Cosell’s Watching: Raiders Boosted & Burned by Inconsistent Palmer

From the Desk of Greg Cosell, Greg Cosell, Inside the Game, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders

NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of Week 16 coaching tape: the Raiders offense vs. the Chiefs defense.

    • Raiders continued to feature 6 OL personnel as a foundation of their offense
    • Raiders offensive foundation is a power run game with Bush, and an intermediate and downfield pass game that looks to take advantage of man-to-man matchups on the outside
    • Arenas interception was a great play to get underneath out route by Moore, Arenas was the slot defender – Palmer did not account for Arenas and threw the out with conviction

  • Chiefs continued to play a high percentage of man coverage, much of it press man
  • Palmer always willing to pull the trigger on tight window throws; Sometimes it’s a positive when it’s defined man coverage, Sometimes it’s a negative due to his tendency to make throws into the teeth of zone coverages
  • Moore 61 yd TD was a shot play, Play action out of 6 OL personnel; Chiefs “cover 2”, Moore deep post v. S Langford, Moore ran right by Langford – Raiders got the right coverage for the play call
  • Palmer a tendency to struggle at times with reads; Seems to make a couple of throws every game in which it appears he did not read, or misread the coverage
  • Raiders did not put the game in Palmer’s hands, They took the ball out of his hands with a clear emphasis on running the ball in the 4th quarter
  • Chiefs stayed aggressive all game with their man coverage concepts, Raiders receivers struggled to win on short and intermediate routes
  • Heyward-Bey 53 yds on 1st play of OT was a shot play, Play action out of “21” straight “I” with Moore ghost reverse element; Heyward-Bey post/corner v. “cover 2” S Langford
  • Raiders a shot play offense when it comes to explosive plays in the passing game, Did not have any consistent intermediate pass game
  • Raiders played this game to their defense, A very conservative and limited offensive approach
  • Palmer right now has too much inconsistency in his game, Capable of throwing the ball very well but also at times struggles with reads and forced throws

Later today: the rest of Greg’s notes from Raiders vs. Chiefs.

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