3. Less clock mismanagement
Clock management has been a huge issue in recent weeks. Against Buffalo, Lynn weirdly used timeouts and took the flow of the offense away at several points. Shane Steichen’s weird play calls did not help either.
The mess of decisions in that game is almost nothing compared to what happened this week though. The lack of communication between Steichen and Lynn was so apparent before halftime. Steichen’s failed run play ran out the clock when the Chargers had no timeouts. Lynn didn’t even veto the idea after clearly hearing it in his headset.
Jon Gruden isn’t an amazing coach, but he is experienced. He’ll make opposing coaching staffs pay for their mistakes if they don’t secure the points they should.
Lynn and Steichen may be in their own heads when thinking about their job security. That’s my only explanation for some of these baffling errors. Whatever the case is, they can’t compound bad play calls with clock errors.
Divisional rivals simply know the teams in their division too well and will pounce on any mistake they make. Don’t give a sputtering Raiders team life by shooting yourself in the foot.