Hard to believe but less than three years ago the Oakland Raiders were in playoff contention late in the season. Even more difficult to digest are the memories of those playoff hopes fading in the Florida sunset on the afternoon of December 12th, 2010.
You’ll recall the Raiders were 6-7 under the helm of Tom Cable and needed a win over the 8-5 Jacksonville Jaguars to take one big step towards their first postseason in nearly a decade.
You’ll also recall Darren McFadden having one of the best performances of his career as he ran all over the Jags pulling off moves only seen in video games.
Unfortunately you might also remember the Raiders blowing a big lead in the second half before ultimately falling 38-31 to the Jags as they went on to complete the first of two consecutive .500 seasons.
What sticks out in my mind is a 74-yard TD run by Rashad Jennings that might just have been the moment that broke the will of the Raiders that awful afternoon. Both Jennings and Maurice Jones-Drew would go on to eclipse the 100-yard barrier that day with Jennings needing only 5 touches to do his damage.
If guess if you can’t beat ‘em then sign ‘em.
Reggie McKenzie has taken a man that was once a Raider killer and put him in Silver and Black in hopes he can be to the team what Michael Bush once was. Jennings’ arrival in Oakland awakens bad memories of what he’s done but good thoughts of what he can do.
Yet another value found by McKenzie as he continues one of the most difficult rebuilds in the history of the NFL.