The spirit of Al Davis is truly living on in Oakland. This week the Raiders grabbed the football headlines by taking a big swing for the fences and acquiring Carson Palmer. It wasn’t long after Palmer officially became a Raider that the news of Oakland naming their new QB as the starter Sunday began to swirl.
As usual those anonymous sources were cited by all of the major sports news outlets. Sources “close to the situation”. Sources with “knowledge of the situation”. All of the typical “sourcing” was reporting that the Raiders had decided on Palmer as the starter.
Now, here we are, closing in on 48 hours to the opening kick on Sunday and those same sources are saying Palmer is now unlikely to start.
I thought the fact that the Raiders paid a king’s ransom for Palmer proved the Al Davis principles were still very much in place. But it seems not enough of the media has heeded that warning. So just to reassure the world that Mr. Davis still has influence beyond the grave the Raiders once again have the national sports media chasing its tails.
Most every time you see a source cited that is said to be “close” to the Oakland Raiders you can count on whatever information is leaked was done so with intent. Given that Hue Jackson is pulling the strings these days it wouldn’t surprise me if this is all gamesmanship on his part.
Still, the only people being fooled are the reporters hungry to break news. Todd Haley isn’t paying any attention to the headlines. I’m sure he’s been getting his team ready for any possible scenario that could unfold.
Coach Jackson was secretive about who his first team offensive line was during training camp. Why would he reveal his starting QB as early as Wednesday?
Perhaps the national media should take a page out of the fans’ playbook and just wait to see who takes the first snap under center for the Silver and Black. At least that would allow them to write with a pen instead of a pencil.