Tell the Truth: Victory! After four long weeks

Tell the Truth: Victory! After four long weeks

Postautor: chenyan94 » 24 cze 2019, o 03:35

and the team adopting the true mantra of the Oakland Raiders Derek Carr Jersey , “It’s us against the world,” the Raiders earned their first win of the season. It wasn’t just about winning their first game of the season, but how. For the last four weeks pundits, experts, and prognosticators have been jumping down the throats of the quarterback Derek Carr, safety Reggie Nelson, head coach Jon Gruden, and defensive coordinator Paul Guenther.Carr had been throwing interceptions in the red zone, missing open receivers (had Jordy Nelson open behind coverage), dinking and dunking without scoring, underthrowing and floating deep passes, and trying his best to get rid of the football in 1.9 seconds or less from the snap. Nelson (Reggie) has been the guy in the unenviable position of being roasted, toasted, and burnt to a crisp as the safety with deep responsibilities. Gruden has had his team looking like world beaters for 30 minutes then couldn’t make an adjustment to save their lives, or so it would appear. The man taking most of the heat has been Guenther. He’s had Gruden sit in on his meetings, been chastised for having Nelson’s back, fingers are being pointed at the defense’s 4th quarter collapse.Finding their will to winThe Raiders had every opportunity to quit. The fans were booing Carr from the stands, recently signed Matt McCrane was missing field goals from the dirt, rookie running back Nick Chubb rushed for 105 yards and 2 TD’s on three carries. Down two scores with 7:26 in the third quarter and it was starting to look and sound like the same old song. Carr and Marshawn Lynch took it upon themselves to re-write the ending.Lynch ran hard like a man possessed all game long. The Browns couldn’t stop him, they could barely slow him down. Lynch ran through faces over and over and over again, and the Browns couldn’t take it. As a matter of fact, Lynch ran so hard the refs early whistle cost him what could have been his longest touchdown run of the season. Lynch would finish with 130 yards on 20 carries, averaging 6.5 yards per carry with a long run of52 yards. The Gruden effect in plain sightCoach Gruden has made his hay working with quarterbacks. Raider Nation can be a fickle bunch at times Antonio Brown Jersey , but Carr is on pace to have his greatest season to date and it’s only his first with his new coach and coordinator. If history repeats itself, once Carr settles down in the red zone, and begins to utilize his legs as a means to extend plays he can be in the MVP conversation.Carr’s efforts are largely going unappreciated due to the win-loss record (1-3) and his touchdown to interception ratio (6-7). Carr hasn’t been perfect and he himself has said multiple times that he has much to improve on. Carr has 16,063 passing yards as a Raider, which is good enough for 4th in franchise history. Daryle ‘The Mad Bomber’ LaMonica is next in Carr’s path at 16,655. Rich ‘Loose Canon’ Gannon had 17,585, and the great Kenny ‘The Snake’ Stabler leads with 19,078 passing yards. Defense finds the turnover bootyGreetings from Conley (Gareon Conley) Island. In the first quarter and first possession for the Browns, Conley did his best to welcome Baker Mayfield to the NFL with a pick-six. The first interception of Conley’s career and the first pick six for the Raiders dating back some time. Free agent Jonathon Hankins recovered not one but two fumbles from his defensive interior position. Ever the Johnny-on-the-spot Hankins was the first defender to see Mayfield mishandle the snap exchange. Rookie Maurice Hurst Jr. was a force and got multiple pressures including a strip sack, tying him for the team lead (2.0 sacks) with Bruce Irvin. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty ImagesLast but not least I have been a vocal proponent for never ever letting Nelson be left alone or in any deep safety coverage responsibility, but at the most pivotal time in the game when the defense needed a stop, Nelson came through clutch, just like coach Guenther has been saying he would. Final ThoughtsThis was a gut check performance from the Raiders. The Browns are no slouches and they are a better team with Mayfield under center than Tyrod Taylor. Mayfield was on time with his throws, precise with his ball placement and consistently hit his wide receivers in the hands. Many of the Raider Nation gave up on this team before the game was over. It was obvious in the amount of people trying to beat that Bay Area traffic in an effort to get home. How do you give up on a team with a quarterback who is fourth in passing yards, completions and completion percentage, and fifth in passing attempts? Maybe because in taking the chances many were clamoring for, he’s thrown more interceptions than usual. Carr does have the most in the league with seven.The fact is Carr and this offense are gelling now that they have a few games under their belts. This offense was largely absent during the preseason and it very well could have stunted their cohesion. In any case this offense is 2nd in the league in total yards, 15th in rushing, and 4th in passing yards and the team is miraculously tied for 14th with 29 total penalties.The record 1-3 wasn’t the start they were looking for but with the next seven weeks against teams that are still struggling to find themselves, they can get right in a heartbeat. So for now RaiderNation victory is yours and now we’re on to the Los Angeles Chargers.Follow Phil on twitter @PhilRobinsonNFL Despite recent second round woes, Raiders classically have drafted really well there. One stands above the rest."In this year’s draft, we weren’t even ten picks into the second round and the Raiders already had four new prospects. The final of those picks came at 40 overall. After trading down twice from 35 to 38 and finally to 40 Amari Cooper Jersey , the Raiders pulled the trigger, landing Clemson cornerback Trayvon Mullen.Obviously the Raiders are hoping Mullen will prove to be one of the better second round picks in franchise history, but we have a long way to go before we know that.The second round has not been a good place for the Raiders to find talent lately. Derek Carr is, of course, an exception to that, but outside of him, the second round has been dismal the past few years, featuring washouts like Obi Melifonwu (2017), Jihad Ward (2016), Mario Edwards Jr (2015), and Menelik Watson (2013).Those were all Reggie McKenzie picks, making for his biggest criticism. Prior to his time as GM, the Raiders actually had a string of very good looking second round picks including Stefen Wisniewski (2011), Lamarr Houston (2010), Mike MItchell (2009), Zach Miller (2007), Thomas Howard (2006), and Stanford Routt (2005). That’s six straight great looking second round picks (they didn’t have a round two pick in 2008).But only one can be crowned the best second round pick ever. Howie Long (1981)The Hall of Fame edge rusher is an easy choice for the best second round pick in Raiders history. Selected at 48 overall in the 1981 draft out of Villanova, he spent his entire 13-year career with the Raiders. He would get his Super Bowl ring in his third year with the team. He was a big part of that Super Bowl run too, putting up a career-best 13.0 sacks that season on his way to his first Pro Bowl. It was the first of eight times he would head to Hawaii to represent the Raiders in the Pro Bowl. He was also named All Pro twice with 84.0 career sacks.Howie has gone on to a long (ehem) and distinguished career as a color analyst for FOX. He also has a couple of incredibly talented sons who have had outstanding NFL careers in their own right. Both of his sons outdid their dad in becoming first round picks. No doubt being his offspring held them in higher regard among NFL folks. His eldest son Chris Long was a fierce pass rusher out of Vriginia who became the second overall pick in the 2008 draft. He has gone on to be on two Super Bowl winning teams and is still playing at a high level at the age of 33. The younger son Kyle makes his hay on the other side of the ball. He is a three-time Pro Bowl guard heading into his seventh season in the league.Not a coincidence that his sons are also fantastic human beings who give generously to charity. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree.Honorable mentions:Sean Jones (1984)Matt Millen (1980)Mike Davis (1977)Dave Casper (1974)Monte Johnson (1973)Phil Villapiano (1971)George Buehler (1969)Ken Stabler (1968)Also see:Top five Raiders top 15 picks of all timeBest Raiders draft picks of all time: Lower first roundCorrection: Ken Stabler was originally an oversight and not listed (don’t ask, because I don’t know)Follow @LeviDamien
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