How bad are the Oakland Raiders?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The Oakland Raiders do not deserve to play in the NFL.
Ahmad Bradshaw had more total yards by himself than the Raiders, out gaining the Silver and Black 165 to 124. The most crushing of his large gains was a 55-yard reception when Bradshaw converted a 3rd and 24 on a screen pass thanks in part to outside linebacker Ricky Brown going down injured.
How can we add insult to injury?
That is now four consecutive games in which Tom Cable’s play calling has produced less than 200 yards of total offense. Nothing is working. The running game is non-existent. The passing game is laughable. The play calling is unimaginative. The opponents can see what’s coming from a mile away.
The injuries along the offensive line haven’t helped any but neither has the coaching staff. The only adjustment the coaching staff is making right about now is updating their resumes. Cable shoulders the blame as the man who sits atop the pile of toxic waste that is Raider football in 2009. However, the head coach is not alone.
JaMarcus Russell’s work ethic would only impress Kevin Federline. Not cutting Russell any slack, but I don’t think working with Paul Hackett is something that would motivate anybody to clock in early and stay late. Hackett is quarterback kryptonite.
Hackett nearly pissed away a Heisman trophy winner in Carson Palmer at USC. Were it not for Norm Chow, Palmer would be playing in Canada.
The good news is that JaMarcus won round one of the Bust Bowl as he bested former number one oveall selection David Carr. Carr entered the game in the second quarter in relief of Eli Manning who was forced to be benched thanks to Tom Coughlin honoring the mercy rule.
Carr had a victory clearly in hand until he had a moment of madness and actually scrambled for a touchdown. Plays like that are the reason why Carr will never be able to take down Ryan Leaf as the greatest bust to ever play quarterback. Carr needs to carefully study Russell’s three fumbles today if he wants pointers on how to be epically awful.
Fixing JaMarcus Russell seems as futile as expecting the Raiders to beat the Eagles in Oakland next Sunday; not that it is impossible, it’s just that the coaching staff has no clue how to do it.
It would seem that Al Davis has finally taken control of Cable’s mind. The scary thought is that Davis might have unknowingly created a monster. Cable appears to have gone rogue like that jet in the classic Jamie Foxx film Stealth (What can I say? A crappy analogy about a crappy movie for a crappy team). Even if Davis phoned in the benching of Russell, Cable would continue to roll the dice on his young QB, leaving him in the game to fumble like an amputee trying to catch a golf ball coated in Crisco. The head coach’s tunnel vision has the top pick in 2010 clearly in sight.
Bruce Gradkowski might not be the answer to the offensive woes, but the Raiders should feel obligated to find out.
If there is a way for this team to become even worse, it can be found in the dark thoughts that flood the mind of Paul Hackett. Hackett has what it takes to make the firing of Tom Walsh look controversial.
With the possibility of Cable being either fired, jailed or suspended, it would seem only a matter of time until Hackett is the newest marionette on the Oakland sideline.
Get your stale popcorn ready, we’re just over ¼ of the way through the season.
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Topics: Ahmad Bradshaw, Al Davis, Bruce Gradkowski, Carson Palmer, David Carr, Eli Manning, JaMarcus Russell, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Federline, Norm Chow, Paul Hackett, Ricy Brown, Ryan Leaf, Tom Cable, Tom Coughlin, Tom Walsh