Raiders QB Jason Campbell did about as well as he could with the little pass protection he got. His timing was off in great part because he had to rush passes to receivers who were early in their route. There were also several plays when he had the pocket, was looking desperately down field for an open receiver, and had no one to throw at.
At this point, no QB switch or coaching change is going to provide a cure. After the first series, many fans were calling for Campbell to be pulled for Bruce Gradkowski and for Cable to be fired. Enough with the knee jerk reactions.
Having said that, cutting JaMarcus Russell was absolutely the right thing to do. I don’t care if he’s sitting at home, surrounded by empty pizza boxes, laughing at the anemic Raider offense. He was and is not a viable starting NFL QB. End of story.
Observations from the game:
The offense looked scattered and desperate. Campbell’s 22 completed passes were delivered to eight different receivers. Nobody had the chance to get in rhythm, including Zach Miller who was severely underutilized with just 4 receptions. This offense goes nowhere if Miller is used primarily for blocking.
The wide receiver crew is too young and inexperienced. The Raider Administration will be downright negligent if they don’t seek a veteran WR to add to the squad.
Facing Titans RB Chris Johnson is not a fair test for the Raiders run defense. He’s one of those players that’s going to get his yards, and if you focus on shutting him down the rest of your game suffers. So take away that one breakout run for 76 yards, and the Raiders defense held him to about 2.5 yards a carry. That’s not bad.
Raiders RB Darren McFadden has begun his “I am not a bust” campaign. He accounted for 150 total yards of offense, caught a TD pass, all with no fumbles. It’s clear he’s worked on protecting the ball, his form is much tighter and he ran harder than at any point last season.
Nnamdi Asomugha needs help in the secondary. CB Stanford Routt was outmatched, and has been since pre-season began. With Asomugha being a true shut down corner, Routt will continue to be thrown at, creating a huge liability down field. Michael Huff continues to play out of position, and failing to take advantage of his second season at FS. There’s a safety by the name of Stevie Brown on the Raiders practice squad that I would gladly see roaming downfield.
The Raiders need to bring in a legit center so that rookie Jared Veldheer can replace LT Mario Henderson and save Campbell’s life. Henderson is horrid. Veldheer is a wall and a greater asset to the line protecting Campbell’s blind side.
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Written by Julie Schloss