Raiders Fandom: A Tale of Two Teams

Robert McClureContributor IDecember 28, 2009

CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 27:  Charlie Frye #3 of the Oakland Raiders throws as he is pressured by Kaluka Maiava #56 of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 27, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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I watched the Raiders go to Denver and play with heart and fire. Fighting Denver the entire game and winning in 4 whole quarters of football. They mixed rushing and passing perfectly, running 34 times for 241 yards and going 14 of 27 for 102 yards with a touchdown and an interception. They won this game and Raiders fans rejoiced.

Then they go to Cleveland. Frustration is the name of the game with 13 penalties, and 2 ejections. The focus was almost solely on the pass game and an untested QB in Charlie Frye. They threw the ball 45 times, completing only 26, while rushing the ball just 19 times, scoring not one touchdown despite being in the redzone 4 times. They lost this game and Raiders fans are left confused.

I'm not a coach, and I have no idea what's happening on the sideline. But I find myself wondering why a coach would go for 4 straight passes from your opponents 2 yard line. Michael Bush averaged 5.2 yards per carry, but you couldn't trust him to go 2 yards in 4 downs?

So you're getting bad calls or no calls, is that a reason to guarantee losing yards by touching a ref (I would love to see the replay of that though).

There are so many good things happening on this team right now, but they are overshadowed by the bad things that have killed us for the past 7 years. Fans (myself included) blame the owner, the coaches, the players, and the refs, but none of these are a problem on their own.

There's only one thing missing in Oakland: Commitment to Excellence!

Just win baby!

On a Side note, Congratulations Sebastion Janikowski on the 61 yarder in the cold and snow. Strongest leg in the league!!!!