Bill Belichick fancies himself as a vintage Al Davis. The man widely regarded as the best coach in pro football is taking a page from the man who pretty much wrote the book on pro football.
By trading for both Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocino in the same 24 hour period Belichick has announced himself as the NFL’s biggest gambler. Much like Davis has done in the past, Belichick is investing in some highly volatile stocks with the potential for a large return. There is also the inherit risk of seeing his locker room go up in a blaze of glory only Michael Bay could envision. But that is the nature of taking risks in the NFL.
Davis has recently stated that he’s no longer interested in acquiring players that come with more baggage than J-Lo on another post-breakup vacation. Still there were plenty of reports out there claiming the Raiders were among the teams bidding for the services of Ochocinco.
Currently the Raiders are hording young talent at the wide receiver position. As of yet none of that promise has come to full fruition. There have been a few glimpses. When healthy, Chaz Schilens shows all the skills necessary to be a quality receiver in the NFL. Louis Murphy looks to be a legit number two option one week then disappears in plain sight the next. Jacoby Ford made plenty of plays when he was finally given a chance, there’s no telling where his ceiling is. Darrius Heyward-Bey…yeah…still waiting on that investment to show any kind of a return.
Overall there are plenty of reasons for the Raiders to feel confident about their prospects going forward. Problem is this is the NFL where waiting until next year is not allowed. Taking that approach will get you a ticket out of town and a place in the Hall of Infamy seated right next to Josh McDaniels.
So here the Raiders stand. Plenty of cap concerns. A lot of youth. A wealth of expectations brought on by one 8 win season.
The time is now for Al Davis. Thus he put out a few calls to inquire about the availability of Ochocinco.
While Chad makes more headlines for his antics than his play these days, he’s still a more proven commodity than any receiver currently employed in the East Bay. The inherit risk with Ocho relates more to his focus than anything else. He’s worked tirelessly to get where he is. The problem is that you never know when he’s going to give it his all and when he’s going to go Randy Moss and sulk.
But that is a risk Belichick has taken on.
In recent years the Raiders and Patriots have done plenty of dealings. From Randy Moss to Richard Seymour, with a few draft picks and Derrick Burgess in between, there is a mutual respect shared between Belichick and Davis. This time the student beat the teacher to the punch.
Tags: Al Davis, Oakland Raiders, Raider Nation, Fans, Popular, Featured Albert Haynesworth Bill Belichick Chad Ochocinco Chaz Schilens Darrius Heyward-Bey Derrick Burgess Jacoby Ford Josh McDaniels Louis Murphy Randy Moss Richard Seymour