Originally written on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 1/10/12
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When the 2011 season started for the Oakland Raiders, coach Hue Jackson was determined to have his defense be a “bully” on the field. Of course he never wanted to set the single season record in both penalties and penalty yards, but that’s the risk you take when you create a monster of a defense. The defensive line was fantastic at creating pressure on the quarterback, the linebackers could cover sideline to sideline and the secondary could make any open-field tackle.  So why is it that the Raiders had such a hard time maintaining leads? One could easily point out that the combination of Hue Jackson’s and former defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan’s inability to game plan properly as the biggest reason. Or maybe it was the revolving door at starting defensive back opposite of Stanford Routt, mostly due to injuries. The Raiders secondary showed flashes of being a shut-down unit.  Michael Huff lived up to his 1st round expectations and Stanford Routt showed he can be threat while filling in the void left by Nnamdi Asomugha when he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.  The Raiders still seem to be missing a true leader in the secondary. With Richard Seymour clearly leading the front seven, and Rolando [...]
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