Same Ol’ Raiders.
That’s what the football world saw, again, on Sunday as the Oakland Raiders went down in flames during a 38-13 thrashing in Tennessee.
Everything we’ve has come to expect of the Silver and Black the past seven years was once again on display.
Mental mistakes, miscommunication, stagnant offense, inconsistent defense and, of course, plenty of penalties highlighted yet another dismal afternoon. That’s what has defined Raider football for the better part of a decade now and nothing better symbolizes the state of the franchise than the offensive line.
I’d say the time has come to pull the plug on the Mario Henderson experiment but the only problem is there isn’t a better option at left tackle.
Jared Veldheer looked every bit like a player trying to transition from small college ball to the pros while simultaneously learning a new position on the fly. It’s not like a QB needs a competent center, right?
Tom Cable has built his mansion atop a bed of quicksand with a Kleenex thin foundation. There is still time to turn things around but my advice to Cable would be to update his resume immediately. Chances are that Al Davis has already fired up his projector.
Until the Oakland Raiders address the offensive line, nothing will change.
Helen Keller could see that Jason Campbell was an instant upgrade over JaMarcus Russell. But behind this truly offensive line, even the savior JC is going to need a miracle worker. Under constant direst, Campbell had no time to throw and spent most of the afternoon flat on his back, clutching desperately to the football. Darren McFadden found some success running behind the makeshift line, but I’m giving credit to Hue Jackson for how he uses Run-DMC. The O-line has no reason to be proud today.
With a laundry list of issues to address, the Raiders continue to ignore the most important of all – the foundation.
The failure of Robert Gallery to develop into a franchise left tackle has no doubt left a sour taste in the mouth of Mr. Davis. But that is no excuse to continue to try and ‘Just Win Baby’ with a line that would make Peyton Manning look more like Peyton Hillis running for his life on every snap.
One cannot build a home without a proper foundation. For the last seven years the Raiders have defined insanity but attempting to do the same thing over and over again with the same results occurring time and time again.
In football, the trenches are the alpha and omega of the game. Since Cable’s alpha was as an offensive line coach it seems only fitting that the unit will be his omega in Oakland.
There is still time to turn things around this season but its seven years too late to turn around this entire franchise in one season. Until this franchise addresses the most basic principles of football then the only thing that is guaranteed is more results like the one on Sunday.