Oakland Raiders: Great Minds Think Alike

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IIMay 11, 2010

ALAMEDA, CA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis speaks during a press conference to announce the firing of head coach Lane Kiffin of the Oakland Raiders at thier training facility on Septemer 30, 2008 in Alameda, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Sometimes it is necessary to re-teach or repeat a lesson in order to assure comprehension and retention. This idea is applied to the Oakland Raiders.

A few good grades on draft choices and releasing some players is good, but more lessons need to be learned. A lesson on harmony and on being of the same mind might help synchronize the actions and reactions of the Oakland Raiders.

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Harmony is a beautiful concept. In music, it can take different forms. In professional football there are concepts and forms.

In a jazz ensemble, every man improvises and plays his instrument with a unique expression, stream of musical notes and rhythm. In professional football, each player has a unique nonverbal expression, stream of movements, and rhythm.

The other jazz musicians improvise in their unique way. Overall, you get a wonderful experience. There is diversity and there is harmony, all interfacing to make a rich sound in the ears and mind of the listener.

Athletics, too, has a harmony. Each man playing in his position, in his own style, and in his own way. As we take a global view, there is also harmony and some type of synchronization to make it all happen.

The Oakland Raiders are working on that harmony. The players are getting to know each other. The nonverbal can enhance the experience on the playing field. Few words are spoken, but many moves are made.

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The grand idea is that the quarterback ought to have the same mind as the wide receiver, almost predicting the receiver's position so that the ball falls near enough to his gifted hands.

Conversely, the receiver needs to have the same mind as the quarterback, making his way to the right place, at the right time to grab that football and gallop like a gazelle to the end zone.

If necessary, that gazelle-like runner may demonstrate a "pronking" or vertical jump over defensive players who are in his way. He will be so determined and in control that he will land on his feet, after a type of "pronking," and race toward the end zone.

One goal is in the mind of each player. Victory. Winning. Success.

I have read that in the old days, there was a language that did not need vowels. The people were so familiar with each other. The context of a situation was so well understood, that simply using the consonants was enough to communicate an idea, a concept, or a thought.

It means to me that there was a time when we really did come closer to having "the same mind." Communication was enhanced in those days. Camaraderie was possible and capable of approaching perfection.

The Raider Nation expects the harmony and synchronization in the Oakland Raiders in the 2010 season. We expect the Oakland Raiders to develop the level of closeness that is the precursor to victory.

Another analogy:

How Do Gazelles Use Body Language?
Gazelles can communicate volumes through the flick of an ear or the swish of a tail. Find out more at HowStuffWorks.com .

Let me make my point: "gazelles have a range of ways to communicate using only their bodies."

My conclusion in my pep talk today: Study the nonverbal behavior of your teammates and of your opponents. Use your mind, and win the game. Read all the signals: verbal, nonverbal, motion, speed, position, etc.

We implore you, Raider Nation, and Oakland Raiders, be of the "same mind." Envision victory!  

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