At this rate it feels like Cooper Carlisle will be playing guard for the Raiders forever. Not that it’s a bad thing. Carlisle has been one of the most durable men to wear silver and black since he arrived way back in 2007. Hard to believe he was once a Denver Bronco. It feels like Carlisle always has been a Raider.
Of course having started every game of his career in Oakland and being a consistent performer has granted Carlisle the Raider-for-life status so few achieve.
It also seems like every year the book is about to be closed on Carlisle yet there he is on opening day, opening holes for the running game and keeping his quarterback’s jersey clean in the passing game.
About the only thing that will be different in 2012 will be where Carlisle plays. He’ll almost certainly retain his starting role however he’ll be moving to the left side of the line thanks to the arrival of Mike Brisiel. None the less the former Florida Gator will be right there in the mix…again.
Already the Raiders are thinking long-term beyond the Carlisle era. It will eventually come to and end after all. For now, it’s just nice to know you can set your clock to Cooper time on Sundays.