At last a Raider victory! A long, ugly streak of losses is over, with one long, ugly game at the Coliseum. Boring and predictable, not a single touchdown was scored, and Seabass was responsible for every point in the game for both teams. But I’ll take a win and sweep vs KC any time…. That’s 5 out of the last 6 which is certainly what Raider fans like to hear.
However, overall we suck this year and that’s not what I was hoping to hear. I got to see the Week 14 game vs Denver at home and I even got up to the front row of the Black Hole for some facetime with the Donks. The lighting of the Al Davis Flame by Carole Davis and the Hall of Famers was inspiring. Unfortunately, Manning was as good as ever and we got whipped by a solid Bronco effort.
Seeing DMC coming right at me for a touchdown was memorable. But Broncs kneeldown at the 2 minute mark at the 10 yard line was hard to swallow. I felt that this Raider team has not lived up to our expectations and Dennis Allen has a lot of work to do. Another season like this will be a blackout fest.
In Week 15 against Kansas City the Al Davis Flame was lit by Raider Legend, Phil Villapiano, a hero to all Oakland fans.
In terms of Defense, this game showed that Tarver’s schemes have potential. But if we dump him too I won’t be too sad.
As for “head coach” Dennis Allen, he better Wake the Fuck UP! This is a pro football team and they need to act like it. 10 Losses on the season is NOT what Raider Nation expects, no matter how bad the talent. Allen better wise up, this is the biggest opportunity of his lifetime, and he can’t let it overwhelm him. Dennis WAKE UP!
So far I can only identify two bright spots: 1 is that we are beginning to reduce penalties consistently.
2 is that our defense showed a few flashes of how good they could be with consistency.
Other than that there are many reasons to see Allen’s term as a failure. This year has been an absolute disgrace.
Going 0-4 in the third quarter of the season buried the 2012 Raiders. Our offense is weak and unable to sustain drives. We punted on our first four against the Browns. Our defense is #32 in the league giving opposing rookies breakout games every weekend. Our special teams cannot get past the 20 and missing the 61 yard field goal lost us the game yesterday.
But worst of all is the coaching. Even if our roster is poor and has low talent, the coaches have to work with what they have. And it’s extremely disturbing to see the pathetic performance of our offense, the total confusion on defense and the slow, listless play on special teams.
When they fired Cable I was bummed. When they fired Hue I was pissed. When they fire these coaches I won’t give a damn.
Now the final stretch begins with a home game versus the division champs from Denver. Does Dennis Allen get weak in the knees against his old boss? Can our defense drop ever further down against a Hall of Fame worthy quarterback? Will Gregg Knapp find a way to score even less points than usual?
Now we will find out which players deserve to be on the roster next year. Because as of now, there’s only a damn few who deserve to be there.