Dennis Allen and the Raiders coaching staff insisted on taking surface streets across town when they had plenty of freeways available, and the Raiders lost to the Jets 19-14 in New Jersey.
Even though Derek Carr displayed a veteran’s passing touch in the preseason finale against the Seahawks, the Raiders coaching staff kept calling for passes to the flats and never rolled the dice downfield against suspect Jets corners and favorable betting situations brought on by timely penalties that kept the Raiders on the field, and in good position.
Well, in all fairness, they did cut Carr loose, and he once again showed his knack for putting up balls that only his receivers can get to.
In the fourth quarter, when it was all over but for the shouting, Dennis Allen finally found fifth gear and let Carr fire the ball downfield, resulting in a beautiful 30-yard touchdown pass and catch to James Jones.
The shouting done, SeaBass trotted out and failed again to make a recoverable onside kick.
In the end, Carr fulfilled his promise enough to keep me from crying and dry heaving, and that speaks volumes considering that he was hamstrung by play calling that was conservative at best, and woefully unimaginative at worst. Also, Maurice Jones-Drew might be healthy, but he also has to run behind an offensive line that counts Khalif Barnes as a “key member” who has switched positions yet again, so the Raiders “can keep his talent on the field.”
Barnes jumped on 4th-and-14 after Dennis Allen finally showed some chutzpah and decided to go for it late in the fourth quarter with the Raiders down by two scores.
But apparently the extra five yards changed the math for Coach Allen, and he decided to punt, effectively ending any reasonable chance the Raiders had at victory.
While the Raiders went three-and-out about 10 times, the Jets were allowed to convert first downs at twice the rate of the Raiders, even though the Jets turned the ball over twice and gave up 105 penalty yards to the Raiders 20. Yes, you read that right.
Carr will be on cruise control as soon as Grandpa gives up the keys. Unfortunately, it might involve putting him in the rest home against his will.
The Dennis Allen Deathwatch has begun.