"the incrustation that forms over a sore or wound during healing. "
In the football sense of the word the Oakland Raiders currently employ a number of "scab" football players. The loss of Al Davis, combined with a decades worth his poor decisions has left a significant wound, which a scab of players has formed over to hopefully prevent further injury. Many of these "scabs" were acquisitioned at what many would call a "value," signed mostly to low-risk one year deals. The following players may or may not fit the financial side of this,as they may have signed a 2 year deal, or carry financial weight from the previous teams contract with that player (and associated future cap hit), but as for the reason they currently don the Silver and Black, they all certainly fit the mold.
1. Mike Briesel
2. Omar Gaither
4. Philip Adams
5. Andre Carter
6. Coye Francis
7. David Tollefson
8. Ron Bartell
9. Shawntae Spencer (IR)
Dictionary.com defines the word "greenhorn" as follows:
1. an untrained or inexperienced person.
2. a naive or gullible person; someone who is easily tricked or swindled.(*IMPORTANT*)
In the football sense of the word the Oakland Raiders also employ a number of players who would fit this definition as well. For consistenty sake greenhorns we'll consider those players with 1 or less years of experience in the NFL:
1. Rod Streater
10. Jeremy Stewart
So lets think about it. Thats 19 players. Thats 35% of our current 53 man active roster that fall into one these two categories. And if we consider that Condo, Janikowski, and Lechler's positions are somewhat fixed as far as responsibility, you could even argue that its more like 38% of our roster. Obviously not all of these guys are bad. Some of the vets has produced (inconsistently though) and some of our rookies have certainly shown promise of brighter days, but are subject to the growing pains that are associated with being a rookie in the NFL.
Your could say the same thing about our current coaching/adminstrative staff, "greenhorns" and "scabs."
4.Keith Burns (1st year NFL Level Coach)
5.Jason Tarver (Defensive Coordinator)
6.Travis Smith (Defensive Assistant)
7.Eric Sanders (Defensive Quality Control...hmmm I see a trend Here)
8.Ted Gilmore (1st year at NFL Level Coach)
1. Greg Knapp (Raider Re-tread)
2. Clayton Lopez (Raider Re-tread)
3. John DeFilippo (Raider Re-tread)
4..........OK we get the point.
This team, for the most part, Coaches and Players included is an assemblage of a significant amount of "greenhorns" and "scabs." While I am sure this trend plays out on other teams to some degree or another, I feel with the Oakland Raiders that the ratio is scarily leaning towards the "controlling" majority (those players who are getting the most snaps, and those coaches whose decisions are given the most weight) are heavily in favor of those who are washed up or simply too new to question whats going on around them. Something to consider as I try to find ways and reason to rationalize why this team has taken such a dramatic backflip.