Three weeks into the season, it is now obvious that the Raiders have some problems.
It has also become aparent that some of the Raiders starters have not shown to be worthy of carrying a starting job.
It would seem that some players are put in the starting line-up based on there draft status. Here's a look at some Raiders who I think need to be demoted, at least until they can prove they are capable of starting.
I don't care how much potential he has or that he is a "home-run" threat every time he touches the ball.
He isn't producing.
Through three starts he is yet to crack four yards per carry. Against the Broncos he had 12 carries for 45 yards, 3.8 yards per carry. Take away his longest run of the night of fifteen yards, and his average was less than three yards per carry.
Not only that, but in three games with 41 carries he has four fumbles. That is completely unaceptable and comes out to more than one fumble every 11 carries.
Another knock on McFadden is he goes down way to easily, often at the first sight of contact. Personally I am tired of seeing McFadden met at or near the line of scrimmage, only to be stopped dead in his tracks.
McFadden's lackluster performance has me missing Justin Fargas. Sure, he sometimes ran into his own players, but he knows how to deliver the blow to a defender rather than take it.
I don't care who becomes a starter in place of McFadden. Both Fargas and Bush at least put up a fight when met by a defender. Also, out of the three Raider running-backs McFadden has the lowest yard per carry.
Some have suggested that the only reason he starts is because of his 1st round draft status, and I gotta agree.
In three starts he has one reception. Compare that to fourth round pick Louis Murphy who has eight receptions, and you may wonder why this guy was even drafted at all.
I would take a lot of Raider recievers over him right now. Give me Johnnie Lee Higgins, Chaz Schilens, and I'll even take a gimpy Javon Walker right now.
He was recently promoted from the practice sqaud, but in doing so we lost a casualty in Louis Rankin who had to be cut in order to make room.
As a kick returner he was nonexistent, and aside from a 31 yard return late in the game, he failed to make it to even the 20 yard line on all of his attempts.
Unless this guy can displace Stanford Routt, he needs to be sent back from where he came.
Some would consider him a lone weak point in the team.
And he has looked pretty bad.
If he doesn't show vast improvement soon, the Raiders will need to cut their losses and at least bench him.
The Browns recently benched QB Brady Quinn. Is it time for the Raiders to follow their lead?
Stanford Routt actually was a track star in college, but his speed hasn't helped as he has been targeted by opposing offenses, giving up two TDs in three games.
Seeing this trend, the Raiders decided to keep him on the bench and try to cover recievers with linebackers rather than Routt in some occasions.
Unfortunately the result was the same.
Tom Cable says he is going to put the best players on the field.
I don't mean to call him a liar but he has failed to do so. Some have suggested that Tom Cable is just a puppet of Al Davis and is starting some of the aforementioned players because he was told to.
Whether or not this is true or not I do not know. But if it is, the only advice I have for Tom Cable is grow a sack and do what is best for the team.
Just win baby.
Another problem I have with Tom Cable is he not only is the head coach but the playcaller because he doesn't have an offensive coordinator. And his playcalling hasn't been very good.