I love it when the gods smile upon us.
We have been blessed with a trio of great RBs in Darren McFadden, Michael Bush and Marcel Reece (Mardike McRush?). Son of Ja is starting to resemble Son of Jah and playing like a QB rather than a steaming pile of crap, as he was earlier this season. I, as a huge Bruce Greatkowski supporter, am preparing a meal involving humble pie with a tall glass of STFU if Son of Ja leads us to victory on Sunday. I am not a fan of humble pie. It's kind of dry and vinegary with a slight hint of aged cheese. I will, however, eat it with gusto when the victory comes, possibly as early as the 3rd quarter. He has been named the starter, and deservedly so. He's still on a short leash in my eyes, so if he struggles, he'll get pulled.
Will the real Darrius Heyward-Bey please stand up?
I would love it if this was the game that shook him out of the developmental coma he slips into after a good game. I loved watching him score that TD. I think everyone did. He's showing flashes of what he could be. I just want him to succeed because it would lift this team to heights that were only whispers of hope earlier this season. If he comes on big, we could cut Chaz permanentlyinjured Schilens tomorrow and no one would notice. Actually, we could do that now and no one would notice.
In a way, we could tie in the fates of Son of Ja and DHB together.
Somehow, Al Davis has gotten his way and no one noticed. Power running to set up the deep ball. That's what Al wants. Now that one half of that equation has been settled, the other half needs to come around. Now the argument for Son of Ja over Bruce has always been arm strength. You might argue other things (leadership, gambler v. playing it safe) but the one argument that is generally always won by Son of Ja is that his arm strength surpasses Bruce. You cannot deny the fact that Al traded for that arm, period. Someone has to catch those deep passes. And who better than DHB? He's got the speed. He's got the talent. Can he put it together on a consistent basis? If he does, the beneficiary is Son of Ja. If we're reduced to short-armed passes and power running only, we will fold like a walmart chair, Bruce ends up getting named the starter (might as well, he's much cheaper and bleeds Silver and Black) and Son of Ja becomes the latest in a string of failed Raider QB restoration projects.
For the record? I've predicted a Raider blowout on the 'damus post. The foot's been on the gas, now hit the nitrous!