Oakland Raiders: Why Al Davis Is Smarter Than I Am

As a devoted member of the Raider Nation, I, like many of you, have a love-hate relationship with the owner of the Oakland Raiders.

Let me start by saying I have always had an incredible amount of respect for Al Davis. He created the Raiders as we know them today and played a major role in making the game of football what it is today.

That being said, in recent years, many in the Nation have become frustrated by many of the moves Davis has made in an attempt to get this team back to the top of the NFL. Whether it was overpaying players like Javon Walker, drafting guys way too early like Darrius Heyward-Bey or going through head coaches quicker than JaMarcus Russell goes through doughnuts, Al Davis has caused the Nation to question whether or not he should still be running the team.

All you need to do is look at my article history and you will be able to pick out a number of articles which call into question the decisions being made by Al Davis.

I, like many of those in the Nation, was convinced that I knew better than Davis. I was convinced that, given the chance, I would be able to bring the Raiders back to prominence much quicker than he has.

Well, I am here today to say I was wrong. Al Davis is smarter than me.

I came to this realization just the other day as I was combing the Internet for any news that might mean there will be a season next year. As I desperately searched for this elusive good news, I came across a story that noted the likelihood of next year being uncapped (assuming the season actually happens).

The first thing that came to mind was, "Wow, maybe Al Davis knew what he was doing."

Amongst the articles where I sit on my thrown and judge Al Davis, the most recent ones call into question the re-signings the Raiders have made this offseason. It's not that I disagreed with the idea of signing these guys, but rather the prices that they were signed for.


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