OUR PASS RUSH MUST IMPROVE IN 2013

Posted January 31, 2013

MOST of the talk this offseason has focused around the Offense so far. After where we ended up last year, it's not hard to wonder why. Questions at QB, and trying to figure out how to get the most out of one of the NFL's most dynamic RB's, naturally figure into those issues.

But what about our Defense?

Last year our sack leader nabbed 4 sacks in 16 games. While sacks don't tell the full story on the value of a DE, 4 as a LEAD number is small. We have to find a way to reach with 4 guys consistently, and find a way to generate sacks. Getting hits on the QB has some value, but if he knows you can't reach him in time, his internal clock stays on rhythm and those "hits" are as likely to draw a flag as they are to rattle the QB. On the other hand, if the QB is still holding the ball....

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  • You must be talking about the Raiders again, because the Eagles sack leader got more than 4 sacks.
  • The Eagles had 2 guys with 5.5. Lamar Houston led the Raiders with 4 according to NFL.com, or 4.5 according to the Raiders stats. Either way it's a paltry number that nust improve.

    Same could be said with the Eagles too.
  • Graham got his 5.5 by playing half of a season as a backup so maybe he can up those numbers to double digits once he gets a full season. The Eagles issues are still mainly defensive, but there are a lot of question marks on the entire team to include the coaching staff.
  • If it were about the Raiders and it clearly is by his own admission, I just wish he would differentiate between the two teams. Don't use words like we and our on the Eagles side of the yard while your talking about the Raiders, because none of us are Raiders fans. It's like he tried to pull a fast one here as if we don't have a clue about our team. Unnecessary arguing and confusion follows with that kind of stuff. Just look at how the postings have gone beneath all of this. If you claim to be bigger than all of the petty arguing, then don't create an environment that fosters that very thing.
  • You were able to differentiate that this was a Raider post just fine.

    And as a fan why wouldn't I use terms like "us" and "we"? I'm a fan of both teams and that's how fans talk. If I'm going to establish a permanent Raider presence on this page,
    I think I should set the tone early of what fans and would be converts can expect from me.

    Look around this post here. Arguing? No. Confusion? Some, but I quickly clear it up without sarcasm or rancor.
    It's too easy to do when people don't come looking for a fight.

    If you don't like it you're more than welcome to take your business elsewhere. It's not like we need or want Raider haters on our page. Be nice!
  • No kidding captain obvious!
  • "No kidding captain obvious!"

    That's it? You really stopped and took the time to post "No kidding captain obvious!"

    Nothing more insightful to add?

    Tell you what, why don't you SHOW ME how it's done. Break your cherry, and actually post something.
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  • Lamar Houston. Raiders.
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  • No worries. :)
  • We have the talent at OLB to bring added pressure off the edges. If the LB's line up near the line more often it'll warp blocking schemes and allow the linemen to get more one-on-one match-ups. That'll will make it easier to reach with four.

    It's the opposite of what the Eagles do with their LB's which is why over the years the Eagles have gotten so little production out of the position, while othe r4-3 teams send LB's to Pro Bowls.

    Understand, I'm not knocking the Eagles, but when we ran the 46 and the LB's were always around the line, they could make plays behind the LOS. Since they began lining up 3 and 4 yards deep, we haven't gotten much of that outside of busted screens and poorly timed stretch runs.

    Consider the fact that Miles Burris and Casey Matthews are BOTH LB's picked in the 4th round, with questions about their speed. Burris grabbed 96 tackles Matthews has 48 tackles (exactly half as many) in twice as many seasons. They're similar players, but the Eagles system makes LB's look bad, while the Raiders system allows them to maximize their skillset by putting them close to the action and letting the player's instinct do the rest. So while Burris wins a starting job as a rookie and plays like he deserved it, Matthews looks like a wasted pick

    If our new LB's coach can find a way to make the LB's skills natural to the scheme, we could be looking at a "suddenly" very dangerous Defense. That will be funny to hear considering that there's only one missing piece to that puzzle, and anybody who's been watching can and likely has seen that.
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