Oakland Raiders 2010 Year In Review: Top 10 Moments For The Silver and Black
The Oakland Raiders Franchise is the self proclaimed "Team of the Decades." The 2000's was a decade to forget, but the Raiders still managed to make a Super Bowl.
The Raiders have only failed to make it to the Super Bowl in one decade and that was the 90's. 2010 was the start of a new decade and it was a new start for the Raiders.
There were many moments that led the Raiders to one of their best seasons since 2002.
There were releases, trades, drafts and hires that changed the way the Raiders played football.
2011 is quickly on it's way so let's take a look at some of the top moments in 2010 for the Oakland Raiders.
Release Of JaMarcus Russell
One of the biggest moments of the year for the Raiders was the release of former number 1 pick JaMarcus Russell.
Russell was unable to live up to the expectations of a number one pick in Oakland. The marriage was set to fail from the start.
The Raiders were a very unstable organization coached by Lane Kiffin and owned by Al Davis. Russell was a young player who needed coached and developed.
We all know the story after that.
Raiders Have Successful Draft
Raider Nation can we be real for a minute? Waiting to hear who Oakland's first round draft pick will be every year is as nerve wrecking as waiting to find out what your girls pregnancy test says.
It could be great news or it could devastate your life.
This year the Raiders drafted very solid. Their first three picks, Rolando McClain, Lamarr Houston, and Jared Veldheer are all starters.
In the fourth round the Raiders drafted Bruce Campbell and Jacoby Ford. Ford is already one of their most explosive athletes at receiver and in the kick return game.
Campbell has all the physical attributes to be a star, he just needs more time to develop those skills.
The rest of their picks in the later rounds look like they'll contribute to the team as well.
Hue Jackson Hired
Hue Jackson was brought in by the Raiders to call the offense in 2010. Many fans don't know much about Jackson's past but he is one of the reason's the Ravens will be in great shape for the next decade.
He was the quarterback's coach for Joe Flacco in Baltimore. Jackson is an up and coming talent in the coaching scene. His current career mirrors former Raider coach Jon Gruden's career.
Both men coached receivers in the league early on. Gruden in Green Bay and Jackson in Cincy where he coached Chad OchoCinco, TJ Houshmandzadeh and Chris Henry.
They both became offensive coordinators, Gruden became head coach of the Raiders and Jackson is still waiting on his head coaching opportunity to come up.
His offensive system has created a major improvement for the offense. The Raiders have doubled their points total from last year and have gained over 500 yards of total offense three times this year.
That is something Al Davis has only seen three times in the last 25 years combined.
Richard Seymour Arrives To Camp With Rookies
Many still question the Richard Seymour trade that sent a first rounder to the Patriots two years ago.
I am one of those who feel that trade is one of the biggest reason's for the Raiders turn around. Seymour not only makes a difference on the field he also makes a big difference off the field.
Seymour arrived at Camp on a bus full of rookies. Seymour had this to say to Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune.
“This is my time where I really get into me and focus in on the things I need to do to make myself a better player. Come and knock some of the rust off and be ready to go.”
He is leading by example and showing the young players how to prepare like a champion.
Trades Made To Make A Difference
The Raiders made some trades during the off season that brought players in that would make an immediate difference right away.
It started off with Kamerion Wimbley, then Jason Campbell, then former Jaguars Quentin Groves and John Henderson.
These players have made an impact with the Raiders in their first year. The more experience they gain under John Marshall's system the better they will become. Wimbley and Groves are still young and have plenty to offer to the defense.
Henderson is still a run stopper and could end his career in Oakland.
Campbell was a big addition for the Raiders offense. Campbell is a big arm pocket passer that has the ability to make plays with his feet.
It's been an up and down season for the Campbell, but once his pass protection gets better and he has a year under his belt he will only improve.
These additions in 2010 are also a big reason as to why the Raiders are turning things around.
Raiders Defeat Rams For First Win Of Season
The Raiders first win of the season would define the rest of the year for them.
The Raiders beat the Rams 16-14. It was Darren McFadden's first 100 yard game of the season.
It was the first time Tom Cable decided to play Musical Chairs with his quarterbacks.
Jason Campbell was benched during halftime despite the game still being close. The Raiders could have had the lead had Cable decided to kick an easy field goal, but chose to go for it on fourth and short instead and failed to convert.
This game included General McClain's "Rolando Bottom Slam" that drew a personal foul. McClain followed that slam with a salute, which is why calling him General McClain makes sense. He's done that salute several times after big plays.
General McClain led the Raiders in tackles and fellow rookie Lamarr Houston recorded his first sack.
Raiders Charge The Bolts To End Streak at 13
The Raiders were at 1-3 and about to face the San Diego Chargers at home. The Raiders at this point had lost 13 straight games to the Chargers.
The win didn't come easy and the Raiders could have given up late in the game.
The Raiders blocked two punts, created turnovers on defense and rode Michael Bush and Jason Campbell all the way to a victory.
The Chargers were trailing late in the game for the second year in a row as Phillip Rivers was driving his team into scoring position.
A blitz by Michael Huff led to a sack fumble of Rivers and Tyvon Branch scooped it up and out ran everyone to end the game and the 13 game losing streak against the Chargers.
After that game it appeared that the Raiders forgot how to lose to the Chargers as they traveled to San Diego later in the season and dominated them for their 2nd win in a row against San Diego.
A Mile High Butt Whoopin
One of the most memorable moments of the season for the Raiders was their game against Denver. There is nothing better than going to a hated rivals home and opening one of the biggest cans of whoop ass in the history of the rivalry.
The Raiders scored 59 points in three quarters before slowing things down in the fourth. The Raiders gained over 500 yards of total offense and scored the most points in franchise history.
Darren McFadden looked like a cross between Bo Jackson and Marcus Allen as he rushed for 165 yards and scored four total touchdowns.
The Raiders defense also punished the Broncos all day scoring a touchdown on an interception, causing two other turnovers and sacking Kyle Orton four times.
Raiders Built Ford Tough Against Chiefs
In perhaps one of the best games of the year Jacoby Ford helped lead the Raiders to an amazing second half comeback and overtime victory.
He started the second half with an electrifying kick return for a touchdown, and the plays just kept getting better and better.
Whether he was catching the ball as he fell, ripping an interception away from a defenders' fingertips or just out running the defense on a deep route Ford took over the game.
The Raiders beat the Chiefs 23-20 after a very bad start in the first half. Just when you thought the Raiders were out there was some Ford Fusion going on.
Ford's performance was much greater than any Mustang could hope to have.
Run DMC Dashes For Over 1,000 Yards in a Season
Darren McFadden became the first Raider since 2007 to rush for over 1,000 yards. This was a big achievement for McFadden.
His fist two years were not what he hoped they were but he put in the time during the off season and stayed healthy for the majority of the year.
Hue Jackson spoke with McFadden earlier in the year to find out what McFadden felt most comfortable with so he could design around his strengths. This is something the Raiders should have been doing in the first place.
McFadden is 138 yards away from breaking the Raiders single season rushing record. If he doesn't get it this year, he'll have plenty of seasons ahead where he will no doubt reach that milestone.
What Was Your Favorite Moment of The 2010 Year.
At the Bleacher Report we love nothing more than to hear what the fans have to say. So let's hear it Raider Nation, what was your favorite moment of the 2010 year?
There was so many of them as this was the year the Raiders fortunes changed. While the year could have been a lot better, it still wasn't the usual 11 loss season.
We want to hear your favorite moments on the comment section!
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