Ok its Monday, your one of the coaches on the Raiders and we just let another close game get away from us. What do we do now?
I have been saying all along that 8-8 will get you in the playoffs. Agree with me or not, but if Im right, and you was the coach, what changes would you make? If you have ever been in a coaches meeting or a locker room, you would know that you have two directions to go. Start thinking about next year or have the mentality of "its never over til its over".
Matter of fact, if we win our next two games, I believe we will be sitting in the 6th spot of the AFC. Here is why. Tennessee will lose their next two games against Indy and Denver. If Pittsburg loses at Baltimore and beats Miami, we will be ahead of Pitt cause of Head to Head. If Baltimore beats Pitt at home and loses to Minnisota, we would be ahead of Balt. with a better AfC win%. San Diege will lose one of their next two games against Cin and NY Giants and we would be ahead SD due to head to head. The Jets beat Miami and loses to the Raiders, we would be ahead of the Jets cause of Head to Head. And Miami loses to Pitt and the Jets they will have 8 loses.
You follow Me? lol
Crazy as it may seem but very possible but if the Raiders win 4 of the next 5 (lose to Denver) and finish 8-8 we will have will be ahead because of all our victories have come against the teams in the hunt for the last playoff spot which covers Head to Head tiebrakers. And the second tiebraker is best AFC win %, and most the Raiders wins would be against the AFC.
So back to the question. What do you do now? What we have been doing is not working. IMO its time to think outside the box and get desperate! I think our defense plays well enough, we need to start putting up more points.
Here is what I would do. Start Mcgloin and use Pryor. Not just for a series or two, but when needed. We have two qb's that have pluses and minuses, we should use their pluses and go with it. Im talking 3rd and one, bring Pryor in to give more opitons. Sometimes start the drive with Pryor and throw and scramble. Then bring Mcgloin in to do his thing. Just keep the defense on their heals with out being predictable. That's what we are is predictable. And Yes, use McFadden in certain packages. My direction to the team would be leave your ego at the door and understand your role on this team. The changes would be radical.... Very radical. What do you have to lose???????? Nothing...
So What would you do? Don't make this a qb bashing thread.... there is already threads for that. Don't make it a DMC bashing thread.... He has 4 threads already doing that. Again What Would YOU DO?????? Have Fun.....