The making of a successful Quarterback!
These are the things which are NECESSARY in order for any Quarterback to be successful in the NFL. Most of these things the Oakland Raiders have not had in over seven years! One player can not be the reason for failure on a unit consisting of 11 players. With these essential tools, even Bruce Gradkowski can have success in the NFL.
This aspect is often regarded as the most important ingredient to a Quarterback's success. The Oakland Raiders have not had a quality O-linemen since Steve Wisniewski and Lincoln Kennedy. This former second pick overall is a bust and a huge reason for the Raiders lack of success over the years. He was drafted to play left tackle but was moved to guard due to his lack of skill. The Raiders have yet to recover.
Receivers whom can catch
The Oakland Raiders have not had an elite receiver since Tim Brown '94. The Raiders have pieced together makeshift receiving corps just to get by over the years. The oft-injured Chaz Schilens has also been a bust as he has missed the majority of the past two seasons with minor injuries.
This highly talented receiver pictured here led the Raiders in dropped passes in '09.
A Running threat
When there is no running game it makes it easy for opposing defenses: We know you are passing!
The Raider's best running back Michael Bush sat mysteriously on the benched for the majority of the season under Tom Cable's simpleton offense. Tom Cable was demoted from calling plays...which leads us to our next slide.
The Raiders had none in 2009. Tom Cable would routinely call plays which were highly predictable, irrational, and downright stupid. When a coordinator is as terrible as Cable, the QB is doomed before the play even begins. Enter Hue Jackson.
A Supportive Fan base
Nothing good can ever come out of booing your own team. With a new QB coming into 2010, there will surely be some bumps in the road. The Raider Nation was uncharacteristically disloyal and impatient in 2009. When Jason Campbell struggles, as he surely will, how will Raider "fans" react?
Summary: The Blueprint
The blueprint for a successful QB has been in place for decades and somewhere along the line the Raiders forgot, to the detriment of JaMarcus Russell and Raider Nation.
The Raiders were able to dump all of their failures as an organization on one player whom is gone now, so there should be no excuses in 2010. Who's to blame?