….Well, at least McFadden looked good.
So much for all that hope and change for a new season. Raiders looked positively awful today in the 2010 season opener. What is that, eight openers lost in a row?
Lone bright spot was that Darren McFadden looked almost worthy of a number one pick, finally – he ran hard, caught a few out of the backfield, and actually slipped some tackles. Hope this is a trend.
The key was the porous OL play. They were absolutely horrible. I think it begins and ends there, but here are my other observations.
- We need a WR!
- If the rookie center was so shaky, why didn’t he play more in the preseason? He looked like he needed that last preseason game to me.
- JaMarcus….err Jason…Campbell looked suspect and very hesitant. He was inaccurate, got several balls batted down, and showed no cojones when he slid a yard short of a first down on a third down…..but I will reserve judgment until the OL improves. Campbell is a classy guy, teammates respect him, and he says all the right things. He deserves success, but needs to stop staring down his receiver.
- Highly touted rookie LB Rolondo McClain did not impress. He was held on a TD run, but in general was taken out of plays and was not around the ball much for a MLB. Six tackles and I bet most were at least five yards downfield. Rolondo still says that the NFL is no different from the SEC, so he should be dominating, right?
- We need a WR badly!
- Someone needs to light a fire under Mario Henderson. He needs to get mean and stop playing like a girl. Granted, the Tennessee RDE was jumping the count early (looked offsides but wasn’t called), but it doesn’t excuse the fact that he didn’t move with him and block him. And he stood around while there was a loose ball in the backfield. He may get Campbell injured unless he buckles up.
- Why didn’t Campbell use a hard count early to slow down the jump they were getting? Rookie center perhaps? If so, that’s a bad excuse. This isn’t rocket science.
- Let’s put it this way about the WR corps – Yamon Figurs looked like the best of the lot. He barely made the team. He has four catches in three years.
- Lots of big holes were opened for titan runners and compounded by missed tackles. I’m a big fan of Tyvon Branch, but he had a terrible game.
- Note to Campbell: You need to get those screen passes over those defensive linemen, kay?
- Way to pull out the three man rush, defensive coordinator. It guaranteed a third and long conversion as usual.
- Where was the pass rush? Aside from some pressure early, there was very little put on Young. Where was Trevor Scott? Generally, looks to me like weakness at that part of the line on offense (LT) and defense (RDE) will be the Raiders’ undoing – can’t pressure the opposing QB’s blind side and can’t protect your own QB’s blind side.
- Who was supposed to be covering Nate Washington on the first TD? Seems there are way too many blown coverages. I thought the cover concept was KISS, but evidently not simple enough.
The shot of Al Davis watching the fiasco was truly sad. He looked sick and frail. He looked like an old man who has no business managing a professional football franchise, especially considering the team’s performance, personnel decisions, and dysfunctional relationship with the media this past seven years. Please hire a GM, Mr. Davis! Please stop vetoing coaches’ decisions, like the reported Mike Mitchell release. Please fire Herrera or at least relegate him to pushing your wheel chair and not speaking to the media.
More bad news for Raiders: Rams looked pretty good in a close loss to Arizona and Raiders wish they had the #1 overall QB pick this year vice three years ago. What used to look like a certain W is now a real toss up.
Hope has turned to depression.