His Raiders Are Struggling, But Kiffi...

His Raiders Are Struggling, But Kiffin Not Pushing Panic Button

There are 7 comments on the Tampa Bay Online story from Jan 1, 2008, titled His Raiders Are Struggling, But Kiffin Not Pushing Panic Button. In it, Tampa Bay Online reports that:

“He's from a great background and really worked hard to get to where he is. There was no doubt in my mind that he would eventually get there.”

Impressionable players are studying him hard, looking for the slightest hint of panic. via Tampa Bay Online

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Andrew

Bridgewater, NJ

#1 Jan 1, 2008
There is no need to push the panic button. we are improved in a lot of things this year!... our win total, not giving up, our team chemistry is better and we have put pieces in place to build for the future!

“I knew it.Hank's a RaidersFan!”

Since: Feb 07

Raleigh, NC

#2 Jan 1, 2008
Agreed. However we do need to address some areas of concern. yes our O-line has improved but it needs to be better. I am not sure if there are any young vets that are proven and available, but I would like to improve with out getting too old. Also reciever, maybe trade Porter and Jordon for some speed and hands. Then we move on to Defense. Before hanging Ryan, I'd like to see what he is trying to do to right the ship. He is very smart. I get the impression the league figured out his system and he didn't make the adjustments. If he hacknowledges this and has a plan then I say he shouldn't even be a topic. After all would would do better? We also need help at pass D. Stu is ok but I think we can do better.

“RaiderNation of Domination”

Since: May 07

Some West Texas County

#3 Jan 1, 2008
Kiffin is impressed with Gallery at LG; Carlisle solidified himself at RG; McQuistain did well at RT; I don't have a problem with Grove as our starting center...Newberry was a waste and is a free agent now, so hopefully he won't be back. I don't see Green coming back either since McQuistain did well in his absence. I hope Barry Sims is done this year and I would like to get Jake Long as his replacement.

Jerry Porter is a Free agent and might be gone. Jordan likely will be traded or released. I hope Tommy Kelly re-signs and Sapp retires and we get a solid NT. Secondary is okay, but can do better.

Our biggest needs are to Re-sign Tommy Kelly, Justin Fargas, Chris Clemmons and Nnamdi Asomugha. Then get a Deep threat WR, another shut down DB, and a runstuffer. Lose Barry Sims, Jeremy Newberry and Warren Sapp
Andrew

Bridgewater, NJ

#4 Jan 1, 2008
we do have two shut down corners in asomugha and washington! But barry sims has to go because he gets to many stupid penalties! And we definetly need to trade porter and lamont jordan and make sure we influence sapp to retire!

“Raiders, Warriors and A's”

Since: Aug 07

San Jose

#5 Jan 2, 2008
In 2006, the OL was flow thru like a Lipton teabag. At the end of 2007, the problem has been improved enough that false starts is the remaining zit that has to be popped. The Raiders have a good set of TEs with Miller and Madsen, and running backs with Fargas and Rhodes. The WR positon needs a total rebuild, maybe even a different coach. Need to pick up some defensive talent, and improve on special teams.
Freddy

Granger, IN

#6 Jan 2, 2008
TexasRaider wrote:
Kiffin is impressed with Gallery at LG; Carlisle solidified himself at RG; McQuistain did well at RT; I don't have a problem with Grove as our starting center...Newberry was a waste and is a free agent now, so hopefully he won't be back. I don't see Green coming back either since McQuistain did well in his absence. I hope Barry Sims is done this year and I would like to get Jake Long as his replacement.
Jerry Porter is a Free agent and might be gone. Jordan likely will be traded or released. I hope Tommy Kelly re-signs and Sapp retires and we get a solid NT. Secondary is okay, but can do better.
Our biggest needs are to Re-sign Tommy Kelly, Justin Fargas, Chris Clemmons and Nnamdi Asomugha. Then get a Deep threat WR, another shut down DB, and a runstuffer. Lose Barry Sims, Jeremy Newberry and Warren Sapp
Regarding the O-line, how can Newberry be a waste when he played most of the time over Grove? I do not believe the Raiders are okay with Grove at Center and would prefer they upgrade via free agency with someone similar to Newberry's size, but less of an injury-risk. The Raiders were fortunate to get as much playing time as they did out of Newberry this year. Regarding Jake Long, if the Rams pick Jake Long as many expect, what then at left tackle? I may be in the minority but I did not think that Sims had that bad of a season (no lineman is perfect). Adams is available from Dallas, but they may have to sign Sims as the best available talent similar to last year. Also, hopefully the Raiders will welcome Green back. He is a solid lineman and the Raiders should dedicate some dollars to O-line depth.

“RaiderNation of Domination”

Since: May 07

Some West Texas County

#7 Jan 2, 2008
Freddy wrote:
<quoted text>Regarding the O-line, how can Newberry be a waste when he played most of the time over Grove? I do not believe the Raiders are okay with Grove at Center and would prefer they upgrade via free agency with someone similar to Newberry's size, but less of an injury-risk. The Raiders were fortunate to get as much playing time as they did out of Newberry this year. Regarding Jake Long, if the Rams pick Jake Long as many expect, what then at left tackle? I may be in the minority but I did not think that Sims had that bad of a season (no lineman is perfect). Adams is available from Dallas, but they may have to sign Sims as the best available talent similar to last year. Also, hopefully the Raiders will welcome Green back. He is a solid lineman and the Raiders should dedicate some dollars to O-line depth.
Regarding the center position, Newberry made way too many mistakes for a 10 year vet that if I were the coach, he'd've been on the bench. I never saw anything wrong with Grove and pondered with adding Newberry all season and wasn't impressed. Granted Newberry is the bigger stronger blocker, but the center has got to know if the quarterback is under center or in shotgun and a 10 year vet has no excuse for not knowing that. Newberry is the only NFL center I have ever seen make that mistake more than twice. I think starting Newberry was more Al Davis favoritism, but Grove seems to be the smarter one to me and if his size and strength is not good enough for them, then they need to upgrade to somebody with better size and strenght with Grove's intelligence.

As far as our first draft pick goes, if we can't get Jake Long, then I'd go for Howie's boy Chris Long unless a deep threat talented receiver is available that we can't pass up. NT is a bigger priority on defense than DE.

I'm sure somebody will be available for LT if we don't get Jake Long. I don't think Sims has it anymore.

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