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Oakland Raiders Week Six: Pressures, Hurries, and Knockdowns

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 13: Defensive end Jay Richardson #98 of the Oakland Raiders sacks quarterback Jon Kitna #3 of the Dallas Cowboys after a bad snap during the preseason game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on August 13, 2009 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Justin SmithCorrespondent IOctober 18, 2009

Here is the Week Six edition of my pressures, hurries, and knockdowns.

PRESSURES

The Entire Organization

Can't really pinpoint any particular area, or individual under pressure this week. With Antonio Pierce and Greg Ellis' recent comments, this team is on notice that everyone now knows they're mailing it in, and not giving an effort out there.

At this point, every coach, player, secretary, security guard, and part-time valet involved with the Raiders need to step up and show that they care about the team, about success, and about the fans. The Raider Nation is becoming more disillusioned than I've ever seen, and if we don't want a full-scale mutiny on our hands, the entire organization needs to step it up.

The pressure is on this organization to show that they actually care, can bounce back from adversity, and put a passable team on the field.

 

HURRIES

  • We may finally get to see what this offense looks like with Chaz Schilens on the field. To say Russell has missed him would be the understatement of the season
  • It appears that as more information comes out about the Hanson-Cable incident, the muddier the waters become. The Michael Silver Yahoo! interview has largely been debunked since, and Cable is even whispering about counter-action against Hanson. All we can do is stay tuned
  • Perhaps what this team needed was a good roasting from an opponent. Too many times in the last seven years the Raiders have had players that put in no effort, but the demands of Raider Nation went ignored. It's out there now, and it's up to these guys as men to prove Pierce and everyone else wrong
  • JaMarcus Russell acknowledged that he needs to become more of a leader, and at least in his words he appears to know what that requires. I'm not ready to throw him aside yet; the kid has talent, and I want to see it come out

 

KNOCKDOWNS

I cannot think of any positive knockdowns to go in this section at the moment, so I'm reserving judgment until after the Philadelphia game. Things are at the lowest point right now; I hope I have better things to say after today's game.

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