The Autumn Wind Is Blowing; This Is The Season For Tom Cable's Raiders

Erik SpanglerContributor IAugust 5, 2009

ALAMEDA, CA - MAY 08:  Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable watches his team during the Raiders minicamp at the team's permanent training facility on May 8, 2009 in Alameda, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

To watch the crumbling of division rivals, is a sweet sight indeed. 

With the Kansas City Chiefs rebuilding, the Denver Broncos self-destructing, and the San Diego Chargers quite likely performing at a level lower than that which is expected, The Raiders ship may have finally arrived.

The first three games this season are all division games, and will show Raider Fans and Haters alike, just how far we have come.  The drafting of Heyward-Bey is a source of controversy for many, but I remind everyone, players do not get into the NFL Draft without tremendous athletic ability.  Another big plus, is that he is in Training Camp and pushing himself to be worthy of the number 7 pick of the draft.  I think everyone will learn that DHB's speed is just what we needed at WR.

Jamarcus Russel is another story altogether.  His extreme capabilities of launching the football down field were enticing to say the least.  Since joining the team, he has shown nothing of his projected value, and demonstrated clearly that he has little to no work ethic.  Or at least he didn't.  All reports indicate that JR has turned over a new leaf, and is striving to be the QB he is destined to be.  With the help of some speedy WRs and quite possibly the return of Javon Walker's former self, he could very well highlight this team in '09.

Then there is the running game.  Darren McFadden.  Michael Bush.  Justin Fargas.  Oh! but I almost forgot, the body guard of RBs, Lorenzo Neal.  With Neal paving the way, I see at least two of our RBs totaling over 1000 yds this year.  With a trio like Slash, Dash, and Bash, Oakland is an envied club league-wide.

Our defense, anchored by Morrison, Howard, and Asomugha, should continue to do great things against the pass, getting pressure on the quarterback and forcing them to throw into superb coverage. 

The only IF is IF we have what it takes to stop the run.  As Kirk Morrison himself said, the main focus of the defense this year, is to do just that.  With Mike Mitchell coming in, and Greg Ellis' signing, I believe we have put together what will become a Dynasty for the ages.

Summer is coming to an end gentlemen, and the Autumn Wind Blows Strong.