What Happened In Washington That Turned The Raiders Season Around?
Head coach Jack Del Rio knows what the Raiders need to getting back to winning games again.
Coming from an experienced head coach (and former player), you might hope for a better plan moving forward than to re-establish “mojo”, but that’s what Del Rio says the Raiders need to do.
Considering it’s a fairly difficult term to define, maybe “mojo” actually is the most accurate assessment of what’s missing with the Raiders.
No one knows what left the Raiders on that fateful Sunday night game against the Redskins, but without question, something left.
“Part of the reason I think they lost their mojo was that Sunday night game in Washington,” Raiders play-by-play voice Greg Papa said Friday on his 95.7 The Game radio show. “I keep going back to that and it was just the stage was big, maybe it was the Trump tweets from Alabama… and the sit down.”
Derek Carr went into the Washington game with an undefeated record and was playing as well as ever (5 TD, 0 INT), but since week two, the Raiders have a 1-5 record and Carr has thrown 7 touchdowns to 6 interceptions.
Maybe the Redskins gave the league the blueprint to beating the Raiders or maybe the team simply lost it’s confidence after getting punched in the mouth on primetime television. Maybe something did happen in the locker room. Whatever it was, nothing has been the same since. The Raiders have been getting pushed around, beat up, laying down, coordinators are being scrutinized at every opportunity, and worst of all… the season is dangerously close to reaching a point of no return.
Sunday in Miami will be one more (and maybe last) chance to find the elusive “mojo” that followed the Raiders around for all of the 2016 season. No one can explain exactly what it is, but we all know enough about “mojo” to know when it’s gone.
It left on a balmy Sunday night on the east coast. Maybe the mojo will come back on a balmy Sunday night on the east coast… and hopefully hang around for a while this time.