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What Happened To Raiders Pass Rush?


Ummmm…correct me if I’m wrong but weren’t the Raiders among the NFL bottom feeders when it came to stopping the run and the pass last season? Despite that little insignificant fact last year’s Silver and Black defense was among the NFL’s best at rushing the passer.

Now maybe I’m missing something but Dennis Allen and Jason Tarver were supposed to be modernizing Oakland’s outdate defense. So far that effort has failed more miserably than Tim Tebow in a water balloon throwing contest.

Oakland’s D is as dismal as ever. Making matters worse is that the once feared pass rush has become forgotten.

Last Sunday Ben Roethlisberger could have sat in a lawn chair and thrown darts in the comfy pocket his line created on every passing play. That’s bad news as the Raiders make the trip to Denver this Sunday where Peyton Manning awaits.

Through three games the Oakland defense has totaled just 3 sacks. So desperate to create more pressure on the passer are the Raiders that they inked veteran defensive end Andre Carter in hopes he can help improve an already disintegrating defense.

Allen and Tarver were talking up their new and improved defense before the season began. Nearly one month in and things aren’t looking much different. Where is all the clever scheming, disguised blitzes and multiple fronts? Better yet, what has happened between then and now to result in the same front four being so ineffective rushing the passer?

Like everything else in this adjusting process we’ve got many more questions than answers. The pass rushing problem is much different however. Answers were needed yesterday. With the Raiders secondary in its current sad state rushing the passer is the only way to slow opposing passing attacks.

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