As the Raiders come off the win against the Steelers and get set to host the Eagles, I wanted to look at the offense 1st half vs. 2nd half. It seems to me that one of the biggest measures of great coaching is how you fair with halftime adjustments and further adjustments during the second half, to counter what the other team has done. So lets see what the numbers tell us about the Raiders Offense heading into their eighth game of the season.
We all know the offense has been struggling. But did we know it was this bad? They have only scored 13 touchdowns through seven games and only three of those TD’s have come after halftime. They haven’t scored a 2nd half TD in their last 4 games, going 2-2 with wins against San Diego/Pittsburg and losses to Washington/KC. They have been shut out in the second half in three of the last four games, going 1-2 in those games. Two at home, winning one (Pittsburgh) and losing the other (Washington). With one loss on the road at KC.
But what does this mean? Well I think it means we still got a ton of work to do on that side of the ball. I almost want to throw out the Washington game and blame it on the Flynn. But I think these numbers might speak to a few things. One is the lack of the coaching staff to adjust after halftime. It’s not like their is great success in the first half, barely over 1 TD per game, but some minor adjustments by our opponents have shut the Raiders down.
It appears we don’t have any flexibility within the game plan or the playbook. That might be a Pryor limitation and speak to his ability to grasp the playbook or it might be a tell tale sign about offensive coordinator Greg Olson. It might also speak to the lack of trust by the coaching staff and QB, on the other skill players to make a play when called upon. So they constantly run the lead draw and the QB keeps it, no matter how its working. So they constantly run quick slants and other safe routes, so the QB can tuck and run if it’s not open at the top of his drop back.
Or it all could just be the obvious: Offensive Line decimated by injuries, inexperienced quarterback and lack of play makers. For now Oakland’s offensive struggles will be one of the main talking points surrounding the team as it heads into the month of November.
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