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Overconfidence may have hurt the Raiders

Of all the upsets in Week One, none is more ridiculous than this one.

Both Raiders tight end Zach Miller and quarterback Jason Campbell have partly attributed the team’s loss to Tennessee to overconfidence by the Raiders.  You know, the team that hasn’t won more than five games since 2002 was overconfident because they got a few nice draft grades.

“That game taught us a lot because we were getting some good press
clippings, and this game here, I think it pretty much humbled our team
and made us get back to know what we have to do to get where we want to
go,” Campbell said, via the Oakland Tribune. “We have to go out there and earn it. We have to
fight for what we want.”
 
Jerry McDonald compares the players to Raiders fans, which is perfect.  One Raiders fan friend of mine told me before Week One it was crazy Oakland wasn’t favored against Tennessee.  Now he’s ready to give up on the season.

Campbell’s comment is a reminder how far this franchise has to go; simply dumping JaMarcus Russell doesn’t solve everything. They need improved line play, especially on offense.

When Tom Cable was the team’s offensive line coach, it was consistently a unit that excelled above the rest of the team.  Now tackles Langston Walker and Mario Henderson are holding the team back.

“We’ve got to play better at
tackle,” Cable told the Contra Costa Times. “That’s the bottom line here. We’ll do that. We’ll
keep working at it, putting it together, using different ways to help
them.”

If they don’t get the line solved and lose to the Rams this Sunday, overconfidence should no longer be a problem.

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  1. FinFan68 says: Sep 16, 2010 10:55 AM

    That headline has not been possible in the last 8 years

  2. reo says: Sep 16, 2010 10:55 AM

    Campbell needs to stop giving the DL a cue as to when the hike is coming by leaning back before they snap it. Might help their OL.

  3. Testify says: Sep 16, 2010 11:01 AM

    This offensive line is the worst in the NFL, ncaa (div 1-all of them) ufl, cfl, high school, pop Warner, flag football, pros vs joes, tennis and whatever other sport you want to include. They suk!!!

  4. Kirk says: Sep 16, 2010 11:03 AM

    so they actually thought they could beat VY and CJ?

  5. awdlmd says: Sep 16, 2010 11:03 AM

    The Raiders need to be over-confident. If they had the appropriate amount of confidence they wouldn’t bother suiting up.

  6. Caldon says: Sep 16, 2010 11:04 AM

    Of all the upsets in Week One, none is more ridiculous than this one.
    ———
    It should read of all the losses in week one. If anyone actually thought that the raiders losing to the titans was an upset, then they clearly don’t watch football.

  7. JSpicoli says: Sep 16, 2010 11:08 AM

    “When Tom Cable was the team’s offensive line coach, it was consistently a unit that excelled above the rest of the team.”
    Point of order, ,while they might have played better, the o-line has not ever excelled above ANY part of the team, and has always been the biggest concern this offseason. Not much change was made from ’09, and they sucked then. Now Gallery is out, problems on the horizon.
    The OAK oline has been the biggest problem at hand since Wiz, Middleton, Kennedy, Robbins and co. left town circa 2003.

  8. licavoli says: Sep 16, 2010 11:15 AM

    if you take the first ten games of 2008 and the last ten games of 2009 the Titans are 18-2! thats pretty sick.

  9. bigmikethompson says: Sep 16, 2010 11:17 AM

    Or they were over-hyped just like the Jets, dolphins, cowboys, chargers…. see a trend here? Don’t believe the tv.

  10. BleedingSilverAndBlack says: Sep 16, 2010 11:19 AM

    Everyone take it easy. It was the first game. Barely worth more than a pre-season game. Week 3 we better have our stuff together.

  11. Thewatcher says: Sep 16, 2010 11:19 AM

    Hey Cable! How much can you help those guys?
    Guess what! You can’t help them, it hasn’t help them last year and the year before. Get them out of there! Now!

  12. 1NationRaiderNation says: Sep 16, 2010 11:20 AM

    I guess it was that over confidence why campbell played so bad….excuses, excuses, excuses. As far as Jerry McDonald, I don’t know what fans he is talking about. Almost all of my friends are raiders fans, and the most optimistic friend I have has the raiders at 9-7. I found some positives in game one…….Nnamdi, DMC, Lechler, just to name a few….Altough it’s early in the seaso, this game against the rams will say a lot about this years raiders, and more importantly about Tom Cable.

  13. SomeFans says: Sep 16, 2010 11:20 AM

    Raiders overconfident? How could this be?
    I mean, aren’t they the worst team this decade? The only “positive press” is that they didn’t completly blow their draft, per usual.

  14. realitypolice says: Sep 16, 2010 11:20 AM

    Funniest. Headline. Ever.

  15. shea801 says: Sep 16, 2010 11:21 AM

    Every comment so far (up to Caldon @ 11:004) on this matter has been very appropriate. Even the snarky ones. And I’m a Raiders fan.

  16. Al_Davis_needs_a_dirtnap says: Sep 16, 2010 11:24 AM

    o line sucks and no blitzing on d. 6-10 but that might win the west

  17. INVAIDUH says: Sep 16, 2010 11:25 AM

    still better than you…yaeffeminatemofo.
    R. Nation.
    GFY

  18. titknocker says: Sep 16, 2010 11:27 AM

    can’t wait to see how high of a draft pick the patriots get from them…..hope it’s top 5

  19. Poopstain_Chuck says: Sep 16, 2010 11:28 AM

    As a Skins fan, I couldn’t understand why everyone kept saying that Campbell was the savior for the Raiders. He is an average QB at best. All of the so called “experts” acted like the Raiders were well on their way when they got Campbell. Sorry guys, but this guy isn’t going to take you to the promise land.

  20. NumberSeven says: Sep 16, 2010 11:28 AM

    Yeah, a combined 29-83 record over the past 7 seasons… I can see how that would get you a little cocky. What a joke of a franchise!

  21. BenRapistberger says: Sep 16, 2010 11:33 AM

    I’m not just confident, I’m OVERconfident that this team is bad. Bring on the top 10 draft pick to NE!

  22. Jack Acid says: Sep 16, 2010 11:35 AM

    Rams will win this game.

  23. Grkboiler says: Sep 16, 2010 11:35 AM

    And because of the trade for Richard Seymour we will get to hear this if we have a season next year…
    And with the first pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots select …..

  24. TylerDurden says: Sep 16, 2010 11:37 AM

    Of all the upsets in Week One, none is more ridiculous than this one.
    ————————————————-
    Wrong answer, hater. The Dolties loss to the Chiefs was the most ridiculous. Titans are a tough team at home led by the longest tenured coach and home to the most electrifying RB in the league. The Chiefs are in a rebuilding mode chuck full of rookies and coming off an even worse season than the Raiders. The ignorance indeed….

  25. dunkingonuts says: Sep 16, 2010 11:39 AM

    How come everytime there is a negative article about the Raiders, Rosenthal is all over it? Watch if the they beat the Rams Sunday, his name won’t be anywhere near a Raiders article next week. Talk about a HATER..!

  26. shaggeez says: Sep 16, 2010 11:44 AM

    Of all the upsets in Week One, none is more ridiculous than this one.
    hm…
    first of all, it was nowhere close to an upset. just because florio picked the raiders to win, does not make it an upset when it doesn’t work out for him.
    and second, i think it’s kind of hard for any game to be an upset in week one. you really don’t know what teams are going to be good for the season, you can make some pretty decent guesses, but with all the new additions to teams and trades here and there, the true contenders versus pretenders has yet to be established. a couple weeks in, then yeah, you can kind of tell you sucks (the raiders) and who is pretty legit (like the patriots).

  27. nflhof says: Sep 16, 2010 11:44 AM

    This is hilarious stuff. Where do you guys get this from? The Raiders have been a joke for so long they really are just a side note in the NFL kinda like the Lions.

  28. Crusty says: Sep 16, 2010 11:45 AM

    How exactly was this an upset? Raiders were never favored. And there’s a reason for that.

  29. RaiderChile says: Sep 16, 2010 11:47 AM

    THe tackles are there by order of Al Davis. Davis has a soft spot for Henderson. Mario is a bit slow in the head in interviews and why he was selected is beyond me. Cable pulls him aside for one on one coaching and it doesn’t help. Mario is not NFL talent.
    Davis also favors ex players coming back because of his soft spot. Walker left to get money and came back once he floundered with the Bill. Of course he got resigned to the only team (Davis) who still believes in him.
    Complain all you want. I said weeks ago not to believe the hype and I was right. UNtil Davis is gone, this team will stay at the bottom.

  30. realitypolice says: Sep 16, 2010 11:50 AM

    dunkingonuts says:
    September 16, 2010 11:39 AM
    How come everytime there is a negative article about the Raiders, Rosenthal is all over it? Watch if the they beat the Rams Sunday, his name won’t be anywhere near a Raiders article next week. Talk about a HATER..!
    ===============
    Why would anyone write any kind of article about a raiders-rams game?

  31. Junior says: Sep 16, 2010 11:51 AM

    Stupid statements by Campbell and Miller. Especially Miller who has been with the team for several years. I can understand Campbell drinking the kool aid as it’s his first year and he was supposed to be the savior.
    Not as stupid or uninformed as this though:
    SomeFans says:
    September 16, 2010 11:20 AM
    Raiders overconfident? How could this be?
    I mean, aren’t they the worst team this decade? The only “positive press” is that they didn’t completly blow their draft, per usual.
    ————————————————-
    The simple answer to your question is no. The Raiders are not the worst team this decade. With 3 division titles, 2 conference championship appearances and 1 Super Bowl appearance the past decade, teams like the Browns and Lions have been far worse. But unfortunately recent years have overshadowed their success early in the decade. This has made them an easy target for some fans like yourself who throw out ignorant statments to fit in with the crowd.

  32. CHIEF ZEE says: Sep 16, 2010 11:57 AM

    JC is a great person but not a great QB…I wish he was a great QB, I own one of his game worn college jerseys. I keep holding out hope for him in what is now his 6th year.

  33. RedskinsRenaissance says: Sep 16, 2010 11:59 AM

    I should have figured that the excuses would begin as soon as JC put up a typical 180 yd passing day with 1td and 1 pick. All I ever heard while Campbell was in Washington was that his failures were the result of a poor offensive line and having to learn new systems. I guess that will be the excuse in Oakland as well. Or over-confidence, or etc. etc. etc. What is it with this guy? Sure he works hard, and says the right things, but he’s not any good. Everybody goes out of there way to protect Jason. Drop it already. The guy is a middle/lower tier NFL quarterback. To everyone who thought Campbell to Oakland was such an upgrade, think again.

  34. Sourdough says: Sep 16, 2010 12:09 PM

    I wonder what the odds are in Vegas re: the Raiders extending their NFL record seven (7) consecutive seasons with at least eleven (11) losses!?! A loss vs the Rams and they’ll be a 1/5th of the way to extending that record to eight consecutive seasons! Kudos to the Raiders!

  35. HomelandDefense says: Sep 16, 2010 12:11 PM

    Im really hoping the pick the Pats got for Seymour ends up top 8

  36. Mad Squabbles says: Sep 16, 2010 12:12 PM

    “Of all the upsets in Week One, none is more ridiculous than this one.”
    ________________________
    Yeah, I’m going to have to chime in with the rest of the folks on this one. The Titans were at home, the line was Titans -6.5, and the Titans finished last year with an 8-2 run. Florio was an idiot for picking the Raiders (as he is for picking the Steelers (+5.5)), but that was no upset.

  37. AbeFreshly says: Sep 16, 2010 12:15 PM

    Over the last several years, I have always shuddered when I read about the Raiders’ training camps. They have camp “Shangri la de da” every year in Napa, then expect to match their opponents’ intensity when real bullets start flying.
    As for last Sunday, there is NO WAY that the Titans DL can anticipate the snap count on 90% of the plays. I was positive that the rookie C was giving it away somehow. It does not take much for veterans to get a read on some inexperienced rook who is shitting bricks in his first NFL start…& the first time he has ever played Center.
    Do not insult the Titans’ DL by starting a Div II player who has never played C before. You will get what you deserve.

  38. twinkletoes says: Sep 16, 2010 12:15 PM

    With the exception of maybe a healthy Robert Gallery, nobody on this starting line is ready for the big show. Maybe Veldheer develops into a good, whatever his final position ends up being. Ditto with Bruce Campbell (sometime next season). But it was fairly obvious to most of the Nation that if Undead Al didn’t bring in some established O-line talent, Hue Jackson’s offense wouldn’t take off. It drove me bonkers to watch the Raiders sit on their hands while both Jammal Brown and Jared Gaither were made available via trade. Obviously, only Brown was moved. But imagine how it would have affected this line if we had been traded here. With Brown at LT, the team could’ve provided much better protection for J Campbell’s blind side, while shifting Henderson to RT. It’s too late for the team to address their biggest weakness now that the season has begun. Raiderkarma.

  39. CaptainObvious says: Sep 16, 2010 12:23 PM

    robert ethan is slipping.
    I haven’t seen his predictable 3rd grade schoolyard taunt yet.

  40. CaptainManhattan says: Sep 16, 2010 12:24 PM

    One raiders fan friend of yours? Thanks for the scoop Gregggg.

  41. PirateFreedom says: Sep 16, 2010 12:27 PM

    If not having JaWalrus on the roster was all it took we would need 32 Lombardy trophies.

  42. Kiss Bills Rings says: Sep 16, 2010 12:28 PM

    Hope the Patriots get the top pick…..that combined with the 32nd pick in the first round would make for an AWESOME year!!!!

  43. Dasmol says: Sep 16, 2010 12:33 PM

    raiduhs and their fans were overconfident? and this is news?

  44. GoTitans says: Sep 16, 2010 12:41 PM

    Another “upset” will happen Sunday in Titan Town, Florio. Go Titans!

  45. raidersteve413 says: Sep 16, 2010 12:50 PM

    Raiders overconfident? How could this be?
    I mean, aren’t they the worst team this decade? The only “positive press” is that they didn’t completly blow their draft, per usual
    Raiders are the worst team of this decade?
    hmmm lets see they went to a superbowl this decade been in the pl;ayoffs this decade.
    So explain to me how they are the worst?
    what about the lions?
    you people all know week 1 meant shit and this raider team is gona destroy everybody this year…
    FEAR IS COMING

  46. FireJerryJones says: Sep 16, 2010 12:58 PM

    Excuse me son, the fiction section is over by the window.
    Overconfidence. LMAO.

  47. LunarPie says: Sep 16, 2010 12:59 PM

    It still early. They played and got beat by a team that is playoff bound. If Oak loses to the Rams, Tom Cable better get ready to get fired.

  48. Brazy says: Sep 16, 2010 12:59 PM

    The comments by the players make for easy targets to pile on the 7 years of bad luck the Raiders have been on. But unless you are a Dallas Cowgirls, Pittsburg Stool or SanFag Cisco ButtMiner fan, you can’t say shit, cause the Raiders have the same or more rings then your team.

  49. tango says: Sep 16, 2010 1:06 PM

    To: aldavisisatool: dead al makes another stunning move and re-signs Erik Pears ! That should shore up that incredible O line ! Are you frickin kidding me ? Even the 3% have to be scratching their collective dead heads

  50. Raider Redleg says: Sep 16, 2010 1:18 PM

    Leave it to Rosenthall (who knows less about football than my two year old) to use the term “upset” as part of last week’s game.
    Raiders got their @ss wipped by a strong team AT THEIR HOME.
    Just because Florio picked them to win doesn’t mean that perdiction came from GOD Greggy poo.
    Bigger story you COMPLETELY missed in this posting is if Sam Bradford walks into Oakland’s home this weekend and gets his first NFL win.

  51. Hovenaut says: Sep 16, 2010 1:26 PM

    Just stay clueless baby!

  52. kcfan says: Sep 16, 2010 1:36 PM

    dunkingonuts says:
    September 16, 2010 11:39 AM
    How come everytime there is a negative article about the Raiders, Rosenthal is all over it? Watch if the they beat the Rams Sunday, his name won’t be anywhere near a Raiders article next week. Talk about a HATER..!
    ————————-
    Raiders should win that game moron. Nothing against the Rams but the Rams are in a complete rebuilding stage
    1NationRaiderNation says:
    September 16, 2010 11:20 AM
    I guess it was that over confidence why campbell played so bad….excuses, excuses, excuses. As far as Jerry McDonald, I don’t know what fans he is talking about. Almost all of my friends are raiders fans, and the most optimistic friend I have has the raiders at 9-7. I found some positives in game one…….Nnamdi, DMC, Lechler, just to name a few….Altough it’s early in the seaso, this game against the rams will say a lot about this years raiders, and more importantly about Tom Cable.
    ———————–
    All of you Raider clowns were on here a week ago claiming a 10-6 record and a first place finish in the AFC west

  53. Raider Redleg says: Sep 16, 2010 1:44 PM

    Rosenthal’s take: The optimism stops here for one of these teams. The Raiders wouldn’t be able to sell progress after a blowout loss on the road and a home loss to the Rams. Sam Bradford has given the Rams hope for the future, but the present looks awfully bleak if they go 0-2 with a soft opening schedule. Two Raiders, including Jason Campbell, alluded to being overconfident heading into the Titans game. You know, because of their draft grades. Losing 11 or more games for seven years hasn’t humbled this franchise. Maybe losing to the Rams will.
    Rosenthal’s pick: Rams 21, Raiders 17.
    ————————————————–
    You and Mr. Silva have to be from the “Tiki Barber School of Journalism”…Humbled?
    Why don’t you take a deep breath and act you age (19 isn’t it?)

  54. GaryWheeler84 says: Sep 16, 2010 1:46 PM

    Game #1 Raiders overconfident ! As a Patriots fan, this will be a fun year to watch the Raiders each week…can already hear Roger Goodell next April..”with the first pick in the 2011 draft the Patriots select….”

  55. 1NationRaiderNation says: Sep 16, 2010 2:01 PM

    Cable’s Bottom line: “We’ve got to play better at tackle,” Cable told the Contra Costa Times. “That’s the bottom line here. We’ll do that. We’ll keep working at it, putting it together, using different ways to help them.”
    My bottom line : in the past 10 years in the draft we have drafted 16 wr, and 18 guys in the secondary, and only a handfull of 0-lineman.
    It shows.

  56. i'm just a bill, yeah i'm only a bill says: Sep 16, 2010 2:17 PM

    who doesn’t Chris Johnson do that too? he’s 2 games from tying the record for most consecutive 100 yard games. and the Titans always have a good defense. especially that D line. they can get after you with only 4 guys a lot of the time. now if the Raiders look like that against KC, then you can talk.

  57. humbolt says: Sep 16, 2010 2:54 PM

    Over confidence by a team that is 29-84 over the last 113 games. LMAO!

  58. tango says: Sep 16, 2010 3:14 PM

    1NationRaiderNation has the issue dialed in. Now if aldavisisadependsfreak and his 3% club would only listen and quit following dead al blindly then maybe the message would get thru !

  59. Al Davis Is God - tango is a fat hillbilly says: Sep 16, 2010 3:19 PM

    tango you fat, ignorant, redneck, hillbilly, bigot, moron, douchebag: If you had 3% brain function you might learn how to put the fork down you fat pig. Just keep cramming your fat ass into those four seats and God (AKA Al Davis) might send you a thank you card for the financial contribution.

  60. tango says: Sep 16, 2010 3:31 PM

    Aldavisisindenial: How about addressing 1NationRaiderNation ? How about talking football. Very easy to use words like hillbilly, redneck, etc but given your apparent IQ very difficult to address the issues surrounding the O line and dead al !!

  61. tango says: Sep 16, 2010 4:08 PM

    aldavisisajerk: Scroll up and read all these blogs ! Pretty depressing but accurate and dispels all you have to say. You concentrate on hilbilly, redneck, etc and make no credible case for anything you and the dead 3% have to say. Try and make a honorable case for supporting dead al .You cant’ ? I thought so !!

  62. John El Way says: Sep 16, 2010 5:00 PM

    Jamarcus Cambell

  63. eklypse69 says: Sep 16, 2010 5:55 PM

    Why would the Raiders be overconfident? It certainly couldn’t have been due to the fact that Florio, and nearly every other sports reporter were saying that Oakland could be the sleeper team this year between the draft and the opening game.
    I look at it this way – I never expected them to win the super bowl this year. Hell, I don’t even expect them to make the playoffs. I do however think they’ll end up with the best record they’ve had in 8 years.
    The Titans are killers this year. If they stay healthy, they’re a definite post season contender. Once we get into the season and onto some lighter teams, the numbers in the W catagory (hopefully) will start to climb.

  64. 1NationRaiderNation says: Sep 16, 2010 7:41 PM

    @kcfan
    at least I know where we will get two wins

  65. DirtDawg55 says: Sep 16, 2010 8:47 PM

    The Raiders being overconfident going into a football game is like Dan Quayle being overconfident at a spelling bee.
    Yeah, obscure political reference. Look it up if it confuses you.

  66. Al Davis Is God - tango is a fat bigot says: Sep 17, 2010 1:36 AM

    tango you fat, retarded, idiotic, window licking, banjo playing, pile of pig crap, hillbilly bigot: Try making a credible case for a fat, moronic, retarded POS like you trying to tell God (AKA Al Davis) anything about football with your glorious background as a high school football team’s waterboy. You can’t you fat pig. Just like you can’t spell, you can’t touch your toes and you can’t climb out of mommy’s basement you fat pile of crap.

  67. tango says: Sep 17, 2010 11:49 AM

    To:alvasisfinallydead: Do you have any idea how stupid you come across ? Talk football and attempt to show all the bloogers that you can discuss something other than the predictable BS you spew. Can’t do it ? I thought so. Hey how about the monster move brionging Pears back ? Can’t argue with dead al on that one ! Yuck, Yuck !!!

  68. Al Davis Is God - tango is a fat bigot says: Sep 17, 2010 1:00 PM

    tango you fat, retarded, moronic, idiotic, window licking, banjo playing, redneck, hillbilly POS: First, what exactly is a “blooger”. Oh, that’s right, you’re an illiterate retard. You’re the one who keeps proving how incredibly stupid you are with every stupid thing you write.
    Second, you’re the fat, retarded pig who thinks that being a high school football team’s waterboy qualifies you to make judgments about others. I’ve got a scoop for you, idiot: all you’re doing is proving exactly what an idiotic pile of crap you are.
    Third, you haven’t had a thought in your life you pathetic, inbred, retarded hillbilly.
    Fourth, GFY you POS.

  69. tango says: Sep 17, 2010 2:24 PM

    Toaldavisisabadleirsuresuit : Talk O line, talk DHB, talk football. I suspect dead al has you sitting at a computer trying in vain to defend an old, pathetic, out of touch and totally insenstive to the raider fan base, psuedo personel evaluator. Can’t be done you POS

  70. Al Davis Is God - tango is a fat bigot says: Sep 18, 2010 10:16 AM

    tango you fat, ignorant, uninformed, maladjusted, mommy’s boy, idiot POS: As usual, the crap you suspect is more crap you pulled out of your ass. If you think you represent the Raider fan base you’re stupider than I thought. And I thought very little of you you retarded, window licking, redneck, hillbilly bigot.

  71. tango says: Sep 20, 2010 12:10 PM

    to:aldavisgotupstagedbycable: Tom Cable probably got dead al really pissed off yesterday by pulling Campbell who was anointed as the next Plunkett ! Love it!!

  72. Al Davis Is God - tango is a fat bigot says: Sep 21, 2010 11:04 AM

    tango you fat, idiotic, retarded, window licking, pathetic, inbred, moronic, redneck, hillbilly bigot: First, God (AKA Al Davis) loves to win. In case your head has been buried in a case of Ho Ho’s for the last fifty years God’s (AKA Al Davis) favorite saying is “Just Win, Baby”. Second, the only thing you love is your Domino’s pizzas with extra cheese. Third, GFY you retarded sack of pig crap, high school waterboy, POS because no one who’s opinion matters gives a damn what a retard like you thinks.

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