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RM not so bad after all

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Posted: 10/30/2013 8:10 PM

RM not so bad after all 


http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1827243-terrell e-pryor-steals-headlines-but-oaklands-defense-dese rves-major-credit

Reggie has caught some crap for letting Shane go and some draft picks.  I think we are on the right track and see a really good season unfolding.  229031_cheers.gif

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Posted: 10/31/2013 10:18 AM

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I think a lot of us expected improvement in the defense during Reggie's and DA's tenure.  They are both defensive minded guys. Michael Huff last year said the Raiders are finally playing a real defensive system. Even before this season started many of us were saying we weren't that worried about the defense in the big picture at this point. The defense is playing better than expected and I think about 50% of it has to do with Charles Woodson with his skill and experience and leadership.
The offense is a different story. The Raiders are currently ranked 25th in offense and if it wasn't for Pryor, it would easily be #32. Reggie had nothing to do with Pryor. He even said as the season started he was "surprised that Pryor beat out Flynn".  Reggie had nothing to do with the Raiders best offensive linemen but plenty to do with the worst.
So maybe Reggie is not SOO bad, but that doesn't mean he's good. Although I'm starting to like Dennis Allen more as he's gaining confidence.


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Posted: 10/31/2013 5:29 PM

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In Reg's defense, he probably knew next to nothing about Terrelle.  He did watch Flynn play well in the only two games he started.  Maybe he thought he would catch lightning in a bottle and Flynn would emerge from Rodgers shadow as Rodgers had Farve's.

Charles signed with Oakland and maybe RM had something to do with that.  He could have signed with team expected to make the playoffs, but he chose the Raiders.

Everything can't be fixed at once and I always hear defense wins championships.  We have had a ton of injuries...O-line, Safety, QB, and RB.

I like Jennings but I was hoping to see Latavius Murray run this year.  With the injuries we have had on offense I think we are in pretty good shape going forward.    

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Posted: 10/31/2013 11:53 PM

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The fact that he thought that about Flynn is the scary part. If he didn't know anything about Pryor that's even scarier. Does he not pay attention to college football? You'd think that would be a part of his job along with the scouts. I understand everything can't be changed at once but if you look at the changes on defense, injuries don't seem to matter much. As Reggie and Allen were bringing in defensive players it seemed like they were doing so with a well thought out strategy. On offense, the only player they brought in worth anything was Streeter. Every one good on offense are hold overs from Al Davis, everyone RM brought in has been average, crappy, or non existent. But O line (starters and depth) should have been one of the top 2 biggest concerns going into this season and while Watson looked promising when he was healthy, the problem was not addressed aggressively enough.


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Posted: 11/01/2013 8:51 PM

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I don't mind seeing him get kudos for good jobs, but giving him credit for cleaning house is BS. Anyone here would have cut 90% of those tossed to the curb this yr.

His errors are significant, from Briesel, Flynn, and drafts that are subpar. Many of his FA signings are fine but only a few have really stood out.

I think we are all very lucky Pryor made it easy on them this year.

 

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Posted: 11/03/2013 7:07 AM

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We have a limited budget this year, and had to clean house.  He did that!!229031_thewave.gif

As far as Pryor goes, I kept reading from various sources that maybe Pryor should play tight end or WR.   Hmm, that all changed once he was given the starting job.  Still occasionally I read that we need a real QB in the near future. 

RM, DA, GO all made a commitment to Pryor prior (spell check allowed)  to the season starting.  That took cajones. RM didn't stand in the way worrying that his reputation was on the line trading for Flynn.  They as a group (I would assume) made a decision and a commitment to TP.  They flushed Flynn from the roster which was rather amazing to me.  Although I was totally on board with that decision.  

An as far as offensive lineman selections.  Good players at skill positions can disguise flaws.  Lions fans will not brag about the OL when they talk about the offense that featured Barry, Johnny Morton, and Herman Moore.  Hell, with those three Mitchell looked good.  Maybe that was why Flynn looked good in Green Bay.

The defense rests.

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Posted: 11/03/2013 9:31 AM

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The best thing about RM is that he didn't force Flynn out there and wait for him to die behind the OL before starting Pryor. I think most people believe Al would have stuck with his guy until a league dr said no more.

Our hope, however, was that RM was a great judge of talent. That, so far, hasn't materialized. His trade down was anemic - better than not but not a blockbuster deal we'd all want. His trade for Flynn a mistake, his trading of CP maybe his best success considering we had to pay or cut him. I still think he got the HC he did to create a firing buffer for failure. I don't care how he cleaned house behind the scenes. In fact his later round drafts seem to be suffering from that. We use to find some really good players in rounds 4-6 but haven't dine to well at that since Al's scouting dept was dismissed after 20 plus years of service. His handling of Lechler sucked too. Yes I'm glad we have King, yes I'm glad we saved the money, but Lechler deserved an offer or at least a discussion. I also don't care for RMs hiring of family, but alas I just hope he drafts better because that is the key to success.

 

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