With high hopes of putting a two game win streak together the Oakland Raiders confidently took the field in Cleveland under command of backup turned starting quarterback Charlie Frye. Winning the coin toss the Raiders elected to receive the ball and things went downhill from there. Frye's very first pass was thrown right to and intercepted by Cleveland's David Bowens on the Oakland 32 who returned it 15 yards. The Raiders were quickly down 7 as Cleveland wasted no time scoring. The game was pretty much over at this point.
Perhaps he was off due to last weeks concussion or perhaps he was just awful, but Frye was not good, making a strong case for why he is viewed as a backup in this league. His 26 of 45 for 333 yards looks good but he faltered and failed when it counted. He could not lead the Raiders into the end zone and turned the ball over 3 times with devestating effect. These interceptions were all on Frye....there were no deflected balls or lucky defensive plays but plain old bad judgement by Frye.
Cleveland gets credit for being prepared for a predictable Raiders offense that relied too heavily on the passing game. Michael Bush rushed only 10 times for 52 yards, a good 5.2 yard per carry average but not nearly enough carries. This game also demonstrates the need for the Raiders to find a good offensive coordinator to call the plays as Cable seems incapable of balancing the run with the pass. Relying on a backup quarterback to pass 45 times is bad game planning and play calling.
Coming back as starting quarterback to play against the team that traded him away should have had Frye fired up and motivated, but it didn't show. I guess the Raiders have only one decent quarterback in Bruce Gradkowski. Who the future backup will be is still up in the air. Maybe next weeks game against the Ravens will yield some answers.