Pardon my broken English but…ah…Hue Jackson ain’t f@#*in’ around. When Coach Jackson said he was going to carry on the Al Davis tradition we knew that meant he had to just win, baby.
Fact of the matter is Jackson is trying to just win right now, baby!
But hey, this is football, one of the most bottom line businesses you’ll find. Therefore it was imperative the Raiders not rest on their laurels. That was the mentality that got Tom Cable a one-way ticket to Seattle. And judging by how aggressively the Raiders moved to acquire both Aaron Curry and now Carson Palmer it appears as if Coach Jackson has no plans on moving to the Pacific Northwest.
In the coming days you’ll hear plenty of arguments on both sides of the fence for the Palmer trade.
Did the Raiders overpay? Well, yes. But how else were you going to pry Palmer from the vice grip of Mike Brown?
Did the Bengals get the better end of the deal? Well, that remains to be seen. First round picks are worshiped in the NFL unless said picks turnout to be Akili Smith or Ki-Jana Carter or Dan Wilkinson. So time will tell on that.
We’re also going to have to wait and see which Carson Palmer appears in the East Bay. If it’s the Palmer of yore that was poised to push his way into the elite standing of NFL quarterbacks then this trade will look like a steal. Toss a Pro Bowl QB into the mix with an already explosive offense and you’ve got yourself a weapon that would warrant a full-scale invasion should it fall into the hands of terrorists.
Now if we end up getting the Palmer plagued by injury and general indifference then this will make Jason Campbell look like the savior he was once perceived to be.
Either way it was a gamble the Raiders had to make today if they’re serious about winning yesterday.
No matter which Palmer takes up residence in the East Bay it’s a safe bet the bigger gamble would have been rolling the dice on Kyle Boller. That was one insurance policy that likely came with a bowl of soup when the account was opened.
Aside from the uncertainty of Palmer’s conditioning and desire to still play the game there is also a hefty price tag that comes with his services. The Bengals thought they were securing their franchise QB when they gave Palmer a lucrative deal. Now it will be on the shoulders of the Raiders to pay Palmer $7-million for the rest of this season and another $11-million next year with that figure rising to $14-million in 2014.
When it comes to taking risks this Palmer trade has every threat there is except the waiver that comes with skydiving.
But that is the approach the Raiders and Hue Jackson are taking. Forget about a prolonged building project. Coach Jackson is breaking ground today with plans on opening shop inside of two weeks.
The message the Palmer trades sends is clear. This team is going to go for the gold. There is no solace taken in improvement.
Super Bowl or bust, baby!