"They are making easy throws look hard"
"This is poor by JaMarcus Russell"
"This has been ugly so far"
"His fundamentals and mechanics need working on"
"It's about being a good decision maker"
"JaMarcus Russell could learn a lot watching Kyle Orton today"
"Thats why I'm having trouble figuring out why the QB is having his struggles, they have one of the best coaches in the game at that position in Paul Hackett here in Oakland"
"The big question was if the running game didn't work, did JaMarcus Russell have the ability to take over?And its clear that he doesn't"
"This is a step back for the RAIDERS".............
RICH GANNON, CBS, 27th September 2009.
Well John Herrera, I can't disagree with any of the above, and whether you stick your fingers in your ears or your head in the sand, he is still right.Lets face it shall we the happiest of happy clappers couldn't find a positive spin for the dross that went on in the Coliseum on Sunday.Here's some numbers for you Mr Herrera :
JaMarcus Russell so far in 2009 :
31 OF 75 FOR 378 YARDS AND A 41% COMP RATE.
The only QB in the NFL below 50%.Russell wasn't the whole story by any means but he is a major talking point for RAIDER fans, and probably a good laugh for fans of everyone else.The Broncos only had to move the ball 27 yards to get a ten point lead following those two horrible interceptions.
Only one RAIDERS receiver registered a catch - Louis Murphy with two.
The defense reverted to the bad old ways and allowed 215 rushing yards.
The offense managed a paltry 137 net yards.
Darren McFadden fumbled three times.It's official McFadden IS a fumbler.
THREE points at home.
There wasn't much to react to on a positive note at all.The defense played well in the red zone with some tough stops, but the Bronco's O-line pushed them around all day and even Richard Seymour is now officially a RAIDER, committing a stupid and costly penalty, I can't remember the last time I saw a penalty for hair pulling!
Last weeks win came despite a horrific offensive showing, this week was as bad if not worse, and something has to change.The quarterback is playing badly enough to be benched by any other team, the embarrassment of having our franchise QB holding a clipboard is nothing to the humiliation of him actually playing every week.Plus I want to see just how much the inexperience of the RAIDERS receiving corps is contributing to all this.I said last week that a serviceable QB would be enough to make us better and Kyle Orton's stats are nothing to write home about but he sort of proves a point.I just want to watch a decent game of football and not be worried every time our offense steps onto a field.At least if Russell starts for the next two weeks he'll get booed less in Houston and New York than he does in Oakland.
It looks at the moment that DHB was a reach, Murphy has made a few rookie mistakes but at least looks a player, and we need Walker, Higgins and Schilens to get back and contribute.The upcoming schedule based on what we have seen from the RAIDERS so far makes for a frightening read.
We did a good job against the run in the first two games, and then the wheels fall off all of a sudden.Maybe that Denver O-line is just really good and things will improve again, you have to cling to some hope right?The defense had a bad day no doubt about it, but they weren't the reason we lost that game for me.Denver scored 23 points, 10 of which were basically gifted to them, without those gifts it would have been closer, but when you score one FG in a game at home you are going to lose.I still have a lot of time for Tom Cable too, he is coaching with half a playbook it seems.
Sunday was just not good enough.Maybe everyone in Alameda can start worrying about the present players rather than the ones that went before.