Charting the Enemy

Check out what the Oakland Raiders media has to say about their teams' recent struggles, Kerry Collins' interceptions and this week's matchup with the Denver Broncos.

Time's right for Raiders to mesh
Can the Raiders beat the Broncos, who are a stupid fumble away from being 5-0? Please. Denver should have lost to Carolina at home Sunday. Shanny pulled some dude named Reuben Droughns off the unemployment line to play tailback and somehow managed to coax 193 yards rushing out of him. Jake Plummer has been average at best.
Carl Steward, Oakland Tribune

Expensive run defense not paying off on field
The defensive wall constructed by the Oakland Raiders during the off-season at considerable expense has been a few bricks shy through five games. The Raiders were optimistic that 100-yard runners would be few and far between. Instead, they've given up triple figures to Indianapolis' Edgerrin James and Houston's Jonathan Wells in the past two games.
Jerry McDonald, Oakland Tribune

Raiders find no relief in Indy
After five weeks largely squandered by foolishly giving away yards and victories, the Raiders seem to have run out of answers.Remember the vocal Kerry Collins cognoscenti, the folks who thought the rifle-armed pocket passer could work more magic with this offense than Rich Gannon could with his quick-hit style? They're keeping their heads down and their mouths shut right about now.
Nancy Gay,

Grace period, schmace period, Turner says
Someone suggested to coach Norv Turner on Monday that he and his remodeled Raiders have been losing three of their first five games during a "grace period." The suggestion was made that because Turner had an almost new coaching staff nstituting new systems of offense, defense and special teams onto a team that flopped to 4-12 last season, there is patience with the plan to rebound in 2004. Turner wasn't buying it.
Gregg Bell, Sacramento Bee

Raiders Hurt by Mistakes - Again
Rich Gannon, his neck encased in plastic to protect a broken vertebra, grimaced and rubbed his eyes with the thumbs of his clasped hands. It was a muted reaction to the second interception thrown by his replacement, Kerry Collins.
Gregg Bell, Sacramento Bee

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