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Oakland Raiders: Early Alert, Test and Report Card

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IISeptember 17, 2010

NASHVILLE - SEPTEMBER 12: Jason Campbell #8 of the Oakland Raiders looks to pass against the Tennessee Titans during the NFL season opener at LP Field on September 12, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Raiders 38-13. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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If you had to make a report card on the progress of the Oakland Raiders, what grade would you give them early in the season?

Here are the grades someone gave them.

Preseason Draft Decisions

Preseason performance 3-1 win-loss record

B

Performance in First Game of Regular Season

D-

Quarterback Performance

C

Offensive Line

C-

Defensive

D

If you are trying to raise the level of concern of the players on the Oakland Raiders team, you need to grade them.

Don't puff up or inflate the grade because you love the team. Grade them in a manner that inspires them to be the best that they can be.

Is Jason Campbell the best that he can be? No. Not yet.

Is Richard Seymour the best in what he does? No. Not yet.

Are coach Tom Cable and offensive coordinator Hue Jackson doing their very best at calling plays? I don't think so.

So what grades would I give the team.

Students often say that I am compassionate but a tough professor because I expect an excellent product.

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My expectations have been partly inherited from those professors who taught me at Texas A&M University and Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, New York.

I had to do the work. It's simple. Just pursue excellence!

Here are the grades I would give the Oakland Raiders at this early portion of the season.

It may agitate some of the readers, but it is the only way we can let you know that we expect "excellence."

Preseason Draft Decisions

Preseason performance 3-1 win-loss record

B

Performance in First Game of Regular Season

F

Quarterback Performance

C

Offensive Line

F

Defensive

F

Am I grading our beloved team too harshly? Well, maybe so.

It makes sense to me to grade them harshly now, so that they get stirred up and began to play ball like they really can taste winning the AFC championship.

Well, just consider this a test with 16 parts to it. The Oakland Raiders have a poor score on the first part of the test.

There is a chance, however, that they will take these games seriously and get in there and "show their stuff."

You are certainly building up tension before this Sunday's game. What grade will you give them?

Finally, even though my grading is a bit harsh, I only want the best for this gifted and talented team of young players. We just do not want to tolerate performance that is not congruent with the abilities and talents that we believe they possess.

This is a type of progress report and early alert. Hopefully, we have raised your level of concern and you will execute your commitment to excellence that you made when you signed your contract.

Go Raiders!

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