September 1, 2018. That date might become a new holiday in Chicago. For Raider Nation, it will be a day of mourning.
NFL teams dream of the opportunity to draft a Khalil Mack type player when they are picking in the first-round of the NFL draft and the Oakland Raiders were one of those lucky teams to have that dream realized.
The Raiders had won the lottery. They had a future first-ballot Hall of Famer who wanted to stay with the organization, was best friends with the franchise quarterback, never got in trouble and was one of the leaders in the locker room.
But Oakland traded him. The meat of the deal involved the Raiders giving up Mack and a second-round selection to acquire two first-round picks. Here’s the full details of the trade.
So now, Oakland gave up the best defensive player in the league in his prime for draft picks.
Think about it this way, how many picks would it take in the first-round to find a player as good as Khalil Mack? There are 32 first round picks each year and none are likely to have a player similar to Mack.
There is no denying Saturday was a dark day for Raider football. How does it compare to your darkest day as a Raiders fan?
Maybe the worst day I’ve experienced before this was Derek Carr breaking his leg against the Indianapolis Colts. I was at the game, but as soon as the fracture occurred everyone knew the year was over and for the first time in my life I didn’t watch the remainder of a game.
Another day day for me was under Hue Jackson in 2011 when Oakland was one win away from breaking its lengthy playoff drought. All they had to do is beat Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers at home who had nothing to play for. But the Raiders lost.
The Super Bowl loss to Jon Gruden also must be up there.
I know there are plenty more dark days for Raider Nation. So tell us one of your darkest days as part of Raider Nation in the comments below!