In the midst of starting the preseason 2-0, and just minutes away from big talk in the early wakes of the season. It was 3rd and goal, and the call was a fullback dive, and O'neal's number was called, but he now wishes it wasn't.
The Oakland Raiders Defense held up strong and got the ball back to the offense to seal the game, or so they thought. After a 72 yard run by Adimchinobe, followed by a decent run up to the goal line, his number was called again, but twice he was stopped just short.
The next call baffles me, but it might have something to do with all the back-ups not having a good enough grasp of the offense to audible, or at least have someone go in motion? Greg Knapp, decides to run a fullback dive up the gut, for the fourth running play in a row, from just a half yard out. It could have been an amazing play call, had it worked.
Oren took the hand-off and was doomed for failure. The Tennessee Titans had the box loaded, which I thought for sure the Raiders would at least do a play action, or a Quarterback bootleg into the endzone with "Tui." From what I saw, the Titans had nine in the box, and had just stopped two run plays just shy of the goal-line.
The Titans, recovered the fumble, and then drove down the field, even with a few offensive penalties, they were able to pull it off. The defense for the Raiders had worn down and was unable to hold them one last time.
This was the second big fumble of the night, which both led to Titans scoring drives. The Other was a fumble near his own goal line, where Johnnie Lee Higgins lost the ball, it was then recovered in the endzone for six.
The Preseason is not just for the Players, but it is time for the coaches to figure out what works and what doesn't. It was a great game, albeit the Raiders lost, but besides this play, the Raiders looked absolutely stunning. JaMarcus Russell was zip-lining lasers all over the field, Darren was captivating us all, as did Bush, and Adimchinobe. The Offense looked good, the Defense looked dominating in the first half, and I can't wait to see this starting line-up play a full game.
Two game watching quotes from Greg:
"Don't look back!...NO!"
"We would have made the Titans look like the Forty Niners, without those two fumbles."