One positive for Oakland: It’s almost over

By Anthony Carroll  |   Thursday, December 29, 2005  |  Comments( 0 )

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With Randy Moss at wide receiver, Kerry Collins should not have a 75.5 quarterback rating. With Collins and Jerry Porter a part of the cast, Moss should not have just 889 yards. With Moss on the opposite side of the field, Porter should not have just 866 yards. With Moss and Porter lined up wide, LaMont Jordan should not be averaging just 3.8 yards per carry. And with Collins, Moss, Porter, and Jordan on the field, the Raiders should not be 4-11. But they are, and everything listed above is a fact. So with one game remaining, there is only one moment to look forward to-the last second of the last quarter of the last game of the season.

The 2005 season began with nothing but promise for the Oakland Raiders. They had the most talented wide receiver in the National Football League, a running back full of steam, and a revamped defensive scheme. The strong arm of Kerry Collins and the dominance of Randy Moss and Jerry Porter were supposed to leave the opposing defense in awe. The passing game was supposed to open massive holes for LaMont Jordan to explode through. This offense was supposed to carry the young, less talented defense. But again, this didn't happen. Instead, the offense scored under 18 points per game, leaving it up to the defense to overcome the opponent. Unfortunately, the defense allows 23.5 points per game. In no league across America will 18 points beat 23.

The Raiders are now positioned amongst teams such as the San Francisco 49ers, NY Jets, Cleveland Browns, and Houston Texans. If pure talent was enough to win a ballgame, Oakland would put up a fight against the top 22 starters from each of those four teams. But as the last 15 games have demonstrated, talent will only win you the game about 35% of the time.

This offseason, Al Davis should realize that team unity, not team ability, wins football games in this NFL era.

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Anthony Carroll began writing for on Sept. 26, 2005, making him one of the longest tenured contributors to the “365” team. As a senior writer, Anthony has taken on the task of delivering original content to the silver and black faithful year round, despite having to deal...
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