Jack Del Rio plainly said his Oakland Raiders just “need to find mojo” to get back on track this Sunday night against the Miami Dolphins. Perhaps “mojo” is the head coach’s code word for creative and innovative in reference to the team’s despondent offense?
“I see an offense that’s very simple in approach,” Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner told NFL Network. “Don’t do a lot of things to create opportunity for the quarterback.”
Former player, NFL executive and current ESPN analyst Louis Riddick echoed Warner’s sentiment.
“If I’m watching their tape and not a member of their team and I was getting ready to play this offense, I’d be like ‘This offense is easy to figure out,” Riddick said stressing the word easy. “I think it’s poorly constructed, think they made a mistake on the offensive coordinator hire. There were a lot of mistakes and right now, they’re rising to the top.”
As the Raiders remained on the East Coast (Sarasota, to be exact), Del Rio noted every rock would be turned over in hopes of getting things clicking again.
“Everything will be looked at, is being looked at,” he said earlier this week. “If that would help, yeah no problem. We’ll go Raiders on Raiders full pads, we can tackle. We’ll do it old school like Jimmy Johnson used to do in Dallas. No, I think that the preparation part has actually been pretty solid. I think we knew what we needed to do (last Sunday) and we didn’t execute with enough of some of those qualities that I’m talking about. We’ll look to get that going.”
The Raiders offense has gone nowhere, fast.
Warner, who not only orchestrated but also had the best seat to view the “Greatest Show On Turf” Rams offense, sees everything falling on Derek Carr’s shoulders, for better or worse.
“He likes to push the ball down the field and likes to take one-on-one opportunities with (Amari) Cooper and (Michael) Crabtree. But when that’s not working for you — whether the quarterback is not having a perfect day or receivers aren’t going up to make tight contested (catches) — this offense struggles,” Warner said. “I’m wondering why they can’t run the football with that offensive line and Marshawn Lynch and when they’re not, it’s up to Derek Carr or the quarterbacks to make big plays consistently.
“They haven’t done that this year. They’re not making as much big plays and find themselves losing those close games they won a year ago.”
Ditto for former safety and current ESPN analyst Ryan Clark.
“If you have a quarterback like Derek Carr, you expect them to play better football,” he began. “The mirage we were under was all the times they had to come back last year, all the games they had to win in last seconds where Derek Carr had to make amazing plays, he was asked to do that over and over again. When you’re standing on the edge, standing on the fence with one foot like that, you fall off.”
Both Riddick and Warner went on to say the lack of pre-snap movement from the receivers hinders the once-explosive Raiders offense. You get the feeling neither recognize this Oakland squad.