Keep in mind, the Raiders are not a perennial loser like some other sad-sack franchises. Or at least they didn't use to be. They are a once-proud franchise that is now considered purgatory among NFL players, unless you are one of the lucky ones that receive a well-above market value contract in order to join the farce. Players speak much more powerfully with their actions on the field than they do with their words off it and the Raiders barely let out a whimper with their performance on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.
Calling the Raiders performance listless would be an insult to lethargic people everywhere.
The Raiders hang their hat offensively on a powerful running attack directed by new head coach
The point is the press conference trumpeting Kiffin's dismissal did much more harm than good. Players aren't stupid. They know when they are part of something that is clearly dysfunctional and it is hard to focus on your job when the entire structure around you is in disarray. You have to wonder whether or not guys like Hall and
The players liked Kiffin and played hard for him and were competitive in every game after the opener. Now, the Raiders don't even have that going for them.
The Skins ran the ball effectively and
The Skins had a golden opportunity to maintain the momentum in the NFC East but they let it slip away. You have to wonder if this will be one of those games where they will look back and be kicking themselves come late December.
I was at the game providing the color commentary for Sports USA Radio and it was remarkable to see how much this offense has improved in the four weeks since I witnessed them squeak out a victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2. Keep in mind they put up all those points and yards against a Baltimore Ravens unit that came into the game ranked No. 1 in the NFL against both the run and the pass. And they did it without the services of two of their three available running backs as
Maybe even more importantly, the Colts offensive line has improved significantly, even though they are still starting two rookies at the guards and
You have to start, of course, with
Last, but certainly not least, is Cardinals receiver