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The Raiders Are a Mess

Posted on: December 14, 2009 5:29 pm
Edited on: December 14, 2009 5:30 pm

The Oakland Raiders are a mess. Just when we won 2 out of three both against winning teams, we get annihilated by a 3-9 Redskins team. And Bruce Gradkowski, who we thought was our QB of the future, goes down with injuries to both knees knocking him out for the season. It was 10-10 when Gradkowski left the game, and JaMarcus Russell came in and we lost 34-13. 

 Numerous draft picks have been on busts, most notably JaMarcus Russell, and Darius Heyward-Bey. Although JaMarcus Russell did have the best college career of all the QB’s in the 2007 draft. Heyward-Bey drafted solely for his blinding speed, has not even caught 10 passes through nearly the entire season despite starting every game. Al Davis has even drafted a kicker in the first round, only the third time in NFL history a kicker was drafted this high, when the Raiders got their reliable kicker Sebastian Janikowski. Al Davis has only drafted two pro bowlers in the last ten years. They are CB Nnamdi Asomugha and P Shane Lechler, who is a perennial pro bowler. Lechler has the best net punt yardage in NFL history and is clearly headed for Canton. Nnamdi Asomugha, widely regarded as the best CB in football, rarely sees a pass thrown his way so he has no stats to show for, but this shows how much respect other team’s QB’s have for him. Both are the highest paid players at their position. Draft picks are not the only thing Al Davis has blundered in. He has had a knack for signing old free agents when the team is clearly in a rebuilding mode. For example Daunte Culpepper, Randy Moss, Javon Walker, and Richard Seymour all players who did absolutely nothing while playing for the Raiders. Except for Randy Moss, of course, who intentionally dropped passes thrown to his because he was disgruntled by the team’s performance. He even sent a letter to the team saying he was disappointed with the Oakland Raiders organization and he wanted out immediately. They went 2-14 that year. The next year Al Davis drafter Russell mostly for his incredible arm strength but he was benched earlier this year for Bruce Gradkowski. While it is true the Raiders have many bright spots, especially on defense. They are lacking capability in key positions especially on offense. In today’s NFL, a team must have productivity from their quarterbacks, and JaMarcus Russell has shown time and time again he is ineffective as a starting quarterback in the NFL. Of course, a quarterback can only be so successful when he has two starting rookie receivers, like the Raiders (Heyward-Bey and Louis Murphy). The Raiders leading receiver is their promising young tight end Zach Miller. The Raiders have a potent rushing attack, with three able RB’s, and a strong pass defense led by Nnamdi, but their run defense and passing offense rank 31<sup>st</sup> and 32<sup>nd</sup> respectively in the NFL. Clearly special teams are the Raiders’ forte with Lechler and Janikowski.

We Raiders fans are clearly disgruntled with their Raiders’ performance. In a recent home game against Cincinnati, a rare win, only 34,000 people showed up, the lowest in recent history. They have not sold out a single home game other than the nationally televised opener against San Diego. Just recently on December 1<sup>st</sup>, Raiders fans put up a billboard on I-880 right next to the coliseum asking Al Davis to hire a GM. Fans of other lowly teams like the Cleveland Browns have protested games and have made “We Are Terrible” towels available for purchase. Of course, if Raiders fans tried protesting, it would be a futile effort because Al Davis probably wouldn’t care. If Al Davis is making money, Al Davis is happy, and he is making a lot of money by just being an owner by the NFL’s shared revenue. While there is a significant drop in ticket sales, they are only a small portion of the team’s money. Regardless of whether Al Davis cares or not, I think fans should stop going to games because especially in this economy, why waste money on a bad product? The Oakland Raiders organization is selling a bad product and it is unnecessary to waste money on the Raiders.

So my message to Al is, please hire a GM, so the Raiders can be watchable again. 

Category: NFL
Tags: Oakland, Raiders

Since: Nov 5, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2010 10:05 pm

The Raiders Are a Mess

I agree, the old man just needs to kick the bucket.

Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2010 1:17 pm

The Raiders Are a Mess

Agreed that the Raiders are a mess... right now.  Bruce Gradkowski will be ready for next year to finish off what he started last year.  The special teams is looking pretty good too.  But I cant understand why they are not running the ball well.  Darren McFadden was supposed to be the best pick in the 08' draft.  Right now he is an injury-prone hogwash of inconsistency and raw talent.  If I were the Head Coach, I would give Michael Bush more carries because he is showing some good ability where as McFadden and Fargas are just showing they can get injured every single game.  Their secondary is one of the league's best but they are still faltering because they cant stop the run.  For Raiders fans sake, I hope the Team is smart enough to pick a linebacker or Defensive Tackle in the first round.  Someone like Clay Matthews.  For the last 6 years or so, Watching the Raiders is like eating barth.  But that hopefully wont be the case next year.

Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2009 10:18 am

The Raiders Are a Mess

The Raiders are truly a organization in disarray. However, until Al Davis is gone it will not change. No GM=terrible drafts and Davis will not hire a coach that has an original thought that does not originate with Davis. The last time they had a real coach they were in the Super Bowl. If he would fill out the o-line with top level talent, the running backs McFadden & company would be devastating. Then they could suffice with an average quarterback, not named JaMarcus Russell. Louis Murphy has promise and Zach Miller is already one of the better tight ends in the league. The defense would be much better if they just didn't have to stay on the field so much. Some sustained offensive drives would help them immensely.

Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: December 24, 2009 6:06 pm

The Raiders Are a Mess

Well Duhhh!!!  Were have you all been?  They haven't been competitive since their 2001 Superbowl run.  That's apparently the time when Al Davis COMPLETELY flipped his lid.  All the overpaid rookies are just bad juju b/c the team will be paying off those mistakes for years limiting the honest talent they can get.  There's all this talk of Russell and Hetyward-Bey, but what about McFadden?  Not to mention that Davis hired a wife beater as a head-coach.  You expect your players to be inspired to impress him and show up to play hard?  Gradkowski was the best chance to turn that franchise around, because the players rallied around him and now he's gone.

I hate to wish death on anyone, but that's the only way this team gets a new owner.  The end can't come soon enough for Davis for all Raiders fans' sakes.  He's taken a storied franchise and turned into a one of those tired, pathetic Sunday comic strips trying to be funny.  Like Ziggy.

Since: Nov 22, 2009
Posted on: December 23, 2009 8:31 am

The Raiders Are a Mess

True they are a mess but they show great quality at time and if they can put it together they will be good next year. They have very taleted players and when they gel with each other look out. They beat some very good teams this year so look out if they get some structure.

Since: Nov 4, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2009 3:17 am

The Raiders Are a Mess

Agreed. We need a Franchise QB! There a very talented team, But JaMarcus is just killin us. I'm fed up that in a couple of drafts ago Al Davis had a chance to draft Chris Johnson instead of McFadden & Aaron Rodgers instead of JaMarcus. I hope Al Davis learns his lesson & picks somebody that will be a leader & lead us too many wins

Since: Dec 8, 2009
Posted on: December 18, 2009 1:27 am

The Raiders Are a Mess


Since: Dec 8, 2009
Posted on: December 18, 2009 1:19 am

The Raiders Are a Mess

Oh, ye,good,thank you ,come on ,I like you with your

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2009 3:59 pm

The Raiders Are a Mess

I agree totally with you i love the raiders have been a fan for along time and the best thing for us is him to hire a GM or for him to pass a way witch will happen first i don't know .

Since: Dec 3, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2009 3:25 pm

The Raiders Are a Mess

I guess it's time to start drinking beer for every Russell INT and one shot for every sack.  I'm gonna be done in, boys.  Wish me luck.

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