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Win As A Team, Lose As A Team

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After Sunday’s 23-19 loss to the Titans, the social media known as Twitter erupted with “blame Janikowski” tweets. I find this utterly ridiculous. While he did miss 2 field goals, and the team lost by 4 points, he is not alone in the blame department. The 6 points left off the board are the most obvious, but they are not the only factor.

For starters, at least one of those missed field goals should have been a touchdown. A holding call against Lucas Nix killed the momentum the offense had going deep in Titans territory. Had that not happened, perhaps the end result would be different. That is a 7 point swing between the missed FG and the missed TD opportunity. While it is hard to fault the offense for scoring a TD late in the game, especially when it gave us the lead I felt that they should have helped the Defense out and taken more time off of the clock. They left the Titans with over 6 minutes to get down there and score the winning TD. Throw in having to settle for 6 FG attempts instead of scoring TDs, the batted passes by the Titans defense and other miscues by the offense, and that places some of the blame on them.

The defense has to take part of the blame too. They gave up 10 points on 2 drives in the 4th quarter. After the Titans extended their lead, the offense went down and got the lead back. They finally got into the end zone to overcome the missed field goals and give us the lead. The defense allowed the Titans offense to march down the field using the rest of the clock and win the game. They also allowed Ryan Fitzpatrick to elude them on numerous plays and either find the open receiver or run for first downs to the tune of 10 out of 18 third downs converted. One thing that is key to nearly every game is the ability to get off of the field on 3rd down and they failed.

One other thing that really bothers me is how quick people are to blame Marquette King for the missed field goals. I agree that a new relationship between a holder and placekicker can be tough, but this is week 12. How long is that going to be a valid excuse? These two guys practice this during the week too, so they have had plenty of time to get it down. Personally I didn’t see anything wrong with the hold. Janikowski just missed. It was reported from the sidelines that Janikowski was “not happy” with how the ball was placed. If that is true, it is bad form on his part. His job is to kick the ball through the uprights and he failed. Take responsibility and stop playing the blame game.

This was a team loss just as last week was a team win. In Houston, every component of the team picked up the others. Can one rightly say that Matt McGloin won that game alone with his 3 TD passes? The answer is no. When the game was on the line and plays needed to be made, they were on both sides of the ball and the team won. Conversely, they weren’t made when he game was on the line and they were needed to and the team lost. Bottom line: Team game, team loss.

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Updated 11-26-2013 at 07:26 PM by RaiderSparky

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  1. ddrayder's Avatar
    evidently you never kicked before...good write up but you have no clue to the intricacies of kicking a FG...King is a good punter, when he doesn't out kick his coverage...all he has shown so far is a strong leg...

    how often, since you brought it up, do they practice kicking during the week??? most coaches have their kickers NOT do to much during the week to save their leg for Sunday games...usually during walkthrus on Fridays they will the kick team work more...

    it took a year just for Jano and Lech to get on the same page...King has never held before, in any fashion...you can look at the FGAs and see what he does...open your eyes and listen to what some have said about it and then perhaps you can understand...
  2. RaiderSparky's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ddrayder
    evidently you never kicked before...good write up but you have no clue to the intricacies of kicking a FG...King is a good punter, when he doesn't out kick his coverage...all he has shown so far is a strong leg...

    how often, since you brought it up, do they practice kicking during the week??? most coaches have their kickers NOT do to much during the week to save their leg for Sunday games...usually during walkthrus on Fridays they will the kick team work more...

    it took a year just for Jano and Lech to get on the same page...King has never held before, in any fashion...you can look at the FGAs and see what he does...open your eyes and listen to what some have said about it and then perhaps you can understand...
    I do understand. Unless you are doing the holding or the kicking how can you know really? The distance from your body, angle of the ball, position of the laces, timing all play factors and you can't see that from TV very well. I said I didn't SEE anything wrong, not that there wasn't. And they have been practicing together. I've seen it in the media photos and it was also reported by one of the insiders(can't remeber who) that since chemistry between them was an issue, they were working on it in practice. I'm sure they weren't going full bore and actually kicking the ball but they were practicing.

    All that is besides the point because the main purpose of this blog was to say that Janikowski missing 2 field goals was not 100% to blame for the loss on Sunday. Part of it, yes but not all. Do you have any comment on that? I would like to hear that instead of nit picking one detail.
    Updated 11-25-2013 at 10:18 PM by RaiderSparky
  3. SaucyRaiderette's Avatar
    How frustrating was it to sit there and just watch the Raiders just continually settle for FGs?? That really got me. Definitely not the way to win a game. Good blog this week, Sparky! :-)
  4. RaiderSparky's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by SaucyRaiderette
    How frustrating was it to sit there and just watch the Raiders just continually settle for FGs?? That really got me. Definitely not the way to win a game. Good blog this week, Sparky! :-)
    Thanks, Amy! It is frustrating to settle for a FG attempt and even more to miss them. Add that to having to sit and watch the defense that has been pretty good MOST of the time let a crappy team like that go down the field and steal that game right from under our noses!
  5. ddrayder's Avatar
    sparky, wasn't nitpicking just pointing out how it happens...

    I was a kicker and punter...I held for the senior ahead of me...my Dad was a QB/WR coach at ASU, OU and Baylor...I got alot of coaching from those staffs and players during my school years...even went to spring camps with them...shagged balls for the kickers at practices...got to be pretty good...

    I also was a ST and secondary asst coach for my Dad at the HS level so I look for and see these things...King is not a holder...he moves around...look at the placement and notice it is hardly ever the same...

    so yes I do notice how a kick is placed and what the outcome of it is...part Jano, part hold, a lot mental...why do you think kickers have the rep as a strange lot???

    so far as the game itself I have presented my thoughts on the site but I believe to many times the coaching staff is settling for FGs when they should be more aggressive in the redzone or in fact inside the 20...with a weapon like Jano, it is easy to think we can get this FG and later get the TD...it is failing big time...the team needs to figure out who can be the guy in the redzone...what plays work the best with this compliment of players...not necessarily what should work in the OCs playbook...

    we have personnel that are not utilized properly...until recently Reece, for example, hasn't been used much at all...for the spark and talent he has he should be more of an option than an afterthought...TE is another issue...none are great but all are underutilized...

    hope that is what you meant about commenting on it...
  6. RaiderSparky's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ddrayder
    sparky, wasn't nitpicking just pointing out how it happens...

    I was a kicker and punter...I held for the senior ahead of me...my Dad was a QB/WR coach at ASU, OU and Baylor...I got alot of coaching from those staffs and players during my school years...even went to spring camps with them...shagged balls for the kickers at practices...got to be pretty good...

    I also was a ST and secondary asst coach for my Dad at the HS level so I look for and see these things...King is not a holder...he moves around...look at the placement and notice it is hardly ever the same...

    so yes I do notice how a kick is placed and what the outcome of it is...part Jano, part hold, a lot mental...why do you think kickers have the rep as a strange lot???

    so far as the game itself I have presented my thoughts on the site but I believe to many times the coaching staff is settling for FGs when they should be more aggressive in the redzone or in fact inside the 20...with a weapon like Jano, it is easy to think we can get this FG and later get the TD...it is failing big time...the team needs to figure out who can be the guy in the redzone...what plays work the best with this compliment of players...not necessarily what should work in the OCs playbook...

    we have personnel that are not utilized properly...until recently Reece, for example, hasn't been used much at all...for the spark and talent he has he should be more of an option than an afterthought...TE is another issue...none are great but all are underutilized...

    hope that is what you meant about commenting on it...
    Ok. It's cool. Just sounded nitpicky and sarcastic the way you worded it. I probably read too far into it and got a little defensive. Sorry about that!

    It sounds like you have practical experience. I don't and I know it. I try very hard not to sound like a know it all. I use statements like "looks to me" rather than "it is" for that reason.

    This blog was about playing the blame game. It came about out of my frustration over some conversations I had with people trying to say that it was all Jano's fault that we lost because he missed 2 FGs. Those of us who know anything about football know that it is a team game and Jano was only part of the reason we lost that game. There was having to settle for FGs in the first place and the defense failing to stop the Titans to blame, not just the missed FGs. You do make some very interesting points though and I appreciate that!

    The conservative play calling is a big factor, especially in the red zone. To me, it shows a lack of killer instinct so to speak and I don't see us winning very many games like that. I like how you linked that to the misuse or under use of the players on the roster. You also reiterate what I, along with many others have said about not using Reece. The TEs are right in there with that too. I remember last season when we had Myers that he was a reliable receiver for Palmer. My opinion is that it comes from a lack of confidence from the coaches in the guys we have on the roster. They have to get that figured out if we expect to win games.

    Thanks again for your comments!
  7. RaiderRasputin's Avatar
    Good write up. The defense let us down when it most mattered. The coaching on this team is lacking BIG time as well. I watched the game with Bruce Wilkerson who played for the Raiders nine seasons. He is not comfortable with this staff as well. The Raiders can not win games in which we match up well. I's on this staff.

    Keep up the good work!!!