Oakland Raiders Practicing Situational Football: What-If Scenarios

Tom Cable used a powerful phrase during his press conference on May 19.

The phrase was "situational football."

What does this phrase mean to the average fan? An attempt to define the phrase and to make connections will be given.

First, situational football assumes that the coaches have a collection of scenarios which cover almost all of the possibilities of actions and reactions on the football field.

In another area, the following conditions must be met in order to make the right choices in a particular scenario. A complete and exhaustive lists of scenarios would help to maximize the outcome for the Raiders.

The meaning of a complete set is that all of the limit points are contained in the set.

Every sequence of events eventually converges to a limit point, or, a winning point for the Oakland Raiders.

Yes, I am stretching your thinking but let me continue making my point.

It is assumed that the team has the talent and physicality to execute the sequence of plays that would help the team approach a limit point.

In this case, a particular sequence of plays must produce either touchdowns or field goals.

During the training season, various scenarios and unlikely events are presented.

Then, the players must know enough about their playbook and other matters to do the right thing. 

This type of thinking has to be quick, smart and executable by the player who finds himself in a particular scenario either exact or similar to what he was exposed to in training.

Good thinking is very important in this process. It requires the type of thinking that goes beyond only two choices, but rather many choices might be possible.

This type of thinking is called divergent thinking.

The basic philosophy of situational football requires the Oakland Raiders to "execute perfectly in specific, important s...

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