When Nnamdi Asomugha left he took the swagger of Oakland’s secondary with him. Like Billy Bob without Angelina things have just fallen apart. We’re going on year three of life without Aso and it’s only getting worse. As horrible as Al Davis’ pathetic attempts to fill the Nnamdi void were Reggie McKenzie’s have been even worse.
Whereas Davis took to the overpaying vets and overhyping speed method, McKenzie is going with the underpaying past-their-prime vets and overvaluing practice squad scabs approach.
For the record both have yielded the same results. Each Sunday some no-name receiver has a career day while some crap quarterback finally achieves something greater than being king of his high school prom. It just looks all too easy to throw on the Raiders…because it is. Ask Ben Roethlisberger about that who looked like he was playing catch in the park on Sunday.
Just when this will change remains anyone’s guess. All of Al’s corners are gone. At this rate so too will all of McKenzie’s.
McKenzie gambled on Ron Bartell and Shawntae Spencer to get him through the first year of his rebuild. We’re only two weeks in and its looking like McKenzie’s gamble has rolled snake eyes.
Making matters worse is that there is no solution in sight except to keep swapping parts.
Michael Huff was unbelievably bad in his first start at corner. The good news is he’s got nowhere to go but up. The problem is Huff was the Raiders last and best option for a serviceable starter. Now we’re right back to the grab bag of defensive backs that flood the waiver wire. Just who we’ll see out on the island next is anyone’s guess. The results however won’t change.