The Oakland Raiders were known throughout their history to have a certain brand of football on offense. During their glory years, they had a great running game with big, physical offensive linemen.
The Raiders have also been the fastest team in the league with Olympic sprinter type receivers. Then there's the big-armed quarterback that they rely on to get the ball down the field to the Raider sprinters.
The Raiders have also had great pass catching tight ends and running backs to check down to. The running backs and tight ends were also great primary targets on third and shorter distances.
I often laugh when I hear commentators speak of how the game has passed Al Davis by and how the vertical game no longer works. The truth is it works in lots of places but just not in Oakland anymore.
The Raiders have most of the ingredients for the vertical offense but lack the most important one.
What separates today's Raider offense now from the glory days is the offensive line. Let's take a look at some Raider lineman from different days of glory to compare to what's there today.
You will then see why the Raiders can't play their brand of offensive football now.
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