Monday, August 31, 2015

Carr May Not Be the Answer

Here are the stats for Derek Carr, Sunday night against the Arizona Cardinals.

Passing, 18/34, 213 yards, 6.3 average, TD = 0, INT = 1 and the one (INT) interception was a pick-6 thrown in the redzone, in the 3rd quarter against the Cardinals backups; against guys trying to make the roster.

With Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, and Latavius Murray, and a defense led by Khalil Mack (dude is a beast), if we had a decent QB, with the O-line that we have, the Silver and Black would do some damage in the AFC.

Pseudo Raider fans ('pseudo' because it's obvious they don't really care to put a team on the field, led by a QB with a winning attitude and a leader's spirit) and even so-called NFL experts, have praised Derek Carr while he's not proved a damn thing on the football field.

You have to wonder why this is the case.

Maybe the unwarranted accolades stem from the fact that he's considered a "pocket passer." Or maybe it's because he throws a tight spiral (which means ZERO if your passes are going to the opponent or consistently falling incomplete). Many of his passes, especially if the pressure is on, are thrown falling away, thrown off the wrong foot, and often, his feet are not set.

Last season against the Patriots, on the road, the Raider's defense had the team in position for the upset, Carr throws and interception to a d-lineman (who rarely pick off passes) to end the game, again, in the redzone (or they may have been 5-10 yards outside the redzone).

I hope I'm wrong, but Derek Carr appears to be a BUST in the making. Hopefully, it won't take the Raiders organization to realize it and move forward.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Khalil Mack is a Force to Reckon With

Khalil Mack is unblock-able. PERIOD. Last season, he wreaked havoc on opposing offenses at the linebacker position, this season (2015) he's been moved to the defensive end position.

Initially, I thought it might be a mistake, but judging from his performance against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday night, apparently, new defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr. and new head coach Jack Del Rio, know what they're doing.

My boys look pretty sharp but pre-season is pre-season and no way to judge how the team is going to perform once the regular season starts. I'm not really liking Carr's red-zone performance because we're kicking too many field goals, just like last season.

Wideouts Amari Cooper and Brice Butler look good; Crabtree hasn't come around but he showed what he's capable of when he was with the Niners.

If Derek Carr doesn't get his head out of his ass, we should go with Christian Ponder, who, in my opinion has actually looked a bit more poise under pressure than Carr. Throwing the pick-6 in the 3rd quarter, against Arizona's back ups - NOT GOOD!

D.J. Hayden is another Raider who is not carrying his weight. He'll make the team but he's been getting beat like a drum and when he's not getting toasted, he's been flagged for pass interference.

The first 5 weeks of the season are critical for the Silver and Black. Bengals, Ravens, at Cleveland, at Chicago, and the Broncos. We really need to be 4-1 at the bye, with momentum as we head to San Diego in week seven.