Around the Ramble: Week 3 Musings

After what is by far the worst loss of the young season, Jon Gruden and Derek Carr have much to atone for.

The Raiders are not paying them, combined, almost a quarter of a billion dollars for an 0-3 start filled with near misses. Between bad reads, missed timing, and questionable calls, the Silver and Black are once again a whipping post for mediocre-to-good teams. With that in mind, let’s see how the rest of the Ramble is feeling after such a gnarly loss.


If a team goes limp and is impotent in the 4th quarter, that’s all coaching. Coaches are there to inspire and uplift a team to greatness. By losing to a trio of mediocre QBs, the Raiders have a strong commitment to mediocrity. And with the incoming Browns — armed with a hot shot QB — 0-4 is right around the corner.


After an 0-3 start, it’s clear the Raiders need to find ways to win football games again. A new coaching staff and plenty of fresh faces has made for a difficult transition, but in the end the team loses another game they could have put away in the first half.


Despite the offense coming out swinging, the team once again faltered in the 4th quarter. Marshawn Lynch also looked great in this game and we can all agree the offense should’ve fed Beast Mode more. At some point, we also have to hope we can all figure out exactly why coach Gruden insists on this Doug Martin experiment. While Raider Nation might not want to hear it, this is probably the best 0-3 team in the league right now. Despite such a gloomy start this season, it’s far from being “lost.” One game at a time, Raider Nation.


This time the Raiders scored points in the 4th quarter, but only three. They’re now 0-3 because of it. The defense couldn’t help but give up the big play, but it was still Derek Carr and his interceptions that cost the Raiders. Now they face a team in the Browns next week with Baker Mayfield, who just ended their 635 day losing streak…while the Raiders try not to continue their own.


Raiders’ ball control offense yields a near 10 minute drive capped by a TD in the 2nd quarter. However, both offense and defense disappear in the second half for the 3rd week in a row. Plenty of blame to go around. If the Raiders can muster 4 quarters of solid football, this team could go places. For now, they remain stuck in neutral.

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