The Oakland Raiders Will Return to Their Winning Ways

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Aug 29, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) passes the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during the game at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Oakland 22-6. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

It’s a philosophy that is as old as the game itself.  Bring in players to compete for their positions, and you will have a mixture of old and new players who are hungry and ready to play.  The Oakland Raiders completed their first full season with General Manager Reggie McKenzie and Head Coach Dennis Allen at the helm in 2012.  With the team finishing with a record of 4-12, there was a lot of heart ache.  Something had to be done to right the ship as it continues the journey into the new Raiders future.  I’m here to tell you that the ship has been righted.

All the Raiders have played so far are a few pre-season games.  Is Raider Nation to look to those games as a barometer as to how the Raiders will play in 2013.  No, please don’t.  Those games are designed to allow players to get their feet wet in a game time situation.  Basic offensive and defensive plays are the game plan for the pre-season.  Sure, some teams bring the house at you in the pre-season, but the New Orleans Saints Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan found out how damaging that can be from an injury standpoint.  He blitzed like crazy in the pre-season only to have some of his key players go down with lingering and troublesome injuries.  Enough said about that.

Aug 29, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks tight end Luke Willson (82) makes a reception against Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Kaluka Maiava (50) during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

What is Raider Nation to look forward to?  Simple, the competitive atmosphere that has been created in the locker room for the Raiders players is a key element in building cohesiveness.  Why you ask, because the players understand that the guy next to him has earned his spot.  They understand that the guy next to him will have his back, and he will play hard.  Call it what you want, cohesiveness, camaraderie, team building, etc…  It’s an attitude that has existed on winning teams for eons.  It’s an attitude that had been lost within the shuffle of the many head coaches and high priced contract players that Raider Nation was so accustomed to seeing.

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  • BigNinaRoss

    Get article. Well said.

  • Raider Grant

    Appreciate the article Shane, truly do! But has Dennis Allen earned his spot, does the players really believe he has their back? If so, where was he on the late hit out of bounds on Pryor during the Bears game, or when Seattle’s D kept forcefully shoving themselves off our player after each play during the entire game? Winning teams are led by leaders of men, and men talented enough to follow that persons direction. Did the personnel brought in to fill voids on the offensive & defensive line truly earn their positions? Currently I have one foot on each side of the fence, and that hurts right where it counts if you know what I mean. I believe McKenzie deserves time to rebuild, but he has too man up & make flawless decisions from here on out. He took a step in right direction by letting the wrong 4th round pick go, but can he fix his biggest mistake in time for The Raiders to be competitive in 2014? Lets go tame some horses, Go Raiders!!!

  • Mark Shafer

    I do think bringing in Flynn was good for the quarterback competition. My apprehension with Allen and McKenzie come from last season. Bringing in Knapp and then Lienart makes me wonder. I do think we are going to find are long term quarterback this year.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    You know Raider Grant, I believe that Dennis Allen has the leadership qualities that you hope to see. Is he a Jon Gruden or John Madden, no, but he has his own way. He’s actually a lot like Sean Payton, his mentor. That’s saying a lot considering that Payton was a member of the Bill Parcels regime. Now, he has a different way about him, but he mixes it up with the players more than you think. I’ve seen him grab players and demand an explanation. He’s come off the sideline to the bench to either coach up or let a player know what he was thinking. Don’t count him out, he needs some time under his belt too. I give him at the least two years. More than likely though, you will see a lot of changes this year. Don’t expect him to be an emotions guy. He’s more of the quiet type. As far as the guys that were brought in, they earned their stripes in their respective camps. They also have some time on teams practice squads. These guys have been on NFL teams in an NFL system. They’re smart and can learn quickly. As far as I’m concerned, they earned their spot. See, I don’t mind that we lost Alex Barron, Omar Gaither, or some of the others. As a matter of fact, the only move I really don’t like is the David Bass one, but I like Ryan Robinson, and Bass and him were neck and neck.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Thank you, I appreciate it.

  • Raider Grant

    I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree. You can go back through history & find just because someone worked under, or for a great individual doesn’t make them they same individual. Dennis Allen is no Sean Payton. Just like Mike Singletary isn’t Mike Ditka, Art Shell wasn’t John Madden, Matt Flynn is no Aaron Rodgers. I could go on & on but I think I made a valid point. Compare Dennis Allen to a rookie head coach with no NFL experience in Chip Kelly; Chip has the respect & admiration of his ENIRE team, already has veterans thanking him for restoring confidence in them, and are excited to play for him. The Eagles went 4-12 last year as well as The Raiders, but drafted wisely, brought in a leader of men, and I would bet they have a better record then The Raiders this year. Chip even wanted to acquire Terrell Pryor to be the focal point for his offense as soon as he was hired, while McKenzie & Allen stumbled trying to find someone else & made a mistake in choosing Matt Flynn. I’m sure Dennis Allen will be worthy one day, he just needs more time, but NOT at the expense of Our beloved Raiders! This is why I love Just Blog Baby; We all have our own views, opinions, and criticisms, but at the end of the day most of us participating on Just Blog Baby belong to Raider Nation & we all just want to see Our boys WIN. Go Raiders!!!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    The best thing is, we can agree to disagree. That’s the great thing about a mind and living in a free world, we don’t have to have the same opinion. You’re not going to hurt my feelings brother. DA is DA, and he’s never going to be anybody else but him. I only meant that he has a good football resume. Again, this doesn’t mean he’s the answer, yet, but we have to give him a chance. If he doesn’t answer the call by the end of next year, he should be replaced.