Oakland Raiders: The Pain Of Progress (Part One)

Part One

Did Al Davis give in to pressure when he drafted Eldridge Dickey back in the day, and did he make history by doing so?

A historian seems to believe that the peer pressure and social pressure of having an African-American quarterback was too much for the Oakland Raiders' fans to handle in the Sixties.

Could that same covert pressure be present in both the fans and media as it relates to JaMarcus Russell?

T.J., a biology major and former football player, says:

"When you are a first round draft choice, there are a lot of expectations on you to turn a losing team into a playoff contender."

T.J., who watched the games in 2009, observes:

"JaMarcus Russell is not consistent in the pocket. And, without an OL to protect, that will lead to Russell running out of the pocket, and ending up throwing an interception. I've seen him do that several times in 2009."

T. J. continues by stating:

"In order to have a successful team, you have to put offensive weapons around the quarterback."

Often we look at the physicality of an Oakland Raider. Is it time to pay more attention to the psychological impact made on the minds and spirit of an Oakland Raider?

There is more than one way to cause the failure of a quarterback.

One way is for the quarterback to refuse to improve his work ethic.

Another way is for the other players to refuse to respond to the quarterback. In such a case it makes the quarterback look incompetent on the playing field. It can be so subtle that onlookers can not discern if it is the quarterback's error or an error in the surroundings of the quarterback.

The intent of a series of articles inspired by interviews with a historian and doctoral candidate, Ric More, is to raise some issues of the past that may very well be issues in 2010.

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