Raider Nation: Just Win, Baby

Keith SellarsCorrespondent IMarch 5, 2008

For as long as I can remember, the Raiders’ mottos have been "Pride and Poise" and "Just Win, Baby."

What's wrong with that? Al...

Whether you judge by his wardrobe, those Vegas lounge lizard glasses, or his insistence on an air assault offense, it's obvious that Al Davis is mired in the 1970s.

Now, don't get me wrong.  In the 60s and 70s, both Al Davis individually, and the Raiders, did great things.  They won championships, and some would say they revolutionized the game.

But, this is 2008 and Homie don't play that anymore.

Defenses today are too fast and too smart—you won’t be successful in building an offense around the deep attack.  Sure, if someone blows his coverage, go for the House.  But you just can't plan for it to happen that way.

Teams like New England and Dallas have shown that the way to pile up big points and big wins is to shoot for the holes.  Whether that be a screen, a crossing route, a post, or a hook.

Keep it simple, make it quick, and take what the defense gives you.

In 2002, the Raiders had the best offense in the league.  In 2003, they had one of the worst, with the same personnel across the board.

Why?  Execution.  Coaches insisting on poor strategy. You can't have Rich Gannon, Jerry Rice, and Tim Brown on the field and then blame poor play and you could see it in the frustration of the players. They knew what they were being asked to do wasn't what was going to help them win.

In 2006, they had the best pass defense in the league. In 2007, they clearly didn't.

For that, I blame tackling. I watch someone like Al Harris of Greenbay throw a tackle and I go "That's the way to stand em up and put em down". I watch the Raiders defense tackle and I go "Gee, did he really want to stop that runner?". Tackling technique is awful. You can't armtackle a running back, and you can't expect to lay out a WR with a shoulder if he sees you coming. Fundamentals, boys, fundamentals.

The bottom line is that the Raiders need to stop doing what Al wants, and start doing everything it takes to "Just Win, Baby."