Oakland Raiders


BALTIMORE - NOVEMBER 29:  Dennis Dixon #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers comes off the field after his touchdown run against the  Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 29, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Steelers 20-17. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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Barnavicious XCorrespondent IDecember 1, 2009


While watching Sunday night football with my wife, she asked a simple question, one I still seeking an answer to. "Why is this Steelers’ quarterback better than our quarterback?" she asked. My brilliant answer..."pffft."

I sat perplexed by this seemingly simple question while the bitter truth seeped into my brain.

"I'm jealous of Dennis Dixon, a fifth round forgotten?" "Son of a bitch."

Admittedly, 12 of 26 with 1 TD and 1 Int isn't about to set the NFL world on fire. However, he did rush for another TD, avoid being sacked and damn near led the Steelers to a victory over a division rival on less than a week of preparation.

JaMarcus had two and a half years. Dixon, had 5 days, all the time splitting the starting reps with Roethlisberger. From scout team to primetime starter in 5 days.

I can not honestly say I would expect or desire the Raiders to actually pursue Dixon in the offseason but Dixon's performance does highlight Oakland’s most glaring issue and answer my wife's question.

Dixon is better because he plays for a team that requires him to be. He's better because he has to be..

It really didn't matter who the Steelers started Sunday night, the question would have been the same and I would find myself imagining Charlie Batch or John David Booty as our Quarterback.

The answer to my question is obvious. How would Dennis Dixon look in Silver and Black?...probably a lot like JaMarcus Russell.

The Oakland Raiders have allowed some players to become bigger than the team. Until this issue is resolved the Raiders will continue to lose.

I believe Tom Cable has laid the foundation for this to happen but I'm not sure he's the man to complete the construction.





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