Chaz Schilens is another one of Al Davis ingenious "diamond in the ruff" projects which makes the Oakland Raiders the most talented team in the NFL according to their peers and despite what BSPN imposes. Only one problem: Mr. Schilens can't stay healthy(at least not when Russell's in) This past season Mrs, I mean Mr. Schilens missed an outrageous amount of football games with what amounted to a sprained hangnail (in practice, mind you.) Initial diagnosis: 2 weeks. Realistic time: 13 weeks and one pointless press conference.
Although, I don't really know how much of a difference Schilens would make being that the Raiders have the most illogical and incompetent coach in arguably in NFL history. Im sure Chaz would have found his way to the bench right next to the other members of the "squandered bunch" (*Jay Richardson, Michael Bush, JLH, **Brandon Myers, Javon Walker, Mike Mitchell, ***Nick Miller, ****Desmond Bryant, etc.)
Al Davis has already pretty much solved the Raiders offensive woes by demoting the highly incompetent, "Basic" Cable. Now Jamarcus needs an O-line ala Mo Collins, Lincoln Kennedy, Steve Wisniewski, Matt Stinchcomb, Barrett Robbins(the sane one) which projected the likes of the weaker armed Rich Gannon into the SuperBowl, and to perennial Pro Bowl status. Not to mention a qb needs a receiving corp who can not only catch, but stay healthy in practice.
*Is exponentially better than the grossly over-rated Tyler Brayton clone in Trevor Scott. Scott is an excellent pass rusher but is desperately useless against the run. Richardson can play both. And Well.
**Scarily, from what I've seen in his little action in the preseason and regular season; This kid might be better than Miller. He seems faster and his hand are just as good. Plus he is supposedly a better blocker, but we may never know. (Thanks Cable
***Might be the biggest injury of the season outside of Schilens. This guy runs with passion and has major burners. Is an impact player on both special teams and with the deep ball. Unfortunately he was another "practice casualty" whom was unable to contribute to the woeful return game.
****This dude is scary good. Harvard? Only AL.