What Are EXPERTS Saying About The raiders?
Okay so I’m watching NFL training camp live on the NFL Network and of course they were starting a segment on the Oakland Raiders. Seeing how great we have been led to believe they were going to be by are unfriendly neighborhood Semi-pro, I thought I would check in and hear what other professionals (you know the REAL ONES) were saying about this alleged dynamic team spending nearly half their salary on players out of the league or on other teams.
The Question the was asked to the panel of experts was the following: HOW FAR AWAY ARE RAIDERS FROM BEING COMPETITIVE?
Dennis Green: Pretty far away… they have a ton of money being spent on players that are NOT there in training camp…they have to DECIDE on a quarterback since the let go a pretty good big time quarterback in Carson Palmer get away…the quarterback situation will be very difficult for them…McFadden is really good if he’s on the field…defensively they have a long way to go…this team is clearly not in that top echelon. (to note they were initially discussing just in their own division)
But what does Dennis Green know? I mean he’s only been involved in football in some way since 1968 and he only has 117 NFL head coaching victories.
Solomon Wilcox: I have to agree with coach there… this team is quite a ways away…they are trying to get better talent wise on the roster, but at the same time are trying to slash payroll and it’s hard to do that in the NFL (Nobody does it)…you can’t convince me that Matt Flyn is a better option than Carson Palmer… I know Carson had his critics there, but he still threw for over 4000 yards…he had the second best passing season in Raiders history behind Rich Gannon… they have so many moving parts right now that I think they’ve regressed…it going to take a while for them to turn this football team around.
But what does Solomon Wilcox know? He was only an NFL Defensive Back for three different NFL teams from 1987-1992! I mean what does he know compared to the great Semi-pro?
Darren Sharper: And I agree with you Solly, because from the outside looking in they are a couple of years away… They don’t have any players that you could consider playmakers, we still have to see what type of quarterback Matt Flynn can be…If you look at this roster, besides Darren McFadden there’s not a name that stands out to you as a guy that you really have to game plan for or scheme for to try and stop… The defense I know it has a lot of tough nosed players (although he couldn’t name any of them)…I know Dennis Allen having PLAYED with him in New Orleans I know what he brings as far as intelligence goes (4-12) as far as being a head coach…This team is a couple of years away (saying this while shaking his head)…Still playing players that aren’t playing for them…it’s a tough situation, and I hope (due to his admitted bias) that Dennis Allen gets to stay and see this turnaround happen because they are a couple of years away.
Darren Sharper played in the NFL from 1997-2010, and is a 5 time pro bowl player and Super Bowl Champion.
Not even Sharper trying to play nice for his old teammate’s team could muster up enough courage to say the Raiders are better. In fact his comment implies that he believes the Raiders are so bad that his former teammate will be fired before they have any shot of being a better football team.
One thing I have noticed here is when you have mediocre quarterback play, but don’t have a quarterback COMPETITION, you often end up with a quarterback CONTROVERSY and that’s precisely where the Raiders are headed. If the Raiders win 6 games I would be shocked.
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