The Oakland Raiders 2012 season came and went quickly. The team finished with a disappointing 4-12 record. The inability of the offense to consistently produce was a large factor and resulted in the firing of offensive coordinator Greg Knapp. The team has yet to find his replacement. Here are the Oakland offensive leaders for 2012.
Quarterback Carson Palmer started 15 games in 2012, leading the passing game before a rib/lung injury kept him out of the season finale. The veteran threw for 4,018 yards, becoming only the second Raiders' quarterback to throw for over 4,000 passing yards. Rich Gannon was the other. Palmer completed 61.1 percent of his passes on a whopping 565 attempts. He ended the season with 22 touchdowns to 14 interceptions. Although the interceptions were too often and sometimes at very inopportune times, Palmer played well this season. Circumstances like early deficits and desperately trying to bring the Raiders back into games factored into his turnover numbers. He showed toughness and resiliency all season because the running game was a non-factor in so many games.
Knapp brought a zone blocking scheme to the Raiders this season which did not fit running back Darren McFadden. McFadden had his worst yards per carry season of his career averaging only 3.3 per rush. In his fifth season with the Raiders, McFadden led the team in carries with 216 and rushing yards with 707 while missing four games to a high ankle sprain. His injury history is extremely concerning because he never played a full season and 2012 was no exception. In what sums up the Raiders disastrous rushing offense in 2012, McFadden only had two rushing touchdowns. As a team Oakland only managed four rushing touchdowns the entire year.
Tight end Brandon Myers emerged as a terrific target for Palmer in 2012. Myers, who had 32 receptions in his first three NFL seasons, led the Raiders with 79 catches and 806 receiving yards in 2012. His value to the team was vast. He led all Raiders pass catchers with 41 first down catches. He found the endzone four times and was targeted 105. Myers made a position that was thought to be a project in training camp, a huge strength in 2012.
The Raiders wide receiving corps was thought to be the strength on the offense before the 2012 season. While the unit made some strides and plays, they did not live up to the heightened expectations. With no true number one receiver on the roster, Denarius Moore led the team in targets with 115. He caught only 51 of those balls for 741 yards and a team leading seven touchdowns. Moore caught touchdown passes in three straight games this season and had a stretch where he caught six touchdowns in nine games.
Darrius Heyward-Bey just missed a 1,000 yard season in 2011, but regressed in 2012 catching just 41 passes for 606 yards and five touchdowns. Rod Streater, the undrafted rookie out of Temple University, was a pleasant surprise for the Raiders in 2012. He led the Raiders rookies with 39 catches for 584 yards and three touchdowns.
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