Sep 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders fullback Marcel Reece (45) escapes Jacksonville Jaguars free safety Dwight Lowery (25) for an 11 yard touchdown during the first quarter at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders: “Just Win, Baby!”

“When you have great coaches, you get great players.  When you have great players, you have a great organization.  You tell the players just one thing, Just Win Baby!”  Al Davis had a way with words.  From his phrase, “Commitment to Excellence,” that has been used by so many companies and teams, to the just win baby attitude he gave to his players.  Davis was a pioneer among men.  It’s time for the 2013 Oakland Raiders to embrace Al Davis’ “Just Win Baby” attitude.  This team doesn’t need to blow teams away this year, it just has to win.  I don’t care if they play an ugly game, as long as the Raiders can be victorious in the end.  That’s what it means to just win.  Win, and win at any cost.

Hope has always been within the minds of Raider Nation, but belief has trickled back to the forefront.  Belief in a team that has shown they can drive down the field and capitalize on a very good drive.  Belief that the defense can stop some of the most high-powered offenses while giving the offense a chance to keep the score close.  The team is playing together.  They are feeding off the emotions of the players like Darren McFadden, Rod Streater, Lamarr Houston, Jason Hunter, Nick Roach, Charles Woodson, and of course Terrelle Pryor.

The team has a sense of togetherness that is felt in the crowd at home and the crowd watching from afar.  In the air is a thought, “We can do this, we can win this.”  What a great feeling.  Not to mention the feeling that is felt when the Raider Nation hears all the Raiders “Haters” do a 180 degree shift in their feelings for how well the Raiders are performing.  Remember the beginning of the season?  The haters said the Raiders defensive line could not rush the passer.  They were wrong.  The haters said there was a quarterback controversy.  There is no controversy, Pryor is the man.  They said the offensive line was in turmoil, and they couldn’t provide the protection needed to score points.  Yet, even the offensive line has proven the haters wrong.

Now, it’s time for the coaching staff to pull out all of the stops and turn the Raiders offense loose upon teams.  Quit trying to stuff it down their throats when the offensive line is not getting any push.  Get Pryor out in space and let him make it happen.  Lean on the playmakers to get the job done (i.e., Marcel Reece, Rod Streater, Mychal Rivera, and Darren McFadden).  Spring Denarius Moore open down the sideline and let it fly.  Playing tight with this offense and offensive line will not work.  Release the fury that is Pryor.

Defensively, the coaching staff needs to continue to embrace the edge rushing with a flurry of blitzes.  Allow Woodson to hunt in open space, rush Usama Young and Brandian Ross, and drive the interior linemen to push the opposing offensive line backward.  Get the penetration to knock opposing teams off of their game.  The Raiders can do this if they are used correctly.

Like I said, it’s time to pull out all the stops and embrace Al Davis’ mantra, “Just Win Baby!”


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  • DanfromVegas

    Actually, they’ve sprung Denarius Moore and a bunch of other guys loose down the sideline or the middle of the field, but Pryor has missed them each and every time with the long ball.

  • Chris Schroeder

    With great arm strength, comes great responsibility to run routs and get open. Communication or lack there of, is a two way street. In time the moving parts will emerge as a machine, until then, they are just moving parts. Long live Al Davis… Just win baby!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Yes, they have sprung Moore, Reece, Streater, and company down the sideline or up the middle. It is on Pryor to hit his targets. However, he needs to be given more opportunities.

  • Mark Shafer

    We need to win this week to get a little momentum built up for San Diego. I think they are going to struggle this week against Dallas. After getting rid of Fozzy for a offensive lineman. We can hammer a nail in there season.

  • Phil Mokate

    Nobody ever asks how you won, just if you won….so good,bad or ugly, Just Win Baby!

  • Chris Kelley

    Be careful what you wish for Shane… When the Raiders have pinned their ears back in the past, they are dreadfully out of position and get eatin alive by simple screens. A few more blitzes would be great, but I like what I see thus far.

  • Phil Mokate

    RGlll cant read the D like Peyton. Blitz his gimpy ass all day from the stands and parking lot! Just crush his ass! Go deep with the pass on a young struggling secondary and ppund the ball with Dmac. All day beotch!

  • Raidersjohnmadden77

    Just win baby! Those players should have pride to put on the same silver and black that legends that have have worn when the Raiders were the team of the decades. Bring back the bad guy attitude. They need to watch some film of the Raiders of old and get hyped up that they are The Autumn Wind! Rise Raider Nation!