Spicing up the offense with "sugar"

The Raiders went back to previous playoff success to jump start its offense to defeat the Seattle Seahawks 31-17 last Sunday. Oakland used the "sugar" huddle offense on the first series, which ended with a Rich Gannon to Tim Brown touchdown pass. The "sugar" huddle does not involve the offense getting together in a circle.

 

The Raiders went back to previous playoff success to jump start its offense to defeat the Seattle Seahawks 31-17 last Sunday.

            Oakland used the "sugar" huddle offense on the first series, which ended with a Rich Gannon to Tim Brown touchdown pass. The "sugar" huddle does not involve the offense getting together in a circle. The offense comes up to the line of scrimmage with Gannon calling the play but not in the "hurry up" mode.

The Raiders used the same method on its opening series, which concluded with a Sebastian Janikowski field goal, in their 38-24 AFC Wild Card win over the New York Jets.

Can we expect to see more of that Sunday night at Pittsburgh and in future contests? Perhaps so but Oakland will have to do it as the visiting team on Sunday.

"Doing the no huddle in a loud stadium is difficult," Brown said. "If we get them down we might think about it. We just need to start quick."

The Raiders assuredly will face a frenzied Heinz Field crowd early in the contest. The crowd will get louder if Pittsburgh gets in front, which makes it harder to call plays at the line.

"I'm experienced enough to get us into the right play," Gannon said. "It became a problem for them to get substitutions and it's tougher to call blitzes."

Seattle appeared to be confused and caught off balance by the Raiders "sugar" huddle.

"Well, it's a good team," Steelers head coach Bill Cowher said of the Raiders. "It's a veteran team. I look at them offensively, with two Hall of Fame receivers in Jerry Rice and Tim Brown, Rich Gannon's a Pro Bowl quarterback. I've been very impressed with the core running backs. Charlie Garner had a super game. He looks faster than ever, great balance, great vision. Ty Wheatley is running very good. He's a good contrast to Charlie. Their offense is very explosive."


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