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The good folks from Football Outsiders have taken the liberty of answering several questions from us here at Silver and Black Pride Kelechi Osemele Jersey , and here is the second question. One will be posted every weekday this week. While yesterday’s question dealt with head coach Jon Gruden, this one is about the new Raiders defensive coordinator, Paul Guenther.S&BP: Paul Guenther’s defensive scheme looks to be a step up from what the Raiders have employed on defense for the last several seasons. What are the most important elements, skills or personnel wise, in Guenther’s scheme and do the Raiders currently have what he needs? What should the Raiders be looking for in players to fit the scheme?One only needs to look at the Curious Case of Marquel Lee to realize the truth of the Football Outsiders’ words here. Under Ken Norton Jr. and Jack Del Rio, Lee was mediocre and looked lost at times. He certainly wasn’t developing into what Reggie McKenzie envisioned when Lee was drafted, which was a complete middle linebacker. But after one training camp with Paul Guenther, Lee has been a mainstay on Levi Damien’s Baller list and has been a leader in the middle, doing exactly what we need him to do.The incompetence of the previous regime when it came to developing young defensive players was appalling Cheap Reggie Nelson Jersey , and it’s a minor miracle that Khalil Mack became as good as he is. Under Paul Guenther, we should expect our young players to develop into studs and Pro Bowlers with regularity.The front four that Guenther presided over in Cincinnati was quite the unit. At one point, Guenther had Michael Johnson, Carlos Dunlap, Domata Peko and Geno Atkins on his line, and they helped the Bengals become a pretty good defense. All of those guys knew how to get to the quarterback, and Guenther’s double-A gap blitz system caused plenty of confusion for opposing offenses. When Khalil Mack signs, the Raiders could have a defensive line that is even better than that one.In addition to a lack of player development, it’s also true that the Raiders often looked lost or like they are confused about their assignments under Norton Jr. In two games so far this preseason http://www.raiderscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-marshawn-lynch-jersey , the defense has looked prepared and in control. Players have rarely been out of position, and they have not given up many big plays due to blown assignments. That alone puts them in far better shape than last year, and that’s due to Guenther and his attention to detail.A lot of football comes down to which team does the fewest stupid things. Everyone in the NFL has talent, everyone in the league excelled in college. At this level it’s about coaching and execution and avoiding mistakes, and above all, that is what Paul Guenther will bring to the Raiders.Five things to watch in Raiders third preseason game vs Packers Tonight the Raiders welcome the Green Bay Packers to Oakland for their third preseason game. It’s the third time the Raiders have faced the Packers in the preseason in Reggie McKenzie’s tenure as Raiders GM. But the first time they’ve come to Oakland instead of McKenzie taking to trip to his long time home at Lambeau.See the game viewing details here.(Yes, I know the Packers came to Oakland in the regular season in 2015.)Here’s what to watch for.1. Longest look at 2018 startersWhile it won’t be the usual case for a third preseason game in which the starters would play the entire first half and possible even into the third quarter, this will be the longest we will see the expected starters to play this preseason.The first team will start the game and play into the second quarter. The running backs Marshawn Lynch and Doug Martin — who have a combined 6 snaps this preseason with one carry each — should see a couple series. It’s not much, but it will have to tide you over until the season opener on September 10th because when they exit this game http://www.raiderscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-rashaan-melvin-jersey , that’s the next time you’ll see them.2. Pack backupsThe Packers, on the other hand, are reportedly not fielding their starters. That means no Aaron Rodgers which mean the Raiders’ shaky secondary will have not seen a starting quarterback once this preseason. The Lions didn’t play Matt Stafford, the Rams didn’t field any starters, including Jared Goff, and now the Packers will field their backups too. Not the best way to prepare these guys for the regular season.3. Jordy Nelson versus the team that gave up on himThis offseason, much to the chagrin of Aaron Rodgers, made Jordy Nelson a ‘cap casualty’. That means they didn’t think he talent level could justify his contract, so they cut him. Nelson had a down season. And apparently having Brett Hundley at quarterback was not considered as the problem Cheap Jordy Nelson Jersey , but rather it must be that Nelson, at the age of 33 is done. He’s lost a step. The Raiders and Nelson’s former OC and WR coach Edgar Bennett disagreed with that assessment and gave him the money they were giving to Michael Crabtree. I’m not here to tell you Nelson will absolutely play at the level we had come to know from him. I will tell you he looked great in camp. And he will be eager to show his former team he’s still got it.4. Arden Key cut looseHis much anticipated first game was last week against the Rams. But he only played nine snaps, and only on third down. He was probably out of his mind excited to show the fans and his coaches what he could do. That can cause a player to lose their discipline and get frustrated when they don’t see instant results. More frustrating, I’m sure, was watching his fellow drafted defensive linemen PJ Hall and Maurice Hurst get their first sacks.Key will see a lot more time in this game. He will play more than just on third down and get a chance to get into a groove. I’ve seen what he can do firsthand in camp. He was destroying every tackle in his path in pass rush drills. I can’t wait for you all to see it too.5. Do Raiders have worthy backup QB?Right now it seems the assumption would be since the Raiders have three quarterbacks, those three quarterbacks will be the three they take into the season. The problem is, neither Connor Cook nor EJ Manuel has proven they can be the guy. Cook had a solid first game of the preseason and then looked dreadful last week against Rams backups. Manuel has ranged from awful to ‘meh’ in both games.Do the coaches really just settle for the lesser of the evils? Or does Gruden need to see one or both of them figure things out if they want to make the team? I don’t anything is a given at this point. One of these guys has to turn things around or the Raiders may have to scan the waiver wire on cutdown day for a backup quarterback.Follow @LeviDamien
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