Sep 29, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn (15) talks in a huddle against the Washington Redskins during the fourth quarter at Coliseum. The Redskins defeated the Raiders 24-14. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders: The Blame Cannot Be Placed on One Individual

So far this NFL season, there are words coming out of the mouths of fans that you just don’t hear everyday. People have not said these following phrases for many years, and they are very disturbing to listen to.

For example, “The Kansas City Chiefs are 4-0”. When was the last time you heard that?  “The New York Giants are 0-4” — you don’t hear that often. Finally, the Miami Dolphins…The MIAMI DOLPHINS ARE 3-0. What a surprising year!

The Raider Nation had its share of nasty things to say after Sunday’s loss to the 0-3 Washington Redskins. Fans wanting to put the blame on one player are ludicrous. Echoes were loudly heard from the stands: trade Matt Flynn, fire Dennis Allen. “Darren McFadden, you’re washed up”, a few bellowed. There were also bring back Carson Palmer-type comments, but the loudest chant was “we want Pryor”.

Rightfully so. Terrelle Pryor has done a very good job, making better decisions of when to run or throw, showing his leadership qualities and control of the Raider playbook. His ability to run would have given the Raiders another dimension in their depleted playbook.

But the fans are very fickle. In Pryor’s first start against the Colts, he threw two interceptions, including a very costly one late in the game that was a poor decision. The Raiders had a chance to win the game — they were behind by four with very little time on the clock.

Sure, you can blame Flynn — he was 21/32 for 227 yards with one TD, and one very costly interception that was very, very Palmer-ish. He was sacked seven times and fumbled once. Flynn is as fast as…well, he’s not fast at all; he is a pocket passer that has to have time to throw. He’s not a scrambler; his process is 1,2,3, throw, not 1,2,3, “oh my god here they come,” down goes Flynn.

Flynn was able to distribute the ball to nine different receivers – a very good day for a backup QB. He got into the act as well with an impressive 81-yard drive that featured a 34-yard pass to Denarius Moore, and was capped by the 18-yard TD to rookie Mychal Rivera.

The running game was once again absent from the playbook thanks to McFadden going down with yet another injury. When your running game is non-existent, your throwing game goes out the window.

Marcel Reece was a non-factor, having one reception for -2 yards before also succumbing to an injury. Reece has been a great surprise for the Raiders in catching passes out of the backfield and running the ball.

The offensive line for the Raiders has been abysmal. The stick ‘em and glue theory hasn’t worked yet. Trades, injuries, and bad luck have not helped the offensive line gain some consistency. Without the big men in the pit, the Raiders cannot generate a running game or protect their quarterback — whoever it is.

It looked like the Raider defense was on the field for most of the game, It became apparent they became tired in the second half and played uninspired. The Raiders had one sack on Robert Griffin III thanks to Charles Woodson on a secondary blitz.

The Nation is upset about a 1-3 record; it is not what they envisioned. You can’t correct a team by assessing blame to individuals. For the Raiders to get better, they have to commit to solving the problem.


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  • Stanley Carr

    I watched d game, although it’s true there’s always blame enough to go around Flynn was just dumping d ball off when that was covered he ate d ball he stares at one receiver then has no idea what todo if they r covered… Flynn should b cut…

    • Blu Spikes

      My question is –When Flynn is dumping the Ball off is it because his receivers are covered, or he is about to get sacked? You get sacked seven times in an NFL game you get a little gun shy, and want to get rid of the ball. Flynns numbers were comparable to Pryor’sf first game minus the sacks. Getting rid of him isnt the answer. The foundation is maybe where the front office needs to look first. You dont see Payton Manning getting sacked seven times in one game.

      With McFadden fading faster than the seed of sound Pryor is a better choice because he can run. This give the Raiders another option.

      Thanks for posting..

      • Stanley Carr

        Bro they were open I don’t have film r anything but me n my homie watched d games every Sunday n we saw several times d wide receiver is open n he just patted d ball until he got sacked! Did he look like he was confident… D o line wasn’t great but he had time n just wouldn’t let d ball go…

        • Blu Spikes

          Your on the right track Flynn was not confident. His one drive was his moment, and he faded from there. That could be why he’s with his third team and still a backup. The O-Line for the performance they gave was graded a D. Lack of opening holes for a running game, and allowing seven sacks (have you seen that before). Its not just this year it is since 2002 the Raiders have mishandled and mismanaged the program. Poor decisions on players and administration.

          There is a light at the end of the tunnel but is a train going 90 MPH for a head on collision. Even though the Raiders are 1-3 there is improvement, and there is a light, no matter how fast it is coming at them..

          Thanks for posting Stanley!