Any and every member of Raider Nation has experienced it. Some fan of one of our rivals gets all in your face during the offseason about some mundane move their franchise has made reminding you of why their organization is run so much better than Oakland.
Heard it when San Diego took Norv Turner off of Oakland’s scrap heap. Heard a lot of the same smack all over again when Denver hired Josh McDaniels. And there was no end in sight for all the rhetoric Chiefs fans were spewing when Scott Pioli took over and brought Matt Cassel with him from New England.
In each instance I just laughed at all the hype. Some fans get too caught up in offseason nonsense while others are just looking for any excuse to downgrade the Raiders by propping up their team.
I get it…kind of.
You see for me I’ve always put my faith in what we see on the field. Anybody that talks up offseason trades, drafts and signings in the NFL has clearly never watched the NFL.
None of that crap matters until we see a full body of work.
Which brings me to the point of this whole I-told-ya-so rant I’m on.
The Matt Cassel era is pretty much over in Kansas City. In the week leading up to the next installment of Raiders-Chiefs Romeo Crennel has made it official by announcing Brady Quinn as his starter…on Monday.
No need to wait and see if Cassel is good to go after suffering a concussion two weeks previous. No need to take a look at his performance in practice. Crennel has seen all he needs of Cassel and Quinn’s two-INT performance in his first start was apparently good enough that the Chiefs will in all likelihood sever all ties with Cassel come the conclusion of the season.
So where is all that Arrowhead arrogance about how Pioli was going to bring his winning ways to the Chiefs? What happened to all the talk of Cassel being the best QB the franchise has seen since…I don’t know…Trent Green? Steve Bono? Elvis Grbac? Rich Gannon even? Steve DeBerg anybody? I can keep going if you’d like…Dave Krieg? Todd freaking Blackledge???
Far be it for me as a Raider fan to talk too much smack about a quarterback carousel though. Al Davis knows we’ve had more spins on that ride than the Kardashian family has had trips to the clinic because of a burning sensation. Difference being that I didn’t go heckle some Chiefs fans when the Raiders signed Kerry Collins. Or go brag about how Reggie McKenzie was going to build a dynasty. Nope, I just gave my opinion on the matter always deferring to the obligatory “let’s wait and see how this plays out” line when it came time to conclude any futures conversations.
So the next time some fan of an AFC West rival gives you the offseason business just say one word…Cassel. That experiment ended worse than…well…McDaniels in Denver or Turner in SD.
Thanks for the fun times though, you Chief fans who insisted my team was going to suck in five years while yours was on its way to dynasty land. What you fools didn’t realize is Pioli said two words not one when he was hired. You heard dynasty. What he really said was die nasty.