For the Raiders, the bye is coming at just the right time.
With the Raiders reeling following a 37-6 loss to Denver on Sunday that was their most lopsided in this series in a half-century, first-year coach Dennis Allen is looking to use this week off to fix the problems that have hurt Oakland (1-3) during the first quarter of the season.
There are many issues to deal with, starting with a running game that has been shut down in three of the first four games, problems on third down on both sides of the ball, a nonexistent pass rush and a banged-up secondary that has struggled to stay with receivers.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Allen said Monday. “We’ve got a lot of areas that we’ve got to improve on. I think this bye week comes at a good time for us, gives us a chance as coaches to look at and evaluate what we’re doing, who we’re doing it with and come up with solutions that can help us get better and help us win some games.”
Allen struggled to find anything positive from the first four games, hemming and hawing before praising the players’ competitiveness during a fourth-quarter comeback against Pittsburgh for the team’s only win.
The negatives have been much more plentiful, leading the coaching staff to do a major evaluation of everything to determine whether any scheme changes are needed, including whether to use less of the zone blocking system that hasn’t clicked in the running game.