The Raiders went into Miami in first place in the AFC West. They left Miami with a terrible loss at the hands of the last place Dolphins. The Dolphins showed a resiliency that does not exist with the Raiders. At least not yet. They have bounced back from an 0-7 start while the Raiders continue to be inconsistent.
The easiest excuse for the Raiders stinking it up on Sunday is their injury woes. Many of their best offensive weapons were out. Their leading rusher early in the season, Darren McFadden, is out along with Carson Palmer's two favorite targets, Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford. Sure those injuries may have contributed, but you can't say they were the reason for this loss.
The Raiders had their issues in this game from top to bottom—even in areas in which they are fully healthy. So we step away from the injury report to talk of those who did take the field that ugly day in Miami.
Last week it was Aaron Curry who shocked me by being Top Baller. This week it's DHB. The Raiders needed a boost from him with Ford and Moore out and they got it. Equally as impressive was the manner in which he was catching the ball. DHB has never consistently showed the ability to catch with his hands but on Sunday nearly every catch he made, and even a few that were ruled out of bounds, were great hands catches, the likes of which we have rarely seen from him. His second catch of the game was one such catch. In third and ten with the Raiders down 6-0, he stretched out along the sideline to catch a 14 yard pass and tap his toes to give the Raiders just their second first down of the day. A couple plays later, he had a 22 yard catch that was negated by a holding call. A few plays later, he had a great effort on another sideline grab that was just a bit too far for him to keep his feet in—but he still caught it. A couple drives later, he had another catch negated by a holding call. Then on the final offensive play of the game for the Raiders, he had a fantastic one handed back-shoulder grab for a touchdown. He showed great concentration as well as showcased some of the work he has been putting in to become a more complete receiver.
Big John played quite a bit in this game, especially with the ejection of Richard Seymour. But even before that, Seymour has had some lingering injury issues and Henderson has gotten a lot of playing time as a result. Henderson may not be the player he once was, but in small doses the former Pro Bowl defensive tackle can be just as dominant as we knew him to be in his heyday. Even though he was in and out of the game, he was still second on the team in tackles (6-1). He was also getting good pressure on quarterback Matt Moore. On the Dolphins' second drive of the game, he started it off with a run stuff, then he broke into the backfield to get pressure on Moore to force an incompletion and even got a good shot on him. He had one more run tackle on the drive as well. After the Dolphins took the opening kickoff of the second half back and scored in three plays, Henderson was back in the game to start their next drive. And again, he started things off with a run stuff and added another one a few plays later. On the next play, he made the tackle on a four yard run but was injured on the play and had to leave the game. Then Richard Seymour was ejected two plays later which meant that Henderson would be needed back on the field whether he was 100% or not. He would return and have one more run stuffing tackle for no gain in the fourth quarter.
Led the team in receiving with six catches for 89 yards. He would get much more credit for this accomplishment but one of those catches was short of the first down on third down and two others came with the game already out of hand at 34-0. He had three other catches in the game. One of those catches was a 30 yard grab that put the Raiders in scoring position although they were unable to convert due to some penalties and poor offensive line play which backed them up and out of field goal range.
Barnes has played quite well this season. But for some reason the Dolphins rattled him in this game and he was back to the Khalif Barnes we were used to seeing the last couple seasons. He was an absolute disaster out there on Sunday. Cameron Wake was a handful for him, but Wake was just one of the Miami defenders who gave Barnes fits.
The Raiders got a first down for the first time on their third drive. No sooner did that drive pick up steam but Barnes killed it. After the second first down, Barnes gave up a pressure on Carson Palmer which forced him to try and throw the ball away to avoid the sack. He was called for intentional grounding and it was now second and 20. The next play, Palmer threw a strike to Darrius Heyward-Bey for 22 yards and a first down. But wait, Barnes held his man. No play. Now second and 30. Then the call was a run up the middle hoping to catch the Dolphins playing the long pass. But Barnes couldn't block his man and Bush was stuffed for a one yard gain.
The Raiders were unable to launch a drive again until late in the second quarter. And when they did, Barnes was there to f—k it up again. Two long connections from Palmer to Schilens had the Raiders in scoring position at the 37 yard line. The next play Palmer hooked up with DHB for 14 yards. But not so fast, Barnes was called for holding... again. Two plays later, Palmer was sacked to set up third and 27. Palmer would not be given a chance to find an open man as Barnes was once again blown up and allowed pressure on his QB to force an incomplete pass. Threat over, Raiders still scoreless.
Stephon Heyer would replace Barnes in the third quarter. But Barnes would be back a bit later just in time to commit a false start penalty. You can consider that a dingleberry from the turd he left on the field in Miami.
Are the defenses in the UFL allowed to have 12 men on the field when the offense is only allowed 11? I ask because I can't imagine any other way that the plays Bresnahan calls would actually work. When the opposing offense is most desperate, the Raiders always seem to be one man short of stopping them. The quarterback scramble continues to be the bane of this team's existence. The same situation plays itself out time and time again like déjà vu. The offense is in third and long and Bresnahan calls for a hat on a hat—man defense across the board with the safeties playing deep and intermediate and the linebackers on the running backs and tight ends. Then the quarterback searches half-heartedly for an open man just long enough for his receivers to pull the defenders away from the line of scrimmage and his offensive line to open up a hole in the middle. At which point, he tucks it and runs for the first down.
Now I am not a coach. I don't pretend to have all the answers. But it doesn't take a great football mind to see that this plan is not working—at all. The Raiders were victimized twice in this game. They happened on successive plays. The first time, the Raiders caught a break as Moore scrambled 13 yards to the six yard line but it was called back by a holding penalty. On the next play, Moore scrambled to pick up 14 yards to set up an easy 33 yard field goal.
The scrambles are only a fraction of the problem. This was a complete defensive collapse. As usual, there is little in the way of discipline. Players look confused as to their assignments and that probably has a lot to do with the play calling not meshing with what their instincts are telling them. When safeties are not guarding against the run in short yardage at the goal line, that is a problem. When a linebacker is covering speedy wide receiver Devone Bess, that is a problem. The Dolphins exploited these weak areas all day. There were also no adjustments by the Raiders in the second half. The Dolphins certainly had some. The result was 21 points in the third quarter to put this game away before the fourth quarter even began.
With Chuck Bresnahan, I talked about discipline. This is a quality which McClain is utterly lacking. He was away from the team all week to attend a funeral for his grandfather. While being without their middle linebacker all week in practice was not the best thing, his getting arrested on Wednesday was just about the worst thing.
There was a lot of talk this week about this incident being a distraction. Well, perhaps it was, but that is not really the primary issue as I see it. It was his behavior that led to his arrest and that same behavior that has this defense lacking direction. As the middle linebacker, he is supposed to be the leader. The best middle linebackers in this league have their teammates' trust and it builds a confidence in them. They also lead by example. Personally, McClain had a decent game on Sunday. But his performance as the quarterback of this defense cannot be judged solely by personal statistics. He is responsible for the play of his defensive teammates, but he can't even be responsible enough to go home for a few days and not do something stupid. He is evasive, complacent, immature, and irresponsible--four qualities that are detrimental in a middle linebacker. The play of his teammates is a reflection of that.
Speaking of discipline, or rather lack of self control, Seymour got ejected Sunday for the second time as a Raider. Last time, he laid a forearm into Ben Roethlisberger in a loss to the Steelers. This time he let Dolphins guard Richie Incognito get under his skin and Seymour got in a little extracurricular jab at his face. It was nothing like the Big Ben punch that had the quarterback on his back, but it was still not smart. The jab got Seymour kicked out of the game just after his backup, John Henderson, had gone out with an injury. The Dolphins had been stopped and would have been in third and 3, but the penalty gave them an automatic first down at the nine yard line. They would score a touchdown two plays later. Seymour gave up the previous touchdown directly when he was blocked easily on the run that allowed Reggie Bush to walk into the endzone untouched. It was his position Bush ran through and Seymour didn't even get a hand on him.
While I talk about the middle linebacker on any team as the leader, Seymour is the player on this team who is supposed to be the actual leader. Silly crap like punching players and getting ejected just won't do. And when you combine Seymour losing his cool with McClain's behavior and Bresnahan's poor play calling, you have a defense that is lost.
After enjoying the many fruits that fell from the Caleb Hanie tree last week, Curry was back to fruitless labor this week. On the Dolphins' first touchdown drive, he gave up a 26 yard catch, followed by an 11 yard catch, and finished off the drive by giving up a 13 yard catch for the touchdown. At the end of the second quarter, with the Raiders hoping to get the ball back one more time before the half, he gave up the catch that gave the Dolphins the first down and allowed them to kneel out the remaining seconds. The second half began with a big kick return followed by a pass interference penalty to put the Dolphins at the one yard line. Curry was out of position on the play in which Bush walked into the endzone for an easy TD. On the following drive, he tried to time a blitz and was called for encroachment. The drive ended with another Dolphin touchdown. This put the Dolphins up 27-0 and it was pretty much over at that point.
A defensive feel to the Busters list this week. Mitchell got things started for the poor defensive effort when he gave up the first down on the second play for the Dolphins. He had position and was shaken out of his shoes on a 15 yard run. On their second drive, he gave up a 12 yard catch. The Dolphins scored on both of those first two possessions to set the tone for the game. Later in the first half, he was blocked on a 21 yard run. In the third quarter, he was late getting over and Matt Moore scrambled for a six yard touchdown.
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I remember this one game against Seattle a while back. It was raining hard as hell. Oakland forced the fumble and Woodson recovered it but the refs ruled it a safety cuz they said that Woodson's momentum, while possessing the ball, from sliding in the rain carried him into the end zone and was therefore a safety. We ended up losing that game. I was so pissed about that.
I think it was the right call leaving Palmer off of both lists, and frankly, I'm pleasantly surprised that the "Baller" list can be this long after such a dreadful game. (Also, thanks, oaklandraider, for reminding me about that ass-whipping Seattle laid on us all those years ago...)
Hue is a Buster deluxe because this team never even bothered pretending that they had any interest in winning this game. Real teams--teams that are serious about making the playoffs and then making noise IN the playoffs--don't "come out flat" in December. The teams that come out flat in December are the teams that lose their way out of the playoffs, and Hue has to take the biggest hit on that.
Veldheer has been terrible two weeks running. Just an awful game from him.
Satele is a buster, too. Anyone else notice that the Raiders have clicked best on offense when the line is Veldheer-Heyer-Wisniewski-Carlisle-Barksdale? I can't be the only one ...
Bush should be #3 buster, IMO--right after "Action" Jackson and Chuck "The Suck." Why? Because he can't pick up a blitz to save his damn life. Roadmap for defenses to kill a promising Raider drive: Send a blitzer straight up the gut and watch Bush miss him. Every. Damn. Time. It's like watching McClain try to get a run stuffed most of the time--"it's as simple as taking the wrong shoulder of the blocker."
And yet it continues to happen.
On the plus side, he keeps getting Palmer decked, it'll lower his market value somewhat...
I seriously hate to credit the writer I am about to mention, but he had an article that I think made a great point. Glenn Dickey (god I hate that man!) said they should have suspended McClain for at least this one game. It ended up not mattering if he played or not, but there is a need to establisch discipline on this team. When you think about it, it does seem to make sense. All those penalties that they just can't seem to eradicate and their inabaility to play on a consistent level all comes down to a lack of discipline that I think is really deep within the organization. Of course they are going to win some games, after all, they are a very talented group. But it takes discipline to keep doing it week after week. That was the one thing that made Gruden so successful, he was not afraid to bench a player for not performing to his standards.
Khalif Barnes' performance on Sunday was the worst I've seem from a Raiders O-linemen since 2006 Art Shell part2!
I would actually add Carson Palmer to the Baller list because of his leadership demonstrated at the end of the game. Carson could have easily just called it a night in the 4th quarter, but competed right until the end, resulting in (2) late touchdown drives. That is the attitude of a winner, and Carson Palmer is definitly that!!! Palmer is the real deal, and the Raiders were absolutely brilliant in trading for him, and I would do it all over again in a second... To all his critics after the Miami game, in Palmer's defense, he still had almost 300 yards passing and our top baller (DHB) had only (3) official receptions. The Raider passing attack lacks balance without Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore, and as much as I want to jump on the DHB bandwagon, he is still not a legitimate deep threat whatsoever, and it took him 12 games to get his 2nd TD catch of the season. The fact that Palmer can produce numbers like he did without his key weapons, is a testiment to how good he really is.....
@oaklandraider @ChristopherMooney Satele looked like he was getting push into the backfield on every snap. This is the second week in a row that our O and D lines not just got beat but were thrown around. We have to go O- line with whatever picks we have left. I hope we pick up Reggie McKenzie from the Packer as GM- read some good stuff about him. Anyone eles think McClain is our defensive J-Russell?
This game was just the perfect storm for a team like Oakland.
The QB and receivers didn't make plays, until the 3rd quarter - by then we were 20+ behind. Oakland just aren't a team built to score quick..........
Oakland tend to win if they can run the ball, eat up the clock, keep the opposition QB off the field, and control field position - they really did none of that on Sunday.
It's probably a nice example of the fact that Oakland are a nice, play off level team, but really not a great team. Teams like the Packers, Pats, Steelers, Ravens - they've got the personnel to win in any situation. We need the gameplan to work
Well - I gave it some time before I posted, in order not to be over-reacting, but this was one of the worst performances that I have ever seen from a Raiders team, in 30 years of fandom. Its in my top 3, right up there with terrible MNF losses v Seahawks (37-0, aeons ago) and Chargers (similar score under Shell, when they had 9 sacks).
This was worse in a way, because the sheer ineptitude was matched only by the collosal lack of heart and effort.
The Summer Breeze is a Raider .....
Im amazed that HJ isnt top buster, because when a team plays this poorly across the board, then the HC has to take the blame. Also, given that we are missing our top 3 playmakers, you would think that the one playmaker we have left on the field would get a lot of looks, right ?
Errr ... no.... Marcel Reece didnt even feature until those last two drives ... WTF Hue ? That is plain stupid.
I got up at 2am to watch the game in Singapore and I swear that I was more awake than they were. It was obvious, right from the start, that we were simply not ready to play.
It was so bad that in Q4, I swapped over to watch the Tebow v Vikings game.
Whatever the merits of Tebow and the Broncos, the sheer passion and refusal to lose that they showed in Q4, when they twice went behind by 8, was an amazing contrast.
Of course, the great thing about sports is that there is always next week. Beat the Packers and Ill be on top of the world again !
Welcome Jack Del Rio. I also think Hue was all lip service to MClain this week. The train he wasn't going to allow to be stopped "...No Way!... I don't care who it is!!... never left the station. You stopped it on Wednesday Hue by
1. Not benching the JaClain for stupidity (no other reason needed)
2. Taking your head away from practice to do media spin on the dipstick.
3. Not putting a curfew on every player until the we clinch.
4. Not riding Bresnahan like a two dollar hooker to keep him and his people focused.
5. Not bringing your A game to dangerous team that you all new are much better than their record.
DHB and Palmer get out of Busterville on a pass. The rest sucked!
I think Palmer deserves to be at very least an honorable buster. I thought he played shocking! I don't buy this not having Moore and Ford either. Especially when you consider that 2 of the only 3 "ballers" this week are WRs!
they all deserve to be busters every single one of them and DHB should be the one and only baller. they all looked like a bunch of big dumb ahtletes. between all the injuries and the mclain distraction went on heading into sunday i'm thinking maybe the bears exposed a weakness last week and the dolphins exploited it this week. i don't believe in sorry ass tebow but i do believe that the raiders are going to lose the division if they don't get their shit together
I'd be putting Michael Bush on the busters list (he wasn't all to blame cause the line just sucked). Also I think Carson Palmer deserves a honorable mention, I mean, he got decent numbers and he actually threw some nice passes in the end of the game... I know, the game was already a bust and those 2 TD in the end didn't change a thing, but still...
Not sure how Veldheer didn't make the Busters list also. Gave up a sack, got called for holding and was being pushed back time and time again when he could actually make some sort of contact with the pass rusher. There had to be others on that list when your starting TB gets 18 yards on 10 carries.
Seymour was a buster even without the ejection. The two back-ups are out performing the starters right now in the middle. You look at how much money our so called Defensive play-makers are being paid and where is the production? TK, Seymour, McClain, Wimbley are being paid top dollar but aren't performing. Wimbley shows flashes but McClain isn't the jack hammer the Raiders really wanted. Carlos Dansby was showing him how to play the position properly. I also cannot figure out why we only rushed 4 down lineman play after play in this game. We had almost no pressure whatsoever. And guess which team now has the highest defensive average yards per rush at a hefty 5.2??? Do I really have to answer that question.
Imo Action Jackson was a buster as well - his playcalling was nowhere near what is needed in order to be competitive! Palmer could be a dishonerable mention based on several potential plays being left on the field, although it was kind of mitigating that he didn't receive any help from his line or the runninggame..
@JarrodRollins Marquez Pope, not Wood.
I am going have to disagree with you on Palmer. Not just about the stats, but about what we surrendered to get him also.
I think giving up 2 high draft picks for Palmer is going to set us back from progressing for a couple years. I would not have given up more than a 1 second round pick for Palmer. If Bengals didn't want it then so be it. If we had played hardball i really think the Bengals would have given in. No one else wanted Palmer, he was never going to return to play for them and they now have their future QB.
I can see your parallel here. If the charges are all true then I'd have to say yes. If not then no. The Codeine stuff aside Russell just didn't have the accuracy to be an NFL QB. McClain isn't awful like Russell but he's never going to be the type of Middle LBer that the Raiders really wanted. He's better when he comes on the blitz but he hasn't got the speed to be a great inside LBer. He cant get sideline to sideline and he's not a run stuffer or a big hitter. The Raiders need people in the middle to take away the run and make the opponents one dimensional. The 9ers have got it with Bowman, Willis, Smith and Sopoaga. I just dont see it happening with Kelly, Seymour and McClain behind. Unless Jackson recognises that I dont think swapping Bresnahan for Del Rio will make all that difference.
We really struggle against top 3-4 defenses. In my opinion.
@nilbymouth I find it interesting that one person says Palmer should be honorable mention and another says honorable buster. And hence the reason he was nost listed at all. He just doesn't belong in either category. Quarterbacks get a lot of attention good and bad. But when you just play marginal, middle of the road you just don't get mentioned at all.
@nilbymouth No doubt! Also, Murphy was our #1 guy the last couple of seasons and the Chazmaian devil has widely been considered a very talented WR when healthy! He didn't get much protection and the runningame sucked, but just too many plays left on the field from him this game!
Why we miss McFadden
He's like AP - so good, and fast, he can just run on any Defense, no matter how strong against the run
The last team that held Run DMC under say 60 yards? Not many teams have done that, if any
I couldn't agree more. I think Dez Bryant would probably have to be our best DL all season.
@Harder2000 Yep the Offensive play calling lacked any sort of imagination, especially the running plays. It reminded me of my early playing days on an English field where we ran an off tackle lead play, time after time and hoped the other team could stop it! Any chance of a trap or Counter run play Jackson? No thought not.
@ams2fx Oh yeah. Wood forced Ricky Watters to fumble. That is one of the biggest BS calls ever that no one talks about.
The Raiders had to make a trade for Palmer after losing Campbell. This was a must trade and giving up (2) high draft picks for an elite quarterback is worth it to me. Imagine how the Raiders would have played if Boler was running the show. Do you honestly think Pryor would be capable of leading the Raiders if Boler went down to injury??? Not a chance.... We would not be in first place in the division, that's for sure, if Boler or Pryor were running the show...This is the best chance the Raiders have had to make the playoffs in years, and it would have been foolish to pass up on Palmer and hope for the best with what we got. Plus, in the draft, there are no guarantees. The Raiders have blown countless number 1 picks, and who is to say that Cincinatti is going to strike gold in the draft with the Raider picks. It's all speculation. The Raiders made the right move and Carson Palmer is a winner. When all the receivers are healthy, and we have McFadden back in the lineup, I guarantee that you will be glad Palmer is a Raider, especially when he is leading us to a playoff victory. Football is all about the playoffs, and I stand by the Raider decision to give us the best chance to make it by trading for Palmer...
@DevonRaiderUK Giving our personele perhaps a switch to 3-4 may help. Rolondo will only have to cover half the field. We have the ends in Seymore, Houston, and Bryant. The OLB's are Wimbley, Curry, and Groves. We'd need a NT and another MLB
@ChristopherMooney yep - why do you think that is ? Satele cant handle big NT ?
@LDizzle I would tend to agree, but Palmer has been expensively brought in because he is a QB that can actually win games, not just manage them! Therefore the bar is set higher than that of a regular game manager which we have had for so long, and when he then fails to deliver just a decent drive throughout the part where the game was still open, he is definately predominantly in the buster side imo! Not saying he should need to win the game, but he should at least be able to lead some competitive drives which he wasn't until the game was effectively lost!
Now, the playcalling was bad, the Oline sucked and the running game was nonexisting, so he'll get a pass on most of the blame, but he did not play up to par in this game, and by not being able to create anything, even a spark of hope, i see him being honorable buster as well..
It was a collective collapse on both sides, so the median was naturally pretty low, let's hope they will be able to get back up as we need to keep up with Timmy Time-Out
Looking forward to see what he will be able to do once our explosive players get back on the field!
I dont think McFadden would've gotten any more yards than Bush did with blocking like that up front.
@nilbymouth When your run defense is that porous game after game, season after season you have to look at the constants of why it is happening. I'm pointing the finger at Seymour and Kelly with McClain being another version of Morrison. Lots of tackles but not the speed or position to make them in the right areas. As well as Bryant I'd exempt Houston in this category. Like Henderson he's a good run stuffer.
@DevonRaiderUK So true!
Going forward, I think we have our franchise Quarterback. Once he has the full compliment of the offensive weapons we have on this team ready to go, I think he is goiing to be a very affective QB. All you have to do is look as some of his performances over the last couple of weeks to get a taste of what is coming down the road.
This team just needs a copuple of changes on the defensive side of hte ball, most notably the coordinator, and it will be a very strong team
Palmer has the stats that say he is an elite QB. He just never had the team. He certainly is un upgrade over Campbell. I would always prefer a proven talent over a draft crap shoot. the Seymour trade proves that. Now, was he worth two 1st round draft picks? That is starting to get steep However, we really needed to do something, though. Boller has been with the team a couple of years. For hiim to be that bad just was not acceptable. Even a back up should be better than that
Yes Boller played like crap in the Chiefs game, but so did Palmer. Who knows how Boller may have turned out with some consistant practice with the first team, but I would never consider Palmer an Elite QB. To me he is nothing more than above average. Maybe thats just me, but I think he is just a cheapmans Favre. And personally I would never call Favre an Elite QB.
I just think if we were going to give up a couple first round picks we should have gone for someone else like Matt Flynn. Again, maybe its just me but this guy looks good when he has been given a chance to start and I think sitting behind Rodgers for these last couple years would have definitely helped.
@DylanAlexander wont be happening in the near future. This subject seems to be an ongoing part of Raider rumour / folklore. We dont have the personnel at NT or ILB to do this now or have the draft to do it next year either. And outstanding NT's dont just appear from nowhere. Most of the teams in the league are looking for them. I'm not convinced this move would transform McClain into something other than what he is either.
Montana could not do what he did if he didn't have a line, neither could Aikman, not even Favre with his gunslinging arm. So I think asking Carson to do what they couldn't is impossible. The point has been made with the issues he had with protection. We have to realize that right now the Dolphins are a better team! There's no question the Raiders have more talent but the Fins are a better team. The Raiders are inconsistent and when they pull it off they shoot themselves in the foot. They're not a good enough team to overcome that. I don't see how Carson could've faired any better, the Fins had pressure all day, they were a beast in stopping the run and when he did have time they were a beast in coverage. Regardless of what it took to get him here is irrelevant if we can't provide any adequate protection. The Oline has been exposed and they are a mess. The only issue I have with Carson right now is that he plays to avoid injury, in other words, he goes down way too easy. I miss the fire that Bruce Gradkowski brought, or Hoss, even Vince Evans! It seems they either have the talent with no fire or fire with little to no talent like the QB's I mentioned. I hope I'm wrong but I bet if they upset the Packers they will turn around and lose the following week.
@Harder2000@LDizzle I would possibly agree for the case for Palmer being a buster apart from a couple of points. The OL has pretty much decided not to play on Sunday. It was similar to he bears game. Luckily against the bears we could get within Jano FG range. In Miami we couldn't even get that close.
He is being offered no protection or time in the box. He isn't a mobile QB, The OL needs to step its game up again. It has been playing so well this year but last 2 games I have been very disappointed with them.
Also as it has been pointed out, 2 of the ballers were WR. They do not become ballers without the QB. He did a alright job on Sunday with no help whatsoever.
Linebackers get killed by bad schemes, and coordinators though. Really exposed. And Oakland have both..........
Lots of linebackers, who've been average for years, just magically turn into pro bowlers, when they're playing for a top defensive coordinator.
Look at Derrick Johnson in Kansas. Fans wanted him cut. He's their best defensive player now