When Tom Cable was named head coach of the Oakland Raiders back in February, he boldly proclaimed that the “Raiders were going to the playoffs.”
To the surprise of none, his comments were brushed aside as mere pillow talk to appease one Al Davis. After an assault investigation, a 1-4 record to begin the season and staying the course with a quarterback whose horrible completion percentage was bested only by his QB rating, Cable’s words seemed more ignorant that arrogant.
Then, John Marshall happened.
Marshall’s masterful scheme that clipped the Eagles’ wings has injected new life into the Raider locker room.
Now, Cable is no longer alone in his brash belief in the ’09 edition of the Silver and Black.
“You can mark it down,” Seymour said. “The Raiders will be in the playoffs in 2009.”
Seymour’s words should not be taken lightly. The last time he made a guarantee, Philip Rivers had to roll out from underneath #92 twice on the Monday Night opener.
Is Seymour taking the Cable-Aid to the head? Has he gone mad? Has he already forgotten that same the guys who showed all that heart against Philly are the same ones who showed no emotion against the Giants?
The proof will be in the pudding. Make no mistake, if the Raiders hand the Jets a fourth consecutive tick in the loss column on Sunday. Then follow that up with an improbable first win over the Chargers in six years, there will be little reason to doubt the possibility of seeing the Raiders playing in January.
This might just be hyperbole but it’s a great thing for this franchise. Seymour comes from a winning pedigree. This is exactly why Al Davis brought him into the fold.
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