I am a huge fan of Raiders head coach Hue Jackson but I had to wonder what he was thinking today. I'm not going to blame the game plan for Tebow or the penalties on him because the players didn't execute it and the players on the team know the rules.
Penalties didn't lose the game anyway because they had one more yard worth in penalties in their Week 1 win in Denver. What I'm questioning Jackson for is his non-use of Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and getting away from a running game that's working.
Heyward-Bey has been the most consistent Raiders receiver all year and he was only targeted once. He was more in sync with quarterback Carson Palmer two weeks ago than Denarius Moore was today.
I never thought I would say this about Heyward-Bey but Jackson needs to use him more. Many think Jackson sacrificed the future for now with the recent trade he made but I think he sacrificed now for the future with the way he called plays today.
I know Darren McFadden wasn't available but Michael Bush had 96 yards on only 19 carries. He had 73 yards in the first half and it's no accident that the Raiders were up 17-7 at halftime.
Watching this game was like watching a Pop Warner game where the quarterback is the coach's son. Jackson seemed so determined to get Palmer going, he forgot he had a game to win today.
Up 17-7 at halftime behind the running game, Jackson should have stayed with it.
The Raiders threw the ball 35 times and ran it 26 times today and it should have been the opposite.