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“I don’t think he’s done anything to play himself out of that position.”
That's exactly what I was referring to with Allen playing like we're still in the running or something. We're not going to the playoffs. It's not about who can give us the best chance to win this year - it's about who we need to examine, who's going to be valuable to us in the future and who we need to protect and keep on the roster. If Allen is worried about who's playing best next weekend - it tells me he's more worried about the totally meaningless record we'll end up with this season... iow - his own job.
Jmho, but I haven't seen much from McGloin. He's a back-up who had a couple decent games. Pryor has potential, but he seems injury prone in the way Jason Campbell was. If we can grab a top flight QB in the draft - we should. So far as money to spend - we aren't even at that stage yet (but we SHOULD be 2 years into the regime). You can't build a team thru FA and we have way too many holes to fill to even start thinking about it.
So far as players - if we don't dump Porter outright - it's a sure sign this regime is clueless. Porter can't cover, he can't tackle and he has cost us games. On top of that - the effort is not there. He doesn't seem to care - maybe that's why nobody else wanted him.
1 week, 1 day ago on Raiders' Allen to evaluate his team in last 4 games
McKenzie and Allen were not the first guys dealt a bad hand when they took over a team. On the contrary, that's usually why a new regime is brought in - because things are a mess. And rarely is a new regime brought in when a team is 8-8 and should have been 10-6. So "bad hand"? Sure - very debatable just how "bad" it truly was though. Contracts are not guaranteed in the NFL - you can dump them whenever you want. You can lower cap hits thru bonuses and deferred salaries. Smart guys - like Al Davis - know how to get the players on the field. We can give McKenzie/Allen a mulligan for year one - even though they're partly responsible for not committing to the total rebuild they obviously wanted. But year 2? It's time to see some serious improvement - especially when our division was gifted the easiest schedules in the league this year.
I'll be honest here - I think they'll get another year and I think they should have it. But 10-6 and a playoff spot should be the bare minimum for keeping them beyond that. We could kick them out now and start over - but I believe it would be counter productive at this point. But let's stop pretending like these guys know what they're doing until they actually show us something. Is the team playing better? Yeah - better than last year. Better than 2 years ago? No. And they're still doing incredibly STUPID things imho. Like why is McGloin starting when Pryor's contract is up? We could sit on McGloin ANYWAY - nobody wanted him. He's not going anywhere UNLESS he shows the league he can play! Now is the time to find out if Pryor is useful and someone we want to keep. If he doesn't get off the bench - he's leaving. Do we want to find out we had the next Cam Newton and we let him slip away in order to play a guy with SOME potential we could have kept either way? This is one of the issues with Allen - he's managing the team as though we were 8-4 instead of 4-8.
1 week, 3 days ago on Will Dennis Allen be back in 2014?
Don't know why no one has ever tried to bounce one off a defender. Can you imagine Seabass drilling one into the chest of some second team TE or RB? Especially if the situation didn't necessarily call for an onside kick. Just surprise them by sending it directly at some front line dude's ankles.
1 week, 3 days ago on Raiders aren't alone in trying bizarre onside kick
Dennis Allen is allegedly a defensive guru? Tracy Porter was one of those "diamonds in the rough" that all the other teams somehow undervalued? Only the new Raiders regime understood the talent Porter possessed when they snatched him off the NFL trash heap? Allen and Reggie have the team "pointed in the right direction"?
If we couldn't win that one today - we suck. That's all there is to it. You are your record. We're 4-7 and heading back into the teeth of our incredibly soft schedule. Last year we were 4-12, looks like that's going to be our record this season too unless Denver rests all their starters in preparation for the playoffs the last week of the season. This is not improvement people - Allen took over an 8-8 team. True there were some problems - but not enough that it should take him 2 seasons to win the same amount of games.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Yours truly answers Raiders questions
Interesting game. Think we saw a bit of the future there. Don't know how or why we should resign DMC considering he's never on the field. Jennings has been running hard and making some plays. Even if he's not the back of the future, he's already more reliable than DMC. McGloin is another story. I'm always a little bit hesitant about the backup having a great game or two - it's very common for that to happen and then have a total collapse when named the starter - see Matt Flynn, Matt Cassell, Rob Johnson, Matt Schaub, et al... But now that Pryor is playing - he's been hurt a couple times too. That's the drawback on running QBs - they inevitably get hurt. It will be nice to have McGloin on standby until the end of the year - then it's decision time. Will we have enough info on Pryor when his contract is up? He needs to play - if nothing else, to see how enthusiastic we should be about resigning him (and for how much).
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Backups Rashad Jennings & Matt McGloin help lead the Raiders to 28-23 victory over Houston Texans
That's two games I had as probable wins - Eagles and Skins - that we lost. And you're right - it's the way we lost. Our defense wasn't even there yesterday. We might not be a very good team - but they set the TD record on us? Are we THAT bad two years into the Dennis Allen experiment? We still have veteran players like Tracy Porter lining up offsides on critical plays.
Pryor was just showing his lack of experience again. It drives me crazy every time he backpedals out of the pocket instead of stepping up - but he's just going to have to get hammered a certain number of times before realizing he's doing it wrong.
1 month ago on Raiders lose to Eagles, must work to correct many mistakes
Conservative gameplan plays a huge part imho. Allen says he wants to run and throw short passes so the other team doesn't get an easy score - but what does that do to an offense? When you're running and dumping short passes you shrink the field - the defense has a lot less ground to cover when they know you're playing conservative. Allen is like Gruden in that respect - he gets a tiny lead and then tries to protect it. That's a sure recipe for losing stupid games you should have won - like the Tuck Rule game, the championship against the Ravens, etc... etc... Allen doesn't seem to understand that we have nothing to lose here - barring a miracle - we're not going to the playoffs. It's the perfect time to crack open the playbook and get creative.
1 month, 1 week ago on Why the Raiders struggle to score late in games
Eliminate all the pre-snap stuff and I'll be satisfied. I think people make too much of penalties - we won Super Bowls as the most penalized team. It's more about what type of penalties we have - aggressive penalties are okay. Lining up offsides is just bonehead stupid and should never happen.
1 month, 1 week ago on Focus: Raiders' 2013 penalty breakdown highlights improvements, areas to improve
It's a win - so thanks for that. I think Allen was too conservative once we took the big lead - especially in the second half. He's playing to protect the lead rather than attacking and that will get us in trouble - as it almost did in this game. Pryor played well for the most part.
Jacoby Ford - holy cow. What a terrible game - I'd be surprised if he's still on the roster after this one. A lot of those miscues were simply unacceptable - especially the mishandled punt. Just get out of the way if you can't get to it. And Taiwan Jones bringing that one kick out when it was 9 yards deep in the end zone. Why? We're winning. Start at the 20 - that's better than giving the Steelers field position. Jones is young - he made a mistake. Ford is what - a 3 year vet now? It felt like he had never been on the field before. The coaches have to be held responsible too - more than one guy on special teams made bad mistakes. You have to wonder if they're being coached well.
1 month, 1 week ago on Raiders rely on defense to gut out win versus Steelers, 21-18
Well first off - glad the board is still alive. Welcome back.
Disappointing game for us. The injuries were a big factor - but no the only one. We were in the game and outplaying them right up to the first lame duck INT - which looked like Pryor threw out of frustration. He's still having problems with his decision making - he took an earlier sack could have easily have been avoided by ditching the ball in the stands. Once the O-line fell apart, he was getting a lot more pressure - but he didn't help himself by continually retreating backwards. I think if you review the film - you'll see at least a few of those sacks might have been avoided by simply stepping up in the pocket instead of running back out of it and directly into the hands of defenders. By the end he was rattled and more or less reverted to his college skill set. I was kind of surprised they sent him back in after the 3rd INT. At that point, his confidence was totally destroyed - just let Flynn ride out that last futile series and protect your QB's psyche.
The play calling didn't help either. Holy cow - how many times does Olsen need to see DMC straight up the middle on first down to realize it aint working? And because we NEVER threw it deep - or even attempted to (until it didn't matter) - the Chiefs were putting 8-10 guys on the line from the middle of the second quarter on. When you're only playing 10 yards deep on offense - the defense is only worried about those 10 yards. Why was Olsen making it so easy for KC? We need more creativity in all 3 phases of the game - like the reverse on the kick off. We're a 2-4 team - we have nothing to lose here. Crack open the playbook - especially on first down. Do on onside kick for the kickoff or to open the second half. A double reverse flea flicker - a hook and trail. Do something crazy - IT DOES NOT MATTER at this point in our development as a team. Somehow you need to put some fear in the defense and make them respect their assignments instead of cheating up the entire game because they know we're handing off on EVERY first down.
Last point - the refs. There were at least 3 totally unbelievable calls for me and the entire game was called MUCH tighter against the Raiders than it was against the Chiefs. 11 flags to 4 in a game that was - at least until the middle of the 3rd quarter - very tight and evenly played. The horse collar non-call was especially ridiculous - a penalty that is virtually impossible to miss.
ANyway - glad your back, Asher.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Raiders lose to Kansas City, 24-7
2 months ago on By the numbers: Oakland Raiders' play-call tendencies through week 2
3-1/2 minutes left, we're down by 10, we're in FG range - why did we NOT kick a FG?
I'm sorry guys. Enough apologies - Dennis Allen is incompetent. That was a gimme call for any coach with half a brain.
2 months, 1 week ago on By the numbers: Oakland Raiders' play-call tendencies through week 2
One thing they need to change is we should NEVER be running DMC straight up the middle two plays in a row. It aint workin' - stop doing it.
You don't think we'll be favored against the Jets? Honestly I think this is the easiest schedule we've had in years. If we pulled out the Indy game, I would have been thinking wild card. As it is, we should be able to pull out at least 7 games this season.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Oakland Raiders' gameplan vs the Jacksonville Jaguars
Fantastic game by the Raiders. That's the good - we played a lot better than anyone expected. Pryor had a great game - fantastic. He got us out of some really tight spots with his running ability and most of the time he kept his eyes downfield for outlet valves too - the pass to Streater inside the 10 for example. Unfortunately we have to take the good with the bad - he made some mistakes... the first INT was beyond his pay level - should have checked down or ran. The last sack is unforgivable to anyone other than a first year QB. But I think we can all agree, if Flynn was in there - we wouldn't have been in the game. The final would have been 21-0 instead of 21-17. Pryor kept most - if not all - the drives alive with his scrambling and smart play. Like all running QBs - he has that learning curve where he has to figure out when to throw it away, when to take the sack and when you just can't take the sack. But I really have some hope for him the first time in a couple years - I think we found our QB finally.
I disagree with you on the defense, Asher - I thought they played quite well. It's easy to get lost in the stats and think we didn't have a good game. I tend to look at it like Madden did - we stop them when it's important. Don't worry about yards or catches or anything other than the scoreboard. We stopped them more than once when they could have put the game out of reach. We were right there at the end with the chance to win - that's all you can ask for.
Agree on McFadden though. He had a better first half imo (not looking at stats - just play) - but in the second half he seemed pretty much useless as the RB. He might work better throwing to him. The almost-TD was a nice play for him even though he didn't get that last foot down. But he's not hitting the holes from the backfield. I stand by my assessment that we should have traded him before last season when he still had some value - I think now he's probably going to play out the contract and end up somewhere else and we get nothing for him.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Oakland Raiders vs Indianapolis Colts, week 1: the good the bad, and the ugly
Nothing on the actual game? Is Asher still sitting slack-jawed in front of his tv after that last Pryor sack?
3 months ago on Oakland Raiders gameplan vs Indianapolis Colts
I don't watch ESPN unless it's the only outlet to find a quick score or something, but I just have to say that love him or hate him - Chris Berman is a decent guy. I met him years ago and the dude seriously went out of his way to be nice and give up a moment of his time to chat when there was really no reason to do so. Other sports "personalities" were either frauds or total dicks in comparison. And believe it or not - Berman is also a chick magnet - they were all over him.
3 months ago on Is there a disconnect between Twitter and reality?
This is what I meant about how we could cut another 10 guys and it really wouldn't matter. That's the point we're at in the rebuilding scheme. I don't see any problem hanging onto an extra QB and punter considering all the problems we have. If those are the best guys and Reggie thinks he can get something for them in trade or it's worth it for whatever reason to hang onto them another week - so be it. We can probably cut someone now and they'll still be available later because the talent is so low on the deep end of the team. The punter situation especially since (I believe it was) you who reported Seabass didn't like King's holds. So even if we hang onto Kluwe long enough to teach King how to hold for kicks it's worth the temporary roster spot.
Now - that said - if management has trouble deciding what to do with Gloin and Wilson - we need to (again) question their grasp on personnel. Neither one of these guys is worth losing a valuable player at another position. That's all there is to it. Buffalo cut Matt Leinhart the other day - would you rather put him in or Wilson or Gloin if the playoffs were on the line? I'd rather put in the guy who's been a starter before. My point being there are plenty of options at the 3rd string spot available - both on the team, FA or trade-wise. Make a decision and stand by it - if the cut QB ends up on the practice squad - great. If not - the odds it's going to affect the team adversely is not worth breaking a sweat.
Hopefully we'll pick up somebody worthwhile from the cuts. Surely at least one or two better players are out there waiting for us to call.
3 months, 1 week ago on The Raiders next moves, after cut day
The odds of a 3rd string QB ever contributing longterm on any team are astronomical. That said, we have more invested in Wilson and therefore Reggie/Allen will probably keep him as much to show they're not wasting picks as anything else. Neither guy will probably ever see the field as a starter on any team.
3 months, 1 week ago on How the Raiders may handle the McGloin/Wilson situation
One of those years when we could cut another 10 guys and it still wouldn't hurt very much.
Don't know if you're interested, but right now Amazon is offering the 25th Anniversary Madden plus a year of Sunday NFL Ticket for your computer or mobile devices @ $99. Pretty sweet deal imo - think I paid $39 for Madden by itself last time. They got my money - I'm going to hook the laptop to the big screen and watch every game this year. There's also some other special deal for people who already have Direct TV, but I didn't read up on that one.
3 months, 1 week ago on Predicting the Oakland Raiders final 53