Raider Nation has been starving for the last few years for some good football. Al Davis has finally brought in players that could very well help Raider Nation get to the promised land.
What is Raider Nation's response?
Thankful, but we want more.
As I stated in a previous article, Santa has made his rounds to Raider Nation. In another one, I dared to ask for one more gift in free agent Kevin Mawae.
Would asking for another gift make Raider Nation greedy?
Of course it would, after all Raider Nation has already received.
However, Raider Nation deserves to get greedy. Who wouldn't after seven years of famine. There's another piece that could lead to seven years of feast in Raider Nation.
I once believed that Mario Henderson would rebound from last season as he will have Robert Gallery back to his inside. After further review, Jared Veldheer was drafted for a reason.
He may not quite be ready yet but there is a better option than Henderson. Flozell Adams is the perfect fit at left tackle for the Raiders at this time.
I know that he doesn't fit the zone-blocking scheme used by Tom Cable, but there are two factors here.
Factor one: Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson has already brought some power blocking plays to the offense.
Factor two: With Jackson now calling the shots on offense, the Raiders can go to a base power-blocking scheme if Adams can't adapt to the zone-blocking scheme.
Adams saw his last Pro Bowl at the end of the 2008 season. He wasn't the healthiest in 2009 but played well in spots. He must have at least one more good year left in him.
Much of Henderson's struggles are due to the fact that he is a project who never had the veteran leader to help him. I don't know where the Raiders are with Henderson, but Adams' five-Pro Bowl resume can help with Veldheer and Henderson.
I've seen a few articles written on the Raiders "building a dynasty" but they must win for us to start talking dynasty.
The talent is there now, but they must learn how to win.
Who will show them?