Here is the opening to my column about the Raiders’ win over the Steelers:

OAKLAND — After the first two Raiders’ games, both losses, you could see where this thing was headed. Bloggers and fans needed a scapegoat, and they had one — offensive coordinator Greg Knapp.

People thought the Raiders’ offense hadn’t been so terrible last season under that big talker Hue Jackson — although, come on, it was no big deal, either. But now the offense under Knapp couldn’t do jack. Quarterback Carson Palmer looked like a bronze statue trying to navigate the field, and Darren McFadden, a flat-out great running back, wasn’t exactly gaining yards. He was gaining particles or fractions — stuff you could measure under an electron microscope.

Someone had to be at fault. Someone had to suffer for the 0-2 start, and that someone was Knapp.

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  1. Stan

    No,he’s no scapegoat..how can he be a “scapegoat” when he was a total failure his first time as Raider OC? Greg Knapp EARNED his horns.
    Just as Miami has the Raiders numbers..so do the Raiders have The Steelers..put Grad out there and we beat the Steelers like a drum
    Ok,great Greg and Dennis’s stars lined up this week..but I did say they would win didn’t I?
    Who’s next week?..Back to reality of Knapp as OC.

    September 24th, 2012 9:05 am

  2. Fritz Q "Pepe" Newman Jr, PhD

    Mr. Stan — You’re right, he was a failure. Considering he was working with future hall of famers like Josh McCown, Daunte Culpepper and the great Jamarcus Russell, he should have a couple Super Bowls, easy.

    September 24th, 2012 11:29 am

  3. Stan

    One other post I made? I said pregame by a couple of days that the Raiders NEEDED to let Palmer audible to hearts content. What did Papa just say on theGAME?…that the Raiders talked it over and had Palmer control the play calling to HIS likeing..in other words audible.
    I know my Raiders..and sports.

    September 24th, 2012 12:55 pm

  4. chris

    that was indeed a very nice win for the Raiders. This Raider fan wants to thank AL Davis for drafting McFadden, Heyward Bey, Denarius Moore and Janikowski who were key to the win over Pittsburgh……..and many thanks to Hue Jackson for bringing in Carson Palmer who called and performed a brilliant game. The defense was pretty bad most of the day until the second half when they got the key turnovers……LB Wheeler was great and Reggie McKenzie gets credit for picking him up. Dennis Allen gets minimal credit so far for cutting the penalties down…..theres still a long way to go.

    September 24th, 2012 7:09 pm

  5. Stan

    Denver is a winnable game…And Elway is sweating bullets as his job revolves around that huge Manning contract. Manning? It seemed like he wasn’t the clutch last drive QB he always used to be before that neck injury. This year..the same,without the neck excuse.
    Denver might have half a Zito on their hands..or a third,more or less.

    September 25th, 2012 12:04 pm

  6. shawn

    We are not scapegoating Knapp. We are just pointing out the fact that so far it appears that McFadden is not suited for a zone blocking scheme. We are not saying that zone blocking cannot be successful in general or even that knapp is a bad coach.If you remember there was a time when people were wondering if McFadden was a bust. This was when he was running in zone blocking. Then Hue Jackson (like him or not) implemented a power blocking scheme and viola, best back in the league. Now we are back to the zone.Last sunday take away the one 64 yard run and what did we see? 40 yards or so? I’m not sure the 64 yarder wasn’t a power block. I sure hope for the sake of McFaddens Raider career he learns to run in the zone.

    September 29th, 2012 7:20 pm

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