In the NFL preseason, the third game is often referred to as the “dress rehearsal for the regular season.” Usually starters get the most playing time of any game during the exhibition season and by that game the idea is that hopefully the unit has jelled into a well-rehearsed cohesive, whole.
Taking that analogy and running with it, then the Raiders’ “dress rehearsal” against the Chi-town Bears last Friday was not exactly a showstopper. They came out in the first act with their costumes on backwards, forgot their lines and compounded the horror when they began acting out scenes from last year’s script.
Now, they DID do a remarkable job of mimicking the ineptitude of last year’s cast. It is sometimes difficult for performers to do proper justice to roles originated by others, but every nuance – missed tackles, boneheaded penalties, no pass rush – was there.
Quarterback Matt Flynn has the ability to deliver the ball to players down the field, unfortunately just not Oakland players. I had the feeling when the Silver and Black acquired him that they were attempting to get an understudy to try out for the leading man’s job and that is never the best plan.
Terrelle Pryor once again gave the team the spark it desperately needed. But like the game against Nawlins it came after the Raiders got into a deep hole, discovered a shovel and dug a bit deeper. If Dennis Allen doesn’t go with the hot hand (Pryor) when the show begins, then he will prove he is definitely not the director this particular cast of characters requires.
I did have a complaint about Pryor and it had to do with what he chose to wear rather than his performance. I get that number 2 was his jersey number in college, but . . . C’mon Man! When I saw him Friday with that number all I could think of was JaMa. . . . He Who Must Never Be Named Again. I fought nausea the whole game.
I’m not sure exactly who the Raiders will soon be cutting and who they will keeping to whittle the team down to the 53-man roster. One thing I do know is that the script of spotting opposing teams 20 plus points in the first half and then trying desperately to make a comeback in the second will not soon be winning any Tony Awards – much less a Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Despite numerous changes behind the scenes and onstage, when the curtain was drawn Friday, I was certain I had seen that play before. And the Bears had evidently seen all the plays.
Reach Fairfield Raider fanalist—part fan, part journalist—at firstname.lastname@example.org.