The raiders have been through a lot these past 10 years, seeing the best and worst of the league.
They now have a chance to turn that all around for the second decade of the new millennium . I'm going to tell you how.
The show will be in order of what they need to complete first.
Enjoy the short show i put together for you guys and don't be afraid to criticize or just post your thoughts.
Our Defensive Line is yet to prove itself for the 2010 season and providing they live up to expectations then the priority will slide. But other than that. Last year we let up the 29th most yards on the ground in the NFL.
This year the addition of Lammar Houston and the retaining of others such as Matt Shaughnessy, Richard Seymour, and Desmond Bryant, might prove to be a great move in the right direction.
The fixture of the defensive line comes first, so we can allow less points in which we ranked 23rd letting up 23.7 points per game.
Getting this fixed will open up holes in the secondary, which leads me to my next slide.
I was a little resistant to put the secondary so high, but we need to fix the entire defense before we even think about the offense because the defense is pretty much our strong suit, could be one of the best if we get things done.
The raiders secondary was ranked 7th in the league in passing last year letting up 206.7 yards per game, but these numbers are very deceiving.
Besides throwing on Nnamdi Asomugha, other teams have had a field day passing on the Raiders. Every cornerback opposite of Nnamdi has proven to fail. Chris Johnson gets beat too much, and Stanford Routt seems to let up the big play every time he enters the game.
The Raiders drafted two new corners. Hard-hitting Jeremy Ware famed for his hit that literally knocked Iowa player Colin Sanderman out-cold. And, a fan favorite Walter McFadden. Raider nation is watching McFadden to see if he might be yet another late-round Jem in the huge bag full Al Davis carries around in his pocket. He is under the microscope.
Neither corner gives any reason to believe that the situation is fixed.
There is more to it anyway.
Tyvon Branch of UCONN had a stunning 124 tackles with two forced fumbles. Though he was great for tackling, he was deemed useless in pass coverage. Opposite him at free-safety. Micheal Huff had Raider Nation kissing his feet when he had three interceptions and five pass deflections in the first two games. He was proven to be useless throughout the year only having 9 pass deflections in 14 more games.
My theory with football is to fix things from the inside,out. And right now, our insides are just not coming together.
I do agree that Mario Henderson is very under-rated. Gallery is a bit over-rated and paid too much to be a guard. He is still essential to our line though.
Other than those two, i see the offensive-line as a wide open competition. Langston Walker is not even worth the time. In fact i believe whole-heartedly that Bruce Campbell will beat him out this year. And Bruce has a lot to overcome just being switched to a guard position in which he admits hes been confused, but Gallery is helping so it's alright.
Small school superstar Jared Veldheer has been a super-efficent run-blocker for his entire career. He still has a very far way to come, but he will be the eventual left tackle of the Oakland Raiders in my mind. Regardless of the level he has played at. He has never given up a sack in his entire career. Even high school. He admits he never had much of a challenge and he never ran in a pass-first offense. That could prove to be a problem.
This year, our line will still struggle. Next year will be entirely different song and tune if things go the way they should. Tom Cable is a great offensive-line coach. He saved Gallery's career. Mario Henderson also sees him as a father figure because he never had a father. The building of comradery is immense in the Raiders locker room look for this line to be great in the ensuing years.
The Raiders offense is extremely young without much veteran-ship outside of the offensive-line. Zach Miller is the biggest hype in Oakland on the offensive side of the ball right now, as he should be, and opposite of him Brandon Myers who was drafted for his AMAZING talent in catching the ball is going to emerge this year to take over duties for Tony Stewart.
Brandon is almost identical to Zach Miller in skill set, maybe even better at catching the ball, but we'll probably never know seeing as Raider Nation loves Zach Miller. People are forgetting the wide-out position. There is so much talent i cannot even begin to explain it. It wont go anywhere without older and wiser talent to guide it.
T.O. had Jerry Rice, Wes Welker has Randy Moss, Steve Smith had Mushin Muhammad. The list goes on. The Raiders DO NOT have this covered. It is essential and they need to sign someone soon.
Namely "Moose" is the best choice. He is proven to be mature and he has stated he wants to take on that role. He is old and would only be sign for one year. But, that one year will totally help.
Get this done and the Raiders are all set.
If the Raiders get all of this done within the next year or so we may well be on our way to a very nice decade of winning seasons. I expect a mediocre year this year. But more would be awesome. Though it is doubtful.
Don't get your hopes up for this year Raider Nation. wait until next year. That is our year.