Oakland Raiders: Slow and Steady Wins the Race

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Dec 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders tackle Jared Veldheer (68) during the third quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Unfortunately, and like any change, there will always be some type of loss.  In the Raiders case, this meant losing two players who have been cornerstones during the last few losing seasons.  Of course I’m speaking of LT Jared Veldheer and DE Lamarr Houston.  Make no mistake, McKenzie has a number that every player is worth, and he will not exceed that number.  The offers were on the table, and those two players sought employment elsewhere.  I don’t fault Veldheer, Houston, or McKenzie.  This is a game, but we the fans also have to understand that it’s a business too.

Again, with any change there is loss, but there is also new life or a chance to start anew.  In the case of the Oakland Raiders, this came in the form of DE Justin Tuck.  Some would say that he’s old, but age is just a number.  It’s all about how a person feels.  If taken care of properly, a person’s body can last a long time.  Justin Tuck learned long ago about the importance of managing his health.  Although there have been setbacks, he has persevered.

True, the re-signing of OT Khalif Barnes kicked off the Raiders free agency prior to March 11th, but once the news of Justin Tuck’s signing broke other players around the league began to look toward Oakland.  They realized that maybe things aren’t as bad as the media would have them believe.  As the contracts began to be handed out slowly in Oakland, the pundits poked and prodded at the Raiders.  They bashed McKenzie for not blowing the wad of cash he was resting upon.  McKenzie just went about his business and began to form the team he wants.  His philosophy, win the football game in the trenches.  Before Tuck had signed, RMac signed RB Darren McFadden, then OL/RT Austin Howard, then Tuck, OLB LaMarr Woodley, DE Antonio Smith, DB Tarell Brown, S Usama Young, OG Kevin Boothe, and now WR James Jones.

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  • Kevin Lurker

    QB is the key to bring it all together. So much speculation. Bottom line, that is the where we cannot miss again. Cannot wait to see Chucky break them down. I really like the leadership being sprinkled around the roster.

  • Mark Shafer

    Good morning read Shane. I think the climate in Oakland is starting to change. We don’t need any Revis 16 million a year deals.
    I think the players are starting to look at Oakland as a serious possibility for a future. All the negative press and 10 years of irresponsibility take time to wash the memory away.
    Reggie’s fiscal responsibility and what he put together on the defense last year with no money are going to start drawing more attention.

  • KloverJane

    Far be it for me to use metaphors but the early bird gets the worm. The second mouse gets the cheese. Who moved our cheese?

  • Flip Do’Urden

    I like all the moves RM has made. Tuck should be a great leader if nothing else, and that’s enough. This team needs it. Woodley is awesome at times and Smith is super versatile. Brown was an awesome signing. Hopefully he sticks around more than a year, but all these contracts are team friendly. Boothe looks like a great signing with his versatility and experience. RM has brought in a lot of good prospects. Hopefully he continues to with guys like Melton, Mack, Clemons, Patterson, and Rodgers.

  • Sherman Stewart

    Its refreshing to read a fan blog that is actually encouraging and not still caught up on the saffold mess. I like the way the team is moving. If you have ever seen a large construction project, sometimes they have to tear down the old building to build a new one. Progress is slow in the beginning but once the new foundation is laid progress picks up steam. I see this happening in the Nation. Im happy.

  • joe VICE

    I agree 100%. These are great moves RM are making. Can’t wait to see them play this year. Seems like all the players we signed are happy to be here, and want to play and compete!! Those are the kinda guys you want on your team! Looking forward to draft now!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    So you’d rather have the Raiders overpay for free agents who only have a short window left, and put the team back in Cap Space hell just to hopefully win this year? Or would you rather the team build for the future through free agency and the draft, and hopefully get good enough players who stick around longer than 4 years, and win more than once over the next 20 years?

  • KloverJane

    No the latter. Denver Bronkeys had to strike quick because their windows closing. Bird getting their worms. We are patient, as excruciating as it is, building an army. Mouse traps. Taking losses yearly. When was our last thrilling game? That non Raider fans, even haters, said the Raiders look awesome out there? There’s a book called Who moved my cheese? A fine read Shane.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    I will have to check that book out.

  • gary Adkins

    Ok the Raiders have $44m in CAP space left, sign a LT, Solid Corner and Saftey what the hell are they waiting for

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Totally agree with your analogy. Thank you for your response. I love to hear what Raider Nation has to say.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Glad that you enjoyed it. Now with the acquisition of OL Donald Penn, the Raiders are set on Offensive Line, and they only have a couple more holes to shore up on the Defensive Line. Namely re-signing Pat Sims.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Yes, please bring in Derek Carr out of Fresno State, or Johnny Manziel out of A&M. Freakishly good QB’s. Build it around them!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Indeed, looking forward to the draft as well.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Sure, all very good additions. The draft will be interesting as well…

  • Flip Do’Urden

    Penn signed. LT Check. I think we need a DT. Carrington would be nice. A CB Rodgers or Patterson. A Safety Woodson and/or Clemons.

  • Flip Do’Urden

    Now Penn too. Solid pick up. I can’t wait for the draft. I just hope we don’t reach for a QB.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    If McKenzie is patient, I think we could snag Derek Carr in the late 2nd round or early 3rd. Of course, it all depends on his Pro-Day that is scheduled for Thursday.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    With the signing of Penn, and an updated Cap Evaluation, the Raiders will have around 25 million is cap space. A DT for sure. I think they should bring back Pat Simms and then draft one of the DT studs available in RD 2. Bring back DB Mike Jenkins. Draft a mid-round DB and definitely bring back Woodson.