The Oakland Raiders had all sorts of problems in their loss to the San Diego Chargers. The offense had long droughts of productivity, the special teams was pretty awful, they had bad fumbles, and of course the terrible snaps on the punts killed any potential momentum and lost them any chances at winning critical field position battles.
In additional to all the execution issues, one member of Raiders SB Nation community Silver and Black Pride had significant questions about the playcalling.
Knapps play calling, This pi--ed me off during the game, we are 3rd and short or even 2nd and short and you line up in a shotgun formation knowing we have a tough O-line and pass? We have the most explosive RB in the game and you line him back up by 5 yards when all you need is like 3, Knapp is using Dmac as a WR, but he is a RB, don't try to mismatch him on the outside, let him run right through like he is used to.
The Chargers fans seemed pretty happy about going into Oakland and nabbing a crucial divisional victory. San Diego did their best to shut down Oakland offensively, and they did their best to hold down the top tailback of the Raiders. John Gennaro of Bolts from the Blue gives the proper accolades to the defense, who stepped up and held down Darren McFadden.
I think I'm handing the game ball to Defensive Coordinator John Pagano. In his first game, he was able to corral Darren McFadden on the ground and was able to put pressure on Carson Palmer when it mattered. Without Pagano calling some Prevent Defense towards the end of the 4th quarter, the Raiders wouldn've never scored a TD. That's an impressive achievement for John's first game calling plays.
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