Originally posted on Thoughts from the Dark Side  |  Last updated 11/11/12
While not yet mathematically eliminated from being able to get to the playoffs, the Raiders’ season effectively ended today with a 55-20 loss in Baltimore. The Raiders fell to 3-6 on the season and again struggled to create any stops on defense and have any continuity on offense.  Continuing with the status quo at this point would be a mistake – the status quo is not working. Until now it made sense to see if the team could improve with their core group of players.  Now that the season will not end in a playoff bid, it’s time to look to the future. The Raiders were almost completely inept in every phase of the field.  The defense gave up 41 points, Special teams chipped in by allowing Jacoby Jones to return a 105 yard kickoff and they allowed the Ravens punter Sam **** to run untouched for a 7 yard TD on a fake field goal.  The Raiders, as a team, allowed more than 50 points for the first time since 1981.  They were also penalized 10 times for 105 yards. In the fourth quarter Allen made a couple of good decisions by having some of the younger, developmental players get into the game and get some experience.  Allen had Tony Bergstrom come in midway through the fourth quarter and took Willie Smith’s place at right guard. The Raiders also used a lot of Jeremy Stewart at running back which may bode well for his future with the team.  They hardly used Taiwan Jones at all, which does not bode well for his. Moving forward, Allen should use the rest of the season to develop their young players because they aren’t going anywhere close to the post season.  From here on out the Raiders should do several things: Plug Bergstrom into the line: I don’t care where.  Replace Smith at RT? Sure.  Maybe put him in at LG where veteran Cooper Carlisle is struggling. Fine.  Hey, we could even put him in at RG where highly touted free agent Mike Brisiel is struggling. Absolutely.  But Bergstrom, who was taken in the 3rd round with the Raiders highest selection this year, needs to see playing time now so he can be prepared for next year. Activate the rookies: Second year player Terrelle Pryor (QB) and rookies Lucas Nix (G), Christo Bilukidi (DT) and Jack Crawford (DE) should all be active on Sundays.  The team needs to see what they have in those players and get them valuable playing time. Work in backups: Same theme, here, the Raiders should get the backups involved for development and evaluation.  This would include more rotations in with Aaron Curry - who ended the day with more personal fouls (2) than tackles (1) – cornerback Brandian Ross, wide receiver Juron Criner and linebacker Keenan Clayton. If the Raiders do this it will be a short-term loss but it will set the team up for a longer-term gain.  And the Raiders need all the long-term gains they can get right now. For more Raiders news & analysis, follow me on Twitter @AsherMathews
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Sixers still open to trading Jahlil Okafor

Tickets for 49ers-Rams game at Levi's going for $14

Aaron Rodgers has funny quote on never beating the Bengals

Raul Mondesi sentenced to prison for corruption as mayor in Dominican Republic

WATCH: Youth football coaches engage in ugly brawl

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Richard Sherman critical of NFL injury report: It is for gamblers

Adidas hooked Giannis Antetokounmpo up with an entire truck full of sneakers

Carmelo Anthony trade rumors suggest he’s headed to the Rockets soon

John Farrell may use David Price as temporary closer

Marvin Lewis threatens Bengals players with major changes

Robert Grays dies from injury stemming from tackle attempt in CFB game

The 'MLB is as powerful as ever' quiz

After a decade in the WNBA, MVP Sylvia Fowles is ready for the spotlight

College football 2017 Week 4 predictions

10 teams that can unseat the Warriors for the 2018 NBA championship

NFL Referee Hotline: Mike McCarthy is sick of these calls

The 'Kevin Durant has mad (Twitter) handles' quiz

Baseball's most underwhelming teams of 2017

The 'Remember the tight ends' quiz

Ranking the best college football fan bases

Getaway Day: Time runs short as postseason nears

Sports & Politics Intersect: White House sticks it to sports

The 'Not so elementary, my dear Watson' quiz

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

After a decade in the WNBA, MVP Sylvia Fowles is ready for the spotlight

The 'MLB is as powerful as ever' quiz

10 teams that can unseat the Warriors for the 2018 NBA championship

College football 2017 Week 4 predictions

NFL Referee Hotline: Mike McCarthy is sick of these calls

Baseball's most underwhelming teams of 2017

The 'Kevin Durant has mad (Twitter) handles' quiz

Ranking the best college football fan bases

The 'Remember the tight ends' quiz

Getaway Day: Time runs short as postseason nears

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker