Holy cow, we need a left tackle and a left guard desperately. With the exception of the last three minutes of the first half, the Oakland Raiders Offense looked horrible. This was due mainly to the fact that the offensive line could not block to save their lives. Alex Barron is not the answer folks, and we desperately need to find somebody in the free agent market before next week. Flynn was sacked 5 times, 5 times! Not acceptable, not by a long-shot.
To say it lightly, the first team defense got man-handled. Drew Brees looked like he was playing against a High School team at an exhibition game. It was absolutely embarrassing to watch. There aren’t too many positives that I can take away from the first team defense, and I won’t waste anybody’s time with a bunch of bunk about them. So let’s move onto the second team defense. Absolutely impressive performance, and the whole reason that the game was kept close.
David Bass, Jack Crawford, and Ryan Robinson were on fire tonight. They were definitely making a play for the 53-man roster, let alone the starting roster. With so many of our defensive linemen out due to injury, it was nice to see some pass rush. These players were getting after the ball, and they were making the big plays. Unfortunately, the offense could not capitalize on the progress the second team defense was making.
Not to mention the fact that the Referee’s were calling a bogus game. The hit that Safety Reggie Smith made on New Orleans’ wide receiver was perfectly legit, but, as usual, the Ref’s took exception to the rule. Then, the fact that they didn’t call the new penalty on Saints Running Back Robinson for lowering the crown of his head was wrong. I would like to say a bunch of expletives here, but I will refrain from them due to our sites policies and procedures.
So here is what I will take away from this game. When Matt Flynn ran the hurry up offense, he looked like an NFL quarterback. He made decisive and accurate throws, and I will admit that I am happy with his progress. I wanted to see a touchdown from the first squad, and the 18 yard touchdown pass to Denarius Moore was one heck of a throw. Even Pryor fans have to admit that Flynn ran a very good offense. Now if we could just find him some blockers.
Terrelle Pryor had a rough outing, but once again, it was due to the lack of offensive blocking. Although, it was apparent that the Saints defense had prepared for a pistol style offense. Pryor moved well left and right on roll-outs, but he didn’t do too well in the pocket. Of course when the pocket breaks down on top of you, there really is nowhere to go. When he scored the touchdown, minus the bogus holding penalty that was non-existent, he showed maturity in the ability to make a quick decision to run with it instead of throwing it away.
Matt McGloin looked like a true rookie tonight with a lot of growth ahead of him. I like the kid, but he didn’t have his outing that he had against the Dallas Cowboys. There is a lot of work ahead of him, and hopefully he can move past this performance.
The second team defense gets my vote for the best performance of the night. They shut-down the Saints quarterback Seneca Wallace, and they did a decent job against the run. I am high on David Bass as an edge rusher, and I think he has earned his shot to run with the first team defense. He looked good against the Cowboys and even better against the Saints. Put him in Coach!
In my opinion, Brice Butler earned his spot on the first team offense as a slot receiver. He may have had the one false start, but I’ll give him a pass for making a rookie mistake. He had good hands and got open. He’s somebody that could be trusted in just about every passing situation. I hope they keep him running with the ones.
The Raiders need to find some help for the offensive line. There is no doubt in my mind that we need to go hunting for a couple free agents that are serviceable and hungry to play. Alex Barron is not going to be the answer, and it was very hard to watch his non-performance. Please Reggie, go find a free agent left tackle, please!