Could a spirited and exciting QB like Gradkowski bring Pride and Poise in Oakland?
The "Fire on the Field", a "Field General", this is what the Oakland Raiders needed to take home a win against the Tennessee Titans. Instead, they got an applauding head coach at the 3 pts. they made to end the half, yet losing 18 pts. Nice.
Fortunately, the Oakland Raider defense played well and RB Darren McFadden proved himself a solid RB.
But in the leadership department, QB Jason Campbell played as if he was pacing. The Oakland Raiders were down by 6- 24 by the half. This was in part to a decision for field goal instead of going for it.
Another weakness in the shield of Silver and Black was the center, Jason Veldheer. Veldheer is huge but as a rookie he constantly hiked incorrectly , causing Jason Campbell to scramble for the ball as the defenders rushed in.
Can not the Oakland Raiders afford a decent center? Barrett Robbins?
Lastly was the offensive line. In one word, stench. This was not just just unacceptable it was simply disappointing.Where were the recievers? Bey had maybe 2 catches and Zach Miller used 4 times. Murphy dropped passes and looked horrible. This team needs to really get into the same groove or they will crash again.
The defense did a great job holding back Chris Johnson and his TD was a bad play but it happened. Another positive for the Oakland Raiders was the performance by McClain. Rolando McClain looked really good. He is big, fast and played coverage aggressively. Rolando McClain is a great addition.
Like many fans I expected the Oakland Raiders to return to the field on fire after the half. Time for some payback attitude and get this team on the right track.
I figured Tom Cable had this team in the locker room and was yelling at them with hell blazed eyes and great flames shooting from his mouth and inscribing spirit into their rapidly pumping hearts. Payback time Titans!
Yet it never happened, in fact there seemed to be no concern for game time or scoring points.
The Raiders continued playing at a pace and I began to think..well ..if Bruce Gradkowski was allowed to play, this would not be happening. Regardless of how Tom Cable is managing time, Bruce Gradkowski has a link with the players and above all his play is exciting.
Gradkowski always brings spirit to the Raiders when he is on the gridiron and I believe that his presence would have sent the Raiders home with a win.
Next week the Raiders face the St Louis Rams at home. Its possible the team was merely out of sync this past Sunday, but the Oakland Raiders need to play every game like its the last one. To be a champion you need to play every game like a champion.
The leaders in Oakland need to step it up and overtake the Rams. This means the players and also Tom Cable and his staff. Go Raiders..