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.