Pressuring QB is Oakland’s Defensive Remedy


We already knew replacing Nnamdi Asomugha was as impossible as keeping JaMarcus Russell awake in a team meeting. That’s not news.

While it was an impossible task to find a substitute for the world’s best cover corner it was embarrassing how the Raiders went about filling his void.

The Raiders did nothing. Ok…maybe next to nothing unless giving Stanford Routt a raise, Chris Johnson a promotion and drafting two projects in DeMarcus Van Dyke and Chimdi Chekwa counts.

Again, we already knew that was a no-win scenario. Therefore it became imperative the rest of the defense stepped up. Specifically the front four. Already one of the most feared units in football, Oakland’s defensive line has got to be great every week if this team has playoff designs.

The secondary is the primary concern. So it stands to reason pressuring the quarterback is the best bet to get back what has been lost in Aso’s Philly fly-away.

We saw first hand what happens when the D-line disappears at the wrong time. Buffalo’s offense looked more unstoppable than Lindsay Lohan at an open bar during Sunday’s second half meltdown. A lot of the fault can be traced to the secondary. To be fair the defensive line shares an equal amount of the blame. However it is Chuck Bresnahan and Al Davis who are the biggest culprits.

Davis is still clinging to his antiquated principles on football. Again, this is no secret. Sure, there’s nothing (other than Al Michaels) that says success is impossible playing this tried and tested scheme. It’s just that variety is the spice of NFL defenses these days.

Let’s for a second assume Davis isn’t the one laying out the defensive game plan. No matter what you might hear Davis isn’t the one making the calls on game day.

Therefore it’s on Bresnahan to find more creative ways to put all his Raider speed to good use.

Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly, Matt Shaughnessy and Lamarr Houston are more than capable of creating havoc going one-on-one against opposing blockers. But you’re not going to be able to rely on those talented men to be the lone providers of pressure.

Mixing in blitzes, disguising defensive packages and giving opponents new looks on every snap is the way of the new.

Time for Davis and his puppet coordinator Bresnahan to step into the reality of 2011.

This secondary isn’t good enough to shutdown the passing game as they’ve done in years past. The new recipe for defensive success is to be in the QB’s grill like hot dogs on the 4th of July.

Watching Ryan Fitzpatrick play catch with Stevie Johnson should be the wakeup call that gets Rolando McClain, Tyvon Branch, Michael Huff and any other unsuspecting Raiders involved often in exotic blitzes built to bully opposing quarterbacks into mindless mistakes. See Monday Night season opener in Denver as exhibit A.

To be sure Stanford Routt is playing at a high level. But he alone cannot account for all of the holes in Oakland’s secondary. Huff and Branch are still liabilities in coverage. Johnson is just Johnson. He’s hit or miss with his misses becoming more and more costly.

Enough with this selfish pride of doing things the Davis way. Last time I checked there was only one motto that mattered.

Just win, baby!

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  • iluvit00

    It was one hell of a game. I would of liked it a lot more if we won. Too many of our best defensive players were playing while nursing injuries, including Chris Johnson and Michael Huff. We don’t have enough depth in the defensive backfield, but that will get better. Buffalo’s offense is not a joke. That team can score fast and often on anybody. The coach is right. We didn’t finish them off when we had the chance. I am really looking forward to watching RAIDER football in 2011. We got us a real team that should win most of their games.

  • CarlCockerham

    Chris Johnson and Michael Huff are hurt. Johnson was statistically a top 5 corner and Huff was 2nd team all-pro. What’s different with them this year? They’re hurt!

  • VinceJones

    Building a bully? How about building a winner! Oakland fans have been more than patient in expecting a winner. The defense must get better at stopping the run because every tean in the NFL knows they cannot do this. Oakland must upgrade their receiving group D. Moore seems to be an upgrade and must get a starters role. Stop the stupid penalties guys…this doesn’t make you a bully…it makes you losers. Bullies don’t win in society so why does coach Jackson think they will in the NFl. Bullies are losers and I don’t want that in Oakland, I want a winner. Get to playing wise, intelligent football and show the type of control that winning teams in the NFL do on a regular basis. Past Oakland championship teams were tough, and wise and won with quality players who played hard and wise not out of control and foolish.

  • arj

    Its more than just pressuring the QB here. The blitzes were coming against the Bills, they just weren’t getting there. Even Trevor Scott said he was getting to the QB untouched but by the time he got there, the ball was gone. The overall defensive scheme has to be adjusted when the QB is getting rid of the ball so quickly.

    Chris Johnson has the ability to be a stud at CB, we saw it when we released that clown DeAngelo Hall. I think he’ll be alright but he’s one guy on the Defense. The overall defensive plan in the second half was PERFECT (against a team who is dropping back to pass and trying to use 6-7 seconds before throwing the ball). It just didn’t work when they were hitting quick passes. Wake up Chuck B!!! I wish he would worry more about his Defensive gameplan than looking cute on the sideline with his fancy shades and outfit.

  • faze2

    bro

  • faze2

    Defense against Broncos: Blitz run and pass., mix coverages. Al hated it!!

    Defense against Bills: NO blitz, man on man coverage, 1970″s defense. Blown game. Typical Al Davis BS. The Raiders can score 50points a game and still loose.