Oakland Raiders: Same Shit New Season, Or Just a Bad Start?

Ramone BrownSenior Writer ISeptember 12, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 13:  Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders runs with the the ball during their game against the Washington Redskins at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 13, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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This off-season was filled with hope and optimism for Raider-Nation. We finally got a real QB, revamped the defensive front and hired a real play-caller.

Unfortunately though it would seem these improvements haven't materialized on the field and the team looks eerily similar to last years.

The team is once again leading the league in penalties, surprise surprise.

Tom Cable still looks as clueless as ever on the sideline.

Our offense still can't maintain a drive or convert third downs, leaving the defense to fend for themselves.

Our young receivers still can't get open, let alone catch the ball. As Louis Murphy had two key drops including a would be touchdown strike.

JaMarcus Russell... I mean Jason Campbell can't hold onto the ball, read the defense or make quick decisions and looks demoralized after every failed drive and incomplete pass.

The o-line still can't block leaving the Raiders QB to take a beating in the backfield. At this rate it's only a matter of time before we see Bruce Gradkowski and Kyle Boller taking snaps.

On the bright side, excluding a 76 yard TD run, the run defense looked good as the team was able to bottle up Chris Johnson for most of the game.

Also Darren McFadden looked good with 95 yards rushing and 55 yards receiving totaling 150 yards.

The big question is was this just a bad start, or are Raider fans in for another long season?

So far it looks like the same old shit just a new season with a few new faces.

Hopefully though the Raiders turn it around in their home opener against the Rams. If not Tom Cable may want to start checking Craigslist for a new job.