"We’re going to create an environment here for our players to do great, and that’s what we’re chasing, We’re chasing greatness … My job is to do everything I can to take this team where we want to go which is the Super Bowl.”.....Hue Jackson
The above statement was made by new Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson and it appears that his heart is in it, to win it all.
Jackson has a remarkable resume and although it was a pity that the Raiders opted not to pick up Tom Cable contract, it appears Al Davis has done it again and will keep the Raiders in competition next season.
During the 2010 season there was a bit of controversy as who would play Quarterback for the Silver and Black.
In the long run QB Jason Campbell picked up his tempo and began winning games, leaving Bruce Gradkowski on the bench.
However, Gradkowski is a great backup QB. Gradkowski has the Raider attitude and is by far a great competitor to have.
The Raiders also signed offensive coach Al Saunders to the team and his presence was welcomed by Campbell. The two had worked prior and the reunion comes at a great time for the Oakland Raiders.
Returning to Glory in 2011?
It would appear that the Oakland Raiders will turn heads in 2011 and get to the playoffs if the magic continues to grow.
Campbell has improved greatly and should be in Oakland for a long time. As he becomes a better QB, I am certain that Al Davis will reward him accordingly.
Campbell has also proven himself to be an accurate passer and scrambles when necessary.
At the start of the season Campbell had a flaw holding on to the pigskin for way to long, yet by seasons end he was flinging them out. Campbell will no doubt be the field general the team needs in 2011.
The above being mentioned I would not be surprised if the Raiders look to get another offensive linebacker. Jason Veldheer is another rookie that looks to excel in the Silver and Black.
Veldheer started nine games for the Silver and Black and held up well against veterans Dwight Freeney and James Harrison. Look for a better performance by Veldheer in 2011.
Actually, Veldheer may even make the Pro Bowl next season alongside Rolando McClain, who should have been selected with another star, Jacoby Ford.
It also appears that CB Nnamdi Asomugha will remain an Oakland Raider. Al Davis stated that he asked Asomugha if he wanted to be traded to the Jets. Asomugha said he would rather wear the Silver and Black
This is great news for the Raiders as Asomugha is the best CB in the NFL. Now I can breathe a little more easier.
As for the the players that are expendable , the Raiders should consider releasing Chaz Schilens, Johnnie Lee Higgins, Darrius Heyward Bey, and possibly Robert Gallery unless he restructures his contract.
Pluses for the team are Jacoby Ford who is a serious threat in the deep part of the field. Ford not only proved himself a ball hawk, he also returned three punts for TD! The Raiders are certainly gonna be a force in 2011.
If you look at the roster that head coach Hue Jackson has been given, it is filled with elite players i.e Zach Miller, Nnamdi Asomugha, Darren McFadden who missed three games but still surpassed 1000 yards this season.
There is also power RB Michael Bush and Marcel Reece! Reece was like the hidden receiver and his blocking is above most.
Another great newcomer was MLB Rolando McClain. this guy may be the new Ray Lewis because he is just plain mean, fast and experienced. He will be even better next season and should put up great fantasy numbers!
I must admit that when Tom Cable was released that the Raiders might regress. Shane Lechler made huge remarks that pretty much condoned the actions of Raiders owner Al Davis.
Yet, Hue Jackson had a huge part in turning this team around, as the Silver and Black went from 31st in the NFL rankings to 10th in offense. The Raiders also went from 31st to sixth in scoring, Remember that the Raiders had a tough time in the Red Zone and this has almost vanished in the 2010 season.
To further, return the Oakland Raider to greatness, they will be looking for a new defensive coordinator as John Marshall was released. Under John Marshall, the Oakland Raiders gave up 31 or more points six times. they lost all six of those games and four more times in their last seven.
The Raiders should also look at retaining Richard Seymour. Seymour is a motivator and with his presence the Silver and Black attack thrived, feeding on QBs and RBs.
The Raiders posted a 500. season but next season looks to be even grander with Hue Jackson challenging his players and both sides of the line.
Offensively, the Raiders could use a veteran WR and players i.e. San Diego's Vincent Jackson or even Malcolm Floyd would fit perfect in the Oakland Raider lineup. Al Davis loves the bomb and both fit the bill?
The Raiders are definitely on their way to the top and that means crushing the AFC West for a second straight year and taking the Superbowl in 2011. Failure is never an option.