In this spot, on several occasions, the topic of the Las Vegas Raiders and their defensive failures occurs regularly. Yet, through the dozens of articles, opinions, and hours of film, one thing remains clear. The Raiders, more importantly, Jon Gruden do not seem rather pressed about the unit’s continuous failures. Now, before you jump into the ” they signed Takk McKinley and Vic Beasley” thought pattern, we will delve into that later. For now, the Raiders defense continues to be the model of abject failure in big spots.
When the Raiders let Brentson Buckner go, the thought of a veteran coach would change the fortunes of the defensive line. Actually, it has. The Raiders tallied fewer sacks and fewer pressures than last year. Marinelli hasn’t improved the defense line at all. In fact, the line looks significantly worse. Brentson Buckner accomplished more with less talent. At the topic of the list of notable errors was the signing of Maliek Collins. Touted as an inside disruptor, Collins, through ten games, registered zero sacks and one QB hits. Nothing, absolutely no production, whether on film or stat sheet. In fact, Collins could serve as a glowing example of why a massive coaching and personnel purge happens in the offseason. Marinelli vouched for Collins, now he needs to be held accountable for his failure.
If an absence of pass rush remains at the top of the grievance list for the Raiders, missed tackles stand a strong second. This defense, to this point, missed 95 tackles in eleven games. How do we reconcile that fact? Bad scheme?Players out of position? I think that Paul Guenther, over three seasons, showed that this defense will submarine the fortunes of this team. Regardless of whatever the offense does, the defense fails. In the second Chiefs game, the offense scored 31 points. By any measure that should be enough to secure a victory. Spare me the ” well, it’s the Chiefs” Doesn’t matter. With the game on the line, with a lead, the Raiders failed to gain the last stop. Expecting the offense to score more than thirty-one points on a regular basis is rather ridiculous
Despite clinging to a winning record and the winless Jets on tap, the Raiders cannot feel positive about their defense. In reality, the midseason win streak apparently looked like a mirage. While no one expects the unit to play sixty minutes of lights out football. However, good teams figure out ways to make key stops down the stretch..