Sunday, September 27, 2015

Apology to Derek Carr - NOT

10/11/2015, I take my apology back. Carr BITES!

The Raider defense played their tails off against Peyton Manning and the Broncos, week 5, and how does Carr repay them? By throwing a pick-6 that ultimately cost us a chance at a W.

Derek Carr does not read defenses well, he consistently throws off the wrong foot, throws the ball when his feet are not set, and he tries to rely on his arm strength, which usually leads to unnecessary and costly turnovers. Still proud to be a Raiders' fan, but I call it like I see it and Carr stinks!

I'm a proud, die-hard, lifetime Raider's fan. Proud, yes, but I can gladly set pride aside and say, I owe Derek Carr an apology. I've been a staunch critic of Derek, but the young man is beginning to step up to the plate.

Granted, we beat the woeful Cleveland Browns, but when you look at his stats - 20-32, 314 yards, 2 TDs - we're beginning to see the makings of a very good quarterback.

I'm still not quite sure what happened in Week 1, but I think most of the blame for that performance would have to fall on the coaches for not having the team ready to play. But two wins in a row, along with Carr getting his first ever 'road win', Week 1 is forgotten.

Last week against the Ravens, Carr's stat-line was 30-46, 351 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT. Not bad, not bad at all.


The paragraphs below is when I was disillusioned to actually believe that this guy was a decent QB.

Derek ranks 6th in QBR Rating with a 77.9 after Week Two. His rating should actually improve after his Week Three performance. *** Not anymore, he needs to stop throwing pick-6's.

Rounding out the top 10 in QBR efficiency are: Matt Ryan at #7, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tony Romo, and Teddy Bridgewater at #10. Considering the fact that Amari Cooper is a stud and balling out in his rookie season, who will at some point begin to command double coverage, Crabtree will be the same Crabtree he was with the 49ers except with a better signal caller.

Yes, I'm jockin' Carr, but as a 30+ year fan of the Silver and Black, I have every right to criticize when I think my team, or a player is not playing up to his potential, or whether or not said player has potential. I am the quintessential, arm-chair quarterback, and proud of it..

We're 2-1, things are looking up, we're gaining confidence, see ya in Chicago!

The Big 3

Oakland       (2-1)
    D. CARR - 20/32. 314 YDS, 2 TD
    L. MURRAY - 26 RUSH, 139 YDS, TD
    A. COOPER 8 REC, 134 YDS

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

1-1 Headed to Cleveland

Me and a buddy, Valerie, a diehard Browns fan (yea, IKR), have a small wager on game 3 of the NFL Season.

My Raiders will visit the "Dawg Pound" with both teams coming off an unexpected victory. We're not sure if Josh McCown or Johnny Manziel will start but hopefully Josh will have recovered from being concussed. I say that because, historically, the Raiders have had problems with mobile quarterbacks.

Granted, we have more speed on defense so Johnny 'Football' might not be a problem and we should be able to take advantage of his inexperience.

I'm not sure what to make of the turnaround from week 1 to 2; we looked like garbage in all phases against the Bengals. This past Sunday, we appeared to be a totally different team.

Honestly, as you can see in my August 31st blog entitled, "Carr May Not Be the Answer," I was really down on Derek. I didn't think he was the answer at QB and the jury's still out. 

However, what I saw against Baltimore is that the coaching staff has streamlined the play-calling and added plays that have Carr getting rid of the ball quickly while utilizing the talents of Crabtree and Cooper, in the short passing game, while occasionally going deep. This type of attack is what made Rich Gannon successful with the Raiders.

Latavius Murray ran well, just needs to be given the ball a bit more. I'd also like to see Taiwan Jones utilized more out of the backfield. We need his speed in the open field. Aldon Smith is not playing with the tenacity he displayed as a 49er; maybe he needs to work himself in shape. Khalil Mack needs to step up his game. I'm not sure about the position change from LB to DE. Mack was unstoppable last year at linebacker, why the change?

But, a win is a win so there are no complaints. We're facing a team in the Browns that have struggled just as we have. This is a victory that the Silver and Black need. We need to put two victories together and even though we'll be on the road, this is our chance to win back to back games for the first time in a long time.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Raider Fans - Don't Settle for Mediocrity

Watching NFL Redzone, you get to see every touchdown of every game and for eight hours, there are no commercials.

As my Raiders were getting the crap beat out of them, RedZone cut to the Raiders - Bengals debacle.

The only reason they would show the Raiders in a blowout loss was because Marcel Reese caught a TD pass from Matt McGloin. To Marcel's credit, he did no celebrating, just tossed the ball to the official and trotted off the field.

They show the Raider's crowd and the few fans that were left (I'm sure quite inebriated) were hi-5-ing one another, clapping, and had smiles on their faces. Obviously, they were celebrating the fact that the Raiders avoided the shutout but to me, you're settling for mediocrity.

Those fans, paid their hard-earned money to see a respectable football game and they got garbage! What is there to celebrate?

It's hard being an Oakland Raider's fan. It's been extremely difficult since the Tampa Bay Bucs spanked us in the 2002 Super Bowl. It's frustrating, it gets your week off to a bad start, and it's humiliating.

I have a good friend who is a diehard Cleveland Browns fan. Like me and my Raiders, she's from Cleveland and have followed the Browns religiously for the past couple of decades. I've been an ardent Oakland Raiders fan since I was 6 years of age. So for the past several decades I've followed the Silver and Black.

I'm speechless. I really don't know what to say. You want to believe that it's only the first game and we can bounce back. You want to believe that.
However, Cincinnati is not that good. We made Andy Dalton look like Tom Brady; he's not that good.

To make matters worse, future hall-of-famer Charles Woodson gets injured with one minute left in the game. I'm not sure why he was even playing at that particular time.

Oh well, wish I could be Jack Del Rio for a day, because I would lose my voice cursing players OUT!!!