Why Oakland Is Better Off With Losing Today (Sorry Pittsburgh!)

Austin SwaimContributor IJanuary 3, 2010

PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Jimmy Clausen #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in action during their game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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JaMarcus Russell blew it again. That was a nearly perfect way to end the season, considering that is the way most of it had gone. But, why should Raider Nation be excited about today's loss? 2010 looks a whole lot more promising. In the Broncos blow out loss to the Chiefs, Peyton Hillis did not play. That is 5 games in a row without a touch. Considering on Black Monday he will be released, Oakland is the favorite to get thee young FB. A Bronco that is peaved and is friends with Darren McFadden is a good choice for Al Davis. He is a freak athletically too. A FB is a spot of need for the Raiders, and Hillis to Oakland seems very possible. 

Another is Russell. Russell showed David he coughs up big games. Since most of his guaranteed money is paid, if 2010 is uncapped, Russell will be let go. Why? The answer is coming up shortly, but Gradkowski will be back and so might JP Losman, another coming up later issue.

Raider Nation is calling for the head of Tom Cable now, but don't be. If Cable has a QB that matches his fire, Oakland can go places. Jim Fassel, UFL Champion Head Coach, would be a nice choice at offensive coordinator to help Cable with the part he doesn't get, football. That is why Losman may come back as a #3 QB. Speaking of #3 QBs, Miami needed to play theirs today in a loss to Pitt. God bless Pat White and his broken neck. I thought spinal cord when he went down, but he may walk again.

Back to the Raiders, a few more players need to fill our weaknesses. Besides QB and FB, Right Tackle and Guard, Nose Tackle, and Cornerback must be addressed. I see all coming from the Draft if neccesary. Bryan Bulaga at RG should be availible at 37, which is the Raiders 2nd rounder. Selvish Capers is a raw talent in the third round, but good value their from West Virginia. At nose tackle, the Raiders might go with Marvin Austin, an experienced defensive tackle from UNC. He runs a 4.9 at DT, so Al will be all over him. He is not a nose tackle, but could help Tommy Kelly inside. Cornerback could be solved in the 4th round by Walter McFadden of Auburn or Wondy Pierre-Louis of Florida. Pierre Louis in my opinion is first round talent injured in his junior and senior year at Florida. 

I saved a whole paragraph for our first round pick, a QB. Jimmy Clausen is his name from Notre Dame. With our loss Sunday, we have the 5th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft if the coin toss goes our way with Seattle. Clausen will be there at #5 with Suh, McCoy, Berry, and Okung going in front of him. Clausen is the best passer in the country, as he is in the Top 5 in most major passing categories. Clausen, a Cali Native, would love playing for his Raiders and this would give Oakland a 10 win season if they do all of this. Without our loss today, little of this might be possible. Please leave comments and ideas. Are the Raiders close to a Playoff Contender in 2010?