True Or False: O-Line Has Been A Strength For The Las Vegas Raiders This Season

Has the Las Vegas Raiders‘ offensive line done a fair job thus far? It’s fair to say it’s been a mixed bag. Then, let’s consider the quarterbacks that have played under center this year. You also have to wonder about Carmen Bricillo’s future.

Last season, Bricillo was hailed as a hero for the work he did with the unit. Despite the shortcomings, the Raiders quietly fielded one of the better units—not the best, but still commendable. This year, the tune has changed. In fact, when Raiders owner Mark Davis cleaned house and jettisoned the Patriots-esque regime, some wondered if Bricillo would be joining them. Instead, he’s remained on the staff. Quietly, you’d be hard-pressed to believe his boys are doing a solid job again this year. Or is he?

We took the time to gauge what our readers think; check out our live poll via our X (Twitter account) down below.

As of this published date, the results are overwhelmingly in favor of “false.” Well, that’s fair, considering the inconsistency. Let’s be real for a second. The pass blocking has been relatively solid—more so ever since Aidan O’Connell was handed the starting reins over Jimmy Garoppolo.

The run-blocking for Josh Jacobs and Co., on the other hand, has been subpar at times. Then, at other times, it shows flashes of brilliance. It’s frustrating for Raiders fans, to say the least.

PFF commends the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 12

We all know grades relating to offensive lines from Pro Football Focus are often the source of heated debates. Still, they gave the Raiders their due, coming off a tough loss against the Kansas City Chiefs. In fact, if you recall, the Raiders didn’t allow a sack or QB hit on O’Connell against Kansas City. which lends to our point on the pass-blocking element.

On the other hand, Jacobs has only been able to cross the century mark twice this year. Though he came close against the Giants with 98 yards rushing, it’s just not the same, especially when compared to the year that Jacobs had last season.

As it stands, the Raiders really need to address the right tackle spot. In terms of long-term planning, neither Jermaine Eluemunor nor Thayer Munford should be your everyday starter. Oregon State’s Taliese Fuaga could be an option in the first round of this upcoming draft and should be there if the Raiders pick in the No. 10 to 15 range.

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7 thoughts on “True Or False: O-Line Has Been A Strength For The Las Vegas Raiders This Season”

  1. (By Tony Brucks)

    ANSWER: FALSE

    Other than Kolton the entire line must be overhauled/replaced.
    But I will give them the next 5 games to prove me wrong. If JJ had not busted that 60+ yard run against KC he would of had less than 50 yards for the game.
    The pass protection has improved just slightly but I will say they need plays for Aidan that feature play action to help with protection.

  2. Can’t say I agree with this writers assessment of the right tackle position. Thayer Munford has had average grades or better since entering the league last year. He has certainly proven himself to be alot better than Brandon Parker ever was. I think Munford is the future at right tackle and will only get better as time goes by. What we have to face up to is the fact that Dylan Parham is too small to be an NFL guard and should probably be playing center. Jermaine Eluemunor should be playing guard.

  3. (by GTHANG)

    Not sure why people are saying no QB hits in the KC game. AOC got tagged hard on the 2nd drive, Chenal “like a torpedo with a big time hit” according to the broadcast.

    The OL got too much credit last year for Jacobs’ amazing year. If you watched the games, you saw JJ make something out of nothing so many times, avoiding losses and stretching out gains. They’re coming for him this year since there isn’t a QB on our roster they fear.

    Agree with EK above, moving Parham to center solves 2 problems. He’s just not stout enough for guard.

  4. **AOC also got hit by McDuffie in the 4th quarter and went into the tent. Broadcast thought Jimmy might replace him.

  5. I disagree. QB should be priority 1. Than with the second first rd pick than lineman. Look trade Adams to the jets for there 1 st rd pick, which should be between 4-7.

  6. No team will give up a 1st round pick for Adams. That ship sailed when the Raiders gave up their 1st & 2nd round picks.

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