Greeting Raider Nation. Today I was watching NFL Network and the Raiders Redskins Super Bowl XVIII was on. The day is forever known as “Black Sunday”. I always like to look at past Raider team that rose to the level of World Champions and compare them to the team we support now. That years team was something special. We had the likes of Super Bowl XVIII M.V.P. Marcus Allen in his prime, veteran Jim Plunkett and the best tight end in Raider’s history Todd Christensen. Of course, Kenny King and Cliff Branch were definitly not slouches also.
The main reason we won that Super Bowl and the main reason Joe Theismann still is our number one hater, was our defense. Our defense that year was something that would give the best of the best offensive coordinators fits even today. Are you kidding me! Imagine Pro Bowl line men, Howie Long and Lyle Alzado looking at you from across the line. So if Theismann were to survive those two crazy legends, he still had to deal with Super Bowl M.V.P. and all world M.V.P. Rod Martin and Matt Millen! No wonder why we had six sacks that day and I do remember Theismann having a brown stain on the back of his pants! If Theismann survived the two first waves of pure NFL defensive terror, he still had the best cornerback tandem in NFL history to deal with, Lester Hayes and Mike Haynes. The 38-9 rout was on and we were the underdogs! Ha ha!
To put things into perspective today Nation, we may have a few bits and pieces of a team of that caliber, but we are years away from a well rounded team like that. Rebuilding and retooling are the terms you will hear frequently this coming season. I hope Dennis Allen and company take the NFL by storm this year, but I will remain in the rebuilding/retooling mindset until then.
JBB Staff Writer
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