In just over 24 hours the curtain will go up on the 2010 preseason for the Oakland Raiders. Perhaps Al Davis hasn’t changed his Bo Derek calendar in 30 years cause he expects to see the 1980 Oakland Raiders in Dallas tomorrow night.
In all of the sports world the only thing rarer than Mr. Davis giving an interview is the San Diego Chargers not choking in the playoffs. Being that the Chargers have not a single Lombardi Trophy to speak of, Uncle Al’s recent interview with Sirius NFL Radio becomes even more of a spectacle to behold.
During the interview Davis divulged his desires to see the 2010 Raiders channel the Raiders of 1980.
”I really liken this team a great deal to the team of 1980, in which the great Jim Plunkett pulled us out of the doldrums, took us to the Super Bowl as a wild card, and we had so many great players who eventually made their way into the Hall of Fame.”
Davis didn’t stop there, going as far as comparing Jason Campbell to two-time Super Bowl champion Jim Plunkett.
“I see this young Jason Campbell as a football player like I saw Jim Plunkett. He has everything. He was 13-0 in college, at Auburn, he can throw up the field, he can run, he’s big, he’s smart. I really predict great things for him. I hope he doesn’t let me down. I don’t think he will.”
When compared to JaMarcus Russell, Campbell would have to be caught shooting up heroine on the 50-yard line in order to truly disappoint Davis. Campbell’s professional demeanor and very un-JaMarcus like work ethic have already brought a renewed sense of confidence to the once proud Raiders.
While one can clearly see some striking similarities between the paths both Plunkett and Campbell took that resulted in wearing Silver and Black on Sundays, hopefully Davis won’t expect an immediate return to glory. At this point, beating the Chargers and having a winning record would suffice.