The coaches and the players all seem to have a very positive outlook on the season. Talking to the players and coaches, nobody would guess that they were coming off their seventh consecutive season of losing 11 games or more.
Fans were upset at Al Davis for putting the Raiders in a hole and they blamed him for the bad moves he's made to set the Raiders back. Some fans left for new teams, some spent thousands on billboards to show their frustration.
The Raiders have made many offseason moves that have pleased the fans and have surprised the media. During the draft, people joked that someone didn't wake Davis up for the first two rounds.
The Raiders had arguably their best draft since . . . 2007.
While they did release JaMarcus Russell their first overall pick, they still managed to find Zach Miller, Michael Bush, Mario Henderson and Johnnie Lee Higgins. Four of those players have a very good shot at starting on offense.
Not only did the Raiders have a successful draft, but they also acquired a new starting quarterback in Jason Campbell. Aside from that, they have added some more veterans to the defensive side of the ball with Kamerion Wimbley and Quentin Groves.
While everyone is giving Al Davis credit for letting these moves happen, they seem to forget that these moves are Al Davis moves.
Al Davis loves bringing in former first round players. Campbell and Wimbley were both first rounders that weren't having success with their former teams. Campbell is the big quarterback with the big arm that Davis loves and Wimbley is a big and strong athlete that Davis always wants on the team.
Groves was a second round pick but he is another great athlete. During OTA's he chased Darren McFadden down on a run to the outside. That is pretty impressive for anyone to do.
The draft brought in guys that were big, strong and dominant athletes. Rolando McClain and Lamar Houston are physical specimens that haven't looked like rookies in the offseason. Jared Veldheer and Bruce Campbell are big and strong guys that look like Raiders.
Jacoby Ford's friends and everyone else knew he was coming to Oakland after posting the fasted 40 in the combine. Also, let's not forget we added three defensive backs, which is also a Davis special.
The Raiders have done what they've had to do to get better this offseason, and the guy calling the shots deserves all the credit.
Like it or not, Al Davis made the Raiders who they are and that started back in the 1960's. Love him or hate him Davis created the team that the Raider Nation fell in love with and everyone else loved to hate.
No one takes losses harder than Davis does. His health is not what it used to be, but a solid season will make it seem a lot better.
While the Raiders haven't won any games yet, they have made the Raider Nation pretty happy so far. You can tell how excited the Raider fans are by reading all the positive comments and articles coming from the Bleacher Report.
How about a billboard that reads, "thank you Al"?
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