Raider Nation: Patience Is Key With Russell, Mcfadden, and Heyward-Bey
Patience may be a word that no one in the Raider Nation wants to hear anymore. Its been too long, and we are due for a better season. After watching the game this week against Kansas City, one thing was evident. This team is young and unexperienced on the offensive side of the ball, on all skill positions.
Everyone is running out of patience, and it appears like Jamarcus Russell is everyone's scapegoat. Russell was brought into the Raider Nation to turn our team around, but he wasn't going to do it alone. So the Raiders added offensive weapons in Darren Mcfadden and Darius Heyward-Bey.
Al Davis has invested a lot in these three players, and they should be the players to turn this franchise around. This is the first year all three players have played together, and so far it has not been pretty.
Jamarcus Russell has not shown improvement, and is having a horrible year. Mcfadden once again has missed a lot of time due to injuries. Heyward-Bey is struggling with catching the ball, and isn't producing on offense.
There is two ways that Al Davis can go with the direction of this franchise. He can just give up, and start over or he can let these guys grow and gel together.
I know the Raider Nation is running out of patience, but here is a news flash for all of you. We sucked before any of these three young players were taken, which is why we were able to draft them so early in the first round.
Look up our winning percentage from after the Superbowl to before Russell was drafted, it is better with him as our starter. I know we want to win, and are sick and tired of losing.
I'm tired of making a 13 hour drive every weekend, to see us get blown out or see us lose a game like we did to the Chiefs. I'm tired of it. But at the same time, I understand that for us to get back to glory we need patience. I'm a realist, not an Idealist, I want a Superbowl, but Champions don't happen over night. Where is all the Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan talk now? Shouldn't they be in the Superbowl?
Its the lack of patience that got us here. How many big time free agents have we brought in that have done nothing for us? Moss, Sapp, Hall, Brooks, Collins and Culpepper, what were they able to do in the Silver and Black?
When we drafted these players, it showed our fans that we are going to start rebuilding through the draft. Which I believe is the best way to do it, and now that these three are together for the first time, its can only get better from here.
As fans we have to be realistic about where we are headed and what needs to happen. A lot of people have given up on Russell, Mcfadden and Heyward-Bey, but what did they expect from these guys?
They weren't coming to a winning franchise, they were coming to the Raiders. The most unstable franchise in recent memory. To give you an example, the Raiders have had 6 Different head coaches this decade. The Titans, Steelers, Patriots, Giants and Eagles have had 7 different head coaches all together this decade.
Jamarcus Russell was coming to a team that couldn't win with Kerry Collins, Aaron Brooks or Daunte Culpepper.
Mcfadden was coming to a team that couldn't win with Lamont Jordan, Tyrone Wheatly or Charlie Garner.
Heyward-Bey was coming to a team that made Randy Moss a nobody, and Javon Walker a rich man.
As fans we need to embrace these young players and hope they succeed instead of hating blindly. Have these guys produced like we've hoped up to this point? No, they haven't. Would us Picking Ryan Clady and Michael Crabtree after Russell helped out team today? Perhaps, but thats not what we did.
No smart veteran player today would want to come play for the Raiders and think it is a smart career decision. When players leave the Raiders, no one has anything good to say. Respectable coaches like Tony Dungy are telling players to stay away, and Hall of Famers like Randy Moss and Warren Sapp are telling players to stay away.
Nobody wants to play for the Raiders anymore, and by the way it sounds, not even half the players that are making a paycheck with the Raiders want to either. There is a reason we have to overpay players to come here.
What is the answer then for a franchise that has been the worst franchise in league history these last 7 years? What is the answer for a team that no respectable player or coach would want to come to?
Patience. Let these young talented players grow together, maybe build a line around them that can block, all our skill positions are set. There is not one player in the league that we can add next season that is going to make us win that elusive 4th Superbowl Trophy.
One last message for the fans. I know it is frustrating to lose like we do, but don't hate on our own players, or our own team. Its the easy thing to do. Being a Raider has always meant, its us vs them, us against the world.
Hating on our guys, only makes you one of them. Cable made a mistake by pulling Russell. Peyton Manning has gone on record by saying that playing late in games when he was getting killed is what taught him how to be a QB.
Not all the blame should go to Russell, Mcfadden or Heyward-Bey. The same people who are hating on these guys right now, are a couple seasons away from owning their jerseys.
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