Will the Oakland Raiders Be a Passing Team in 2010?

Al Davis's Oakland Raiders are notorious for being a run-oriented NFL team.

Whether it was Bo Jackson or Marcus Allen, they always seemed to have a great player in the backfield.

This run-first trend momentarily came to a halt in 1998, when Jon Gruden arrived on the Oakland scene and brought his West Coast Offense to the Raiders.

In 1999, the Raiders went ahead and signed a thought to be washed-up Rich Gannon. He quickly excelled with Tim Brown, Jerry Rice, and Charlie Garner for the next few years before the short-lasted "dynasty" began to fade away. By 2004, Gannon, Rice, Tim Brown, Charlie Garner, and Jon Gruden were no longer part of the Raiders.

Lamont Jordan was signed and Oakland tried to pound the ball once again.

That was six years ago.

Now, the Raiders have two great, young running backs and are poised to become a top-five rushing team. Or are they?

Here are some reasons why the Raiders could become a passing team in 2010:


Al Davis

Al Davis loves for his draft picks to succeed. He wants the NFL to know that he still has the "it" factor. Last year's first round selection, Darrius Heyward-Bey, was a huge disappointment and people are already labeling him a bust.

However, Al sees potential in DHB and has seen to it that Darrius will have a starting spot locked down. Obviously, he wants Heyward-Bey to get as many opportunities as possible to prove he's not a bust. Al may pull the trigger on the West Coast just to prove the media wrong.


Jason Campbell

The Raiders' steal of the draft may have came from a different team when they traded a 2012 fourth round draft pick to the Washington Redskins for former first round pick Jason Campbell. He played in the West Coast at Washington and put up solid numbers with a horrible supporting cast. Although he may not specifically fit into a pass-fi...

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