Sunday, September 12, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Titans 38, Raiders 13
By Bill Williamson
NASHVILLE -- Here are my quick thoughts on the Raiders' loss:
What it means: The Oakland Raiders are not ready for prime time. Expectations were sky high in Oakland this year after a productive offseason, which included the hiring of new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, a productive draft, the release of quarterback JaMarcus Russell, the trade for quarterback Jason Campbell, a completely new linebacking crew and a strong preseason. Yet, one game into the 2010 season, the Raiders appear to be far from a quality NFL team. As of right now, you have to think Oakland looks like the team that has won 29 games in the past seven seasons.
Big revelation: Campbell does not look like a top-notch quarterback. The folks in Washington have been saying that for years. He was expected to bring life to Oakland’s anemic offense. That didn’t happen Sunday. Campbell didn’t get much protection, but he made his share of mistakes and looked shaky at best.
Trending: Oakland still seems to have trouble stopping the run. Oakland used its first two draft picks on middle linebacker Rolando McClain and defensive end Lamarr Houston with improving against the run as the primary objective. Yet, Oakland gave up some big runs in the preseason and Tennessee’s Chris Johnson wore Oakland down. Oakland had its moments against Johnson, but a 76-yard touchdown run in the second quarter took the Raiders out of the game.
What's next: Oakland hosts St. Louis and rookie quarterback Sam Bradford next Sunday. Oakland can get well in a hurry, but it's clear the Raiders have a lot of work to do.