I see us fans now, I see what we are doing. We are pointing fingers. Fingers are being pointed at every person imaginable that could have any part in the loss to Denver. Was it the play calling? Was it the lack of third down conversions the Raiders seem to have? Did the Raiders manage the (what seemed like little) time that they had the ball correctly? Did the wind blow in just the right way that passes were dropped here and there? Did your wife forget to wash your lucky Raiders shirt? Point away!! It feels good doesn’t it? Trying to find someone or something to blame the loss on. But, we are getting deep with it people. When we start questioning this new era already, after the fourth game, that’s deep. The upper management, our new coach, I see you looking at them. But, those are words that you can’t take back. These are doubts that will shape the way you respond to the jerks in the office that make fun of your beloved Raiders. No longer will you stick up for your team and point out the positive growth that you’ve seen. You will now hang your head and admit that we can’t get it together.
I beg you, DON’T DO THIS!
As I try to shed light on that unsightly mess and tell you that time will heal all, I also ask that you forget about our most recent waiting period. JaMarcus Russell. Oh we all had high hopes for him didn’t we! He was going to be the answer we were looking for. Game after game, we would watch and wait for the glimpse into our future. All of the talk about his strength and his big arm… blah. He just really didn’t work out. The Raiders gave him time and he gave the Raiders and fans alike a headache. This is NOT what is going on now. JaMarcus to the Raiders was a small component to a bigger picture. At this moment, at this time in the season, we are working on the big picture. All of it! When the Raiders talk about a new era, that is not talking about one or two players on the team. It’s from upstairs to downstairs. The general manager to the office cleaning crew. It’s a clean sweep and it does not happen overnight!
Let’s give it more time. Let’s rest our fingers for now. Let’s stick with the Raiders as they follow this path to a new way of doing things. We can’t give up on them now and we can’t try and boot McKenzie before he has his fair shot. We’ve heard the promises, we know we have the potential, now let’s stick with it so we can get to the excitement. My dad said it best when he said “The medicine never tastes good, but if you take it, it will make you better.” Let’ give the Raiders medicine time to make them better. Let your hearts heal during this bye week and let’s be ready to show our unconditional love when we take on the Falcons.