I know what you’re thinking: “He’s going to say something negative, I just know it!”
When talking about the Oakland Raiders, you can talk about a team with heart, passion, and a loyal fan base. But how can the fans overlook a poor history with many winless seasons. The “Just win, baby” days are gone, but they may be coming back. But for some reason, Raider fans think that the glory days never left, and they completely worship their team saying things like “14-2 for sure!”. And they’re serious.
Now, on to the thing that can turn the franchise around…
1) Rookies Step Up:
The Raiders had a fairly solid NFL draft, taking players that can really solidify their chances of having a 8-8 .500 season. For Derek Carr, new things are coming and he has a solid chance to be the Raiders’ starting quarterback whether he outplays Matt Schaub, takes over because of injury, or Schaub fails to produce.
Derek Carr is good enough to start immediately for the Raiders. The coaching staff may choose to play it safe and sit Carr for a year before putting him on the field. Carr can make that decision hard on the coaches by coming in and putting on a show during training camp and the preseason.
As for Khalil Mack, the other big pick, he’s aggressive, and reportedly already has a list of quarterbacks he wants to sack. A kid that puts his mind to things can accomplish it. Especially with someone who has as much talent as Mack. He wants to be ROTY, and he’s likely going to see enough playing time to make his ambitions a reality.
He can either take over the starting job at weakside linebacker in place of Kevin Burnett or he can split time at defensive end with Lamarr Woodley and Justin Tuck. He will move around and that ability gives the Raiders some great options as well as finding more ways to get him on the field.
If you really think about it, Darren McFadden only has one year left to try and improve himself. If he turns out to be the franchise player, he will be able to turn the franchise around himself. If not, he’s gone, and likely will never get his career on track. As for the quarterback, Schaub, he only needs to be average because Derek Carr has his back.
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