As the rapper Timbaland once said “It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you without a dope beat to step to”. I have not done an Oakland Raiders mailbag in a while so I figured I should rectify the problem. Here is a look at what Raider Nation has on its mind:
@RaidersReporter how can Matt Schaub regress so much in one yr? Prior to last yr he was always above avg? Which guy will we see
— SQ (@Squidwai) June 19, 2014
There was a lot of talk about injury issues with Schaub that dated back to the end of the prior season. So there is a distinct possibility that Schaub was not healthy in 2013 and that contributed to his struggles. It was also pretty evident that the Texans as a team were struggling in general. There were injuries to many key positions and the offensive line did not play well at all. Schaub allowed all of that to get in his head and he had a hard time getting past it.
Another thing to note is that while it was clearly Schaub’s worst year, a lot of people make it out to have been an all time bad year in the history of the NFL. Yes, the number of pick six’s was record breaking but as I have noted before, the pick six stat is not one which should be placed entirely on the shoulders of a quarterback. The pick should, the ensuing touchdown has a lot of contributing factors.
I don’t believe it is possible that Schaub lost all of his talent in one year. More likely is he lost his mental toughness and he needs to get it back. Finding himself in a new setting with a coaching staff that is staunchly supportive of him might be exactly what he needs to get back on track.
@RaidersReporter In honor of the World Cup do your Raiders starting 11
— Fake Albert (@TheFakeAlbert) June 19, 2014
OLE! Here are my starting 11 for each side of the ball and GO USA!
Offense: Matt Schaub, Darren McFadden, Marcel Reece, David Ausberry, James Jones, Rod Streater, Donald Penn, Gabe Jackson, Sefen Wisniewski, Austin Howard, Menelik Watson.
Defense: Justin Tuck, Pat Sims, Antonio Smith, LaMarr Woodley, Sio Moore, Nick Roach, Khalil Mack, DJ Hayden, Tarell Brown, Charles Woodson and Tyvon Branch
@RaidersReporter Do you think Babin still has the ‘fire/will’ to play? or Is he ready for retirement?
— g. saucedo (@popmart7) June 19, 2014
It is funny you ask because I tweeted my thoughts on it as soon as I heard that Babin was cut.
— James Arcellana (@RaidersReporter) June 19, 2014
I do not think Jason Babin has a ton left in the tank, but that is why he is perfect for the Reggie McKenzie special. If the Raiders bring him in on a cheap one year deal in order to be a backup and he doesn’t do much, it won’t be the end of the world. Let’s put it this way, there is absolutely no possibility that adding Babin on such a deal would hurt the team. So why not see if he would help?
I completely misinterpreted one of the questions presented earlier today. I provided my predictions for who the starting 11 on each side of the ball would be. But what was asked was who my starting 11 would be if I were fielding a futbol team, not a football team. SO, my starting 11 for the World Cup:
GK: Andre Holmes
Tall athletic and his talents as a wide receiver would translate well to goalie. Think of it as being like a jug machine drill that lasts for 90 minutes.
DEF: Usama Young, Sio Moore, Khalil Mack, Chimdi Chekwa
I went big and athletic in the middle with the two stud linebackers, Mack and Moore. On the outside I wanted size and speed because this is going to be an attacking team. Chekwa and Young have defensive minds and abilities but also have the speed to push up the sidelines and lob crosses into the box.
Midfielders: DJ Hayden, Maurice Jones Drew, Miles Burris, Taiwan Jones
For the outside midfielders I once again went with speed hoping to push the ball quickly up the field. On the inside I wanted guys who could help maintain possession. For that reason I chose guys from positions that require them to work in crowded and confined spaces. Burris and Jones Drew have good center of balance and are used to weaving their way through a filed full of bodies.
Forwards: Rod Streater, Darren McFadden
Fast, tall and have that killer instinct. Streater and McFadden are the perfect guys to play as strikers up top for the Raiders (assuming McFadden can stay healthy that is). They can catch defenses off guard with quick runs or settle in the box and use their height to score with their heads.