Fans are quite frustrated with the Las Vegas Raiders this season.
At every level, they don’t think that the team is living up to expectations.
Owner Mark Davis is in hot water for his comments backing head coach Josh McDaniels. That’s because Raiders’ fans do not believe that he is the right head coach for their team.
Accordingly, the on-field has not been up to par, either.
Derek Carr has struggled mightily at times, and the Raiders’ offense is inconsistent. The defense shows glimpses of playing very well, but their depth is lacking. The secondary has been especially targeted by opposing offenses.
Running back Josh Jacobs has been the most consistent force for the Raiders this year. He is really frustrated right now for one main reason.
Jacobs believes that the Raiders’ roster is extremely talented.
#Raiders RB Josh Jacobs: "I've never been part of a group that was this talented. That's what makes it so frustrating."— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) November 16, 2022
Jacobs has played the best football of his career this season.
In nine games, he has 1,021 total yards and seven touchdowns. He’s averaging 5.2 yards per carry behind an inconsistent offensive line.
Really impressive stuff from Jacobs in a contract year. The Raiders chose not to pick up his fifth year option for next season before this season began.
The team’s performances have been much different, though.
Fresh off a playoff appearance last season, the Raiders sit in the basement of their division. Right now, they would be picking win the top five of the 2023 NFL Draft.
It’s quite jarring for players and fans alike who expected this team to contend again this season.
Jacobs’ comments will uplift Raiders’ fans because their best player thinks that they have the skill to succeed.
That being said, it just makes this season even more perturbing. If the roster is as talented as he believes, the Raiders should be playing better football.
That may point to coaching and communication issues as they adjust to a new coaching staff.
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