Four years removed from our last AFC west championship, and playoff birth for that matter the Raiders have shown their first signs of rebirth this season. Although they do not have a great record to show for this improvment it is still noticable. First round draft pick Nnamdi Asomugha from 2003 has finally begun to make an impact in the Raiders new very fast and physical secondary. This secondary lead by Asomugha is currently ranked 4th in the NFL in pass defense. The Raiders also have two young side line to side line running outside linebackers in Thomas Howard and Kirk Morrison. Who are bring back that tenicious defense the Raiders were known for in their glory days. Not only can they stuff the inside run with their mamoth defensive tackles but they can now run down speedy backs like LT with this new team speed at the linebacker position. They also now have a pass rush (lead by Derrick Burgess)that they havnt had since the days of Trace Armstrong in 2002.
What the Raiders are really missing is offense. Aaron Brooks is the jeckel and heide of the NFL. Some days he looks like a pro-bowler and then other days he looks like a confused scared young boy who can only run for his life. But with the Raiders offensive line any QB would be scared to hang back there. Robert Gallary is the biggest wasted draft pick since Ryan Leaf. Yeah i said it. You notice that the Raiders have a much better offensive attack when he wasnt in their against the Chargers. However rookie right guard Kevin Boothe has stepped in nicly and is blocking very well for the silver and black. The Raiders really need to focus on their line in the offseason. They need a hole new left side of that line. We can win from Grove over. Oh and then their is Randy. What is going on with that man? I think the best move to make with him is a trade. Get a nice first round pick for us to help build up that offense. Besides we have 3 very capable WR's besides Randy (Alvis Whitted, Ronald Curry, and John Madsen). The most glaring part of the Raiders offense that I believe needs to be changed is the Tightend position. You know i have just the answer for that.... Zach Miller Tightend out of Arizona state. Perfect fit for my Raiders.
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