One of the great things about Al Davis can also be frustrating. The Raiders defense of 2010, for instance, looks a lot like the Raiders defense of 1970, minus the same results.
“We basically play man every damn down,” cornerback Stanford Routt told Tim Ryan and Pat Kirwan on Sirius XM Wednesday, via Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune.
The hosts tried to point out to Routt that the Raiders can mix in zones, like in a game against the Eagles in 2009.
“We ran a little bit of zone that game, but predominantly, [man] is what we do. If we play 60 snaps on defense, at least 56 of those are going to be man coverage. Everyone in the league knows what our game plan is,” Routt said.
Routt was careful not to complain, pointing out how disrupting the opposition’s timing can make life difficult on quarterbacks. Then again, he admitted that playing man coverage against concepts like a three-man bunch set is “hard as hell to do.”
Perhaps that’s why the Raiders are willing to pay their cornerbacks like Routt so much money. When they find one they like, they want to keep him.
That’s why potentially replacing Nnamdi Asomugha could prove so difficult.