With the 2017 NFL season coming to a close, the Oakland Raiders find themselves outside of the postseason picture. At 6-9, the Raiders struggled to find any real momentum throughout the year and did not look like the Super Bowl-caliber team most predicted them to be.
Oakland’s regression on offense has been its most glaring issue during the season. The Raiders have struggled to generate many chunk yardage plays and have settled on Todd Downing’s passive playcalls.
According to Raiders, Jack Del Rio voiced his support for Downing despite the offense’s issues:
Well, obviously, a lot of things have gone on in a negative direction. But I do know the guy is super bright. He’s going to be a really good coach in this league. I believe in him. Those are not things that people want to hear right now because the reality is we’ve underperformed offensively this year. So naturally there’s going to be those kinds of questions. I think we all understand that. I understand it. He understands it.”
Derek Carr already accepted blame for the team’s Week 16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, but the Raiders’ problems extend beyond him. Amari Cooper battled injuries and consistency issues while Marshawn Lynch did not fully resemble his former self.
The offseason will be a busy one for the silver and black as they have several questions they must answer. They close the 2017 NFL campaign against the Los Angeles Chargers.