Zach Miller Time: Getting the Ball to Tight End a Key to Success for Oakland

Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst IOctober 18, 2009

Offensively this season, the Raiders have struggled, with occasional flashes of brilliance.

In the games against San Diego and Philadelphia, most of those flashes came from tight end Zach Miller.

The problem has been that defenses key-in on Miller and negate his presence, partially from a lack of support from the rest of the offense.

It might not sound glamorous, but the Raiders need to respond by getting the ball to Miller by any means necessary.  Case in point would be today's 86-yard TD by Miller, which resulted from two punishing blocks by rookie receiver Louis Murphy.

The best way to build confidence is to master the simple things with intensity and allow the rest to evolve organically.

Murphy and Darrius Heyward-Bey are still developing as receivers but can do things like block and run the reverse.  And with the ball in Miller's hands, the Raiders have a chance.

That, though, would give all the glamour to Miller, so I suggest to Miller (if reading) that every time an offensive player provides a key block or other play when you have the ball, that you should buy him a case of Miller beer.

And the Raiders could have a chance.