Forty college students at a university in Texas enjoyed a forum between Damali Binta and another Bleacher Writer on Mar. 5, 2010. They got a chance to read two BR writers comments on the usefulness and appropriateness of certain types of information when analyzing or training NFL football players, especially the Oakland Raiders .
It was a good encounter, and no one got upset or drifted down to four letter words. You know what I mean!
Jay Dee's article broadened our awareness of the fact that there are four quarterbacks on the Raiders team, but most of us seem to focus on just two of them. Since the other two quarterbacks did not get much playing time in 2009, this narrow focus is natural.
However, when you look at the situation closely, Jay Dee, a BR Feature Columnist, is right.
One of the other quarterbacks may function better, and maybe he should be considered, too, as a good candidate for starter in 2010.
Competition is good at every level, and all of the quarterbacks on the Oakland Raiders' payroll ought to demonstrate their value and ability during training camp.
If the quarterback cannot stand the competitive heat, then he needs to get out of the "kitchen", as the old saying goes.
The forum between the two BR writers had to do with the strategy and measures for deciding who will be the best player or starter in the quarterback position. This type of discussion is necessary for every position on the Raiders team.
Yes, a number of factors need to be considered to decide on who is the best. Why not, during practice, video all four quarterbacks and study their reaction time, footwork, and every possible variable involved in being an excellent quarterback?
Slow those videos down and study every aspect of these four men. Take a good look using the "eye test" or other ways of judging whether a player is truly prepared and then have a complete and almost exhaustive set of data for good decision-making.
If this is done, then discussions of prejudice, racial concerns, size of the player, stamina, agility, smart or slow thinking, and whatever else helps to make a smart and successful NFL quarterback will possibly be more solid.
Are the franchises already videotaping the NFL players during the training sessions and practice? If so, good; if not, why not?
Seven years of a "type of famine" in the Raider Nation is draining the energy of the fans. Try something different and make the decision-making process more solid.
It certainly won't hurt, will it?
And who knows, the ranks of the four quarterbacks on the Oakland Raiders payroll just might shift a bit, with fewer BR writers having to discuss, "Who is the greatest of them all when looking at the mirror on the wall?"
Who are these four men? They are:
Who is the best (or greatest), and who should be the starter in 2010? Time will tell.
Thanks, Jay Dee, for your excellent article and forum.