Al Davis: The Return Of The Rogue

Remember when you were watching your favorite horror movie?  At the end of the movie everyone thought that the subject that was creating all the fear was dead, but then, suddenly, a hand protrudes from the rubble paving the way for ten or so sequels?


In this years NFL off season it has been the bony hand of Al Davis that has made the NFL analysts leap in their seats. Written off for dead, ESPN and the NFL network danced and giggled at every move that Davis had made in the last 7 years.

Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was announced as the Raiders 7th overall pick in the 2009 draft, choosing to pass on Michael Crabtree.  People like Tom Jackson, Mike Mayock and Trent Dilfer couldn’t help but mock the aging owner. When the Raiders chose hard hitting safety Mike Mitchell in the second round, they couldn’t contain their joy as they could once again demean the Raiders. They continued to insult and mock the legendary owner. The “Al bashing” became so bad that owners, players and fans of other teams began noting the unprofessional manner that the networks analysts were using when talking about the Hall Of Fame owner.

The Raiders were left for dead...                                  

The 2009 season proved to be a roller coaster ride for the Black and Silver. Quarterback Jamarcus Russell quickly gained a reputation as one of the biggest busts in NFL history. His lackadaisical attitude toward the game became an embarrassment to not only the Raiders, but to every person associated with the NFL at a professional level.

He is quickly becoming the poster child for a rookie cap. The Raiders playbook was stripped of audibles and trick plays because of Rus...

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