I’m going to paraphrase Jerry McDonald on this one. It is very telling of how far Darrius Heyward-Bey has come when fans go from asking why he is still on the field to pondering why he was hardly involved during Sunday’s loss to the Broncos.
There is no arguing that DHB has been Oakland’s best weapon in the passing game thus far this season. Over the course of the last month we’ve seen some of that promise Al Davis envisioned come to light.
That is what makes his disappearing act on Sunday such a mystery.
Was DHB injured? Did he violate some team rule? Was Hue Jackson guilty of looking ahead by trying to save some of those young legs for the Chargers?
Jackson’s reasoning after the loss was that DHB simply wasn’t involved in the packages that were called.
Ok? So how can you justify taking away your best receiver during Carson Palmer’s first start?
That is the million dollar question which we’re likely to get a penny’s worth of thought for.
Now nobody is saying DHB would have made such a huge difference in the outcome. Jacoby Ford did his thing and Palmer clearly clicked with Denarius Moore and Marcel Reece too. The Raiders weren’t exactly hurting for weapons in the passing game.
But I thought Coach Jackson was the greedy type. Isn’t that why he paid a king’s ransom for Palmer in the first place? Isn’t more always better? So why not give Palmer every healthy weapon available?
There are just far too many questions floating around. Even if the Raiders had won it would still be a head scratcher as to why DHB wasn’t given a bigger role.
For the last two years we’ve been forced to watch Hey-Bey do little more than run routes. Now that he’s finally showing promise he’s asked to run block and gets only limited snaps. Something is not right.
Did you realize that coming into Sunday’s contest Darrius Heyward-Bey had more receiving yards than Roddy White? Put that in your fantasy pipe and smoke it, Hue.
We love Coach Jackson’s offensive mind. There is no denying what his presence has done for Oakland’s once lackluster attack. But this a mystery that awakens some faint echoes of Marcus Allen’s benching. Granted we’re not even in the same country, let alone zip code, as far as controversial benchings go. Still, I’d like to know how it is that Louis Murphy was suddenly more involved than DHB.