On Sunday you won’t see the Oakland Raiders. Maybe that’s a good thing the way this ship has departed from the dock this season. Either way Raider Nation won’t get its weekly fix of the Silver and Black. While the players will be doing what most of us will on Sunday you can expect Dennis Allen and his staff to be on the clock grinding away.
The collective bargaining agreement only regulates how many hours of work the players can put in leading up to a bye week. The coaches, on the other hand, have nothing that explicitly states how many hours they can work during any week let alone a supposed off week.
Given Allen’s ups and downs in the first month of his experience as a head coach in the NFL it only makes sense to use the week as a chance to review. It’s also about the only thing to do.
So far the new schemes implemented by the new staff aren’t taking. Greg Knapp’s zone blocking scheme has taken the Raiders to the bottom of the league in rushing. The defensive ideals of Coach Allen and Jason Tarver have taken the defense down a path to record embarrassment.
Something must be done and time is far from a luxury in the NFL.
With the clock already ticking more loudly than ever on Oakland’s playoff chances the real conversation being held behind closed doors just might revolve around what can be salvaged from this season.
How much longer until Terrelle Pryor gets an opportunity in a specialty package? At what point does the zone blocking scheme become such an uphill battle that a change must be made?
Not saying now is the time to panic and scrap everything to start over. That would only make things worse. However the reality is the now-or-never bridge is fast approaching.
Right now the coaches are cramming for an exam called the rest of the NFL season. A failure won’t result in Allen losing his job not unless it’s an epic failure. Now as for guys like Knapp…well the evaluation process can’t be restricted to players only. At least not when the players have had success in previous schemes (cough, cough…Darren McFadden).
So while you’re spending a Raiders-free Sunday relaxing keep in mind that there is still plenty of sweating and stressing going on in the East Bay.