You can’t read too much into the preseason let alone one preseason game. Before the Detroit Lions joined the infamous sports club by going 0-for-the-season they went a perfect 4-0 in the preseason. Such is the nature of exhibition football were there’s more drama to be found in the players competing to make the practice squad than there is in the entire team trying to get up to speed.
None the less, what we saw in Oakland’s preseason opener – a 3-0 snooze fest against the Cowboys – raised some serious concerns.
Reggie McKenzie has stressed that Rome wasn’t built in a day but at this rate it will take the Raiders a year to raise a camping tent. Minus the brief brilliance of Darren McFadden the offense is looking nothing like a playoff contender. In fact both the Raiders and Cowboys put a good scare into their respective fan bases.
Jacoby Ford’s belly flop of a 2012 debut could easily be forgotten in less than a week. Then again, for all we know Ford could be showing Johnnie Lee Higgins symptoms of disappearing. The latter is highly unlikely given Ford’s impressive form prior to his injury last season. He’ll right the ship. Well, he’ll have to get back on track considering McKenzie’s approach to roster revamping.
One of the bright spots during the pitiful preseason debut was Oakland’s new look defense which did plenty of things well yet still showed some cracks in key areas. We’re still not sure what to make of the linebackers or the cornerbacks just yet.
And let’s not even get started on Terrelle Pryor who only reassured me a position change is in the best interest of not only his career but the silver and black as well.
But I don’t want to read too much into one hideous preseason showing. Working out the kinks is what this time of year is all about. It will be on Dennis Allen to make sure these types of showings don’t develop into bad tendencies. Hopefully Carson Palmer will get all of the bad throws out of his system now before the curtain goes up on the regular season. Some things are more concerning than others and the last thing we need is for Palmer to repeat his turnover tendencies displayed a year ago.
If Palmer can’t cure that problem then Ford’s lack of effort combined with Pryor’s slow adjustment to the pro game will be the least of our concerns.