Oakland Raiders: Raider Fans Are Defeatists, The Raiders Are Work In Progress

September 27, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

This should not be confused with a speech on the power of positive thinking.  This, however, is a lecture on the power of defeatism.
After the last-minute loss by the Oakland Raiders to the Arizona Cardinals, 23-24, on Sunday, Raider fans are quick to pin the tail on the donkey, Sebastian Janikowski, because he missed a short field goal with four seconds remaining.
Believe me, Janikowski has caused me some fits over the years, which is one of the reasons I stress the importance of a clutch-kicker, and by extension, the reason that I think Adam Vinatieri was more important to the New England Patriots than Tom Brady.
If Brady had not had a clutch kicker, he would have been left out in the cold.
But I digress, as usual.
The real reason that the Raiders lost was red-zone offense.  In all, Sebastian Janikowski was 3-for-6 on field goals.  Usually (not always), a high number of field-goal attempts indicates the lack of a red-zone offense.
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