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