John Madden can smell it. Football is in the air.
The Oakland Raiders didn’t score until the final five minutes of the game Sunday against the conference’s best team, while the defense put the offense in a big hole early.
“It’s easy to say would you put Steve Young in there,” John said. But the picks are limited to four, and adding one means removing another. “I’d put Steve Young in there. I may put guys like Hugh McElhenney in there. I may put a guy like Joe Perry in there. I may put a guy like John Henry Johnson from that million dollar backfield (in there). I may throw a Y.A. Tittle in there. Those were guys that were really a big part of the 49ers also, although in a different era. They’re all in the Hall of Fame too.”
The Oakland Raiders haven’t lived up to their slogan of “Commitment to Excellence” for a decade. Since losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII, the Raiders have been plagued by questionable personnel decisions and bad player contracts. Reggie McKenzie, who was the Green Bay Packers director of football operations before being hired as general manager in January 2012, is overseeing one of the NFL’s most difficult tasks in his attempt to rebuild the Raiders.
Would Hue Jackson still be a Raiders employee today if he had taken Al Davis supposed job offer?
This was supposed to be a year where the Raiders would finally have a winning season and possibly challenge for a playoff spot. But under new head coach Dennis Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie, the team’s rebuilding efforts were largely unsuccessful. A few players showed promise but overall, it was a frustrating season for the organization and the team’s long suffering fans.
From Gorilla Rilla to Darth Raider, legendary Raiders tailgaters are a cast of characters.
Terrelle Pryor, a decorated college football quarterback at Ohio State University, was chosen by late owner Al Davis as his final Raiders draft pick before he passed away in 2011. Pryor hasn’t played much since he became a Raider and signed to a four-year contract. He has excelled in high school and college, but will that success include the NFL?
Despite the years of losing, the Raiders continue to be newsworthy for all the drama associated with this once storied franchise. Even after the passing of owner Al Davis, controversy surrounds the team. Following a fifth straight loss, head coach Dennis Allen abruptly left to be with his ailing father who passed away Monday night. Now rumors are swirling that former coach Jon Gruden may return to the Silver and Black..
Over the years, Raiders fans have tailgated at five stadiums in three California cities.