After a promising start yesterday, the the Raiders fell apart. The Green Bay Packers welcomed to Silver and Black to Lambeau and thrashed the 42-24. Now, those eighteen points felt like fifty, at times. yet, for all of the Packers utter dominance, the Raiders routinely served as their own worst enemy.
Two years ago, on a nationally televised game, Derek Carr reached for the pylon. He lost control and the ball drifted into the end zone and out of bounds. Well, yesterday, he repeated this feat. the Raiders drove down and Carr could’ve veered out with full possession of the ball. Yet, again, he turn the ball over. People want to defend his aggression. Label it what you choose. The play remains worthless. In the past, Carr showed a lack of ability to maintain possession. The Packers promptly scored. That swing changed the complexion of the game.
In no uncertain terms, 2019 must be his last season as the defensive coordinator. The scheme, combined with the roster assembled, failed to generate any semblance of a pass rush. Aside from Maxx Crosby sacking Rodgers, the front four could not sniff Aaron Rodgers. As a result, Rodgers operated calmly in the pocket, picking apart the Raiders. While the line accomplished little, the back seven fared worse. The linebackers failed in underneath coverage. More importantly, the secondary looked abysmal in coverage. In a results business, some accountability must occur. Gruden and Mayock will stay. Under those consequences, Paul Guenther and his ineffective scheme must go.
Returning from a concussion, many hoped the rookie first-rounder would impact that game. Unfortunately, Ferrell could not win versus single blocking. With ten games remaining, he needs to show some signs of life. Spending the fourth overall pick, the Raiders expected more.
Waller and Jacobs
On the bright side, Darren Waller and Josh Jacobs give the Raiders building blocks for a solid future. Jacobs toted the ball twenty-one times for 124 yards. Additionally, the newly-extended Waller snagged seven passes for 126 yards and two scores. Each will give the team cornerstones for the next half-decade or so.
Given these points, this loss stings. The Raiders looked solid on offense early. Yet, the feeling of impending combustion would happen. With ten games left, the 2019 Raiders will carve their true identity. Time should quickly answer all questions.