In Sunday’s loss to the San Diego Chargers, one rookie had a bit of a coming out party. Raiders’ third-round pick from the 2009 NFL Draft is beginning to make some noise on the field. Against the Chargers, Matt Shaughnessy led in tackles with five and had the only sack (first of his career) on the day for the silver and black.
Monday’s press conference with Tom Cable once again brought out some of the bottom feeders from ESPN to go along with most of the usual suspects. Apparently, ESPN needed more stuff to add to their hatchet piece on Cable’s past relationships with women.
LaDainian Tomlinson didn’t rush for over 100 yards on the day, but the end result was the same. Tomlinson scored two touchdowns rushing and helped the Chargers defeat the Raiders 24-16, extending their winning streak over the silver and black to 13 games in over six seasons. The streak the Chargers are on is the longest active NFL streak of one team’s dominance over another.
A little over a week ago, the Raiders made an announcement that Chaz Schilens was back from his injury and ready to help the Raiders return to excellence. Along with that announcement, they listed all of the players that they had lost to injury and reminded all of us that these players would return.
Thursdays are the days that the Raiders have JaMarcus Russell talk with the press. Besides Mondays, it’s probably the most packed day of the week. Russell fielded questions after the quick walk-through prior to Thursday’s practice, and he was more accountable for his play this season.
The Raiders are still trying to put their 38-0 loss to the Jets in the rear view mirror and move forward to a brighter future. Part of that brighter future could include left tackle Mario Henderson, who has done a fine job of staying under the radar thus far this season.
Gone are the days where Raider Nation collectively curses the blindside rush end for putting a hurt on their quarterback. Gone are the complaints that the left tackle position needs to be addressed as well.
While the JaMarcus Russell watch continues, that is the watching to see if he’s benched before Tom Cable is fired, the roster in the locker room continues to believe in their leader(s). At least, that’s what they are saying.
While the fan base and the rest of the world can already see that this marriage between Russell and Cable is bound for divorce at some time in the near future, the rest of the team isn’t letting on that they see the same picture. Maybe, just maybe, that’s the problem.
A little late posting this week, but we’ll more than make up for it from here on out.
Tom Cable was adamant on Monday that JaMarcus Russell is still his guy, despite replacing the young quarterback on Sunday. Issues continue to arise with the Raiders supposed franchise quarterback, and his grasp on the starting spot may be slipping–even though his coach isn’t admitting to it.
After coming away with a solid victory over the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday, many had renewed faith that the Raiders would come out and play well against the Jets.
That didn’t happen.