Oakland Raiders Fans to Defensive Coordinator John Marshall: Stop Zoning Out

September 28, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Raiders lost a gut-wrencher to the Cardinals 24-23 on Sunday. Sebastian Janikowski missed three field goals in this contest of 41-, 58-, and 32-yards. The last of which would have been a game-winner.
SeaBass was off his game on Sunday, but the Raiders shouldn’t have needed to rely on him. The Cards should have been held to less points by the Raiders D.
I have noticed a disturbing trend over the preseason and throughout the first three games of the 2010 season: John Marshall seems to think the Red Zone means Defense Play Zone.

Larry Fitzgerald found himself caught in the gravitational pull of Planet Asomugha most of Sunday. However, that Planet all but disappeared inside the 20.
What happened? Where did Nnamdi go?
The answer—into assignment in zone coverage. Asomugha was assigned to the (offensive) left of the end zone, leaving a gap between the left and the center near the front. A short dink resulted in Fitzgerald being wide open for a touc...

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