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Defensive inconsistency hurting the Raiders when it comes to interceptions. posted on 11/09/2014

An interception is more than just a take away or a change of possession. It’s a huge momentum changer and one pic can bring a team from being out of the game to a roaring comeback.

However, the 0-8 Raiders don’t know much about momentum changes as they rank dead last in the league in defensive interceptions with only 3 so far on the season and 23 over the past 3 years.

Sure, the game has changed considerably. With greater concerns for player safety, hard nosed defense isn’t what it used to be. The NFL is becoming more and more a flag football league where completions and record high passing games the norm, but that shouldn’t stop a team from having an aggressive defensive mindset.

The greatest reason why the Raiders rank last in INTs is the lack of consistency in the secondary. The Raiders have had a different set of starting cornerbacks in each of the past three seasons.

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The 2014 Oakland Raiders posted on 10/05/2014

Matt Schaub, formerly of the Houston Texans, is now with the Raiders after a disastrous 2014 campaign where he set a NFL record for consecutive games with a pick-six. He’ll be the starter until rookie Derek Carr proves himself worthy of the position. It would be foolish to expect Carr to be the starter right away, but expect him to win the starting job by the middle of the season.

There’s some cause for optimism in Oakland. Running back Darren McFadden is looking to have a banner year after changing his offseason workout habits. The injury-prone McFadden has never been known for training properly in the offseason so Raiders fans can expect good things from him this year.

The team did improve their offensive line by signing left tackle Donald Penn and right tackle Austin Howard. Howard is a fine acquisition but Penn has had weight problems throughout his career.

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What’s in Store for the Oakland Raiders in 2013? posted on 10/02/2013

The Oakland Raiders are coming off a pitiful season last year when they finished 4-12. Overall, it’s been a bad decade for the team ever since they lost Super Bowl XXXVI to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002, the last time that they finished above the .500 mark. The past ten years has also seen the franchise employ seven head coaches and having two seasons where they had split their wins and losses.

Will the bad luck continue for the Raiders this year?

A lot of it will depend on their quarterbacks. Last year, Carson Palmer threw for 4,018 yards and 22 touchdowns before he was traded to the Arizona Cardinals this offseason. Although Palmer’s production is not exactly of all-world quality, his work won’t be easy to duplicate whoever wins the quarterback duties. Matt Flynn is one of those expected to fill Palmer’s shoes but he needs to limit his turnovers to become a more effective quarterback. Draft pick Tyler Wilson is also competing for the job although his small hands may hinder him from becoming a good quarterback as small-handed quarterbacks rarely find success in the NFL.

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