In this continuing segment, “Ask an Oakland Raiders Fan,” Just Blog Baby had the pleasure of being contacted by Jared Myers. Jared is a full-time college student who has been reading this continuing segment, and he asked to provide his own take on the questions I have been posing to Raider Nation.
Jared answered the following questions for me, and these were his responses:
1. How well do you think the Oakland Raiders will perform in 2013? Discuss.
Answer- “I’m confident that the Raiders are on their way back up to NFL prominence, thanks to guys like Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen. But I’m not so blind as to think that this upcoming season is going to be a playoff year for the team, and it could be just as bad as last season. It’s incredibly hard to have such a large player turnover rate like we’ve had and then expect to somehow compete for a wildcard slot. That said, I think this season will show some marked improvement (especially on offense) and will leave the team in good position to compete for the playoffs in 2014 and 2015. I’m expecting a 6-10 record, but with the team showing key improvements in critical areas.”
2. What is your favorite off-season move that was made by the Oakland Raiders? Explain.
Answer- “My favorite off-season move by the Raiders was actually a coaching change. Why Greg Knapp was brought back for a 2nd stint with the team is beyond me. I’m glad to see him gone, and I’m looking forward to what his replacement will do for the offense. My equally favorite move was actually a non-move – I’m very happy to see the old culture of dumping a coaching staff after one bad season no longer a mark on the franchise. I’m glad Mark Davis and Reggie McKenzie have the patience to stick with Dennis Allen and Jason Tarver to provide crucial continuity for the team, yet also being able to identify bad fits (Greg Knapp) and dealing with them accordingly. The Al-Davis culture has held this franchise back long enough, and I’m glad to see McKenzie moving on from that. I was also equally happy to see Tony Sparano brought on as O-Line coach/Assistant HC.”
3. Can Denarius Moore become an elite receiver? If so, what must he do to become one?
Answer- “He’s got the skill set to become a bona-fide #1 receiver for the team. I think it’s just a matter of honing his talents into the WR the team needs him to be. Also critical will be the development of the other receivers. We all saw what Ford could do back in 2011, and Streater showed flashes of promise last season. Criner could develop into a dependable starter as well. If they can step up and become a force in the passing game, it will take pressure off of Moore, as defensive backs won’t be able to key in only on him and he’ll be able to take advantage of one-on-one situations. Whether or not Matt Flynn (who I believe will be our primary starter this season) can play up to expectations will also factor in immensely.”
4. Who is your favorite Oakland Raider of all time, and why?
Answer- “Tim Brown. Not only does he play my favorite football position (WR), and not only was he the greatest WR to play (the majority of his career) with my favorite NFL team, he also won the Heisman playing for my favorite college team (Notre Dame). I think Raider Nation will agree with me that it’s a travesty he isn’t in the HOF yet. I always thought that if Brown had the same kind of QB talent Rice had in SF, Brown would have been just as good (if not better) than Jerry.”
5. What is your favorite Oakland Raiders memory, and what is a typical tailgate party like for you at home games?
Answer- “Being a typical starving college student with little to no extra $$$ once school bills are paid, I’ve been to a grand total of 1 Raiders game at the McAfee stadium and have never been tailgating. But trust me, it’s on my bucket list. That said, my favorite Raider memory was going to a Raiders preseason game against the Rams (at O.co Coliseum) and getting my picture taken (1-on-1) with the great Jim Plunkett. The fact that the Raiders won 20-10 and getting to watch Kirk Morrison put a bone-crushing, highlight-reel-worthy, tackle-for-loss on Brian Leonard was a plus as well.”
It is a travesty that Tim Brown isn’t in the Hall of Fame! There is definitely an argument that could be made about Tim Brown being able to surpass Jerry Rice’s numbers had he been with a consistent and better quarterback. That said, he should be inducted based solely on the fact that he was able to put up such good numbers while playing with so many different and mediocre quarterbacks (the only exception is Rich Gannon). If Rich Gannon and him had been together earlier in both their careers, I imagine they would both already be in the HOF. I believe that Brown will eventually be inducted, but Raider Nation will have to wait a little longer to see it happen.
I would like to extend my thanks to Jared Myers for taking the time out of his busy “College Lifestyle” to conduct this interview. Again, 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 through July 25th (The start of training camp).