He'd Be a Good Oakland Raider!: NFC South
Alright, so now that I've gotten rid of one of the tougher teams to choose from, the 49ers, I get to go to another difficult one, the Buccaneers, while I troll along in the NFC South for guys that would be good Raiders.
I'm guessing, since most of the comments that I received on the NFC West were those editing it, I must have done alright.
Remember guys, I'm putting this out there expecting to be blasted if need be, so don't be shy. Luckily for the shy ones, you can post on this site as "Anonymous."
So here it goes: Part two, and I'm going into the NFC South.
I'll be listing my guys by division in the following order:
- Mar. 29 - NFL-Oakland_Raiders-Arizona_Cardinals-San_Francisco_49ers-He_d_be_a_good_Oakland_Raider_-_NFC_West-300308">NFC West
- Mar. 31 - NFC South
- Apr. 1 - NFC North
- Apr. 2 - NFC East
- Apr. 3 - AFC East
- Apr. 4 - AFC North
- Apr. 5 - AFC South
- Apr. 7 - AFC West
Ok, they're not players but I'll give credit where it's due. Gruden and Allen made good Raiders. Now that I'm done with that...
QB—Jeff Garcia: The former CFL'er, Niner, Brown, Lion, Eagle, and current Buc is the epitome of a journeyman QB, and we all know how coach Gruden hates rookies.
What Gruden does like, and why he's on my list, is Garcia's toughness. The guy is barely 5'10" tall, so not only is he sometimes running for his life, he also has to move around in the pocket just to see a receiver.
Big deal, right? He does it at a +60% career completion rate! He's smart, tough, and he's good.
He might not be as good as Gannon was as a Raider, but he plays like him. You also have to give the little guy his props when he can stay above the fray of controversy like he has when having his manhood called into question by his former number one receiver (T.O.).
LB—Derrick Brooks: You want to talk about tough? Try this guy. He's never missed a game in 14 years! 192 straight games, 10 pro bowl selections, and still averages over 100 tackles a season.
There isn't much not to like about this guy, but the thing that I like the most is that he does ALL of his talking on the field. He's one of the most respected players in the league, and even though that's mostly due to his incredible play, much of that respect has to do with the character that this guy has.
WR—Joey Galloway: Here's another 14-year veteran who's still showing up the younger guys. He's not on this list for the same reason his teammates are on the list, but that's probably due to him being a receiver.
This guy is fast! He's not young anymore, but he is still the deep threat in an otherwise short passing game.
He's had reconstructive knee surgery, sat out a year due to a contract dispute, and yet at age 37 he's still beating young corners for the long ball. As fast as he still is, can you imagine how fast he was when he was drafted?
I think Mr. Davis would agree with this one.
RB—Mike Alstott: I know he's retired, but he deserves a shout out.
Mean, nasty, ornery, and yes, tough. Anyone who's crazy/stupid/tough enough to come back after having his spine fused and play at the level that he played before breaking his neck again...that's Jim Otto type of stuff there.
I like Mike McKenzie, but not enough. I do miss seeing him and Al Harris line up together as "Twin Predators." That was always cool seeing the two compete against each other for the best dreads.
Also, at one time I probably would have had Brunell on this list, but I'm still trying to figure out what happened to him.
QB—Drew Brees: I like this guy because he doesn't give up. The defense can crush this guy all day long, yet if he can get up, he will, and he won't hesitate to throw one deep.
He's definitely not a prototypical Raider in the sense of arm strength, but neither was Gannon or Stabler. I liked him at Purdue and hoped that the Raiders would be able to get him when he left San Diego.
Things worked out in that regard for both he and the Raiders.
LB—Scott Fujita: Am I the only one that was happy when this guy left Kansas City?
This guy is pretty fast for a linebacker too. He has the range to go sideline to sideline and the ability to rush the passer. Sure, he has flaws in technique, but he's a high-motor guy that doesn't quit on a play.
Although he's not a perennial Pro-Bowler, he's a pro and when starting, he'll give near 100 tackles a season.
LB—Dan Morgan: This guy is along the same lines as Mike Alstott. How many season-ending concussions can one guy take?
He loves the game though, and that puts him on this list. You're always inundated with stats when talk of a player comes up, but like they say, you can't measure heart.
If they can design a helmet that can prevent this guy from seeing stars and calling his buddy 'Momma' while drooling, he'd definitely be in the upper echelon of linebackers in the league. If only...
Don't worry, Tyler Brayton isn't on this list. I believe I did say that I wasn't going to try and reach too much. Jon Fox was a pretty good D-Coordinator for the Raiders until he walked out one year during the preseason, pissed at Mr. Davis.
WR—Steve Smith: There is probably nobody in the league that means more to his team, including Brady and Manning. The past two seasons, if the Panthers didn't have this guy, The Raiders might have drafted one spot lower.
This guy is listed at 5'9" and 185 lbs. Since most of these stats are either over or under inflated, he's probably pretty small. He plays like he's 7' and 250lbs and he's a speed demon.
I also like the fact that out of every elite receiver in the league, he's probably had the most to complain about, yet takes the high road when asked about the QB situation with a terse response equalling a 'no comment.'
LB—Jon Beason: Morgan's replacement, he more than filled that role with 160 tackles, a forced fumble, and a pick in his rookie year.
I like the way he plays. He doesn't miss tackles, he's everywhere the ball is, and he's just nasty. He might be one of the meanest looking players in the NFL too. Don't believe me? Take a look for yourself. I like guys who are intimidating and this guy is just that.
DE—Mike Rucker: This guy isn't flashy, and his stats don't jump out at you, but this guy is a solid DE.
He's formidable against the run and can still rush the passer too. Every down, this guy puts his hard hat on and goes to work. These are the kind of players that you want on your team.
Sure, you'd like them to be stars too, but these guys are good role models for the other players and show them how they should play every down.
DE—Julius Peppers: The complete opposite of Rucker in terms of production and flash. I tend to think he was playing injured last season, but even with last season's poor showing, he's had double digit sacks in every year but two. A guy that can rush the passer like that has to be list worthy, don't you think?
Ok, so the first guy would be DeAng...err, what about Patrick Kea..oh yeah...well, there's Micha...oh yeah, prison...hmm...nah! Boy! This one is going to be tough! They do have a cool website though.
LB—Keith Brooking: Another mean looking guy. The guy is a tackle machine. I don't know why, but the Falcons have him listed as making over 200 tackles in a season twice, but I can't find those same stats on NFL.com.
Either way, he does make his tackles, he's a leader on the field and he's a tough guy. He reminds me a little of Matt Millen so, I think he'd be a good Raider.
DE—John Abraham: This may be my reach of the day. Don't get me wrong, this guy is good. I just think he's borderline.
He's gifted athletically, but he's not as nasty as I'd like, but I can't argue his production (67.5 sacks in 8 years). If he can get me 10+ sacks a year, I guess I wouldn't complain.
S—Lawyer Milloy: He's not the same player he was a few years ago, but he's still solid in the secondary and can lay a hit on a receiver coming across the middle when necessary.
He's no Jack Tatum, but he plays like a Vann McElroy. Very cerebral and he makes the defense better just by being on the field. Judging by the safety play we've gotten over the past few years, he'd be a welcomed addition in the Black Hole.
There you have it for the NFC South. I'll be updating you tomorrow on the NFC North. That should be much easier for me, since I know I won't have a problem finding my Bears, Packers, and at least one Viking and Lion.
Post yours now. Tell me who I should've selected so far or who I should select in the other divisions.
Remember the only criteria to make my list, is that the player has had to have made an impression on me so significant that I would say to myself, "He'd be a good Raider," or "I wish he was a Raider."
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