Raiders (soon to be former defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan) keep rotating their high-priced DTs. Every two plays. As if they get too winded to play an entire series. He called it, “disgusting”.
Why is Andrew Walter the emergency QB?
We’re number one! I thought the Raiders were doing somewhat better overall in terms of penalties this year only to see that they’re tops in the league once again.
With Fargas, McFadden, and Bush, why sign Louis Rankin, another RB, to the roster?
Raiders knew Patsies were going to run screens and still couldn’t stop them.
Patsies running, passing, scoring at will. Something like 350 yards in the first half.
Fair catch on a kickoff? Tony Stewart, I guess, doesn’t get paid enough for returning kicks. There wasn’t a guy within 20 yards of him when he fair caught that ball.
Nnamdi has three holding penalties so far and is getting burned by former Raider and upstanding citizen, Randy Moss, fairly regularly. Hate to say it, but the way he’s hinting at going elsewhere next year, I kind of don’t mind this. Maybe he ends up staying if his value drops enough.
Way to give the momentum right back to the Patsies – after a big kickoff return for a TD, allow a kickoff return for a TD. Untouched and made it look like the Raiders had eight guys on the field.
Our money guy, JaMarcus, looks lost again. He badly underthrew Lelie in the end zone when the Raiders were actually driving, resulting in an interception. And why can’t he hold onto the ball? The most exciting thing about this guy so far in his career is what pimp-gear he’s going to be wearing after the game.
Did Ronald Curry actually catch a TD pass? Shocking. Formerly known as my favorite Raider player.
Bright side – I’ve totally turned around my opinion of Johnnie Lee Higgins. I could do without his dancing in the end zone, but he is one of the few bright spots on the Raiders this year. He looked absolutely horrible last season, but with the exception of a couple of questionable decisions like fielding a kickoff near the sideline and running out of bounds at the three, he’s looked promising. Hope my opinion on JaMarcus is equally premature.
If JaMarcus fails as a QB, looks like he can’t be converted to a receiver because he can’t catch either. Michael Bush threw him a softball that he dropped.
Why not make the embarassment complete? Moss catches two touchdowns. Now, LaMont Jordan runs 49 yards for a TD and is a few yards short of 100. Oh and by the way….Jordan has a grand total of 128 yards all year. 49 points and still six minutes left. They’re closing in on 300 yards rushing. And don’t forget, this Patsy team is hobbled. They even had to sign a LB out of retirement.
As if there’s any more reason to hate Mr. Personality, Bill Belicheat, the late challenge on a little 4 yard catch with his team ahead 49-20 and 2:33 left, just adds to the hate. What a small man.
Why don’t the Raiders run McFadden outside more? Why don’t they run more inventive plays off the “Wildcat” formation? They seem to just run up the middle.
Patsies not only had almost 300 yards rushing, they averaged almost 8 yards per rush.
The Raiders are like the US auto industry. They need a rescue desperately. It’s a sad, sad state of affairs and this season can’t end soon enough.