Oakland Raiders: The State of the Team, Part One (Offense)

Day-by-day, I will review every facet of the Raiders franchise and grade them with A, B, C, etc. 


Overall Offense

Grade: C-

JaMarcus Russell had, frankly, a wasted season.

It is so frustrating, since he has the necessary tools to be a great quarterback.

What he lacks the most are pocket awareness and mechanics. A right DE literally could be within six inches of him, and he wouldn't notice until he's getting hit. His mechanics are horrible. He relies way too much on his arm (as evidence by throwing off his back foot), and falls apart when he feels pressure.

Bruce Gradkowski was excellent in relieving Russell.

He almost led a fourth quarter comeback against the Chiefs. If it weren't for Darrius Heyward-Bey's (DHB—more on him later) drop, I bet we would have won the game.

Gradkowski also led comebacks against the Bengals and the Steelers. Had he not gotten hurt against Washington (ending his season with two knee injuries), the Raiders probably would've won at least six games.

Charlie Frye was average in relief of Gradkowski. He threw too many interceptions, which really cost him versus the Browns. 

The offensive line had its ups and downs this season.

Mario Henderson was probably the best overall lineman, but that isn't saying much. He struggled a bit against the faster defensive ends, which didn't happen a season before.

Cornell Green got old fast. He was called for so many false starts that people started to lose count.

Robert Gallery just never got on track. He had an emergency appendectomy in the offseason, which put him behind in training camp. Gallery also had some other nagging injuries. Then, around midway through the season, he broke his fibula to end his year.

Samson Satele was a disappointment. He was traded for Jake Grove to be the starter and got beat out by Chris Morris. ...

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