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Richard Seymour is a Raider

Having followed the Raiders since the second super bowl I naturally was very interested in the fact that the Raiders acquired Richard Seymour Sunday morning. Because of this event I happen to spend a few minutes yesterday checking out a few fan forum sites to see what the reaction might be to the Raiders latest move. Will people be cheering in the streets, or will they be complaining about the cost of the trade, the fact that Seymour is in a contract year, or that Seymour at the age of 29/30 is getting a little long in the tooth?

I must admit that I am a bit confused by the things that I have read. There are people out there that do not like this trade for the above mentioned reasons but I have also read an article from a bay area writer that says that this trade is not a good one simply for the fact that the Raiders are the team that made the trade.

Over the last two exhibition games the Raiders have given up a total of 76 points and hundreds of yards on the ground. As I look at my calendar I can clearly see that a second NFL draft is not scheduled for this week before the beginning of the regular season. This being the case if I am Al Davis and the Oakland Raiders I can see that I have a problem that needs to be addressed, and very limited options to take in order to correct this problem. I could hope for the best and just show up on Monday night and have the San Diego Chargers go through my defense like a hot knife through butter as they have done for the past few years, or we might be able to pick up a few castoffs from some other teams in order to fix the problem, but the likelihood of finding an impact player that can help stop the run is unfortunately slim to none.

Well, that only leaves one option left on the table. Let’s make a trade. I am sure that there is some team out there that would be happy to part with a very talented, very healthy, very young and very cheap defensive end or tackle for a seventh round draft pick. It happens every day right? Matter of fact three of them fell through my roof this morning as I made my way from the bedroom to the bathroom and all of them asked me for directions to Oakland.

I am not expecting every one to hail this move as the trade that will put the Raiders back on top. The road back to respectability, much less the top is going to be a long hard road.

The Oakland Raiders lost three games last year by a total of ten points. This fact seems to be forgotten by most people, fans, and writers alike. Can the acquisition of Richard Seymour improve a weak run defense just enough to make up for those ten points? Can Richard Seymour help the Raiders pick up three more wins this fall? If he can do this the Raiders are a 500% football team. In 2011 with a little momentum and a few more added pieces can the Raiders improve on that 8-8 by just two games and get to 10-6? If this can be done the cost of a first round pick in the 2011 draft is not too high a price to pay to get back to respectability.

My question to the skeptics out there is what do you want Al Davis and the Raiders to do? What few quality players they had that were going to be free agents last year were resigned. The Raiders went out into the market place and picked up some free agents that did not cost an arm and a leg but have proven by past performance to have the ability to be effective. They hired a coach that seems to be willing and maybe even happy to be working in the Raiders organization. Now they go out and get Richard Seymour. Which once again begs the question, what do you want?

Love Al Davis or hate him. He always believes that he is going to be successful. Can you imagine what we all could accomplish with that kind of an attitude?

There is a truth that goes along with every trade and every draft pick that has ever been made in any sport and that is all we can do is wait and see.

You know stranger things have happened.

This just might work.

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3 Responses to “Richard Seymour is a Raider”

  1. Ben says:

    I think the raiders have always had quality players on their team, and everyone (fans,etc) have put their two cents in as to what positions the Raiders need help in, but it comes down to putting your players in the right place at the right time, a player that plays well in one scheme can look out of place in another. The question comes down to can he play in the Raiders scheme and what impact will he have if he can. I’ve been a Raider fan since they have been in LA and I think it comes down to the coaching, and I always hear about how Al Davis has the last word on play calls, true or false we need to have a coach longer then a year or two to give the team a chance to come together and work well as a team. It’s not rocket science, it’s football. Stick with the basics, make the hit, rap him up, play your position, don’t get beat, play smart. I’m wishing my team a great year and hope we make it to the playoffs. Go RAIDERS!

  2. Shawn says:

    Great article. Excellent point.

  3. LF says:

    took the words right outta my mouth. awesome piece dude!
    what about the conversation he had trashing the franchise with harrison and rodney harrison was quoted as saying Sey “wasnt thrilled” to be in oakland..? that bothers me!

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