Jun 11, 2013; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie (left), former players George Atkinson and Willie Brown and owner Mark Davis (right) at minicamp at the Raiders Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Re-commitment to Excellence?

During the past ten years, Raider fans have had to endure many hardships when it comes to their favorite franchise.  Begrudgingly, the Raider Nation has had to take a step back and see other teams rise to prominence and relevance.  Now, with a the new season  90 days away, could we finally be at the end of our decade of darkness and back to what Al Davis envisioned for his storied franchise? Are we seeing the foundation being established for our beloved team to come back and once again make title runs?

By most accounts, The Raiders are not expected to win many games this season. Before one snap has been taken the media has bestowed them with bottom rung accolades

-Worst roster in all of the NFL

-Another bad draft by The Raiders

-Longest odds to make the postseason

– Raiders pick up another free agent that’s sure to be a bust


Does that about sum it up?


Based on that alone,  the team should just pack it up this week instead of going to mandatory mini-camp huh?


I have read all these articles and though I agree that the Raiders will not make the playoffs, I don’t agree that they will be the worst team after the season is done.  Reggie Mckenzie has done an admirable job in his second year as GM and has set the team up for better returns next year. He didn’t have a lot to start with, but I believe he has established the foundation for greatness and stability in the near future.

When you look at the type of players that have been brought in, you can’t help but get the feeling that the team is going to trend up.  Players with something to prove (Sio Moore, DMC, Matt Flynn) , players with character and a real feel for the game of football (Nick Roach, DJ Hayden),  veteran leadership (Charles Woodson, Andre Carter, Marcel Reece).  These type of players are infectious in a locker room and with the right leadership, can accomplish great things.

By no means am I saying that the Raiders are going to lay down and take a beating this season.  On the contrary, I think that the Raiders will surprise a lot of people this year and will be an under the radar team.  I predict a 7-9 win season. The term ‘Any Given Sunday’ could very well become the mantra for this up and coming team. Every year we see teams go from zero to heroes.  Last year the Colts were projected to be the bottom dweller kings but somehow they made the playoffs….why can’t that be us?

We are still a long way away from the first snap that really counts, but I for one am looking forward to what this team has to offer their loyal fans.  We all know the NFL is a better league when the Raiders are relevant and I can’t wait to see that relevance return to Oakland.


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