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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Yeah, it's been a while but...OAKLAND IS BACK BABY!

I think the entire Raider Nation would agree that our team, in recent weeks, hasn't looked this good since....gulp....2002. We started 4-4 that year and we went to the big game....does that mean anything? Who knows. But what we do know is that we have been owning the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, players are playing for each other, there is continuity building in the form of confidence and positivity, and our team is executing the right plays at the right time (thanks Hue and Marshall for calling the right plays!). We face a Chiefs team that, while playing good football, struggled mightily against the lowly Bills last week and I think this is a very winnable division game at home......as a matter of fact, we will win. With the emergence of Veldheer at LT and Marcel Reece's Pieces at FB (or WR,TE,RB...dude is versitile), and the outstanding and dominant play by the entire D-Line, the Oakland Raiders have quite possibly reached the corner of Beast Ave. and Playoff Rd.

No doubt we still have questions and areas of improvement that need to be addressed. Can we get the WR's more involved? Do we mess with the QB situation when Grad is healthy? Campbell is still labeled as our backup. Most importantly.....injuries. I think the entire fan base took a collective gasp and we all slapped our hands to our cheeks when Nnamdi went down, it was heard across the whole Raider Nation. How long will he be out? I hope we hear more this week, and we all hope to hear that he'll be back after the bye. But you all know Al, hush hush about the injuries boys! Hush hush! As Jason Campbell said postgame last week, "How healthy can we stay? Injuries will decimate any team." Good question and accurate statement, lets hope our guys will keep up the great play and stay in uniform on Sundays.

Does anybody notice that the media is starting to form a line to the bandwagon? I love it!! Recognize!!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

OTA's.....Just Practice Baby!

Big thanks to Jerry McDonald, the tweet-maniac who keeps Raider Nation up to speed on every play from the OTA's and training camp. I love it when my Blackberry chirps and it's yet another tweet from Jerry telling us what just happened, even better when it's a tweet about DHB catching a pass. While I'm on the Twitter topic, thanks to the Oakland Raiders players who participate in updating the fans after practices and workouts. The most active are, tyvonbranch, Mr.53 (T.Howard), Ekejiuba50, JayRichardson98, MikeMitchell34, j_holland7, QuentinGroves52, and mariohenderson, some other notables on the Twitter tip but are relatively quiet are nnamdi_asomugha, murph918, dmcfadden20, Chris_Johnson37, big_cel (Marcel Reece), and JasonCampbell17. Damn, I'm hungry for some Raider football, the buzz is in the air that something is turning for the better.......stay tuned Nation.

Thursday, May 13, 2010


Wow, one year later and here we are Raider Nation, looking much better than we did at this time a year ago. JaMarcus Russell has been given his walking papers, Rolando McClain and Lamarr Houston were added via the draft to a defense that is young, hungry, and fast, Jason Campbell was added at the cheap price of a 4th rounder in 2012.......all of this points to positive progress for the team. My favorite additions though, are Hue Jackson and Mike Waufle. Jackson, a quarterbacks coach from the Ravens, brings an impressive resume that includes the shaping of Joe Flacco, who has made Ravens fans forget about Troy Smith. Jackson will coordinate the Raider offense, which was close to last in almost all categories last year due to inexperience at WR, a patchwork O-line, and QB play that was, kindly, subpar (with the exception to every QB on the roster not named JaMarcus), but Jackson will have some new toys to work with in Veldheer and Bruce Campbell on the line and Campbell at QB, along with Cartwright and Bennett in the backfield (someone is going to get cut here I think). I think the general concensus is that we will see a more versitile and broader playbook now, no need to water it down for JaMarcus any longer. The Raiders will still be a run-first team for sure, Michael Bush I think is poised for a breakout year while DMC will have to prove he is durable enough to garner more carries and tough enough to break a tackle or two. With a playbook consisting of heavy running and play-action passing coupled with the insertion of more versitile audibles and an improved O-line for Campbell to work behind, the offense can only improve.
Defensively, the Raiders made a great step forward drafting McClain at #8 and Houston in the 2nd round. Oakland is going to have a better pass rush so we shouldn't see Chris Johnson abused so often while opposing QB's have time to find the guy not covered by Nnamdi. While Kirk Morrison was a great hometown talent, he wasn't a true MLB, but McClain is. Head Coach Tom Cable stated that, "this guy came back to us as a coach on the field", which I interpret as a skilled leader in the LB corps of a defense, something the Raiders needed. Oakland will be better outfitted to stop the run and get a good pass rush now, with Seymour leading the line and McClain running the LB's and Nnamdi taking charge of the secondary. Oh the secondary, I love this group of Raiders, I just wonder how we can get Nnamdi, Branch, Huff, and Mitchell on the field at the same time.....3-3-5 anyone?