Modern Day Raiders' Not Fit to Wear the Silver and Black

Colin Mehigan@@colinmehiganCorrespondent ISeptember 30, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 27:  JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders is sacked by Elvis Dumervil #92 of the Denver Broncos on September 27, 2009 during an NFL game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

This year, the Oakland Raiders celebrate their 50th anniversary and
during that time a celebrated list of Hall of Fame members have worn
the silver and black.

From Marcus Allen to Fred Billetnikoff and Art Shell to Howie Long, the
Raiders were a storied franchise during the 70’s and 80’s. The teams
assembled by John Madden and Tom Flores attained legendary status in
NFL folklore.

How times have changed.

The failings and shortcomings of the current Raiders have been
dissected across the internet and media at large for many a year and
the fact is that players, coaches and even the owner himself are a
pale shadow of what the franchise used to be.

The “Commitment to Excellence” is officially over. The only
“Commitment” the Raiders now achieve are high salaries to
underwhelming players and long contracts to equally incompetent

The ineffective, unprofessional structure of the club is galling for
all Raider fans.

Where is the General Manager? Where is the scouting structure? Where
are the talent evaluators? Where are the leaders on the field?

The Oakland Raiders are an antiquated sporting enterprise, and it pains
me to state the same.

The halcyon era that all Raider fans revelled in is long since over

Given the rabble that currently take to the field, it will be a long
time before Raider fans will enjoy watching players who will emulate
the Hall of Fame Raider heroes.


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