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Raiders stressing adaptability on offense this season

Greg Olson AP

During Greg Knapp’s one year as the Raiders’ offensive coordinator, it wasn’t hard to find people critical of the team’s attempt to run an offensive system that wasn’t particularly suited to the players on the roster.

Running back Darren McFadden struggled all season to find running room in Knapp’s zone blocking-centric offense, which the team tried to implement despite not having offensive linemen skilled in that system. The experiment failed miserably, leading to Knapp’s dismissal and the hiring of Greg Olson to run things in 2013. Olson said this week that he’s not going to try to fit any square pegs into round holes.

“So I’ve been exposed to a number of different systems and if there’s one thing that I’ve learned, you’d better adapt to the players you have on your team,” Olson said, via Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group. “You’d better not pigeon-hole yourself as in, ‘This is my system and this is what we’re going to do’ because that personnel may not match that system.”

Based on the reports out of minicamp, the Raiders have a lot of adapting to do on offense. The team’s quarterbacks got few plaudits from the beat writers who watched practice, although McDonald reports that the Raiders’ plan was to do a lot of blitzing during drills to get the offensive line and quarterbacks accustomed to playing under that kind of pressure.

It’s foolish to make any judgments based on practices in June under any circumstances, so it’s best to save that until there’s actual football being played and we can see how the Raiders offense performs. Starting with the mindset that you’ll try to tailor the offense around the talent on hand is likely a step in the right direction.

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  1. pooflingingmonkey says: Jun 14, 2013 3:01 PM

    With the first pick in the next three NFL drafts, the Raiders select…

  2. goraidersgospurs says: Jun 14, 2013 3:02 PM

    So I’ve been exposed to a number of different systems and if there;s one thing that I’ve learned, you’d better adapt to the players you have on your team.

    You Just won me over Olson!!!

  3. radrntn says: Jun 14, 2013 3:09 PM

    well with gregg”makes me want to take a ” Knapp offense raiders were ever so predictable. 1 st down run to the right side for 1 yard gain. Then a run to the left side for a two yard gain. Which always brought us to third and long, with Carson throwing an incompletion.

    Raiders took one step forward with Hue when he went with maulers up front, only to take two steps back last year with Knapp, and the zbs. DMC is talented regardless what some might think. Just pound the ball up the middle which will bring up third and short yardage opposed to third and long which we suffered all last year.

    Also use Reece as an “x” factor on offense creating a nightmare for either a safety or OLB.

  4. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jun 14, 2013 3:18 PM

    I thought they were stressing staying out of jail this season….haha…just kidding raiders fans …put the guns down….. you know who you are!!!

  5. csdaddy7777 says: Jun 14, 2013 3:19 PM

    Hey people can laugh all they want bu if the Raiders get decent QB play they can have a more than serviceable offense. Before Knapp they had the 9th ranked offense with Jason Campbell and Palmer coming off the couch

  6. lesterhayesstickyicky says: Jun 14, 2013 3:27 PM

    Never understood why they brought Knappy back when he sucked so bad the first time. Guess there wasn’t much to pick from last year. DMC did well when Hue asked him what worked best for him & them actually ran those plays. Can’t stand a coach who loves his system more than the players he has to work with.

  7. raiderinvader says: Jun 14, 2013 3:51 PM

    @pooflingingmonkey-did the jaguars and browns get demoted to NCAA.that would be the only way your statement would go down.

  8. pooflingingmonkey says: Jun 14, 2013 3:54 PM

    @raiderinvader Thanks to the Raiders, the Browns now have a team to look down on. You may be right, however, about the Jags.

  9. robgilman says: Jun 14, 2013 4:14 PM

    Still blows my mind that Knapp was ever given another OC gig last year, and that he wasn’t fired midway through the season.

    @Rdrntn- your description of the run right, run left, incomplete drives last year made me cringe just reading it. Unbelievably frustrating as a fan to watch. How dumb can Knapp be. Funny that his job now is basically to learn from Peyton Manning about how to run an offense.

    Raider fans check out Jerry Mac’s article on insidebayarea if you haven’t already. Goes more in detail and definitely gets you a little excited for what we should see this year. It at least gives some relief that a capable and creative mind is running things.

  10. kcraiderdan says: Jun 14, 2013 4:23 PM

    pooflingingmonkey says:
    Jun 14, 2013 3:01 PM

    With the first pick in the next three NFL drafts, the Raiders select…

    **********

    That would never happen. The Chiefs would never trade their picks to the Raiders.

  11. rdrs68 says: Jun 14, 2013 4:27 PM

    ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jun 14, 2013 3:18 PM

    I thought they were stressing staying out of jail this season….haha…just kidding raiders fans …put the guns down….. you know who you are!!!

    ——————————————

    Yeah I know who we are and I know a DH when one spouts off! and I ain’t kidding!

  12. hamiltos777 says: Jun 14, 2013 4:32 PM

    I look forward to watching the Raiders lose in several new and creative ways this season.

  13. r8rsfan says: Jun 14, 2013 4:40 PM

    Unless DMC breaks his streak of injury shortened seasons they will be adapting again mid season.

  14. autumnwind999 says: Jun 14, 2013 4:41 PM

    csdaddy7777 says:Jun 14, 2013 3:19 PM

    Hey people can laugh all they want bu if the Raiders get decent QB play they can have a more than serviceable offense. Before Knapp they had the 9th ranked offense with Jason Campbell and Palmer coming off the couch

    —————————-

    Yeah, but we also had Hue Jack running the offense. Took us from 31st the year before he got here to top 10 in one season as OC and kept us rolling in year 2 as HC.

    Hopefully Olson can be close to that level but it’s a tall order. McKenzie’s unfortunate decision to fire Hue Jack and get “his guy” set the franchise back several years.

  15. efriedo says: Jun 14, 2013 5:08 PM

    pooflingingmonkey says: Jun 14, 2013 3:01 PM

    “With the first pick in the next three NFL drafts, the Raiders select…”

    __________________________

    Now you are just flinging poo. But that’s ok. It’s easy… watch:

    With the first pick in the 2014 draft, pooflingingmonkey’s favorite team selects…

  16. racerx1225 says: Jun 14, 2013 5:14 PM

    Youre gonna be disappointed but it wont be the first time, according to your wife.

  17. oaktownraidrz says: Jun 14, 2013 5:16 PM

    Hamiltos, shouldn’t you be on the hockey forums?

  18. dougydougdoug says: Jun 14, 2013 5:29 PM

    kcraiderdan:

    Until they rename a trophy in the honor of the Crypt Keeper, I think the Chiefs will always have one over the Raiders.

  19. dougydougdoug says: Jun 14, 2013 5:32 PM

    So, this is just another way of saying that they intend to let the lunatics run the asylum. Fun. The Yets can try all they please to be the laughing stock of the league, but the Raiders are always a step ahead.

  20. raiderapologist says: Jun 14, 2013 10:28 PM

    dougydougdoug says: Jun 14, 2013 5:29 PM

    kcraiderdan:

    Until they rename a trophy in the honor of the Crypt Keeper, I think the Chiefs will always have one over the Raiders.
    —————
    Davis doesn’t need a trophy in his honor. He didn’t need the Rooney rule, either. Lamar Hunt deserves his first loser trophy, and so does George Halas. Much respect. Still, if Lamar wasn’t born rich, he would not have been so distracted by soccer, and could have owned the NFL.

    McFadden didn’t like the blocking scheme last year, but Marcel Reese didn’t seem to have an issue with it. His 4.4 average, in addition to his other work, speaks volumes.

  21. vfan76 says: Jun 14, 2013 10:43 PM

    It doesn’t matter what they do. They’ll always suck.

  22. nmrdr795 says: Jun 14, 2013 11:08 PM

    @Dougydougdoug=LAME already. do you just sit there and wait for a Raider article to hate? your not even funny in anyway. I would give credit to even a bronco fan if they where creative but your just lame.

    Has for the Raiders offense I knew it was trouble when Knapp kept saying it takes two years to start working. Olsen is fitting his offense to the players. And has for the QB struggles ….it was a 3 day minicamp..get over it. The Raider haters are lame and need to come up with new material besides the same old non funny stuff. Dougydoug is like the uncle at the parties every one ignores because he is still teasing and has nothing new in his life. a hater a jealous hater. you’ll always find these cats when positive things are happening.

  23. dougydouglikeslittleboys says: Jun 15, 2013 1:19 PM

    Go Raiders!

  24. jjackwagon says: Jun 15, 2013 9:56 PM

    The first thing they will need to adapt to is not having a QB.

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