All Aboard The Crazy Train
The Raiders have deactivated Michael Bush, making him ineligible to participate in full-squad practices and any of
There are only two possible explanations for this: (1) the team has determined that Bush is not as good as we thought, and therefore not worthy of the most meager roster sacrifice (such going with three quarterbacks instead of four); or (2) the Raiders are truly scared of LaMont Jordan or Dominic Rhodes signing with another AFC West team.
Neither of these scenarios is remotely palatable. It’s hard to believe that Bush could already be that much of a disappointment, and no one has stated as much. As for the other scenario, well, that’s just sheer lunacy (and cowardice). Alas, that’s all we’re left with.
Try as I might, I can’t locate the method in this latest bit of madness.
According to one report:
Kiffin conceded Bush was ready to play and that the experience would have helped him.
“We just really didn’t have a spot for him right now,” Kiffin said.
Wow, we don't have a spot for him on this roster? The one with four quarterbacks? The one with two disgruntled running backs who want to be released? The one with more deadwood than a lumber mill?
From another report:
To activate Bush, someone would have needed to be cut - most likely Jordan or Rhodes. Coach Lane Kiffin decided against that, in part, because he doesn't want either running back signing with a division opponent and coming back to haunt him.
"Like the team we're playing Sunday?" Kiffin said, pointing to the game at
We apparently won't play Jordan and Rhodes because of their poor performance and/or bad attitudes, and because they're clearly not a part of our future, but we keep them on the roster for...what exactly? Because we’re worried that they’ll come back to haunt us, even though they've been deemed not good enough to start on the anemic offense of our 2-8 football club?
And we are, in fact, so worried about this that we would rather opt to stunt the growth of our future running back?
After making Ron Dayne and Chester Taylor look like the second comings of Jim Brown and Barry Sanders, shouldn’t we be more worried about stopping runners in general, as opposed to the names sewn on the backs of their jerseys?
The Raiders used to instill fear. Now we're playing scared. Unbelievable.
And we wonder why our locker room continues to resemble the Lord of The Flies. Why we always have enough cap room to subsidize a multimillion-dollar doghouse (Porter last year, Jordan and Rhodes this year). Why the fans are so restless for tangible signs that we are ready to fully commit to the future as opposed to coddling our mistakes.
Hopefully, I'm just out to lunch, and this is all part of some brilliant master plan. But from my vantage, it feels like just another trip on the crazy train.