If you listen intently enough you can hear the winds of fear howling in the distance. Each day a mighty storm builds momentum off the Northern California coastline. Most estimates predict the terrible system will touch down in Oakland sometime in early September.
At the conclusion of the 2008 season there was a wave of euphoria that swept over the city of Oakland. The storm that brought Chucky down from his perch atop Raymond James Stadium seems to have traveled the globe in just five short months. This time, the storm seeks to devour the hearts of the same Raider fans it once filled with joy.
Be on the lookout for the evil winds which blow across the practice field in Alameda. The winds of hatred are so strong that they make a perfect spiral thrown from JaMarcus Russell end up at the feet of Chaz Schilens.
Be warned that the thunder heard on draft day only indicates that there is lightning to follow. An electric shock of reality appears to have hit a few hapless Raider fans. Some have abandoned ship while others simply pray for a miracle.
All the while, Al Davis sits in the eye of the storm, doing little to save his sinking ship.
Tom Cable stands calmly at the helm, unaware of the dangers that lye ahead.
Yes, if you put your ears to the ground you can hear the rumblings of a mutiny. Maybe we have all been fooled.
Coach Cable promised a playoff birth when he was given the job, yet he has done little to change a roster that struggled to win five games in 2008. In fact, Cable has done his best to bring back the majority of that team.
JaMarcus showed great promise at the conclusion of the ’08 season, but is off to a horrible start in ’09. He has yet to win a single game this year and his statistics are woeful. Jeff Garcia should prepare himself to weather the storm. Russell might need a better view from the sideline.
Darren McFadden is lost in the storm as well. His rookie season evaporated in a mist of disappointment and then was washed away by the success of a runner in Tennessee named Chris Johnson.
There is no solid ground for Coach Cable to dock his ship. He continues to navigate blindly searching for a break from the constant rain that pelts his playbook.
Raider Nation has every warning sign that a catastrophic storm is eminent. The summer has just begun to show its face, yet it is the fear of the ensuing fall that has a Nation caught in a Stan Van Gundy-like panic attack.
With no land in sight, Tom Cable must continue to ride the waves of discontent. His weather beaten face is sore from absorbing the insults thrown at his young quarterback and his team’s zealous owner.
Raider Nation has waited patiently on the shores for their ship to come in. Over each of the last six years, the vessel arrived at the dock in pieces.
When will this change?
There is no way to predict the future, but plotting a course is step one. Coach Cable is a novice as a head coach, so too was John Madden at one point in his life.
Cable is building a team the old fashioned way. He’s making his players earn their keep in order to stay aboard the ship. The process began in 2008, how long it takes to complete will be up to Al Davis.
For now, frightened fans should stay inside to avoid being struck by the errant throws of JaMarcus. This is a process for fans and players alike. Surviving the storm is step one.