Far be it for me to say but I think that we can all agree that the Oakland Raiders have had a mediocre season thus far. And last night’s horrendous loss to the San Diego Chargers 34-7 certainly gives credence as to how far the team has fallen. With the upheaval that has taken place within the franchise again with them having to fire another coach in Laine Kiffin. Only to replace him with Tom Cable tells you all you need to know what has been going on and will continue to go on within the franchise. And until own principal owner Al Davis relinquishes the reins to someone with more media savvy and player personnel knowledge when it comes to the franchise. Then the fans of the Raiders as well as the rest of the NFL will have to put up with a great deal of diatribe on and off the field for the foreseeable future.
Raiders’ running back Darren McFadden evades the attempted tackle of the Chargers’ Stephen Cooper in the fourth quarter of the game played last night. The Chargers would go on to defeat the Raiders convincingly 34-7. picture appears courtesy of ap/Lenny Ignelzi ………….
For the league and in particular the AFC West where it can be best described as a shifting magma of ineptitude. So pitiful has been the division that the only thing that staves off criticism of the entrants therein. Is that the teams in the NFC West other than the Arizona Cardinals are playing a whole lot worse.
Riaders’ quarterback JeMarcus Russell(2) tries to get off a pass as he’s being pressured by the Chargers’ Shaun Phillips (95) in a game played between the two teams in San Diego, California. picture appears courtesy of ap/Denis Poroy ………………..
As to the fortunes of the Raiders'(3-10) opponents last night. The San Diego Chargers(5-8) they’re faring only slightly better than their divisional counterparts. And to say that they might be the most disappointing team in the NFL this season would be an immense understatement. They were believed to be a playoff contender and most likely the AFC representative in the Superbowl. But with the loss of Shawn Merriman to injury. And the fact that Pro Bowl running back LaDanian Tomlinson has had an indifferent season as well as lingering injuries and quite possibly some self doubt. It hasn’t gone well for coach Norv Turner’s team despite the ladership on the field of quarterback Phillip Rivers. There’ll have to be divine intervention if the Chargers are to make the playoffs. And at this juncture that is unlikely to happen at all.
Dareen Sproles of the San Diego Chargers flips the ball having scored a touchdown on an 18 yd reception tossed by quarterback Phillip Rivers. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Lenny Ignelzi …………..
Last night’s game however gives the Chargers something to look forward to if they’re able feed off this victory. With a playoff spot seemingly oput of the reckoning , all they’re now playing for pride and slef respect. They ran roughshod over the Raiders’ defense and manhandled their offense with such meticulous efficiency. That it reminded everyone as to how good this team can be , albeit that they were playing against Oakland. Who more often than not nowadays mounts a challenge to an NFL team as about as frequently as Halley’s Comet makes an appearance.
Vincent Jackson of the Chargers catches a 59 reception for a touchdown as fans react to the score. picture appears courtesy of ap/Denis Poroy …………………..
The NFL world has prognosed and diagnosed the woes of the Raiders. And we all know what ails the team. It has been their inability to play with any semblance of consistency and the added fact that despite the alleged talents of quarterback JaMarcus Russell. Of whom it can be said he’s still quite a ways away from being the finished product that’s desired in an NFL quarterback. He’s meant to be the face of the franchise along with running back Darren McFadden. But it appears that it’s McFadden who’ll have to be the workhorse as well as the on the field leader of the franchise. For if nothing else Russell’s attributes as a player and leader are coming into question. A lot has been placed upon his large frame and thus far he’s been unable to meet and live up to those expectations. And unfortunately when his backup Andrew Walter is unable to fare any better. It shows us all how dire the situation is for this team offensively.
Andrew Walter of the Raiders is about to be tackled by the Chargers’ Shaun Phillips for loss of yardage in the game played against their divisional rivals. picture appears courtesy of ap/ Lenny Ignlezi …………
But it’s also on the other side of the ball where the team has also been woefully inept. And opponents of the Raiders have been able to feast upon a defense that’s as porous as a wet sponge. Not only are they susceptible to giving up large chucks of yardage in the passing game but defensively when it comes to stopping the run they’re as equally adept at making their opponents look like world beaters. As can be borne out by the team’s statistics.
Linebacker Derrick Burgess (56) cernter stands on the sidelines along with teammates William Joseph(96) and Gerard Warren(61) as the clock winds down during the game. picture appears courtesy of getty images/Harry How ………………..
And if the Raiders’ record of 3-10 isn’t reflective of them being a bad team. Then even their most loyal and devoted fans who keep on returning each year in the silver and black have got to be disappointed with the frequency with which they’re able to maintain this unsurpassed legacy of mediocrity for the franchise. There was a time when watching and supporting the Oakland Raiders was meant to be fun. And no doubt for many of their most trusting and loyal fans it probably still is. But one now can’t help but wonder if quite possibly a number of them are now becoming neurotic and psychotic by what is being displayed by a team that they’d come to love. As voiciferous as they are there’ve got be times where a vast number of them have got to question whether or not it’s still viable to continue supporting the the team. Consider this they’ve not posted a winning regular season record in five years and are about to embark on another this year, making it a sixth consecutive season of double digit losses. That if nothing else tells how far this team has fallen from grace since their last Superbowl appearance in 2003 which ended in a lopsided 48-21 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Raiders’ quarterback JeMarcus Russell is taken from the field on a motorized cart having suffered an injury during the game played against the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Ca,. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Harry How ……………………
Though I’m not shuddering to think that the Raiders will continue with this sheer ineptitude as to play and their off the field predicament. It doesn’t augur well for the fans of the game let alone the franchise. By yesterday’s evidence alone in the humiliating loss to the San Diego the road less traveled by the Raiders has been one filled with potholes and various other obstacles some of their own making and others which aren’t. But it doesn’t get away from the fact that when they look bad it continues to tarnish the legacy of a once proud franchise. And that’s something that they’re now having to learn to live with.