Ok, I'm over the KC loss. These bouts of anguish after a loss never fully heal. Given the nature of this team, I feel the Raiders are a revamped squad. New QB, new S, new LB equals new team. The QB position is huge and should never be taken for granted in the NFL (ask the Donks, Dolphins, and more importantly, the Colts). The Carson Palmer era is about to begin (I don't count the last game). At his best, he could take us to the SuperBowl. He is that good. If he doesn't have anything left, then we can only hope the gamble on Pryor works out. In about 5 weeks we should see all we need to know about Mr. Palmer this season and beyond. Can't wait. Our new safety, who's name is neither easy to spell nor do I feel I should learn it just yet, could teach the boys how to tackle. I for one, am excited. Curry is providing a very good spark to the D, and proving under the right system the man can reach his potential. I like his energy and tackling skills. His coverage needs more work, but he is a HUGE upgrade over Groves.
I don't know what this team will do in the future. The schedule is neither easy or overwhelmingly hard. The NFC North will be a tough test as well as the rest of the AFC West. Hell, the Dolphins may even be tough (hoping they win next week, I hate playing teams on losing streaks). Now, with no injuries, our team is pretty solid. DMC was having a great year and needs to get back on course. Hue needs to reign in some of his more ambitious RZ calls and get the points. I love his belief in his players and I trust he will fix any issues the team may have. He's a very good coach for this team and organization. With the front office all mixed up now, the Raiders need a strong leader to get by this already trying season. 4-3 is not a bad place to be. By week 8, this teams identity will show and I think the nation will like what we see. No matter who comes in, who leaves, who gets hurt and who returns the season has been fun so far. Bring on the Donks, I'm excited again. Go Raiders!!!