By Luke Straub
Raiders linebacker Tahir Whitehead has missed some tackles this season that led to big plays for Oakland’s opponents. He’s been busy critiquing himself, though he paces the team in tackles so far in 2018.
“I pride myself on my tackling and I’ve been kicking myself in the but giving up those big plays,” Whitehead said, according to The Mercury News’ Matt Schneidman. “The most you can do is be mindful of it, go out there, get it fixed and keep it pushing.”
Whitehead had a chance to stop Chargers running back Austin Ekeler on a 44-yard catch and run last Sunday in Los Angeles. He whiffed, just like he did on a 63-yard run by the Browns’ Nick Chubb a week earlier, per Schneidman.
The Raiders’ ranking on defense will likely remain near the bottom of the league this season, but they need to reduce the number of big plays allowed. It will take fundamentals, all-out effort and possibly a little luck. It’s on Whitehead and the rest of the defense to improve in this vital area, starting this week in London against the...