Oakland Raiders: The Offensive Line Is the Problem That Must Be Fixed
In review, the offensive line vindicated this article in week 1 as the largest concern. The opposite side of Nnamdi Asomugha in Stanford Routt was solid for the most part.
The Raiders have been expected to compete for second place in the AFC West division by most experts. After week 1, we saw the same old raiders that Raider Nation has had to watch the last seven years of.
On Sunday morning, we saw the Raiders pass blocking scheme look atrocious from guys like Mario Henderson and Cooper Carlisle. Jared Veldheer also had trouble snapping the ball to Jason Campbell at times.
There is no excuse at all for this poor of a job by our pass protecting. Tom Cable is supposed to be an offensive line coach, and should have taught the fundamentals in blocking. At times, the Raiders put in six linemen on various plays and they still struggled.
Jared Veldheer is a rookie and I can forgive him because I understand the growing pains, but most of this offensive line looked like they were out of shape. Much of this credit goes to the Titans front seven for stuffing anything the Raiders tried to throw at them.
The poor performance of the offensive line creates a domino effect as to why the rest of the team looked poor in the blowout loss on Sunday.
First, was that Jason Campbell was given almost no time to throw the ball. His blindside specifically was unprotected which led to sacks and pressure. Campbell's intelligence did help when he held onto the ball, but he was unable to do anything. Peyton Manning or Tom Brady would have had the same problem.
Second, Wide Receivers had no time to get open. Correct me if I'm wrong on this, but it felt like our receiving corp could not get open due to the pass rushing on Campbell. I don't think they were standing like chickens on the field doing nothing.
Third, Zach Miller could not be used properly. He was forced to block and pick up the slack that our linemen couldn't block. Miller had little time as a receiver during this game and only had catches in the second half.
Fourth, the defense was not well rested. Going three and out was a major reason why our defense showed some signs of fatigue. At times our defense was average, and we did allow that long touchdown run to Chris Johnson, but eventually this defense would have ran out of gas even if the game was close. Our defense was on the field way too long.
Darren McFadden was the only bright spot in the game where he did carry the load on the ground and took passes from Jason Campbell. Our stats looked horrid when it comes to a passing game.
Things I want to see the Raiders do is run the ball more. I think Campbell was throwing the ball too often and was given little time.
Possible solutions could be to trade for Jared Gaither, or Logan Mankins as mentioned before on B/R. Another idea would be to rotate the line in shifts and include Bruce Campbell as a guard in place of Carlisle.
Tom Cable should be fired by week 6 if the offensive line continues to show this kind of play by then. There is just no excuse for an offensive line coach to make the team look so poor on the field.
The team did display other weaknesses such as allowing the home run play and needing a Free Safety, but this offensive line is the largest piece of concern.
What are your thoughts Raider Nation? What should we do with our line? Are there any things or points I missed? Let me know what you think!
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