Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Some things I thought I would never see

Was that really Shane Lechler throwing his helmet to the ground so hard it broke?  Shane, you have several million reasons to not lose your cool.  A breakdown in getting punts off certainly is infuriating and a few times it looked like your legs just might get broken.  BUT, you are still in the sweet spot.  Just think Billy Dee Williams cool.

Yea, this loss to the Chargers looked worse than the Raiders had been dealt over the entire last decade.  Even the blowout losses don't compare. Despite only losing by 8 points, it was the worst debacle since the first few years of the franchise. Getting your hat handed to you in a packed house in front of millions of television viewers is not the way the Raiders wanted to start off the new era of excellence.

Who would've thunk an in injury to the first string long snapper would unravel the Raiders so harshly?  Who would've thunk with two additional centers on the roster (Stefen Wisniewski and Alex Parsons) neither of them would be pressed into long snapper duty?  Instead, a linebacker was tasked!  A linebacker who had not long snapped since high school and had just a few warmups on the sideline.  Not a single practice snap to the punter.  So are we saying neither Wisniewski or Parsons could have done better than Travis Goethel? 

The result was muffed snaps which made the team look amateurish and put an All Pro punter in harm's way for serious injury. Not to mention giving up 50-60 yards in field possession not once, not twice... three times.

Well, Head Coach Dennis Allen admitted his lack of preparation for this chain of events. To compensate for the oversight, the Raiders have signed Nick Guess - a long snapper who was released by the Chargers prior to the start of the season.  How is that for irony?

It remains to be seen what the long term solution is now that iron man long snapper Jon Condo is a concussion victim.

You could feel the terror in the building.  San Diego's defense smelled blood for almost the whole game. No one is talking about it but other than the first quarter, the Raiders offensive line was just about non-existent.  What started off as a promising unit looked downright amateurish.  They looked like arena league caliber as the Chargers swarmed at will.

I see decent stats for Carson Palmer on the evening but the guy throws with no touch.  He fires bullets and I saw several throws that just had no chance.  Lack of depth at receiver aside, Palmer has to give guys a chance to make plays.  His accuracy is as off as it was the last game of last season when he drilled an INT to cap things off.  I'm all for bypassing Matt Leinart at this point and let Terrelle Pryor run the show.

None of this west coast offense wannabe crap.  Greg Knapp is not Bill Walsh.  Sit Palmer for a game and let Terrelle Pryor develop.  Let him use his dual threat capabilities.

I am loathe to even discuss Greg Knapp.  We all knew Knapp was the wrong guy for the OC roleHe has nothing in his toolbox that will fool any defense.  If defenses smell blood all season and make the Raiders OL non-existent like they did on Monday night, of course Knapp will be fired.  Why was he hired in the first place?  Good old boy networking.  Terrible.

The good news is the Raiders play the Dolphins this Sunday and the 'fins have a rookie QB who struggled in his debut last weekend.  We can only hope Ryan Tannehill does not get knocked out of the game.  We want him upright and throwing INTs like he did last week.

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