Sunday, January 1, 2012

Not Ready for Prime Time

There are three pieces of the Raider puzzle that need to be removed before the Silver and Black will be serious contenders.
  1. Hugh Jackson - for giving up so much for an over-the-hill Carson Palmer. Jackson is so much more bark than bite. He gives his Ra-Ra speeches, and over utilizes the passing of Al Davis for a weird, almost morbid form of a pseudo attempt to motivate his team. The man didn't even know Al Davis but for a couple of years. In the first half of the Raiders-Chargers, must-win game for the Raiders, you could see the look on Hue Jackson's face: he looked scared. He is not a head coach, he's more of an assistant or QB coach. I just hope it doesn't take the Raiders front office too long to realize he is not ready to be an NFL head coach.
  2. Carson Palmer - he should have stayed on his couch. There is a reason why the Bengals did not pursue him, or even try to trade him until Hugh Jackson foolishly mortgaged the teams immediate future by offering so much for Carson. He has been a mediocre, middle-of-the-road QB his entire career and there is no reason to believe he will be more than that with the Raiders.
  3. Stanford Routt - can you actually believe that this guy is one of the highest paid corners in the NFL? All this man does is hold, grab, rarely locates the ball, and is flagged for pass interference on a regular basis. To say that Routt is a liability is a gross understatement. If I'm in charge of Oakland Raider personnel, he would not be wearing Silver and Black next season (sorry Jamie, I know he's your boy).
I am typing this blog post about 2 minutes before halftime in the Raider-Charger game. Raiders kicked a FG to make the score 14-10 and come right back and allow a 105-yard KO return for a TD. They get the ball back, drive stalls, Janokowski kicks another FG. Score 21-13, Chargers. We will not beat San Diego with FG's because it does not appear that the Raider defense can stop Phillip Rivers. And for the life of me, I cannot understand why Antonio Gates is allowed to just run unfettered in the open field.

Halftime score: Chargers 24, Raiders 13 / Final score: Chargers 38, Raiders 26

One more thing: Seeing Darren McFadden, on the sidelines in street clothes, eating sunflower seeds, made me think, this guy is making all this money, he's very talented, but he's had a significant injury every year of his NFL career. The Raiders may want to consider possibly trading Darren while he still has value. Why? Because he is always injured, and it's usually a different injury each time. This is a clear indication that DMC may very well have an injury-plagued career, and one hit away from one of those unfortunate career-ending injuries.