Oakland Raiders Set a Standard That the 2011 Players Ought to Exceed

Honor Warren Wells TheTorchSenior Writer IIAugust 22, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 02:  Wide receiver Jacoby Ford #12 of the Oakland Raiders runs down field in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Tim Umphrey/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 02: Wide receiver Jacoby Ford #12 of the Oakland Raiders runs down field in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Tim Umphrey/Getty Images)

Historical data tells the story of how outstanding the Oakland Raiders were when you look at certain records. A little analysis of the data points out just how outstanding some of the senior Oakland Raiders were since 1962 when Dick Dorsey caught a 90 yard pass.

Here is a chart:

Longest Passing Plays
99Jim Plunkett to Cliff Branch10-02-83 at Washington 
94George Blanda to Warren Wells11-10-68 at Denver 
93Tom Flores to Dobie Craig10-20-63 vs New York 
92Marc Wilson to Marcus Allen10-07-84 vs Seattle 
90Cotton Davidson to Dick Dorsey12-02-62 at San Diego 

A simple analysis of the chart shows that Cliff Branch still holds the record for catching a 99 yard pass in 1983.  It was Jim Plunkett who released the projectile to Branch, a man who could catch and hold onto a ball.

Here is another data set for review:

   held record
Receiver ydsyeardiffrank
Branch998328 yrs1
Wells946815 yrs2
Craig93635 yrs3
Allen9284 4
Dorsey90621 yr5

Here is a comment that is interesting to note:

In 1984 Allen exceeded Dorsey, but was below Wells, Branch and Craig.

Since numbers do tell a story, one version of the story would have to give credit to Cliff Branch and Warren Wells for holding a record in the longest passing plays category. Wells held the record for 15 years. Branch still holds the record, now approaching more than 28 years.

Dorsey held the record in this category for one year.  Craig held it for five years. Allen is in the lineup of outstanding receivers but his yardage is not the maximum. Branch has the maximum yardage and Wells follows with a 94 yard catch.

The idea back in the day was to "catch and hold" the ball. It also was a game called "catch me if you can" because the Branch and Wells  had speed.

We have waited long enough for guys like Branch and Wells to show up on the Oakland Raiders roster.

Who will be our "catch and hold" guy who says boldly, "Catch me if you can"?

He needs to come forward in 2011!