The Agile, Versatile and Untested 2012 Oakland Raiders

Last year's version of Hue Jackson's "Bullies" were sailing along by Week 5 of the season, riding the dynamic tailback play of the league's leading rusher Darren McFadden, along with the steady if unspectacular play of quarterback Jason Campbell.

Darrius Heyward-Bey began paying dividends as his questionable hands caught up to his fleet feet. Rookie Denarius Moore showed the preseason wasn't a fluke as he made sure his presence was felt, negating the injuries the rest of the receiving corps seemed to get.

Right up until the snap of a collarbone against Cleveland.

The Raiders' gamble to rescue Carson Palmer from Cincinnati did not pay the immediate dividends Hue had hoped for and the Silver and Black limped home to their second consecutive 8-8 record. Hue found himself on the way out of Oakland and the Raiders found themselves looking at yet another rebuilding opportunity. But as the sun rises on the latest version of the Raiders, there is reason for optimism in Oakland and it all starts on the offensive side of the football.



From the Mad Bomber to the Snake, stretching the field has been the hallmark of the franchise since its inception. But the most successful era since the team's return to Oakland was led by a hyper-accurate passer who ran a West Coast offense to perfection but rarely threw the ball more than 20 yards—Rich Gannon.

There are those who think that the Raiders have the next version of that tenured quarterback looking for a career rejuvenation.

Too bad it's their second-team signal-caller!

Hold on Raider, fans—before you go starting a quarterback controversy, let's take a look at the facts.

The clear, established starter will be Carson Palmer—he of the strong arm and veteran presence. The primary problem with Carson's season last year were poor decisions leading to interceptions. He threw 16 ...

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