It’s no secret, the Oakland Raiders have struggled on defense this season. They rank 31st in the NFL in scoring defense, giving up an average of 31.6 points per game. The Raiders are 23rd in the league in total defense, giving up 375 yards per contest. Which is why it’s time for a coaching change.
No, this not a post advocating for Dennis Allen to be let go because he is doing a pretty good job with the offense and his team have been competitive. The issue has been the defense, as noted by the stats above. While he was a defensive coach in the NFL as an assistant, he has so many more things to worry about as the head man, so all of the blame can’t be placed on him.
The real blame lies with defensive coordinator Jason Tarver and his defensive backs coaches Johnnie Lynn and Clayton Lopez. They are all in the first year of the job, although Lopez was with the team in 2004-05, but it doesn’t mean they can’t be held to certain standards. If the defense was improving, it would be easier to forgive because it’s a new system for the players, but the defense has regressed in recent weeks. Oakland has given up 97 points in the last two weeks, giving up more than 40 points in each of those games.
The worst part is Oakland has held prolific offenses in check this season, but let other not so great offenses rack up the yards and points. Some weeks the Raiders can’t stop the run, some weeks it’s the pass and some weeks it’s both. The lack of defensive consistency is concerning for fans and is really holding this team back. While it may take another year for everyone to learn the system, somebody must go if the Raiders want to get back to Al Davis’ model of “Just win, baby!” Management must commit to holding the team to certain standards and letting teams hang 50 points on them is not a standard the Raiders want to aspire to in the future.