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.
TRUE OR FALSE: The O-line has been a “strength” for the Raiders this season.
— RaiderRamble.com™ (@TheRaiderRamble) December 5, 2023
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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