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Preseason Doesn’t Spring Eternal Hope

There were 3 things that needed to happen if the Raiders are to change their 6 straight losing seasons and start progressing.

1) Offensive and Defensive Line were to focus on fundamentals and become a force in running the ball and stopping the run

2) JaMarcus Russell needed to become a leader for the football team

3) Darren McFadden needed to healthy and become the feature running back that could gain 1200+ yards and 10+ touchdowns rushing the back and an integral part of the passing team.

What has the preseason shown thus far???

1) Tom Cable’s re-enforcement of fundamentals at practice didn’t do anything to get the team better at stopping or running the ball

2) Russell is not the leader of this team and you can sense the opportunity will be available for Jeff Garcia very quickly to become the starting QB, whether it is the coaches choice or the fans demanding it

3) McFadden, healthy and having a good training camp, is only as good as the hole that is created and doesn’t have the vision to find the creases to become an elite back.

The Raiders have not done anything thus far in the pre-season to show their fans that anything has changed. The sparse crowd at the game Saturday against the New Orleans Saints and the availability of tickets for the Monday Night game against the San Diego Chargers is proof that fans are in a show me that things are better state, irrespective of how they perform on Thursday against the Seattle Seahawks.

The ship doesn’t turn around 180 degrees overnight but it does need to start turning a few degrees to get the fans believing again.

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One Response to “Preseason Doesn’t Spring Eternal Hope”

  1. jason says:

    Everyone is soooo quick to throw Jeff Garciain the mix. I think Russell has improved drastically, his timing and accuracy are much improved! He is only 23, and this is is second year starting. Give the kid a chance!

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