The 2013 Oakland Raiders will be equipped with some of the most explosive offensive weapons in the NFL. While Reggie McKenzie has moved away from the Al Davis philosophy of drafting the fastest player possible, the Raiders still have the fastest quarterback in the NFL and the fastest wide receivers in the league. Now that the explosive Terrelle Pryor is at the helm of the Raiders’ offense, offensive coordinator Greg Olsen has implemented an offense mixed with screens, reverses and short routes. Although the Raiders offense was remarkably efficient under Pryor, they still did not effectively use Jacoby Ford.
The oft-injured Ford finally played in his first game since 2011 on Sunday against the Colts. Ford finished the game with a paltry one reception for 2 yards. Former head coach Hue Jackson designed many different plays that got the ball into Ford’s hands, including screens and reverses. Offensive coordinator Greg Olsen must study Jackson’s playbook in order to properly implement Ford into the offense.
After watching game film, I noticed that Rod Streater was used in a variety of formations that got him into the open field. Although Streater is a much better wide receiver than Ford, he is not in the same league athletically. If Ford can get the ball into open space, there are very few players in the NFL who can catch Ford from behind.
Terrelle Pryor had a spectacular first game against the Colts but his arm strength and decision making ability will hinder the Raiders offense all season. Putting the ball into Jacoby Ford’s hands will help the Raiders get some big plays this season.