Don't lie, you did a double-take when you looked at the headline. But I am confident the Silver & Black will be back in the playoffs in five or years, maybe less.
Tom Cable is going to be a great coach in the NFL, he is not a yell his f***ing head off kind of coach like Gruden was, and that is perfect. He lets his players have fun out there which is big.
John Madden let his players sit on helmets for God's sake, and Madden is the all-time winningest coach percentage wise.
Nnamdi Asomugha and Shane Lechler, the best players at their position respectively, have both signed big deals—Asomugha to a three-year, $54.3 million deal, that is a lot of money. Anyway, back to the article.
Since the two superstars have signed deals, the Raiders are ready to start scouting the next superstars. There is a lot of potential in this year's class, and if Al and the Raiders draft a better than average class, we will have a good team. How, do you ask?
JaMarcus Russell ended the 2008 season on a high note, a two game winning streak. It will be good to finally have some experience behind the center. The one-two-three punch in Justin Fargas, Darren McFadden, and Michael Bush will be nice.
Although, we do not need that 1-2-3 punch. We could trade Fargas, and probably get a second round pick plus. Although, we can not pass or run without a offensive line, and we cannot pass without wideouts to throw the ball to. Zach Miller will be a good tight end in the NFL in years to come.
Now to the other side of the ball. We have a good linebacker corps., but we need to get another outside linebacker, possibly in the third round or second day. We finally have a good secondary.
We drafted Asomougha to replace Charles Woodson, and he is better than Chucky. Our defensive line needs work though. Derrick Burgess is getting older, Terdell Sand and Gerard Warren could not stuff a turkey, and Kalimba Edwards, wasn't.
Regardless of these holes, they will be filled in a couple of years and the Silver & Black will be back.