Oakland Raiders To Put Opposing Quarterbacks Under The Heat Lamp In 2010

Carl CockerhamSenior Analyst IAugust 24, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 12: Jon Kitna #3 of the Dallas Cowboys looks to pass against Lamarr Houston #99 of the Oakland Raiders during the preseason game at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium on August 12, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Raiders' fans well know about Al Davis' pressure football on the the offensive side of the ball. The deep ball is the main tool that the Raiders have used to play pressure football over the years on offense.

Davis is also a believer in pressure football on the defensive side of the ball. He has even created his own dictum for such a thing.

He once said, "The quarterback must go down and he must go down hard."

It started with players like Ben Davidson in the 1960s. Then it went on to players like John Matuzsack and Otis Sistrunk. The 1980s featured the likes of Howie Long, Lyle Alzado, Sean Jones, and Greg Townsend. Townsend continued into the 1990s and was joined by Chester McGlockton, Arron Wallace, and Nolan Harrision.

The 2000s was a sort of dead period.

Warren Sapp did manage to give Raider Nation one good year though his mouth is most of what he had left. Derrick Burguess gave Raider Nation three good years before the injury bug bit him.

The 2010 Raiders through the preseason seem to be using Davis' old dictum as a rule. So far, the opposing quarterbacks are not only going down hard but they are going down often.

The Raiders have sacked the quarterback 12 times in two games!

But it's only preseason with the starters playing in the first half.

Well, 10 of those 12 sacks belong to starters and they happened in the first half. In the first preseason game in Dallas, the Raiders had three sacks in the opening drive.

The 12 Raider sacks are joined by 14 quarterback hits and 18 tackles for a loss. The pressure has also led to three interceptions and a forced fumble.

This will win ballgames!

Let's take the Super Bowl winning 1983 Raiders as an example. The 1983 Raiders had 57 sacks and had 20 interceptions while terrorizing quarterbacks.

They didn't keep stats for hits on the quarterback back then, but the heat was on. 

The 2010 Raider defensive line along with the linebacker hybrids has the look of a quarterback terror.

Second rounder Lamarr Houston took no time at all adjusting to his position with two sacks in the first game. Opposite side defensive end Matt Shaughnessy had two sacks of his own in the first game.

Trevor Scott had a sack in the first game and some near misses on Saturday. One of those near misses came on one of Wimbley's four sacks on Saturday.

On a day that Richard Seymour doesn't play, you watch for Scott, Shaughnessy, and Houston. Then Wimbley hits you for four, and Tommy Kelly shows you he is still there with a sack.

Quentin Groves doesn't have a sack yet but he has put heat on the quarterback.

Who do you double?

You will have problems if you double any of them, especially when Seymour is back.

This D-line with the linebacker hybrids has given up nothing. They even did their jobs on the two big plays that they gave up on Saturday.

On Matt Forte's 89-yard run, the defensive line held their points, and the play was there to be made for rookie middle linebacker Rolando McClain. If McClain makes the play, Forte gains only one yard.

But the excited rookie over pursued, allowing Forte to break through the line. Michael Huff could have had him for a gain of 10, but he looked a little too scared to make the touchdown saving tackle.

The rest was a lesson for the rookie and what should be re-evaluation for Huff playing free safety.

The 22-yard touchdown pass was a lesson for rookie corner Jeremy Ware. The defensive line put heat on Jay Cutler and forced him to scramble before throwing the touchdown pass.

Nothing to worry about here as cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Chris Johnson were given the day off.

Cutler surely would have had to run if Johnson and Asomugha played.

Despite Forte's run on Saturday, I don't believe opposing offenses will make their living running on the Raiders.

They will have to throw at some point regardless.

That is when these quarterbacks will be under the heat lamp.


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