A 34-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers has put a huge sense of hopelessness around the Oakland Raiders. It didnít even feel this hopeless when they lost 52-0 to the Los Angeles Rams in a season they started 0-10 before finishing 3-13 in 2014. At least then there were big hopes in the futures 1st-round pick Khalil Mack and 2nd-round pick Derek Carr. The last time there was such a sense of hopelessness in Raider Nation was 2006 Womens Kolton Miller Jersey
, when the Raiders went 2-14. The 2018 team actually has a few similarities to the 2006 team but in many ways it actually looks worse. Deceased owner Al Davis re-hired head coach Art Shell in 2006 after wrongfully firing him following a 9-7 season in 1994. From 1989-1994, Shell went 54-38, to the playoffs three out of his six years and finished under .500 (7-9) only once. But you canít have the past back so re-hiring Shell 12 years later didnít work. Shell brought back offensive coordinator Tom Walsh, who had been running a bed and breakfast the previous six years. Then the Raiders offense set all-time franchise records for futility, leading to a 2-14 season and Shell getting fired.The 2018 team re-hired head coach Jon Gruden after wrongfully trading him following a 10-6 playoff season in 2001. Gruden went 48-26 and to the playoffs in two of his four years as Raiders head coach from 1998-2001. And so far in his first year back in the Raidersí directorís chair, heís been ineffective just like Shell at 1-7 midway through the year. The offense hasnít been good but itís the defense thatís hitting the all-time lows the 2006 offense hit.This yearís Raiders look worse because theyíre bad on both sides of the ball Youth Justin Ellis Jersey
, ranked No. 26 in defense and No. 20 on offense. In 2006 Raiders fans could at least look forward to seeing the defense until they got tired from the offense leaving them all the field all day. They were ranked No. 3 overall and No. 1 against the pass. It doesnít feel good to say this but this yearís team isnít as competitive as it was in 2006. The Raidersí 31-point loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 9 was the most lopsided of Grudenís career. In that game, they allowed the 49ers to score 34 straight points. Thatís the most theyíve allowed in a row since that infamous 52-0 blowout to the Rams. That loss was also the fourth straight by 14-plus points for the first time in franchise history. The longest single-season streak in the NFL since the merger is six games. The Raiders have been outscored 55-3 over their last five quarters so things are getting worse, not better.Another difference between 2018 and 2006 is the teams that are blowing them out. In their first two games in 2006, the Raiders lost 27-0 to the Los Angeles Chargers (14-2) and 28-6 to the Baltimore Ravens (13-3). The 10-6 New York Jets got them 23-3 while the Rams (8-8) had the worst record of any team to blow them out (20-0). This year, the Raiders are getting blown out by a bunch of fleas. The Seattle Seahawks were 2-3 before blowing the Raiders out 27-3. The 49ers were 1-7 before blowing them out. Getting blown out by a 2006 Chargers team that went 14-2 is one thing. Getting blown out by a 1-7 49ers team with a third-string QB is unacceptable.Whatever Grudenís plan is for rebuilding the Raiders better be good. Owner Mark Davis canít just fire him after one year the way his father fired Shell. The Las Vegas Golden Knights made it to the Stanley Cup Finals in their first year so the Raiders better improve quick. Like Los Angeles, there are plenty of things to do in Las Vegas so the 65 Womens Jordy Nelson Jersey
,000-seat stadium wonít be full during Grudenís tenure if he doesnít get it right soon. If there is a silver lining to the 2018 season it was the development of several young players including second-year former top pick cornerback Gareon Conley.In weeks five and six, Conley was essentially benched playing just 12 snaps total. This led to Conleyís name was also mentioned as a potential trade piece as the midseason deadline approached.Luckily, for the Raiders, Conley was given a reprieve and he took full advantage of the opportunity. In the final six games of the season, Conley registered eight of his 15 pass deflections along with two of his team-leading three interceptions, and 16 of his 37 tackles.Letís look back on his top plays from 2018. First career interception a pick six versus the BrownsIf you are going to make your first career interception you may as well do it in style Youth Marcus Gilchrist Jersey
, and thatís exactly what Gareon Conley did in week four against the Browns.Marcus Gilchrist tipped a Baker Mayfield pass right into the arms of Conley who took it straight to the house.The touchdown got the scoring started in what would be a thrilling 45-42 overtime win for the Raiders.Tight coverage on Antonio Brown leads to Tahir Whitehead interceptionPlays like this one is the reason Conley was selected in the first round to be a shutdown corner.Matching up man to man with Antonio Brown is not an easy task but Conley ran step for step with Brown.Conley was able to reach around Brown and deflect the ball into the hands of teammate Tahir Whitehead. Another pass deflection turns into a Raiders interceptionConley returns the favor from week four to teammate Marcus Gilchrist.Once again Conley shows his ability in man coverage, tipping Lamar Jacksonís deep ball to Gilchrist for the interception.Conley comes off coverage to intercept Josh RosenWeíve seen the ball skills, abilities man coverage, and in this clip Conley demonstrates his instincts and ability to read and react.Conley was in deep coverage and in reaction to an erratic throw by Rosen, breaks off his coverage and makes a play on the ball to come up with his second interception of the season.Three plays later Derek Carr found Jared Cook for a touchdown to take a 7-0 lead.Picking off under thrown pass by Patrick Mahomes This play could have turned out much worse for the Raiders had Patrick Mahomes not slightly under thrown speedster Tyreek Hill.Hill, running a go route was able to get a step on Conley and his help over top Youth Rashaan Melvin Jersey
, Erik Harris.Tracking the ball through the air, Conley undercuts the route and takes the ball away from Hill.