Tom Cable, this loss is on you. Your team wasn’t prepared to play the Miami Dolphins. You went with Bruce Gradkowski and stubbornly stuck with him. Worst of all is that you just might have cost your team the chance at a playoff birth.
Check the schedule and you’ll see that from here out it is a tough road ahead. Therefore, it was mandatory that the Raiders notch a W over the Dolphins. Well, so much for that as a team minus its best threat in the passing game still managed to rack up over 300 yards passing. The end result was a 33-17 loss and another week of soul searching.
I know, I know…Nnamdi Asomugha wasn’t up to speed. The Phins knew this and they went after the hobbled Nnamdi early and often. When that didn’t work all Chad Henne and Devone Bess did was pick on rookie Walter McFadden.
Let it be known, McFadden might one day become a good cover corner but for now he has no business playing in Oakland’s man-to-man scheme. My man was burnt more often than hickory wood at a Kansas City BBQ competition.
It has become clear that the Raiders are a one man team. As in stop Darren McFadden and you’ll win the game. Run DMC was only slightly more effective today than he was last Sunday but that means little when your entire offense is predicated on the success of one man running the ball.
As for Gradkowski… let’s just say that Cable rolled the dice and came up snake eyes.
Enough with the illogical rotation of quarterbacks. Cable needs to pick a guy and roll with him for the rest of the season. Gradkowski was awful. He under threw open receivers despite having plenty of time in the pocket and made inaccurate throws only JaMarcus Russell would envy.
Were it not for Jacoby Ford this game would have been a shutout loss.
John Marshall’s D couldn’t stop the pass. The front four got no pressure on the QB. The run defense wilted late in the game when there was still a chance to win.
This season is far from over. But with the Chiefs stretching their lead and the Chargers making another late push, things are only getting more difficult for the Raiders.
Coach Cable, we appreciate your do-or-die mentality but your team is dying as a direct result of the things you do. Time to get this team to dig deep and play with some pride. Otherwise, we’re going to spend another off-season wondering who will be the next coach of the Oakland Raiders.