In a previous article I stated it was unlikely the Seymour would have an immediate impact on the Raider's defensive play. Well, what the hell do I know anyway. Not only did Seymour have an impact with his individual play, he created opportunity for the rest of the Defense as well.
Apparently I've been living in a fantasy world the last couple of years thinking the Raider's had pretty good defensive linemen. Last night I realized what a truly dynamic player can bring to a team. Seymour had been in Oakland less than 72 hours and was on the field against the Chargers. How do you come up with 2 sacks and 6 or so tackles? Perhaps the talk about him getting old or the Patriots so willingly dealing him pissed him off, either way I'm impressed.
While his personal stats were impressive for the game, it's the way he inspired the D that called one to attention. There was immediate acceptance of his leadership, his quite confidence demanded the respect of all those on the field. There was a genuine excitement among Raider players to have such a player present. When San Diego began to double team him it opened up plays for Ellis and Kelley. From the edge he contained the run and allowed the corners and safeties to finish the job.
After his second sack I turned to my friends ( a seahawk fan and a patriot fan), and said "is this guy really that good."The Patriot fan looked at me and said "yes"; wearing a vacant look on his face, clearly present to the fact the Patriots may have screwed the pooch on this one.
The Patriots are going to sorely miss Seymour's play and leadership, looks like Al may still have a few tricks up his sleeve after-all. This move smells like the Randy Moss deal in reverse.
Next order of business; get a long term deal done for this guy and pay him whatever he wants to finish his career in Oakland.