Just Win, Baby... Please.

Keith SellarsCorrespondent IOctober 19, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 18:  Thomas Howard #53 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after a play against the Philadelphia Eagles during an NFL game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 18, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

This weeks win aside, the Raiders have gotten away from their cornerstone. Just Win, Baby.

Year after year, we see players selected in the draft because they're outstanding players in outstanding systems. Well heck, that's not as hard as you might think. Try being an outstanding player in a bad system. Someone who displays excellence despite his team, instead of because of it.

Al needs to take a page from the Patriots book. Don't draft college superstars and expect them to save your team. Draft people with flawless fundamentals and work ethic and build your team to their strengths.

When the Patriots drafted Tom Brady in the sixth round, people said he wasn't mobile enough and his arm was too weak for him to excel in the NFL. So, they built a line to hold a strong pocket, and an offense designed around the quick strike. You know the rest.

This upcoming offseason, the Raiders sole focus should be controlling the line of scrimmage, on both sides of the ball. Plugging their porous run defense and providing protection for their quarterback.

Then, they need to design an offense that plays to their QBs strengths, even if that calls for a complete overhaul. Oh, and that quarterback should not be JaMarcus Russell. He just doesn't have the skills to play behinds a mediocre line with recievers who can't dominate their coverage. To make matters worse, he has expressed no desire to act as the teams leader, which is a job requirement for a starting QB in the NFL.

All I'm saying that if you want to win, you can't pull an offensive or defensive scheme out of the air and think you can just plug players into it. You either need to find players who already excel in that kind of scheme, or you need to build the scheme to suit your players skills.