On top of having the ugliest quarterback situation in the league, they have a non-existent pass rush, a patchwork secondary made up of other team’s sloppy seconds, and an offensive line that would have trouble keeping my high school defensive line at bay.
Especially with the injuries continuing to rack up – David Ausberry and Menelik Watson as of late – it’s not out of the realm of possibility that the Raiders could go winless during the 2013 season. They managed one win during the preseason, and that could seriously be their last taste of victory before this year comes to a close.
The first bit of evidence that makes this a realistic destiny for the Raiders is the quarterback situation. With offseason acquisition Matt Flynn floundering during the preseason, Oakland has been forced to start Terrelle Pryor in Week 1. Pryor is an extremely raw passer who can pick up yards on the ground, but would likely have been cut by most other teams. The third stringer, Matt McGloin, is an undrafted rookie who many thought never stood a chance in the NFL. Not exactly a promising scenario…
And as if the quarterback position wasn’t already a big enough question mark on its own, the Raiders’ mess of an offensive line makes it so much worse.
As of right now, the starting lineup is Khalif Barnes (LT), Lucas Nix (LG), Stefen Wisniewski (C), Mike Brisiel (RG) and Tony Pashos (RT). Only Wisniewski is a solid starter, while Pashos was signed four days ago and Barnes’ last stint on the blindside back in 2008 was horrendous. No matter how you spin it, this is arguably one of the worst offensive lines in NFL history.
Just imagine Darren McFadden playing behind that line. Before long, Rashad Jennings will be the Raiders’ starting running back. As we saw with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season, he’s not exactly an effective No. 1 runner.
Now if you watched any bit of the Raiders’ 2013 preseason action, you understand what I mean when I say that the Raiders’ pass rush was non-existent. Just take a quick glance at the New Orleans Saints game, when Drew Brees could have had a picnic in the pocket. At one point, he stood tall for about 11 seconds before finally finding Kenny Stills for a touchdown. The Raiders defense as a whole managed five sacks (mostly caused by coverage) throughout the preseason, and hasn’t done anything to alleviate the issue since.
Put simply, the Raiders’ roster is a wreck across the board. The depth is minimal, while the starting lineup isn’t impressive in any sense of the word.
I know that fans are holding out hope that the silver and black can surprise people in 2013, but it’s a fantasy that will never be fulfilled. This roster has more holes than Swiss cheese and is about as a deep as a kiddy pool on a hot summer day. With the way things are going right now, the Raiders will be lucky to win one game in 2013.
Sorry Dennis Allen. Better luck next season.