The Raiders showed me more in their week two loss at Buffalo then they did in their week one win.
First things first, Denarius Moore could end up being the steal of the 2011 draft very quickly. He looked like an old pro burning up Leodis McKelvin all day, and McKelvin spent a lot of time getting the ol’ “Better luck next time” routine on the sidelines from his Bills teammates.
Secondly, Jason Cambpell is a Rayduh, and he showed that with the expression on his face as he shook a few hands after Sunday’s loss at Rich Stadium. He wasn’t carelessly bouncing around, unlike a certain member of the defensive unit who was acting like he hadn’t just participated in the pissing away of a significant halftime lead…He looked hurt and disappointed. He looked like he knew they were THIS close to starting the season 2-0, and like he’d left it all on the field.
That’s the first time I’ve felt so girly about a Raiders quarterback since…realistically, Rich Gannon, and sentimentally since Bruce Gradkowski.
And third, Hue Jackson showed us that he can be just as humble in losing as he can in winning. The dude’s modesty isn’t false, and that’s a good thing because he got brutally outcoached by Chan Gailey in the second half.
He showed that modesty by taking responsibilty for the utter breakdown in coverage that led to the Bills’ winning touchdown. Someone is getting their ass chewed in films today for leaving the middle third of the field so wide that Sports Girl Liz could’ve hopped through it on one foot into the endzone.
The Bills pulled Rolando McClain out of relevance toward the sideline, and as the play by play team said for the 90th time that day,HARVARD PRODUCT Ryan Fitzpatrick (who also scored a 48 on the Wonderlic Exam…or 27 points higher than Tyrelle Pryor), dumped off to a WR I can’t remember to stuff a dagger through the hearts of Raider Nation.
SIDEBAR: The other thing thing the broadcast team did that killed me was they INSISTED on calling ROLANDO McClain “RONALDO McClain” through the whole game…Nobody in the production truck caught on to this? RONALDO is my Uncle Ronnie’s real name. ROLANDO is the name of the Raiders’ very talented first-round linebacker. Enough about Harvard Boy, get the damn names right.
Now, it wasn’t that specific play that really did in the Raiders. They allowed over eight yards per carry to the Bills. That’s video game stats, folks.
Whatever Gailey said at halftime, whatever adjustments they made, they worked.
It’s too early to say that Coach Jackson can’t make halftime adjustments, so let’s focus on the positive.
Jason Cambell had an excellent day, without Jacoby Ford, Louis Murphy, and Darius Heyward-Bey. Moore is going to make the question of who the Raiders’ #1 receiver is a lot easier, I think.
At the end of the game, I felt disappointed but hopeful. This team has the personnel to win…but with run defense like they showed on Sunday against the Bills, every point will count, and Coach Jackson cannot afford Pop Warner goofs like leaving the middle of the damn red zone open with no time left in the fourth quarter…it was a fun game to watch, exciting to the very end, but it really came down to two plays in the last minute, and damnit, it didn’t have to.
The Raiders Sports Guy, Francis Mayer, has extensive experience in radio as a producer and former morning show host at 106.1 KRAB in Bakersfield, and now works producing a morning news show. He’s also a freelance writer and huge Oakland Raiders and Minnesota Twins fan. And yes, he knows that’s an odd combination.