The Oakland Raiders have lost back to back games and have looked really bad doing so. It’s not as if the Raiders lost tough games where they played their best and things just didn’t fall their way. No, this is a case of the Raiders performing poorly and in particular, the second week of the offense playing very poorly.
And after back to back flubs, the attention must turn to the Raiders coaching staff.
But the heat isn’t aimed where many thought it would be at this point in the season. Instead of cursing the name of Ken Norton, Jr. on Sunday, most fans were cursing the name of offensive coordinator, Todd Downing. The rookie OC got the job in a rather surprising move when the Raiders allowed Bill Musgrave to walk after his contract ended, despite putting together an elite offense in 2016.
Now, after two solid performances by Downing, the once powerful Raiders offense has looked more inept than powerful for two straight weeks.
I believe it’s too early to give up on Downing as an OC, lots of guys go through rough spots in their first go but are able to overcome and improve. Downing has a lot of time left in the season to get things right, but after back to back no shows from a supposedly powerhouse offense, it’s certainly fair to be discussing Downing as a major reason this team has lost back to back games.
The Raiders didn’t look nearly as flat in Denver as they did in Washington, but they also didn’t look like themselves. The looked like a team that still had the memory of a but whooping in the forefront of their minds. Players seemed hesitant at times and were just flat out losing one on one battles at times.