Posted May 02, 2013

MIKE Bartrum. Who ever thought they'd live to see the day when someone said they missed having Mike Bartrum on the roster? 

I have no problem with the job that Eagles Jon Dorenbos or Raiders Jon Condo is doing at LS. Both are excellent. I just wish they played a second position. In fact I wish most LS's did.

In case you missed it when I brought it up before; last year I watched the football equivalent to being curb-stomped by a senior citizen, in a Raiders/Chargers game where Condo went out early with an injury. LB Travis Goethel gamely tried to fill in, and was (being kind here) a freakishly nightmare-like failure. Unless you watched that game, this next statement will sound weak: Losing our LS cost us that game. If you did see the game, (even if you hate the Raiders and love the Chargers) you have to concede that that is what happened. 

I am scared for life by that game. And apparently so are the Raiders, because we currently have THREE LS's on the roster. And not a blessed one of them plays another position. So even if we do carry a back-up he's dead weight eating up a roster spot. 

Bartrum was a TE in addition to being a LS. He did the long-snapping, and he ran down to make tackles like LS should. However he also caught passes, blocked for the run, and even did some kicking for us if I'm not mistaken. (Though I could be confusing him with Chad Lewis on that.) The point is his roster spot held VALUE. 

I'd love to see each of my teams carry a guy who can COMPETENTLY fill in, in case "of such an emergency", but could we please get a guy like Mike Bartrum again?

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