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Raiders loss painful in many ways

B. Gradkowski

Oakland’s 33-17 meltdown against Miami on Sunday could prove to be their defining loss of their season.

Coming off an embarrassing beatdown to the Steelers, the Raiders were embarrassed again.  In a battle of two AFC hopefuls on the edge of the playoff race, the Dolphins looked hungrier, tougher, and built with a better running game.

The Raiders hid the identity of their starting quarterback all week, then watched Bruce Gradkowski seriously hurt his shoulder.  Again.  Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune says it’s “apparent” Gradkowski is “down for a while” and Jason Campbell will  take over.   Campbell doesn’t quite understand why he was replaced.

“It’s kind of tough because you’re caught right in between something and you don’t know what’s going on,” Campbell said after the game.

The news only gets worse.  Privately, members of the coaching staff tell McDonald that Darren McFadden isn’t running the same aggressive since he was hurt.  McFadden has 18 yards on 16 carries over the last two weeks.

Tight end Zach Miller has a torn plantar fascia and couldn’t finish Sunday’s game because of a “fibula” injury.  He has 23 yards in the last three games he’s played.

Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha admitted he couldn’t plant and turn Sunday.  He gave up four receptions for 65 yards and incurred a holding penalty.

Oh, and the team is traveling to San Diego this week with their season essentially on the line.

Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?

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38 Responses to “Raiders loss painful in many ways”
  1. cnelson13 says: Nov 29, 2010 12:15 PM

    The Dolphins’ running game was actually really bad yesterday. Their rushing averages were terrible minus Ricky’s 45-yard touchdown at the end of the game. The only reason they held the ball so long and rushed as many times as they did was because the passing game was on and Henne converted 3rd downs.

  2. R8RBOB says: Nov 29, 2010 12:15 PM

    I may be a fan but I know reality. I just want the RAIDERS to finish at least 8-8. That gives the team something to build on and give us fans a bit of hope that this team will finally turn that corner.

  3. JSpicoli says: Nov 29, 2010 12:15 PM

    I have never heard Zach’s plantar was torn. That sucks even if it is just faciitis. They rarely tear, are you sure?

  4. dolphinphan says: Nov 29, 2010 12:16 PM

    As a Dolphin fan, it was very obvious Nnamdi was hurt. Hartline had a great game. He’s a solid WR, but come on. Henne (excluding poor throws) did anything he wanted to against that secondary.

    As a fan of a team with an excess of injuries, I feel for the Raiders, but at this time of the season, the only teams not hurt are the lucky ones, and the ones that will make the playoffs.

  5. JSpicoli says: Nov 29, 2010 12:19 PM

    Gradkowski started because he has moved the offense better and does not resemble a cow when things get tough.

    Grad’s had his worst game as a Raider. We all knew he was not Johnny U., he was just our best shot.

    Campbell would have gone into empty horseface mode by the end of the first half and it would have been worse. We were ahead 14-13 at haltime, but you’d never know it from the sentient scribes here in PFTLand.

  6. homelanddefense says: Nov 29, 2010 12:20 PM

    doesnt hurt me any, my team has Oakland’s first round pick. The loss was great!

  7. jlb10 says: Nov 29, 2010 12:35 PM

    didn’t mcfadden come back for the 3 game winning streak? sure as hell seemed to me he was running just as hard for those 3 wins as he was before he got hurt.
    it helps any rb immensely if he is given the chance to run the ball. 8 attempts by mcfadden and 12 overall means you are not committed to the running game.
    poor game plan if you ask me. just like the game against the steelers

  8. mrone50 says: Nov 29, 2010 12:37 PM

    HAHA people are still coming on here with that Bruces moves the offense better crap. How about Bruce moves the number in the L column, while your at it. Dude is as durable as Dollar Store toilet paper. Do you pea brains understand that JC had the Raiders playing meaningful football for the first time in like 7 years. Not only that but did Bruce Almighty get the start at less than 100% health?

    Now the team must either gor back to “horseface mode” (whatever the hell that is) or to Kyle Boller. Good luck with that.

  9. tgraiders says: Nov 29, 2010 12:49 PM

    JSpicoli – You always here with the same Bruce will save the world speak. While JC was winnign games it was never becasue of him and everyone else. Bruce showed what he is. A QB that can only throw 10 yards. That is why we also had no running game! All they had to do was stack the box and cover the under route. When he did throw deep it was short by 5-10 yards and picked off.

    Come on man think for yourself!!

  10. jhorton83 says: Nov 29, 2010 12:53 PM

    When the Raiders have won this year, it’s been because of Darren McFadden. When he’s been ineffective or injured, they tend to lose horribly. So the top priority should clearly be fixing whatever is wrong with him.

  11. eugene954 says: Nov 29, 2010 12:55 PM

    Yeah Campbell was on fire during our 3 game winning streak. Thats why his QB rating is 29th in the league. Campbell SUCKS, Bruce gives us the best chance to win but thats not saying much when JC is so terrible. Who did JC beat by the way? Denver, Seattle and the only reason he beat KC was because Jacoby Ford ripped an intercepted pass from Brandon Flowers hands.

  12. AlanSaysYo says: Nov 29, 2010 12:55 PM

    Not sure why anyone would point the finger at McFadden. The offensive line got their lunch handed to them all day. McFadden had two, sometimes three guys on him before getting to the line. It definitely wasn’t HIS fault…

  13. whynotusecommonsense says: Nov 29, 2010 1:05 PM

    Well said mrone50, well said.

    That’s several times now I’ve read the B.S. comments like, “Campbell would have been worse…”. Really, how much worse can you get than not having any drives over 4 plays until garbage time in the 4th quarter?

    Gradkowski = great come off the bench QB who will not lose you many games when your starter gets injured. Ask him to play 4 quarters and you’re in trouble.

    Even last year when he supposedly saved Cable’s job. He had a great 4th quarter against the Steelers and was mediocre against the Bengals (his only 2 wins when starting and completing a game). The Bengals game was saved by a great special teams play and game winning FG by Jano. Cable stuck by his man and it probably cost him his job. They will both not be in Silver and Black next year.

  14. coachstram says: Nov 29, 2010 1:08 PM

    Good.

    Thier dysfunction, confusion, and aimless lack of direction makes Mondays after wins all the more enjoyable.

  15. tgraiders says: Nov 29, 2010 1:25 PM

    eugene954 – You mean just like he did to save Bruce from pick number 3 sunday!!

  16. eugene954 says: Nov 29, 2010 1:26 PM

    JaMarcus Campbell will throw 2 picks and have at least 1 or 2 fumbles this weekend vs San Diego. Hope a miracle happens and we actually win this game.

  17. luvthatdirtywatah says: Nov 29, 2010 1:32 PM

    The loss is good for the Pats’ First Round draft choice. That’s all that matters.

  18. raiderredleg says: Nov 29, 2010 1:32 PM

    McDonald’s article is dead on…With poor coaching (i.e. benching Campbell and the DB roster moves that left an injured Asomugha and a clueless Walter McFadden on the field AT THE SAME TIME) there is little hope that Cable survives UNLESS he goes 8-8.

    QB issues aside, either Al Davis FINALLY admits that he needs a GM and/or a strong coach (with AT LEAST SOME control over the roster) or the misery in Raider Nation will continue for the foreseeble future.

  19. JakeDSnake says: Nov 29, 2010 1:43 PM

    Raiders are at Chargers – win!
    Raiders travel cross country for an early East Coast game against the Jaguars – win!
    Play Broncos at home – loss.
    Play at home against Colts who will be fighting for a playoff spot – win!
    Finish season at Chiefs – win!
    Easy money that Raiders finish season 9-7.
    Just have a winning season Baby!

  20. eugene954 says: Nov 29, 2010 1:46 PM

    raiderredleg – Did you hear that somewhere? Al saying he needs a GM…. Would love a GM or Gruden back with full roster control.

  21. mrone50 says: Nov 29, 2010 1:46 PM

    Well Bruce Grad”ouch”ski isn’t all the way healthy and it’s assumed Jason Campbell will be the starter. It still doesn’t mean Bruce the “Deuce” won’t be getting the nod from that wild and wacky Tom Foolery with all of his trickery.

  22. R8RBOB says: Nov 29, 2010 1:49 PM

    eugene954 says: Nov 29, 2010 1:26 PM

    JaMarcus Campbell will throw 2 picks and have at least 1 or 2 fumbles this weekend vs San Diego. Hope a miracle happens and we actually win this game.
    —————————————————-
    Sorry but Campbell like Gradkowski aren’t worthy of the name JaMarcus. Hell, JaMarcus Russell isn’t worthy of the name.

    If you are going to refer Campbell by that bust then call him by the right name: JaBustus Campbell. Looks like JaBustus Gradkowski is out for the year.

  23. grpatriot says: Nov 29, 2010 1:54 PM

    I actually feel pretty good about it as a Pats fan…I mean we have thier 1st round pick!

  24. lanjoith says: Nov 29, 2010 1:54 PM

    Their biggest beatdown of the season is coming this Sunday.

  25. eugene954 says: Nov 29, 2010 2:14 PM

    Sounds like the San Diego Superchoker fans are back on the band wagon. Dont get too excited, January is coming. And much like the Cubs in October, its not gonna happen

  26. jgrange says: Nov 29, 2010 2:19 PM

    The offensive line has regressed terribly. They need to use more screens with McFadden if they are unable to run the ball. When they did run screens, McFadden gained good chunks of yards but Grad couldn’t offset those plays with his horrible throws yesterday. Walter McFadden is a rookie and was thrown into the fire. Hope he can bounce back from that performance because he was picked on repeatedly. Poor kid.

  27. laxer37 says: Nov 29, 2010 2:48 PM

    JakeDSnake says:

    Raiders are at Chargers – win!
    Raiders travel cross country for an early East Coast game against the Jaguars – win!
    Play Broncos at home – loss.
    Play at home against Colts who will be fighting for a playoff spot – win!
    Finish season at Chiefs – win!
    Easy money that Raiders finish season 9-7.
    Just have a winning season Baby!

    ————————————————-

    Raiders have a shot against the doormat Broncos. The rest are losses.

  28. true2dasilverblack says: Nov 29, 2010 2:51 PM

    Bruce might spark the offense here and there, but yesterday he looked awful… There was obviously no chemistry between him and the receivers… Last week was an awful game for Campbell, but at least he’s been around to get a feel for how the team clicks with each other… No offense to Bruce, but Campbell has more of an upside and potential to become better…

    Asomugha was obviously still not 100%… The O-Line wasn’t opening any holes for McFadden… Although the D-Line had a couple sacks, there was hardly any pressure or penetration to stop the pass or run… I believe W. McFadden in part got torched so much because of no D-Line pressure…

  29. bdrunk says: Nov 29, 2010 3:39 PM

    Chin up Raider fans! At least Seymour got that nice hit on Roethlisberger last week!

  30. raiderredleg says: Nov 29, 2010 3:44 PM

    eugene954 says:
    Nov 29, 2010 1:46 PM
    raiderredleg – Did you hear that somewhere? Al saying he needs a GM…. Would love a GM or Gruden back with full roster control.
    ————————————————–
    Afraid not…Just a pipe dream…Have asked Jerry McDonald a half dozen times on his chat and he just doesn’t see Gruden coming back OR any kind of “personnel type” in Al’s lifetime.

    It’s his team (right or wrong) and as long as he is able (i.e. not dead) he will make ALL the decisions. It just isn’t in his DNA to admit the game passed him by and turn over the running of the team to someone else.

    The Gruden years were an aberration and Al Davis was only TOO happy to trade his right to the Bucs.

  31. R8RBOB says: Nov 29, 2010 4:33 PM

    #
    raiderredleg says: Nov 29, 2010 3:44 PM

    The Gruden years were an aberration and Al Davis was only TOO happy to trade his right to the Bucs.
    —————————————————-
    This….is why the RAIDERS are currently suffering from the “curse of Gruden”

    The RAIDERS’ troubles began the day Al Davis “traded” Gruden to the Bucs for 30 pieces of silver. When the RAIDERS faced their former coach in the Super Bowl we should have known that it was not going to be a happy ending for the RAIDERS.

  32. jjackwagon says: Nov 29, 2010 4:46 PM

    So much for the “Commitment to excellence”. Looks like Faider fans will have to be satisfied with a 6-10 record this year.

  33. JSpicoli says: Nov 29, 2010 4:46 PM

    Thanks for stating it correctly Eugene. The morons are thick today. No matter how many times I say it, it always comes back that I think Gradkowski is Joe Montana.

    He was just our best shot. If anyone could actaully watch and analyze a game , they’d know JC has been lost and the beneficiary of a ruining game and defense that were playing well. Even the oline resurgance of the past couple weeks left us now.

    Not looking good and even worse with 1000 mile stare Jason in there.

  34. raideralex99 says: Nov 29, 2010 5:36 PM

    OMG … did any of you watch the game??
    Bruce should not have played yesterday or he should not have thrown the deep ball … it’s so obvious (3 VERY BAD deepspasses) he had no strength in his shoulder but then Henne played and he was suppose to be put on IR.
    Anyways you morons that keep saying JC is so great … can you please tell me why his coaches don’t believe in him. Hmmmmmmmmmm you guys know more about coaching than the actual NFL coaches … ya right.
    I honestly believe if JC was … white nobody would be talking about him.

  35. tdk24 says: Nov 29, 2010 5:42 PM

    It’s clear we need to find an answer at QB. The guys on the roster are clearly not the answer. But you know what? 25 or so other teams are in the same position as the Raiders. We also need more depth at OL and the whole defense. Let Campbell or Boller play for the rest of the season and see what happens. And i think i’m done with the DHB experiment. We need some reliable vets to go along with Murphy and Ford. Shilens ain’t comin back! He’s wasted money, same as when we had Curry. Makes a nice play, get’s hurt, next season makes a nice play, get’s hurt. Just cut him, baby! We could of had Branch for free practically, TJ was cheap after leaving Seattle, yet our best WR is our starting KR.

  36. R8RBOB says: Nov 29, 2010 5:50 PM

    Damn Tony Dungy. If it wasn’t for him, the RAIDERS could had Michael Vick.

  37. FinFan68 says: Nov 29, 2010 9:27 PM

    It’s sad to see what has happened to the Raiders. Al Davis used to be a good judge of talent but has missed more often the last 20 years or so. Ford will be a good playmaker for the Raiders. Was Davis calling all the shots when Madden/Flores were coaching? When exactly did the senility take hold? The Raiders will draft a QB again next year because these guys are not the future. Luck and Newton are the talked about guys but Mallet is the best bet to fix the issues in oaktown

  38. joetoronto says: Nov 30, 2010 6:05 AM

    FinFan:

    You have even bigger issues in Miami, concentrate on that.

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