If there’s one thing the Oakland Raiders are used to over their recent history, it’s disappointing football being played. The Raiders have seemed to be perpetually stuck on the outside of the playoffs and with some sort of unflattering drama going down in their organization. Sadly, the 2013 NFL season probably isn’t going to be any different.
The Raiders lost a ton of players who were key for them last year this off-season. Carson Palmer, Brandon Myers, Tommy Kelley, Michael Huff, Richard Seymour and Darrius Heyward-Bey are all no longer suiting up in the silver and black and will leave big holes. However, none of them are going to be as glaring and as depressing as the hole left by Palmer.
Let’s clear this up at the start: Palmer is not an elite NFL quarterback. He has the ability to competently play quarterback at the pro level and can game-manage for a good team, but that’s about as far as his abilities go. Because of that simple fact, it’s a bad sign that it’s going to get worse this season.
As of right now, the Raiders’ list of quarterbacks includes Matt Flynn, rookie Matthew McGloin, rookie Tyler Wilson, Terrelle Pryor and, according to reports, former Raiders draft-pick JaMarcus Russell. That’s not exactly a line of QBs that’s going to inspire confidence in a team.
Flynn is likely going to be the starter, but a lot of Flynn’s value is based on the fact that he played one great game in week 17 in 2011 for the Green Bay Packers. Overall in his career he has thrown just 141 total passes and has thrown for just 1,083 yards, nine touchdowns and five interceptions. That’s not exactly a résumé that screams “hand me the reins to your team.”
All in all, it really looks like the inexperience or shear ineptitude that the Raiders have at quarterback is going to be tough to watch. If they had a consistent running back, that would soften the blow, but Darren McFadden can’t seem to stay healthy. Buckle up Raiders fans; it’s going to be another bumpy ride this year.