For the first time in many years, I feel like my high hopes for the Raider's upcoming season may actually be followed by results, but I don't want to get too crazy...
For too long I have said, "It'll all be better next year," only to be dissapointed with another double-digit loss season. Now, of course, being a Raider fan, I am always optimistic about my team.
I would always go into a season hoping that things would change, but they never did. But this off-season has a different feeling. The optimism I regularly feel has been backed up by changes.
I give credit to Mr. Davis this off-season because he seems to be coming to his senses and finally giving some control to Tom Cable
. Releasing Russell, signing Campbell, drafting McClain and even signing John Henderson were all moves that Cable wanted, and to Davis' credit, he got them done.
I was one of those people who kept bashing Al for his... questionable, to say the least, decisions, but I finally agree with the moves he has made.
I'm beginning to feel a shift in Raider Nation, I believe the wind is blowing in our favor again. Now, I'm not predicting playoffs, although I would certainly welcome them with open arms, all I want out of this season is improvement.
I want more than 5 wins. I want a QB to throw more touchdowns than picks. I want an adequate rush defense. I want the Raiders
to show me that I can still believe in them.
I no longer want to go into a season hoping that it will all turn out well, I don't want to be guarded in my optimism, I want to go into a season knowing that my team will contend. This year will show all of the NFL
if the Raiders are ready to step up and become prominent again. This is a big year for Raider Nation.