With just two sacks in two games, Raiders head coach

Jon Gruden looking for
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at pass rusher ‘It’s hard to find a good one’ We’re two games into the
2018 season and only one team in the NFL has fewer sacks than the Oakland
Raiders. That team is the 0-2 New York Giants with just one sack. The Raiders
have had a sack in each of their two games, both in the first half, while the
defense collapsed in the second half.It has head coach Jon Gruden searching for
answers. Where could the Raiders possibly have found pass rush this season? Some
mysteries are just impossible to solve.Some suggestions as to why the team isn’t
getting any pass rush are that they simply don’t have an elite pass rusher
in-house. Though I don’t know where everyone expects they were supposed to get
one. “It’s hard to find a great one. It’s hard to find a good one. It’s hard to
find one,” Gruden said of the difficulties in discovering a pass rusher, noting
that fewer college QB’s are dropping back to pass these days.This week the
Raiders head to Miami to face the Dolphins, who have a couple good pass rushers
in Cameron Wake and Robert Quinn. Gruden in particular admired the trade the
Dolphins made to bring in a great pass rusher like Quinn.“Wake has a history of
being a troublesome guy, but I think a great trade they made was Quinn,” Gruden
said Wednesday. “He raises hell off the edge. He can bend the edge, is very
athletic, plays hard, I love his motor. . . he’s giving them a lot of high
effort rushes down in and down out. I really like the addition of Quinn and
they’ve emerged I think.”Maybe a trade for a pass rusher is the answer in
Oakland? Something to keep an eye on for sure.The Raiders came into the season
with Bruce Irvin Womens Bruce
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 , who has averaged just over six sacks per season in
his career, and... hm.Irvin had the first of the team’s two sacks this season in
the opener against the Rams. And rookie defensive tackle Maurice Hurst got a
sack on a high snap Sunday against the Broncos.The team drafted Hurst and
currently injured fellow defensive tackle PJ Hall to complement the outside pass
rushers, but that would require outside pass rushers to complete the equation.
Third round rookie Arden Key doesn’t have a sack to his name yet, but he leads
the team with three QB hits. Irvin has two. Tank Carradine looked like he was
set to be the starter on one side, but he was a healthy scratch in the opener,
and did nothing in 24 snaps vs the Broncos. 35-year-old castoff Frostee Rucker
had a pressure last week, but has yet to log a QB hit or sack. Fadol Brown
showed some promise in the preseason, but was inactive last week. Tuesday the
team dipped into the practice squad to call up former third round pick Shilique
Calhoun. He of 0.5 career sacks over two seasons.Not sure why that group of
isn’t enough. Regardless, this is what they have. I mean, it’s not like edge
rushers grow on trees or something. People act like Gruden just walked onto a
team with an elite pass rusher already under contract or something. I mean, come
on.Follow @LeviDamienRaiders week two report card vs Broncos Often times in
sports it’s not how you start but how you finish.If any of you have spent time
in a football locker room you will hear things from the coach like Jordy
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 , “We need to compete for 60 minutes,” or “Let’s
finish.”Yesterday on the road in Denver, the Oakland Raiders had the opportunity
to close the door on a Broncos comeback attempt but were unsuccessful.The
Raiders now fall to 0-2 and find themselves in the basement of the AFC West
division.Let’s look at the Raiders report card for week two.Aerial Attack: AWhat
a difference a week makes for Derek Carr.After getting the brunt of the blame
for a poor offensive effort in the second half in week one, Derek Carr was
nearly perfect against the Broncos.Carr finished the game a ridiculous 29 of 32,
for 288 yards and one touchdown.This was the first time in NFL history a
quarterback completed at least 90% of his passes in a game with 30+
attempts.Carr made a concerted effort to get Amari Cooper more involved in the
passing game and it paid major dividends.Cooper was active all day, catching all
10 of his targets for a team high 116 yards.Ground Game: BIt would have been
nice to see the Raiders be able to get more out of the run game during the four
minute offense late in the game.Doug Martin was stuffed on a crucial 2nd and 9,
after Jared Cook’s false start penalty.The Raiders were not in an ideal down and
distance on the following play, which enabled the Broncos to blitz and force the
ball out of Carr’s hand early.This week’s game plan featured more of Doug Martin
and less Jalen Richard.The combo carried nine times for 27 yards.Marshawn Lynch
continues to run hard, earning every yard he gets.Lynch finished the game with a
3.6 yards per carry average and a touchdown.However, he did have two big gains
called back by penalty.Offensive line: B+Once again I was very impressed with
the offensive lines ability in pass protection.With the exception of one Von
Miller sack, the bookend tackles performed very well against Von Miller and
Bradley Chubb.The Raiders will need to become more consistent in the run game if
they want to turn the season around.Sure they have faced two top defense in the
league in back to back weeks but a 3.4 yards per average against the Broncos
will not get it done.Defensive line: FThe performance put forth by the defensive
line was putrid Authentic
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 , especially in the second half.I suppose I
should give them a pass for being without Justin Ellis and PJ Hall but the line
was gashed for 168 yards on the ground.The line lacks talent and the Raiders
were so desperate for bodies earlier in the week, they signed Johnathan Hankins,
Clinton McDonald, and Brian Price.Outside of Maurice Hurst first career sack the
Raiders applied absolutely no pressure on Case Keenum.The unit was completely
gassed on the Broncos final drive.Linebackers: C+This group of linebackers is as
vanilla as it gets.No player does anything on a week to week basis that grabs
your attention.The positive take away from yesterday is the coverage skills of
the linebackers.Broncos running backs only caught one pass.I’d like to see
better support against the run and help a battered group of defensive
lineman.Secondary: BThe secondary continues to be the strength of the defense,
even though when the game was on the line they could not come up with a big
play.Raashan Melvin picked up the first interception of the season. Gareon
Conley continues to look the part of a shutdown cornerback with four pass break
ups.The lack of a pass rush has not helped the Raiders secondary to this
point.So far the secondary has been better than advertised.Special Teams: CJordy
Nelson filled in for injured return man Dwayne Harris who was not active for the
game.Nelson fielded one punt for seven yards.Johnny Townsend benefited from the
altitude, blasting a 56 yard punt and increased his punting average by three
yards compared to last week. But he also had a 40-yard punt that went to the
Denver 36 and his final punt, in a crucial situation, went for a touchback and a
29-yard net.Mike Nugent was 2 for 2 in field goal attempts but it was a blocked
extra point attempt that proved to be a pivotal moment in the games
outcome.Overall Grade: C+
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