In the second game of the preseason, the Raiders' first team offense nearly played the entire first half versus the 49ers. Oakland had the ball for three series in that half; twice they were able to get into scoring position, but both times they were turned away without a touchdown. In fact, they weren't able to score a touchdown in the game.
Last week the Raiders were criticized for only scoring one touchdown and opting to kick two field goals while inside the opponent's 10 yard line. This game Hue Jackson called for the Raiders to do what a team in the preseason is supposed to do: go for the touchdown. But in the end, the result was the same. The Raiders would score on just one field goal while giving up 17 points to the 49ers.
To be fair, the 49ers didn't score a single point on the Raiders' first team defense. Then again, Oakland's first team defense only played two series and surrendered long drives each time. They were saved from the 49ers scoring by a botched hold on a field goal attempt and an ill advised pass by Alex Smith into coverage. Both plays resulted in Raider interceptions.
The Raider first team offense left much to be desired. One can argue that they are depleted by injury at wide receiver. But Darrius Heyward-Bey is supposed to be a starter and Denarius Moore has played like one this training camp. Both Heyward-Bey and Moore had great catches. So why couldn't the offense get in for the score?
First off, the Raider offense didn't step on the field until nearly ten minutes into the game. Then when they got the ball, they ran it up the middle twice for just four yards. The second run was stuffed for one yard when Khalif Barnes was blown up on the block. Then the Raiders lined up with both Joseph Barksdale and Khalif Barnes at right tackle. Barnes was the one out of place and the Raiders were forced to take a time out. Barnes was told by Hue what he did wrong on the previous play and was sent to the sideline.
The Raiders were looking at third and six and DHB ran a go route on what was supposed to be a comebacker at the sticks. Jason Campbell threw it to where DHB was supposed to be as he looked back wondering wha-ha-happened. DHB got an earful after the play from Hue Jackson.
That was a complete mess and the resulting three and out was not a good start for the Raiders.
After an interception by Matt Shaughnessy, the Raiders got the ball back with decent field position. This time they seemed to have their heads on straight.
Two consecutive completions to Denarius Moore, as well as a nice back shoulder pass and catch from Campbell to DHB, and the Raiders were in business at the San Francisco 2 yard line. But two tackles for loss and a short gain later and the Raiders found themselves in the same spot, going for it on fourth down. Last week, when in this position, Hue called out the field goal unit. This week he went for it as he should in the preseason. Jason Campbell was sacked.
At least the Raiders would put the 49ers in poor field position, right? That didn't last a single play as Anthony Dixon took it up the middle for 15 yards. Then the 49ers marched down the field to score the first points of the game on a short field goal. But Oakland's second team defense did hold them out of the endzone for the second week in a row -- this time without big John Henderson who was out with an injury.
The offense got the ball back for their final first team drive and a chance to redeem themselves. Things were looking good after an 18 yard completion to DHB and two good runs for a first down by Michael Bush. Jason Campbell was then sacked and nearly fumbled the ball away. He was slow to get up and was replaced in the game by Trent Edwards.
Edwards was able to continue the early drive success and get as far as the 49er 12 yard line. But the drive not only stalled there, it moved backward quickly. Two straight penalties, illegal hands to the face and holding, took the Raiders back to 1st and 30. In an attempt to get that yardage back, Edwards threw into double coverage for an interception.
The Raider offense in the second half, led by Kyle Boller, didn't even sniff the redzone. They were only able to avoid the shutout on a 46 yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski.
The 49ers, on the other hand, were able to score on their second offensive play of the second half. It was a handoff to Kendall Hunter who took it 53 yards for a touchdown. The Raiders' best drive in the third quarter went to the 40 yard line where Boller was intercepted after attempting a well covered screen pass.
The Raiders were able to begin the fourth quarter with a prolonged drive that resulted in the Janikowski field goal but the 49ers answered right back with a long touchdown drive to seal the win, 17-3.
While there are some good things that can be said about the defensive performance in this game, not much at all can be said of the Raider offense. There are a few things that can be taken from this game, however.
The main mistake early on was being disorganized, which is kind of expected in the preseason with a new head coach. Two of their problem areas are at receiver and corner which are both injury depleted and should improve with the return of the regular starters, though Demarcus Van Dyke had a decent game, giving up just one catch for 13 yards on two drives.
There are still issues at linebacker and on the offensive line. The line is not set because of these problems. Several offensive linemen switched in and out, with right tackle being the primary problem spot. Khalif Barnes was sat down in favor of rookie Joseph Barksdale who makes a few of what we can call rookie mistakes at this juncture.
There appears to be no real answer at weak side linebacker. Quentin Groves started the game at the position but just like last game, he was replaced early by Jerome Boyd. Then when the second team came on the field, Boyd stayed in at safety and Darryl Blackstock took over the weak side. Blackstock makes tackles but most come after the running back has already picked up 4-5 yards. Boyd and Groves also had their share of mistakes. So unless injured Trevor Scott is seen as the savior of this unit, the WEAK side will take on a whole new meaning.
Maybe we should look at playing Matt Shaughnessy at weak side linebacker! Moss has looked good at DE (and I will be the first to say I need to eat my words when i said he should never have been re-signed!) and could play well in a rotation with Scott.
Unfortunately, there are no good Raider bars in any part of San Diego, as far as I am concerned. That town bleeds Chargers, and I found that Orange County is a far better place to watch the Raiders, from a bar standpoint.... My brother-in-law is a die hard Chargers fan and I go with him twice a year to watch the Raiders play in San Diego. We have visited a lot of establishments after the game, and I have not been in one that I would call Raider friendly. For some odd reason though, my bother-in-law refuses to watch a Raiders-Chargers game with me in Oakland. I guess he just can't take the Raider heat :)
As far as the game in SF was concerned, I did like the play of our receivers, especially DHB, who I have been very critical of. (2) catches for 40 yards is huge for him, and hopefully DHB can take that performance and build on it in regular season play. Denarius had a couple of nice catches as well, and I think, if given the chance, we could be looking at a potential rookie of the year candidate...The offensive line is definitely a project, and I am still disappointed that the Raiders let Gaither go. It still agitates me thinking that the Chiefs, of all teams, got him. The Oline definitely needs to tighen up, and it was rough watching Campbell get sacked like he did, and suffer a concussion. We definitely do not want Campbell to be lost to injury for a long period of time. He is a very tough dude, but heavy hits like the one he took in the game will take its toll.
The Raiders ran for about 60 yards. The 49ers ran for over 220 yards. Who said Bruce Campbell looked good? The Raiders' Lines need to stop dreaming about being "bullies" and go out there and hit someone. The Raiders O-line played poorly!
The Raiders Defensive back 7 need to learn how to tackle. LBs and Safeties out of position, poor tackling. They made the 49ers look like gang busters. The 49ers 3rd string RB gained more yards than the entire Raiders team.
Start Goethel at Weakside LB. Sign Kirk Morrison and let him compete for this position. Williams, Davis, Boyd and Brown played terribly. Thank God the Raiders signed those veteran safeties! At least they didn't let a 6 yard gain turn into a 50 yard TD!!! If you play out of position and can't tackle, you can't play safety!!!!
The sad part is that the Raiders' inexperienced CBs couldn't get much work in pass defense because the Defense couldn't stop the run!!!!!
Instead of "building a bully", Hue Jackson should work on fundamentals!
even though its preseason, there is no way we build or duplicate last season with this pathetic play. the only tream that has looked worse is the bengals! we cant score, all campbell had to do on that 4th down goalline is throw the ball to a wide open boss, but instead he holds and goes down! were stil plagued by penalties thats killing drives left and right. barnes is a liability and he shouldn't be on the field period. despite holding them from scoring, their 1st team marched up and down the field on our first team d. the only thing that i liked was we blitzed alot with the first team, and shaughnessey is gonna be a beast. moore impressed once again and bey made a couple nice plays. other than that, truly disappointed!
Good report Levi! Didn't make the game unfortunately, but heard from a couple friends that Beast Campbell looked good out there running RG with the 2nd stringers.. ? Could he be a darkhorse to become a starter, perhaps even at RT, if he sees extended time in practice?
Anyone know a good Raiderbar in Pacific Beach area of San Diego? Would be appreciated as it is becoming a bit onesided with powder blue up until know..
My biggest concern is that we cant run the ball at the moment. It's like the coaches are so committed to improving the passing game that they think this No.2 rated rushing attack is going to automatically show up when the regular season starts. Yes I know McFadden aint fit but it's going to need to be a lot more settled on the O-line than it is right now. Barnes is a complete joke and Valdheer just cannot handle speed rushers. Jackson is rightly using these games to experiment and find the right combination but we seem to be a long, long way off right now.
it was a terrible performance. Yes, I know it was preseason, and I know we have injuries, but even so ... it was pretty miserable fare ... felt like last season v SF tbh ...
@nilbymouth That'd be very interesting to see.
@Spartacus@Harder2000 Not sure if you've ever tried the Sunshine Factory in OB but when i lived there is was an excellent raider bar. Of course we were actually good then (Gannon, Timmy, etc..) and Tyrone Wheatley was running people over like a freight train but that place rocked on sundays. Definetely worth a shot.
@Spartacus@Harder2000 Ozzie Newsome, Al Davis, Hue Jackson, Al Saunders, and EVERY OTHER team let Gaither go. trust me, the man is a head case injury prone player. Ozzie Newsome is among the best GM's in the NFL. he knows talent. we need to not talk about Gaither anymore. he will be a non factor for KC.
@tucsonmike go tell that to over half of the NFL teams that generate close to NO OFFENSE in preseason games. i'm talking about the elite teams as well. there's very few (like NE) that look insanely awesome all throughout preseason and going into the regular season. it's hard to even think of any in fact. I want other teams to sleep on us based on our preseason play. if i were Hue, i'd play that game all day long.
@massillonraider umm.. the Colts go 0-4 in preseason almost every year and look horrible on offense. do you really think we'll have the same bland look on offense when DMAC, Ford, Jones, and Murphy get thrown into the mix? cmon now. people need to stop crying so much.
WHAT ABOUT THE DREAM TEAM? Vick throws 3 interceptions. after what we saw last year, would he actually do that all in the first half of a game? maybe 1, but not 3. he was hucking the ball around... pretty much just scrimmaging.
and that's just it, it's a F'ING SCRIMMAGE. no one will tip their hand to what kind of offense will be ran... this team needs to get embarrassed in order to correct the mistakes. the niners didn't look so great. they didn't impress me. Edwards would have been intercepted on that one handed catch if it was ANYONE ELSE but McFadden covering him.
there's nothing to CORRECT if it's 2nd and 3rd stringers out there for most of the game. all this was was a shot for them to make the team. that's all preseason is.
@Harder2000 See my comment above. Try Sunshine Company in OB. It used to be pretty good.
@DevonRaiderUK well the passing game is what lacks. i remember not running the ball a whole hell of a lot last preaseason, only to come out guns blazing even in that terrible week 1 loss against TEN. DMAC did very well that day. 160 all purpose yards if i'm not mistaken.
I dont think Veldheer will stick at LT .. I think he will end up at RT .... that sack on 4th and Goal was embarrassing ... reminded me of Henderson ... just not quick or agile enough ... @DevonRaiderUK
@DevonRaiderUK Really hope Gaither isn't going to pan out for the Chiefs or we will look real stupid for getting JC killed by Barnes out there..
@oaklandraider did the dream team look awesome? no. how about the #1 fantasy QB with 3 interceptions? no. will they be 10-6 or better? yes. i will put money on that. the man gets his ass WHIPPED but is laughing and joking around on the sidelines with his teammates... it truly doesn't mean in preseason. nothing does. Hue knows this.
@DARKKUSH what about our first team against their first team? we looked like crap. especially offensively. i dont care in the preseason about wins or losses, but are we that good where we can look crappy and then change in the regular season all of a sudden? are the penaltys just gonna disappear cause its the regular season? i doubt it. ima a die hard raider fan for life since i was 10 years old and im 42 now, but im also a realist. we could be in big trouble with that line. the d will be on the field all day long, and you know what that leads too. campbell couldn't throw that ball by the goalline, he's just waiting for the regular season? i wish my team well, but it looks rough. hope mcfadden has a superman cape in his locker!
@DARKKUSH Isn't that just leaving it to chance??? I'd have liked to see some semblance of a ground game before we get to game 1. I dont like the presumption that just because it went well last year it's automatically gonna do the same this year. If I remember rightly we did quite well on the ground at this stage last year- Rankin was pushing for a roster spot with some good numbers
@oaklandraider Just had another look at the sack your talking 'bout. Haralson isn't no second coming of LT by any means yet went round Veldheer just on a speed rush. That doesn't bode well - you just cant coach speed and agility.
@oaklandraider You could be right there. To move from an 8-8 team to playoff contender you need a quality LT to protect the QB's blindside. From what I've seen Valdheer is a better run blocker than pass blocker, meaning a more natural fit at RT. The one person on the Raiders O-Line roster who has the physical tools and foot speed to deal with the NFL's best weakside End's is Bruce Campbell. As Jackson is experimenting now I'd give him a shot there now- after all he played there at college- what's he got to lose? Valdheer may turn out to be an above average LT but he wont be the stud we're looking for. He's going to need extra help against the likes of Tamba Hali and Jared Allen.
@Harder2000 Just dont get the fascination of Barnes from the Raider coaches perspective. He must be an all pro in practice but useless on game day.
@oaklandraider excuse me the DOG MURDERER!
@DARKKUSH Would you not give Campbell a shot at LT in the next game? Speed and agility are no problem to him at all. I certainly would. Be an interesting experiment and could do absolutely no harm at all.
@DevonRaiderUK I believe Campbell will be starting at RG ... and he stone walls DTs. i dont see him having a problem. Barksdale will continue to be a rookie, but has a lot of potential. i already like him better than Barnes anyway, for whatever that's worth. Wis or Satele at Center should be okay, but nothing spectacular, at least this year. LG should be manned up nicely by Heyer. the man is no good with outside rushers at either tackle position, but as a guard he should be as good as Gallery IMO. he is injured though so yea, not good.
it really is Veldheer at LT that will need the most help. i've only been PREACHING all off season how Veldheer needed to move to RT to solidify that spot!! it needs to be addressed. they should check up on McKinney and see if he's in shape. if that guy is, he could be a perfect stop gap until we can draft one.
@DARKKUSH hope you're right here but at the moment we look poor up front.
@DevonRaiderUK excuse me 2008 Lions.
@DevonRaiderUK no. it doesn't leave anything to chance, AT ALL. Hue Jackson will not tip his hand in preseason. no NFL team will. that's why many of the contenders look asleep in preseason. it's about getting our young bucks THE REPS THEY NEED. thus having the 2nd string defense on the field, how quickly was it again? barely into the 2nd quarter?
seriously guys, you need to learn something about preseason. are your memories that short? 3-1 Raiders in preseason look like world beaters with LaMont Jordan and Brooks at the helm throwing deep the Moss. MAN WE LOOKED GOOD THAT YEAR. REMEMBER THE LIONS? they went 4-0 in preseason and looked pretty damn good. this was 2009 ... what happened to them again in the regular season?
@DARKKUSH I'm sure if I was the Defensive Line coach of some of our divisional rivals I'd be paying a keen interest in how the starting LT of the Raiders cant handle the speed rushers. Even in pre-season. Yes you can assist with extra blockers but that relies on the receivers to make the plays, which isn't the strength of this team, as you've got to keep the backs at home to pick up the missed blocks by both Tackles. You look at how Reece has changed the face of the FB position but it aint gonna happen if he's on pass blocking duties.
@oaklandraider You're dead right, you just cant hide that flaw. We'll end up with McFadden or Reece having to chip block to stop the QB getting nailed, when they should be creating mis-matches against LBers out of the backfield.
@DevonRaiderUK yeah - it wasnt pretty at all ... and you know the whole league saw it and made a mental note ....