I was too disappointed to post something yesterday, plus my computer crapped out with some Trojan virus on Friday. I’m the one to blame for that since I didn’t ever buy one of those virus protectors…. Anyways, now that I’m a little bit more calm and collected, and at work with a working computer, I can actually assess what happened to the bay area teams. This was supposed to be the year of hope for both franchises, since their divisions suck, and they both made solid offseason moves, but in week one, they were huge disappointments having everyone in the bay saying nothing has changed. Neither team was in their game at the end of the half, which was very disturbing to see both of them give up on both sides of the ball when the game was out of hand. Usually you like to get a couple positives going for the next game during garbage time, but there wasn’t even much of that to draw any hope from. A grade of an F- for both of these franchises to start the season. Actually, I’ll give them an incomplete to start the year since they didn’t even finish all their assignments for week 1.
The Raiders had everything going for them coming into the game, even their “Taking it to them” t-shirts they wore all of training camp. The temperature was mild (77 degrees), and it was surprisingly un-humid in Tennessee. If it was humid, I can only imagine what the score could’ve been. The Raiders had a chance to pull within 14 at the end of the half, and chose to only be down by twenty after kicking a field goal instead. With the ball at the 15, and a yard to go on fourth down we really needed a touchdown. Cable’s fat ass called in the kicking unit, and it felt like we were mailing it in before the half. If we really wanted to be in this game, we don’t go for a field goal when the offense is struggling, and actually has the ball in the redzone for once. Three points wasn’t going give us that boost of confidence we needed going into the locker room. I would’ve been much happier seeing them go for it, and not get the first down, even if that meant we scored zero points on that possession. The most worrisome part of the day was easily the o-line. We couldn’t figure out the no name Tennessee defense. They knocked Campbell down every time he dropped back, and made me hesitantly think, maybe Jamarcus wasn’t completely the problem. Campbell’s line looked familiar for Raiders starting QB’s over the past few years two fumbles, one pick, and one garbage time TD. I might finally be jumping on the fire Cable bandwagon. He seems to have the respect of the players, but what the hell is wrong with our o-line. Isn’t that your specialty Tom!?! If you can’t get your team to be good at what you are supposed to be good at (former o-line coach), then how are you helping this team improve!?! He already gave up the offensive play calling to Hue Jackson, so shouldn’t he be more responsible for other things like coaching the offensive line. The one silver lining is that they played a Tennessee team that is supposed to be pretty good, and a team that was on fire to end last season. If they can’t show up against the Rams, I’m going to be very worried about this team. There was one part of the game that I found entertaining, the Titans mascot ate a cheerleader!
The 49ers had an even worse day than the Raiders. They couldn’t even get a touchdown, and looked terrible in every facet of the game against a team that both By and I predicted to having a good shot at that #1 pick next year in our Doin Lines picks. Coach Singletary thought it was a good “wake up” call for the team, and hopefully he’s right for their sake. If losing to the Seahawks isn’t a wake up call, then I don’t know what this team expects to do this year. Maybe their players were partying in the Castro District a little too much over the offseason and that made them soft, or maybe Vernon Davis is taking to curling more than football… Ok, ok, Vernon was one of the few guys that played well. Seattle played off their 12th man, and somehow looked like the 2007 Seahawks that were perennial playoff contenders. They do have a great home crowd, but the 49ers should’ve made this one at least a little close. It’s sad that they can’t even pin this all on Alex Smith, because every part of their game plan was executed poorly. The scariest part for the Niners is that this isn’t a good team, and preseason this was one of the games I had inked in a W. At least the Raiders got beat down by someone that has playoff aspirations. It’s only one game, but both of these teams have a lot to work on before they are considered anything near a playoff caliber team.
September 13th, 2010 at 12:57 pm
I hate the 49ers right now.
September 13th, 2010 at 1:39 pm
Explain to me how stout that Raiders’ defense is meant to be again ? Cause based on what the nation saw they were being taken apart as if they’d been bitch slapped all over the place.
As for Singletary thanking the Seahawks for bitch slappin’ his boys he ought to be ashamed not only of the team but also his effort and that of his coaching staff ! Who knew that these two teams would be so putrid this early in the season ?
tophatal ………………. 🙂
September 13th, 2010 at 2:46 pm
It was hard to watch simply put. It makes me think that this is going to be a long season 😦
September 14th, 2010 at 10:43 am
Not only was it hard watching the team but I’m now beginning to question the heart of some of the veterans there as well as Cable and his coaching staff . If they’r e not prepared for the first game of the season then how the hell can a fan expect them to progress over the remainder of the year ?
I know the only way is up but when you start literally at the bottom after this type of defeat it’s hard to see this team actually having the heart for a fight.
September 13th, 2010 at 2:28 pm
Good Girls Gone Bad ………. Just The Way I Like It !
Fanning The Flames Of Ignorance And Liberty Or Just Being Stupid ?
tophatal ………. 🙂
September 13th, 2010 at 2:51 pm
UCLA and Neuheisel make me wanna puke ! As a coach he sucks almost as much as Jenna Jameson when she’s giving head . But then again I don’t know that Neuheisel has swallowed as much “come” as Jenna but I’m sure that the Bruins’ team and the fans will get use to the idea as the season progresses !
September 13th, 2010 at 4:02 pm
One of my best friends down here is a huge UCLA fan, and goes to all their games. He told me he went Saturday, but when they went in the stadium at the end of the first quarter, they promptly left, and went back to the parking lot to tailgate some more! It was sad to hear that he couldn’t even stomach watching them when he loves them so much…
September 14th, 2010 at 10:48 am
It’s all well and good boasting that the Trojans aren’t the only game in town but the Bruins have continued to stink up the joint no matter what type of adversity that the Trojans have as an obstacle in-front of them.
tophatal 🙂 😦
September 13th, 2010 at 8:22 pm
Dude, I think I got that same virus.
Look at the bright side. At least it prevented you from looking at the Raiders’ box score.
September 14th, 2010 at 8:28 am
It sucks doesn’t it!?! Won’t let you open anything, and tries to get you to buy a solution to the problem on an unsecure page. My buddy said he fixed it, but I haven’t seen him at work yet, so hopefully it’s gone!
And yes, it was probably a good thing that I couldn’t check the Raiders box score 🙂
September 14th, 2010 at 2:13 pm
Raiders are garbabe, Jason Campbell is not the answer. Plain and Simple
September 15th, 2010 at 9:55 am
I still don’t think it’s 100% Campbell’s fault. He has no O-line. He didn’t have one in Washington, and doesn’t have a good one now. I’m holding back judgement on him as an “average” guy until I see him with some solid offensive weapons and a good O-Line…
September 15th, 2010 at 12:03 pm
The o line of the Raiders is as porous as a feminine hygiene product. It could get a whole lot worse before it any gets any better . Campbell will do his best but the season will also depend upon the coaching of Cable and his staff.
tophatal …………. L)