Tuesday, January 2, 2018

So Long Jack... Chuckie is Back!

My last blog about the Raiders was September 18, 2017, the start of the 2017-18 season. Little did I know at the time, we would have a disastrous campaign, which explains why there have been no entries since September.

Marshawn dancing after the second win of the season against the lowly Jets (although they played better than most people thought they would for the remainder of the season) did not really sit well with me. Not that I had a problem with it, Beastmode just being Beastmode, but it was a bad omen. For one, you're playing the Jets, not the Patriots; and second, it was only game number two. The very next game against the Redskins, my boys were embarrassed on a Monday night. This loss would set the stage for three more L's and a 2-4 record. The season was not halfway over and we were already behind the eight ball. 

Of course, we would never recover as we spiraled toward a 6-10, 2017-18 season. There was plenty of blame to go around; the first casualty was D-coordinator Ken Norton Jr. An OaklandRaidersBlog title was, "Norton Must Go," but I deleted the post after the Raiders defense showed signs of life in the October 19th win against the Chiefs. Ten days later, we're drubbed by the Bills 34-14.

Anyway, you don't need me to rehash our atrocious season, but there is a big bright light at the end of the tunnel. That bright light is none other than "Chuckie" himself, one Mr. Jon Gruden.

Chuckie's back! 

If it were not for the mediocre coaching of Jack Del Rio and our dismal attempt at being a legitimate team, we would not be in this position... so THANK YOU Jack. 

Many fans want to blame the O.C. (it was Jack who fired Musgrave, a 'grave' error) Todd Downing, but there is more than enough blame to go around and it starts at the top; starts with the Head Coach. 

On November 29, 2011, Del Rio was fired as the Jacksonville Jaguars head coach. His 9-year record was 68 wins and 71 losses, 1-2 in only two playoff appearances. His track record wreaks of mediocrity; up one season, down the next one or two, and he was headed down that same path with the Raiders, and Mark Davis - thank goodness - was not having that.

So long Jack.. Raider fans wish you well.. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Pundits... Sleep on the Raiders

Max Kellerman of ESPN's First Take says the Chiefs are the "class of the NFL". Kellerman raved about the ability, the skills of Alex Smith.

Michael Vick said yesterday, about Alex Smith, pretty much what I've said, when he was asked would the Chiefs keep Alex Smith for next season (on a personal note, I'm glad the NFL appears to be looking out for Vick, despite others who still want to protest a crime that he has paid for and donated more money and time to PETA than most people would in 3 lifetimes, but I digress). Vick stated, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". You let Smith go for the "potential of a rookie", that would be a major mistake. One that Raider fans would love to see of course, but Andy Reid is not that stupid.

Stephen A. Smith says the Falcons are the class of the NFL. Guest analyst Donovan McNabb says the Patriots are still the class of the NFL.

Kellerman says the Raiders have not proved anything by beating the Titans and the Jets.

All I know is... we have 4 guys on offense that can go the distance anytime and from anywhere on the field: Jalen Richard (did it yesterday), Cordarelle Patterson (did it yesterday), Amari Cooper, and DeAndré Washington.

Once we get the lead, we close the door in the 4th quarter with "Beast Mode," coupled with a huge athletic O-line featuring: Donald Penn, 6'4" 340 lbs; Kelechi Osemele, 6'5" 330 lbs; Rodney Hudson, 6'0", 300 lbs; Gabe Jackson, 6'3" 336 lbs; and Marshall Newhouse, 6'4" 328 lbs.

Furthermore, let us not forget the brilliance of one Derek Dallas Carr, definitely picking up where he left off last year and then some. In 2 games he is 45-60, 75% completion percentage, 492 yards, 5 TDs, no INTs, and he releases the ball 1.91 seconds (quickest time in the NFL).