Ok…enough is enough. The novelty is over.
Without question Al Davis did the absolute right thing in canning Cable to promote Hue Jackson. The Raiders could finish the same way in Jackson’s first year as they did in Cable’s last – not losers or .500. However the overwhelming pride that Raider Nation has taken in backing Coach Jackson is undeniable.
Just check the fact that every home game the Raiders have played this year has been done so in front of a capacity crowd.
But isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be?
Raider Haters act as if the team’s near decade long turmoil somehow diluted Raider Nation. That is far from true. I think any true Raider fan will tell you that all the losing had a uniting effect. We found ourselves gathering amongst the most faithful members of Raider Nation to support them be it at the game or in the bar of our choice to cheer even when all hope was lost in the wallet of JaMarcus.
Please don’t confuse empty seats with empty faith. We always believed in our team. It’s just hard to justify coughing up coin when one season your offense coordinator was running a bed and breakfast and the next he was making Randy Moss irrelevant.
All that I’m getting at is our desire to support the team never changed. It’s just that now the team’s recommitment to excellence has driven more and more to the games in a consistent fashion.
Even with the way the Raiders have played the last two weeks the pivotal matchup with Detroit is again a sellout. I say this not to boast but instead to remind all of us that this is what is expected. The time has come to stop taking pride in avoiding blackouts. That is a very Tom Cable approach. The time has come to start expecting Lombardis. That is the Al Davis way.