Oakland Raiders: These Players Need to be Accountable
The Oakland Raiders were once a dominant team in the late 70's to early 80's. Now they're a team that no one respects. The Raiders were coming into Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns with a 0-6 record looking for their first victory. However, they found a way to lose the game 23-13, and now they are 0-7.
With a interim head coach Tony Sparano taking over, the players don't seem to be adjusting to his style. When will these players take some accountability for their lack of play? On paper the Oakland Raiders are a playoff team, but looks can be very deceiving.
When owner Al Davis was alive, he got in the faces of players that weren't getting in done on the field. That man loved his team. With so much talent on this roster, you would think that the leadership on this team was helping rookie quarterback Derek Carr's development.
In his first season as quarterback, Carr is playing the best he can on what he has on the field. Car doesn't have any help on the offensive line to protect him better, and his receiving core are playing below average. If the Raiders keep playing this way, they'll go 1-15 for the year.
Players that's not performing in the game should be benched, no questions asked. Tony Sparano should be disciplining these players more effectively, by showing them that he means business. From the looks of it, this team makes a lot of careless mistakes, and they aren't representing Raider Nation as their supposed to.
When you watch a Oakland Raiders game you can see that they're in it, but come fourth quarter they disappear and just can't hold on to win. Raiders running back Darren McFadden has underperformed with just 338 rushing yards for the season. If the Raiders want to win games in the future McFadden has to contribute more.
There is a rumor going around the NFL that John Gruden would be looking to only coach the Oakland Raiders if he came back. So by next season we should expect Gruden to take over this fallen team, and hopefully make them into a playoff contender.