I have made some dark predictions about the Raiders over the last seven years. And so far, they have all come true.
I saw something happen in today’s game against the Rams that actually showed a ray of hope for the immediate future. And God, do I ever hope it may cause me to eat the words I typed last week that predicted yet another losing season.
The Raiders were clearly on their way to another crushing loss, when Coach Cable made a surprise move. He pulled Jason Campbell and put in Bruce Gradkowski. The results of the change were immediate, and astounding. Gradkowski provided an up tempo offense that featured scrambling and quick passes. The offense moved the ball and scored some points. The running game also opened up, with Darren McFadden running for 145 yards. The team seemed energized, and except for some dumb penalties down the stretch, played hard the rest of the way. The result was a win. Granted, it was a close win against a bunch of bums, but it was a win instead of another frustrating loss.
The Raiders still have a long way to go before gaining back some measure of respect. They need to continue to replicate the play calling and energy that saved the game today, and start winning games.
Also, pray that Al Davis doesn’t veto the changes Cable made today. All too often in the past, the Raiders would change to something that actually worked, only to have the change undone by an Angry Al Davis.