Nov 11, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer (3) falls to the ground on a fourth down play in the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M

Time For Raider Players To Take A Stand

Where is the pride?

What happened to the commitment to excellence?

More importantly what is happening to our Raiders?

With each passing week it is becoming painfully obvious that this season is doomed to go down as one of the worst in franchise history. That seems impossible considering how bad the 2006 Raiders were. That team won just two games. This team has exceeded that mark but two of those wins are more suspect than OJ Simpson in a white Bronco.

Clearly the message from the coaching staff isn’t sinking in with the players. Some of that can be attributed to the untold truth of this being a rebuilding season. However a lot of it can be traced to the stubborn insistence of forcing schemes onto personnel that don’t fit.

The time has come for the players to take a stand, show some heart and sack up. This team needs leadership now more than ever. Forget looking to the coaches for answers. The men in the locker room need to take this thing by the horns.

I’m not talking about some generic players-only-meeting to express private doubts. I’m also not talking about a mutiny either.

I’m talking about a rally cry.

I’m talking about a call to arms.

I’m talking about the players taking it upon themselves to take responsibility for what is going on in Oakland.

I’m talking about resurrecting the Raider Way.

I’m talking about the players meeting the passion of the fans.

Otherwise we’re talking about another decade of dismal football. As faithful as Raider Nation might be that is an order too tall to fill. We’re not going to keep putting our time and money into an inferior product.

I’m talking about a Raider revolution led by the men with the most at stake. Reggie McKenzie seems content to have his coaches on scholarship so the players know they’re playing for their jobs. It’s time the started acting as such instead going through the motions.

The time is now or never.

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