Since the Rich Gannon era in the beginning of this decade, the Raiders have been in constant search for the next best thing.
So far, it's been to no avail.
From Daunte Culpepper, Andrew Walter and JaMarcus Russell to Bruce Gradkowski and Jason Campbell, Raiders fans have been collectively shaking their heads at what has been a downright abysmal last seven years.
Maybe it's so frustrating this season because of the glimpse of flash on offense and the brilliant play of the front four on defense.
That still doesn't address any questions regarding our constant uncertainty at who lines up behind center.
Oakland came into the Miami game earlier today ranked second in the NFL in rushing yards per game. After putting up just 20 yards, it's evident that teams are starting to understand that rushing is the only thing saving our season. Teams have been forcing Campbell/Grad to throw as of late, and our run game has suffered severely.
As much as I want to say the season is a lost cause, the Raider defense makes me think otherwise. One thing is for certain however: The Raiders must find the right guy for the job.
Gradkowski was a breath of fresh air after a horrifying JaMarcus Russell. For the first time in years, Raiders fans had a bandwagon to jump on.
Then Jason Campbell came to town.
The problem in Oakland was that no one won the starting job; It was just assumed that Campbell would be a starter after trading for him. Apparently, no one really talked about it, and even today, it seems as if no one in the Raider organization knows who will play on the next series, let alone the next game.
As a optimist, I propose the following situation, however unrealistic it might be.
Let's take a chance on Vince Young.
He's been run out of town in Tennessee, and respectively for coach Fisher, it was for good reason. Vince tossed his pads in the stands, walked out on his team and told Fisher that "it was you I was walking out on, not the team."
Those are all pretty good ways to get yourself disbanded permanently and traded for nothing just so your face can't be seen in the team's facilities.
This could mean Vince Young has something to prove.
With the speedy depth at the Raider receiver positions, the majority of their talent can't be used due to not being able to create time (Campbell) or not being as confident as necessary (Gradkowski).
Vince Young could add a whole new element to the Raider offense, and assuming we keep most of the role players around, just the ability to run for a quick first down on an ever so typical third-and-long would suffice.
I realize the "cancer in the locker room" part, but at this point, I think it could be more of a bargain to go for Vince and draft a marquee player in this year's talent-riddled draft class.
What do you think, fans? Am I crazy for thinking this could work?
The way I look at it, Vince could do nothing but help, especially if he continues to get run out of town and cut from the Titans. He's done for this season with surgery on his thumb looming ahead, but he might be part of a string of possible answers that could net the Raiders a playoff-bound campaign next season.
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