Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

September 21, 2006

Question: The coaching staff and players have been quoted as saying, we just need to execute. But it seems to me that the coaches are the ones not executing. One definition of crazy is when you keep doing the same thing expecting somethine different will happen. I don't call it crazy, just imcompetent. What do you think?
-- Dale Stemple, Weaverville

Answer: Incompetent is one way to put it. That’s the label pointed at offensive coordinator Tom Walsh after two games, not unexpected after two games and six points scored.

To be fair, an incompetent offensive line has handicapped Walsh, but it is his job to come up with something to accommodate that. Why Aaron Brooks wasn’t rolling out against San Diego made no sense. Also running sweeps at the Baltimore Ravens, who are possibly the fastest defense in the NFL, made little sense.

The Raiders have two weeks to come up with something different or be labeled crazy. If fans come to the Cleveland game and see that sweep that hasn’t worked or the offense that can’t score, they’d be crazy to stick around expecting a win.
-- Jason

Question: Hi Jason, what do you think about Andrew Walter? From what I have seen so far he seems to have the poise and confidence. If we have to sacrifice the season, let him start for the rest of the year to learn and gain that experience. Thanks.
-- Rick, Roseville

Answer: I like Andrew’s game. I’ve liked it since he was at Arizona State. He’s big, has a strong arm and while not extremely athletic, he can move around enough to buy himself time in the pocket, provided there is blocking up front.

The problem with giving him this year to learn is the Raiders don’t believe in sacrificing a season for a young quarterback, because they believe they are contenders every season. Coach Art Shell has said Aaron Brooks will start once he’s healthy, but I don’t think it would be an easy decision if Walter is playing well.

I think if Walter is going good, you have to leave him out there and let him build toward next season.
-- Jason

Question: Do you see Randy Moss and Lamont Jordan bouncing back at all after the bye week, from a statistical standpoint? Their schedule, outside of Pittsburgh and maybe 1 or 2 other games, is relatively soft. Thanks
-- David A. Spohn, Roseville

Answer: Moss and Jordan’s stats are almost entirely dependent on the offensive line, so I would say no to bouncing back statistically until the line shows major improvement.

As for the schedule being soft, that is relative when you consider how bad the Raiders have looked. An easy schedule means little if your team might be one of the worst in the NFL.

Though Cleveland isn’t good, the Browns did beat the Raiders last season and have to believe if they lose this week, next week will be a chance for a win. The 49ers look a lot better than the Raiders.

There’s also Seattle, Denver twice (you know Mike Shanahan loves beating the Raiders), Kansas City twice, Cincinnati and San Diego again.

Based on early results, Cleveland, Houston and the Jets are “winnable” games, though all three have shown more this season than Oakland.
-- Jason

Question:Dear Sir, I have been a Raiders fan for many years. The last 3 years, the Raiders have sucked!! I was hoping that finally this year we would win some games, but here we go again!! I am ready to change teams. Is it Al Davis' fault that they are losers? Thank you.
-- Ron Curtis, Woodbridge

Answer: A lot of the fault for this has to go to Davis, because he does oversee so much of the operations. If the Raiders were 2-0 and scoring 30 points per game, he’d deserve credit for the success.

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Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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