Tom Cable Vs Randy Hanson
This made headlines throughout the NFL. Apparently Tom Cable got a little frustrated with Hanson at a coaches meeting. Tom Cable then broke Hanson's jaw. I'm not saying whose fault it is. I don't know the facts. However, I just don't think it's fair when a 300+ pound man attacks a guy who's barely 160. It's like when a linebacker picks a fight with a kicker.
Chaz Schilens Injury
It seemed like Schilens was building a real connection with JaMarcus Russell. But he broke his ankle, and didn't come back until Week 10. That's nine more weeks than he should've been out. I guess we'll never know what could've been if Schilens stayed healthy.
Richard Seymour Trade
A week before the season, Al Davis made one of his great moves by trading his 2011 first round pick for a 30-year-old Richard Seymour on the last year of his contract. Great move, once again Al. I'm not saying Seymour is a bad player, but at this stage of his career he isn't worth a first round pick
The JaMarcus Russell Era
Lets hope its done for good. Russell was terrible for pretty much every game except San Diego, Philadelphia, and Denver (in relief). I could go on and on about how bad he is, but instead I'm going to focus on the positives:
-He played so bad that he got benched. And if he didn't get benched, then we wouldn't have found out about Bruce Gradkowski
That's pretty much where the positives end. But there's still a chance we turn him into a defensive end or linebacker. Nah, he'll still manage to ruin a game.
We Want Crabtree
Don't you get the feeling that some football players are athletes, and the others are real football players. DHB gives me that feeling. He has can't miss size (6-2) with the combination of speed (4.3 40 yd dash). But there's just something not there. Like that he can't catch or run routes effectively. That does create some problems in DHB's line of work.
Meanwhile, across the Bey, Michael Crabtree has more catches in one game (Week Seven), than DHB had all season to that point. Doesn't that just tell it all?
Bruce Gradkowski Era
He sparked upsets over the Bengals and Steelers. If the aforementioned DHB didn't drop a pass against the Chiefs in Week 10, I'm willing to bet that we would've won that game too. Until he got hurt against Washington, Gradkowski got Raider Nation something to be excited about. That hasn't happened in years.
Mid- to Late-Round Draft Picks Produce
Rookie WR Louis Murphy (fourth round) and DE Matt Shaugnessy (third round) have provided sparks for Oakland this year. Murphy has proven to be much more polished than DHB, but drops passes like him. Shaugnessy has provide 4 sacks this season off the bench.
Sophmore players Trevor Scott (sixth round) and Chaz Schilens (seventh round) have played well also. Scott has 6 sacks this season in his role as a second down specialist. He has now been converted to a linebacker because of Ricky Brown being out for the season. Schilens has played well after coming back from the broken ankle. He caught the game winning pass at Denver.
Major Problem Returning Kick-offs
Louis Rankin, Jonathan Holland, and Gary Russell have flat out sucked. We have averaged 18 yards a kickoff. That's 2 yards under 31 ranked Carolina. This is a problem that needs to be addressed during the draft or free agency.
The Raiders Have Quality Wins and Bad Losses
So let me get this straight...We have beaten: Eagles (playoff team), Bengals (playoff team), Steelers (possible wild card team), Broncos (possible wild card team), and maybe Sunday we beat the Ravens (possible wild card team; that's a big maybe)
We have lost to: Kansas City (three wins), Cleveland (four wins), and Washington (four wins).
We can't be playing down to the level of competition. After all, we still only have five wins. But seriously, what gives?
So that, in a nutshell, is your Oakland Raiders.