Yep. This pretty much sums up the season. All year the motto of the 2012 Oakland Raiders has been patience. So what exactly are we waiting for with one game left and absolutely nothing to play for?
Are we waiting for Greg Knapp to get a clue? That quite clearly is never going to happen. Today’s 17-6 loss to the Carolina Panthers marked two straight games in which the Raiders have failed to find the end zone. How is that progress?
Knapp has proven himself to be more unqualified than Norv Turner. Darren McFadden and the Raiders rushing attack was back to its usual ineffective state under the drunken eye of Knapp. But please, remind us all how it takes five plus years to get accustomed to the zone scheme. It’s not like this is pro football where winning is the bottom line.
Twice in third and short scenarios in the first half Knapp dialed up a sweep and a roll out pass. The end result was McFadden getting stuffed behind the line in the former and Carson Palmer being knocked out of the game in the latter. Both play calls were highly questionable and the loss of Palmer all but doomed this contest.
Congrats, Knapp. You’ve been able to sabotage this season in every way imaginable.
Are we still waiting for the defense to mysteriously evolve into a top tier unit despite having more personnel turnover than the management of a failed hedge fund? Hey, at least Jason Tarver’s unit has shown real progress in consecutive weeks. Sure, there were plenty of blown assignments today but at least you saw a group of men who cared and a coach showing real emotion.
With regards to the league, are we still expecting the NFL to hold its official accountable? If so the league office has plenty of game tape to review this week.
Cam Newton committed two heinous sins the likes of which would have had most any man ejected from an NFL contest. First Newton kicked Tommy Kelly then he bumped an official. Not only was Newton not ejected but he managed to find some reason to sulk for the better part of an afternoon in which his team won. Oh, but Kelly was shown the shower. Shame on him for not taking his kicking from a marketable NF LQB like a man…I guess…
We already knew this game was going to be a long shot for the Raiders to win. Never mind the season-long Greg Knapp hangover. This team has now lost ten straight in the Eastern Time zone.
We also knew that there was no chance Knapp’s offense would ever improve. Last week against Kansas City was really rock bottom. The win just masked it. Today every one of Oakland’s offensive deficiencies was on display.
Stalled drives in the red zone, completely incompetent play design and a completely unprepared backup quarterback as well. If Matt Leinart was supposed to be the guy versed in Knapp’s scheme then all we need to know of his ability to coordinate an NFL offense was on display is stunningly ugly fashion.
I’m not even going to act like Greg Knapp alone is the reason why this season has fallen apart like strip mall sushi. But I will say that games like today illustrate just how impossible it is to win with an anemic and incompetent offense. In a game decided by two scores the Raiders failed on three separate occasions to get the ball in the end zone once in the red zone. You do the math.
Reggie McKenzie if you somehow think Knapp deserves another shot then you are more clueless than he is. Not every loss can be blamed on Knapp but this game today certainly deserves to by on his record and not that of Dennis Allen.
So…what now are we going to be told to wait for?
There is one game left. Nothing to play for and an entire season pissed away for the sake of doing things the new Raider way. For what? The old Raider way might not have been working but it wasn’t this wretched. Hue Jackson found a way to work with what he had. What is Knapp’s excuse now?
We’ve hand an entire season to see progress. At least Tarver can hang his hat on getting the most out of a scab defense. What can Knapp brag on besides making a once explosive offense into a glorified setup unit for Shane Lechler?
Thanks for nothing, Knapp. This loss belongs to you.