The Oakland Raiders set a franchise record this past Sunday when it allowed the Kansas City Chiefs, mostly Jamaal Charles, to rack up a huge 56 points on them. The Raiders kept it close after a terrible first half, they pulled within 4 points on the Chiefs before a barrage of turnovers decimated any chance they had of coming back. This loss cannot be put on just one group of players, as there were breakdowns in every phase of the game.
With that here are my thoughts on our QB and head coaching situations.
Matt McGloin proved that he is not be the answer at QB. This loss had a lot to do with how Matt McGloin played throughout this game. He was at times brilliant throwing the ball down field with poise and accuracy, as shown as he led the Raiders to 21 unanswered points before he crumbled again.
He crumbled early in the game throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble when he should have fell on the ball instead of trying to pick it up and extend the play, sorry you are not Terrelle Pryor. Later in the game, he threw two more interceptions to effectively kill any hope the Raiders had of winning this game.
The turnovers not only effected the Raider’s offense, but also their defense. Matt consistently made life hard on the defense by not giving them any time to rest between drives because of all the three and outs and turnovers, which the Chiefs offense was able to capitalize on early.
A maddeningly inconsistent quarterback is not a franchise QB, and trust me I wish he was because then life would be a lot easier in Raider Nation because we currently do not have one on our roster.
McGloin hasn’t played great football in any of his starts, and his win-loss record shows for it. In his five starts, McGloin has never eclipsed over a 60.0% completion percentage.
Take away his first game against the worst team in the NFL that had zero tape for him, and his passer rating is a measly 76.25; worse than Case Keenum, Kellen Clemens and Matt Schaub.
The coaching staff is not to be blamed for the loss or the state of the team, in fact I think they have done an incredible job with what they had to work with this season. Defensive coordinator Jason Tarver said that on the three touchdowns Jamaal Charles scored on, there were three different defensive plays called. Tarver did all he could to try and prevent those bubble screens from working, but what the Raiders lack is consistent execution and talent.
56 million dollars of the cap this year is going to players that are no longer on the team and another 10 million is going to players that are injured. This doesn’t even account for the fact that our next two highest paid players that actually have been on the field, McFadden and Janikowski who account for nearly 15 million of the cap, have produced little to no results.
That leaves the Raiders with almost 40 million dollars to players that are on the field on a consistent basis and are not kickers.
That is nearly a third of the money that other teams are able to use and bring talent in. The fact that the Raiders have competed most of the season is a testament to Dennis Allen and his coaching staff. McFadden, Janikowski and Brisiel are the only players that account for more than 2 million dollars on the cap by themselves. That leaves 49 players making under 2 million dollars and 37 of those make less than a million, role player money earning role player results.
When the biggest free agent you grab in the off season is a old veteran that is two years younger than my dad, you know that you didn’t bring in much talent. And the results this season show for that.
Reggie McKenzie imploded a bomb on the Raiders organization which was corrupted with all the old trash of the past decade and he hired Dennis Allen to be his right hand man to help him rebuild the organization from the ground up.
In year two they dealt with a bulk of their problems and the future is bright because of it, but Raider Nation has to be patient with the first head coach we have had in a long time who has actually made a positive influence not only on his team, but also the organization.
Allen has installed a new era of discipline that the team was severely lacking, had nearly a third of the talent the rest of the NFL had to deal with, was in salary cap hell, and still had the Raiders in the playoff race in the first have of the season all in his second year as a head coach in this league.
That is a great job if you ask me. The entire team seems to think so as well as they haven’t gave up on him all year and admire him as a leader and coach.