Al Davis, Follow These Steps, and the Oakland Raiders Are in the Playoffs

Michael SippContributor IApril 4, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 09:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Warning: I have not written an article in many months, so bear with me. But this is going to be the best article you have ever read. Along with these steps are backup plans. But all of these steps are possible, so do not contradict me saying these are not possible, because they are. There is no salary cap this year, remember that.

1. Trade second round-pick (No. 39) to the Philadelphia Eagles for qu arterback Donovan McNabb:

What is the best way to never win a game in the NFL? To not have a quarterback that can lead your offense. Please, Mr. Davis, do not trade Nnamdi Asomugha for McNabb, you would fill one hole but create another one twice the size of that former hole.

Asomugha is easily the best position player on the Raiders (sorry Shane and Sebastian), so why would you trade him for a player that only has a few years left in his career, and one that might not sign with us at the end of the year.

That would not be the best thing, but I would feel somewhat comfortable with journeyman Bruce Gradkowski leading us for a season, but that would count on Gradkowski not getting injured. Do not even mention Russell though, he can throw a ball over a mountain, but he could not hit water if he fell out of a boat.

I have no idea if the Eagles just want the draft pick, or if they want the draft pick plus players or another pick, but Big Al needs to get this trade done. If possible, have the Eagles work out a deal with McNabb and then trade him, so we have a couple more years with him.

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Then the Raiders need to draft another quarterback in the 2011 NFL Draft, possibly Washington's Jake Locker (who is widely considered the best in his class), for the future. Oakland would probably have to trade up, though.

2.  Sign offensive-tackle Flozell Adams.

T he Dallas Cowboys just released left tackle Flozell Adams a few hours ago, and the 34-year-old would provide much needed protection for McNabb or Gradkoswki. Adams has made five Pro Bowls, and also a little bit of controversy. He has been fined numerous times for tripping and kicking players, and he also pushed Giants' defensive end Justin Tuck in the back at the end of a play, which resulted in a $50,000 fine.

It is about time the Raiders started their dirty playing again, right? Playing clean obviously has not helped, just look what happens (see Week 1, Louis Murphy, touchdown, and San Diego Chargers).

3. Draft Ndamukong Suh

We need to accomplish this one way or another, with the one way most likely by trading up. Too many times have I seen Larry Johnson, Knowshon Moreno, LaDainian Tomlinson, even Darren Sproles bust right through the middle of the line for a seven-yard gain. I am absolutely sick of it. We need a big ugly to clog that gaping hole up, and the 6'4", 310 Suh can fill that up, literally and figuratively.

4. Find another defensive-back.

Too many times have I seen a Raider defensive back not named Nnamdi Asomugha get burned. Mike Mitchell was nowhere to be found last season, and Chris Johnson looked like a fish out of water all season. I am not looking for anything major, but someone better than Johnson.