First and foremost, you can all hate my Red & Gold guts all you want. Just wanted to get some insight on what you guys think of your so-called football team. Haha okay I'm just kidding, basically, I want to know how the Raiders fans feel about what is going on with the team. So many questions..
First of all, whats up with JaMarcus? I heard that he reported to camp..out of shape..again. He admitted that hes "probably a little heavy...but not 300lbs like you all (the media) said last year" Theres a picture of him and old man Garcia next to each other. JaMarcus's gut is stickin out like a 40 year old beer belly, and Garcia's lookin trim and young..lookin like hes not a day over 30. So my real question about JaMarcus is how has he been in Camp? Is Garcia a real threat to his starting spot? I was really threatened when he was drafted but I knew it would take time for him to develop but this guy has some SERIOUS conditioning issues and a questionable attitude. Seems like hes taking his money and running with it. Anybody have any POSITIVE feedback on him?
Next subject, how do you all feel about DHB and passing up Crabtree and Maclin for him? I know Al Davis is in love with speed so I expected him to go for Maclin (living in MO, I would have hated seeing a Mizzou superstar like him in black & silver) but I never imagined he'd go after DHB. From what I have read, DHB is struggling to catch the ball in camp. Is that surprising? I'm not so sure that it is his nerves..the guy is more of a track guy/athlete than a football player. It may take him a couple of years to develop, IF he develops. WR's can be deceiving (see Detroit Lions past WR's drafted) So whats the deal with him?
3rd on the list - McFadden. Is this guy going to be #1 this year or what? What's going to happen with Fargas and Bush? Again, I was concerned when the Raiders drafted McFadden last year. McFadden AND JaMarcus? Man I expected the Raiders to BEAST but they proved that you can't do shit without a line. Is it true that the Raiders have bolstered their OL? What improvements were made? McFadden has more potential than anyone else on the team. Davis needs to build the OL, become a smashmouth running team, and let JaMarcus simply manage the game..much like Kerry Collins last year for the Titans. I can see the occasional rocket downfield since he has such a cannon but Im not so sure anyone can make a play on the ball.
Who in the world is Mitchell? I remember watching the draft and someone from ESPN said he had a list of the top 250 players in the draft and Mitchell was nowhere to be found. Not saying he cant play, he may be a true Gem, BUT why would Davis take him so high? From what I've read, nobody really knew who this kid was before he was called on draft day. I gotta admit, I was laughing my ass off watching Al Davis screw up time and time again but that was just too much. I did read here on S&BP that hes had a good camp thus far. Whats he like?
As far as the season goes, I cant wait to play the Raiders. I have several friendly rivalries here in KC with some Oakland fans. I can actually stand you all though. I absolutely HATE those donkey F'ers over there at MileHighReport. So I can safely say..I will root for the Raiders atleast twice this year.
Finally, what are your opinions on the AFC West? What about the Chiefs? I'm not really looking for smack talk..that can be done during the season..I just want real opinions from outsiders.