Pure adrenaline and excitement! That sentence describes the Oakland Raiders newest weapon on defense. The Raiders rookie MLB Rolando McClain was a thrill to watch everytime he set cleat to turf. Rolando McClain became a fan favorite after he suplexed St. Louis WR Danny Amendola.
I am talking Rolando McClain literally lifted Amendola and slammed him on his back. Punishment. It's been a long time since the Raiders had defensive punisher like Rolando McClain.
In his rookie season, Rolando McClain had 85 tackles. This placed him third overall in tackles for the Raiders, putting himself behind Tyvon Branch (104 tackles)) and Michael Huff (94 tackles) , Huff himself has made a remarkable come back. Rod Woodson's tutelage should benefit Michael Huff immensely.
Rolando McClain's toughness is perfect for the Silver and Black. His recent addition to the Raider defense has proven to be extremely successful. He not only compliments Pro Bowler Richard Seymour and Kamerion Wimbley, but he also has the feet and agility to stuff the run.
McClain is only one small part of this upgraded Raider front. Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly are doing a great job. Opponents are having a tough time getting through the front and thats a huge improvement. for the Raiders
It's a great time for the Oakland Raiders as they are coming off wins in which they defeated all their rivals in the AFC West. The defense was spectacular, as was the offensive line.
Kamerion Wimbley had a huge season also. Wimbley posted nine sacks and was recently resigned to the Silver and Blacks amazing defensive attack. Wimbley may even turn heads by becoming the teams sack master.
The rivalry games will be tougher this season but the Raiders will triumph. Aside from losing Robert Gallery, Campbell should still get protection from his offensive line.
New Denver Bronco QB Tim Tebow has already had a taste of Silver and Black as he was defeated in his opening debut. Since the Oakland Raider organization was able to keep the majority of the teams defense together the team should have no problem repeating last seasons record. It could happen.
Al Davis has really managed to keep this team together and that is good news if you bleed Silver and Black.
In fact if you look at the Oakland Raider newcomers you can see that they are not afraid to pound away at opponents. In particular a RB.
I am referring to the offensive running of Darren McFadden who always seems to hand out punishing blows to would be tacklers. The Oakland Raiders are a complete team when it comes to handing out punishing blows. Very reminiscent of times past.
When teams come out to Oakland or when the Raiders come to town in 2011 you can expect to see pain delivery. This new team is young , fast and threatening. Expect to see tripled amount of turnovers should this defensive front remain healthy all season.
I personally expect to see 10 wins next season alongside a playoff berth as the Oakland Raiders have the necessary arsenal to pull it off next season ( provided of course, the lockout ends).
For me, the best defensive unit for the Oakland Raiders was the 1983 Superbowl winners. This unit consisted of Howie Long, Rod Martin, Lyle Alzado ( R.I.P.), Mike Davis, Ted Hendricks, Matt Millen, Lester Hayes, Dave Dalby, Greg Townsend, and Mike Haynes. All are legendary players for the Silver and Black.
Matt Millen was a beast. In the Superbowl against the Washington Redskins and RB John Riggins, Matt Millen stuffed the run at the goal line twice. It was just great defense by the young and ferocious Millen.
In contrast, the new defensive unit looks just as impressive. Rod Woodson's coaching will pay off for the Oakland Raiders. Turnover should be huge. The Oakland Raiders defense for next season may turn out to be a historic one if they can play to perfection next season. They played extremely well last season, however small mistakes created losses and this should be eliminated as the team continues to get sharper and faster.
Overall, it's a great time to be a Raider fan. The team is looking better and better and we can finally get some more payback next season on those that looked down and laughed. To those I say, Beware, because the Silver and Black are Back !!!!!!