An Oakland Raiders Fan’s Perspective

Raider Nation is loud and proud, and we back our team through thick and thin.  In a continuing effort to bring Raider Nation the most up to date information and fresh buzz about the Oakland Raiders, I am beginning a new segment in which I will interview you, the fans.  If you wish to have your opinions heard, send me an email.

First up is Pete Reyes.  Pete is a video engineer who currently lives and works in the Bay Area.  He was born and raised in Northern California, and he has been a Oakland Raiders fan since he was seven years of age.  Pete has been a good friend of mine for the past 7 years, and I have relied on him for a lot of Raiders news.  Living and working in the Bay Area, Pete usually hears about new Raiders buzz before it hits the mainstream media.  He’s also been lucky enough to tour the Oakland Raiders facility in Alameda with Raiders great Jim Otto, and he got some great pictures to show for it.

I asked Pete the following questions, and these were his responses:

1.  Of the four quarterbacks the Raiders are entering training camp with, who do you think should be our starter and why? 

-Answer: “Terrelle Pryor.  Pryor displays all of the traits of a winner.  Although I think he needs more reps and film study, he has the most potential to develop into an NFL quarterback.  Of course, it all depends on his ability to learn and not rely on his instincts alone.”

2.  The Raiders are clearly in a rebuilding process.  Do you like the direction the team is heading, and what is your opinion of General Manager Reggie McKenzie? 

-Answer: “Initially, I was against it, but I believe they are headed in the right direction now.  I don’t see a problem (with Reggie McKenzie), as long as Mark Davis remains patient.”

3.  It is a contract year for Darren McFadden.  Do you think he will be a member of the Oakland Raiders in 2014?  Explain. 

-Answer: “It all depends on Darren McFadden’s ability to stay healthy.  However, I believe he will command a lot of money next year, and I don’t see him with the Raiders in 2014.”

4.  Which player was the best off-season acquisition for the Raiders?  Explain. 

-Answer: “There were the big names like Charles Woodson and Tracy Porter, but I believe the re-signings and acquisitions of Offensive Linemen Jason Foster, Khalif Barnes, Alex Parsons, and Defensive Lineman Andre Carter were the biggest.  This offense is gearing up to be a run first threat, and the war will be won in the trenches.  The other big acquisition was closing Mount Davis and getting the Raiders fans closer to the game.”

5.  As a season ticket holder, what is your favorite Raiders Home Game moment?  Discuss. 

-Answer: “My favorite moment is any game I get to share with my friends and family.  Especially, the games with my brother Tony Reyes.  Also, a favorite moment is anytime the Raiders get a win.  The electricity from the crowd is a feeling like no other.  When the Raiders win a game, the fans see growth in their team.  That’s what the fans want.  Every game, non-divisional or divisional, is important, but the games that the Raiders play their hearts out to win are the most important in building team chemistry.”  

I would just like to convey my gratitude to Pete Reyes for taking the time to answer these questions.  If any of Raider Nation would like a chance to answer a few questions themselves, please contact me via email.  I will be continuing this segment until the start of training camp.

Topics: Jim Otto, Oakland Raiders, Pete Reyes

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  • Jon

    Hope I won’t be offensive, when I explain things, it come’s out funny when I explain how I feel or view things (I think). I agree and some what disagree about T.P as a starting QB for the raiders, and yes he does deserve a chance some what, but must prove more then what he is potentially capable of doing. T.P is Al’s last pick from his tenure, his program, his scheme. Does he fit the scheme the current raiders under R.M and D.A are doing on offense, how much do we know really on how Greg Olsen going to use him base on his talents, hopefully the package they have in store for T.P, are more then what, we as the fans expect or think they have for T.P. I really like his performance against San Diego last season, even though we lost a close game 24-21, his performance was impressive (but only 1 shot at starting QB so far and 0-1 is his record) what about Matt Flynn 1-1 both games he started where very impressive lost barely to New England 31-27 subbing in for an injured Aaron Rogers and how about his win against Detroit 6TD performance, either Detroit didn’t care (they are rivals with Green Bay, you never lay flat, no matter what the circumstance’s are against your enemy) he is a 6yr Vet now and T.P 3yr if you compare the 2 both are capable leaders both are exceptional passers with Flynn having the upside with more games played, T.P is more athletic but I see Flynn more confident at passing just by a hair I believe. I know it’s a new day in age a QB, but as for a running QB, can be dangerous for the D’, but for A QB running the ball is a lot more dangerous too, it’s still a passing league and leave the majority running to the RB’s . Tyler Wilson seems to be very mature and a natural leader for a rookie, which is incredibly encouraging to see and hear. The raiders are juggling the QB’s and trying to find out who is the best fit and with the competition about to heat up. we the fans will find out who the winner is. Got to give D.A a chance at head coach last season wasn’t entirely his fault maybe half, but not all (need I explain) , we have to believe in what R.M is building. quick fix’s is a cheap trick and a desperate move to take a losing team and hopefully build a winner and the key word is “hopefully” a gamble. I hope that Mark Davis can be patient, a masterpiece takes time, not an overnight miracle. Yes this last decade sucks. patience will have it’s virtue’s, I’m just debating on how I see thing’s. a Die-hard fan for nearly 30yrs now and forever will be “GO RAIDERS”

  • Jon

    I just wanted to add 1 last thing. Dennis Allen is a 1st time head coach going 4-12 doe’s not look good to anyone. he believed in Greg Knapp, but no one else did and he thought Chuck Bresnahan can help the D’ ,both failed badly. yes with Tom Cable going 8-8 in his last season a head coach but his issue’s crossed the line for a rengade legend in Al Davis but I believe the reason for Tom Cable success in his last season as HC was the hiring of Hue Jackson and when we saw Hue take over he did help them finish 8-8 as well so I can see how people fell about D.A finishing 4-12 as HC being a negative, all of those over paid underachievers needed to be let go of we know about the Carson trade, why should I explain things we already know. I going to be optimistic about this up coming season and if professional writers want to write them off go ahead they maybe right or maybe wrong. who knows, I like being the underdog, because when you prove to yourself that you can achieve anything it feels great to see the faces of your doubters, gasp in disbelief to see them in shock. I would love to see the raiders, be this years Cinderella. The beauty about being a fan is to never waver and always cheer your team on to victory and if all fails, life still goes on. I’m just a hopeful person.

  • Jon

    by the way I’m not mad at you guy’s . you are writing interesting stuff, that’s all.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    I don’t think you’re mad at all. As a matter of fact, you make very good points regarding the team, coaching staff, and the upcoming season. I appreciate your point of view. I, myself, am very optimistic as well. Can’t wait for the season to start. Go Raiders!!