For the record, I love Hue Jackson’s swagger. I’ll take Hue swagger over Art Shell’s silence any day. Give me Hue’s handling of the press over Bill Callahan’s mishandling of his own locker room. Ask me if I’d rather have Hue’s attitude over Jon Gruden’s cockiness and I’m rolling with Coach Jackson every time.
But the time has come for the talk to stop and the results to follow. Now as far as the offensive line goes, Hue’s bully is being built far ahead of schedule. That has allowed Darren McFadden’s development into becoming a full-fledged fantasy stud to shift into overdrive.
As amazing as the O-line renovation has been the bully building on the defensive side has failed…miserably.
Many of the mistakes made during Sunday’s loss to the Patriots are correctable. Jason Campbell has got to keep his head in the game at all times. Darrius Heyward-Bey has got to make the routine catches as easily as he does the impossible ones. Richard Seymour needs to keep his emotions in check.
Those are issues that can be remedied with a review of game tape and a week of practice.
But being unable to stop the worst running team in the league then having to face one of the best a week later seems impossible at the moment.
Again, I like all the things Coach Jackson has to say. I’m completely on board when he says this team “will stop the run”. I have no doubt that he truly “won’t rest” until this debacle is taken care of.
However this franchise needs to see results…yesterday.
Being unable to stop the run makes every single opponent, no matter their record or talent level, capable of beating the silver and black. Many are quick to point out how much “easier” the schedule gets after the stop in Houston.
Easier? Really? Based on what?
If the Raiders can’t stop Stevan Ridley from running all over them then how are they going to contend with Peyton Hillis? What makes you so sure Kansas City isn’t going to figure out a way to get more our of Thomas Jones and Dexter McCluster once they see Oakland’s horrendous run defense?
No matter what you think you know this is still the NFL where the only things you truly know are limited to what you see on any given Sunday. What we do know – for sure – is the run defense deficiencies are still as prevalent now as before.
I don’t ever want Coach Jackson to be anything other than what and who he is. I’m fine with all of the positive spin when he’s in front of the media. I just hope the tone is much different behind closed doors. According to what we’ve heard Tommy Kelly say that is exactly the case. Therefore the time for talk is already over. We need to see results. Otherwise we’ll be back to the Tom Cable days of being happy with simply “not being losers anymore”.