Monday Morning Middle Linebacker (MMML)

Are these losses getting any easier to swallow? The Raiders are 1-3 and well on their way to an eighth consecutive losing season.

Different players, different coaches, same result. At some point the finger pointing will begin, if it hasn’t already.

Tom Cable’s seat is hot and a fire is burning under it. How many losses before Al Davis pulls the plug? Who would even take the job?

Still, the loss had a different feel on Sunday. What was the feeling? Was it hope?

The Raiders didn’t give up. The Raiders kept fighting. The Raiders lost by 7, but were charging down the field to score before Louis Murphy dropped and tipped a Bruce Gradkowski pass into the hands of the Texans.

Is this growth or a mirage created to distract us from yet another failure?

It could be growth, the offense scored 24 points. Bruce Gradkowski looked decent. Zach Miller and Darren McFadden were weapons.

It could be a mirage, the offensive line still can’t pass block, the run defense was bad, the safeties can’t tackle and the linebackers can’t cover. McFadden is also hurt again.

At the quarter point of the season the Raiders need to shake things up.

The Raiders now have five safeties and the starters are performing poorly.

Bench ‘em:
Quentin Groves
Tyvon Branch
Michael Huff
Cooper Carlisle
Langston Walker
Johnnie Lee Higgins as a PR

Position Change:
Trevor Scott to LB Nickel Rusher
Kamerion Wimbley to DE
Michael Huff to CB
Richard Seymour to DE
Mario Henderson to RT.

Start ‘em:
Thomas Howard
Bruce Campbell
Mike Mitchell
Stevie Brown/Hiram Eugene
Jared Veldheer
Jacoby Ford as PR

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  • Anonymous

    I agree with most of your suggestions. I like Seymore at DT though. and even though I dont think Veldheer and B. Campbell would do any better, it wouldnt hurt too bad and it would at least give them experience for later.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with some suggestions. I do belive Gradkowski played well and he was a leader on the field. Miller is a top TE in the NFL and we must keep McFadden healthy. Go Raiders!

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