In the aftermath of yesterday’s destruction in Denver, Allen has a number of issues to consider as he tries to salvage the season.
The Raiders bye week comes at a good time as he can institute some solid changes in an attempt to improve the team for the remaining 12 games.
The team faces an Atlanta team in week 6 that is currently 4-0 and looks to be one of the best in the league. The likelihood of the Raiders beating the Falcons – in Atlanta no less – seems more and more remote with every crushing loss.
However, after the Atlanta game the Raiders get the equally stumbling Jacksonville at home and then go to Kansas City to play a likewise hapless 1-3 Chiefs.
The next game is another home game, this time versus an underwhelming Tampa Bay.
Those are all winnable games, especially the two home games.
However, the Raiders aren’t going to be winning many games if they continue to play like they did on Sunday which is why Allen needs to make some changes.
First, I’m going to be upfront that I think that firing anyone – even Greg Knapp – is probably counter-productive.
Yes, the team looked better last year on offense. Yes, the team has struggled with the zone blocking scheme that Knapp prefers.
Yes, Knapp’s playcalling leaves something to be desired.
But the team has been working on this scheme and the zone blocking system for months, now, and it isn’t something as simple as flipping a switch to go back to power blocking and Hue Jackson’s offense.
Instead, perhaps Allen can direct Knapp to mix in more power blocking. If that can get the running game on track, it’s worth the effort. It may be worth picking offensive consultant Al Saunders’ brain on what he sees last year versus this year to see if anything else can help the offense.no comments