On paper, there is plenty of reason for optimism to flow as freely among Raider Nation as sizzurp does in the home of JaMarcus Russell. But the proof will be in the pudding.
Seven years of horrendous run defense has helped to maintain the seven worst years in franchise history. But with the arrival of Jason Campbell and the overdue departure of JaMarcus Russell, the offense is taking center stage for the first time in years.
Naturally Raider Nation will be eager to see just how effective Rolando McClain will in helping to improve the run defense. In addition to the rookie middle linebacker from Alabama, the young Raiders are blessed with a wealth of potential in both the front seven and the secondary.
However, all eyes will be focused on the new signal caller Campbell, the improved Darrius Heyward-Bey and Hue Jackson’s offense when the Raiders square off with the Cowboys for the third time in the last two years. Even though Campbell will see very limited action in Dallas tonight, you can bet Nnamdi Asomugha’s paycheck that he’ll be the hot topic of discussion the day after.
Being that Al Davis recently compared Campbell to Jim Plunkett and the 2010 Raiders to the 1980 edition, expectations are at a seven year high.
Just how realistic those expectations are will only be determined once the regular season begins. For now, it’s time to get familiar with Raider Football once again!
Get your popcorn ready, Nation. The road to redemption begins in Dallas tonight.