Raider Take's Post Draft Hangover
2. Funny how, at the very moment the mainstream media is grudgingly giving high draft marks to the Raiders (Fox Sports and Yahoo Sports gave us "A" grades, for example, and the guy at SI who last week said that the Raiders have "given up" gave us B+), one of our local scribes dipped into the wisdom well for this little pearl (thanks for the tip, BlandaRocked): "The Raiders drafted LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell No. 1 overall, but rookie coach Lane Kiffin -- getting his first taste of true NFL gamesmanship -- did little after that to distinguish himself running a draft board against the experienced big boys."
Translation: As always, I was going to write that Al Davis ran the team's whole draft, but it was a good draft, so I couldn't give Davis any credit, so I'll pretend it was a bad draft, and lay it entirely at Kiffin's feet, while reserving the right to blame Al Davis for everything in the future. Then, when Kiffin succeeds, I'll pretend I never wrote this, and say he's just like Jon Gruden, who curiously operated totally beyond the control of the owner who controls everything.
3. I love the fact that we addressed specific needs, like QB, TE, RB and DE. I still question Higgins at WR in the third round, but I'd be happy to be proven wrong. I hear he's a great talent and a special teams threat. It's not that I dislike Higgins, it's that I'm sick of our rival running backs ripping off 25 yards on 3rd and 6 at the worst possible moments. We need to develop some run stuffers, fast. Maybe Higgins can hit the weights, the forty ouncers and the pizza parlor and eventually play DT, too?
4. According to reports: "Belichick and New England officials apparently have been candid in apprising Moss that there will be a zero-tolerance approach, and that the kind of behavior he has manifested at times in the past will not be acceptable." Wow, what a novel concept.
5. It's still hard to fathom how many fans are dancing on Randy Moss's grave, myself included. I was taking out the trash tonight while on the phone, and I heard my neighbor, a fellow Raiders fan, hollering "Randy Moss! Randy Moss!" with his thumb pointing toward the moon. What next? A parade? Question: Can you think of a major superstar who came to a team in his prime (remember, he's several years younger than T.O. and Marvin Harrison), and subsequently produced less and aggravated the fans more than Moss? By the end, Randy Moss was absolutely reviled by the Raider Nation. What a legacy. I asked this question earlier, and someone suggested Keyshawn Johnson and Terrell Owens might share similarly dubious honors. Well, I'm not sure Keyshawn was ever so universally reviled by his fan base as Moss was in Oakland, and I'm not even convinced he was ever true superstar. And while T.O. was hated in Philly, he produced, and I think the jury's still out on his tenure in Dallas. One common thread: the wide receiver position, which is unrivaled in its proliferation of divas. Even Ashley Lelie thinks he's brilliant.
6. Post Draft Hangover Haiku:
One party's over
another's just begun, the
Haters' jaws go slack.