As the lone 0-3 team in the NFL, there is plenty of blame being passed around about the Las Vegas Raiders. Much of it is going to new head coach Josh McDaniels and Raiders’ quarterback Derek Carr. A former NFL All-Pro running back thinks that McDaniels might be overthinking and undermining his own offense.

Maurice Jones-Drew is the source of that concept. The former star for the Jacksonville Jaguars believes that the Raiders need to have a more balanced attack.

They are passing the ball way too much for a team that has found success on the ground.

This is partly because Josh McDaniels has seemingly abandoned the run game, with Las Vegas logging a league-low 53 carries through Week 3 despite averaging a respectable 4.5 yards per carry (tied for 13th in the NFL)…This is all about a lack of opportunities for Josh Jacobs, who’s had at least 50 rushing yards in all three games this season but has yet to find the end zone. Feeding Jacobs is going to help alleviate the pressure on a patchwork offensive line that has royally struggled to protect Derek Carr (45 pressures, fifth-most in the league, per Next Gen Stats). I get it if McDaniels is in his feels with the Raiders’ weapons in the passing attack, but throwing the ball 40 times per game hasn’t worked yet.

He’s not wrong, either.

His diagnosis makes plenty of sense. The Raiders have become too one-dimensional. Regardless of the game script, they are not trusting their running backs no matter their performance.

Adding star wideout Davante Adams definitely pushes a team to pass the ball more. Alas, they have to keep a balance. That will actually help their offense to be better through the air.

Making defenses account for the running game more often will open up the middle of the field for Darren Waller, Hunter Renfrow, and others.

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