Senior Bowl a failure for Oakland Raiders

By Josh Walfish
Kelley L. Cox- USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 Senior Bowl was Saturday and the South beat the North 21-16. The score is irrelevant because the true purpose of the game in Mobile, Ala. is to allow NFL teams to scout the best college seniors in the country. One of the best things is that two NFL coaching staffs get a chance to coach the teams.

Dennis Allen and the rest of the Oakland Raiders‘ coaching staff was in charge of the North roster and despite the loss, the Senior Bowl was a big failure for the organization. First and foremost, the North team put forward a pitiful performance. The team gained just 45 rushing yards on 24 carries and the quarterbacks barely completed more than 50 percent of their passes. The defense was ineffective against two of the three quarterbacks the South trotted out on the field and gave up 127 yards on 31 carries if you take away the two sacks.

Despite the performance on the field, the Raiders failed because none of the players the team would think about drafting in April showcased much talent in Alabama. The linebackers, defensive line and offensive line were average at best and the quarterbacks Oakland would be in the market to get later in the draft looked horrific. The only good news out of the day was the play of the secondary, but most of these players will not be available when Oakland is set to pick or the Raiders will need to reach to take these players.

Allen did not coach the game very well and I understand the Raiders are breaking in a new coaching staff, but at this moment Oakland can consider this week a failure.

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